A Griffey sighting at Braves camp? Where?

  Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – When I walked into the Braves clubhouse this morning and saw a full Seattle Mariners equipment bag in the empty locker stall next to Chipper Jones’ stall, I had the same reaction that Chipper had an hour earlier.

   Ken Griffey Jr. is in the house.

   Then I thought about it a moment and remembered it’s been quite a while since Junior played for the M’s, and, well, he probably wouldn’t be traveling with his stuff in that bag, even if it was just to drive from his Orlando house to Dark Star at Disney.

  The bag belonged to Greg Norton, whose locker is two down from Chipper’s. Norton played for Seattle last season before he was traded to the Braves.

  What was Chipper’s reaction when he saw the bag this morning? Hoss said he looked toward both ends of the clubhouse with raised eyebrows, and looked into the little equipment office around the corner just to make sure. No Junior.

  But did his heart skip a beat when he saw the bag?

  ”No,” Chipper said with a smirk. “Not until I see his [butt] in here.”

  Chipper said he’s talked with Griffey several times in the past week, and that “it sounds pretty good” regarding the Braves’ chances of signing the 13-time All-Star and former MVP. “But until he’s signed, sealed and delivered,” he’s not going to get too excited about adding Griffey to the team.

  Still, it’s believed the Braves have a good chance of signing Griffey, who could decide as soon as this afternoon between offers from Atlanta and Seattle. It probably won’t cost the Braves more than a couple million in guaranteed salary, and he’d likely split time in left field with Matt Diaz, who always hits left-handers well (Griffey still rakes against right-handers).

 OK, folks, keeping it short today, because we’ve got a special guest coming up the pressbox in a few minutes. I’m headed down to hopefully get Kelly Johnson to come up and take some questions from you all. So get ‘em ready. It’d be embarrassing to not have a bunch of bloggers here ready to ask questions of the Braves second baseman (I assured him there’d be plenty and that some had asked for him specifically).

 “DECORATION DAY” by Jason Isbell

 It’s Decoration Day

And I’ve a mind to roll a stone on his grave.

But what would he say

“Keeping me down, boy, won’t keep me away.”

 

 It’s Decoration Day

And I knew the Hill Boys would put us away,

but my Daddy wasn’t afraid

He said “We’ll fight till the last Lawson’s last living day.”

 

I never knew how it all got started

a problem with Holland before we were born

and I don’t know the name of that boy we tied down

and beat till he just couldn’t walk anymore.

 But I know the caliber in Daddy’s chest

and I know what Holland Hill drives.

 

The state let him go, but I guess it was best

cause nobody needs all us Lawsons alive.

Daddy said one of the boys had come by

the Lumber Man’s favorite son.

 He said, “Beat him real good but don’t dare let him die

and if you see Holland Hill run.

 

Now I said, “they ain’t give us trouble no more

that we ain’t brought down on ourselves.”

But a chain on my back and my ear to the floor

and I’ll send all the Hill Boys to hell.

 

It’s Decoration Day and I’ve got a family in Mobile Bay

and they’ve never seen my Daddy’s grave.

But that don’t bother me, it ain’t marked anyway.

Cause I got dead brothers in Lauderdale south

and I got dead brothers in east Tennessee.

My Daddy got shot right in front of his house

he had no one to fall on but me.

 

It’s Decoration Day

and I’ve got a mind to go spit on his grave.

If I was a Hill, I’d have put him away

and I’d fight till the last Lawson’s last living day.

 

I’d fight till the last Lawson’s last living day.

I’d fight till the last Lawson’s last living day.

 

106 comments Add your comment

clay

February 17th, 2009
10:00 am

I would love it if we put Blanco on waivers and hope someone would pick him up.

Athens Cracker Barrel

February 17th, 2009
10:00 am

Areopagus…party of one, your table is now ready. Areopagus.

