1:12 pm May 3, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
May 3rd, 200910:19 pm
You say this because he will expect a high salary or because we don’t want/need him back. Help me out with your witty comment.
May 3rd, 200910:20 pm
TnBrian (3:59 pm): “I will be convinced that TP is not doing his job if Schafer K’s here. Boog just said that they’ll likely bust him in, so we’ll see.”
TnBrian (4:00 pm): “I’m fully convinced now.”
Chipper Jones: “Guys up here, they’re not stupid. They watch and they know how to scout hitters and they have found his hole. And his hole is just above the hands, middle up, and he’s having a hard time catching up to it. Until he shortens up and puts the ball in play more consistently, he’s going to continue to struggle. We’ve been trying to tell him that. When he puts the ball in play, he’s got a really good average. It’s just the strikeout, and the timing of the strikeouts. There’re times when he absolutely has to put the ball in play and let his God-given talent, help him. His swing is a little long right now. Hopefully we can shorten it up during the course of the summer and help him to succeed more often.”
May 3rd, 200910:23 pm
VA braves and run heap run
surely you understand frustrated sarcasm.
vabravesfan, I’ve tried twice to post a specific link to the GB/FB stats, but am having my posts “eaten.” First time that’s happened to me… anyway, it’s from baseballreference.com. They’ve got a ton of new stats, but you have to poke around a bit to find them.
Run Heap Run
May 3rd, 200910:26 pm
But it was still funny to imagine DOB rolling up in the clubhouse saying “Yo Hoss, why don’t you tell your boy Yunel how to swing a bat?” Because….yeah…..LOL.
You say this because he will expect a high salary or because we don’t want/need him back.”
We dont want/need him back.
May 3rd, 200910:28 pm
I’m well aware it’s not going to happen, but I’d rather watch some growing pains over what’s happening right now. I’m just frustrated with this current lineup.
May 3rd, 200910:31 pm
mbatl, that is what I was looking at to see individual stats but can’t find league leaders for that stat
May 3rd, 200910:33 pm
Patrick from NPBTracker:
Nikkan Sports has a piece saying that Kawakami’s shoulder is okay. He played catch with a trainer and said he’s still a little concerned, but feeling okay. It does not appear that a doctor has looked at it, based on this article.
May 3rd, 200910:38 pm
vabravesfan, from the br home page, go to “Bat” under the NL Stats link. From there, notice the “Batting” menu heading, and go to Batting Ratios. In all cases, it lists team stats first, and then if you scroll down, you’ll find individual stats and can sort them by category. That’s about as much as I can give you… good luck.
May 3rd, 200910:44 pm
As I watch the espn game I find myself wishing we would have given # 25 a shot for the league min
May 3rd, 200910:45 pm
mbatl appreciate it. What I don’t understand is that when Yunel is going well he hits line drives everywhere but seems like even last year that all the groundballs over-ride all that.
May 3rd, 200910:48 pm
Chino Fact Time: I’d beat up the Doobie Brothers if I had the chance.
May 3rd, 200910:56 pm
As I watch the ESPN game, I count a total of 10 players on both teams combined that were once property of the Braves. And what do we have to show for it? Nada, or next to Nada.
May 3rd, 200911:00 pm
who am i missing? i only have 8.
May 3rd, 200911:01 pm
I counted 11 braves70. We got Javy, Logan, Kotchman to show for it. You win some trades and you lose some. I personally think that Wren has made some awesome trades and decisions so far.
Millwood and Ramirez
max ramirez(wickman trade)
May 3rd, 200911:02 pm
NC- I think you’re right. Diory is clearly a better 2b prospect that TJones.
okay that makes 12 then
You are correct vabravesfan, I forgot Max Ramirez in my list.
May 3rd, 200911:03 pm
that makes 12 then
eating my posts then posting them later real sweet
May 3rd, 200911:07 pm
Beware of a plot twist in Breaking Bad.
That’s all I’m saying.
May 3rd, 200911:08 pm
I just wanted to check to see what was going on on the Mets board…on the official site. And some weird guy who apparently stalks the team, finds the times their plane lands and departs all the time.
Anyway according to him they got to ATL like either 2 hours ago or half an hour ago. Either way, d@mn that’s a long delay. Hopefully we can take advantage of this little issue.
Octavio Dotel was also a member of the Braves (though he spent most of the time on the DL). This is probably going to start a debate on whether we gave up too early on Kyle Davies. Oh well…
Octavio Dotel also pitched for the Braves.
May 3rd, 200911:10 pm
and they keep coming
Is the state in baseball catching that bad…that the waste of oxygen and roster spot Corky Miller have a job with the White Sox?
