11:09 am February 24, 2009, by David O'Brien
February 24th, 200912:53 pm
what about tv any idea?
February 24th, 200912:54 pm
From hearing what Cox (and others) have said about Hanson, it would be best for none of the starters (minus Lowe) to pull or tweak something and have to miss a start come April. It wouldn’t be adviseable to give this kid the opprotunity. It’s only a matter of time….
McPoyle, it was an incredible game, really was. The three-point shooting at the end, it was like Collins was going, ‘Oh, yeah? I’ll step back another foot and hit a longer one.’ But add Blake Griffin back to that OU lineup, and you could have a national championship team.
Still, big win for the Jayhawks, put ‘em in first in the Big 12. If they can avenge their one conference loss to Mizzou, they should win another Big 12 title.
On espn day after tomorrow. I think 1pm.
February 24th, 200912:55 pm
thank god!!!!! that DWW
February 24th, 200912:56 pm
why i said (that) thanks DWW!
Ramblin Wrecker: Bobby Cox had a few similar to yours regarding the left-handedness of the lineup. He cited, as you did, several Braves lefty hitters who actually hit as well or better against lefty pitchers.
But Chipper’s point is true, the Braves are going to see a ton of lefty relievers in the late innings. And those happen to be very nasty lefties in the NL East.
February 24th, 200912:57 pm
Yea Collins was pumped, Willie Warren is a player too though for OU. That was fun to watch them going at each other with 4 minutes left. I was wondering why Griffin couldn’t play, he sure seemed animated enough on the sidelines to be out there! But those Jayhawks are exceeding expectations and so young! must be nice… i’m ashamed to say i’m an IU grad and what a year it’s been in Bloomington.
David ,did I miss someting, what about the press conference?
I already have the DVR set
February 24th, 200912:59 pm
Hey Baseball American has the top 100 prospects list out. Braves have 2 of the top 5 !!!!!!!!!
February 24th, 20091:00 pm
Braves just sent out the official release about Anderson. 2 p.m. press conference, he’ll wear No. 18.
“But Chipper’s point is true, the Braves are going to see a ton of lefty relievers in the late innings. And those happen to be very nasty lefties in the NL East.”
February 24th, 20091:01 pm
Think Chipper will play Thursday against the Astros? Going down to see Hanson throw an inning or two.
Chuck James was Solid until the 6th!!!
Atleast we don’t have to see J.C. Roidmero for the first few series against the Phils….Those can be some big innings that will come back to haunt the Phils later in the year when the race is tight and we rake whatever lefty fills in for him….
Glavine to the pen… Anybody with me?
February 24th, 20091:02 pm
DWW, Glavin is probably not with you!
February 24th, 20091:03 pm
Taylor S…and Braves have 5 of the top 100 prospects. Plus Bobby is rated No. 2 of the top 10 managers on Fox page, I believe.
Hey Robert, I heard that interview as well. Really, he sounded hurt. I believe after all he has been for and to the Braves, He deserved the benefit of the doubt. Everytime he has said that he was ready to come back, he has come back. Granted, he is older now, but if you have no plans to put out more money to get a better quality player, don’t cut off your hand…
February 24th, 20091:04 pm
Welcome #18 Garret Anderson, he’ll be a heck of a professional hitter. Something this team needs, very badly.
February 24th, 20091:05 pm
Bobby rated No. 2? I’m not sure I’d put him at #2. top 5
tim- braves lifer
February 24th, 20091:07 pm
Daniel and anyone else who cares, the braves tv schedule is on atlantabraves.com under broadcast schedule.
Oh, and another pitching injury, this one minor: Boyer cut a finger on his pitching hand and has been scratched from relief appearance tomorrow. He threw his bullpen session today with a bandage on the finger, no problems, but Braves are being cautious.
Cox didn’t say how he did it, will try to find out that info. You might recall, two springs ago he cut his finger when he got it caught in a window after he got locked out of his rental house here.
February 24th, 20091:09 pm
Wish I could find the perfect Braves/barbecue joint…..
