3:00 pm August 31, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
September 1st, 200912:49 am
I just finished watching Frank Caliendo: All Over the Place. I actually laughed so hard, I cried a little. (gotta love Netflix)
September 1st, 200912:55 am
I can count the number of my posts this season on two hands, but still … no love for the Scribe on the awards?!? … Guess I’ll have to get in via the Veterans Committee voting
All joking aside, one helluva good win for the ballclub tonight. It’s nights like this where I dare to dream I’ll get to take my two young sons to a playoff game this October at Turner Field. Championship teams find a way to win on nights like this, and the Braves indeed got the W.
Does that make them a champion? Nope.
But do they have the goods to get to October? Absolutely.
And as I’ve said time and time again, IF this team can get to October, it would be a dangerous bunch, one nobody would want to face.
But, three games sit between us and a playoff berth. Just keep winning guys, and let’s see what happens.
September dawns, and we’re in the race. Time to do this, Braves Nation!
The Scribe abides.
September 1st, 20091:00 am
Understand they count Huddy coming back as a move, sure would be nice seeing the Braves pick up a player to fill one of the holes.
Gil In Mechanicsville
September 1st, 20091:08 am
I still blog pretty regularly but in a different league… Like playing in Japan.. but different…
Still, I read the standings for the DOB/MIB blog and put in a cameo once in a while, especially when the esteemed Miss Carroll is in the house.
Scribe, good to know you are still alive and kicking from the Southern Rim of the City , I miss your opines. CL says to visit us more often at the B&S….
September 1st, 20091:09 am
“Braves pick up a player to fill one of the holes”
if nothing else, they need to at least try for a more reliable pinch hitter. Someone more versatile and a better OBP than Norton ….. i would hate to think in a game 7 situation with the tying run at third we would have to rely on someone like greg.
Yunel's Frosted Tips
September 1st, 20091:34 am
“Josie’s on a Vacation Far Away”…………….
September 1st, 20091:38 am
Steve from Ohio – I’d liked it better if RG had disavowed the post, instead of (essentially) I didn’t say that- when she obviously did. RG is a regular blogger. I called her out, and she deserved it, femalae or not. I did’nt appreciate it. Ladies on this blog get a lot of deferrence, and should be held to the same standared of “blogestry”, but this lady (who never denied the post) wasn’t. If RG says “someone posting as me made the comment about a salary cap”, hey, fine, but just because she is of the gentler sex, what?…if’s ok, for her to say, “who me, I didn’t say that”. I quoted the entire dialogue, and, it’s not a “chill” situation, the woman denied her post, I called her out, and I think she should apologize, plain and simple.
September 1st, 20091:49 am
As far as a better pinch hitter, I think we have plenty of internal options that would be much superior to Norton (including, but not limited to, bullpen coach Eddie Perez and Turner Field Organist Matthew Kaminski). If we could just cut Norton so Bobby would have to send someone decent up to the plate instead, the problem of a pinch hitter is solved. Addition by subtraction works for me in this case.
September 1st, 20092:28 am
we couldnt call up blanco for speed & late-inning defense? really?
September 1st, 20092:31 am
What happened to those “Free Heyward” folks? Where did the chorus of “give Heyward a Sept. call-up”?
I still feel that it’s just a matter of time before Heyward puts on a Major League uniform. However, it’s amazing to see how a 5 for 34 slump will “silence” those who are blind to the fact that not rushing Heyward is a good thing.
September 1st, 20092:32 am
ha ha! on the baseball network, they’ve got costas recounting the bill veeck-eddie gaedel story on. excellent!
September 1st, 20092:33 am
that eddie gaedel pic is efin great!
September 1st, 20092:37 am
I guess the numerous requests to ask Bobby about him using Norton in key pinch hitting spots night after night wasn’t asked once again….guess i’ll ask again after tommorow’s game when Norton once again is up there in a key pinch hitting spot….
