4:17 pm May 31, 2009, by David O'Brien
Wayne in Utah
June 1st, 20098:21 pm
I really don’t think at 30-20, the Rangers are going to trade an OF w/ 14 HR’s and nearly a 300 average… Just sayin’
June 1st, 20098:22 pm
I would like to urge every Braves fan out there to do some All star voting especially Brian Mccann!!!! Support them lets guy lets at least have one guy from the time in St. Louis!
June 1st, 20098:23 pm
If you’re keeping score, Peavy has already vetoed a trade to the White Sox, and apparently he did the same regarding a deal with Atlanta in November. It was then widely believed that the Braves pulled out because San Diego GM Kevin Towers was asking too much, but Frank Wren has since admitted the deal fell through because Peavy said no to Atlanta Bradley, AJC
June 1st, 20098:29 pm
June 1st, 20098:30 pm
Mark Tishara – I lol’ed a LOT
June 1st, 20098:31 pm
Wayne – we all have dreams….
Live like Mark Teixiera
Lesson # 414
Since you want to make the all star team – hire college students to go to MLB parks so they can vote for you an unlimited number of times.
June 1st, 20098:35 pm
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 (TOMMY P)
even with this economy that would surprise me some. He is not like the OF FAs of last winter in that he is a well-rounded player.that would be tempting if true imo
Live like Brian McCann
Lesson 2 of 3
After a hard day at work, have Ashley serve you up some of her tasty meatloaf, watch CSI, and go to bed early.
18 Wheels of Love
June 1st, 20098:36 pm
We heard a radio interview at the beginning of the year where Wren finally admitted publicly that Peavy nixed the trade. It is also well known that Peavy is buddies with Mark Grace and a few other ex-Cubs who, during a Costa Rica vacation, talked Peavy into angling to become a Cub. Since then he has turned down Atlanta and the White Sox.
June 1st, 20098:39 pm
BTW Jason H is now listed on the Danville roster. No write up yet I can find saying why
Lesson # 216
Hire Michael Douglas so that you can call him up whenever you want and he’ll recite that “greed is good” speech from the movie “Wall Street”. Scott Boras gets to listen in.
June 1st, 20098:40 pm
DOB, is that true about Peavy actually having backed out of an agreed upon deal between SD and ATL? Just curious.
However it happened, I’m glad it did! Thank God we didn’t get Peavy!!!
Peavy would have cost us a ton of talent, and a fair amount of cash. Lowe only cost us cash. And while Peavy will put up better regular season numbers than Lowe, Lowes reg. season numbers are always very good, and when it comes to big games – October and otherwise…
Peavy has made 2 post-season starts in his career, and he choked horribly in both. He allowed 13 earned through 9.2 combined innings in those 2 starts. And if memory serves me correctly, he got hit pretty hard in that one-game playoff he lost to Colorado a couple years ago. Then there was the WBC, which is something of an October atmosphere. Again… ugly. Very, very ugly.
Give me a choice between a 2.80 reg. season ERA, and a 12.10 October ERA… or a 3.45 reg. season ERA and a 3.33 post-season ERA…
I’ll take the guy who doesn’t fold like a house of cards under pressure, thanks.
Maybe Peavy will win a few more games over the regular season, but what does it matter if your ace chokes and get’s you ousted 3 or 4 games into October?
June 1st, 20098:47 pm
Just goes to show how “complete” a team needs to be to win consistently. Pitching. Defense. Hitting. Speed. Fundamentals. (N8)
yup, i think maybe that was my whole point starting with the quote from Poz that i posted. offense is not the be-all and end-all of baseball success like some here seem to think.i was just trying to make that point in my usual low key and witty manner..8)
June 1st, 20098:50 pm
Don’t wanna pee anybody off but the gutter talk on this blog has reached an all time low.
Doo doo head. Don’t mean to poo poo free speech or anything, but think of the children. Do doo doo heads even give a poop about their influence on the little peeps, pips and innocent pops? Next thing you know we’ll sink even further when the inevitable ka ka reference comes along.
June 1st, 20098:53 pm
The reason Heyward is on the Danville roster is so they won’t have to put him on the DL. They did the same thing with Cory Gearrin earlier this season. Danville is currently getting ready for the up coming season and they sent guys down there similar to the instructional league to play against live hitting and pitching to keep the timing down when they do return.
