2:57 pm September 17, 2009, by David O'Brien
September 17th, 20093:02 pm
Boo-yah! Thanks for the new Blog, Chief</strong.!
Hope the time stamps on this one are functioning properly…
September 17th, 20093:04 pm
September 17th, 20093:06 pm
September 17th, 20093:09 pm
Pete (I played more games than anyone...and gambled too!...) Rose
Bet the Reds and the over…as they will win 3 out of 4 with the Marlins starting tonight. At least that is what I have laid with my bookie. Ironic, his name is Chipper Smith.
September 17th, 20093:10 pm
Uh oh, I see 7:06.
September 17th, 20093:12 pm
Someone needs set the clock on this blog to the correct time before the haters get on here and start ripping the tech guys.
September 17th, 20093:16 pm
Heres my question DOB. What is the record of the Braves when you write the blog, and what is the record when Carroll writes the blog? It seems to me that the Braves play much better when Carroll is blogging but I may be wrong. Would be interesting, no idea if you can figure that out. Thanks for the blog DOB. CHOP CHOP!!
September 17th, 20093:20 pm
DOB, I would like to see an article about miracle comebacks in baseball….Go Braves
September 17th, 20093:21 pm
This whole blog time stamp issue is obviously Bobby’s fault.
September 17th, 20093:29 pm
Tiger – I agree I’m amazing and golfers aren’t really athletes they’re a bunch of cry babies with daddy’s trust fund – they could never throw the ROCK. Braves rule! Go Notre Dame! It aint over till it’s over. Blaine Boyer would have won the Cy Young award if I were coaching….damn baltimore…..
September 17th, 20093:31 pm
Tiger – I agree I’m amazing and golfers aren’t really athletes they’re a bunch of cry babies with daddy’s trust fund – they could never throw the ROCK. Braves rule! Go Notre Dame! It aint over till it’s over. Blaine Boyer would have won the Cy Young award if I were coaching….damn baltimore…..
fielder looks slimmer with the dark top.
September 17th, 20093:33 pm
Time jumped again…
September 17th, 20093:35 pm
September 17th, 20093:39 pm
P. W. Hjort
September 17th, 20093:42 pm
What if the Braves, instead of acquiring a 1B, move Chipper to 1st and sign Jack Wilson. Jack Wilson sucks offensively, but he’s one of the best defensive SS in the game, and will probably be a 2-win player this year just because of defense alone. Move Yunel to 3rd and have the most amazing defensive left side of the infield in baseball. Of course, this doesn’t fix the Braves’ biggest systematic weakness, and perhaps contributes to it. But, if you can sign Wilson for cheap (~$3-5 million or so), you’ve got value there. And then, maybe you can go out and get a Holliday or a Bay. And that fixes the biggest systematic weakness. Something like:
It could work. Not my favorite idea, but something to consider. It should be noted that the Mariners hold a $8.4 million dollar option for Wilson’s 2010 season with a $0.6 million dollar buyout. Smart money’s on the buyout.
The Braves need to get better defensively with the pitching staff they’ve got. They’re 23rd in baseball in defensive efficiency. Getting Garret Anderson out of there in favor of a better defensive LF, moving Chipper to 1B, moving Yunel to 3rd, and adding an extremely gifted defensive SS would certainly improve the defense. Crazy idea, I know. I don’t think it’s that good of an idea, but it’s not that bad either.
The Real Don Steele
September 17th, 20093:43 pm
Think Chipper has been a great Brave but he just killed Atlanta’s chances down the stretch. Bobby Cox was loyal to Chipper and not to the team when he left him batting third and didn’t do what Jim Leyland would have done and drop Chipper down to the seven hole to try to get his swing back. Just killed the team! You can’t blame Chipper, he’s doing what the skipper wants him to do. Cox should have dropped him in the order and the Braves would have another six to eight wins. They’d be in the middle of the wild card race. Wait’ll next year, hopefully with a fresh manager.
September 17th, 20093:44 pm
I’m not giving up on this team… in the Wild Card OR the division!
I’m a Christian, and I pray for this team to play the best it can (which includes off-field preparation) and to win, and I will continue to do so.
