Chipper on Hanson: He’ll be No. 1 starter

(more...)

102 comments Add your comment

lt200

February 22nd, 2009
6:39 pm

Now that the roster appears set, DOB, you can turn your attention to BBQ in Kissimmee. Remember, “Fat Boy’s” on 192 is one of the best.

shano229

February 22nd, 2009
6:40 pm

Hey Matt Diaz Pres, you are high on something if you would take Andruw over Griffey or Anderson. He is done. And you dont get the option of Peavey over Lowe because that was a trade not free ancency. Furcal has a bad back I’ll take Escobar and Johnson.

Moondog

February 22nd, 2009
6:43 pm

Dang it. I wrote that Matt had 50 homers in the last 3 years, but I was looking at his RBI total. But its true that he has better numbers than Anderson vs. lefties. He WISHES he had 50 homers in the last 3 years (about 400 AB)!

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
6:44 pm

Two things: (1) Regarding your comment, “I am not convinced PED’S enhance the numbers in crunch time.” Is that a question, period, or what? PED’S do something. At the very least the make you forget how to speak English when your “Say it Ain’t So Sosa”. (2) You said “this guy [Anderson] get’s it done offensively for a long time now.” Your right, and maybe that’s the problem. That is the last three words your choose to use in your argument: “long time now.” How old is he again?

KC

February 22nd, 2009
6:44 pm

If you take what Anderson did against righties last year, and add that to what Diaz has done VS. lefties over the past two seasons (since he was out much of last year)… and average that production out over 570 at-bats, you will have the following:

.313, 21 homers, 85 RBI

I can live with that kind of production from left-field.

Nice pick-up. Very nice. Especially for the money.

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
6:46 pm

shano229 – Talk is cheap. What were you posting when DOB and the like were reporting he was a Brave. To be fair to DOB – that report wasn’t his fault it was Furcal’s agency.

steve_97060

February 22nd, 2009
6:47 pm

GA is a low risk signing for the price. I also think he is a better addition than Griffey would have been, losing out on Griffey was a good thing…

HIKER

February 22nd, 2009
6:48 pm

just got home from work and just want to say this whole 104 comment thing scuks i wish i could see more

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

Braves pitching plans for first seven days. Bobby gave them to us like this: Jurrjens/Reyes at Tigers on Wednesday, Campillo/Hanson vs. Astros Thursday, Kawakami at Pirates Friday, Lowe at Blue Jays on Saturday, Morton vs. Phillies Sunday, Jurrjens/Vazquez in a March 2 off-day camp game (intrasquad) Monday, Hanson on March 3 vs. Panama, Kawakami vs. Yankees March 4.

AdirondackDave

February 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

I think Anderson will be just fine in the LF/Cleanup slot. Braves now have a balanced lineup that should be more consistent and will likely produce more runs than last year. Along with the much improved rotation and (hopefully) a relatively healthy bullpen, they certainly should compete for a postseason spot. And Wren put the team together without trading any key prospects (except, unfortunately, Flowers.) If these guys just have an average health year, they should compete.

KC

February 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club: I wouldn’t worry about the ownership too much in the short term. I don’t think anything’s going to change over the next couple of years in terms of payroll or ownership.

Coxlover

February 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

Steve, I was very upset at first that we didn’t get Griffey and I blamed DOB for it. But now I think maybe DOB did us a favor. I think we are better off with GA.

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
6:51 pm

steve_97060 No one really knows anything right now. Believe me, if we stink this year – the Griffey thing will be written in our obituary along with Peavy and the rest of them.

dogsbrekky

February 22nd, 2009
6:51 pm

DAP – just emailed to join your league

GREAT NEWS on Garrett, solid player

Can Diaz play CF in platoon ????

KC

February 22nd, 2009
6:51 pm

DOB says Campillo and Hanson on Thursday… THAT MEANS T.HANSON ON ESPN THIS THURSDAY!

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
6:54 pm

talk to u guys/gals later.

Chop Chop

February 22nd, 2009
6:55 pm

Sure, dogsbrekky. Diaz can platoon in CF. He’ll just need his platoon partner to be out there at the same time.

braves4ever

February 22nd, 2009
6:56 pm

KC what time is the ESPN game thur?