June 1st, 20098:54 pm
DeRosa, Willingham, Branyan, and Hawpe. Give me any 2 of those and all the sudden I love the team for its merits and not just because of the name and lifelong fanhood.
June 1st, 20098:55 pm
Doo doo head. Don’t mean to poo poo free speech or anything, but think of the children.(Savannah)
I thought it was better than s*** for brains. sorry
dob–thanks for the link on pettibone. i know he has a solo career, but heavens…cant imagine a guitarist leaving a plum gig like that.
June 1st, 20098:58 pm
DeRosa, Willingham, Branyan, and Hawpe. Give me any 2 of those and all the sudden I love the team for its merits and not just because of the name and lifelong fanhood jortPWH
Branyan?? You’re jesting right? the guy will end the season stinking just like always
June 1st, 20099:00 pm
I keep up with trade rumors very closely, and I’m not saying I’m an expert on the subject, but I’ve never heard anything that indicates Peavy ever blackballed Atlanta. I’ve never heard anything that indicates the negoitations got nearly that far. And Frank Wren said in a chat that the negoitations never got that far. So I don’t believe Bradley’s story. Not unlike most of what he writes about baseball.
June 1st, 20099:02 pm
“So I don’t believe Bradley’s story. Not unlike most of what he writes about baseball.”
Yup. Sometimes I get the impression that he doesn’t follow the Braves closely enough to be writing about them.
You pretty much made my day
Gonzo? I know, right? Good stuff.
June 1st, 20099:03 pm
I don’t know if you were watching the Yankees-Indians game. Joba was throwing a no-hitter before V-Mart took him deep, then Shin Soo-Choo bunted for a base hit, and then he walked Peralta on four straight pitches. His pitching coach paid him a visit, not looking him in the eye once. He was looking straight ahead as joba stood to the left of him. Joba was looking straight at the ground, nodding in agreement throughout the whole visit. Orel Hershiser happened to be calling the game, and was a pitching coach with the Texas Rangers. Steve Phillips commented on how the Yankees pitching coach never made, or tried, to make eye contact with Joba. Then he asked Orel if he made eye contact with his pitchers when visiting them on the mound. Orel said, “Not when I was just visiting them to talk strategy or to get them a breather and get them back on track. They are usually in a zone when they are pitching, and you don’t want to get them out of that zone.” He then said, “If I thought the problem was mental, then you might make eye contact and try to get them a different look to maybe get them on track.”
As I said earlier, I remember seeing many, many pitching coaches not look at the pitcher during their talks on the mound. Funny that this happened on the same day that we were talking about it earlier though.
lets at least have one guy from the time in St. Louis!
And let me be that guy! Jerome is overrated you know.
Frank from KS
Ya know, I was close to being for the Braves getting Peavy…..but when it fell through, I wasn’t really upset.
When they (the Braves) went after AND signed Lowe….(as I’ve said numerous times on recent blogs)…I knew the Braves were getting good stuff with Mr. Lowe.
As for the (possible trade for DeRosa?)..IMO, him at 2nd (if that’s what the Braves do) would be much better than KJ.
He’d definately bring more power (as far as HR’s) to second base than the Braves had ever had at that position. Altho I was a Lemke fan, he was more of a defensive 2nd baseman than offensive….altho the boy, could rake when he wanted to.
June 1st, 20099:04 pm
Cherokee, still an upgrade over Francoeur at a cheaper price. Though I’d prefer the other 3 to Branyan.
June 1st, 20099:07 pm
“DeRosa would be an adequate replacement for Infante, but not the answer for our offensive problems.” Lew
Unless you consider that one of our problems is NOT having Infante available to give guys days off, and fill in when guys are injured or struggling.
Whether he’s the “answer” to our problems, is yet to be seen or known for that matter. But there really isn’t much denying (if you leave out the word “potential”), that DeRosa would be an upgrade at EITHER corner outfield spot, and would instantly become the #1 backup for Chipper while Infante is out. He might actually still hold that title, once (if) Infante actually comes back.
But I have yet to see anybody on the blog say that “DeRosa will solve all that is wrong” with this offense.
My stance (like you haven’t been made aware), is that DeRosa would be the first in a series of moves to help SOLIDIFY the options for Bobby to platoon, spot start and manipulate the “late/close” PH situations.
