11:53 am March 1, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 1st, 20093:53 pm
You’re welcome, cabravesfan! Hope it helps!
With so many competing for the last bullpen spots, I wonder what an outing like that might do for a pitcher’s chances…RAZZLE
next to nothing,especially for a player that far off the charts. teams usually place less emphasis on what a player does in ST and in Sept. because opf the uneven competition. One of the reasons you see so many guys over the years who have ultra hot springs but do not make the big club, unless they are already on the cusp.
March 1st, 20093:55 pm
dogsbrekky – Chumps, AJ must have ticked off somebody when he broke his K streak with a single. I know they signed him with hopes he’d reach the record!
March 1st, 20093:56 pm
It does- I actually do a lot of computer coding for my work but it seems every program uses a slightly different code:)
March 1st, 20093:58 pm
AP article on AJC.com says that AJ is still confident. The batting instructor says that it may take 20 AB for AJ to be comfortable with his new stance.
tr – they should audit the at bat where he got the single, maybe he actually wacthed strike 3, umpire wiffed and called it a ball and ANdruw paid him off afterwards… but if it continues a 1 for 20 with 19kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk may be possible
March 1st, 20093:59 pm
20 seems like a very small number for all that AJ needs.
N Nine (eta35)
March 1st, 20094:02 pm
you guys get too excited about AJ failures
March 1st, 20094:03 pm
According to ESPN, Johan Santana canceled his trip to NY for the MRI because of the bad weather, but he’ll be meeting with doctors in Florida instead.
March 1st, 20094:10 pm
But if Anderson can keep a decent OBP, he’s perfect. KC
well i don’t know about perfect, but IF he can have a decent OBP I agree that he makes a lot of sense there. The big part is the IF. He didn’t over the long run in the minors which is why so many think he won’t in the bigs, but it might happen. I still think Schafer is long-term CFer and perhaps LO hitter. I also doubt that he and Josh will be in the same OF over the long run either.
March 1st, 20094:12 pm
yes, Marek pitched eighth, Stockman a perfect ninth with one strikeout.
March 1st, 20094:14 pm
JA has a lot of speed but I’m not sure he’s going to be the quality LO hitter we need. I hear Otis Nixon is open to a comeback though.
Interested Observer: I was not the one who mentioned that about Chipper and Hudson vis-a-vis the young players. Don’t know who it was, but it wasn’t me.
For the AJ Fan Club, he has some work to do. The ML record for consecutive strikeouts belongs to a pitcher, Sandy Koufax, who whiffed 12 straight times over six games for the Dodgers (Brooklyn) in 1955.
March 1st, 20094:18 pm
Chipper needs to stop hyping all the young talent. Tommy Hanson has enough pressure without Chipper saying he’s going to be the Ace of a staff so rich in pitching tradition pretty soon.
Back when Piazza wsa with the Mets, even the conservative Bobby Cox ran at will and embarrassed NY. Brian may be able to throw as well as Piazza but he hasn’t shown it yet. Get ready ya’ll, if McCann can’t ramp it up our opponents are going to run, run, run.
McFann Is A Hero To All Good Braves/MIB Bloggers
March 1st, 20094:19 pm
thanks for the link McFann! You’d think a certain paper would have made sure those instructions were on it’s site somewhere, but I guess not.
there is no clutch..repeat after me..there is no clutch
stealing bases as Marcus Giles did was a waste of outs.what are those world champions doing, don’t they read this blog?
This blog Rocks
hip hip hoorah!
defense,/p> and offense may be spelled with c’s instead of s’s as they do in other english speaking parts of the world…..
wow, you sure gotta type alot to get the desired effects…i miss the * system :S
March 1st, 20094:20 pm
I bet Howard and Dunn paid the Rangers to keep AJ out of the lineup. They want to keep their records secure
March 1st, 20094:22 pm
ok, didn’t work…where are the bolds and why didn’t all the emottie things work?
Sorry DOB, I remember hearing it somewhere, I thought it was from you!
For those who don’t know, ESPN is having a live Baseball Tonight from Disney until 6. They said they’ll have Francouer and Lowe on sometime later. And Steve Phillips just said he thinks that Jordan Shaffer will win the CF job.
