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Heath

August 26th, 2009
5:29 pm

Right now, it’s not like there is anyone all that much faster than Diaz…and he hit smokin’ the ball right now. Why not put Diaz in the lead-off spot?

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
5:31 pm

TommyP, regarding your 3:59 p.m. comment: Which is it? What, are you waiting for me to decide your thought process. Personally, I’m inclined to change my opinions or have my thinking reflect what’s going on, rather than take a rigid stance and not be willing to alter my view. To each his own.

Braves lost a tough one last night, didn’t look good doing it, leaving eight runners on in three-inning span late. And after looking closer at what Clayton Richard has done (since his record is only listed as 3-0, 3.67, his NL numbers, I had not looked ahead three days to see what he’d done all season when I wrote the pre-series blog Monday night), I don’t have the same view of the series as I did before it began.

If your thought process is different, and you can’t have your opinion or outlook changed by ongoing developments, well, don’t know what to tell you.

Which is it, you ask? It’s both. Or, rather, it’s different today than it was Monday night. And if they have a strong performance tonight and the Dodgers lose again, well, it might change again. It’s that time of year, that late. Sorry if that’s not what you want to hear. It’s what I want to say, though. So I will.

BravesAreDone

August 26th, 2009
5:33 pm

Why is their hottest hitter hitting in the number eight hole exactly? Oh Bobby!

Bat Masterson

August 26th, 2009
5:35 pm

Bobby Cox is destroying this team....

August 26th, 2009
5:36 pm

but I have faith that Frank Wren is getting tired of the old man’s stubborn acts and demands some more sound decisions. Gotta think the front office sees that the old timer is helping to sink his team out of another playoff spot and will have serious discussions this winter about a replacement. Wren is going to have to fetch offers on Jones this winter if he continues his decline because pretty soon he won’t have nearly the value he could get for him this winter. Time to move on from the past.

The Truth

August 26th, 2009
5:37 pm

ncscoots, you’re exactly right, Cox is our Omar Minaya. Just because you were lucky doesn’t mean you’re qualified. I bet Ned Yost would have this team (and talent) in first place. When these primadonna managers work for incentives, maybe you’ll see differnt results. Bye Bye Chipper, Bobby, TP, and Mr. .128 Norton………………..

Anders

August 26th, 2009
5:38 pm

See, I’m inclined to change my opinions or have my thinking reflect what’s going on, rather than take a rigid stance and not be willing to alter my view. (DOB)

I’m clinging to this with all my might! There’s hope for me. {:

johnny utah

August 26th, 2009
5:40 pm

This blog is cool, but for those who think Cox and kk are the problem…you need to pay more attention to the game than on your keyboard bloggin. Jones is and has been a bargain for many years.

Anders

August 26th, 2009
5:40 pm

ncscoots, you’re exactly right, Cox is our Omar Minaya. Just because you were lucky doesn’t mean you’re qualified. (The Truth)

A politician you ain’t. Talk about pissing both sides of the aisle off.

NO MORE BOBBY

August 26th, 2009
5:41 pm

Ned Yost or Willie Randolph for next manager.

I wanted Smoltz but it seems Wren is not a big fan of Johns. I think Randolph would bring the excitement and energy these young players need to get winning baseball back in Atlanta again.
Yost might be Bobby Ball over again. I have always said that if TP is manager I really would consider following another team. I dislike him that much.

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
5:42 pm

Anders, you cling to that. You’ve have little else to cling to this season, so go ahead. Glad I could enrich your day with so little effort, fella.

Anders

August 26th, 2009
5:43 pm

NO MORE BOBBY – I’ll be the Braves next manager before Willie Randolph.

McFann Ô

August 26th, 2009
5:43 pm

Oh no…Oliver Perez is out for the season now, too?

This is getting kind of sad. I mean, I don’t like the Mets or anything but holy cow…

AdirondackDave

August 26th, 2009
5:44 pm

One thing I’ve noticed based on reading this and other baseball blogs, the opposing team has heart and the home team doesn’t.

