Old Men Sign With Braves
The celebrations are still ongoing for the Chicago Cubs' (somewhat, I mean not too much because they did, after all, have the best record in baseball) improbable World Series title, but other teams are already headed out there and trying to end their own World Series droughts, ones that don't tally 108 years but are long nonetheless.
The Atlanta Braves, who currently sit at three years without a winning record, which they may want to break before taking a stab at their World Series drought, which can now legally drink at 21 years, will take their
mediocre storied brand of baseball over to a new stadium, as the team opens SunTrust Park next season. As our own David Gonos mentioned earlier in the week, the Braves are one of the teams that could make huge...OK, yuuuuge...strides during the Donald Trump presidency, what with several young studs on the roster, including highly touted top overall pick Dansby Swanson.
However, with their first two big moves of the offseason, the Braves have gone in the exact opposite direction of that philosophy, as they brought in pitchers R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon.
Well first, let's get to the positives in this. First of all, Colon signing with the Braves means we're entitled to more Colon at-bats. As a huge defender of the pitcher batting, my biggest argument for keeping this remains in tact, so from the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of baseball fans everywhere, thank you Atlanta.
Dickey and Colon can also provide guidance to a young Braves team, teaching them the all-important ins and outs of Major League Baseball.
But removing our "Batting Bartolo" colored glasses for a second, the Braves now welcome in two guys with a combined age of 85, one of whom (Colon) outlasted the Braves' previous stadium in terms of Major League experience. Furthermore, the pitching theatrics (Dickey, you'll remember, is a knuckleballer) are costing the Braves a bit, with Dickey making $7.5 million next season, while Colon, who, to be fair, was an All-Star last season, has gotten $12.5 million.
So you're paying Colon $12.5 million per career home run? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ATLANTA?!?!?! (kidding, of course)
If anything, it should ensure that the Braves are watchable again. The duo will get a chance to see their former compatriots for their opening series in early April, as they take on the New York Mets.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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