1:35 pm March 25, 2009, by David O'Brien
Wayne in Utah
March 25th, 20095:06 pm
Hicks, Campbell and Escobar would be the current candidates.
March 25th, 20095:07 pm
I heard some ideas floating around by writers of Freddie Freeman perhaps learning to play at third base. I think that kid is legit. Or the Braves could trade Kotchman for a serviceable 3rd Baseman and let Freeman take over at first in the 3 hole.
March 25th, 20095:12 pm
bravos2249, may want to sit down for this one…i cant get highspeed internet out in the sticks either! im tellin you i got dish and radio with barely a signal for either of them. tough in the streets!
BLAWG DAWG, maybe cause Schafer has never played regularly above double A thats why DUH! No fifth outfielder good with me bye bye Blanco & since I KNOW you love all caps this is for you GET A LIFE AND QUIT BLAWGING ALL DAM DAY DO YOU HAVE A J.O.B. LMAO YOU DAM DONKEY HEE HAW MAYBE D O B CAN GET YOU A J O B GO BRAVOS
March 25th, 20095:18 pm
Except Freeman is nowhere near ready for the majors
March 25th, 20095:19 pm
Freeman is a year or a year and a half away. He is close
March 25th, 20095:20 pm
Might want to think about a decrease in the caffeine intake.
Is Freeman agile enough to learn to play third base? If he were, he would probably already be playing there.
March 25th, 20095:21 pm
Have you ever seen Freddie Freeman play baseball? He’s got awful range even at 1B. There’s no chance he could ever play 3B in MLB.
I echo brian and wayne. We have internal options in Hicks, Escobar and Campbell. I have though figured for the past few years the replacement will most likely come from the outside. For now if something does happen to CJ, Prado is more than capable to fill in. Plus there are going to be some impact arms that will be available when we pick in the draft. Donavan Tate may also be available still at 7. Another athletic homegrown outfielder.
March 25th, 20095:23 pm
Careful, PWH – can’t badmouth a prospect on here
Does it bother anyone else that Francouer hasn’t gone yard yet? How many ABs has that been?
But Chipper wants a new contract for another 4 years, last season he won the batting title, why are we already looking to get rid of him in 2010/11? If he gives us 120 games he has to be worth keeping in the line up, the oblique is a worrying injury as it is a recurrence, but a lot of his time off seems to be for unusual things (like the hand injury when he fell over a fielder) rather than long term problems, especially as his feet do not now appear to be giving him difficulties, at least his bunions are not cropping up on the blog (now that sounds bad but you know what I mean) these days.
March 25th, 20095:24 pm
Smack – Do we really have the 7th overall pick this year? Wow…
March 25th, 20095:25 pm
Frenchy did hit a home run in one of the games against the WBC teams.
March 25th, 20095:28 pm
You dont get alot of “DUH” these days. You trying to bring it back?
March 25th, 20095:29 pm
doesnt bother me about frenchy. from what i hear every hit this spring has been solid so with everything new in his arsenal the power stroke with come with time.
March 25th, 20095:31 pm
It’s darned hard to lose your best hitter for 25% of your games.
March 25th, 20095:32 pm
i meant will come with time…DUH…that one is for you wildbill
March 25th, 20095:33 pm
Braves fans, funny stuff here. http://www.hideyourbooze.com That stuff will pay for itself in one game!
March 25th, 20095:34 pm
ut if you believe, as I do, that the Japanese league is at least slightly better than AAA baseball here KC
what exactly do you base that on dude?How many Japanese league games have you watched the last couple of years? I think you are allowing the quality of the 60 or so players that you are aware of influence your impression of the hundreds that you are not aware of From top of the league to the bottom there is no way that they are in average better than AAA. Perhaps you should do some research instead of just spouting off about something that you obviously aren’t familiar with.And much of the gist of that article was concerning the extreme pitcher friendliness of his home park. Making that 2.81 ERA misleading.
And when Chipper is down, and Mac getting a day off (about once a week, normally), that means you are without your TWO best hitters in the lineup. While Prado is an adequate replacement, he doesn’t fill the 3 hole very well.
We really need to develop or trade for an eventual replacement for Chipper in the 3 hole. (Heyward?, Schafer?, KJ?, Kotchman?, or a trade?)
March 25th, 20095:35 pm
I don’t think Hicks or Campbell are answers for Chipper’s heir. Seems like we’ve had Campbell forever and I don’t think he’s made it out of A ball. And Hicks hit .235 in A ball last year at age 23.
