755 Is Real: A show about the Atlanta...

David O'Brien and former Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty both work from the stretch. One stretches words into stories about the Braves; the other pitched from the stretch as part of the famed O'Ventbrel Atlanta bullpen trio. Now they bring you inside the clubhouse with the latest Braves news

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"Embarrassing" replay controversy & should it b...
David and Eric react to Atlanta's controversial loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, and debate if it's time to abolish or overhaul MLB's replay capabilities.
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Kung Fu Panda pops homers, Newcomb channels int...
David and Eric react to three surprising Braves performances.
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Phillies sweep Bravos, concern for Chris Martin...
David and Eric react to the Atlanta Braves' season-opening series against Philadelphia. The guys also make note of other league-wide developments, and share their season predictions.
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Braves 2021 Season Preview
David and Eric preview the Braves' season.
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Wright, Webb optioned, Riley's "grown-man" home...
David and Eric look at Sports Illustrated's World Series prediction; Kyle Wright and Jacob Webb being optioned to Atlanta's alternate site, and more!
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Experimental rules, Touki's talent teases & Mic...
David and Eric tap into Braves Spring Training storylines, including: Touki Toussaint and Kyle Wright's mixed bag, Drew Smyly, and Michael Harris.
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First impressions from Braves Spring Training
David and Eric share their first impressions from Braves Spring Training.
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Spring Training preview, bullpen breakdown & Ke...
David and Eric welcome new Australian Baseball League champion, Peter Moylan, to the show.
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Braves re-sign Marcell Ozuna, hitting consultan...
David and Eric react to Marcell Ozuna re-signing with Atlanta. Plus, Chipper Jones joins Atlanta as a hitting consultant, and the guys deep dive into MLB's health protocols.
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Remembering Hank Aaron, 'Big Three' stories & t...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty reflect on the life and career of Henry "Hank" Aaron with former Braves pitching coach, and soon-to-be Braves Hall of Fame member, Leo Mazzone. Plus, stories about Atlanta's 'Big Three', and the state of pitching.
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Jared Porter's misconduct, Don Sutton's legacy ...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty welcome national MLB writer for The Athletic, Britt Ghiroli, to cover Don Sutton's passing, Jared Porter's repulsive behavior and NL East news.
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Andruw Jones, Dale Murphy HOF case, Cleveland n...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty run the (baseball) gamut with The Athletic's Joe Posnanski. From Andruw Jones and Dale Murphy's HOF bid to the Cleveland name change and Barry Bonds, the trio covers all.
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Braves need to re-sign Ozuna regardless of DH d...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss Atlanta's need to re-sign Marcell Ozuna, regardless of the universal designated hitter rule. Plus, Eric highlights the challenges of playing in New York, and Dave Dombrowski leads the Phillies.
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Charlie Morton signs with Braves & steroids-HOF...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty welcome Fox Sports analyst and newly appointed Melbourne Aces pitching coach Peter Moylan to today's show to discuss Charlie Morton, steroids and the Baseball Hall of Fame and much more.
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Drew Smyly signs with Braves, who's HOF bound &...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss pitcher Drew Smyly signing with the Braves. Plus, who from this year's Baseball Hall of Fame class will be inducted, and the three-batter minimum rule is reexamined.
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Freddie Freeman: 2020 National League MVP
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman being honored as the 2020 Nation League MVP.
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World Series shakedown, Braves' offseason needs...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss the Atlanta Braves' offseason needs, including re-signing Marcell Ozuna, making decisions about their bullpen and potentially brining in a veteran starter who's familiar with Atlanta.
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Braves Drop to Dodgers, Off-Season's Biggest Qu...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss the Atlanta Braves' game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. Plus, the guys look ahead to the off-season.
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Bryse Wilson Wows, Ozuna's Offense Dazzles, Pro...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty react to Atlanta's NLCS game four victory, Bryse Wilson's effectiveness and the remainder of the championship series.
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Braves Brace Themselves for NLCS Game 2
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty react to the Atlanta Braves' game one victory of the NLCS over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Braves advance to NLCS to face Dodgers
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Braves Bring Home Game 1 of NLDS
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty recap game one of Braves-Marlins NLDS series.
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Braves Break Playoff Series Drought & Ian Ander...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty recap Atlanta's MLB postseason wild-card series win over the Cincinnati Reds.
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Reds Report with The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans
David O'Brien, Eric O'Flaherty and The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans prime you for the Reds-Braves wild-card series.
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Answering Your Biggest Braves Playoff Questions!
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty answer listeners' Braves-playoffs related questions.
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Hamels Done for Season, Wright's Right Stuff & ...
DOB and EOF react to an unforeseen subtraction from Atlanta's roster; Cole Hamels, one of the team's marquee free agent signings during the off-season, is done for the year. Prior to the Braves scrivener and former big leaguer, respectively, analyzing unexpected loss, the duo chat how Kyle Wright is making strides in his game and how he'll now be leaned on more with Hamels' departure (6:15). So, why is Hamels done for the year (19:15)? How great of a loss is this for the head of the NL East? What's Brian Snitker and co.'s strategy moving forward, and which hurler can we expect to rise to the occasion (31:15)? Dave and Eric chitchat about Atlanta's success at Truist Park (41:00), and Max Fried and Freddie Freeman's National League honors bids (45:15).
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WAR Working Against Freeman's MVP Chances? Mark...
DOB and EOF welcome Mark Simon, Sports Info Solutions analyst, back to the program to discuss a variety of advance baseball metrics musings, including: Braves' surprisingly lackluster defensive runs saved (DRS) total (1:00); how do errors factor into DRS (6:00); does Tatis Jr. benefit from having a first baseman that picks the ball effectively (12:45); why does WAR adversely affect first baseman's, and thus Freddie Freeman, odds at MVP (16:15); what's up with StatCast's unusual measurements (23:30); which rule changes can we expect to hang around and how will they change the way we think about Sabermetrics (31:30); why does Dansby Swanson boast seemingly contradicting defensive stats (44:00)? Lastly, David and Eric review Cole Hamels' Braves debut (46:30).
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Toussaint Tumbles, Hamels' Hurling vs. Orioles ...
DOB and EOF adulate Atlanta's dominant run on offense that has sustained the club's success while contending with a series of starting pitching setbacks (3:30). Speaking pitching dilemmas, the Braves made a number of personnel moves releasing Robbie Erlin and demoting Touki Toussaint (12:30). The guys dive deeper into Toussaint's troubles before looking at Atlanta's eye-popping stats on offense (21:00). Cole Hamels is set to take the mound against Baltimore in his team debut. What can we expect from the lefty? Plus, Kyle Wright showed out against Max Scherzer and Washington (23:30). A glance at Freeman, Ozuna and Duvall's stats at the plate, plus taking in Ozzie Albies' molten bat wraps up the show (39:00).
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29-9, What a Time: Braves Historic Night, Duval...
The Braves have achieved several 'firsts' in club and MLB history this season, and that didn't stop against Miami. DOB and EOF react to Atlanta's record-setting night, and the players that made it possible (1:15). How about RAJ's spectacular September (and we're not even halfway through the month! - 9:45)? Tommy Milone is one lucky hurler; two starts in the span of 11 days where he was aided by at least 10 runs of support in one inning (24:00)?! Adam Duvall is tearing the cover right off the ball this season (40:15). Will his jaw-dropping feat ever be matched by another Braves player? Is this the end of the line for Ender Inciarte (45:30)? Plus, a closer look at baseball's silent star, Freddie Freeman (55:00).
