12:32 am February 20, 2009, by David O'Brien
February 20th, 20096:18 pm
OK – That’s something Dave. It’s the only thing that’s not a given. Now if you can post the same type of thing daily at 6:14pm I’ll be happy. Thank you
February 20th, 20096:19 pm
DOB- Apparently now Schafer is pissed at you. Something about how you posted he fell back two spots in the CF competition?
Just want to let you know he’s gonna hunt you down tomorrow.
Glav on this year’s revamped starting rotation:
“Last year there was a lot of excitement about [the rotation], but there was a lot of uncertainty. I think there’s a lot less uncertainty about this [rotation] this year and their ability to pitch innings. Injuries are always a part of the game. But I think looking at the rotation now, compared to where it was a year ago, I think there’s a lot more reason to believe the top four guys are going to log a lot more innings than the top four last year.
“That will have a residual effect on everybody. It’s going to make our bullpen stronger because they’re not going to have to work so many innings. From my standpoint, looking at that and looking at me being in the No. 5 hole, I’m excited about being a part of it.”
February 20th, 20096:21 pm
Oh yeah, and according to Bowman he still see’s it as all guys still on equal footing but go see O’Brien about whatever he wrote.
February 20th, 20096:23 pm
anyone who’s procured the new Isbell CD, or heard it, give us a review.
Can someone please tell me what happened between DOB & Hudson?
February 20th, 20096:25 pm
Hmmm.. Now I wonder who on here might have the 411 on that?
February 20th, 20096:26 pm
DOB — Thanks for the update re: Glavine’s conference call.
And is it just me, or do the pictures of those two police officers on the ajc.com front page — Burrell Ellis and Terrell Bolton — not take you back to “The Wire”? Maybe it’s because one of them is named Burrell, not to mention that, well, they’re cops. The girlfriend and I are watching the discs from Netflix, and we’re a few episodes into the Season 3. Man, what an amazing show. At least as good as, if not better than, “The Sopranos” in my opinion.
Quick! Look up.
February 20th, 20096:28 pm
They had a dance off. West Side Story style.
February 20th, 20096:29 pm
Is the cut-off of posts going to continue long term, or is there a possible reprieve in the works? Those of us who can’t always log-on during the day can’t get many of your insightful notes! I know economic times are what they are, but a bigger, better, badder server seems logical (if that’s the problem), and more hits and posts might attract an extra advertiser or two! Dave’s Blog Sponsor has a nice ring to it!
February 20th, 20096:30 pm
tr – this disclaimer is at the top of the page:
Because of technical problems, we’re temporarily limiting the display of comments to the 100 most recent. But all the comments are being preserved, and when we get this fixed (SOON, we hope), they’ll all reappear.
February 20th, 20096:31 pm
I just read somewhere that a big part of why Mr. Griffey chose Seattle over us had to do with some kind of assurance that he would hold a future in their organization beyond his playing career, like coaching or whatnot. Well, whatever… Mr. Wren should definitely wait till May or June and make either a killer move for a free agent or (even better) introduce Mr. Schafer to the world.
I am so psyched about the Braves this year. They’re gonna be SWEET (even Frenchy.)
If DOB doesn’t want to give details I can understand, but can someone give me the gist of what happened?
February 20th, 20096:33 pm
Well after take off the plane hit a flock of Canadien Geese. Both engines went out.. oh wait, thats the wrong Hudson story. Never mind.
If DOB doesn’t feel comfortable giving details I can understand, but can someone give me the gist of what happened? I gather it was a confrontation, but what about?
February 20th, 20096:34 pm
Sorry for the double post. Damn internet.
February 20th, 20096:35 pm
Well apparently her mother and nephew were both shot and killed in their home.. oh wait, that’s the wrong Hudson story too. Never mind.
February 20th, 20096:36 pm
I’m not as confident about our offense as I was this time last year, considering we had Teixeira last year and I thought that Frenchy would have a good year. Now, I’m not sure what to expect out of Frenchy, and we’ve lost a lot of offense in Teixeira.
DOB’s firing at posters and talking music. He’s back! I accept the thanks from all of you. You’re welcome.