BA

February 17th, 2009
10:01 am

DOB, I know you’re busy, but in your opinion, do you think Hanson, Medlen AND Redmond will start the year in Gwinnett? Maybe Valdez as well? Thanks in advance, and keep up the good work.

spotts

February 17th, 2009
10:01 am

Maybe someone can answer this for me…

I was just looking at Brian McCann’s stats. He was hitting .265 in AA when he got called up in 2005 (and he hit .278 in A the year before). He then hit .278 in the majors, and .333 the following season. How does that happen? He seemed to be doing only average in the minors (maybe even below average) and then he kicks butt in the majors

PopeVanIII

February 17th, 2009
10:01 am

DOB,

Blanco has options. You put him in Gwinnett in case of injuries.

Couldn’t they just move Hudson to the 60-day DL to clear a spot?

BA

February 17th, 2009
10:02 am

What’s good, doc?

McFann O –[zzz]

February 17th, 2009
10:02 am

Graham

Yeah, that was a good. You’re right–int’resting read. Eases my mind just a bit.

Here’s the link if anybody hasn’t read it yet and would like to:

http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090216&content_id=3836930&vkey=news_atl&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl

Spotts

I think Ross will be better than Pratt and Corky. Just my thinking, though…

Moylen might be coming? Cool.

ease19

February 17th, 2009
10:04 am

And yes, we would probably hear Aeropagus spout some mindless drivel about Nietzsche and the role of mortality, the death of God and the loss of the perspective on things with his last dying breath!

Graham

February 17th, 2009
10:06 am

McFann, sorry I didn’t post the link. I don’t come on too often so I haven’t learned how to do links, bold, italics and such. I am sure that I will in the coming weeks or so.

Braveheart

February 17th, 2009
10:06 am

When a bear takes a dump in the woods, does he wipe his arse with a fluffy, white Areopagus?

McFann O –[zzz]

February 17th, 2009
10:07 am

He then hit .278 in the majors, and .333 the following season. How does that happen?

It’s a miracle, Spotts. You’re not s’posed to analyze miracles, you just believe in them!

OK, seriously…I’m not sure. Guess he was just made for the Majors. All the bloop hits fell in for him in ‘06.

Areopagus

February 17th, 2009
10:08 am

I am writing post purely in the spirit of uplifting and sharing, as corny and dated as those sentiments may sound in the fast-moving and ever-evolving modern techno-plastic times in which we live. Primarily, I want to share with you my view that Simplistic Redneck Philosopher’s genius for crime, squalor, and disorder has once again asserted itself. Let me preface my discussion by quickly reasserting a familiar theme of my previous posts: simplistic redneck philosopher’s revenge fantasies do not represent progress. They represent insanity masquerading as progress.

Simplistic Redneck Philosopher exhibits an overweening sense of entitlement and a predilection for depreciating others. At least, that certainly seems to be the implication in several of the opinions here that I’ve read. What I have been writing up to this point is not what I initially intended to write in this post. Instead, I decided it would be far more productive to tell all of you that if we are to break the spell of great expectations that now binds scary agitators to Simplistic Redneck Philosopher, then we must be guided by a progressive and healthy ideology, not by the quasi-chthonic and dotty ideologies that “simplistic redneck philosopher” promotes. How many of his cheerleaders here are content to sit around doing absolutely nothing to contribute to the world around them? I’d hazard to guess that the number is pretty high. All of this once again proves the saying that Simplistic Redneck Philosopher works like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow and advancing his noiseless step like a thief until he finally manages to cause oleaginous subversion to gather momentum on school campuses.

DiamondbackMac

February 17th, 2009
10:09 am

Graham – I just copy and paste the links.

Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)

February 17th, 2009
10:12 am

Gregor Blanco is almost guaranteed to be taken off the 40 man. Lerew or Parr would be one of the two pitchers that are candidates to be chopped off the 40 man roster. Lerew makes more sense because he is coming off surgery and the Braves wouldn’t have any problem slipping him through waivers. Blanco is a different story, somebody might make a claim.

blueridge

February 17th, 2009
10:13 am

Aeorpagus = Simplistic Redneck Philosopher (No offense SRP)

doc

February 17th, 2009
10:13 am

BA, everything bro. keepin up?

ease19

February 17th, 2009
10:14 am

Braveheart,

Isn’t that answered in the Charmin commercials?

rammerjammer

February 17th, 2009
10:15 am

tr and Canadian Brave,

Really enjoyed reading your remembrances of the 70s. As a teenager in those days, our family would drive down from Tennessee each summer for a weeklong homestand. Looking back, it was almost “quaint.” A few thousand fans at most…the neighborhood guys with their white towels waving your car into their backyard (if it was a big weekend)…even driving to the park and seeing the blue-domed revolving restaurant on top of the Hyatt(?)that actually dominated the skyline.