RC

August 26th, 2009
5:45 pm

NO MORE BOBBY – Smoltz wouldn’t manage the Braves for the salary they are paying Cox. He’d view it as being “disrespected”.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 26th, 2009
5:46 pm

You know…last night sucked we all know that….but the boys on the field know their backs are up against the wall..and we need these next two games of the series…It sucks…but its the way it is.

We’re 5 1/2 out of the wild card with a game in hand on the Rockies…

If we can shave a couple games off that lead…Be it the Rockies or Dodgers…say 3 1/2 games by the middle to end of the first week in September…I like our chances…

Anders

August 26th, 2009
5:47 pm

Johnny Utah thinks this blog is cool. With a name like that it has to mean something.

brian

August 26th, 2009
5:48 pm

I would agree that hitting LaRoche 7th with as hot as he is against a RHP does not make much sense

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
5:48 pm

In the past half-hour, the stadium PA guy has played Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, the Clash, Steely Dan and Talking Heads. Too bad there’s only about 100 people in the stands to enjoy. And maybe another 200-300 out around the Chop House. Late-arriving crowd, and I’m sure it’ll be as small or smaller than last night’s.

Anders

August 26th, 2009
5:48 pm

DOB- I’m feeling a thaw here. Huh? Stay in touch.

The Truth

August 26th, 2009
5:48 pm

I would hire Smoltz as my golf coach…I would hire Yost, Randolph, and/or LaRosa as my manager. And, we would win!

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
5:50 pm

McLouth did full-effort sprints today and reported no problems. He’s set to begin rehab assignment Friday, should be back with Braves on Monday when eligible to come off the DL. And they are definitely eager to get him back in the leadoff spot.

brian

August 26th, 2009
5:50 pm

it is a sad decline in attendence, especially with the quality of Turner field. I miss the days seeing sold out stadiums with everyone doing the chop in unison.

They need to pick a night as college night and give college students a bleacher section – $5-10 per ticket, have a lot set aside for parking, and try to fill the weeknight stands.

The Braves used to have a deal like that around 1990 but it ended with the 2nd half run in 1991

Anders

August 26th, 2009
5:51 pm

Less than 15K tonight? Wow, that would be embarassing. The Brewers got 29K last night for a game against the Reds so let’s not get into this whole market thing.

Like Frenchy said, ” After we won so much for some reason the fans stopped coming to the games.” Apparently the players notice.

Tell It Like It Is

August 26th, 2009
5:51 pm

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August 26th, 2009
5:51 pm

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The Truth

August 26th, 2009
5:51 pm

DOB, if you could select the music being played by the PA, what would you pick? Would the Isley Bros. or Otis Redding or Sam and Dave be included?

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

August 26th, 2009
5:52 pm

Diaz leading off? Guess Bobby and the coaching staff have early dinner reservations …

Anders

August 26th, 2009
5:53 pm

The Truth – DOB already answered that weeks ago – “Let’s Go Mets Go”

McFann Ô

August 26th, 2009
5:54 pm

BMac is hitting .500 with a homer, 5 RBI, and a .556 OBP during his current 2-game hitting streak.

Keep it up tonight, my mann!! :)

NO MORE BOBBY

August 26th, 2009
5:56 pm

DOB – In the past half-hour, the stadium PA guy has played Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, the Clash, Steely Dan and Talking Heads. Too bad there’s only about 100 people in the stands to enjoy.

No Kings Of Leon?

faninva

August 26th, 2009
5:57 pm

McFann -

post that devils-face the Padres way – after last nights loss, we shouldn’t take any chances.

Steve from OH

August 26th, 2009
5:57 pm

Remember that hour PL got banned? Props to DOB for that.

Yeah, that was a fun hour…

wjones

August 26th, 2009
5:57 pm

“??? Wright, Reyes and Beltran? I’ll give you Delgado but when he’s healthy he’ll either be somewhere else or on the beach in Puerto Rico. I mean, it’s not like we signed him to a 3 year $40 mil deal when he turned 37. I mean even Minaya wouldn’t make that mistake.”

Anders, Moises Alou sends his regards…

OK–time for a blog time-out:

1. Chipper has just been signed to a long-term deal. Chipper has been in the league for over 10 years, and with the same team for over 5 years. As such a player, he cannot be traded without his consent. So all of this talk about trading Chipper is just a finger exercise.

