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Razzle

March 31st, 2009
11:58 pm

Bottom line of what I said before… as in the case of the Marlins and Rays, look for more of an emphasis on the farm and trades that get you young talent than free agents over the next 3-4 yrs. Unlike the Marlins, don’t look for any sell-outs. The Braves’ owners are quite serious about their investment, but not emotionally silly. The payroll rises as business requires, but only as such and so much.

While thinking on all that, look toward the new owner and pray you get someone with pockets like Ted… and as much sense, too.

MFin04

March 31st, 2009
11:59 pm

Who cares if we over pay for Chipper we could have overpaid on a lot worse (AJ Burnett, Andruw Jones, etc). I’m ok with paying a guy who has paid his dews. He may not be worth all of it…but the guy is the face of the Braves…holds a crap load of Braves records or will when it is all said and done.

Eric from MO

April 1st, 2009
12:00 am

Mets fan in Atlanta Schafer minor league stats are alot higher than Andersons too. I didnt mean just ST. Also it is different when two young players are fighting for a spot on the roster. They have adrenaline pumping. They are playing their hardest.

Tom O'Hawke

April 1st, 2009
12:00 am

nolie (11:41) I received a site, which I saved, that explains all this stuff that I was kidding around about (sounds like a song from the group, “Yes”). When I get a chance, I’ll see if I can learn something. Thanks for asking.

Chop Chop

April 1st, 2009
12:02 am

Oh, and I’m on the side of watching the damn games and seeing how things play out, Mitchell. I honestly couldn’t give two ***** about grinding a miserable Met fan’s nose into the ground. I don’t like fans who beat their chest all the time about their teams, so why should I engage in it?

Eric from MO

April 1st, 2009
12:02 am

but yes…I was right…while I dont put much on ST stats I know people do…

Salamander

April 1st, 2009
12:09 am

Meh, its different with the Shafer-Anderson scenario because you HAVE to look at their ST numbers given that they are fighting for the same job (what else do you have to go on?). But other than dudes competing for jobs, ST stats are worth less than the zimbabwean dollar.

While I am concerned about how the bullpen as a whole will hold up over the long haul of the season – I don’t give a damn about Gonzo’s ST numbers or any other RP for that matter.

DiamondbackMac

April 1st, 2009
12:11 am

SoWeGa Fanatic

I remembered that Cloninger had hit two grand slams, but couldn’t remember who we were playing. Here’s a good link for that game.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=196607030SFN

Lou Vales

April 1st, 2009
12:11 am

They won’t have time but just realize all these names are in the same system and none more than 2 years away: Stanton, Dominguez, Morrison, Raynor, Coughlin, Sanchez—and I won’t even get into the arms that are coming out of their proverbial ears. I left out Maybin obviously and I really have a good feeling about Bonafacaio.

Always realize that in the last 12 years the Florida Marlins have won as many World Series(2) as the Indians, Cubs, Astros, Senators/Rangers, Expos/Nationals, Mariners, Rays and Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves have won COMBINED in the LAST 60 YEARS!!

Josh

April 1st, 2009
12:13 am

Mets fan in Atl, if you don’t enjoy seeing your Muts lose to the Braves at the Ted than you probably better stay away this year! Braves own you!!!

mets fan in atlanta

April 1st, 2009
12:15 am

Salamander, Gary Sheffield probably figured he was safe too. Could just “turn it on”. Or maybe Geoff Jenkins, he probably assumed he was assured a job considering he helped win a World Series last year.

Lou Vales

April 1st, 2009
12:18 am

Forgot to add the Hapless Brewers> The PURPOSE of the game is to win the LAST GAME in October and be handed a large artifact that identifies you as something special–NO Big Old Crystal for 14 pennants strung in a row—with the memories associated with being the best.

That is s why baseball is so silly with the realization that there are at least 8 teams that don’t have a chance in Hell of winning anything!! MLB is the Premiereship Soccer League. 4 teams with a REAL chance!!

Salamander

April 1st, 2009
12:19 am

You gotta admit that its kinda cool that Mets fan in Atlanta is a season ticket holder in these troubled economic times (assuming he’s telling the truth, but I don’t see why he’d lie).