February 20th, 20096:37 pm
DMBJAMS – Huddy was apparent under the impression that Griffey chose to sign with Seattle because the AJC jumped the gun and said he had chose to sign here when that wasn’t the case. So he took it out on DOB who had nothing to do with the headline. But according to DOB, it wasn’t a big deal and not at all what people are making it out to be.
That is the story as I understand it.
BB I think you did not grasp what Glavin was trying to say. IF he is healthy, then he is successful (effective as a pitcher).
February 20th, 20096:38 pm
Just a difference of opinion on trivial matters such as bbq, favorite cd’s, 40-man roster spots, and inane rumors of the power of the press! (to influence free agents)
Eric In Albany N.Y.
Hey DOB, I know the plan as of this date is to just wait an see who wins the spots in the outfield.
my question is though, Because the Braves have not spent all the money in the ‘09 budget, does that mean that money is off the table. or will Wren be able to spend it later this yr in some sort of trade or deal of some sort?
And if so… About how much money do you think they would have to spend? im guessing around 4-5 mill tops
February 20th, 20096:39 pm
Seriously, this 100 post limit thing sucks. So basically those of us that have jobs have to sit on the blog all freakin day if we want to read what DOB has to say?? Maybe the geeks could at least not delete his posts that pertain to the team??
Folks, they assure me they’re working on this mess. I agree with you — it’s debilitating to the blog, having only 100 comments. Hell, we get that many in a couple hours lately.
I might ask them if I can file on the old system until this is working. At least that one could handle 1,000 or so comments before it crashed.
OK…I think I remember…
Somebody said something to the effect of, “Has anyone noticed that Terrence Moore writes about things that…are irrelevant” or something.
Then KC said, “Has anyone noticed that the sky is blue?”
Me: …and that Joseph A. Bank is having a sale?
Huddy tried to grab some hair off of DOB’s head.
February 20th, 20096:40 pm
We all, and yes me to, are so spoiled with DOB and just the internet itself. Even 7 or 8 years ago we’d have to sit through an hour of espn analyzing the NY teams, Boston, LA, before they’d even have anything on the other teams like Atl. Newspapers wouldn’t give you anything close to what we get here…24-7. I think we’ve(Braves fans) had this roller coaster ride of highs and lows because we know too much. And I realize Dave hasn’t been doing this blog for 7-8 years, just sayin.
February 20th, 20096:41 pm
DOB @ 6:39–
Smokey Joe Wood
Here’s what I hope the Braves do in the outfield.
CF: Play Josh Anderson mostly, mixing in a little Infante against lefties. Give Schafer at least a half season in AAA, both for his development and for starting the clock on ML service. It’s the smart move, no matter what he does in spring training.
LF: Platoon Brandon Jones and Mattie D. If Jones falls flat, you make a move. But he was a good prospect last year at this time. I think they should have gone with him last year; we heard all spring that that was the plan. (Of course, if Bobby doesn’t believe in someone, that’s good enough for me.)
February 20th, 20096:42 pm
DMBJAMS – Actually, I misspoke. Huddy was upset over DOB speculating who would be bumped from the 40 man when/if Griffey and Glavine were signed. Although, that is Dave’s job so I don’t know what he expects.
I know they are talking about using the young guys…but any chance DOB that Jim Edmonds gets talked about…..A veteran guy like Edmonds could be a benefit just like Junior would have been….
I like this format because at least it doesnt crash after 1,000 comments
Hudson just signed a 3.3 million contract with Dodgers. Fact= ESPN
JJ, the only other temporary solution is for me to post multiple short blogs, keep posting them when we get to 100 or so comments. It’s just that in the past several, there was entirely too much happening to do that, to scramble and do that between writing all the news and answering all the hate missives and such, and today I’m on fumes trying to get through one more day and have a good night’s sleep to catch up.
We’ll try to start posting some short blogs tomorrow so the comments can at least be preserved. But they do assure me that once this is fixed, all the old comments will be back up. (I know, lot of good that does a few days after the fact, when nobody’s gonna care enough to go back and read them all.)
February 20th, 20096:43 pm
Smokey Joe – I agree
C’s you were right the first time. Huddy was mad because he thought O’Brien’s article was one of the reason’s why Griffey chose to go to Seattle.
