1:37 pm June 14, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
June 15th, 20097:30 pm
Where Chop Chick at?
June 15th, 20097:31 pm
Dangit! I can’t stand it when my big posts are at the bottom of the page!
Don’t know why…just irritates me…
DOWN ON THE FARM:
Let’s take offense. FREDDIE FREEMAN has pulled into a tie with JASON HEYWARD for the batting lead on the PELICANS. Each is batting .295. Freeman on 139 AB’s and FREEMAN on 200 in 18 more games. Heyward still has a higher OPS at .935 to FREDDIE’s .806 and his 9 HR’s bests the 1B by 5. Their OBP is almost identical, but the slugging average is very different. .425 for FREEMAN, its .561 for HEYWARD. Both doing well when HEYWARD’s not side-lined.
Let’s take defense:
RF JASON HEYWARD – 37 games, 2 E.
1B FREDERICK FREEMAN – 55 games, 6 E.
A-n-n-n-d-d-d, CODY JOHNSON continues his “MIGHTY CASEY” routine with 82 SO’s in 202 AB’s. Average plummeting as well. Down to .257 with a dismal .143 in 28 June AB’s, and only 1 HR. His ratio of BB (10) to SO’s (11) for the month is improved however, for what it is worth.
June 15th, 20097:32 pm
Shoot. Here comes that punk O’Brien guy to ask me some more dumb questions. Always citin’ some statistics. Like statistics win ballgames or something.
Yikes…that’s a lotta K’s for one dude…
June 15th, 20097:34 pm
Umpires are all idiots. I wish I could drive my pickup on the infield and run down the whole lot of ‘em.
June 15th, 20097:36 pm
I’m gonna choose Glavine and Smoltz for the all-star team. Glavine will start, probably. Oh and Reitsma, I’ll pick him too.
June 15th, 20097:37 pm
I would take Hermida in a second over French Fried. Don’t believe the Fish will bit on that deal, may need more bait.
June 15th, 20097:38 pm
I dozed off in the dugout the other night. When I woke up, I thought I was sitting on my front porch. The next thing was I started yelling at Nate McLouth “Hey kid, get off of my lawn!”
Dangit! I can’t stand it when my big posts are at the bottom of the page!
Don’t know why…just irritates me…McFann
You be styling with the Big Boys at the top of the page now!!
June 15th, 20097:39 pm
That would be your 1938 REO SPEEDWAGON? Dang, let’s write a song about the night ol’ GRANDPA drove the umpires down (in DIXIE). Woo, hoo.
June 15th, 20097:40 pm
Hey, McFann. Take a walk on the wild side.
Not sure I should condone all the “Grandpa Cox” posts. But a few of them are pretty funny. Most of them, actually.
Gotta love nights with no games, huh?
June 15th, 20097:42 pm
Who’s this new reporter Carl Rogers? Did he ever play any ball? Didn’t think so.
June 15th, 20097:44 pm
Why would any family take the name of an automotive part?
rob from sc
Does anyone know anything about when Jason Heyward will return to the lineup. I thought DOB said it was a slight oblique strain.
June 15th, 20097:45 pm
Yeah, but you sir are not.
June 15th, 20097:46 pm
They don’t make baseball players like they used to. Take that Chipper Jones guy for instance. Mister aches and pains. Oh my toe hurts. Oh my back hurts. Maybe he should be spokesperson for Advil.
June 15th, 20097:47 pm
The org. didn’t want to curtail the flow of posts on the old blog about bringing him up, so they didn’t disclose the serious nature of the injury.
June 15th, 20097:52 pm
Games are awful long these days. But that’s ok. Gives me more time to reminisce about the good ol’ days.
Anyone know when Omar will be back? Since we can’t trade KJ (almost no value right now), I can’t wait for Omar to come back and start at 2nd…won’t happen…but a guy can dream.
