1:19 pm March 13, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 13th, 20091:21 pm
First? Go Braves!
March 13th, 20091:22 pm
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March 13th, 20091:23 pm
When do the Braves expect Glavine to pitch in a live game? How is he coming along?
Fillies Feeling Frightfully Philharmonic
March 13th, 20091:25 pm
Is Hanson going 4 innings today ?
What’d we miss?
Sucks u can only keep up witht the game today with live box score no audio
March 13th, 20091:26 pm
Rough first inning for the kid, beginning with Cameron Maybin’s single up the middle to lead off.
Maybin stole second and went to third on Sammons’ throwing error, then scored on Baker’s groundout.
Hanson then hit Hanley R. with a pitch. Hanley stole second (trend here?) and went to third on McPherson’s flyout to center, then scored on Wes Helms’ bloop single to center before Ross popped out to third to end the inning.
One of the two runs was earned.
Link to live box score?
March 13th, 20091:27 pm
The WBC is annoying to the MLB teams no doubt, but for the fans it gives a good opportunity to watch all star quality teams play each other rather than 4 innings of your team followed by prospects, projects, and hopefuls. I could see why managers such as Jim Leyland are annoyed (he’s missing his entire outfield and 1B) but at the same time it gives the fans something meaningful to watch in between the Superbowl, March Madness, and the actual baseball season.
So DOB Hanson gave up 1 run in the first?
GTI in Chicago
March 13th, 20091:28 pm
Enjoyed your story on Frenchy a few days ago but it prompted a question:
So, he went out and spent a few days with Rudy Jaramillo and had a hitting clinic – does somebody get paid for that? If it was a Braves coach, then everybody’s just on the company clock, right? But it’s a coach from another team doing a player a favor, does the player pay the guy for his time? Does somebody write a check to the Rangers? Is it a less formal thing, like a barter or trade of some kind? Does Frenchy, in exchange, offer to build Jaramillo a set of bookshelves for his study or something? Just wondering what the custom is.
Better your kid gets roughed up now so he knows where to locate..
going to have some awesome hitting lineups to face in NL EAST
March 13th, 20091:29 pm
Hanson’s not ready.
Francoeur just hit an opposite-field single, a hard shot to right-center with one out in second.
March 13th, 20091:30 pm
just because the guy has a bad inning means hes not ready? comon
Ritchie from Scotland
Has Frenchy struck out this spring yet?
March 13th, 20091:31 pm
What’s with Hanson hitting guys?
Pat: Two runs, one earned, against Hanson in first. Two hits, two steals, one error (Sammons throw), one HBP. He threw 13 strikes in 20 pitches
Infante just singled, too, now Diaz up with two on and one out
Lets see if he can settle down after the rough fist inning
Shane: I don’t think there is a set schedule, at least not from what I’ve read. I would bet that they are going to see how his shoulder reacts after the simulated game and figure it out from there. Granted I’m not an insider as DOB is, but I think that is probably how Glavine will be handled. They won’t need a 5th starter right away, so I don’t think they are trying to rush Glavine back quicker than necessary.
Speaking of which, DOB if you have time for a question I’ve got one for you. Do you think since Glavine will most likely not be ready until the 5th starter is needed that the Braves might try and put both Anderson and Schafer on the 25 man roster? This would make it possible to send Anderson down when Glavine is ready and potentially avoid the waiver mess as most teams would have their 25 man roster pretty much set.
On Baseball Tonight last night, they said that Francoeur played in a split squad game yesterday, and had 2 hits.
March 13th, 20091:32 pm
thata boy frenchy way to use the whole field
How has Francouer done this spring ? This guy he hit off today is very very good, but has he hit the other MLB calibre guys ?
Bravely going forward
thanks for the updates DOB, mlb’s moving slow as always
March 13th, 20091:33 pm
Diaz RBI single to center
That’s three straight singles for Braves, who have two on with one out and Sammons up
GTI in Chicago
Another question I would like to add to yours is: Is that a slap in the face to Terry Pendleton when one of his players goes looking elsewhere for instruction or is it a normal occurance?
