1:19 pm March 13, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 13th, 20092:03 pm
Dawg19: I care. Appreciate the updates.
March 13th, 20092:04 pm
VA Tech 76 UNC 79 Final
actually it’s UNC 79 VaTech 76 with 3.5 to go.
March 13th, 20092:05 pm
unfortunately UNC has won.
March 13th, 20092:07 pm
Marlins cut Jay Gibbons today despite good numbers this spring. Should the Braves take a flier on him?
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Sean West replaces Josh Johnson.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Jeff Francoeur grounds out, shortstop Hanley Ramirez to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Omar Infante grounds out, shortstop Hanley Ramirez to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
B:0 S:0 O:3 – Matt Diaz grounds out, shortstop Hanley Ramirez to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
March 13th, 20092:08 pm
Interesting. ESPN had the game at 77-76 for final, now it is updated at 79-76 Final for UNC…
Purge The Idiots!!!
March 13th, 20092:09 pm
Whoever is posting the “Lew Is downright filthy” sh!t is a complete and total ass. You’re either 12 years old, or you’re a pathetic human being (probably living in your parents basement, unable to hold down a job at Subway). I hope for your sake, it’s the former.
Couch Tater (1:16 pm): “you may want to stay away from fish tacos.”
May be too late — I just polished off an open faced pressed turgooduckentridge sammitch, with anchovies and fish taste.
Wow, three groundouts to short…poor worms
March 13th, 20092:10 pm
Reid in EAV
Always happy to have knowledgeable baseball minds around here, regardless who they root for. So Fillies…Philharmonic, welcome.
Thanks:DOB and cvbraves 4 updates.
Hanson is no Tim Redding.
GTI in Chicago:
I grew up in Lilburn like Franceour. Grew up playin against him in little league (baseball, basketball, and football). I heard from people around there that this Jamarillo guy costs like $2000/lesson, which usually last an hour. Supposedly, just about every major leaguer has gotten a lesson from him at some point or another. And, like someone else said, it isn’t always a new message he teaches. Maybe it just finally sinks in or gets delivered in a different way. I don’t think TP gets upset, Jamarillo is the best in the business. I do think TP could have fixed Andruw when he was still with us, but Andruw wouldn’t listen. It took him until he hit rock bottom to want to get help.
March 13th, 20092:11 pm
Johnson’s out for Marlins, went three innings, threw 62 pitches (three hits, one run)
Helms grounded out on 2-2 pitch to start fourth, and Hanson’s gone to 2-2 on Ross now….
Strikes him out looking at heat
How’s Kotchman looking?
March 13th, 20092:12 pm
Chino you must be a new Braves fan or not a Braves fan at all. The reason that everybody is keeping track of Francoeur’s K total is that has been a glaring weakness of his throughout his career. It is quite nice to see him putting the ball in play as much as he has this spring WITHOUT striking out a single time.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Frederick Freeman replaces first baseman Casey Kotchman, batting 4th, playing first base.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Greg Norton replaces left fielder Matt Diaz, batting 7th, playing left field.
ha, nevermind then
March 13th, 20092:13 pm
Foul pop by Sanchez to end another quick innings for Hanson, who threw 9 strikes in 14 pitches.
March 13th, 20092:14 pm
Where have all the demands for Frank Wren’s resignation gone? It seems that with a reasonably competitive team and the farm system intact, not so many Fire Frank Wren sightings…
March 13th, 20092:15 pm
Lew is one of if not the most informed blogger on the site and he is doing it from Vermont. By the way, his art is appreciated by most on the blog that have had the opportunity to see it and by a lot of the Braves.
Who else is planning on pitching today for the Braves besides Hanson?
March 13th, 20092:16 pm
I think this start again shows why Hanson is going to be special. He gets roughed up a little in the 1st inning and doesn’t have his best stuff. But he battles the rest of the game giving up nothing else
kid seems to settle in and find his groove after a somewhat rocky start. i remember (that’s a core these days) Glavine 91 92 would have rocky starts and find that zone and do well after that
March 13th, 20092:17 pm
obvious why i mostly read and not write
March 13th, 20092:18 pm
I sure hope we carry this momentum from the meaningless spring games to the regular season and beyond. GO BRAVES!!!!
18 Wheels of Love
Hanson on the strike zone like white on rice.