September 1st, 20092:44 am
jackets77– a lot of us are dying for an answer on that one, but who’s gonna ask it? dob or carroll? cox would alienate them immediately, so it’d be counter-productive. if somebody’s gonna ask it, i think it’d have to be bradley bisher or schultz. nobody at ajc asked cox earlier in the season why he was killing the offense running JS, KJ & JF out there every night. cox is an HOF mgr, but they treat him like a deity.
September 1st, 20092:45 am
Ned Colletti has pulled one of the best waiver deadline transactions I’ve ever seen. For a mere couple of mill and two bums he just acquired Thome, one of the best sluggers of the past 20 years (and who still can hit a ton of homers) to fill his bench and be the DH if they reach the WS and a pretty decent pitcher in Garland who adds depth to their rotation.
Why didn’t we placed a waiver claim on Thome, especially since we have a worse record than the Blue Crew? Imagine him coming off the bench instead of Norton! though I know the answer is probably cause management didn’t want to spend the mill or so that would have been required in order to get him.
I would have offered Jo Jo Reyes and a mill for him even if it was for just 1 month
September 1st, 20093:05 am
I can count the number of my posts this season on two hands, but still … no love for the Scribe on the awards?!?
Here’s just a tad…
September 1st, 20093:15 am
When we see some of the moves the Braves have made this year, including missing some real help on the waiver wire, it makes you want to scream. Who`s steering this ship? Maybe he`s asleep at the wheel? It`s Sept.1 and this team still has a chance despite some of the worst decision making possible. It must be the starting pitching that`s saving our butts. It`s sure not the leadership.
September 1st, 20093:20 am
September 1st, 20093:49 am
With all the early White Sox moves made I was half expecting to come back on here and see that they called up their entire AAA team because they had no more major league talent left.
Guess that’s not the case and they were able to hold themselves back and stop at 3 for the time being.
September 1st, 20094:29 am
Call-ups are official: Brooks Conrad, Luis Valdez and Clint Sammons (Carroll)
I said all along 3-5 tops and no Heyward. yup yup
September 1st, 20095:46 am
I’ve got a hunch that the Dodgers got Jim Thome half in hopes of jumpstarting Manny Ramirez.
September 1st, 20095:48 am
nolie (September 1st, 2009 4:29 am): “I said all along 3-5 tops and no Heyward. yup yup “
And Acosta and Hudson make 5?
September 1st, 20095:51 am
Sadtoseeitthisway (September 1st, 2009 3:15 am): “When we see some of the moves the Braves have made this year, including missing some real help on the waiver wire, it makes you want to scream.”
Who specifically do you think the Braves missed?
September 1st, 20096:08 am
Hudson makes 4…Acosta not called up (yet)…and since they did not call up more than three…for now, anyway…G’ Braves are trying to secure an Intl’ league playoff spot. Hope they succeed.
Bobby and Frank must feel that no one else on the farm…can add anything to bolster our “deep bench”. With 19.14% of the season left / 31 games…no one should be tired now, right?
Chipper still looks bad…way to many strikeouts (2 more last night)…and what was his average for the month of August? Under .200?…bet he is glad the month of August is over…so get it in gear, Chipper…we do not get to the promised land without you producing!!!!
Conrad should have never been sent down before…as he has shown some ‘pop’ with the bat and has to be a better option than Norton…who is now down to .136 average. Has twice as many K’s as hits!!!
Conrad will also be used to pinch run and be used in a double switch situation. Also, can sub 2nd & 3rd base for defense…late inning sub…(hopefully…we are way ahead…and not the other way around)
Rob from SC
September 1st, 20096:38 am
Just want to say I am impressed with how well Mike Gonzalez has been throwing. Coming into that bases loaded jam in Philly and then tonight. He has been great since the break, but looked like a man on a mission his last two games. Keep up the great work Gonzo.
