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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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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

    Jared Porter's misconduct, Don Sutton's legacy & NL East check in with Britt Ghiroli

    Jared Porter's misconduct, Don Sutton's legacy & NL East check in with Britt Ghiroli

    DOB and EOF welcome back national MLB writer for The Athletic, Britt Ghiroli, to cover myriad topics in today's show. The trio react to Hall of Fame pitcher and Braves Hall of Fame broadcaster Don Sutton passing after an extended bout against cancer (2:15). Sutton's stories in the broadcast booth were only rivaled by his on-field play, which the three examine and discuss, including mulling the chances anyone will ever see a durable, consistent pitcher, like Sutton, again. From "warm thoughts to ugliness", the triumvirate talk Mets canning former GM Jared Porter, after it was revealed he sent explicit, unsolicited pictures to a female reporter in 2016 (16:30). Britt shares instances where she was confronted and harassed by a baseball player and coach early in her career. David, Eric and Britt impart their thoughts from each of their perspectives, and attempt to comprehend why this is a reoccurring issue. Lastly, what's new in the NL East (43:30)? What can the gang glean from scant offseason moves?

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Andruw Jones, Dale Murphy HOF case, Cleveland name change & Phil Niekro’s legacy with Joe Posnanski

    Andruw Jones, Dale Murphy HOF case, Cleveland name change & Phil Niekro’s legacy with Joe Posnanski

    DOB and EOF welcome Senior Writer for The Athletic and co-host of the 'Poscast' podcast Joe Posnanski to the program. The trio dive into Posnanski's "The Outsiders" series, which examines the 100 greatest, Hall of Fame-eligible players who are not in the Hall. Where is Andruw Jones ranked (1:15)? What's stymied Jones' induction, and what will it take for him to be voted in? And what about Braves great, Dale Murphy (22:30)? The triumvirate also key in on Cleveland legend, Kenny Lofton, whom Joe watched while growing up in Cleveland (36:30). The three also touch on Cleveland changing its team name (56:30), the late Phil Niekro's legacy (1:09:15) and Barry Bonds v. Mike Trout's stats (1:15:30).

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    • 1 hr 50 min
    Braves need to re-sign Ozuna regardless of DH decision & Dombrowski leading Phillies

    Braves need to re-sign Ozuna regardless of DH decision & Dombrowski leading Phillies

    DOB and EOF return to discuss the now tepid universal designated-hitter waters. For a rule that, seemingly, all back, why is MLB approaching the decision apprehensively (:30)? Does the ambivalence lie with the owners? Regardless of the league's judgement, Atlanta needs to re-sign Marcell Ozuna (13:30). Both Dave and Eric chat about the 30-year-old's impact on and off the field. A relatively stagnant free agency period has only experience a few blips, one such being the Mets' signing James McCann. What is Steve Cohen's plan, and Eric details the challenges of playing in New York where every word is over analyzed and amplified (40:00). Dave Dombrowski is the Philadelphia Phillies' new president of baseball operations (53:00). What can fans expect from two-time World Series-winning executive, and is Bryce Harper still in Phillies plans for the future? Lastly, Scott Boras speaks out (1:14:00).

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Charlie Morton signs with Braves & steroids-HOF debate with quarantined Peter Moylan

    Charlie Morton signs with Braves & steroids-HOF debate with quarantined Peter Moylan

    In an Atlanta-sized episode of 755, DOB and EOF are joined by *coach* Peter Moylan! Moylan and the guys discuss the FOX Sports South-Southeast baseball analyst's Australia-based quarantine while he waits to join the Melbourne Aces as their new pitching coach (1:00). The trio talk Major League Baseball's potential MLB Draft League and how it may impact the future of prospect development (9:30). To tender or not to tender, that is the question? Who will and won't be non-tendered by their respective clubs, and which unlikely names could we see become free agents (16:45)? What will happen with the designated hitter rule (28:15)? Charlie Morton joins a Braves starting rotation brimming with talent, but is his addition enough to dispel all worries about the club's starting pitching (33:00)? Peter and Eric dish on what it was like seeing Morton in the clubhouse while working with him in 2008. Where will J.T. Realmuto land, and what does the gang make of Theo Epstein comments and his future as an executive (46:15)? The triumvirate share their opinions on the Bravos' lineup before analyzing some Morton-related stats (1:01:30). It's time to debate a, what seems ageless, topic: when will Barry Bonds and other steroid users being inducted into the Hall of Fame, if ever (1:17:30)? Peter and Dave provide their thoughts on the matter. Plus, clubhouse hazing and other matters (1:45:00).

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    • 2 hrs 7 min
    Drew Smyly signs with Braves, who's HOF bound & the tiresome three-batter rule

    Drew Smyly signs with Braves, who's HOF bound & the tiresome three-batter rule

    DOB and EOF return to examine Robinson Cano's season-long PED suspension, and how it will impact, what was, his fringe Hall of Fame hopes (:30). On the topic of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the guys zero in on this year's candidates and discuss who will or won't be inducted into the sport's hallowed shrine (12:30). Will Braves great, Andruw Jones, finally join the game's other legends in baseball's mecca? Speaking of Jones, David shares a story about Jones receiving praise from one of the sport's all-time greats (33:15). What can Braves fans expect of pitcher Drew Smyly, who recently signed as a free agent (43:15)? Is Smyly the long-awaited final piece to Atlanta's bullpen that will push the club over the hump, and what will the starting rotation look like to start the 2021 season? To close, the guys chat about 2020's least liked new rule, the three-batter minimum (59:30).
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Freddie Freeman: 2020 National League MVP

    Freddie Freeman: 2020 National League MVP

    After a short time away, DOB and EOF return to celebrate Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman being honored as the 2020 NL MVP. Before the duo run full bore into the MVP conversation, they react to the Miami Marlins hiring Kim Ng, the first female general manager in the sport's history (:15). David and Eric provide context to Freeman's award, including his performance this season (despite an early setback) the final tally of first place NL MVP votes and where this award places him among former Atlanta NL MVPs (3:30). Into his early 30s, is Freeman just now peaking (45:15)? Will his distinction affect his contract situation? Is his resume officially Hall of Fame worthy? The guys shift gears, providing their thoughts on Perry Minasian, Atlanta's former top assistant GM, taking stewardship of the Angels organization as their GM (55:15). Plus, a look at the Bravos bullpen, examining Jayson Stark's "Slump Bunch" and pondering if the DH and extra innings rules will become commonplace (1:14:30).
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    • 1 hr 35 min

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