Like many have said…you can have an “ex” Braves Team from the players in the game tonight for both teams on ESPN sunday night baseball
Matt Harrison SP /Kevin Millwood SP
Corky Miller C/ Salty C
Wilson Betemit 1B
Brent Lillbridge SS/2B/CF
Elvis Andrus SS
Andruw Jones LF/CF
Jermayne Dye RF
What do the Braves have to show for it…Casey Kotchman:LMAO: Gotta love that:)
Hey…gotta beat the Mets tomorrow and tuesday. No Johan. Our inept offense has to step up. Beat the Mets!
May 3rd, 200911:11 pm
Yes…Dotel as Closer, former Brave as well:)
May 3rd, 200911:17 pm
The only 3 that could be considered a mistake are Andrus, Dye and maybe Harrison. Wren really did pick up JS after the TEX trade when we got Jair though, and with the pitchers we have in the bigs/ DL now and in the minors there really was no place for ALL of the Minor League pitchers. IMO if Harrison finally clicks he’d be like Jair so it’s not that big of a deal, in terms of giving him up. Now could he have brought in better/ talent that would’ve stayed longer, probably, but maybes don’t make a baseball team. With Andrus being young there was no sense in really trading him, but his hitting wasn’t to hot. But btw him and Yunel one of them could’ve moved to 3rd or 2nd later on down the road.
May 3rd, 200911:26 pm
Is CSI:Miami the most ridiculus show on TV, or is it just me?
May 3rd, 200911:30 pm
CF – Shafer
LF – Heyward
RF – Frenchy
C – McCann
3B – Chipper
1B – R Sexson
2B – TJones
May 3rd, 200911:32 pm
We’re still doing the Sexson thing? I thought that died out with double pits to chesty.
I got a kick out of GQ’s 2009 All Wacko Team – http://i39.tinypic.com/2ai20jo.jpg
(Click for full size)
May 3rd, 200911:39 pm
Sexson sucks and I’m not signing him.
Unfortunately I dont think we have seen the end of either…
Seriously, what made some people think that Richie Sexson was a viable option?
May 3rd, 200911:41 pm
I’m thinkin about signing the big cat or the crime dog to a one year deal
May 3rd, 200911:44 pm
Breaking Bad … what a superb show. Great episode tonight.
cabravesfan: I haven’t watched CSI:Miami in many years, but it was certainly absurd back when I did watch on a semi-regular basis.
I prefer to watch this rather than the actual show:
May 3rd, 200911:46 pm
Cubs today had a ceremony to retire No. 31, worn by both Ferguson Jenkins and our boy Mad Dog.
Greg and Fergie were both there for the presentation on the field before the game. Very cool.
May 3rd, 200911:47 pm
What happened to katie temple on SS?
May 3rd, 200911:49 pm
Katie now works for CSS. She sometimes appears on Sports Nite. I think tomorrow she’s doing an interview with Schafer.
Random, yes, I’m still fully convinced that TP isn’t the best teacher. How? Simple, look at guys like Francoeur and Andruw that have done so much better under the guidence of the Tex. h.c. Mac and Chipper are the two best, most disciplined hitters on the team, and they’ve come out public saying their dads pick up mistakes or the flaws in their swings.
cabravesfan, yeah, I think CSI Miami sucks too!
May 3rd, 200911:52 pm
Dob do you get the feeling that Chipper is very pissed about not getting a right handed power hitter
Will it ever stop raining? Good Lord, I think it’s supposed to rain most of the week again.
May 3rd, 200911:55 pm
not sure what made me laugh harder, the sunglasses, the screaming song intro, or David Caruso’s horrid overacting…thanks for sharing!
And I am now forced to question my own sanity because I actually watch that show on a regular basis, fully aware that it is awful
May 3rd, 200911:58 pm
Now DOB, did you like The Wrestler for its storyline, or Marisa Tomei’s naked strip dances? She’s definitely in shape. Liked the movie but the ending was a bummer…kinda. Wonder if he just died right there in the ring or what.
Wayne in Utah
May 3rd, 200911:59 pm
I am not much on TV shows, but I have always been a 24 fan. I love the guy Law & Order, Criminal Intent. Reminds me of Columbo, for the older folks on the blog.
But, what I really get into is Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!
May 4th, 200912:00 am
Just give me those long nights, impossible odds
Keeping my eye on the key hole
Give me those long nights, impossible odds
‘Cause I wanna be a blue-collar, I wanna be a
May 4th, 200912:02 am
cabravesfan: nothing wrong with a guilty pleasure. most of us have them (whether we’ll admit them here or not).
