Leadoff: What they’re saying about Braves mess


Leadoff: What they’re saying about Braves mess

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Matt Kemp ... NL LVP?

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early look at Atlanta sports.

For a team far removed from the playoffs, the Braves continue to draw a lot of national attention this week.  

Not the good kind, of course:

> FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron was asked in an online chat if he agrees that former general manager John Coppolella, forced to resign amid an MLB investigation into alleged rule-breaking on the international player market, had been doing a good job rebuilding the Braves. 

“Nope,” Cameron replied. “The farm system is in good shape, but the Major League team is mostly a mess. The prospects are mostly very high risk types.

“I don’t think the Braves are all that close to being good, and they haven’t done a good job of managing fan expectations.” 

> Ken Rosenthal, writing for The Athletic, made a strong case for Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore to run the Braves’ baseball operations. 

Rosenthal closed with this blistering line about what Moore would bring to the Braves: 

“He represents something the franchise currently lacks: An adult in the room.” 

> Jon Heyman, in a FanRag Sports column, named the Braves’ Matt Kemp “NL LVP” – least valuable player. 

“He can still hit a bit, but moving looks like a chore at this point,” Heyman wrote. “Moving him elsewhere may be an even bigger chore.”

The Braves announced his resignation Monday.

ICYMI ... 

Ken Sugiura looks back – 100 years back -- to the 1917 Georgia Tech football team, which “lifted football in the South to a height it had never reached.” See his story here.   

D. Orlando Ledbetter assesses how the Falcons’ rookies are faring four games into the season. See his story here

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