March 25th, 20095:37 pm
BLAWGDAWG, that guy than duct taped the booze-filled plastic bags to his body, should check out Woogidy’s 5:33 post.
March 25th, 20095:40 pm
More revenues for the cash strapped AJC as another atricle about God – I mean John Smoltz – is written as he has pledged $100 for every article written about him in his post-Braves career.
It’s reallt sickening that the largest picture on the ATLANTA sports page is of Smoltz in a Red Sox uniform.
March 25th, 20095:41 pm
Does anyone think, with the White Sox looking for a speedy center fielder, that Blanco or Anderson might end up in Chicago?
March 25th, 20095:42 pm
Moustakas or a similar A+ prospect can be had next year. We will trade either Vasques or Kwalquami(sp), whichever does worse this year to free up salary to resign Hudson and get a great 3b prospect. Next years rotation: Hudson, Lowe, JJ, Hanson, Vasquez/Kwalkami. This will be as good as any in baseball.
the artist formerly known as too hot for teacher
March 25th, 20095:43 pm
hey everybody debating about the merits of Japanese baseball – ummmmm….didn’t they beat us?
also interesting article about professional athletes and their finances in Sports Illustrated:
March 25th, 20095:46 pm
WAYNE IN UTAH I DONT DRINK CAFFIENE FYI UR IN UTAH? So who cares what you think, you dont even have basball out there LMAO Thats why Murph came here to play, what do you do in Utah sit around and watch the cars rust for excitement! LMAO Hey CRU JONES you dumb azz DONKEY DUUUUUH DUUUUH DUUUUH HEEEEE HAAAAW D.A. DONK
Ritchie from Scotland
March 25th, 20095:47 pm
looking forward to seeing Kawakami pitch tonight hopefully he will be able to get some success as it’s really getting close to the start of the regular season.
March 25th, 20095:48 pm
Hey KenOverstreet: the Braves game tonight against the Nationals is on MASN up here in the Virginia/DC area. Check it out if you get a chance.
March 25th, 20095:49 pm
Kenny Powers thinks WILD BILL is a big dummy.
March 25th, 20095:50 pm
I just looked up a few of the top first basemen to see how many seasons they were in the minors before staying in the Bigs for good:
Howard – 5
Berkman – 4
Fielder – 4
Morneau – 6
Youkilis – 5
The two biggest exceptions – Teixeira spent one year because he came out of college (and didn’t play in the majors until he was 23). And Pujols also spent one year because well….he’s Albert Pujols (and still, he was 21).
My point being – I know everyone’s enamored with Heyward and Freeman, but they’ve only spent a little over one season in the minors. It takes awhile for players to develop. Some people are talking like they should be handed the starting job today
March 25th, 20095:51 pm
many American players went over to Japan and were a huge success ala’ Nomo, eaes
way more than have been huge successes over here.Tuffy Rhodes tied the HR record at 55 and he was a .224/310/.120 that’s right a .120 slugger hit 55 there.The funny thing is that many of the Westerners who have done well over there have been scrubs over here and a lot of the successful MLB hitters like Horner have disappointed. THe Japanese call it ‘major league pride’ when big names fail to fit in and succeed. There are some great Japanese players no doubt and they are getting better each decade, but they are not equal as a league yet
March 25th, 20095:55 pm
White Sox don’t want our sloppy seconds. They’ve already got an Anderson 4th outfielder (Brian).
CPHIZZLE= DUH DUMB AZZ WHAT YOU DONT LIKE DUH THOUGHT MAYBE YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND UR OWN LANGUAGE? DUUUUH SHUT IT DUMMY LMAO GO BRAVOS HEY DID UTAH GET A BASEBALL TEAM YET???? LMAO OH THATS RIGHT ALL THEY GOT IS BYU THEY DONT GOT NO STINKIN BASEBALL MAYBE YOU CAN SEND THE FOOTBALL TEAM OVER SO THE DAWGS CAN STOMP THEM WOOF WOOF SEC BABY! LMAO
March 25th, 20095:56 pm
I didn’t think Wild Bill was into coffee. However, methinks Mr. Daniels may have stopped over for a lengthy visit.
March 25th, 20095:57 pm
Isn’t it a little early for Mr. Daniels?