Dirty windows are the main prerequisite for any barbecue venture, that’s a given. Jumbo flat-panels for the game are nice. Buxomy gals wrasslin (a form of stirring) in sauce and pork, then serving it up off their bare tummies, would be a classy touch. Under-bar urinals would eliminate the need to go, to go. Bartenders who can impersonate bossman would be great, for telling the old lady you gotta work overtime again…
Possibilities are endless…
February 24th, 20091:10 pm
Some people here BAFFLE me…..Glavine won’t have to start until late April, not April 1,3 or 5 like the last 20+ seasons. He is getting ample time to recover and go about it wisely and carefully. He has a phenomenal chance of coming back strong…If he can post 25 starts which I don’t see there is no reason there is not an %80+ chance of that, he will be more effective then Jamie Moyer, bet on it. Glav has somethin left in the tank, it’s just in his blood. He would’ve called it quits if he didn’t think he can contribute 10+ wins and help the team. Also, this year, he has motivation to be very strong as opposed to last. Glavine would NEVER not give it %110 but I am just saying….
February 24th, 20091:12 pm
Dave, how’s Medlin looking? He was a non roster invitee right? Haven’t heard anything about him yet.
February 24th, 20091:14 pm
Do ya’ll remember when the Braves were in Toronto and Glavine beaned Mondesi, unintentionally? That was like a year or two before the Braves got him. I remember that was the first time I ever saw Glavine ticked. Mondesi stared him down like he was some sort of bad a-. But, I read some of Sheurholz’s book where he and Cox both said he was very classy when he was in Atl.
Looks like Blanco will have to find a new # if he’s with the big boys this year. I’m excited to see Anderson with us, and actually get to see what he can do everyday.
February 24th, 20091:15 pm
CaliChopper DOB mentioned Medlin in the last blog or maybe it was Merek, not sure, lol
February 24th, 20091:16 pm
I, for one, think it’s a little stupid to keep saying to keep someone or put them in the starting line-up just because they are out of options. Don’t we want the best team on the field to win the most games. I think a lot of people forget Schafer has great speed too and is a much better CF’er than Anderson. We also need defense on this team and Schafer has better range and arm in CF. I f he comes out and rakes in ST then he should be our CF and not have Anderson and his options hinder this team from winning games. I also like the point of getting rid of Norton to keep Anderson coming off the bench for speed and maybe defense in LF in late innings. We had Prado to plug in at 1B if needed so what do we need Norton for? Waste of roster spot and money in my opinion.
February 24th, 20091:17 pm
As the old saying goes, there is no “I” in Medlen.
February 24th, 20091:18 pm
Archie Manning wore #18 at Ole Miss. This is a great omen!
February 24th, 20091:19 pm
May not be a popular notion at this point, but I see Morton as a lot more critical to the Braves being successful this year than Vasquez or Kawakami. GT
now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are
February 24th, 20091:22 pm
Not saying Glave wont be affective, but if Hanson dominates ST put Glavine in the pen and see what happens. He can always move back to the rotation.
I still think Frenchy will end up batting cleanup at some point in the season. That way we will have a right handed fourth hitter in between Chipper and McCann. At least, against lefties. Anyways, we will see. Maybe we should bat Escobar third.
February 24th, 20091:24 pm
For those who want Hanson and Schafer on the roster opening day, you also have to remember that delaying them even just a little bit means that they’ll have an extra year before they go to arbitration, which is no small thing. The Rays did it last year with Longoria and that worked out fine for them. So it’s not just being out of options that helps Josh Anderson, who certainly hasn’t hit like a stiff when he’s been up in the major either and probably deserves to show what he can do. Yes, the Braves should also put their best team on the field ASAP, but just because our prospects look very promising does not necessarily mean they are ready. Get them a little more seasoning, delay the contract clock, call them up later as needed, everybody wins.
February 24th, 20091:25 pm
So, all of our really good players are gonna play tomorrow? Does that lessen the chance that they’ll play in the televised game?
February 24th, 20091:28 pm
I meant “all of our really good players except for Chipper” are gonna play tomorrow.
February 24th, 20091:30 pm
Braves pitchers for Wednesday vs. Tigers: Jurrjens (two innings), Jo-Jo Reyes (two innings), Acosta, O’Flaherty, and LH Juan Perez (a non-roster invitee)
I had Parker’s BBQ in Greenville NC last summer. I was skeptical, but the vinegar based BBQ is way way better than all the thick sweet nasty stuff here and Memphis and KC. Way better.
