12:32 am February 20, 2009, by David O'Brien
February 20th, 20099:46 am
For Glavine, if this year goes as planned and there are no injuries and you’re still effective, will you try to come back again next year or is this your final year?
February 20th, 20099:47 am
FOR TOM GLAVINE–
I’m currently reading your book.
A question about your change-up grip — is it still pretty much unteachable to other pitchers?
That is, is it pretty much unique to your hand size, finger length, your specific physical dimensions and proportions?
Have you tried to teach your grip to other LHPs?
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Peter Gammons just said on Sportscenter that he heard a rumor about a big, mail-order steroids story coming out of Atlanta! Anybody else hear that? Jeez, this stuff is never gonna end!
I would like to know Tommys take on the workout regimine of Lowe. How does it compare to his younger days? How will it affect his routine moving forward (When he starts working out with the team)?
Have the Braves discussed their plans for Glavine once Hudson returns?
February 20th, 20099:48 am
I love DOB’s blog
I love watching Hudson pitch
but Hudson needs to realize DOB has to do his job. DOB never has to be physically restrained from Hudson when he doesn’t give him a good quote. Hudson amongst adults looks pretty foolish. I bet it’s pretty uncomfortable experience this spring training David. Keep doing what you do and this to shall pass.
I see glavine being more the Brian Leech type.
but what does a #5 starter really mean once the season starts? if its your turn to throw its your turn to throw.
Tom, In your opinion, what are realistic numbers to expect from you this year?
Are coffee farts really watery like Braveheart said? Mine are usually drier and dense.
February 20th, 20099:50 am
ShipHockey7-I believe that there is an online test for Jeopardy now. MY wife keeps trying to get me to try out. Too much effort required, though. I’d rather paint pictures.
February 20th, 20099:51 am
My stab at a good question for Glavine — going into what could possibly be your final season, what are your goals? There’s not much being left off your list of accomplishments — World Series MVP, 2 Cy Youngs, 5 20-win seasons, you won the deciding game of the WS; what haven’t you accomplished yet that you’d like to do this season?
Tom, In your opinion, what are realistic numbers to expect from you this year? – DevillnLaw
I’d say $4 to $4.5 mil. Oh, I’m sorry – you meant pitching numbers? I have no idea – haven’t even thought about that yet. Well gotta go. Kids need to catch the bus and all.
Lew, I agree with you on Francouer. I think he probably has done and will continue to do everything he can to bounce back this year. He’s that type of guy. But if he starts off slow, I can see this turning into another repeat of last year. I think he really gets down on himself when he’s going through a bad spell and it only compounds the problem. That’s why I worry about him. He really wants to succeed and he seems to work hard at it, so you’ve got to love him for that. I really hope he proves me wrong.
February 20th, 20099:52 am
Brian Leetch is probably a pretty good comparaison, I could see Glavine as a stay at home guy lol
My last 5 played songs on PandoraRadio:
Rancid (Tim Armstrong) – Arrested in Shanghai
HED (PE) – Carnivale
Slightly Stoopid – Wiseman
Dave Matthews Band – Long Black Veil
Sublime – Rivers of Babylon
Odd mix today – but i like it…..
February 20th, 20099:53 am
Thanks! I knew that they used to do it, I even had registered for the College one, then I just totally missed it…maybe I’ll check into it if I’m bored!
February 20th, 20099:55 am
Matt, sounds like a friend of a friend of a friend kind of story.
Besides, I can think of a whole bunch of Braves players from the past that would not surprise me as juicers…
Galaragga, Klesko, Javy Lopez, John Rocker, Fransworth, Vinny Castilla, Sheffield, Julio Franco, Gant, Giles, Jordan…
Not saying they did, but it wouldn’t surprise me either.
HA – next song up was Johnny Cash – When the man comes around…….kick arse.
February 20th, 20099:57 am
moose knuckle…the difference with the 5th starter is that he’s the guy that gets skipped in the rotation if there is a day off.
BTW, you should maybe buy looser pants.
