1:54 pm April 12, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 13th, 200911:14 pm
I wonder if Skip and Pete will ever get into the BHOF…they sure deserve it
April 13th, 200911:18 pm
Andruw up with two out with the tying run on second in the bottom of the ninth vs. Sherrill. After doubling and homering earlier today, already having driven in 3 runs…
mets fan in atlanta
April 13th, 200911:20 pm
April 13th, 200911:21 pm
any chance the braves could hire rangers hitting coach
April 13th, 200911:22 pm
ncgary, nah, apparantly T.P. is doing a great job. Checked out the team avg. lately?
How ’bout Orlando Hudson, hits for cycle in his first home game for Dodgers — and becomes first Dodger to ever hit for cycle at Dodger Stadium.
And Andruw draws a walk…
Who is this guy?? Batting .625 so far; 5-8 with 4 R’s, 4 RBI’s, 1 HR, 2 2B’s, 2 BB’s and 2 K’s.
Not a bad start for a guy on a minor league deal. it is early, but definitely the way he needed to start off…
McGriff Justice Gant
April 13th, 200911:23 pm
Maybe the Braves should have traded for Swisher… Might have bolstered our bullpen. The series starting tomorrow will give a good glimpse of how the season could pan out with a tough Marlin squad that has some of the strongest young pitchers next to the Rays. As for Saturday, its good to see Jo-Jo get the start, not Hanson. Jo-Jo had a good spring, he provides a left-handed arm, and has experience. We want Hanson to work on lowering his pitch count and developing an arm that can go 5+ innings over the course of a year. I like the way things have begun, lets just keep the ball rolling.
April 13th, 200911:24 pm
maybe we should have gotten swisher. gotta love both ny teams losing.
April 13th, 200911:26 pm
lol mjg i didn’t see your post, we’re both thinking the same
International Black Man (IBM)
April 13th, 200911:29 pm
Terrence Moore accepts buyout and is out at AJC, just more cash for casper homeys like DOB to blow on CD’s and Concert Tickets.
April 13th, 200911:31 pm
Absolutely loved the comments by Braveheart at 9:16 and Salamander at 10:22….
Auburnbrave: I don’t know about others, but what’s going to happen when Hudson gets back in August or September is about No. 174 on the issues and discussions I’m interested in having about the Braves right now.
But seriously, these issues usually take care of themselves. You’ve already had one starter (Glavine) get hurt before his first start. So worrying about what’s going to happen, who’s going to step aside or whatever, when/if Hudson gets back in August really seems kinda pointless here in the middle of April. At least, to me it does.
April 13th, 200911:35 pm
Milton Bradley has the same injury as Ross though…and it’s not like Anderson is starting…
Well yeah, but Anderson costs $2.5mil and Bradley is a $10mil a year limping sickbay.
Agree about KJ AND Esco – I think both have breakout years. I stated in ST that KJ would have a big year, but I neglected throwing Esco any love. Esco still hits groundballs to the SS like its his job (aiding his double play totals from last year), but when he elevates the ball – he usually crushes the living crap out of it.
April 13th, 200911:36 pm
I think the Nats will actually win one of the next two games against the Phils. Blanton (>15 ERA) and Hamels (>17 ERA) should be fun for the Nats. They are actually scoring runs so it wont be long. Would be great if they can win both.
April 13th, 200911:38 pm
Not to suggest that Esco should change his swing/approach to hitting – even if he has a large double play total this year. What he does works most of the time.
April 13th, 200911:39 pm
Anybody watch the new episode of The Hills? Oh my, Heide let Spencer have it by giving him the choice of therapy or her… WOW, can’t wait for next weeks episode when Lauren might just find love. CAN’T WAIT!
April 13th, 200911:41 pm
Is Hanson pitching for Glavine next saturday?
April 13th, 200911:42 pm
Doc, Reyes is.
