1:05 pm February 25, 2009, by David O'Brien
February 25th, 20094:07 pm
sorry moved to a starter
February 25th, 20094:08 pm
Also, I would thing talking about a position battle for a couple Braves players would be relevent on a Braves blog. Especially during a game where they are both playing.
I mean, you do realize this is a blog for the Atlanta Braves baseball team, right?
Just so you know, for future reference, on a blog for the Atlanta Braves, someone might talk about who they prefer play what position for the Atlanta Braves. I know, I know it’s crazy!
I tell you what though. One thing you can do if you don’t like a particular post…….hold on……wait for it……just scroll to the next post.
Did I mention this is a blog for the Atlanta Braves baseball team.
February 25th, 20094:09 pm
Daniel, they are not going to lose Diaz just to start the clock on Schafer. If anything Schafer wont be brought up until July
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
I understand that he hustled down the line and caused an error, he also made a strong throw to the plate, but didn’t get the runner…. a ball got by him for a triple…. he stole a base…. he made a good running catch in CF.
All of these things, some good… some bad….. are still just 1 game. I like the kid, I hope he does well, I was on the bandwagon last year in ST and wanted him to get the job last year out of ST.
However, I’m not jumping up and down because he hit a homer off of some dude that’s going to be bagging my groceries next week. Just like I’m not worrying that Jeff Francoeur will be outside pumping my gas anytime soon. It’s 1 game…..
February 25th, 20094:10 pm
Thanks for your wisdom FischerKing. I guess no one here realized that it was the first ST game. And forming opinions and asking questions about a guys performance and potential for this team is such a ridiculous thing to do for a fan during spring training. man I am glad you and PTBL are here to keep us looneys straight
bigCheifrg, you are correct. We did get Merek out of the deal. And I agree with N8 that Kotchman will contribute to the team this year. But, as I infer from your post, even getting the two of them does not compare to what we gave up in the Tex trade.
Anders even our lefties will get your boy Murphy out
February 25th, 20094:11 pm
Anders, Frenchy, McCann had 2 ABs each. Not 4. Mets went for the win too. I bet Santana pitched 7 innings, too right. Putz in the 8th and KRod in the 9th all against AAA and AA competition. Let’s Go METS!!!!
FischerKing – we were ready for the Frenchy out Schafer in long long ago, but we will give Jeff the benefit of the doubt until say Apr 30, cause there are several front office types with the same opinion (FWIW)
February 25th, 20094:12 pm
AL I am with you 100%.
you are prob right OJ, but just the fact that the idea is somewhat credible is a big shift from two weeks ago
Mike in H-Town
Glad to hear Jordan Schafer did well. Hope that we dont do like The Astros did with Hunter Pence and keep him in the minors until he was a late 24 years old because he was blocked by someone else.
February 25th, 20094:13 pm
Well, first impressions weren’t scintillating for Lefty O’Flaherty (I just realized how natural that would sound) and non-roster lefty Juan Perez.
Francoeur made solid contact at least once, but I didn’t see every at-bat. Saw him ground out and line out.
Freeman impressive two-run knock, dude actually chokes up on the bat handle a bit, which you don’t see many at all do these days. Quite a good-looking hitter, that kid.
Big all-around day for Schafer, who showed his speed, pop and defensive skills, including a cannon of an arm.
GetNathan: Frenchy had 4 ABs. No other regular got over2.
February 25th, 20094:14 pm
Diaz will be on the opening day roster, and just might start against Cole Hamels in game 1 vs. Philly.
I’m pretty sure the pope isn’t supposed to be popular with the ladies
AL RE: 4:08pm post…What’s your point?
Thanks again, Robert, for the play-by-play (and DOB also)- made the day pass a little faster:)
February 25th, 20094:16 pm
Ease 19 – Nah, we’re saving them for you guys.They need to work on getting those tough lefties out late in games.
February 25th, 20094:17 pm
Daniel and dogsbrekky:
I understand and I don’t want to get into the whole will JF bounce back or is he going to continue to struggle discussion. And I never said that we shouldn’t talk about the game. I was simply stating that it’s funny to see how many people have a cut and dried opinion already. What if Frenchy goes 4 for 4 in the next game with 2 homers and stolen base and Schafer goes 0 for 4 with 3 K’s. I’m sure it would sound a lot different.
My point is that a lot of people are putting too much on this game. I didn’t say it was wrong or that I disagree with their assessment…just that it was funny.
11 blog pages in 4 hours. Is that a new record.
February 25th, 20094:18 pm
2Parc, it will be interesting to see Kotch in the first game. He seems to really like Hamel’s pitching.
Guess the Mets Blog is not good enough. Typical.
