The Final Shakedown

John Schuerholz was extremely busy at the trade deadline, and he's definitely improved Atlanta this season. What this says about future seasons, though, is, uh, pretty unclear... There were 3 deals today that the Braves got in on: Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, and Beau Jones.…

Teixeira A Brave

Mark Teixeira is a Brave along with Ron Mahay, in return for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, and a PTBNL (perhaps Matt Harrison). Here's what I think about this: Teixeira will help Atlanta a huge amount. At the moment, the Braves have a good offense when Chipper is in the lineup and a bad…

What do you say when they call in the cavalry…

and the cavalry turns out to be something totally unexpected? With the Indians a game and a half back in the AL Central and four up in the wild card, Mark Shapiro made a bold move. That bold move was acquiring Kenny Lofton. For a reasonably talented young catcher named Max Ramirez. Now, at first,…

Book Reviews: Decisions For War, 1914

I finished up Decisions For War, 1914 recently.  This is a compendium of essays edited by Keith Wilson, describing the diplomatic atmosphere in each country coming into the Great War.  Here are some impressions and interesting ideas I got from this, with the note that Tony probably knew all of this stuff already: Introduction -…

4 Chapters Done

I have finished the first four chapters of my thesis, a document which currently totals 15 pages without any diagrams, and probably closer to 23 pages after I add the diagrams in.  I still have to write chapter 5, which describes the implications of my results, and after all of that, I've to create two…