12:13 pm March 20, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
March 20th, 20095:25 pm
OK, starting now – nothing but Mets discussions will be tolerated. Everybody spread out. A few David Wright is God excercises are in order.
Go ahead Carroll. We’ll see you tomorrow. I have this under control.
LEW!!! I saw those eye’s roll. You want to make everyone sing Meet The Mets?
March 20th, 20095:26 pm
I’ve hung with the Stones a couple times; course they were on stage, I was in the chummy confines of the nosebleeds…
Thanks N Nine. And TexasBrave, do you think it’s coincidence that my computer blew up the same day the streak ended? Hm.
Ok i’m off. Hold down the fort.
March 20th, 20095:28 pm
Anders – Leo predicted the Mets would win the division by 20 games (no, actually, I was talking to someone when he walked by on his way out, so I avoided doing the creepy fan thing and lunging at him).
Oh, I’ll gladly handle the Glavine game. Me and TG go back some, in case you haven’t heard.
(I’ve been dreaming of this day for over a year and now it’s FINALLY here. I’m driving the blog!)
March 20th, 20095:29 pm
The Muts suck.
If it’s all Muts all the time, then there ya go…
You want to make everyone sing Meet The Mets?
Anders, please…this is a family friendly blog- no obscenity allowed
March 20th, 20095:31 pm
How far did Heyward’s bomb go? How did Fruto look? Any word on the next round of cuts? What do you look like? C’Mon Anders, you’re in charge now. You have to deal with these things.
Serious question, do you know if tomorrows game is on MLB network? I thought I remember seeing it was.
March 20th, 20095:32 pm
OK, starting now it Mr. Anders. Not sure if you guys heard but Carroll left me in charge.
My rules are simple, no music, no motorcycles, no cigars and no barbecue. Keep the Braves chatter to a minimum. Every time the name David Wright is written there is to be a 5 space pause after it. I’m sure you all know why.
Follow these rules and we’ll all get along fine. Break them and well, there’s really nothing I can do – kinda like DOB.
“I’m driving the blog”
March 20th, 20095:34 pm
I can’t hear any of the above posts as they are not addressed to Mr. Anders.
Anders you want to talk David Wright, fine…was I the only one who smirked just a little as he was limping around the other night after fouling a ball off his toe?
March 20th, 20095:35 pm
Oh, that’s where you’re wrong, Mets boy. About there being nothing we (I) can do….
By the way, Big 12 is 6-0. Who was it on here a while back, actually an OU fan I believe, disparaging the likes of O-State and other Big 12 teams as mediocre? That’s six moving on to the round of 32.
March 20th, 20095:36 pm
Meet the Mets
Greet the Mets
Come on out and
Beat the Mets!
Carroll made a laptop last nine years????? The thing must have been steam-powered. My daughter goes through a laptop in two years or less.
March 20th, 20095:37 pm
Razzle, I’m a big fan of the white pizza, too.
That, or jalapenos and pineapple. Yeaya….
Uh -oh. Dad’s home. I need to get the car back in the garage before he see’s what happened.
March 20th, 20095:38 pm
So how many of you bloggers think the Braves can catch the Phillies this year? They’re really the Braves only legit foe it appears.
March 20th, 20095:40 pm
uh oh, where did Anders go?
March 20th, 20095:41 pm
Well, let me tell you. There is a lot of pressure running this blog. While it went by quickly I did have a number of issues arise. An attack on David Wright. And the standard personal bombs. When many of you look back on my term as the blogmaster I hope you have the same positive feelings I had while at the helm.
Thanks for your unwavering support through my term.
Winterville – The Mets/Braves game isn’t on TV up here in NY. The Sunday game is.
March 20th, 20095:42 pm
Anders didnt I tell you leave last blog. I believe I did. Take you and your mutt fans somewhere else not here bye Anders dont let the door hit your a$$ on the way out.
March 20th, 20095:44 pm
BB5795, good point which I didn’t realize. Anderson wouldn’t be my vote to start in CF, but I’d understand from the Braves perspective if he does.
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
Fine job rallying the blog, really, you unified everyone so quickly…. against you… but unified none the less.