Mets Stink-Maybe so, but I’m willing to bet someone one of my drawings that he’ll have at least his 07 numbers back and likely more this season. Last couple years everything that could go wrong went wrong. We’re due for it all to go right for a change-starting with a solid season from Jeff.
February 20th, 20099:58 am
Who is your toughest out in the division? and why?
How’s this for a question: “Tom, with the horrible outfield offensive production you can expect this year, do you think you’ll be able to win any games this year, seeing as how you’ll have to throw shutouts in every outing?”
Gil In Mechanicsville
February 20th, 20099:59 am
Tom, Thanks for coming back. Honestly, do you feel your velocity has improved or is it still too early to tell?
A question about Being a Mentor–
Many here assume that it’s as easy as brerathing the same air in the same location as, say, Jo Jo Reyes or Chuck James. But of course, there’s more to it than that.
Have you ever considered yourself to be a mentor to a particular pircher?
Did you have to establish a compatible personal relationship first?
Of all the LH Mets pitchers you played with, Pedro Feliciano seemed to have benefitted the most (shown the most improvement from before he played with you) — did you have a different relationship with him than with other Mets pitchers?
February 20th, 200910:00 am
If I were at the “conference call”, first I’d like to tell him how much I appreciate the way he handled the negotiations and resigning with the Braves, first class; second, I’d ask him to give us a little more insight to his rehab. How long’s he is throwing, is he on the mound yet, how he feels the next day after a pitching session, compared to previous years how does he feel he’s progressing, etc.
February 20th, 200910:02 am
David, just curious but what kind of feedback are you getting from the Japanese press on Kensies (probably Bobby’s nickname come regular season) personality and makeup as a big league pitcher? To early for a story?
February 20th, 200910:05 am
Whats this mess people keep saying about Hudson? What happened?
When you were young(er), what was the best advice a veteran pitcher gave you to prepare for a 162 game season?
actually used couple of your questioins, asked him about goals and whether this is last seaosn. i’ll give you answers later. we’re still on line with him, then i’ve gotta write a brief quickly for online
thanks for input, folks
February 20th, 200910:06 am
One often overlooked ability of Jordan Schafer’s game is the same ability that gives him the best chance of being in Atlanta as the starting CF before the 2009 season is over. Schafer has already shown that he has the defensive talent to be the best Braves CF since Andruw Jones was winning the Gold Glove every year out there in CF.
Even if Schafer struggles a bit early on with his bat, the fact that he can go get ‘em so very adeptly in CF will give him time to get his sea legs on offense. That’s not to say that Josh Anderson should be any less valuable to the Bravos. IMO, an outfield of Josh Anderson (LF), Jordan Schafer (CF), and Jeff Francouer (RF), along with Brandon Jones and Matt Diaz as back-ups just might give us all something to cheer about before the 2009 season is done.
All of that stretching and conditioning and Lowe has never been on the DL. Are his new teammates witnessing this? Taking Notes?
February 20th, 200910:07 am
Sorry all, I didn’t realize we had a guest.
February 20th, 200910:08 am
I have a questions for Glavine.
How do you feel about playing left field on your off days?
February 20th, 200910:09 am
Lowe is doing agility drills…the hopping, etc.
conference call over. thanks, folks
February 20th, 200910:10 am
rhynster – so if 1 and 2 have pitched on tues and wed. and thursday is an off day friday starts w/ # 3 etc. where exactly does he miss a start? maybe KC or Lew can give us the starts of the 5th starter the last 10 years for the braves, and maybe exclude jokers like albie lopez or unproven kids theyve brought up to fill roster spots-you know what i mean.
February 20th, 200910:11 am
I’d love for one of the young outfielders to play his way into the lineup and the rookie of the year award. That, and a comeback by Frenchy and it could be contender time.
OMG!!!!!!!!!! – Is it really official? Or am I just dreaming??
Tommy really, really, 100% positive, will be in ST next week?
Swear to God???
If so — Hallelujah!!!!! I can relax and just get ready for my trip!
February 20th, 200910:12 am
This new blog is really hard to follow with the 100 post limit. DOB, any idea when the geeks will have it sorted out, during the day 100 posts takes about an hour, no way most of us can keep returning that often to keep a thread going and we will be missing most of the information.
