1:54 pm April 12, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 13th, 20092:07 pm
wow, thats horrible news about Kalas.
April 13th, 20092:09 pm
Man Skip last year and now Kalas…..I never really got to listen to him but I’m sure he was their Skip.
That is sad about Harry Kalas. I was not very familiar with his work, having grown up on the west coast, but I do know he was one of the last of the truly great, old school broadcasters and voices like that will be missed by more then just those in Philadelphia. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends
April 13th, 20092:15 pm
I grew up listening to Kalas on “NFL Game of the Week” in the mid to late 70s….loved the voice with the NFL symphony music in the background. RIP Harry
April 13th, 20092:16 pm
bravos2249: “Even if the Braves wanted to call Hanson up how would they add him to the roster?’
Maybe the Braves can simply extend Glavine’s staying on the DL?
April 13th, 20092:19 pm
Ive heard Kalas all the time, I live in Harrisburg so I get his calls literally every game and sure I’ve imitated his home run calls because he draws out the words so much. He’ll definitely be missed
Very sad losing Harry Kalas. I feel for Philadelphia fans.
April 13th, 20092:20 pm
We fill sorry for all the Phillis Fan special My wife for the Mr.Kalas Dead.”IT OUT of HEREEEEEE”.
Question is??? If the Phillis going in the same pat of the Braves Last year?…Remember we lost Mr carey then all ours Pitching went dowm of injuries.
April 13th, 20092:21 pm
BTW–McCann now has the same amount of stolen bases as Jose Reyes, but Reyes has been caught twice!
Man, too bad we’re not playing the Mets–maybe BMac could catch Reyes once or twice…uh, for once. (OK, he’s caught him before.)
That’s really sad about the Fillies announcer.
April 13th, 20092:22 pm
Sad about Harry Kalas. Amazing how few Harrys there are these days as culture changes. Remember Harry Caray, father to Skip and grandfather to Chip. I have one friend named Harry, a theater critic in NY. However, one positive for Harry Kalas. He did get to announce a big World Series Championship for his beloved team. These days, with MLB.TV or Extra Innings, we all have a great chance to hear announcers from around the league. What great and unique voices some of them have. Still talking is the great Vin Scully. I always hope that I might turn on a Tigers’ game and hear Emory grad, former Wheel Editor, Atlanta Crackers’ announcer Ernie Harwell.
Greg in TN
Another great baseball radio voice has been silenced with the untimely passing of Harry Kalas in DC today. My condolences to the Phillies fans as they lose a legend along the same lines of the legend we lost late last year.
April 13th, 20092:23 pm
Bravos2249, Braves 40-man roster is only at 38 right now, so they could add Hanson. I’m not saying they will, necessarily. I think it really depends on how serious an injury we’re looking at with Glavine. If it’s a spot start they need, it’s more likely they’d go with a bullpen guy or Morton or Reyes. But if they’re expecting it to be longer, that’s when they’ll think more about Hanson.
April 13th, 20092:26 pm
Here’s one from Kalas:
April 13th, 20092:27 pm
Kalas was surely great doing baseball, but the thing I loved most was his work with NFL Films. There’s nothing better than hearing his voice over the highlights of an NFL game. Sad day for sports fans everywhere, not just in Philly.
He will be missed…
April 13th, 20092:28 pm
Just got the ESPN rankings for today. Just in case, enjoy it while it lasts
man I’m hoping, if Hanson gets the call for good, its not til after May when him and Gwinnett make their first trip up here to PA, definitely getting tickets for that one
Phillies-Nats on MLB Network @ 3:00 PM.
It’ll be interesting to see which feed they are using.
April 13th, 20092:31 pm
One of the reasons Reyes and Morton have struggled in the majors is they were rushed up to fast. I’d hate to see Hanson brought up to quickly and struggle. It came play mind games with guys when they come up and struggle.
April 13th, 20092:34 pm
Harry Kalas, in my opinion, had the best pipes of any announcer. RIP Harry. I imagine that he, Skip, Skip’s pop, and Mel Allen have enough stories, to share, to last an eternity.