I wouldn’t start Chipper until he’s ready to go. As good as it is to have him in the lineup, I wouldn’t push the issue and risk aggravating his injury/injuries that much more. I like having him as a pinch-hitter, too.
Glad to see the team playing so well. Just maintain the focus and diligence!
September 17th, 20093:46 pm
DOB, just wanted to note that your columns are amazingly thoughtful & detailed and I appreciate the hard work you put into them.
Oh, okay, Go Braves!
By the way, I highly recommend listening to Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, which has been even better than usual this week.
September 17th, 20093:47 pm
Chipper’s lack of performance justed killed the Brave’s chances down the stretch. Cox should have done what Jim Leyland would have done and dropped Chipper into the seven hole to try to get his swing back. Cox was loyal to Chipper and not the team. The Bravos would have another seven to eight wins and be in the middle of the wild card but Cox kept putting Chipper in the critical three hole where he could not deliver game after game. Wait’ll next year, hopefully with a fresh manager.
September 17th, 20093:48 pm
What’s with the time? It went for 3:39 7:06. Did I just lose 4 hours? Am I in the twilight zone?
September 17th, 20093:50 pm
PW good points but I would have to disagree. Yunel is prob top 5 short stops in the game would make no sense in making him a third baseman. The idea of Chipper to first is interesting but wouldn’t sacrifice moving Yunel to do it. Wilson has no offense what so ever and really would do no good on this team. Our infield defensively is pretty solid (except Chip this year) so no need in changing it that much. We need to sign people that can hit. Wilson can not.
And you do realize “down the road” could be as soon as next year, right?
Down the road could also be as soon as already. The Braves have already signed a Japanese player who cited Kenshin Kawakami’s signing as the reason he wanted to sign with Atlanta. I don’t know of his status, I think he’s still pitching in Japan, and I forgot his name.
AAAAHH!!! Is there any way to fix these messed up time-stamps, Chief???
Buffalo NY Braves Fan–
What cann I say? I’m a scary gal…
I did a Google “research”, and came up with this:
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Dr. Rubinfeld agreed with Dr. Kornmehl, although he makes exceptions for certain occupational requirements—for instance, an individual who plans to become a pilot in the military or wants to join a law enforcement agency.
Dr. Kornmehl added, “If someone needs the surgery for a job, that is one thing. However, while individuals attend college, we know that their eyes are inevitably going to change and they will need an enhancement down the line. We explain to these young patients that their eyes are likely to change and they should not undergo this surgery until there is a greater stability. Nine times out of 10, they will understand the wisdom of waiting and choose to return when they reach their mid-20s.”
Long, I know…but int’resting nonetheless.
Your Pal LarHO
Which teams are we pulling for & against again? I couldn’t decide last night whether I should be rooting for the Rockies or the Giants!
Last night’s Bravos game was great! Beating the NYNOTS like that, in the bottom of the ninth with 2 outs, after they had 14 LOB, on an E-3, with Frenchy grinning in the dugout thinking the game was won!
Sweep the NYNOTs & the NATs and let’s see what happens.
September 17th, 20093:53 pm
Ugh…this is without a doubt one of the stranger things in Blog-life. My post is above yours, Larho…
Wow…did realize there were only 6 games since June 28th that BMac has been completely out of…nice record in those games…
Uh, so I make a post at 3:48 and the next one is at 7:49. I’m living in the future and the present at the same time. No boss I haven’t been smoking the sticky icky, I swear.
September 17th, 20093:54 pm
No Chipper in LINEUP:
2. Prado, 3B
8. Infante, 2B
But, since it’s almost 8, is it ok if I ummm head home for the day?
September 17th, 20093:55 pm
The Braves need to try to trade Chipper Jones this offseason to an American league team he is more of a DH hitter I don’t think he is a everyday player anymore. I think the braves can acquire some much needed value that the braves need in the chipper trade if Frank Wren does the right deal.
Good blog topics DOB. Reading my mind on a lot of recent ongoing events, especially the Braves’ performance without Chipper in the line-up.
Sad to see Chipper struggle; but, great to see the Braves able to compete without his “protection” in the line-up.
September 17th, 20094:01 pm
Hmmmm, I seem to have missed dinner. I wonder if I can convice my boss to pay for it since I’m still at work at 8:00. Boy, this comment is going to look even dumber than it already is if this shows up at 4:00.
