3:54 pm April 29, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 30th, 20097:55 pm
We need our version of Brian McCann.
Sure do…I’m ready for May 8th. So, here’s a little remake of Jimmy Buffett’s Come Monday:
Played the games up there in DC
Lookin’ for the way that you used to see
You had a contact lens on; I guess it never did get you back to where you should be
But, BMac, I didn’t know
That you would be DL’d, so
Come on May; It’ll be alright
Come on May; then you should have your sight
I’ll spend these 15 days in a brown [hecky] haze
And I just want you back by my side.
Yes, it’s been a long April
Your hitting stroke, you just couldn’t gain
Now you’re DL’s with an eye problem
Something no one could explain
And your av’rage was down so low
That’s the reason I just let you go
I can’t help it BMac; your that much a part of us now
Remember that night up in Filly when we thought there was no room for doubt?
Wish you coulda played up in Cincy
I know that you hit well up there
But when you’ve got all your eyesight
Oh mann, you cann hit anywhere
This DL stint has worn me quite thin
I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!
And I just want you back by my side!
April 30th, 20097:57 pm
What about Greinke? His stuff makes me use foul language frequently. Guy is nasty nasty. Good to see he got the old noggin straightned out
April 30th, 20097:58 pm
Well after getting through that inning with just 12 pitches, we may see Hanson go 6+ after all. Seriously doubt it though.
Still, it’s another pitching line that will make the stat crunchers drool. So far, 5 IP, 8ks, 0 ER, 3 Hs, 2 BBs
Steve from OH
April 30th, 20098:03 pm
Hmm…was is Zeke Spruill’s turn to go tonight for Rome? He was listed as probable starter but didn’t make the start…wonder if something is up with him? Has been very good so far in Rome–a 1.71 ERA and 20K’s in 21 IP…and only 1 BB.
April 30th, 20098:05 pm
12 more…92, aaaaand we probably are going to crack the 6th. Nice work tommy.
April 30th, 20098:06 pm
Epi, make that 6IP, 9K’s.
For the last time,
When small market teams have stud, MLB-ready prospects, they can’t afford to keep them in the minor leagues. This is a universal baseball truth that can’t be contested. When Kyle Blanks is MLB ready, which won’t be long, either he’s getting moved or Adrian Gonzalez is getting moved (they both are incapable of playing anywhere but 1B). Now, if you’re the Padres penny-pinching ownership/front office, which one are you going to move? The one who makes $400K for 3 years after you call him up and is under team control for 3 additional years or the one who makes an average of $4.4 million for the next 3 seasons (assuming the club option is exercised), isn’t under team control beyond 2011, and in all likely-hood will depart through free agency at a price your organization won’t be able to match after his contract expires? Given the way their organization works, I think we all know what choice they’ll make.
Assuming Kyle Blanks doesn’t completely forget how to hit or suffer a devastating injury, the Padres’ options for resolving their crowded 1B situation when Blanks is ready include:
1) Let Kyle Blanks rot in the minor leagues or on the bench while they wait for Gonzalez’s contract to expire (either exercising the option or not) and allow him to leave via FA netting 2 draft picks.
2) Somehow move Kyle Blanks.
3) When they’re confident Blanks is ready, trade Adrian Gonzalez and get more value than the 2 draft picks they’d net as FA compensation while decreasing payroll and decreasing production by a somewhat negligible amount (Kyle Blanks is no Adrian Gonzalez, but he is really, really good).
I know he’s a popular player. I know he’s an all-star. I know he’s signed to a very team-friendly contract. I know he’s their Brian McCann.
However, when Kyle Blanks is ready, they’ll be looking to get value for Adrian Gonzalez. They’re that stingy and content with mediocrity. After all, they’re a re-building club. You don’t re-build with 29 year-olds, you rebuild with players yet to hit their baseball prime. Getting a few of those for Adrian Gonzalez to complement the group of young players they’ve got (Blanks included) once Blanks is ready makes all the sense in the world.
The question is, when will the Padres feel comfortable with Blanks at 1B every day? I’m guessing that will occur somewhere between July 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010. If they do decide that they want to go with Blanks, Gonzalez will be moved. Of course, maybe they never feel comfortable with Blanks at 1B and don’t move Gonzalez. Though given their stinginess and willingness to be a mediocre organization, I doubt that will happen.