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
6:56 pm

Now, who comes off the 40 man roster or does that matter in ST? G. Anderson will be a good mentor for the young guys and the outfield as a whole will be better, even J. Francouer. And, I think he has a better chance of being able to play the whole season as apposed to Griffey.

McFann :Ô:

February 22nd, 2009
6:57 pm

HANSON ON THURSDAY???

Oh boyohboyohboy!!

Dagnabit…of all days to have a hair cut (which I really despise, BTW)…But we do have DVR…

Braveheart

February 22nd, 2009
6:57 pm

—————- “clutch” is basically a myth, and impossible to prove on a season-basis, due to the small sample size of “clutch” situations.——————-

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/the-color-of-clutch/

The color of clutch ——— Tom M. Tango ——— Let’s let this clutch debate end today (please?), and simply agree that: a) yes, clutch exists, b) yes, fans can perceive clutch players, but c) the impact of clutch players is limited to less than the platoon advantage.

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2009
6:58 pm

it200: I was wondering if that was the BBQ joint you recommended a while back. I went last Sunday night, but it was closed. I’ll go this week. It does look good, and Terry Pendleton said he and Fredi Gonzalez ate there last year and it was strong.

shano229

February 22nd, 2009
6:58 pm

Hey Matt Diaz Pres, Talk is cheap and so probably are the dues in the Matt Diaz Fan Club. Get a clue.

Ken Stallings

February 22nd, 2009
6:59 pm

Very rare for a reporter of any level to be singled out by players for personal abuse having broken a story. I find it rather ridiculous that a player like Griffey would have allowed a Dave O’Brien scoop to affect his decision where to play. But it seems Tim Hudson concluded that it was a deal breaker.

I guess O’Brien can breath a little easier given whatever hard feelings were present will likely now subside given Garrett Anderson’s signing. Personally, I think his bat gives us more than Griffey who’s clearly on the ebb on his brilliant career.

Other than the John Smoltz situation the Braves did a nice job this off season. They filled all their needs and preserved the bulk of the farm players. I am optimistic.

steve_97060

February 22nd, 2009
6:59 pm

It would be nice if some of you would let the whole AJC/DOB caused us to lose Griffey thing go.. As has been reported by numerous sources, he went to the M’s for his own reasons, all of which had absolutely NOTHING to do with the Atlanta reporting… reporting by the way, which was being reported independently by other sources also… let it go people, let it go, it is better he went back to the M’s…

KC

February 22nd, 2009
7:00 pm

braves4ever, according to the schedule at Braves.com, game time is 1pm Eastern.

KC

February 22nd, 2009
7:01 pm

In my personal opinion, the Braves have now pulled even with the Mets and Phillies, PROVIDED Francoeur rebounds.

If Frenchy returns to ‘07 form, the you have 3 big run producers (Chipper, McCann, Francoeur), and 4 positions from which you can expect: .280-310, 13-20 HR, 75-90 RBI.

That’s a lineup full of quality hitters. And no, there’s no 30-40 HR guy here, but 7 of our 8 starters will finish with double-digit homers. So there is power there. It’s just spread throughout the lineup. This is the kind of team where it could be a different hero every night.

Oh, and if the Schafer wins the CF job, we might not have even a SINGLE guy in our lineup (counting Anderson/Diaz as one) without double-digit homerun power.

Think about it folks… if the CF bats leadoff (which is most likely), you’ve got KJ and Kotchman batting 7/8. When the bottom of your lineup looks like that, you do NOT have a weak lineup.

bravesfan54

February 22nd, 2009
7:02 pm

N8 at 5:22. With respect, I disagree with you that Wren will be judged by those who got away. Peavey didn’t want to come, Furcal used us (and our offer was absurdly high. We screwed up with Smoltz, but Burnett is overpaid in today’s market. Griffey belongs in Seattle, not Atlanta, and Mike Hampton wanted to be in Houston, and has “bad history” here.

