1:42 pm July 26, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
July 26th, 20094:34 pm
I just looked on Yahoo and they had trade rumors. The Braves aren’t mentioned. I wonder if Wren is flying under the radar for something big by Friday?
All I’m Saying Is… – Loaf’s a nickname, not out of malice. Just a nickname. From what I understand, it started as a joke and caught on – so no need to take offense to it. Hell, I love GA and call him Loafy. Just habit now.
Steve from OH
Hell, you’d be hard pressed to find a GM who would take Kelly over Garret right now.
This is a gross overstatment. They’ll prefer a 37-year old bad defender-average bat LF over a young 2B with good career numbers entering the prime of his career? Let’s see…St. Louis would prefer Kelly right now. There’s one. Bye bye, Dentz.
good start Moylan…
All I'm Saying Is...
Steve from OH: “Are ya sure? Because his career numbers are better than the league which, unless I’m mistaken, include second basemen…”
Yes, I am sure and, Yes, you are mistaken.
[Also, glad to read you are not a Norton fan and wanted the Braves to keep Conrad instead as I really thought you had your thumb up your bum for a minute.]
Rob from SC
Brave pitching shut down Fielder and the Kung-Fu Panda.
July 26th, 20094:35 pm
Is there actually a Norton “fan’ still around here…maybe so but…I know of noone that I can accuse of bein’ that creature…
Come on Peter.
Don’t give them anything. I can’t believe we didn’t get more there.
And Kelly makes the play.
Ashley: I don’t think the Braves pull off any “big” trade by Friday… I sure hope not. I think they have the talent to win the Wild Card and don’t wish to see any other young talent leave the team.
July 26th, 20094:36 pm
Soriano should come in the 9th, to give him some work. With the day off tomorrow, you dont want to have your close go 3 days between appearances. Soriano is the kind of guy who needs to pitch to stay sharp.
He sure is! Just DP’ed, though.
Whatever, he shoulda been called safe. But umps hate us, so…
And anyway, does a player that’s gone 3-4 with a walk, 3 extra-base hits, and 2 RBI really warrant a “what the [heck]“?
Shoulda been RBI #50 there.
Prince Fielder is 1-for-12 this series with a single and six Ks.
July 26th, 20094:37 pm
1-2-3. Always good.
Moylan scorching today!!!
Whats Happening Chief?
Where Have U been? It’s Good to take the Series from the Brew-Crew…
Time To take the series from the Marlins in Ft Liquordale Next…!
N Nine Blame the NOW closed roof McFann……
I knew it!
Hopefully, we’re saving our Grannys for August & September “dramatics.”
There We Go Petey-Pabb
Brave pitching shut down Fielder and the Kung-Fu Panda.….and hopefully Hanley Ramirez
July 26th, 20094:38 pm
I understand the Dodgers wanting to win the WS, but I wouldn’t trade Kershaw for Lee straight up. I don’t see them trading Billingsley or Kershaw though.
Yeah, but they’re not too bad in July, either…
Soph: Cool. Thanks for the explanation and glad to read that’s how you see it. Unfortunately, some people take a comment and make it into something else (which could apply to either me or Tomahawkin’, I suppose). In any case, GA is one of the reasons we are playing well and he’s doing the job as well as any 37 year older could (which is his real peer group not every other outfielder).
Steve from OH: Once again, you missed the pitch. Paul Lentz was not literally suggesting you could trade GA for KJ, he was simply saying you would be hard pressed to trade KJ to any other ML team whereas a playoff contender (especially in the AL where he could DH) would easily trade for and take on GA for the stretch run given how important a veteran bat would be at the trade deadline.
McFann ;Ô; 4:33 pm … “Shoulda saved his homer…but, huh, 3-4 ain’t bad. “
Brewers had just scored some runs, and BMac’s homer got one of them back. That was a big turning point in the game.
Kelly Johnson and Manny Acosta for Ryan Garko. RH bat wit pop. He can platoon with Kotch and play a little LF. Great PH with pop and cheap. Thoughts???
Comeon Pual, no need for Soriano today.
…not yet at least.
All I’m Saying Is… …I totally agree with your 4:31pm posting. Garret has almost 2,500 hits, and over 1,300 RBIs……..yet he thinks that because Kelly had a decent 2 year stretch, that he warrants all kinds of patience.
I dont care what the “stats” say about “production above position”, lol. I’d take Garret over Kelly ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.
July 26th, 20094:39 pm
moylan is a good pitcher but he only pitches like that about 25% of his apperances
Let’s finish this off and go kick some Marlin fin!!!!