March 25th, 20095:58 pm
I’m quite embarassed he ended that with a UGA cheer
Japanese baseball is just below MLB………… IMO
ant posting of such.How long between your Aussieapanwere you in J
lol at AA references MuttsMorningMeal
I’m starting to et the impression that you have done about everything and are an expert in just about everything. What an exciting life you seem to have led from your constant posts about all your exploits and your beautiful GF that radio stars are alway trying to steal away. How long were you in Japan between your adventures with Craig Shipley and your exciting times in Vegas.LA and NY? Post some more it is very exciting reading.
wild bill needs help…professional help in the worst way. im pretty sure they make medication for that stuff.
WHO IS KENNY POWERS????? I AM BIG THO SO I COULD STOMP UR AZZ. JUST SHUT IT BLOG BOY ANOTHER DAM DONKEY WITH A COMPUTER
March 25th, 20096:01 pm
FYI, watching rusting cars is darned fun! Ranks right up there with trying to clear our honey-do lists from our muitiple wives.
Also, Murph came from Oregon. Just in case you were wondering.
Come on out. We have a history of “Wild Bill’s” out west.
USA could put its best national team on the field and lose a 7 game series to Japan…….. and y’all will whine and say we are best but what have we ever won “world wide”…. we think we are the Brazil of baseball but we play more like the England of soccer………
I am by far the best CF option, no argument, right
March 25th, 20096:02 pm
Nobody and Kenny Powers means nobody talks to Kenny Powers that way especially a dumb azz gay cowboy like WILD BILL
March 25th, 20096:03 pm
HEY SPOTTS GO DAWGS SIC EM WOOF WOOF WOOF OOPS WE JUST FUMBLED THE KICKOFF AT THE GOAL LINE OK LETS GET THE PICTURE OOPS LARRY IS BACK DAWGS IN SILVER BRITCHES WITH RED TOPS OH YOU HERSCHEL WALKER HES RUNNING OVER PEOPLE MY GOD A FRESHMAN BILL BATES JUST GOT UP LMAO GO DAWGS!
What the heck is this…moron hour on the blog?
March 25th, 20096:06 pm
EXACTLY! KENNY POWERS=NOBODY & QUIT USING MY DUMB AZZ WORDS YOU DUMB AZZ GAY BLOG BOY GET A LIFE YOU DAM DONKEY HEEEEE HAAAAAW
March 25th, 20096:09 pm
not sure if “moron” is the word I’d use but this is a family friendly blog…
WILD BILL just robert (cox is a donk) ignore him and maybe he’ll go away if not when you see the caps lock SKIP IT.
Yes, spotts. It always seems to start right after happy hour ends.
March 25th, 20096:10 pm
I love gay cowboys. I’m sorry for all the animosity guys.
March 25th, 20096:13 pm
DOB – How was that thrashing the Horns gave the OVERRATED KU football team this year?! You’re welcome. The baseball sweep was a fluke – caught us during a slump. By the way – March baseball rankings are as reliable as preseason football rankings (i.e. Georgia, Clemson et al). I never thought Texas baseball was No 1 but we are certainly better than we played this weekend. Now about basketball….
I didn’t know neuticles were so empowering
March 25th, 20096:14 pm
No line-ups for tonight yet?
Rob from SC
March 25th, 20096:15 pm
does anyone have the lineup
March 25th, 20096:17 pm
DOB…Pack your longjohn if you are coming to opening days in Phillis…i just saw the long 15 day Forecast, and April 5,Sunday is high 50, with cold Rain, low 31 on Sunday,Monday Period of Snow and High 49…Wow..
March 25th, 20096:18 pm
PTBNL – I would rather bet the ranch/season on the Schafer kid then any other young OF….. afterall we have carried a few the last 2-3 years
Wayne – I know we will need a replacement for Chipper in time, but I don’t see any way that we get a like for like replacement for Chipper just appearing, I hope that we can keep him in the line up while he is still producing (even if that is in 75% of games) and get much more production from our other hitters as they improve. This season it will be interesting to see whether Frenchy, Kotchman, Schafer, Johnson, Escobar can move to another level. If these players do not produce some added power/production this year then we need to think where the power is coming from and maybe work the payroll for a power signing (missing from FW’s shopping list this year, GA is solid player but not a 25 homer guy).
March 25th, 20096:19 pm
Any word on the lineup today?
