11:09 am February 24, 2009, by David O'Brien
February 24th, 200911:12 am
I heard yesterday at the Atlanta Braves Charity golf tourney that a Brave hit a hole in one, i was wondering who the brave was?
February 24th, 200911:14 am
Neko Case, to be honest never heard of her until I read her name on the Blog the other day. Googled her, Images first of course…….very nice……. then her web site …….. sampled her songs …… downloaded several songs……have been playing them since. DOB you and I do not mesh on the music end very often, but this one is a keeper and dayum she looks good.
February 24th, 200911:16 am
when did diaz start hitting both ways?
Josh from Columbus
February 24th, 200911:20 am
‘Rasslin used to be big here in Columbus. Jerry Oates was very instrumental in wrestling’s hay day here in town. Steve Beverly used to write about Columbus all the time. But, alas, Vince McMahon has detroyed what once was.
Also, speaking of BBQ, until you all have had Country’s BBQ (started here in Columbus), you cannot make mention of the ‘best’ BBQ. Country’s has three locations here in town and four or five franchized locations in Opelika, AL, LaGrange, GA and a couple other locations.
DOB, we are only an hour south of the Atlanta airport.
Kevin C in VA
February 24th, 200911:21 am
here anything on a right hand bat or Will Ohman? Saw where the Pirates were takling with him. he has to be a better option than some.
GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE STARTS TOMORROW!
February 24th, 200911:22 am
February 24th, 200911:24 am
The Blog seems awfully quiet today for some reason…DOB question for ya that might have been answered, has Frenchy been hitting for power thus for in BP or has he been hitting up the middle and gap shots?
February 24th, 200911:25 am
I guess when you have guys like KJ, Mac, Kotchman who all hit lefties well, G.A. being a lefty isn’t a big deal. But, Chipper is right that they’ll be flooded with late inning lefties out of the pen. Something to think about for sure. Chipper in the cleanup does make sense.
1)Anderson 2)Escobar 3)G.A. 4)Chipper 5)Francoeur 6)Mac 7)Kotch 8)KJ…
would seem right on opening day against Hamels.
Chipper’s got a point about us being lefty-heavy. I guess we’re making up for our lack of left-handed pitching with an overstock of quality left-handed batters.
Steve from OH
February 24th, 200911:26 am
Steve from OH
February 24th, 2009
Let’s try this “link” thing….
Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects are up and Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward come in at No. 4 and 5, respectively. Jordan Schafer comes in at No. 42, Gorkys Hernandez is No. 62, Freddie Freeman is No. 87, and ex-Brave Tyler Flowers came in at No. 99
February 24th, 200911:28 am
About our possible lineup .. I definitely want to see Kotchman hit higher in the order. He’s a much better hitter than the guy we saw after the Teix trade.
VS RHP: Johnson, Kotchman, Chipper, Mc, Anderson, Escobar, Frenchy, Anderson and the P … VS LHP: Johnson, Escobar, Diaz, Chipper, Mc, Kotchman, Frenchy, and Anderson.
February 24th, 200911:29 am
Thanks for the frequent updates. A typo..
“You have over 2,3000 hits, you know what you’re doing.”
The new pagination of the blog looks good. Would you consider reversing the order of the pages? The most recent comments first.. I usually look for the most recent news first.. and I follow all the conversations backwards in time ( I know a little weird..)..
Josh Anderson pounded lefties at Richmond last year (.338/.375/.387 – well, a .387 SLG Pct isn’t exactly pounding, I guess, but he got on base well). Seems like he can hit LHP if given the chance. Without the benefit of a single ST game, I’d say stick him at leadoff and let him grow into it. Unless Schafer is ready, of course.
You guys see this article?
Basic premise is that SB guys normally bat leadoff. The best defense against a SB is a fastball. So, the logic follows that you should put guys who crush fast balls in the 2 hole. Either the pitcher serves up a pitch to the batter’s liking or he throws an off speed pitch thereby increasing the likelihood of a SB. If J. Anderson wins the job in CF, this could actually be an option for the Bravos this year. The article actually mentions G. Anderson, but who do you think best fits this description of #2 hitter in or lineup?
