12:53 pm March 27, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 28th, 20093:18 am
Yea, I still live here.
March 28th, 20093:26 am
got two road trips already booked. second week of may me and the boys are going to citizen bank ball park.
weekend series staying at the hyatt penn landing.
friday night game, saturday fox thing. then onto atlantic city.
gotta admit i have a great wife.
March 28th, 20093:29 am
longshot, you know a guy named joe bowman? real longshot.
March 28th, 20093:34 am
I don’t think so but I know some Bowman’s from around here. Know any other names?
March 28th, 20093:37 am
I know a Jay Bowman, he’s about 40 or 50 though.
March 28th, 20093:41 am
joe was in my fraterity back in the ’80’s, he was from winterville.
probably a lot older then you.
hey winterville, we used to hang out at bisset’s
aint athens great.
i take my wife up there often, we love the 5 and 10.
March 28th, 20093:50 am
Athens is great. I probably won’t leave until I absolutely have to. But it will be kicking and screaming. Bisset’s is definitely good. Porterhouse is good too. Are you still around Athens? My mom graduated in ‘80. The last national championship. I though I might get one while I was in school but no such luck.
March 28th, 20094:04 am
March 28th, 20094:22 am
I think the blog ate my extremely insightful response to f.n.hale & DOB. Bummer. Oh well, it’s the world’s loss, not mine?
March 28th, 20094:43 am
Most likely, Bub….
March 28th, 20096:54 am
uga, I don’t think you go far enough, re Johnson and Francoeur as swing players for a successful season. Need at least near-career years from Kotchman and Escobar, too. Oh, heck, the fact is that all the regulars will have to hit on all cylinders, LOL. No real mashers there, so all the guys with secondary power are going to have to hit their 12-to-20. All of them. That’s even if Chipper, McCann, and Francoeur all come out hangin’ and bangin’. The Braves are staring up at two 800-run offenses, and the pitching probably isn’t quite strong enough to make up 60+ runs of differential.
As far as Johnson, I do think he’s closer to figuring out what kind of hitter he actually is, and that should ameliorate some of his historical streakiness. I thought his interview was interesting in that he’s always said before that he didn’t care where he hit in the lineup, and I had the distinct impression that might no longer be the case. Maybe another sign that he’s decided on a specific, consistent approach.
March 28th, 20097:11 am
Oh, you bloggers. So many opinions based on such little information. I don’t know it all, but I do know that if I disagree with you, it’s probably because you’re wrong!
JasonInFL (Formerly ME)
March 28th, 20097:13 am
Anyone going to be at the game today?
March 28th, 20097:14 am
all that john prine talk brings back alot of good times at pb scotts in blowing rock. that was a helluva good venue to see him at
18 Wheels of Love
March 28th, 20097:34 am
7 of the final 8 correct on my bracket. Only Memphis tripped me up.
Of course my wife has 7 of 8 right too and she watches less basketball than the dog. She had FL St. in her final 8.
Question: If the Braves are shopping Anderson, that means they are pretty content on either Schafer or Blanco in center…isn’t that the correct way to read into that? Bowman mentions 2 teams interested other than the White Sox…any ideas who?
March 28th, 20098:12 am
PWHjort (9:40 pm): “nolie, It’s important to consider the sample size. That being said, Baker makes no sense for the Braves. We’ve already got Infante and Prado on our bench and Baker can’t fill any role that Infante and Prado can’t. Along with Norton, Ross, and a 4th outfielder, that figures to be a very good bench.”
Agree that it’s a top-notch bench, but I couldn’t help reading between the lines.
“and a 4th outfielder”
Do you have some kind of reservations or doubts about Diaz? Isn’t he a shoo-in as the “4th outfielder”? Why didn’t you call him by name?
March 28th, 20098:40 am
uga-brave (12:39 am): “watching the braves replay on sportsouth. diaz looks like he has dropped 20 pounds.
“on top of that i just watched the in game interview with diaz, seems like a genuine dude.
“he has no hard feelings about the garret anderson signing, he said he would of done the same thing. refreshing.”