I used to watch the freakin’ O.C. Granted, I watched it with my then-wife, but nevertheless I watched it. And really enjoyed watching it. And it was far from high-quality television drama.
The show outlasted our marriage by about a year.
May 4th, 200912:05 am
TnBrian: The Wrestler was a terrific movie with a performance-of-a-lifetime by Mickey Rourke. As for Marissa Tomei … she sure didn’t detract from the movie, did she? Wow. Gorgeous, and I thought she was great in that role, too.
Mark Texiera is hitting .182
May 4th, 200912:06 am
Which means he would be hitting .162 if TP was coaching him.
Never watched the OC- I knew way too many girls that were like that in real life, didn’t need to see it on TV (plus, always thought it gave a faulty image of us SoCal kids- we are not all like that )
Frank from KS
May 4th, 200912:08 am
DOB re: your 11:46 p.m.
That was pretty cool.
May 4th, 200912:11 am
I remember watching a documentary on Jake”the snake”Roberts about, I’d say, 8 or 10 years ago and The Wrestler kinda reminds me of that. He was a strung out wrestler doing wrestling shows in old gym’s and had a daughter that he never really knew. Just thought it compared to the movie a little.
May 4th, 200912:13 am
Wasn’t Elizabeth Berkley of Saved By The Bell/Showgirls fame on CSI Miami?
May 4th, 200912:14 am
And yeah, Marisa Tomei has a heck of a body. My girlfriend didn’t like the nude scenes but really liked the movie otherwise. After my movie, she made me sit through an hour and a half of Bride Wars.
May 4th, 200912:17 am
Frank, yes. She was on a few episodes and I think she was dating Haracio or something. You know, Heracio was on the first Rambo.
May 4th, 200912:18 am
Frank from KS-
Yes Elizabeth Berkley was on CSI Miami…thinking that doesn’t help the credibility of the show (or my sanity) much
May 4th, 200912:19 am
She played Haracio’s crazy, druggy ex-girlfriend and mother of his kid
May 4th, 200912:22 am
CaBravesFan…I know Many Broads that get off seeing O.C. Drama played out in real life at College Parties
I usually shy away from it and Laugh my A..s off at the dudes who want to do something so stupid as “Fighting over a Woman” is…I will never go out like that…
The O.C. was Good Shyt in the First 2 seasons, then It got Way Too Commercial…
When Pop-Tart Garbage Stars such as Chris Brown gets roles on a Show that usually means a show is headed for the toilet…
May 4th, 200912:26 am
Tomahawkin, sadly, it was in high school…and it was more along the selfish, spoiled, self-centered rich girls then the party parts of it
DOB — just watched “Tell No One,” a movie you suggested months back on the blog here. Great stuff, suspenseful and great twists and everything. Thanks for the rec.
Coach (2010 or Bust)
May 4th, 200912:30 am
TnBrian, the ending of the “Wrestler” is meant for the viewer to interpret. I think he dies in the ring which makes the movie even more appropriate considering how many professional wrestlers that have died so young.
May 4th, 200912:35 am
Is there a team in MLB that the 25 stooges can beat?
May 4th, 200912:45 am
Braves are currently still last in baserunning and have dropped to 29th in defensive efficiency. We really love giving teams free outs.
May 4th, 200912:46 am
if you add coaches it’s more than 25
May 4th, 200912:48 am
Braves need to release GA tonight………..he aint going to produce here…………he doesnt want to.
young and dumb
May 4th, 200912:49 am
“Braves need to release GA tonight………..he aint going to produce here…………he doesnt want to.”
Actually, it seems as though GA would rather produce here than in Gwinett
May 4th, 200912:51 am
yes. release GA and sign Richie Sexson!
Thank god we can still say……..”but its early”……………cant we???
Well………..its not that early anymore. Its starting to look like its not going to be easy to fix this years woes.
Run heap run
May 4th, 200912:54 am
Whether ram dies in the end or not isnt really the point. He takes a leap, both figuratively and literally and he doesnt really care if it kills him. He looks up, pam is gone, his daughter is done, hes surrounded by fans cheering his name doing what he loves most one more time. Even if it kills him.
May 4th, 200912:56 am
just watched “Tell No One,” a movie you suggested months back on the blog here. Great stuff, suspenseful and great twists and everything. Thanks for the rec (DAYBED)
That was from a book written by Harlan Coben. If you are a reader , he has written a lot of books, most all of them pretty good. He has a series (I love series) about a sports agent turned detective that ain’t bad.
