Mac and Mauer two of best — ever

 Glancing through the Sports Illustrated that I fished out of my mailbox a few minutes ago, and on the cover is Twins catcher Joe Mauer. Story is about the possibility of him being the first since Ted Williams to hit .400.
 Mauer is phenomenal, without question. And he’s a big reason that Brian McCann will probably continue to work in relative obscurity, despite the fact that, if he stays healthy, Mac could go down as one of the best hitting catchers of all time.
  The thing is, so will Mauer. Yes, we’ve got two of the best five or so hitting catchers of my lifetime plying their trade at the same time, and both are young and hungry and have the mentality and desire to keep getting better.

Mac sees ball, hits ball

Mac sees ball, hits ball

  It’s way too early to say that Mauer will challenge Johnny Bench as, in my view, the best overall catcher ever. But if Mauer keeps hitting for power like he has this season for the rest of the decade and into the next one, it’s possible. Just that he’s already had the back issue, and with the DH option there in the future, or first base…. Well, we’ll see.
  Oh, and yes, before someone asks, Mike Piazza’s longevity and stats made him the best hitting catcher in the view of many. Hard to disagree with that. But I’m talking overall skills. Mauer is a Gold Glove catcher on top of being a fine hitter. Piazza was a serviceable defensive catcher.
  Bench was great behind the plate, though he eventually started playing the infield corners for about one-third of the season to ease the toll. Those who saw him play — I was in Little League when Bench was still a stud with the Big Red Machine, and I used to have a little plastic Reds helmet and pretended I was Bench, Rose or George Foster — would you agree with me that he was the best catcher in most of our lifetimes?
  Anyway, back to Mauer. not only is he hitting .395 with a .464 OBP, but now he’s hitting with far more power than in previous seasons. He already has a career-high 14 homers in 177 at-bats, 10 as a catcher and three as a DH.
  But before everyone outside Atlanta and Braves Nation bestows the best-hitting catcher label on Mauer over McCann, consider that McCann has a .300 career average with more homers (77) and almost as many doubles (134) and RBI (325) in 525 games than Mauer (58 homers, 139 doubles, 343 RBI) has in 608 games.
  And remember, Mauer has the advantages of indoor, air-conditioned home ballpark and the DH option to get a rest now and then (he has 63 career games as DH).
  Mauer has significant edges in career average (.323) and OBP (.404 to McCann’s .364), while McCann has a .504 career slugging percentage to Mauer’s .477.
 So let’s wait a while and see what happens, see if both hold up and stay behind the plate for years to come, etc.
  By the way, it’ll be interesting to see if McCann’s surge since his return from the DL will be enough to land him his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance.
  It’s been extremely impressive to see what he’s done since getting the glasses and making that switch in the middle of a season, after never playing in glasses previously.
  After hitting .195 with five-extra-base hits in 13 games before he went on the DL for his vision problem, McCann has hit .368 with a .444 OBP, .571 slugging percentage and 23 RBI in 39 games since he came off the DL on May 8.
  He’s hit .371 with 13 extra-base hits (four homers) and 17 RBI in his past 26 games, including last night’s three-hit, two-RBI game with a double and homer.

 

 ♦ ”We’re playing good baseball.” That’s what McCann said after last night’s game, and he’s right. For the past week, the Braves have played well against good opponents, including a three-game series at Boston.
  Specifically, they’ve pitched well. Very well. They’ve also gotten some timely hits in games they’ve won, but not in the games they lost in that span.
  They are 4-2 with a stingy 1.38 ERA in their past six games, with a .272 batting average and four or more runs in four games. They’ve had only one homer in their past four games, that by Garret Anderson last night.
  The Braves’ solid stretch of ball followed immediately after a lousy 1-6 stretch — that’s the way they’ve done it this year, hot to cold and back with little lukewarm between most times.
  In that 1-6 stretch through June 17, they hit .234 with a 4.88 ERA and scored fewer than four runs five times.
  ”Now we just need to keep doing it,” McCann said last night, “because we’ve been here before, then tapered off.”
  The Braves are finally playing better at home, which will be crucial with eight games left on this homestand, including two more with the Yankees, three against the Red Sox and three against the Phillies, who snapped a six-game skid last night.
  The Braves are 5-2 with a 2.74 ERA in their past seven home games, including wins against Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, the Cubs, and the Yankees. They haven’t scored more than four runs in any of their past five home games, but still managed to win three of those because of their pitching.
  That will need to change, I’ve got a feeling, if they hope to have a winning record on this homestand.
  They just can’t keep counting on the pitching to limit opponents to three runs or fewer every night, as they’ve done in five consecutive home games, including consecutive shutouts the past two nights for the first time since 2005.