KC: I missed baseball tonight the past few days, have they started saying anything positive yet about the braves, oh i dunno, maybe that they’ve won like the last 12 games or so in a row?
Again, Francoeur’s got to solidify his hitting stroke before working on his power stroke. Once he gets very comfortable with his ability to make contact in any situation, he can begin picking his spots when it’s reasonable to swing for the fences… just as Chipper does.
So I think Frenchy’s on the right track. Besides, he’ll hit 15 HR’s by accident if he keeps putting the fat part of the bat on the ball.
chipper 4 pres
March 13th, 20091:34 pm
no strike outs yet 4 french
small ball…i like whatever it takes to get the job done
March 13th, 20091:35 pm
Bravely going forward, I rarely watch Baseball Tonight, because they so rarely talk about the Braves at all. I just happened to catch it last night, and they were speaking (positively) about the adjustments that Francoeur has made at the plate.
If Frenchy will just keep focused on making consitently solid contact at the plate the power numbers will come through the natural progression of things.
The important thing is not what the Marlins are doing with Hanson (a little adversity will only help him). But, look what the Braves are doing to Johnson!
March 13th, 20091:36 pm
If your RF is okay this year you will run head and head with us for NL East as your bullpen is frighteningly good and the rotation looks solid if Glavine is well, gives you a chance to win all 5 head to heads, except maybe against Hamels in our park
From the last blog who actually believes they could be my alter ego but ain’t got the nads to post under their real name- I’m not complaining about complainers. As I’ve said in the past-why throw soap to the unwashed masses? They’ll likely just turn around and eat the soap. I wasn’t complaining about them, merely remarking that no matter how the team is constituted, someone from the opposing view of “How Things Should Be Done” will gripe about it-without fail. As for me leaving. You”re going to drive me away? Sure you are.Yeah, right.
Scoots-You’re correct-they are two different groups. Results look quite similar, though.
I gotta tell ya… I really think Frenchy’s going to hit .300 this year.
He hit .293 in ‘07, and he’s never seen the ball as well as he’s seeing it now.
March 13th, 20091:38 pm
I think you have to pick your counts to swing for the fences. If you’re in a situation against a pitcher with a live fastball and you’re up in the count 2-0 or 3-1 you can swing hard and still be very alive in the at bat if you come up empty. The more Francouer works on his plate discipline the more results we’ll see in average, obp, and slugging.
I think the Phillies ran on Hanson in his last start also. This may be one aspect of his game that he needs to work on.
March 13th, 20091:39 pm
I think Hanson’s strategy against potential base thieves is going to be to not let the on base to begin with.
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March 13th, 20091:40 pm
KC- I am in agreement with you in so much as Frenchy, I beleive, at least has a good chance to hit at or near .300 the way he is approaching each of his AB’s so far this spring.
Fillies Feeling Frightfully Philharmonic – Did you really just say that without any sarcasm? If so, I applaud you. A certain unnamed Mets fan could never be so humble.
Has French even swung and missed yet?
March 13th, 20091:41 pm
just realised tomorrow’s game is on MLB.TV. That means we’ll get a look at Kawakami. Excellent.
If I’m the Braves upper management and Rudy is able to fix both Francoeur’s and Andruw’s swing then I might look in different directions as far as hitting coaches go, despite allegiances. If one person is able to turn their careers around then it does say something about TP’s abilities as a hitting instructor.
Robert from SC
DOB what is going on
I think both Frenchy, KJ, Escobar, and Kotchman could all potentially have break out years. It’s unlikely they will all do so at once, but any one of those guys is capable of making a big step forward. And if any 2 of them do, it will be great for the Braves.