Got to go now, so will probably miss those good things that you will write from the chat with Glavine, maybe your posts could be retained even if others get deleted?
February 20th, 200910:13 am
anyone know who was dropped from 40 man list or does one even have to yet since glavine had season ending surgery last season?
McP: Have no idea what you’re talking about. The blog runs smoother than ever.
Try Safari or FireFox instead of Internet Explorer.
February 20th, 200910:15 am
For Glavine: Will you be willing to pitch out of the bullpen if Hanson demonstrates he is the better option for the rotation?
For Glavine — How many inning do you feel are realistic this year?
February 20th, 200910:16 am
First of all. For those who are busting DOB’s chops. If the Braves, or Griffey, for that matter wanted this kept under wraps, they should have done that. When your friend talks to the media, you lose your right to b%tch about a breach of secrecy. As far as I am concerned, Griffey can go enjoy losing 100 games in the Pacific Northwest.
DOB is just doing his job. I think that Huddy’s anger may be misplaced. From where I sit, Frank Wren has shifted philosophies this offseason. At first he was candid with the public, maybe to a fault. Then, after some public incidents involving Peavy, Burnett, and Furcal, he internalized things. Perhaps he should have stuck with this method for Griffey.
There is no way that a reporter should come between this kind of a deal getting done. The fault for this incident lies with the Braves front office, or with the Griffey camp.
February 20th, 200910:17 am
Question for Tommy.
Do you feel that your velocity might improve from these surgeries to your shoulder and elbow? Maybe you jump from 82-85 where you were at last year for fastballs, to 85-88.
February 20th, 200910:18 am
Hey DOB thanks first off for all your Braves coverage and we’re better off without a 40 year old with leg problems. Besides in no way shape or form was it your fault. Now I’m really excited about Jordan Schafer-I’ve read another reporter say that we will be reading and hearing his name a lot in the up coming days. How’s he doing in your opinion so far? How’s he been hitting and fielding? We need him in the line-up from opening night. Also I’m expecting a big year from KJ and Francoeur to rebound. I think those are the keys to our season. How have KJ and Francoeur been hitting?
February 20th, 200910:19 am
Folks, get a grip… Hanson will make at least 5 starts at Gwinnett before the Brave even think about bringing him up unless one of the starting 5 in Atlanta suffer an injury. My advice is take advantage of seeing him pitch in AAA from the box seats because the closet you are going to be able to get to him in Atlanta is the bleachers..
“Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers” Braves have outfield talent. It’s time for Schafer to step up. We scored runs last year just couldn’t get anybody out. Healthy pitchers make us 20 games better already.
ncgary just entered the forbidden zone of the 40 man roster question at 10:13. Mayday! Mayday! Man you battle stations. DOB is sure to launch a counter attack.
Noticed mlbdepthcharts.com doesn’t even have Josh in the roster. If he is out of options what do they think will happen to him? To me the odd man out should be Norton, and lets stick with the youngsters.
February 20th, 200910:21 am
Does anyone want to hear another steroid story? Is ESPN the driving force behind the constant barage of stories? ESPN talks about 3 things in baseball: Yankees, Red Sox and Steroids.
Cover something else.
i just about spit out my coffee while reading your 9:15am. so unexpected. havent seen enough of you on this blog lately, man.
My last word, ( I promise) on Junior. In a nutshell, Ken Griffey Jr. went where he went because he wanted to and there’s nothing at all evil or sinister about that. Good for him, so now it’s time to move on.
February 20th, 200910:22 am
Did you ask Tommy if the Braves’ supplying of his diapers were part of the contractual agreement?
February 20th, 200910:23 am
McP, No Problems over here, I’m using internet explorer
February 20th, 200910:25 am
O.K. Having 3 homeruns is not the same as having more than 3 homeruns. That would be more than 2 homeruns. Still, a shocking statistic.
February 20th, 200910:27 am
What’s this about Hudson and DOB, and Hudson standing up for what he believes in? I must be missing that section of the blog.
February 20th, 200910:30 am
Ok, so what you’re saying DOB is that we’ll potentially have about 15 players (give or take) platooning in CF?