Lowe, Kawakama, Vasquez, and now, Garrett Anderson, are Wren’s coups – and I think I left out one or two others – and he deserves credit. A healthy Diaz, a settled Kotchman, and a rebound from Francour makes this team highly, highly formidable. No, this year, indeed, will not be about the “ones that got away”. (We will miss Smoltz – he belongs here.)

If Glavine brings anything, and if Hanson is ready, this could be a team for the ages – if all (or most)falls in place – I am serious, folks!

Coxlover

February 22nd, 2009
7:02 pm

Steve, now that we have GA, I think it’s ok to blame DOB for letting Griffey go. DOB could have saved our season. GA is less injury prone and a better hitter at this stage of their career.

KC

February 22nd, 2009
7:03 pm

Ken Stallings, agreed! The Braves picked up 3 quality starters, including a #1 guy, added a solid bat, and re-signed one other starter who may well have another quality season or two left. And did it all without giving up ANY noteworthy prospects, except for a catcher that would be blocked here anyway.

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
7:04 pm

I commented on Garret Anderson a few hours ago and DOB told all of us that he thought the braves may still have interest in him, even though the braves had said they were going to see how the young guys did in ST.I am glad they signed Garrett Anderson. Thank you DOB

Jason

February 22nd, 2009
7:07 pm

I think DOB intentionally tried to get Griffey to sign with Seattle because he knew that we’d be better off with a guy like GA. Good job DOB.

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
7:10 pm

shano229 – Get a clue about what? A tad implicit dude.

mr baseball

February 22nd, 2009
7:11 pm

With the addition of GAnderson, our strategically challenged manager will have several options regarding the batting order, which may be more than he can handle.

If JAnderson (or Schafer) bats leadoff, who hits 8th? Kotchman would be the most logical choice, but he’s too good to hit in the 8 hole. That would also leave KJ hitting 6th or 7th and giving the leadoff hitter 100+ ABs more than him over the course of the season.

Lots of folks on here will disagree, but KJ may be the best bet to bat leadoff. He’s patient, draws walks and hits for a respectable average with some power. JAnderson may be the best option to bat 1st, but that’s only if he puts up numbers comparable to those in his two brief call-ups. Just as soon give those 100+ ABs to KJ and have someone who can actually drive in some runs in the leadoff spot. Josh can still use his speed hitting 8th.

One possible lineup of many:

KJ

Escobar

Chipper

McCann

GAnderson or Francour

Francouer or GAnderson

Kotchman

JAnderson or Schafer

Lineup vs. lefties will be a work in progress, depending on if the CF candidates can handle lefties and whether McCann is playing or not.

One thing’s for certain. This team will not suffer from a lack of offense off the bench, no matter who starts.

Now, if Wren will sign Ohman on the cheap, we can all agree to forget all the other nonsense that’s gone on this off-season.

HeywardTheFuture

February 22nd, 2009
7:13 pm

Tommy Hanson on ESPN Thursday, does it get any better?

steve_97060

February 22nd, 2009
7:14 pm

Jason, Coxlover, it was all part of DOB’s master plan.. Dude is like 2 or 3 moves ahead of everyone else…He’s diabolical…

jay

February 22nd, 2009
7:15 pm

G. Anderson is a cleanup hitter by reputation only. McCann has way more power at this point in time. McCann needs to hit cleanup, especially versus RHP. Maybe hit G. Anderson #5, and then Frenchy #6 to break up the LH batters. But it is ridiculous to bump K. Johnson all the way down to #7. Odds are he is the third-best hitter in the lineup, and it’ll be flat-out stupid to hit him #7. anyway, hit G. Anderson at #5 if that is what it takes to make everyone be all happy and play nice with eachother, but Chipper won’t get more than two or three pitches to hit per game unless it is McCann hitting behind him.

there are many ways to look at this, but against RHP, the main things is to break up all those LH batters. This lineup should put the hurt on RHP. And if Diaz and Frenchy bounce back, it is more than good enough vs. lefties as well.

