1:42 pm July 26, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
Count de Monet
July 27th, 200911:47 am
Braves Fan in Philly
I am not too far from you. It’s tough being a Braves fan here, but it would be worse if we were Mutts fans.
July 27th, 200911:49 am
but with decent ABC baseball the Braves could have had 13 or 14 runs easy.
My definition of “ABC baseball” is probably a little different. Mine goes “A(tom)-B(omb)-C(ya)”. You guys who are always moaning about steals, and bunts, and hit-and-runs, just aren’t greedy enough, LOL. Mostly, that one-run-at-a-time mentality keeps the opponent close more often than it should, and forces more games to the “luck” stage. A bad bounce here, a reliever off-day there, and a game that might have been won goes for an L. All because the team gave up some outs that it probably didn’t need to squander, and the clock ran out on ‘em.
I haven’t done the math, but I doubt that the Braves fail in those “fundamental” situations any more than the league average. If they truly were horrible at that stuff, as in completely worthless, the record would be much worse than it is.
Steve from OH
Rodney–yikes man, I hate snakes. Glad to see you’re doing well!
Whenever I hear “Sri Lanka,” I always think of this
Wayne in Utah
Had about 6 cortisone shots. One in an ankle (painful), 2 in the elbow (one was bad, the other OK) and 3/4 in the shoulder, which were not too bad really. I think sometimes the more fatty material near the injection area makes it a tad more bearable. (there could be some other medical reason though, like the skill of the DR)
July 27th, 200911:50 am
Who is going to trade a strong 8th inning reliever for even a good, but not very good, second baseman? (Is KJ a good 2b?) Not likely to happen. KJ has more value to the Braves as a bench player than as a trade bait. Chipper needs a day off every week (and could be a hamstring or quad waiting to happen), and Infante will probably need at least a couple of weeks of rehab and time to regain his stroke before (if) he returns to the form he had before the injury. KJ gives us good depth and a much better option off the bench in late innings than Norton. KJ adds more value to this year’s team than the third or fourth best arm in somebody’s pen.
July 27th, 200911:51 am
Seeing all you guys talk about living in or visiting Philadelphia, it is a great city, and I have had some great friends there. Great museum, great food, and really not far from NY. But still the best thing about it is my deep tissue body worker who lives in Carrboro, NC and moved from there. Of course, he is a Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, 76ers fanatic, but we have a lot of fun discussing while he pummels me every three weeks, and I scream with pain. No pain, no gain when it comes to body work. Great to have a genuine natural healer available, especially if you put a lot of stress on the physical side.
Have you been behaving yourself???
July 27th, 200911:52 am
Burdell, my last place was at 12th & Ellsworth. Absolutely loved the area.
Lew, I’d be down with that. I always wear my Braves gear to the games & wouldn’t mind sitting w/ a few other fellow fans. The Phillie fans can be kind of brutal to visiting fans (though I guess that’s how you kind of want it). Once they start the a-hole chant at you, you’re finished. We’ll just stay away from mcfaddens after the game. I heard someone got killed there last night.
July 27th, 200911:54 am
has anyone noticed that the braves have won each of the last 7 games that chipper jones has not appeared in? this isnt how it used to be.
im not saying they are winning becuase chipper isnt playing, but what i do think it means is that this team seems to be a little less dependent on chipper to win baseball games, which is a good thing.
July 27th, 200911:55 am
Lew – I was talking about the shots KJ had in the tendons of his wrist, those should have been painless.
I’m disappointed the Braves are off tonight..they are so fun to watch right now.
Norton has gots to go !!!!!!!!! Bring back Brooks Conrad, Norton is DONE!!
July 27th, 200911:56 am
Hey Guys I never said I wanted Ross traded. I don’t! But thats what other teams are looking for, good contracts, solid players. They don’t want someone who has been struggling all year like KJ. I just would not be surprised to see Ross traded if it would bring in some needed help in other areas.
July 27th, 200911:58 am
ncscoots – It’s not about playing for the 1 run at a time, but it’s getting 0 runs in an inning when you could have easily gotten 1 or 2 runs without having to get a hit. Braves had a couple guys on third yesterday with less than 2 outs. Those should be pretty easy runs to get in. Braves don’t seem to get those guys in as often as they should.