February 25th, 20094:19 pm
I don’t get why ST games are already starting. The season is too long for this to start in Feb. There’s barely anything exciting about it, because you know that no matter how good Schafer or any of the other prospects do, Bobby has pretty much made his mind up who’ll be in the opening day lineup. Ya’ll need to chill with the excitment, big time! I mean it’s cool to see what the Braves future might look like, but I’m just thinking about ‘09 right now.
February 25th, 20094:20 pm
Mets blog probably choked.
I can’t wait to see all our guys vs. Hamels… should be a good first test.
February 25th, 20094:21 pm
Fleming – nice.
February 25th, 20094:22 pm
Buffalo, I’m not on any bandwagon and again I’m not jumping up and down because of one home run. I really like Josh as well and hope he makes the team. If it comes down between those 2 at the end of ST and Josh has clearly played better then Josh should make the team.
Someone asked me who I liked and I answered that right now I like Jordan because he had played a good game he has more power, etc.
You know who I want to play center? The best player we have for that position. Whether that’s Schafer, Anderson, Blanco, doesn’t matter to me.
Just talking baseball, which I think is allowed on a baseball blog.
Is anyone watching the Accenture Match play? (I won’t play spoiler, DWW) but Roger Maltbie just interviewed Ogilvy after his round and dude is a CLOSE talker a la Elaine’s boyfriend. I bet the bill of his hat wasn’t 5 inches from Ogilvy’s…it made me feel awkward, I’m sure GO was prob thinking the same thing.
Gibby – buy a scorecard. Murphy is lefty.
Getnathan – maybe if your boys hit a little they would have gotten 3 AB’s each.
February 25th, 20094:23 pm
yep Mets blog choked and shut down after 140 games…i mean comments…
February 25th, 20094:24 pm
TnBrian, I heard the games are starting a little early this year because of the WBC.
February 25th, 20094:25 pm
Definitely not watching Accenture Match play.
February 25th, 20094:26 pm
Anders – I agree, our lefties (hitters) had a good day, 3 singles, a double and a homer…It was our other lefties (pitchers) that let us down. But now I am scared, you guys really performed in your first ST game. Now thats a joke…hahaha. We did leave Chipper at home however…
February 25th, 20094:29 pm
not sure if anyone mentioned it because there are a lot of comments but the Braves home opener for ST is thursday at Champion Stadium not Friday
Now I know why the Mets choke. They play for real starting at the first spring game and when they reach 140 in the regular season they think the 162 game season is over and can’t play anymore.
I didn’t see anything, but if Schafer continues this type of performance this spring, he’ll be the opening day CF against Cole Hamels.
I’m with u 2parc, Diaz will be hitting 6th against Cole Hamels on April 5th.
eas19, good one!
February 25th, 20094:30 pm
and G.A. ease19
Well, the Bird’s nice and quiet now. Hey, lost 5 grams, too! Down to 96g…
Stinky we lost. Sounds like JS did good, though. And am I right in thinking my mann got the first RBI of the Spring?
February 25th, 20094:32 pm
I hope tomorrow’s televised game has Schafer, Heyward and Freeman in the lineup to go with Hanson. These are the 4 guys I want to see play more than anyone. I can’t wait for tomorrow…
I remember another trade with the Tigers in 88….Doyle Alexander for a young John Smoltz…Actually Alexander pitched very well for the Tigers that year keeping them in contention until Oct….I expect Edgar to have a good yr. in 09 though….For whatever reason he can’t hit American League pitching
Anders, man, you are such a loser! Nobody cares about Murphy, NOBODY! Honestly, outside of Queens,NY, hardly anybody cares about the Mutts. But you’re trying, I’ll give you that.
February 25th, 20094:33 pm
O’Brien, Blanco had over 400 ABs last year and the opposition had the opportunity to develop a book on his hitting and weaknesses as a hitter. Anderson has played in small pieces of seasons the last two years at the MLB level. I would suggest that he hasn’t been up for a long enough period for the opposition to do this. Look how long it took for pitchers to stop throwing strikes to Frenchy when he was a rookie.
I think OB% is 4 times more important than stealing proficiency for these two.
I am not predicting that Blanco will win the job – Anderson is out of options and that plays into it – and for this reason he may very well win the job. But I think Blanco may be further along in his development and may be a better solution over the course of the season.
The guy that invented the game of basketball had a losing record at KU. That is a sad commentary on that weak institution.
well guys good chatting. Can’t wait for tomorrows game
February 25th, 20094:35 pm
ST evaluate talent guys
pretty fair to jump allover O’Flaherty with Ohman unsigned, that’s gonna keep happenin until he puts on a good showing
I almost forgot about the game being televised on ESPN tomorrow! My day is saved!
