3:00 pm August 31, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
September 1st, 200910:48 am
Good to see Valdez getting called up for a cup of coffee.
September 1st, 200910:49 am
Lew-Did you have the joy of listening to Tommy Hutton last night? At least I work tonight, so I will watch with the sound down.
flange-I would have no problem seeing KK traded. I’m impressed with what he’s given us this year-especially considering the adjustments he needed to make to new culture and league, as well as lack of run support.
However, a rotation (potentially) of Lowe, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Hanson and Hudson, with Medlen, Carlyle and Campillo for long relief/spot starting, we could easily lose KK without it hurting us. I’m just not so sure we could lose Javy and replace him as adequately in the rotation.
September 1st, 200910:50 am
scoots and Lew, I give you “props” for being able to agree to disagree.
I too was impressed with Infante, knew he was a scrapper but didn’t expect him to be inserted into CF and look like it was his every day position – but he did. He got to 2 balls that I’m not even sure McLouth could’ve gotten to fast enough to make the play. Now he may go out there tonight and suck it up since I said that but last night he proved what I knew all along, that he belongs out there before some guy named Gorecki. Is that how you spell his name? I don’t know. How ’bout I just call him Reid.
September 1st, 200910:51 am
Baba-No. I listened to Joe and Boog. Sports South is broadcasting many more games now than earlier in the season and I’ve actually had a home/away choice of feeds recently-and will for at least two of the four Marlin’s games.
September 1st, 200910:52 am
Maybe if you were sprayed with water houses”"
Nothing more terrifying than being doused with architecture!
September 1st, 200910:53 am
Lew – Boog is growing on me, very slowly like a melanoma but he is growing…
Who cares about McLouth and Church’s injuries, when you have Omar Infante, who plays an awesome center field and hits! Give those two the rest of the season off and go with the winner, that is if you really want to win. And please eat Norton’s salary and quit useing him as a “NON PINCH HITTER” when you have players on the bench that can actually hit. And if you really want to make the playoffs, give Chipper the rest he says he needs and play your best: Prado at 3rd and Infante at second. It could be a great playoff berth via the Wild Card if someone would pay attention.
September 1st, 200910:55 am
I’ve always liked Boog. He used to do a radio show down here. I agree with a lot of his thoughts, especially the “Does clutch exist?” argument.
September 1st, 200910:58 am
I can’t wait to see Huddy tonight. I’m anxious about his first start, if he comes out dealing we should consider it a pleasant surprise…some early run support would be great to take the pressure off him. If he gets knocked around a little bit the blog should be predictably hilarious.
September 1st, 200910:59 am
Baba – everyone likes Boog, except moi. He is an acquired taste but I cannot give a valid reason why I [don't] like the guy [as a commentator]. Then again, Joe Simpson was annoying last night, so go figure.
Dorothy – with Chipper in the line-up, it still forces them to make good pitches and he walks a lot with B mac behind him.
September 1st, 200911:00 am
Robert (Chipper Is the Best)
I see the assylum has allowed internet access to a few “patients” on here again. Perhaps, some pottery classes would do them better than engulfing this blog with non-sense.
September 1st, 200911:01 am
brekky- You’re right about Boog being an acquired taste. The guy is knowledgable. Gotta go. Duty calls
Wish they’d send Boob back down wherever ‘here’ is. I see he got his hair re-sticked. What a major dreeb!
September 1st, 200911:02 am
Boog’s great…the story he told last night about Matt Diaz was hilarious.
ciao, free Whitney Houston concert today in Central Park, later y’all
September 1st, 200911:03 am
Norton strikes out again, KJ lines to left.
September 1st, 200911:04 am
Joe was prpbably annoted with Boob. I always am!
typo,make that “annoyed”
September 1st, 200911:05 am
CB-I wouldn’t worry-scoots and I are old buddies here on the blog. He’s actually been around longer than I have and this is one of the few topics we’ve really disagreed on.
Baba-Not always so lucky with the Extra Innings package-you take what’s available and like it. However, it helps when the Braves’ networks actually broadcasts. Peachtree TV still has issues with Extra Innings. Wish they’ get their act together. I’m just glad we aren’t in the same division with the Brewers. Their TV guys are monumentally bad.
September 1st, 200911:07 am
Baba-Where are you located? Sounds like South Florida.
September 1st, 200911:09 am
Thanks a lot for the props! I haven’t prepared a speech yet, it was all totally unexpected. *more coffee*
And congrats to the rest of the winners!
Oh yeah,I forgot—FIRE BOBBY COX NOW! Quick,before he can P/H Norton again!
September 1st, 200911:12 am
Maybe if you were sprayed with water houses.
Nothing more terrifying than being doused with architecture! Just last week I was soaked by police with a 3-BR, 2-BA, Ranch Style. NO FUN!
"You all are Cox apologists"
September 1st, 200911:15 am
IF YOU DEFEND NORTON, YOU’RE AN IDIOT,
I don’t give a rats ass what he did last year. This year he sucks and you’re an IDIOT if you think he should still have a roster spot. Braves, just play every game hard and lets not have anymore gutless performances such as in the Padres series. That being said, they will have a gutless performance tonight and get shut out 7-0. What else can we expect? I want the Braves to do well, it’s just that IDIOT Cox will do something to hinder their progress. FIRE COX TODAY!
scoots and I are old buddies here on the blog. He’s actually been around longer than I have and this is one of the few topics we’ve really disagreed on.
Besides, that difference of opinion is more like two neighbors touting their brand of lawn mower as better. You still cut the other guy’s grass when he’s on vacation, regardless.
September 1st, 200911:16 am
I said I meant hoses in the next post you DUMB ASS.
Shamus-But what was the square footage? Did it have a garage?
and props to “water houses”, LOL. That one’s got legs, might be worth using in the future.
September 1st, 200911:17 am
Were you wearing your Ruby Slippers? Is the dog all right?
September 1st, 200911:18 am
scoots-destined to go right up there with YOUR AND IDIOT (must be capitalized) and Kimono Dragons.
One of these days I’ll do a Kimono Dragon t shirt design.
Seems that YAACA might need to be doused with a water house to keep his finger off the caps-lock, LOL.
September 1st, 200911:19 am
My preference for the rotation next year is Hudson, Lowe, Javy, JJJ and Hanson.
I don’t think we can afford both Soriano and Gonzo, so one of those guys will go.
I can see an outfield of Diaz/Church in LF, McLouth in CF and Heyward in RF. When Schafer is ready maybe Church is traded. But with those 5 guys, I don’t add another OF
The position we need a RH power addition is 1B. Konerko has a 1 year deal and fits the bill. He is expensive, but can hit.
If we could trade KK + KJ for Konerko, sign one of Gonzo/Soriano, and maybe add a Nick Green as your second backup IF, the team is ready to go for 2010.
September 1st, 200911:20 am
Lew, I’d forgotten Kimono Dragon. Dang. Wish someone had kept a book on all those; Blog Lore Vocabulary to go with the RROE, LOL.
September 1st, 200911:21 am
scoots-Don’t know about that. I pay someone to mow the south 40.
September 1st, 200911:22 am
Thanks Necromancer. Not so sure about Mama. Like I’m Eddie Murphy in drag with about 300 pounds on pillows on. Not sure what Crusher is about either. I know I have my moments, but I thought I was a little nicer than that.
Anyway, top of the morning.
Voice from the past
September 1st, 200911:23 am
Steve McP: 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
Who else from that roster is going to make a real difference in a playoff chase? Barton? Blanco? BJones? Barbaro? Those killer B’s would only kill rallies. There’s no player of impact there, else they would have already been called up. Already here: Gorecki for defense and pinch running, Conrad for utility/late bat/running, Sammons as backup catcher – freeing Ross’ bat, Valdez for bullpen depth. Who else you gonna call, and for what purpose? If a ‘pen arm can/could make a difference, he’s already here.
September 1st, 200911:25 am
Howdy, flange. Thanks for the nod…
September 1st, 200911:26 am
Not so sure about Mama…Not sure what Crusher is about either.
The blog passed on “Babe Monster” in the interests of political correctness.
Committee still meeting; previously mentioned nicknames are merely trial balloons.
September 1st, 200911:29 am
flange-No real problem with that, but I’d re-sign Roachy and find a better power hitting outfielder too. Not too sure of Diaz full time and Church is WAY too injury prone to rely on. I’d rather have someone else with power out there. Not too sure Heyward is ready yet and Lord Knows what will happen with Schafer-he keeps getting pushed further back on the development track. I have been less than impressed with McLouth, too.
BTW-Did you get that package yet?