 ♦ The Good, the Bad, the Ugly:
 • Of the Big Three relievers, Rafael Soriano has a 1.19 ERA and .190 opponents’ average in his past 21 appearances (19 scoreless); Mike Gonzalez has a 0.00 ERA and .189 opponents’ average in his past 14 apeparances; and Peter Moylan has a 1.35 ERA and .136 opponents’ average in his past eight appearances (seven scoreless).

 • Yunel Escobar’s .331 average against right-handers is the seventh-best among NL hitters, while Kelly Johnson’s .184 average against righties is the worst in the league among qualifiers. Remember, of course, Johnson, is a left-handed batter.
  Jeff Francoeur (.262) and Johnson (.267) have the NL’s third- and fourth-lowest OBPs against righties.

  • Chipper Jones‘ .909 fielding percentage is the worst among starting major league third basemen, and his 11 errors are second-most among major league third baseman, behind Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio.
  Chipper had 13 errors all of last season, and only nine in 2007.

 OK, gotta get to the ballpark. This tune is something off Ryan Bingham’s debut CD from a couple years ago, Mescalito. He’s got a new one that just came out and I like it, but not as much as Mescalito.
A few new CDs I got that I’m loving: Elvis Costello’s Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, wherein Mr. McManus sounds like a rootsy American singer; Todd Snyder’s terrific The Excitement Plan; and Street Sweeper Social Club’s self-titled debut, wherein Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine and Boots Riley from the underground rap act The Coup get together and lay down some hard stuff that sounds a lot like Rage on a couple of cuts.

“LONG WAY FROM GEORGIA” by Ryan Bingham

Oh sittin’ in a truck stop
With my cowboy boots and my guitar
I’ve been livin’ on a tip box
It was meant for cigars

Long way from Georgia
Long way from Georgia

Oh I’m out on the highway Yeah Yeah

I have no regrets
‘Cause I’m livin’ my way
Long coffee and cigarettes

Long way From Georgia
Long way From Georgia

Oh wind this highway is my poem
Oh through the night I ride on
I just keep on rollin’ on
‘Cause I’m a long way from home

Long way from Georgia
Long way from Georgia

Oh sittin’ in a truck stop
And a waitress tells me
Ah boy you got a good smile
Might take you a long way
Say boy you better make it count
‘Cause you’re a long way from Georgia

 

2,669 comments Add your comment

David O'Brien

June 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

This from Braves just now in an e-mail I got. I’m just pasting it, because I’m hurring out of here:

Tickets are still available, but we encourage fans to order in advance (at braves.com/tickets). Walk up tickets will also be available.

· All Turner Field lots will be permit only, meaning if fans don’t have a permit for a Turner Field lot, they will be turned away. Fans can pre-purchase discounted parking at braves.com/parking, but once it is sold out, no spaces will be available.

· We strongly encourage those fans who have not pre-purchased parking to take MARTA.

GT

June 24th, 2009
2:59 pm

getsomewins

June 24th, 2009
3:01 pm

second. drat!!!

