It's shaping up to be a long summer for Braves fans, especially when the realization sinks in that the last act of John Montgomery Schuerholz was to trade away the farm for Mark Teixeira, who will not be leading the Braves to the playoffs as hoped. Despite the quest for .400 from Chipper and the All-Star season being put in by McCann, too many injuries have sabotaged this season. Well, that and the transformation of Jeff Francouer into Jason Michaels.
But the future looks a lot brighter this morning after Tommy Hanson threw a 14 K no hitter in AA last night. The kid is only 21, is 6'6 and has 98 strikeouts in 90 innings this year. Suddenly a rotation next year of Hudson, Jurrjens, Morton, Reyes and Hanson doesn't look so bad. (Note to Frank Wren: please please please do not trade Hanson + prospects to Pittsburgh for Jason Bay). I wouldn't be upset if the Braves trade Tex before the deadline and restock the farm system, maybe get a legit corner bat, and then let's start clearing space at Turner Field for that 2009 NL East banner (maybe right next to the ridiculous cow they just installed).
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