Carroll, when do we next find out about Glavine’s shoulder?
April 13th, 20092:37 pm
Carroll…..yes, I believe a major setback. He said that he would also be the first to call it quits if he couldn’t help the team. In other words not string the Braves along. We’ll see. You really have to wonder about the wisdom of this move by the Braves to start with way back prior to ST. Makes absolutely no sense to me.
N8…..you are spot-on. Hanson has nothing left to prove in the minors. Let’s not forget that he has pitched a full ST not to mention the Arizona Fall League. For goodness sakes. Still the Braves are trying to help a guy resurrect his career when he ain’t that good to start with.
April 13th, 20092:39 pm
N8 (1:49 pm): “Like I said yesterday, Glavine, Maddux, Smoltz and Avery ALL had 30+ starts before the age of 23 (which Hanson will be in August). Kid’s major league development needs to get on the way.
“To take it one more step, Hanson has mad 60 starts in the minors. Here are the total minor league starts for the mentioned quartet of Braves starters before making their big league debuts:
“Maddux: 63, Glavine: 58, Steve Avery: 49, John Smoltz: 58.
“Appears to me, that Hanson is RIGHT in line to be up proving his thing against big leaguers.”
What you’re failing to recognize (or at least, failing to acknowledge) is that the current Braves are in NOWHERE near the desperate straits that those late ’80s Braves teams were.
There is currently not the same need to bring up Hanson at the same pace as Glavine, Avery or Smoltz were brought up.
In fact, if Smoltz had remained in Detroit, it would have been at least a couple more years before the Tigers brought him up to the Majors — their team’s position then being roughly comparable to the Braves’ now.
THAT’S the biggest difference between Hanson now and Glavine,/Avery/Smoltz then. (I cannot compare Maddux since he was a Johnny-come-lately Free Agent in ‘93.) And that imo invalidates your conclusion as to the pace at which Hanson should be brought up.
In a nutshell, the Braves don’t need him now like the ’80s Braves needed Glavine/Smoltz/Avery.
PS: And I did not miss this part: “those teams SUCKED. Just like we did last year.”
I simply disagree on two fronts — (1) last year’s team didn’t suck nearly as much as the ’80s teams (and this year’s team doesn’t suck at all — does it?); and (b) even if their bottom-line suckitudes were equivalent, it was for vastly different reasons, the ’80s reasons were cured by rushing Glavine/Smoltz/Avery to the bigs, but last year’s reasons do not currently justify rushing Hanson.
April 13th, 20092:40 pm
Carroll- Since Glavine was a lefty would it be safe to assume they would go with another lefty? Reyes?
April 13th, 20092:41 pm
Dadgum…you just don’t get it. Carroll wasn’t asking for your opinion. She was criticizing you for making a statement when you have no clue if this is just a minor strain or something serious. How can you “believe” it’s a major setback, when the man himself isn’t sure how bad it is? It’s your voodoo magic, right? You know the innerworkings of Tom Glavine’s shoulder better than he does. AMAZING
Wow. First time I heard Harry Kalas’ voice, was for NFL Films. Grew up watching highlights to his voice. Such a loss. I am sure Philly fans are just as shocked and hurt with this as we were last year with the loss of Skip. Sad day.
April 13th, 20092:42 pm
Tom O’Hawke, I mentioned in an earlier post it might not be today on a Glavine update. It might be tomorrow. Rest assured, if I find out anything today, you will know it.
April 13th, 20092:46 pm
ESPN doing a segment with Kruk on Harry Kalas shortly.
April 13th, 20092:47 pm
True, bringing Hanson up now doesn’t guarantee he will be lights out. Actually quite the opposite may occur but it isn’t because he is not ready to be called up. There are growing pains to be had for certain just like moving from high school to college A to AA etc.
Ask yourselves this question. Are you going to hang with a 43 year old to resurrect his career or start a phenom to begin his career. It isn’t like we are trying to rush the guy to the majors at this point. Hell, he is more seasoned than most who began their pitching careers in Atlanta or anywhere else for that matter.