Good comment. Wren had an amazingly effective off-season. The most important part might have been not getting Peavy. He put together a terrific rotation after it imploded last year. The drama queens who were screaming and yelling about Wren look like idiots today.
March 13th, 20092:19 pm
Sounds like Hanson has settled down real nice since the first.
Will Hanson go 5 today?
March 13th, 20092:20 pm
Schafer just drove a double to base of the left-field wall, and did it against a lefty — Sean West.
March 13th, 20092:21 pm
Will he steal 3rd?
March 13th, 20092:22 pm
Go JORDY Go
March 13th, 20092:23 pm
Pat, I was just making the same comment to someone about Hanson — showed us something today, coming back from that rough first inning to pitch well. That’s how I saw him in Arizona, when he gave up an unearned run and a couple of hits in the first inning, then only a walk over the next four.
GTI in Chicago
Thanks for the word. If you’re right, $2000 a hour? Whew. And apparently French was with him three days in a row. I figured it must be a pretty expensive side trip, but when you put it in the “per hour” terms like that. Well, nice work if you can get it. Worth it for the player though, if he gets right, what with all the money to be made at contract time.
So, now I’m curious about how the deal works when the player meets one of his own coaches during the off-season. (I’m bending back around on my original question.) Do the players have to pay the guys who work for their own team, or is my guess correct that everyone is just on the company clock?
Sort of spinning my wheels here, but in this job market, the mind wonders.
Weren’t the few troubles Hanson had in the minors just like this? Early trouble? I’ll take that. Seems like a better problem to have than the pitchers who do well until they lose a batter or two and then fall apart.
The Real Don Steele
March 13th, 20092:24 pm
Every pitcher gets in trouble. The successful ones learn how to get back out of it.
Escobar drew a walk to bring up Kelly, who’s ahead 2-0 in count…. and drives a single to center to score Schafer.
March 13th, 20092:25 pm
Nice to see some Tom Waits exposure on the blog. Now there’s a song writing talent! I don’t think I’ve run into anyone up here who has even heard of him. He gets no airplay. Shame!!
KJ, break out year in 09
“Where have all the demands for Frank Wren’s resignation gone?” c jonze
Oh, they still exist. At the moment, most are lurking until something happens to one of the Wren additions. Then, they will burst out of their fox hole to say “I told you so!”, “Thanks to Wren, this season is going down the toilet!”, “We should have signed…”, etc. And when you counter their ramblings with good information, one of them will inevitably pull out the middle school line of “Oh yeah? Well, you’re ugly!” because they don’t have much to back up their statements. But they are out there!
March 13th, 20092:26 pm
The Brves have been like this all ST – beating up on the minor league pitchers.
March 13th, 20092:27 pm
Hitters are swinging early on Hanson because they know once he gets in a rhythm he’ll be even tougher to hit.
Hanson has first inning troubles?
The cure’s simple…move his locker away from Mr. First Inning Trouble – Glavine. Tommy’s “disease” may be catching!
Even though things turned out to be pretty solid, I am still not a big fan of Wren
whos pitching for florida?
March 13th, 20092:28 pm
Freeman singles in a run and moves to second on E7.
Two in scoring position for Francoeur … who singles up the middle, beyond outstretched glove of shortstop, to drive in both runs.
Redirect – Right on the button!!!
March 13th, 20092:29 pm
‘ATTA BOY FRENCHY!!!!
Omar Infante GOES YARD — two-run homer to left
That’s a six-run inning, Braves up 7-2
March 13th, 20092:30 pm
how bout the frenchanader!!!!!!!
I second that “ATTA BOY FRENCHY!!!” KEEP IT UP!
2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s…..ataboy Frenchy
Mekons- thanks, and true.
Redirect- sure, they are in hiding.
It seems that may have something to do with the lack of info from some like ESPN , as they were quick to jump on the non-deals the Braves made, and may not want to recant so soon…
I thought Tom Waits was Canadian. Best pure lyricist is Joni Mitchell, also a fine water color artist. Marci combines both of these skills.
And that’s all for Sean West.
Carlos Martinez in to pitch, a righty
Well, at least the Dow is up this week.
HAHA – Mark that down for Mr. Omar as well!…..GO BRAVOS!
Gotta love it. The Boyz of Summer. You go, Kelly, Freddy, and Jeff. I shoulda been a cheerleader! And the Fish beat the Mets last night, 16-8.
March 13th, 20092:31 pm
Do it French!