A thought about KJ’s day hitting is that he has done it against right-handers. If he could hit righties like he does lefties which strangely for a lefty hitter, he does well, he might well be rejuvenated.
I really wish the Cardinals didn’t suck ass.
And I thought Yankees and Red Sox were all hype.
The Cardinals, Cubs and Brewers suck but nobody seems to notice.
Braves are totally awesome. Go Braves.
Hey…I am all for Prado at 2nd over KJ. Prado has always hit. He has a 313 career average in over 600ab while being a mostly a part time player. It is about time he got his shot as an everyday player.
I am just saying that KJ is definitely a decent major leaguer and don’t know why everyone is dogging him so much on here.
i think we will see him traded for decent bullpen arm before the deadline is over?
July 26th, 20094:40 pm
Way To Co-Sign About “Loaf’ being the nickname on here…
People take this Blog Way too seriously sometimes…!
I’m not adverse to trading KJ provided we get full value for him that helps us win now and in the future. If we can’t do that, I say keep him.
torre has his pitcher batting 8th…the marlins just walked the #7 hitter to put runners at 1st and 2nd to bring up the pitcher with 2 outs. personally, i think batting the pitcher 8th hardly ever pays off…
McFann, he’s mashin today! Walk too; brings that OBP up!
Nova Scotia Steve
Professional AB….I like it
Soph and RHR
You Guy’s know what Co-sign means right…?
2 pitches in same EXACT spot 1 is ball one is Strike ….
July 26th, 20094:41 pm
I think Kawakami goes to the BP when Hudson is ready….
Please don’t immediately ban me from this blog,
but I admit to being a Norton fan. Not for any numbers or stats. But because his name is in my family. Since it’s an uncommon name, I’d like to claim him in as a distant cousin or something.
Oh yeah. Everything’s cool…I just hate bases-loaded DP’s–especially when the guy shoulda been called safe.
But I’m not gonna dwell on it or pout about it…just means he’s due the next time he comes up with ‘em loaded!
Prince Fielder is suffering from the curse of the Home Run Derby. It is a mean-spirited and random curse that does not inflict its pain on every winner as sometimes its the more bally-hooed runner-up that gets hit (i.e. Josh Hamilton) with the pain of bad luck or a messed up swing.
McFann, tho there are some on here who won’t, I will give Brian that one. From what it sounds like, it was a close call. And having 2 doubles and a homer and an 8-2 lead, we can let him have one bad at bat. Still love the mann.1
how would you go about trading Prado then for help? How would you get around the salary limit?
Firstly, I don’t think his salary would be that big of a hurdle next year if they non-tender Church or let GA go, and I think at least one of those things happening is likely. Secondly, if they do trade Prado, that tells me one of two things: either A) their scouts aren’t sold on him long-term, i.e. they don’t think he can play good enough D, hit righties consistently, etc., and think Kelly can return to 2007-08 levels, which, if he does, makes a trade perfectly defensible or B) they get an offer they can’t refuse for Prado which, especially if parts of A are true (especially the one about Kelly), is really a no-brainer.
July 26th, 20094:42 pm
Hey Ashley every player needs at least 1 fan… maybe you are his
Still no grand slams
ENOUGH DOUBLE PLAYS ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m tellin y’all, the Brewers infielders have magnets in their gloves!!
Prince Fielder is 1-for-12 this series with a single and six Ks. – Carroll Rogers
That in itself is a win-win to me.
Does that guy have some sort of history I don’t know about? Honestly, he looks like he’s not enjoying playing baseball at all. He could go 4 for 5 and still look like someone kicked his dog or something. ‘Sup with that guy?
He is! The OPS was an even .900 before his last AB!
I’ll take a 3-4 with a couple of RBI any day.
let Kelly Johnson play LF next year.
July 26th, 20094:43 pm
All I’m Saying IS…
Another Cheap Shot…?
Me and RHR (Among Others) use the nickname “Loaf” as a joke…I hope you are catching on…?
Jman (Yunel is a Saint!)
I’ll take Garko!!!
“Co-sign” = I agree
Steve from OH……………uh, I kind of think that a play-off contender would want a “veteran, prove, consistent bat, play-off veteran” like Garret Anderson’s to go to battle in a pennent race……..than they would with a struggling, inconsistent, untested under pressure, young player like Kelly Johnson.
Oh, and by the way, Garret has a World Series ring. And…….by the way, in 638 at bats that year, he hit 56 doubles, 29 homers, 123 RBIs, while batting .306.