Can we just go back to the old blog? This one is loading at a snails pace even with the limit of comments. Plus, having earlier comments deleted really diminishes the experience.
I read the comments from the technical folks yesterday and found their attitude awful and one of them about as egotistical as they come. Typical of some geeks.
How Ironic is it that Liberty Media is offerig a bailout loan of 530 million yes million dollars to sirius/xm radio.Had they taken just 10% of this and added it to the 2009 braves budget we would be sitting in high cotton.This just shows were the absentee owner priorities lie.Wake up Liberty,Wallow in the past and tag a page from Ted Turner on how to run a ballclub.After all in a depressed economy it will take a good team to bring people into the TED…mike
February 20th, 200910:31 am
I think in a fight between Tim Hudson and Travis the Chimpanzee that Travis the Chimpanzee would win by tearing off Tim Hudson’s face.
February 20th, 200910:32 am
Maybe now you and your rag, uh newspaper will learn to “report the news instead of trying to invent it” (and don’t tell me you were duped by a friend
Griffey). Your paper has been doing this for years. That’s why your subscriptions are way down and are dropping.
Lew: Like to have one of your drawings, but I can’t take tnat bet. I think you’re right on about Jeff…forget 2008. He’ll be back!
February 20th, 200910:33 am
It is very important that when one gets into an altercation with a chimp that you try to save face…
But seriously, DOB, how is Escobar looking? I haven’t heard anything about the guy at all and he was really improving last year. Any updates with him? How’s he looking so far in Spring Training?
February 20th, 200910:34 am
Uh TW… Subscriptions are down because the AJC is not printed in Spanish…
February 20th, 200910:35 am
February 20th, 2009
Ok, so what you’re saying DOB is that we’ll potentially have about 15 players (give or take) platooning in CF?
IF there are multiple platoons, it limits roster spaces, and means the players kept have to be more flexible, like Infante and Prado. Which is why I don’t think Norton makes it, and Shafer starts in AAA.
February 20th, 200910:36 am
Butch Haynes … That was awesome.
Brad in MT
DOB….great blog today! Its nice to have things back to normal. Have the braves given up on trading for Swisher or Nady for now?
Norton is not going anywhere…
February 20th, 200910:38 am
DOB… What’s the word on the 40 man roster? When do moves have to be made/announced?
Any body think this Tim Hudson thing is just a big ole Tim Hudson practical joke? These guys are friends and what better way to pull the ultimate GOTCHA!
February 20th, 200910:39 am
Saw Jamey Johnson last nite in Stuart, FL. He was amazing, He sang On the Road Again Great tune. I highly recommend you go see him.
Liberty Media doesn’t care about the Braves, they’re just an asset. They aren’t going to raise payroll by over 50 million. They just hope the Braves break even, and they’ll sell the team as soon as they can. Remember, they are required to hold onto the Braves for a certain period of time.
February 20th, 200910:40 am
You know, if Prado tears it up this spring, maybe they’ll move Kelly to the OF like they were going to do with Furcal anyway. That wouldn’t be bad either.
February 20th, 200910:41 am
i think lunatic fringe meant morton…? just guessing.
Hey Dave – you forgot that our possible new CF, Josh Anderson, also had 3 HRs last year, all from left side, in 91 ABs, or about 1/30 ABs. Frenchy was 1/60 last year; KJ 1/45; Esco 1/51; Mac 1/22; CJ 1/20. Diaz is about a 1/30 guy, too. All of Josh’s HRs were in Away games according to hitting chart on http://www.braves.com.
Not a big thing, and maybe one of these was an inside the park job, but he at least is not completely a punch and judy hitter.
As mentioned before, Jim Edmonds has 11 HRs last year, but a look at his Wrigley Field hitting chart indicates that 7 were likely fly balls hit up into summer jet stream which blows hard to left-center in that park. Doubt he would do as well in Atlanta.
Paul "Punchin' Pole"
February 20th, 200910:43 am
Can you tell us at all what happened with Hudson? I just want to know what lead him to get so angry.