March 1st, 20094:26 pm
Steve Phillips probably isn’t aware that Josh Anderson is out of options… He’s not aware of a lot of things, in case you hadn’t noticed.
March 1st, 20094:31 pm
“He’s not aware of a lot of things, in case you hadn’t noticed.”
Agreed. Phillips talks way too much about things he doesn’t know anything about.
March 1st, 20094:34 pm
March 1st, 20094:35 pm
Normally, I would say that Steve Phillips doesn’t even know what year it is…BUT, I agree with him here. I think, and sincerely hope that J-Schaf wins the CF job, and then (if he has a good year) we lock him up, so we don’t have to worry bout early arbitration.
March 1st, 20094:40 pm
No reason to lock up Schafer until he gets closer to arbitration. Though I agree, I hope we put Anderson on the bench as a 4th outfielder and let Schafer play every day.
March 1st, 20094:42 pm
My wife works for Rosetta Stone and we will be in Florida this coming weekend–great product and works. Any idea if I could get a Bobby Cox autograph for a copy of say japanese? If so shoot me an email
PS–Any idea who will be pitching Friday?
braves fan 16
March 1st, 20094:46 pm
Who still thinks we should have got Andrew. The guy is 1-9 so far he is done.
March 1st, 20094:51 pm
DOB- the only thing worth keeping in the AJC is the sports section. If Cynthia Tucker, Jay Bookman and the rest of those socialist keep demonstrating their bias and the resultant ignorance, you guys will be looking for work just like the employees of the Rocky Mt News.
March 1st, 20094:54 pm
Hey everyone I will be attending the game this friday and was looking for some suggestions on getting some autographs. Just looking for some knowledge on if can get autographs before the games.
March 1st, 20094:55 pm
Kevin, the atmosphere at ST is so relaxed and fan-centered you could probably get a Bobby Cox autograph for free as well as many other autographs. Just get to the game early.
I hope we put Anderson on the bench as a 4th outfielder and let Schafer play every day.
That would make it 5th OF, not 4th. Diaz, Anderson, Schafer, Francoeur leaves no room for Josh Anderson, if the Braves decide Schafer is ready form the get-go. Bobby hasn’t carried 5 OF since I-can’t-remember-when, and Josh Anderson doesn’t bring enough to the dance to come off the bench, anyway.
For those who missed it, Infante was originally signed because he could backup at SS and CF. His OF defense is no worse, no better than you would expect from any backup.
March 1st, 20094:58 pm
If Cynthia Tucker, Jay Bookman and the rest of those socialist keep demonstrating their bias and the resultant ignorance…
As opposed to marching in lockstep with Fox News, I guess, right?
March 1st, 20095:04 pm
Looking at statistics like UZR and +/- Infante struggles in the outfield, though he plays decent, even above-average, defense in the infield positions. I realize that would make a 5th outfielder, but with Prado struggling early this spring that may be the best roster option. I know Bobby won’t do it but I think it’s the best option. The other obvious option is to trade Josh Anderson. He’s certainly a useful player and belongs on a major league roster somewhere, if not Atlanta.
March 1st, 20095:06 pm
*hyperventilates at any mention of Marcus Giles*
I’m the equivalent of McFann is to Brian McCann. That’s how I am to Marcus Giles.
March 1st, 20095:11 pm
I have visions of a 2010-2011 OF of Heyward/Schafer/Francoeur. Infield of Jones/Escobar/Phillps/Freeman. Rotation of Lowe/Hanson/Hudson/JJ/Kawakami. Maybe trade KJ/Vazquez/prospect to Cin. for Brandon Phillips this offseason would be awesome.
Back to the present: I like Anderson opening the season in CF. He will only srtive harder to prove himself with Schafer around the corner, and can easily steal 35-45 bases. Wren and all of us will be saying, Furcal who?
March 1st, 20095:15 pm
This Baseball Tonight is retarded. These questions they’re asking Lowe and Francoeur are TERRIBLE.
March 1st, 20095:17 pm
Gorkys could fit into that mix too. I doubt Cincinnati would trade Brandon Phillips. Plus, they like their young rotation, wouldn’t really want Vazquez. They’re not in selling mode, they’re loaded with young talent.