If the Braves executed their fundamentals a little bit better they’d be scoring a couple more runs here and there in some games. Obviously it doesn’t matter if you win 10-2 or 12-2, but those 1 or 2 runs matter in a game like the 2-0 shutout that turned into a 4-0 loss.
That sounds a bit incredulous, but I will take your word for it. Actually Larry has not been his regular “Chipper” self for a good part of the year.
It would sure be another shot in the arm for the team if he started to resemble the Chipper of old.
Good to see Mac get back in the saddle this weekend.
I don’t expect to see KJ traded, EVEN if the Braves do get another bullpen arm. Most folks are looking to shed payroll and to get prospects. Maybe somebody like Sumoza for an arm??
July 27th, 200911:59 am
BravesFaninFilly We’ll just stay away from mcfaddens after the game. I heard someone got killed there last night.
Oh, that’s nice.
Filly fans are pretty rude, though (not that I’ve ever been to a Fillies game in Filly). At least they had the decency to clap when BMac got up after being Victorinoed. Of course, a few batters later, when the Fillies were continuing their rally, the fans had the mock-chop going…that really irritated me.
July 27th, 200912:00 pm
RHR-Permiot me to doubt the painlessness of wrist injections!!!!!!!
Wayne Good to see Mac get back in the saddle this weekend.
July 27th, 200912:02 pm
Steve– They were not able to say definitively whether it was a snake, spider, scorpion, centipede, or some other insect. Woke up 13 hours of third world roads away from Columbo at 5 am on Dec 12, 2004, and it was pretty scary. Fever, nausea, chills, and did not arrive at hospital until 8 pm on Dec 13. Stayed in hospital 50 hours and flew to Bali and on to Wakatobi Island in Indonesia for 10 days of fabulous diving, 3 dives a day over 100 ft, and one to 175 ft. Underwater it did not hurt; above, intense pain. Then the Tsunami on next to last day, and then back to Bali for three weeks dive safari ending with visit with Balinese family with whom my former wife and I built house in rice paddies in 1984. I do not think it was a snake as Balinese believe snakes only bite people with “black hearts”. Dosed heavily on anti-venom and antibiotics for almost all of time on Wakatobi. Hospital in Columbo was 450 dollars. Imagine what Duke would have cost. Doctor in Durham thought I was “nuts”.
I was just checking out the Nationals team NL rankings in some of the major pitching/batting categories… As a team they’re not great, but not terrible with the stick (6th in avg, 3rd in OBP, 6th in OPS).
But pitching-wise, The Nationals are the worst team in the league, and its not even close:
16th in ERA, 16th in BAA, 16th in OPS, 16th in saves, 16th in quality starts, 16th in WHIP.
Ow. No wonder they’re 30-68, even with a halfway decent offense.
July 27th, 200912:03 pm
wayne in utah its true. heres his game log: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/gamelog?playerId=3006 and if you look at the lines that say “did not play” meaning he didnt appear at all, youll see the braves have won all of the last 7.
to me, this emphasizes the good play of role players like marteen prado and brooks conrad. the great bench this team has makes losing chipper for a game seem not so bad.
Not that it is going to happen…. but if the Braves were going to make a trade that would net them Konerko, I wish they would hurry up and do it before the Dodger series coming up. Stats against the Dodgers this year:
July 27th, 200912:04 pm
I dont love him, I would be glad if he is able to continue putting a hitting clinic, I still think he is not our best option for 2B (martin is) both defensively and offensively.
I meant RBI high in a moth for this season, not his career. Maybe I didnt explain myself very well.
Any good handymen out there who do plumbing
I hear Corky Miller is pretty good.
While at UGA, I painted all the SEC mascots eating sandwiches and drinking beers on the side of a sandwich shop in Athens. It was during the early 80’s economic downturn and I got payed with free food for the family
That is awesome. I wonder if I ever saw it…not remembering it right now.
McFann, I got to see the game last year up here on my birthday when McCann hit a grand slam in like the 8th or 9th inning to blow open the game. I think JJ pitched a gem, 1 run & a handful of hits in 8 or so innings.
July 27th, 200912:05 pm
Not trying to be argumentative, as I too get frustrated when we don’t get runners in from 3rd with less than 2 outs, but I wonder what the league average is for that scenario.
I know for a fact that sometimes our pitchers get out of those type jams. It is an awesome thing when they do not give up a run in those situations.
