2:58 pm June 10, 2009, by David O'Brien
June 10th, 20096:01 pm
Dammit Lew! I wish you wouldn’t have pointed it out. I’m not sure I would have noticed. But you’re right. The apocolypse must be upon us for sure.
After watching “Weekend at Bernies” with my boys over the weekend, I’m not so sure that if Jeff was assasinated, that Bobby wouldn’t still stroll him out there on some sort of cart and let him still play.
Sad thing is, being dead and unable to swing at the garbage he swings at, might raise his OBP! Worst case scenario, it would take AT LEAST 3 pitches to get him out. So you can add another 6 or so pitches to the pitcher’s pitch count over 3 AB’s. Which would be nice.
Steve from OH
June 10th, 20096:02 pm
Ben, run prevention and run production are both equally important. And defense is a huge part of that. Heck, back when I first started posting I would’ve said the same thing, lol! But I think now a lot of clubs (Braves especially) are placing a lot of emphasis on good defense, and it is very important. That said, Francoeur’s defense is nowhere near good enough to justify keeping his bat in the lineup. But it is something to think about when thinking about adding a replacement-level bat to the club in his place, which is all that we can assume Jones will be.
Lew……you comparing Kelly Johnson “dropping the ball” against the Phillies last year…to….Francoeur’s baserunning gaffe once again shows your inability to reason. Kelly Johnson made an error. He dropped the ball. His error was not due to a lack of effort. Just like Matt Diaz oversliding the bag in the 6th inning of Monday night’s game wasnt due to lack of hustle. He just over slid the bag. Mistakes and errors are going to happen.
However, Francoeur’s “mistakes” were due to a lack of initial hustle (replays CLEARLY show that Franceour was jogging the first 20 feet or so down the line)..and…lack of good judgment (there is no logic in Francoeur’s decision to look back to see if the shortstop got to the ball)….both show the true make-up of a player. Physical errors are going to happen. However, lazy mental ones are the ones that are unacceptable. It doesnt matter that Franceour scored.
The reason that I keep harping on and on about Franceour is because I’m a FIRM believer in this Braves team. I’m holding out hope that eventually Braves management will wise up and finally bench him.
June 10th, 20096:03 pm
Buffalo NY Braves Fan–
Haha! Well, they did homer in the same inning on Monday…
Here’s how to bold and italicize, if you really did forget.
And yes, I’ve studied and worked in psychology so I am an official blog expert on the subject lol. (RHR)
really? Where have you worked and at what level? I need a shrink badly, everybody tells me so.
Seriously, I majored in Industrial Psych and general Psych minor. Worked at a treatment center/school for kids for a number of years, at campuses both in Douglasville and northern Florida.
June 10th, 20096:04 pm
I’d throw Blanco out there tonight just for the speed factor. If nothing else the guy can flat out bunt the ball & won’t hit into double plays like Frenchy & Loaf will.
Look what happened last night to the Pirates when the KJ & Blanco bunted. KJ gets a hit because the 2B forgets to cover first & Blanco damn near legs out his sacrifice bunt. An inning or two earlier Loaf had 1st & 2nd nobody out & instead of bunting he hits into the DP. At least put pressure on the other team’s defense, good things will happen if it’s tried enough.
I don’t believe it was so much the pitchers figuring out Jeffs weaknesses as much as it is that Jeff just lost something. Sort of like Andrew going from 50 HR’s to literally nothing, pulling off the ball, just losing your stroke. I think Jeff’s swing changed somewhere along the way and pitchers began exploiting those swing flaws that developed. Same thing happened to Andruw. 50 HR’s to zilch all in a couple of years.
June 10th, 20096:05 pm
Kawakami vs. Dice-K
If this is really the way it matches up, DOB had better get to the park early to get himself a good seat…
Free Tommy Hanson
I’d just like to point out that the Braves are 3-0 when Failcoeur doesn’t start.
Thanks for your time.
6. Norton, 1B
Frenchie has to be in there. He’s my guy so f*** off. The guy has driven in over 100 rbis twice and you want to can him. He’ll get it together. Man I can’t wait until Omar gets back!
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McFann, as a former member of the Ron Paul army “online poll division” (seriously), I know how to handle this.
Trust me, with my scripts and the power of ipipi, there is now way McCann will lose now that I’m spamming it.
June 10th, 20096:06 pm
Paul Lentz, you don’t think dropping an easy pop fly is a lazy mental mistake? You just proved that you know nothing about baseball and you obviously never played the game.