Loved listening to Milo and Ernie broadcast from “Parc Jarry” and they’d stop talking to hear the P.A. announcer introduce Coco Laboy. Recall they had a really lively organist at that place. Fun stuff. Thanks for reminding me.

'toga party

February 17th, 2009
10:18 am

I wish I could copy a ridiculously verbose rambling on an entirely different subject, use “Find & Replace” to put someone’s name in it, and then post it on the blog. That would be really entertaining, and make me seem smart.

Only not so much “smart”. More like “gigantic arse”.

Salamander

February 17th, 2009
10:18 am

Areopagus – I have yet to retain anything of value from reading one of your posts. You are verbose and write stodgy blocks of text.

You fail at using this blog in an informative fashion, and you fail at preventing my mouse hand from scrolling right along past your drivel.

BT

February 17th, 2009
10:22 am

Areopagus before you are locked up in the padded room please leave us all your address. I am sure the majority of us would love to send get well slowly cards.

DAP

February 17th, 2009
10:23 am

spotts ive noticed that in the past about mccann. i for one, didnt see his offense coming, at all. has he surpassed expectations, or did someone know he was going to be this good? maybe the braves brought him up just at the right time, when he was about to “get it”?

McFann O –[zzz]

February 17th, 2009
10:23 am

GRAHAM–

That’s OK. Links are easy; bold and italics, not so much. For bolding letters, you gotta type:

[now the word(s) you want bolded]

For italics, do the same thing only replace “strong” with “i”, and for bold italics:

(text) .

But don’t put those spaces. I only put the spaces so the stuff would show up.

Hope that helps. It’s rather complicated.

BT

February 17th, 2009
10:24 am

And by the way did you name yourself after the old poet or the hill in Greece where ARE was supposedly tried?

simplistic redneck philosopher

February 17th, 2009
10:25 am

McFann O –[zzz]

February 17th, 2009
10:27 am

Oh crud. It didn’t work. Try this link:

http://www.w3schools.com/html/tryit.asp?filename=tryhtml_formatting

But for bold, use “strong” instead of “b”. And I can’t get the BIG letters to work.

DAP “maybe the braves brought him up just at the right time, when he was about to “get it”?”

Glad it worked!

tvsportscaster

February 17th, 2009
10:28 am

Pop Van III to answer your question about putting Hudson on the 60-day DL to clear a space on the 40-man, my understanding is that can’t be done until after spring training when you’re trying to finalize your opening day roster, so until then, Hudson has to remain on the 40-man roster. And besides if we take Blanco off the 40-man are we really going to miss him. He might have the worst instincts of any player I’ve ever seen.

DAP

February 17th, 2009
10:28 am

have you guys heard that mike hampton apparently has a irregular heartbeat? he is having a procedure done to fix it…(what do they do, give it fiber?) anyways, thought it was interesting that the mike hampton health issues continue.

ease19

February 17th, 2009
10:31 am

Contrary to what many denizens think about aging veterans, I think McCann’s increase in offense could be attributed to hanging around Chipper. Which is why I think that a Griffey signing would be both beneficial to Franceor and the other young guns, Glavine to the other young pitchers…etc…on the field, off the field, in the clubhouse…

Graham

February 17th, 2009
10:34 am

[McFann] – Thank you for the info. One of these days I will have additional time to actually sit down and learn the new format. Did the bold work?

[DiamondbackMac] – I will do that next time. Wasn’t sure if that would work.

Graham

February 17th, 2009
10:34 am

Nope. I will try again later.

David O'Brien

February 17th, 2009
10:34 am

Nothing yet on Griffey, whose agent is going to meet this afternoon with Wren. Decision expected today, though Braves aren’t likely to have an announcement until tomorrow.