March 20th, 20095:46 pm
Cabravesfan – As for your comments about DW limping around. Tsk, tsk. Having already delivered the goods for his country the night before I’m proud to say he stayed in the game with what he thought might have been a broken toe. Unlike a certain other player who abandoned ship and carpet bombed our closest neigbors on the way out. While the only other Brave remained nothing more than a spectator.
Just playing with ya as I know you’ve been a good sport with me. I don’t blame Chipper for leaving and thought he should have sooner and McCann has no control over that. Just wanted to get that out there to avoid the onslaught.
Bay Area Steve
Wow Anders, I hope you “service your important clients” better than you run a blog, or write comedy for that matter.
David Wright is very good. Walk off, baby. Or limp off, as it was.
March 20th, 20095:47 pm
Anyone know the winners of the afternoon games so far?
March 20th, 20095:48 pm
Hey, I promise I left five spaces after Wright’s name. Wordpress screwed me. Now I’ve ticked off Anders.
Again, no space. Anders, I cannot comply. Wordpress won’t let me.
March 20th, 20095:49 pm
Mr. Anders, is it OK to go back to just Anders, now?
Smokey Joe Wood
March 20th, 20095:50 pm
Bobby is being Bobby, talking up Brandon Hicks. I understand why we are intrigued–a guy with legitimate, middle-infield defensive skills and legitimate power. But read Bill James; major league prospects don’t usually hit .235 in A ball at age 22. Look, I’d love it if we had a legitimate middle-infield prospect, since we’re relatively barren there (thanks again for that Texeira trade, Johnny). But it is very rare for someone that age to suddenly learn how to make acceptable contact. The power and D are nice, but look at SS who are similar in attributes–Bobby Crosby, for example. He hit .300 at 23 in AAA. And he is still a bust in the majors, BECAUSE HE CAN’T MAKE ENOUGH CONTACT. Bobby is being positive and supportive, as is his wont. Hicks might be the exception–a guy who figures it out relatively late. But the ODDS ARE that this guy is not a major league prospect.
March 20th, 20095:51 pm
Mr.Anders…I’ve been looking for you.
Raoch say I have to go so I have to go. I swear it has nothing to do with Friday night happy hour.
See you later.
Carroll – couple of Duke comments
First of all – you are correct in stating Coach K has a great sense of humor. I heard him speak at an MS Society dinner in Greensboro a few years back. He was awesome. He really should write a book for teenagers. Great speaker with a great sense of humor. I was really impressed.
Seeing him tomorrow at Greensboro Coliseum and for you to appreciate the above comment I will be wearing a different shade of blue. Electric atmosphere with both Duke and UNC in town for the NCAAs.
DOB has no right to be mad at Roy anymore. He came home. His sister was sick. His family lived in this area. He is an alum. Should Stanford fans be angry at Dawkins forever if he is successful at Stanford but leaves to replace Coach K if and when the day arrives? Or Oklahoma mad at Capel (though I do not see him as being tight with K anymore)?
Still can’t wait to get down to Atlanta and see the Braves in 3-4 weeks.
No way I would trade Hanson and I know Freddi was kidding, but Bobby should have claimed Mike Stanton OF and Matt Dominguez 3B from the Marlins. Those two can flat out hit and will be starting high A ball this spring as well
March 20th, 20095:52 pm
don’t make it sound like he did it out of pride- it was more like out of a lack of a bench…as entertaining (?) as it would have been to see Mac attempt to play 3rd base, I don’t Frank or Bobby would have been all that thrilled…
March 20th, 20095:53 pm
God, my bracket was looking good until Tennessee……. bugger, bollocks and all
Did someone mention BBQ, thinking of some baby backs and a few Lone Star for dinner, then some Aussie reds……….
how did Schafer do today?
March 20th, 20095:55 pm
Buffalo NY Braves Fan-
do you have access to cbs sportsline at your office? They stream all the games live and free
as for winners:
Schafer didn’t play until late in the game, dog. I think he was 0-1.
March 20th, 20095:56 pm
Dogsbrekky-Schafer was 1-1 with a pinch hit single, and played an inning in center.
