His name is Marteeeen, and it ain’t Pray-do

 

  

 

   So…happy first of July to ya, and happy day after Martin Prado Day. How else do you put it?

   A career-high four hits last night for Martin Prado, including a homer. He had a career-high four RBIs, including both the game-tying and game-winning ones. He got the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning after working his way back from an 0-2 count.

   And afterward, Bobby Cox went so far as to say Prado would be the starting second baseman, at least for now. That’s saying something for a manager who usually lets the lineups he posts do the talking for him.

   Good for Prado.

   Seems to me (and me is Carroll today, not DOB. Well I’m me every day, but you get my drift)….Seems to me, last night was a microcosm, or a culmination, of what Prado’s done for the last couple of years. He’s chomped at the bit to contribute, but he’s done what he’s asked with a positive attitude. He hasn’t complained about his role or talked about wanting to be traded somewhere where he can play every day. He chose not to play for his native Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic this spring so he could focus on getting ready and playing for this team. And oh yeah, he’s played basically all season with a sore groin.

   Throughout it all, he’s been a darn good situational hitter, as he showed last night. I believe they said during the broadcast last night that the Braves are something like 3-for-their-last-38 with runners in scoring position, and Prado has all three hits.

   For the season, Prado is hitting .313 with runners in scoring position and less than two outs, .278 with runners in scoring position overall. He’s hitting .452 (14-for-31) in close-and-late situations.

   Kelly Johnson’s woes at the plate have been well-documented (his batting average is down to .216 on the season), so I just wanted to have a look at what Prado has done in recent years….

   Coming into this season, Prado was a career .302 hitter in the minors and a career .307 hitter in the majors. In each of the last three seasons in Atlanta, in a part-time role, he’s improved – from hitting .262 in 24 games in 2006, to .288 in 28 games in 2007 to .320 in 78 games last season.

   So far this season, Prado is hitting .299 with four homers, 12 doubles and 13 RBIs in 51 games. He hit .359 in the month of June. He’s played ably at first, second, and third base. And he’s hitting .444 (4-for-9) as a pinch hitter.

   So all that is to say, Prado’s been a good and clutch hitter for the Braves this season, and apparently a good teammate. Have a look at a couple of quotes DOB got from Braves players last night about Prado that he couldn’t squeeze into his game story.

   From Derek Lowe: “Every time he plays, he does something to help us win. Today, he carried us. He’s getting the opportunity to play and taking advantage. He’s been fantastic.”

   From Peter Moylan: “He’s awesome. Love the guy. Not only what he does on the field, but off the field. He’s a champion. No other way to describe him. He’s a great guy, and he’s a gamer. He battles.”

 

ALL-STAR VOTING:

   Fans have until midnight Thursday to vote on-line for the All-Star game and perhaps right a wrong for Brian McCann. McCann was still trailing hometown boy Yadier Molina of the Cardinals (the All-Star game will be played in Busch Stadium) in a recent count by 1,846,629 to 1,458,909 – or 387,720 votes.

   McCann is hitting .308 with 14 doubles, eight homers and 31 RBIS in 195 at-bats. Molina is hitting .279 with eight doubles, five homers and 24 RBIs in 240 at-bats.

   McCann’s on-base percentage is .396, Molina’s is .348. McCann’s slugging percentage is .513, Molina’s is .383. Need I say more?

   Chipper Jones was trailing David Wright 2,049,487 to 1,351,455 and just 50,000 votes ahead of Ryan Zimmerman. And wow, the injustice here might be for the Giant’s Pablo Sandoval, who has the best numbers across the board. Sandoval is hitting .338 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs, more productive than Wright and a better average than Zimmerman.

 

SETTING UP TONIGHT 

   Tonight we have Cole Hamels taking on Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens has been almost as excruciating to watch in action lately as Javier Vazquez, given how unlucky he’s been with run support (or lack thereof).

   Jurrjens has had four quality starts in his last five outings and won none of them. In four of those starts the Braves scored either none or one run while he was on the mound.

   If the Braves are to turn things around for him, it’ll depend on whether they see the Hamels who’s pitched well against the Braves recently (7-1 with a 3.26 ERA in his past nine starts against Atlanta) or not so well recently in general (.347 opponents batting average in his past four starts).