I’ll obviously let you know as soon as I do.

The numbers in Rosenthal’s note last night about Glavine are more or less accurate, I’m told. Ken wrote that Glavine could earn potentially $4.5 mill, with only $1 mill guaranteed, plus $1 mill for making opening day roster, and two additional bonuses that would be triggered by the number of days he’s on the active roster.

I’d add that my understanding is all bonus money would be deferred until after this year.

braves4ever

February 17th, 2009
10:34 am

What is all this social bable that Areopagus is up to, did he stay up all night with some good drugs or are we blogging on the wrong site. well, no I went back and checked and this is AJC,Sports,Braves, David’s spring traning blog from Fl. We really are in a baseball mode here.
I hope we are anyway.

DiamondbackMac

February 17th, 2009
10:35 am

DiamondbackMac

February 17th, 2009
10:43 am

DAP – Even better: DEFINITION — Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that can cure many types of tachycardia. Using small tubes, or catheters, that are threaded into the heart, radiofrequency energy (low-voltage, high frequency electricity) is targeted toward the area(s) causing the abnormal heart rhythm, permanently damaging small areas of tissue with heat. In some cases, cryoablation, which damages tissue by freezing rather than heating, may be used rather than radiofrequency energy. The damaged tissue is no longer capable of generating or conducting electrical impulses. If the procedure is successful, this prevents the arrhythmia from being generated, curing the patient.

A pacemaker is a small electrical device that stays in the body and is connected to the heart with wires that stimulate the heart to contract in a regular way. In some patients, insertion of a pacemaker is a planned part of the procedure. In other cases, the need for a pacemaker is a complication of the ablation procedure. When certain critical areas of the heart are being treated with radiofrequency ablation, the normal sequence of impulse conduction is disrupted; a pacemaker is sometimes needed to ensure proper regulation of the heartbeat. A doctor can tell whether a patient will need a pacemaker after the ablation.

bill_in_atl

February 17th, 2009
10:44 am

I sincerely believe that Campillo is MUCH better option at #5 than Glavine at this point. If we didn’t have a full roster of 5 starters that are better than Glavine I’d be very happy about the signing, and I like having depth, but the issue I have is that we will be putting an inferior product on the field out of deference to Glavine’s history, not his current ability.

Lowe, Vazquez, JJ, Kawakami and Campillo should be the rotation even if Glavine is healthy and signed, but it will never happen obviously.

I hope Glavine wins 15 games with a sub 4 ERA in 180 IP and makes me look foolish, but I seriously doubt it will happen.

Back to Campillo, what is is about him that makes people discount him so easily? His name? His look? The fact that he doesn’t throw 98 MPH? That he wasn’t a high pick that was talked about for years with the anticipation of the “next great pitcher”? Keep in mind that he was the best pitcher in the PCL before his arm injury and he is finally back 100% healthy. Time will tell, but I think this guy is ready to be potentially the 2nd best starter we have. If I HAD to predict it I’d probably put him only VERY slightly behind Vazquez and JJ and ahead of Kawakami and Glavine with Lowe the clear #1 for 2009.

'toga party

February 17th, 2009
10:44 am

@McFann, Graham:

Leah M. made a nice image guide for formatting text on the new blog. Here’s the image:

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/3962/htmlguidebu4.png

flange1

February 17th, 2009
10:47 am

Morning All,

Interesting speculation on who would be dropped from the 40 man if Griffey and Glavine sign.

Someone brought up Sammons. With the depth of talent the Braves will have in their rotation at Gwinnett this year, shouldn’t the starting catcher there be someone with some experience?

I think a Todd Pratt or someone like that who has played in the ML and knows the game would be a great benefit to all of our kids at AAA.

Thoughts?

Andy K.

February 17th, 2009
10:47 am

Lol, a writer in Seattle is even admitting to the fans that Atlanta makes a million times more sense for Griffey, and that he’ll be a Brave

Saltywoody

February 17th, 2009
10:49 am

Areopagus- naming yourself thusly and pontificating as you do is very slightly clever because of the implied suggestions of some sort of challenge to the blog’s body politic.

