1:48 pm May 11, 2009, by David O'Brien
May 11th, 20095:37 pm
Steve from OH, I appreciate the stuff you update us with. I really do. I enjoy it when you, Scoots, mbatl, nolie, efrim, gil from mechanicsville talk about the farmhands. I learn from that stuff. But I’m just so friggin’ sick and tired of folks going on and on and on about these minor leaguers when in all likelihood we’ll be lucky if at most three of them are established starters on the Atlanta Braves 3 to 5 to 10 years from now.
May 11th, 20095:39 pm
good stuff DOB, you know who is playing 2b tonight?
cabravesfan — They’ve been warned! I know I wouldn’t be messing with you (not that way, anyway).
Eric from MO
Wow . A warning from the big bad Mets. Yawn. We own you guys
Shane they are 2-0 against us. We do not own them. The Phillies own them.
At 5:34pm DOB typed: “…something that’s happened to him many times in past, he said, because of the way he sings…”.
Chipper singing? Thank God we haven’t been subjected to that. Does he only sing in the shower or does he serenade his teammates? Does he do country songs or broadway standards?
Steve from OH
May 11th, 20095:41 pm
Point taken, WW.
May 11th, 20095:42 pm
Does anyone know when spotts, Random & Bubdylan are returning from their trip to the Galápagos Islands? McFann and I miss them. I miss their humorous sarcasm, McFann cann’t wait to see their turtle pictures.
we shall see if I have the energy to bother by the time I get home from work (1:15 to go + an hour long drive home)…but seeing as how I have no beer and must scan the freezer for a suitable alternative, it is entirely possible I will
And you may feel free to mess with me however you wish
May 11th, 20095:43 pm
Vabraves I know but Scafers Wafers stated that Scafer is just doing what he is asked. Play CF and dont make any mistakes and all he does is make mistakes. Either is a defensive mistake or a baserunning mistake. He needs to go back down and learn some more.
I’m just going on nothing really but I bet Chipper can’t sing
May 11th, 20095:44 pm
1. KJ, 2B
2. Escobar, SS
3. Prado, 3B
4. McCann, C
5. Diaz, LF
6. Kotchman, 1B
7. Francoeur, RF
8. Schafer, CF
9. Lowe, RHP
Chipper just needs to retire. He is too brittle to be counted on anymore and not worth the money. They need to bring a young slugger in here to build the lineup around, the days of building around chipper are over.
May 11th, 20095:46 pm
I’m just wondering if any Mets fans will taunt Mac over his glasses or Schafer over the drug thing.
May 11th, 20095:47 pm
bravos2249 we just a picking. no problems
Come on Prado. Show ‘em you need to be in the lineup regularly.
May 11th, 20095:48 pm
I would think Bobby would wait until Wednesday to start Chipper since Pelfrey (RHP) will be starting tomorrow and batting lefty would put more strain on the right elbow. Plus, we know how Bobby is with injuries.
They need to bring a young slugger in here to build the lineup around, the days of building around chipper are over. — ChrisW
If those days are over, as you say, then I guess they’ll be paying him $42 mill over 2010-2012 to not build around him, because that’s the guaranteed contract he signed six weeks ago.
Okay…KJ has a good avg against Santana….but we have him hitting lead off…..I know Bobby would seem kinda stupid putting a guy with his numbers in the 3 hole…..but would anyone else on here rather have KJ hitting 3rd tonight or stay at the top?
rabid in queens
May 11th, 20095:49 pm
“I’m just wondering if any Mets fans will taunt Mac over his glasses or Schafer over the drug thing.”
No, we plan to mostly taunt Kelly Johnson because he sux so much. And he’s a girl.
May 11th, 20095:50 pm
Not trying to cause them….lol..I just needed to let out some frustrations. What better way than a blog. Yours wasn’t as bad as the other one…lol…No major problem here. I live and let go.
May 11th, 20095:51 pm
“If those days are over, as you say, then I guess they’ll be paying him $42 mill over 2010-2012 to not build around him, because that’s the guaranteed contract he signed six weeks ago.”
Yep. Contract brought to you by the same idiot that brought you Kenshin Kawakami and Garrett Anderson.
Gotta say I’m surprised the Phillies haven’t taunted KJ over that pop up..lol
bravos I don’t think KJ is a good leadoff hitter but I don’t see anybody else on the team that is capable. Eventually Schafer but he has adjustments that need to be made before we throw even more at the kid.
May 11th, 20095:52 pm
Historically we do Eric We OWN THEM historically.
May 11th, 20095:54 pm
I just mean based on his numbers vs Johan and the fact that Prado is playing would you flip flop them?
Mets fans The epitome of class.