April 13th, 20092:48 pm
Still the Braves are trying to help a guy resurrect his career when he ain’t that good to start with.
Not that good to start with? Are you serious? I suppose he won 300 games by accident…
April 13th, 20092:54 pm
Thanks Carrol DOB mentioned last night that they’d have to add him to the roster and I just assumed there were all ready 40 but that clears it up….seems like he should all ready be on it though.
I don’t agree with further wear and tear on Hanson’s arm throwing minor-league pitches. He should be throwing them where they count.
You never know if a pitcher has a 2-year arm or a 20-year arm. He could be finished by 2012 for all we know.
April 13th, 20092:55 pm
That is terrible news about Kalas’ passing. I honestly wasn’t much of a fan of his, but I appreciate how much of the Phillies fans loved him and held him as a great one. Thoughts go out to his family and the Phillies nation.
April 13th, 20092:56 pm
I just put on the Phillies radio station. They just replayed Harry, calling the end of last year’s World Series. At least, Harry had a chance to experience that before he passed.
April 13th, 20092:58 pm
We need to move Schafer to the 6 or 7 hole because he won’t still a base, ever.
If the pitcher’s always sac bunting right behind Schafer (assuming a single), Schafer’s not going to have the advantage of a hitter taking a pitch or two for him to steal second base.
Why not move Jeff to 8th in the order? He really looks like he’s trying to go to the right side more, and holding Schafer on at 1st will only help open that side up even more.
It just seems like a waste right now because he (Schafer) can’t even get a look at stealing a base.
GTI in Chicago
April 13th, 20093:00 pm
Completely disagree with you about the wisdom of the Glavine signing for this year. It was, essentially, a No Risk deal for the Braves. Relatively small amount of guaranteed money on the deal, and Glavine actually IS that good to start with, especially if you’re comparing him to any other 5th starter in baseball. It’s hard to imagine that you could screw Hanson up by leaving him in the minors too long, but you could certainly do some damage to his development by bringing him up too soon. The Bravos know they have at least 3 strong candidates for the rotation in the minors and 2 already on the major league roster who could do a fine job in the 5th spot of the rotation. So, why not do a deal to bring in a franchise icon? And if he can’t go, he can’t go.
April 13th, 20093:01 pm
spotts (2:07 pm): “That’s too bad about Kalas. I don’t know what’s been running through the waters the past few years”
No waters — only sands through the hourglass.
That’s what happens as you get old — everyone you knew or grew up with starts dying.
April 13th, 20093:03 pm
“Level of suckitude” got to love it!
Do we give the 09 Nats an 8 on the suckitude scale? Would the 89 Braves rank a perfect 10?
RIP Harry Kalas. While I associate him more from is work for NFL Films, his voice is as legendary as Vin Scully, Harry Carey and Jack Buck. It’s a sad day for the sports world …
Let’s say that Lowe, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Kawakami, and Hudson comprise our rotation in September. Let’s say that such a rotation leads the Braves into the postseason and, oh, a NLCS appearance. Because this playoff appearance is so great, let’s say that Wren decides to exercise Huddy’s team option for 2010. Where does Hanson fit?
Wren can’t worry about trying to fit Hanson in. If his arm blows out in AAA this year, that likely would happen in the bigs. The big club is still more important than one young pitcher’s ETA.
Maybe this is why I get sick of the constant minor league updates, especially about pitchers, that people have been posting here. None of the top four guys in the rotation will be removed unless they get hurt or stink. There is one rotation spot up for grabs. If Glavine is healthy enough to pitch, he will get the first shot at it. After that, we’re probably looking at Morton and Reyes.
Right now, Hanson is likely the fourth option for the fifth slot. He’s a little ways down that totem pole. After all, we’re not just trying to win now, right? We’re also looking to the future. We’re trying to do both things at the same time. As I’ve said before, if Wren can pull this off, he’ll be a golden god. Most GMs can’t make it work.
April 13th, 20093:04 pm
I do agree with maybe moving Schafer ever so slighty to hitting 8th and maybe have Kotchman hit 8th but he’s so slow a pitcher could sac bunt into a DP. Schafer could pull off those keep on running plays where he ends up on 3rd on a sac bunt…idk.