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Fried Lands on IL, Freddie Finally Hits a Grand...
DOB and EOF bare news of another hit to Atlanta's starting rotation: Max Fried is on the 10-day IL because of back issues (:30). The duo discuss managing back pain, and Eric details his run ins with debilitating back aches during his playing days. Alex Anthopoulos updated the press on Mike Foltynewicz's progression as well as Cole Hamels' timeline to return in lieu of Fried's injury (11:15). Could Hamels make his Braves debut soon? Why has Snitker elected to make less-than-appealing pitching decisions? Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson, Adam Duvall and, of course, Freddie Freeman were firing on all cylinders offensively last week, plus Freeman finally hit a grand slam (20:30)! Predictably, Ian Anderson experience his first rough go in the majors, but David and Eric are confident in his resiliency (28:15). As pitching setbacks continue to nag the Braves, who among the few healthy hurlers needs to step up (37:30)?
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Ozuna & Duvall's Dominance Make History, Anders...
DOB, EOF and Peter Moylan deliver a 90-minute epic for your listening pleasure. Their conversations runs the gamut. From Adam Duvall and Marcell Ozuna's historic achievement (2:00) to balancing training and health (12:00) and will Craig Kimbrel rebound from his disappointing season (18:30). Plus, the league is in dire need of arbitration and contract reform; Clayton Kershaw is adapting; Ozuna's impact (43:15); a StatCast head-scratcher (48:00); Ian Anderson remains sharp (56:30); appraising 2020's new rules (1:10:30) and Minor League Baseball is expected to change in dramatic fashion (1:23:00).
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Braves Forego Bolstering Rotation, Milone's Mul...
2020's trade deadline has come and gone, leaving Atlanta with disappointed fans. DOB and EOF discuss the atmosphere within a clubhouse that is welcoming in new players after the deadline, and those whose team didn't make a move (4:30). What's the prevailing sentiment from both ends of the spectrum? For those teams that avoided making trades, is it a foreboding sign players? The guys address the elephant in the room: Why didn't Atlanta secure an available, high-profile pitcher to reinforce their rotation at the deadline (8:15)? Was the asking price too steep (14:30)? The Braves most recent trade acquisition, Tommy Milone, was roughed up against Philadelphia in his first start for the Bravos. The challenging circumstances of his start in mind though, is it OK to give him a mulligan (19:30)? What was Snitker's opinion on a relatively uneventful deadline (24:00)? David and Eric react to The Athletic's Jeff Schultz's column illuminating Atlanta and GM Alex Anthopoulos' mistake in not signing championship-contending commodities last Winter (32:15). The guys detail their interaction with professional athletes and how they comport themselves, sign autographs, and consciously, make an effort to make a positive, lasting impression (47:00). Lastly, will we see Tucker Davidson called up soon, and is Max Fried a top-5 lock in the NL Cy Young race (1:05:30)?
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Anderson Amazes in Debut, Fried Finding Ways to...
DOB and EOF praise Ian Anderson's first MLB start (2:15). The Braves' scrivener and the former reliever analyze the 22-year-old's start against, who else, but the imposing New York Yankees, en route to his first big league win. The guys also tackle Acuna's lead-off monster mash against the Yanks, and other positive developments from Atlanta's series in New York (11:00). Even when his pitching isn't as crisp as we're accustomed to, Max Fried still forges forward and finds ways to win (29:30). Anderson's aggressive pitching mindset, and his dangerous change up were on full display in his first outing (37:30). Mike Soroka spoke to the media for the first time since his Achilles surgery and it's safe to say, he's just as gleeful as he was before the injury (49:30).
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Ian Anderson Call Up, Fried Outclassing Cole, H...
DOB and EOF welcome Ian Anderson to the big leagues! The 22-year-old righty will make his MLB debut in the series opener against New York (:15). What can we expect from Anderson's first career start? Another round of good news was announced by the Braves; Ronald Acuna Jr. was reinstated to the team's active roster after spending 10 days on the IL (4:45). Anderson takes the stage against, arguably, the best pitcher in the league, Gerrit Cole. Though his play speaks for itself, is the AL Cy Young runner-up being outperformed this season by Max Fried (12:45)? The guys examine Fried's climb to the top of Atlanta's rotation, his current numbers compared to Mike Soroka's 2019 metrics (26:00), and the advance analytics that support him being better than Cole so far this year (32:30). Which Braves hitters are excelling at hard contact (46:15)? Plus, canvassing the trade deadline is tricky (56:15).
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End of the Road for Ender (?), Is There a Pitch...
DOB and EOF dust off the listener mailbag and respond to your fun, imaginative and well-informed questions, including: Is this the end of the line for Ender Inciarte with youngster Cristian Pache now in the big leagues (6:00); Is there a specific starting pitcher Atlanta will try to target as the league nears the trade deadline (14:15); Which all-star caliber pitcher would the guys, hypothetically, want on the Braves for the rest of the season (23:00); Do the Braves have a pitching development issue (30:00); Why are many top-tier sluggers experiencing cold spells this season (45:45); Could you, a layman to baseball, possible have a shot at escaping a half inning unscathed (52:30); How are Folty and Newcomb progressing at Atlanta's satellite camp, and would the Braves consider using a "opener" routinely (1:12:00)?
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Tatis Jr., Unwritten Rules Controversy, Tomlin ...
Where do we stand on baseball's unwritten rules? Fernando Tatis Jr.'s meteoric rise is only that much more impressive considering he's 21-years young; however, his inexperience is also what attracted the ire of his manager and others after a late-game grand slam against Texas on Monday night, which violated one of baseball's hallowed unwritten rules. DOB and EOF discuss if unwritten rules are necessary or antiquated in today's day and age and whether Tatis Jr. is deserving of his coach and others' disapproval (1:45). How did Eric come to learn about the game's mutually understood, though not explicitly stated, laws (24:00)? Which guidelines are beneficial? Are there any that are outdated? Josh Tomlin is scheduled to start for the first time since late 2019 (35:30). Are he and Robbie Erlin enough get the Braves by? The Braves have won three-straight despite Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies being sidelined (45:30). Plus, Juan Soto is unreal.
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Braves Battling Despite Injuries, Plesac's Plea...
The Bravos are treading above .500-waters while core members are sidelined with injuries, such as Ronald Acuna Jr., whom DOB and EOF provide an update on (2:00). Kyle Wright is scheduled to kick-off Atlanta's series against the Marlins, and besides his obvious struggles, why doesn't he just throw strikes like Josh Tomlin? The 24-year-old starter describes why it's not such an easy assignment (14:00). Cleveland Indian's righty, Zach Plesac, published a recent Instagram video expressing his disappointment in media members who have portrayed him and fellow teammate, Mike Clevinger, as "bad people". David and Eric share their insight into the matter (28:00). The duo discuss the swath of injuries affecting Atlanta (37:15), and the team's heavy reliance on the bullpen (45:15). Are the relief arms being taxed too much? Is their success sustainable? Plus, the Braves turn to a young pitcher to fill an "opener" role, and what are some relievers saying about potentially moving into a starting role (52:30)? Lastly, Braves revenues plummet (55:15).