Andrew in P-tang
why is JO JO going to start saturday hes poop
April 13th, 200911:45 pm
Andrew in P-tang, you’re thinking of Kyle Davies. Oh, wait…
April 13th, 200911:46 pm
Is that a fact or is it just your opinion?
April 13th, 200911:47 pm
Very sad about Harry Kalas. I lived outside Philly as a kid in the ’70s and they had a great broadcasting team of Kalas, By Saam, and Richie Ashburn. Now they’re all gone.
Now I live outside DC and Rob Dibble is definitely the worst announcer I’ve ever heard. He called the work of the umpires “crappy” on the air the other day. He just comes across as a big, classless jerk. He’s worse in the booth than Adam Dunn is in left field….I’m talking BAD.
April 13th, 200911:48 pm
Is that a fact or is it just your opinion? (Doc)
starting Sat? that’s a fact.
What I meant by same injury is that they’d be out the same amount of time…and by him and Anderson that neither are playing and in the case with the Cubs and us we have players that can play in place of them….no matter what they cost you can’t predict an injury….you can predict someone getting hurt but not how serious or for how long….case in point everyone knows Chipper would have aches and pains but not necessarily his hand.
April 13th, 200911:49 pm
i read that reyes is starting saturday
It’s been mentioned and stated on the front page it’s going to be JoJo
April 13th, 200911:52 pm
JoJo is not “poop” as you put it – he had a solid spring and it makes sense to hold Hanson back longer. You could make an excellent case that the Braves should have called up Morton instead of Reyes, but I could go either way on that decision. If Reyes shows he is ready to stay in the bigs, then maybe the Braves keep him for depth OR his trade value goes up.
I know many posted earlier today that Vazquez (at $11.5 mil) might be traded someone next year/off-season, but I think Reyes or Morton is just as likely, if not more likely, to be moved. They are cheap and young. If they can consistently pitch at the ML level, then they are great trading chips, and the Braves might have a better chance of getting impact prospects for them vs. Vazquez.
Hey, I could be totally off base, and the Braves would prefer to keep them over Vazquez, but my gut tells me they move Morton or Reyes and keep Vazquez.
Call me out later if I’m wrong!
April 13th, 200911:53 pm
There’s something about this picture of Oakland A’s pitcher Dallas Braden that seems to suggest that he is, in fact, a tool.
April 13th, 200911:54 pm
i’d rather have buddy start then jo jo …
April 13th, 200911:56 pm
Gwinnett lost 3-0
Mississippi lost 6-2
Myrtle Beach won 8-6 Heyward 1-4 with a 3 run homer; Freeman 2-4 with a 2 run homer. They are so close that have to hit homers on same day how nice.
April 13th, 200911:58 pm
I hear ya – I guess my point was that the Cubs should’ve known better given Bradley looooong injury history before shelling out that contract… dude hasn’t played in more than 141 games in any year of his career, and usually he plays in far fewer.
I guess they had to know before they signed him, and are fine with him only playing 100-120 games if he can produce like he did in Texas last year when he is in the line up.
April 14th, 200912:03 am
vabravesfan,sweet minors update thanks
April 14th, 200912:04 am
Thanks for the update, vabravesfan.
April 14th, 200912:10 am
Yup and as long as Morton doesn’t go on early rest which I doubt coming back from injury. We will have a Morton/Price matchup Thursday night
April 14th, 200912:12 am
Braveheart, your 9:16 is classic bloggery for sure. Good stuff.
April 14th, 200912:19 am
while I was working I had the TV on MLB – they flashed on the bottom something about Chipper hurting his left thumb again on Sunday but I did not catch it all. Any of you all have any info?
our young pitchers need to learn how to pitch with what they got
April 14th, 200912:24 am
What do you think about the Yanks having A-Rod and Tex out of the lineup..I just laugh…almost 40 million on the bench….sure Swisher has been hotter than Tex and you can’t predict Tex would hurt his wrist but that’s a lot of wasted money….I wouldn’t have given Tex that much in the first place dude only produces like 3/4 of the season
April 14th, 200912:29 am
yea brian they said that he irritated it again on the single he hit on friday. I think DOB said they don’t expect him to miss any games if any at all
April 14th, 200912:31 am
Nick swisher looked like he was having a ball out there tonight. I like that.
