3:48 pm June 25, 2009, by David O'Brien
June 25th, 20094:39 pm
The only things better than the way Bennett “went out”–like someone else said, he could have used his right hand (must be a Bull Durham fan). And, instead of a door, he could have punched out a Yankee–Tex, Joba, Jeter, A-Rod, Cano…any would have done it. That way they are out a player, too, but a much more valuable one.
June 25th, 20094:41 pm
Hmm, have you tried it?
Sadly, yes.. However, that was when I was 15 and now I would never do anything like that.. I to broke my hand and had to have a pin inserted..
Nova Scotia Steve
June 25th, 20094:42 pm
Boone Logan is no save all end off reliever folks just so you know… he did OK for the Chisox last season..then started to get rocked!
Bobby mighta got Bennett on the hand with another one of his “errant” post-game “practice” swings. Hear Bobby’s still pretty good with a bat. Evidently not good enough rake the correct hand…
I don’t think anybody mention , that Gwinnett Braves are in First Place in the South Div in the International league.
June 25th, 20094:43 pm
DOB, so how was that ride in on the new hog? Next time you should try the motorcycle parking spots .
Bennett could have also of just had a long talk with his glove, everyone knows his face is in often enough.. Then he could have kicked teh crap out of his glove if it wasn’t giving him the answers that he wanted.. That would have been less painful, and probably not as embarrassing..
June 25th, 20094:44 pm
FINALLY BENNETT IS OUT
Now, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease bring someone up that is decent! This club always seem to have at least one braves blog whipping boy on the pitching staff every year. Not that I wish bad luck on people but thank goodness Buddy Carlyle is out, Blaine Boyer self destructed earlier this season, and Jo Jo hasn’t been thrown out there. But maybe he will be back now? Yikes. Other than Bennett we don’t have any dead weight unless you count Medlen’s trial by fire. He really needs to get his head together. If there was EVER a case where you could say it’s all in his head, it’s Medlen. His minor league numbers clearly show that he should be dominating in the majors. And we know that he gets nervous and look at his stats. He doesn’t do well with runners on–once again, nervousness. He can’t handle any pressure which is weird because it is the complete opposite of Tommy Hanson. That guy is like a rock–like the other Tommy–Glavine. The best pitchers are really those that can get out of jams. Not every pitcher is going to be perfect all the time.
Steve from OH
Talking Chop has noted that P Jeff Lyman has been promoted from AA to Gwinnett and P Richard Sullivan has been promoted from Myrtle to Mississippi. Don’t know if these are spot starts or permanent moves.
June 25th, 20094:46 pm
cabraves – I was hoping it was obvious that I wasn’t serious.
Frank – I had the Farrah poster. I don’t know, I was young…7 or 8 or so. My dad may have bought it for me ha. Who knows…but I did have it.
June 25th, 20094:47 pm
Heyward is the only Brave in the upcoming Futures game before the All-Star game. Much like _____ will be the only Brave in the real game? Probably Mac? Will anybody else make the NL squad?
June 25th, 20094:48 pm
Since we are sharing stories about Braves who are nice, Jeff Francoeur’s parents are incredibly kind. They were on the shuttle bus with me from the Atlanta airport terminal to the long term parking lot after last year’s Braves/Cubs series in Chicago. I recognized them from TV and we chatted for several minutes on the shuttle.
June 25th, 20094:49 pm
instead of a door, he could have punched out a Yankee–Tex, Joba, Jeter, A-Rod, Cano
Or Chip Caray!
bravesfanforever, really??? Its already been mentioned who the Braves were bringing up. Boone Logan
June 25th, 20094:50 pm
BravesfaninWis… It’s not just that. It was stupid to throw an 0-2 fastball right down the middle of the plate to a guy who has been struggling ALL SEASON. Bennett has the stuff but clearly this shows me that he doesn’t the fortitude to think about what he is doing. He actually threw most of the pitches to ARod right down the pipe. My god, but after the 4th one, any major leaguer including struggling ones are going to hit it! If it was me, I would have thrown him a breaking pitch on the outer half of the plate, then bust him inside on the next one.