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Newcomb Optioned, Bullpen's Brilliance + Ronnie...
DOB and EOF acknowledge that the train's still on track despite breakouts on both the Marlins and Cardinals (:30). Has Eric been apart of club with as much uncertainty and turnover in the starting rotation as this year's Braves (10:45)? The duo then react to Atlanta optioning Sean Newcomb to the Braves' alternate training site in Gwinnett after an abysmal outing against Philadelphia (15:30). When/if Newcomb is recalled, would he best serve the team from the bullpen, and what's the diagnosis for his meager strikeout-to-walk ration as a starter (29:00)? What can the Braves do to replenish their depleted rotation (41:00)? Could unproven yet abundantly talented options Bryse Wilson, Tucker Davidson and/or Ian Anderson make the leap into a starting/opener role (46:00)? The Bravos Boys laud the bullpen's brilliance with their admiration supported by a stat from Jayson Start (51:00). Lastly, Ronnie and Freddie had themselves a game (55:00).
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Markakis Mashes Walk-Off, Touki's Time, Braves'...
There's a ton to cover today, so to start the program DOB, EOF and the always reliable Peter Moylan marvel at Nick Markakis' walk-off homer against Toronto before conferring how the 36-year-old's guidance will affect the locker room (:30). Touki Toussaint may have conducted his best pitching symphony to date versus the Blue Jays (9:15). Eric and Moylo share their favorite walk-off memories in honor of Markakis' game-winning shot (20:00). The Braves' bullpen has been as dependable and instrumental to the club's success as any team in the league (28:30). Is Josh Tomlin Atlanta's MVP through the early goings of the year, and where does this pen rank among Braves all-time greats (39:30)? The two former pitchers discuss if Max Fried is truly ready to assume the legit number one starter position (44:15). Would it be wise for Atlanta to add an arm like Lance Lynn to the rotation? Like we said in previous shows, Acuna's mild sputtering to begin the season was nothing to worry over (56:00).
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"There's No Sugarcoating This Night": Mike Soro...
What a heartbreaking incident for Braves and baseball fans alike. 2019 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up and Braves ace, Mike Soroka's, already short season was bookmarked by a season-ending Achilles injury against the Mets on Monday. DOB and EOF detail the gut-wrenching scene from the intraleague contest (:30) and discuss the potential future implications for the newly 23-year-old and the Braves. The duo then react to GM Alex Anthopoulos' comments on Soroka's injury (13:00), and the odds of a trade occurring (14:15). Could the 29-year-old former starter, Tyler Matzek, be the unassuming fill-in, and make his first foray back into a starting rotation since 2015 (22:15)? What did Anthopoulos say to Soroka in the locker room after the matter (31:45), and how did the former Blue Jays General Manager handle a similar situation in Toronto (34:00)? David and Eric chat about the paralleled drawn by Freddie Freeman between Soroka's and ex-hurler Jason Grilli's injury (39:00). To wrap, the guys examine Soroka's historic start to his career, and postulate how the rotation will shape up (44:30).
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Isn't It Time to Sign Soroka & Fried to Extensi...
Our main man Moylo rejoins DOB and EOF to dig into Atlanta Braves news, such as: Isn't it about time Atlanta offers a contact extension to precocious hurlers, Mike Soroka and Max Fried (3:00)? The Braves inked another promising, young arm in the early 2010s, but how did that turn out (12:45)? Moylo tries deducing why Mike Foltynewicz stumbled in his first start of the season, and the trio postulate what's next for the former all-star (26:30). How concerned are the former Bravos pitchers about Ronald Acuna's sputtering start to the year (Spoiler alert: You should worry more about your milk's sell by date. -- 45:45)? The final two items on the menu: Nick Markakis return to the Braves (1:06:45) and Freddie's early season performance (1:09:45). Go to dugoutmugs.com/TheAthletic and use promo code “MLB30” for 30% off your first purchase!
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Folty DFA'd, Miami Marlins Outbreak & Riley’s L...
DOB and EOF respond to Mike Foltynewicz being designated for assignment after his grueling first start of the season against Tampa Bay (:30). The guys point out Foltynewicz's slimmer physique and the challenging hiatus, where consistency and routines were difficult to maintain. Eric shares his story of significant weight loss and how it affected his pitching (7:30). Jhoulys Chacín's addition to the pitching corral, and the rise of some young Braves arms, could help fill the space left by Foltynewicz (13:30). The Marlins outbreak of positive Covid-19 tests is alarming to say the least (24:45). Could this be Kyle Wright's big moment to step up (31:30)? Plus, Austin Riley's "light-tower power" was on full display against the Mets (34:00); William Contreras is making big strides (46:15), and Dansby Swanson is off to a stellar start (53:00).
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Flowers, d'Arnaud Out Opening Day, Ballpark Atm...
DOB and EOF react to Thursday's baseball openers (:45) before discussing Juan Soto's positive Covid-19 test, and the expanded playoff format (9:30). The duo share their thoughts about the ambiance of the empty ballparks (15:00) as well as the improvements made to the playoff format (22:30). We understand if you like fan cutouts in the stand, but there's no room in the game for "virtual fans" (27:30). The podcast is then interrupted by breaking news of Braves catchers Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud being unavailable due to illness, and rookie Alex Jackson starting behind the dish in their stead (36:15). The boys wrap up today's edition of the show discussing Cole Hamels' move to the 45-day IL (40:00).
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Braves Rotation Breakdown, Matt Adams Addition,...
DOB and EOF recap the latest Braves news (:30) before discussing Atlanta's projected rotation, including how the team will manager their fifth starter spot (8:15). The guys cover the dilemmas the club has faced, like Touki Tousaint and Will Smith's positive Covid-19 tests at the start of camp (the latter still hasn't been cleared), Kyle Wright being exposed to a carrier of the virus, which has resulted in logging less reps than other starters and, of course, Cole Hamels' injury (12:30). There are several factors at play that could affect the outcomes this rotation produces; like Folty and Newcomb's performances and how the assortment of pitchers react in a starter/piggyback role (22:30). The duo react to the Braves signing Matt Adams (33:15), and gauge the potential impact he can make team as well as distinguish his role. Freddie Freeman detailed his nightmare run in with Covid-19, which makes his return to practice and scrimmage and producing effectively in those workouts all the more surprising (41:30). The Bravos Boys wrap up today's show by discussing Mike Soroka being named the Opening Day starter (48:15); the short history of duels Soroka has against Jacob DeGrom, whom he'll face Friday, and Brian Snitker's comment about the rotation's fifth spot (58:00).
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The 100th Episode: Yasiel Puig Joins Atlanta, R...
Thank you for supporting us through 100 memorable episodes! Cheers! DOB and EOF react to the most obvious Braves news, the signing Yasiel Puig (:30). The primary, looming concern about Puig is how he'll harmonize with the clubhouse, but Charlie Culberson appears to have confidence in his new teammate's ability to fit in (8:30). The Bravos Boys examine Puig's stats and discuss his lefty/righty splits, among other analytics (17:45), as well as review his early career success (25:15). The guys chat about Puig's best fit on the field (37:30), plus expect Austin Riley to be Atlanta's regular 3B when Freddie returns (44:15). (P.S. Make sure to hang around until the end of the show!)
