1:54 pm April 12, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 13th, 200911:17 am
I awoke to the sound of a tree falling in my front yard about 3:00 a.m. I never lost power but those winds must have been strong, I saw several trees down on my way in to work this morning and lots of people I work with lost power but I’m on a different electric system than they are.
April 13th, 200911:19 am
Who all here plans to go to the A-Braves’ day game Thursday?
April 13th, 200911:21 am
Jim: yes, absolutely. our best bet is getting to that ‘pen. we have alot of guys who can really make the pitcher work when they want to, so lets hope they dont give them any 10 pitch innings….
April 13th, 200911:25 am
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Ernesto Mejia? He hit over 20 dingers last year at Myrtle. I saw him play during the playoffs against the Potomac Nationals and he crushed too deep homers. I don’t see him on any roster this year…http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Ernesto%20Mejia&pos=OF&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=448171
April 13th, 200911:32 am
DOB (10:14 am): “It’s on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).”
And let us now note here for the record that only pretentious, know-it-all, SABRE-minded seamheads would actually be ignorant enough of basic arithmetic to so loudly and proudly add two fractions with two different denominators.
Right, Lew? Right, McFann?
April 13th, 200911:33 am
Random- For the $40 all you can eat seats, you can eat: hot dogs, nachos, ’sliders’ (mini-burgers), veggie burgers and fries. You also get all the soda you can shake a stick at.
If you go on ticketmaster.com, you can buy tickets to the outfield AMPM All You Can Eat (section 151). The price on the tickets shows up as $28 bucks (just like normal outfield seat). Then you can go to the all you can eat both and tell them you selected the ‘All You Can Eat’ option because you did.
They’ll tell you there is an error online and that you can pay the difference to eat the ‘all you can eat,’ but if you don’t they’ll let you go up one time and get a bunch of food.
Since we were going to pay the $28 for the outfield pavilion, I thought I’d see how well I could make my case for some free food…it worked.
If you do the $65-80 ‘All You Can Eat,’ you get much better food and BEER. Hot Wings are one of the options with this ticket, and will definitely be the route I go with next time. Eat about 30 wings with a few beers during BP and then sit back and enjoy a cold brew every innning or so the rest of the game…my kinda night.
April 13th, 200911:34 am
Anybody else thinking that we will definetly be contending for a NL East title this year?
April 13th, 200911:35 am
I definitely agree, and I think Philly is in A LOT more trouble than people want to start talking about.
April 13th, 200911:37 am
Random-Not without coming up with the lowest common denominator first.
April 13th, 200911:39 am
This just in from Turner Field, Chipper may be out for at least 7-10 days, “with a hang nail”, let’s all wish him a speedy recovery before he comes down with a in-grown toe nail.
April 13th, 200911:41 am
Yes Philly does have problems and so do the Nats! Does Jimmy Rollins want to guarantee a NL East title??
April 13th, 200911:44 am
KD – Shut up. Thanks from all of us.
April 13th, 200911:49 am
Jimmy Rollins actually predicted it was going to be a tough year for the Phillies in the NL East…maybe this guy actually has some ability.
April 13th, 200911:52 am
From Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll’s strong>Under the Knife:
Chipper Jones (1 DXL)
Jones plays through major injuries, so it should be no surprise that he’s playing through a bruise on his left thumb. According to sources the injury affects him more from the right side, though none of them could explain to me exactly why. He did hit a home run while playing through it, and he may have aggravated it by hitting for power, since he hasn’t hit for an extra base since having to take the day off. Don’t be surprised to see Bobby Cox find him another day off sometime this week, even with Monday’s scheduled break, but Jones essentially writes his own name into the lineup. Assuming that this is as minor as it appears, he should only be diminished for about a week, though you never really know with him. Some players can play through pain, but few excel doing it the way that Jones has throughout his career.
Frank from KS
April 13th, 200911:53 am
Any word on Glavine yet?
