4:17 pm May 31, 2009, by David O'Brien
June 1st, 20096:07 pm
Nolie Off days offer us some R&R just like the team.
Yeah, that’s for sure.
I still wish there was a game on tonight, though…
Wayne in Utah
June 1st, 20096:09 pm
Back from the dark shadows of “No Braves Baseball Land!”
Wow, if true, the Heyward news would seem to be a set back. Has he been playing poorly lately?
I like DeRo, but he is not the fix for our offense. Only if he is one of a couple of deals would he really work out, though he would be a better replacement for Chipper than Prado when Hoss goes down, as he tends to do on occasion.
Rob (from SC)
Heyward has been out the last 5 games. He must be hurt.
June 1st, 20096:10 pm
Heyward has been on fire, I think he is hurt!
June 1st, 20096:11 pm
Roman Gal – That actually makes sense. They have to cut off the voting early enough to make travel plans etc. I hadn’t thought about that. So McFann might be in luck.
June 1st, 20096:13 pm
Kentavo – I don’t see how that can be true. Danville is for Rookies, Rome is where he would go if he was demoted, which I can’t see since he was tearing it up with MB.
Anders So McFann might be in luck.
June 1st, 20096:14 pm
The deeper this season goes, the less I like our chances.
The way I see it, the Phils and Mets are doing a hell of a job of keeping their heads above water through crappy pitching (the Phils) and injuries (the Mets). Did anyone here think that the Mets would have four starting pitchers with ERAs 4.21 and under at this point of the season? Probably not. They only have 33 HRs. Anyone expect that? That team is really showing some guts. They’ll probably choke again at the end, but they’re not choking right now.
The Phils’ pitching has been absolute garbage, but one figures that Blanton and Hamels will get their numbers down. J.A. Happ is a good addition to the rotation. They’ll go out and add another arm, I’m sure. Rollins has been awful, but he looks like he’s starting to come around. Ibanez has cooled off with the long balls, but his insane first couple of months helped keep the Phillies from falling apart.
Hey, wassup, Wayne?
June 1st, 20096:15 pm
You…you v-v-voted for…Fillies??
Oh…oh man…this one hurts…
I’m not sure how many times I’ve voted for Escobar and Chipper…heh heh, the only one I’ve kept on ballot consistently is McCann. I’ve voted for some Cincy players off and on…voted for Braun a few times (not sure why, other than the fact that I can’t bring myself to vote for a Filly…I’m so bad…I need to get over it.)
Yeah I know, it disgusted me too. I absolutely cannot bring myself to vote for any Mets…but that’s OK because I don’t think they have a “best at that position in the NL” player on their team anyway. As much as I dislike the Phillies, Ibanez is having an all star season and Utley with his slicked back hair is hands down the best 2B in the NL. And I voted for Gonzalez just because I like him and I knew the whole world would vote for Albert. All 25 of my votes are always the same. It’s easier just to keep hitting submit than to change the votes each time. For some reason I get the feeling McCann is the only person you voted for. Don’t worry grasshopper, he’ll get in.
June 1st, 20096:19 pm
Trying to get back to a normal schedule these days….work, keeping track of the teen, braves baseball, etc.
The last 2 weeks were pretty hectic/tough. Wife’s sis passed away and we had her services on Saturday. Last of the relatives left today. All is much better now. Her last couple of weeks were hard on all around here, as much physically as emotionally.
Not much Braves time in the mix…..
Who are we tradin’??
June 1st, 20096:22 pm
If there is a Brave that is deserving, or close to deserving, I vote for them, and then for all others who are worthy, leaning heavily towards the underdogs, and the small market players.
I wouldn’t vote for a Met or Phillie unless there was just nobody else close to deserving.
BTW, haven’t voted yet, so I am open to suggestions (beyond our guys).
Nova Scotia Steve
Hey DOB, Thoughts on David Dellucci??? Should/Could the Braves take a shot at him?
I haven’t voted for any Mets, either. And no Diamondbacks! Upton might be having a good year, but do not vote D-Back.
Ibanez is having a good year, sure, but I just can’t click on a Filly name…elgth! Just couldn’t do it. I don’t remember who I vote for at 2B…I think it’s Brandon Phillips…?
I usually just change my vote for a certain position (if need-be) when I change my e-mail address. But I’ve gone back-and-fourth at 1B a lot (but yeah, no votes for Pujols…everybody votes for Pujols!).
For some reason I get the feeling McCann is the only person you voted for.
Aw, now…I vote for a couple other guys…sometimes…
Don’t worry grasshopper, he’ll get in.