Chucktown Brave

June 24th, 2009
3:02 pm

cabravesfan

June 24th, 2009
3:03 pm

DOB-

I hate correcting you but (as I am sure you know) Garret didn’t hit that Home Run last night, Mac did ;)

cabravesfan

June 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

Heath (Cleveland)-

I think Rescue Me would be hard to follow if you jump in midseason (or even midseries)…there are a lot of continuing stories that just kinda flow from one episode or season to the next, mixed in with the “day to day” plots that vary from week to week. I actually loved that episode but then again, I’ve seen every episode that has aired…

BravesFan

June 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

I do believe that Brian McCann hit the homer last night.

keylargo

June 24th, 2009
3:07 pm

Re-post from last blog

McLouth of the South

That’s my point that when JV is pitching as great as he is, he just doesn’t have a lot of peers. He is among the elite right now and it is just idiotic to say something like “I’ll trade you Corey Hart for Javy Vazquez and Jeff F.

You trade Javy Vazquezs for Ryan Brauns.

getsomewins

June 24th, 2009
3:07 pm

They are 4-2 with a stingy 1.38 ERA in their past six games, with a .272 batting average and four or more runs in four games. They’ve had only one homer in their past four games, that by Garret Anderson last night.

getsomewins

June 24th, 2009
3:07 pm

That was B-MAC who hit the HR last night.

Lunatic Fringe

June 24th, 2009
3:07 pm

DOB,
I thought you might be trying to get some bonus points from McFann with this article, until that GA homer typo. I am sure she will let you know about that.
Nice Job though!

Jersey Gil

June 24th, 2009
3:08 pm

Not look good tonight, The Braves faces a First time Pitcher (Joba).
History say that we are not a winner Team when we face a first time Pitcher…Hope tonight we brake that….GO BRAVOS

Mr. Enigma

June 24th, 2009
3:10 pm

“They’ve had only one homer in their past four games, that by Garret Anderson last night.”

I think you mean Brian McCann.

McLouth of the South

June 24th, 2009
3:10 pm

keylargo,

Or prospect packages like those traded for Tex or CC…

Bobby's Cox

June 24th, 2009
3:11 pm

Nice that we’re selling some seats…can we have the Yanks here more often? Not only that but I’m sure we’ll play better than .500 ball if we played that sorry team every night.

Chucktown Brave

June 24th, 2009
3:11 pm

The last blog had some posts about what music would you have as your entrance music for your at-bats which intrigued me. What are some songs that you would come out to? I am at work and don’t have access to Youtube, so any links that you post, could you also say the song name in your reply.

getsomewins

June 24th, 2009
3:13 pm

Lunatic Fringe

June 24th, 2009
3:14 pm

Chucktown Brave
I have always liked “Cities on Flame” by BOC.

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:15 pm

Fantastic Blog, Chief! cabravesfan, looks like you took care of the dirty work. ;)

But before everyone outside Atlanta and Braves Nation bestows the best-hitting catcher label on Mauer over McCann, consider that McCann has a .300 career average with more homers (77) and almost as many doubles (134) and RBI (325) in 525 games than Mauer (58 homers, 139 doubles, 343 RBI) has in 608 games.

Ah! Take that, Elton John!

Seriously, though, Mauer is an amazing catcher (oh man, that was hard to type!)…but BMac could just be the better hitter. Like you said, DOB, Mauer gets to play in the covered, air-conditioned, air-blows-out-for-the-home-team-”it’s-called-home-field-advantage” ballpark. And he DH’s a little bit (that’s why I don’t like the DH…it’s cheating!).

Hey, if BMac cann get his D going (pretty please, Brian?), he could be a sort of a Johnny Bench. Johnny Bench likes him, too! He said so to McCann’s face at the 2006 ASG. (Johnny, come back! Help him with his D!)

Ah yes, and BMac’s made such a nice transition to the glasses. Gotta tell ya, it’s more than I expected so quickly. I thought it would take him at least a week to get used to them. Sometimes I love being wrong…

sometimes! ;)

chris from md

June 24th, 2009
3:16 pm

DOB,

I think McCann is one of the most underrated players in the league. He has also had marked improvement at throwing out runners this year. What is his percentage? It seems to me that when runners are successful it has less to do with our pitchers than his throws.

As for Chipper, has he had anything to say about his defensive drop-off?

Finally, any shot Soriano makes the All-Star team? He has an outside shot at getting his E.R.A. below 1.00 before the game.