 

COMING THIS WEEKEND

   There’s more to look forward to on July 4 than just fireworks in the nation’s capital, apparently. Major League Baseball will honor Lou Gehrig on Saturday and the 70th anniversary of his “Luckiest Man” farewell speech. It’s an attempt to raise awareness and funds for the battle against ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Players, umpires, everybody will wear “4 ALS” patches on Saturday.

 

AW, SHUCKS

   And I wanted to say a quick thanks for the support I’ve received about the Seattle Marathon and for putting up with the comments about running all the time.

   It was a fantastic experience, my first ever marathon and – time will tell, I guess – if it’s my last. It was hard, but it was supposed to be. I finished in 4:43.47 or something like that. It was hilly, but the hills were do-able, thanks to running roads around here like Londonberry, Peachtree Battle, and Johnson’s Ferry.

   What was hard was a ton of the marathon was run on concrete elevated highways and bridges, and concrete is harder than asphalt, so the legs started feeling it a little sooner than I thought. But the scenery was outstanding, I finished strong, and more importantly, we raised quite a bit of dough for the fight against blood cancers (Go Team in Training!) in honor of my brother Chip. Amen for that.

    I was originally going to run the Peachtree Saturday, but I’m going to DC with the Braves instead, and I can see now that it would have been a little ambitious anyway. But I wish the best of luck to all you guys and gals who’ll be trucking up Peachtree Road on Saturday morning.

 

   Thanks to a 90-minute massage and a few days’ rest, the legs are mostly back to normal and ready to get out to the ballyard! Chat with you from there.

 

  

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getsomewins

July 1st, 2009
12:52 pm

getsomewins

July 1st, 2009
12:53 pm

SAN DIEGO GETS: Yunel Escobar, Casey Kotchman, Kris Medlen, and Todd Redmond

ATLANTA GETS: Adrian Gonzalez, Greg Burke (I would say Cla Meredith, but we got a sidearmer already)

getsomewins

July 1st, 2009
12:53 pm

it’s just a proposal

Rob from SC (Please don't trade Escobar)

July 1st, 2009
12:56 pm

Get rid of Cox, not Escobar

getsomewins

July 1st, 2009
12:57 pm

I don’t think Escobar should be traded, he’s way too good for us to get rid of when we are so starved for players who can hit.

But if you’re going to trade him, get something great for him.

McFann :Ô:

July 1st, 2009
12:58 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

Fleming

This is true…he shot a bad to center in his first or second AB, but that dumb Reaper had the range to get it (Chip was all like, “Look at the range of Shane Victorino!” I was like, “Make me.”). That one had a real good chance to be a um…double.

Then he got a good hold of one that looked like it was gonna get between Rollins and Feliz, but Feliz made a diving stop and threw to first just in time.

But yeah, no K’s since…oh, well, since Sunday, OK…but my point is…he only swung and missed twice last night.

Hey, and I was looking at this same stretch of games last year (June 22 through the 29), and his stats through those games are very similar to the ones he’s put up during this homestand. Must be something about this time of year…

fleming

July 1st, 2009
12:58 pm

From last blog.

Just got finished reading last nights blog. WOW! who left the door to the nut house open. The schizoid patrol was out in full glory. He Sux, He’s great, no he Sux.

What an idiot that jared is. Thanks Steve, Wayne and Scoots for proving that.

McFann – looked like Brian is starting to hit the ball hard again just no luck. Making contact and no strikeouts. Couple of ball he hit last night had a chance to be um a double.

McFann :Ô:

July 1st, 2009
12:59 pm

McCann’s on-base percentage is .396, Molina’s is .348. McCann’s slugging percentage is .513, Molina’s is .383. Need I say more?

Ah-heh…no.

VOTE BRIAN McCANN 2009 ALL-STAR!!!!

McFann :Ô:

July 1st, 2009
1:00 pm

:lol: I reposted my response to Fleming before he reposted the post I was responding to! That’s funny…

Drive By Blogger

July 1st, 2009
1:03 pm

Since the off-the wall trade scenarios are in abundance:

Yunel, KJ, Kotch to Pitt for JWilson, Sanchez and Roachey.