He better…or someone’s going to pay…
June 1st, 20096:23 pm
I wouldn’t let the AJC know about any trade or anything else.. I’m sure AJC would screw the deal up in some way!!!!
June 1st, 20096:26 pm
McFann I think these Braves fans voting for Phillies should be banned from the blog. What do you think?
June 1st, 20096:28 pm
I’m sorry to hear about your wife’s sister! Glad thing are gettin’ back on track for you, though.
Who are we tradin’??
Haha! Don’t know…something fishy seems to be going on, though…
I guess I could stoop down to vote for a Met or Filly if I had to…but so far I’ve come up with excuses not to!
Ah–! Oh. Well…never mind…
June 1st, 20096:29 pm
Uh…well, RHR’s not so bad…considering…
June 1st, 20096:33 pm
June 1st, 20096:34 pm
I have a hard time believing Heyward has been sent to Danville. He’s having a great year, and if he was hurt they would just disable him, right?
Can’t find anything out on why Heyward was sent to Danville.
"AJC SUCKS" SUCKS
June 1st, 20096:37 pm
Nobody gives a sh*t, man. You’re just lookin’ for a target to spew your own failures with family and co-workers/ humans onto. Seriously, this is your campaign? This is your cause?
June 1st, 20096:39 pm
Just kidding friend.
June 1st, 20096:43 pm
TcD: If you’re buying one Lucinda Williams CD, it’s got to be Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. No question. Stellar tunes from start to finish.
Hey! I implied that I’m for keepin’ you!
You’re a good one!
June 1st, 20096:44 pm
Nova Scotia: Based on what he’s done the past couple seasons, I don’t see where Delucci is an upgrade. Certainly not a significant upgrade, if an upgrade at all.
David O’Brien: Astonishing Stat of the Day: Jeff Francoeur hit a home run on May 1, and Garret Anderson hit one on May 31. Can you guess how many homers were hit by Braves outfielders between those dates?
The Braves had two outfield homers in the entire month, one apiece on the first and last days of the month.
…Guess it was my immagination, but I thought I saw Chipper hit one an inning or so before Garret yesterday, which would make it 3 in a month.
June 1st, 20096:45 pm
How bout going after one of the Orioles OF’s Jones or Markakis? They appear to need pitching. How bout offering Gorkys, Reyes, Morton/Medlen for one of those folks. Both teams fill needs and neither has to take on payroll.
If I were Eminem, I’d be suing somebody…
I’d have also beaten that fool like a pinata while he was dangling there…
June 1st, 20096:47 pm
Newsflash! Chipper isn’t an outfielder.
June 1st, 20096:50 pm
I’d hate to see us part with Medlen, for anybody.
June 1st, 20096:51 pm
we need a new blog where has DOB been all day — cphizzle
Yeah, we need a lot of things, don’t we. And we don’t get everything we want, or need. And a new blog, I can assure you, is not something you’ll be getting here today.
cphizzle, since you’re concerned about my whereabouts. I took a redeye from Phoenix and got in at 6 a.m. today. Slept a little, watched Breaking Bad, did an expense report, rode motorcycle to gym.
Team’s off, and we were just on the road for seven days. Do you think my bosses want me to work every day? That’d be a whole lot of comp time accrued, and with the way that baseball offseasons go now, not much time to use it. After an 85-90 hour work week, my man, this would seem a logical day to take off, barring any news that needs to be covered.
Carroll’s not back from vacation yet, so try to make do without a new blog.
cvbraves' mind bubble
June 1st, 20096:53 pm
The funny thing to me is that Sacha Baron Cohen has a kid with Isla Fisher.
And we don’t get everything we won’t -DOB
But if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you kneed?
June 1st, 20096:54 pm
I could have gone with a hotter pic there, but I’m trying to keep it (mostly) clean.
June 1st, 2009
I heard about that kid, Willy Wally.
You know, I hear that Gregor Blanco bunted in T-Ball. So did Josh Anderson.
(Don’t tell anybody this, but I’ve also heard that Frenchy used to bunt in T-Ball. His contact rate per bunt attempt was 38%. We need better scouts.)
Chop chop – I lol’ed a heap, actually almost wet the old daks
nh sir !
June 1st, 20096:56 pm
Yankees – I am watching YES here, the old Yanks tv station
Can someone tell those f’wits that the Yanks are not even close to being the top winning sports franchise in the world
Have they not heard about
June 1st, 20096:58 pm
Word Police: You should keep a running tally. Because that and $2 would buy you a coffee at Starbucks. Just a regular coffee, though, nothing fancy.