Being lefty heavy in the late innings isnt going to affect the Braves as much as some of you think. If our big lefty hitters are up in the late innings, it will be ok as most of them hit lefty pitching pretty well, and if its the lower part of the order thats hitting and its mainly lefties, well, we have a bench that is primarily switch hitters or right handed bats. So we will be ok.
We are left handing with starters, but our bench is right handed. Shouldnt be a problem late in games against the lefty’s.
February 24th, 200911:30 am
stamper that is way too much variation in line ups for my taste. One maybe two changes in line ups based on pitching. Otherwise guys can’t get comfortable in their roles. And honestly, not know the centerfield situation really makes this a difficult task.
Schafer (if Josh makes the team I would consider switching spots with Kelly)
Baseball America’s top prospects is out, Braves looking good with #4 and #5 (Hanson/Heyward)
Last time I checked, wasn’t Chipper a switch hitter, too? Doesn’t this make him a right handed batter?
February 24th, 200911:31 am
Great Blog. I say Griffey not signing was a good thing for the Braves. Like Griffey and always have, but Garret Anderson will give us a much better boost in the day-to-day lineup.
And, the Braves can put up a pretty good lineup with righthanders when needed…1) Prado, 2B; 2) Yunel, ss; 3) Chipper, 3B; 4) Norton, 1B; 5) Omar, cf); 6) Francouer, rf); 7) Diaz, lf; Ross, c. Know Braves won’t start a game like that, but they could use these guys to PH and have a place to play in the field.
Actually, the way Kelly, BMac and Garret hit lefthanders, Braves don’t need a RH pinchitter for them.
Glad you talked with Chipper and Casey about Garret. Good Stuff!
February 24th, 200911:34 am
btw I CANNOT WAIT to get some spring training games going!!!
Hey, let me ask you guys a question. If you have a guy with great speed, good defensive abilities and consistently hits around .300 and has no options left, what do you do with him? Release him or replace him with a player that has options and risk losing that player on the waiver wire? What would you do?
February 24th, 200911:36 am
Just going off the cuff here. I like Kelly as a number 3. I think his power is overlooked and he is real patient at the plate. He will be given some good pitches to hit with Chipper behind him, and he finds the gaps real well. McCann needs to bat 5, it suits him best I feel. I’m sure Bobby will juggle this lineup a lot, like he has done it the past. As the say, it’s not the individuals that make a team, its the team that makes the individuals. This lineup compliments each other very well.
February 24th, 200911:38 am
Steve from OH posted it at the end of the last blog, but here’s the list of Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects heading into 2009.
Hanson’s No. 4, Heyward 5, Schafer 42, Gorkys 62, Freeman 87.
Heyward’s only one of two teens in the top 10. Oh yeah and Neftali Perez is No. 10.
February 24th, 200911:39 am
Heres the lineup
February 24th, 200911:40 am
For what it’s worth, here is my proposed line-up (versus right-handed pitchers): J. Anderson, Escobar, McCann, Jones, G. Anderson, Francouer, KJ, Kotchman. I really like McCann in the 3 spot after the right-handed Escobar. If a lefty is pitching, Francouer could hit 5th followed by Diaz.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
February 24th, 200911:41 am
pryguy – yunel would be running over mccann, maybe switch him w/ garret
February 24th, 200911:46 am
Either the pitcher serves up a pitch to the batter’s liking or he throws an off speed pitch thereby increasing the likelihood of a SB.
Yet, there is no data whatsoever to confirm that the batter hitting in a 1B-steal situation gets “better pitches to see” or that the potential base-stealer “unnerves the pitcher”, two of the favorite bromides for extolling the advantage of a speedy, base-stealing leadoff hitter. If either or both of those were true, 2 hitters would ALWAYS have a higher average or higher OBP when hitting in those steal situations versus other hitting situations. That isn’t the case, and not even close.
fangraphs makes a good point for the TYPE of hitter that might change that circumstance. As to whether it would make any difference in the usual outcomes, though, I have my doubts.
February 24th, 200911:49 am
Pryguy, I think KJ’s power is more unrealized than it is overlooked. It seems like a lot of us are holding our breath and waiting for him to hit 25+ homers, but he hasn’t really shown us he can do that yet.