Where’s Milton Bradley when you need him?
June 25th, 20094:51 pm
after last night?
Guys Bennett could have punched that would have made me happy:
Captain Derek Jeter, Chip Carey, Joba, the catcher with the mohawk, Jeff Bennett (but not Teix. Sorry, he’s still pretty & I’m still female )
June 25th, 20094:52 pm
If I were a crappy reliever that made bloggers mad, you wouldn’t have to worry about me being thoughtful enough not to punch a door with my throwing hand. I’d mangle that sucker so badly that you’d never hear from me again. That’s because I care about you, bloggers.
Jeff Bennett broke his hand punching a door? Did the door get a hit?
Here’s the quick story I wrote about Bennett:
By David O’Brien
Struggling Braves reliever Jeff Bennett broke a bone his non-pitching hand when he punched a door near the dugout during Wednesday night’s loss against the New York Yankees.
The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list today and left-hander Boone Logal was recalled from Class AAA Gwinnett to take his roster spot. Bennett will have surgery to insert at least one pin in the break in his fifth metacarpal, a few inches below the base of the pinky finger.
“I’m ashamed of myself,” Bennett said. “This is a professional sport; you handle yourself in a professional manner. I didn’t do that…. I’m just hopeful that [manager] Bobby [Cox] and [general manager] Frank [Wren] will give me another chance.
“A lot of things boiled up, and I didn’t handle the release of those very well.”
Bennett is 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA in his past 11 games, with 12 hits (two homers), seven runs and nine walks allowed in 12 innings.
He entered Wednesday’s game in the sixth inning with the score 1-all and the bases loaded and two outs. He gave up a two-run single by Alex Rodriguez, the first batter he faced.
Bennett punched a door in a hallway adjacent to the dugout after the inning. He said he was in such a state of frustration and anger that he couldn’t remember punching it, and could hardly believe it when he saw the dent and realized what he’d done.
The bone was broken cleanly and a bump rose beneath the skin. Bennett said he pushed the bone back, thinking that it was only a dislocated knuckle or something else.
He went back out and pitched the entire seventh inning with the broken bone, giving up a homer to Nick Swisher in that inning.
About 30 minutes later, Bennett said he finally told a team trainer what he’d done. He had waited until then because he was afraid and embarrassed.
He saw the Braves’ hand specialist today and was told that he had a broken bone and would require surgery. Bennett said he hoped to miss only a few weeks, though that might be an overly optimistic timetable.
In his past 20 appearances, the right-hander had a 4.64 ERA with 22 hits, 11 runs and 17 walks allowed in 21-1/3 innings.
Seven of 18 runners he’s inherited have scored this season, runs that go on other pitchers’ ERAs.
Bennett has a .316 opponents’ average and .415 opponents’ on-base percentage, which includes a .295 average and .468 OBP with runners in scoring position.
June 25th, 20094:53 pm
Seriosly..Is Bennett can be Fine for that?….How that work, if the Player injury himself, that the Team need to pay his salaries?
As mad as everyone here was at Bennett, he was madder at himself. I
And wouldn’t it have been interesting if GLAVINE had taken Bennett’s place? I’d feel better with him on the mound than Boone Logan. Seriously.
Original Jon …
Sorry, I’m working hard so sometimes things get missed. I peruse things quickly then get back to work, then come back to type comments. It happens.
Let’s not all think that everyone is a boob or an idiot.
June 25th, 20094:54 pm
What my boss would say if I told him I couldn’t come to work because I was injured from punching a door…. caused from frustration…. about my AWFUL performance
June 25th, 20094:55 pm
Earl, they don’t let me park in those scooter/bike/motorcycle spots. Got to have a special pass or something, and I’ve already got a car pass. I guess you can’t have both. Hey, I’d rather park in the big lot anyway, but I hate taking up a whole spot when a car could use it.
Were you outside the players’ lot or something? Couldn’t say hello?
The upside is that Jeff Bennett just punched (hahahahahahaha) his ticket out of Atlanta.
June 25th, 20094:56 pm
Bennett to the DL is the best news of the day. Sadly, that’s what it takes to get him outta here.
June 25th, 20094:57 pm
Boone Logan’s stat line looks pretty decent: 35 IP, 26 hits, 17 walks, 39 Ks, 3.28 ERA.
So he hasn’t given up many hits, hasn’t walked a lot, has more K’s than innings pitched, and he is lefthanded. I say give him a chance.
This just in: Bennett gave up an RBI double to the door.
Prado’s in the lineup at 2B
2. Prado, 2B
Oh I didnt think that, was just wondering how you managed to peruse right past Boone Logan’s name like 15 times that it was mentioned, lol. Thats all.
June 25th, 20094:58 pm
“instead of a door, he could have punched out a Yankee–Tex, Joba, Jeter, A-Rod, Cano
Or Chip Caray!”
Absolutely! He annoyed the crap out of me last night, more than usual for some reason, maybe because everything seemed to be going against us. I remember he was telling some long-winded story when O’Flaherty entered the game. I finally figured it out myself, when I saw which hand the glove was on and the camera finally panned close to him. Then Joe did some off-hand remark that let you know he was in the game, but somehow made it sound like it had already been said. Chip never caught on. It was around that time, or maybe later, that in the middle of the game, which was a close game for most of the time, that he brought up some story about the Peachtree TV banner, and the camera had to pan to the banner, underneath the broadcast booth, AGAIN taking us away from the game! I was yelling at him by that time! Very annoying little man!
Wow, either Kotchman has gotten on Bobby’s bad side, or Bobby is just trying to find a way to clear up the black hole that is the bottom of the order. Why else would Kotch be hitting 8th.
June 25th, 20094:59 pm
wow this is the best lineup i have seen in quite some time. props bobby! finally you do something right! gives escobar more chances to knock in runs and KJ is OUT!
take a look at virtualglobetrotting.com, just take a look at Chipper’s house. wow it’s unreal
June 25th, 20095:00 pm
he’s a perfect fit down at the bottom. he can hit for average and can get things started down at the bottom. i like it a lot!
Probably has something to do with breaking up all the lefty hitters against Pettite- having Mac, Anderson & Kotchman hit back to back to back maybe not the best idea…
June 25th, 20095:01 pm
I woke up this morning thinking that Jeff Bennett’s entrance music should be David Bowie’s “Putting Out Fire With Gasoline.” But now, if he ever comes back, it should be Elvis Costello’s “Punch the Clock”.
Interesting line up change with Esco not in the two hole… Hopefully it will jump start the offense!
Jeff Bennett…I love you man. Have a nice and prosperous life out of the Braves organization. Hallelujah
June 25th, 20095:02 pm
cabravesfan, you know, you could very well be right.
That’s really too bad for Bennett, but probably good for the Braves and at least for the blog.
I doubt that Boone Logan sees any action before either Carlyle or Campillo are ready to come off the DL. Maybe he’ll get to face one lefty batter at a time ala Jeff Ridgway last year.
I’d be curious to see which of Medlen or Acosta moves into Bennett’s spot in the bullpen. Both of those guys should be fine if they get to pitch more than once every 10 days.
nice lineup! bobby cox is figuring it out, finally
So nobody saw Bennett punch the door or thought to ask “Hey Jeff, how’s your hand?” before he goes out to give up the Swisher HR?
June 25th, 20095:03 pm
WHooo hooo Escobar hitting 5th….I like it
i was pretty darn impressed with medlen last night. i think he couldve gotten Arod out, to tell the truth. he has more pitches and the offspeed pitch was giving Arod hell. Bennet just throws a stinkin fastball
June 25th, 20095:04 pm
Kotch is hitting eighth because Frenchy doesn’t have the plate discipline to bat 8th. They’d eat him alive in that spot.
Anyone have any good experiences with Braves this year from a fan perspective? No need to put bad because everyone can have a bad moment. Just looking for positive stuff on some of the good guys on the team. My eight year old has met and had really good experiences with T Hanson, M Prado, K Medlin and especially M. Gonzalez who was fantastic. They all were great in person when we met them.