Dogsbrekky – I believe the YES network is referring to the “civilized” world. Soccer does not qualify.
June 1st, 20097:00 pm
Lew: I read earlier that you pretty much said you think the Braves will be fine offensively without dealing for anything. Seriously? C’mon, man, I know you’re the eternal optimist when it comes to the Braves but this lineup isn’t gonna be swinging come October as currently constructed.
On another note, I noticed that Buster Olney said that he figures Matt Holiday will get about $10-11+ million per year in his next contract. IF the Braves could sign an extension for 3 years/$33 million for Holliday, would you do it? (pending a successful deal, of course)
And for the Holliday detractors, his road splits the past couple of years while a Rockies player were pretty dang good. And he’s been raking the past month after his slow start in Oakland.
Just not sure how much Beane would want in a deal. But with him coming at that salary, it would make sense to deal Vasquez and his salary to fit it in. Probably work best as a 3-team deal.
June 1st, 20097:01 pm
June 1st, 20097:03 pm
World Champions (NBA)
Super Bowl – World Champions
Sense the pattern.
Heyward has a strained oblique. Not on DL, just needs a few more days, they think.
June 1st, 20097:04 pm
DANVILLE’s first scheduled game is JUNE 23rd. KENTAVO, you may have some bad info.
They should just rename those things “Oh-bleak” because that’s what they are. No one talks about them when they’re fine.
June 1st, 20097:05 pm
Anders – Port Adelaide is Aussie Rules, thanks and I did not mention the cricket teams, la crosse, beach volleyball, darts, beer drinking and my local belching team…
but thanks for reminding me that “The Bronx” is part of the civilized world………. they should rename it the 51st non-state
June 1st, 20097:07 pm
hey everybody! i’m in the news again.
did you see where i said that joe girardi (yes JOE GIRARDI) is the best manager i ever played for.
no, i didn’t forget that i once played for bobby cox. nope.
hence, what i’m saying is that joe girardi is a much better manager than bobby cox. heck bobby cox can’t carry joe girardi’s jock strap.
how about that atlanta fans? and some of you wonder why i left.
June 1st, 20097:08 pm
Oh hey, it seems there is a way we can keep Frenchy but let someone else play in his spot. He’s eligible for the DL according to this:
Who knew suck was a legitimate injury!? I love America!
June 1st, 20097:09 pm
Il Cattivo – I am heading to Florence, Cinque Terre and Roma with the old g/f next week, am so looking forward to trying out my Italian swear words I have learned over 43 years hanging with Italian mates..
Then planning a return trip next year for the “footy” in Italia… going to do a “clubs tour” with the older brother and see Lazio, Juve, AC, Inter and then head to London for my Chelskeaaaaaaaa and Hot Spur, maybe get up to “Abbey Road” to see Gerard as well
oh, and jorge posada is the best hitting catcher i ever played with.
June 1st, 20097:12 pm
Good job on spelling your name there, Mark.
Steve from OH
June 1st, 20097:16 pm
Bowman interviewing Frank Wren re: getting a power bat:
“It’s not going to be easy,” Wren said in reference to landing an outfielder via trade. “We’ve been talking to clubs for a while, and most of them are reluctant to make a move right now. There are a number of clubs looking for offense with a power bat. None of us can shake one loose.”
Keep rippin’ him, people. He ain’t trying, right?
June 1st, 20097:17 pm
i don’t get paid to win spelling bees. i hit homers.
June 1st, 20097:18 pm
“Your leader needs to show confidence. The manager can’t be upset after every loss. He can’t be angry all the time.”
“Out of all the managers I have had, he [Joe Girardi] is the best I have had by far.”
Steve – Did Wren mention if the Braves were willing to add salary if the right bat shakes loose?
June 1st, 20097:20 pm
I am watching the WCWS tonight, some outstanding funnymental softball being played, a few multi grandslam days and some great commentary from the newly slim John Kruk, makes for great viewing
I of course will be consuming a few Cali Cabernets to calm the nerves while I watch..
June 1st, 20097:21 pm
Boy that footy tour sounds awesome.Like a pilgrimage.All those wonderful teams and then you mentioned Hotspur!!! Seriously top teams. You could pass on some messages from the AC fans to your new guy.
June 1st, 20097:22 pm
No mention of salary, good or bad in reference to the bat, Anders.
June 1st, 20097:24 pm
Tex and his mates saunter into a brothel in Cleveland over the weekend
Tex picks some big blonde tart and takes her back to a room to do the business and declares to her “You are the best r..t I have ever had”..