Ha! it showed up at 4.
September 17th, 20094:02 pm
P.W. JHort…I love the idea of building for defense. That is just the kind of baseball I enjoy watching. Good pitching and Good defense=Games that last about 2 hours and look pretty doing so. I think O Dog is going to be a free agent again this year, but I’m guessing he’ll cost a bit more than the Braves want to spend on someone who doesn’t hit the long ball.
It’s buggy, must be the “new” system.
Chipper needs to sit for the rest of the year, he’s pretty much done. Lowe too.
Bobby Cox is NO Jimmy Leyland (best mgr. in baseball today!)
September 17th, 20094:04 pm
DOB, since its 7:58 on your last post ,whats the score ,it should be like 4th inning?
September 17th, 20094:05 pm
In response to a question about the Braves surplus of pitching, ESPN’s Baseball Today podcast has Derek Lowe & Kenshin Kawakami as the two most likely starters the Braves would offer in trade for a big bat going into 2010. Because of their respective contracts, Kawakami should be the easier guy to move.
September 17th, 20094:06 pm
Now my post shows up above the posts with the later times
“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious ish”
You all are Cox apologists
September 17th, 20094:09 pm
NOW YOU DECIDE TO WIN 6 IN A ROW,
When the pressure was on, the Braves couldn’t muster more than a 5 game win streak. Now, “they’re tearing it up”.
HMMM…. So, when the pressure is on you FOLD like LAWN CHAIRS but as soon as Cox PISSES the season away, now you start winning. What a freaking joke!
UNLESS they stretch their current streak to DOUBLE-DIGITS, you can chalk this season up as another FAILURE and underachievement.
With our pitching, we should not be 5 GAMES OUT OF THE WILDCARD.
Anyone who thinks “BOOBIE COX” isn’t ULTIMATELY responsible for the Braves missing the playoffs, your an IDIOT. PERIOD.
Whats the score ,if its 8:02 it should be 4th inning
September 17th, 20094:11 pm
OH YEAH, NO MORE BOBBY IN 2010. YES!
The reason behind the blog timestamp boondoggle is a simple one: Braves are not losing, so the blog needs another mechanism to make bloggers’ heads explode.
Much as I hate myself for even thinking it, I wouldn’t mind seeing Dentz’s reaction to his posts showing up hither, thither, and yon, LOL. No rhyme or reason to his stuff, anyway, might as well pop ‘em up any-old-where.
September 17th, 20094:12 pm
Hate to belabor the time-stamp point, but the sooner this gets fixed the better. Most of us are too old for time to be moving even faster.
September 17th, 20094:14 pm
Hi What up with the AJC The time is way off
September 17th, 2009
The time right now is 4:13pm not 8:10pm
September 17th, 20094:15 pm
I wouldn’t listen to that gas bag if my life depended on it.
Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)
September 17th, 20094:19 pm
PWH — It’s not as manly as hunting, but Chipper might get a heck of a lot more flexible if he did yoga or pilates. Seriously. Ol’ Roy’s had the Tar Heel basketball players doing yoga for at least the past couple of years, and for all I know it’s been part of the conditioning program since he was at KU.
If anyone were considering a position switch for Chipper, he’ll have to be a lot more limber.
September 17th, 20094:20 pm
I love the idea of building for defense. That is just the kind of baseball I enjoy watching. Good pitching and Good defense=Games that last about 2 hours and look pretty doing so.
It’s no so pretty when a bad hop, a bad call, or a simple human mistake costs you one of those 2-hour close-game beauties, LOL. Those kind of games can go south because of just about anything, because luck becomes a much larger variable in the win/loss equation. No, thanks. More mashing and less flashing, for me.
September 17th, 20094:21 pm
Enter your comments here (And is it 8:20 already? My wife will kill me for being this late!)
The braves will trade Jurrjens, Vazquez and leave us with Lowe, KK, Hanson and Hudson. They wont get anything in return for these pitchers, it will be a one year rental.
What they need to do it
Hudson, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Hanson and Medlin
Put Lowe in the Pen as a closer
Bring up Heyward
Schaffer is fine, he was really hurt and he will be back in form next year.