Bob (Heinekinitis) Horner
September 1st, 20096:59 am
Got back that all important 1/2 game last night…(about the same time I fell off the bar stool…more importantly, I never spilled a drop)…so when is our Hall of Fame third baseman going to start performing like one? With 3 games separating us from the Giants / Rockies…what do we need to do? Answer is simple…do not press and keep playing like you have since the all-star break! Good starting pitching, timely hitting and steady defense is going to make up those three games.
Colorado still has the advantage…with 19 out of 31 home games…while the Braves and Giants each have 16 at home…
So we need some help…which the mere fact being 3 behind…we already knew that! Go Bravos’ and whomever is playing the Giants and Rockies…
I will keep the beer cold!!!! (I also have a case of Heineken on it with my buddy Bucky Woy…so they better)
September 1st, 20097:51 am
Can someone please make the case for Laroche hitting 4th????? Chipper is slowly coming out of hit, but Laroche is still hot as a firecracker. Let him produce!!!
September 1st, 20097:55 am
Definitely, the Braves would be a serious contender in a short series in a playoff matchup with Hanson, Vaz, Lowe, and Jurjens. Look out!!! GO BRAVES!!
September 1st, 20097:58 am
Hey, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Braves are looking at Cameron right now if they think McLouth’s injury might linger on the rest of the year. If so, Cameron would be a smart choice to go after.
September 1st, 20098:13 am
I have to say that waking up this morning to see what I missed last night on the blog produced a completely different level of amusement than it often does. To see the vitriol sent my way by the eloquent Herschel Talker had me laughing hysterically. Some of his comments were particularly ironic in light of how my evening had progressed. Keep up the good work, my friend!
September 1st, 20098:48 am
One of the most important weapons in a must win, close game is a fast pinch runner. Why not bring up someone who can run fast? Apparently that is not a characteristic that Bobby likes. Like the earlier post mentioned, do we want Garrett Anderson running in the 9th inning of a close game?
Why not bring up someone like Blanco?
Why won’t a journalist actually ask these questions to Cox? What about Norton batting in the 9th? Why won’t someone ask these obvious questions?
Voice from the past
September 1st, 20099:00 am
Best call up thus far is Sammons. His addition allows Bobby to now use David Ross as a PH without having to save him as an emergency catcher. Big gain by minor addition in my book…
Mid Town Joe
LA picked up Jim Thome.
September 1st, 20099:01 am
You know, I don’t know what to say about Kawakami. He’s a tough pitcher, and he’s better than I think sometimes. He’s actually out-pitched Lowe this year in my opinion. Lowe’s been OK, KK’s been better.
I think he can be effective out of the pen. His stuff is starting to translate nicely. He’s got a way of keeping batters off balance so I think he’ll do well there.
September 1st, 20099:05 am
KK’s been great. Our run hinges on Chip and a healthy McLouth. Get em rested and or healed for the love of …….
September 1st, 20099:10 am
I liked Norton last year but he’s been pretty bad this year, to say the least.
I think it’s time to look elsewhere during the big pinch hit situation. I’m willing to go with Conrad in those spots and see what happens. Norton is just not getting it done.
September 1st, 20099:18 am
LAD acquire Jon Garland, Jim Thome and Ron Belliard
September 1st, 20099:19 am
so for whomever asked yesterday where i thought the braves were going to find a power hitter..well the dodgers found one by picking up jim thome.
colletti says he wont be starting and will primarily be used as a pinch hitter..
think his 23 hr and and 74 rbi would have helped a bit more coming off the bench than greg norton?
the thome deal is a prime example of a move the braves could have very easily made to strenghten the team, but they didn’t make it and another team they are competing for just got stronger.
Rockies acquire jose contreras
September 1st, 20099:23 am
Stevefrom OH-Thanks. If I haven’t received my props lately, it’s probably because my BABIP has been fluctuating too much.
September 1st, 20099:24 am
according to olney the white sox have informed teams that dye is also available.. wonder if it will be the dodgers, phillies, rockies or giants that get him. they are the teams with a front office that’s not fooling themselves into thinking they have no holes to fill if they want to win a championship this year.