Even if his heart is in the wrong place, his dollars are well spent.

Razzle

April 1st, 2009
12:20 am

Lou Vales is irrelevant (if not before).

Eric from MO

April 1st, 2009
12:21 am

Lou Vales your posts are so worthless. It easy to combine a bunch of teams who never win and say that the Marlins have won as many games as them.

Eric from MO

April 1st, 2009
12:23 am

Salamander have you ever heard Brad Paiseys song you’re so much cooler online. My guess he could be a loser and just wants to sound cool. He knows in real life he will never be cool.

Salamander

April 1st, 2009
12:23 am

I wish you could compile “block this user” lists for the blog.

People would be complaining about so-and-so’s posts and I would remain blissfully naive to the blocked person’s mindless garbage.

Tom O'Hawke

April 1st, 2009
12:24 am

Braves buddies, check this out. I was always good at deciphering codes and stuff. Check this out and let me know what you think. MFin04 has been pretty negative, right? Does this fit? spotts, I want your opinion.

mets fan in atlanta
M F in 04(Braves finished 4th last year)
One, in the same?

uga-brave

April 1st, 2009
12:27 am

scott miller of cbs sportsline.com has a nice article about tommy hanson.

Eric from MO

April 1st, 2009
12:27 am

I mean think about it Salamander, he went back and scanned all the blogs since March 22 to find a post that would support him.

Eric from MO

April 1st, 2009
12:32 am

mets fan in atlanta considering Detriot had too many outfielders and Sheff was playing for a roster spot that is not correct at all.

uga-brave

April 1st, 2009
12:35 am

i guess lou vales saw tampa coming last spring and saw detriot going.

i think we all penciled in the tigers with 100 wins last year.

mets fan in atlanta

April 1st, 2009
12:35 am

Actually i just picked a blog up in the top right hand corner that i knew would probably still have people on a spring training high. I picked “Musings from Mets Camp” cause i thought (correctly) that most of the bloggers were on that day. Then i just used my space bar to scan through about 3 or 4 pages just looking for “Eric from MO”. The whole thing took about 3 or 4 minutes. It actually took me longer to type it out than it did to search.

Salamander

April 1st, 2009
12:37 am

Eric – hmmm that’s true. Some people like to win arguments at any costs? The internet makes everyone a potential liar I suppose. Its just so easy to say “I’m the king of Poland blogging from my Polish throne room” without any real way to know if someone is lying.

Personally, I like to submit blog entries from my Yacht in the Mediterranean that I retired to last year at the age of 27 after cashing out on the bond market.

Chop Chop

April 1st, 2009
12:39 am

So long as Mcccan hits 40 bombs, I’ll be cool.

mets fan in atlanta

April 1st, 2009
12:43 am

And no, i have no affiliation with MFin04. I’ve had this screen name for a year or two, no real reason to change it up. Besides, the only good thing about being a Mets fan in 04 would have been that was when David Wright and Jose Reyes started playing together, i believe. As for that season, terrible. Team leader in RBIs had 76, and only one starting pitcher all season had a winning record, and he was 10-8 (Al Leiter).

Tom O'Hawke

April 1st, 2009
12:47 am

Salamander, when you get a chance, give me a lat. & long. of where you are anchored. As soon as my jet is repaired, I’ll fly to Sicilly (Sicily?, you know, that island off of Italy), and then helli to your yacht. We’ll have a drink, a toast to the 2009 season. It’ll be fun!

mets fan in atlanta

April 1st, 2009
12:48 am

Eric from MO: Sheffield was their starting DH, look at any publication/preview/news outlet anywhere. They didn’t have too many outfielders until they traded for Josh Anderson. According to MLB Tonight, Marcus Thames will be the new DH, apparently he’s projected to hit close to 35-40 homeruns if given 500-600 AB. Tigers just wanted to go in a new direction. I would bet a dollar that Gary Sheffield had no idea he was “playing for a roster spot”.

mets fan in atlanta

April 1st, 2009
1:01 am

Wow, i guess i have to send you a picture of my season ticket book. Should i send you a picture of the 2007 cover with Chipper Jones crossing home plate with elbows flexed at right angles pumping his fists as he crosses home plate with a rather stoic umpire giving what appears to be a fair signal at home plate?

