1:00 pm March 22, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
March 24th, 20096:31 am
Good day from across the Atlantic where I woke up to snow, once again, after thinking that Spring had arrived. However, baseball season is around the corner and that does make me feel a bit better; especially with the prospect of a successful Braves season!!
DOB: in case you are interested in possible setlists for the upcoming Springsteen Tour, here is a linke to a report from the first rehearsal show: http://backstreets.com/news.html
With Max Weinberg moving to LA with Conan O’Brian, Max’s son will be with the E Street Band for a few shows that Max cannot make due to his commitment on the Tonight Show…
March 24th, 20096:37 am
For fans of blonde bombshell Yvonne Strahovsi on the contemporary TV version of Get Smart, otherwise known as “Chuck”, you have to admit the show’s producers really have an eye for the women that will draw guys to watch the show. Next week Tricia Helfer, coming off her multiple roles as Six and an Angel in “Battlestar Gallactica” and as a rogue secret agent on “Burn”, joins the show (for who knows how long?). Guess the uniter in all this is that all three networks– NBC, Sci Fi, and USA, are owned by NBC Universal and GE. Clearly two of the hottest blondes ever on TV!
18 Wheels of Love
March 24th, 20097:17 am
March 24th, 20098:07 am
That is quite a divide in payrolls, isn’t it? I don’t think most people realize just how much more the Phils and Mets are spending these days….
Person responsible for moving tomorrow’s game to a night game at lovely Viera … should face consequences.
March 24th, 20098:21 am
Doc Holiday, you asked for pitchers with multiple World Series rings who aren’t in Hall of Fame. To go with my earlier answer of Mike Timlin, I’ll add the obvious one: Jack Morris.
Three World Series, three World Series rings, and in two of those he went 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two starts, and 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts (the latter, of course, against the Braves and John Smoltz in 1991).
He’s 254-186 with a 3.90 ERA in his career, with eight seasons of at least 17 wins.
Schilling was 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA in his career, with four seasons of at least 17 wins.
March 24th, 20098:30 am
Wonder what FW would’ve done with an extra 50 mill to burn.
Smoltz? Abreu? Another big bat for the OF and a good lefty would be nice but I’m pretty happy with this team he’s put together. Now they just have to play well and stay off the DL.
March 24th, 20098:47 am
Thanks! Sorry I missed your post last night…I usually check the Blog before bed…somehow it slipped my mind last night, I guess.
March 24th, 20099:07 am
And it is a total crime that Jack Morris is not in the Hall
March 24th, 20099:14 am
Baseball Prospectus’ Joe Sheehan has his own take on the Braves’ CF/LF:
This effect [playing in the WBC rather than competing for a roster spot] may be impacting one team’s roster decisions in a way that hurts both the team and the player. While Gregor Blanco was helping Venezuela into the WBC semifinals—a run that ended last night in a 10-2 loss to Korea—he was losing ground in the Braves’ outfield. Despite being the best of the three players involved, despite having the longest track record of success in Atlanta, and despite the team’s need for his exact skill set, Blanco is behind Josh Anderson for the center-field job, and behind silly signee Garret Anderson in left.
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. . . it’s clear that Blanco is the best player—essentially the same hitter as Garret Anderson, and likely to be a better defender if allowed to play left field. When the Braves signed Anderson, I compared his production to that of Brandon Jones, the player whose at-bats he seemed most likely to inherit, and discovered that it was acceptable, if not a big step forward. It actually never occurred to me that Blanco’s job would be in danger after playing well a year ago. In fact, comparing the Andersons didn’t go particularly well for the veteran, as his edge with the bat over Josh would be more than wiped out by the difference in defense between the two alignments (Garret in left and Blanco in center, versus Blanco in left and Josh in center).
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. . . When Blanco gets back to Braves camp this week, Bobby Cox needs to walk over and give him a big hug. Blanco may be a no-profile player who has been traipsing all over the hemisphere for a month, but he’s also the second-best outfielder on the team, and the Braves aren’t so deep that they can be cavalier about a .360 OBP from a player with some speed and the ability to save runs in left field.
Jordan Schafer’s not even on Sheehan’s radar.
March 24th, 20099:16 am
April 20th, 20138:50 pm
Most etymologists believe that barbecue derives from the word barabicu found in the language of the Taíno people of the Caribbean and the Timucua of Florida, and entered European languages in the form barbacoa. The word translates as “sacred fire pit.”.
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