February 24th, 200911:50 am
DOB – Diaz is not a switch hitter. You were probably thinking about Norton when you wrote Diaz in that paragraph.
February 24th, 200911:51 am
Good points ncscoots…Guys like Maddux were notorious for basically ignoring the guys on base and just focusing on the hitter. It does seem very unlikely that a SB guy would “unnerve” an established pitcher.
February 24th, 200911:52 am
Yes, Chipper is a switch hitter but he hits for power on the left side. He loved having Tex behind him in the lineup for that reason. He saw good pitches and could bat left handed against righties late in games. Now, Chipper has become more of the contact hitter in this latter part of his career, but I’m sure he still likes hitting from the left side more than the right.
If someone has his career splits, I would be interested.
**Any word on Ohman?** Let’s cut this BS out and sign him already. Who cares if we have other lefties, the guy is durable and can be counted on in any situation not just for late inning matchups.
J. Anderson(until proven otherwise, then it’s Yunel)
G.A.(could produce RBI’s without hitting HR’s)
I like your lineup Original Jon, and in answer to your ?, I would start him (Josh) in CF until Shafer is ready, then see about moving him to LF or trade him.
Steve-Re:Kotchman batting second- He has a tendency to ground to the first baseman and is slow enough afoot that I see many DP’s in our future if he hits number two in the order-negating whatever positive outcome we might achieve from the leadoff spot. Nothing wrong with having some decent hitters 6-8, though, which is what you’ll likely have with Francoeur, Kotchman and Kelly Johnson.
Since I’m of a more optimistic mindset concerning Frenchy’s return to productivity, I kind of like that bottom of the order-lots of RBI potential down there.
I’m looking at a lineup of 1.Josh Anderson 2.Yunel Escobar 3. Garret Anderson 4.Chipper 5.Mac 6.Francoeur 7.Kotchman/KJ 8.KJ/Kotchman and you could acutally just exchange Diaz for Anderson when Matt plays or switch Kelly between 3rd and 8th if preferred.
I’m thinking that’s a pretty potent offense-maybe not loaded with HR power, but one which will score many more runs that most of the Doom and Gloomers or Mets’ Trolls would have us think. Loads of doubles in those bats and quite a few triples from Yunel and Kelly.
February 24th, 200911:53 am
Gotta believe the NL East has to be upping their consideration of Will Ohman just to counter the Braves – seems like a real cheap investment for Mets or Phils.
February 24th, 200911:54 am
Steve McP-I think he meant that Matt was a right handed hitter. Go back and read it again with that in mind and I think it will make more sense, though I can see how you read it the other way.
I agree with Fred, except you’ve gotta drop Frenchy down if he even hints at struggling like he did last year; we can’t afford to leave him there as long as Bobby did before.
I also think people are batting G. Anderson to high up at the 5-spot; keep in mind that Bobby likes consistency in his lineups, and if G. Anderson hits 5, that means either Diaz also hits five or the entire bottom of the lineup changes. And I think Bobby likes Kotchman’s bat a lot higher up, preferably at 6. So although I think people will be surprised to see Garrett batting so low, looking at how Bobby thinks, I see it as:
J. Anderson, Escobar, McCann, Jones, Johnson, Kotchman, Frenchy, G. Anderson/Diaz.
(I don’t think Bobby minds the LL, RR at the end with Diaz).
I think Escobar is key to this also. If he struggles, he could easily be dropped to the 8 spot.
February 24th, 200911:56 am
Daniel-Kelly is not a good fit for leadoff. He is way too patient early in the batting order and it leads to too many two strike counts. He is NOT a great two strike hitter and does much better when aggressive early in the count instead of taking those early strikes. He’s better lower in the order (number three on down).
Robert(Chipper Is The Best)
February 24th, 200911:57 am
I just heard John Smoltz on the Dan Patrick Show. He sounds awfully bitter toward Braves’ management. DOB, what is the issue there? Is it Wren or Js or both? Something is definitely amiss.
DOB, are you live blogging the spring training games again this year?
Wonder what number Anderson will get? Can’t have 16 obviously.
February 24th, 200911:58 am
Unless Garret pulls a Mondesi, I like this signing.
