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The Channel 17 Podcast
46 minutes | Jun 30, 2018
Episode 91 - June 30, 2018
Well, we took a month off due to vacations and other things, so we took a large scale overview on the Braves as they stand at the moment. Fortunately, they are in fantastic shape, sitting three games in the lead in the NL East and still crushing the ball. One of the really striking things is that every position seems to be contributing. The only real question mark comes from the occasional bullpen hiccup. This makes the rest of the season look pretty good for the Bravos. Alex Anthopolous can target many different kinds of players, but also does not need to get any specific player. We are both still kind of amazed the Braves are already at this point in their rebuild.
51 minutes | May 25, 2018
Episode 90 - May 26, 2018
The Braves are, and we can't quite believe this, still in first place. In this episode, we contemplate the Jose Bautista Braves stint, who we expect to improve or decline, and how the pitching staff has been so good. We also reflect on how this team just feels so different than recent versions of the Braves, especially with their athleticism and defensive dynamism. This doesn't stop us from talking about the 1991 Braves in surprising depth, because that is always appropriate.
46 minutes | May 19, 2018
Episode 89 - May 19, 2018
Well, we'll finally say it: the Braves are legitimate contenders. They still lead the league in runs scored, and they have the fifth best ERA in all of baseball. Some of the elements that lead to that might be fluky, but it's hard to say the results aren't for real overall. We try to think about the future, which, as always, makes us think about the past. After thinking about the Mark Teixeira trade and the Len Barker trade, we sour on the idea of trading for someone at the deadline. That's also because the team is in really good shape, though. This is a team worth watching, both in every game and for the transaction wire.
45 minutes | May 13, 2018
Episode 88 - May 13, 2018
It's a special Mother's Day edition of the Channel 17 Podcast, which means the usual Father-Son format briefly starts as a Mother-Son podcast. But then we get down to our usual business, which this season has mostly involved marveling at surprising offensive exploits. This week, it's Nick Markakis, who has been on fire. And on the pitching staff, the young arms have all been encouraging as of late. Oh, and the bullpen has become a real strength. This team is good. This team is for real. And we are totally onboard.
47 minutes | May 5, 2018
Episode 87 - May 5, 2018
Well, the Braves are in first place, their starters just dominated the Mets in Queens, and the offense is still knocking the cover off the ball. In short, we're over the moon about this team, and can hardly contain ourselves. We're still in awe of Albies and Acuna, so we also try to temper our enthusiasm with rookie expectations and fail. There's also some discussion of the Jose Bautista callup, which we have mixed feelings about. But that's our biggest bummer. We also discuss what the Braves might do over the rest of the season in terms of transactions, which involves ridiculous speculation about Manny Machado. But maybe that's just the mood Braves fans should be in right now.
39 minutes | Apr 28, 2018
Episode 86 - April 28, 2018
The Ronald Acuña Era has finally, offcially arrived. Oh, and in just his second game he hit a towering home run. It means the rebuild is coming to full fruition. And it nearly overshadowed the fact that, right now, Ozzie Albies is leading the league in most counting stats. Also, Dansby Swanson, Freddie Freeman, and Kurt Suzuki have continued to dominate from the batter's box. In short, the Braves are extremely well positioned. The might not be extremely well staffed on the pitching front, but the bullpen is the easiest thing to sort out and there are reinforcements on the way. We've decided we can well and truly be excited about this team now.
49 minutes | Apr 21, 2018
Episode 85 - April 21, 2018
Well, we're finally going to say it: The Braves are good. Like, leading the league in runs, with the best run differential good. A lot of it might be luck at this point, but what luck it's been. Ozzie Albies hasn't just acclimated to the majors, but is crushing the ball. Dansby Swanson and Ryan Flaherty are battling for the league lead in average. Oh, and Matt Wisler pitches a gem of an emergency start. If we're being realistic, we know this won't continue, but we also know replacements can be on their way if necessary.
41 minutes | Apr 14, 2018
Episode 84 - April 14, 2018
So the Braves might actually be good. We certainly have found them much more fun to watch than in previous campaigns, but we also don't want to get too excited. Of course, it's hard not to be excited when seeing what Ozzie Albies or Dansby Swanson or doing. Or to think that scrap heap pickups like Preston Tucker, Ryan Flaherty, Anibal Sanchez, and Shane Carle have been doing. Oh, and Freddie Freeman is just hitting like an MVP like we guessed he would. The pitching has been uneven and the callups haven't even started, but this team feels like it's starting to come together.