Yeah, he seemed remarkably smart, funny and articulate.
My favorite part was when he was asked if wearing a mouthpiece at bat helped him to relax at the plate. His response:
Hilarious. I’d much rather have a beer with him than with Bush.
(And I don’t even drink beer!)
18 Wheels: Yes, Braves shopping Anderson does indicate they are content with using one or both of the others in CF
March 28th, 20098:44 am
Everyone who notes that it looks like Diaz lost 20 pounds — that’s because he did. It was written here and elsewhere the day he reported to camp, and here in the blog again later with a mention of his P90X diet and all that, and then Carroll also did a followup story on him a week or so ago.
Anyway, yeah, 20 pounds.
And he is exactly as he came across in that TV interview. Funny, articulate, very down-to-earth.
March 28th, 20098:56 am
So what do we think Ohman will eventually sign for? Makes me sick that we signed Glavine instead.
6 of 8 for me in the Elite Eight. Syracuse and UCLA were the ones messing me up. I hadn’t watched UCLA play this year but thought a UCLA team coached by Howland would be able to play defense. Not this year. (I also had UNC losing to ‘Cuse ’cause I didn’t think Lawson would hold up health-wise)
March 28th, 20098:59 am
And to the blogger last night commenting on Izzo’s wife…I sure don’t see plastic surgery on that face. That’s just natural beauty.
They did a split screen on both wives and it was a 40 point blowout.
March 28th, 20099:23 am
From that interview yesterday KJ seems like he’s a witty guy. Seems like he’s got some good one-liners and probably razzes on some fellow teammates(in a good way). He seems like he likes to have a good time, also seems like he’s really focused this year to have a big year. Also Matt Diaz is a great ballplayer on the field and in the clubhouse. I’m glad he’s on our team and seems like a great guy, also a funny guy.
March 28th, 20099:26 am
TommyP, Glavine and Ohman play different roles (#5 LSP vs set up/LOOGY), so the money is not really relevant. Ohman’s asking price of $2 is just out of line for the current market and all of the teams know it. Glavine’s job is to provide some innings to decrease pressure on some of the kids and for political value after the Smoltz debacale. The Braves have a surplus of relievers and they are not going to overpay for Ohman. Not worth the worry and the events are unreleated.
March 28th, 20099:47 am
Greg Norton really shone yesterday, with at least three good defensive plays to augment his 2 RBIs:
a nifty backhand grab of a short hop from Prado at 3B;
a sweet tippy-toe stretch to snag a high throw from Infante at SS; and
a laid full out stop of a grounder down the line, fumble, recovery and flip to Campillo covering (kudos also to Campillo on that play — good hustle and nifty footwork).
Norton’s ready, just in case Kotchman might not be.
March 28th, 20099:52 am
Northbeach Scott….Ohman has nobody to blame but himself (maybe his Agent). He got greedy and turned down great money last year when the Braves had it on the table. Shame on Ohman. I agree the Braves have plenty of bull pen arms already.
March 28th, 20099:59 am
Braves don’t have the offense of a true contender
by Athlon Sports
Heres the URL since I cant add the link from my lap
March 28th, 200910:03 am
Seriously though, PECOTA has him at 280/338/384 in 110 PA’s and CHONE has him at 297/355/409 in 445 PA’s. Quite the differing views. PWH
yes they are and the exact reason that I don’t give a fig about what PECOTA or CHONE or any other predictive system says. I’d be more interested in what PWH says. There are way too many variables in the game of baseball for any system to ever do a satisfactory job of prediction. They all come up with different figures, sometimes one is closer and sometimes the other, but mostly neither one is particularly correct. I’ve been into baseball stats for over 50 years and i like most of the new ones, but of what use are systems that regularly predict so different?.I think their biggest advantage is that they make make some people believe that one knows what one is talking about. Ooooh PECOTA says…wow.