Here’s hoping his comeback isn’t halted by this.
April 13th, 200911:57 am
The Braves are rollin and I think we all know it and so does foxsports.com they are ranked #2 behind the Marlins! see it for yourself http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/powerRankings
Thanx for the info, Slugger!
April 13th, 200912:00 pm
MFin04-Not necessarily. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the Phillies have no serious pitching threats after Hamels (if Cole is actually healthy enough to BE and Ace this year). Been saying just that all winter long-about the Mets, too. No one cared to listen though. Now they’re seeing it’s true.
April 13th, 200912:02 pm
The Nats offense is pretty good. They hit as many times as the Braves.
It is there defense that is terrible, too many balls got through that
should not have, life Francoeur’s triple and Yunel’s RBI. They are
not positioned properly to cover the infield or outfield for that matter.
April 13th, 200912:08 pm
Random-Interesting. Joe and Boog were talking about Chipper’s injury on the broadcast yesterday and claimed he had trouble from the LEFT side. Maybe they meant his other left side.
April 13th, 200912:09 pm
Those power rankings are alot better than what MLB.com has for the “9 things we learned” they do not mention the braves, even though they are 5-1 and improved pitching.
they did say “last year the Rays were not a fluke” but i dont see what they base this on, becuase they are only 3-3
April 13th, 200912:11 pm
This just in from Turner Field, Chipper will propably miss the next 7-10 days with a hang nail, let’s all wish him a speedy recovery before he develops a in-grown toe nail.
April 13th, 200912:15 pm
I knew the Phillies were in trouble when Jamie Moyer pitched the 2nd game making him their no 3 starter……they are done, no way the offense can make up for that lack of pitching……and somebody remind me…with Kelly and Yunel off to the great starts….why we were trying to sign Furcal anyhow
April 13th, 200912:17 pm
It wasn’t funny the first time, KD
April 13th, 200912:18 pm
I’m pretty sure Chipper will miss Tuesday’s game with that bruise, just because I’m going to that one and that’s about my luck that my favorite doesn’t play that day. Now if Mac gets the day off too I’m going to demand a refund lol.
April 13th, 200912:19 pm
Random, I think that deal on Chipper may be wrong. I believe the thumb injury hurts him more front the left, when his left hand is the top hand. At least that’s what I understood Joe and Don to say about it. Could be wrong.
I think he may be wrong about Chipper’s great tolerance for pain too, but I’ll shutup about that because I surely wouldn’t know, nor could anybody really.
GTSteve – we were trying to sign Furcal to either
1) Move Yunel to 2B and Kelly to LF to help our outfield problem
2) Plug Furcal at SS and trade Yunel for Peavy
April 13th, 200912:21 pm
This just in from Idiotsville, and idiot by the name of KD is believed to be posting bad attempts at humor. This idiot isn’t creative enough to change his original post.
April 13th, 200912:24 pm
There is rarely any type of real delay to slow you down. And, if you are not afraid of driving by a little street crime, then you have roadway options that are pretty much wide-open almost 24 hours/day.
Street crime just adds personality to a neighborhood. OK, just kidding – besides, its not like East Cobb isn’t on the front page of the AJC every week for some sort of violent crime going down (or North Dekalb around Briarcliff for that matter).
You said it yourself – Kelly and Yunel are of to great starts. Thats good but it doesnt always mean great year. They both have potential but are not sure things. Furcal wouldve definitely been an upgrade on both offense (as a better leadoff hitter) and defense (at 2nd base). Atleast that was the plan. You might find at the end of the year that Kelly has improved but the fact remains that he has been extremely streaky till now. We have started 5-1. We started 7-1 in 2007 but we all know how it ended. So no reason to book postseason tickets yet.