Spend some money and put a lineup on the field to go with the pitchers. Lets face it, short of McCann and Escobar we have nothing to brag about. Nothing but good utility players, oh yea and a Norton. Show that guy the door.
Let our starters pitch and quit pulling them in the 7th just because.
Bobby go home and stay home. Being a player manager isnt good, you have team and you should respect the team not the player.
There I said it.
September 17th, 20094:23 pm
Is it 8:20 already? My wife will kill me for being so late …
September 17th, 20094:28 pm
Rod Serling and David Gilmour taking away moments that make a dull day…It’s the Twilight Zone.
September 17th, 20094:29 pm
Scoots…My mind’s eye had the Braves going 162-0 with that pretty defense and great pitching. There you go throwing reality into the situation and ruining this nice little daydream.
How about we go for all players like Mike Cameron or in his prime A. Jones? Great defense and either a homer or a K at the plate. That would be interesting.
September 17th, 20094:30 pm
CHIPPER will not go to 1st base for SELFISH reasons…he wants to set the RECORD for 3rd baseman.
NC Braves Fan
September 17th, 20094:32 pm
PWH: I think the Chipper to first idea will merit at least some thought. Best guess is, they’ll look at a variety of available players and position scenarios and sign the best player they can get for the money – and figure out how Chipper figures into the mix position-wise from there.
That said, I also think that Chipper at the plate and in the field this year could be an anomaly as much as anything. He might snap right out of it and play a a sharp 3B next year. Who knows?
So I think it comes back to who’s available to the Braves and how the puzzle pieces all fit – as you have implied.
September 17th, 20094:34 pm
I wonder if Japan has any good managers over there??? Hmmmm…..
September 17th, 20094:36 pm
Did some of you people just get lobotomized? Trade Jurrjens? Who is available that is worth 4 years of a premium starter at a bargain price?
What the Braves need to do next year is:
1) Move Lowe to closer;
2) Sign Mike Cameron and move Nate to left;
3) Sign Carlos Delgado to a 1-year, incentive laden contract.
OR Trade Vazquez, PTBNL and cash for Adam Dunn.
September 17th, 20094:38 pm
This blog is making my head spin!
September 17th, 20094:39 pm
I know you are but what am I ?
Bobbie Cox took the ATL Braves the worst team in pro sports and make them a winner every year.
He is universally respected by his players and peers as one of a handful of the very best managers of all time. Yet some fool who watches the game on his couch thinks he knows the game or what to do or what is going on with the team better than anyone. Thats idiotic. That like me saying I know what kind of employee you are better than your boss even though Ive never met you.
The only thing worse than a fool is the fool who doesnt know he is a fool.
September 17th, 20094:45 pm
NC Braves Fan -
That’s a good point regarding Chipper’s defense. Here’s what I wrote yesterday about it:
Let’s take a look at some of the advanced stats from 2004-present, starting with +/-:
They both pretty much tell the same story. About average in 2004, 2005, and 2007; above-average in 2008, and very bad in 2006 and 2009. The 6-year average for +/- is -2.33 runs and the 6-year average for UZR/150 is -3.48. The three-year UZR/150 average is -2.73 and the 3-year average for +/- is -1.00. So, what is Chipper’s true defensive value? He’s had bad seasons before and rebounded both offensively (2004) and defensively (2006). The 3 and 6 year samples and trends sort of lead me to believe that this year is an anomaly and I shouldn’t be concerned. On the other hand, Chipper is 37 years old and having a miserable year with the glove, so I don’t know what to think.
September 17th, 20094:50 pm
PWJ – you want Chipper hitting 3rd next year??? Chipper in the 3 hole has KILLED this team countless times this year. Yunel is the 3 man of the near future.
September 17th, 20094:52 pm
nj – nobody hates him. It’s just time to accept he is declining and is in no way, shape or form a 3 hitter or a 3rd baseman anymore.
September 17th, 20094:55 pm
Where in the world are you hearing that? I can see why the Dodgers would do it, but makes no sense for the Braves.
September 17th, 20095:00 pm
“By the way, I highly recommend listening to Rush Limbaugh’s radio program–Millsaps
–Why would we want to listen to a fat drug addict?