Garrett Anderson’s lack of power is a little disappointing, but his reliability, consistency and good attitude are very welcome here.
Bill Self played a lot of alternates against OK last night. It may have helped keep Collins and Aldrich fresh. In the Missouri game, our only conference loss, Collins and Aldrich were both exhausted in the second half. Rock Chalk Jayhawk.
Not sure if this has been pointed out yet, but I must say that I really respect what Diaz’s response has been to the whole ordeal. Many guys in his situation would see the Griffey thing fall through and say to themselves “All I have to do is outplay a youngster and I might 400-500 at bats this year… then maybe I can play that into a real contract.” Instead he says that he does not know how the Anderson signing will impact his playing time but that he knows the team is better that it was yesterday, etc. You’ve go to really root for a guy like that.
February 24th, 20091:33 pm
Self Fan: You had me at Parker’s BBQ in Greenville, N.C. (where my parents used to take us three kids to eat after church every Sunday). Then add a little Rock Chalk at the end … very nice.
February 24th, 20091:34 pm
DOB and others who know the Orlando area – what is the best beach to hit in that area? I’m not looking for a place that’s super crowded, just some place that is easy to get to, plenty of parking, not filthy, etc.
Any advice is appreciated.
better link for TV
February 24th, 20091:35 pm
Hey DOB i hope u see this i have a question. since mcCann is leaving soon why don’t they start out by having Vazquez and Lowe or Kawakami start first? Thanks
February 24th, 20091:38 pm
Just saw the video about Anderson on the Atlanta Braves website. Having just gone through what the Braves did with Griffey and him signing with Seattle in the end, I found it a bit amusing that in the video the very first clip was of Anderson hitting a HR against Seattle.
The various posters who have likened Garrett Anderson to Raul Mondesi or Brian Jordan’s second stint with the Braves have no knowledge of baseball. They also obviously don’t know anything about Anderson. Anderson is going to do a very good job and is a great pick up. These people probably thought Griffey was going to be a savior too, for the 30-50 games he would play before he gets hurt. And maybe these people just won’t to complain something.
For my perspective, given the Braves needs for this season, I would rather have Anderson than have spent a bunch of money on Burrell or Dunn. I would only have preferred Abreau or Ibanez over him for one season if the money had been right, but that probably would only have possibly been true for the Abreau situation. I would prefer him over Griffey or Nady or Swisher.
Anderson is the perfect pick up for the situation. A good stop gap this year until Heyward is ready. Good buget wise. Good character and team guy. Sometimes I’d be a little concerned about a player switching leagues too, but I think this is an exception. Anderson is gonna be out to show people he can still get it done. He will get the job done people, bet on it.
Anderson has major league experience whereas Schafer doesn’t. It is better for him to start in Triple A so he can continue to face Major league pitching. There are very few big leaguers in AA, whereas AAA has quite a few pitchers going up and down between there and the majors. Schafer needs to face more big league pitching as well as quality big league pitching too. In ST, there are plenty of big leaguers but after the 5th inning, it is minor league guys trying to make an impression on the big ball club. Schafer doesn’t need to face that type of pitching. It will give us a somewhat jaded view of his production. If he tattoos those guys, makes the team(as the everyday CF) and struggles, the fans will be all over him. Let him keep tuning up. Anderson deserves the same opportunity Blanco got last year. He should’ve made the big club from the beginning but we Kotsay. If it is May or June and Anderson is struggling, then bring him up. But if Anderson is doing good, leave him down until about Mid July or even August.
February 24th, 20091:39 pm
Orlando is not near the beach.
February 24th, 20091:40 pm
maybe the mondesi comparison is a bit of a stretch.
BUT DOB, im not sure if u follow the hawks much, is garret anderson not the braves what glenn robinson was to the hawks the year they guaranteed a playoff appearance?
February 24th, 20091:42 pm
your crazy to prefer anderson over Nady or Swisher. can you think back to opening day last year. NADY goes deep and beats the braves. Nady can hit, hit for power and play solid defense. although he may need help with his personal finances
February 24th, 20091:44 pm
February 24th, 2009
DOB and others who know the Orlando area – what is the best beach to hit in that area?
Uh…Orlando is not on the beach..