Steve from OH,
Here’s my minor league update:
There used to be a team down here in Albany, Georgia called the Albany Polecats. They were an Expos affiliate for two years (1992 and 1995) and an Orioles affiliate for ‘93 and ‘94. During those four seasons, Vladimir Guerrero, Cliff Floyd, Javier Vazquez, Armando Benitez and the great “Machete” Ugueth Urbina came through town.
That’s all I’ve got.
May 11th, 20095:55 pm
Let’s just hope Schafer doesn’t turn any doubles into triples tonight…cause that CF fence is pretty high
Ok Shane…live in the past. That will get them.
If you guys have noticed with Schafer they are getting him out on that belt high fastball he is still a kid and that changeup from Johan is devasting. We are a singles doubles club with pop from chipper,Mac we should have got a base stealer we need to move runners over just imagine a speedster infront of Yunel he is hitting what .517 wisp Just a thought!
Schafer vs. Santana = Cartoon
May 11th, 20095:56 pm
Your manager is so way past retired, he should wear pajamas and a bathrobe in the dugout. And worn out old slippers.
May 11th, 20095:57 pm
Ahhh, the Braves do have 2 young SLUGGERS in the making…they are in single A right now. They’ll be pushing to get into the starting lineup by 2011, just the time Chipper probably really starts to fade away, and the best thing is, it won’t break the bank to have them on the team:)
In the meantime, we’ll have to get used to the fact that as currently constructed this 2009 team doesn’t have the HR firepower to build around (typical lineup), other than B-Mac and when Chipper is healthy, not sure anyone else strikes fear into opposing dugouts.
May 11th, 20095:58 pm
Your centerfielder is so immature he brings his skateboard out to centerfield with him.
Oh, and I HATE these MUTS TROLLS on the blog, b/c they are NOWHERE to be found each september when their precious CHOKERS fade away and lose another division title.
May 11th, 20096:00 pm
Lowe has to be on his “A” Game today Mets are agressive and Beltran leads the league in Average. Taking Frenchy outta right was a joke posting with that spacious field he needs to be there. I watched some of his swings yesterday and he was pulling of that breaking stuff away again needs to stay back and hit off the front foot there is pop in there but middle in where he can turn But the speed changing from johan? Kotch has been doing it up 3rd in the NL in Doubles cant lie though Chipper REALLY misses TEX! So do I!
The other minor league update I have is that Vlad could hit the ball really, really, really far.
I’m thinking it’s Chipper’s right elbow that’s bothering him. If that’s correct, isn’t throwing going to be a problem?
Bubdylan– I see you’re here. I thought you went away with spotts and Random. My bad.
OK Eric. Base it on two games instead of a much larger sample size. Thats smart
Kelly Johnson plays second base like he is wearing a cereal box on his hand instead of a mitt.
May 11th, 20096:01 pm
Th wont be here this Sept either Supes. They will have on their Yankee stuff way before that.
NY MUTS are the red headed stepchild of NYC baseball. FACT. Every MUTS fan dreams of being a YANKEES FAN. FACT…NY MUTS = Baseball’s biggest CHOKE in september. It’s going to be a fun season:)
May 11th, 20096:02 pm
Chop Chop nice in depth analysis on Vlad there
I was about to respond to you earlier. Had my whole post thought out and everything. But, I’ve decided to just simply state that I’m sorry you don’t like reading farm updates. Good day.
May 11th, 20096:03 pm
Tom O Hawke, I ain’t dead, just out of jokes… I mean, unless you count my baseball analyses, which are just bad jokes…
I keep trying to remember that Schafer is a rookie but I do think the young man does very much need a day off. I also think somebody needs to slow the mad dashing in the outfield. He does have great potential.
May 11th, 20096:04 pm
What is Jo Jo Reye’s preferred dugout snack: Ho-Hos’, Ring-Dings, or hostess snowballs?
Chipper being out might be a blessing in disguise, hopefully Prado makes the most out of his plaing time tonight
Expect Santana and the mets to go right after Prado knowing a hot B-Macc is hitting behind him
Also Bank On at least one Intentional Walk to B-Macc, He’s the one guys in the lineup that the mets are not gonna let beat them
They will pitch around B-Macc all night, “Bank on It!”
Nothing quite like a team with a skunk for a mascot.
May 11th, 20096:05 pm
That’s easy for you to say from 3,000 miles away. However, that got a rise out of me, nonetheless.
During the rush hour, around and in LA, how many miles is a one hour drive? I’m thinking it’s not many.
Shane I didnt say the Mets own us but when so far they are undfeated against us it is ignorant and just wrong to say we own them.
“rabid in Queens”
Oh, so many options for that one…
May 11th, 20096:06 pm
I’ve got a good one…
Where does the king keep his armies?