April 13th, 200912:25 pm
Agree with your 10:31. I think CHARLIE realizes its time to drive or get run over on the ATLANTA expressway.
the nats actually do have the potential to have a pretty good offense. guzman is a really good hitter, along with zimmerman, and dunn has great power and plate discipline. dukes is a slugger with alot of potential, a great guy to have if you have some other good hitters around him, and nick johnson if he can stay healthy is a pro hitter. milledge isnt anything to scoff at, either.
but, as someone else mentioned, thier defense isnt too great….guzman had a hard time at SS in this series, and we all know dunn is challenged defensively…and of course thier pitching isnt to good, either.
April 13th, 200912:27 pm
It looks like foxsports is going purely by W-L record. Its basically a standings list masquerading as rankings. Hmph.
So why would we want to go w/ Reyes on Saturday who had a bad 1st outing in the minors and hasn’t proved much at the ML level or Morton who last year seemed to want to walk the ballpark when Hanson is right there?! Make him skip his Thursday start in Gwinett…its just two days more rest for the big one in Pittsburgh…
Also, if its him not being on the 40-man that we’re worried about, DFA Boyer and everything will be fine…Oh, and while we’re at it, get rid of that bum O’Flaherty. Its only a matter of time before he coughs one or five up for the Braves!
Here’s to Hanson being realized as being the ONLY real “good” option for Saturday.
April 13th, 200912:29 pm
Well I sure would love seeing him here posting with PHILLIEFAN rather than facing him down on the field every time we play the PHILLIES.
Not trade Yunel for Peavy straight up, that is
April 13th, 200912:30 pm
You don’t want to bring up Hanson because I think that starts the clock for when he becomes a free agent. If we bring up Jo Jo or Morton, then maybe Glavine can come back for his next start. I’m not sure when the actual date is that we can bring Hanson up and we still get an extra year of arbitration.
April 13th, 200912:32 pm
Looks like Glavine has a major setback. I stated a lot earlier that the Braves would be better served with Hanson in the #5 slot. Two main reasons- #1 he is simply better #2 he has already been seasoned against the best in Minor ball now time to get MLB tested.
Nostalgia aside, exactly why does anyone really want to see Glavine pitching while the best option is at Gwinett. Glavine is no feel good story. Actually the guy is quite a distant memory from the Glory Days of the Big 3. Glavine obviously has not been activated and is not on the 25-man. Once activated he makes another million if memory serves me right. Already owns a million of the Braves money just from their kind gesture.
Oh well, just my weekly rant on Glavine. Regardless, this was a move that Wren simply should not have made. He can cut his losses and raise the hopes of Braves fans everywhere by thanking Glavine for his efforts and bringing up Hanson. Now is the time.
Rock on…..for those that think I have something personal against Glavine, I don’t. He was a great pitcher for Atlanta and a sure HOF member in 5 years.
April 13th, 200912:34 pm
I still don’t think Hanson is in the minors to avoid starting his arb clock. At this point in his career, the kid has, what, 4.1 IP above AA? Just pump the brakes a little bit, people.
April 13th, 200912:35 pm
I’m glad we didn’t sign Smoltz and wish we didn’t sign Glavine. Smoltz and Glavine are both injury risks and are too old to be effective anymore. I do think we should keep Hanson in the minors for a few more starts.
April 13th, 200912:37 pm
Durham…..the Braves and Wren have said that arb-eligible timeline with Hanson is a non-factor. Bring the best to play now. Worry down the road about that kind of stuff. Gotta live in the present which really makes me wonder what Wren was thinking on Glavine to start with.
Problem with Hanson is he threw almost 100 pitches in 4.1 innings. That isnt going to get it done at the MLB level. Strikeouts are overrated when you have to go to 8-10 pitches an AB. Id rather have a guy that gets no K’s a game and has 4-6 pitch innings.
what ive liked to see in this braves offense so far is that everyone is doing a little to help the team win. not every player has had great games, but its seems like every game, there are a couple of guys who step up and have great games to help us win, and its a different group every day.
kelly has had a couple of O’fers, but has come up big in a couple of games to really help out. same way with mccann, and even though chipper has been getting his hits…we havent seen him really locked in yet, and the other guys are getting the job done. hopefully, chipper will heal up soon, because we will need him to carry us at some point this year.