“BUT DOB, im not sure if u follow the hawks much, is garret anderson not the braves what glenn robinson was to the hawks the year they guaranteed a playoff appearance”
Dylan, your views on G Anderson are, uh, curious.
February 24th, 20091:45 pm
I think it was Ryan Zimmerman who hit the walk-off HR in the season opener last year…
February 24th, 20091:47 pm
Thanks Jon, missed it with this new format. Sorry about the repeat question. Merek is a good kid too, saw him throw out here for the Quakes a few times.
February 24th, 20091:48 pm
February 24th, 20091:49 pm
You know how pgatour.com has the xm radio link so you can listen to the tournament. Does anyone know of website that does that with the braves ST games, b/c i’m pretty sure local radio is not carrying them.
Oh man im excited….Also, love the new paging format…I can now load pages in less than 2 hours.
You dont think Hanson’s cut will affect our chances of seeing him on ESPN Thursday do ya? That would really ruin my day.
February 24th, 20091:50 pm
Have the corresponding moves for the Anderson and Glavine signings been announced?
Nady also would cost valuable prospects…. and would be a one year rental and cost much, much more. Which would affect other decisions later in the year. Hmmm
February 24th, 20091:51 pm
Glenn Robinson and Garrett Anderson? Ummm…Both of their first names start with G and both of their last names end with -son.
Hanson didnt get cut. That was Boyer
February 24th, 20091:52 pm
Hanson messed up his finger nail.
February 24th, 20091:56 pm
Yeah me too bigchief. I cant wait to see the “tommy gun”
CaliChopper No problem and no need to apologize, we all know things get lost in this new format from time to time. How did Marek look, was he overpowering for the most part?
February 24th, 20091:58 pm
1. J. Anderson or Schafer
4. G. Anderson
5. B. McCann
I think this lineup could win 90+ games.
Just for kicks and giggles, how about a Tony LaRussa lineup, where the pitcher bats 8th?
The point of this would be to ensure that Chipper hits in the first inning, but then lets him bat cleanup from there on out. I have Escobar 9th because of the “second leadoff man” that the 9th batter becomes, and because of the propensity for double plays that somebody mentioned, but he could be switched with Johnson if that makes more sense.
Oh, also, I am sorry, and I dont know if this happens to anyone else, but when I see the name Marek mentioned, I think of John Merrick, the elephant man, sorry, ok, back to normally scheduled rants and raves.
February 24th, 20091:59 pm
Anybody know if Merle Haggard is in Il Trovatore?
February 24th, 20092:00 pm
All the proposed lineup talk is interesting. A lot will depend on J. Anderson making the team (or not), and if so whether he hits leadoff or #8. My two cents: Chipper should bat third. Period. Figure out how to break up the lefty batters in some way other than putting Chipper at #4. Gotta get him to bat in the first inning, and batting #3 vs. #4 would mean an extra 10-20 plate appearances over the course of the year. G. Anderson is useful, but no way do you put his ~.330 OBP at #3 when you could instead have Chipper’s .400 OBP. Also, regarding platoons: I bet Cox is unlikely to go with any straight platoons. I think LF should be close to a straight platoon, but with G. Anderson getting at least 1/3 of the starts against LHP in order to keep his hitting stroke against them. I also think it’d be a good idea to give G. Anderson (or Blanco, if he makes the roster) 10-15 starts in RF to spell Francouer vs. tough RHP. Lastly, there have been some comments that infer a platoon at 2B. Bad idea. I’m all for getting Prado his ABs, but KJ should start at least 140 times at 2B. If Prado gets 20 starts at 2band some at 3B and 1B, he’ll get his ABs. KJ had a higher OPS vs, LHP than vs, RHP last year. And even though many would say he hasn’t reached his potential, even with G. Anderson on the team, KJ is the Braves third best hitter. Give KJ some days off to keep him fresh in Sept., but overall he needs to play.
February 24th, 20092:02 pm
Really liked his stuff, over powering at times. Even rate him as scary when he puts it all together. Thought he’d be with the Angels shortly, was really excited to hear he was part of the.Tex deal
CF Josh Anderson
SS Yunel Escobar
LF Garrett Anderson
3B Chipper Jones
C Brian McCann
1B Casey Kotchman
2B Kelly Johnson
RF Jeff Franceour
James Bond is my hero
If Bobby goes with 13 pitchers who is the odd man out?