It doesn’t matter who we add. Pujols could get added to this lineup. KJ, Escobar, Jeff, Garret and Schafer ALL have to step up and contribute, along with Chipper and Mac staying healthy and available.
Adding one big bat, just gives opposing pitchers one more guy to pitch around (especially if Chipper is out).
Now, if Wren wants to add three BIG bats. Get back to me.
June 1st, 20099:08 pm
I couldn’t open it at work…came home, checked LT’s site again…OH HAPPY DAY for me!!!
June 1st, 20099:10 pm
I’m sure it’s been said, but I wouldn’t be adverse to another night of “Keep Frenchy on le Benchy”
June 1st, 20099:12 pm
N8 re: of part of your 9:07 p.m.
“But I have yet to see anybody on the blog say that “DeRosa will solve all that is wrong” with this offense.”
Ya know, DeRosa will solve all that is wrong with this offense.
Okay, N8…you’ve seen it now.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
June 1st, 20099:14 pm
Grady Sizemore is done for quite awhile for the sinking Indians. I would think if they’re going to deal an OF as part of an early rebuilding job, it’ll be Ben Francisco that is dealt.
If DeRosa is being talked about by the Braves, what do you think of trying to net an OF as well? Francisco is rumored to be on the block.
June 1st, 20099:16 pm
No, DeRosa will not solve all our problems. Check my post on page 11 for a more thorough explanation of what I think he can help our club with. Just to point out though, he really hasn’t got it going yet, he is hitting .264, and he has 8 HRs. I haven’t checked our team stats, but I am pretty sure that is more than all of our whole outfield options combined. Will he solve all of our problems? No. Does he make our offense better? Absolutely. Should we trade for him if we can get him for the right price? Absolutely.
June 1st, 20099:17 pm
Francisco isn’t exactly an upgrade form Anderson/Diaz. Only areas he would upgrade is stolen bases and defense. We could use both, but our problem has more to do with power to help us win games when we are having trouble stringing a few hits back-to-back.
June 1st, 20099:18 pm
PWH, Wren confirmed it in a radio interview. It did get that far. Peavy nixed it at least once. That’s why the Braves stopped cold turkey in negotiating and why they kept quiet for so long after they puled out of trade talks with Towers…not wanting to admit it was Peavy that turned them down. To Wren’s credit he held his tongue for some time, but admitted Peavy turned it down on that radio interview. Can’t remember where I heard it, maybe 680, but I believe it was a semi-local radio show.
June 1st, 20099:21 pm
KC, just because a player doesn’t want to come to Atlanta to join struggle with a rudderless, bottom line focused Liberty Media franchise that is destined for around .500 ball and be managed by an over the hill skipper doesn’t necessarily make him a bad guy or worthy of ridicule. I’m sure there are many great, competitive ball players that are at the top of their game and feel the same way, unless they are given an extra special incentive with ‘silly money’ or they just happen to want to live and play in Atlanta for personal reasons. Don’t you think they might want to join a current winner in a big market?
Uh, lemme see if I have this straight… you’re talking THE Jake Peavy, the one that just wanted the big contract right? He didn’t come to Atlanta and it wasn’t about money?
You mean the same Peavy who, this year has only pitched past the 6th inning four times, came out in the 5th twice, has a mediocre 5-5 record this year? The same Peavy that had to pee pee all over the mound in his two postseason starts? The same Peavy that folded like a house of old maid cards? The same Jake Peavy that thinks he is too good for my Atlanta Braves? Jake ‘the Joke’ Peavy is a doo doo head ain’t worth ka ka.
See Nolie, that filthy talk spreads like a virus.
Blaine Boyer's infant son
June 1st, 20099:29 pm
ga ga goo goo
June 1st, 20099:30 pm
If the Braves want more home runs, why don’t they consider moving the fences in a little?
We are the Mets, the mighty mighty Mets
June 1st, 20099:33 pm
Ha! We can put David Wright out there with a collection of triple-A nobodys and still win.
June 1st, 20099:35 pm
Thanks, 18 Wheels. That must’ve been the package centered around Escobar. I remember he was concerned about how strong our infield defense and team in general would be if we traded Escobar.