March 1st, 20095:18 pm
DOB, I see that Francoeur was 0-2, but how did he look? Did he make solid contact or hit anything up the middle or to right?
March 1st, 20095:24 pm
ncscoots, Foxnews has a lot of right-leaning editorial types (Hannity, Beck, etc.) but their actual news reporting truly is, as they say “fair and balanced”.
Several non-partisan political watchdog organizations evaluated the news coverage of last year’s election, and found that Fox was actually the only network that really did play it down the middle. I know a lot of people on the right that were pissed with Fox’s coverage. They’re saying things like “Ah, Fox is just like all the other networks”.
Again, very right-leaning in their primetime commentary lineup, but news coverage is fair. That’s not MY observation… that’s based on some concrete research from credible organizations. Some people will choose not to accept that, but it’s as close to a fact as you can get with something subjective.
March 1st, 20095:26 pm
During Baseball Tonight’s Bold Prediction segment Peter Gammons predicted that come September John Smoltz will be the best pitcher in the AL East. Not exactly surprising from a Red Sox homer. John Kruk predicted that the AL Comeback Player of the Year will be ….. Andruw Jones. Not exactly surprising coming from….well, John Kruk.
Regarding the newspapers… It’s not the content that’s killing the business. It’s the cost.
I live in Dawsonville. AJC cancelled my subscription for me.
It stinks when a company does everything right on the sales side… but the net effect is that they are losing money with each subscription that they write.
Best of luck to those in Colorado. My prayers are with the AJC, too. I deeply miss getting the paper. We still drive out of county to get the Sunday edition (gotta have the coupons these days).
March 1st, 20095:28 pm
Well, for starters, I wouldn’t call myself a hero, but thanks just the same.
To do bold, you have to type “strong” instead of “b”. As for the other ones…not sure how to them properly. They’ve never worked for me, either, as I stated when I gave the link.
Here’s a link for making emoticons:
They work well.
18 Wheels of Love
March 1st, 20095:30 pm
March 1st, 20095:31 pm
TV news/commentary has become more about ratings than politics, playing to a salable demographic!
March 1st, 20095:36 pm
meansonny, agreed. It’s not the content that is the problem. It is, as you say, the cost… as well as the changing landscape of journalism and communication. The first hammer strike to the proverbial nail in the coffin occurred the day AOL signed up its first internet customer. And it’s been a slope ever since then.
Newspapers have been surviving on mid-aged and senior readers who are accustom to receiving their news in print. But that can’t last forever. The culture is changing, and as time goes on, it will just be tougher and tougher for papers to survive.
Papers have to figure out new ways of doing business, and IMO, put a LOT more thought into how they can use their name-recognition/credibility to generate more revenue on the web.
March 1st, 20095:37 pm
March 1st, 20095:44 pm
tr, you are most definitely right. Cable news is about ratings, NOT a sense of duty to report the unvarnished news. Fox, while their actual news coverage really is more down-the-middle than many give them credit for, has chosen a conservative target demographic, and have effectively reached it with shows like O’Reily, Hannity, and Beck. CNN serves a left leaning audience, and does a pretty good job selling to them… while MSNBC serves a hard-left demographic. They all have their niches, and it’s intentional.
Objectivity in news reporting is a myth. There’s no way for anyone to be truly objective. Human being are literally incapable of even processing information independent of their worldview, let alone conveying it in a purely objective manner.
The most you can ask of any news outlet is to give you both perspectives. I think that’s what Fox tries to do in their reporting. Again, not their primetime commentary programs, which are clearly learn very much to the right… but in their news coverage tends to report both sides of political issues.
March 1st, 20095:46 pm
Kruk predited A.Jones will be CPOY???? Has he been paying attention???
Ah, probably not. He doesn’t actually pay attention to anyone other than the Phillies.
March 1st, 20095:48 pm
Meant to say “which clearly lean very much to the right”… But enough about that stuff. Probably more than I should have said here. My apologies. I don’t bring up politics here, and try not to get drawn into it when others do.
DOB, how did Frenchy look at that plate today?