On Monday he returns to his home in Jersey with his missus and lucks out with that Yellow jacket miss, proclaiming, “This is the only place I have ever wanted to be, you are the best shag in the world”….
Meanwhile in Texas and the ATL, there are many broken hearted girls who have heard the same refrain from TEX………. “I only wanna be with you”
Ugh. You’re such a typical Mets fan, Anders. Please find a new hobby instead of lying in wait on the braves blog for a chance to say “We have money and you dont’!” I mean, I know it must be tough being the Yankees ugly step-sister but how much better about the situation does it make you feel to say “My team has more money than yours” to Braves fans 142 times per year? That’s like being a fat kid looking over at the jock and saying “oh yeah? well my dad can beat up your dad!” … very transparent.
But other than that, you’re alright I guess.
There’s a lot of hostility floating around here for a day-off after a road win…
nolie, you doo doo head.
Just wanted to use that in a post. I like that almost as much as “dumb sumbee”, but shouldn’t there be a hyphen between the doos, LOL?
June 1st, 20097:25 pm
“but we know without a doubt that KJ (potentially)is one of the best hitting 2nd basemen in the game. ” – MONTY
Sure about that, I also heard KJ does his hottest hitting during November and December. I know what the braves should have done, they should have filled the roster with “potentially great players”.
How about this team:
P Horacio Ramirez
P Kyle Davis
P Chuck James
P JoJo Reyes
P Charlie Morton
Wow…………..lots of potential.
Truth is, potential is nothing………….results is everything. And KJ has shown nothing but about 50% of his so called potential. Same goes for 80% of the guys I mentioned.
How are the Japanese media reporting on KK’s season?
June 1st, 20097:26 pm
Ill Cattivo – very excited about ITALY as I usually travel around USA, which is great but I understand the language, this should be a riot trying to convert Aussie to the local linguo…
I assume spaghetti is still the same, yes ? ..
“Well alrighy then….”
June 1st, 20097:37 pm
RHR- Feel better? Good.
BTW 2-0 Mets. My team has more wins than your team. Nah, nah, na, nah, nah
June 1st, 20097:38 pm
“and some of you wonder why i left.”
Yeah. Because everybody that doesn’t comprehend the English language, would have a hard time figuring out why Tex left, when the headline read:
Tex Traded to the Angels!
I don’t get it?
June 1st, 20097:42 pm
It’s obvious you have Dyslexia and/or AADHD. Maybe that’s why you’re always a “slow starter.”
Head down to Milledgeville, see a shrink, woof down some drugs, chill-out….
June 1st, 20097:43 pm
Italian with an Australian accent. must be a riot alrite.
Damn, I see that human blackhole in the Line-up Frenhfry is still employed by the Braves!!!! Doesn’t seem like anybody wants the Chosen One!!! My self-imposed Boycott continues!!! Hey Wren, I would like to use that 12 game package sometime this year, however as long as that TURD is patrolling RF I will not go!!! If you build it they will come!!!!!!!!!!!
“excuses, excuses. Coach promised me that they would win cause they steal so many bases and hit so well. I think maybe he fibbed.”
Hmm. Seems to me the “gain” in a run per game on the overall team ERA seems to be doing the Rays in, huh?
I’m guessing if their pitching comes around, they’ll be more than fine. Kinda like our hitting. If it comes around we’ll be fine.
Just goes to show how “complete” a team needs to be to win consistently. Pitching. Defense. Hitting. Speed. Fundamentals.
We’ve currently got 2 of the 5 going for us right now.
June 1st, 20097:44 pm
Damn, Joba Chamberlain just made Mark DeRosa look like Jeff Stenchcouer, there ya go Franky just what the team needs more inept hitting……….
June 1st, 20097:45 pm
“DeRosa isn’t the answer!” – lots of people on the blog.
I don’t think anyone is really arguing that he is the answer. Our interest is for him to be a super-sub and to fill in for Chipper.
Like Jeff R said before though, I am interested in the prospect of us signing DeRosa to make room for a trade involving Kelly. It makes a lot of sense. Even better is that Kelly is heating up right now and that will make his stock rise.
After all, Infante isn’t done forever and he should be able to come back and serve the same pre-injury role(s). I can’t imagine that we would throw away prospects for a 33 year old super-sub player that we would only need for about 3 months.
Any thoughts on all this, DOB?
i was traded because i didn’t want to sign a long term contract with the braves.
i wanted to go. scotty told me i should go.
June 1st, 20097:46 pm
Swish and Tish…
and 2 more runners cross the dish!