So, what I am asking is do we do better or worse than league average in getting runners in scoring position in with less than two outs. Who is the best/worst at it, and what are the percentages.
My second big question is this: Are we too critical of the things our team doesn’t do well (in our opinion) and not thankful enough for the times that they do things correctly??
Kinda like in the NBA. We always see the missed calls against our team, but rarely see that the calls are probably going against the other team too (unless it’s Kobe and the Lakers, and they ALWAYS get the superstar treatment!)???
RHR I’m disappointed the Braves are off tonight..they are so fun to watch right now.
YEah…it really stinks. I don’t like days off.
lol sure thing, Lew. Maybe I was just that good.
July 27th, 200912:08 pm
Did you go to UGA during the late 70’s early 80’s?
I have, Bobby has been doing what we might call a fair job……….. beside its Nortons bash month, bobby has fallen into 2nd place on the list, LOL.
July 27th, 200912:10 pm
Agree 100%. My point is that what could we do if Chipper gets on one of his “streaks” in the next month??? It would make for a fun summer push.
July 27th, 200912:11 pm
Nice stats and information at 11:47 post, especially regarding the level of pitching the Braves have faced recently.
Just keep winning series after series . . .
Hate it when I capitalize the second letter of a word…
I knew what you meant…I just thought I’d point out his career-high season-high for a month. Not sure why I felt the need to do that…
That was you birthday?? Sweet! A late Happy Birthday, then!
Yeah, he hit that Grand Salami in the 9th off Braddy Lidge for his second homer of the game–he’d hit a solo homer earlier in the game to give JJ a 1-0 lead.
I think JJ gave up no runs that night…He did go 8 innings. It was a great game…then the next to were cruddy. The last game of that series was the worst game of the season, IMO…
You could always watch other important games………mets- rockies or phillies-vs-dback, dodgers-vs-cards or if you are a yankee hater like myself you could watch NY-vs-rays and boston-vs OAK
July 27th, 200912:12 pm
David Murphy, the Phillies beat writer, said on First Take this moringin that it is unlikely the Phillies will trade both Drabek and Happ.
July 27th, 200912:13 pm
Just try to pass interesting info I find while surfing around baseball sites…………so you all have more things to cheer about.
July 27th, 200912:15 pm
moringin ??? sheesh
July 27th, 200912:20 pm
Wish that add about chicken pox would go away. Um, yuck? Who wants to see that? Almost as bad as the teeth…
July 27th, 200912:22 pm
Doc – Eh..I might watch the phillies/dbacks if its on a channel I have. Most likely won’t watch anything and will use the no braves game on opportunity to get things ready to move my daughter back to school this weekend.
flange – Late 80’s early 90’s. I was in elementary school in the late 70s/very early 80’s.
chip off the ol block
watching first take talk about the phils getting Roy H. Skip Bylass (dont know if i spelled it right) said that the phils had to make this move because he doesnt think that the phils can hold off the Braves Pitching Staff
wow! getting props on ESPN over the phils wow!
personally i’m praying that the phils dont get Roy, he’s one of my fav. pitchers in the game and i would hate to go against him so much, plus he’s on my fantasy baseball team tearing it up, and i dont want that for the phils
hope the guys are having a good day at the beach on their day off
July 27th, 200912:24 pm
Heath, moringin is a good drug to take when reading too many Paul D. posts.
July 27th, 200912:26 pm
Even though the Braves have made some moves this season, they’re still paying attention to the financial aspect of deals that they make. Norton is making $800,000 +, so he’s not goig to be released for nothing in return.
KJ had a good game yesterday, and it would be nice to see him keep it up. A four man rotation between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, using Chipper, Prado, KJ, and Kotchman.
Whoever is hitting, gets to play, until someone cools off.
July 27th, 200912:28 pm
Good to have another Dawg on board! Even if you are a youngster!
July 27th, 200912:32 pm
Where’s Robert? Anyone heard from Robert? I hope he hasn’t met with foul play.
McLouth of the South
July 27th, 200912:38 pm
Regarding the plumber situation, saw a great sign once. It read:
“We do three kinds of work: good, fast, and cheap. You may choose any two.
If it’s good and cheap it won’t be fast
If its fast and good it won’t be cheap,
And if its fast and cheap it DAMN sure won’t be good”
Kinda sums up that dilemma, no?