I ask again, what the hell is this Count Choppula thing you’re doing? Is it some pop-culture reference that is lost on me? Cause I gotta say, it sucks. Stop it.
And would you explain how Franoeur would be traded, if he had the type of comeback year you described? Makes no sense. We need all the righties we can get, and you’re saying they’d make a LaRoche-type deal? I don’t follow.
March 20th, 20095:57 pm
Dogsbrekky-Also, through his hit, Schafer raised his batting average to .400
March 20th, 20096:00 pm
Scaher will start this year in CF, or so I am hearing, see if my source effs this up like the Junior trade……….. if he is right we will all be happy as the kid has so much more upside than JA, even though I quite like JA, we need to play the best team at all times
March 20th, 20096:01 pm
No, they block just about everything here…. still shocked that they haven’t blocked this site yet. Thats why I ask.
March 20th, 20096:02 pm
PS Rounders is on FX now for any other poker players…. 6-8pm
March 20th, 20096:10 pm
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
That sucks…I used to work for a compay like that (they blocked out everything) Sorry dude
March 20th, 20096:11 pm
Carroll, did you happen to see the Heyward homerun? Can you describe it? Thanks.
March 20th, 20096:26 pm
It went over the fence.
March 20th, 20096:29 pm
KC, not get the memo? Carroll is gone till tomorrow.
Chop Chop – I think it was too high.
Eric from MO
March 20th, 20096:38 pm
Anyone want to jump on Mizzou’s bandwagon???
March 20th, 20096:41 pm
This is hilarious… Jim Caple on Espn:
“Julian Tavarez set a big league record for candor last week when the veteran reliever explained why he signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals after turning down a similar offer during the winter. “Why did I sign with the Nationals?” he said to a group of reporters. “When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you’re just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It’s 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals [are] Jennifer Lopez to me.”
In other words, Tavarez considers the Nationals fat and ugly, and he only signed with them because he was drunk and desperate, and it was so late he was unable to make an intelligent decision. But other than that, they’re a winner!
March 20th, 20096:45 pm
March 20th, 20096:59 pm
Congrats on the Kansas game DOB. I’m not much of a college B-ball guy, but felt obligated to watch the game with NDSU making the dance. Was a good game. Even living in this state, I had zero idea how good Woodside is/was.
It’s too bad he’s only 5-11, because that guy can definitely shoot, but I suspect he will not be on any of the NBA teams’ radar because of his small frame. Even Steve Nash (who the announcers kept comparing him to) is listed at 6′3″.
Anyhow. First college basketball game I’ve watched every minute of in over a decade. Now that NDSU is elligible, I might start paying more attention in the future. But maybe not. Love taking the kids to the NBA D-League games here in town, but just don’t like the game itself enough to watch on TV that often. Used to watch the T-Wolves with Garnett, in the “dead months” of winter, during the week in the NFL season and before baseball starts.
But I have to admit, the college game of basketball is actually much more exciting than the dunkfest that is the NBA.
Anyhow, like I said… congrats.
March 20th, 20097:05 pm
Them Marlins are going to be tough again. Their pitching might be a little better too. Lowe needs to talk to Hudson when he faces them again. Huddy would throw a ton of off speed stuff and they were flailing away most of the time. You can’t be off your game when you’re facing them, cause they eat up mistakes.
March 20th, 20097:08 pm
dogsbrekky, your source? Well, I don’t know about that but I hope they’re right. I won’t be surprised if Josh is the CF though.
March 20th, 20097:09 pm
Richard Hendrix gonna make it to the NBA?
March 20th, 20097:13 pm
I’m starting to think the Braves are going to bite the bullet and start the season with Schafer in CF. He does everything Josh and Blanco do, but he is a far superior hitter. It will cost them a year of free agency and he really could use some time at AAA, but if he keeps this up for the rest of ST, he’d really have nothing more to prove in the minors.
March 20th, 20097:33 pm
OK- That was a hell of a dunk by my boy DaMar DeRozan:)
March 20th, 20097:41 pm
I don’t know that it’s so much that Schafer has anything left to prove in the minors, but, it would be nice to see him get some ABs against advanced pitching on a daily basis before he gets thrown in the fire. Maybe to see if he can make it against tough LH or cut down on his Ks or both. Fellas, he won’t be facing ST pitching after April 5, and he ain’t gonna hit .400, so let him ease into it a little, huh?