March 28th, 200910:05 am
To add in on the Diaz lovefest, I got one of the best surprises of my adult life when I got a baseball signed by him, written to me personally. In was a situation were my Dad knew a guy, who knew a guy, who knew a guy…really cool that he’d do that. Even though Anderson may start a majority of the time Diaz is gonna be crucial this season.
March 28th, 200910:06 am
northbeachScott: The Braves “surplus of relievers” is extremely bare in the lefty department. EXTREMELY. So scratch that statement.
And while he was looking for $2 million/season before, word is that he’s lowered his asking price.
Signing Glavine to lessen the Smoltz backlash is a losing way to run a ballclub. It truly is.
If Wren was prepared to make Smoltz an offer AND Glavine an offer before, he should’ve just combined that money and given it to Smoltz.
After he messed that up, just move on. We have a Tom Glavine that is coming off surgery for the first time (I believe that’s correct) and he’s ancient.
Guys….the plethora of bullpen help is devoid of talented lefties. None. Zero.
March 28th, 200910:11 am
Right on — well said.
Are we certain the front office is shopping Josh Anderson? I mean, its obvious they would be, but is there anything to substantiate it? Given the discrepancies in Jordans and Josh’s performance we would be selling low – no?
March 28th, 200910:17 am
Will Ohman is still available. If the Braves are worried about Soriano, go sign Ohman.
March 28th, 200910:23 am
I get the feeling you’ve been tooting that same horn for awhile around here. I just haven’t visited as much since the new format has begun and the play by play of spring training games.
Wren has done some fine things so far but also some very questionable ones. Moves questionable enough where you wonder if we have the Baltimore Wren or the Schuerholz Apprentice Wren?
I like our rotation 1-4. I absolutely LOVE the Lowe signing. The fact it came after the Burnett disaster makes me think he lucked into the situation. At least he got it done, however.
But signing an aged, recovering Glavine for PR purposes? It’s the way bad teams do business. The way the Pirates ran the organization for years.
If anyone feels like doing the research, how many lefties do our NL brethren have on the roster? Count only the ones that are major league tested.
March 28th, 200910:28 am
Yeah, he needs to grow it out just a little more…he kinda looks like one of the Doberry Boys from the movie Because of Winn~Dixie…with a beard, of course…
Didn’t see them show that picture of Johnson during the game…haha! Maybe somebody just said something funny…?
F.N. Hale I hit the submit button before I finished
I hate it when I do that…
Bubdylan I think the blog ate my extremely insightful response to f.n.hale & DOB.
That kept happening to me last weekend–just tryin’ to respond to Uga-Brave, and none of the posts showed up. I tried it several times, but no luck.
So now I’m back to copying my posts–especially long ones–before I send them…just in case. Sometimes I paste them off-site so I cann try again later.
Ohman should be signed not because we are worried about Soriano, but because we need a LHR.
March 28th, 200910:29 am
Agreed on the bull-pen arms, lots and lots. The question is are any of them any good? MOYLAN, SORIANO, GONZALEZ have to perform to prove they’re fully recovered from surguries. RIDGWAY, LOGAN, O’FLAHERTY have had some moments but shaky often. Inconsistant at best. BOYER looks better than in the past. He may come through finally. BENNETT????? Not good, not good. Where’s OHMAN????? Waiting for that 2 million offer.
March 28th, 200910:37 am
In response to the 4th outfielder/Diaz thing. I don’t know if a) Diaz is going to play like his 2007 season and be a regular (because I’m 100% not sold on Garret Anderson), b) Diaz is going to be a bench player, c) Diaz is going to be in a platoon role (in that case the 4th outfielder is some combination of Diaz and Anderson), or d) Diaz is going to suck like last year pre-injury and get relegated to the waiver wire. So I don’t know who that number 4 will be.
March 28th, 200910:38 am
Great article, Chief!
Folks, the dogwood in the front yard is blooming and I am JAZZED for some Braves ball!
Carlyle or Jeff Bennett?
March 28th, 200910:39 am
So are we keeping 4 or 5 OFs this year?
March 28th, 200910:40 am
Somebody respond to my 10:11 or i’ll litter the board with Kenny Powers posts.
