Peter Gammons tonight offered some insight into why the Braves abruptly cut ties with closer Bob Wickman. According to Gammons, who was interviewed during the Mets v. Dodgers game on ESPN, The Wick stamped his ticket out of Atlanta when he refused to pitch in a recent game. So there you have it. Wickman was […]

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 […]

Bob Wickman blew a save chance today. He came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and got two outs, while giving up one hit, three walks, one hit batsman and two runs. Not pretty. The Rockies tied the game against Wickman and went on to win it in extra innings. On Friday, Wickman […]

The fans in Atlanta are excited about the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen. Last season, the team traded for Cleveland closer Bob Wickman. This winter, they traded for Pittsburgh closer Mike Gonzalez and Seattle setup man Rafael Soriano. On paper, the Braves’ pen looks great. But will it live up to expectations? Bobby Cox seems to think […]

Bob Wickman signed a one-year extension with the Braves yesterday, meaning that there is almost zero chance that Atlanta fans will face the prospect of entering another season hoping that Chris Reitsma will somehow, some way turn things around. From the AJC: The Braves reached agreement on a $6.5 million, one-year contract extension with the […]

At the urging of John Smoltz (and just about every resident of the city of Atlanta), John Scheurholz went out and traded for a closer. The Braves just picked up Indians reliever Bob Wickman, who hasn’t exactly been automatic this season, but who has been good over the last few weeks and will be a […]

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