February 24th, 20092:03 pm
I guess it’s safe now to celebrate! I see we have a few people trying hard to pretend that Anderson is somehow Raul Mondesi. All I can say is you have been reading what DOB has written about him the past couple of days and you should hurry and do so so.
Sorry to see Morton get hurt, an oblique injury can be nasty, just ask Steve Avery. I’m glad we signed Glavine or else Morton’s injury would be much bigger news as he was probably going to be the 5th starter depending on what happened with Hanson.
Shut up DOB
Jedd, it’s a good thing you’re name’s not Bobby Cox.
February 24th, 20092:04 pm
1) Infante better get a lot of CF practice in spring training.
2) There’s no way Bobby will let CF Anderson hit leadoff against lefties. So, I guess Escobar or Prado will be batting leadoff some of the time.
3) The Braves will not carry 5 outfielders and G. Anderson cannot play the 100+ games we will have against RH starters. So, Diaz will be getting more at-bats than most think. And against righties.
4) The Braves are going to have a terrible record against lefties, including the minor league lefty starters that will invariably be called up. HOW CAN A MLB TEAM HAVE NO RH POWER BAT IN THE LINEUP?
5) Frank Wren is not doing a very good job.
February 24th, 20092:05 pm
pferree: that lineup makes sense if it is J. Anderson at #9. Unless Josh gets his OBP up to respectability, no way can you justify him leadoff and Escobar at #9. And unless he draws more walks, J. Anderson needs to hit .300 to be a legit leadoff man. Maybe his improvement last year is real and it carries over to his future, but based on his minor league stats before last year, I’m skeptical. Other than that, I like the “LaRussa lineup”.
February 24th, 20092:07 pm
Yep, Anderson is so dammed “underrated” the only team that offered him anything is the team good players don’t want to play for!
February 24th, 20092:08 pm
February 24th, 20092:10 pm
pferree – i agree with jay, if j. anderson was in the #9 spot that’s not a bad idea. I’m really not a fan of the La Russa lineup, but the guy is a genius and knows more about baseball than any of us, so there must be something to it.
February 24th, 20092:11 pm
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February 24th, 20092:12 pm
Met Medlin’s dad right after we signed him. Said JS and the Braves were a class act. Glad to see he is coming along a little faster than the projections.
February 24th, 20092:13 pm
Glavine WILL NOT be in the bullpen. WILL NOT. If anything, Hanson will get spot starts say if Jurrjens slips down the clubhouse steps or if Kawakami burns out a little bit or if Glav gets hurt. If all those guys stay healthy: Lowe, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Kawakami, Glavine then we will more than likely see Hanson up mid-to-later part of the year in a David Pryce from the Rays type role from last year….
February 24th, 20092:14 pm
You folks worrying that GA will be another Mondesi should realize that Mondesi fell off the cliff offensively in 2004, the year before the Braves signed him. I think he was hurt much of that season, but his 2004 performance gave you every indication that he was done.
GA’s had no such dramatic drop off. He’s not the player he was five years ago, but he can still produce.
February 24th, 20092:15 pm
Regarding the BA Top 100 list:
The Braves drafted 8 of the top 100 prospects — Hanson, Heyward, Schafer, Freeman, Feliz, Andrus, M. Ramirez, and Flowers (Gorkys doesn’t count as we didn’t draft him, and a shame about giving up Feliz and Andrus, but that’s ancient history now).
Anyway, given that there are 30 teams drafting, having 8% of the top 100 is a huge testament to our scouting department.
Only time you bat a Pitcher 8th is if his name is Dontrelle Willis, Jason Marquis or Mike Hampton and your SS is Rafael Belliard or equivalent…I don’t know how LaRussa has utilized that with success…Obviously he has had a little….ha
February 24th, 20092:16 pm
February 24th, 20092:18 pm
brent a, the closest beaches i know to orlando are approx 1 hr away in either tampa (clearwater) or daytona. my preference is tampa because ybor city is there.