April 13th, 20093:08 pm
Who gives a flying hoot whatever FOX, ESPN, or any other news organization thinks? It’s only what happens on the field that counts.
Nats-Phils on MLB Network – began with moment of silence for Harry Kalas. It’s another chance to listen to Dibble for those who enjoyed him so much this weekend.
Has anyone seen Garrett Anderson talk to anyone else on the Braves team?
It reminds me of how Kotchman looked last year, but Kotchman looks completely different now with the Braves (as far as his body language and interaction with teammates).
I hope someone can get GA to jump on board with the rest of the guys so he feels like he’s part of the squad.
April 13th, 20093:09 pm
The new breed of announcer considers it taboo to be “one of the fans.” Say what you will about impartiality, I like the “homers”
April 13th, 20093:11 pm
Enter your comments here
Hanson has nothing left to prove in the minors.
Really? You mean, other than to show he can pitch consistently to AAA hitters, can get his flyball rate down, can manage games when he isn’t overpowering, things like that? You think he’ll improve his weaknesses by having them exposed at the ML level, where it might cost the Braves games?
He’s far from a finished product, and, luckily, the Braves grasp that a little more readily than frothing-at-the-mouth prospect-huggers.
Not saying you’re one of those, of course, LOL.
April 13th, 20093:12 pm
MLB just announced that all players, coaches and umpires will wear No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson on Wednesday.
April 13th, 20093:13 pm
Dibble was the one who said he respected Hanrahan for nailing Kelly, right? Said he crowds the plate, but Dibble was a bully who was as dirty as they came. How do these fools get jobs for major networks?
April 13th, 20093:14 pm
Won’t that be sorta confusing? lol
no scenario with the braves 2009 season will change the inevitable.
either tim hudson will be released from his contract, or javier vazquez will get traded. if they are both great, one will still be gone. if one of them is great and the other isnt, the one who isnt will be gone.
and unless hanson blows out his arm or suddenly cant throw a strike, he will take the one open rotation slot for the 2010 season.
they will not hold him down another year.
Couldn’t agree more with your 3:11 (at least about Hanson…I will let the prospect huggers take their shots at you:D)
April 13th, 20093:16 pm
Random(3:01), I believe spotts was alluding to the “cookie-cutter” announcers that have cropped up lately. His opinion is that they are devoid of the personalities of some of the old-timers (I think).
April 13th, 20093:18 pm
Everyone wearing 42 just is dumb, doesnt make any sense. I dont really get why he is the only player they do it for as well. Just a dumb tradition they need to get rid of.
April 13th, 20093:19 pm
I agree about the homers, Shamus Thacker. Kalas was a legend, just like our Skip. R.I.P.
April 13th, 20093:22 pm
Slugger (2:58 pm): “We need to move Schafer to the 6 or 7 hole because he won’t still a base, ever.
“If the pitcher’s always sac bunting right behind Schafer (assuming a single), Schafer’s not going to have the advantage of a hitter taking a pitch or two for him to steal second base.”
Couldn’t Schafer steal second, and then the pitcher sacrifice him to third?
Or would that too much decrease the pitcher’s margin of error in getting the bunt down, by maybe taking a strike before squaring around?
Jurrjens had 7 last year, Campillo 5 and Glavine 3 (Hudson had 7.) Jurrjens and Lowe already have 1 each this year — I think most all the Braves starters could get it down it with a strike or two on them.
April 13th, 20093:23 pm
I’ve learned enough about this stuff over the years to know that nothing is inevitable.
I like the idea of Schafer batting 8th…getting to second on the sacrifice…and scoring on anything but any infield single.
April 13th, 20093:25 pm
I think the other thing people overlook is Jordan is very comfortable batting in the 8th spot…why mess it up? It’s not like Esco and KJ and Infante are struggling at the top of the order. JS makes the lineup pretty dangerous even down to the 8th spot.
April 13th, 20093:27 pm
Adam Dunn walked again. That is 11 times Dunn has walked this season.