September 1st, 20099:25 am
one thing i havent liked about the front office is some of the moves they seem to have missed. wren has made alot of great moves, but over sight on certain deals, starting with the nick swisher trade…yanks got him for next to nothing…bobby abreu, scott hairston later in the season…and now they had a chance to get dye or cameron and didnt do it. obviously, they could still get the guys, but they wont be eligible for postseason play.
Rock On......the denizen formerly known as Dadgum
Voice….good observation on Sammons.
Congratulations to KK on a superbly pitched game. Played through all the mind games to throw a gem. Now the big question will be Tim Hudson. Extra pressure was added last night given KK’s body of work (and most of the season as well). Here is hoping Hudson has a very good outing BUT if he gets rocked what will the Braves do? Sure gonna be tough to skip KK to throw Hudson again if he is sub par. I mean with each and every game the playoff thread gets stretched.
Anyway I will keep it on the positive but Hudson will continue to need some work after his start and my guess he will go to the pen where a few guys there need a break. If Hudson is shaky tonight I can’t see skipping KK. Hudson primarily is only auditioning and I think the Braves can get plenty of looks at him from the pen.
September 1st, 20099:29 am
lexbraves/DAP, let’s say the Braves get Dye. Who sits? The Braves corner outfield spots have been pretty solid as of late. I can see making a trade to shore up CF, but I wouldn’t want to sit Diaz right now.
September 1st, 20099:31 am
Vinings Jim – you get ‘em tiger!
FIRE BOBBY COX!
September 1st, 20099:33 am
Got to sat everytime I see Josh Johnson pitch, I come away more impressed that last time. If he could add a change up, he would be the best pitcher in the NL.
Great win last nite! The team never gave up and fought back and won an important game.
The more I see of KK, the more I like of him too! His control was great last night and he sure kept the team in the game and matched JJ almost pitch for pitch.
It is a tough road to the playoffs, tougher with Chipper struggling. The team just needs to continue to play well and win some more games and give them selves a chance.
Should be a fun September!
September 1st, 20099:34 am
John Kruk still likes the Braves . . .
Going into last week, the Braves were 4.5 out with 6 weeks to go.
Now, the Braves are 3 games out with just under 5 weeks to go.
Despite what at times, appears to be some pretty shoddy play, the Braves continue to be on a good pace.
We could well overtake the WC lead in 3-4 weeks.
I’m most worried about that series in St. Louis.
September 1st, 20099:44 am
The way LOWE has run out of gas in the latter part of this season, I think I’d put him in the pen.
September 1st, 20099:46 am
I doubt the Braves go after Dye; but, if the Braves were to find out that McLouth’s hammy isn’t gonna be good for 4-5 weeks, then I think there is definitely room for him on the Braves’ roster for a month.
That said, I’m not in with with the criticism that the FO isn’t doing anything. Who knows? They could do something today.
They have made a lot of very productive deals this season, and there is no reason to believe that they are absolutely done. I would love to see someone to replace Greg Norton as our pinch-hitter down the stretch. And perhaps that will happen.
In 2006, the Braves acquired Daryle Ward with about 20 games to go. It was a nice addition. Didn’t put us over the top; but, things also didn’t seem hopeless when he was up there with 2 outs in the 9th.
September 1st, 20099:48 am
Haven’t seen it posted here yet, but, Shanks says Cody Johnson has been promoted to Mississippi.
I think the Braves would be embarassed to pick up Jermaine Dye being that they gave up on him once before.
"You all are Cox apologists"
September 1st, 20099:49 am
I meant water hoses!
September 1st, 20099:52 am
COLORADO has a relative cream-puff schedule from here on out compared to LOS BRAVOS. The GIANTS have the DODGERS for three and everybody else is below the playoff radar IMO. Maybe the PADRES will rise up like they did against us, but that’s wishing and hopin’. That’s what happens when you lose control of your own destiny. We have the toughest schedule going in other than the fact that we play the METS three and WASHINGTON a bunch. We just can’t afford to lose to them more than once each the rest of the way. HOUSTON, CUBS, and St. LOUIS are gonna’ be tough not to mention the FISH and PHILLIES.