March 28th, 200910:44 am
Frankie – I don’t know
And you spelled Knuckles wrong
March 28th, 200910:49 am
“I don’t give a fig about what PECOTA or CHONE or any other predictive system says” – nolie
CHONE is projecting the Braves lineup to score 4.93 runs per game. Obviously they’ll be fine if that happens, but who knows if they will. Do you think that’s an unreasonable figure? They have several guys with 800+ OPS capability, I think, and that bodes well IMO, but of course, some of those guys are pretty iffy, Frenchy and G. Anderson for sure. It should always be easier to project numbers for guys in their prime than up and coming or on the downside, don’t you think, and we don’t have a lot of the guys int their prime.
Yea i did – I switched browsers in an attempt to improve the blogs performance and spelled my own Moniker wrong, all to know avail.
March 28th, 200910:50 am
no avail. Man I shouldn’t have spent 100 dollars at the bar last night
March 28th, 200910:51 am
Regarding a 3B for the future……cant believe you folks missed looking at the Rockies 3B at AA……Tony Blanco! AA seems about right also……I wouldnt want our FUTURE 3b to be in the bigs already. We could get him cheaper……..perhaps get him in a package deal Blanco and a couple of AA pitchers for a package including Anderson. PS….there are a few folks who need to look again at how Glavine and Bennett are doing. I am definitely worried about Logan, O’Flaherty and Ridgeway.
I don’t get why we (Wren) thought our lefty situation was good in the first place. O’Flaherty has a career 5.91 ERA in 70 innings. Logan? 5.87 ERA in 110 major league innings.
Before spring training everyone was talking about the two new lefties Wren got for the bullpen. As if having two left-handed bodies in the bullpen was something great. Well my sister throws left-handed….doesn’t mean she’s good for a major league bullpen.
March 28th, 200910:52 am
Unless of course Wren’s building some kind of bizarro bullpen, in which case I’d mooch off my sister.
Knuckles, what browser are you using? I normally use Firefox and don’t have lots of problems but is it better with IE?
March 28th, 200910:53 am
45 year old Jamie Moyer 2008 33g 16w 7L 3.71era 1.32whip
dogsbrekky (UNC Rocks)
March 28th, 200910:54 am
The top 8 I think I got 5 left
We are on tv today yes ?
I actually worked out that facebook thingy, kind of a poor version of myspace.com IMO
March 28th, 200910:55 am
Couch Tater – don’t you know you can’t use ERA? That’s the stupidest and most unreliable stat there is.
March 28th, 200910:57 am
dogsbrekky – Other way around…Facebook is much better and more organized/less high schoolish than myspace. Well at least it was until Facebook changed the layout a couple weeks ago.
I saw John Prime open for Bonnie Raitt in Lenox, Mass, in the Summer of 1973. Man, that show was sublime!
Wolfgang’s Vault has both performances. Here is Prine’s:
March 28th, 200910:58 am
fn hale – firefox kills IE8 etc
March 28th, 200911:03 am
Fn Hale – I use firefox most of the time. I tried IE. no luck. I’ll try Google Chrome, but i’m thinking its a Vista issue because my XP set up at the insurance company works like a charm.
TommyP, what I was implying with the current bullpen surplus is that the Braves are in a position to deal from that surplus to address your LOOGY concerns. The surplus also enables the Braves the opportunity to see if either O’F & Logan can get the job done in the regular season and if not make a deal. It would make more sense to try this first rather than spend more money on Ohman.
While I like Ohman, there is no guarantee that he will be effective in 2009, and certainly since he has missed ST, he would not be ready for opening day.
Surely you cannot be so obtuse that you do not understand that bringing back Glavine (who has had a strong spring and is likely to be an adequate 5th starter) has helped mitigate the Smoltz debacle. Whether you recognize that was important, it was and it has helped put Smoltz behind us while preserving a link to the past Braves success. It would be different if Glavine were done, but it does not seem that this is so.
Also, it does seem that the BoSox really overpaid Smoltz in guaranteed money. The Braves were not going to do that regardless of the Glavine situation.