I know UZR is a cumulative stat, hence the comment about Francoeur and Diaz have the same UZR via opposite performance (one with the arm, one with the glove).
Until someone shows me a better stat, I have to go with UZR and it’s components. In particular, I like how arm strength is calculated.
DOB, good info on Jordan. Makes sense (difference in the injuries) to me.
I was never of the belief that it had to be the reason he struggled, just thought it to be funny that two weeks ago you so quickly dismissed it when some of us were discussing it, and then today thought it might be “the reason” (or one of them).
Either way, (whether you believe it or not), I appreciate you spending whatever time you di checking up on it, to relay us the information.
Where have you worked and at what level? I need a shrink badly, everybody tells me so.
nolie- You don’t need a shrink, you just need better friends…ones that don’t tell you that you need a shrink.
June 10th, 20096:07 pm
Told ya not to get too excited about Bobby sitting Frenchy for a game. What, ya’ll thought he wouldn’t be in the lineup tonight? love how some here say the exact same thing EVERY single day… “WTF, why is Frenchy in there!”, or, “Same ole’ Bobby, different year.”, and my favorite, “DOB, can you PLEASE ask Bobby why he keeps batting Francoeur all the time?”
One can tell a brick wall it’s missing a mortar joint. However, it’s doubtful that the brick wall-if it even understands you-is going to take your evaluation to heart and repair itself. This makes it useless to argue with brick walls and I will no longer do so. This one can’t tell the difference between actions that have consequences and those that didn’t.
Burdell, how do you feel about UZR vs. the Dewan fielding bible? I like the latter better but I’m always interested to hear the opinions of others on stuff like that, since defense is so hard to quantify.
June 10th, 20096:09 pm
Yeah the Red Sox have a off day ( June 25th) but with their rotation I wouldn’t think they’d skip anyone unless someone gets hurt…but Yes DOB I’d get there early if I were you.
If I keep seeing consistant lineups with Frenchie, Kelly AND Norton in them, I’m gonna need a shrink!
June 10th, 20096:10 pm
Actually, it does matter that he scored. It was the winning run. A True Braves’ fan would appreciate a distinction like that.
I am kinda wishing I could block certain bloggers. I know I can just skip by and not read their posts but someone like Paul Lentz just seems to post every minute or two and we are running through the pages.
June 10th, 20096:11 pm
Since this is my last year, I vow to at least make the wildcard. Also, we won’t lose in the 1st round. Here are my predicted playoff seeds:
NL East Division Winner-Philadelphia Phillies
NL Central Division Winner- St. Louis Cardinals
NL West Division Winner- Los Angeles Dodgers
We face the Dodgers in the first round, however, Manny won’t be the same and we win the series 3-1. We face the Phils in the NL Championship and lose in 7 games because I will make a costly error, I always do. Oh well, at least we made the playoffs this year!
Anderson, Norton, Francoeur, Johnson and Jurrjens on dugout laptop
June 10th, 20096:12 pm
Plenty of offense from the 5-9 spots tonight, book it!
Dog of Flanders
I’m approaching 175 votes!
I chipped in 75, do I get a gold star?
June 10th, 20096:13 pm
I love this blog. It’s fun!
Coach (Moon Pie, Anyone?)
Hey Steve, You like the Braves first round pick. I would love to hear your EXPERT opinion!
Go crazy, big guy!
VOTE McCANN 2009 ALL-STAR!!!!
June 10th, 20096:15 pm
150 vote mark for mccann and jurjjens
Dog of Flanders–
Hey, great job! Every vote counts!
(If they had a little star emoticon, I’d post it for you!)
TN Brian, you’re an idiot. Don’t you understand that Frenchie hit over .300 w/risp his first two years in the league? Each of you that want Frenchie gone are stupid. The guy just needs to mature a little.
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Check your feelings at the door!
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Hawpe is a Lefty so getting him won’t solve the lefty heavy problem.
June 10th, 20096:16 pm
Wait til Frenchy’s 40, he will be mature by then!
Lars Taint………..I never said that the proposed Javier Vazquel/Nelson Cruz trade I made would go down as is. If you took the time to read more than one sentence (I know, many of you who have ADD have a problem with that), then you would have realized that I said that adding more pieces to it, or even involving a 3rd or 4th team, would likely have to occur to make it work. However, I said that if the Braves could make this kind of trade…then it would make sense for both teams.