March 1st, 20095:51 pm
I am pretty sure that he pays attention to those who bring him food…
March 1st, 20095:55 pm
Im sorry to tell you, but any time you do surgery, the scar tissue can trap the nerve or any other structure and it can lead to severe pain as well. And the transposition of any structure, specially a nerve to a position that its its usual position, can lead to pain as it is exposed to a whole new stress, different stress that is designed to take by nature. We shall see. Of course the surgery is intended to fix things, but you never know how it will end.
With all the respect.
March 1st, 20095:56 pm
KC – When I ran a small town newspaper, I rarely editorialized, but rather regularly ran a feature called, “Side by Side” in which both sides of issues were presented side by side to let the readers decide for themselves. News itself was pretty straight forward, just the facts. And we prided ourselves on positive news stories and features as opposed to the “if it bleeds, it leads” philosophy. Went over VERY well!
March 1st, 20095:58 pm
The story Jeff told on BBTN about Mac saying that Lowe is the best golfer he’s played with and then Smoltzie texting Jeff and telling him to tell Mac that Josh Bard is the best catcher he’s ever thrown to was great!! Funny stuff!
DOB: What’s the story on Cruz? Does he have a chance to stick in the pen? This sounds like it could be a good story. Hope you can give us some more information on how the braves got him instead of the other clubs
March 1st, 20096:00 pm
Greg White is just like Josh Anderson. Good 4th outfielder/pinch runner types. Blanco .309 slugging percentage. What on earth is with peoples’ fascination for Blanco and Anderson? Neither should be starting on a good team.
March 1st, 20096:01 pm
What I have really like this spring is how much JF has improved. There is no doubt in my mind that he heard every single word chipper told him and is applying everything amazingly well. Having a slow start is one thing, but hitting .100 and worse than virtually every rookie OF in the club. Send him packing now before he is worth less than AJ.
March 1st, 20096:04 pm
Blanco gets on base well which makes him good in the lead-off role. By the way, Peter Gammons just made a bold prediction on Baseball tonight: the San Diego Padres will not win it all.
March 1st, 20096:11 pm
What many FNC defenders forget to mention is: Fox & Friends M-F is a right wing hack show too.. So, couple that with Beck on (not during prime time) means the viewers who’re supposedly getting F&B news during the day are actually receiving 4 hours of hackery.
With that said, I’m not here to defend CNN or MSNBC either.
March 1st, 20096:12 pm
tr, sounds like you did it the right way man.
PWHjort, Respectfully… unless Blanco reaches base at a .380 clip, which he doesn’t and won’t, he is a dollar short of worthless.
Blanco is fast, but isn’t an effective base-stealer. Also, he hits nothing but singles. That may not seem like a big deal at first look. After all, you don’t want your leadoff guy swinging for the fences… but a good leadoff hitter will doubles and an occasional triple. J.Anderson does that. Blanco doesn’t.
Minimal base-stealing ability, NO extra-base-hit ability, an extreme vulnerability to lefites, = a guy we don’t want leading off.
March 1st, 20096:15 pm
Jeff321, you’re probably right about Fox and Friends. That’s another commentary type show. That’s not really part of their actual news coverage. So their news coverage, while fair, is a shrinking portion of their daily lineup. I’ll certainly concede that point.
Blanco does what he is asked as a leadoff hitter and that is get on base, period. Its up to the manager to send him stealing and for his partners to drive him home. The guy had more than 450 AB and a very high OBP. , and he was send stealing only 18 times………ridiculous. How can you tell if he can do the stealing job if you dont send him? he was successful 72% of the time. Jose Reyes 79%, Juan Pierre 77%, BJ Upton 73%. Those guys are considered dangerous once they are on base, right? The difference is that they are sent and Blanco is not.
March 1st, 20096:17 pm
You ARE wrong, Blanco is not ineffective, if you consider him so, then Pierre, Reyes and BJ Upton are also ineffective. Right?
March 1st, 20096:28 pm
Francoeur is 1 for 10 and some of you freaks have quit on him already. Great fans you guys are!!!