The Braves’ magic # against the Giants/Rockies is 35 with 31 games to play.
If the Braves go 21-10, both teams would have to go 17-14 for the Braves to clinch outright.
The Giants/Rockies magic # against the Braves is 29.
If the Braves go 21-10, either team would need to go 19-12 for the Braves to be eliminated outright.
September 1st, 20099:53 am
JOHNSON to MISSISSIPPI not surprising. Movement all over the minors landscape with call-ups in order.
They have to wait 10 days to recall Ascosta after sending him down. I am sure there will be a few others when Gwinnett is eliminated or finishes season/postseason. The big club won’t gut Gwinnett for guys who won’t see action, but I did think an outfielder would be in the first recalls.
September 1st, 20099:54 am
Season over, we will lose tonight……….theres some guy on the hill that has not won a single game all season long……….what up with Cox?
September 1st, 20099:55 am
Miss. won’t be in playoffs; it is strictly for a manpower shortage and Cody is deserving. A few days with Wellman might help the boy.
September 1st, 20099:57 am
thirllhouse, who sits? greg norton sits. and gerrett anderson sits vs. lefties.
but yeah, cameron would be a better choice for that reason. but still…the braves could find use for one of these guys…there really isnt alot to lose by going after one of them.
brent aI’m not in with with the criticism that the FO isn’t doing anything. Who knows? They could do something today.
but anyone they get now wont be eligible for the postseason.
I asked you a question a few days ago and you, as predicted, COWARD out. Now, I’ll ask again…. what are you going to do when you have to ask Tim Hudson questions before or after his first start back tonight? After you two had that falling out in the offseason, I’d be biting my finger nails when the time comes when you guys meet face to face. Don’t cowar down to my request for a response because I’ve asked nicely twice now. Again, thanks.
Chipper needs to sit for some 5 games this month, it would help him and the team.
September 1st, 200910:01 am
You know why the media won’t ask the questions? Because their a bunch of suckers that are scared to do their job. Let me have your job, I’ll ask the question, DOB.
DOB, why is it that it seems you don’t ask the questions regarding Cox’s substitutions, who he calls up or sends down, or why Norton is still on the team? Is it because you want to keep an open relationship with the team and in the clubhouse? I understand if that’s the case, however, you are doing a disservice to the fan base and the people who pay money to watch this team. Where I come from, if you have a question to ask, you ask it. You don’t bite your tongue out of fear. It’s only questions DOB. Are you afraid to ask Cox the tough questions? Have you asked Cox why Norton is still on the team? Have you asked Cox why Gorecki is playing instead of calling up Heyward? A. Jones came up and hit 2 HR’s in a World Series at the young age of 18. From what I hear, this guy is a much more patient hitter than AJ. Do your job DOB and ask the questions. The fans deserve more. If it wasn’t for the fans, the Braves wouldn’t exist and you wouldn’t either. Ask a tough question for once in your life, DOB.
On paper we have a legitimate change of picking up ground on giants tonight, very good change. Id say we will win tonight. Phillies will eat SF alive. With pelfrey on the mound, theres a good change fot the muts to win, but I like the rockies chances better. So we stay 3 out and pick a game on the giants.
September 1st, 200910:05 am
Carrol, when will the call-ups be announced?
September 1st, 200910:07 am
Some hostility on the blog this morning. Name calling, racism. Isn’t the point of the blog to talk about the BRAVES, and at the moment the BRAVES are only 3 games out. Racism and politics do not belong on the blog.
September 1st, 200910:08 am
Well, the Lunatic Fringe is alive and well this morning. We could blame the full moon if it didn’t happen during all lunar phases.
September 1st, 200910:09 am
Josh and Cox apologists “”"”- yawn
September 1st, 200910:10 am
Dap – players acquired today can help the Braves get to the post-season.
I am 100% aware that players acquired now can’t play in the post-season.