Right now, the Rangers hold a 3 game lead on the Angels. We all know that the Angels are going to be active in the trade market and try to improve their team. The Rangers score plenty of runs. However their problem is starting pitching. Other than Kevin Millwood, none of their starters are consistently going 6-7 innings. Their bullpen is overworked. Unlike the Rockies, who are 14 games out of first place (which means that trading Brad Hawpe for Vazquez makes little sense to them), the Rangers have a chance to win the division. While far from a “done deal”, the thinking behind a trade like this would be that the Rangers would get a starting pitcher who can help them win games while helping to save the bullpen. And if they wanted a “serviceable” right fielder to replace Nelson Cruz for this season, then the Braves would be only too happy to throw in Franceour.
I also understand that the salaries do not “match up”. However, the owner of the Rangers, Tom Hicks, has shown that he is more than willing to spend money on players. He desperately wants to see the Rangers make the play-offs. And if he feels that a starter of Vazquez’s caliber could be the missing piece, then he isnt going to let getting rid of Nelson Cruz get in the way of that. Frank Wren has to know this.
While giving up Vazquez would be steep, not addressing the lack of right handed power from the right field position is more “steep”. The Rangers score runs, the Braves have starting pitching. The Braves could insert Medlen into the rotation to replace Vazquez….the Rangers could either insert Franceour to replace Cruz, or promote from within if they dont want the Braves to include Franceour in the proposed trade.
VOTE CHIPPER FOR ALL STAR!
June 10th, 20096:17 pm
Hey Coach, I actually DO like Minor. Just not as much as some other guys, ya dig? You want my opinion? He’ll fly through the minors, and be sort of a Chuck James-type pitcher in the majors, but with a slider (which Chuck didn’t have) that could be a plus offering, and allow him to be, you know, better than the ole Chuckster. All in all, perhaps a no. 3 starter. Ya happy?
Oh, and I hear you’re a big fan of the Braves’ manager and general manager. I’d love to hear your EXPERT opinion on that. Little league is enough qualification, right?
Paul Lentz – the Frenchy of the blogosphere. Love it:)
Mark DeRosa would cost a king’s ransom at this point. I would gladly part with Jeff F. and Jo-Jo Reyes for DeRosa, but no doubt the Indians will want more. I wouldn’t give up Medlen or any of the “untouchables” at Myrtle Beach.
No doubt the lineup would look MUCH better with DeRosa batting 6th or 7th and playing RF, 1B, 3B as the need arises.
This team really missed Omar Infante. He may not be an every day player, but he’s our super utility guy who can do it all and still hit line drives and bat .300 when given the playing time.
Ben (with American flag pen on shirt)
I agree that Francoeur’s performance is weak. Given him or “generic league average RFer”, I would take the generic league average RFer. The problem is that the Braves don’t have “generic league average RFer”. So any decision regarding the disposition of Francoeur and his contract must be considered based on the cost/benefit of who will replace him.
So who can you get? B. Jones? Negligible offensive upgrade with significantly worse defense. Blanco? He hit 0.240 in AAA and 0.000 in Atlanta. Barton, Holt, or Gorecki? All hitting 0.240 in AAA. Diaz? I can see that, but you’re still keeping Francoeur in that case. Hawpe? Who are you going to give up to get him? Are you sure Colorado will accept it?
The Braves have a huge glut in their system in the OF right now. Unless Schafer puts it together or Matt Young stays hot, there’s just no good reason to release Francoeur. Non-tender him to save his contract next year? Sure. Try and see what you can get in a trade? Absolutely. But release him mid-season? No.
June 10th, 20096:18 pm
Paul Lentz = a drag.
I sincerely hope Morton does well tonight and my Braves will win anyway. Everybody has questioned the wisdom of the Pirates making this trade so soon. I think both teams did OK. We got our lead off hitter and the Bucs got a probable starting pitcher, center fielder and maybe another arm. I think it’s a win/win trade.
June 10th, 20096:19 pm
* They don’t have a huge glut
Burdell–I agree that you don’t release Francoeur during the season. Try to trade him now, and if not, non-tender his butt. That’s the most likely course as of right now, since I can’t see why any team would want him. He’s got too much service time to be cheap, and I don’t know how much upside he has left.
June 10th, 20096:20 pm
When that Lentz guy said that I played for Toronto, I started saying “eh” after everything. Figured I’d fit in.
hoho………1. I do not have kids. 2. Comparing deadbeat dads to so-called Braves fans is an “analogy”, making a comparison to “thought process”. It’s about saying one thing, and doing something else.
