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| BRAVES GET NO RELIEF WITH KOLB!
By Bob Acton
Every winter the general managers and field managers get togetherto discuss trades in Major League Baseball. This past winter wasno exception and Braves manager Bobby Cox and Brewers assistantgeneral manager Gord Ash former members of the Toronto Blue Jays.
What eventually ensue was a trade that saw Brewers ace relieverDan Kolb go the Braves in exchange for promising rookie Jose Capellan.The Brewers knew they would never be able to pay the money thatKolb would demand in free agency so they unloaded him to the Braveswho could now move John Smoltz back to the role as starter.
Cox joked with Ash and at one point asked him if Ash thoughtKolb could pitch. Gord responded that he and his scouts couldnot figure out how this guy recorded 39 saves and laughed thatmaybe Cox and his crew could fix the pitcher.
All this is your typical harmless banter and the Braves lookedlike they were well on the way to having even a stronger pitchingstaff this year.
Well funny things happen on the way to the bank as they say,but the Braves all no longer laughing and are beginning to wonderof Ash may not have been kidding. Kolb is now 1-4 with a veryunattractive ERA of 6.48 and is no longer the Braves closer.
When the White Sox picked up former Twin and Giant catcher A.J. Pierzynski there were whispers that this guy was not well likedin the clubhouse and the White Sox already had problems with FrankThomas and Carl Everett, just to name a few.
He had just one homerun in his first 70 at bats, but 6 in thenext 41 and he and the White Sox are sizzling with the best recordin baseball at 31-12.
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