The inherent problems in your argument can be articulated thusly:

1. Your own overinflated sense of the grandeur of your lexicon of signifiers leaves you both unable to reach those you might sway, and leaves those that understand you unimpressed. In other words, anyone can pick up a thesaurus. In other other words, you can’t pretend to be deep.

2. The nature of the blogging medium inherently invites subversion, reallignment of the panopticon, and an erudition that is not typically present in the social label you are lumping most under. Better said, it’s spring training and that’s exciting. Stop wasting space on faux-profundity.

3. KJ, Matty Diaz, and Moylan? And we’re probably getting Griffey and Glavine? That’s the balls, man.

Graham

February 17th, 2009
10:51 am

Thanks for the link.

Hopefully it worked.

McFann O –[zzz]

February 17th, 2009
10:52 am

Graham

You’re welcome. Wish it coulda worked for ya, though. I couldn’t get it the first time, either.

‘Toga Party

Thanks for the link.

ease19

You could be on to something.

DAP

February 17th, 2009
10:54 am

DiamondbackMac thanks for the info. mine was a poop joke, but it is amazing what they can do.

bill in atlBack to Campillo, what is is about him that makes people discount him so easily? His name? His look? The fact that he doesn’t throw 98 MPH?

i think its mostly because he was a 29 (30?) year old rookie who had several good starts and then struggled once teams got a few looks at him. he was a great story last year, and could probably be a decent 5th starter, but not a guy to get worked up about not being in the rotation. i think glavine, if he is anything like himself would be better than compillo. will he be better than hanson? maybe not, but we might not get a chance to find out. i think campillo will be very valuable as a long man.

look at his game longs starting in august. for the most part, he was horrible.

Graham

February 17th, 2009
10:54 am

McFann, ‘toga party, Leah M.

Thank you for your help. I will check in on things later.

Big Easy

February 17th, 2009
10:56 am

I am hoping for Griffey. Would love to see him here.

And, as for formatting posts, it is really just simple HTML formatting.

Now, let me see if the code tags work:
Test of code tag

To type bold text, you type <strong>bold text</strong>

Italics are the same way, only with an “i”: <i>bold text</i>

If that doesn’t work, I apologize. Just trying to help :)

~E~

Big Easy

February 17th, 2009
10:58 am

Oops, that last example should say italicized text, not bold text. Oh well.

~E~

DAP

February 17th, 2009
10:58 am

i meant game logs. look at campillo’s game logs.

jjschiller

February 17th, 2009
10:58 am

DOB! Tell Diaz when you see him, he should use the first four bars from “Movin’ Out” as his intro… Thats the only Billy Joel music that sounds ‘intro-y’

chipperchop

February 17th, 2009
10:59 am

Star 94 in Seattle reporting that Griffey has agreed to sign with the Mariners. Don’t know how true this is because I haven’t heard it anywhere else. But that’s what they are reporting nonetheless.

Andy K.

February 17th, 2009
10:59 am

You gotta know that its going to be ugly in Seattle when/if Griffey signs with Hotlanta. Most of them still haven’t gotten over him leaving back in ‘99. There’s one guy complaing over on mlbtraderumors that Griffey fits better as a DH in Seattle, and if he plays for the Braves he’ll just get hurt. They’re down to sulking now! The fact of the matter is that the Braves and Griffey, at this point, are meant for each other, a win-win situation for all. Plus, Griffey probably doesn’t wanna play on a team where he knows no one, is the oldest guy on the team in rebuilding mode, and has no chance of playing in the playoffs. Here he’s close to home, legitimately wanted, not just a publicity stunt, and he knows guys like Chipper, David Ross, Javy Vazquez, etc.

STH

February 17th, 2009
10:59 am

Does anyone else get the feeling Frenchy thinks is worth way more than he is? I feel like he will be the type to always want the top dollar for average play and will not be a Brave for more than a couple of years, so lets sign him and trade him as soon as his numbers are atleast reasonable. He thought he could steal bases at this level until being picked off so much out of his frutal efforts. He thinks he is a homerun hitter yet cant hit more than 20 a year. He does have a hell of an arm, but he can barely cover the field, he is so average, yet thinks he is so great.