I don’t know if you listed the pitchers in order, but if so, I would have Hudson as the #5 starter-less pressure and more chance to come along slower. Actually, that’s my big point about trading KK instead of Javy. I feel that KK is really our #5 starter and Vazquez, our #1 or #2. I think Hudson could replace an end rotation guy in 2010, but NOT a top rotation pitcher. KK is more easily replaceable at his spot than Javy is in his, IMO.
September 1st, 200911:37 am
Lew but I’d…find a better power hitting outfielder too.
Yeah…somebody who could [eyes begin to sparkle dreamily] bat cleanup!
Sept.1 and still able to talk about playoffs, beats the heck out of watching somebody else. Also better than talking too soon about next year.
September 1st, 200911:39 am
McFann- I agree-we need a bona fide clean up hitter. It ain’t Mac and it ain’t Roachy.
September 1st, 200911:44 am
My house overlooks a lake…does that count? I’ve never sprayed it on anyone though…
Carroll, I’m the nickname master. I’ll run the final decision by you, of course.
Lew, water houses are measure in gallons instead of square-feet. I figure it was around a 2-million gallon spread…
September 1st, 200911:48 am
Dentz is my first candidate to get water-housed. Anybody after that, is gravy.
Nickname queen, RHR, nickname queen.
September 1st, 200911:50 am
Of course scoots, actually I was originally going for meister but my spellcheck doesn’t like german words and I wasnt sure of the spelling so I let it change it to master instead LOL. But yes, Queen is just fine.
September 1st, 200911:51 am
Can we call Carroll “Buck”? I’m sure she’s never heard that before…
September 1st, 200911:53 am
RHR, very well. So noted in the minutes, CR nickname responsibility devolves to you. Committee adjourns.
Who wants pie?
September 1st, 200911:55 am
Capt. Morgan (formerly Renegator)
September 1st, 200911:56 am
I’m surprised the Braves didn’t call up anyone to provide more outfield depth. With Church and McLouth questionable because of injuries – I would have liked to have seen Blanco called up. I guess Cox trusts Infante to cover CF.
Just Curious. On Sunday nights ESPN game the announcers (Steve Phillips I believe) said that he was talking to Chipper about his slump and Chipper said that “physically he felt better than he has in a couple of years right now.” However, Lemke and Chip Carey were saying last night on the pregame radio show that Chipper was “beat up” right now and could use some rest. Which one is it? I wonder if Carrol or DOB knows if CHipper is being bothered by anything physical?
September 1st, 200911:57 am
Rene-A friend of mine painted the original Captain Morgan pirate for the rum people. Unfortunately, they didn’t give royalties.
September 1st, 200911:58 am
“There’s no sense of urgency,” Uggla said. “There’s still time, there’s still a lot of games left. We’re all calm and relaxed and I’m pretty sure we’re going to stay that way.”
props to Uggla, LOL. Guess he missed the “urgency” memo.
September 1st, 200911:59 am
Are you sure he wasn’t referring to Water Horses?
September 1st, 200912:00 pm
Morning fellow bloggers Did I miss any late night intrigue? Can’t wait to see Huddy on the mound again
I suppose that for some people there is no “sense of urgency” until it’s do or die.
September 1st, 200912:01 pm
All these “props”… is this a set for a play or a comedy routine? Well…wait a minute. I just answered my own question didn’t I?
Lew we need a bona fide clean up hitter.
That we do, sir. That we do.
September 1st, 200912:02 pm
Uggla’s comments = priceless.
September 1st, 200912:03 pm
cabravesfan Can’t wait to see Huddy on the mound again
Ditto! Hope he cann put up a QS and the offense cann score plenty of runs! Should be exciting…
Heath-No, it’s the most bizarre morality play you’ll ever see.
cabravesfan-Early today, aren’t you?
Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)
September 1st, 200912:05 pm
Glad to see the boys decided to strap on the leotards and win one last night.
September 1st, 200912:06 pm
Monty,—— I feel something is wrong with Chipper. His reaction at bat and 3rd base are way off. He has to be hurting , You just don’t lose it over night because of age. The only difference with this team is they know how to win with out him.
September 1st, 200912:07 pm
I’m not sure Steve Phillips knows the names of his own children. I’d trust Joe and Boog on this one.
I thought water houses were measured in acre-feet.
September 1st, 200912:08 pm
The blog’s already eating my posts, which is a reminder it’s time for lunch.
’scoots, you say you want Dentz water hosed? How about water boarded? I think that would be more fun.