March 1st, 20096:31 pm
Doc – I think that you are a little off base here (sorry for the pun). I am pretty sure that natural base stealers have the ability to steal at will and don’t need a sign to go. Bobby has never been one to be aggressive on the base paths because a) he has never really had any speed (exception Fucal) b) always was looking for the long ball. This year might be different with so much speed in camp.
March 1st, 20096:35 pm
He has never had speed because he never ask for it to the front office.
He had nixon, sanders, furcal, grissom, omar moreno. He never sends them running, thats not his game, thats all.
And yeah you are right, lots of them run on their own, but not the young kids, they are still learning and they feel the pressure of being caught.
March 1st, 20096:45 pm
Look at Blanco in the minors. He steals at about a 64% clip, which is awful. The guy simply isn’t good at stealing bases. He also had 19 XBHs in 450 ABs…… Whats the point in him having a 360 OBP when you constantly have to sacrifice outs to get him to second? He made it into scoring position by himself a total of 32 times last year in those 450 ABs. Anderson 21 times in 136 ABs. Not even close. Anderson will be standing on 2nd and beyond more than twice as much as Blanco without ever having to sacrifice any outs.
Also, why does everyone act as if Blanco will keep his high walk total up? If he does lead off this year, the scouting report will say “Takes a lot of pitches, strikes out a ton, can’t hit the ball out of the infield”. Which means pitchers will just be a lot more aggressive with him. If all he’s going to do to you is single at most anyway, why not be aggressive? How do I know this will happen? It happened to KJ last year and he actually CAN hit for a good slugging %. He dropped 20+ off his previous walk total thanks to pitchers pitching him differently. In Blanco’s case, it will likely be even more severe. I wouldn’t doubt a 250 BA with a 320 OBP given 450 more ABs.
For now, since Schafer doesn’t seem to be ready, Anderson is our man.
March 1st, 20096:49 pm
I have a lifelong habit of leaning to the right.
That is not a political statement. Could use a V8.
March 1st, 20096:58 pm
As eager as many here (myself included) are to see the young guys in Atlanta, minor league baseball is a valuable learning experience that helps develop talent appropriately, so that they are ready to handle the bad (struggles) with the good,
Case in point, as great as he was, how good would Andruw Jones have been and probably still be if he had learned to be a more disciplined hitter with a bit more time in the minors? He’s struggling now trying to learn something that should’ve come a LOT earlier in his career. Shear talent is great, but knowing how to fully harness that talent separates good players from Hall of Fame players.
If guys like Heyward, Freeman, Schafer, Hanson, etc. are good now, imagine what they’ll be like with a bit more seasoning, a bit more learning. As ready as they may seem to us, there’s a reason they’re not yet on the 40-man roster. I’d rather wait a half season, a whole season, or more, than to see flashes of brilliance (can you say Frenchie) that never quite becomes the whole enchilada.
March 1st, 20096:59 pm
DOB, those Philly papers should be worried! This is what the descending newspapers of Benjamin Franklin get after he had some of his cronies burn down my printing press!
(Old family legend. Probably not true in the least, but it’s a funny story. To some.)
JasonInFL (Formerly ME)
March 1st, 20097:00 pm
Doc, Nixon stole 72, 47, and 42 stolen bases from 91-93 respectively. His success rate was only 75%. When he came back to the braves in 99, he stole another 26 bases at the age of 40. Bobby utilizes speed when he has it. Furcal basically had the green light to run at his discretion. Bobby can win with any type of team…young, old, power, pitching, speed. Does he play as much small ball as I would like? No, but to think he doesn’t know how to use a team to its strength is simply wrong.
March 1st, 20097:03 pm
You ARE wrong, Blanco is not ineffective, if you consider him so, then Pierre, Reyes and BJ Upton are also ineffective. Right? DOC
well Pierre certainly is next to worthless, but Reyes ain’t that same player.
macon county line
DO’B: There are 42 players on the 40 man roster with Hudson on the 60 day DL; don’t they have to make another roster move? If so, what do you predict?
March 1st, 20097:05 pm
That being said………you let Blanco play, let him get on base and let him steal. Not all leadoff hitters should be like Rickey Henderson (power).
But I agree……Anderson will be the man since he is out of options. If he was not, I would play Blanco.
Again……..if you are looking for a guy to be standing at second with a double when your #2 hitter comes to the plate, you should bat chipper leadoff.