Doc Holiday

February 22nd, 2009
7:16 pm

Mr. Baseball,

Everybody knows KJ is a better hitter if he hits 6,7 or 8th

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
7:16 pm

A trade for nady or swisher had to include hanson and/or shaefer, so that was not an option. The braves, as I see it, would not take an outfielder for more than 4 million, so that would have wiped out Abreu, Griffey played all of us to get a position in management after he is done with his career in Seattle, which will be after this year and Andrew Jones was done as far as Atlanta was concerned a long while ago, so this was the best option we had. Now they just have to come together as a team and perform. Now for CF, is it between Blanco,shaefer and J. Anderson or will B. Jones get a shot?

KC

February 22nd, 2009
7:20 pm

Mr. B, don’t mean to be contrary, but I don’t think a trade for Nady or Swisher would have had to include Schafer, and the CERTAINLY wouldn’t expect to get Hanson in return. Everyone in baseball knows by now not to even mention his name in trade talks. There are plenty of chips to get a deal done for Nady or Swisher.

However, while those two players wouldn’t be a part of any such deal, the Braves WOULD have to give up substantial talent. And they’d have the get the Yanks to cover part of their salary, which would raise the price in terms of the talent they’d have to cough up. So there was little chance of it happening.

ncscoots

February 22nd, 2009
7:22 pm

Garrett Anderson signs, blog euphoria erupts. It appears the “somebody, ANYbody” believers have been sated. According to KC, Anderson is a team-changing addition (”Braves now equal offensively to Mets and Phillies”, I paraphrase). ‘Fraid I can’t go quite that far. I’m still sane, after all.

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
7:25 pm

KC- I agree with you, just a scenario I was thinking, but I am sure they said both their names. I just say, when you look at who was really available and what it would have taken to get them here, G. Anderson was the only option left. Would much rather have him than Edmonds or Gonzales.

KC

February 22nd, 2009
7:25 pm

My guess (assuming Francoeur has a nice spring and instills confidence that he’s bounced back):

VS. LEFTIES…

1 – Anderson
2 – Escobar
3 – Jones
4 – Francoeur
5 – McCann
6 – Diaz
7 – KJ
8 – Kotchman

VS. RIGHTIES…

1 – J.Anderson
2 – Escobar
3 – Jones
4 – McCann
5 – G.Anderson
6 – Francoeur
7 – KJ
8 – Kotchman

kirkinga

February 22nd, 2009
7:27 pm

I don’t know who Mr. Tom Tango, but I do know and respect Nate Silver. But with all due respect, his theory of clutch is way too broad, second, they then compare performance in clutch vs. non clutch situations and spit out a number they claim is the essence of “clutch” and therefore proves there’s not much difference in players performance so it’s really not worth talking about. That’s is a horrible sabermetric opinion of how to approach a part of the game.

As long as there are opportunities to drive runners in there will always be talk about “clutch”.As long as the Andruw Jones and Tori Hunter’s come in or jump over the fence to catch a ball, or Escobar/Furcal go deep in the hole to catch and throw someone out, there will be talk of “clutch” You simply cannot talk about any sport pretending clutch is just another stat.

Would any discussion about Bird or Jordan be complete without talking about “clutch”?How about Montana or Brady?

Clutch is the dramatic part of sports.It is real hard to reduce to a set of equations. All “clutch” really means, in any sport, no matter the position, is, “who is most likely to make a play when your team needs a play?” That’s what clutch is.

And we know in baseball,many games come down to what happens, or doesn’t happen, after the 6th inning.Who is likely to make a pitch when the team needs it the most, I’d say Mariano Rivera. Great relievers are clutch performers. You cannot, not talk about clutch in baseball. What Derek Jeter did against us in all the WS games doesn’t show up in in some sabermetric concoction, yet we all felt the pain nonetheless.

Sorry, clutch is always going to be a part of the discussion. And we’ll know this is true the first time someone fails to get the winning run in in a game. I guarantee people will not be comforted by that equation one darn bit.

KC

February 22nd, 2009
7:27 pm

Mr. B, agreed. I wouldn’t have had a big problem with Edmonds either in a platoon situation. But I like Anderson better because there ARE going to be occasions where a platoon has to play against a mirrored pitcher (righty vs. righty or lefty vs. lefty). And when that happens, Griffey and Edmonds are automatic outs. In contrast, Anderson hit .290 of lefties last year.