February 25th, 20094:36 pm
I’m kind of worried here. Just got out of the hospital for heart problems and wifey feeding me icecream floats and ham. Should I check for recent insurance policies
February 25th, 20094:37 pm
February 25th, 20094:38 pm
WILL OHMAN!…….WILL OHMAN!…….WILL OHMAN!
c’mon everybody! Chant along with me. WILL OHMAN!……WILL OHMAN!…..WILL OHMAN!
My knowledge on Schafer isn’t great, but if continues to play well like he did today would he be a possible leadoff option? My guess that is he probably isn’t, so who would the braves put there if Schafer way outplays Anderson.
Or is an option to send Diaz down and have Schafer play in a LF platoon?
February 25th, 20094:39 pm
why do you spend so much time here, why don’t you go over to your Mets blog… or go talk smack to the fans on the Phillies blog, I’m sure they’d love to talk to a Mets fan..
February 25th, 20094:40 pm
Apparently you didn’t understand my original post….. I said that EVERYONE not AL needs to temper their enthusiasm a bit. My original post wasn’t directed at you, although it seems like it struck quite a nerve with you.
February 25th, 20094:41 pm
Hell, the money is probably still there for Ohman. I’d hate to see him playing well for the Marlins and we get nothing out of the current lefty relievers (whom neither have put together impressive seasons in the past)
February 25th, 20094:42 pm
Guys, lighten up. It’s one game in ST. I was having some fun. Relax.
Take a lesson from Ease 19. He just goes with it and tries to have some fun.
February 25th, 20094:43 pm
ppaddy – Easy on the Ohman chants. We haven’t seen Logan yet.
Anders – I guess Mets are going to win the World Series now based on what they did today. Typical Mets fan jumping the gun. COngratulations!!!!
Braves young players show a lot of promise from what I am reading on this blog. Heyward’s arm, Freeman 2 run single, schafer’s SBs, and play in CF. Hanson tomorrow people!!!! I wish I could see it.
I agree with tempering the highs and lows but only iwth one exception though Jordan hit a homer of an A league player…Frenchy couldn’t even get a hit of him….you can look at that either way though
February 25th, 20094:45 pm
Steve -97060 How long are you in for?
Buffalo, it’s all good.
February 25th, 20094:47 pm
Cleveland and San Fran playing on MLB Network.
The guy who Schafer hit the HR off of was in the bigs last year. He threw 26.2 innings. Not an A ball pitcher.
February 25th, 20094:48 pm
Not that it matters, but the guy Schafer hit his HR off of, Bonine, is not a class A pitcher; he’s worked his way through the minor-league system, and pitched about 25 innings for the Tigers last year. (and again, it really doesn’t matter… just hate to see mis-info repeated over and over)
winterville, beat me to it…
February 25th, 20094:49 pm
Winterville and MBATL,
Sorry for the exaggeration. I don’t exactly have a grand database to use for player infor here at work.
February 25th, 20094:51 pm
So who sais Hanson goes 2 innings with 2 K’s no hits tomorrow?
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
No big deal, I just remember his name from last year with all the struggles the Tigers bully had.
February 25th, 20094:53 pm
MInnesota Jacket – are we going to be down on Hanson if he gives 5 runs and 6 hits?
“The Dude” wanted to sign with the Braves from the start. He’s still out there and he won’t cost the Braves very much. All things considered, if he signs for $1-2 MM, (with the Marlins, for crying out loud) it would be a crime! OHMAN!……OHMAN!……OHMAN!
February 25th, 20094:54 pm
getnathan – ESPN is showing HANSON (SMOLTZ 2) tomorrow at 1pm
February 25th, 20094:59 pm
I don’t think that will happen with him at the moment…but if he gives up a few hits… I mean look at Jurjens today so not uncommon in ST
Anders – how did my boy Murphy do 2day for the “mucils”, kid has an Irish kind of pizazz to him
February 25th, 20095:00 pm
I’m stuck at work dogsbrekky I’ll depend on you guys to tell me how he’s doing.
February 25th, 20095:01 pm
By the way, also in that BA Top 100 prospects list, Schafer is No. 42, Gorkys Hernandez is No. 62, and Freddie Freeman is No. 87.
And Elvis Andrus, another prospect they dealt in the Teixeira trade, is No. 37, and former Braves catching prospect Max Ramirez, also now with Texas after being with Cleveland, is No. 84.
So that’s five current Braves prospects, and three former Braves prospects, in the top 100.
dogsbrekky – I have no idea. Let me know if you see anything.
February 25th, 20095:02 pm
I’m just waiting till the first week of June when Gwinnett is up here in NY for a series. Hoping to get Schafer, Hanson, and maybe Heyward and Freeman (if they are up) to sign some things.
I only go to 1 minor league series every year and it’s when Gwinnett is in Rochester up here.