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
March 1st, 20097:07 pm
I’ll end this argument.
Josh Anderson will make the team. Gregor Blanco will not.
JF is not 1 for 10……….he is like 50 for 500, this 1 for 10 is not new you know. And I guarantee it aint getting any better pal.
March 1st, 20097:16 pm
Frenchy – The whole point of the MINOR LEAGUES AAA – R is to sort out hitting styles etc etc… as much fun as we have with Jeff F it is time to just send him down for a long time until our hitting instructors advise that he is ready to hit MLB calibre pitching, to me he clearly has lost the ability to do what he is paid in 2009 $800k more than Garret Anderson to do..
No bloody politics on the blog please
“Shake and Bake”
March 1st, 20097:17 pm
Doc – good points…but consider this…Anderson played in 40 games last year with 130 at bats with 40 hits for a .294 avg, 7 doubles and 3 home runs…Blanco had 430 AB’s with 108 hits for a .251 avg, 14 doubles and 1 home run. Not need to extrapolate Andersons numbers for a full season I don’t think, should be pretty obvious I would say…That being said, Blanco is a prototypical 4th outfielder, but with Shafer waiting in the wings I just don’t see that happening with the Braves.
March 1st, 20097:18 pm
Anybody with any common sense knows Frenchy won’t be a Brave come Aug. if he 08’s us in the 1st half. So quit raising your blood pressure over something you just can’t control. If he won’t listen to Chipper,TP, or anyone else that knows their sh-, he sure as hell ain’t checking O’Brien’s blog and taking advise or anything to heart that we’ll write. He should’ve batted in the 8 hole last year, but good ole stubborn Cox had it his way..the wrong way.
March 1st, 20097:19 pm
Thanks Coach that was tiring…
March 1st, 20097:23 pm
Blanco’s best chance of making it out of spring training with a major league job left with him on a plane to the WBC!
March 1st, 20097:29 pm
Anybody with common sense will realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day and the Braves have only played 5 SPRING TRAINING games and that that for people to judge performances now is a bit preimmature…
March 1st, 20097:40 pm
DOB, next time you see Mark Bowman, ask him about his LSD-induced lineup he posted here:
Honestly. Anderson third? Johnson eighth? Chipper not guaranteed to bat in the first inning? “Clogging the bases”? WTF?
March 1st, 20097:41 pm
You are entitled to your wrong opinion. Francoeur had a terrible year last year. Nobody knows that more than him. Lets wait more than 10 AB’s to send him packing. He had two good years and tried something different and it clearly didn’t work. He’s tried to get back where he was with his weight and made adjustments to his stance and approach. Ten AB’s are not an indication that he will not have a great year. He hasn’t K’d and walked twice already. That to me is a sign of improvement. Go ahead and quit on someone on “your” team if you want. Don’t jump on the bandwagon if he has a good year though.
Frank from KS
March 1st, 20097:42 pm
To those who mentioned Fox & Friends….
Whether a ring winged show or not….they do have some nice scenery..(Lol);>) as well as the whole Fox News channel…(if ya catch my drift)
March 1st, 20097:46 pm
dogsbrekky, the chatter started earlier today when David posted about the Rocky Mt News going under. We all just said our peace about “why”.
I also distaste politics as I only watch and read Sports mainly. We would like the AJC to hear the long lost cry to stop going so “Left” which is hurting a lot of media. news is news without slant. I want DOB to have a job reporting Braves next year too. sometimes we just can’t be silent as good people lose their jobs because of a few radical leaders. Maybe 99.9 % BRAVES is not too bad.
March 1st, 20097:48 pm
Opps…I meant…right wing show..(Lol)
March 1st, 20097:49 pm
Gotta get out of this pressbox and go get some food. I’ll get back on at the house, but I need to bolt. Took me a long time to finish Heyward-Freeman story and trim a bunch off it to make it fit
March 1st, 20097:50 pm
braves4ever, re: your views on right/left — please, no more. Your self-serving explanation for breaking the one rule we like to enforce here has become tired.