I wish he was on this team. Ten million per year for only two years is a bargain for a young slugger who doesn’t swing at non-strikes.
April 13th, 20093:30 pm
Wow. Making everyone wear #42? MLB rules with an iron fist. Why not leave it up to the player? MLB can enforce all players to wear #42, but they can’t stop them from wearing pajama pants everyday.
April 13th, 20093:31 pm
Tom ‘O — You could add Red Barber to that list also.
The thing that impressed my about Dunn is that he didnt swing at anything that was out of the zone. The one problem is that he is so slow he is a liability on the base paths and in the outfield. He couldnt score from first on a ball crushed to corner that the fielder had trouble grabbing. He ended up not scoring. Also he is easy to double up when he walks. Its almost like he is better off hitting the ball then walking.
April 13th, 20093:32 pm
Why is Jackie Robinson honored so much? I’d rather baseball honor Babe Ruth for once.
April 13th, 20093:33 pm
Another great old-time broadcaster passed away more than 50 years ago. His name was Harry Heilmann who was as good at the mike as he was in the outfield. And that says a lot.
April 13th, 20093:34 pm
McFann and others….barring changes, here’s how the Gwinnett Braves rotation lays out for the season-opening homestand: Friday would be Charlie Morton, Saturday is Todd Redmond, Sunday is Hanson, Monday is Jo-Jo Reyes and Tuesday is James Parr.
April 13th, 20093:35 pm
Anyone watching the Phillies and Nationals? The Nats just dont want to win any games this year…too many errors…Guzman is awful at shortstop.
I understand your rationale; but, I also can’t help but notice that even the Braves announcers seem to think that Tommy Hanson is “next in line”.
As soon as the Tom Glavine news was announced yesterday, Joe Simpson said, “I know someone who will be ready on April 18/(19). Tommy Hanson.”
Maybe they are wrong. Maybe this is all just a bunch of smoke. But, I don’t think it’s simply a conspiracy that led their to be so much discussion regarding Hanson over the last 6 months or so, that only picked up to a fever pitch during spring training.
Why didn’t we have the same level of discussion about Heyward, or Freeman?
My guess is that it’s because as good as those guys are, they are not realistic options for the Braves in 2009 (and maybe not in 2010).
But Hanson, he absolutely looked ready and we appear to have an opening in the #5 spot.
You talk about those others guys as if there is no way that Hanson will possibly be a better option than any of them in 2010.
Vazquez might be tradeable, even if the Braves have to pick up a portion of his salary.
Kawakami may also be tradeable, and may prove to not be that good.
Hudson is a huge question mark, and quite frankly, has been a disappointment as a Brave. He’ll be coming back from major surgery. Do we really throw $10 million + at him, when Hanson is ready, and cheap?
Hanson is coming.
18 Wheels of Love
April 13th, 20093:36 pm
Airhead, I guess he swings and whiff at strikes…check the K totals.
April 13th, 20093:37 pm
“Let’s say that Lowe, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Kawakami, and Hudson comprise our rotation in September. Let’s say that such a rotation leads the Braves into the postseason and, oh, a NLCS appearance. Because this playoff appearance is so great, let’s say that Wren decides to exercise Huddy’s team option for 2010. Where does Hanson fit?” (Chop Chop)
That’s a long way down the road, but if it happens, it’ll be a problem, a good problem, but a problem. I think the only thing Wren could do is trade one of the starters. I would think he’d try to trade one of the higher salaried starters (Vazquez or Lowe).
TnBrian(3:13), another thing about Dibble. As a short reliever, he rarely had to bat. I don’t know if that made a difference, but I think it would with a lot of pitchers.
April 13th, 20093:38 pm
I was about to go off on a tirade until I noticed the screen name.
Can everyone stop trading away Vazquez and KK? Are they winning too many games? Just stop the trading pitchers talk. So what if we have too many pitchers. They get hurt all the time. Maybe we might start a trend of keeping 5-7 starting pitchers on a roster.