July 27th, 200912:41 pm
I had a full page post explaining why you should go easy on BC, but the danged blog ate it. So, go ahead and rip him a new one, I ain’t re-writing that one!!
July 27th, 200912:46 pm
No game today…:(
But I’m sure the day of is good some of the Braves boys…
July 27th, 200912:47 pm
jaydubuNorton is making $800,000 +, so he’s not going to be released for nothing in return.
i think you are wrong on this. norton’s prorated $800,000 salary is not going to be enough to keep him on the roster if there are better players available. bringing up conrad and paying him the prorated minimum is not going to add many $$$.
if i am looking to make some final improvements on this team and hoping for a run, bases on what the braves have to trade and all that jazz, i think they just release norton, send down hernadez, and bring up conrad and infante in their place. this makes the team very solid. i dont think a relief pitcher is really needed. dont trade anything and just hope for a run to the postseason. its seems like the best thing right now.
July 27th, 200912:49 pm
Went to the Braves/Brewers game in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon, and what a game it was.. I have read past reports where fans have said that Chipper Jones is a jerk and goes out of his way to displease fans.. Let me say personally, that is the farthest from the truth one can get.. Chipper Jones is a class act all the way..
He was warming up taking infield practice when I said hi to him.. He turned around and asked me how I was doing.. I had my Braves batting helmet in one hand and my silver sharpie in the other and just said, ” Chipper when you are done with infield practice” and he said I’ll be right over there..
He started at the 3rd base dugout and went all the way down the the LF line and then made his way back to sign for those fans that either weren’t there the first time around, or didn’t have a marker.. He took pictures with kids that were huge fans, he even held a baby to take a picture with her as her mother snapped the picture.. Chipper is cool as hell in my eyes..
Tommy interacted with several fans and signed autographs for everyone.. I unfortunately didn’t get his auto because at the last moment a lady with a group of kids asked for his auto and a picture and got in front of me.. After he was done signing their 10 autographs and taking a picture, he left abruptly to get ready for the game.. The only thing that pissed me off about that one is all the kids and the lady were wearing Brewers clothes.. I was thinking, take your kids over to the Brewers side of the field and get their players signatures, and let a real Braves fan of 20+ years get a autograph from a Rookie Phenom..
Oh well, what can you do? Soriano, Acosta, Prado, and Jurrgens all signed as well.. Add all that to a total bashing of the Brewers by the Braves and I couldn’t have asked for a better day as a Braves fan to see them live..
July 27th, 200912:50 pm
Part of that is the Nationals awful defense. I think they’ll have one of the best staffs in the league pretty soon. Nobody in their rotation is older than 25.
July 27th, 200912:52 pm
I just picked this up…
Another poor start by John Smoltz could force the Red Sox into trading for Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay.
And with Tim Wakefield and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner acknowledged the team may have to make a move.
“I think we have a pretty good track record of making deals at the deadline that have some impact, but we’re not going to give away our best prospects,” Werner told the Boston Globe.
July 27th, 200912:53 pm
Also, Eric O’ Flaherty is an ass.. Fans were yelling for him both times he walked by and he just looked over like he was some kind of superstar or something.. A Braves fan then yelled, ” That’s ok Eric, you are no better then we are, I can go into a game and walk 4 batters as well..
That one got a huge laugh out of all the Braves fans in that area.. Gonzo is cool as well.. He didn’t sign for anyone, but did give out a few balls to fans as he was going back to the clubhouse to get ready for the game..
July 27th, 200912:54 pm
Where are you getting the “+”? Norton makes $800,000. Period. For those of you keeping score at home that’s only twice the league minimum. And I’m pretty sure the FO understands the concept of “sunk cost” and when they decide Norton isn’t capable of contributing anymore, he’ll be released.
July 27th, 200912:55 pm
Did you get to meet Boog and Joe?
The marlins will sweep the Braves this week! With help from us fans; we’ve been filling up the stadium lately with over 10,000 people in attendance.
July 27th, 200912:57 pm
So, on MLB This Morning on XM, Scott Graham and Buck Martinez said..quote..”There’s no question the Phillies are going to win their division, now they have to look at bolstering thier team for the post-season…” Wow……..there’s an awful lot of baseball left to say the Braves aren’t going to threaten the Phillies at all. They still have 9 games remaining against each other don’t they?