Thanks,

Chris from MD

Chop Chop

June 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

Joe Mauer gets all the pub because he plays in Minnesota. The advantage of playing in that gigantic media market is patently unfair.

Chucktown Brave

June 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

gotta love Blue Oyster Cult

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

Lunatic Fringe I thought you might be trying to get some bonus points from McFann with this article, until that GA homer typo. I am sure she will let you know about that.

Yeah! That one hurt, Chief! :P

Just a typo…everyone makes ‘em. Plus, before I typed my post, I saw that cabravesfan had already pointed it out, so I thought I’d just get down to the other goodies… ;)

fastasballs

June 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

It was McCann with the homer last night DOB.

Good blog & a good discussion about who is the better all around catcher. With Mauer getting to DH & playing at a more hitter friendly park I’d go with McCann as far as hitting & Mauer as the better defender.

I really think the Braves are about to put things together, IF Cox puts his bias aside & goes with Diaz in right & Prado at second. The Braves need SOMETHING out of the 7-8 spots in the order.

They don’t have to have some huge bat right now, just Diaz & Prado to get on base in the 7-8 holes, well that is if they get to play. We need our 1-5 guys hitting more times in the game. Too many times we have 8-9-1 leading off an inning or the pitcher because the 7-8 hole can’t get on base.

I really think we would see a huge improvement in run production if KJ & Frenchy were benched. What does Cox have to lose by trying this for a few weeks? Diaz & Prado couldn’t play any worse than Frenchy & KJ, not possible. If by odd chance they did, we get the same result as we would with the current two batless wonders.

We need the 7-8 guys to get on base & occasionally drive some runs in. Mainly just get on base to clear the pitcher & lead off with the top of the order. Too many times the Braves are forced to rally with two out because of the constant failings of two players & a manager who won’t play the better players.

Original Jon

June 24th, 2009
3:20 pm

Ok, I just got back from seeing Transformers 2 and I must say, I love it!!!! It was fricking AWEOME!!!!!!!!!! If you liked the first one, you will love this one, and if you didnt like it, then thats your right. GO SEE IT!!!!

getsomewins

June 24th, 2009
3:20 pm

Mauer is definitely a hitting machine, but what I was miffed about last year is the craze over Geovanny Soto. McCann is definitely better than him.

cabravesfan

June 24th, 2009
3:21 pm

McFann-

I was just heading you off- can’t have you pitchforking our fearless leader, now can we? ;)

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

June 24th, 2009
3:21 pm

Chop Chop,

Since when is Minnesotta a “gigantic media market”

The KJ watch is on...

June 24th, 2009
3:21 pm

Space Monkey, I’ve sensed a growing opinion with some in the organization that Prado should be the starter if Kelly doesn’t snap out of this in a hurry. DOB

Johnson continues to struggle and is in a 7-for-56 slump since June 5. He has been a streaky player in the past, so there’s some hope he can get hot. If not, his struggles should soon start to impact his playing time. Rotowire.com

Kelly Johnson’s .184 average against righties is the worst in the league among qualifiers. Remember, of course, Johnson, is a left-handed batter. Jeff Francoeur (.262) and Johnson (.267) have the NL’s third- and fourth-lowest OBPs against righties. DOB

He is also 1 for his last 19, and that lone hit was a pop up off the green monster…Another 0-3 and he’s under .220…

CB

June 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

Man, you guys never made a mistake? :-)

Shamus Thacker

June 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

“”They are 4-2 with a stingy 1.38 ERA in their past six games”"

Reads like a line from the 90s. Sweet.

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

chris from md It seems to me that when runners are successful it has less to do with our pitchers than his throws.

No no, it has more to do with our pitchers! ;)

His percentage took a hit last night with though 4 steals the Yankees had against Hanson and BMac–went down to 23%. Those throws last night…mmm. Not so good. BUT they were the worst of the year, I mean…pretty much all of his throws before last night’s were very good. Crashing your throwing arm into the backstop cement will likely do that to a catcher…let’s just be thankful they weren’t playing in whatever stadium it is with the brick backstop. 8O

jack

June 24th, 2009
3:24 pm

pryguy

June 24th, 2009
3:24 pm

USA Soccer up 1-0 at halftime vs Number 1 in the World, Spain…LETS GO USA!!!