Again, saying that you are a true fan, while being more loyal to the player than the team (especially if the player sucks)…..is not an indication that one is a true fan. I want to see the Braves win today. Being loyal to past their prime, injured, non producing hometown heros are not actions of a true Braves fan.
Don’t let “Coach” get to you. You are right on about Minor. Another Chuck James it shall be, the only thing is…I hope we “sell high” while the stock is on the rise. If you remember when Chuck 1st came up, he was “lights out” and we had a rumored trade with Tampa Bay that the Braves turned down. Maybe Minor can bring us a position player we can use on an daily basis down the road via trade while his stock is high.
I do not forsee Minor every being an option in the Braves starting rotation for the long haul.
I can’t wait til Frenchy gets hot and all of you armchair GMs/Managers go off with your tails between your legs.
June 10th, 20096:21 pm
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I am kinda wishing I could block certain bloggers.
It would really hurt my heart if someone blocked me :’(
June 10th, 20096:22 pm
Hey lentz ease up on the ADD comments. I have ADD and it sucks. But I can read just fine.
Coach (Moon Pie, Anyone?),
I sincerely hope Morton does well next week. I hope he gets rocked big time tonight.
Chuck James was drafted in the 20th round of the 2002 draft.Minor is the seventh overall pick of the entire 2009 draft. I fail to see the comparison.
But thanks for the EXPERT analysis Steve, it’s much appreciated
June 10th, 20096:23 pm
Durn…I can’t even make a smiley face. I deserved to be blocked.
June 10th, 20096:24 pm
Don’t worry Roman Gal. I don’t think anyone would ever block you.
Supes, I don’t know. I’ve watched a lot of video on Minor and he does have GREAT command, and smooth mechanics. Chucky never threw a breaking ball well, but I’ve seen a slider (which can be flat at times) and a curveball (which isn’t all that sharp), but he located his fastball very well and generated a lot of awkward swings on the changeup. If he gets a bit more tilt to the slider, he could very well be a viable starter in the bigs. He was labeled a back-end of the 1st round talent for a reason–he’s good. He just doesn’t have the true #1 or #2 upside that some other pitchers do, so the claims that he was the best player available are dubious in that regard. Not a bad player, but a questionable pick (money aside, of course) for that high in the draft.
“I can’t wait til Frenchy gets hot and all of you armchair GMs/Managers go off with your tails between your legs.”
CONGRATSfirstname.lastname@example.org, you’ve just moved from whatever place you were in (nobody really keeps track), to the top of the list, for “blog comedian”.
That sir, was the funniest thing anybody has typed in MONTHS, (perhaps, years), on the ole’ blog.
Well done. I hope you’ll be here all week. I wouldn’t want to miss “act 2″.
It would really hurt my heart if someone blocked me :’( – Roman Gal
You must not be married.
email@example.com, I hope he does too…. I’m not going to hold my breath but heres to hoping!
June 10th, 20096:25 pm
so apparently being a “true fan” means only supporting the good players? right. got it. good to know.
Prez of Matt Diaz Fan Club
Bobby Cox: “The guy needs to mature a little.” ??? WTF? Mature how? Athletically, emotionally, et al.? The guy already seems mature; however he doesn’t appear to be very consistent, as a “professional” ball player! How long should we keep the secret Bo-Sox fan around? Another season? Maybe we just need to sign him to long-term deal.
Fred………I live in San Francisco. I attended all 3 games at the end of May when the Braves came out here. However, I subscribe to the MLB Extra Innings package on Direct TV and have watched EVERY Braves game except for two (which I couldnt see because FOX was showing a Saturday afternoon game when the Braves were playing).
That is how my “actions” show that I’m a true Braves fan. Every time the Braves come to San Francisco (and the few times they have come and played the Oakland A’s in Oakland), I buy my tickets and watch the whole series.
Oh Anders, sweetie.
I just read in the Post that the baseball player Raul Ibanez is angry about people accusing him of using performance enhancing drugs.
“… who writes this stuff. Make them accountable. There should be more credibility than some 42-year-old blogger typing in his mother’s basement.”
Anders, is he talking about you? What have you gone and done now?
I’ll be curious to see what the 478th overall selection in the draft, Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg, selected by the Braves out of Nova Southeastern (in my old stomping grounds of greater Ft. Liquordale), puts on his uniform. What name, I mean.
Because that entire hyphenated name would dwarf Saltalamacchia, the longest name in MLB history.
June 10th, 20096:26 pm
Paul Lentz – the Frenchy of the blogosphere. Love it:)
Frenchy would be easier to trade
June 10th, 20096:27 pm
Nope. I suppose if I were I would understand what you mean by that.