April 30th, 20098:09 pm
Damn, I think the blog ate my post…let’s try again
I have thought about driving to San Diego for a game, would love to do it actually. But with traffic it is probably a 3 hour drive, too far for a weekday game
Bobby’s Cox & azbravesfan
The more the merrier, especially if one of you can talk DOB into hooking us up with some tickets…
April 30th, 20098:16 pm
Someone may have posted this earlier, but I didn’t see it. Texas catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia had to leave the game after two innings today. Why, you ask? Because of irritation in his right eye. Must be something going around.
April 30th, 20098:21 pm
The more the merrier, especially if one of you can talk DOB into hooking us up with some tickets… cabravesfan
Sweetheart, I believe you hold all the bargaining chips.
April 30th, 20098:26 pm
considering he already siad he would never think of me as a crazy stalker (until he gets here and is constantly looking over his shoulder- his hotel is not that far from my office) you may be right…
Just for the record, DOB, you won’t have to worry…I’ll be at the Marriott, stalking the players
(great, now I really do sound crazy)
JasonInFL (Formerly ME)
April 30th, 20098:28 pm
cabravesfan, DOB is a player!
April 30th, 20098:30 pm
PWHjort, tired of arguing it (but here I am, ha!). Just one point: I think you underestimate the Padres. They’re not a high-payroll franchise, of course, but except for this year when they had a pending sale of the team and sought to cut payroll, they’re not the Marlins either. And they’ve won 2 division titles in the last four years, which is more than the Braves can say.
Who knows what they’ll do at 1B (you certainly don’t though you seem to think you do), but it’s a complete shot in the dark to suggest the Braves, who have an adequate 1B now, and a very good one in the pipeline, will be involved.
April 30th, 20098:31 pm
JasonInFL (Formerly ME)-
Not a problem I’m sure we could work out a mutually beneficial arrangment
(I swear I’m not crazy!)
This blog has gone downhill…..Sounds like a foursome……
April 30th, 20098:37 pm
Is this how swinging parties get started?
Lew from Vermont… ’nuff said.
April 30th, 20098:40 pm
DOB how about a ticket for a visit to the LAhotel? hint hint.
April 30th, 20098:50 pm
Wow. Didn’t mean to start something so…whatever we’ve got going here. My bad. (this is way off days are bad)
April 30th, 20098:51 pm
Really liked CARROLL’s article on DLowe today. Have seriously enjoyed her last few stories.
Makes me feel pretty good about having invested that money in him as our ace, actually.
Oh, and just for comparison’s sake:
Player W-L ERA K’s BB WHIP 2009 Salary
AJ Burnett 2-0 5.47 20 12 1.35 $16,500,000
Jake Peavy 2-3 5.74 32 13 1.47 $11,000,000 (plus prospects you gave up)
D. Lowe 2-1 3.10 25 12 1.24 $15,000,000
CC Sabathia 1-2 4.73 19 14 1.39 $15,300,000 (for kicks)
I know it’s early. And I know there are other things to factor in. But for right now? Kinda looks like Wren did okay on this one, even if it was by default.
Wicked Uncle Ernie
April 30th, 20098:53 pm
Can I stop by the Brave’s hotel. I’d like to look at the boys.
DOB, did Gwinnett INF Derrick Arnold violate the drug policy? Or is he on the Restricted list for other reasons? He’s been on it ever since the season started.
April 30th, 20098:54 pm
This blog has gone downhill…..Sounds like a foursome (Corky)
yeah I’m getting jealous
April 30th, 20098:57 pm
I think Richie Sexson would be a bloody good acquisition for the Braves.
April 30th, 20098:59 pm
I don’t claim to KNOW what they’ll do. I think it is most likely they’ll move him, though. Quote: “Of course, maybe they never feel comfortable with Blanks at 1B and don’t move Gonzalez.” I presented all of their plausible options and asserted the most economical and logical one would be to move Gonzalez for value once Blanks is ready. I don’t know anything, along with everyone on the blog (DOB included), I don’t work for the Padres’ organization. I’m just presenting scenarios here.
I think the Braves SHOULD be involved in any Adrian Gonzalez sweepstakes if it arises at the right time. Again, not suggesting they WILL.