McPoyle

February 17th, 2009
11:00 am

i love the prospect of signing griff and glav. as long as griffy jr is cool with playing against right handers (majority of the time) i’d love him in the #4 spot. i still think the lineup is a little weak against lefties though, and that’s not good considering a couple of the caliber lefties in our division (santana and hamels).

i love glavine as the #5 though, going up against the other team’s #5 i really like the braves odds in those games. i’m really looking forward to getting this things started!

ease19

February 17th, 2009
11:01 am

Salty, that was extremely well said!

PTBNL

February 17th, 2009
11:01 am

Ross at least has some promise. Corky was an automatic out. With Ross if he, like Corky, only gets one hit a season, at least it has a chance to be a homerun!

McFann O –[zzz]

February 17th, 2009
11:01 am

Graham

You’re welcome.

This is a test.

chuckw/deadjournalist

February 17th, 2009
11:05 am

flange1 – i thought about sammons as well, but there really isn’t any organizational depth at catcher until you get to that kid kennelly who is 19. for that reason, i think sammons is safe. i do think they will probably sign catcher with some mlb experience to stash at aaa in case something horrible happens. i don’t think they will do some until late spring training/early season because most of the guys that fit that criteria as already on minor league deals elsewhere.

the close we get to the reality of a aaa team within an hour of atlanta, the more i think this will be a huge advantage for the braves. not only will it be a huge developmental advantage to have the organizations major league talent available but also to keep the non-baseball disruptions at a minimum. i know it is an intangible, but for guys who may go back-and-forth throughout the season between aaa and atlanta, they won’t have to worry about living out of a suitcase.

ease19

February 17th, 2009
11:05 am

McFann

McCann is a student of the game and does not really try to rely on raw talent such as Frenchy and Andruw. He works hard and its great to have mentor like Chipper…and it shows…thus the increase in production.

Exit56B

February 17th, 2009
11:10 am

DOB, This may have been addressed in the 1100+ comments but did you see where Liberty just loaned Sirius/ XM $530 million w/ $230 mill given to them today? Do we know if they see us as a long-term or short-term investment? I know the links the company has w/ the old Turner regime, thanks to reading Ted’s book.

John

February 17th, 2009
11:11 am

There was a blog that stated two days ago that Griffey had signed with the mariners. Not sure if the radio station is going off of that or not. It seems to me that Griffey will sign with Atlanta, but who knows.

Daybed Wagmoe

February 17th, 2009
11:11 am

DOB – So what’s your take on the Star 94 reporting this morning? Folks earlier were saying that they were reporting that Griffey has agreed to a contract with Seattle. Seems like erroneous reporting if he hasn’t even met with the Braves yet.

John

February 17th, 2009
11:14 am

I understand that the blog doing the reporting is a from a big seattle fan and it was more wishful thinking than actual reporting. We shall see.

Andy K.

February 17th, 2009
11:16 am

Daybed My take is to never trust “Atlanta’s #1 hit Music Station!” as a credible source for Major League Baseball signings. Who broke that one? The Mariner Moose? C’mon! Funny how they would know something before people who actually have a job in the field. I’m not yapping at you, I just find The Star to be a ridiculous station…

KC Brave

February 17th, 2009
11:17 am

They just do a simple procedure that shocks it back into rhythm. Totally safe.

Chuck James was solid until the 6th!!!

February 17th, 2009
11:18 am

I’ll say it again IF Tommy G stays healthy and puts up 25-30 starts, he will do his thing and post 12-14 wins…Again, IF, but I think he’ll be fine…

Athens Cracker Barrel
February 17th, 2009
10:00 am
Areopagus…party of one, your table is now ready. Areopagus.

Hesterical!!!

McFann O –[zzz]

February 17th, 2009
11:19 am

ease19

You’re spot on with that.

Gil In Mechanicsville

February 17th, 2009
11:22 am

Any player on the 60 day DL does not count against the 40 man roster. That takes care of Hudson.. Leaves room for Glavin or Griffey. Who else is going to be discovered to be lame?