April 13th, 20093:39 pm
“In fact, if Smoltz had remained in Detroit, it would have been at least a couple more years before the Tigers brought him up to the Majors — their team’s position then being roughly comparable to the Braves’ now.” Random
Are you kidding me? BEFORE the Tigers traded Smoltz for Doyle, they were 58-41. Let me repeat that. They were 17 games OVER .500.
How does that make them “roughly comparable to the Braves now”????
Had they NOT traded for Doyle (who was in their rotation for a while, after the 87 season), they more than likely would have called Smoltz up. Just my opinion.
But, this isn’t about bring Hanson up to “allow him to fail”. I actually think he’d make us BETTER and would allow us to get a jump on the NL East. If not dominate it. I think he’s gonna be THAT good.
I thought Wren was trying to win this year?
Tom O’Hawke (3:16 pm) –
Too morbid, huh? Guess I was projecting.
MFin04 (3:18 pm): “Everyone wearing 42 just is dumb”
Then you must have “42″ tattooed all over your friggin’ frontal lobe and foreskin, I guess, ’cause that comment is about as dumb as they come. Are you really so ignorant of history and so indifferent to other people? Sheesh.
AdirondackDave, yes, and Jack Buck, also.
April 13th, 20093:40 pm
Anyone watch Ken Burns’ documentary, “Baseball”?
I watched it almost 15 years ago, when it was first on, but MLB network is re-airing it on Sundays, and started it up last night.
I had forgotten from my initial viewing, that there were African-American’s in the major leagues, prior to Jackie Robinson.
They were harassed and threatened, and some times even threatened to not play against teams with African-American athletes (including a team managed by Cap Anson, the best player of the 1800’s); but, there were still nonetheless, African-American ball players prior to Jackie Robinson.
I wish this was discussed more, just to add some color to the Jackie Robinson story.
April 13th, 20093:41 pm
DOB.. any formula to when Mac will sit this year? Is Ross going to be someone’s personal catcher? I thought I heard Kawakami as a possibility earlier this spring. Last year it seemed like a lot of Sunday games he would sit, which kind of made yesterday’s start suprising. Any info on that?
Also, is that something you learn about the night before and can alert us about in case, say, we own him in fantasy leagues.
Thanks for all the extra info you constantly provide.
April 13th, 20093:42 pm
I’ll be happy to quit trading away pitchers when people quit burying our future aces in the minors through 2010.
April 13th, 20093:43 pm
MFin04: I don’t know…maybe because Jackie Robinson was the first player to do it?
Brent a.: Those last two years when Hudson put up a 3.33 era and a 3.17 era (before he was hurt) sure were disappointing… I do get what you mean though. He had a rough 2006 and, in general, hasn’t been the completely dominant pitcher he was with Oakland. Still a steal at $12 million though, in my opinion.
April 13th, 20093:47 pm
Ahem . . . “forehead”.
April 13th, 20093:48 pm
I’d go with Morton…he out-pitched both Hanson and Reyes this week. Also, Hanson still has control issues. 10 Ks don’t matter if you can only go 4 and 1/3. Give him time to work out his command issues and he will be unstoppable. Bring him up to early and you risk turning him into damaged goods.
For now, I’d go with Morton, then Reyes, then Hanson. In June, I might reverse that order, or at least put Hanson on top.
April 13th, 20093:49 pm
You’re reading into my comment too much. I was throwing a fantasy scenario out there while trying to figure out where Wren has pitchers placed in his list of options for the fifth spot. In my opinion, Hanson would be the last guy Wren would turn to because he has the least big league experience. That being said, I would like to see Hanson as the fifth starter because I’ve already seen Morton and Reyes. I have no idea if Hanson will actually do better than those two guys have done in their big league starts, but I do know that he’s new, different, and strikes out a lot of guys. That’s the fan in me. Fortunately, the fan in me doesn’t get to make those decisions.
The most likely scenario for handing a rotation spot over to Hanson is Hudson being allowed to walk.
Shame on you MFin04, don’t you know Robinson was black? That means his number should be retired from all of baseball and have all kinds of pomp devoted to him every year? Meanwhile Ruth and Cobb get bread crumbs from MLB.
