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#1 Smoltz Fan

March 1st, 2009
9:59 am

FYI Ice just hitting west Georgia on its way to you Metro Atlanta folks.

BraveTiger

March 1st, 2009
10:07 am

DOB – Ed Mangan, is he at Dark Star during the entire spring schedule or does he split time between there and Turner Field, getting it prepared for the season? Also, I asked yesterday about Tony Barnhart, where is he? He was supposed to be back the week of national signing day and wasn’t. His blog isn’t up anymore. Where is he?

braves4ever

March 1st, 2009
10:08 am

David, I hope you still have warm rain there, here its gone to pot. In the last hour its been 39 degrees,rail/sleet/some snow and expecting 2-4 on the ground today.
And a note about the chatter on AJC reporting. You have done a great job on covering considering the # of players there and cities to bounce around,I’m wondering when you sleep, you post at 1,4,5 am sometimes plus all day up to 11-12 pm. Keep up the good job.

Robert

March 1st, 2009
10:14 am

DOB, I have a couple questions for you

1 – Does Jo Jo Reyes have a chance of making the bullpen, is it a serious opportunity

2- why has Phil Stockman not pitched yet this spring

3 – with us not needing a 5th starter until April 19, will we carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players, or 8 in the pen

David O'Brien

March 1st, 2009
10:18 am

By the way, surprising development (or at least previously unannounced): Peter Moylan is scheduled to throw in today’s game. Bobby had indicated it’d be close call on whether Moylan would be ready to start the season. Well, if he’s throwing already, on March 1, then barring setbacks I’d think he’ll be on the team for opening day.

RLPmetro

March 1st, 2009
10:26 am

DOB, as soon as I read your note about the weather, it started getting nasty down here in Fort Myers. Crazy. Hopefully it holds off. I am supposed to attend the Sox-Twins game today.

Tomahawkin' Again (like it's 1991)

March 1st, 2009
10:27 am

DOB, what is the scheduled pitching rotation for today?

braves4ever

March 1st, 2009
10:28 am

Moylan is a important part of that Pin, when he’s on with that wicked movement on his pitches he so hard to hit. If we break camp with just him and Gonzo at the front of the relievers we are ready.

PTBNL

March 1st, 2009
10:32 am

Hmmm I wonder if that is a good thing (Moylan). Not only could it be wise to let him take it more slowly for his own sake, but it could be helpful to have him on the DL so they can test an arm or two for a little longer (in the bullpen). Kinda makes me wonder if Bobby does not see the bullpen as weaker than we may think. Pure speculation, so it is just a thought that I tuck away in the back of my mind…. waay back. lol

BravoMan

March 1st, 2009
10:36 am

If Moylan’s on the opening day roster then our bullpen will be stacked, much like our rotation.

DOB, When do you think Soriano will make a Spring Training appearance?
I heard he was throwing to hitters and hadn’t felt any soreness…

Doc Holiday

March 1st, 2009
10:40 am

Random,

About not having a LH in the rotation, I think it is important also. As you mention , I dont think Glavine would do something like that, neither would Cox. But If I was Cox, I would give it a try just to see what happens, it could be a pleasant surprise.

braves4ever

March 1st, 2009
10:43 am

PTBNL Thats a good thought, maybe Bobby does see that some of the young talents needs AAA a while. And I bet Bobby has 99% of his 40 man and 95% of his 25 man roster thought out. He probably is more settled inside about this team,pitching,hitting than he has been since 2005.

Doc Holiday

March 1st, 2009
10:45 am

BravoMan……Situation with Soriano is the same as JFs situation. Lots of expectations. They will both repeat their 2008 performances. Poor. And just add anxiety on the ball club. If they proof me wrong, Ill be happy. Problem is I dont think they will.

Salty Dawg

March 1st, 2009
10:45 am

@Bubdylan (formerly Indigo Montoya)-

“Could be the Jack Daniels, which I’ve now decided I’m just not ready for just yet. Is there something I can do with it besides put it in Coke? Too sweet. And no shots, please. Please”

Actually, I have a great recipe for you. Take the Jack and pour it in a squat glass. Drink and enjoy. Perhaps a little ice will make it more palatable.

THE BEAR Illegitimi non carborundum

March 1st, 2009
10:50 am

A question:

Since Glavine is a notoriously slow starter (first inning blues) is he likely to be effective coming out of the pen? Also his effectiveness against RHB vs. LHB.

Doc Holiday

March 1st, 2009
10:51 am

The Bear,

He might not, but we will never know if they dont try it. Pure speculation.

Salty Dawg

March 1st, 2009
10:53 am

@Couch Tater-

“Braves media guide lists no stats for him most of the decade.

Hmm, maybe he knew Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn in California.”

Ha, ha. I actually thought of that too. Maybe he was playing in the California penal league.

DiamondbackMac

March 1st, 2009
10:55 am

DOB

Have you heard any explanation as to why Moylan is recovering so quickly. Is it because of his arm angle doesn’t stress the elbow as much as other angles might.

RIP Skip

March 1st, 2009
10:55 am

DOB…

Wow. Thanks for the burn. I was trying to be nice and thanking you for the daily updates while contrasting that with the overall AJC coverage which, to me, has been a bit lacking.