March 1st, 20097:51 pm
David I wish you could post the whole story on here and post the trimmed one on the sports page, Denzie rough copy eh
March 1st, 20097:52 pm
omg: I can say with a great deal of certainly that Bowman has never dropped acid.
March 1st, 20097:59 pm
well, a trip down memory lane with giles. seems he found a boat ride in the carribean this winter to the dominican republic or maybe found a fraud’s lost training bag. no way he wasnt on roids and isnt on it again. no other way to describe it desperation and where is the commish?
March 1st, 20098:00 pm
DOB Thats good to know, because dropping acid would be quite expensive, the goal would be to put it on you tongue and let…OMG, too much information!
March 1st, 20098:01 pm
Accept my apologies for the politics, just a sore spot and can’t help it at times. I will vent toward the Mets instead.
March 1st, 20098:05 pm
What I like about you is that your faith is huge and your love for our team players is bigger than that of Cox, but, time will show you that Im not wrong.
Right now Blanco is our best option……..like it or not. At least until Schafer is ready or until Anderson get on base more frequently.
Steve from OH
March 1st, 20098:07 pm
BFIR, I’m truly sorry to hear about what’s transpired with the Rocky Mountain News. Best of luck to ya on getting right back on the horse, man.
March 1st, 20098:14 pm
My take from the numbers in regard to the three-headed lefty replacement for OHMAN out of the bull-pen is not so good so far. From here, it appears neither O’FLAHERTY nor RIDGEWAY faired too well in their first work in ST. Were they collared with the two losses? BOONE LOGAN’s stint appears fair. I suppose FW figured if no one jumped on OHMAN and he was still available late in ST after the lefty experiment fails, we could still pick him up on the cheap. He IS still available isn’t he? Inquiring minds want to know. Or have we just moved on and forgotten about WIL altogether. Have you heard anything at this point in regard to the three vs. WO?
March 1st, 20098:16 pm
Loved the video about newspapers being hit hard…I had a job offer from the Rocky Mountain News right out of college- but decided to try writing for a magazine in NY. Big mistake. Its heartbreaking to see them close- growing up in Denver with radio being our family business we knew how rare it was for a city Denver’s size (not THAT bit) to support two major papers. RIP…
MLB was showing the HR derby from 2005 and AJ was in it. Boy..how long ago does that seem?
March 1st, 20098:17 pm
ac/dc on channel 720 TWC now
“Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap”
OH this guy murders Bon Scott’s legacy
March 1st, 20098:23 pm
That line-up by Bowman is likely the opening day starting line-up.
Chipper will likely hit 4th since the Braves have no other 30 homer guy
on the team. Yeah, McCann and Francoeur have “potential” to hit maybe 30 homers. This ain’t 2004 when almost every player was on steroids hitting 35 to 45 homeruns. Expect a drop off in homeruns this year.
I hope they don’t platoon any position this year. A few days off is fine and pinch-hitting against the lefties (as many of you mentioned) late in games is fine. I think a player needs to get a lot of at-bats to get going.
This platooning will just keep two hitters not very ready. I’ll admit Diaz seems comfortable platooning.
I was thinking back about the players I think now used steroids over their career. We already know of use by Arod,Sosa,McGwire,Giambi,Tejada,Palmeiro,and Clemens.
Here’s my list of most likely roiders :
Darryl Strawberry,Juan Gonzalez,Brady Anderson,Darren Daulton,
Larry Walker,Jeff Bagwell,Albert Belle,Cecil Fielder,Bobby Bonilla.
March 1st, 20098:24 pm
Lots of white stuff headed your way. Looks like you are on the western side of this moisture maker. We’ve got three inches on the ground and its falling fast. Snow is not news for you, and forty years ago, not for the RICHMOND area either. But with global warming, we haven’t see as much as the predicted 10 inches at one time since 1996. Funny, that was the first winter after my first by-pass. Same thing now after my second. Shoot a picture of a big ol’ gobbler for me will ya’, and snuggled with the wife close to the fire.
We talk baseball, other sports, music, movies, BBQ and whatever (except politics or religion)
Atlanta Braves RSS feed
Previous entries »
Send a feedback technical issue
Vacation stops, manage subscriptions and more
Visitor Agreement | Privacy Statement© 2013 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution