2:44 pm April 20, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
Steve from OH
April 20th, 20096:40 pm
Coach, yeah I remember you calling Norton for sure. I seem to recall you doing the same for Barton but it’s not as clear in my memory as Norton. I hope Barton turns out to be useful for us as Norton has definitely given us value. In any case, props on those two, but some humility would be refreshing for a change.
Braves had 10 days to trade or release him, ground_fog. Cardinals decided the demand for Boyer was going to be unprecedented, and swooped in.
Wayne in Utah
April 20th, 20096:42 pm
Will you guys remember me when we go get Ryan Freel?
I miss blaine boyer he was the MAN
April 20th, 20096:43 pm
Line of weather from the SW on the way. Hopefully just a delay of start.
April 20th, 20096:45 pm
I’m Still Kind of P’d Off That the Braves F.O. didn’t make a stronger Bid to Go After Raul Ibanez….Anyone else agree…?
Ibanez is Clowning in Philly and would’ve been a better #4 Hitter when Chipper isn’t in the lineup, which I’m counting on for about 40 games….
April 20th, 20096:46 pm
It’s strange that a Canadian sports page (sportsnet.ca) has such detailed pages on MLB players. Whenever I’ve wanted to look up players’ injury histories or transactions in the past, I’ve gone to that site. They have everything going back to 2001 on one page. Hell, they even have all the awards that Chipper Jones has won through his entire pro career.
Check it out, folks.
Might not start this thing til at least 9 looks like
April 20th, 20096:48 pm
I wonder if Diaz brought his catching mit to D.C.
Wow, Bowman pulls no punches when writing about G. Anderson. From his blog:
I’m also pretty sure the Braves spent about $2.5 million too much on the left field manequin that Scott Boras sold them in February. When you talk to Garret Anderson, he’s as lifeless as he looks during those few occasions that he’s actually deemed himself healthy enough to be on the field.
April 20th, 20096:49 pm
Wayne your man got head in the hit today with a pick off attempt just fyi
My only concern is that our bullpen has been pretty uneasy and we are shipping guys away rather than bringing them in. though I don’t believe it is a bad move in any way I just hope the guys can pull it together or we can shore that part up the team up quickly.
April 20th, 20096:50 pm
Carroll Rogers – If the game gets rained out or delayed.. Can you please get an interview with Terry Pendleton?
April 20th, 20096:51 pm
yeah, i saw that. bummer.
April 20th, 20096:52 pm
yeah, ask him why all our hitters improve more under other hitting coaches. Like McCann’s dad, or by Chipper watching them, or why Frenchy went to Texas.
April 20th, 20096:53 pm
GA should be DL’d until he is ready. Let’s see what BJones can do this time around.
April 20th, 20096:54 pm
mbatl, I saw that. Makes me think the Braves want him to write that. He usually just writes whatever they tell him.
April 20th, 20096:57 pm
PWHjort, I always thought that about Bowman (and all the MLB team writers), that they were just an extension of MLB and/or the team. But I think Bowman is pretty candid on his blog. (and of course it runs a distant second to this one).
Seems to me that in that particular blog, he pretty directly contradicts Cox’s party line.
April 20th, 20096:58 pm
I didn’t know that atlantabraves.com had changed Mark Bowman’s job title to “columnist.” That’s a harsh burn right there. I like this part, too:
“Braves manager Bobby Cox pushed for Anderson’s signing and he has continued to show support for the 36-year-old outfielder. Cox has labeled him to be a “glider” who moves effortlessly toward balls in the outfield. In addition, he’s believes the 36-year-old outfielder will be a key piece to this year’s success.
Well Cox is entitled to his opinion and I’m entitled to believe the Braves will be putting Matt Diaz in left field much more frequently than Anderson.”
This makes me wonder if Bowman realizes that Bobby has earned the right to do whatever he wants to do. If Bowman is ever entitled to have an opinion, Bobby will give it to him.
Gotta agree, DL Garrett until he deems himself fit, assuming Brandon or Matt don’t take the job
April 20th, 20096:59 pm
Cox saving his reputation as a players’ coach while the organization stabs him in the back and goes with someone younger, better, and more versatile. I can feel a storm abrewin’.
April 20th, 20097:00 pm
GA should be DL’d until he is ready. Let’s see what BJones can do this time around.
Wayne, we actually agree on something.. I see no sense in letting this joker hog up a roster spot until he’s ready to play regularly.
April 20th, 20097:01 pm
Just fyi for anybody that doesn’t know the tarp is still on field so game will not start on time
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)
April 20th, 20097:02 pm
Chop Chop, sportsnet.ca is an even better website for hockey. I love it.
April 20th, 20097:03 pm
ESPN might be showing the Braves game when it gets going. For now they’re going to show some of the Marlins/Pitt game. They were scheduled to show they Yanqi Pigdogs, but that was rained out.
Well, that’s a natural, Coach.
April 20th, 20097:05 pm
Dogs and cats sleeping beside each other kinda weird, huh!!!
April 20th, 20097:07 pm
Hockey, soccer??? People actually follow those sports??
JasonInFL (Formerly ME)
Not that it matters much, but I met a few ST season ticket holders who absolutely hated GA by the end of their time at Disneyopolis!
Anyone hear Boog talking about Smoltz after SS went to break? I heard it for a little while on MLB Premium. I’m unsure exactly what he was talking about but do recall this, “John Smoltz in my own words”. And he repeated it a couple times and mentioned someone else’s name I can’t recall.
April 20th, 20097:08 pm
According to the Nationals network, a cloud burst is expected soon after the scheduled start, maybe in 10-20 minutes. But they’re only expecting the heavy rain to last a relatively short period.
Wayne, we don’t say bad things about hockey on this blog.
April 20th, 20097:09 pm
MASN says 7:45 start time at the earliest.
April 20th, 20097:10 pm
Nats announcers are saying a 8 pm start…
I have a tennis class at school. This little dude in the class who plays soccer was wearing a Portugal soccer jersey. I said, “Hey, man. Is that a Cristiano Ronaldo jersey?”
He looked at me and said, “You know something about soccer?”
I gave him a shooting glance and sneered, “Hell, no. Get out of my country, evildoer.”
April 20th, 20097:12 pm
But, as Chop Chop so astutely points out, saying bad things about soccer is perfectly acceptable. Buncha wussies…
I went to a fight once, and it turned into a hockey game.
April 20th, 20097:14 pm
My 16 year old says soccer is for kids who can’t play sports.
April 20th, 20097:16 pm
I like hockey and soccer. I also like football, basketball, golf and tennis. I like NASCAR.
Ever watched rugby? That’s a cool sport.
But its early.......LOL(Doc H.)
Im kind of late………..very busy today………..
I kinow it might be written somewhere……….but could someone tell me something about…….
The guy we got in the transaction for Boyer
April 20th, 20097:17 pm
Your kid is an idiot that has never played soccer. Baseball…is the only sport you can eat a 4 course meal…while playing, lol.
Earth to Wayne, Soccer is the number one sport on the planet.
McCann’s getting checked out tomorrow, so we gotta wait another day for that.
Chop Chop –
Bobby is like the friggin Pope in that town…he can say whatever he wants and tell other ppl what to say whenever, wherever…
He’s like when you’re sitting at Thanksgiving dinner and your grandpa starts acting crazy and no one says anything, but when he goes outta the room everyone is like, “what the he__ is wrong with grandpa”…thats Bobby for ya.
April 20th, 20097:18 pm
Yes, but soccer is for Europeans…does this look like Europe to you?
April 20th, 20097:19 pm
So the game is going to be an hour late?
So, do we have a confirmed start time or are we just guesstimating?
April 20th, 20097:20 pm
My top five favorite sports.
Is the game gonna get underway? at what time if someone knows…….please
April 20th, 20097:21 pm
Soccer is like kickball w/o the scoring and all the fun.
Any comments from him? is he better?
April 20th, 20097:22 pm
I watch WTA Tennis. And I really like the mosaic (6 courts) view for majors on Directv.
But I digress. Baseball, football, hockey and rugby are considered sports.
Soccer is a frigging Religion and most Americans are completely ignorant to this fact.
Has anyone seen the kind of power display Cody Johnson is showing to start the season. 6HR in 11 games, but with 15SO. This guy could be the next Ryan Howard, and Adam Dunn.
