The Braves Show is ready for what could be a very big offseason for the Atlanta Braves. After not making the playoffs for the first time since 1990, the Braves could be primed for a number of changes as they prepare for 2007.
Our coverage starts Monday, October 2nd, as all this week we will talk with a number of reporters that covered the team this season. We'll have audio podcasts with Mark Bowman, Travis Haney, Guy Cutright, Mark Lemke, Brad Golder, Grant McAuley, and Edgar Tragets.
We'll also start a 35-part series on the top questions facing the Braves this winter. This is the second season in a row we've looked at 35 big issues regarding the Braves.
Here's a look at our 35 topics for this winter:
1 October 02 Why did the Braves not make the playoffs?
2 October 03 What went right in 2006?
3 October 04 What's happening with the sale of the Braves?
4 October 05 Can John Smoltz be the Braves' ace in 2007?
5 October 06 Why has Tim Hudson been mediocre?
6 October 07 How good is Chuck James?
7 October 08 Can Mike Hampton return next season?
8 October 09 Will Kyle Davies round out the rotation?
9 October 10 Is Horacio Ramirez tradebait?
10 October 11 Will the Braves bring back Tom Glavine?
11 October 12 Who else might help out in the rotation in 2007?
12 October 13 Can the Braves trade for a young ace?
13 October 14 How good can Bob Wickman be in 2007?
14 October 15 Who will be Wickman's setup man?
15 October 16 How good is Macay McBride?
16 October 17 Can Cormier and Villarreal be counted on next year?
17 October 18 Has Joey Devine recovered?
18 October 19 Paronto or Moylan: Who will stick in 2007?
19 October 20 Can Blaine Boyer return next season?
20 October 21 Who else might help in the bullpen?
21 October 22 Is Brian McCann the best catcher in the NL?
22 October 23 Who will backup McCann in 2007?
23 October 24 Has Adam LaRoche turned the corner?
24 October 25 Will Marcus Giles be traded?
25 October 26 If Giles is traded, who will play second base?
26 October 27 Has Edgar Renteria gotten back on track?
27 October 28 Can Chipper Jones stay healthy?
28 October 29 Will Andruw Jones be traded?
29 October 30 How good is Jeff Francoeur?
30 October 31 Who will play left field in 2007?
31 November 01 Is Scott Thorman a big league starter?
32 November 02 Who will be the reserves next season?
33 November 03 Which prospects could contribute in 2007?
34 November 04 How long will Bobby Cox continue as manager?
35 November 05 How long will John Schuerholz stay as GM?
And then on November 6th, we will start our minor league player profiles. We will profile 114 players in the Braves' farm system, with a look at the stats, comments from coaches and scouts, and their projection for the future.
Here's the tentative schedule for the player profiles:
November 07 Van Pope
November 08 J.C. Holt
November 09 Michael Nix
November 10 Matt Harrison
November 11 Jamie Richmond
November 12 Eric Campbell
November 13 Steve Pyzik
November 14 Steve Evarts
November 15 Jo Jo Reyes
November 16 Carl Loadenthal
November 17 Brady Endl
November 18 Larry Williams
November 19 Peter Moylan
November 20 James Parr
November 21 Adam Coe
November 22 Tyler Bullock
November 23 Isaiah Ka'aihue
November 24 Jonny Venters
November 25 Zach Schreiber
November 26 James Jurries
November 27 Matt Young
November 28 Francisley Bueno
November 29 Cody Johnson
November 30 Wes Timmons
December 01 Charlie Morton
December 02 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
December 03 Moises Hernandez
December 04 Chad Rodgers
December 05 Asher Demme
December 06 Tyler Wilson
December 07 Josh Burrus
December 08 Kevin Gunderson
December 09 Phil Britton
December 10 Brandon Jones
December 11 Kris Medlen
December 12 Steve Russell
December 13 Steve Doetsch
December 14 Jose Ascanio
December 15 Clint Sammons
December 16 Lee Hyde
December 17 Ryan Basner
December 18 Babaro Canizares
December 19 David Watkins
December 20 Beau Jones
December 21 Will Startup
December 22 Josh Morris
December 23 Steven Garcia
December 24 Elvis Andrus
December 25 Casey Beck
December 26  Matt Kennelly
December 27 Jonathan Schuerholz
December 28 Matt Esquivel
December 29 Tim Gustafson
December 30 Jamie Romak
December 31 Martin Prado
January 01 Jeff Lyman
January 02 Diory Hernandez
January 03 Tommy Hanson
January 04 Brayan Pena
January 05 Deunte Heath
January 06 Junior Guerra
January 07 Neftali Feliz
January 08 Rudy Quinonez
January 09 Billy McCarthy
January 10 Chris Vines
January 11 Jordan Schafer
January 12 Danny Brezeale
January 13 Brad Nelson
January 14 Dustin Evans
January 15 Chase Fontaine
January 16 Anthony Lerew
January 17 Kyle Cofield
January 18 Steve Kent
January 19 James Curtis
January 20 Yunel Escobar
January 21 Mike Broadway
January 22 Jon Mark Owings
January 23 Jake Stevens
January 24 Ryne Reynoso
January 25 Carlos Sencion
January 26 Gonzalo Lopez
January 27 Quentin Davis
January 28 Cory Rasmus
January 29 Cole Miles
January 30 Takumi Hamaoka
January 31 Sergio Valenzuela
February 01 Concepcion Rodriguez
February 02 Jose Ortegano
February 03 Jairo Cuevas
February 04 Tony Pena, Jr.
February 05 Manny Acosta
February 06 Adam Stanley
February 07 Ernesto Mejia
February 08 Yeliar Castro
February 09 Kelvin Villa
February 10 Tyler Flowers
February 11 Dan Smith
February 12 David Williams
February 13 Brandon Monk
February 14 Jeff Locke
February 15 Steve Figueroa
February 16 Paul Bush
February 17 Gregor Blanco
February 18 Edgar Osuna
February 19 Willie Cabrera
February 20 Joe Johnson
February 21 Adam Parliament
February 22 Derrick Himpsl
February 23 Derrick Arnold
February 24 Carlos Rivas
February 25 Mike Rozema
February 26 Eliazar Carmona
February 27 Mike Mehlich
February 28 Jaye Chapman
As always, The Braves Show will be the place to turn for breaking news and complete coverage of the Hot Stove League. We'll have the latest rumors and all the news on any Braves' free agent signing or trade. Plus, regular audio podcasts will discuss the latest rumors and player moves.
Plus, we'll have weekly chats every Tuesday at 7:00 pm ET and occasionally have some players drop in to join us. Last year we had Brian McCann, Chuck James, Macay McBride, Kevin Barry, John Foster, Blaine Boyer, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia join us in the chatroom. So you never know who might pop in to talk Braves' Baseball.
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Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can also be heard regularly on the Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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