They save alot of dough, we get defense at SS and offense at 2B and 1B.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

July 1st, 2009
1:05 pm

Rob from SC

Even I mentioned that Bobby needs to step away a few blogs ago (I mean, even Tommy Lasorda finally had to step away from the Dodgers dugout)…..since I think we need some new manager blood…but not for the reason(s) you think he should go.

SO…until he sees it’s time for a change of scenery or Frank Wren decides it’s time for a change…..Bobby is still the manager of the Braves, for now and that’s just fine by me, even tho I think it’s time for some new blood.

paul

July 1st, 2009
1:07 pm

wow, only taken 2 years to get prado in the lineup… the guy can obviously rake. kelly has been way below average defensively at 2b, braves probably should have put in back in the outfield this spring because prado/infante are both better than kelly offensively and defensively in the infield. not sure blanco shouldn’t be an everyday outfielder instead of the diaz/loafboy platoon in leftfield or heck he probably should be playing rightfield instead of (let me talk about my drawers so you don’t notice my hiitng) francouer.

wouldn’t be a bad lineup to see
blanco
prado
chipper
mccann
escobar
mcclouth
diaz
krotchman
pitcher

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

July 1st, 2009
1:08 pm

With all due respect to DOB

I wonder what tune DOB would make IF (and that means, if the Braves had the money to get him) the Braves had went after Orlando Hudson in the off-season and the Braves had him at 2nd rather than KJ.

Kind of a moot point now with Prado finally getting the nod at 2nd….but just wondering.

coach smith

July 1st, 2009
1:08 pm

I would NOT trade Escobar under ANY circumstances

He is a .300+ hitter (and clutch), with good defense, a rocket arm, and is likely to develop into a 20-30 hr a year guy at short stop

Those types are few and far between

The upgrades need to be in the Corner Outfield spots, get those taken care of (with serious players) and this is the best team in the NL

Steve

July 1st, 2009
1:09 pm

Chuck T

July 1st, 2009
1:09 pm

Congrats, Carroll on your first marathon!! I’ve done three half marathons, so I know that it’s an incredible accomplishment.

bv

July 1st, 2009
1:10 pm

Congrats on your marathon.

Tomahawk Talk

July 1st, 2009
1:10 pm

i agree trading escobar would be a huge mistake!

Renegator

July 1st, 2009
1:11 pm

Carroll:

Congrats on the marathon. Quite a fantastic feat especially when you are doing it to raise money for a great cause. I’m sure your brother would be very proud.

On to baseball: Hamels has flat-out owned the Braves so we are going to need a big offensive effort tonight. I think there is a good possibility that Chipper doesn’t play tonight so hopefully Yunel and McLouth will be back.

McFann :Ô:

July 1st, 2009
1:12 pm

Good one, Steve!

Ah, yes, forgot to add: Congrats again on the marathon, Ms. Rogers!

Alan

July 1st, 2009
1:13 pm

“GETSOMEWINS” are you that big of a loser? Do you really sit around waiting to post on a blog that you are “first?” Get a life loser.

Gil In Mechanicsville

July 1st, 2009
1:13 pm

Great job Carroll as usual.

Renegator

July 1st, 2009
1:13 pm

Of course trading Escobar is a mistake but when he doesn’t get along with the HOF manager – guess which one is going to be gone?

Oklahomabrave

July 1st, 2009
1:14 pm

I love prado, he reminds of placido polanco with a much smaller head. Seriously, polanco has a watermelon on his shoulders.

coach smith

July 1st, 2009
1:14 pm

this is from BUSTER OLNEY posted on MLBtraderumors.com and I can’t believe they are seriously considering this:

Olney On Pirates, Marlins, Escobar
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [July 1, 2009 at 9:23am CST]
“The Braves are willing to trade Yunel Escobar for a good hitter.”

The Braves would have to get WAAAAYYYY more than just a “good hitter” to replace Escobar…he is one of our best players

They would have to get an All-star player AND a “good” player OR THEY ARE IDIOITS

McFann :Ô:

July 1st, 2009
1:16 pm

Alan

Get over it.