Stan Kasten just said they were expecting a pretty hard rain to start in about five minutes and to go for about 20. Wow, that’s about as much a detail as I’ve ever reported on a rain storm. Let’s see how it goes.
April 20th, 20097:23 pm
The funny thing is, I do watch the world cup when it’s on. Those European soccer fans are absoutely nuts. But otherwise, it’s dullsville.
April 20th, 20097:24 pm
I only say that cause my brother in law is a Welshman and fanatic about rugby, but back to the point. Go Braves and baseball!
Some consider baseball to be a religion. I know some people down here in the South consider college football to be a religion. (I try not to worship my 1980 UGA National Champs Coke bottle, but it’s real tough.) Hockey’s a religion north of the border.
April 20th, 20097:25 pm
Ok I know this is a random question. Even though we all pretty much know he’ll be wearing a Braves hat anyway. When Maddux gets elected to the HOF can he even wear a Cubs hat since his number is being retired with another player by the team? I don’t know if jersey numbers have anything to do with what team you go in with but, it would seem odd.
Again it’s just something that popped into my head after doing some work and being bored and I didn’t look it up so if it’s stupid..oh well.
Frank from KS
April 20th, 20097:28 pm
mbatl re: of your 6:48 pm post
As for what Bowman said…..OUCH.
I was one who was for the Anderson signing but I’m thinking…that was wrong. Very wrong….and who knows, by the way the Mariners are playing and in first place…..do ya think Griff Jr. would’ve been disgusted with himself if he would’ve choose the Braves over the Mariners?
I have a feeling…..very much so.
April 20th, 20097:29 pm
I like nascar. I like to watch the cars go round and round. I like to smell the fumes. I like nascar. I hope somethin crashes.
April 20th, 20097:31 pm
So…is the start time going to be closer to say 8:15 ET then?
April 20th, 20097:32 pm
my favarit sports
April 20th, 20097:33 pm
Maddux played more seasons and had his best years as a pro in Atlanta. That’s why he’ll go in as a Brave. It doesn’t have anything to do with a retired number. The Hall makes the decision based on where a guy played the most and played the best. I remember that Gary Carter wanted to go in as a Met when he was enshrined. Nevertheless, his plaque has him wearing an Expos cap. Since Carter only played with the Mets for five years, his twelve seasons and strong play in Montreal won out.
GTI in Chicago
Not a stupid question, IMO. But it’s got nothing to do with it at all. And the player doesn’t get to pick the team hat he wears on the plaque. The HOF does that on its own. But I, too, can’t imagine he go in as anything other than a Brave, what with three of his four CYs coming in Atlanta and all the World Series and post season games he played in an Atlanta uni.
April 20th, 20097:34 pm
I agree, Slingblade. I like to hang around at the gas station and smell gas all day. It’s a blog performance enhancer.
April 20th, 20097:36 pm
me and bobby cox r gonna sit on his porch and shoot stuff maybe skwurrels
Why don’t the Bobby do what Manny Acta did. Redo the WHOLE pen after the these recent mess ups.
Maybe with Boyer getting traded….he was made an example. Throw strikes/get people out…or “Bye, bye”.
April 20th, 20097:37 pm
Why don’t Bobby do what Manny Acta did.
April 20th, 20097:38 pm
Hockey is the only sport that gets the fighting thing right. Drop the gloves and handle it man to man. None of this let me at ‘em, let me at ‘em crap when you’re behind 10 guys. I wish they’d do that in baseball and basketball. I debate though whether the fights should occur between the hitter and pitcher or the hitter and catcher. I’d rather it be between the catcher and hitter. Creates an unfair advantage if the hitter can bum rush the pitcher from a 60 feet. Catchers should be held responsible for moron pitchers anyway. If the catcher has to fight for them, he’d make sure he held them accountable. Drop the bat, drop the helmet, catcher rips off the mask, and let’s get it on. No one can jump in, no clearing of the benches, no silly fat wusses running in from the bullpen five minutes after the fact. Catchers are the toughest guys on the team usually, so it would be fun to watch them beat some arse.