So basically your saying to leave Schafer in the minors again to get another year of seasoning? McCann came up from AA and did fine and around the same age Schafer is now. Also Schafer according to many has matured a great deal in this past year after all he’s been through. I think he’s learned to have thick skin. I just want the best team out there offensively and defensively regardless of arbitration and options and I don’t think anybody thinks Anderson is our CF of the future(at least I haven’t read anyone say he is) so why hinder the kid for 1 year of Anderson when everyone knows that Schafer is going to be the Braves CF of the future.
February 24th, 20092:19 pm
Thanks for that tidbit CaliChopper
Hudson to 60-day DL for Glavine’s spot. I figure a pitcher to clear waivers for the other spot (Lerew?)
February 24th, 20092:20 pm
Brent A – Cocoa Beach is the place to go. It is a straight shot from Orlando (take SR 528, a not too expensive toll road, also known as the Beach Line.
The most beautiful beach is Playalinda Beach (Sp. for “beautiful beach”), at the Canaveral National Seashore, where the sand dunes are protected and you will see no condos, etc. – as an extra attraction, just as you round the corner to the beach on your left, you look to the right and you will see the historic Cape Canaveral launch towers that are still used for our shuttle launches.
February 24th, 20092:22 pm
I agree. I’m tired oh hearing about letting these guys “season” if they are good enough for the bigs i want to see them. If they cant handle early struggles then they dont belong there, not any time.
stop making lineups with frenchy batthing 8th. there’s no way he’s down that far with all the lefties in this lineup! bobby is all about righy/lefty matchups and you don’t put 3 or 4 lefties in a row in the lineup even vs RHP.
memphisbrave, Tim Hudson was placed on the 60-day DL to make room for Glavine, and my guess is Anthony Lerew will be the move for Anderson.
No one is goning to claim a guy coming off arm surgery on waivers, so consequently Lerew can breeze through waivers and even if he doesn’t it’s no big loss.
Cardvol – that is the move that I was thinking, unless Blanco is let go. I do not see Balnco clearing waivers, someone will take a chance on him mor e than likely. Lerew is the option I see slipping through waivers due to his recent injury and rehab making him a risk for someone to pick up.
February 24th, 20092:23 pm
OFFICIAL NOMINEE FOR MORONIC POST OF THE YEAR:
dylan: “Garret Anderson = Raul Mondesi all over again.”
Yeah, dylan… it’s exactly the same.
When the Braves signed Mondesi, he was coming off a season in which he hit .240 with 3 homers and 15 RBI. He was a reclamation project.
Anderson is coming off a year in which he hit .293 with 15 homers and 85 RBI (.338 w/ RISP)
Exactly the same.
February 24th, 20092:26 pm
Sonny Liston, I don’t know, maybe the fact that Abreu/Dunn/Jr. took almost as long tells me that the Rays management probably wishes they had held off on signing Burrell for a couple of months, you know? The hit on the economy is obviously affecting these guys. You need to keep up buddy!
February 24th, 20092:27 pm
how times have changed for the Braves regarding Mondesi though. Unless I am sorely mistaken I think that the Braves gave him and Brian Jordan $1 million deals that year as “reclamation” projects and balked at giving much more than that to Smoltz, Glavine, and Griffey. I think that they eventually released Mondesi and ate the remainder of his contract.
February 24th, 20092:29 pm
we’ll see who is a moron KC. you are a moron if you think GA plays 100 games. nobody wants him. not even the team he spent his entire career with. seems a little odd to me. he was hitting in a much better line up last year, including Vlad, Hunter and Mark T. not the same here. very bad fit for the braves. but for the sake of the braves i hope that its ME thats the moron.
February 24th, 20092:30 pm
If the team is holding him back, that is for business(contract) purposes, they don’t want him to start the arb-process earlier than they want unless it is absolutely necessary. And McCann didnt make the big club, he was called up. I believe it was after that vicious hit Estrada took from Erstad, he wasn’t the same hitter and/or defender for quite some time(Estrada wasn’t great behind the plate defensively, the collision/conclusion made him worse at the backstop). McCann came up in May of 2005, Schafer could follow the same path. However, you’ve got to give Anderson a chance to show his stuff from the beginning as well. Mr. Cox said he had some simple instructions for Anderson when he is facing a lefty. Mark Bowman has it in his blog. Here is the link: http://markbowman.mlblogs.com/. The info is in the piece”Impressions of Kawakami”
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