That’s something that started on here a few years ago as a joke, and people have done it ever since. It’s not hurting anybody.

bulldogbubba

July 1st, 2009
1:17 pm

To all the Bobby Cox haters.Who do you replace him with?Who?You will not find anyone now to replace a hall of fame manager without your team falling even more.He has done well with what he has to work with.Could Joe Torre or Tony LaRussa do any better with the talent we have? No!If the Braves spent the money like the Yankees,Dodgers,etc.we would have some power hitters.I say next year will be our year if we go after the hitters we need to go with the pitching we received this year.Go Bobby and the Braves!!!

Glen W

July 1st, 2009
1:17 pm

The comment in Buster Olney’s blog today about hearing that the Braves are willing to trade Yunel for a good bat makes no sense to me… who in the world would play SS?

Roman Gal

July 1st, 2009
1:18 pm

2. Yunel, Schafer, and Diaz to the Tigers for Granderson and Everett.

No.

ncscoots

July 1st, 2009
1:20 pm

love prado, he reminds of placido polanco with a much smaller head.

The only bad thing about Prado doing well is the sure-to-increase incidence of this kind of post, LOL. Holy Cornelia. When does the All-Star write-in push begin? :-)

semiballcoach

July 1st, 2009
1:22 pm

blanco is not an everyday guy

the problem with getting rochey, wilson, and snachez is that you’d have 4 guys off a team that wasn’t winning much either

Heavy Medlen

July 1st, 2009
1:22 pm

*getsomewins*, the Padres are not going to trade Gonzalez at all. Huge Mexican following loves him, he’s cheap, and under contract for a few more years. He will continue to waste his amazing talent at Petco.

bulldogbubba

July 1st, 2009
1:25 pm

Trade Yunel AND Kelly for someone.Put Diory Hernandez at short until Infante comes back.We need someone that will create enthusiasim on the field and in the dugout.

semiballcoach

July 1st, 2009
1:29 pm

forgot to add that that deal doesn’t address the lack of power in the outfield corners

cabravesfan

July 1st, 2009
1:30 pm

We need someone that will create enthusiasim on the field and in the dugout.

No we don’t (not that I don’t like enthusiasim on the field). We need someone that will create wins. If this team was 49-29 I am willing to bet most people wouldn’t give a flying [expletive deleted] if everyone acted like Garret Anderson when playing.

Roman Gal

July 1st, 2009
1:33 pm

cab-

In your recap, you also forgot to mention that we discovered (after much speculation) that Jordan Schafer’s hands were, in fact, connected to his arms.

Lamar Banks

July 1st, 2009
1:35 pm

I can’t believe that Escobar would be considered for trade. Makes no sense if you want to win. It’s even more puzzling when the corner outfield spots both have major deficiencies.

I hope that Frank Wren and company will do right by this team and address those things and not Escobar.

jeffrey d

July 1st, 2009
1:35 pm

AJC’s got the poor obese guy with his face cut off on the front page. You gotta feel for that guy

tohellwithgeorgia

July 1st, 2009
1:36 pm

all of you that think escobar needs to go is crazy… this is just flat out dumb

Bobby's Cox

July 1st, 2009
1:39 pm

We’d have to get 2 players back for Esco. I think trading him is the dumbest thing we could do. Sit the kid down, say you love him, you need him, and you have his back. I’m sure that’s all he wants to hear at this point. His attitude portrays a kid that feels like he’s misunderstood, and the world is against him. Maybe not. But if we go the trade route, we need 2 players back, for instance Andrus and Nelson.

Roman Gal

July 1st, 2009
1:40 pm

tohellwithgeorgia-

That is a very rude moniker. It doesn’t help your case when you’re trying to make a point by offending people before they even read what you have to say.

Braves326

July 1st, 2009
1:41 pm

Kotchman? He may not be a power guy like Gonzalez at the plate, but what about the defense? He’s been outstanding at fielding. Escobar? Escobar? He’s been productive at the plate, and the talent is there. I don’t think we need a 1B right now. Francoeur is coming around at the plate, Anderson clearly doesn’t have the power he used to, but I like what he’s done this year. Thank God Msrtin is gonna play 2B because Kelly hasn’t been good this year. This was a big problem if you ask me. The Braves addressed the issue in CF, I don’t know what else they will do but I honestly like the lineup (when Escobar and Nate get back, that is).

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

July 1st, 2009
1:41 pm

Cab

I agree with you 1:30 comment.