I still remember the Braves trading Turk Wendell for Berryhill and Bielecki with about 7-10 days to go in 1991 and Bielecki being upset about it.
Cox appologist guy,
O’Brien and that Rogers woman and more than likely that entire AJC staff are intimidated by Bobby Cox for whatever reason. He had many HOF pitchers covering his blunders for years and years, not to mention some of the most clutch hitters this franchise has ever seen in Justice/McGriff(Crime dog) and many more. Sure, a lot of managers have won just because players cover their mistakes, but Cox has taken this to a new level. He’s a stubborn jackass that pampers guys like Chipper, who I really like by the way, and other vets because he doesn’t have the nads to put them in their place when it’s neccessary to do it. It’ll be a brighter day for the Braves when the old fart bag retires and when the AJC demands their writers/media to ask the tough qeustions and not cowar down do to fear of losing their jobs.
September 1st, 200910:11 am
MidTownJoe-Of course the Braves will pass on Dye. Why give up players to acquire him now and then dump him this winter? They sure aren’t going to pay an outfielder $12 mil next year to play in Atlanta-especially when they need to address 1B as well.
September 1st, 200910:13 am
OK, somebody last night was asking for the Braves record without BMac in the lineup. Well, here it is (keep in mind this includes those times when he is inserted into the game late as an offensive-substitution):
16-16…that win last night put them right at .500.
September 1st, 200910:14 am
Callups have already been announced-Conrad, Valdez and Sammons.
September 1st, 200910:15 am
where did you read that LEW?
Baba O’Reilly-Ditto. I just love these new concepts and take on things. Don’t you?
September 1st, 200910:16 am
Boy Lew, if I didn’t know any better I’d think you work for the Atlanta Braves front office. How in the world do you know they won’t sign or trade for an OF making $12m a year in 2010? Hint…. you don’t!
Rico43: but I did think an outfielder would be in the first recalls.
With how Infante played CF last night, I think the need for an additional outfielder was neutralized. Conrad’s addition gives you a late bat with a little pop, pinch runner, utility INF… essentially what Omar was.
Also, Omar made a couple of very difficult plays in CF last night. He certainly doesn’t hurt us. I think he has earned another start there in McLouth’s prolonged absence.
September 1st, 200910:17 am
Carroll announced the calulps at 10:32 on the blog last night and there’s a story on the front sports page of the AJC.
September 1st, 200910:18 am
Some questions aren’t asked because they have either been answered or the answers are obvious. Heyward is barely 20 years old if that and is currently slumping in AA. The last thing you want to do to someone who is slumping is to give them more of a reason to slump. Heyward is going to follow Hansons path and be a June call up next year so he aviods Super Two status and gives us an extra year of no arb. The Norton situation was complicated by injuries. Church and LaRoche have been hurt on our bench within the last couple weeks. This leaves Pinch hitting duties between Kelly and Norton, since Ross is needed in case of a backup catcher. With Neither bat bringing up too much confidence, and Norton having much more experience pinch hitting, Cox has reason to keep jogging Norton out there. Now with call ups in effect, I hope that more pinch hitting duties going to Conrad and Ross, since Clint can catch if need be. If Norton is still pinch hitting with good frequency then there is a legit question that should be asked. And if a casual fan who spends most braves games watching on gamecast can answer the question, then there is no real urgency or need to bother asking Bobby the same.
September 1st, 200910:21 am
thanks Lew missed that
“Kawakami was the one who loosened the screws in what had been a lock-down performance by Johnson.” — Nice turn of phrase, Carroll.
September 1st, 200910:22 am
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September 1st, 200910:23 am
Josh-If you had a lick of common sense, instead of being intent on proving how freaking edgy and cponfrontational you are you’d understand. In the offseason, they have to get a new (or re-sign LaRoche) first baseman, a new closer (or re-sign either MFIKY or Gonzo) and add a power bat. They have to do this on the money coming off the books minus raises due to the arbitration eligible players and those due contractual raises. They can’t do this with the current payroll limits (and they could go down, just like attendance) and sign a $12 million outfielder-especially one who will be 36 years old and has only an OPS of .800. They won’t pay that much for that little production. They could have signed Dunn for less than that and will find someone else that can produce the same or more for less $$$$$.