Got any details or updates with Ohman?
Hate that he’s not at Dark Star with ya’ll, we could essentially be one of the best, most formidable bullpens in the NL if he chooses Bravos.
February 20th, 20096:44 pm
Coxlover, for the time that we had Tex, he did not produce. Check it out! On the other hand, during that same period Kotchman was producing. Check it out.
You have looked at the difference in the record with and without Tex and come to the wrong conclusion. You can not overlook that Chipper was very hot during that period, that we had our true starting pitchers for a while during that period. We were right in the hunt for quite a while, but Tex had little to do with it. My observation was that he often was a rally killer, hit into a lot of double plays, etc. He did not produce as much for us as Kotchman did for the Angels. At least that is my assessment of it.
Geez folks, how can you not know what happened between Huddy and O’Brien by now. That’s old news. It’s been repeated about a trillion times.
February 20th, 20096:45 pm
PTB, I know one thing. When Tex left, our production at 1st base went way down and our winning % also went way down.
“Hell, we get that many in a couple hours lately”
Mazel Tov, DOB. Wasn’t long ago that 1000 posts was a lot over 2-3 days between new blogs. Now it’s an average day (I’m guessing).
Any Soriano sightings today?
WHY no interest in Edmonds?
February 20th, 20096:46 pm
Reagan… Edmonds sucks
February 20th, 20096:47 pm
PTB, you say Tex didn’t produce as much for us as Kotchman did for the Angels ? Kotchman hit .287, 12 HR, 54 RBI with the Angels last year. Tex hit .283, 20 HR, 78 RBI with the Braves last year.
February 20th, 20096:48 pm
Okay, then I misspoke about misspeaking.
Edmonds looked pretty toasty last season – as in done. Sign someone like hiom and all you are doing is denying some kid a passel of big league at bats
February 20th, 20096:50 pm
Did you notice that the Braves’ runs per game actually INCREASED after Tex left? But so did the ERA of a depleted/overworked pitching staff.
February 20th, 20096:51 pm
DOB, it’s just frustrating because I have come on here at three different times today (morning, noon, and evening) and only caught a handful of your bball comments. And I know from previous experience you post more than that.
February 20th, 20096:52 pm
tr, it may have increased but it wasn’t because tex left.
18 Wheels of Love
I’d like a way to be able to block certain users posts. Is that possible DOB? No offense certain users but you take up too much room.
February 20th, 20096:53 pm
Edmonds numbers were very similar to Junior’s…At this point we’re looking for a lf platoon with Diaz not the second coming of Barry Bonds
February 20th, 20096:56 pm
The differences in runs per game before and after Tex left was very small. While we had Tex our runs per game were 4.56 and after he left it was 4.81.
February 20th, 20096:58 pm
coxlover – just pointing out that the team’s winning % didn’t go down BECAUSE tex left, either. Scoring wasn’t the big problem, pitchers on the dl was.
DOB, nice writeup on the young kids today, much appreciated. Thanks
You are the only eyes on the ground I can find on the internet, so I much appreciate your spring training reports.
Coxlover, watch the games. You can not compare them by those stats. Tex could hit 4 for 5 for 3 games and knock in 10 rbi’s but only affect those 3 games. I do not look at production as a line item. Also, in terms of RBI’s when you bat behind someone who is batting .400 you are going to have many more opportunities to knock in runs. But if you want to compare them that way, go ahead. I also noticed that you did not list how many dps Tex hit into. And struck out with men in scoring position. Yes, he started to hit toward the end, but for a long time, he did not.
February 20th, 20097:01 pm
TB, but you have to agree that the lineup doesnt look as good this year as it did this time last year.
“coxlover – just pointing out that the team’s winning % didn’t go down BECAUSE tex left, either. Scoring wasn’t the big problem, pitchers on the dl was.”
The biggest problem was the same as it’s been since 1991 – The Donkey in the Dugout
February 20th, 20097:03 pm
Hey Dave, next time your ready to stir up a hornet’s nest over 3 or 4 days, here’s a suggestion: get some of us techies to setup Google ads in your newfangled Wordpress blog, so you can make some green off all these page views — I mean, come on.
