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Instructions on how to fail, thoughts on nicknames, and a Cubs conspiracy uncovered.

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September 16, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Tankonia


R.J. Anderson

Are the Braves trying to lose?

On Sunday, the Braves suffered their latest brow-raising defeat, turning a three-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning against the Mets into an extra-innings loss. Along the way, the Braves bullpen did something more impressive than blow a near-certain win: They left Keith Hernandez aghast.

While Hernandez was beside himself, saying that if he were a Braves fan he would "turn in his season tickets," actual Braves fans have to be numb by now to showings like Sunday's. Losing has become the norm in Atlanta during the second half, with the Braves following up a surprising (and overachieving) 42-47 first-half effort with a 14-41 stretch (a 41-win pace over a full season) that has placed them in contention for the no. 1 pick. Predictably, Atlanta's futility extends to its team ranks. Entering Monday, the Braves were 27th in True Average and defensive efficiency, and 30th in runs scored and staff-wide Deserved Run Average. In fact, their bullpen's DRA was the worst among any bullpen or rotation.

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January 22, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Do the Astros Deserve to Be Shamed?


Sam Miller

Or should rebuilding be applauded at any cost?

On Aug. 8, 1950, the Boston Braves’ star hitter Bob Elliott motioned toward base umpire Al Barlick and asked him to move. Barlick, standing behind the pitcher, was in Elliott’s line of vision and distracting. Barlick obliged.

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the playoffs, then discuss how MLB could disincentivize tanking for higher draft picks.

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