February 20th, 200910:44 am
The Indians designated Andy Marte for assignment yesterday. Doesn’t seem like that long ago he was the #1 prospect for the Braves.
February 20th, 200910:45 am
#1 pitches on Monday.
#2 pitches on Tuesday.
#3 pitches on Wednesday.
Day off on Thursday.
#4 pitches on Friday.
#1 pitches on Saturday.
On days off, #5 gets skipped so that the rest of the rotation stays on a regular schedule of four days rest.
That’s the difference with the #5 starter.
February 20th, 200910:48 am
With those lamenting the Griffey vs. Garret Anderson argument for the Braves, I ask, “How is it even close in production?”
The Braves clearly want someone to platoon with Diaz. Matty D mashes lefthanders and they want someone that does the same vs. the righties.
Garret Anderson’s splits aren’t that great. Griffey’s splits are outstanding. A Griffey/Diaz platoon would’ve equaled excellent production at a low cost.
So, just moving on to Garret Anderson probably isn’t exactly what we’ll do. I agree to take my chances on Brandon Jones if the alternative is Garret Anderson.
February 20th, 200910:49 am
jim im pretty sure edmonds had more than 11 homers last year. i think he has aided a bit by wrigley, but i think he was aided more by a manager that used him correctly: just against righties. edmonds still has some pop, he hits the ball really hard off of righties.
February 20th, 200910:51 am
What is the deal with only being able to see some of the posts on here? It was keeping all posts on the page, but now it resets every so often.
February 20th, 200910:54 am
TDub-It won’t happen. Kelly hasn’t played OF for three seasons with an intervening surgery and has only played out there 79 games during his entire career.
WE have Blanco, Anderson, Schafer, Brandon Jones, Diaz and Infante/Norton who can play outfield. Most of them are exceptionally good defensive outfielders-Kelly is NOT.
I’m not certain what part of Wren’s comments that they only would have made that particular move had we signed Furcal that people continually refuse to accept. Wren may not have been able to close a few deals, but what he has said he would do, he has done or at least attempted to do (with a LF). He means what he says-that includes no KJ in LF.
February 20th, 200910:55 am
Let Manny Be Manny IN ATLANTA!!!
February 20th, 200910:56 am
OMG manny is not going to be in Atlanta that’s the last thing we need is a baby like Many go cheer the yankees
February 20th, 200910:58 am
Manny would undoubtedly be a great addition to the lineup…but there ain’t no way it’s gonna happen…instead of questioning and debating Manny, just look at the numbers- The Braves don’t have enough money to get Manny
From mlbdepthcharts.com—no Shafer or Anderson in Lineup–so if one of them makes it, someone has to go.
CF Gregor Blanco: speedy 25 year-old will have to hold off competition in spring but his .371 OBP out of the leadoff spot in ‘08 gives him the early edge
SS Yunel Escobar: still a Brave after nearly becoming a Padre early in the offseason
3B Chipper Jones: set career bests in BA the last two seasons (.337 in ‘07, .364 in ‘08); he’ll be 37 in 2009 and hasn’t played more than 137 games in a season since 2003
C Brian McCann: the 24 year-old is already a 3-time NL all-star and one of the best offensive catchers in baseball
2B Kelly Johnson: unless the Braves bring in a better option in LF, the Braves could move Johnson back to the outfield; if not, Brandon Jones and Diaz will platoon
RF Jeff Francoeur: batted just .239/294/.359 in ‘08 after starting his career with 2.5 seasons of excellence; Braves will need him to bounce back
1B Casey Kotchman: the Braves likely expected more than 2 HR’s and a .237 BA in 43 games from the 25 year-old after being acquired in the Teixeira deal
LF Brandon Jones: the Braves could trade for a LF, sign Ken Griffey, Jr., or move Johnson back to the OF but as of now, the 25 year-old is set to platoon with Diaz after hitting .267 with 10 2B’s in 116 AB’s for Atlanta in ‘08
C David Ross: fell back down to earth (3 HR in 142 AB’s) after hitting 38 HR’s in 2006-07 but should be a solid backup to McCann
2B Martin Prado: utilityman batted .320 in his first extended major league action in ‘08
1B/OF Greg Norton: batted .316 with 3 HR’s and 18 RBI’s as a PH
UTL Omar Infante: valuable utilityman hit .293 and played five different positions in 2008
OF Matt Diaz: disappointing ‘08 season (.244 BA, 2 HR) after batting .327 in ‘06 and .338 ‘07.