Brian, i think its in the game story from yesterdAy here on the ajc braves page
That chipper got jammed again yesterday. I wouldnt be shocked if he sits tomorrow.
Chop Chop – I don’t know the guy, but that picture makes me want to punch him.
yeah but if tex was still in atlanta,i’d feel pretty good about our chances
April 14th, 200912:34 am
I’d feel the same about Connor Jackson and Nick Swisher which are millions cheaper….I’d rather have Lowe and KK, and Vazquez then Tex and Mediocre Starters…I’m just saying.
April 14th, 200912:36 am
i hope the brewers fall out of the race early and trade us prince!
April 14th, 200912:37 am
Chipper could have came out of the game on Sunday if it was real bad, or he should have cause we were far enough ahead that he could have came out….I know with the bullpen though you can’t always say that but if your hurt your hurt and they did have an off day but it’s not like Infante is a dud and regardless we are going to face good pitching so it’s going to be tough whether he plays tomorrow or today…lol …or not.
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
April 14th, 200912:49 am
I hope Glavine is ok, it would be a shame for his career to end this way. At any rate , the starting pitching should be good to go with or without the Hall of Fame lefty.
The Padres are 6-2 and leading the NL West. Other perennial doormats : Orioles 5-2, Mariners 5-2, Royals 4-3, Pirates 4-3…..somebody slug me and wake my sorry ass up when the real season starts.
April 14th, 200912:52 am
Pitching lines for the GWINNETT game tonight.
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Redmond, T (L, 0-1) 4.2 7 2 2 1 4 0 3.86
Nunez, V 2.0 3 1 1 2 1 0 3.86
Acosta. M 1.1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.00
April 14th, 200912:54 am
Well according to one source I read our payroll actually dropped this year over last and is somewhere around 96+ mill.
Yeah I know, way over priced “elite” players already hurting. Once they’re back at full strength though, that line up will be brutal to pitch to. The Swisher acquisition makes Cashman look like a damn soothsayer.
April 14th, 200912:56 am
Sunday was such a great day. I got a sunburn. My buddies saw us on TV. I was sad my bartender was gone, but I got another. French with 2 triples!! Okay one, but still…..good that Braves baseball is back…….I live again!
April 14th, 200912:58 am
thanks rhr – as long as it is nothing new or worse that has popped up since then
April 14th, 20091:04 am
DOB…..I will stop with music posts with this….I have made many references, but if you stick me in a room, I go with the Essential Willie Nelson until the end of time. Bring Allison, Kris, Tom Waite, DBT, whomever….Essential is by far the best disc set I own. And Jimmi, SRV, and EC were still learnin’ their chops when Willie was teachin’.
April 14th, 20091:08 am
Wow. Since half my posts don’t show up, and it seems that somebody unleashed “hypo-hyper” on the blog. I’ll check out, before actually checking in.
I’m really excited about these next 3 games against the Marlins. They always seem to start the season off hot in recent years, and this year is no different. We miss their front 2 starters, and they get to see Vazquez, Lowe, and Kawakami.
I’m predicting that due to dominant starting pitching performances – the Marlins win 1, Braves win 1 – and the rubber match comes down to which team’s hitters/bullpen gets the job done. Obviously, I want to see a Braves sweep, but I’ll take 2/3 from a hot Marlins team on the road.
April 14th, 20091:09 am
Thanks. Harwell and Kalas always had that sound that made listening to baseball perfect.
April 14th, 20091:11 am
My mistake – Braves are at home for the Marlins series.
April 14th, 20091:22 am
Just wanted to chime in on one coment.