You do make a good point about them not being the Marlins. Simply making 3+ million dollars in the Marlins organization makes you trade bait. This isn’t the case in the Padres’ organization, though when you’ve got a cheaper, younger replacement waiting in the wings, it probably does.
It has more to do with the fact that they are (or should be) a rebuilding organization and selling your veterans for prospects is what you do when you’re rebuilding. Taking a chunk out of your productivity right now and investing it in your future is pretty much the M.O. of every rebuilding organization. Lets be honest, they’re not going anywhere with the group they’ve got right now, so taking a chunk out of their productivity right now is a no-risk move.
And maybe it’s a shot in the dark to suggest the Braves should be in on the Gonzalez sweepstakes if it happens at the right time, but pretty much all of the discussions we have on here are shots in the dark.
It’s just a thought. I’m not on a mission to convince the organization to acquire Adrian Gonzalez. Just having a friendly discussion/debate.
i dont have time to read everything. what’s the latest on Sexson?
April 30th, 20099:00 pm
Gonzalez. Yo, Adrian.
April 30th, 20099:01 pm
I’ll have a Richie Sexson update later on Baseball Tonight.
Wait, is there serious talk about the Braves signing Sexson, or is this just the usual “Hey I’ve Got an Idea!” blog BS?
April 30th, 20099:04 pm
i haven’t eaten any dinner yet. i’m waiting to see if there’s any news about the braves signing richie sexson. that would be huge!
April 30th, 20099:06 pm
Are we talking about the same Richie Sexson that wasn’t good enough to stay on the Mariners?
April 30th, 20099:07 pm
Andruw Jones batting .344 with 3 HR.
How many Braves’ outfielders are doing that well?
MariettaDerek: seriously, man, I think DPtC has really jumped the blog already. I haven’t even seen the commercial, but have a serious dislike for it nonetheless.
(I worked in Marietta for 16 years, you are not it any good as one of its native sons.)
April 30th, 20099:11 pm
There has been a small outbreak of “zombism” in London due to mutation of the H1N1 virus into new strain: H1Z1.
.After death, this virus is able to restart the heart of it’s victim for up to two hours after the initial demise of the person where the individual behaves in extremely violent ways from what is believe to be a combination of brain damage and a chemical released into blood during “resurrection.”
Uh oh, looks like we’re all gonna die :/
I can’t tell if MariettaDerek seroiusly thinks that DPtC is the funniest thing in the world, or if he’s purposely trying to be annoying.
April 30th, 20099:12 pm
How about we trade McCann and whoever else to the Angels for Mike Napoli.
Dude has 4 HR in like 45 at bats.
We need power, not infirmary patients.
April 30th, 20099:14 pm
i dont have time to read everything. what’s the latest on Sexson?
From the more sane, of the blog personnel, to consider Sexson on the Braves, you are either a joke, are mad, or are drunk. Take your pick.
April 30th, 20099:15 pm
I heard that Richie Sexson has swine flu. He caught it while trying out for a Mexican league team.
He’ll be ok in a few weeks.
Run Heap Run
April 30th, 20099:18 pm
Whoever posted the Tommy Glavine yahoo answer man thing a few pages back, thanks. Good stuff.
Addicted to Sexson
April 30th, 20099:20 pm
“Are we talking about the same Richie Sexson that wasn’t good enough to stay on the Mariners?”
There were extenuating circumstances:
On May 8, 2008, in a game against the Texas Rangers, Sexson charged the mound towards Rangers starting pitcher Kason Gabbard and threw his batting helmet at him after Gabbard threw a head-high pitch over the middle of the plate, to which Sexson reacted as if it had hit him. Sexson later stated he was frustrated and had a lot going on in his head, including his son being in the hospital and his club’s recent struggles. He was suspended six games for the incident. He later appealed the suspension, and it was dropped to five games.
On July 10, 2008, Sexson was released by the Mariners.
Maybe the Braves should give him another chance.
April 30th, 20099:21 pm
Uh oh, looks like we’re all gonna die
Stephen , twice, by the sound of it.
April 30th, 20099:22 pm
The Office is a great show!
April 30th, 20099:23 pm
Richie Sexson is tied for 110th on the all-time HR list with 306.
That is impressive.
April 30th, 20099:26 pm
Heehee. I was seriously asking about Sexson, but now I can tell it’s a joke. Give it a rest.