Andy

February 17th, 2009
11:22 am

Ok, everyone was saying yesterday that Griffey would make his decision this morning at the latest. What’s the holdup ?

Gil In Mechanicsville

February 17th, 2009
11:24 am

If Glavine is not going to be needed until the 19th of April, could he start the season on the DL thus allowing more time to make a trade or otherwise clear roster space?

Andy K.

February 17th, 2009
11:25 am

Andy, it’s because Wren still has to meet with Griffey’s agent again early this afternoon.

Rocker

February 17th, 2009
11:26 am

Judging buy the pending arbitration hearing with Frenchy, I got a feeling that this is his last year in a Braves uniform. If he has a bad season, the Braves part ways with him. If he has a good/great season, he will go to a team just to show the Braves they made a mistake by not signing him last year to the contract that HE wanted. There will be no home discount. The ties between the Braves and Frenchy have been cut IMO.

Graham

February 17th, 2009
11:27 am

Andy

Griffey’s agent is supposed to meet with Wren again this afternoon, at some point. Discussions are still ongoing.

jtb

February 17th, 2009
11:27 am

if jamie moyer can pitch at 45, tommy g can pitch at 42

Daybed Wagmoe

February 17th, 2009
11:28 am

chipperchop — Star 94 in Seattle is reporting it? Do you mean Atlanta?

Andy K — agreed with you on Star 94. See my earlier post at 9:05am.

Gil In Mechanicsville

February 17th, 2009
11:29 am

Rocker, Frenchy will still be under team control of the Braves next year. It will be the Braves decision to keep him or not until he is eligible for free agency.

PTBNL

February 17th, 2009
11:30 am

Regarding B Mac, it may be because he was focusing on learning the skill of catching rather than his offense. He likes to catch and wants to catch, but he admits that defense is a bit of a weakness of his. He is still working on his defense very hard. Hitting is something that is natural for him.

His first (partial) year, he had to focus on learning to catch the pitchers so he could “call” a good game. The next year he could focus more on hitting.

I am not saying that all of that is absolutely true. It is just theory, based on previous experience.

Ease, your point is well taken. It may well have been the help of “aging veterans” as well. One of the great things about B Mac is that he is a very good learner. In contrast, Jeff has depended on his natural athleticism, but is a very poor learner. Maybe the thing B Mac’s father gave him more than anything is the ability to learn. What a great attribute!

However, I would also be quick to say that the benefit of “aging veterans” is not automatic. It fails as often as it succeeds, maybe more often. The climate must be right (clubhouse environment), the “learners must be ripe” and the “teachers” must be able to teach. Aging veterans can be very valuable, no doubt….. but also, not.

McFann O –[zzz]

February 17th, 2009
11:32 am

PTBNL

Love your 11:30 post!

dogsbrekky

February 17th, 2009
11:32 am

exit56b – XM/Sirius and Liberty…

Liberty is perhaps the weirdest company I have ever looked at. I am convinced that Malone’s whole purpose in life is to do tax driven crappy deals so he can build a large octopus like structure no-one understands so he can justify a massive pay check, private jet and other corporate perks….. eg Buying the Braves for a tax driven idea !

But it is a good thing for XM users etc…

[b]Everyone who is negative on Glavine[/b]

When his shoulder was okay in 2005, 06 and 07 he went 13 wins, 15 wins and 13 wins respectively. I will take a risk on THAT PROVEN WINNER every day of the week………..

Andy K.

February 17th, 2009
11:33 am

Daybed In response to your 9:05, lol, agreed.

FaninFaytown

February 17th, 2009
11:33 am

I don’t know if anyone has seen it yet but BC is going to talk about Griffey on sportscenter in just a second.

David O'Brien

February 17th, 2009
11:34 am

New blog should be up, folks.

I’m told Griffey has already agreed to terms with Braves, though no announcement yet, and agent is supposed to meet with Wren again today to finalize things. Don’t know about a physical, whether he’s getting it now or what.

Rocker

February 17th, 2009
11:35 am

Thanks Gil. Wasnt sure if he was eligible this year or not.