“almost 40 million on the bench (when discussing Arod & Tex out of the Yanks lineup tonight)” bravos2249
That is funny. But it’s actually almost 54 million. Arod is making 33mil this year, and Tex is making 20.6mil this year.
Our entire starting 8 (I’m even including Diaz – making it 9), combines for 28.1 million dollars.
3/4 of the Yankees infield combine to make 73 million dollars. The Braves projected 2009 payroll, is around 97 million. For the whole damn team.
NOTHING would make me more happy than seeing the Yankees lose around 90+ games.
April 14th, 20091:23 am
Scully won’t be around much longer either….. I’m a homer. Skip will always be my favorite. He and Ernie made baseball for me…”Groundball to Horner and he ties a record held by many”…..”It’s a partial sell out tonight, if you’re drivin’ around with nothing to do, come on out to the park.” These other guys that I respect ply their craft in other cities and I don’t hear them…..oh….. but but I heard Skip many a night and if I had my way, I would hear no one but him. If there is a heaven, and I am lucky enough to make it, I hope I hear him in my transistor. Brave win! Braves win! Braves win!!!!!!
Wayne in Utah
April 14th, 20091:31 am
Unless, of course, if BOTH the Yankees and Mets lost at least 90 games! Now, that would be almost like heaven on earth!
April 14th, 20091:34 am
I predict that I will spend way too much money at Turner Field the next three days and do without sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll for the rest of the month………..okay, maybe not sex……hehe……..but you never know, I am old.
April 14th, 20091:38 am
Wayne……heaven on earth is, pardon me for saying, southern Utah. Rode my bike through Monument Valley and Zion. And Four Corners…….breathtaking my friend. Can’t wait to do it again.
April 14th, 20091:43 am
I thought it was wrong at first I thought Tex was making less than 20 mill this year…..cause you know how sometimes the contracts avg. out into 20 million a year but the first one they only make like 17….dang I didn’t know A-Rod’s 33 million already kicked in…..that’s a ton of money on the bench…IDC who you are ain’t nobody worth that much money.
April 14th, 20091:54 am
Funny you should mention Southern Utah Salt Life – I’m actually doing some research focused on Utah’s Canyon Lands (using Google Earth currently). Alt + Tab to check on the old blog, then tabbing back to canyons.
April 14th, 20092:00 am
Sal…..I really wanted to go to Canyonlands, but the schedule would not permit. Utah is in the top seven most beautiful places I have ever been…….God, I would love to be there again!
That was fun to watch Nick Swisher pitch the 8th. I couldn’t believe he struck out Kapler. Hilarious.
April 14th, 20092:05 am
Where can I see Swisher strike out Kapler?
April 14th, 20092:18 am
April 14th, 20092:22 am
Heyl DOB, if Tom Glavine were to call it a career now – without having actually been activated for the ‘09 season – would that mean he could be eligible for the HOF at the same time Greg Maddux would be? If so, all we would tdhen need is for Smoltz to decide it ain’t worth it just to pitch for the Red Sox for half a season and they could all go in together…with a big ‘A’ on their hats.
April 14th, 20092:23 am
Haha, that was awesome. Kapler looked annoyed as hell after that at bat. He swung and missed at a 79mph pitch up in the zone.
Dirtydawg, even if he’s activated he has to play in a game to delay his HOF vote a year.
April 14th, 20092:55 am
Looks like Swisher has a better feel for his pitches than Boyer. Next.
April 14th, 20093:04 am
I’m sure this has already been addressed, but I’m behind on the blog and just read your series of comments around 4pm (yesterday, now…).
Really, guys? Really? it’s not often i am compelled to respond to anything on the blog outside chipper-bashing, the merits of KJ, or the Boss. But, geez, you gotta be kidding, and i gotta weigh in, even if it’s way out of context for when this posts.
Ty Cobb, absolutely, was a fantastic ballplayer. Whether you dig the stories, or the stats, or te contextual metrics, he was a bad mofo. He was ALSO a miserable curmudgeon, a social retard, and a giant racist–even in a time when MOST everyone in the south was something of a racist. To stand out as a huge racist a-hole, in a time of widespread racism, says something.