Or should i send you a picture of the 2008 cover with a panoramic view of Turner Field from the right field corner (slightly to the left of the Braves bullpen)? Looks like it just about dusk in the sky, and a runner has taken off from first base. Your favorite Braves pitcher, Mark Redman, is on the mound–based on the pitcher indicator on the left-field wall.

Unfortunately, i haven’t received my 2009 ticket book yet, but when i do, i’ll describe that one to you too.

In case you were wondering, they are Lexus level tickets (or Golden Moon, or whatever they call it this year).

spotts

April 1st, 2009
1:04 am

Why would a Mets fan have season tickets to the Braves?

DiamondbackMac

April 1st, 2009
1:07 am

spotts – I wondered the same thing.

DiamondbackMac

April 1st, 2009
1:09 am

I certainly wouldn’t buy season tickets for the Mets.

Tom O'Hawke

April 1st, 2009
1:11 am

mets fan in atlanta , for now, it seems as though it’s just you and I. I never said that you changed your screen name, I’m just thinking that you have an alternate one. If MFin04 can prove that his handle has been on the blog before August of 2008, then I would be wrong. If! I also think, and am pretty sure, that another of our “favorite” Mets bloggers, has an alternate handle. I only need a little more, but as far as I’m concerned, I have enough already.

Chop Chop

April 1st, 2009
1:13 am

Probably to have particular seats. Braves season tickets aren’t that expensive. I don’t have the cash for them (or live close enough for it to be worthwhile), but if you have the cash to spend, why not?

Hell, Bill Simmons has Clippers season tickets so he can have great seats to see the Celtics and Lakers games.

Tom O'Hawke

April 1st, 2009
1:14 am

I’m starting to learn that putting exclamation points, after an ‘f’, is stupid!!!!!!

Chop Chop

April 1st, 2009
1:17 am

Tom O’Hawke,

Do like I do: Assume that everyone is a two-faced cartoon character.

This ensures optimal entertainment value.

spotts

April 1st, 2009
1:17 am

Oh I get it. So you rich moguls can attend 5 games a year. The other 76 home games you’re sitting in your bathtub full of 20’s, polishing your monocles.

MFin04

April 1st, 2009
1:18 am

What’s the Braves lineup gonna look like opening day?

mets fan in atlanta

April 1st, 2009
1:20 am

Because 1) i love baseball
2) if i’m going to watch the Mets in person-it will have to be at Turner Field
3) i like to be able to go when i want and not have to worry about finding tickets–i did that the first year i moved to Atlanta
4) if you’re a season ticket holder, you get to do a lot of things with your tickets, such as trade them for other games, trade for better seats, so if i need more than two tickets, i just trade tickets from a game i don’t plan on attending.
5) last year they started the all-you-can-drink and eat seats. I indulged in that on (i think) three occasions last year. All i had to do was pay $12 per ticket and I had tickets that would normally be $75, just because i’m a season ticket holder.
6) i like to be able to see all the different major league players as they come to Turner Field. I can appreciate seeing Ryan Howard, Ichiro, Pujols and a host of others in person. I never got to go to MLB games until i moved here, so this was a new thing to me.
7) And of course i have a new favorite team every night–whoever is playing the Braves. :)

spotts

April 1st, 2009
1:23 am

polishing your monocles…

Wayne in Utah

April 1st, 2009
1:33 am

Random

I really don’t get it! Why is it that for some reason, you feel a need to judge other folks? You like to assign an emotion or a feeling that is not there in my posts. Do I get to you so badly, that you must find something to come back with?

Yes, I believe strongly in my opinion of what happened to John Smoltz. When I read a post about how “we wish they had treated him as good as they treated Chipper” then I respond. I don’t think I had said 2-3 things about the Smoltz situation for the past 2+ months, after my initial reaction to his choice. To be perfectly honest, I had some emergency surgery the day before the Smoltz announcement. I am not sure exactly what I said, but you can bet it was drug enhanced.