Nice blog DOB. Great quotes from Chipper and Casey. I especially liked this one:
Kotchman said, “He can move runners over, to. If a guy’s on second with no outs, he’s the best at getting the runner over.”
That’s something we were desperately missing last year. Seems like we had a dis-proportionally large number of guys on 2nd with no outs that didn’t score.
February 24th, 200911:59 am
February 24th, 200912:00 pm
Can someone tell me what kind of coach Coach is? Strange ideas about baseball, but he seems to have the “confidence” of a MLB GM. I don’t mean to be disrespectful. I am just asking.
This thing Chipper mentioned brought me back to a question that I have wondered for a while now. I don’t know much about these kind of rules in the MLB. For example, in this case, since the AAA club is now so close, could the LH hitters go to Gwinnett and have some of the AAA lefties to pitch to them as practice throughout the season? (Or the LH RP come to the Ted.) It would probably not be helpful for the AAA team since the LH RP would not be fresh for the games, but it certainly could be helpful for the MLB team.
Mardi Gras party in the office today, lovin it
February 24th, 200912:01 pm
1. J. Anderson
3. G. Anderson
Good thing we don’t have many lefties in the rotation.
February 24th, 200912:05 pm
Garret Anderson = Raul Mondesi all over again
February 24th, 200912:07 pm
Lunatic Fringe, thank you. I am glad someone sees my point about Anderson being on the team. Everyone seems to think Schafer will make it over him which wont happen because the Braves wont risk losing Anderson through waivers, especially not when Schafer has options left.
In all seriousness, if French could come on this year again, he could relieve a lot of the “All Lefty” crap in the middle of our lineup. But we won’t hold our breath, will we?
February 24th, 200912:08 pm
DOB — That Zevon song is beautiful, and I loved Bob Dylan’s cover of it back in 2002 or whenever it was that he was doing it…
Someone on the other blog — and I’m sorry that I can’t remember who — suggested batting Escobar in the 8 hole because he grounded into 24 double plays last year, and thus would take away the speed of Josh Anderson on the bases. I doubt that Cox will hit him that low, but I thought it was an interesting point. So I looked up Escobar’s splits.
Escobar totalled 24 GDPs last year. He grounded into an astounding 9 double plays in August, and 5 of those came in 2 games within a 3-day span (2 in one game, 0 the next, 3 the third). Without the August total, he hit into an average of 3 DPs/month over the entire season; with the August total, the average is 4.
If he had hit into 3 DPs in August, his total would’ve been 18, which is still a lot (Francoeur hit into 18, McCann 17). He also posted high DP totals in the minor leagues: in his final year and a half before getting called up, he hit into 30 DPs in 167 games between AA and AAA. I’d like to give Escobar the benefit of the doubt and say that the 24 total is an anomaly, but given his track record, I’m not so sure that’s the case.
I’d say that something Escobar and TP might consider working on this spring is moving the runner over and avoiding DPs. I know that this is more easily said that done, but those are my thoughts, building on whoever originally brought up the point.
February 24th, 200912:12 pm
DOB, can you update on Chuck James? I can’t remeber what happened with him. Was he released? Still rehabbing from another injury? I take it he’s out of the picture for this year?
Saw this on MLB.com, have you heard any of this ‘buzz’
Juan Perez, LHP, Braves: Perez began his career with the Red Sox after initially signing at the end of the 1998 season. The southpaw reliever made it as high as Triple-A in Boston’s system, then moved on to the Mets in 2006. The Pirates claimed him that year when the Mets waived him, and he made his big league debut with Pittsburgh that year. He spent time with the Pirates again in 2007 but missed much of last year dealing with an elbow problem. He’s created a little bit of early buzz in Braves camp, though a lack of secondary pitches have some concerned. Still, the 28-year-o9ld’s 9.32 K/9 from the left side has some intrigued.
The Love Child of Dale Murphy and Johnny Cash
February 24th, 200912:13 pm
vs RHP vs LHP
J. Anderson J. Anderson
C. Jones C. Jones
G. Anderson Francoeur
K. Johnson Diaz
Kotchman K. Johnson
Chuck had some shoulder surgery and wasnt resigned. He wont be ready to pitch till the end of the year so there was no need to resign him now.
February 24th, 200912:14 pm
Question for the people suggesting Chipper in the #4 hole? Why?