I didn’t even mention the fact that you have screwed up nearly every single story this offseason or that the stories that were true were reported by reporters outside Atlanta. If I had wanted to be rude like you I can have mentioned that your reporting this offseason has been a running joke and everyone who reads this blog knows it. Tim Hudson knows it too. :)

Keep up the great work.

Lew

March 1st, 2009
11:02 am

PTBNL-That one liner was brutal, but one of the best I’ve heard in a while-Completely Dunn-ouch!

Y’all want DOB to take pictures now too? Spoiled, aren’t you?

spotts

March 1st, 2009
11:07 am

Yeah and maybe he can throw a little BP too

spotts

March 1st, 2009
11:08 am

RIP Skip’s either getting another OBB or completely ignored

Eric from MO

March 1st, 2009
11:08 am

Doc Holiday-Situation with Soriano is the same as JFs situation. Lots of expectations. They will both repeat their 2008 performances. Poor.

I would bet your right about Francouer but Soraino was hurt. He had a nerve that would hurt every time he threw the ball. Sounds like that would be pretty painful and would defiently effect your pitching.

Eric from MO

March 1st, 2009
11:14 am

RIP Skip right on. For how many years have we bashed the NY Post for coming up with trade rumors that never ever come true. Now AJC does it and people get mad when someone points it out. Now I understand everyone screws up but you would think after Furcal that they would of learned to wait til a contract was actually signed. Thats why I didnt believe Griffey was coming and refused to include him on a made up lineup because no contract was signed.

Efrim

March 1st, 2009
11:14 am

Johan Santana to head back to New York and have an MRI. Where is Anders at? Wow. Wouldn’t that be a blow. The team that is prime to win a World Series(that hasn’t even made the playoffs yet) loses their ace.

Doc Holiday

March 1st, 2009
11:14 am

Efrim in MO,

Im not saying Soriano is a bad pitcher, he is a killer, when healthy. I jusst lost faith on him being healthy ever again. I just think he is one of those cases that no one will ever know why such a good player went down so quickly……something like Giles maybe or Horacio Ramirez, maybe those are not the best examples, but you know what im talking about. Maybe its like Prior or Woods…….when an injury goes for this long, you better start worrying.

PTBNL

March 1st, 2009
11:17 am

Lew, I agree about it being brutal. That is why I was careful to say that I found the wit amusing, not necessarily the idea that is conveyed by it. Fans tend to de-humanize athletes. An athlete can be dietized on the one hand or treated as though they have no feeling on the other. It is true that for the most part they don’t hear most of what fans say about them. But some things (thoughts, feelings, etc) do get back to them. I hesitated to give the quote because even if Andruw never knows that it is said, I don’t want to encourage people to speak as though he is a “thing”. So I am glad that you pointed that out. I was sharing the wit, not the sentiment. At least, that was my intent. I apologize if I offended any one.

Doc Holiday

March 1st, 2009
11:19 am

I dont really like that, muts will now have an excuse for their 3rd straight meltdown. For the sake of that city, I just hope that his prime clown is ready for opening night at their new circus.

President of Matt Diaz Fan Club

March 1st, 2009
11:20 am

I’m so excited because – according to Furman Bisher, “Now that the [trade] for Garret Anderson is done…” and “Brandon Jones offering [power],” it seems like we have a real shot this year. Good grief!

BravoMan

March 1st, 2009
11:21 am

Doc Holiday, Reguarding your comment on Soriano and Francoeur, I was asking DOB who actually knows what he’s talking about. Not someone who just gives their own negative opinion on certain players.

tr

March 1st, 2009
11:23 am

Salty Dawg:
A recipe from an old friend of mine:
Glass + ice + whiskey = a mixed drink
adding anything else is immoral (according to him)!

BravoMan

March 1st, 2009
11:25 am

Santana to have an MRI! What a blow it would be to lose him. Who would be their opening day starter? Perez?

dogsbrekky

March 1st, 2009
11:25 am

Moylan – I wish they would give him another few weeks, no point pushing him on what is a STANDARD 1 year return…. why pitch March 1 ….

Lonnie Smith

March 1st, 2009
11:29 am

I agree with RIP Skip. DOB’s response was needlessly defensive, perhaps because the criticism struck close to home. I think we all appreciate DOB’s efforts, but AJC coverage overall is dismal. The fact that times are tough is hardly an excuse. They are still charging the same subscription for an inferior product. The fact that DOB is doing a great job or not is irrelevant. You can also have a great waiter with a terrible steak. The fact you keep my water glass full will not make up for a lousy piece of meat.

Pedro Martinez

March 1st, 2009
11:31 am

Hello, Mets, I’m still available!