Self-pity. It is more of a disappointment in the man himself. To be honest, I don’t believe he was going to do much for us this year. I could be wrong, but if I were the GM, I would have made a similar offer.

And then at 9:15pm you mention my “tantrums” whenever John Smoltz name is mentioned. The closest I come to a tantrum is when I try to figure out why you feel the need to judge my thoughts and emotions.

So, we do ok, you and me, when we are talking baseball. I am just getting tired of the same old Barbra Streisand every time you feel the need to rip me. If you don’t like me or my post, just say so. I can deal with that. I just don’t like it when azzholes try to tell me what I am thinking.

I would prefer that you just say you disagree with the azz in Utah.

Like I said earlier, I enjoy some of your wit and insight, but you just don’t seem to know when to stop. It’s kinda like you love the heck out of correcting someone, and then trying to make sure they know you are smarter than them. You know what, you probably are a lot smarter than me. And you know what else, I am OK with that too.

So, can we just cut the crap. If I don’t say “Random” at the beginning of my posts, just disregard.

Andrew

April 1st, 2009
1:36 am

MFin04,
Schafer
Escobar
Jones
McCann
Francoeur
Anderson
Kotchman
Johnson
Lowe

Tom O'Hawke

April 1st, 2009
1:39 am

Chop Chop, you have a wonderful attitude.

mfinAtl. & all, thank you for the confirmation. I really do appreciate it. Who are you going to appear as in the future? I know, I’ll have to wait.

Andrew

April 1st, 2009
1:40 am

thats against Brett Myers im guessing

Wayne in Utah

April 1st, 2009
1:40 am

uga

you out there?

Razzle

April 1st, 2009
1:40 am

Really… what a great way to spend

mets fan in atlanta

April 1st, 2009
1:43 am

tomahawk, believe what you will.

Razzle

April 1st, 2009
1:44 am

Maybe find a way to surcharge mutts fans buying Braves tix lol

Tom O'Hawke

April 1st, 2009
1:50 am

mets fan in atlanta, thank you. I certainly will. BTW, that’s O’Hawke. Tom O’Hawke. Is there no stat you guys can’t get straight? GEEEEZ!

jonatuga

April 1st, 2009
1:51 am

Only the mets would hire an azz like bobby valentine… what a classy organization

MFin04

April 1st, 2009
2:06 am

So what is your view on Smoltz?

Ed

April 1st, 2009
2:15 am

Neftali Feliz, RHP, Texas: Help is on the way for the pitching-starved Rangers. Feliz, 20, is one of their cornerstones of the future, but he nearly pitched his way into plans this spring. He’s a power pitcher with a smoking fastball and hard-breaking ball, and he jumped from low A ball to Double-A last summer. In 127 1/3 minor league innings last season, he surrendered only three home runs. The Rangers’ blueprint has Feliz ready to help in 2010, but the way he’s pushing, 2009 isn’t completely unrealistic.
Throw in Elvis Andrus starting at SS to begin the year and Salty…do you think the Rangers like dealing with the Braves?

N Nine (eta4)

April 1st, 2009
2:16 am

“shrimp sandwitches are good in the morning with peanut butter and puddin”

Some odd food combinations yesterday!

Trying to figure out what’s more painful….Mutsfans, Lou Vales, or a bad mixture of food. YUCK

Orville Wright

April 1st, 2009
2:17 am

“2) if i’m going to watch the Mets in person-it will have to be at Turner Field” -metsfaninatlanta

Allow me to introduce myself.

spotts

April 1st, 2009
2:24 am

Ed- It’s okay….we ended up with Casey Kotchman, so overall it was a good investment

N8

April 1st, 2009
2:25 am

“I’m really tired of driving by Midieval Times and turning right at the Wal-Mart…” DOB

Isn’t that where Jim Carrey took Matthew Broderick (sp?) in The Cable Guy??

Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

N8

April 1st, 2009
2:32 am

spotts, you just keep telling yourself what you typed with your 2:24. Just remember, repeating it, or typing it doesn’t make it true.

It was a neccesary evil (to trade for Tex), but down the road, that could wind up being one of the worst moves of JS’s time as GM. If it’s not already.

That being said, Kotchman will certainly keep 1B “warm” until Freeman is ready.