I am finally glad to see some ST games televised. I get to see tonight’s and all three this weekend thanks to MLBN.
March 25th, 20096:26 pm
Guess who’s got a strained side muscle? Rafael Soriano. Didn’t say anything about it until this afternoon, apparently, and Braves don’t know severity of it. Wren said could be minor, like Chipper’s, or could be a full-blown strain. Until they know, won’t have any idea how much time he’ll miss.
Oh, and guess who’s pitching tonight? Charlie Morton. He’s thrown off mound three times in past 9-10 days, without any problems. So he’s scheduled to pitch in tonight’s game.
Kawakami is scheduled to get relief from Gonzalez, Moylan and Morton.
18 Wheels of Love
March 25th, 20096:27 pm
Direct TV 640 tonight.
Great interview at SALON.COM today with a writer who’s latest book is a Biography of Yogi Berra.
Yes, I have never had any illusion that we could get a like-for-like replacement for Chipper. I am just hopeful that we can develop a fair replacement for his spot in the lineup when he can’t make the bell.
In my way of thinking, Prado is a #2 or a #7 or #8 hitter. So, wouldn’t it be marvelous if one of the other guys could raise their performance a notch or two. KJ, Kotchman, Escobar, Francoeur. I am not choosy.
March 25th, 20096:28 pm
1. Josh Anderson, CF
2. Escobar, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. McCann, C
5. Francoeur, RF
6. KJ, 2B
7. Diaz, LF
8. Prado, 1B
9. Kawakami, RH
March 25th, 20096:29 pm
And I was just “taking up” for Soriano yesterday…….
1. Milledge, CF
2. Guzman, SS
3. Zimmerman, 3B
4. Dunn, LF
5. Dukes, RF
6. Johnson, 1B
7. Valentin, C
8. Hernandez, 2B
9. Balester, RH
March 25th, 20096:31 pm
When you get a chance, if you have an update on Kotchman, I would really appreciate it.
thanks in advance.
dogsbrekky (UNC Rocks)
Nats lineup is really good from Nos 1-1 and 4-5. who are the rest ?
March 25th, 20096:32 pm
Not drunk-off his meds.
March 25th, 20096:33 pm
I love ALL CAPS posts, because you can confidently skip them and realize you’re probably not missing anything of importance.
March 25th, 20096:34 pm
so no idea on how soon Rafael “Hampton” Soriano may pitch again? Either he is one unlucky dude or has no heart
March 25th, 20096:37 pm
Soriano should change his name to Mr. Puss
March 25th, 20096:38 pm
I was all for giving Soriano the benefit of the doubt-had a respiratory infection last year that resisted antibiotics and lasted a month and a half. However, now I’m beginning to wonder if it’s not going to be one damned thing after another.
Dogsbrekky-Saw on the last blog where you were a Blackmore fan. Have you gotten into the band Cornerstone? I think they’re from Denmark and the singer was on the last Rainbow CD. Great band in the Deep Purple tradition. I think you’d like them.
March 25th, 20096:39 pm
Just got home after another nice day of ATL traffic…to finish the Dish question real quick before the game starts…
I have the dish coming in to the house through my co-axial, so only one cable is connected to the DVR…If your house is wired for cable, there is no need to have two connectors.
Cru, I set my Tivo to record American Idol before I left work…top that (only a little bit jealous), but hey, I get to see Kenny Powers make it to the top ten!
Can’t give some people money. They get soft and lazy. That was a waste of 6.1 million
March 25th, 20096:41 pm
Nats have a lot of outfielders. It’s going to be interesting seeing who they end up going with, and who gets traded/cut.
March 25th, 20096:45 pm
I seem to remember Rafael Soriano being sick all last spring too. I’m starting to doubt his physical AND mental ability to play in the majors. I think we should trade him and sign Will Ohman. I really miss that guy.
March 25th, 20096:47 pm
Not sure if this has been posted already, but the Braves will be on MLB TV tonight. For Direct TV that is channel 213.
We’ve been living that nightmare with Carlos Boozer for the past 3 years here in UT. When he is in and good, he is very good. When he is hurt, it seems to take forever for him to come back. (Shaq Syndrome??)
It just seems to me that Rob from SC might have it right about some players. When guys weren’t making so much money, they seemed to be more hungry to get back in the mix.
I don’t really know how you get around this sort of thing. You can’t read a guys mind. You try to make sure the players you develop have a measure of character, so as to avoid this sort of situation.