Put Chipper in the #3 hole and guarantee that your best hitter will hit in the 1st inning every game.
Along with the fact that Garret Anderson hits so well with runners in scoring position, I think it’s a perfect fit to put GA in the cleanup spot.
February 24th, 200912:15 pm
Regarding Escobar, someone at TalkingChop.com made this observation….
* Yunel Escobar Opening Day to until Brayan Pena’s release….315/.386/.435
* Yunel Escobar for the next 54 games….246/.315/.321
* Yunel Escobar last 38 games…328/.427/.500
I must remember this incorrectly because I thought Pena was released before the season started. But if my memory is wrong and these stats are true, it makes for something interesting to ponder. I am not sure it means much now, but I guess the point is that since this kind of thing won’t happen again this year, we can expect a full year of production from Escobar. However, I am not sure that can be assumed.
Jon F. Don’t know if anyone else gave him a look, but the Braves released Chuck James in December. Too bad, really, I hear he was solid until the 6th…
February 24th, 200912:17 pm
I like Chipper batting cleanup, so you have the left-right-left thing going with McCann and Anderson.
As for BBQ, if you haven’t tried Zeb’s Barbecue on US 29 north of Danielsville, GA, you owe it to yourself to do so, especially if you are headed to a UGA game!
February 24th, 200912:19 pm
Anybody else SICK of SMOLTZIE WHINING I hope he starts when the Bosox come here in June & the BRAVOS TATTOO him to the showers, how bout you give back all the cash you got paid when you were on the DL whos knows how many times, just SHUTTY & go away you are history & its time to move on, & hey BLAWG DAWG THIS IS FOR YOU MORON YOU DAM DONKEY HEE HAW GO BRAVOS sweep the Mets sweep the Mets step right up & sweep the Mets LMAO CHOP CHOP BRAVES WIN BRAVES WIN BRAVES WIN THANKS SKIP
chris from md
February 24th, 200912:21 pm
Folks, I just can’t see Bobby putting either Frenchy or Kotchman in the 8 hole. I feel fairly certain that J.Anderson will be there. As for the rest of the lineup:
Vs. righties– Escobar, Johnson, Anderson, Jones, McCann, Kotchman, Frenchy, J.Anderson.
Vs. lefties– Escobar, Johnson, Diaz, Jones, McCann, Frechy, Kotchman, Infante.
Cox, doesn’t like to shift people around in the lineup very much. I also believe he will give Diaz and Infante plenty of at-bats by platooning them.
Chris from MD
February 24th, 200912:24 pm
I hope he’s not another Raul Mondesi, but I do have at least have one good Raul Mondesi memory, a game i went to in 2005 against the Cards, that rained the entire game. It was a close game, the braves tied it 2-2 in the 7th. Going into the 9th, Dan Kolb came in, and didn’t allow a single baserunner (shockingly!) facing Eckstein, Pujols, and Larry Walker. Then, leading off in the bottom of the 9th, Raul Mondesi hits a game winning homer, giving Dan Kolb a win… I know it sounds like I’m making this up, but here’s the recap… http://espnradio.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=250430115
February 24th, 200912:25 pm
cool. thanks, guys. Chuck was effective when he first came up. I guess he never made the adjustments after the hitters caught on. Though, I remeber hearing his injury/ies were affecting his velocity.