September 1st, 200910:24 am
Lew,the blog is becoming more and more childish,we seemed to have been taken over by idiots,rascists and those who like to use other people’s names. Scroll is becoming more useful.
ok. just telling you “why the criticism of the front office?”
September 1st, 200910:26 am
coach-No problem. I was somewhat surprised no outfielder was called up, but like was mentioned above, after the way Omar played D last night there may be no need. This may not bode very well for Blanco and Brandon Jones, though.
September 1st, 200910:27 am
CB-It seems to be an annual occurrence. Seasonal, perhaps?
September 1st, 200910:29 am
Glad to see you back with us!
Good post about Infante. I was very happy and amazed at his play in the OF last night. I have been a bit hesitant to play him out there, but he looked really good.
September 1st, 200910:31 am
One day maybe we’ll see this guy at 1st base:
September 1st, 200910:33 am
flange1, I was amazed also by his speed and quick jumps in the outfield, makes for heck of a utility man.
September 1st, 200910:34 am
They can’t do this [1B, closer, power bat] with the current payroll limits
Sure, they can, Lew. Just trade Vazquez in the offseason, LOL.
I’m joking, man, don’t go crazy on me.
dogsbrekky (Cold Play seriously suck, seriously)
September 1st, 200910:38 am
Gee, some of you lot are in career best “rare” form today but Cox Apologist you take the cake. If you just read what you write sometimes, you would realise that BIGOTRY has zero to do with color, it is a state of mind and we all know YOUR state of mind
Onto the Bravos – Gonzo looking good for the stretch run. I hope we may do the old lefty righty closing thing with he and MFIKY against the lefty dominant teams (fillies etc).
Infante can flat out play. Guy is a gutsy baseballer.
KK continues to fight hard even with ZERO run support.
September 1st, 200910:39 am
I like the Sammons call up strictly because Cox will feel free to use Ross as a pinch hitter. It’s good to have another power bat coming off the bench late in the season.
Hopefully we see less of Norton now, but I doubt it. I really wouldn’t mind seeing Norton if he was called on to hit from the right side. He’s had limited at bats from that side of the plate, but has produced a MUCH better average, yet he’s almost always used against a righty.
Also glad Conrad got the call as well. He’s a hard nosed player who has some pop in his bat. He was swinging the bat well at AAA. I don’t expect a ton from the guy like some, but I do think he can help the team a lot more than the current professional pinch hitter does.
September 1st, 200910:40 am
scoots-But even so, it would NOT include Jermaine Dye-trade of Vazquez or no.
September 1st, 200910:42 am
I’m leaving if Lew and scoots start talking about Vazquez.
September 1st, 200910:44 am
CB-They keep pulling me back. Don’t worry. The above comment is my sum total on Javy today-at least dealing with any potential trades.
Totally agree on Infante. I thought he was valuable as a decent off the bench replacement IF with a decent bat. Adding decent OF ability makes him even more valuable.
I know your stance on the Hudson/Javy thing for next year, but if KK keeps up with games like last night, he might actually drive up his trade value! I can see a KJ + KK trade for Konerko in the off season……
Limiting the call ups so that the Gwinnett team is still serviceable in their play-off series does not make any sense to me. The most important team is in Atlanta and they should be able to use anybody that will help them with a play-off push, if we were out of the play-off picture then I could understand it, but there is still a very real chance (albeit that they are underdogs) that Atlanta could still be playing in October.
September 1st, 200910:46 am
No chance, CB, LOL. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
September 1st, 200910:48 am
Bubdylan is by far the funniest poster here so Awards Show, you will not be hired next year after this year’s performance (kind of like Hugh Jackman on the Oscars)
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