2. Ned Yost has never won anything. His last managerial stint ended very badly, and only after he was FIRED did Milwaukee advance to the playoffs, despite getting Sabathia for the stretch run. He is known as a pitcher abuser and had communication issues with the players. So if you are pining for him to manage the Braves, I might suggest you will experience future disappointment.

3. Anyone realize that this year’s Braves are only 6 wins away from equaling the win total of the 2008 Braves?

4. Anderson probably can not run very well (duh!) because of the hip thing, which probably would be aggravated by sliding, if I were to guess. So yes, a pinch runner would have probably been the way to go there, maybe more so than for McCann. I’d have to feel that right now, especially with Anderson’s injuries, McCann could probably outrun him.

5. I have gotten to the point where I seethe whenever one of our runners is stopped at third, even when it is probably the right thing to do. It makes me want the team to go out and get about 7 sprinters for the stretch run just to be inserted in as pinchrunners.

That’s all for now. Continue to blindly post, without regard for the truth.

southern hope

August 26th, 2009
5:58 pm

what truly exhausts me is that the Braves will win tonight. And they’ll win tomorrow night. So we’ll still be in the game. But not really. Because we keep losing every chance to become a real contender here….was it DOB who said they play just well enough to break your heart? Truer words never spoken….

Steve from OH

August 26th, 2009
5:58 pm

Dentz, you capitalize for emphasis? Doesn’t repeating your post 5 times a day do that?

faninva

August 26th, 2009
6:00 pm

wjones -

nice post.

Fred

August 26th, 2009
6:00 pm

I just wanted to give my opinion regarding whether the Braves are under or over achieving this year. Personally, I actually think we are slightly overachieving. This lineup has serious flaws, including little power (including no true #4 hitter), little speed, and too many left handed hitters. This has been an issue all year but all of the position players Wren has acquired in 2009 are lefties (Church, LaRoche, McLouth, signing Anderson in spring training). However, we obviously have a great pitching staff that is keeping us in the playoff hunt. I worry about next year because Soriano and Gonzalez are free agents and we still need a big right handed bat. As much as I hate to admit this, I have to agree with those who don’t think the Braves will make the playoffs (although I certainly hope I am wrong).

Paul Lentz

August 26th, 2009
6:00 pm

Pete……….your 5:25pm posting failed to mention that at the time Garret drew his walk, we were still behind by 1 run. Chipper made the first out of the inning. McCann then singled. Bobby brought in Gorecki to pinch run, and he promptly stole second. Then Garret walked. There isnt any use in having a bench available if we cant extend the game into extra innings. If the game was tied at the time, then I can understand your point about managing in case the game went to extra innings. However with the double play being a possibility, Bobby should have pinch ran for Garret.

So you have 1st and 2nd, one out, Escobar coming to the plate. Bobby could have used Vazquez to pinch run for Garret and still used Gorecki to play left field if the game went to the 10th. However, we were still behind by 1 run. Pinch running for Garret will help protect against the double play possibility. Escobar striking out made the double play a moot point. However, with LaRoche coming up, he is more than capable of driving one in the alley to the wall. Having a runner who can score from 1st on a double would have been really nice to have out there.

Yet Bobby left Garret in. I’m not so much knocking Garret as I am Bobby for leaving him in there. You can tell that dude isnt 100% when he runs.

Mitchell

August 26th, 2009
6:01 pm

Finally, a Garrett Anderson video!

I’ve been waiting my whole life for that. Or like two months.

I love that guy. I also would have loved it if he got a hit last night but whatever.

I didn’t even know if he was capable of speech. It turns out, he is.

faninva

August 26th, 2009
6:01 pm

Steve from OH -

wish i had thought of that…but i went with the “screaming” thing. Your point is better.

EL

August 26th, 2009
6:01 pm

I get excited everytime we play well and playing against team like Padres we need to bring our energy so that we can possibly sweep a team like Padres. We have 37 games left folks. With Rockies playing like they are right now and we have to make up 6 games. I’m a die hard Braves fan and I want to believe that we can make it to PO but as of right now that chance is real slim unless we post record of 27-10 or better

Braves Realist

August 26th, 2009
6:01 pm

LINEUP:

CF Gorecki
2B K. Johnson
3B Prado
LF Anderson
C Ross
RF Church
SS Infante
1B Norton
P KK

Fred

August 26th, 2009
6:02 pm

I want to add that I don’t blame Cox for the Braves difficulties this year because he was given a very flawed offensive roster, as described in my earlier post.