July 27th, 200912:58 pm
9000 of those 10,000 are Braves fans.
July 27th, 20091:00 pm
Scott Graham is a Philly guy. I would expect that from him.
We have our three best pitchers coming up; best of luck to ya.
July 27th, 20091:03 pm
Count de Monet
Unfortunately, no.. I did ask a security personnel if I could go in and meet them and he said no.. I asked him if the Braves announcers would come out before the game started and he said its doubtful.. Oh well, maybe next time..
Ricky Nolasco? Really?
Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)
July 27th, 20091:06 pm
We heard the same from SanFranFan and BrewCrew. Fine lot of good that did ‘em.
And aren’t you all the same person, anyway?
July 27th, 20091:08 pm
PWHjort I think we and others are in agreement with you that Norton should be released. However, if Frank didn’t release him upon KJ’s return then I would expect him to stick through the end of the season. Because if his 5 for 45 wasn’t enough to convince him in the first place then I don’t think much of anything else will.
July 27th, 20091:14 pm
I was at the same game and have been to many games at the Bank to watch the Braves play. I went to West Chester University, so it was a good option to catch our Bravos in Philly. Philly fans are about as fickle and uneducated as most fans. They think their opinion is gold and they are pretty irrational in their ways. Uh oh, am I describing some on this blog? Whoops.
Nova Scotia Steve
July 27th, 20091:17 pm
Wow some big games on tap today…Hou/Cubs….COl/Mets…Phillies/DBacks…
But alas…No Braves….:(
Can know-nothings ease up off Kotchman’s back now? Geez, the dude’s a good ballplayer.
July 27th, 20091:20 pm
Seriously, who among us has really missed Smoltz. My guess is very very few.
I don’t miss him. Like I said, I was as mad as the next person about Smoltz leaving and then saying bad things about the organization, but after I cooled down, I realized that I wanted people in other parts of the country to know just how good Smoltz is…even coming off of surgery at 40+ years old. His struggles have just made me feel a little sorry for him since he’s tried so hard to work his way back and so far it doesn’t look that great. I’m not mad that the Braves didn’t sign him at all. But I still wish him well…he is, after all, still one of the greatest Braves of all time.
July 27th, 20091:21 pm
I have to say I’m worried about this series against the Marlins. They always play us though, and Nolasco and Johnson have been exceptional of late.
You still on that (about me and N8 saying that B-Mac is not untradable for the right package back)?
Hey, like coach has been saying, if you can raid someone’s farm system for top tier talent you at least have to think about it. That’s about as far as I went with it.
I do not want to see Brian McCann traded, ever, I want to see him catch here for 10 more years, but you never know.
You do not sell “low” on KJ. Everyone that wants to see him traded (just to trade him) are not thinking rationally. You have to let KJ “rebuild some of his trade value” if he is able to do so. No rush to trade him right now. You’ve got the off-season and spring training next year. Someone out there is always looking for a 2B in their mid-20’s.
Also, the Phillies are crazy if they are balking at the Halladay trade b/c of not wanting to include AJ Happ and Drabek. Let me see, one guy who has only done it for a few months, and an unproven minor leaguer, for a top 3 starter you can pencil in at number 1 rotation slot for this year and the next? I hope they keep stalling b/c I don’t wanna see Roy Halladay 4 times per year (as Braves fan). I think we got incredibly lucky when we beat him (when the Jays were in town and KK pitched out of his mind) just once.
July 27th, 20091:22 pm
We’re a whimsical group, no?
Indeed, sir! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go frolick in the pasture for a while…
July 27th, 20091:24 pm
I bet Norton will be released when Infante returns.
July 27th, 20091:26 pm
Does your Mama know you frolic?
July 27th, 20091:27 pm
As a loyal listener of Braves radio, I was amused to see DOB looking for a plumber. Dave, don’t you know that some local plumbing company runs 20 ads a game about their friendly, licensed plumbers? They even have a plug from Bobby Cox
Greg in TN
July 27th, 20091:28 pm
Got to say, if I need a cortizone shot, RHR is at the head of the short list to give it.
Taking away the rather forgettable trip to the Beltway earlier this month, the Braves have been doing all the right things and have been coming away with series wins including yesterday’s series clincher with the Beermakers. Good to get the win while the Offensive Assassin was taking the day off (a well deserved day off and a good strategic move with the series in south Florida looming).