Just imagine the ads: there’s an aspirin link for all the headaches out here from the new blog; Kleenex for cry-baby Hudson; ear plugs for all the yelling you’ve had to endure, and a lie detector for the Braves front office during negotiations.
Seriously, you’ve could have earned enough already to make a real dent in a year’s salary for a new LF, or at least enough to keep you living large in CDs, cigars, and cuban sandwiches for a while.
February 20th, 20097:06 pm
Actually, Tex is a good example of why a person’s line stats can be deceiving. Even that half year we had him and he was so “hot”, I kept looking for him to really make a difference in a game. He often got 2 homeruns in games, but even if you subtracted his RBI’s in that game, the Braves would have won. It seldom that he was a difference maker. Also, he routinely does not do well the first couple of months and comes on strong at the end. That is fine if the rest of the team can carry him for the first part of the season, but as a general rule, I had rather have someone who is consistent in helping his team the whole year. That is my preference.
February 20th, 20097:07 pm
PTB, you haven’t mentioned Tex’s great defensive skills.
February 20th, 20097:09 pm
Why do we care about players who no longer play here? TEX WHO?
February 20th, 20097:10 pm
the answer to my comment could be gone by now but did david answer the question about him being the one that huddy nearly fought because of the leaking of the griffey signing??
February 20th, 20097:11 pm
c’lover – how right you are – but looks are often deceiving. Personally, I like the looks of the line-up with money in proven, reliable, inning-eating starters to go along with hitters who didn’t seem to lose much without tex. Or, to quote a favorite poster, “The differences in runs per game before and after Tex left was very small. While we had Tex our runs per game were 4.56 and after he left it was 4.81.”
February 20th, 20097:14 pm
Let me also say that I am aware that a person can have effect that extends beyond his actual numbers. I am very aware of that. In fact, that is really what I look for. It is true that Tex’ presence in the lineup had effect that allowed Chipper to get more hits, etc. However, that is really part of what I am saying about Tex. I look for a player who makes his team a winner. They may not hit well but somehow they make plays when they matter, they get hits when it matters, their presence somehow inspires the other players to be even batter than they would be otherwise. This is not something I saw in Tex. He seemed to be a nice guy and people seemed to like him, but that is not the same as what I am talking about.
February 20th, 20097:18 pm
Not sure what your point is about defense. Kotchman is considered to be gold glove potential at first. I really can’t speak to that, but it is suppose to be his strength. But the reason I had not mentioned defense is because it was not involved in your statement about the Brave’s present state “offensively”. Make up your mind what you want to talk about.
February 20th, 20097:19 pm
Robert – agree with you on the contribution of Jermaine Dye, but I believe he’s owed 11M this year, and has one or more high salary years beyond this. Are you suggesting that his employer’s will pick up a significant part of his salary. Don’t think so. What a banger he’d be if he weren’t so high priced!
February 20th, 20097:24 pm
Anders, I have to say your “Hudson” postings were in extremely poor taste. I’m sure the people involved in those situations don’t find your posts particularly humorous. Neither do I.
February 20th, 20097:26 pm
Does anyone know what is going on with liberty midia and Sirius-XM?
Does anyone have any idea how they are doing as a company? what is the stock @
February 20th, 20097:27 pm
Enter your comments here
That, and an uncanny inability going back now most of last 2 seasons to hit in the clutch (all those 1 run losses, it gets so this phenomenon takes on a life of its own), to hit and run, to steal a base, to lay down a bunt, to leave runners in scoring position way too often, you know, fundamental baseball?…got so quite often getting a couple or runners on base or bases loaded no outs, you knew it was going to be a disappointing inning. One run, tops. Can we PLEASE give Garrett Anderson a look? Yes, he’s a Boras client, but I had hoped we had gotten over that with the Lowe signing. Nothing wrong with giving the kids a look, just don’t bank on that being a solution for left field or platoon situation…to me, that is much like last year when we banked on 40% of our rotation (Smoltz, Glavine, love ‘em but still..) staying healthy all year and ended up with 60% done by July or so. When that experiment went south, so did we.