April 20th, 20097:39 pm
Cody Johnson a poor man’s Adam Dunn? I’m not a big Dunn fan, but it would have to be an extremely poor man. Cody strikes out 4 or more times for every walk , Dunn about 1.5 times per walk. That isn’t even in the same ballpark. Johnson is a totally broke hugely in debt man’s Adam Dunn at this point. He needs to make a ton of improvements in his swing.If he does not he will never play regularly in the bigs. There are untold numbers of guys with nothing but power who either never make it at all or hang around a few years part time. I remember when he was drafted, the analysts hated his swing.
OHIO STEVE–you are aware of the sites that have videos on hitters. I know that one on Cody was online somewhere a few years ago. Have any idea where?
April 20th, 20097:40 pm
Thanks RichBrave….I’ll pass that along to Mr. Richmond.
April 20th, 20097:41 pm
Through intensive research we have discovered that the reason the Washington Nationals are doing so poorly is that they are NOT, in fact, managed by Manny Acta, as many people believe, but are actually managed by the organization ACT UP, whose focus is not really on baseball.
April 20th, 20097:44 pm
Moby Grape, he is in advanced A ball, so maybe in the next 2 or 3 years he develops some patience. But he is an all or nothing guy. He has 10 hits in 25 at bats, 6 HR and 3 2B, just on single. He has 3 walks and 15 strikeouts.
ex-denizen of the tobacco and confederate statue city
“Mister Richmond”: is arguably Douglas Wilder.
Although, I would really have to go with Roy West.
April 20th, 20097:46 pm
Carroll, still raining pretty hard, or was Kasten accurate?
April 20th, 20097:47 pm
Id say that guy we got for Boyer is a very good acquisition.
Yikes. Jeff Locke’s first two innings: 2 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB’s, 0 K’s……….
April 20th, 20097:48 pm
i liked scalloped taters. with arugula.
April 20th, 20097:50 pm
Wow Medlen already has 7 walks. Also has 7 SO.
April 20th, 20097:51 pm
The Hate that you ignorant fanATICS spit at a guy who has done nothing but give 110% is absurd. Boyer has clearly shown at times that he has what it takes. The fact that you idiots don’t have even one ounce of sympathy for the guy who is giving it his all every time on the mound is sickening. Really hope that Boyer can get his head straight and do well. I would even love to see him come back against Atlanta and pitch lights out just to spite you ignorant morons that give Braves Fans a bad name. What little men you are. Y’all need to grow up.
April 20th, 20097:53 pm
tomas what are you talking about? hes in the 2 inning with 0 BB and 1K
April 20th, 20097:55 pm
I just heard Chip Caray said it in the radio. Sometimes they go so fast I may have heard wrong.
Nothing For Nothing
April 20th, 20097:56 pm
Gosh Slim012, I feel really bad now after what you wrote. I feel small. I feel dirty. I feel like paying some thug to knock my teeth out for being so insensitive. I know I deserve it.
So who is the guy we got for that loser Boyer?
Was just reading the Shanks book from about 5 years ago on the Braves scouts. Considering what happened to Boyer this year and last and Bobby’s comments about him, it was interesting to read the section about the discovery of Boyer by the Braves.
When Boyer went to work out for the Braves at the Ted before he was drafted, Boyer said, “I remember getting on the mound and I was hyperventilating. I was so nervous. I had all these big dogs around me. There were like six scouts back there with radar guns. I did not know what to do….. You can picture an eighteen year old kid on the diamond at Turner Field, throwing for the team of his dreams. It was amazing. It was surreal ….. I started hyperventilating and Paul Snyder brought me out some water ’cause he thought I was going to throw up on the mound.”
Then as Boyer discussed his progress as a minor leaguer, he said, “The mental aspect of pitching, staying mentally strong is the toughest thing to deal with. As a pitcher, if you get beat up, you’ve got to come right back. You can’t get down on yourself, and I’ve struggled with that. You can’t let your emotions get the best of you.”
When asked by Roy Clark before the draft if he wanted to play for the Braves, he said “just draft me. That’s all you’ve got to do, just draft me. I don’t care where. Just draft me.”
It was time for him to go, but it’s sad when you think of how badly he wanted to be a Brave, and maybe how much that and just the pressure of wanting to be a good pitcher, took a toll mentally despite having the stuff to a good reliever. Wishing him the best. Hopefully, all he needs is a change of scenery to be as good as his stuff suggests he should be.