The Truth

August 26th, 2009
6:02 pm

Thanks WJONES, but Yost never had the talent that Bobby has been blessed with. With Ned, you probably won’t see the losses caused by “blunders”. I think you have an excellent grasp of our situation.

NO MORE BOBBY

August 26th, 2009
6:02 pm

Im pretty sure Wren and Liberty Media are aware that fans are staying away this year.
Even more proof that change is needed for the Atlanta Braves.
Same tired played out Bobby Ball = losing money = Liberty Media not happy.
Bobby could screw things up in the past and as long as fans came out Liberty pretended not to notice some fans were upset with losing.
I called it back in June that Turner would look like Fulton County late 80’s in September.

Sad.

CrimeDog

August 26th, 2009
6:04 pm

Lentz capitalizes because he isn’t “happy” with JUST capitalizing the first word of a sentence. That’s PATHETIC. Do you think the ROCKIES are happy with “capi-talizing” just one word per sentence? No. They know the URGENCY that capi-talizi-ation signifies.

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
6:05 pm

Dave Baker just pointed out to me that Chipper got his 64th strikeout Sunday to take the team lead in that category. Can you guess who he passed?

Jordan Schafer. Yes, it took till late August for someone to catch Schafer, who has been gone nearly three months.

Tell It Like It Is

August 26th, 2009
6:06 pm

DOB,

Thanks for telling it like it is. Do you have an opinion as to why the crowds are so small? I think its because the Braves have no super stars on this team. Outside of Escobar, they are boring to watch. I saw a comment earlier today criticizing Escobar for cursing out a umpire in Spanish.Wow!!! I just cannot see spending money for a team that is not entertaining. All of the super stars of the 90’s spoiled us. The Braves of the 80’s were fun to watch even when they lost. It is what it is.

Kurdt Kobain

August 26th, 2009
6:06 pm

Should Bobby have pinch run? Probably. But there’s no guarantee than anyone who could have come in to pinch run would have scored. Like someone said last night, I believe it was DOB, instead of getting thrown out by a mile, they might have just been thrown out by a few feet.

If Jurrjens hadn’t been the starter in the game, he would have been a great pinch running option because of his great speed. But he started. So, I dunno. Its not like a good managerial move will get any compliments from the people dying to see him fired.

Kurdt Kobain

August 26th, 2009
6:07 pm

Wow… Schafer’s had a rough year, hasn’t he?

NO MORE BOBBY

August 26th, 2009
6:08 pm

Fred – You are a loser. Im sure at work they run all over you and your wife talks down to you in public while you do nothing to defend yourself. All the Bobby lovers always have some lame excuse why its not his fault we are losing. Last year it was we can not win with players hurt and these bench players filling in. Then this year when those same bench players got hurt everyone wanted them back and said we cant win without them. Dude your pi$$ing me off!!! This team sucks because of Bobby Cox and all his supporters suck for wanting him to stay because he won one freaking series FOURTEEN YEARS AGO!!!

McFann Ô

August 26th, 2009
6:09 pm

faninva

OK. Guess it couldn’t hurt…

Hey, Padres, the Braves are on to you! Yeah, not happy about the loss last night… :evil: BEWARE!!

Jeff321

August 26th, 2009
6:09 pm

So, the only categories Chipper leads the team in is OBP, BB’s, Errors, and K’s, eh?

Mitchell

August 26th, 2009
6:09 pm

David O’Brien

August 26th, 2009
5:42 pm
Anders, you cling to that. You’ve have little else to cling to this season, so go ahead. Glad I could enrich your day with so little effort, fella.

DOB,

Perhaps he’s still clinging to your preseason prediction of the Mets winning the NL East this year.

Oh, got you there.

Speaking of music DOB, can you tell us anything about the Braves organist?