Lew, I could handle a new OF on a 1 year deal as well, just don’t know if we can afford! in terms of the rotation, it’s nice having 5 guys that can pitch 1-5! Put them in any order you want and you can’t lose. I agree that Hudson could start at 5 and work his way into shape. Regroup at the All Star break.
I also think the reason they picked Minor in the draft over guys with higher ceilings is that he could be ML ready by 2011. WIth Minor and Medlen, they could let Javy and Hudson walk and still have a decent rotation.
I think they will try to re-sign one or both, but that would give them some options.
Nice! Too bad about the royalties – with the amount of Captain I’ve bought over the years – he could’ve retired 10 times over…
Rock On......the denizen formerly known as Dadgum
September 1st, 200912:09 pm
Lew…you and I have always been in the same corner on Glavine/Smoltz. Now same with Vazquez/Hudson. As we summized some time back it is too early (way to early) to even project Hudson as a Brave and certainly not in place of Vazquez. Actually like HUdson and hope he does not have injury implications post-TJ. Not sure we can keep both but that is a conversation for after Hudson’s auditions.
Now Conrad (the saviour) is back….nah, I ain’t going there and what do I know about baseball anyway. Right?
Glad to see you back! Some newbe blogger said he was going to be the VOR on the blog and ’scoots told him that that name was taken by a blogger of substance.
Could not agree more!!
Sorry, monty, I just see “sense of urgency” as a misnomer for “playing scared”. You can’t play the game that way and hope to give your best performance. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast…same thing with playing calmly, IMO.
September 1st, 200912:10 pm
The thing is…Loaf and MFIKY were named based on demeanor and appearance. I’ve never seen Carroll except from afar, and on the tiny thumbnail pic on the blog. I don’t like either Mama or Crusher.
September 1st, 200912:12 pm
This whole thing is quizzacle. Did I actually write that?
After reading Appologist’s rant, well, that was quizzacle and maybe the wrong forum. Yes, definitely the wrong forum.
September 1st, 200912:13 pm
just have a few free minutes before I have to actually start my work day…
Darn tootin’ and Holy Cornelia, LOL. Yoc Rocks, even retired. Not to be trifled with, is what I’m sayin’.
Maybe some of the long-timers will trot out some of the vocabulary today. Props to Piedmont!
I resent Roman Gal’s doing so now! Bravesfan54
I wasn’t saying that you misrepresented my post, I was just saying that I didn’t write the post that you were responding to. I had already written a post about someone using my moniker and then saw your post directed towards that person and responded. I certainly didn’t mean to make you mad. I wasn’t mad…just trying to get to the bottom of it.
September 1st, 200912:15 pm
OK…fire now just 15 miles from downtown LA…that’s not good
Mid Town Joe
September 1st, 200912:17 pm
Maybe Carroll’s morning handle should be Buck Naked?
September 1st, 200912:19 pm
I don’t think Conrad is the Savior. I haven’t heard anyone describe him that way. However, he was over-acheiving if you want to call it that, as are some bloggers on here. I’ll take a limited talent “over-acheiver” (if only for awhile) than a talent laden underacheiver anyday! ANyone not wanting to see him pinch hit instead of Norton needs to have immediate counseling!
September 1st, 200912:21 pm
Awesome win, Bravos!!! KK was absolutely the Man (and I thought he might be mad, maybe he was & channeled it into his pitching in a good way!). My favorite player, Matty D, you are awesome!! I just enjoy watching him play, he is always fun to watch (sometimes painful, but hustles so hard) Chipper has such bags under his eyes, he needs some rest big time. I know this season & his performance are wearing on him, it’s obvious to see. Maybe they aren’t calling up more players because Gwinnett is in the playoff hunt? I was hoping Babarbo would displace our “pinch hitting specialist” (just gagged as I typed that) Greg “Automatic out” Norton. Oh well. Brian McCann also needs more rest than he’s been getting but with Sammons as the emergency catcher, DR can play more. Go Braves, go Fish Whisperer (Matty D)!!!
Hey, don’t be steppin’ on my handle!
Wait… that came out way wrong…
September 1st, 200912:22 pm
Are you really serious guy? I mean, be it the collapse of the almighty dollar to race wars to when you ACTUALLY do get around to talking about the braves you are just yelling at people. Nobody even reacts to your posts so who the hell are you yelling at. Now chill out and stop being a loser. And now I will preemptively call myself an “IDIOT” so you dont have to waste your time.
