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November 25, 2006

Hank Aaron 1957 Retrospective

by @ 8:13 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, Braves History

This is the first of my analysis of the major players of the 1957 Braves and who better to kick things off with then the Hammer, Hank Aaron.  1957 was Hank Aaron’s first big year as a major league player.  After having solid seasons in 1955 (27 homeruns) and 1956 (26 homeruns), Aaron busted out his first 40 homerun season and he belted a league leading 44 homeruns.  He also led the league in runs (118) and RBIs (132) and he was third in hitting with a .322 batting average.  He also walked away with his first and only MVP after leading the Braves to their first pennant since 1948 and their first World Series win since 1914.  Keep in mind that Aaron did all of this as 23 year old.

Oddly, for as many homeruns as Aaron hit, he only hit two homeruns in a game twice.  On May 15, 1957, he hit two homeruns and drove in four in a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  On August 15, 1957, he went yard twice and drove in five in a blow out win over the Cincinnati Reds.  His best hitting streak came in mid-May.  For four straight games, he had two hits and in three of those games he scored two runs and drove in at least two.  By the end of that fourth game, Aaron was hitting a season high .383.  He’d get close to that mark a few days later with a three hit game but by mid-June he was back down into the .320-.330 range.

His best month was June.  He hit .348/.405/.637 in 32 games.  He hit eleven homeruns (also a monthly high) and drove in 28 while scoring 23.  His worst month was August.  It was the only month Aaron hit less then .324 in any given month (he hit .255) although he did belt eight homeruns and drive in 28. 

Aaron absolutely killed left handed pitching.  He hit .375/.444/.679 against lefties compared to .310/.362/.583 against righties.  Aaron was also particularly good with runners in scoring position.  In those situations, he hit .340/.436/.673.

Here are Hank Aaron’s final numbers in 1957

Games 151
AB 615
Runs 118
Hits 198
Doubles 27
Triples 6
Homeruns 44
RBIs 132
Walks 57
Strikeouts 58
Stolen Bases 1
Caught Stealing 1
BA .322
OBA .378
SLG% .600
OPS .978
RC 135
RCAA 66
RCAP 64
RC/G 8.40
ISO .278

November 11, 2006

Braves Top Prospects

by @ 12:53 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

In his latest Future Shock, prospect guru Kevin Goldstein runs down the Braves top prospects.  He puts nobody in the “excellent prospect” category but lists ten “very good prospects.”  At the top of the list is catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He’s only 21 and he had a servicable season in Double A.  Of course the problem is that Brian McCann is in the way so there’s a pretty good chance Saltamacchia could be trade bait.  Matt Harrison, the big left hander, was second on the list.

Braves Top Prospects

by @ 12:53 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

In his latest Future Shock, prospect guru Kevin Goldstein runs down the Braves top prospects.  He puts nobody in the “excellent prospect” category but lists ten “very good prospects.”  At the top of the list is catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He’s only 21 and he had a servicable season in Double A.  Of course the problem is that Brian McCann is in the way so there’s a pretty good chance Saltamacchia could be trade bait.  Matt Harrison, the big left hander, was second on the list.

November 8, 2006

Johnny Sain Passes at Age 89

by @ 4:23 am. Filed under Braves History

Johnny Sain was definitely a good one.  He and Warren Spahn formed a duo that helped lead the Braves to the National League pennant in 1948.  In that season, Sain won 24 games with an ERA of 2.60.  It was his third straight 20 win season and he’d win 20 games one more time in 1950.  He was also stellar in the 1948 World Series when he threw seventeen innings and gave up only two runs and nine hits.  In 1951 he was traded to the Yankees, where he helped the team win three World Series.

November 5, 2006

Braves Sign Steve Colyer to Minor League Deal

by @ 12:06 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

I haven’t been able to find the details on the signing but Steve Colyer signed a minor league deal with the Braves.  Colyer is a lefty but he hasn’t pitched at the major league level since 2004.  He spent most of his time last year in Colorado Springs (Rockies Triple A affiliate) and had a pretty tough year, but arguably, it’s a hitter ball park (and league for that matter).

This is the type of signing that could bear fruit if Leo Mazzone were still around.  I could see him doing something with a guy like this, maybe turning him into a servicable LOOGY.

November 2, 2006

Brian Jordan Files For Free Agency

by @ 11:00 am. Filed under 2007 Season

Brian Jordan will be 40 years when opening day 2007 rolls around and he’s hoping to rejuvinate his career.  Jordan hasn’t played much the past four seasons while he made the Braves as a non roster invitee in 2006, we’ll now see whether he has one more season left in the tank. I have a feeling someone will take a flyer on him as a fourth or fifth outfielder who wants to have a veteran prescence in the dugout.

Jordan joins John Thomson, Danys Baez, Todd Pratt and Daryle Ward as Braves who have filed for free agency since the World Series ended.  There’s nobody in those five that I feel the Braves NEED to sign so if anything, they could be shedding themselves of some dead weight.

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