Chop Chop

June 24th, 2009
3:25 pm

Since I played “Pretend,” Buffalo NY Braves Fan.

chixluvthebraves2

June 24th, 2009
3:25 pm

Buffalo Fan,

I think that was sarcasm………:) at least i hope it was.

McLouth of the South

June 24th, 2009
3:26 pm

Hmmm…

DeRo to play third, Chipper to first, Kotchman for prospects?

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:26 pm

cabravesfan

That’s for sure! I can’t afford to get on his bad-side. :P Thanks for helpin’ me out! ;)

Eric from MO

June 24th, 2009
3:27 pm

Well my vote for greatest catcher would be Pudge Rodriguez. However, I am too young to have seen Johnny Bench. So no one get mad about that. Pudge is the best I have seen. Piazza was a better hitter, but Pudge was by far the better catcher. Piazza had no arm.

The_Superhoo (Montana by way of Virginia)

June 24th, 2009
3:28 pm

chris from md,

I agree entirely on your comment re: McCann throwing to second. I don’t know if his numbers caught stealing are any better, but his throws are WAY more on target than they were before. If nothing else, might make folks think twice before stealing on him.

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:28 pm

getsomewins

I am with you there! Almost looks like they “pulled a Francoeur” with the John Grove hype…

Though, Grove could still bounce back.

Heath (Cleveland)

June 24th, 2009
3:30 pm

So…I got two new movies in the mail from Netflix today… Lakeview Terrace and Frost/Nixon. Any recommendataion on which one to watch first?

Lamar1Banks2

June 24th, 2009
3:31 pm

I don’t the Mauer and McCann are the best ever but they are in the conversation

getsomewins

June 24th, 2009
3:31 pm

What’s the much ballyhooed Geovany Soto doing this season?

jason

June 24th, 2009
3:31 pm

keylargo, I’ll repost my response.
keylargo, Can we get an AMEN? And we could throw Francouer in for the heck of it

bravos2249

June 24th, 2009
3:32 pm

DOB

Wouldn’t a chuck…even if small…of Mauer’s stats not count as “catcher”, cause he DH’s…..

chris from md

June 24th, 2009
3:32 pm

McFann,

I meant to say more not less to do with our pitchers. Thanks for the correction.

Chris from MD

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:32 pm

The_Superhoo I don’t know if his numbers caught stealing are any better, but his throws are WAY more on target than they were before.

Uh, his numbers this year are a little better than last year’s…he’s 8-35 so far this year. Oh man, last year was bad…I cann hardly type it, but here it goes: 21-114 for the season. Yow.

His throws (except for last night’s) have been so much better. That’d be sweet if it made opponents think twice about running…

Hu, I don’t think they’ve run as wild on him as they did last year, anyway!

Willy Wally

June 24th, 2009
3:32 pm

Screw that skinny little pretty boy Mauer (that’s the real reason Elton John wishes Mauer was a Brave). Give me that sloppy, chubby Heap all day, everyday. Catchers shouldn’t look like underwear models.

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:33 pm

chris from md

No prob! I knew that’s what you meant, just wanted to be sure everyone else did. ;)

Salamander

June 24th, 2009
3:33 pm

Original Jon

More Hollywood cheese? No thanks.

I heard they’re going to remake Conan the Barbarian now… ugh. One of my favorite movies of all time is about to be ruined. Oh yeah, Hollywood sucks in case anyone was wondering where I stand on the quality of product that the major film companies put out (other than the few Oscar contenders each year that are usually decent flicks).

Shane (The original)

June 24th, 2009
3:34 pm

Frost Nixon was decent if you like history. Never heard of the other one

McPoyle

June 24th, 2009
3:34 pm

Yadier Molina? Really? If B-Mac doesn’t start for the NL it’s a crime. And I thought I saw somebody throw R. Soriano’s name out there as a candidate. I think that’s quite possible, the guy has been fantastic. Gonzo too lately.