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Braves Dependable Depth & Slow-Starting Ender
DOB and EOF powwow about the non-news news involving the four Braves who have tested positive for Covid-19 (6:45). Staying on the topic of player health, the guys address Braves who are expected to be on the opening-day roster whose status is up in the air, namely Cole Hamels, who's struggling with triceps tendinitis (12:30). Although Hamels' opening day standing is tentative, Atlanta is well equipped with solid pitching depth (24:00). Who could Atlanta turn to as a potential fifth starter bearing in mind Hamels' condition and King Felix opting out? David and Eric run through the list of young hurlers that will participate in an upcoming scrimmage, and deliberate who could contribute in this shortened season (32:15). Could Atlanta utilize an opener (37:30)? Ender Inciarte has a track record of sluggish early season offensive production, so how might Atlanta approach that slow-start morass (38:30)? What does Ender, himself, think of his cold spells (48:00), and could Cristian Pache be leaned on in this situation (57:30)?
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Fried and Folty Shine and Big Bryce Ball Added ...
The Braves are back on the field with intrasquad scrimmages and David and Eric weigh in on the early results. There's no timetable for Freddie Freeman's return and the Braves added youngster Bryce Ball to the player pool (12:35). On the field, Max Fried and Mike Foltynewicz shine early on and the guys debate how good the rotation will be in a short 2020 (25:25). The guys also take a look ahead to the 2021 schedule which came out this week.
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Markakis Opts Out, Outfield Options & Braves Br...
David and Eric unpack all the latest Braves news, including four players testing positing for Covid-19, among them Freddie Freeman, who exemplified symptoms (3:00). A pair of Braves also elected to sit out this season, one being King Felix, the other, to the surprise of many, Nick Markakis (5:00). David and Eric discuss Markakis' reasons for sidelining himself, and attempt to determine how this will affect Atlanta (23:00). Down an outfielder, what will the Braves' four-man rotation look like (27:00)? Plus, it will be a grueling start to the year for Atlanta, as they're pitted against the Rays and Mets (30:00).
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Baseball's "Fight Club" & What if Disaster Stri...
DOB and EOF dive into The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli's story about the informal scrimmages hosted at Eric Cressey's, New York Yankees Director of Player Health and Performance, facility, which was abundant with top-tier MLB talent; including Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Paul Goldschmidt and Atlanta's own Luke Jackson (7:15). The duo contemplate how thrilling this "Fight Club"/"Prohibition Games" would have been to witness, and detail specifics from the informal games. What if something goes terribly wrong this year? The Bravos Boys use Ken's Rosenthal's recent piece as a springboard to discuss MLB's management of these unique circumstances, and the absence of a distinct "right" way to handle a phenomena like this (18:45). Rosenthal describes the lack of confidence from those within the sport in regards to how team members will conduct themselves once they leave the field (24:15). Lastly, Minnesota is prohibiting coaches Bob McClure and Bill Evers from working games this season. Adding more questions to how to manage those deemed at-risk (28:45).
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Opt Outs, Desmond's Decision, Braves Player Poo...
DOB and EOF welcome The Athletic's Washington Nationals beat reporter Britt Ghiroli to today's program (2:15)! The trio tackle player opt outs ahead of the truncated season, including the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross. Ghiroli provides insight into both athletes' decisions to step back from the diamond this season. After, the podcasters discuss the Rockies' Ian Desmond's emotionally charged social media post informing fans of his intention to not play this season (10:30). The trio cite the uncertainty this season holds as one of the reasons players may be electing to sit out. In addition, the gaggle of gabbers highlight other factors that might be detouring players from participating this year (15:45). The triumvirate circle back around to Desmond's comments about clubhouse culture, wherein Eric corroborates some of Desmond's points (32:45). Lastly, the Bravos Boys comb through Atlanta's 60-player pool (42:45).
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Baseball Is Back: Answering the Biggest Questio...
DOB and EOF are overjoyed to have baseball back! The two dish on expanded 60-man rosters and a range of health protocols (:30) before diving into Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich's report on MLB's operation manual. David and Eric answer 12 of the biggest questions about the condensed season (13:15), including but not limited to: Is it possible for a team to run out of players? If so, what happens (17:45); What rule changes will be implemented this year (19:45); Will teams actually make trades (25:30); How will the league handle celebrations, sunflower seeds, etc. (30:30), and how will testing work (38:00)? The guys examine details from Jayson Stark about the structure of team schedules (43:15), and discuss the shortened season's impact on Atlanta (48:00).
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Eric's Minor League Lessons, Craziest Fan Comme...
DOB and EOF continue to answer the myriad listener questions submitted during baseball's hiatus. One question asks about Eric's minor league misadventure living in a college dorm while university classes were still in session (7:10). Would Ozuna share information about pitch tipping in last year's NLDS game against St. Louis with Mike Foltynewicz (13:10)? What's the craziest fan comment ever directed at Eric (22:15)? EOF enlightens us about the rigors associated with recovering from Tommy John surgery (37:15). Before calling it a week, the guys thumb through the latest from the MLB labor negotiations (45:30).
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Q&A, Manfred's Bad Look & Trevor Bauer's Shrewd...
DOB and EOF remain impressed by your questions and entertain more in today's show (1:30), including: Which players, that David and Eric have seen, have flashed the best fastball, change-up, sinker, et al. (4:15); Could MLB "lockout" its players (12:30) and is Tony Clark's time as Executive Director of MLBPA done (18:35)? The Bravos Boys dig into Rob Manfred's ambivalence regarding a season as well as his, and the owners, public image (23:15). Plus, Trevor Bauer nailed his analysis of MLB's protracted negotiations in a series of searing tweets (40:15).
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Braves Draft Breakdown
Finally, we have some damn baseball content to discuss and be excited about. DOB & EOF fully flesh out the details of Atlanta's 2020 draft picks, but before then, the duo deliberate the catalyst for the increased volume of college players selected in this year's draft (5:00). The Bravos Boys introduce Atlanta's newest first-round pitching prospect, Jared Shuster, and discuss his arsenal, projected fit in Atlanta's rotation, his struggles early in his career at Wake Forest and what adjustments he made to improve his mechanics (8:00). Why is Atlanta enamored by their fifth-round choice, Bryce Elder, and where does the organization envision him as a sinker/slider hurler (20:45)? Is Jesse Franklin left fielder or the future (28:30), and should Braves fan consider ex-Clemson pitcher, Spencer Strider, a steal (34:20)? Plus, how will collegiate baseball be impacted by MLB clubs only being able to offer a $20K bonus (45:00)?
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Short Season Championship Perception, Best Ball...
DOB & EOF field more listener questions in today's show, including: What was the worst team David and Eric covered or played on, respectively (2:30); If Atlanta were to win a World Series title under these current circumstances, how would their accomplishment be perceived (23:40); Who was the most talented player the Bravos Boys witnessed that never completely lived up to his potential (31:45); What's the ideal outfield line-up and which position could use an infusion of veteran presence (39:00); What are DOB's and EOF's favorite ballpark foods (43:15) and their top baseball memory (57:45)?