March 13th, 20091:42 pm
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Casey Kotchman lines out to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Jeff Francoeur singles on a line drive to center fielder Cameron Maybin.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Omar Infante singles on a line drive to left fielder John Raynor. Jeff Francoeur to 2nd.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Matt Diaz singles on a line drive to center fielder Cameron Maybin. Jeff Francoeur scores. Omar Infante to 2nd.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Clint Sammons flies out to center fielder Cameron Maybin.
B:0 S:3 O:3 – Tommy Hanson strikes out swinging.
Don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t expect that anyone’s faces felt slapped by it. Seems to be something that sort of happens a lot. There was a lot of talk last year about all the advice that Smoltz and Glavine were giving Blaine Boyer, and that was right under McDowell’s nose. It sounds like Maddux was practically Derek Lowe’s personal pitching coach the end of last year with the Dodgers. I think it falls under the idea that you never know who is going to make the one little comment or observation that really helps a guy out.
But it still made me curious how other teams or coaches get compensated when a player goes outside the organization for that help.
(And you never know, maybe TP called Jaramillo himself and asked him to take a look at Frenchy.)
Cheers to that Epinephrine.
phishing with the braves
March 13th, 20091:43 pm
hanson had a bad inning. not only should he not be in the rotation now, he should quit the game of baseball altogether…
DOB– I enjoy following the WBC, for what it is worth. Especially seeing how well Blanco is doing. With surplus of pitching and outfield, perhaps Braves can pick up a great third base prospect or another great young arm.
March 13th, 20091:44 pm
Hanson walked Gaby Sanchez, the No. 7 hitter, to start the second
what happened with the bases loaded and Sammons?
March 13th, 20091:45 pm
what were you doing watching baseball tonight last night?
there was a badass 6OT bball game going on that you should have been checking out
… then Hanson makes a nice play to start a 1-6-3 DP on John Raynor grounder
Rodney Derrick – I second that. With so little ST games (period) on TV, its at least nice to watch some baseball. And I think that is a good idea.
March 13th, 20091:46 pm
I think Escobar is the highest possibility. IMO we havent even begun to see what he can do. Once he finds his spot in the batting order and can stick with one approach I think he’s a multiple year all-star. Even though players within his league at the same position are taking the spot light.
I have been a scout for a long time, came on to see if anyone was showing the Hanson kid pitch today. Shamefully no-one is. I saw him in Arizona and a few of us think he is the best thing since Smoltz and Avery… We cannot say we like Atlanta but you have to respect the changes your GM made this winter especially after taking a hammering by the Atlanta media… so now you have 5 very good (1 former great starter), 2-4 excellent back ups (5 if you add young Medlen)..
your weakness in the OF and contact/pressure hitting was addressed with Garret Anderson…. the big ?????? is your very very poor RF. If he were here in our town he would be in AA for a long time until he hit consistently…
As for the NL EAST, yes it will be us and Braves, I hear a certain team with throat problems has a superstar pitcher in some bother… history will show that they will mess up his long term future for an April/may gain…
Most stats sites have it 86-89 wins for Phils, Braves and Mets, so it will be close
I think the WBC has been great, especially for baseball outside of the US. It’s cool to see our players (both US and International) compete in a tourney that is a throwback to little league with the win or go home and having to manage pitchers/pitch-counts.
I’m actually a little of tired of all the US MLB journalists panning the thing.
March 13th, 20091:47 pm
josh b, it was 2 on and sammons up. Not bases loaded. I don’t know what happened.
VA Tech 72 UNC 71 3:30 2nd half.
March 13th, 20091:49 pm
Mayorson flied out to end that Marlins second inning, a lot cleaner than the first inning
Couch Tater: Appreciate an update on the VT/UNC game when you can. Thanks.
Lew needs to blow his snout
Because all you do is complain and whimper. Oh and try to give your shoddy artwork away because apparently no one wants to buy that crap.
Carolina is losing, was frenchy’s base hit opposite field?
