1970 Topps Jim Nash 171- Braves Card of the Day ⚾

This cards look like crap. Why not airbrush away the A’s uniform? (Assuming that IS an A’s uniform.)

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1958 Topps Harry Hanebrink 454 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Is Topps throwing shade at Hanebrink?

“Plenty of seasoning down on the Braves’ farms” is a really interest way to say long time minor leaguer.

“He’s shown he can deliver base hits … He’ll be tough to move out” is just wrong.

Mr. Hanebrink was a solid minor league player with a good glove. No shame in that.

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2015 Topps BJ Upton 184 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Here we have the player that every Braves fan cites when they claim to be glad that the Braves didn’t make another high price free agent signing. The signing was, of course, a disaster. The Braves had a young nucleus of Simmons, Heyward and Freeman with an in his prime Brian McCann and decided to go for it. It was a risk. It failed. C’est la vie.

I don’t agree that it means the Braves should avoid high proceed free agents in the future however.

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1975 Topps Tom House 525 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Tom House may have ended up with a serviceable major league career as a player and a pitching coach, but to me, he’ll always be the guy in the Braves bullpen who caught Hank Aaron’s 715th home run.

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2019 Topps Heritage New Age Performers Ronald Acuña Jr. - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Expectations are a hell of a thing. The back of this baseball card compares Acuña’s rookie season to Tommie Agee’s 1970 season. Agee was a fine baseball player who had an excellent career. When Acuña’s career ends, if it were to resemble Agee’s, Braves fans would be disappointed. I think Acuña would too. That’s the consequence of expectations.

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1967 Topps Denis Menke 518 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I get that Menke was one of the original bonus babies. I get that he had an excellent major league career. I get that he was a terrific hitting coach that helped develop great players like Paul Molitor.

I can’t get past how he spells his first name.

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2011 Topps Dan Uggla 640 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

If you want to piss off Braves twitter, just tell them that Dan Uggla was a perfectly fine baseball player his first two years in Atlanta.

They will call you names.

You’ll be right though. He wasn’t what Braves fans expected he would be, but he was a solid baseball player.

After those first two years though, woof.

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1993 Topps Steve Avery 615 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Avery was so damned good during those first three division championship runs, but at the time, I was not a fan. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that every single woman I worked with was in love with him. Nothing at all.

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1978 Topps Pat Rockett 502 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I think it’s fitting that a player with the last name Rockett was known to have an excellent arm. The name certainly didn’t apply to his bat.

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1975 Topps Joe Niekro 595 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Question: who is the best brother pitching combination in history? Is it Joe and Phil Niekro? Maybe Jim and Gaylord Perry? Or perhaps Dizzy and Daffy Dean?

OK. Obviously it wasn’t Dizzy and Daffy. Daffy started off his career with two excellent seasons, but injuries pretty much ended his productive years in his third season. Dizzy would have a number of productive years, but eventually, arm injuries would end his career as well. So, the Dean brothers are out.

So, how best to compare the Perry brothers and the Niekro brothers then? Do you like WAR? Jim Perry amassed an impressive 41.8 rWAR, which only looks small compared to his brothers 90.4. That would be a combined 132.2 wins above replacement. Phil Niekro bettered even Gaylord’s rWAR with 96.2. Joe, who’s career didn’t really take off until he became an Astro in the late 70s, had a career rWAR of 29.8 That brings the Niekro brothers to 126 total wins above replacement. In this regard, the Perry brothers win, but it is close.

Do you like wins? Sure, the stat has been all but discarded, but it was THE stat when these men all pitched. Phil Niekro won 315 games and Joe won 221 for a combined 536. Gaylord Perry won one less than Phil and Jim Perry won 215 for a combined 529. The edge here goes to the Niekro boys. Close again.

The Perry brothers combined to strike out 5,110 batters while the Niekro brothers struck out 5.089. Looks at these numbers and the rWAR numbers and the wins numbers and you see that this is really close.

The awards go to the Perry brothers. Gaylord took home two Cy Young Awards and Jim took home one. Neither Niekro brother ever won the Cy Young, although, it should be said Phil Niekro was jobbed out of the award in 1974. And 1978. And maybe even 1979. So, you know, there’s that too.

So, I’d have to call it a wash.

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