Also… saying two of the best ever… isn’t that a little tooooo premature? Don’t get me wrong, there’s no doubt Right NOW Mauer and Mac are the two best. Now that Mauer has added the power game they both hit for Avg., Power, and high OBP. But it still might be slightly too early to throw the word “ever” in there. Just sayin. I may be, and would be delighted to be humbled in 3-4 years time, but for now, let’s just say their the best catchers in the game.

Chop Chop

June 24th, 2009
3:34 pm

Mauer has 233 career AB at DH (.330/.430/.476, 4 HR, 29 RBI)

Coach ( 2010 or Bust)

June 24th, 2009
3:35 pm

Chop Chop, your 3:18 is hilarious!

By the way, the Twins also have one of the best closers in the game. Joe somebody is his name????

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

Willy Wally Screw that skinny little pretty boy Mauer (that’s the real reason Elton John wishes Mauer was a Brave)

That’s what I say…

Um! But anyway…Right! Catchers are s’posed to be a little on the sloppy side, it’s part of the stereotype.

Chop Chop

June 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

He has 1983 career AB as a catcher (.324/.402/.478, 53 HR, 310 RBI)

bravos2249

June 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

Chop Chop

Well that’s still a lot ( A lot more than McCann “DUH”) and counts towards avg.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

June 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

Chop Chop,

I thought it was sarcasm, just based on your other posts…. was just making sure…

Roman Gal

June 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

“Why does everyone get their panties in a wad when the Yankees are in town?” asked Braves pitcher Derek Lowe.

I was wondering the same thing.

Epinephrine

June 24th, 2009
3:37 pm

Kelly and Francoeur are two of the worst everyday players in the majors right now, per that ESPN list. Everyone marvels at how many two out RBIs we get-I don’t know if it’s possible, but I would love to see what percentage of those outs were earned by either Kelly or Jeff (or Garrett Anderson before late).

I’d be willing to wager a great deal. Now that the Braves are actually in this race, I’m not sure how much longer they can afford to let Kelly and Francoeur continue to try to make things right.

Anyway, pretty big game tonight. If the Braves can get a win with KK on the mound, the next five days shape up extremely well for the Bravos. It would be a huge, huge win. I’d say the odds are against the Bravos tonight, but let’s see what happens.

Heath (Cleveland)

June 24th, 2009
3:37 pm

Salamander:

I tend to think that Hollywood does tend to focus too much on special effects instead of plot, sotory lines and actual acting. Star Wars was a perfect example. While the technology was available to make Star Wars 1-3 really good movies, they seemed to focus on that too much and the older ones remain head and shoulders above the newer ones.

fastasballs

June 24th, 2009
3:38 pm

The Braves should be in decent position to make up some ground before the All Star game. I know the schedule is tough, but they play well against the best teams for whatever reasons.

The Mets are so banged up & they are facing a tough run of games as well, so I doubt they stay in second place for long. The way the Marlins are playing it might not be too crazy to think they could be the team the Braves are chasing for the division.

Philly has the offense to run off 8-10 games in a row, but their pitching is absolutely awful.

It’s going to be a good race in the East, I just hope the Braves are part of it. Even if they fall short I’d love the excitement of them being in it until the end.

Rodney Derrick

June 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

Last night the Yankees announcers said that AROD was tired and did not have his head on straight. This after pictures of him and Kate Hudson hot together in Miami. His connection previously with Madonna who played Eva Peron and sang about Crying in Argentina clearly a prelude to South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford reporting on his Crying in Argentina. Will this also affect attendance in Atlanta tonight by the neighboring state’s denizens?

VaBravesfan

June 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

Cabravesfan and McFann: I would give my right pinkie finger if my wife knew as much or cared as much about baseball as you two. In all seriousness, I mean that as a compliment to you both.

chc4

June 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

A tad early to start talking about McCann and Mauer being the best of all time at anything. They’re both still puppies… loooong way to go before that talk should even start.

Chop Chop

June 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

Based on the career numbers, Mauer is a better hitter.

McCann is a better slugger.