Speaking of the Marlins and the tens of dozens of fans that await the team’s arrival, they’re coming off a series win in Chavez Ravine. We haven’t seen them since the first part of May, but from here on, every inter-divisional series is pretty big (yes denizens, even with the Nats, due to how poorly the team has played against them this year and last). Win series, especially against division rivals, and the rest takes care of itself.
looking at all the standings, it looks like were rooting for the dbacks, mets, pirates, dodgers, and lets say the cubs since houston is right on our tail.
if all those teams win tonight, the braves will be 6 games out of first for the east, and tied for 3rd place at 3 games back in the wild card.
July 27th, 20091:29 pm
Is the G-Braves game not on TV?
Persons Medicare certified required issues be store valid a capital for apply at transit downtown.
July 27th, 20091:31 pm
Where is Jordan Shafers?
Meh…never heard of him.
July 27th, 20091:32 pm
Has anyone taken a look at our August Schedule….WOW
July 27th, 20091:33 pm
Count de Monet-
In fact, she does know. Actually, almost everyone knows…it’s not a well-kept secret.
When does Huddy pitch again? Today right?
July 27th, 20091:34 pm
I am sorry to say that when Infante returns Hernandez will be sent down. Someone mentioned it a couple of days ago and then DOB backed him up when it was mentioned that Norton was kept because he represented a veteran bat off the bench that Bobby desires.
For me Conrad represented that veteran bat and he was hot at the time. But unfortunately Bobby looks at overall numbers not just this year to decide who to keep.
July 27th, 20091:36 pm
Good to hear. Everyone loves girls who are not afraid to frolic LOL.
July 27th, 20091:37 pm
i dont blame the phils for not making the holliday trade. if were honest, the phils dont needs him that badly, they are already winning the division by a pretty good margin, and i dont think its crazy for them to think they can win with what they have.
if were them, the only way id make the trade is if i looked down the line a ways and saw it would be hard to win in the future with certain players leaving their prime and maybe entering free agency. but, i wouldnt sell the farm for holliday.
the phils arent like the brewers from last year who just need that push from sabathia the get on top. they are already on top…
July 27th, 20091:40 pm
You must be under 30. I tune in for the GAME. Not all the who’s who junk. “Boob’ is a broadcasting joke!
July 27th, 20091:41 pm
Everyone loves girls who are not afraid to frolic
flange – its great to be a gator hater! I’ve been to a lot of schools in my long and not very illustrious educational career but UGA was my first and my heart belongs to the dawgs. Always has no matter where I roamed.
July 27th, 20091:42 pm
Heh. I knew you’d be all over that.
July 27th, 20091:44 pm
Where’s Robert? Anyone heard from Robert? I hope he hasn’t met with foul play.
Rumor has it that he’s under investigation for leaving an explosive package marked DONK near turner field today.
July 27th, 20091:45 pm
July 27th, 20091:48 pm
Jordan Shafers? Is he the brother to Logan Shafers?
RG (my Logan says to tell you hello!)
July 27th, 20091:50 pm
TBrown – Huddy is pitching in Gwinnett today.
NC Braves Fan
July 27th, 20091:53 pm
LWB re: the Phillies and the division. The Phils are 8 games up in the loss column, and that’s a pretty sizeable lead. Sure there’s lot of baseball left to be played and anything can happen, but odds are the Braves are playing for the WC at this point.
July 27th, 20091:54 pm
I’m not sure I agree that Norton will be released when Infante comes back, Diory Hernandez will probably be send down to AAA to make room for Infante.
July 27th, 20091:57 pm
Anybody who thinks the Braves will release Norton when Infante comes back is a doo doo head (props to ncscoots AND nolie).
July 27th, 20091:59 pm
I was just busting your chops…sort of…
if you can raid someone’s farm system for top tier talent you at least have to think about it.
I guess I’ve just never bought into that…Why trade a proven All-Star for a bunch of prospects who could end up as career minor leaguers? I don’t know…
I do not want to see Brian McCann traded, ever
Hey, I know that. Who would want him traded? I mean besides David Wright…
I want to see him catch here for 10 more years
I want to see him catch here for…well, however many more years he’s gonna play the game of baseball.
I don’t want them to trade Johnson at the time, either–my sister’s fave. And I’d hafta be the one to break the news.