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
7:29 pm

ncscoots- He is the best we could do for the price and what was available, and, I don’t think he will be around for a long term contract after this year, the kids will be ready next year at the latest.

Doc Holiday

February 22nd, 2009
7:30 pm

KC

JF has to hit 8th until he does more hitting and less talking, period.

I cant believe you are putting him at the 4th and 6th spots………..he has to earn that

ncscoots

February 22nd, 2009
7:31 pm

Braveheart, isn’t it a well-known fact that clutch players wear khakis?

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
7:33 pm

Now, does Will Ohman sign now, or do the braves ignore him or make a push for him. I know during the Griffey push, the braves ahd said that they were happy with their lefties that they have in camp. We kind of heard the same thing about LF after Griffey bailed. Any thoughts?

Efrim

February 22nd, 2009
7:36 pm

“A trade for nady or swisher had to include hanson and/or shaefer, so that was not an option.”

There was a GM who notoriously asked for too much in trades for his players. His name was Dave Littlefield. He is no longer the GM in Pittsburgh. Brian Cashman seems like a reasonable guy. I can’t imagine him asking for two of the Braves top three prospects for Xavier Nady or Nick Swisher.

ncscoots

February 22nd, 2009
7:36 pm

What kids would those be, Mr. B? Are you one of those who is ready to pencil in Heyward for 2010 before he even sees AA pitching?

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
7:37 pm

DOC HOLIDAY- He earned that spot 2 years ago and he will get that spot again. Now, what he does in that spot at the beginning of the year may move him down to 7th or 8th, but he has to be considered the 4th biggest bat right now behind chipper, mccann and Anderson, right? I think he will bat 6th at worst

Frankie Knuckles

February 22nd, 2009
7:37 pm

G Anderson…. good stuff. Mickey Rourke for Best Actor. Guy used to be a cocky rockstar, but life humbled him and he did one hell of a job in that role. Slumdog = best pic.

jay

February 22nd, 2009
7:37 pm

So “clutch” does exist. my bad. But one can’t show it in a season’s-worth of ABs. And over his career, G. Anderson’s OPS is lower in clutch situations than it is overall. So I guess he isn’t clutch. And like mr baseball above says, I too think KJ needs to hit at the top of the lineup. Makes the most sense to hit the CF #8. Escobar showed increase patience lat year, so he too could hit #1. As long as it works out for the various personalities involved, the only thing that matters is hitting Chipper #3, McCann #4. On McCann’s days off, maybe Kotchman #4, or God forbid, Francouer, if he is at all decent this year (and a LHP is pitching that day). After that, maximize the ABs for the high OBP guys (Escobar and KJ) and break up your LH batters if you can. Unless you are the LA Angels, and have no high OBP guys and not a lot of power, you just can’t put a moderate power, low OBP guy (such as G. Anderson) at #4.

Ryan

February 22nd, 2009
7:38 pm

its been a roller coaster of an offseason for our braves, but i gotta give Wren credit for getting our needs filled. Our Starting Rotation has possibly the most depth in the majors, we have so many options if someone were to go down. our bullpen is back to health and we have a 3 headed monster at the back end with Moylan, Soriano, Gonzalaz. our Bench is loaded and possibly the best in the NL. Ross is a solid back up cather with experience, Prado probably could be a starter and he plays 2b,3b,1b. Infante can play OF 2b,SS,3b. Norton one of the best pinch hitters in the game he plays 1b, LF. having so much versititly is inportant. now with Garret providing the line up with a clutch performer and experince hitter were set. Diaz and Garret platoon would be great or Garret everday doesnt matter. only question i have is which Lefty out of the bullpen will be our guy and can he get the job done.

we now have contending team!!!
offseason grade A-

kirkinga

February 22nd, 2009
7:38 pm

KC, I don’t know about pulling even with the Mets and Phillies, because the rest of the team still must do better with RISP this season than they did last year. Although McCann and Chipper did their fair share, the rest were disappointing for the most part. The Phillies kill us because they it’s the Victorinos and Werths that beat us just as much as the Utleys and Howards. With Anderson, we know have him to add to McCann and Chipper.