No gameday audio. I don’t think I get channel 640 out here, but I will go home later and check to see…..
March 25th, 20096:48 pm
Casey Kotchman must have the worst case of the flu bug in the history of the world. What’s up is actually going to return to the lineup sometime this decade.
March 25th, 20096:52 pm
I love how moron hour (Wild Bill, Kenny Powers, etc) ends and normal conversation resumes as soon as I leave
Its time for the Braves to just eat Soriano’s contract. Really, if they can’t trade him — What’s the point?
Write him off as a bad signing and get someone in here that doesn’t play sick all the time. Sheesh.
March 25th, 20096:56 pm
I hate the comparisions to Hampton. Hampton at least has heart (maybe an irregularly beating one, but at least he wants to pitch). Soriano has none of it as far as I’m concerned. Hampton’s injuries were more physical, Soriano’s seem more mental.
March 25th, 20096:59 pm
Trading Soriano isn’t a bad idea. If the Braves ate half of his salary, they could sign Ohman for the other half.
All Soriano wants to do is kick back and get PAID. And frankly, he doesn’t deserve a roster spot.
That is a long flu bug for Casey… and you really have a hard time counting on Soriano for anything. Nothing we can do about it… no one’s gonna take on his contract, so you just move him from DL to roster, back and forth, I guess.
Kotchman – I don’t doubt for a minute any of his reasons for being out of the lineup – but again, sooner or later you gotta be able to count on a guy playing. Hopefully no big deal and he’s ready to go 150 or so once the season starts.
March 25th, 20097:00 pm
Normally, I would agree with you, but, if you drop him, somebody else (Mets?) could sign him for the minimum and then if he comes back, you are screwed.
Best thing to do is to DL him and if you think he is faking all this stuff, you just require him to travel with the team and go through a rigorous rehab regime.
If you don’t think he is faking, then you just DL him and wait him out. Either way, you just don’t see teams dropping guys for the reasons I stated. They might come back to be a nightmare for you later.
There With Hank For 715
So Kawasaki is our 4/5? Wren signed him for 3 years at 8m a year? If he turns out to be a 4/5 in the starting rotation, Wren has been had. Again. He’s overpaying for Lowe and Valenzuela too. Get rid of Wren’s a$$.
I really think Medlen will play an important role in this bullpen
March 25th, 20097:01 pm
I doubt Soriano is playing at anything it’s his contract year and if he wants a decent one he knows he has to perform this year. Seems like a strange character though.
I would think twice before switching from Dish to Directv. Directv sounds good to begin with, but it seemed like the bill got exceedingly larger with each passing month(and they had an excuse for every one, believe me). Before I switched I was paying the same price that I do now for Dish, except with Direct I had no HD, no DVR, and no sanity!
(plus I get all Braves games, except peachtree, can’t win ‘em all!)
Do you think the NFL defensive coordinator has the same importance than some bench coach in baseball?
This is baseball………..not the NBA.
March 25th, 20097:02 pm
My take on Rob Dibble in a suit…”You can’t polish a turd.”
Soriano is one of those signings you just say, well, we screwed up. But when you’ve got 6.1 million committed, you let him pitch.
March 25th, 20097:04 pm
Maybe we could use Medlen for the back up SS??? How is his hitting?
twiddling my thumbs waiting for the mlb feed to appear…nothing yet.
March 25th, 20097:05 pm
I am not digging Josh Anderson
Hell, it could be that Soriano just isn’t physically built to throw a baseball for a long period of time. It may not have anything to do with “character.” It’s easy for fans like you and me to question someone’s desire or will, but we also know that there are things in our own lives which will always prevent us from doing what we love most. It may be “soft” for one to ponder such obstacles, but understanding both the flaws and frailties of human beings is advisable.
Or maybe Soriano’s just a sandbagging SOB. I don’t know.
For anyone who’s interested, check out this list of all the stories pertaining to Rafael Soriano since 2003. If you scroll through that, you will find all kinds of injuries. It’s not like this started in Atlanta. Wren’s the guy who gave him $6.1 million this year. I guess things don’t always work out the way you think they will.
March 25th, 20097:06 pm
Sorianos days are over……..that guy has a problem and as nobody nknows what it is, nobody will be able to help. Tell me Im crazy but there is a good chance it is all psychological. He always seems to have something wrong with his body, call it arm, flu, abdomen.
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