Anyone else have any good stories?
June 25th, 20095:05 pm
Guy rides a motorcycle and has a wreck in the off season or goes skiing and has an unintentional accident they don’t get paid. Same guy “chooses” to punch a metal door(breaks hand) still gets paid. Go figure!
Thanks for the lineup, Chief. OK, BMacm time to rebound.
Hey, my sister just pointed out to me that I’m wearing a purple shirt. Think it’s time to put my jersey on…
Frank from KS
That’s pretty cool. As I said before…I know she had been sick with the cancer…but it’s still kind of a shock.
June 25th, 20095:06 pm
I agree. Batting Escobar 5th is a good idea and one that I had been hoping for. Escobar is the Braves best hitter with runners on base. I love the 5th spot, behind Chipper and McCann.
I’ll give Cox kudos for this lineup (that’s a first for me and probably the kiss of death for this particular lineup).
June 25th, 20095:07 pm
“What my boss would say if I told him I couldn’t come to work because I was injured from punching a door…. caused from frustration…. about my AWFUL performance”
Well…if you had been screwing up as bad as Jeff had, I’d say “take all the time you need, buddy, we’ll handle things until you’re back!”
Great lineup tonight. I predict at least 5 runs. Even with petite on the mount.
Cubs’ Soto tested positive for marijuana
Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto said he has been informed by the International Baseball Federation that he tested positive for marijuana at the World Baseball Classic.
“While I fully acknowledge my inappropriate behavior, I want to assure my fans and my family that this was an isolated incident,” Soto said in a statement released by the Cubs. “I do not say this to minimize or deflect from my conduct and I fully understand the ramifications of my actions. I have and will accept any and all consequences.
“I am fully dedicated to the game of baseball and my teammates, and I apologize for any distraction and embarrassment this may cause them.”
The Cubs released a statement while playing the Tigers in Detroit.
“Geovany assured the organization this was an isolated incident and a misstep in judgment that will not be repeated,” the statement read. “Though surprised and disappointed, the club supports Geovany as he takes responsibility for his actions and accepts the consequences.”
Soto, who is the reigning National League rookie of the year, played for Puerto Rico in the WBC.
DOB Were you outside the players’ lot or something? Couldn’t say hello?
Maybe you were too busy shoplifting…
“Ya still say ‘hello!’”
I really like this lineup! Escobar behind McCann… lefty, rightly combos will make it interesting for opposing pitchers and managers when it comes time to call on the bullpen.. and it just feels MORE BALANCED, instead of having three automatic outs together or three lefties or three Angels (ha) bunched up… I say keep this lineup for a week and we’ll see some runs… Finally, Bennett helped Bobby Cox — in two ways…
June 25th, 20095:08 pm
I personally blame last night’s loss and Jeff Bennett’s broken hand on Chip Caray. Braves had a perfect game through five innings. All Chip could talk about was how the Yankees hadn’t had a base runner, the Yankees are being no hit through five, fifteen Yankees in a row have been retired,…
Everyone knows that you cannot offend the Baseball Gods by talking about a no-hitter or a perfect game. Look at all the horrible luck that piled up on the Braves after the fifth. That can’t just be coincidence. Put it all on Chip Caray.
June 25th, 20095:09 pm
ya think they really need a win, huh? wow, you went out on a limb with that one.. bennett needs to stay at gwinnett when he comes back..awful, just awful..
trade frenchy now when he’s actually doing something…and can maybe get something for him.. i’ve said this before and i’ll say it again, he has got the slowest bat in the bigs..pops up to the right side of the infield more that anyone i’ve ever seen..am i the only one that see’s this?? swings hard, but not quick. only works in softball, or when you guess right on a pitch.
glad to see kj sitting, man, he let us down last nite..bad!!!!!!
go ahead and give the nats frenchy, medlin, jojo,kj, and throw in bennett, diaz and gonzo too..for adam dunn. nuff said….