June 10th, 20096:28 pm
bravos2249, get where early? I must’ve missed something.
I’m kinda sad that Paul is from California
June 10th, 20096:30 pm
I’ll be making a guaranteed 82 million and my ERA is 4.89. Ain’t life grand?
“)…..is not an indication that one is a true fan., blah blah blah” Paul Lentz
Congrats on being the ninety thousandth yo yo to come blazin’ in about what a true fan is. Fan is a pretty broad term. Folks can handle their fandom about any old way they want to.
I mean, if I said you weren’t a true fan because you machine-gun the blog with illogical, grammatically challenged bullyack, would you take of your Braves shirt and go away? Didn’t think so.
I’m kinda sad I’m out of aerosol nacho cheese.
awesome name, DOB. … any word on when Infante is expected back?
June 10th, 20096:31 pm
DOB, perhaps in the spirit of Chad Johnson, he could just go with “cuatro-seito-ocho”, since he was the 478th pick?
Seems logical to me.
But I have to say, the last half of the pyphenated part “Furstenburg”, leaves lots of opportunity for silly nick-names.
so apparently being a “true fan” means only supporting the good players?
Yeah, I was just reading about that in the “True Fan Manual” the other day. It’s going to change my philosophy, but I’m willing to adjust.
I’m a true fan!…. Whoooo hoooo 90,001!!!!!!
Just checked to see who the Braves might be facing against the Red Sox next weekend and I came up with something looking like this. Both teams have the same off day in Monday the 15th, so this should be right
K.K. vs. DiceK
Beckett vs. Lowe
Wakefield vs. J.J.
Don’t know about you guys but I like the way the schedule works out in that it looks like the matchups match each pitcher up perfectly.
I’m fine with not being married… suits me for the time being… is it supposed to be a negative, eh? poo
Capt Caveman………you become “true” braves fans by supporting moves that make the Braves TEAM better. You dont advocate the firing of Frank Wren and call the Braves “cheap”. You dont rip the Braves for letting Smoltz go to the Red Sox or for the Braves cutting Tom Glavine when they did. You dont rip the Braves for fleecing the Pirates in the Nate McLouth trade. You dont talk about how the Braves gave up the farm system in the Texeria trade when in fact the book is still out on whether any of those “prospects” will pan out for the Rangers long term. You dont rip Braves management for their first round pick yesterday, solely on the word of some publications and t.v. pundits and on some superman like numbers that some high school kid put up against inferior competition.
June 10th, 20096:32 pm
Oh, you mean draft-pick wise? Like how James was a JuCo guy and Minor is a D-1 guy? Sure, there’s not. Stuff-wise? Maybe a little more. You know, like how Minor typically sits at 86-89 and James typically sat around 87-89? How they both have + changeups (in Minor’s case, now, in James’ case, developed)? I’ll give you that Minor’s breaking stuff is better than Chuck’s right now (in all likelihood) and probably profiles as a bit better (you know, based on what the real experts say). But I said that already. Try again, and maybe add your own analysis instead of being a d-bag (though I think that’s an incurable condition at your stage, coochie).
June 10th, 20096:33 pm
Kinda made me wonder if any gangs have gone tagging with cheese…
Sammy Hagar joins forces with guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Will Ferrell look-alike Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) to form Chickenfoot band . . . first album covers feature heat sensitive hidden picture – online demonstration!
Did I just blow your f***ing mind?!
A.J. Burnett – money doesn’t by happiness.
June 10th, 20096:34 pm
Paul Lentz true Braves fan
Hope you neaver become a fan of me…
What a miserable person you are.
And hey, at least I’ve got the stones to actually give my opinion on the guy, right or wrong, not take cheap shots at someone and then say “gee, I trust Roy Clark” when asked to give your legit opinion on the guy. Different strokes, different folks I guess.
Matt Cain for 2009 Cy Young
Well, I live in the SF Bay area too.
I used to live in Florida and I was a big Braves fan for many years. But after Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz leaving and Bobby Cox becoming more decrepit and revealing that without a superstar pitching staff he is just a mediocre manager, and with Braves ownership/management trotting out a succession of losers like Frenchy, and Blaine Boyer, and Jordan Shafer, and probably Tommy Hanson as if they were can’t miss superstars, and filling in with washed up hacks like Garret Anderson and Greg Norton (and how about that Chris Woodward, and what about Corky Miller)… etc.
How can any reasonable person who doesn’t live in Atlanta have any possible interest in this team?
DOB – quit the AJC and go work for the SF Chronicle. Their Giants blog is not as well done as yours.
hey, where can I get a copy of the “True Fan Manual”? I fear I am lacking in my…fandom
It’s probable that the first game in Boston is KK vs Dice-K
how’s the weather look?
June 10th, 20096:35 pm
Because men put women on ignore after they get married…. you know, it’s not as funny when you have to explain it.
Back to baseball, I think Infante is the most beloved non-everyday player in the game. If he had a longer contract, I’d pick up an Infante jersey.
With the schedule they have ahead of them it would ideal if Wren could pull off a trade for Colorado’s Hawpe sooner than later.
McLouth was a great early grab but they need more.
JF, Diaz, GA and Blanco bringing up the rear in the OF is not going to cut it.
Get Hawpe, drop one of JF or GA and the Braves “can” win the division.
Get Derosa and you can chase the wild card.
Do nothing….. well we don’t want to think about that……;)
Come on Frank we know you have one more bullet in the six shooter.
Hey! We are still in it and someone wants to trade part of our strength – our starting pitching. Mind boggling. Having Lowe, JJ and Vazquez is huge right now because an opponent cannot rest or try to select its starters to oppose an easier pitcher. KK and Hanson are pretty strong in the 4, 5 slots, too. And, our relief pitching is grading over 90 most nights. So, let’s hang on to our strength. It might get us to the playoffs, and farther, where pitching is even more important.
We have significant weaknesses in Norton, Anderson, Francoeur and perhaps KJ. Accepting that less offense is expected from 2B than from other positions – and that KJ has more of an upside than the other three, it seems logical to DFA Norton, especially if he fails to perform at the plate tonight. I’d move Anderson to the DH, PH role, and I would bring up Canizares, either to play 1B or to DH in the AL cities. I’d also send Blanco down and bring up B. Jones because B. Jones has a much stronger bat. I’d platoon B. Jones and JF in RF, and play Diaz in LF. Unless hurt, McLouth is going to play every inning so we really don’t need Blanco as a backup CF. Diaz and JF can do that if needed. I’d also be looking for a trade as long as it does not involve any of the Minor League Untouchables (”MLU”). [Cody Johnson is in this group.] DeRosa, even though a rental, would be fine because of his Braves tradition. Heck, the guy might be willing to sign to stay next year. If I could get him, I would include JF in deal – just to stop worrying about that problem or clogging up this Blog with too many discussions and theories about it.
If any of you have read my posts before you know that I would also trade JF for Eric Hinske. Indeed, Hinske would be much better than GA. I would also keep talking to Marlins about Uggla – his contract and years under control are about the same as KJs. We’d have to give up a bit more for him, but he might be a successor to CJ at 3B in a couple of years. I’d also talk to W.Sox about Dye. They’d have to eat some salary, but I’d want to know what it would take.
I see an outfield of McLouth, Heyward and ??? in a couple of years. I’m not sure Schafer is that 3rd OF. Maybe it is Cody Johnson. Freeman looks like the 1B of the future. That’s a good core for 2011-13, anong with BMac.
I’d have to lose him, but David Ross would be a good trade candidate for the right power bat.
Epinephrine………Franceour sees bad pitches no matter where he bats in the batting order (after all, we all know that he swings at anything)…how is batting him 8th going to negatively affect him? Batting him 8th can only HELP the Braves.
However Bobby Cox does not want to insult Franceour because he has unrealistic hope that Franceour can turn it around. Batting him 8th is basically saying “look, you are the worst bat in the line-up”. Knowing it is one thing…..saying it by batting him 8th is something Bobby doesnt want to do.
June 10th, 20096:36 pm
Paul Lentz – your definition of “true fan” seems more like someone living under a tyrannical government.
sidslidkid–did you buy the album? I was thinking of buying it but haven’t heard any reviews one way or the other. Sounds like a good band though. Never was a big fan of Sammy’s, but love Satch’s guitar work and Mike’s rhythm.
“It’s going to change my philosophy, but I’m willing to adjust.” Roman Gal
Well, then you’re on your way to being a better fan, than Jeff is at being a good hitter.
get where early? I must’ve missed something
We were talking about the pressbox during the probable Dice-K/Kawakami matchup.
June 10th, 20096:37 pm
I still miss listening to Skip as he tried,(or somewhat tried) to keep from blowing a gasket when a caller asked him to explain the infield fly rule for the 900th time on the call-in show.
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