“I am heading to Florence, Cinque Terre and Roma”
You’re either going to Firenze and Roma or you’re going to Florence and Rome. Damn english-speakers changing the names of the cities that are thousands of years old.
June 1st, 20097:47 pm
Is that the real Mark Tishara???????????????????????????????????????
How is the eastern European press reacting to the Braves inconsistent offense this season?
June 1st, 20097:48 pm
i am the REAL mark tishara. the TISH!
June 1st, 20097:49 pm
i would twitter but my fingers are too big for a blackberry!
the better to hit home runs with.
June 1st, 20097:50 pm
How is Frank Wren accounting for global warming in his long range planning for the Braves?
June 1st, 20097:52 pm
With inflation expected to pick up considerably will the Braves charge $95 for hot dogs starting in 2016?
DOB- Is this (strained oblique) the same injury Heyward had earlier in the season?
June 1st, 20097:53 pm
ElonBrave: DeRosa could definitely help this club. He can fill in for Chipper while Infante’s out, and could play some RF if Francoeur keeps struggling. He’d give you basically the same versatility as Diory, plus some corner-outfield ability, and be a big upgrade offensively, simply because Diory is a rookie trying to figure things out. DeRo’s a quality hitter and brings some fire and veteran leadership.
It was a hamstring injury earlier, I believe.
June 1st, 20097:55 pm
Hey Mark Tishara
You need to join the “qwitter” community. You’ll fit right in.
Not too long ago, baseball players played into their 30’s and managers stayed in their jobs into their 60’s.
Now with some players playing in their 50’s does that mean that Bobby Cox will still be managing past hitting the century mark in years?
June 1st, 20097:59 pm
Burdell – damn !
Yes, you are technically correct, I am going to see that Sistine Chapel that some poor ol’ sonofabitch spent 7 years on his back painting…. figure I owe it to him to see his work…apart from that I am going to eat … lots and lots of pasta after 4 months of no sugar, no bread, no rice, no pasta… still I am 33 lbs lighter !!!!
June 1st, 20098:00 pm
De Rosa = Infante + 6 years or Prado + 7 years and some power < the solution to our power problem
whereas Nelson Cruz for Froggy + Morton = possible solution
Frank Wren's assistant
June 1st, 20098:03 pm
We prefer Tom Cruise to Nelson Cruz. He’ll hit a few less home runs but he’ll bring more folks to the ball park (especially women).
And that’s what we care about.
June 1st, 20098:04 pm
You pretty much made my day
FW Assis – actually Tommy C may bring a few more men as well, if you get my drift….”Not that there is anything wrong with that !”
June 1st, 20098:05 pm
Nothing I’ve read screams at me that the Braves will get Derosa, but it just sounds like a no brainer that we’ll get ‘em…eventually. I’ll tell you, Choo and Derosa coming to the Atl. would be even better.
June 1st, 20098:10 pm
Lew: “De Rosa has hit 20 HR ONCE-at Wrigley. Before that, he hit 13 HR ONCE-in Texas. Before that, his highest career HR Total was 6. I really can’t believe anyone is seriously considering him to be more than a super sub. He certainly won’t put the lights back on our power outage.
I gotta call FOUL on this one.
You artfully framed his stats there, but here’s the thing… Derosa had never been given more than 309 at-bats in a season until 2006, when he hit 13 HR’s.
He hit 10 HR’s in 2007, and 21 in 2008. This year, he is on pace to hit 24 HR’s, 90 RBI, and about 30 doubles. Not saying those will be his year-end numbers… but the fact that he’s on pace for that shows you what he’s done so far.
He’s not a big power bat. But he’s got double-digit HR power, and he’ll hit .285-.295 with 30-40 doubles. And his OBP has been in the .370’s each of the past 2 seasons.
To say that Mark DeRosa can be nothing more than a utility player is to ignore what he’s done over the past 3 seasons, and what he’s done so far this year. He’s no all-star, but he can be -and has been- a solid everyday player.
June 1st, 20098:11 pm
i like grits for breakfast.
the chef at the buckhead ritz-carlton cooks me up a batch each morning and my private jet delivers them to where ever i am.
June 1st, 20098:12 pm
anybody else having peachtree tv problems?
June 1st, 20098:13 pm
Yep, Car Wheels is now one of the very few complete CDs on the iPod…many thanks for the turn on..
So you’re not of the opinion that he’d be a KJ replacement?
Live like Mark Teixiera
June 1st, 20098:16 pm
Lesson # 211:
When you want to go to the movies with your family, buy out all the tickets for the theater.
That way you and your family won’t have to sit near any “common” people.
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