KK prediction….his salary will be a “bargain” by the time his contract is up…..I see him becoming a solid 3 starter who gets you 6-7 innings every time out before he is through….Dude battles and gives it all he has…I’d take his 7 mill over AJ and his 17 mill any day
June 15th, 20097:53 pm
Off days are so boring.
June 15th, 20097:54 pm
What the heck is Dale Murphy doing playing second base? And why is everyone calling him “Kelly”? Did I miss something?
June 15th, 20097:56 pm
I’m not what? Please clarify. Because I’m quite certain I’m NOT a mind-reader.
June 15th, 20097:57 pm
It’s bad luck to change pitchers if you happen to see a blonde woman in a white t-shirt eating popcorn after the fourth inning.
June 15th, 20098:00 pm
If I see a black snake in my garden before the game I know I’ll lose. For sure.
lets assume the braves dont exercise hudson’s option (DAP)
I’m not willing to assume that, cause I don’t think it will happen unless his rehab drags on longer than usual.
June 15th, 20098:01 pm
How come President Truman didn’t throw out the first pitch this year?
Steve you have a lot of anger in you (MF04)
now that post has to win the “most ironic post of the year” so far
June 15th, 20098:03 pm
McFann , I’m up to 175 votes. Is that enough?
Who farted? Bobby, was that you?
June 15th, 20098:04 pm
Looks like if what Carroll says is true it Hanson vs Smoltz on the 28th a lot of pressure for the youngster.
June 15th, 20098:08 pm
When I finally retire, I think I’ll try sculpting clay. I can just feel my fingers picking at that moist squishy gunk and molding it into something beautiful.
June 15th, 20098:11 pm
I think commissioner Bowie Kuhn should crack down on sportswriters drinking in the pressbox. They just sit there in their cheap suits, with their hats on and ties loosened guzzling cheap booze the whole game. No wonder they write like crap.
June 15th, 20098:12 pm
Me tire un pedo…………..ay caramba
June 15th, 20098:14 pm
Not bad. But you may want to cash in a few more…
Now that I’ve past the 200 marker, I’ve spaced my voting out a little–NOT SLACKING OFF, just spacing them out. Course, if BMac has a really good game like he did Friday, I’m gonna put in a ton of votes.
VOTE McCANN 2009 ALL-STAR!!!!
So I ask again – any takers? Or is the thought of Frenchy possibly flourishing as a Met to painful to risk? (ANDERS)
the only problem that I have with that is that he is another LHer. Francy is one of the few RHers we have.
June 15th, 20098:15 pm
Whoever thought up this “designated hitter” thing ought to have their face designated to hit against my fist.
June 15th, 20098:17 pm
Not sure how many of you have read the story on the Braves official site about Schafer, but it’s worth your time.
The following quotes, pretty much sum up WHY he will be a bigger success than Jeff ever would, and even if he doesn’t, why I will be rooting for him to be. He actually gets it.
“I’m surprised it didn’t happen earlier,[being sent down]” Schafer said. “In the big leagues, it’s all about winning. You don’t have time to mess around and work through stuff. You’ve got to win games there. It’s not like in the Minors. I completely understand. You’ve got to win and offensively, I wasn’t helping them win at all.”
“I’m not upset,” Schafer said. “I’m not mad. I understand 100 percent why I’m here. I think once I get playing again and once I get comfortable, I think I can go back up and help the team win this year.”
If only Jeff would have showed a half of a percent of that much humility and concern, he would have straightened himself out by now. But Jeff doesn’t think he’s doing anything wrong, and that the Braves were not only wrong, but being rude to send him down.
Here’s a link to the entire story:
Japanese ballplayers? Never will happen. They’re all too short to play in the major leagues. And besides, all they want to do is sacrifice bunt. They don’t values at-bats the way we Westerners do.
June 15th, 20098:18 pm
Aye, matie. Better sit up wind of the old geezer. Beans are the bane of his existance.