April 13th, 200912:39 pm
If glavine can’t go got to remember that won’t need that 5th starter again til 28th. So say you bring Hanson up. You start his arb clock, have to kick someone off the 40 man, then leave him sitting around for 10 days between starts. I would put my money on a spot start for buddy or campillo.
Hanson’s next start is Tuesday as in tomorrow p-town
I would go with Reyes, Morton or Campillo over Hanson. The arb. clock does matter. At least it should. We are talking about something like 6 starts, right? Do we have that little confidence in Reyes?
I’m the real Slim Shady. Jordan Schafer just looks like me.
April 13th, 200912:40 pm
You hit the nail right on the head! I myself could also care less if Glavine made his comeback and myself thought there was no real reason to re-sign him…if he had a setback I’d rather want Hanson taking the ball every 5th day than hoping and praying that Reyes or Morton has finally found something. At this point, his options clock is the least of our worries.
April 13th, 200912:41 pm
Just because they say that doesn’t mean they don’t think about it with his arb clock. Is it the main reason? No. Is is a factor? I would say yea
Lew, Runnin –
Yeah, of course I’ve been hearing the same thing as well.
Only thing I can figure is, batting RH, you’re right hand’s on top. When the ball hits the bat, the RH can act as a fulcrum pivoting the bottom of the bat into the left hand at the base of the index. Adding more power to the swing would increase that effect, especially if the left hand cannot grip the bottom of the bat strongly enough.
Batting left-handed, with the LH on top, it may be that the RH can grip the bottom of the bat well enough to mitigate the inpact of the ball on the bat when the LH is the fulcrum. And/or he can adjust his LH grip to ameliorate the pain.
That’s just a wild-eyed guess after 20 minutes with a broom handle. (An imaginary broom handle, at that.)
PS: now we can all sit back and relax as Coach inventories my ignorance.
April 13th, 200912:47 pm
I guess I’m just not warm to the idea of throwing out Reyes or Morton who seem to like to walk the ballpark as I feel like I have been sweating enough through JJ’s first 2 starts in which he has seemed to have more than his share of control issues.
The only real way to figure out what Hanson has got is to throw him into the fire. Reyes and Morton have already had their opportunity as far as I’m concerned. Reyes has on multiple occasions! Carlyle hasn’t been stretched out so he really wouldn’t be an option and Campillo I’m very iffy on. The real question is, what does Bobby want to do because I really think he is the one making the decision, and I fully believe if up to him, he will certainly want to choose someone besides Reyes or Morton.
And the 40-man thing…like I said, get rid of Boyer…it wouldn’t be a big loss and it keeps him from hurting us later on in the season because we all know he will.
April 13th, 200912:50 pm
As far as Glavine missing his next start and who should replace him, I remain unsure. I understand the Hanson argument to stay in the minors to get some AAA expierence and maybe let JoJo or Morton get a shot, but I hate the argument that it starts his arbitration too soon. For a player who has the potential of Hanson, if he is as good as hoped for after two seasons we would resign him early and for a long-term deal, like McCann, thus making arbitration irrelevant. If he does not perform well, then going to arbitration would only be a 1/2 million difference in salary that year or so. I think the real reason that Reyes or Morton will get the call for Glavine is to avoid any issues in bringing back Glavine at his next start. Once the fans get a chance to see Hanson it will be tough to send him back to AAA. Also, I believe to avoid starting the arbitration clock early the player cannot come up to the majors until mid July. I may be wrong about that, but not by much. Just my thoughts on the subject.