Also for anybody interested there is a site called ABEBOOKS.Com. It is a meeting place for thousands of small book stores all over the world. They have an incredible collection of both paperbacks and hardbacks and used school texts too. I buy quite regularly over the last 5 years and have only had one bad transaction out of literally hundreds. Can often pick up a used hardback in very good condition for $10 or less including shipping. That’s as cheap as many new paperbacks and HBs hold up way better while reading and when stored. Check it out if you are a reader.
May 4th, 20091:01 am
Maybe this is a dumb question or I’m dense, but I’m correct in my assumption that the Richie Sexson thing is a joke, right?
May 4th, 20091:02 am
CABravessFan…”and it was more along the selfish, spoiled, self-centered rich girls”
I can’t speak for what it’s like being in Georgia since I just moved back down here after a 12 year Hiatus;, but the same goes for most areas of the conservative South…
Chicks are just straight up Scandalous, “She So Scandolous”
May 4th, 20091:04 am
The Richie Sexson thing is serious…There Was Also Word of Mouth of going after Mike Hessman and Craig Wilson (Sarcasm)…
cabravesfan re: your 12:18 a.m.
Have you met vabravesfan? ;>) (Lol)
Anyways….yeah, I agree that Liz isn’t much of an actress but I did like Showgirls. Gina Gershon was (and is) the better actress and could rock my world ANYDAY. :>)
May 4th, 20091:05 am
Harlan coben is good and i read tell no one long ago. Didnt know there was a movie.
I will def chk that wwbsite, always looking for textbook deals.
May 4th, 20091:07 am
“braveheart”–Omar Infante might not be a true leadoff hitter, but he’s the closest thing we have to one, and I’m more interested in his numbers now than in the past. In other words, I think he’s better now than he has been in the past, and when I say “now”, I’m referring to this era, so I’m including last season.
As for Kelly Johnson, as I said and as has been proven numerous times, he’s absolutely out of place at leadoff, and you’re critiquing my <—– argument all while favoring something that is flat-out disproven?
Thanks for sticking to the topic of baseball, though.
DOB’s right in his earlier assessment of what everyone probably has but wrong in saying there’s nothing wrong with them.
“chop chop”–By the way, thank you.
P.S. Folks, we don’t need to acquire anyone else via trade/free agency. We have the players and just need to use them the right way. Again, put Kelly Johnson in left, and keep him there, and for the millionth time, keep him out of leadoff!!!! Keep Infante there, and let Jordan Schafer try to hit for power. He could be a fine leadoff hitter now, but his swing certainly is too long to call him an ideal guy for the job. As a regular hitter, he could supply some fine numbers, including some surprising power.
P.P.S. I wouldn’t worry too much about who we gave up in the Mark Teixeira trade, as the Braves knew Elvis Andrus and Jarrod Saltalamacchia likely would be backing up Yunel Escobar and Brian McCann, respectively, and not get much playing time anyway.
May 4th, 20091:08 am
While I too agree we have some major issues to deal with on the Braves, to say after 24 games, or around 15% of the season, that it is not early, is not really being honest.
It is still early.
That doesn’t mean we will get any better. But, there is always hope. You can’t discount the fact that if we can get McCann back in a reasonable amount of time, and if Garret Anderson is something close to what he was last year, our lineup could get well in quick order.
Everybody seems to forget the 5-1 start we had. Obviously, the 6-12 record since that time is a sobering wake-up call.
It just seems to me that our rotation and our bullpen are going to be anywhere from OK to good, or very good. Our defense has looked bad so far, but that could turn around, as some of our better defenders have gotten off to a bad start.
The trick is the batting order. Again, while it is easy to rail on Garret Anderson for not going to Gwinnett (I did the same last night), it is just as likely that he will come around and be the 290-15-80 type player we were expecting.
May 4th, 20091:09 am
assumption that the Richie Sexson thing is a joke, right? (PW)
either intentionally or unintentionally, it’s a joke
May 4th, 20091:10 am
By the way, the “experts” who say the NL East isn’t that strong need to realize that the records are misleading, as having four quality teams and one underrated team mean that the division’s collective record is going to be hurt by intra-division competition.
April wasn’t the best month for these teams, but there’s a long season ahead, and this division will prove to be the best, I strongly predict. Also, I think you can stick a small asterisk by a lot of what we see in April, as the weather, particularly the wind, has a misleading effect on statistics.
May 4th, 20091:13 am
Doc, you got that right. Nobody want’s to take me seriously when I say this is the slowest Braves team in the 44 year history of their existence in Atlanta. The defense ain’t so hot either.