Of course, my only “source” is my brain, but it says a month at AAA is where he’s ticketed.
18 Wheels of Love
March 20th, 20097:48 pm
dogsbrekky, there is a song that plays during one of the bar scenes in Rounders by a NC band called Hobex. The song is ‘Windows’ and it is from their album ‘Back in the 90’s’ and it is the best album that you have never heard. I would suggest you give it a listen. Go here and listen….
Also, ever listen to Hunters & Collectors? Had them pop up on the iPod today.
March 20th, 20097:49 pm
With the important position you hold some would find it strange you sneaking food and drinks into a baseball game…
March 20th, 20097:55 pm
Speaking of David Wright, I know a guy who played rookie league ball with him. I asked the guy if the rumor that wright is gay was true. He said that he would not just call a guy gay especially a guy as nice as wright but he said he was the only guy on the team that he had never seen with a female or heard him talk about a female in that way.
Options be damned, I’d start Schafer in CF. If you are management and you make a decision that Schafer is the future, and that he is ready now, you start in CF and either DFA Anderson or trade him. Schafer’s not changing positions so one year of Josh doesn’t accomplish much, even if you considered them equal. Schafer’s the guy.
“Richard Hendrix gonna make it to the NBA?” Couch Tater
It’s hard to say. Last few games, he’s run into early foul trouble and been kind of a non-factor. It’s funny, because the D-League is so much about guys ball-hoggin. Makes for fast paced, high-scoring games. But everybody is essentially “showcasing” themselves, by trying to do too much. Yet if they all realized that the reason most of them didn’t get drafted is due to an incomplete game in the first place.
So if they all realized that the NBA teams looking to call any of them up, are probably looking for guys that aren’t gonna come up and try and do too much. Nature of the beast.
I really thought that Blake Ahearn would have stayed up after making it to the Heat last year. He was the D-League rookie of the year last year. Guy reminds me of Woodside. Can pretty much shoot from anywhere at anytime. Great first step.
But he’s been inconsistent this year. It’s fun rooting for them. And the kids love getting to know them at all the family events and meet and greets. All seem like a bunch of good guys when it comes to making time for the local youth.
March 20th, 20097:57 pm
’scoots, AAA, or AA? I’m a little confused about the quality of players at each level, and I know you watch a lot of minor league ball.
Seems to me that the Braves have typically put the best prospects at AA, and used AAA more as a holding tank for older guys maybe trying to resurrect their careers, or major leaguers on rehab assignment. Or even just “prospects” who really arent’ any more but are too old for the lower levels.
Is that accurate? And do most other teams do likewise?
Anyway, I’m on record as wanting Schafer up this year (unless he just tanks the next couple of weeks), but must admit, a lot of you smart guys who’s opinions I respect seem to think he should start in the minors, so my knees are shaking a little on it.
I think I would prefer to start with Josh or Gregor and only after Schafer loses his year, sometime in June or July, call him up. But from the way he has been playing, and how poorly Anderson has played, I’m just starting to suspect he’ll get the job. It’s just a gut feeling. I think AAA is really valuable for a player. You’re facing a lot of AAAA pitchers, guys with ML experience, who will do just about anything to get back to the majors. At AA, you’re seeing a lot of young guys who aren’t going any higher.
If you can hit at AAA, you can hit in the majors.
The problem with Josh is he’s too good to sneak through waivers. He’s a pretty valuable guy to have around, but not valuable enough to start. Until recently, I thought the Braves would go with him to season Schafer, but I just sense that the Braves have changed their thinking. No evidence at all, of course, but I felt strongly they’d send Schafer down up until this week, and I no longer feel that nearly as strongly.
March 20th, 20098:01 pm
Mekons I agree on some of your points but not the ‘if you can hit AAA you can hit MLB’. There are lots of guys in AAA that hit that don’t translate to the bigs. Mike Hessman comes to mind. A lot of times AAA is loaded with players that can’t get over the hump and be consistent in the bigs and some would even argue that AA is more competitive.