NC Braves Fan
Schafer looks a little bit like Ty Cobb … http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com/Ty%20Cobb.jpg
April 13th, 200912:52 pm
Am i missing something here? I thought it was Chipper’s left thumb that was bothering him? And yes, Random, if you have problem’s swinging, its more than likely the top hand as the culprit of your problems so that would be right hand for righties and left hand for lefties…trust me when I say this, bone bruises really hurt each and every time you swing the bat after they happen no matter how much contact you make as long as contact is made. Basically put, it feels like you’re getting jammed every time at the plate. So I actually aplaud Chipper on playing through it, even though it might make the recovery time last a bit longer.
April 13th, 200912:54 pm
Set the arbitration clock issue aside on Hanson for a second … why would you send a guy to the minors on the premise that he needs a little more experience in the minors, and then recall him two weeks later? It makes no sense, especially when there are other folks available at Gwinnett who have actually started in the major leagues.
April 13th, 200912:56 pm
I agree with your post for the most part, but I do think Morton and Reyes deserve another shot. Reyes had a great spring and Morton is too young with too good of stuff to pull the plug yet. However, I do agree that Boyer has to go. Ultimately, with the 10 days between 5th starts I really doubt we would see Hanson this soon. Although, the more I think about it, the more I want to.
April 13th, 200912:58 pm
The reason why T. Hanson did not start the season on the active roster is because of the super 2 rule. If Hanson comes up after April 16th
then he can not be a super 2 player until after the 2011 season,also slowing his over all service time down. If he had come up before the Aril 16th date he could have been a super 2 after 2010. Its ironic Glavines start was penciled in the 18th make you wonder???????????
“Super Two” Players
A player is classified as a Super Two and is eligible for arbitration provided he:
1) Has at least two but less than three years of Major League service time,
2) Has accumulated at least 86 days of service during the immediately preceding season, and
3) Ranks in the top 17 percent in total service time among all MLB Players who meet the above two criteria.
A player accrues one day of service time for each day he is on a big league club’s “active list” during the regular season. A total of 172 days of service time constitutes one full year, which is the maximum any player can be credited with during any single season.
April 13th, 200912:59 pm
I thought Bobby showed a little maturity the other day putting Soriano in and not playing Boyer. In the past he would have rested Soriano and played Boyer.
April 13th, 20091:03 pm
The arb clock would hold Hanson out until the end of May or early June. Heres an example with the Nats.
April 13th, 20091:04 pm
Not sure if anyone cares, but Lillibridge is starting at 2nd and leading off for the White Sox today (Dewayne Wise batting 9th)
Technically they added two decimal numbers with no denominators.
April 13th, 20091:06 pm
thanks for the clarification jjrfoster
I know we’ve burned one option with MORTON. Did we use two last year?
April 13th, 20091:10 pm
Always liked DWAYNE WISE, and I know the LilBRIDGE has the arm for the majors, I’ve seen it numerous times. Its the bat that lags behind, but if the SOX have enough confidence in him, and he sticks with it this year, by next year he should be producing moderate numbers offensively.
Being aware that you can avoid the super 2 rules by just delayin bring Hanson up in another 6 weeks, which would only be 3-4 starts makes me believe there is no chance in seeing him if Glavine misses his first start.
April 13th, 20091:13 pm
MFin04 (12:37 pm): “Problem with Hanson is he threw almost 100 pitches in 4.1 innings.”
I guess 84 pitches IS almost 100, if a B- is almost perfect. He threw 84 pitches.
“That isnt going to get it done at the MLB level.”
Could be why he’s not yet at the MLB level — also it was his first start of the year.
“Strikeouts are overrated when you have to go to 8-10 pitches an AB.”
4.1 IP = 13 outs, plus 3 hits, plus 2 walks, plus 1 hit-by-pitch — that’s about 19 batters Hanson faced in 84 pitches (could be more if someone made an error behind him — can’t remember). That’s an AVERAGE of less than 4.5 pitches per batter. And no way of easily telling (for me, for now) the exact number of pitches he threw for the Ks. Do you know his pitch count for the 10 Ks? Where’d you get your “8-10 pitches an AB” data?