Mauer is a better overall catcher, but if both guys continue like this, we’ll see them in Cooperstown. No doubt about that.

richbrave

June 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

This just in from the deserted venue on RICHMOND’s BOULEVARD. Any professional baseball in this city will be played at “THE DIAMOND” in the future. No new stadium, not even a made over old one. RICHMOND baseball awaits the arrival of the WASHINGTON NATIONALS AAA franchise.

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:42 pm

VaBravesfan

Thank you! Man…what doesn’t your wife see in this game? I guess some people thing it’s boring…? :?

Chop Chop if both guys continue like this, we’ll see them in Cooperstown. No doubt about that.

You cann say that again!

Coach ( 2010 or Bust)

June 24th, 2009
3:43 pm

HEEEEEEELLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOO

Don’t forget, tonight’s game is on ESPN 2 for those of you who don’t have MLB.TV or Satellite.

Epinephrine

June 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

Also thought it was interesting that:

NEFTALI FELIZ is moving to the Ranger’s bullpen. After being a can’t miss prospect, he’s slipped a bit this year as chinks have shown up in his armor at AAA. Right now, he is just below a 4.00 ERA, though he is still striking out plenty of people.

The Teixeira trade has been lambasted by many people. But we forget that Tex put up darn good numbers for the Braves while he was here. And even though it didn’t work out, it did send a signal that the Braves were committed to winning.

Elvis Andrus appears to be the real deal, but like I said, we did get talent, and we also ended up with Kotchman and Marek as consolation prizes.

As for Feliz, Harrison (who has gotten shelled this year) and Salty, though…well, I’m just saying that the trade might not end up looking as bad as many people first feared.

Epinephrine

June 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

As for being premature on McCann-I’m of the opinion that he has been so underrated by the national media as of late, that any hyperbole may do well to push things aright. I have a feeling that the number of people crying foul over Molina v. McCann will increase after our whirlwind tour of the Boston, Chicago, Philly, and NY media over the next few series.

Lunatic Fringe

June 24th, 2009
3:48 pm

VaBravesfan

June 24th, 2009
3:39 pm
Cabravesfan and McFann: I would give my right pinkie finger if my wife knew as much or cared as much about baseball as you two

I made my wife and kids watch the braves last night while we ate dinner, and I was quizzing my wife on how much she knew. Not much. Did not even know who A-Rod was. Oh well.

VaBravesfan

June 24th, 2009
3:48 pm

Epinephrine: Agreed

Bobby's Belly

June 24th, 2009
3:51 pm

If you had your choice of Mauer or BMac and chose BMac, you drink to much – and I like BMac.

Eric from MO

June 24th, 2009
3:51 pm

Epinephrine that is why you shouldnt overreact when you see a bunch of prospects traded. Just because someone is in the minors doesnt mean they should be a prospect. That being said, we still traded too much, but oh well its in the past.

BossLady

June 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

Your name fits that action too.

VaBravesfan

June 24th, 2009
3:54 pm

Lunatic Fringe: Sometimes it just ain’t worth it, is it?

Turtsnap

June 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

DOB, your post this morning in the other blog about KJ/Prado brightened my day…. Now, if we just had a potential plan for Frenchy……

getsomewins

June 24th, 2009
3:56 pm

Heath (Cleveland)

Lakeview Terrace was a good movie.

Lunatic Fringe

June 24th, 2009
3:56 pm

VaBravesfan
No, I usually try to be by myself when I watch, easier that way.

bravos2249

June 24th, 2009
3:56 pm

Chop Chop

I agree…and Just wait until Mauer has to play outside next year in Minnesota

chris from md

June 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Epinephrine,

Very well said. People act as if we gave up 4 All-Stars for Tex. Time will tell. Not saying it was a good move– just not the worst trade ever made.

Chris from MD

McPoyle

June 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Whats the word on Infante? I miss him. :(

Duke

June 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Heath,
Frost/Nixon is a really good movie. Ron Howard did a great job on it. Haven’t seen Lakeview Terrace

Epinephrine

June 24th, 2009
3:57 pm

Eric–yeah clearly if you have a do-over, you don’t want to make the trade. All I am saying is that along with the Marte trade, this might eventually might go from, “worst trade ever”, to a positive trade from the perspective of win share.