I can safely say that Kelly Johnson WILL NEVER have a year like that in his career.
Yes Tomahawkin, I do. To the surprise of many, this is not my first day on earth.
July 26th, 20094:44 pm
Looks like Kotchman had a pretty good day, too. Good to see that.
Yeah…I think that’s only like, the 6th DP he’s hit into this year, anyway. It was a close call, too.
2 doubles, 2 RBI, a homer, a walk…oh yeah, I’ll take that!
I rather us get a good arm for the bullpen than Garko?
8 walks today team is doing a good job takeing pitches
And KJ, WTH??? 2 for 3. Setting himself up for a trade, maybe?
Anyone think that ” Steve from OH” got OWNED in my 4:43pm posting?
July 26th, 20094:45 pm
Crap. Bye Martin.
OMG…. OK, I’m liking KJ today
KJ with the 2 Run HR
Forget talking about Kelly Johnson, call up the hitting coach from Triple now
Welcome back Kelly Johnson
loaf is a great name for GA and its nothing new, fans in Cali been calling him that for years.
So happy for Kelly Johnson….keep on rollin
Wow…Johnson and McCann have almost the same line…
Wow. Way to go Kelly – but NO ONE better say he deserves to start over Marteeeeeen.
Who’s that guy wearing Kelly johnson’s uniform?
Give me my damn job back–Kelly Johnson
KJ is steaming-welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who hits better than KJ when he is on a roll? Lets milk him till he cools off!
KJ haters !!
Whaddaya think of that?
Coupla doubles and a bomb!
As I said earlier…last time one of our “goats” had a day like this he was traded the next day.
Great day for KJ!
July 26th, 20094:46 pm
Good grief! Is KJ trying to get his average up to .300 in one game? There goes another HR and a 10-2 lead.
And this doesn’t even FEEL like a blow-out!?! At least to me anyway….
Trade KJ Now…We can get a decent pitcher in return for him…Since Infante will be back and Martin is the 2b…
Not me Paul.
“”but I admit to being a Norton fan. Not for any numbers or stats. But because his name is in my family. Since it’s an uncommon name, I’d like to claim him in as a distant cousin or something.”"
If Norton is a “rare” (I find it amazing if true) name, then what is Spunjo-Flurstenburgerburg?
KJ is doing good job looks like he the new starting 2nd baseman since prado has been struggling. One of them must be traded with Omar coming back
RHR @ 4:45 – no, no, no, no, no, NOOOOOOO.
Prado at 1B
Kelly at 2B
Nova Scotia Steve -
I would rather KK pitch against the Marlins than the Dodgers. So, I would not skip anyone’s turn. Plus, moving everyone back gives them all a extra day’s rest.
Meanwhile, KJ is doing quite well today. Could this improve his trade status?
Garret has almost 2,500 hits, and over 1,300 RBIs……..yet he thinks that because Kelly had a decent 2 year stretch, that he warrants all kinds of patience.
No, you idiot, it’s because that I think (and many of smart folks, including the GMs of Boston, Pittsburgh, Seattle and on and on) feel that evaluating players based on silly things like counting stats like hits and RBI is a really gosh-damned stupid way to look at things. You consistently cite stupid things like batting average and RBI to defend your positions, but–newsflash dude–they don’t tell us jack sh!t about how good a player is. And I thought you were a self-professed genius at baseball? Oh, wait…”self-professed.” That’s right…
Marc from FL
PAUL LENTZ, ATTENTION PAUL LENTZ
I told you KJ was gonna hit a 2 run homer today, I saidz I toldz you fool!
Brian McCann: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
Kelly Johnson: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
Could Kelly be the starter now? Bobby Cox watchers know that could be the case now…lol!
Unbelievable. Francoeur hits a meaningless homer yesterday. Kelly hits one today.
If Kelly can somehow turn it around (with some consistency), then I’ll gladly admit I was wrong. However CONSISTENCY is the key here.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW PRADO IS GONNA LOSE THE STARTING JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 26th, 20094:47 pm
Trade KJ NOW!!! lol
Johnson and Prado are both better than Infante.
Imagine if KJ were to come back around. Would give us some depth and allow us to bring conrad back up and have an awesome bench. Ross, Conrad, Infante, KJ and Diaz/Loaf
You know what though. In the first half of the seson we would have lost this game
Paul Lentz, ummm…no, not at all.
Hey, seriously..”A” for effort there for Kelly….
He is trying to keep his job.
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