September 17th, 20095:01 pm
This isn’t JUST this year……How LONG have you been watching the BRAVES? He’s NOT MR OCTOBER!
Chipper (lost my viagra...) Jones
September 17th, 20095:03 pm
Yup. Been tough lately. No lovin’ from the fans nor the little lady. Need to get that script refilled…among other things on my list…
Chipper’s…honey do list….
1.) Refill prescription..need them blue pills.
2.) Assume the position…
3.) Make contact…at least get to 2nd base…on occassion…and if I am real lucky, maybe go all the way and get a 4 bagger?
4.) Also, remember how to play the 3rd base position…again. Think I forgot where it was for awhile?
5.) Relax – smile…maybe even light a cigarette or have a beer after I am done. At least enjoy those Hooters wings. Been a while.
Oh. Almost forgot…pull for my teammates to do well…since my performance has not been up to par.
September 17th, 20095:05 pm
Don’t know who you were responding to, but this is for the person asking about restaurants in the MURRELL’S INLET, S.C. area.
Not familiar with restaurants on the southern end of the MYRTLE area like MURRELL. SEA CAPTAIN’S HOUSE in MYRTLE just north of downtown is really good. Oceanfront. Recommend getting there early. Stays pretty full all the time. If it’s clear and a full moon, seeing it rise out of the ocean is great. Further north between MYRTLE and NORTH BEACH is CHESTNUT HILL. I found the food marvelous, but noted one bad recent review. You know restaurants, new owners, bad finances, poor staff, over-pricing, almost anything can bring a great spot back to earth. But I’ve been there five times and never had a bad plate yet. Haven’t been to MYRTLE in two years though, and went to the CAPTAIN only the last time.
September 17th, 20095:07 pm
How can they POSSIBLY win without me? I’ve been hitting around 200 & making a ton of errors. Who can possibly fill shoes that big?
-By the way, when I raised my leg to cut one, I think I may have strained my hammy. Gonna need a couple more days off…
September 17th, 20095:13 pm
The lyrics are great! —have a John Prine quality to them.
September 17th, 20095:17 pm
“the next time anyone tells you division titles or playoff berths aren’t won in April or May, tell them, yeah, but they can sure be lost then.” DOB
I’m not saying that you were in the group telling people to mellow out in the early weeks/months of the season, but there were about 2 or 3 people off the top of my head (myself not included in that number – but included), that were stressing how important those games were early in the season. We were then bombarded with posts stating how early it was, and that the Braves would turn it around. Which they did…. I September.
In 1982, the Braves started off 13-0. From there on out, they went 76-73. Winning the division on the last day of the season.
So, DOB, in that season, the Braves DID win that division in April. All 162 games count, to teams resigned to fighting for wildcard births. If this was the 90’s when the Braves were a “given” to win the division, they could “afford” to have some bad losses, and give games away by keeping guys like Bennett in games, and using Norton off the bench.
With this group, EVERY game is as important as the last and the next. No margin for error.
Anyhow, nice blog. Well done. Now….. about the time travel?
September 17th, 20095:20 pm
P. W. Hjort (September 17th, 2009 3:50 pm): “Down the road could also be as soon as already. The Braves have already signed a Japanese player who cited Kenshin Kawakami’s signing as the reason he wanted to sign with Atlanta.”
I didn’t know that — thanks.
DAP (September 17th, 2009 8:34 pm): “i agree with most of your post above,”
“but two things are way wrong.”
Oh. . .
“one, this statement:
” ‘Kawakami’s good, and getting better. Braves would not be able to replace him for the same or lower salary’
“it will be easy to replace him. in fact, hes already been replaced. there is no room for him in the rotation for him. hudson and vazquez do cost more than him, but they are significantly better, too.”
I understand what you’re saying. But “hudson and vazquez do cost more than him” — that’s my point. And I think Kawakami will be in their range, $ per performance-wise, next year. And better than Lowe (SP) or Medlen, $/performance.
” ‘retaining Kawakami will help make the rotation the best it can be next year. Too many people here want to gut the rotation to shore up the offense.’