David O'Brien

February 17th, 2009
11:36 am

Oh, and if you put questions for the blokes on this blog, better move them over to the other blog because i won’t see them when I get those guys up here

spotts

February 17th, 2009
11:37 am

take THAT Star 94

dogsbrekky

February 17th, 2009
11:37 am

Did anyone read Keith Law’s comments yesterday on talking chop

http://www.talkingchop.com/2009/2/16/760477/keith-law-braves-prospect

Interesting reading

champ

February 17th, 2009
11:38 am

Liberty Media Corp. will invest $530 million in financially struggling satellite radio company Sirius XM Radio Inc., the companies said Tuesday.

It would have been nice to have given the Braves 1% of that on top of their current payroll so they could have gotten Abreau… makes you appreciate Ted Turner even more.

dogsbrekky

February 17th, 2009
11:39 am

Thanks DOB re Griffey, was told they made up their mind yesterday and it was all a formality.

PTBNL

February 17th, 2009
11:42 am

Thanks, McFann. I like McCann more every year.

ease19

February 17th, 2009
11:43 am

PTBNL, your point is well taken as well. Manny (for an example of aging veteran) would not be a good mentor, but someone like a Maddox, Glavine, Chipper, Smoltz and now (figures crossed) possibly Griffey, are what young teams need. And Bobby has taken such a ribbing over the years for creating this “right” clubhouse environment by taking a chance on these older guys who have a lot to pass on. I remember a couple of years ago, a young pitcher named Damian Moss who was under the influence of Glavine and Maddox, and proved to have a very successful career here in Atlanta and SF until he had arm surgery. But you hit the nail on the head…has to be the right place, right time and right person…

Gibby

February 17th, 2009
11:43 am

Great news. The braves have a chance to be a playoff team now. They still need a few breaks to go right but now they have the depth to cover injuries in all aspects of the team

bertbennett

February 17th, 2009
11:48 am

wow Areopagus has already given me a headache this morning next thing you know robert will make an appearance. Changed my name to bert to avoid any misconceptions on that one. I really hope the bravos can pull in JR, I would love to see him in a braves uniform, much more than garrett anderson. I like glav in the 5 spot and will def take JR in a LF platoon.

Efrim

February 17th, 2009
11:56 am

dogsbrekky, I read it. Law’s words were harsh in that last paragraph. Although I can’t really say I disagree with him.

Jerry

February 17th, 2009
12:07 pm

Liberty Media put $530 million into a company whose stock was trading at .09 per share, and won’t kick 10 – 15 mil to the Braves to get a real out fielder?

getnathan

February 17th, 2009
12:36 pm

DOB — What’s the status on Ken Griffey, Jr? I read that he has agreed to terms with the Braves

Jared

February 17th, 2009
2:19 pm

So Griffey didn’t agree to a deal? According to his agent and HIMSELF, he has not agreed to terms and in fact has not decided on a team. This has just been a bad offseason for you hasn’t it, DOB.

Mark Bowman spoke to Griffey.

Brad

February 17th, 2009
2:23 pm

Jumping the gun to be the first journalist to report a certain story is getting old. I just hope Griffey isn’t turned off by the false reports.

Jared

February 17th, 2009
2:29 pm

Brad, I agree 100%.

Fancoeur

February 17th, 2009
4:14 pm

DOB ppl in MLBTRADERUMORS are saying it ain’t a done deal yet. Please tell me this is not true.

Erik

February 17th, 2009
7:21 pm

Not to cool the way you jumped the gun and said Griffey had picked the Braves over the Mariners, DOB. I hate to read it, but you are being seriously laughed at for doing so on many major sites.

Erik

February 17th, 2009
7:23 pm

It is true Fancoeur, DOB jumped the gun and reported something that was not fact, you don’t get any more factual then an agent and a player saying no decision has been made. I hate to say it but DOB jumped the gun and is being ridiculed throughout the internet because of it.

Erik

February 17th, 2009
7:25 pm

But I do think Griffey will sign with the Braves by tomorrow, so it could also be that DOB has inside info, But I doubt that as DOB post went up before noon, and Griffey’s agent was not scheduled to meet with Wren till late afternoon.

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