“Id rather have a guy that gets no K’s a game and has 4-6 pitch innings.”
You know what’s even better? Three pitches per inning! Woo hoo!!!
I think at the most you can only burn one option per year. After you use the option, they can go up and down as much as is needed.
April 13th, 20091:18 pm
When would we be able to call up Hanson and not start his arb clock this year?
If Hanson doesn’t get called up to start for Glavine, I can imagine the backlash from people who don’t understand the 40 man roster, rookie pitchers, etc.
April 13th, 20091:19 pm
i know i’m jumping in on this late but if glavine’s set-back is minor (three starts or less) then i’d think reyes gets the call. if he struggles, the team still has hanson in their back-pocket.
bringing hanson up this early for one or two starts puts them in an awkward position. if he does well and glavine gets healthy, how do you justify sending him down? if hanson does poorly, you’ve started he arb clock and put him on a short hook.
reyes (and to a lesser degree morton) have major league starts under their belts and shouldn’t be battling the same nerves that hanson could have for is first start.
and if glavine only misses only one start, then i’m sure campillo could work four/five innings making it a moot point anyway.
April 13th, 20091:22 pm
spotts-Last year the Reds brought up Jay Bruce in late may and two years ago the Brewers brought up Braun in late May as well.
April 13th, 20091:25 pm
Chuckw- If you send a player to the minors longer than 20 days then his MLB service clock is shut down again. Just clarification.
April 13th, 20091:31 pm
I would like to see Tommy Hanson get the nod. However, if he’s just a stopgap until Glavine returns.. There is no sense in bringing him up.
That said, I say we use either Morton or Parr.
April 13th, 20091:37 pm
McFann ;Ô; (1:04 pm): “Technically they added two decimal numbers with no denominators.”
Nope — percentages (or “decimal numbers”) still have denominators. It’s the units of measure that distinguish them.
A .400 OBP is equivalent to getting on base 4 times per 10 Plate Appearances.
A .500 SLG is equivalent to hitting for 5 bases per 10 At Bats.
The two different denominators are “10 PAs” vice “10 ABs”. It’s like trying to add one-third orange plus one-half apple (without making ambrosia). It’s like apples and oranges! (Right, Lew?)
P-Town Brave (12:52 pm): “. . . trust me . . .”
Oh, I do.
We were just trying to figure out why Will Carroll would have been told that Chipper’s bruised left thumb/index bothered him more batting RH (which flies in the face of what you wrote and what we already knew or had been told). Just idle speculation.
April 13th, 20091:38 pm
Harry Kalas passed out in the pressbox before the Phillies-Nats game, characterized as “serious”, doesn’t sound too good. http://www.philly.com
April 13th, 20091:39 pm
Will all those people wetting their pants to see Hanson brought up now, be ready to write him off or trade him for immediate help if he comes up and struggles? Given the what have you done for me lately tenor of the talk, I would bet yes. Morton was the object of interest last year when he was putting up big numbers in AAA. He came up and did OK for his first few starts and tailed off at the end of the year, perhaps due to the discomfort from his injury. Now he’s been given up for the junk heap by some of the more impatient voices who expect instant success. Instant gratification is what distinguishes the juvenile from the adult.
Hanson needs a little more time. There was nothing in his last two appearances that said he is ready to excel up here right now. Strikeouts are nice, but high pitch counts and short outings are not what we need with this pen. Hanson does not hold runners very well and when Cabrera won a long battle and got an RBI hit, he seemed to lose confidence or concentration and the inning spiraled from there.
Greetings from Starbucks…..I’m one of the masses without power this morning, so here I am. And I see a Channel 11 news truck has just pulled up. Maybe they’re here to interview people about coming here to work. Or maybe they want a hot cup of coffee.