I know I shouldn’t even mention it, but it was a time when Francouer was pretty good with RISP w/2 Out.

But, your overall point is correct in that the offense has improved enough for us to contend in the division. This bat is a legit bat,you just can’t pretend away his solid production. With him in the lineup, and with starting better pitching giving up less runs and going deeper into games, we don’t have the same hurdle to climb as last season.

I

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
7:40 pm

Guys, It just occurred to me that GA is probably crying right now while we’re all rejoicing. He just went from making $12,600,000 to making, what: 2.5? Congress needs to have a bailout for the baseball players if this keeps up.

Tomahawkin' Again (like it's 1989)

February 22nd, 2009
7:41 pm

DOB, as a longtime Kissimmee resident, Fat Boys is decent, but if you want the best BBQ in town, mapquest the directions to Blackwater BBQ on Orange Ave. (about 15 minutes south of downtown Orlando, about 20-25 minutes from your spring home there by Medievel Times). Now, about the Braves, what can we expect from Casey Kotchman? 15-20 HR’s and 80 RBI’s?

JasonInFL (Formerly ME)

February 22nd, 2009
7:42 pm

DOB, you just made my night…I get to watch Tommy H pitch on Thursday!

BravoMan

February 22nd, 2009
7:42 pm

Hanson on ESPN on Thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m skipping school. This is way more important lol

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
7:43 pm

Coming from someone who lives in NC – the words [best] and [BBQ] should never be used in the same sentence when talking about FL BBQ.

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
7:44 pm

efrim- Then you are saying that it was salary that stopped trade talks, because I am assuming that at least one of their names had to come up. That is all. I don’t think they would have given up shafer or anderson for that matter, mabey heyward, but I even doubt that.

ncsoots-I am saying that shafer or b. Jones will be ready by next year at the latest. Obviously they feel they are not ready now, otherwise they wouldn’t be in a rush to sign a veteran outfielder. Heyward is a few years away, so no not him

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
7:46 pm

I’m not one to speculate – but MR. B – Heyward looks like a beast.

Doc Holiday

February 22nd, 2009
7:46 pm

Mr. B

We are talking baseball, it is not like if JF was the king of spain. He has not earn anything. If there is a place he has earned it is the 8th slot, nothing higher. At least in spring until he shows things have changed.

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2009
7:47 pm

Slumdog Millionaire, Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet. My predictions. And if it happens, it’ll be first time I can recall all the ones I thought DESERVED to win actually won.

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
7:48 pm

Was Slumdog any good?

flange1

February 22nd, 2009
7:48 pm

I guess I am not sure WHAT to believe…

Good to have a quality person and player named Garret Anderson join the Braves. I have read up and it appears he is a quiet guy that folks learn to love and respect. It appears he is a real quality person.

A team can never have enough quality guys that their teammates respect.

And I guess we also just heard about how good the Braves FO thought of Brandon Jones or G Blanco in LF.

I am going to look at this signing on all of the positive front: we are signing a good proven veteran who is a great teammate that hits RH pitching pretty well.

Combined with a 2007 Diaz, that is a pretty decent LF.

I know its spring training and we are all happy and positive but

I think Diaz is going to have a GREAT season. He is in shape and ready.

I think Kotchman is going to have a good season. We will think good Laroche but a better fielder and hits for a better average.

I think KJ “got it” at the end of last year. I think the bulb lit up and he saw he light. I expect 2009 to start at the same rate 2008 ended – HOT.

I am still not sold on Frenchy but he is doing things right.

Escobar us healhty and in better shape.

BMac is on the verge of greatness..

I know I sound like KC, but I am starting to get pumped……

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2009
7:48 pm

Although I certainly wouldn’t argue if Sean Penn or Frank Langella wins best-actor Oscar, either. Both were terrific in a year where Rourke had a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Tomas

February 22nd, 2009
7:48 pm

Who do you prefer?
Mark Texeira(12 million), Mark Kotsay(2 million), Mike Hampton(15 million), John Smoltz(12 million), Will Ohman(1.6 million), Tyler Flowers, Brent Lillibridge, and 2 other prospects.