April 20th, 20097:57 pm
Not to say Kelly Johnson is a good fielder, he’s slightly above average at best, but Prado is MISERABLE in the field. (PWH)
I beg to differ dude, I followed Martin through most of his minor league career and he is not a terrible defender, no way, no shape, no how. He ain’t a great second baseman but he ain’t all that bad, not much difference at all between the tow. Martin is somehat more consistant, Kelly has more power as a hitter. I’d keep KJ starting, but your analysis of Prado’s supposed defensive incompetence is way outta line. and that’s a foolish thing to say about his arm since it’s strong enough to play third regularly which makes it more that adequate as a secondbaseman. In 400+ games in the minors he had a .983 FP. Kelly’s MLB average is .979. Neither one of them have particularly great range so it’s pretty much a wash. Come up with some other funky theory for awhile.
In any case, props on those two, but some humility would be refreshing for a change.
Sorry, that just wouldn’t do, LOL. That would make me start looking around for the other aliens taking over human minds.
It still hasn’t started raining.
April 20th, 20097:59 pm
If KJ is leading the team among regular on SLG………why in hell is he hitting leadoff………Ican understand (can I really?) that Cox is not willing to hit Jordan 1st yet, but you slugging leader? NO SENSE AT ALL. Hit Yunel and then KJ, that was he can at least hit a 2 run shot or hit a double with someone on base. Not only in the 1st inning, but many times pitchers are the last out so KJ hits more than 3 times leading off in a 3 game span. Id say 4-5 times every 3 games.
On the other hand I like the approach of hitting jordan 7th, cause if he gets on base hitting 8th, pitchers always go out to bunt, taking away our only stealing weapon (well, besides McCann). Tonight, if Jordan gets on base, Ross can wait for him to steal 2b and get in scoring position without having t give away an out.
April 20th, 20098:01 pm
And Martin Prado is a better average hitter, but Kelly Johnson gets on base more (most important offensive metric) and hits for more power (what the Braves lack on paper).(PW)
now all that I can accept pretty much. Martin is the next Placido afterall. Everybody knows that.
April 20th, 20098:03 pm
On Kotchman being slow (make that “Slow!”)I have a question (but no answer) for the serious Brave fan. Why was Sid Bream (he was grandfathered in as “Mr. Slow”)not pinch-ran (no such word, I know) in the ‘91 Pittsburg finale. I have always thought the decision to leave him on 2B was one of the worst ever calls – yes, it worked, but I still think it was a horrible judgment call – but, hey, maybe we had no one to either run for him or play 1B, assuming Brian Hunter was on the team that year and had not been used.
I did say this was one for the serious fan – but, again, maybe it was a no-brainer that even the neophyte fan should be able to answer.
April 20th, 20098:04 pm
KJ is leading off because of his OBP, and the ability to work the count. Jordan leads the majors in strikeouts.
Braveheart, Boyer will be under the tutelage of Dave Duncan and Tony La Russa. He will be given every opportunity to succeed. I too wish Boyer well.
April 20th, 20098:07 pm
It is true, Prado is no OZZIE SMITH, but you would have to agree he is no downgrade with the glove if compared with KJ. And he has a higher SLG this season. Of course less ABs, but last season he had a higher SLG than KJ……..less ABs……..but it makes you wonder………what if he played more games. That guy is the best guy on the team at finding the gap he really is.
April 20th, 20098:09 pm
’m in the Prado’s bat should replace Diaz & Garret, with KJ taking over at THEIR defensive position. (N8)
I’ve been talking Prado up since I got here, but I’m not in that boat either. Let’s keep Marteen just where he is. If Anderson gets healthy(if not bring Jones up) he will most likely hit as will Matty over the long run, all with more power than Marteen will have and this team needs that right now.
Anyone If the Start date has been pushed up to 8:30 or 9pm…? Looking at Weather.com It seems that the line has slowed up some…I’m calling for a 8:45 to 9pm start probably, Just looking to see if anyone has heard otherwise….?
Where are you guys getting these minor league stats?
Medlen through 3.1: 4H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4Ks
Locke through 3, 5H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 Ks
i’m guessing here but maybe we were out of bench players.
April 20th, 20098:10 pm
So I just got home and saw that the Cardinals traded for Boyer.
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