I know I’m going to get rippped for this……but I wouldn’t mind them trading Esco for someone with a bit more maturity than Yunel.

He should’ve gotten that $#@ out of his system in the minors.

This is a real thing….and everyone needs to act accordingly.

AustinBrave

July 1st, 2009
1:41 pm

Carroll

Great to hear about your marathon. They talked about it the other day during the Boston series on TV. Congradulations!!! I am training for a half marathon now and it is killing me. A lot of HARD work.

If Yunel cannot be a team player then I think we trade him no matter how good he is. One player can easily pull a whole team down. Look at Manny!! Teams win World Series players win nothing

Bobby's Cox

July 1st, 2009
1:43 pm

Afternoon Scoots,

Happy Prado day. Imagine my jubilation…

Joe Fan

July 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

Possibly the Braves are waiting to see when Infante will return and whether he is up to speed from a hitting perspective before entertaining offers for Escobar. I seriously doubt though the Braves will make any more trades this year. They will wait to retool the offense in the offseason, keeping in place the current pitching rotation and maybe combine that with a new manager. Has anyone else noticed that Cox’s contract has not been extended? I believe by this time last season it already had been.

MOST OF YOU ARE IDIOTS!

July 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

IT’S REALLY DEPRESSING TO HAVE YOUR 1ST BASEMAN WITH ONLY 2 HOMERUNS. 2 HR’S! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I WAS SURE WE’D HAVE TROUBLE SCORING RUNS BEFORE SPRING TRAINING STARTED, I JUST DIDN’T KNOW IT WOULD BE THIS BAD.

THE BRAVES HAVE NOT WON 4 IN A ROW ALL SEASON, A TESTAMENT TO THEIR INCONSISTENCY. DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE BRAVES UNTIL THEY HAVE WON 4 IN A ROW MAYBE SOMETHING LIKE 12 OUT 14. UNTIL THEY DO THIS, I’M STILL SKEPTICAL. GREAT WIN LAST NIGHT THOUGH. FINALLY THEY SHOWED HEART.

faninva

July 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

Carol -

Love the title of the blog. As a fan who lives in Virginia (hence my name), I’m forced to watch MASN whenever the Braves play the Nats (I get the Direct TV package). Their TV announcers (one of whom is Rob Dibble) pronounce Prado “Mar-tin Pray-do” It drives me nuts. They also call Diaz “Dee-az”. When you’re in DC, please give them a clue. I would be VERY grateful.

Bobby's Cox

July 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

Drive by Blogger,

I would become a Dodgers fan if we pulled that trade off that you proposed, and I detest the Dodgers.

faninva

July 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

talk about calling the kettle black – I misspelled your name…sorry Carroll.

MiltonDawg

July 1st, 2009
1:48 pm

Roman Gal: that was just some tech nerd who is envious of UGA’s program. On a more MATURE note, glad to Cox finally make the switch at 2B. Hopefully Prado will take every advantage of being the starter. Now if he could only make the same decisions for other positions. Kotchman may not be that great at the plate, but he’s a great defensemen.

Baffled??

July 1st, 2009
1:48 pm

How can any trade we make be considered an upgrade if it doesn’t address the corner outfield spots?? Am I watching a different team than everybody else?

Last in the majors in HR. Nate McLouth has the most, and most of those were with another team.

cabravesfan

July 1st, 2009
1:48 pm

RG-

DAMN! I knew I forgot something (important) in my recap! Thanks :)

Frank from KS (now living in CO)-

Let me just say, I am not in favor of trading Yunel. I love his fire and his passion- I just wish he’d listen to someone and grow up a little.

jeffrey d

July 1st, 2009
1:49 pm

PLEASE STOP THANKING THEM, IT’S THEIR JOB!

And what’s your job? To type in all caps, thinking that you’re a fresh breath of common sense and intelligence when you’re really just making an idiot out of yourself? Cause you got that job down WITH overtime!

MiltonDawg

July 1st, 2009
1:49 pm

Most of You are Idiots: we get it, your upset. take the caps lock button off and post comments like normal people do. mofo

Lunatic Fringe

July 1st, 2009
1:50 pm

cabravesfan

July 1st, 2009
1:30 pm
We need someone that will create enthusiasim on the field and in the dugout.