He's A Perv
March 20th, 20098:13 pm
And throw a hat one, pull that ponytail through the back of it……:)BlawgDawg
what are you, a pervert? Every time Carroll comes on all you can do is drool over ponytails. That’s pretty creepy, give her a break. Where’d you get that cruch on equines from anyhow?
March 20th, 20098:15 pm
But didn’t Thorman prove that hitting at AAA doesn’t necessarily mean hitting in the majors?
March 20th, 20098:19 pm
Season has not even started and often injured Chipper Jones and much injured Garret Anderson are BOTH already injured and missing practice and playing time. Jones has not played or hit in over a week. Anderson has done nothing yet. The Braves 15-4 record is a J-O-K-E!!! They will be lucky to win 75 games. They will finish just ahead of the Nationals in the NL East. Even the young Fish will beat them out. Jones and Anderson combined will not see 600 at bats this season. Anderson will be the largest OF flop since Andruw Jones went south.
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
March 20th, 20098:20 pm
Yes Brian, those Marlins are loaded for bear. The starting five are young, talented and best of all, healthy. Even better, the Marlins may have the most stacked minor league system in the game.
March 20th, 20098:24 pm
Erin – I think Jojo Reyes can attest to that
March 20th, 20098:25 pm
freaking strongs and greater thans….
March 20th, 20098:31 pm
Great point, Homer. Over the last 13 years Anderson has averaged 146.3 games per season, but if you just look at the past four it plummets to 134 games, which means we would have to put up with that Diaz guy for 28 games. What a disaster!
March 20th, 20098:33 pm
Your time as the blogmaster during the 5 o’clock hour was really funny… in a delusional, Napolean complex kind of way. Cheers.
Steve from OH
March 20th, 20098:34 pm
Even better, the Marlins may have the most stacked minor league system in the game.
Oh, boy. Florida’s system is pretty good, but that’s quite a stretch. You haven’t heard of Texas, Tampa, or our own Atlanta Braves, have you?
March 20th, 20098:35 pm
Josh Anderson is an accomplished base running threat. His 80 percent success rate at stealing bases proves this. But for any lead off hitter to be great at stealing bases, he has to be able to reach base first.
Anderson’s .340 OBP in the minors sends up all kinds of warning bells. He doesn’t draw enough walks and strikes out too much. Any good lead off type hitter has to be able to make contact consistently, reach base and be able to get into scoring position on his own.
You can’t steal first base. Anderson has one walk in 43 at bats so far in spring training. His OBP is .295, not good.
March 20th, 20098:40 pm
Homer,Well maybe you are not a homer.Could be 4-15 worst that can happen is you will have a medicore season..
March 20th, 20098:42 pm
I didn’t think Richard should have come out early, but it may not have made a difference.
March 20th, 20098:43 pm
Steve, I look before I leap.
The top five:
Remember, I said MAY HAVE the most stacked minor league system in the game. It’s all subjective.
March 20th, 20098:44 pm
Thormon is the exception to the rule. I phrased it badly. AAA exposes AA overachievers, as a rule. The real talent is at AA as a rule, but nearly every real prospect gets at least a month or two at AAA to get them used to ML-level pitching and hitting by the AAAA guys, like Thormon and Hessman. Very few real prospects fail at AAA, but not giving them that exposure can hurt them later.
Personally, I’m getting more confused the more I think about it. If I were Bobby, I’d have the starting pitchers vote. We really can’t afford a leadoff hitter with a .190 BA and no walks to start the season.
It’s such a tradeoff, a hot start (perhaps) with Schafer out there versus a better career and significant $$ savings by farming him out.
March 20th, 20098:49 pm
You have been blowing Josh Andersons horn all year,can’t have it both ways.Wrong again..
March 20th, 20098:54 pm
Fair enough, Coach. I can buy that.
In any case, it’s good to see Atlanta’s system ranked so high, and it’s a huge bonus to have several seemingly high-impact prospects such as Heyward, Hanson and Schafer in the pipeline.