This unhealthy obsession by the fanbase with Ohman’s return as the panecea for all of the Braves relief problems is misplaced.
March 28th, 200911:04 am
I think the organization just wants Josh Anderson out of our hair at this point. Trading him then letting Blanco have the job for 6 weeks until we bring up Schafer is probably the best scenario. Though I think we need to go ahead and call Schafer up after 2 weeks. So what if he’ll be a super 2, we’ve spent a ton of money this off-season and we need to win NOW.
Rob from SC
March 28th, 200911:05 am
John Schuerholz was a great general manager. However signing Maddux and trading for McGriff and Denny Neagle was a lot easier to accomplish with Ted Turner’s money available. JS found it a lot tougher without a gracious owner. Frank Wren know he can’t trade his top prospects (Hanson, Heyward, Freeman, Schafer). He did a outstanding job improving this team without giving up those players. Look who Schuerholz gave away the last few year with very small returns (Max Ramirez, Adam Wainwright, and the whole Texas package. Frank Wren know what he is doing. Give him a chance to build a team he believes will be successful
I think we break camp with 2 LOOGY’s on the roster (EOF and Logan). With no 5th starter we have room on the roster and we’re playing the Phillies to open it up. LOOGYs are important when you play the phillies.
March 28th, 200911:06 am
A out of the box suggestion for LH reliever. Jung Bong. He was outstanding during the World Baseball Classic. We should be able to sign him given our history together. DOB can this be explored.
March 28th, 200911:07 am
dogsbrekky, that’s what I thought but I don’t change around a lot. I have to use IE for my MLS site and a few others don’t work well with Firefox but for most I stick with Firefox.
Paisan, that show would still be great today. For an old lady Bonnie still rocks and J.Prine is, well… J.Prine. Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out.
March 28th, 200911:08 am
Agreed…………firefox has it all over IE
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-65560104.html I’m pretty sure Bong is nowhere near the service time required to become a free agent.
March 28th, 200911:11 am
Does anybody know who is pitching for us today?
March 28th, 200911:12 am
PWH – wouldn’t delaying his Super 2 status help us rebuild later? I want to win now. But I would enjoy 14 more years of domination ( minus the playoff blues ) even more. Gotta remember attendance at the Ted has always been somewhat of an issue. 2010 – 2011 look promising.
March 28th, 200911:14 am
DOB: any read on Born Ready from a KU perspective? Being a Terp and no stranger to disappointment, I have him done to Kansas. But what a recruitment, what a circus, guess we’ll find out in a couple of days.
March 28th, 200911:18 am
Who is the face of our franchise? Assume that to be the face of the franchise one has to be
1) very good
3) played with only the one team for his entire career
Yankees: Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Ford
Red Sox: Williams, Yaz
Cards: Musial, Gibson
Dodgers: Koufax, Robinson* (never played for Giants)
March 28th, 200911:19 am
Dan – Jurrjens. Gonzo is also pitching. Not sure who else.
March 28th, 200911:20 am
Braves – Hank Aaron
March 28th, 200911:21 am
I think the face of the Tigers is Ty Cobb
March 28th, 200911:22 am
Cobb finished his career with the A’s
Thanks…was hoping for Kawakami but I guess I’ll wait for another day.
March 28th, 200911:23 am
“This unhealthy obsession by the fanbase with Ohman’s return as the panecea for all of the Braves relief problems is misplaced.”
March 28th, 200911:24 am
Aaron, Spahn, Niekro, Mathews, Murphy all finished their careers with other teams.
March 28th, 200911:26 am
If you were planning to go to the Braves OPEN HOUSE TODAY at TURNER FIELD, stop. It’s been cancelled because of weather….
Teixeira is here today along with most other Yankees regulars including Jeter, Damon, Melky Cabrera, Nady. Tex spent some time by the cage with Braves players during Atlanta’s BP session….
Braves released Jeff Ridgway today. Hasn’t bounced back from surgery to remove bone chips in elbow last year, not able to compete for job, etc. So that trade for Wily Aybar didn’t turn out well for Braves….
