Let’s clear the air here a bit. Some of these guys we’ve classified as Wankers, might’ve just been bad at baseball in their time with the Braves. However, there might be actual proof that today’s Braves One Year Wanker, Bret Boone, is an actual Wanker.
Braves One Year Wanker, Bret Boone
In November of 1998, the Braves traded Denny Neagle, Michael Tucker, and Rob Bell for Bret Boone and Mike Remlinger. Boone had 2 years of team control (only lasted 1) while Remlinger was a pre-arb guy that ended up being the best piece of the deal for both teams. Coming off 2 straight seasons of mediocrity as a starting pitcher for the Reds, the Braves immediately moved Remlinger to the bullpen where he pitched in 291 games (299.1 IP) over the course of 4 years with a 2.65 ERA.
At this point in his career, Boone was known for his “charisma” and before everyone was doing ’em, big bat flips. In fact, there’s an actual commercial to prove it (thought the commercial came later in his career).
Coming to the Braves, Boone had been named an All-Star and Gold Glover (didn’t really deserve either) and the Braves needed a 2nd baseman as Keith Lockhart (who had the pictures) was removed from the starting gig, but definitely not removed from the team, as that wouldn’t come until 2003. Many thought the Braves made a steal of a deal to grab Boone who was on the cusp of stardom after stalling out a few years prior with the Reds. Unfortunately for the Braves, that wasn’t the case.
Boone wasn’t unplayable, but he was bad, both offensively and defensively. His OPS+? 83. His Defensive Runs Saved? -9. He did get a chance to batflip 20 times, but he didn’t get a chance to do it again the next season with the team, as the Braves had seen enough.
Braves One Year Wanker Bret Boone: He Gone
While I have 0 proof, it wouldn’t surprise me if Boone rubbed Bobby the wrong way as the Braves didn’t keep him around in his last year of control as they sent him, along with Ryan Klesko and Jason Shiell to the Padres for Quilvio Veras, Wally Joyner, and Reggie Sanders. While it wasn’t due to Boone, this ended up being a very bad trade for the Braves as Reggie Sanders was bloody awful and Klesko absolutely mashed in San Diego.
Boone the Wanker
In 2017, when the Weinstein sexual harassment scandal was all over the news, reporter Stephen Cohen was discussing another set of allegations on Twitter that had just been announced, when he received a private message from Boone:
“I got sexually harrased twice today,” he wrote. “The Starbucks girl smiled at me and the woman at rite aid flirted with me.Im gettin a lawyer,unacceptable.lol”
Boone later apologized for the remarks, and while I won’t get anymore into this topic, feel free to see the article linked above if you want to see a wanker in action.
The Boone Makeover
Boone went from a small framed 5’10 2B to a muscle head nearly overnight and was a sensation for 3 years with the Mariners. Then steroid testing ramped up and that was that. While he denied ever using sterods, he was mentioned in Jose Canseco’s book.
And I’ll just leave this here. After seeing this, do you really doubt he juiced?
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A steroid for charisma not yet having been invented….
Plus, his brother manages the Yankees. So it runs in the family…
Hi everyone, quick update from Europe. Germany has just announced that this upcoming Monday, stores up to a certain size will be allowed to open back up again.
In regards to sport events and games, football will not be allowed to be played in front of spectators until end of August. BUT, it may be possible to play in empty stadiums. This is yet to be confirmed. Certainly light at the end of the tunnel over here in Europe but I am still not optimistic that we see any kind of baseball anytime soon.
Jason Shiell, a name I haven’t read in fifteen years. Didn’t his wife post on Braves Journal for a little while back then or am I mistaken?!
Here’s her one and only comment: https://bravesjournal.mystagingwebsite.com/?p=2501#comment-63952
Many over at Facebook are saying that Bobby and Boone didn’t get along. I eluded to that in the piece, but have 0 evidence. Do you guys remember if ill words were ever publicly spoken?
It would have been shocking if there were — Bobby never, ever aired his dirty laundry.
Nice wanker and wonder series. Thanks.
It is one of life’s great ironies that, now on the downslope of my eighth decade and with no pressing reason to rise early, my body insists on getting me up earlier than ever. Considering the alternative, greeting the morning sun is a wonderful thing.
Y’all be safe.
Thanks for this one, Ryan. I was glad when they rid themselves of Boone, but that really was a lousy return they got.
I’m with you coop. And when my aging body occasionally manages to sleep a little later, my aging dog wakes me up.
I’m in that stage of life where my sleep is totally dictated by kids. I’m lucky I’m an early riser anyway and rarely sleep past 6, but I can honestly say that I haven’t slept till 7 in over a decade.
@8 + @9
Thanks for my uplifting comments…now I have something to look forward to (its just around the corner) in addition to my morning nap!
B. Boone certainly fits the series. Perhaps a member of the All-Wanker team….