Cameron: I’ll agree Francisco wouldn’t be a marquee replacement but he is definitely better than what we have in LF (or RF). Matt Diaz can rake vs. lefties but is strictly that…a platoon player/pinch hitter. There are a lot more RH pitchers so that means Garret plays the majority of time. Ugh.
And you’re right about what you said before…Francisco is much better defensively (he’s playing center right now) and has much more speed.
Heck, get DeRo and Francisco and make Francisco the CF.
Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)
June 1st, 20099:37 pm
Seems to me you put David Wright on the diamond with just a pitcher and a catcher and you’d still win the East by 7 or 8 games.
June 1st, 20099:41 pm
DOB, any reason why Blanco isnt starting for Gwinnett tonight? Is he traveling to ATL? He’s been hot the last two weeks. Parr got roughed up which isnt a big surprise
Think I like the hyphen better…..
June 1st, 20099:42 pm
Piedmont, that doesnt make sense. Wright’s been there the last two years with other players around him and they still choke away the division.
but then again I LOVE sh!t for brains!!!!
Just like the last 2 years, right Piedmont Blues?
June 1st, 20099:43 pm
Does Bobby Cox study the writings of Thomas Paine (e.g. Common Sense, Rights of Man, etc.) in an effort to come up with inspirational things to say to the Braves?
June 1st, 20099:44 pm
BTW, DOB, looking forward to the new Elvis Costello album out tomorrow. It’s an alt-country/Americana record and the amazing Jerry Douglas plays dobro throughout (and is reportedly part of the touring band). T-Bone Burnett produced. Loretta Lynn wrote one of the songs w/EC. He did some of this stuff at Merlefest a couple of years ago … great set, with Douglas and Bela Fleck and Sam Bush in the band on that particular night. He’ll be in NC in a couple of weeks and we’ll be there.
June 1st, 20099:45 pm
doo doo doo da da da is all i want to say to you
June 1st, 20099:46 pm
You don’t understand. The other players prevent Wright from exhibiting his true greatness. If the $%&^$% players association didn’t force the Mets to field all nine players, we’d see The Perfection That Is David Wright.
June 1st, 20099:48 pm
Would you be correct in saying that Terry Pendleton’s theories on hitting are post-modern?
June 1st, 20099:49 pm
How are things goin for ya in NC??
June 1st, 20099:51 pm
Keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, that’s how great it is. Thanks for asking.
Tough to get used to the humidity (again — haven’t lived here in 20 years), but cannot complain about anything else.
June 1st, 20099:52 pm
csgI think Blanco just got a day off. He’d been playing every day fora while now. Minor Leaguers need a rest every now and then too.
Steve from OH
June 1st, 20099:53 pm
Piedmont–Glad things are working out for ya so far!
Eric in WV
June 1st, 20099:54 pm
Raise the Jolly Roger!!!
Bucs & Mutts ted up.
Putz blows the lead for the Mets. His 9 million dollar option ain’t getting picked up. Guy is damaged goods.
June 1st, 20099:55 pm
Tied up, Tied up….I meant.
June 1st, 20099:56 pm
Never have more welcome words been utterd on the blog!
June 1st, 20099:57 pm
Bucs are about to break this one open.
June 1st, 200910:00 pm
Bucs just scored 3 runs off JJ Putz…………pirates leading in the bottom of the 8th 6-5
Mixxo: Hi buddy!!
You have a buddy? Must be a fellow KKK member.
June 1st, 200910:01 pm
It’s comedy hour for the Mutts in Pittsburgh! Bucs up 8-5.
June 1st, 200910:02 pm
Real quick before I sign off–Why did Sanchez get an RBI for that ROE? I thought if you reach on an error you don’t get an RBI…
I’m checking out for the evening. If I can drag my sorry carcass out of bed at dawn, a ride on the mountain bike awaits … Good evening, denizens. Raise the Jolly Roger!
Mets have an error in the game, Im sure it was Wright
June 1st, 200910:04 pm
TommyP-No, what I said was that if Anderson heated up and played like he did this last week and Yunel stayed healthy that the Braves should be OK in the INTERIM, until someone who could hit for power became available later towards the trading deadline. Dude, you got to read the whole thing.