I was hoping for JJ. Kid has nasty potential. check out his profile on drivelinemechanics.com. http://www.drivelinemechanics.com/2008/12/17/695852/pitcher-profile-jair-jurrj
Honus Wagner or Roberto Clemente for the face of the Pirates. It is sad about Wagner being so forgotten because he is one of the best baseball players of all time. Bill James ranks him # 1
March 28th, 200911:27 am
Christy Mathewson may have been a career Giant, but that is going back a long way.
Is Schafer starting today
Jim, uh….Hank Aaron?
March 28th, 200911:29 am
The Giants have a long history. Christy Mathewson was a star. He was the first baseball role model. I study baseball history as a passion of mine. Baseball between 1900-1930 might be the best time for this great sport.
1. Jeter, SS
2. Damon, LF
3. Teixeira, 1B
4. Nady, RF
5. Cano, 2B
6. Cabrera, CF
7. Ransom, 3B
8. Cash, C
9. Tomko, RH
1. Schafer, CF
2. Escobar, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. McCann, C
5. Norton, 1B
6. Diaz, RF
7. B. Jones, LF
8. Prado, 2B
9. Jurrjens, RH
March 28th, 200911:30 am
To me, John McGraw will always be the face of the Giants
March 28th, 200911:33 am
Aaron ended his career with the Brewers.
March 28th, 200911:34 am
My bad Jim,
I didn’t read all of your parameters. Then without a doubt Rick Camp.
March 28th, 200911:37 am
Scheduled relievers today are Gonzalez and Logan. Those are only two they announced, though others could and will probably pitch.
Moylan and Morton in a minor league game
March 28th, 200911:39 am
Question regarding mlb.tv…
I’m looking at getting the mlb.tv package. I know a bunch of folks on here have been using it this spring. How is the 400k feed?
Is it comparable to the standard definition tv picture quality? Or do you have to watch it in a little bitty window on your computer?
Is the motion smooth or jumpy?
Thanks in advance.
PS. Go Braves.
Steve from OH
March 28th, 200911:46 am
abwright, I have the 400K feed. It’s ok. You can watch full screen but the picture is a bit blurry and occasionally the feed stops due to buffering. I don’t know if it’s because of my computer/internet connection or whatever, but it’s something to be aware of.
All in all, I’m happy with it because an okay feed is better than no feed. If you have the cash and a fast connection, I’d recommend getting a better feed though. Oh, and be aware that you cannot watch any Saturday games between 1 and 7 (I think) because of FOX tv rights. Unless it’s showing on your tv, of course.
I was hoping to see Frenchy aka the natural?? do his thing today. I’m stoked hes making contact. It’s imperative he turns that plate discipline into power.
Wayne in Utah
March 28th, 200911:49 am
Any word on Kotchman’s doctors visit?
Gil In Mechanicsville
March 28th, 200911:50 am
abwright… Small screen.. smoothness is dependent on your computer
March 28th, 200911:52 am
They said it went from flu virus to food poisoning and he should be back early next week.
March 28th, 200911:56 am
How does it go from flu to food poisoning? That’s a tough break. Both of those can kill you.
Anderson should be kept. If we get to the playoffs, we need someone who can steal a base. We do not have that now and we won’t if Blanco is the extra OF on the bench. He is fast but he is not a stolen base threat.
March 28th, 200911:57 am
The 400K feed ($79) is awful. The good news is, you can upgrade to for an extra $30 once you see for yourself. (Premium costs $109 a year.)
With that said, you should check your bandwidth with their speed test.. And check the recommended system requirements.
March 28th, 200911:58 am
Anderson should be kept. If we get to the playoffs, we need someone who can steal a base.
Huh? I think “needing a guy on the bench to steal a hypothetical playoff base” is much less important than “playing the best centerfielder” to in order to actually get to those same playoffs.
March 28th, 200912:00 pm
Yea Steve, It sounds like someone doesn’t know about roster limitations.
March 28th, 200912:07 pm
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