April 30th, 20099:28 pm
B-Cann is an all-star catcher that started the WBC. He’s signed to a friendly contract. Yea, should trade him.
- I’m watching this Arturo Gatti figth from 98 on ESPN. Gatti is one tough m-f-er
April 30th, 20099:29 pm
Really liked CARROLL’s article on DLowe today. Have seriously enjoyed her last few stories.
Oh yeah, I meant to say that too. He’s a horse huh? Made a fan out of me, even if he does have bad hair.
April 30th, 20099:30 pm
Sexson is no joke. He is one of the greatest homerun hitters ever. And he’s a free agent.
He’s also a Bobby Cox kind of player: either strike out or hit a 3-run homer.
April 30th, 20099:31 pm
I hate it when infield hits spoil no-hitters. Jacoby Ellsbury just reached on an infield single to lead off the 7th break up Matt Garza’s perfect game.
April 30th, 20099:32 pm
Ryan Klesko is available. He’s better than Richie Sexson. Younger too, I think.
April 30th, 20099:35 pm
IP H ER BB SO ERA
Hanson (W, 1-3) 6.0 3 0 2 9 1.69
Now that line is double pits to chesty!
April 30th, 20099:36 pm
Run Heap Run I have great hair, but can’t pitch.
April 30th, 20099:37 pm
Brava, brava!!!!!!!! I can see what you’ve been working on our night off.
My family enjoyed a lovely 4-course meal, and I’ve just finished filing away some random Braves baseball cards I’ve picked up over the past 6 months or so including, but not limited to: Dwayne Henry, Mike Heath, Raul Mondesi, Gerald Perry, Armando Reynoso, Pete Smith.
Lots of people are serious collectors, I just like to pick up any and all Braves. There are so many interesting and really cool cards out there. Talk about taking a walk down Braves memory lane looking thru the albums………..
Richie Sexson has really nice hair.
April 30th, 20099:40 pm
Yea, I like Hanson in Gwinett. I was there last weekend, and I have to say, it’s an impressive minor league stadium. It’ll give him the big league environment while allowing him to work on his pitch counts. Beer is still way too expensive though.
Wayne in Utah
April 30th, 20099:43 pm
Actually, Sexson had good splits against lefthanded pitchers last year. I am not sure, but I think he might be a head case.
If he wan??d to play, he might be worth a flier??
Why doesn’t one of the AJC reporters just pick up a phone and give Richie Sexson a call. Let’s find out if he is interested in playing for the Braves.
TnBrian (7:20 pm): “DOB, I was one of the many calling Sexson a possible Brave here soon. Little did I realize those AWFUL numbers he’s put up since the summer of ‘07…kinda embarrassed to suggest that.”
So why the heck didn’t you take the mere two minutes to check his stats BEFORE spouting off like And Idiot?
‘Cause the latter takes only two seconds?
You should be embarrassed.
(But I am encouraged that you have the capacity — there may be hope for you yet.)
April 30th, 20099:45 pm
Thanks! Been working on it in my head for a few days (love the Jimmy Buffett version).
Sounds like you got a good collection of cards goin’ on there! I’ve got a little collection of my own…ye-ep–Bobby Cox and Tommy John…
You should try Florida and Houston cabravesfan for player association.
Blaine Boyer is a big Redbird
April 30th, 20099:46 pm
Boyer pitched a inning against the Nats tonight.
11 pitches, no hits, no walks, 1 K.
April 30th, 20099:47 pm
Can we PLEASE shut up about Richie Sexson. Let’s focus on something really important. Like getting Omar in the starting line-up.
April 30th, 20099:48 pm
Shamus Thacker: “We need a legit base-stealer to make things happen. That should have been as high a priority as any during the off-season. Otis Nixon could STILL outrun ALL the current Braves. I’d put cash on it!”
Id bet ya he could out-drug them also
April 30th, 20099:52 pm
Why doesn’t one of the AJC reporters just pick up a phone and give Richie Sexson a call. Let’s find out if he is interested in playing for the Braves. henry aaronoff
I betting this WON’T be Dave O’Brien … anybody?
April 30th, 20099:53 pm
But if you could pitch you wouldn’t need hair…. lol
TnJeff, it’s almost 10:00…you should be in bed. Got that big 5th grade test in the morning. Where do you go, Soddy Daisy Elementary?