67 min
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The State of Baseball with Jayson Stark
DOB & EOF welcome The Athletic's senior baseball writer, Jayson Stark, to the program to evaluate the current position of Major League Baseball. The trio tackle the concept of an illegal strike (2:30) and MLB's tone deaf nature (9:45). Is MLBPA hamstrung by having Tony Clark at the helm (20:30)? What ramifications can we expect when/if the Minor League season is canceled (28:15)? Plus, the ripple effects associated with the condensed MLB Draft (37:30).
49 min
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Eric's Tales from the Minor League & Players' U...
DOB and EOF converse about the players' union's steadfastness in the face of MLB owners' economic proposal despite mounting pressure to start the season (2:30). Eric identifies similarities between his experience with arbitration and the current negotiations (12:00). The duo commiserate over minor leaguers losing their jobs and postulate the implications moving forward of young players' willingness to choose baseball over other sports (25:30). Eric regales us with tales from his minor league days (37:30), including: an impromptu demolition derby, a dry ice bomb fiasco and driving over 150-miles-per-hour outside of Las Vegas.
71 min
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755 Mailbag & Proposal Update
The 755 Is Real mailbag never fails to impress. DOB & EOF answer your Braves, baseball and show related questions that were submitted on Twitter (2:30), including: Configuring the 2020 rotation, Eric's craziest clubhouse prank and what pitch would he have added to his repertoire had time/injury not been a factor and more! The Bravos Boys update us on the latest from the MLB/MLBPA negotiations (45:45).
63 min
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Ken Rosenthal Joins 755 + Questions About MLB S...
DOB & EOF welcome The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal to the program (:30) to converse about playoff baseball's tentative nature and how it's impacting player, owner profit sharing and Tom Glavine's and Chipper Jones' position on Blake Snell's comments (9:15). Also, which safety precautions are subject to revision (15:45)? David and Eric broach the matter of Covid-19 testing (18:15), and discuss what plans are in store for extra players in taxi squads (33:20). Lastly, we cover Spring Training concerns, including the arid conditions, and logistical challenges, especially in places like NYC (41:45).
63 min
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The Money Morass & MLB Proposed Safety Protocols
When they aren't resetting their modems or running from bears, DOB & EOF are discussing baseball, but seeing as there's no baseball, the duo instead explore the question, 'why isn't there baseball yet'? The guys breakdown the perceived hangup, money, from both the players and owners perspectives (:30), and muse the losses, public image and more, of both parties, while the negotiations continue to stall (16:00). The Bravos Boys also examine The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich recent report detailing the safety protocols Major League Baseball is proposing (25:15), including condemning spitting, unnecessary physical contact (high fives) and more, plus how does the league intend to enforce these rules (36:30)?
50 min
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755 Welcomes Pitcher Mike Foltynewicz!
DOB & EOF welcome Atlanta Braves starter, Mike Foltynewicz, to today's show! The band of Bravos have "Folty" catch them up on life during quarantine, including relishing time with family and working out (while taking proper precautions) with fellow pitchers, Sean Newcomb and Mike Soroka (2:00). Are the Braves better suited for an abridged season than most other teams? The 28-year-old shares his thoughts on that and the reinforced rotation with a healthy Cole Hamels (18:45). Foltynewicz responds to the proposed plan by the owners, and reacts to playing an 82-game schedule in a cross-league division format and the implementation of the universal DH (24:00). The trio discuss the issue of money that is stunting the player, owners negotiations (39:30), plus the emphasis on safety (47:00). Before parting ways, Foltynewicz describes his thoughts and emotions after the divisional series loss to the Cardinals, and how he's turned part-criticism and part- support into motivation (1:01:30).
82 min
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MLB Owners' Proposal, Is There a Winner in A Lo...
DOB & EOF return to react to the latest from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and ESPN's Jeff Passan regarding a proposal to play the 2020 season from MLB owners (1:00). The Bravos Boys outline the proposal and tackle the minutiae of the deal (13:00), including: Reconfiguring training camp, roster spots, and divisions as well as managing teams who can't play in their home stadiums (19:15) and incorporating the universal DH rule (27:30). Is there a party that wins if there's no season? David and Eric breakdown potential ramifications in a year without baseball (34:00) before discussing who the best under-25 starter in the National League, Mike Soroka or Jack Flaherty (45:45).
58 min
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Fox Sports South/Southeast Announcer Chip Caray...
DOB & EOF welcome Fox Sports South/Southeast announcer, Chip Caray, to today's program! Chip updates David and Eric about how he's passing time during quarantine (2:00) before discussing the numerous reported scenarios in which baseball could return, and how baseball could use this season to experiment (16:00). In relation to baseball starting, the triumvirate also consider how the Braves could stand to benefit from a condensed season, and where Atlanta resides among contenders in the NL East (33:15). Chip sheds light on life as a Caray, being the grandson of former Cubs announcer, Harry, and son of beloved Braves commentator, Skip, and his less-then-idyllic upbringing (Which many fail to realize - 44:15). He then explains The Baseball Hall of Fame's flaw when it comes to inducting broadcasters (56:45), and being apart of a long line of exceptional Braves broadcasters (1:08:45), plus, maintaining belief in your ability despite criticism (1:14:15).
90 min
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Paying Umps, Removing Replay & More Q&A!
DOB & EOF explore the particulars of umpiring, including: The financial side of the business (5:15); what are clubhouse dues and why are umps required to pay (10:25); Spring Training compensation, retirement funds and the importance of having seasoned adjudicators (15:15). The Bravos Boys react to the possibility of a three division league, and what obstacles Atlanta (and the League) could face in that scenario (29:30). In light of MLB and MLBUA (Major League Baseball Umpires Association) recently struck payment plan deal, instant replay may be eliminated to accommodate for the shortened season (39:45). We revisit the mailbag to answer more of your questions (44:30), including (but not limited to): Best/Worst Trades; Detailing the responsibilities of a bullpen coach and their impact on pitchers (53:15); and, Who would comprise DOB's & EOF's dream team lineup (57:35)?
88 min
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Increased Optimism In a Season & 755 Q&A
DOB and EOF venture into recent reports by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, ESPN's Jeff Passan and USA-Today's Bob Nightnegale, among others, who have expressed optimism in a 2020 season, regardless of whatever iteration it's presented, and despite obstacles (which David and Eric address - :45). After, the Bravos Boys answer your questions (19:45), including (but not limited to): player holdouts due to perceived underpayment; the guys' reveal their least favorite stadiums (30:45); what would Eric do differently in his career given the chance (42:35); what traits lead organizations to project a pitcher as a reliever or starter (54:00); what was Eric's high school hitting/pitching acumen (1:00:15); and, Eric shares pitching advice with a soon-to-be college hurler (1:07:15).
76 min
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Driveline Baseball Founder & Reds Pitching Dire...
DOB & EOF welcome Driveline Baseball Founder and Cincinnati Reds' Director of Pitching Initiatives and Pitching Coordinator, Kyle Boddy, to today's program! The trio gab over maintaining contact with players during quarantine and Boddy's impact pitchers like Trevor Bauer (and vice versa - 1:30). Boddy discusses adjusting to working within a professional baseball organization as well as his previous stints as an advisor and teaching Reds players and management gambling strategies like counting cards (9:45). The guys pinpoint a moment in baseball analytics' budding popularity that catapulted it into vogue (23:30). The Bravos Boys hone in on Braves pitching prospect, Tucker Davidson, who has made strides in his craft while working at Driveline (33:00) before tackling the evolution of Driveline, itself, and Boddy's approach to coaching (35:30). The triumvirate travel backwards in time to chat Boddy's upbringing and time before Driveline and the Reds; where he jumped from working at a pizzeria and Olive Garden, to winning (and losing) thousands of dollars in online gambling, to working at Microsoft and eventually starting, what would be, Driveline (42:30).