41 minutes | Apr 7, 2018
Episode 83 - April 7, 2018
Somehow, after one week of the regular season, the Atlanta Braves possess the best offense in all of Major League Baseball. And they did all this despite the fact that Ronald Acuna, Jr, is still not a Major Leaguer and Ozzie Albies hasn't been hitting. Somehow the veterans, guys like Nick Markakis, Ryan Flaherty, and Preston Tucker, are leading the charge. Oh, and Freddie Freeman is being treated like 2001 era Barry Bonds. The starting pitching has been workable, the bullpen has been astonishingly good, and the Braves are 4-2. We aren't overreacting, so much as we're trying to think what one week of baseball says about the rest of the season. The big news is that we really love to watch this team.
45 minutes | Mar 31, 2018
Episode 82 - March 31, 2018
Baseball season is here! And the Braves have been quite exciting despite the fact that they have only played two games. Before the season even began they made two minor transactions, signing Peter Bourjos and Ryan Flaherty. Then they played the "Braves Future Stars" in a surprisingly interesting game. Finally, the team got around to games that count, and boy, did they make it count. On Opening Day, the Braves won with a Nick Markakis walk-off HR, while the second game saw the Braves lose in 11 innings, but which they probably had won in the 8th before the umpires reversed a call. All in all, it was a crazy few games that we try to break down in detail.
50 minutes | Mar 24, 2018
Episode 81 - 2018 Season Preview: Outfielders
The Major League Baseball season is nearly upon us, and our Season Preview of the Atlanta Braves is hitting its final installment with the Outfield. The weird thing is that the Braves just sent their best outfielder, 20 year old Ronald Acuna Jr to AAA. In all likelihood, Acuna will be back in two weeks, because the team is playing service time games, and he doesn't really have anyone blocking him. Nick Markakis is okay in RF, while Ender Inciarte is a brilliant defensive CF and a solid bat. LF will be sorted out be the end of April. At the very end of this episode, we make our predictions for the Braves' final record, while also elucidating what a best case scenario looks like. The best part is that baseball is almost here.
50 minutes | Mar 17, 2018
Episode 80 - 2018 Season Preview: Infielders
Our season preview rolls on by talking about the infielders this week. Of course, we do mention Ronald Acuna, Jr, because he is the best hitter in the Grapefruit League. The real important aspect of the Braves' season is the potential MVP Candidate at First Base, Freddie Freeman. Around the rest of the diamond, the Braves' situation is unclear, but it could be really good. Ozzie Albies is a tremendous young talent, Dansby Swanson has shown glimpses of being a really good major leaguer, the old catching tandem was great last year, and the team has intriguing options at third. Of course, none of that is guaranteed to work, but its possible to see how it could.
47 minutes | Mar 10, 2018
Episode 79 - 2018 Season Preview: Pitching
Spring Training gets rolling along, and the Braves even traded for three-true-outcomes wonder and infielder Ryan Schimpf. Really, though, we mostly just have to look forward still, and today we talk about the pitching staff. The key unifying theme of the Braves' staff might just be uncertainty. In his relatively short career, Julio Teheran has looked like a down-ballot Cy Young contender and a complete disaster. Mike Foltynewicz is shockingly inconsistent. Sean Newcomb would be a world beater if her cut his walks just a smidge. Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir could be solid veteran pickups, but we wouldn't bet on it. Luiz Gohara could be the best, even though he is only 21. Yet a massively improved bullpen and more options all around should mean the Braves have a lot better pitching than they did last year.
54 minutes | Mar 3, 2018
Episode 78 - 2018 Season Preview: Prospects
The Braves are playing consistent baseball again, and we're doing consistent podcasts again. Now, those games are only Spring Training, so we're spending our time previewing the season. First, we talk about the Braves' great prospects, including the number one prospect in all of baseball, Ronald Acuna, Jr. We actually spend the majority of our time discussing the Braves' extremely deep group of prospects before we get to the future superstar. Yet at the end, we have to talk about the remarkable performance of the young outfielder. There is hope for the future for the Braves, and for good reason.