February 24th, 200912:26 pm
oK. I trust Chipper on his knowledge of baseball, but I think his focus on the left-handedness of the lineup is a little overblown. Think about it, their three best lefthanded hitters are as follows: Chipper, McCann and Garrett Anderson. Chipper, duh, is a switch hitter, so that takes care of itself. McCann over the last 3 seasons has hit lefties at a (.278 .339 .454 Avg/Obp/Slg) clip vs. (.309 .369 .539) against righties, and only strikes out every 6 at bats against lefties compared to every 8.5 at bats against righties. Not a huge disparity. He slugs better against righties, but he’s not overmatched against lefties. Plus McCann will need regular days off anyways as the catcher and those can be managed to coincide with tough lefties, and David Ross can see what he can do with them. Over the last three years Garrett has hit at a (.272 .306 .407) clip vs. (.295 .335 .464). Very similar to McCann, he slugs better vs. righties, but he’s not overmatched. And there again, he can take days off against tough lefties and let Matt Diaz do what we know he can do. Plus the other potential lefthanded hitting starters, Kelly Johnson at 2B and most likely Josh Anderson in CF, I think could benefit from splitting time with Martin Prado and Omar Infante respectively. Here are my three lineups, one for righties, one for lefties and one for tough lefties:
POS Against Righties
CF Josh Anderson
SS Yunel Escobar
3B Chipper Jones
LF G Anderson
C Brian McCann
1B C Kotchman
RF Jeff Francoeur
2B Kelly Johnson
POS Against Lefties
2B Martin Prado
SS Yunel Escobar
3B Chipper Jones
LF G Anderson
RF Jeff Francoeur
C Brian McCann
1B C Kotchman
CF Omar Infante
POS Against Tough Lefties
2B Martin Prado
SS Yunel Escobar
3B Chipper Jones
RF Jeff Francoeur
C Brian McCann
LF Matt Diaz
1B C Kotchman
CF Omar Infante
I wonder if Ohman would risk letting some time pass and see if a new suitor arises in spring training. For example the Braves have two unproven leftys that might need replacing if things dont go well. Ohman looks to be cheap at a mil or maybe less, seems like a few teams could come calling if their original plans dont work out.
February 24th, 200912:27 pm
I, too, would love to hear your take on all the verbage we are hearing from Smoltz. I am a big fan of his, but isn’t all of this talk of his a little unbecoming?
Smoltz realizes he made the wrong choice and now will do all he can to try and look like the good guy. The 2nd greatest Brave ever and he is smearing his name. Poor guy.
We make the playoffs and Smoltz doesn’t.
Great line-up we have with great starting pitching. Our starters look good too. Our problem will be the health of the bullpen and how our centerfielder does.
We will be under the radar for the first couple of months but I predict that come June 1st we will be in 1st place. I believe that.
February 24th, 200912:28 pm
DOB, Just wanted you to know that your headline writers are at it again. There is a headline on 1A that reads Griffey Picks Braves Over Mariners. Just thought you’d want to know. TheWyzyrd
February 24th, 200912:30 pm
dylanGarret Anderson = Raul Mondesi all over again
the situations are not even close to similar.
February 24th, 200912:32 pm
Oops, forgot to change catcher out for tough lefties.
POS Against Tough Lefties Hits
2B Martin Prado R
SS Yunel Escobar R
3B Chipper Jones R
RF Jeff Francoeur R
LF Matt Diaz R
1B C Kotchman L
CF Omar Infante R
C David Ross R
February 24th, 200912:35 pm
DOB, Here’s a link to NPR’s website, and a preview of Neko Case’s new album, “Middle Cyclone.”
February 24th, 200912:37 pm
Inquiring minds want to know, DOB: Did the AJC ante up for the Rosetta Stone course in Japanese for you? You know, so you can work without that interpreter filter with Kawakami?
Agree with Jerry on Smoltz, for what it’s worth. Apparently he can see the improvements the Braves have made and that they are a contender…and he isn’t a part of it.
Think Lew and a few others are correct on the lineup…Chipper will get opportunites to bat 4th.
Don’t believe Bobby is planning to leave Garret out of the lineup against lefties…unless, contrary to his history, he’s not hitting them.
And, for some reason, I still believe there is some chance that we’ll trade for Nady.
Most (or all) of the elite, late-inning relievers in the division (Putz, K-Rod, Lidge, Lindstrom(?), Hanrahan(?) ) are righties. Bobby just needs to avoid getting duped into pinch-hitting for his best LH bats in the 7th inning when the other team brings in their LOOGY, unless it’s just an absolutely obvious pinch-hitting situation. Having a lot of LH bats could serve us well in the late innings.
February 24th, 200912:38 pm
Schafer (braves need to rely on this kid, the next Grady Sizemore)
Francoeur (Gonna have a BIG year)
-Not wanting to lose Josh Anderson the braves drop norton off of the bench
hitting into doubles plys is something that comes in herantly with guys who dont strike out much, and put the ball in play. (this doesnt apply to francouer) but, we have a team that makes alot of contact, and gets on base pretty well, so our DP number will always be pretty hefty, i bet.
but avoiding souble plays is the job of more than just the batter. one way to avoid DPs is to put runners in motion. (coach, you out there?) i.e. hit and runs, ect. those are the kinds of thing that work well with a lineup like ours, that makes alot of contact.