No we don’t (not that I don’t like enthusiasim on the field). We need someone that will create wins. If this team was 49-29 I am willing to bet most people wouldn’t give a flying [expletive deleted] if everyone acted like Garret Anderson when playing.

You are right on about that, but wouldn’t that take away all the fodder for this blog?

MiltonDawg

July 1st, 2009
1:52 pm

we need a bat and a team that can hit the ball. i mean seriously, it took a backup/utility player to win the game for us last night. Prado is great et al, but we shouldn’t have to rely on him. there are plenty of other players making a TON OF MONEY who need to step it up and perform.

Lunatic Fringe

July 1st, 2009
1:53 pm

Roman Gal

July 1st, 2009
1:40 pm
tohellwithgeorgia-

That is a very rude moniker. It doesn’t help your case when you’re trying to make a point by offending people before they even read what you have to say.

You must not be a Georgia Tech fan then—-this is normal football blog behavior here within the state

Daslied

July 1st, 2009
1:53 pm

“He should’ve gotten that $#@ out of his system in the minors.”

Didn’t Escobar play a little less than 2 years in the minors? That’s not very long, really. And he kind of went straight there from Cuba. Anyhoo, he’s way too valuable at this point to trade, especially with no clear replacement.

Drive By Blogger

July 1st, 2009
1:53 pm

B’s C – “Drive by Blogger,

I would become a Dodgers fan if we pulled that trade off that you proposed, and I detest the Dodgers.”

Methinks you missed the “tongue in cheek” nature of the post… Maybe I shoulda stuck :D on the end of it… :D

Roman Gal

July 1st, 2009
1:54 pm

You must not be a Georgia Tech fan then

What gave it away?

BL

July 1st, 2009
1:54 pm

Paul @ 1:07

We sure noticed his hitting last night didn’t we?

cabravesfan

July 1st, 2009
1:55 pm

Lunatic Fringe-

there I go injecting logic into the blog again. Sorry. You are right- can you imagine what the blog would look like if we were 49-29?

kimball

July 1st, 2009
1:57 pm

for all you complaining about trading escobar…. we have played the last few games without him and when he gets put in the lineup (like last night) he takes him self out. i dont want that on the team… look at prado he plays through his injuries ( there is my prado sales pitch for the day)

Baffled– your an idiot! if we could trade for adrian gonzales that would be a huge upgrade in the HR department, since his 24 homers are probably more then the whole braves outfied have hit… if not its close to it. anderson is a waste of skin in the outfield and frenchy is decent defensively and hopefully his offense can come back to being serviceable. trading for gonzales would make the team better as a whole

Roman Gal

July 1st, 2009
1:58 pm

cab-

I like how you added that little (important) in there. Sneaky. Although, I still consider the fact that you failed to mention Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg’s hit a misstep on your part…although I’m sure it was just a simple mistake stemming from the fact that you don’t proofread, right??

Rodney Derrick

July 1st, 2009
1:58 pm

Braves win tonight in honor of Carroll’s return from her marathon and Seattle, the home of a certain great Japanese player named Ichiro. Are there more Japanese players out there to be buddies with KK in Atlanta? And if there are elevators available at Turner Field and in Washington, DC, ride them, Carroll. Avoid going up or down the stairs if at all possible for several more days. No Derek Lowe workouts until a very full recovery for you. You do not want to hear any knee clicks. Takes a long time to recover. Been there and done that.

MOST OF YOU ARE IDIOTS!

July 1st, 2009
1:58 pm

JEFFREY D, (D STANDS FOR DUMB)

PLEASE DON’T START A SENTENCE WITH “CAUSE”. IT’S OK. I KNOW YOU FAILED GRAMMAR LAST SEMESTER!

BL

July 1st, 2009
1:59 pm

The only thing worse than the outlandish trade proposals are the people that actually debate them

Roman Gal

July 1st, 2009
1:59 pm

Speaking of proofreading…
Yikes!

DC from Conyers

July 1st, 2009
1:59 pm

Keep Yunel I’m saying it is COACHING watch when someone makes a baserunning error, comes back to dugout goes on about their business. What ever happened to constructive critizism. There is a time when someone needs a good butt chewing, it des not have to be in public. Bunting everyone should be able to bunt the ball to any side of the mound. They can’t or won’t. COACHING AGAIN. Bobby is a great Coach, I certainly don’t want to get on the bandwagon to get rid of him. But Bobby needs to motivate his other coaches. He treats all the players like their experiensed veterans MOST OF THEM ARE YOUNG KIDS< that need guidense. They will be alright though, they will be in the mix at the end.