53 minutes | Feb 3, 2018
Episode 77 - Glavine, Maddux, and Smoltz
With absolutely no news coming from anywhere in baseball, we went straight into reminiscing about the cornerstones of the best rotation in baseball history. The Braves first acquired Tom Glavine in the 1984 draft, and he seemed like a solid lefty pitching prospect. They then got John Smoltz back for Doyle Alexander from the Tigers at the 1987 deadline. Neither looked like a future Hall of Famer in the 1980s. Then they began working with Leo Mazzone, who focused on throwing strikes with your fastball, and never giving a hitter what they want. By 1993, they were joined by an even better pitcher, when Greg Maddux signed as a free agent. They were together for a decade, forming a remarkable staff, and all three being not just successful pitchers, but unique.
48 minutes | Jan 27, 2018
Episode 76 - Chipper Jones
Chipper Jones has become a Hall of Famer, so we decided to make our return episode about Chipper. First, we did have to talk about the various prospect rankings put out recently, which all crowned Ronald Acuna as the best prospect in baseball. Then we turned our attention to Chipper, beginning when he was a top prospect. Larry Wayne Jones, Jr. came to the Braves out of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, and we tell his full story from then. We reminisce on Chipper's season after season dominance, trying to get some perspective on where he ranks in history. Not to give too much away, but he lands pretty highly. This episode is for one of the great Braves of all time and a true Atlanta hero.
39 minutes | Dec 22, 2017
Episode 75 - Bob Horner
Bob Horner is perhaps one of the great tragic figures in baseball. Horner went straight from being the best player in college baseball to playing in the majors after the Braves selected him number one overall in the 1978 draft. The early years of his career made Horner look like a future superstar. He was an odd looking player, constantly battling weight and injury issues, but he could turn on a fastball as well as anyone. He was a consistent thirty home run hitter, when he could stay healthy enough. Unfortunately, that was always his issue, and he injured his wrist in his best season, 1983. Then, in 1987, Horner was a victim of collusion by MLB's owners, which meant he was the best hitter in Japan for 1987. Horner attempted a comeback with St. Louis in 1988, but injured his shoulder and ended his career at the age of 30.
54 minutes | Dec 16, 2017
Episode 74 - Dale Murphy
This week, the Braves picked a hard throwing reliever in the Rule 5 draft and were part of some small rumors. So we went back into our look at Braves' history by discussing Dale Murphy. Murphy is still one of the most beloved players the Braves have ever had. A clean cut, genuinely nice guy, Murph was also a good center fielder and an excellent hitter. Coming to the majors, Dale Murphy was a power hitting catching prospect, who then developed a block when throwing the ball back to the mound. He wound up in centerfield and turned into an MVP candidate. For six years, Murphy was as good as anyone in baseball, but it was really only those six years. He fell off a cliff by his mid-30s, and never even had hang around value at the end of his career. Because of the unusual shape of his career, his Hall of Fame case is hard to decipher. No matter what, though, he's one of the best Braves of all time.
49 minutes | Dec 8, 2017
Episode 73 - Darrell Evans
The only news we had to begin this episode was that the Braves' AAA team is now known as the Gwinnett Stripers, so we quickly got into our discussion of Darrell Evans. Bill James called him the most underrated player in baseball history. He was a quiet, unassuming third baseman who had a low batting average, but compensated with great power and a phenomenal batting eye. In 1973, he would have an incredible season for the Braves and was part of a good young core. Then, in 1976, he was traded after a slow start for Willie Montanez, who could hit .300, but not do much else. The trade, and many associated transactions, speaks a lot as to how the Braves ended up being so abysmal in the late 1970s.
56 minutes | Dec 2, 2017
Episode 72 - Rico Carty
Returning to our offseason series on great Braves players in history, we discuss the "Beeg Boy," Rico Carty. There is perhaps no player in baseball history quite like Carty, who was a large Dominican player who hit the ball hard. There have been other players who fit that mold, but no others were cowboy-hat wearing, cigar smoking iconoclasts who referred to themselves in the third person by their nickname and kept their wallet in their back pocket while playing. In addition to being a colorful character, Carty also was one of the more snakebitten players, having missed two separate full seasons, once to tuberculosis and once to a crushed knee. He also had fights with teammates like Hank Aaron, Ron Santo, and Frank Robinson. We had a lot of fun talking about Rico Carty, because it's always fun to talk about Rico Carty.
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