04 Dec

you don’t send me flowers

For Atlanta Braves fans, the trade for Javier Vazquez is cause for celebration. The veteran right-hander is a good addition to a team desperate for starting pitching. For Mississippi Braves fans, the trade was an “oh rats” moment. Among the players sent to the White Sox was Tyler Flowers, who would have been the Double-A M-Braves starting catcher next spring. Flowers, in case you haven’t heard, was the “it” player in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit 12 home runs to go with a .387 average. It’s an offensive league, yes, but those numbers are eye-openers. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Flowers hit .288 with 17 homers at Class A Myrtle Beach last season. He is also a pretty good receiver. It would have been fun to see him ply his trade at Trustmark Park. Of course, M-Braves fans might still see him — as a member of the Birmingham Barons, the White Sox’s Double-A club.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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