Dave I love Chipper I have his Jersey and followed him since he first came up to the Braves he is a great player but he cant stay on the field. That contract should have had incentives based on the number of games played. Where is our David Wright, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard? The lineup we have today is nothing compared to the Mets lineup. I feel for DLowe today against Santana he has to think he needs to match him pitch for pitch. Thats not good for a $97 million dollar payroll.
When will Casey Kotchman make it to the hall of fame?
May 11th, 20096:07 pm
Supes I hear ya Heyward was mashing in Spring Training against lower level pitching of course but Bobby said he hit a ball that ended up on the practice field he has advanced plate discipline for the age of 19 but Atlanta Bound isnt in the Forcast till 2011 if that but remember Frenchy and Mac? Honestly I think we have the best Rotation in The NL EAST yeah yeah Florida with their young guns, johan and maybe pefirey with the Mets the Phills Cole Hamels and hahahahahahah yeah and Washington is washington. WE NEED OFFENSE If this team could stay more consistant with the bats we would lead the Divison. Still a shot with a three game sweep ahhhhhhhh wishful thinking!
May 11th, 2009
eric remember he is still young.
- 22 ain’t exactly a baby. I too was stoked about Schafer. Enough is enough. You have to put wood on 2 and 4 seamers in the Bigs. You just have to. In the book of Franke his got until about june to prove he can get that bat around on those fastballs.
got a rise out of you?? wow- not sure if I am ready for the visual
I work about 19 miles from my house. No, that is not a typo. Yes, it takes almost an hour to go 19 miles. I love LA
the days of building around chipper are over?
The guys still one of the most feared hitters in the game. Hence why every pitcher pitches around him. He’s the one guy in our line-up where the opposing pitcher has to know where he’s at every single inning.
May 11th, 20096:08 pm
*animated, like Tom Hanks* I don’t KNOW, Roman Gal, where DOES the king keep his armies??
I predict a 4-1 loss. No way this lineup wins tonight. KJ leading off is an instant out. Schaefer might as well be a pitcher. If this was the AL, I would have someone DH for him. Once again, one of our best players is not in the lineup. I ask again: What does Infante have to do to start?
probably around the same time as Luis Castillo and Ollie Perez…
May 11th, 20096:09 pm
Francoeur is a natural. Like BO is natural. And cow manure.
May 11th, 20096:10 pm
Even your bad jokes are refreshing compared to some of the stuff you read on this blog.
I didn’t try to quit, but being I went almost a week without a beer, I thought I’d go a little further. It’s now been since April 30. Are you still on the wagon?
HAHA…How DUMB is Manuel…Sheff ain’t in the lineup….dude has killed Lowe in his caree with a .455 avg 1 HR and 6 rbi
Oh yeah get jojo outta there
May 11th, 20096:11 pm
Chipper is feared! That’s why all eyes will be upon him as he sits in the dugout and nurses his little boo-boos.
The king keeps his armies up his sleevies.
Okay we ain’t got Chipper….they ain’t got Delgado….I bet he’s hurt too so who are Mets fans calling old?
May 11th, 20096:12 pm
Up his sleevies.
May 11th, 20096:13 pm
Anbody else tickled as me that we extended Mr Sore Elbow’s contract for another (I forget) 3 or 4 years? Has anybody ever had as many unusual “injuries?” First it was the thumb. What next, ingrown toe nail?
Does anyone else think Aaron Brooks on the Rockets looks just like Chris Rock? I dont watch the NBA because it is so slow and borng so I didnt know who he was when Sportscenter showed him. At first I was like oh, didnt know Chris Rock was a Rockets fan. I seriously thought it was Chris Rock.
Chop Chop, you stole my thunder.
ok people look at it this way just to be a 300 hitter you will make 7 outta 10 outs Just imagine with shafers speed if he could just put the ball in play 5 outta five plate appearances remember that single fom KK yesterday he woulda been on 3rd easily.
Still on the Wagon, Tom O’ Hawke, though I drink enough salted lemonade every day to pucker up Mona Lisa.
May 11th, 20096:14 pm
Talk about not being able to play….
May 11th, 20096:15 pm
Salted lemonade? Is that something southerners really drink or is it a joke? Why am I asking such inexperienced questions?
Why did the chicken cross the road?
May 11th, 20096:16 pm
Chop Chop 6:11 post and Roman gal 6:12 post was the same. Are they the same person?
I live in the South and I’ve never heard of salted lemonade
Gil In Mechanicsville
With Santana the key is patience, wait for the change up because he is going to throw it. Fight off the fastball and wait on the change. Of course patience is not a trait the Braves’ possess but if you make him work long enough, you can get to that weak bullpen.