I get Chop Talk and there was a brief little thing on the guy recently but I can’t locate it. He’s seems to have a lot fun back there playing obscure songs throughout the game. Some aren’t really that obscure but when they’re played on an organ, it’s hard to tell sometimes.

CaliChopper

August 26th, 2009
6:09 pm

NO MORE BOBBY – rant all you want, Liberty Media could careless about the Braves, they were a biproduct of a deal with Time Warner. I’m betting they have to hold their stake in the Braves for tax reasons. As long as LM keeps the Braves top managment the same, Bobby stays as long as he likes, so get over it already.

Tomas

August 26th, 2009
6:10 pm

Diaz leading off, I think it’s a great idea. His been the hottest hitter on the planet, and last night the top 3 hitters on the lineup went 0 for 16. Maybe Diaz can generate some electricity at the top of the order.

faninva

August 26th, 2009
6:11 pm

thanks, McFann!

I think we’re good to go.

nolie

August 26th, 2009
6:11 pm

Shaun…………in theory, winning 2 of 3 is playing good baseball. However, the problem with having the “2 of 3″ mentality is that you’ve already prepared yourself to lose one game in the series. (Paul L)\

the Braves don’t have a 2 of 3 mentality, they are trying to win every night. Whatever mentality you or I or any other fan has is totally irrelevant. So let them feel any way they wanna.makes no difference,

McFann Ô

August 26th, 2009
6:11 pm

DOB

Wow…didn’t realize Schafer had been passed yet…sheesh, poor guy.

64 K’s…that’s how many BMac had all of last year. Gonna surpass that this year–unless he manages only 6 K’s or less for the rest of the season, which seems rather unlikely at this point…

Kurdt Kobain

August 26th, 2009
6:11 pm

McFann Ô

August 26th, 2009
6:12 pm

You’re welcome, faninva. :P

NO MORE BOBBY

August 26th, 2009
6:13 pm

Mitchell – I want to know about the organist as well. Some of the songs are cool but then some of the stuff he plays is straight up Phantom creep music. Ha! I also think he has that organ on eleven because I don;t remember the organ previous years being cranked like that.

Einstein

August 26th, 2009
6:15 pm

Thanks for finally admitting the problem…Mr Bobby Cox and his gang of idiots. As I’ve said from time to time, “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is INSANITY”. How about a three run homer in the ninth to win, by Bobby Cox. So long Bobby and thanks for taking all the credit from our Cy Young, HOF pitchers, and great hitters in their prime. Homer Simpson could have won more World Series with this group. Anyway, just my opinion…Peace.

unbelievable

August 26th, 2009
6:16 pm

“I guarantee EVERY MEMBER of the Rockies wasn’t on their fat arss in EXTRA INNINGS last night. We were…”

so, standing up wins ballgames?

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
6:17 pm

Church didn’t sound too convincing when I asked him if he felt good after BP. He said yeah. But….

Nova Scotia Steve

August 26th, 2009
6:17 pm

Speaking of music DOB, can you tell us anything about the Braves organist?

- you mean other than he plays the organ?

NO MORE BOBBY

August 26th, 2009
6:19 pm

Thanks Kurdt for that post. I will say that our organist Matthew Kaminski needs to work on the traditional stuff some. He has the weird rock classics down though. Smoke on the Water? Nice!

RHR

August 26th, 2009
6:19 pm

the Braves don’t have a 2 of 3 mentality, they are trying to win every night. Whatever mentality you or I or any other fan has is totally irrelevant. So let them feel any way they wanna.makes no difference

Nope nuh uh no sir. I’ve tried pointing this out before and not only did I not get any props, but he just completely ignored me and kept on and on and on about it anyway.

Kyle

August 26th, 2009
6:19 pm

That’s been their problem all along. They play a team that you could get 11 guys out of midtown and they would bring them down but the Braves can make them look like the ‘27 Yankees. A real playoff team would never go to extra innings with a San Diego or a Washington but we sure find a way.

Mitchell

August 26th, 2009
6:20 pm

Good one Steve.

Thanks Kurdt. Missed that article.

Steve, feel free to check it out yourself if you like.