March 13th, 20092:32 pm
Sounds like Francoeur’s swing is definately coming around- good for him
From all the reading I have done on the blogs and other places, I am under the impression that many folks believe that the Peavy was a free agent, which isn’t the case. The Pads were looking to TRADE him, and only if they could get a rediculous ammount in return for him. To the tune of 2 major league players AND the Braves top prospect who was on the hill today, possibly with the addition of Heyward. WAY too much, even for a CY Young award winner. Wren did the right thing in NOT “landing” Peavy. It may have been a great fix for this season, but the Braves would have been suffering for years to come had that deal gone through.
Freeman has to be opening some eyes. I hope to see him in Atlanta sooner than later. He’s a player.
March 13th, 20092:33 pm
Next time Jeff hits a homer, there should be a blog with a headline of “French Fries ball!”
sorry – had to…
Dawg, if Frank Wren would have even considered trading all of that for Peavy, John S would have kissed him goodbye.
Jim, Waits is most definitely American. From Pomona, Calif.
March 13th, 20092:34 pm
cphizzle- funny. We need more Frenchyisms!
March 13th, 20092:35 pm
How is Sammons doing today?
Hanson back out to pitch the fifth.
Heyward’s in the game in RF
March 13th, 20092:36 pm
So true BoH. The early reports on what the Pads were asking for seemed close to fair, but their demands, from all I have read, got steeper and steeper as the negotiations went on, eventually getting out of hand. Again, one deal that I am quite happy didn’t happen.
March 13th, 20092:37 pm
Your assumptions are correct. The Braves htting coaches (all coaches) are on the company clock. I assume Franceour comes back to him and explains what adjustments he has been working on and gets TP up to speed. Then TP works with him to make sure the adjustments are carried through. Any extra time a coach spends with a player is out of the goodness of their heart, or for the goodness of the team. They are on salary and don’t get paid for overtime, or for giving side lessons.
March 13th, 20092:38 pm
whats Hanson’s pitch count up to?
Strikeout and flyout to start the fifth. Hanson is in a groove
BringOnHansen What does your screen name mean? I mean, who is the Hansen you are referring to?
nice to see them sending hanson back out there
At Doral, J. Singh, Mickelson, and Marksaeng at the top at 10 under through 9, 10, and 12 respectively. Tiger dropped a shot and is 2 under through 6.
Well thank`a DukeBoy. Im glad to see him connecting and NOT being the brunt end of a joke.
March 13th, 20092:39 pm
MLB Box score shows 7-2 Bravos
Another single by Maybin, who has three of the Marlins’ five hits
March 13th, 20092:40 pm
Damn Infante…. he killed the rally.
Frenchy is up to .280 now. He might get to .300 by this weekend.
James Parr up in the ‘pen
Granted Spring Training games do not mean anything to an extent, I love the Braves record and the way they are playing. What Spring Training tells us, as well as the NFL’s exhibition season, is the overall depth of the team or organization. What our record shows, is that we have very good players at the lower levels of our system. Our pitching prospects have kept the scores down, while our hitters have punished the other teams lower-level pitchers. I would assume (I haven’t looked) that teams like the Rangers and Tampa Bay have pretty good Spring Training records as well, due to the strength of their farm systems.
Seems like Maybin has Hansons number…
March 13th, 20092:41 pm
the Braves sure are putting up some crooked numbers this spring… and usually without the help of the HR… i know infante just put one out, but that was the capper to an already big inning. i could see that trend during the year, stringing some hits together for big innings. and maybe it’s just me, and i know anderson might be the smart start in center, but schafer is bringing a ton of excitement around.
March 13th, 20092:42 pm
Hey DOB – nice to see Blood Mountain in your cd collection.
Without question Mastodon blows Metallica out of the water in terms of talent. Drummers are crucial to great metal albums, and Dailor is vastly superior to Lars. Absolutely amazing fills.
TheManMike..I agree. Francouer should have a big year.w
Walked John Baker. Guess I spoke too soon.
Hanley Ramirez coming to bat with two on, and Parr coming in to replace Hanson.
March 13th, 20092:44 pm
lol @*High Heat *
March 13th, 20092:45 pm
Hate to be a pessimist…but bringing in Parr might be looking at a 2-run shot by Hanley. Show me it isn’t so, James.
March 13th, 20092:48 pm
I’m really starting to like this lineup more and more.
cvbraves, nope a strike out by Parr.
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