KC-The point was that unless he was playing in notorious hitter’s parks like Wrigley or that Launching Pad in Texas, that DeRosa had never hit more than 6 HR anywhere he played and that he would be an adequate replacment for Infante, but NOT a worthwhile starting player-ESPECIALLY with what the Indians think he’s worth. You cite the small number of PA for him? Well, no sh!t, Dude-he’s a utility man and not a starter. MY point exactly.
Must be a fellow KKK member
Not how I was raised chief. I’m here to talk about baseball, how ’bout chu?
June 1st, 200910:07 pm
Wow. Morgan can go get it in Left Field. Some diving catch…..
Wait, sorry. You all probably aren’t watching. I live in CT. SNY feed. My bad.
June 1st, 200910:08 pm
I wonder what it would cost to trade back for Josh Anderson to play CF to give Schafer the rest of the year in AAA?????
June 1st, 200910:10 pm
brian-Wonder away. It won’t ever happen. They’d ask for a lot more than what we got for him to begin with.
June 1st, 200910:11 pm
You’re watching? Did the announcers say why Sanchez got an RBI? Is it ’cause the bases were loaded…?
Sorry if I don’t get back to you tonight.
June 1st, 200910:12 pm
Again guys, .277 with a .671 OPS. I don’t know why y’all are losing so much hair over someone who is a 4th OF/defensive replacement at best…
Eric from MO
Its great to see AJC has a potential trade because we all know AJC never gets trades or FA signings wrong.
June 1st, 200910:16 pm
June 1st, 200910:18 pm
Not how I was raised chief. (MIXXO)
So, how were you raised Cochise?
June 1st, 200910:22 pm
I cast my All-star vote…but I had to vote for Molina at catcher….just kidding, I voted for your mann. I will try to remember to vote a few more times. I think it really hurt BMac missing all that time with his eye issues. Hopefully he will make it as a sub.
June 1st, 200910:23 pm
WHAT IS WITH CHRIS VIVLAMORE AND SPELLCHECK? HAS THE AJC CUT BACK THAT MUCH? CAN THEY GET SOMEONE WHO CAN SPELL OR COULD YOU COVER HIS STORIES? TERRIBLE…..
All Star voter
June 1st, 200910:24 pm
I am “eyeing” McCann.
But my “gut” says to go with a Molina.
SD GM Towers, confirmed during the winter, said he didnt even take last proposal to Peavy because he was under the assumption Peavy was going to veto the trade anyway. I think it was during a tv or radio interview.
We are the Mets, the stinky, stinky Mets
June 1st, 200910:26 pm
Ha! What do you expect if we put David Wright out there with a bunch of triple-A nobodies?
June 1st, 200910:27 pm
Calling people “chief” probably means you are an obnoxious, unpleasant human being.
By the way Boyer is in giving it up to the reds!
June 1st, 200910:28 pm
Holliday hit his 7th HR tonight for the A’s.
and the amazing Jerry Douglas plays dobro throughout (PIEDMONT)
you’re right, he is indeed amazing. I have a bunch of his albums
Is Frank Wren developing a new variation of “moneyball” that he refers to as “barterball”?
June 1st, 200910:30 pm
“Silver spoon” chief!
wash my mouth out with soap, mommy
mommy, change dwiapa, me go peavy
Why the Braves can't afford a power hitter
June 1st, 200910:32 pm
they have no dobro
June 1st, 200910:34 pm
I don’t know if others would agree with me….but is there anyway to keep teeny boppers or just complete idiots off the blog such as..*wash my mouth out with soap, mommy*.
June 1st, 200910:35 pm
Haha, so true regarding Josh Anderson, Steve. I’ve struggled to convince people we aren’t really a better team with Josh Anderson than what we’ve got now, but it’s an uphill battle that I gave up on a long time ago. Just not worth trying to convince people of something so seemingly rudimentary, because they’ve already made up their mind that Anderson is a huge upgrade over Schafer.
Wrong Kemosabe, I’m actually a very pleasant person, comes with the territory son, I’m semi-famous!
You know me, you just don’t know it.
Besides, calling peeps chief in Oregon is a way of life. No malicious intent whatsoever. Really!
June 1st, 200910:37 pm
Phathers on top of the Phils. 1-0 early
A legend in his own mind
Mixxo: I’m semi-famous!
The good news about Blaine Boyer
June 1st, 200910:44 pm
When he has a crappy outing, like tonight, his ERA hardly goes up at all!
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