Doc Holiday

March 1st, 2009
11:35 am

CBSSPORTS Rank Braves 10th in Baseball as of Feb 16th. Interesting what they say about HAnson at the end:

The game’s preeminent sleeper? I’d feel much better about slapping them with the fateful “team Larry thinks will be much better than everybody expects” tag if they’d have bothered to address the corner-OF situation with any of the 39 bargains available this winter (insert could’ve-used-Abreu-or-Dunn blurb here). A Ken Griffey Jr./Matt Diaz platoon in left wouldn’t be the world’s worst solution, I guess. … Why not take another run at Jake Peavy? The Padres either have to move his contract or go back to single-ply paper in the clubhouse john. … I implore those in keeper Fantasy leagues to draft Tommy Hanson. That’s right: I said “implore.”

Lew

March 1st, 2009
11:42 am

PTBNL-Dude, you didn’t offend me. I always liked Andruw as a player, but while his decline has at least equaled that of The Roman Empire, more volumes have been written about it than Gibbons wrote in his epic history. I just don’t want Andruw to become a Brave again. However, all we can do is look at the situation with humor-otherwise it’s entirely too sad to contemplate.

Doc Holiday

March 1st, 2009
11:42 am

Sorry Bravo “Man”, didnt mean to waste your time. Next time, just dont read what I post, it will make your life easier.

Omar Montoya

March 1st, 2009
11:43 am

Pedro-Have your people get in touch. We Love You-especially when the only other option is Elmer Dessens.

Eric from MO

March 1st, 2009
11:43 am

Doc its only been one year. How is one year so long?

Tomas

March 1st, 2009
11:44 am

Man if Johan needs elbow surgery the Mets are super screwed. They’ll get a little taste of what the Braves had with almost everybody last year.

BravoMan

March 1st, 2009
11:45 am

Doc Holiday,

Maybe you shouldn’t write the comments at all, it would make life even more easier.

David O'Brien

March 1st, 2009
11:45 am

NEW BLOG IS UP (or should be very soon)

Lew

March 1st, 2009
11:47 am

Doc-Even with the incredible pain he suffered last year, Soriano STILL put up a 2.57 ERA with 16K in 14 IP. When capable of pitching he has been incredibly effective throughout his career. Now that the problem has been corrected and can’t happen again, he will dominate. I’m willing to bet you one of my drawings that the Dude (if he remains healthy) will put up-at the very least-career ERA (2.91) and a 2-1 K to BB ratio.

Lew

March 1st, 2009
11:52 am

RIP Skip-Dude, if your discontent is that horrendous and intolerable, then find another newspaper. If, instead, your intent is to B!tch, moan, groan, and otherwise complain about how bad your insignificant life is, then just get in line. Your betters have preceded you by years. We’ve heard it all before. You’re nothing but a digitally defunct recording.

PTBNL

March 1st, 2009
11:55 am

Hmmm Anybody else having a hard time finding the new blog? lol

Doc Holiday

March 1st, 2009
11:59 am

Lew,
I agree, as I say on a previous post this morning, he IS a great pitcher when healthy. I just wont count on him until he pitches for a month without we hearing or reading about any pain. It might happen. I just wont believe he is ready until I see results. Remember, he is a power pitcher, easy to have the same injury again.

Frankie Knuckles

March 1st, 2009
12:03 pm

Just read a yahoo article on Derek Lowe. The guy seems like he might be a bit of a clown. He also came off like the Braves were not his top choice ( even if its true. thats not something you disclose). He’s going to be an expensive 3rd starter one day.

Lew

March 1st, 2009
12:13 pm

Docv-Sorry Dude, but that [articular injury is NOT possible again (and he’s already had Tommy Johnson surgery)

Dude had the ulnar nerve snapping across the elbow bone and catching on a bone spur-painful as all hell. The moved the nerve (Ulnar Nerve Transposition Surgery) so it can’t snap anymore and had the bone spur removed. He’s thrown a good bit of the winter without pain. Like I said, I’m willing to bet he’s fine.

tr

March 1st, 2009
12:35 pm

Frankie – Just read the same article and it sounded more (to me) that he THOUGHT he might be asked to go elsewhere instead of wanting to go elsewhere.

Dadgum

March 1st, 2009
1:48 pm

Saw ZOSO, the Led Zeppelin tribute band, last night in Richmond( I can hear all you music aficionados saying damn if I would see a tribute band). I had heard rave after rave about them. Let me say if you haven’t seen them trust me you can surely see worse acts. A lot worse. Extremely talented musicians that could, by all accounts, do their own thing but I guess they have a good gig and perhaps nobody lyrically inclined to sustain a new band.

Folks the $12.50 I paid was peanuts. They are worth more than that. The highlight songs for me were the very underrated Ten Years Gone, No Quarter, Moby Dick, When The Levee Breaks, and Stairway. The synthesizer on No Quarter and the drum solo on Moby Dick were worth $12.50 alone. Frankly, I have seen Zeppelin maybe 5 times but never have I heard Zeppelin play Stairway like Zoso played it. I won’t say flawless but you would have had a hard time finding one. 2:15 minute concert non-stop, no filler action in a superb acoustic setting at The National. Next up Isbell and teh 400 Units there.

Rock on…….

nolie

March 1st, 2009
2:05 pm

But If I was Cox, I would give it a try just to see what happens, it could be a pleasant surprise. DOC

I doubt that. Glavine has never been particularly effective against lefties and he often has trouble in the first inning or two. not exactly what you want in a lefty reliever.

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