Anyway, I’m not sure that we’re going to get an update on Glavine today. I just got word through Braves PR that Wren doesn’t think they’ll know anything today. And as of this morning, Glavine was still awaiting word on when he might be seeing a doctor. I’ll let you know if something changes, but as of now, still in a holding pattern and might be until tomorrow.
Dadgum, how do you know this is a major setback for Glavine? He doesn’t know that. The Braves don’t know that. How do you know? Just wondering.
And just to throw something else in the mix to keep the pot stirred….Originally the Braves were thinking Glavine might start on Sunday, the 19th, not Saturday the 18th. I believe Hanson is scheduled to pitch tomorrow night which would mean he could go on regular rest Sunday. Not to say that’s what they’ll do. Just thought I’d throw that out. Morton had a nice outing last night. 12 Ks, one run, one hit in six innings for Gwinnett. That’s sharper than Jo-Jo Reyes’ first outing.
Nope, guess just coffee for Channel 11.
Sad to hear about Kalas. Some consider Vin Scully to be the greatest baseball announcer out ther (can’t really argue with that). But I’ve always been partial to Kalas. Love his voice. Often will listen to Phillies broadcasts just to hear his voice.
Hope he pulls through.
April 13th, 20091:41 pm
Chuck – It’s MOO point. It’s like a cow’s opinion…it just doesn’t matter.
Is it true after 6 games Brian McCann leads the braves in Stolen bases?
April 13th, 20091:42 pm
Along with SO many other players who get the chance to go back home to the place they started their careers (recently…Griff Jr. in Seattle and Giambi in Oakland), Tommy (Glavine) has the right to do what he wants and where to do it and that’s a chance to finish his career in a Braves uni on his own terms.
And btw…..I heard on Sports Center earlier today that Manny is thinking of returning to Cleveland before he retires to finish as a Indian. They also mentioned a quote from Thome that if/when him and Manny become free agents….they both should think about returning to Cleveland and finishing their careers as Indians.
April 13th, 20091:43 pm
NC, you obviously weren’t paying attention yesterday. It was duly noted that Schafer has Ty Cobb ears and Betty Davis eyes…
April 13th, 20091:49 pm
“Will all those people wetting their pants to see Hanson brought up now, be ready to write him off or trade him for immediate help if he comes up and struggles? Jim
Were you a Braves fan in the late 80’s when Glavine, Smoltz and even Avery came up? Not trying to be an ass and rip your age, or insult you, but those teams SUCKED. Just like we did last year. NOBODY was ready to dump those guys, that could actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Granted, most didn’t see that team going from worst to first in 91, but you could clearly see that improvement and competitiveness was around the corner.
As for Morton? Not even a close comparison. Morton is a guy that’s climbed the minor league ranks at a steady pace, and has been touted as a “nice” middle to backend of the rotation guy. Hanson is being touted as a future cornerstone ACE of the rotation.
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.
Even if the Braves wanted to call Hanson up how would they add him to the roster?
April 13th, 20091:50 pm
DOB…Breaking News here in Phillis, They found Harry Kalas passout in the press box in Washington, took him to the Hospital, sound pretty serius.
April 13th, 20091:51 pm
N8, when you’re right, you’re right. Good points.
April 13th, 20091:53 pm
So in like another year when our rotation is
that’s not too right handed is it?…..I mean so far it’s been good for us
Scalp 'Em Braves
I’ve heard of strange, weird and just plain stupid. But to boost a load of ketchup and render hot dog eaters powerless to slather fake tomatoes, high fructose corn syrup, etc on their wieners? Perish the thought.
A $43,000 shipment of ketchup scheduled to arrive at Fenway Park Monday morning went missing after a disgruntled truck driver stashed the cargo at a Tennessee truck stop, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
The driver, Christopher G. Kindle, 39, of Jackson Center, Ohio, was scheduled to transport a load of 996 Heinz Ketchup bottles to a facility in Norton, Mass., by Friday. But the cargo of condiments hadn’t turned up on Monday morning and officials at Fenway began to get worried.