June 25th, 20095:10 pm
Soto was just chillin with Ricky Williams.
glord — Last year I went to see the Braves play in Pittsburgh, and before the game Buddy Carlyle stopped to sign autographs. I stuck around just to get a few pictures, and saw as he signed a ball for a little 5-year-old girl who was mesmerized by him. She began to pet his stomach. He just laughed and said, “I feel like I belong in a petting zoo!”
DOB, I read your blog about McCann and Mauer, and certainly understood what you were getting at. But the ACJ caption on the photo says: “Atlanta’s Brian McCann (top) and Minnesota’s Joe Mauer are among baseball’s best-ever catchers, David O’Brien says.”
Not sure if that’s what the coversation was about, but I saw you defending your statement about calling them the best HITTING catchers in a long while.
Nice lineup….lets win this one!!
June 25th, 20095:11 pm
BravesfaninWis, did you ever see “The Mad Hungarian,” Al Hrabosky?
He’d stomp in from the pasture at AFCS (WAY pre-Mangin) scowling all the way. He’d take the mound, all p_ss_d-off, growling and cussing into his glove. He’d use, then cuss, the rosin bag before slamming it to the ground. He’d then turn his maniacal gaze to the batter, repeatedly slamming fist to glove while cussing and stomping his way to the rubber.
Bottom ninth, bases juiced, 4-1 Braves, Hrabosky fuming, (fill in blank) batting.
Bet summa y’all old timers can finish this off the tops of your heads.
The_Superhoo (Montana by way of Virginia)
June 25th, 20095:12 pm
anyone know what’s going on with Kawakami? Hurt bad? DL? what?
dylan w/o the dead
June 25th, 20095:14 pm
I dont understand why soto would be in any trouble for smoking pot almost all baseball players in the past or present have been drinkers which by all current research is more damaging to the body then marijuana. Testing anyone for marijuana is a complete waste of time.
June 25th, 20095:15 pm
“Not that I wish bad luck on people but thank goodness Buddy Carlyle is out”
Bravesfanforever is disappointingly negative. Comments regarding bullpen pretty ignorant. “thank goodness buddy carlyle is out” is one of the stupidest, most insensitive comments I’ve seen on this blog. Buddy Carlyle has Type I diabetes which caused an over 20-pound weight loss & extreme fatigue. It didn’t happen overnight and has completely explained his performance going from ultimate mop-up guy last season to struggling to pitch over 88mph, lack of strength causing rough times this season. He is just the guy we need to gain weight, strength and be back in the bullpen. I wish him the best, not the “bad luck” you definitely wish on him.
June 25th, 20095:16 pm
Bobby let Lowe make out the line up, right?
glord, I’ve met Chipper multiple times and he was very down to earth and genuine. He signed everything item I wanted signed and we talked for a good 10 mins. Chipper is a great ballplayer but an even better dude
June 25th, 20095:17 pm
Jeff Bennett finally did something I am happy about :O)
June 25th, 20095:18 pm
Love this line up. Hopefully we’ll see it more often than not.
I like tonight’s lineup a lot… well, until a serious power hitter is reeled in. I’ve seen Hanson pitch twice and he looks more than fine to me, including his delivery. I think the problems many pitchers incur are much more complex than what fans can see from 100 feet or more. Not to mention what an unnatural stress simply throwing 100,000+/- career pitches does to anyone’s body.
June 25th, 20095:19 pm
“Jeff Bennett finally did something I am happy about :O)”
This might put him in line for Player of the Month!
June 25th, 20095:20 pm
They shouldn’t fine Bennett, a bonus is more in order.
June 25th, 20095:21 pm
June 25th, 20095:22 pm
The man broke his hand because he was mad for doing what make everyone else mad. That shows he cares…Bobby’s the one that keeps putting him in. Get over it, its a dirty business. Bobby should have been the one to break something. Water cooler etc. just get crazy.
Hope his hand is ok.
Soto smoked some weed?
Wow. I hope he gets suspended for a year. He is surely an evil person.