Or Derek Lowe(15 million), Javier Vazquez(11 million), Boone Logan, Stephen Marek, Casey Kotchman(2.88 million), Kenshin Kawakami(7.6 million), Eric O’Flaherty, David Ross(1.4 million), and Garret Anderson(2.5 million).

I think there is a definite improvement from last years.

KC

February 22nd, 2009
7:50 pm

kirkinga, with runners in scoring position last year:

- Escobar: .297
- Jonson: .323.
- Chipper: .294
- McCann: .287
- G. Anderson: .338
- Kotchman: .290

One of the big keys to coming through in RBI situations is Jeff Francoeur. But as we all remember, before 2008, he was one of the best around at hitting with RISP. So if he bounces back to form (and I think he will), he’ll be another asset in those situations.

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
7:50 pm

Mickey Rourke quote of the day: “You can’t eat it, u can’t **** it, and it won’t get you into heaven.” Love it.

Jason

February 22nd, 2009
7:51 pm

Mickey Rourke looks so different now than he did 20 years ago.

Frankie Knuckles

February 22nd, 2009
7:51 pm

Coming from someone who lives in NC – the words [best] and [BBQ] should never be used in the same sentence when talking about FL BBQ. – President of Matt of Diaz

Agreed! Eastern NC style is the one and only. And There Can Only Be One

jay

February 22nd, 2009
7:52 pm

KJ was very good fine hitting leadoff in 2007 (.372 OBP and .441 SLG). Yeah, he was better hitting 7th that year. And last year he was much better hitting 6th/7th than he was hitting 1st/2nd. But over two seasons are we to base where he should hit on the 220 plate appearances he has hitting 6th/7th (out of 1222 total PA)? Maybe, I guess. But unless hitting at the top completely messes with his head, it is nuts to give up the 60-80 plate appearances (the difference between hitting 1st/2nd vs. 6th/7th) for one of your top 3 or 4 hitters.

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
7:52 pm

Doc- There is a difference between opinion and reality. I am not saying he is the all great JF. But you and I both know that he will not hit 8th. Mabey he should considering the year he had last year, but BC will not hit him there and destroy his confidence. He will bat 6th to start and then his performance will determine whether he is 6th, 8th or back in the minors for a stint. Sounds like he has his focus back though

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
7:53 pm

While I dig some Smithfields, I love me some Lexington.

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2009
7:53 pm

Frankie Knuckles: agreed. Though KC and Texas also have some out-f’n-standing Q, too. And other spots throughout the South. Still, Eastern N.C. reigns supreme. I’m with you on that.

stamper

February 22nd, 2009
7:55 pm

i agree with DOB’s Oscar picks. totally.

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2009
7:56 pm

Tomahawkin’ Again: I think that’s reasonable to expect 15-20 homers, 80 RBI, and perhaps a .285-.295 average and .350 OBP from Kotchman. Optimistic, perhaps, but not overly optimistic.

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
7:57 pm

Hugh Jackman as the host of the Oscars? If you say so.

Run Heap Run

February 22nd, 2009
7:59 pm

Slumdog is an easy call. There is like no way it won’t win best pic and several other awards. Also agree on Kate Winslet. She’s amazing and IMO miles ahead of her competition.

Frankie Knuckles

February 22nd, 2009
7:59 pm

DOB
Good Call on Winslet. Terrific actress, and i certainly wouldn’t kick her out of bed for eating cookies. Isn’t Penn notorious for not showing up to award events? I know he’ll show for this, but I think he rubs the guild the wrong way. Great job in Milk ( and that coupled with his many other terrific performances might just put him over the edge) Now, if he could just calm down a little. “Sean, take it easy, not everything a crusade man”

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
7:59 pm

My prediction: Iron Man for Best Sound Editing.

Mr. B

February 22nd, 2009
8:01 pm

tomas- I think that I speak for Chipper when I say he would love to have Tex back. I know we had to let him go and am ok with kotchmann at 1B, but he protected Chipper so well, it would have been nice to have him long term. Still happy with the whole off season now, lets see how the spring goes

Canadianbrave

February 22nd, 2009
8:03 pm

DOB

Like your oscar picks! As far as I know this is only about the second time we’ve ever agreed on anything!

