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    Minor League Bloodbath

    For better or worse, Braves' new regime axed a whole lot more longtime minor league people than Dave Trembley. It happened quietly in October.

    Among the 2018 managers, Luis Salazar, Rocket Wheeler and Randy Ingle have all been sent packing, Ingle's departure especially has a number of people upset. No one going on record, of course, else they join him on unemployment line. Ingle had been with the Braves for 41 years, Wheeler for 16, Salazar for eight.

    Ingle was an on-field manager for 26 of those seasons, five times being named the system's minor league manager of the year -- the Bobby Cox Award. He managed Rome to the Sally League title in 2016 and took them to the playoffs again in 2017.

    Wheeler has landed on his feet, hired by the Nationals to skipper Auburn Doubledays (NYP).

    Also notable was the retirement of Mississippi GM Steve DeSalvo, who was first hired by the Braves in 1987. Gwinnett GM North Johnson also resigned after eight seasons. Accounts indicated that both were "unexpected." The Braves own both franchises outright.

    In light of all this, Brian Bridges probably saw the writing on the wall long before the axe fell.

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    Braves hired Pete Laven out of indy league American Association to GM Mississippi.

    Adam English, who was ticket manager for Class AAA Sacramento, has been named Gwinnett GM and VP.

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    Randy was hired almost immediately by the Rockies and has been working as an advisor/instructor in their system for a couple months.
    The FO that needlessly promoted him early knew what they were doing and are paid to do this. We aren't, so we can't know more than them. Correction....they used to be paid to do this..

    I also don't see the reasoning behind signing DK over CK, and I'm going to assume the Braves can only afford one of them. Like Bumgarner, DK would be an improvement in the rotation, but it seems like CK would be a bigger improvement in the BP.

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    thethe will be upset about this

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    Quote Originally Posted by rico43 View Post
    Braves hired Pete Laven out of indy league American Association to GM Mississippi.

    Adam English, who was ticket manager for Class AAA Sacramento, has been named Gwinnett GM and VP.
    Laven was the GM for the AA team here in Little Rock until nepotism took over.

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    Looks like AA waited a year for things to settle before bringing in his cronies. Because that's what we've been seeing. He wants his guys around him. That's his choice but I'm afraid he's jettisoning some excellent baseball guys in the process.

    Bloodlettings like this aren't uncommon with new leadership in any business. They aren't always positive things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thewupk View Post
    thethe will be upset about this
    Results are all that matters and we have to wait a few years before we can see the impacts of these decisions.

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