90 min
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Red Sox's Punishment & Atlanta Braves Fan Surve...
DOB & EOF react to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal's and Evan Drellich's report regarding the Boston's Red Sox punishment from their sign-stealing scandal in 2018 (1:00). Are the penalties imposed by Major League Baseball appropriate? Plus, Eric explains the difference between decoding and sign-stealing. Next up, the guys elaborate on the results from David's Atlanta Braves fan survey, which include, but are not limited to: What is the excitement level for 2020 (pre-quarantine); What would make a successful season (16:45); Who should start at 3rd base (25:45); Confidence Meter: Anthopoulos (29:55) and Snitker (35:30); Who is the face of the franchise (46:10); Favorite all-time Braves player (54:45); Will Acuna record a 40/40 season in the next full playing year (1:04:00) and which throwback uniforms belong in Atlanta's rotation (1:08:30)?
76 min
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Former Braves First-Rounder Kelly Johnson Joins...
DOB & EOF welcome former MLB utility player, journeyman and Braves first-round selection, Kelly Johnson, to the program! Eric and Johnson reflect on their time playing together with the Mets, including Eric's awkward NL Championship ring reception (3:30). Johnson recalls his time with the 2005 Braves, better known as the 'Baby Braves', and being called up around the same time as Brian McCann (11:25) as well as playing with "The Natural", Jeff Francoeur (19:50). He then discusses his time with the Diamondbacks following his first stint with Atlanta as well as his thoughts on AJ Hinch's management of Arizona (29:30). Johnson details his unique career path as a journeyman who played for eight different organizations (38:45) before discussing the importance of camaraderie and leadership (49:40) and if today's game is more difficult (1:04:50).
78 min
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The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli Joins 755!
DOB & EOF welcome back The Athletic's Washington Nationals beat writer, Brittany Ghiroli, to the program! The gaggle of NL East purveyors dive into Ronald Acuna's and Juan Soto's friendship and discuss their continual development (2:00). Britt details covering Manny Machado in Baltimore, and how the two aforementioned outfielders differ from the, at time, contentious Machado (15:45). The 'Soto Shuffle' effect is looked at closely (30:45). Britt canvasses the Nationals' Spring and elaborates on the key off-season story lines like; how much will Washington miss Rendon; Strasburg's contract; how good is Trae Turner and more (36:00). Plus, the intriguing Sean Doolittle, and Britt on the Arizona plan (57:00).
79 min
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755 Is Real: Mailbag Edition
DOB & EOF are excited to answer your questions! The guys dig into their mailbag to respond to queries like: "Who is the prospect that you expected to be a superstar but didn’t pan out," and, "Who's the most talented, least heralded, player you've played with/covered? Why?" Follow David on Twitter: @DOBrienATL Follow Eric on Twitter: @EOF34
90 min
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The Peter Moylan Story
DOB, EOF and the amazing Aussie, Peter Moylan, take a trip down memory lane as Moylan regales us with the tale of his journey from aspiring baseball player in Australia with a stutter, to a rollerblading Rookie Baller who had his signing bonus stolen by a guy selling a car sound system at a night club, to a pharmaceutical salesman and, ultimately, fulfilling his dream of playing in the Majors.
88 min
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Braves Pitcher Luke Jackson Joins 755!
DOB & EOF welcome Atlanta's 'Friendly Neighborhood Slider-Man', Luke Jackson, to the pod! After the Braves pitcher updates the guys on his life during the quarantine (1:00), he responds to MLB's musings of starting the season and playing in Arizona (6:30). What challenges does Jackson foresee, and is this possibility tenable? The righty reliever reveals the challenges associated with the shutdown after a successful, though truncated, spring where he maintained good health (17:10). The trio deliberate the odds of a season actually taking place (25:50), and discuss the single stat on Jackson's wrap sheet that spurred criticism from fans and experts: blown saves (37:30). Plus, the retired reliever, Eric, and Jackson gab about pitching last season, pitching development and other intricacies (49:30) before Jackson relives being DFA'd/released by Atlanta five times within a year (1:08:45).
84 min
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The Tale of Evan Gattis Pt. 2
DOB and EOF return with special guest Evan Gattis on today's show. The mainstays ask Gattis to reflect on his time with the Houston Astros, including languishing from a sports hernia-esque injury in 2016, grinding his way from a janitor to a multi-million dollar man, reuniting with B-Mac in Houston and, most notably, the Astros sign stealing scandal.
69 min
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The Tale of Evan Gattis Pt. 1
DOB & EOF welcome former Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros catcher/DH, Evan Gattis, to the program! The gang venture through Gattis' journey from standout high school baller combating anxiety and depression, to his time as a janitor, ski lift operator and someone seeking spiritual enlightenment on his way to fulfilling his big league dreams.
106 min
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755 Welcomes the Wonderful Kelsey Wingert!
DOB and EOF gleefully welcome former Fox Sports South reporter, Kelsey Wingert, to the program. Kelsey chronicles her time in a world without sports, and the overwhelming sense of joy she had covering Atlanta sports, including the Braves (1:00). She also details her experiences being near Bravos players and coaches in the clubhouse and dugout (14:15), the outpouring of support Atlanta sports fans have shown her (18:10), grappling with the reality of not working alongside the Braves (23:30), representing women sportscasters and the obstacles the industry presents (29:30), aspirations of working sideline long-term in Atlanta (32:10) and more. The Bravos Boys wrap up today's show by canvassing the players/owners agreement and its effect on the Braves (43:15).
70 min
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Are the Braves well positioned for baseball's r...
There's no baseball, but the show must go on for DOB and EOF. The guys talk about how the stoppage is effecting Minor Leaguers and fringe roster players, then they look back on other shortened seasons in baseball history and compare to the current situation. Later, David and Eric explain why when baseball does return, the Braves may be in a great spot to capitalize.
84 min
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Aussie-Cast with Peter Moylan Pt. 2
DOB, EOF and special guest Peter Moylan pick up where they left off Tuesday with their all encompassing baseball talk. Eric and Moylo detail how they would handle the work stoppage, plus, the triumvirate discuss the scabs of the '95 MLB strike and the nebulous nature of paying the players (:30). Oh, do you all remember the time when the Astros cheated, and would Peter have snitched (5:45)? Loaded question alert: will there be a baseball season (12:00)? The trio pinpoint the Bravos biggest question mark, and chat about the back of the rotation (17:15). The gents also cover Moylo's time with the Australian National Team (24:00); the reality of MLB money (30:00); and Chipper Jones and Jeff Francoeur as TV analysts (37:45).