February 20th, 200910:59 am
Moose Knuckle-I don’t really have the time to check it out in detail, but I would imagine that top of the rotation pitchers would average around 33-35 starts a season. The number five guys would likely go 23-25 starts. With the Braves in recent years with their huge number of pitching injuries, I would doubt anyone in the five slot has had anywhere near 25 starts. Hell-last year a number five pitcher was in the two slot by the end of the year (Campillo) just due to attrition.
well its obvious liberty media cares nothing about the braves just another holding company looking for tax write offs.How long do they have to hold on to the team before they can spin it?Who would be a possible suitor/Heres a thought Mark Kuban and Ted Turner going into a joint venture.Remember Kuban tried to buy the cubs and that deal fell through.We know with NFL stipulations being what they are Arthur Blank is out of the loop.Mark Kuban is a proven winner with The mavericks and he would like a major league team.Any Thoughts on this?…mike
February 20th, 200911:00 am
To Mr. Glavine:
After surgery it has to take a while for you to get comfortable enough to let loose, and even then there can be a lot of stiffness. What do you think you’ll have to hit on the radar gun to be able to compete? Hearing that you are pain-free has to allow more pinpoint accuracy, and you were always good at that anyway. Do you feel like your velocity will increase as the season progresses? Is velocity your main concern post-surgery, given that you’re now pain free?
“I think we have a variety of guys that can add something to the equation, whether it’s speed, defense, [power], or all-around play,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said.
I don’t know who adds the power option in that equation. Blanco – no, Anderson – no, Diaz – no, Schafer – maybe 10 – 13, Jones – same as Schafer. Who else is Wren talking about? Swisher and Nady could add power. Neither is a 3 or 4 hitter though. More like 5th or 6th. I like Swishers’ versatility and potential though. Maybe Bobby could get him to reach that potential. We all know whoever hits behind, or in front, of Chipper is going to see plenty of pitches. Here is a name I would lokk at acquiring-Delmon Young. I know he hase character issues, but I think Booby and the rest could tame him and his upside his unbelievable. He could also come pretty cheap. If we are willing to try young unproven guys, then we should think about him.
February 20th, 200911:01 am
DOB, If Glav won’t be used until the 19th, are the Braves going to have him pitch in the minors (Can you imagine how many seats he would fill, starting pitcher, opening day in Gwinnett?), or will he stay south when the rest of the guys go north, and pitch in extended spring training?
The context is that he meant Norton. He wants to get rid of one of the best pinch hitters in the majors.
I agree with some others, I don’t like the 100 posts set up.
Has DOB made comments re: the Hudson thing? My guess is that he has and they have already been deleted as a result of this new blog’s limitations. Anyone care to fill me in? I’m all for moving on re: the Hudson subject and talking about baseball again. But I don’t think you can be a fan of this blog and not at least want to get a comment on what happened.
I dont like even considering jim edmonds, he would be a terrible pick up for the braves. Id rather see the younger guys then edmonds and anderson. You cant put griffey in the same league as edmonds and anderson period. They are all old and wouldnt be productive at all! The griffey thing i would have liked to see but the two other old men would be awful.
Bunt 'Em Over
Any hope of extended bunting practice this week? I don’t know of a source for a stat on percentage of sucessful sacrifice bunts, but the Braves must have been at the bottom. Admittedly, bunting seems kinda scary, but then I ain’t a big show ball player.
Phar71-Dude, what part of us not having an extra $5 mil, much less $20 mil is unclear to you? Why do people still intently clamor for a player who will never be signed by the Braves? What part of “He will never play for the Braves” do people fail to understand? It’s the personification of mystification.
rhynster, Our first game is on Sunday night against the Phillies with an off-day Monday.
February 20th, 200911:02 am
Fred, it was a hypothetical situation illustrating how a 5th starter gets skipped.
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