“On Monday I got an e-mail asking where the load was at, and that it was important,” said Crosby Trucking Services manager Kevin Mitchell. “That’s when I was told the ketchup was for the Red Sox home opener.”
Mitchell called police to report that the load — and the driver — had gone missing. Police said they checked Kindle’s criminal history and learned that he was on probation for an earlier incident. Kindle’s parole officer then helped police to locate and arrest him.
“It’s silly,” said Lt. Jim Frye of the sheriff’s office. “This could’ve been a civil issue, but now we’re looking at the intention to deprive the owner of services, which is basic theft.”
In the meantime, Mitchell arranged to have an emergency ketchup shipment rushed to Fenway in time for Tuesday’s rescheduled game.
Frye said Kindle told police that he took the trailer because he was mad at the trucking company management about two prior incidents. Kindle said that he had dropped the missing trailer off at a location in Ohio, but when it couldn’t be found, Kindle was questioned again and he admitted to driving the trailer to a truck stop in Baxter, Tenn.
Emergency ketchup?? Yikes!!!
April 13th, 20091:58 pm
bravos – Don’t worry. The lefty lineup will make up for the righty pitching
GTI in Chicago
IF Glavine discovers he’s not ready this weekend. I’d personally MUCH prefer to see Jo-Jo or Morton called back up to make the start. Hanson needs more time down on the farm.
More than that, if we work with the idea that Hanson is practically can’t miss, then don’t we gain far more in the long run by further cultivating the talents of 2 (or 3) of our other high-upside prospects? We have enough SP talent on the farm to fill out the whole rotation with great arms in a couple of seasons and they all need their shots right now. Couple of those guys really are ahead of Hanson in the development at this point anyway.
April 13th, 20091:59 pm
You have any news on Boyer? I heard he’s got some back issues or something, which explains why he hasn’t pitched since his outing in Philly. Maybe he’ll be DL’d to bring up the 5th starter.
April 13th, 20092:00 pm
Jersey Gil, J.D, and others-
According to the link J.D posted, Kalas died shortly after he collapsed.
I know. Was only kidding…
Yes, very true!
April 13th, 20092:01 pm
I just heard on the radio that the G-Braves new stadium caught on fire this morning… Not much damage reportedly, but dang.
April 13th, 20092:02 pm
Where is the goo?
You mix up McFann’s post (7:58pm) with Blaine Boyer’s (8:36pm), you get the above odd combination. Weird.
April 13th, 20092:03 pm
Jody – after 6 games, Brian McCann is the ONLY Brave with a stolen base. And the only one with a SB attempt.
Hearing about Glavine’s injury reminds me of why not signing Smoltz was not necessarily a bad idea.
Hey, Smoltz could have a phenomenal year with the Red Sox, I realize that. But, he was also going to cost us a chunk of money we used on other needs, and like Glavine, his health is no guarantee.
Espn confimed it. Kalas passes away. Too bad. He was as good as anyone. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4064793
April 13th, 20092:04 pm
Howdy, Ms. Rogers!
I believe Hanson is scheduled to pitch tomorrow night which would mean he could go on regular rest Sunday. Not to say that’s what they’ll do.
Oh, I hope not…’cause we’re gonna miss that game. But if he starts, we’d prob’ly DVR it.
So he’s not gonna pitch Gwinnett Stadium’s Opening Game? Curses…
I just heard that Harry Kalas passed away. I feel for all Phillies fans today. Just remember, every one on this blog….remember exactly how you felt when Skip passed away last year. Harry Kalas was one of the sports world’s greats. Hopefully every one had a chance to experience the greatness of Kalas for themselves. The sports world is a little less whole today.
Looks like Bobby’s gettin more aggressive on the basepaths this year.
April 13th, 20092:07 pm
That’s too bad about Kalas. I don’t know what’s been running through the waters the past few years, but it seems like good sportscasters with enjoyable personalities just don’t come around anymore. And now we lose another great one.
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