46 min
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Aussie-Cast with Peter Moylan Pt. 1
It's been nearly six months since his last appearance on the show, and there's no better time to have him on than now; welcome Peter Moylan back to the program! Moylo catches DOB & EOF up on the happenings in Australia during the pandemic and updates us on everything else in between (:45). The former Bravos teammates, Moylo and Eric, field questions from David harkening back to their playing days, including their fondest memory in Atlanta (10:40), who sat on the throne as the club's funniest teammate (17:30), who was the best teammate (28:30), the best pitcher (31:15) and the most talent baseball player they worked with (32:30).
43 min
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Chipper Jones on Coronavirus, ESPN, Braves Bigg...
DOB warmly welcomes Braves legend and MLB HOFer Chipper Jones to the program. The duo react to MLB, among other sports leagues, altering the complexion of their season because of the Coronavirus pandemic (:30). Chipper recalls 1995's post-strike Spring Training, and theorizes how long it will take for players to reengage/re-prepare for baseball (6:15). No. 10 explains what went into his decision to join ESPN (17:30). What moment makes Chipper wonder what might have been if things had gone differently (23:45)? Will Dale Murphy be inducted into the HOF, what's this year's Braves team's biggest question mark and who does Chipper believe will claim the everyday third base role (30:00)?
42 min
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The King's Command, Soroka Working with d'Arnau...
DOB from CoolToday Park in North Port, Florida, and EOF from his abode in Seattle unite to share updates on Atlanta's rotation (:30). How impactful can Sean Newcomb be to this rotation if he cuts down on the walks (7:00)? The duo parse Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke's comments about Hernandez's improved command, and discuss how it helps him at this stage of his career (12:15). The guys react to Soroka's outing, and his comments regarding Opening Day (20:50). Eric enlightens us on what it means when pitchers describe the "feel" of a pitch (25:50). The Bravos Boys read into Soroka's praise for Travis d'Arnaud through three weeks of Spring Training (28:00). Plus, Ronald Acuna evaluates his performance this Spring (30:45).
43 min
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Picking Up Pitches, Soroka Versus Lefties & Acu...
DOB & EOF chug their morning cup of hot java and consider a listener's question (via Twitter): How hard it is for a pitcher to learn a pitch from another pitcher (:35)? Eric explains the physical and metal factors involved with this tough task, and weighs-in on if technology promotes comprehension of pitch learning (12:15). The duo recap Soroka's start against the lefty latent Pirates (22:00), and discuss if he will start Opening Day. Is there a shred of concern over Acuna's and Ozuna's Spring Training hitting woes (33:00)? Lastly, Dave shares his thoughts from his conversation with Braves hitting coach, Kevin Seitzer (42:30).
55 min
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King Felix Redux, Spring Training Pitching & Pr...
DOB & EOF kick off today's show reviewing King Felix's recent string of strong outings at Spring Training (:20). The Bravos Boys also examine Kyle Wright's pitching adjustments, and Eric explains the process of critiquing mechanics (5:15). David recaps King Felix's postgame conference (15:30). The duo canvas Shane Green's struggles; what's the mentality of closers/relievers in meaningless Spring Training games (20:15)? The battle for third base continues (27:45), and Atlanta would love to have Prado back (34:15).
42 min
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Freak Out Over Freeman & Defensive Analytics Di...
DOB & EOF calmly and shrewdly attempt to talk Bravos fans down from the ledge after Freddie Freeman was scratched from Tuesday's Spring Training exhibition with irritation in his elbow (1:15). The Bravos Boys welcome Sports Info Solutions analyst and co-author of "Fielding Bible Volume V", Mark Simon, to the program to answer their burning analytics questions, including: How much have the Braves improved in DRS (Defensive Runs Saved), why have Freeman's metrics belied his outstanding defensive ability (16:45), will there be a falloff in DRS without Donaldson (25:00), how much can Acuna grow defensively (29:40) & how is Swanson viewed in the defensive metrics community (38:00)? Can King Felix compete for a back of the rotation position (48:30)? Plus, some of the young Braves are humongous (54:15).
63 min
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Markakis Doesn't Mince Words, Hamels' Injury & ...
DOB & EOF punch the record button and react to Nick Markakis' thoughts on Houston's sign stealing scandal (6:00). Are condemnations of the Astros actions from those like Markakis and Mike Trout warranted? Eric predicts how Houston will be treated across the MLB landscape (19:15) before the duo dive into Cole Hamels' injury (24:30). What silver lining is there to this predicament, if any (28:00)? Also, the guys highlight a few Bravos who have stood out in early BP rounds (34:00).
50 min
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New Playoff Proposal, Pitching Projections & Be...
DOB & EOF heartily welcome you back to the program from Florida and Seattle, respectively. The Bravo Boys deliberate the implications and idiosyncrasies of MLB's proposed playoff expansion (1:45). Plus, how does this change effect the future CBA (27:30)? The duo chat about Folty's incommunicado resulting, presumably, from his Game 5 shortcoming (34:45). And while on the topic of Braves pitchers, this rotation may have the heaviest boom/bust potential in the league (42:45). Lastly, thoughts and extrapolations from the Mookie Betts deal (47:30).
57 min
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Hamels honed in, Waters' Swagger & Baker's Back
DOB & EOF are psyched for the 2020 season, as we're a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting. The three syllable duo discuss Cole Hamels' professionalism and how he'll impact Atlanta's young rotation (6:00), and compare his career numbers to that of the projected members of the opening-day rotation (14:30). Next, the Braves Boys address Inciarte's future, including his comments at ChopFest and keeping Acuna in right field (19:45). The Braves top two position-player prospects, Drew Waters and Cristian Pache are zeroed in on the upcoming major league camp (27:30). Also, Waters' swagger is reminiscent of a certain Braves legend (41:45). Plus, Dusty Baker dusts off his old sweatbands (53:00).
62 min
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Ozuna's On Board & The ChopFest Chronicles
DOB & EOF rendezvous back at their mics to breakdown Atlanta's deal with Marcell Ozuna (1:30). How will this pairing effect the outfield rotation (23:30)? The term of Ozuna's deal benefits the Braves' youngsters (33:00). The third base battle begins (43:20), and the Braves Boys react to Freddie's health (59:30) and sign stealing (1:04:00) comments.
86 min
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King Felix joins the Braves Kingdom
DOB & EOF, fresh off a trip to the kitchen for coffee and Cabo, respectively, deliberate the hypothetical addition of Nolan Arenado in Atlanta following reports of his discontent in the Mile High City (2:00). The Braves Boys bound directly into talk of Felix Hernandez's coupling with Atlanta, and what it could mean for the 33-year-old former Cy Young Award winner (11:00). Though the excitement of the acquisition is palpable, the guys advise you to, temporarily, temper your expectations (23:30). Eric revisits his time playing with King Felix in Seattle, as well as, their, optically, identical injuries (30:00). Could Hernandez emulate Anibal Sanchez's resurgence (44:30)? Plus, the similarities between Andruw Jones and King Felix are uncanny (50:30). Lastly, the duo chat B-Mac and the 'Stros (1:06:15).
82 min
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JD Departs & Sign Stealing Fallout
DOB & EOF are thrilled to return behind the mic...though their excitement is somewhat tempered by a certain third baseman not being re-signed. Before that, the duo react to the ramifications of Houston's sign stealing fiasco, and postulate what will happen with Boston (1:00). Next, the three-initialed hosts break down Josh Donaldson's departure from Atlanta to the Twin Cities (11:30), as well as, which bats could fill the empty shoes left behind (23:30). The Braves Boys revisit the sign stealing scandal and dive into the minutia of the conundrum (35:15), including: what will happen to Beltre? To close, welcome to your new ballpark...Truist...Park...yay (52:00).