March 13th, 20091:50 pm
Hanson threw 12 pitches (six strikes) in second inning.
Schafer struck out to start the second inning
Enter your co mments here what’s the link to the play by play
garlick: Scroll up a few comments.
Let’s Go HOKIES!!!!
VT 74 Carolina 71, who else is in line to pitch today?
March 13th, 20091:51 pm
That was a good post, Fillies.
March 13th, 20091:52 pm
As a former baseball player who had the priveledge to play through college(NAIA), I can tell you that the fundamentals to hitting, pitching, fielding are the same, no matter what level you play on. Going through high school, my coaches taught me the exact same things I learned in my college years. Once I reached college though, the things that were being taught to me “clicked” and I fully believe that it all came from the fact that it was coming from somebody else. The message was the same everywhere I played. How the message is delivered made all the difference in the world.
The message here is that not everybody can teach everybody. Hearing it from a different person can make all the difference in the world. Sometimes when you are being taught by the same person for an extended period of time, if things aren’t going well, then both parties can get frustrated and you get to a point where you feel like you are beating your head against a wall. A different voice delivering the message can sometimes make all the difference in the world.
March 13th, 20091:54 pm
VA Tech 74 UNC 75 1:13
I hear a certain team with throat problems Phillies
VT 76 UNC 75
Have a nice day, I look forward to seeing young Hanson and the Schafer boy by July
who are the Phillies projected starting pitchers after Hamels?
March 13th, 20091:55 pm
Remember Gullickson doing very well with Montreal but forgot his Detroit tenure.
March 13th, 20091:56 pm
FINAL UNC 77 – VT 76
B:0 S:3 O:1 – Jordan Schafer strikes out swinging.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Yunel Escobar grounds out, third baseman Dallas McPherson to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
B:4 S:0 O:2 – Kelly Johnson walks.
B:0 S:0 O:3 – Casey Kotchman grounds out to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
GBRAVE it will be Meyers, Blanton, Moyer and can’t think of a 5th
March 13th, 20091:57 pm
Presumably if Rudy J. was working with JF during the offseason, he would have had discussions with TP, and TP would be working to enforce any approach that JF now has and feels comfortable with.
cut that 31 seconds remaining
DOB thats story about cox and gullikson is the kind of thing that makes this blog so great. i felt for a moment like i was there. those little anecdotes are probably my favorite part of any blog. great job, and thanx!
i love the WBC, by the way. it might throw a kink in spring training, for for fans i think its great, overall.
Maybin infield single to start thrid, then Baker grounds into 4-6-3 DP, Escobar throwing a bullet to first to get him by a half-step.
What’s the word on Javier Vazsquez? I’ve not read one word about him.
Great song from a great albumn by Tom Waits
March 13th, 20091:58 pm
UNC 77 VT 76 22 Seconds
Kyle Kendrick or J.A. Happ will probably be the Phils’ 5th starter…lol
March 13th, 20091:59 pm
Hanley lashed a double to left field, McPherson grounds out to end inning
Now it is final UNC 77 – VT 76
Vaszquez is pitching for Puerto Rico in the WBC. Will probably start vs US this week end.
*Fillies* “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” welcome to Braves/MIB/bbq
Javy is pitching for Puerto Rico in the WBC- hasn’t been in camp yet
March 13th, 20092:00 pm
I have much love for the WBC. Watched a fair few games already and they have been great. Being an International baseball fan myself it’s only doing the game good. Especially with the Dutch performance, maybe somebody will decide baseball is worth investing money in in Europe!
Hanson threw six strikes in only seven pitches in third.
March 13th, 20092:02 pm
And for those of you who care, Tiger Woods is 2 under through 4 for the day. 3 under overall. Leader is Prayd Marksaeng at 11 under with Mickelson 1 shot behind.
Any comments on Gregor Blanco’s big game the other day? He looked pretty good…….
whats the score?
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