Plus, if you figure in the rape of a trade that Wren pulled over on the Tigers for JJJ, then it’s a wash I guess. Especially since all we gave up for Renteria in the first place was Andy Marte.

But one can only imagine how the future rotation being anchored by Feliz and Hanson would have been. Throw in JJJ and that’s a young trio that (on paper) could challenge a young trio of Glavine, Smoltz and Avery.

Then again, the Mets had a young trio at one time with Pulsipher, Wilson and Isringhausen that were supposed to be the next “Big 3″ in the NL. So in the end, nothing is guaranteed, I guess.

Andrew

April 1st, 2009
2:43 am

The Mets starting pitching beyond Johan is not anything to be excited about…very average for a team that talks as much as they do.

Runnin

April 1st, 2009
3:01 am

Well I’m excited about our starting pitching and can’t wait to see how they do. I think Kawakami is gonna be a fan favorite real soon. How about Kawakami’s Kamakazes?

scottbravesfan

April 1st, 2009
3:41 am

This is great news. I’m glad one of the best players in Braves history will retire as a Brave.

jj

April 1st, 2009
3:44 am

Good for Chipper,but what about Escobar and JJ?Mac and Frenchie got theirs,it would be nice if these guys get theirs…….don’t ya think?

David O'Brien

April 1st, 2009
5:15 am

BubDylan, your 11:26 p.m. comment cracked me the f up. Seriously, that was funny.

David O'Brien

April 1st, 2009
5:19 am

jj, how did Francoeur “get his”? This was his first year of arbitration, and he got what the system automatically rewards a player, basically. I mean, as long as the Braves didn’t release him, he was going to get about what he got.

The Braves haven’t locked him up to a multi-year deal or offered one since he turned them down a couple springs ago, when McCann accepted their offer and signed a long-term deal.

jc

April 1st, 2009
5:34 am

Enter your comments here

David O'Brien

April 1st, 2009
5:42 am

There’s an Orlando appliance-store commercial I just saw for the 50th time this spring. One of those ads where the proprietor stands in front of his cars/appliances/carpet/lumber/whatever and shouts about his great bargains and what a crazy person he must be for selling so low.

Anyway, in this commercial the guy is wearing … blue jean shorts.

Random

April 1st, 2009
5:51 am

“Kentucky is the Notre Dame of basketball”?

That really begs the question:

Just exactly OF WHAT nowadays is Notre Dame the Notre Dame???

. . . . .

PS: C’mon, Wayne in Utah — deep breath, relax.

(Of course, I’m exaggerating –- I admit it.”

Sheesh.

N Nine (eta4)

April 1st, 2009
6:05 am

DOB, speaking of blue, are we sporting the blue road uni for the opener?

Mark Windsor

April 1st, 2009
6:28 am

I just want to say Im excited about the upcoming season looking forward to sunday and I am hopeing to be in good enough health to go to Braves opening night here in Atlanta on the 10th.I am predicting a tough battle for the division however to many questions on all three teams to make a prediction.As far as Braves starters Im going with Jair Jurrgins as being out top man this season followed by Lowe.Looks as we will have as many as 5 guys on the starting line up that could bat over 300 .I don’t like the G. Anderson signing I just feel braves dont need him and well its for sure he has had his better days however I could be very wrong he has been a player who has always quietly gone about his business. It will be exciting to to watch Shafer this season surely he will be the starting centerfielder. and when you look at the outfield there is potential once again for some high batting averages close to the .300 We are really strong at catcher Ross was a really good pick up I forgot who was out back up last season but it was really a joke for sure.. Bloggers GET READY!!Lets Go Braves in 09!!! Mark/Atlanta

Andrew87

April 1st, 2009
6:36 am

Great writer you are DOB. Right on the issues right on the Chipper. I was emotional when was reading the whole thing. Go Braves

David O'Brien

April 1st, 2009
6:44 am

By the way, I think they’re having a Kenny Powers autograph signing and pitching demonstration at that appliance store next week….

phillyfandoc

April 1st, 2009
7:10 am

That’s what you do with your players that have done great things for your team. Only thing that is bad about it is your minor league players get pushed back for years at that position. See you all Sunday. Play ball!!!