February 20th, 20097:32 pm
What about either Anderson or Schafer in center and the other one in left?
February 20th, 20097:34 pm
I like our starting rotation. I like our bullpen. I like our defense. I like our bench. But….
Our offense has a obvious glaring hole in the middle of it. So if we’re going to win ball games, IMO the guys are gonna have to play small ball. They have to execute. Lay down bunts when called upon, hit behind runners, move guys over, make key hits when needed, etc. They can’t wait for/count on the 3 run HR to put them over the top.
And Chipper and/or Mac cannot go down for any significant amount of time.
Anders (6:19) – that’s so cool, so cruel, but DOB’s a sport, a great guy, with a good sense of humor (as do you, obviously) My appreciation will be paid off after 4 (count ‘em!) posts defending you from the idiots who think you have no business on this blog, being a Mets fan.
From this Braves’ fan to you: salute and kudos (and keep posting, brother).
(FWIW – it would be nice for you to contribute just why you post here, I understand that you are a very knowledgeable fan, and contribute as such here),but I simply ask “why here?”, why not in the Apple Blogs? Is it that you can communicate so much better with us provincials? (I am not being at pejorative here, promise. Just curious.)
I will still be respectful if your Mutts have a better season – trust me, bro, you will never get under my skin. This is baseball, and why I love it.
February 20th, 20097:35 pm
If Chipper is injured for a significant amount of time this year like he was last year and Frenchy plays like he did last year, we have no shot to win the World Series.
February 20th, 20097:36 pm
DOB, Does Kotchman look any different? Do you know if he is on a plan to put on some muscle to add a little more power?
February 20th, 20097:38 pm
In 1993 when the Braves won 104 games, they scored 767 runs. last year they scored 753. The difference was that in 1993 they allowed only 559, last year they allowed 778. If we ignore the intangibles, then Atlanta should be vastly improved this year if they allow fewer runs.
What I have noticed the last few years is that the Braves seem to be able to hit mediocre or average pitching, but struggle against the league’s best. Maybe its my imagination, but might be worth investigating. The Braves have never recently possessed a lineup that could put fear into another pitcher. They have had some good hitters, but not anyone that needed to be pitched around, except maybe Chipper and Andruw for 1 year! This could be the reason they have folded in the playoffs when they have only faced the league’s best pitchers.
If the Braves do get into contention, they need to acquire a bat during the season that can make their playoff opponents nervous. Some serious threats on the base paths wouldn’t hurt either
DOB: Enjoyed the article about the youths impressing.
February 20th, 20097:43 pm
Here’s something to keep an eye on. According to an AP story just out, Yankee players Damon and Nady both have had their assets frozen in connection with the Stanford scandal. As I understood the article, both invested with intermediaries who in turn used Stanford. Both players use Scott Boras as their agent. Boras claims they independently chose to use the brokers who in turn used Stanford. Unfortunate for the 2 players, that’s for sure. I guess we’ll see if Boras’s skirts are as clean as he says.
February 20th, 20097:44 pm
DOBOMETER – Huddy tried to grab some hair off of DOB’s head
Only if he had a step ladder handy!
February 20th, 20097:45 pm
“What I have noticed the last few years is that the Braves seem to be able to hit mediocre or average pitching, but struggle against the league’s best”
CB, I mean really, wouldn’t you guess that’s the case for most teams?
Braves scored over 5.3 runs/game in September… and about half those games were against teams trying to make the playoffs, so it shouldn’t be dismissed as late-season garbage time. I’m not suggesting we’ll be an offensive juggernaut, but I think reports of the Braves’ offensive demise are premature.
February 20th, 20097:49 pm
Hey, David, have you received an apology from Terrence Moore yet?
Eric from MO
February 20th, 20097:51 pm
Why are the Yankees not being questioned by congress? Major League Baseball was and lets count how many Yankees have been linked to steroids.
Seems like Im forgetting somebody. Seems like the Yankees should have some explaining to do, if people are going to get in trouble. I for one would like to move on, but if everybody else is going to get investigated why not the Magnificent Yankees?
February 20th, 20097:56 pm
When did Damon and Nady become connected with steroids?
Mbatl,” I think reports of the Braves’ offensive demise are premature.”