February 24th, 200912:40 pm
You wish! Must be a Met or Phillie fan.
DOB, It’s kinda hard to find. It’s under the Most Popular stories.
1. Former Atlanta cop prays for victim of fatal shooting
2. Trial starts next month on airport sex charges
3. How Garret Anderson will affect Braves outfield
4. Griffey picks Braves over Mariners
5. Springsteen to headline UK’s Glastonbury festival
February 24th, 200912:41 pm
Hey when will the braves be on tv? Our do we have to wait til opening day?
Bob Dole (fellow KU graduate, by the way): It wasn’t a Brave who carded the hole-in-one, it was one of the fans who pay to play in the charity tourney.
Andre "Pulpwood" Smith
DOB- Love the blog, but I have a serious question about the print version of the AJC. I know newspapers all over the country are hurting financially, but c’mon. This morning’s sports section was 3 1/2 pages long! Granted, it’s a relatively slow season in sports, but we can’t even come up with 4 pages of sports? Convince me that there will still be a print edition of the AJC in 2010.
February 24th, 200912:42 pm
Anderson and Chipper have something in common:
They were both runner-up for ROY, in their respective leagues, in 1995.
(Sorry if that was already mentioned).
Nice observation mbatl.
garret anderson = raul mondesi……
exactly alike no. similar yes. both washed up. i doubt garret anderson stays healthy or even with the braves all season. what a mistake
February 24th, 200912:43 pm
and i love the braves. just dont optimistic about garret friggin anderson.
February 24th, 200912:44 pm
Short workout today, no pitchers threw BP, just coaches.
Cox was blown away (again) by Hanson in the ‘pen. Roger McDowell set up some old-school ropes to represent the strike zone, something he does occasionally. Hanson proceded to hit the zone with pinpoint accuracy, pitch after pitch.
i dont think anyone will hit into as many DP’s as Andruw did when he wasn’t striking out.
February 24th, 200912:45 pm
garret anderson has 23000 hits? HOF for sure
February 24th, 200912:46 pm
When do the first cutts take place?
February 24th, 200912:47 pm
David, how about “just misses”? It seems that many pitchers don’t do the “miss the strike zone” very well. I mean, either the ball drifts back into the zone or they miss so far that a blind person would not swing.
February 24th, 200912:48 pm
Or maybe I should have said even Frenchy would not swing.
Is there any chance Glavine or anybody else could move to the pen if Hanson dominates ST?
Dylan, no offense, but that Mondesi-G. Anderson comparison — based on what? Mondesi played 34 games and hit .241 with three homers in 2004, the year before the Braves signed him. Compare that to what Anderson did last season.
Mondesi had a bad reputation, a lot of baggage. Anderson is, from everything I hear and read, quite the opposite.
Tomorrow is my first earlier spring training game. What kind of lineup can I expect to see?
February 24th, 200912:49 pm
DOB – You catch that KU/OU game last night? Collins had a special night… goin back and forth with 3 pointers down the stretch. Big win at OU… but without Blake Griff (who was stylin on the sideline btw).
Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!
February 24th, 200912:50 pm
Here’s another O that needs to be in ATL’s ‘pen!!!
thewyzyrd, I agree, DOB you need to go here and see this at AJC Braves home page , look at this headline link name and when you click on it it has a story date of 2/17 ,you really picked it way back last Tue, just kidding ,you have some folks that don’t have your backside covered.
link, Griffey picks Braves over Mariners http://www.ajc.com/news/content/sports/braves/stories/2009/02/17/braves_griffey.html?cxntlid=inform_sr&imw=Y
story, Braves map new outfield plans with Anderson
By DAVID O’BRIEN
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
February 24th, 200912:52 pm
For those who might be down here and going to the game tomorrow in Lakeland: You’re going to see a good representation of Braves. All but Chipper are going from the projected regular lineup. (Well, except G. Anderson; wouldn’t expect him to be on the travel list)
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