18 Wheels of Love

April 1st, 2009
7:17 am

Ahhh jean shorts aka jorts. Are you sure it wasn’t Tim Tebow?

CharlieAlphaBravo

April 1st, 2009
7:18 am

My favorite stat of Spring ‘09: The Braves are 5-3 in one-run games. After last season that seems like a godsend…

LT200

April 1st, 2009
7:27 am

Well, it has been a great spring and some questions have been answered. I look forward to the season. I really feel that the Braves will be in “it” come September. Unfortunately, the only game I will probably see in person this year is in May at the Muts. I have to go on a business trip there and plan on going. Thanks for all the hard work DOB and come back to Kissimmee anytime you want!

Chopdawg

April 1st, 2009
7:42 am

Anybody got any updates on Lance Niekro? Wonder how his knuckleball’s coming along…

ATL

April 1st, 2009
7:43 am

DOB- “Anyway, in this commercial the guy is wearing … blue jean shorts”

thats florida for ya

GermanBravesFan

April 1st, 2009
7:56 am

DOB: do the Braves have any interest at all in Gary Sheffield? You may have answered that question yesterday, but I have not been able to go through all the posts yet.

Jeff321

April 1st, 2009
8:06 am

FYI – Looks like MLB yanked the game off streaming today. Because it was listed earlier in the week.

JOHNNY HARRIS

April 1st, 2009
8:20 am

GREAT CONTRACT FOR A PART TIME PLAYER

Coldwork

April 1st, 2009
8:27 am

If you paid retail you paid too much!!!!

Richard Dawson

April 1st, 2009
8:34 am

Another nice scoop, DOB. You’re terrific at reporting the inside news once it has actually occurred.

And that torrid hitting by Chipper? Done in about 2/3 of a season on average. Pujols is racking up 150+ games per season. Torrid hitting doesn’t help you much when the guy is in the dugout.

I’m glad we resigned him, just want to bring some balance to the homerized blog.

David O'Brien

April 1st, 2009
8:41 am

Chopdawg: Lance Niekro has a lot of work to do on the knuckler before it would be a factor at the upper levels, from all I’m told. A few people I’ve talked to who’ve seen him throw it this spring say it’s still very much a work in progress.

David O'Brien

April 1st, 2009
8:51 am

Dawson, I realize you might not take the time to read actual news stories and rely only on the blog for your updates, so here’s a few paragraphs from my Chipper Jones signing story online:

Last year was the fifth consecutive season Jones was limited to fewer than 140 games because of injuries, but he’s continued to be one of baseball’s top hitters, when healthy….

The third baseman hit a career-best, major league-leading .364 last season, with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs in 128 games, his fifth consecutive season with fewer than 140 games played due to injuries.

The Braves considered the health issues and age before making such a big commitment. They built into the contract incentives and escalators that could push his total pay to $61 million over four years.

General manager Frank Wren said the Braves discussed with Jones the need to incorporate more stretching and other preventive measures into his daily routine going forward….

But then, I know you probably don’t care about that, because it’s pretty obvious your agenda is fueled by dislike for someone other than Chipper. Perhaps the person writing the story? Maybe?

Anyway, thanks for reading, and for your constructive criticism.

Josh H

April 1st, 2009
8:51 am

mets fan in atlanta:

That Kelly Grand Slam might have been my favorite play of the year. Its up there, at least :)

Back story on this one. Don’t you hate ignorant Braves “fans” at games? A friend of mine from out of town had an extra ticket to that game and invited me along. The bases are loaded, and Bobby decides to pinch hit Kelly. The Braves “fan” behind me starts talking smack on Kelly. Saying stuff like “Yeah, he’ll look real good when he strikes out and heads back to the dug out.” My friend and I give him hell about that, he keeps it up. 3-2 count, Kelly hits a grand slam, and that guy high-tailed it out of there before we could find him :)

ease19

April 1st, 2009
8:57 am

(Chop Chop) March 31st, 2009 11:48 pm

I’m pretending to be a Nats fan:

Hmmmm, I was going to try to do that today, but a) Chop Chop beat me to it and b) wasn’t sure how one pulls that off.