Fred

August 26th, 2009
6:20 pm

NO MORE BOBBY, I understand you disagree with my opinion, but there is absolutely no need for those personal attacks. For your information, I work at an alternative school for emotionally and behaviorally disordered adolescents. Trust me, nobody runs over me at work, as my students and co-workers would attest to. Nobody could work in that environment for 11 years without a strong sense of discipline. And you have no right to criticize my wife without having met her (or me, for that matter). She is one of the nicest people around and she never “talks down” to me, in public or private. Just stick to baseball, my man.

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
6:21 pm

Mitchell, Carroll did a good story on the organist. It’s linked by Kurdt Kobain above.

Steve from OH

August 26th, 2009
6:21 pm

Guys, spare me the sense of urgency/grittiness/jump-up-and-down-and-cheer crap. Jesus. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed while watching both this blog and baseball, it’s that a team’s heart quotient closely parallels the team’s win%. If a team is winning, they’re scrappy! They play with heart! They care. However, the non sequitur of the group is saying that the grittiness causes the winning. No. Being good causes winning. Lack of heart does not cause losing. Being bad at baseball causes losing.

Case in point: when Manny was with Boston and they were winning the WS, his antics were “fun,” analysts said. He really lightens up the clubhouse, blah blah blah. When they’re losing, he’s the cancer. His behavior didn’t change, but the team’s record did, and his perception did as a result.

When we’re winning, Nate McLouth is a scrappy white guy CF that is speedy and a good hitter making diving catches all over the place! (etc. etc.) When we’re losing, he’s a sh!tty 4th OF that can’t hit or play D, and really has no business even calling himself a baseball player. Passionless.

When we’re winning, Marteen Prado is, quite simply, God. When we’re losing, he’s just some Venezuelan guy playing over his head.

When we’re winning, GA is a professional hitter, an RBI/BA/clutch/old-timey baseball fan’s delight!. Losing? He’s a Loaf, a crappy defender (he’s that when we’re winning, too), etc.

When we’re winning, Yunel is a charismatic SS that gives the team a sense of hard-nosey type baseball whatevers. When we’re losing, he’s an airheaded hot dog that knows less about ‘ball then any of the multitude of Cox detractors (who, of course, know everything).

When we’re winning, the team plays with heart and they’re scrappy and whatever and so on. When we’re losing, we get days like today. Folks, “think” with your “brains.” Please. For the love of Marteen.

Soph

August 26th, 2009
6:22 pm

Wait, we stopped giving out props for the day?

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
6:22 pm

With his first at-bat in the leadoff spot tonight, Diaz will have hit in all nine spots in the lineup this season. He’s 6-for-16 hitting in the No. 1 spot during his career, his fewest at-bats at any spot in the order (next is cleanup, where he has 27 at-bats)

nolie

August 26th, 2009
6:22 pm

Bilbo’s in Bremen (Shamus)

are they still around? Can you still not see in the windows? Great Q no doubt, and i’m not even that big a Q fan

Steve from OH

August 26th, 2009
6:24 pm

Soph, I’m just gonna go ahead and give myself props. I’ve been taking lessons from Paul Lentz. Hey guys! Did you read my postings! They’re really….good?

Kurdt Kobain

August 26th, 2009
6:25 pm

This isn’t football. Fire and grittiness and whatever doesn’t win games, and the coaches don’t have nearly the impact on the outcomes of games.

McFann Ô

August 26th, 2009
6:25 pm

Steve from OH

You summed it up perfectly. Well done.

But no matter what, win or lose, BMac still belongs in the fifth spot. ;)

Please. For the love of Marteen.

Very clever touch. :lol: Props!

klaus

August 26th, 2009
6:26 pm

DOB why is Chipper still hitting 3rd given his titanic struggles? The guy is hurt and really stinking it up. He is an automatic our right now. Why not put someone else there and move Chipper to 6-7-8 spot in the order until he gets it together?

Hell Diaz should hit 3rd and Chipper should take the 8th spot. Diaz can drive in runs so lead off seems like an odd move to make. 3rd makes more sense as along as he is hot.

Anyway Chipper is not going to walk off this slump batting 3rd and they Braves can ill afford his slap outs to the OF give their precarious standings in the division and WC.