June 15th, 20098:19 pm
Hey essay tell the fans about the time Esco gave you the el wedgieo of the century. You still hold a grudge you old coot. It was the funniest damn thing I think I’ve seen since the time in San Fran when you thought that mime was trying to rob you.
June 15th, 20098:20 pm
That’s not funny.
June 15th, 20098:21 pm
THanks for the quotes and the link! Waytago, Schafer!!
I still can’t believe Jeff acted the way he did last year…
I keep a shotgun in my office. Just in case. I know all those Spanish players hide knives in their gloves.
June 15th, 20098:23 pm
All day long, I repeat the name: neight. neight. neight.
June 15th, 20098:25 pm
I’m gonna keep managing until I pass Tony LaRussa.
June 15th, 20098:26 pm
You guys just don’t know what I have to put up with every day…………….. I need a vacation. I’m not a bench coach, I’m just a chubby Cuban guy who everyone thinks is the Spanish Dr. Phil. I’ve got too much to deal I tell ya & now I have to play refugee, ah I mean, referee between Bobby & Esco, Ay Ay Ay Ay………………..
June 15th, 20098:27 pm
Aren’t we playing Brooklyn this year?
June 15th, 20098:28 pm
WHAT is not funny richbrave? Haven’t posted anything in a few days that was supposed to be funny?
June 15th, 20098:29 pm
But your 7:47 WAS?
Wow. If only I could have your “special” humor, huh?
June 15th, 20098:30 pm
I’m gonna fire up the team by showing them a John Wayne movie in the clubhouse before the next game. Probably “Green Berets”, my favorite.
Frank from KS
June 15th, 20098:31 pm
Oh c’mon. I mean Frenchy cried like a little baby after being sent down last year. If he had the maturity of Schafer as far as being sent down, he (as N8 said) would’ve worked through his struggles a lot sooner.
As it is, he’ll never be able to hit himself out of a wet paper bag.
June 15th, 20098:32 pm
When I’m on the road, I always tip the bellboy 50 cents. That’s more than enough for him to buy a nice steak dinner at a fancy restaurant. On me!
June 15th, 20098:35 pm
Bobby why don’t you love me anymore? We use to have something special going.
June 15th, 20098:37 pm
Frank Wren just told me that from now on, when I take a starting pitcher out of the game, he has to fill out a performance self-evaluation before he leaves the mound. That’s why I bring a clipboard out with me now.
We never win the close games because we take plays off. (PWH)
really, and here I thought we had a winning record in one run games(they are the close ones aren’t they?) something isn’t adding up here
Shirtless Joe Buck
June 15th, 20098:38 pm
I like to slip into a nice clean pair of chinos.
And take my shirt off.
June 15th, 20098:41 pm
Boys, we’re working with Frenchy, but he’s kinda like a piece of dried out clay. Hard to mold & crumbles if you get too ruff with him. Bobby won’t let me break him in like Fidel did me. Bobby’s too soft on these guys, well unless they are Cuban, Mexican, or Irish. He hates the Irish more than us Cubans.
June 15th, 20098:42 pm
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Matthew McConaughey is #1.
June 15th, 20098:45 pm
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June 15th, 20098:46 pm
Has anyone seen my sliding shorts?
June 15th, 20098:48 pm
Odds And Ends: Francoeur, Draft, Giants
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [June 15 at 5:26pm CST]
Some more links for the evening…
* MLB.com’s Mark Bowman wonders if Jeff Francoeur might end up with the Marlins after all. He can imagine a Francoeur-Jeremy Hermida swap. Personally, I don’t see the Marlins making that deal.
Nationals Sign Horacio Ramirez
By Mike Axisa [June 15 at 6:43pm CST]
According to the International League transaction wire, the Nationals have signed Horacio Ramirez to the minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Ramirez had a 5.96 ERA in 22.2 IP for the Royals this year before being designated for assignment just over a week ago.