Really??? Did I miss a move that the Braves made to make them better on offense? They may be a little better but not enough that we will be able to notice a difference. Lets not forget we have no clean-up hitter and no one to add protection for Chipper. We saw a huge difference in Chipper when Tex was no longer there. We cant ignore that. Chipper had his best year last year, but after Tex left that no longer remained the case.
February 20th, 20097:57 pm
Yeah, OK, Dob I read up the blog and my main comment was going to be the abbreviated posts. Glad you have that addressed. I don’t live on this blog, like others, but respect it for it’s contents and a few bloggers that actually know what they are talking about i.e. N8 and Lew and many others.
I just don’t want to chase the comments over 3 blogs after everyone says that was covered a couple hundred posts back. Can’t blame me or anyone for that. I actually like the new format, Wordpress, or whatever it is called.
Still don’t see Glavine in teh starting 5. Don’t care if he did sign the contract. So Glavine is going to get the #5 slot over say a Hanson who impresses at Dark Star. Frankly, I don’t believe it. I also don’t believe the Braves will or should sign/trade for another bat and LF. We have that already and they are cheap. Many options. Take your pick.
Jason Isbell is in Richmond. Not compelled to see him. Maybe he is decent and under the radar but until somebody starts singing his praises I can’t afford to waste the money. Just saw DBT’s and apparently he was the weak link in the group and rebelled enough against what they were doing that he was ousted from the band. Just what I have heard. Never heard of him prior to the DBT’s. DBT’s by the way are in DC at the 9:30 club. Sold out tonight and tomorrow.
Rock on…..long time gone
February 20th, 20097:58 pm
David, my wife says I spend to much time on this blog,”its a waste of time” is her quote. Now either she wants more of my attention, like any female wants to spend more time with their spouse,lol,cough,lol, or I really do. Now its been more entertaining the last week or so I will say. I just wish we had a few u-tube videos from the death star complex of all the fun.
February 20th, 20097:59 pm
Thats my bad I saw Stanford scandal and misread it, thought it said Steriod Scandal.
But any who,I remembered who I was forgetting, David Justice.
February 20th, 20098:10 pm
I’m not saying that isn’t the case for most teams, I’m just not sure it is the case for most world series champions!
February 20th, 20098:13 pm
Even tougher to take for me is how bad the Braves seem to falter against young, inexperienced pitchers (even ones that turn out to be really bad) the first time or two they face them. And why don’t our youngsters do that to other teams?
February 20th, 20098:14 pm
David, can you have the tech guys put YOUR comments in a holding pattern at the top and delete the bloggers . it would be nice to have your notes ,so many people have ask questions that were addressed in earlier posts by you today and even late yesterday
February 20th, 20098:15 pm
Here one review of Isbell.http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/149097-jason-isbell-and-the-400-unit-jason-isbell-and-the-400-unit
February 20th, 20098:20 pm
DOB, one possible temporary solution might be to have the people going through and moving the posts into moderation leave yours.
So that way we can see your news and mini-news even if we miss out on the amount of conversation.
February 20th, 20098:21 pm
tr that is normal for young pitchers the first time around to have an advantage and we do have young guys who do that. I know Reyes and Morton havent but Reyes has no control what so ever and Morton was hurt, but do you remember Davies, or Chuck James? Go back a few years and we had Horacio Rameriez or Damion Moss. So we have had that.
February 20th, 20098:22 pm
tr – I agree. I can take it when we get shut down by the best. But it drives me nuts when we get 2 hit by a teams #4 and 5 in consecutive days. Or we score 1 run against a debuting rookie who then turns around and gets shelled in his next 4 starts.
February 20th, 20098:25 pm
I LIKED your Hudson posts…..
Maybe I am a bit warped….
February 20th, 20098:26 pm
CanadianBrave, understand. But like tr pointed out, to me the big thing is that you’ve got to beat up on the bad teams, and the Braves haven’t been very good at that in recent years.
The WS Champ Phillies lost their season series to the Mets, Red Sox, Angels, and tied with the Dodgers. Had a losing record against teams over .500. But they beat the crap out of sub-500 teams (49-24).
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