Run Heap Run

February 22nd, 2009
8:03 pm

I can never tell the difference between Amy Adams and Isla Fisher until someone calls their name. They look SO much alike.

Frank from KS

February 22nd, 2009
8:07 pm

I like the signing of Anderson. I remember watching him play on Angels games that ESPN would show when he first came up back in the early 90’s.

I think we (as someone else said) have a pretty decent team who should contend for the division and if we’re lucky….might even win it.

James is Red

February 22nd, 2009
8:08 pm

I know it’s been a roller coaster ride this off-season, but this is a damn fine team (on paper) at this point. I take our starters against any team in the NL. The bullpen could be good to spectacular. And we got a bat for the outfield. If Frenchy’s quote from the Ken Rosenthal article holds true, “I’m not going to suck,” then let’s go out there and win 90 games. It is very, very possible.

kirkinga

February 22nd, 2009
8:09 pm

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club,your poor thing, if you didn’t understand something all you had to do is ask me.

Performance Enhancing Drugs, which you tried to insinuate into Anderson’s numbers, have not been shown to help a players’s performance with RISP, or RISP w/2 Out, or performance in “late and close” situations.

Ironically, one thing they have been said to “enhance” is recovery time after an injury. Yet one red flag about Anderson is his injury history. The number of games he’s missed during the Steroid Era doesn’t suggest he recovered quickly to me.

You made a claim about Anderson’s Hr’s and a supposed drop off that you found curious. I said, I think his offensive performance, even excluding Hr’s, is impressive and most importantly, can help improve our team. But now you’re onto English skills I guess…lol

You shouldn’t get mad when you say something and someone on the blog questions something you claim, or disagrees with you in some way. Oh, and 5 AB’s is not, and will never, be counted as an entire season by any fair-minded observer.

Hope that helps to clear things up for you, my apologies for any errors in grammar or punctuation, I can assure there are more to come.

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
8:09 pm

DOB – any update on the Chipper extension? I know he wanted to get it done before the season. Also, who is in the wings (assuming there is someone)?

gibby

February 22nd, 2009
8:14 pm

I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this as a positive for G. Anderson. Something that doesn’t show up on any stat sheet is the aggressive play the Angels have had under Scoscia. If Anderson brings to the effort on the base paths the Angels have had then I will love this move. If he by example goes 1st to 3rd or takes 3rd on a sacrifice. If he always puts that extra pressure on the defense the braves are facing then we just got a very good piece. I hate how station to station the Braves offense tends to be and I would love for some of the other Braves to see him do those things and then start doing it too.

[...] In the comments section of his blog, Dave O’Brien confirms that the Braves have signed Anderson. Says O’Brien: “It’s a done deal, Anderson’s [...]

patrocket

February 22nd, 2009
8:17 pm

DOB, what are the plans for Medlen? Is he going to start this year?

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
8:18 pm

Kirkinga – My retort: why you bleepbleep####$$%%^^&$#$%%^$%#@@@#$%^%^!!!!!!!!!!!!!bleepblleepppppp!!!!!!!!! Ok, I feel better.

Lew

February 22nd, 2009
8:21 pm

President Diaz-It is a bit of a drop in salary for Garrett, but considering he’s made more than $40 million in his career so far, if he’s not financially set then he should fire Mike Tyson as his accountant.

McFann-You should have mail. If not, let me know and I’ll re-send it.

Frankie Knuckles

February 22nd, 2009
8:21 pm

DOB,
If Hanson rips it up in spring training; Do you see the Braves holding Hanson back b/c we already have 5? Whats your take? If its already been addressed – sorry.

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

February 22nd, 2009
8:22 pm

jbutler

February 22nd, 2009
8:22 pm

I haven’t seen the Wrestler, but have to admit- I hope Rourke wins just to hear his sure-to-be incoherent acceptance speech.

lt200

February 22nd, 2009
8:23 pm

That’s the one DOB. Enjoy! They usually close by 8:00 p.m. though.

kirkinga

February 22nd, 2009
8:39 pm

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club, aww, bless your heart! Glad I could help…lol! :)

Add your comment