Good baseball teams are built around pitching, defense and solid fundamental baseball. We have the pitching, which is great. But the rest of the equation isn’t there. This team is in need of some serious re-tooling and it has to start with the coaching staff. Our organization is also in question. This team can’t run, can’t bunt, can’t hit and run, can’t play defense and it is a direct reflection of just how the fundamentals of baseball are not being taught in our minor league system.
May 4th, 20091:14 am
I know I should have put this together by now but, it’s official: the Braves are worse than the Hawks.
We simply cannot play the Mets the way we played the last two games. They don’t deserve it. Maybe they’ll help us break out of it cause we always beat them. I have no reason to say that and it almost pains me to after watching or not watching the Braves lose that series.
That was abysmal. They are worse than the Hawks. I’m not going to watch if they play the lowly Mets the way they’ve been playing basically since the second week of the season.
May 4th, 20091:15 am
Frank in KS-
can’t imagine why you would like Showgirls
(there’s something else I truly wish I had never seen)
Harlan coben is good and i read tell no one long ago. Didnt know there was a movie. (RHR)
It’s a French movie available either in French with English subs, or English dub whichever appeals most. I’m sure you’ll like it.
May 4th, 20091:18 am
Ronald, I disagree. Even when we’re clicking on all cylinders our offense is league average at best. We need to acquire a bat. But feel free to continue drinking the kool-aid.
May 4th, 20091:23 am
Nuttin’ wromg with Kool-Ade.Grape Kool-Ade with vodka is great. It’s like a really potent wine. Sangria is better though. Why doesn’t anybody say keep drinking the Sangria? Damned Rev Jones ruint it 4 all of us.
May 4th, 20091:24 am
Speaking of Elizabeth Berkely in Showgirls, my favorite part was the swimming pool scene.
May 4th, 20091:28 am
I thought Showgirls sucked. Gina Gershon’s cool though.
May 4th, 20091:29 am
Yeah, the plot was totally crap…but Berkely and Gershon were totally cool.
May 4th, 20091:30 am
Wayne, when the month of May started, twenty-two of the thirty games we play this month are against teams with losing records. If our Braves cannot finish this thirty game stretch with at least a .500 record, stick a fork in them, they’re done because June is a monster schedule.
May 4th, 20091:36 am
Watching “Good Luck Chuck” on Showtime right now. Movie isn’t very good, but Jessica Alba looks phenomenal in it.
May 4th, 20091:39 am
I think adding Richie Sexson to this team would be a fabulous idea.
May 4th, 20091:40 am
I can’t sleep. Keep thinking about the game. Man, was that disappointing.
Cole W. Slaw
May 4th, 20091:41 am
Yeah, Richie Sexson is exactly what this team needs: another guy who can’t hit his weight.
May 4th, 20091:44 am
Wow. James Parr is dreamy.
May 4th, 20091:47 am
Anybody catch the Red Sox / Rays game? Carl Crawford tied a major league record with six steals in one game. The Rays have now swiped an unbelievable 40 out of 46 bags (.870 success rate).
May 4th, 20091:51 am
You’ll get no disagreement from me. I agree the team is in trouble. I don’t think the situation is quite as bleak as you would state, but your not far off from being correct. We are slow. What has changed from last year though??? On speed, Schafer is no worse than Blanco, and Kotchman is no worse than Tex (well, maybe not enough to matter), and the myriad of LF’ers last year were probably faster than Diaz has been. So, we are a bit slower.
I still think when we get a few bats back in the lineup, our offense will see some improvement. Will it be enough, I don’t think so, but heck I am an optimist, so I gotta believe there is a chance we can have a shot at getting better.
The defense is puzzling. We are the same as we were last year on the infielder and at catcher. Frenchy is a wash. Schafer has made a few miscues, and we know Diaz is below average in left. To be honest, Blanco and Infante were both unremarkable in the outfield last year.
I think Schafer will get better, and end up being a much better CF’er than anybody we have had since Andruw. Sometimes a team gets in a funk, and it takes a while for them to get out of it. I am hopeful this is what’s happened to the defense, since we really haven’t changed much.
As for the coaching of fundamentals, I think you are onto something. Bobby has never been a great tactician, but he has been a good manager and GM in his career. I wonder who or what has changed that has made our organization substandard on the teaching of fundamentals.
I think it is getting close to my bedtime. I will check back in a few minutes in case you are still online.
BTW, hope you didn’t get too much grief out of the floods earlier this spring. I hadn’t thought to ask earlier, got a lot on my plate these days.
May 4th, 20091:54 am
Don’t you have school tomorrow??? Or, do you just hang at the mall all day?
(whoever you really are, I think it’s funny!)
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