*closed-throat, grunt-through-the-nose laugh at Roman Gal’s joke*
Hey Joey where would the braves be with out #10 he needs protection like I said he misses TEX! Yes we have to accept the injuries he is 37 years old!!!! It goes beyond Chipper we are a line drive team Mack has some pop but we need another 25 plus outta Frenchy! GA could hit 15 same with Kotch we need the xtra base hit
May 11th, 20096:17 pm
Sure it’s frustrating that Chipper’s been oft-injured in the last several years, I bet no one is more tired of it than Chipper himself, but the negative comments about Chippers toughness have got to go!! This dude is a stud who can rake and is a 1st ballot HOFer. He constantly plays with nagging ailments and I seem to recall won the batting title last year, at age 36. Plus, you jackaloons making these comments are pathetically hiding behind the anonymity the blog. You wouldn’t say these things to Chippers face, so why bring down the rest of us with your cowardly nastiness? We should all be grateful to have a loyal player like Chipper, whatever the frustrations that come with getting older. Go Braves!!
Bubdylan, with me it’s coffee. I’m drinking enough of it to talk her ear off.
I googled it and it’s like a pinch per like gallon so I hardly believe you would taste any salt.
I was about to respond to you earlier. Had my whole post thought out and everything. But, I’ve decided to just simply state that I’m sorry you don’t like reading farm updates. Good day. (ROMAN GAL)
It’s not the updates from the farm I’m taking issue with. It’s the incessant chatter about how great they’re all gonna be that grates on my last nerve, how they’re all so much better than what we got, and how much what we’ve got needs to be shoved aside for what we might have but most likely will never have.
5 years from now, Hanson and Heyward will likely be Braves. The rest of ‘em? I’m not counting on, and don’t care too much to hear about ‘em, ’cause ultimately knowing that stuff about them will someday be nothing more than fun little trivia. Ya know, one of those fun dinner parties where someone says, quick, name me every top 10 Braves prospect for every year between 1990 and today
And, as to Hanson and Heyward, what if Hanson never is any better than someone like Kevin Millwood? That would be a success story, but I don’t think folks would appreciate that, just like they never appreciated Millwood himself. In the minds of most of these dorks, Hanson’s either the next Jake Peavy or bust. And Heyward? What if he’s only as good as Cliff Floyd or Derek Lee? Would folks settle for that kind of very goodness? Likely not. Unless he’s the next Hank Aaron, these goobers are gonna label him somewhat of a disappointment.
I just get so very tired of the daily trashing of the big leaguers, and the absurd praising of minor leaguers. Enjoy the chickens you’ve got, and stop counting the ones that may never hatch
“Why did the chicken cross the road?”
Because Brian MacCann will eat anything that moves.
May 11th, 20096:18 pm
Hah! He wishes he was as cyber-sexy as me!
May 11th, 20096:19 pm
Steve from OH, salted lemonade is just something I made up to help my high blood pressure. (If you double up on Benezapril, you can drop salt anything… haven’t shared that with my doctor yet…)
“This dude is a stud who can rake…”
Hugh Jackman doing some gardening?
That’s incorrect, rabid in queens. First of all, it’s spelled “Mcccan.” Second of all, you’re wrong. Lastly, I’m afraid that’s not the right answer.
I agree gil waiting on the change but when you get You gotta do something with it like I said frenchy needs to hit off that front foot and drive the ball he I think is the Key if others in front can get on base
May 11th, 20096:22 pm
Why “frenchy” never walks: he loses count after ball 1.
Hey rabid in queens,
you think Hugh Jackman is a stud? Don’t wanna drop my soap in the shower with you dude. Sounds like some David Wright action goin’ on there.
Willy Wally, that’s half the fun of baseball to me (prospect watching/projecting). The other halves are statistics, history, and of course wins and losses. Oh, and championships. Lots of halves, yes, but that’s what makes baseball great.
May 11th, 20096:23 pm
Good point. When old time Braves minor league fans reminisce about the “Great Eight” there is not a single pitcher in the bunch and only half of them really made and impact… And not all with the Braves.
Sounds like “queens” is the proper neighborhood for ya.
Willy Wally, In that case, I’m sorry.
I, too, get tired of the daily calls for Hanson and Heyward to be brought up and the nonstop chatter about them being a better duo than Batman and Robin. It’s early. But, you never know when one of them is going to be the next Chipper Jones or Greg Maddux. However, staying in a minor league town most of the year, it’s cool for me to see them play and watch them progress. That’s why I’m such a Jordan Schafer fan. My first Rome Braves game, he had a great game and I got to meet him. He was very nice and I followed his progress throughout the remainder of his minor league career.
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