Babe Ruth may be the baddest man ever to wield a bat. he’s an icon, he’s untouchable as a great, he changed the game. But what did he do otherwise? if he played today, he’d be maligned for womanizing and drinking and showing up out of shape, but hey, he’s the Babe, so the stories and the legend…well, we embrace it.
Just as most of us can embrace the unimaginable feat carried out by Jackie Robinson. Why you guys can’t is beyond me and disturbing. I can’t imagine what, at almost 4pm on an otherwise pleasant Monday, could possess you guys to hold court on what level of tribute and why that is or isn’t justified with regard to a man who faced what Jackie did. I’m a white guy rushing all-too-quickly toward middle 30s, but that is the kind of hero i espouse. Why attack MLB’s or anyone else manner of honoring what he did and what that means, and has meant to what we call modern baseball? Jackie is not just being honored for putting up Ruthian or Cobbish numbers, and he isn’t a fixture in the hall of fame just because of those numbers either. He’s there because he changed the game, and the country, and society, for the better. And if you add in his numbers from the time when he wasn’t allowed into MLB, you might find them more Hall-worthy…
I just hope this is an anomaly, and not what my fellow Braves fans harbor, despite the stereotypes of southern “gents” like you two. i mean, c’mon, we’re all better than that. I hope…
April 14th, 20093:38 am
Thanks for commenting Johnny. Well said…
April 14th, 20096:15 am
johnny, good post. However, I think the reason you saw such little response to that inanity is that the majority of the bloggers here realized that such did not deserve response. While the blog will almost always fire off for dolts, nincompoops, morons, and idiots, the level of obtuseness displayed in those posts was a whole other universe beyond the norm. You can’t help folks like that, with any comment of any kind.
April 14th, 20096:51 am
I knew it would be Reyes. If you want to beat Bobby Cox, use his stubborn belief in lefty-righty against him. It’s one of the reasons we only won one Series in the ’90s. If you’ve got a couple of good lefties in your pen, you can force him to pull a .350 hitter for a banjo pinch hitter late in a close game. Personally, I think you go with the hot hand. Reyes got lit in his last start. Hanson was brilliant. So we use Reyes because he’s a lefty. He’s also a 4A pitcher, at best, So what if he had a good spring. Who did he face?
April 14th, 20098:09 am
scoots, i see your point. mike, thanks for the comment. i guess the bait was too much for this guy. back to regularly scheduled bloggage…
April 14th, 20098:19 am
I disagree with the assessment of JoJo being a 4A pitcher. He has all the physical tools necessary to be a good MLB pitcher. What he doesn’t have is enough MLB experience to be confident at this level. He’s only 24 and you have to like a guy whose stuff is good enough to have a high strike out rate. Besides I think we need a quality left handed starter on this staff. I hope he pitches a gem.
Steve from OH
April 14th, 20098:25 am
johnny, well said. Feel free to blog more regularly (you can take Lou Vales’ spot)…we can use more sane people here.
April 14th, 20098:34 am
We had another AAAA pitcher they gave up on.
April 14th, 20098:41 am
I really like the new ‘Getting To Know Your Braves” video section. This week is Jair Jurrjens and he really seems like a cut up in the dugout, always laughing and smiling, and didnt have as much of an accent as I thought he would have. I thought he would sound a little more like Andruw, but he didnt, pretty cool stuff
April 14th, 20098:55 am
Atlanta Braves sign Ruben Rijkhof of Tenerife Marlins
April 14th, 20098:59 am
I enjoy the ‘getting to know’ pieces as well. Good stuff.
For those who enjoy irony, this pic was taken yesterday showing storm damage at the local yacht club http://i42.tinypic.com/27zhy1l.jpg – whatever that storm or “gravity wave” or whatever they’re calling it (because they didn’t really forecast it) sure caused a lot of wind damage around here. The dock and all those boats were blown 200 yards until they came to rest against a causeway.