April 13th, 20093:50 pm
Damn, Harry Kalas died. There was no way you couldn’t like that guy, regardless of how you feel about the Phillies. Sure will miss him on NFL Films.
Hudson definitely bounced back the last two years; of course, he didn’t pitch an entire 2008; but I’ll gladly take what he gave us in the short-term over the course of a full season.
But again, you’ve got a guy who seemed to be fading when he got to Atlanta, fought hard to bounce back, only to have an arm injury. He’ll cost what, $12 million in 2010? Just kind of risky when you’ve got other options.
I hope it all works out, I really do. I don’t mind Hudson. In fact, I want us to have as much quality pitching as possible, I just think it’s unrealistic to think that there will be any scenario not involving an injury to Tommy Hanson, that won’t see him in our rotation by 2010.
April 13th, 20093:52 pm
Thanks, S.H. glad someone has some sense. I forget though…when is Pete Rose day? Does everyone wear his number? He had a lot of hits in his career didnt he?
April 13th, 20093:53 pm
MFin04 (3:41 pm): “This comment doesn’t even make any sense whatsoever.”
How ’bout this one?
April 13th, 20093:54 pm
Random, I thought “foreskin” was pretty funny. Painful, but funny.
I was at the game today and the Braves played well. Schafer is awesome in the outfield. Also my 3 year old girl got on TV and I caught a foul ball for the first time in my life. All in all a good day.
April 13th, 20093:55 pm
Jackie Robinson’s stats wouldn’t/shouldn’t even get him into the Hall of Fame…just Fyi.
Hmmmm, has anyone else enjoyed the first week of baseball? I mean it doesn’t read like it with all the talk about trading Vazquez and Kawakami, sending Glavine to pasture and bringing up Hanson to fill the 3 through 5 spots in the rotation. If it ain’t broke, why are we trying to fix things? Hows about everybody just chill for a couple of months, enjoy some good baseball and wait to speculate when speculatin’ needs a doing.
April 13th, 20093:57 pm
He’s honored because they do it every year. No matter how great Ruth or Cobb are they never had to go through what Jackie went through to play the game. People loved them then and they still do. Needless to say they weren’t saying glowing things about Jackie when he came to the park.
Your comment was retarded and made no sense, my comment was off by 16 pitches…yet correct in its premise that Hanson needs to limit his amount of pitches per inning/ab.
Does anyone miss Renteria? Frankie K
why would you miss Renteria now? That’s a baffling question to me.
Charlie Morton on Friday, eh? Thanks, Ms. Rogers. Wish it coulda been Tommy, but Morton’s pretty good.
April 13th, 20094:00 pm
The first week of baseball has been fantastic, the off days are killing me, but I’m glad McCann and Chipper are getting some rest early. It’s also amazing to see if some guys are having off-days the other guys are on. What a lineup.
The power numbers will go down but these averages are going to be around .300 all year throughout the lineup. Pretty impressive. Hopefully everyone batting .300 will lead to a lot of RBIs and runs.
April 13th, 20094:01 pm
RIP Harry Kalas
The Braves just announced that Glavine has been scratched from his start Saturday and will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. He will be replaced by Jo-Jo Reyes, who will start Saturday in Pittsburgh.
April 13th, 20094:02 pm
…they never had to go through what Jackie went through to play the game.
Oh boo hoo.
April 13th, 20094:04 pm
Tom ‘O — Yes on Jack Buck too. As a kid in the late 40s and a Tigers fan then, I can’t tell you how many radio games I heard Harry Heilmann call. Wonderful story teller from the early part of the century when he played with Ty Cobb and some other greats. Of course, I’ve forgotten all the stories now but what remains is the memory of a guy very unlike Cobb who played in the same great Tiger outfield and was loved by millions of Michigan-Ohio-Indiana baseball fans who listened to him for decades. When Harry died in the 50s I actually lost interest in baseball for about 20 years.
It doesn’t eat posts!
At some point your posts will show up
not true. I’ve had a half dozen or more that never showed up. Sometimes even a re-post of the same thing went missing forever too.
Reyes, huh? Well there’s a loss.
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