September 1st, 200912:23 pm
..or George Casdanza…..
September 1st, 200912:25 pm
Lew, I live in Jupiter.
Still funny……..getting ready for October………
September 1st, 200912:27 pm
If Cox Pinch Hits Norton tonight (which I really have no doubt in my mind that he will), then…….nevermind…..then nothing…b/c nothing will happen…he’ll never be asked why…..I’ll just be even more pissed off b/c now he has even more options on the bench, but he’s going to try and good ‘ol Nort out of his slump….
Nova Scotia Steve
monty – “I don’t think Conrad is the Savior. I haven’t heard anyone describe him that way.”
I agree – But I’m totally glad he got called up…So at least some of the blog will/can keep their sanity.
I also very very surprised we haven’t seen Chris Burke AT ALL this season. Maybe he being penalized for “The Devine Homer”
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. Bravesfan54
Wait, wait, wait…you think I should apologize? Apologize for what? This has gotten blown WAY out of proportion. As I already said, I didn’t write that 7:11 post last night. I wrote about it last night. So, I do think this is a “chill” situation.
September 1st, 200912:29 pm
Aw, bummer. Buck Naked is taken….Babe Monster? I’m a walking oxymoron.
Monty, I think what Chipper means is that overall he’s been as healthy as he’s been in years. That he’s on pace to play a ton of games and hasn’t had the kind of injuries that keep him out long stretches. The beat up part means he’s a little worn down. That’s my interpretation.
Oh, and burying my lede. New blog is up!
Global warming scam
September 1st, 200912:31 pm
September 1st, 200912:37 pm
“sense of urgency another name for playing scared”
If your adrenaline doesn’t get raised in the last month of the season when every game “seems” to count more than they did a month or two ago, then you really must not have a pulse. I’m sure some players perform better (or think that they do) by downplaying everything so as not to put more pressure on themselves than they already feel.If that works for Uggla good for him. Other players however thrive (or seem to) off of pressure. All sports have parts of the season where pressure is increased due to having to win be it a best 2 of 3, 4 of 7, a playoff game to advance to the next game then the next. And its very common to see some outstanding individual performances in times of great pressure.I just think having a sense of urgency isn’t playing scared its playing with a heightened sense of purpose.
September 1st, 20091:15 pm
Only yankees say buck-naked, it’s butt-nekkid in these parts..
September 1st, 20091:22 pm
RHR: My house overlooks a lake…does that count? I’ve never sprayed it on anyone though…”"
Whatever you do, don’t spray it in the lake! That’d spawn an outbreak of subdivisions as aggressive as kudzu…
September 1st, 20091:39 pm
from Will Carroll, Baseball Prospectus, 1 Sep:
“Tim Hudson (9/1)
Hudson had a deliberately paced rehab, going slow so that he’d wait on the roster expansion, but also to make sure that he had enough stamina to be ready for the rotation. While some questioned me when I off-handedly said that Hudson was going to slot back into the rotation last week, there was little question of it in my mind. There’s simply no reason to work on stamina the way they did if the Braves just planned on putting him in the pen or shutting him down. The question was who would step aside for him, and it looks like in the short term that the answer is no one. There have been indications from Braves beat writers that the team will go with a six-man rotation, as this does give them the opportunity to limit the workloads of Tommy Hanson and Ken Kawakami. (Note that there are also indications that Kawakami will be lifted from the rotation immediately, though the Braves haven’t commented on this.) Hudson’s return from Tommy John isn’t as automatic as some will say, but I do expect he will be effective for this season and should head into 2010 as a “normal” pitcher.
“Nate McLouth (9/10)
The Braves got good news, relatively, on McLouth. Imaging showed that he’s merely set himself back to where he was, a tough Grade II strain in his hamstring rather than making it worse. McLouth is precisely the type of player that has to be protected from himself, and it appears he just went too hard, too soon in coming back from the strain. The early estimates that he’ll miss an additional week seem a bit optimistic given the setback. The team will have to be a bit more conservative this time around to make sure he doesn’t do it again (or make it worse). McLouth won’t have much problem once he does get back, but I’d expect it to be more like ten days to two weeks before that happens.”
September 1st, 20091:43 pm
one more from Will Carroll, Baseball Prospectus, 1 Sep:
“… I was told early Monday evening that Jarrod Saltalamacchia was heading for surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. T.R. Sullivan later said it was “50-50,” so keep your eye on this. … “
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