June 15th, 20098:49 pm
Playoff Odds Update
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [June 15 at 4:12pm CST]
The season’s now two and a half months old, so it’s a good time to check the current Playoff Odds report at Baseball Prospectus. When Tim analyzed these odds a couple weeks ago, there were eleven teams with less than a 10% chance of making the playoffs. Now, there are ten such teams, but since the Pirates are sitting right on 10%, essentially the same number of teams seems to be out of the race.
The teams themselves are different, though. The Rockies have boosted their playoff chaces from under 5% to 21%. The Giants and Marlins didn’t do as well as the streaking Rockies, but they both boosted their chances considerably. Here’s the list of teams with less than a 10% chance of making the playoffs, according to BP.
* Mariners – 9.5%
* Royals – 9.2%
* Braves – 8.8%
* White Sox – 5.4%
* Astros – 4.8%
* A’s – 2.9%
* Diamondbacks – 2.0%
* Padres – 1.5%
* Orioles – 0.3%
* Nationals – 0.0%
These odds can change in a hurry, as the Rockies proved, but it takes a lot. This doesn’t mean these teams will all become sellers, but it would be surprising to see any of these teams, even the Braves or Mariners, make the playoffs. Contenders will probably find that adding Nick Johnson or Aubrey Huff is simpler than dealing for players like Brad Hawpe, whose teams are back in the race.
June 15th, 20098:53 pm
seriously, does the dude posting under the various names really think he is funny or people read it? what a tool, probably a 14 yo tool…
June 15th, 20099:06 pm
Aside from fielding percentage Mac beats Y. Molina in all other categories. Caught stealing has to do with other players actually catching the ball and tagging a runner, so I don’t really like it.
Has anyone seen my sliding shorts? Chino
YE is using them as a mattress in the doghouse.
I dont think Schafer is going to be called up again…………unless……………braves deal GA and JF for a RF.
I do think that if he comes back, braves should play him in CF and McLouth in LF. OR if we get to trade JF and GA for a good RF, we put McLouth at LF and Schafer in CF. That is a good way out. OR, let McLouth stay in CF and Schafer platoon in LF with Diaz…………that would be the best way in my opinion.
I saw that article on Schafer. I have to say, his attitude really impressed me. I’m glad he took the demotion well and am looking forward to seeing him turn it around and hopefully return to the team this season. He’s humbled quite a bit since last year – wasn’t a big fan then.
June 15th, 20099:07 pm
“Because Johnson is a second baseman and Francoeur is a right fielder, some of you have also said you can’t compare apples to oranges. But let’s not forget that the Braves essentially made Johnson a second baseman to simply find a spot to have his bat in the lineup on a regular basis.”
I don’t think McCann leads in the category of blocking out the plate and taking a possible hit as opposed to hiding behind the umpire.
June 15th, 20099:09 pm
Man oh man, is Grandpa Cox the lamest, unfunniest poster ever read on this board?
Wait a couple of more years until your balls drop, sonny.
June 15th, 20099:12 pm
Schafer has been through a lot for a 22 yr. old kid. He’s gonna be a sharp person in a few years because of all the mess he’s been through. Baseball is very tough but he has the tools and apparantly the patience to learn. Sometimes you forget how young these guys are and we want instant production from everybody, but Justice/Gant and many other young Braves prospects took their lumps and they turned out to be pretty dang good.
Tonight’s respite from the agony of losing kinda feels good to me. Sure would be nice to reel-off four or five in a row, get the positive juices flowing again.
June 15th, 20099:14 pm
Bravosnum, yeah, a lot of these posters come up with some stupid crap but I have to say some do some funny stuff…”Loaf Garret on a blackberry”, “Chip Carey’s eyebrows” to name a few.
June 15th, 20099:15 pm
I think that “Grandpa Cox” is disrespectful of Bobby.
Bravosnumbaone needs an enema
June 15th, 20099:16 pm
Constipation can make you really uptight.
June 15th, 20099:19 pm
Bravos2249 Caught stealing has to do with other players actually catching the ball and tagging a runner, so I don’t really like it.