This stubbornness smells the same as when Cox kept AJ at clean up until a week before they signed Tex.

The difference here is that they have options for the 3 hole and frankly sitting Chipper for a week would likely improve their standings.

PS. LaRoche should bat cleanup for the rest of the season regardless of who is pitching. McCann should be 5 or even three over Chipper.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and in case the Braves don’t know it its desperation time.

Kurdt Kobain

August 26th, 2009
6:26 pm

I actually like Diaz in the leadoff spot.

nolie

August 26th, 2009
6:27 pm

OK, who else wants props? I got some extra lying around. (SCOOTS)

I’ve got an old bi-plane sitting in the hanger that could use one

Soph

August 26th, 2009
6:28 pm

Well, Steve props to you for giving props to yourself. Hell, props all around people – great blogging today! (Except for when everyone was cranky earlier, of course)

ATL's finest

August 26th, 2009
6:30 pm

Davis – Sarcastic cheap shot at one of my fav boyz Schafer, no?. Playa went out there everyday and it looks like he’s having surgery now. Get well / be well Jordan.

woogidy

August 26th, 2009
6:30 pm

Sign Will Ohman!

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
6:31 pm

Random: Paul Anka’s “Having My Baby” is schmaltz. The Three Degrees’ “When Will I See You Again” is Philly soul from the monumental producing-songwriting duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

Big difference, bro.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elWk7-uihKY

McFann Ô

August 26th, 2009
6:31 pm

ncscoots OK, who else wants props? I got some extra lying around.

Save ‘em and I’ll get in touch with you next time I put on a play…

Mitchell

August 26th, 2009
6:32 pm

Thanks again Kurdt.

I’m usually really good at recognizing a song in the first few notes but that guy gets me every time.

Steve from OH

August 26th, 2009
6:33 pm

Props to McFann for giving me props!

CaliChopper

August 26th, 2009
6:33 pm

Soph – cranky? us? nahhhh, not with Lentz here blowing sunshine and rainbows at everybody

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
6:33 pm

ATL’s finest: It wasn’t a cheap shot. Just the trivia quiz that Baker is using on the radio broadcast. Just pointing out a fact, that Schafer still led the team in strikeouts until Sunday. Pretty remarkable, really, don’t you think?

Steve from OH

August 26th, 2009
6:34 pm

CaliChopper–no that’s just emphasis. He very clearly explained that in one of his postings.

Bat Masterson

August 26th, 2009
6:35 pm

CaliChopper
August 26th, 2009
6:09 pm

I’m betting they have to hold their stake in the Braves for tax reasons.

You would win that bet, they have to hold for 2 or 3 years. Can’t remember of the top of my head.

Kurdt Kobain

August 26th, 2009
6:35 pm

Props to me for timely linkage?

Dan Kolb's Mom

August 26th, 2009
6:35 pm

Last night was tough, but it was also different. It just felt so….lackluster. For a team that is supposed to be making a playoff push, the only enthusiasm or passion I saw was from that guy in the crowd with the dry-erase board. Braves need to wake up and look alive out there. You dont win games by playing half-ass, and you dont win friends with salad.

Jeff R

August 26th, 2009
6:36 pm

I’ve said this before. Managers are overrated in the game of baseball. That’s why all the focus on Cox amuses me. Pick your manager. Think that person would have had much more success with the recent Braves editions?

Not likely.

I’m not a Cox defender. I’ve waxed cold and hot about the guy. But the players like and respect him, and that’s an important consideration. Free agency changed the game. Managers can’t run their teams with iron hands. Cox has long appreciated that fact.

David O'Brien

August 26th, 2009
6:36 pm

Klaus, Chipper’s obviously still batting third because of who he is/what he’s done. Because it’s not for what he’s doing now, that’s for sure. I’d go to him out of respect and tell him we’re thinking about moving you in the order. But I think it’s a move they need to make, given that we’re talking more than two months of mediocre production (for a No. 3 hitter, that is)

McFann Ô

August 26th, 2009
6:36 pm

Props to Steve for giving me props for giving him props!

CaliChopper

August 26th, 2009
6:38 pm

Steve from OH – Damnit, knew he was blowing something… Thanks for clearing that up. More props for you

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