Bob Wickman, dick.The Braves just cut Bob Wickman. The man who was supposed to anchor baseball’s strongest bullpen was shown the door despite the fact that Atlanta is desperate for relievers. And fans are trying to figure out why.

Occassional Umpbumper and life-long Braves fan Zvee posted this question on our fantasy bulletin board recently, regarding the Braves decision to cut closer Bob Wickman:

Speaking of Braves, what just happened with the Wick? I know he sucks…and he’s fat…but how did the braves just cut him? Dotel on DL, Gonzalez out for year, Sturtze not returning, Soriano still giving up gofers. I would still rather have Wickman in the 7th than no wick at all…just for the sake of having a pitcher. right???

I sat down for beers with an Atlanta journalist one night recently and he told me several stories — all about the Wick. I think the conversation was understood to be off the record, so I won’t go into details. Long story short — Wickman didn’t come off looking like a candidate for the Lady Bing award.

Was that the reason the Braves to cut him? Probably not. But it probably didn’t help. That, and Wickman’s six blown saves.

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