Well I guess, “Whoo!!! Go Braves!!

BT

April 1st, 2009
8:58 am

Frank Wren just said on 680 that recently it looked liked it was coming down to a two horse race between Anderson and Schafer.

Looks like Blanco etc are heading up I85

BT

April 1st, 2009
8:58 am

Now he said that it was not a done deal with Schafer for CF.

Couch Tater

April 1st, 2009
8:59 am

I think Richard is homerphobic.

McFann :Ô:

April 1st, 2009
9:01 am

Richbrave, Tom O’Hawke

No, I cann happily say I do not know who Tony D. is. :D

Josh H

Great story at 8:51…always love a happy ending.

That guy was prob’ly a Prado boot-licker…

McFann :Ô:

April 1st, 2009
9:03 am

Oh and hey, I just hope Ross doesn’t have to start the season on the DL…Dude, what’s with our catchers, anyway? Less than a week before the season starts, and they’re gettin’ all banged up. Sheesh!

It’s the WBC’s fault. :P

sidslidkid

April 1st, 2009
9:05 am

Is it sad that it’s 9:00 in the morning and I’m really craving some pork nachos from Jim and Nicks?

Thrillhouse44

April 1st, 2009
9:05 am

“Kentucky is the Notre Dame of basketball”?

That really begs the question:
Just exactly OF WHAT nowadays is Notre Dame the Notre Dame???

Random

Notre Dame isn’t the Notre Dame of basketball? How does that work?

Cru Jones

April 1st, 2009
9:10 am

Does that mean Kentucky will start having losing seasons and lose 8 straight post season games?

pryguy

April 1st, 2009
9:15 am

DOB,
Great comment at 8:51. Reason behind what you say makes all the sense in the world. One thing I like about this blog is that you support almost everything you claim. Here is no different. The Braves are a business when it comes down to it. They are not going to throw X amount of dollars at someone without fully considering both the positivse and the negatives. Unfortunately, some people view sports as a way to express their inner anger toward something else in life because they are disgruntled in another part of their life. I know this all to well living in Philadelphia. Keep up the good work brotha

Willy Wally

April 1st, 2009
9:17 am

And that torrid hitting by Chipper? Done in about 2/3 of a season on average. (Richard Dawson)

Well, more like 4/5ths of a season on average, but whatever. $13 to $15 million a season is about half of what Arod makes, and about 2/3rds of what Tex makes. Thus, anyone who thinks he’s getting overpaid doesn’t understand the market. Looks like the Braves and Chipper fairly took his market value from a performance standpoint and discounted the salary, factoring in his age and injury history. Very fair for both sides.

Even if he continues to only play 80% of the games and declines a bit due to age, he’ll likely give a performance worth more than $40 to $60 million over the next four years. After all, his performance the last two years has been worth about $63 million combined. Over the last 4 seasons, even with his limited time, his performance has been worth $96 million combined.

And that’s just on the field. Chipper’s star off the field has risen astronomically over the last two or so years since he has opened up more to the fans after understandably shielding himself and his family for most of the decade while he healed from the Hooters scars. Plus, he’s never been named in a roid scandal and, at a time when the game sorely needs the likes of him and Jeter, Chipper has become seen as one of the respected royalty of the game like we used to have with Brett, Yount, Ripken, Gwynn, Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Nolan Ryan back in the day. You can’t put a price on what Chipper’s image means to the Braves and to baseball NOW & into the FUTURE.

A very fair contract. He’ll be worth every darn dime and maybe more as he chases 3000 and 500 and another World Series ring or two!

pryguy

April 1st, 2009
9:24 am

couldn’t agree more willy

DAP

April 1st, 2009
9:29 am

spottsEd- It’s okay….we ended up with Casey Kotchman, so overall it was a good investment

hahahaha! good one man. its best to be lighthearted about it. cant go back, right?

runningI think Kawakami is gonna be a fan favorite real soon. How about Kawakami’s Kamakazes?

no. that is extremely offensive.

Gibby

April 1st, 2009
9:43 am

DAP- I can’t wait to get the MIB fantasy league going

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