62 min
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10 Predictions for 2020!
Happy New Year everyone! David and Eric can't believe pitchers and catchers report in just six-ish weeks! The guys chat about the Braves newest workout facility, options at clean up & share their predictions for 2020!
90 min
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Breaking Down Third Base & Other Pitching Prosp...
Christmas has arrived early! DOB & EOF give the gift of an in depth analysis of the Bravos' third base situation, but, before then, Handsome Charlie returns (1:00)! The pangs of waiting on JD's decision cuts deep (5:45), but David and Eric layout alternatives for the club (23:30). The duo examine defense metrics for third basemen (35:30), and why are some folks leery about trading for Bryant (45:30)? Who is the potential wild card choice at third (54:15)? Lastly, now that MadBum is off the market, is there another pitcher Atlanta should pursue (57:30)?
75 min
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Update from the Winter Meetings: Murph snubbed,...
755 is taking over the West Coast! With DOB chasing leads and reporting from the Winter Meetings in San Diego, Eric plugging in his mic; which was hanging from his Christmas tree as an ornament (courtesy the kiddos) and producer Cam in his 5x5 "plush" LA apartment outside the 10, we launch into today's show by trying to comprehend Murph being stiffed from the HOF (again - 5:00). The Band of Braves react to Strasburg staying put in Washington (13:50), plus where will Rendon land after the WS MVP re-signed (23:45)? Atlanta enlisted the services of Cole Hamels last week; David and Eric react to the acquisition (39:50). What will the Braves do with the rest of their cash (54:15)?
65 min
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Chatting Culberson, Astros debacle and Offseaso...
DOB, with his Nokia, and EOF, with his iPhone X, dial up former stellar Braves outfielder and Fox Sports broadcaster, Jeff Francoeur! The Braves battalion deliberate the consequences of Houston's scandal (2:30), and unpack Atlanta's decision to non-tender Culberson (11:00). Jeff reveals his thoughts on the division series (15:30) before the crew decides on their most encouraging performance of the year (30:30). How impactful can the offseason acquisitions be (36:00), and just how willing are the Braves to open their wallet the remainder of the offseason (47:00)?
61 min
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The 2010s: Best Braves of the Decade
DOB & EOF breakdown their list for the top Bravos of the 20-teens! The unanimous selection at first base is...(2:15 -- it's pretty obvious)? Who locks down second (8:15) and third base (14:00), plus who caps off the middle of the defense (22:15)? David and Eric reveal their best catcher (27:15) before announcing the avant-garde of the outfield (31:00). Wrapping up the all-decade club, Atlanta's cream of the crop on the mound (42:00), including the 2010's No. 1 closer (56:00).
62 min
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Welcome home Will Smith
DOB & EOF have settled back into their daily routines after being abroad last week. The duo reacts to Atlanta landing Will Smith (3:00) and entertain the impact he will have on the Bravos pen next season. David expounds on qualifying offers and compensatory picks amidst the free agency period (13:30), and Eric shares his thoughts on the latest addition to the Cubs, David Ross (20:00). The guys further their free agency discussions by thinking of potential outfield targets (27:30), available catchers (32:00), and of course, more JD figures (35:30). Before punching out, we react to Major League Baseball's proposal to cut ties with 40+ Minor League clubs (38:00).
50 min
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Can Atlanta land Lindor & Sign Stealing
DOB & EOF are road warriors. David sparks scintillating conversation while recording from the GM Meetings in Arizona, and Eric keeps coming with the great insight from Hawaii at 4:30 am! The team talks trade rumors (1:00), including whether the Bravos can land a piece like Kris Bryant (14:00) and/or Francisco Lindor (19:15). After, the guys react to Ken Rosenthal's and Evan Drellich's story of the Astros using electronic means to steal signs (29:30). Plus, who are the Braves untouchables (47:00) and will Moylo share his future Olympic gold medal with us (1:10:30)?
79 min
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The delightful Dale Murphy joins the program!
DOB & EOF are ecstatic to welcome Braves legend, Dale Murphy, back to the program! The company reacts to Dale being named to the 2020 Modern Baseball Era HOF ballot (1:00), and discuss what it would be to him if he were voted in. The group discusses the likes of Fred McGriff, and other HOF snubs (14:15), plus, David reveals two instances that could help Dale's chances at being enshrined (16:15). Did years of a heavy workload contribute to Dale's injuries, and are his years of service partially to blame for him not already being a HOFer (25:30)? Dale then provides his thoughts on the Braves postseason collapse (34:15), Acuna's maturation (38:15), Freddie's injury (51:15), the ubiquitous criticism on social media (54:15), and necessary moves Atlanta needs to make this off-season (1:03:00). David and Eric close today's show by postulating what big moves the Braves could make this off-season (1:08:15).
76 min
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Scherzer's status, Soto's value and Taubman's f...
DOB and EOF inhale their seventh and final cup of coffee before welcoming the brilliant and insightful Washington writer for The Athletic, Britt Ghiroli, to the show! Britt reacts to the Astros' sweep in Nationals Park (2:00), and the pertinent narratives of the last three games, including Scherzer's injury, which Eric gives context to (5:15). Afterwards, Britt describes what it is like covering the World Series (12:00) before the triumvirate discuss Strasburg's maturation and impact (25:15). The herd then weigh the value of each soon-to-be Nationals free agent and Britt explains the team's priorities (30:30). Juan Soto will eventually get big bucks, but will he sign a deal like Acuna's, plus, how about Soto and Acuna being apart of the same division for the foreseeable future (38:00)?! As the group clocks out, Britt serves up her opinion on the Astros/Brandon Taubman debacle (42:00), and DOB and EOF give their game six and seven predictions (59:00).
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The legendary Chipper Jones joins the show!
DOB & EOF are back from their brief respite to preview the World Series (4:00), and provide an update on Freddie after his procedure (11:15) before welcoming in the man who needs no introduction: Chipper Jones (23:30)! The triumvirate touch on the Astros and NLDS (30:15), and chat about the prodigy, Mike Soroka (37:30). The guys also discuss: B-Mac (39:30), Martin Prado (46:30), the 2009 Boston game (1:07:15), the HOF (1:17:30), Barry Bonds and Bobby Cox (1:40:15) and Atlanta's off-season priorities (1:48:30).
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The last game, MLB opioid testing, B-Mac's last...
OK. Lots to get to in today's show: DOB, EOF and the always great Peter Moylan, discuss the exposed pitching staffs during the playoffs (1:45) and revisit the Bravos season-ending loss to St. Louis (11:00). After, the guys react to the recent Tyler Skaggs news (20:00), B-Mac's impressions on Eric and Peter are ever lasting (30:15), plus, just how good of a manager could McCann be? Moylo gives us an idea of who the Braves should re-sign this off-season (47:00), and how much JD's price tag will be (52:30). Who else should Atlanta target this post-season? The gang prioritizes their top, potential signees (1:14:00), and then debate if Newcomb has the stuff to be a top-flight starter (1:17:30). Is there a greater signal that this team is 'all in' if they sign Garrit Cole; and other front office chatter (1:20:00).
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