“I betting this WON’T be Dave O’Brien … anybody?”
He’ll probably make Carroll Rogers do it. She probably gets to do all the scut work – being a woman.
April 30th, 20099:55 pm
Are the braves really considering Sexson? He kills left handed pitching.
April 30th, 20099:57 pm
Considering the Brave’s problems against left-handers, they really should consider Sexson.
April 30th, 20099:59 pm
WHFjort, Finally agree with you on Adrien Gonzalez would love to see him as Brave. But don’t believe Wren would go after him?
Couple nights ago, J Ellsury stole home. Best play in Baseball!
April 30th, 200910:01 pm
Speaking of Richie Sexson, does anyone know if he has a my-space or facebook page or if he twitters?
Rob from SC
I wonder how much longer the Braves will stick with Kawakami. Hansoon appears ready. Soon we will see if the Braves care more about wining or about money. I believe day in and day out Hanson gives us a better chance of wining than Kawakami
April 30th, 200910:02 pm
McFann, laughed out loud at “hecky.”
April 30th, 200910:06 pm
Run Heap Run … You’re right! Once again, it’s another case of my body not getting its priorities straight.
Lady J. … Next time you quote me, please feel free to add (’m) after the I. Makes me look smarter.
c in cincy
April 30th, 200910:11 pm
Barry Zito has a twitter page. It’s pretty popular.
Do any Brave’s players twitter?
April 30th, 200910:14 pm
Agreed, Rob. I believe if Hanson could give quality outings later on in the season it would be worth bringing him up now. Kawakami having shoulder “fatigue” after a few games is pathetic, what is he going to do in the dog days of summer? Bring up Hanson and let him start in the five spot. With this horrible offense we aren’t going to the playoffs this year anyway, might as well get him some experience.
John Rocker did one time, but it turned out that he was just crazy…
April 30th, 200910:17 pm
Celtics/Bulls headed into double OT again…good series
April 30th, 200910:22 pm
I twitter, but my doctor says that is normal for some folks as they get older.
April 30th, 200910:39 pm
Some of the posts Im reading tonight make me feel better about my barrage last night.
Its good to know that there are other people out there that can make you feel better.
Holy Crap Ray Allen just hit a HUGE clutch 3 to tie it with 7.6 left in double OT
April 30th, 200910:40 pm
and on to triple OT for the Celtics & Bulls
April 30th, 200910:43 pm
The decision to not immediately call up Hanson belongs to one person. Wren? Bobby? JS?
Whomever that omnipotent controller of destinies might be, he’s got lots more willpower than me. lol
April 30th, 200910:44 pm
Please, no more “double pits to chesty”
that is so, uh, damn, can’t say that on this blog..
you know what Im trying to say???
April 30th, 200910:47 pm
I just heard Ray Allen say, “There’s no such thing as clutch. I’m just better than you.”
April 30th, 200910:50 pm
I’m not personally a huge fan of the “double pits to chesty” mantra.
Feel like yapping up delicious groceries at each rendering of the term.
April 30th, 200910:51 pm
If the Bulls were clutch, they would have won this series already.
They’re mos def un-D-Pizzy to the C-izzy.
April 30th, 200910:52 pm
Hee hee hee
April 30th, 200910:53 pm
Okay. That was clutch.
(I guess the jinx worked.)
Take a seat, Truth.
April 30th, 200910:55 pm
When I hear it, I feel like tossing my groceries…
April 30th, 200910:58 pm
Undie pizzy = what you do when you’re too drunk to care
or too passed out, more like it
April 30th, 200910:59 pm
April 30th, 200911:02 pm
Hinrich = Not Clutch
April 30th, 200911:04 pm
This is one of the greatest NBA games I’ll ever see.
April 30th, 200911:06 pm
Well, the Bulls should have won this thing in regulation. I guess (?) they deserved to win.
That was an outstanding game…
April 30th, 200911:07 pm
Classic game in a classic series.
I just can’t see Game 7 disappointing us after what we’ve seen in Games 1-6.
April 30th, 200911:09 pm
And on that note I am off for an early night..gotta get up at 5am
April 30th, 200911:12 pm
The Celtics will probably win Game 7 by 30 because I hate them.
April 30th, 200911:17 pm
How about a six-run top of the tenth inning for the Marlins tonight? They’re now leading the Cubs, 8-2.
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