“strong language there. who wants to gut the rotation? getting rid of one of your 6 quality starters when you only have room for 5 is hardly gutting the rotation. and we would be getting rid of our next to worse starter (though he hasnt been bad at all)”
“who wants to gut the rotation?” The dozens who want to trade Vazquez AND Kawakami, or release Hudson and trade Kawakami — mine was a general blast at those types in order to express the hope that the braves can improve their offense without sacrificing their pitching.
Why “get rid” of any of our pitchers if we don’t have to, especially when we already know we’ll have to acquire several relievers? (I know you’ll laugh, but I’m thinking Lowe as closer.)
Still waiting on some courageous AJC writer to pen the inevitable, and much needed column, “Thanks Bobby, But It’s Time To Go.” No danger of it happening anytime soon. After all, they’re winning now! And besides, we’re polite here in the South. “3rd place is fine, just fine. Pass the grits, please. Bobby has dedicated so many years to the Braves!” And made so many millions.
A few thoughts:
1. Puh-leeze, don’t put Chipper at 1B. Two words: Daniel Murphy. That’s the kind of defense we would see. Don’t want it, don’t need it. Chipper has entered that esteemed DH period of his career.
2. And for you Chipper-ites who bawl, “But if you were a REAL Braves fan, you would understand that you’re talking about a guy who hit .364!” He sure did. So did Rico Carty. He’s available next year too. Sure, he’s 60-something, but like Cox, Chipper and Lowe, we’re real big on people who have produced in bygone days.
3. DOB summed it up well in his blog, but didn’t follow up. Yes, the Braves were 34-40 this season. That was during the period when Cox was running his boys out there: Kelly, Frenchie, Kotch and Schafer, all killing rallies left and right while Diaz, Prado and Infante (when healthy) were spittin’ seeds on the bench. We had half a lineup that couldn’t hit a bull’s A$$ with a bass fiddle, while better hitters twiddled their thumbs on the bench, or were marking time in AAA.
So are pennants lost in April and May, Dave? Could be. If the driver is asleep at the wheel.
September 17th, 20095:21 pm
DOB – any chance we’ll see Jason Heyward called up? Just a sneak preview…?
September 17th, 20095:25 pm
Too bad we couldn’t have started this game at 4.
Hasn’t been raining for quite a while here, and they just took tarp off field. However, as you all are probably aware, the forecast blows. Flash-flood warnings all around the metro Atlanta area, and 60 percent chance of rain all night.
But as I said, it’s not raining now. So we’ll see.
Gonzalez is out another day or two, they’re going to let him (make him) rest until that lower back spasm is gone. Chipper’s day-to-day. Lowe is questionable for next start. If can’t go, it’d be Kawakami, most likely.
September 17th, 20095:27 pm
I agree. I LOVE offense.
Has anyone ever met Mike hampton? I really don’t care how much money he has made in his life while doing nothing. I’m sure he realizes his time on earth is limited as it is with all of us. I guess it would just make me have a little more respect for the guy–NOT that he cares—if he just ONCE expressed some shame over what has transpired for what seems to be a decade. I’m not blaming the man for getting hurt, I’m not blaming him for taking the money BUT wouldn’t any of the 323 million people in America who had benefitted under similiar circumstances at least ONCE come forward with an ad in the paper to apologize for his “contribution.” Wouldn’t that be the decent thing to do. I would have done it and I’m sure the GREAT majority of people on this Blog would have done it. Wouldn’t they??
So sad. isn’t it?
Nova Scotia Steve - Is Worried
September 17th, 20095:30 pm
Braves just refuse to die. Give them credit.
September 17th, 20095:31 pm
Thanks, Chief. It better not rain during the game…already gonna have the football game going on starting at 8.
September 17th, 20095:33 pm
Actually it’s clearly up here, at least for now….
If this game got rained out, both teams are off Thursday. Don’t know if they’d agree to make the game up in NY, but that would make more sense, obviously, since Braves open a series at Washington the next day. Having both teams fly from NY to play one game here on Thursday, then the Braves having to fly back to Washington to start series Friday … that’d be a bit much. But if they are concerned about losing a gate, don’t know if they’d play in NY, maybe agree to split the gate up there or something. I have no idea.
September 17th, 20095:40 pm
Maybe Wren can duplicate the Millwood trade: Tommy Hanson for Paul LaDuca!