Me neither. Why don’t they have that category for SS/2B baseman? Should have a line for “dropped balls thrown by the catcher”…OK, that’s taking it a bit too far…
Some people have a hard time giving themselves an enema. It’s probably psychological.
That’s why it’s always good to have the number of a good enema technologist.
Nancy Lee R.N.
June 15th, 20099:21 pm
Coffee enemas are best.
“We have met the enema and it is us.”
June 15th, 20099:23 pm
From the “Wild and Crazy”:
June 15th, 20099:24 pm
What does baseball have to do with bodily functions?
It’s not like you see baseball players spitting, grabbing their crotch, or picking their nose!
June 15th, 20099:25 pm
Kinda miss ol’ Hammy.
Had a ball bashing him on off-nights.
I’m having a hard time bashing Frenchy. If he were a dead horse, there’d be nothing left but a greasy spot and thrash marks. Time (for me) to just feel for the guy now, it’s as beyond his control at this point, as it is ours… His head is messed-up, no doubt about it. He needs help in a big way, and a change of scenery should be the first therapeutic order of business.
June 15th, 20099:29 pm
Maybe Frenchy’s problems are diet-related.
Can someone get him to twitter what he eats during the day so that I can analyze it for him?
June 15th, 20099:30 pm
I also think he is really intelligent, and the good part is he clearly understands whats happening, its a matter of time with that guy……….. completely the other way around with JF………..he still thinks he is superhuman. And KJ thinks he is not that bad.
Play infante at 2b when he comes back………….Play KJ in LF and use Schafer as the back up with diaz. Send GA packing.
I want my Braves TV
June 15th, 20099:32 pm
The Giants closer, Brian Wilson, has a weekly reality TV show called Brian’s World.
How come no Brave has such a show.
Wouldn’t it be fun to see “Yunel’s World”, for example. Of course McCann would probably vote for “Mac’s World”.
God! This blog has gone way downhill today.
June 15th, 20099:33 pm
We are facing tomorrow the 2nd best ERA pitcher in the league and the 4th best ERA team…………. christ help us.
June 15th, 20099:34 pm
Dietician, he’s French, so just put him down for lotza butter and lard, incorporated with lotza butter and lard..
June 15th, 20099:35 pm
Are KJ and JF getting any votes to play in the ASG?
Sometimes, when I’m not sure whether or not to make a pitching change, I’ll call home and ask my dog Sassafras for a second opinion. One bark = make a change. Two barks = no change. Sassafras was my top choice to replace Leo Mazzone, but the higher ups thought that hire would be a bad idea. What the heck do they know anyhow?
June 15th, 20099:36 pm
tnbrian, if you like funny, you should have been here a year and more ago and read journalist jimmy smith’s stuff. The dude was borderline brilliant. No, he was brilliant. Alas, he was chased off for some reason. Now the blog is underwhelmed by the pedestrian and pedantic.
June 15th, 20099:37 pm
I could also examine a stool sample and make recommendations.
Doc, if they had the second-worst ERA pitcher in the league, and the forth-worst team ERA, I’d be sincerely worried. These guys!? No problem!
June 15th, 20099:42 pm
bravos numba one smells like bravos numba two.
June 15th, 20099:43 pm
I voted for Chipper and Mac ONLY. They’re the only deserving non-pitchers on our team; screw guys on other teams, I’m sure as Hell not voting for them.
I’m also a “homer” ONLY.
June 15th, 20099:45 pm
TRADE WINDS STIRRING
Whispers around baseball indicate that the Braves could be on the verge of trading young phenom southpaw Steve Avery to the Detroit Tigers for slugging first baseman Cecil Fielder. Sources say talks have heated up to the point where a deal seems imminent.
Well, that’s all for this week’s edition of “Diamond Notes.” I’m Peter Gammons.
June 15th, 20099:48 pm
yes i have fond memories of the ungandan jimmy smith
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