1971 Topps Felix Millan 81 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Baseball has always had guys like Felix Millan, and baseball will always have guys like Felix Millan. Good glove. Good contact hitter. Pretty good player. He’s got a couple of gold gloves ad made three All-Star teams with the Braves. Yep. Pretty good player. He finished his career off with three pretty good years in the Japanese league.

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1983 Topps Rick Mahler 76 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

I came to the realization last night that Julio Teheran is to the Braves of 2018 what Rick Mahler was to the Braves of the mid 1980s. Mahler started a lot of baseball games. He was rarely awful. Even when things were going well, he had a tendency to get gopher bit. He started a lot of opening days because there was no one better available.

I love Julio Teheran and I love Rick Mahler. They are my guys. I sincerely wish that Mahler had never been the best option to start any opening day and that there had been better options than Teheran the past several years. C’est la vie. Go Braves.

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1974 Topps Darrell Evans 140 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Trivia Question: Who was in the on-deck circle when Hank Aaron hit home run number 715?

You think you know because of the featured card on this post, right? Ha! Joke is on you!

Darrell Evans was on first. Dusty Baker was in the on-deck circle.

I’m so clever. I’m so clever. I’m so clever.

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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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