April 14th, 20099:05 am
DOB: Is there any way that we can get the AJC to post box scores for the Gwinnett Braves on the Website? It’s not like we can go to the Richmond paper to get this information now. Thanks.
April 14th, 20099:11 am
CARROLL ROGERS: “Braves’ starters are 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA, which ranks fourth in the majors behind only the Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis and Chicago White Sox.”
Shouldn’t that be 4-0? Jurrjens with 2 Ws, and Lowe and Kawakami with 1 W each?
April 14th, 20099:16 am
G-Braves box score: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_04_13_gwiaaa_dubaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
April 14th, 20099:42 am
i guess the bait was too much for this guy.
Not so, my friend, not at all. Man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, LOL.
April 14th, 20099:44 am
April 14th, 20099:45 am
Good morning McFann
April 14th, 20099:52 am
putting jo jo back in the rotation, what could possibly go wrong?
April 14th, 20099:54 am
Good morning everyone, looks like today is the day I finally buck up and buy mlb.tv
April 14th, 20099:59 am
“putting jo jo back in the rotation, what could possibly go wrong?”
Seriously though, I’m not a big fan but let’s give him a chance.
April 14th, 200910:04 am
i’m all for giving jo jo a chance, but despite his 2-0 record this spring, i guess i just have too many painful memories of the last 32 chances we’ve given him where he went 5-13.
April 14th, 200910:05 am
Good Morning All,
Nice to sweep any team, even the Nats!
While the bullpen was not perfect, it is definitely moving forward. A couple of questions for the group!
1. Could Moylan’s troubles in his first 2 outings be a separation anxiety for Phil Stockman getting DFA’ed? (this is a joke, remember the Escobar/B Pena stuff from last year)
2. Did anyone else find it strange that Soriano closed out the game on Sunday? That was his 3rd game in a row and he is juts off surgery and did not pitch much in spring training. Gonzo was not available because he had pitched 2 days in a row.
That just seems strange to me……Gonzo has not looked great, lacks his normal control and velocity. I wonder if he is hurting…
April 14th, 200910:13 am
Yeah-Let’s give up on JoJo just like we did with Kyle Davies.
April 14th, 200910:16 am
This is JoJO’s last serious shot at making the big club. If he bombs this time, management will only consider him for the starting rotation as an afterthought. Come on JoJO show us what you’ve got. There’s nothing to lose. Do well and you’re in. Otherwise you’re back in GWINNETT anyway. You can’t lose what you don’t have, a spot in the BRAVES starting rotation. So go win it.
All I Know . . .
April 14th, 200910:19 am
All I know is you would never have heard such mealy-mouthed mewling from John Smoltz:
“I knew it was close, whether I got through this season or not,” Glavine told the Journal-Constitution Monday. “I always had a feeling in the back of my mind, now more than ever, any time I go out there something could happen. I’m prepared for that. Obviously I’m hoping not to confront it right now, but if I have to, that’s the way it is. It’s something where I feel better knowing at least I tried.”
April 14th, 200910:22 am
Both Soriano & Gonzalez had pitched the previous two days but Gonzo threw over 30 pitches (I think) on Friday. I was, however, a bit surprised at Soriano pitching three days in a row — but the alternatives didn’t look so hot.
April 14th, 200910:25 am
1. good one! it really is good to see moylan throw a great innings like he did the other day. we need him to be good in the worst way…what sucks is that we have to be careful with him…and with gonzalez and soriano to, to a lesser extent. its very important for the starters to give us innings early…
2. i was happy that soriano closed out the game. i picked him up off the scrap heap for my fantasy team, now im getting holds saves, everything from him! looking at who he faced, it was two righties and a switch hitter…maybe thats why bobby brought out soriano instead of gonzalez. maybe if it had been two lefties and a switch hitter, gonzalez would have been in there.
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