I was happy I got to see the big team in Toronto last year as well, I hope they play around here more often.
bigchiefrg – I think you confused marek with medlen. Marek was a starter before we got him in the Tex trade, then last was his first year relieving, though that was LA’s decision, not Atlantas, they just left him in the pen. Medlen spent his Braves career in the bullpen until last year when they made him a starter
February 25th, 20095:03 pm
“So who sais Hanson goes 2 innings with 2 K’s no hits tomorrow?”
I’d bet on 4 K’s in 2 innings. ‘Course he might get no one out, and it really makes little difference anyway at this point, but I bet he dominates.
February 25th, 20095:04 pm
kurt..i almost punched a friend of 20 years (big soccer fan who hates baseball) who didnt get it. totally agree CHOPSHOP
oooh little fellers got a temper don’t he? So far two posts make you sound like a real azz. Gonna be a long posting season for you when others pick up on how easily riled you are. I can hardly wait.
Buffalo Braves – god It is almost worth me driving to that hellhole from NY to see our boys…… Rochester though , do we drive to hell and take a leftie ??
February 25th, 20095:05 pm
Buffalo NY Braves fan – Just occurred to me. You can be my Mets AAA eyes now that they’re coming to your town.
February 25th, 20095:06 pm
Here’s a question that you probably haven’t heard in a while. What is the Braves opinion of Cody Johnson? He seemed to put up good power numbers with Freeman and Heyward last season. Why has he not moved up the ladder at all? Injuries? Poor attitude?
February 25th, 20095:07 pm
I am not trying to be a pain in your ass but is there no way for all the comments to appear in one page? That way it’s easy to see who replied to whom and all that sort.
I think it’s about time the tech gurus at AJC gave you your own website. Too bad the limits of AJC are limiting your blog.
February 25th, 20095:08 pm
I am forming the “I CANNOT STAND TEX fan club here in NY”
We have tickets for 16 Yankees games and we will commence with a VOODOO pinning of his left and right appendages..
we gave up Andrus and Neftali for that punce and 2-3 others, really, was Hoemboy doing smack at the time
MY betting line for Yankees DL
AJ Burned Out June 15
CC pitched too many inns Aug 1
Tex – selfish bad karma, Jul 1
Rochester is about an hour east of Buffalo. So, yes….. Or avoid it altogether and come through Pittsburgh (much better scenery)
New Orleans doesn’t play in the IL, unless the Mets changed their AAA team lately?
Nick from PA
February 25th, 20095:09 pm
A couple things: If Schafer has an unbelievable spring, could Frenchie be in trouble?
Also, any chance Will Ohman comes back into the mix?
February 25th, 20095:10 pm
They started earlier because of the WBC games.
February 25th, 20095:11 pm
If you want the blog back the way it was – email the newspaper OR/AND email the sponsors at the top of the page – i am sure AT&T would love to hear how unsatisfied the bloggers are with the layout – NOT THe CONTeNT!
February 25th, 20095:14 pm
Buffalo – The Mets AAA is in Buffalo now.
DOB: Noticed in blog above, you sat Cox said Chipper will play “Friday” in home opener. Do you mean “Thursday” at home or Friday in Bradenton?
Don’t forget about Tyler Flowers, DOB. He’s #99.
February 25th, 20095:17 pm
Anders, nice to know. I’m actually in Rochester. I use the Buffalo because no one knows where Rochester NY is haha.
February 25th, 20095:19 pm
My money’s on this headline:
“Hanson Leaves Game With Minor Injury; Fate of Bloggers Unknown”
February 25th, 20095:20 pm
It’s definitely early and the games was basically meaningless. However, it seems like Schafer is proving me correct in what I’ve been saying since I saw him last Spring-The Kid can run and play some Defense. If he can hit ML pitching, he’ll be one hell of a good player.
February 25th, 20095:21 pm
Nick from PA,
I really hope so because we can’t wait all season for Frenchy to improve, but I atleast expect to see him by July.
February 25th, 20095:23 pm
I am so sick of Frank Wren and company saying we don’t need Ohman, they are just being cheap
Chop Chop That is a stupid thing to put your money on, dont you think?
February 25th, 20095:26 pm
Thanks for the play by play. Do you have to go back to college/classes tomorrow?
WBC games are silly and rediculous! It won’t last, I don’t think. Just wait until a Chipper or Wright gets hurt in one of those things and are out for half the year. It’ll stop then. By the way, McCann needs his butt in camp working with Vazquez,Kawakami,Logan, etc. I figure he’s caught enough of Hudson to have an idea with Lowe.
Oh, and stop with the Ohman chants because he had his chance months ago to resign. I’m sure that was more than what he’ll get now. Besides, I read where the Marlins have a good chance at signing him.
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