BL

July 1st, 2009
1:59 pm

MOST OF YOU ARE IDIOTS!

Don’t you need to go drop the fries?

cabravesfan

July 1st, 2009
2:01 pm

RG-

Not a mistake :) When I consider your crush worthy of a mention, I will mention him…don’t hold your breathe :P

Doc Holiday

July 1st, 2009
2:01 pm

Crazy Trades McGee ,

Here is the link………..you go to the video that is the resume of the game and check at 00:00:40 time frame.

http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?topic_id=mil&c_id=mil

Andy K.

July 1st, 2009
2:01 pm

Carroll, or anyone…Did we sign Geoff Jenkins? It’s all over boards and when I got to work today, my friend said that ESPN Radio said the Braves had signed him….

MOST OF YOU ARE IDIOTS!

July 1st, 2009
2:03 pm

BL,

I HAVE A COLLEGE-DEGREE. ALSO, I AM CURRENTLY TAKING CLASSES TO RECEIVE AN MBA. WHAT ABOUT YOU? I’M AT WORK, WATCHING OTHERS WORK FOR ME. WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Roman Gal

July 1st, 2009
2:03 pm

Braves win tonight in honor of Carroll’s return from her marathon and Seattle

Hear, hear!

MiltonDawg

July 1st, 2009
2:05 pm

i just hope we can score more than a run tonight and actually reward JJ for all the hard work he’s done and our lousy offense has failed him this entire month ( i heard something that he is 0-4 for June with a total of 9 runs in 5 games pitched)…just disgusting. seems like the players go out of their way to play like crap when he pitches.

Supes

July 1st, 2009
2:05 pm

Yunel will not be trade unless the offer is “just right”. Whatever that maybe to Wren. He’s the one unfortunately running the show right now.

The other fact to consider…if they do not trade him…and Bobby Cox retires (like he should) at the end of the season, there won’t be a need to trade him. It’s clear the issues are between him and Bobby Cox, not between him and the Braves organization or his fellow team members.

…Padres are not trading Gonzalez. Heavy Medlen well said.

Carroll,

Congrats on the marathon once again:)

As far as ALL STARS GO…

I do believe if they DO take 3 3B guys…that Chipper should be on there, I’d take him ahead of Zimmerman at this point.

It should be: 1 Sandoval 2. Wright 3. Chipper 4. Zimmerman

Also Soriano should be considered for a bullpen spot.

1. McCann, 2. Chipper, 3. Soriano (your 2009 Braves all star representatives).

If Yunel got his act together, he could also be an all star. NL SS level of play is WAY down right now.

Baffled??

July 1st, 2009
2:07 pm

kimball

Baffled– your an idiot!

HUH? What in the world gave you that impression? Could it be because I have you for a parent.

Once again a prime reason why you shouldn’t drink and blog

DC from Conyers

July 1st, 2009
2:08 pm

BL had to drop the fries!!!!!!

Supes

July 1st, 2009
2:09 pm

BTW..for a “power hitter”, David Wright has hit ONLY 5HR so far and it’s been 3 months. He’s on a pace for a HR total number in the “teens”. Now he’s hit for average, has plenty of doubles and RBI are still there…but maybe Anders can explain to us where “did the power go”?

and please…I know he plays in that crappy new stadium but what about the other half of the games?

getsomewins

July 1st, 2009
2:13 pm

Some of you need to take the Broomsticks out of your anus holes (alan?)

Mitchie-san

July 1st, 2009
2:13 pm

I dont think you can say “dont trade Escobar” until you actually see what we might get. It could be a great deal for the Braves. It would suck, but in the right deal, we could get a king’s ransom.

DAP

July 1st, 2009
2:14 pm

The only intelligent comments I read come from Coach.

that statement tells us all we need to know about you.

MiltonDawg

July 1st, 2009
2:14 pm

andy K: where else did you hear about this? Geoff Jenkins?