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
3:58 pm

Speaking of McCann, I think this has been the best June of his career, combining power, AVG and RBI.

2009: 67 AB 23 H 7 2B 1 3B 2 HR 12 RBI 6 BB 10 K .343 AVG .405 OBP .567 SLG

Last year, he had the RBI (13) and some power (4 2B, 5 HR), but the AVG was down (.244).

In ‘07, he had the RBI (16) and a little power (3 2B, 4 HR), but, again, the AVG was way down (.238).

2006, all he really had going was the AVG (.365–no HR, 2 2B, and 2 RBI), but he was coming off the ankle injury.

In ‘05, he had the AVG going for him big time (.385), but had 2 HR, 5 RBI, and no doubles–but he was a Rookie, so…

He also tends to K more in June than other months. This year, he’s struck out 10 times in June after combining for 12 in April and May. Last year, he struck out 16 times, in ‘07 18 times, in ‘06 only 8 times, and in ‘05 only 3 times. That’s 55 career K’s in June–next highest is 48 in August.

Anyway, that was a need-my-thing-to-refresh moment, but I’ve also been kinda meaning to post all that…

rob from sc

June 24th, 2009
3:58 pm

Rangers have moved Neftali Feliz to the bullpen in hopes he can help later in the season

bravos2249

June 24th, 2009
3:58 pm

I know the lease for Turner Field isn’t up for like 20 something years…but I was just thinking of something. I know right now it won’t happen, but way off in the future if the Braves got a new stadium….where the hell would they put it?

Epinephrine

June 24th, 2009
3:58 pm

Also, speaking of prospects, isn’t Jordan Schafer due back pretty soon?

Adam Dunn

June 24th, 2009
3:59 pm

francouer = out the door (lets hope) a trade is in the works
kelly johnson = sent down or out the door (lets hope) and play prado full time.

thats it folks bring in a legit rf with some power and put prado at 2B full time and you got a great overall team

Epinephrine

June 24th, 2009
3:59 pm

Rob From Sc–Yeah I know, I actually meant to make that post earlier, seeing his name in the news just reminded me. But his numbers this year in AAA have certainly not been, well, Tommy Hanson like.

bravos2249

June 24th, 2009
3:59 pm

McPoyle

I read on mlb.com that he’ll start rehab soon on his wrist….

Infielder Omar Infante will begin therapy on his broken left hand on Wednesday. Infante is expected to return to the team some time after the All-Star break.

Crazy Trades McGee

June 24th, 2009
3:59 pm

This is the perfect opportunity for us to trade javy vazquez, jeff francoeur and kelly johnson for pat burrell

Canadaian braves fan

June 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

Heath (Cleveland)

June 24th, 2009
4:02 pm

2-0 USA(14th in the world) over Spain (1st in the world). Nice.

Interesting that Cleveland is trading FOR relievers right now. Doesn’t exactly signal that they are sellers, huh?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4284492

McFann ;Ô;

June 24th, 2009
4:02 pm

Epinephrine As for being premature on McCann-I’m of the opinion that he has been so underrated by the national media as of late…

“Of late”? He’s always been overlooked by the national media. (He prob’ly likes it that way–and I kinda do, too, sometimes. It’s like he’s our secret weapon or something…) But I know what you’re saying. Hope he and the Braves tear it up against these tough teams!

Eric from MO

June 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

Epinephrine I didnt blog when the Marte trade went down, did people really think it was the worse trade ever? He had already played some in Atlanta and didnt look all that good. Renteria was a former all-star. Geeze, bloggers are so dumb.

David O'Brien

June 24th, 2009
4:05 pm

Same lineup:

1. McLouth
2. Escobar
3. Chipper
4. McCann
5. Anderson
6. Kotchman
7. Francoeur
8. Johnson
9. Kawakami

Ron in MObile

June 24th, 2009
4:05 pm

Derrick Lowe on espn radio new york

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