I haven’t seen anyone else mention it, but I was listening to the Braves’ announcers on the XM radio broadcast last night (couldn’t deal with the Yankees feed on Extra Innings). Don said it hadn’t been released, but Campillo has had season ending shoulder surgery.
Damn, I actually feel a kinda sorry for Bennett.
He did not act professionally by punching a metal door, but I’m sympathetic to the level of frustration he must have been feeling before he broke his hand given his long string of poor outings.
I think with Hanson cox still has memories of steve avery fresh in his mind and feels like he was partly to blame for avery’s late career injury problems. I hope for Hanson’s sake the lesson was learned and learned well pitch counts are quite certainly important only a rare few players have “rubber” arms that can throw a virtually unlimited amount of pitches.
Chris from the Rock
June 25th, 20095:23 pm
Have you heard anything about Chuck James and his rehab? Is he going to attempt a comeback late this season? And do you think the Braves would sign him to a minor-league deal?
June 25th, 20095:24 pm
Awesome lineup. Should score more than 3 runs now.
June 25th, 20095:25 pm
This blog has gotten violent over the past few days…
Btw, excellent news regarding Bennett!
June 25th, 20095:27 pm
No, I don’t even know Mr Soto…
June 25th, 20095:28 pm
I was just thinking how every year the Braves seem to catch lightning in a bottle late in the season with one player rising out of obscurity. Guys such as Charles Thomas, Willie Harris, Buddy Carlyle, and last year, Jorge Campillo.
Any candidates come to mind? Canizares? Brooks Conrad perhaps?
Testing anyone for marijuana is a complete waste of time.
Welcome to America, may I take your order?
June 25th, 20095:29 pm
Good point, Dylan. My are hurts just thinking about those thousands and thousands of pitches, year after year.
According to the Japanese media, KK said jokingly “what hurts more (than being hit on his neck) is that a pitcher made a good contact on my pitch.” Sounds like he meant especially an AL pitcher, who almost never gets to bat. Also, apparently he asked the trainer as he was being treated if he could continue pitching.
June 25th, 20095:30 pm
Well the Braves finally caught a break, Bad pun intended.
June 25th, 20095:33 pm
Great, thanks to Jeff Bennett, we have to replace a dugout door. NOW we can’t go out and sign that big bat we need. Screw you Jeff.
i cant take it anymore
soto should knuckle up and champion legalization.
June 25th, 20095:36 pm
Wow. I hope he gets suspended for a year. He is surely an evil person. – Chop Chop
I heard that Soto also tested positively for Chili Cheese Fritos.
June 25th, 20095:37 pm
I am a New Yorker that is unfortunately at this time a Braves fan, hence I act like a Yankee fan. I have passion for my team and when there is one bad apple in particular I scream for his DFA!!! CHUCK
we understand guy, everybody knows that NYers are total a**holes
June 25th, 20095:39 pm
After Medlin took a hard swing at the plate last night, Joe Simpson said it looked like he might have hyperextended his elbow. The next inning is when he gave up the singles and walk. DOB, could you ask him about that?
I said a couple of days ago that Francoeur was getting a lot better swings, but his demeanor at the plate looks different too. He doesn’t look panicked. I for one, am really pulling for him.
Robert (Chipper Is The Best)
June 25th, 20095:41 pm
If the Braves don’t get their act together in the next three weeks or so do they become sellers at the deadline? Could Vasquez, Kotchman, Anderson and even Soriano and Gonzo be on the block? It is worth thinking about. If this team contiues to be inconsistent then I think the Braves should become sellers and get as much as they can for those guys. But lets hope they start playing better and looking like a real baseball team!
rob from sc
Did anyone hear Chipper Jones on Jim Rome’s radio show.
June 25th, 20095:42 pm
I love that shot of the twenty or early thirtysomething year old Yankee fan reaching in front of a young Braves fan for a homerun ball in batting practice last night.
That just about sums it up.
DOB, any idea why Matt Diaz isn’t in the lineup? Bobby likes to play the lefty/righty match-ups so what gives?
June 25th, 20095:43 pm
I heard Chipper on there. I think he is getting fed up with this team’s inconsistent play and lack of dedication.
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