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

July 1st, 2009
2:14 pm

MOST OF YOU ARE IDIOTS!,

Thanks for posting in caps, easier to skip your posts that way…. if you need to know how to turn them off, you can press the “caps lock” key at the left of your keyboard… usually located next to the “A”.

Hope this helps….

BamaBrave

July 1st, 2009
2:16 pm

Belated congratulations on the marathon, CR…

Most impressive.

LKS

July 1st, 2009
2:16 pm

So let me get this straight. We need a BAT to contend. So…we are going to trade our most clutch hitter?????? That makes 0 sense-less than zero sense actually. If Esco gets traded I will truly understand the ways of the braves, and its something I don’t agree with. The only good thing about trading Esco is that I will save a WHOLE LOT of money going to braves games, and I was part of that HUGE 15k a night fanbase going to the games. I’m not going to pay to watch a bunch of robotic players (minus Prado) that have no life play baseball to make their paycheck. Escobar loves this game and I will truly miss him if he leaves. I actually will probably become a fan of whatever team he goes to cause the more I think about it the more I am a Yunel Escobar fan not a braves fan…and no I am not a bandwagon fan-I have just started the love of baseball recently and purely became a braves fan after coming to a few games and watching Esco play. His excitement is contagious. Please retire Bobby so we can keep our great players and get rid of the old manager.

MOST OF YOU ARE IDIOTS, EXCEPT COACH

July 1st, 2009
2:17 pm

Please stop proposing trades involving Gonzo or Soriano, the two guys you can count on for the most part (except last night, Gonzo). What the Braves need is a stud power hitter.

Adam Dunne has hit 40 homeruns the past 5 seasons and has an OBP around .380 but I hear statements on this blog saying he wouldn’t help. What? How can’t 40 hr’s & 100 rbi’s help? Kotchman (currently 2HR) will be lucky to go for 10 & 70.

Lamar Banks

July 1st, 2009
2:17 pm

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

Lmao at 2:14 post

Andy K.

July 1st, 2009
2:17 pm

MiltonDawg, the Atlanta Braves boards on mlb.com, and my buddy said it was on ESPN radio last night.

Randy J.

July 1st, 2009
2:18 pm

Do not trade Esco!! He is one of the best!!

Carroll Rogers

July 1st, 2009
2:18 pm

just asked about Jenkins, if it’s happened, it’s not official.

hey good luck, AustinBrave!….running in Texas heat can’t be easy either!

As for thanking us for new blogs, yes it is our job, but yes it’s nice to hear anyway. this job doesn’t call for us to post blogs on the weekends, but we do at least one weekend day anyway. And it doesn’t call for the length and time we usually give it. So there.

Bring Back Andruw

July 1st, 2009
2:19 pm

Jair is going to dominate tonight and prove that he’s the real ace of the staff…and still lose 1-0. Bank on it.

BL

July 1st, 2009
2:19 pm

DC, today is my off day so no need :) . Most of you are idiots, business degree, no mba. I am at work setting appointments to close people, yes in sales. why the yelling with the all caps?

McFann :Ô:

July 1st, 2009
2:21 pm

You go, Ms. Rogers!

Andy K.

July 1st, 2009
2:22 pm

Carroll, you got a “it’s not official”? Well then they must be in negotiations if you got that instead of a straight no…

Q

July 1st, 2009
2:22 pm

We should hold onto Escobar until the offseason and then give the Marlins a call about Hanley Ramirez. He’s had a couple of run-ins with the Marlins management. Trade Escobar,Schafer,Medlen and one or two lower level prospects for Ramirez( who is signed for the next four years or so. Escobar has potential but it’s nowhere near Hanley’s talent.I’d overlook his defense for his offense.

Baffled??

July 1st, 2009
2:22 pm

Adam Dunne has hit 40 homeruns the past 5 seasons and has an OBP around .380 but I hear statements on this blog saying he wouldn’t help. What? How can’t 40 hr’s & 100 rbi’s help? Kotchman (currently 2HR) will be lucky to go for 10 & 70.

So the solution is to get a 1st baseman when the deficiencies are in the outfield?
HUH???

Andy K.

July 1st, 2009
2:23 pm

Carroll, nvm, i get what you are saying…read it too fast…so no Peachtree? ah that’s alright…probably pales in comparison to Seattle.

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