Growing up Brave
Joakim Soria’s youth-league team was called the Braves, so he naturally became attached to the big-league team.
It’s no surprise that two of Soria’s pitching idols were longtime Braves starters Greg Maddux and John Smoltz. He also looked up to a fellow closer, the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera.
Here’s what Soria liked about all three:
He said it
“That’s never going to be OK with me. Never.” — Adrian Beltre on if he’s gotten used to teammates touching his head after home runs
.157 Left-handed batters’ average against Neal Cotts last season. That was the 10th-best in the majors for pitchers who faced at least 100 batters.
.203 Opponents’ batting average against Jason Frasor last season, his career-low.
Word from Wash
“I think believing back in my generation was up to you. It wasn’t up to the manager and it wasn’t up to the general manager. It was up to you. If you didn’t believe and you didn’t perform, you were gone. I think that’s the difference right there.” — Rangers manager Ron Washington on today’s players