I’d like to see the Fillies trade Happ…but not for Halladay! No way do I want that guy in our Division!
July 27th, 20092:00 pm
I know this has been talked about a bunch, but it deserves mention again, since some people STILL don’t want to give Wren some credit.
Going with Hanson over Glavine was obviously the correct choice. Not a chance that Glavine does what Hanson’s done, nor did anybody else in baseball think he was capable of it.
So the Red Sox gave 5 million guaranteed dollars to Smoltz. Apparently going 1-4 with 7.00+ ERA is a little more expensive than it used to be, huh? I’m not one to wish failure on most people. Smoltz deserves to go out on his terms and should be finishing his career in the Braves bullpen. That being said, he kind of deserves what he’s getting, for pouting publicly and saying the Braves disrespected him by not offering more guaranteed money (after all the pitching injuries they had last year and a limited budget), and after ragging on the way Glavine was handled. It doesn’t appear as if Smoltz has a “future” running the front office of a MLB club anytime soon.
Two very difficult (and not very popular decisions), that were ABSOLUTELY the correct calls by Wren.
Add in the fact that Garret Anderson (while slow as hell), has been EXACTLY what Wren wanted him to be. Had Francoeur & KJ not been such disappointments earlier in the year, the Garret/Diaz platoon would have been just what Wren was looking for.
So, while he can be faulted for NOT replacing Jeff last off-season, he should be commended for getting most of what he did correct, and I was just as mad as everybody when the Smoltz news hit.
Props to you Mr. Wren. Well done.
July 27th, 20092:05 pm
Meant to add that it’s nice to see the Braves just going out and winning series. Hanson deserved better, but those days will happen (ask Vazquez and KK).
Another test tomorrow to see if the Braves can get to that “4 games over .500″ hump I’ve been talking about. They missed a chance on Saturday. It might not seem like much, but it’s a hump they can’t seem to hurdle.
But overall, their play has been encouraging. All I’ve ever asked of them is to play good ball. Sometimes a team loses when playing good ball, sometimes they win when playing sloppy.
Having KJ as that “uber-utility” guy for the rest of the season, even when Infante comes back isn’t a bad thing. Hopefully when Infante returns, Norton is the one to go. He should be.
Unless KJ is traded? Francoeur had a hot series and was moved. Perhaps Wren is going to sell high on KJ before the deadline?
Either way, Prado CANNOT be taken out of the everyday lineup anytime soon. So either KJ is a bench player or trade bait.
Should be an interesting few days leading up to the deadline.
Good article about the Tex trade below. I found this quote particularly interesting:
“It was still a hefty package, although the Braves fended off the Rangers’ efforts to acquire pitcher Tommy Hanson or center fielder Jordan Shafer.”
E. Howard Hunt
July 27th, 20092:06 pm
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July 27th, 20092:07 pm
Around this blog, expectations of KOTCHMAN and GARRETT ANDERSON are both high. TOO high for their current abilities, but they are good.
CASEY is an above average major-league 1B. With HOWARD around our division, bloggers here are reminded 18 times a year that CASEY’s all-round skills AB are above average, but not necessarily all-star level. In the field however, fa’ getaboudit, it’s KOTCHMAN hands down. Yet he’s young enough (26) to maintain that level and actually improve over the balance of his contract, or be attractive in a trade if necessary.
GARRETT is obviously on the decline in the field and at the plate, but still producing – some….finally – at the dish. I doubt that he will be signed for next year. Still, a high .290’s average and 12 or 13 HR’s is good for a 37 year old. Personally, I was expecting a .310 average and 17 – 22 HR’s. I suppose that’s still possible, although I now realize those numbers would be great for him.
And speaking of 37 year olds, those high marks I mentioned previously could be the final figures for MR.BRAVES whose expectations in my eyes have been lowered ever so slightly this year, due to age of course.
July 27th, 20092:09 pm
Signing Garret Anderson was huge….The guy has absolutely awesome…
The dude batting .290….7hrs…like he’s really been solid…and has he really made a brutal play in the Left Field…Nope.
Excellent…Excellent sign…the guy is such a great hitter…and I’ve never really paid much attention to him while he was in LA…(i think thats the story of his career) but now he’s in Atlanta…Dude is awesome.
We’re going to do this…I can feel it…
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