March 20th, 20098:55 pm
You have been blowing Josh Andersons horn all year,can’t have it both ways.Wrong again..
Like, wrong that he can’t change his opinion, or wrong about Anderson? Because it seems that he’s right about JA this time, and he’s correct to have that opinion…
March 20th, 20098:57 pm
Coach then your point is at best moot. You can say the Marlins may have the best minor league system but since they are ranked 5th and the Braves are 4th than it has no value because you can just as easily say the Braves have the best minor league. Im not saying your wrong just saying it has no value.
March 20th, 20099:15 pm
Hicks might be the exception–a guy who figures it out relatively late. But the ODDS ARE that this guy is not a major league prospect. Smoky Joe
I agree and said the same. Long long odds
March 20th, 20099:28 pm
If you can hit at AAA, you can hit in the majors Mekon
unless you happen to be one of the hundreds over the years that couldn’t. that’s what the term AAAA player means in case you didn’t know. sheesh
March 20th, 20099:33 pm
Well my Trojans won and looked pretty good doing so…I’m happy:)
March 20th, 20099:42 pm
Spotts freaking strongs and greater thans
OK, just stopped by real quick to say that, apparently. Back to the drawing board…er, Bristol paper…
March 20th, 20099:53 pm
Nolie, I was talking about real prospects. Did anyone seriously think Hessman was going to be a star in the majors? Or Thorman? It’s a subtle point, perhaps, but everyone knew Andruw Jones was going to be a star, but AAA can expose weaknesses that are not obvious in AA. If the AA star can hit AAA, it vets him. Thorman, to use one example, had a huge hole in his swing. He managed to have a good year at AAA, and hit fairly well in the majors in his first year, but it was clear that he had a weakness.
Very few people succeed in the majors without some exposure to AAA. College players are sometimes the exception, since they were facing high A competition for a couple of years. But we’re talking about high school players.
It ain’t like AAAA players tore up AAA. They were good enough to get some time in the majors, but few were real stars in AAA. You are confusing role players with real stars. And I think Schafer is going to be a star. For his development, it might be best to face some of these guys battling to get a few more months of ML experience, if only for the pension, to see how major league pitchers can find your weakness and allow him to adjust.
But the main point of my posts has been that the Braves, who firmly believed he needed AAA seasoning, might be changing their minds.
March 20th, 20099:54 pm
With the important position you hold some would find it strange you sneaking food and drinks into a baseball game… (Zookey)
Read the posts again. Shea allowed you to bring food and drinks in. That’s what the conversation was about. I wasn’t sneaking anything in. Not wanting to waste money is not always a sign of someone who has none. As for the alcohol, if you read that post again you’ll see that I said “some guys”, that didn’t mean me. I wasn’t talking about me.
March 20th, 200910:15 pm
I for one appreciated Anders’ blogmeister run. I by no means am a Mets or Anders fan, but it was clever and well done….cheers.
March 20th, 200910:30 pm
Where’s somebody at?
March 20th, 200910:34 pm
Big 12 baby!!!! Carroll: HOOKEM HORNS !!!
March 20th, 200910:35 pm
I have to agree with spotts; for a less than human Muts fan, Anders is actually sorta tolerable at times, kinda…
March 20th, 200910:36 pm
So can we at least say the Big12 is the best sports conference. They were the best in football and the best in basketball.
March 20th, 200910:38 pm
No Eric, we can’t say that.
March 20th, 200910:42 pm
My problem with Anders is he is always anti braves. Which is fine sometimes, when he has a point but many of the times he is just wrong, which takes away from all his posts. Kind of like with KC who is overly pessimistic. I consider myself pretty much in the middle. I think the Braves will have one of the best pitching staffs. However, one of the worse offenses. I believe the Braves will finish 3rd behind the Phillies and Marlins. I also believe the top 4 teams in the East will be decided by 5 games. I said all offseason it will take 2 years to get back to the playoffs.
March 20th, 200910:43 pm
Carroll, I know you saw me earlier. Good luck to your dookies tommorow. it will be the best game of the tourney so far.
Meant to say KC was overly opptimistic. My bad.
shamus thacker: we CAN say that!!!
Well Shamus you should.
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