September 17th, 20095:41 pm
That’s what I’ve been proposing. But I really don’t think it will happen. The Braves have invested too much (money and time) into landing a Japanese pitcher. They simply aren’t going to insult the Japanese by lobbying so hard to get him, then turning around and trading him.
Well he insulted us with his crappy pitching. Who cares about insulting the Japanese, they all suck at baseball anyways.
September 17th, 20095:44 pm
What is this Japan time or something?!?!
September 17th, 20095:45 pm
When a team feels like its a team and not about one person, players rise up to their full potential. (No More Bobby)
It’s the loss of the Alpha Male I’ve been talking about. I still believe that was as much a reason as any that the Braves let Smoltz go. The rest of the staff needed room to grow. Not just on the field but in the locker room too. Look at the results. Although Chipper has more left than Smoltz I think it’s kind of the same thing. It just happens with old time vets. Especially those that had success. I’ve wondered if being out from under Chipper’s shadow has played some part of Frenchy’s resurgence. It’s not something negative the old guy does, it’s just the natural course of things imo.
That and all the money the old unproducing duffer commands.
"Chef" Tim Dix
September 17th, 20095:46 pm
Braves are 40 and 24 when Garret plays???
Still doesn’t cover his defensive liabilities.
September 17th, 20095:48 pm
Here’s a link to today’s Detroit Free Press column about the great man, Georgia native Ernie Harwell.
September 17th, 20095:49 pm
Drunkin’ Jack’s in Murrells.
Rob from SC AKA - Derek Lowe sucks
September 17th, 20095:54 pm
Take care of business Jair Jurrjens. Get us 1/2 game closer to where we all want to be.
Pacual (love that Perimeter thing you got in Atlanta...I-285) Perez...
September 17th, 20095:57 pm
Time on this blog today is like me trying to get off I-285…
But, Hell…at least I had 7 complete games in 1983! How many does this Braves team have this year, Bobby?
September 17th, 20096:00 pm
But if they are concerned about losing a gate, don’t know if they’d play in NY, maybe agree to split the gate up there or something. I have no idea. (DOB)
I’m sure the Braves would jump on the split the gate idea. Triple the fans at triple the prices. Would actually be cool if they played it with the Mets as visitors. Has that ever been done in MLB?
September 17th, 20096:05 pm
A poll about next year’s starting rotation has been added to the bloggage. Voter fraud is encouraged.
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
September 17th, 20097:06 pm
Where is everyone…. did McFann scare them away?
September 17th, 20097:09 pm
Thats the first time I have ever been right about being third. Strangely this accomplishment has left me feeling empty. Hmmm perhaps I should be finding more meaningful things to post on this blog.
September 17th, 20097:15 pm
What are the age limitations on Lasik? Do you think that has something to do with BMac’s trouble with the operation?
September 17th, 20097:18 pm
When can we begin the process of learning to win without Booby? That will take about a week once he is put out to pasture. Looks like it was Booby who set the clock on the blog.
Is the game in a rain delay?
September 17th, 20097:20 pm
I’ll be the first to say the braves lose only two more games and edge the rockies for the wild card. Then we’ll sweep the divison, league and world series by combined scores of 102-0. Bobby Cox is the greatest ever and Greg Norton is gonna break out in a big way and I love this guy Hanson. TOMAHAWKIN!!!
September 17th, 20097:23 pm
Leo you had one smart comment. “I love this guy Hanson.”……………..Cool stat, the Nationals have the second best OBP in the NL, yet they have the worst record in the NL.
September 17th, 20097:24 pm
Yeah, the Braves certainly DO have to hope that this is just an off year for Lowe, and that he’ll bounce back next year. Same with Chipper.
The nightmare scenario would be if both of those guys were starting to see an age related decline, and the Braves find themselves on the hook for more than 80 million over the next 3 years with 2 guys that can’t help them win. Let’s pray that’s not the case.
If Chipper can’t bounce back next year, I hope he’ll make good on his suggestion that he’ll retire rather than play out the rest of his contract as an anchor around this team’s neck (Chipper might do that, where no many players would). But obviously, my greatest hope is that he WILL bounce back, and that he has a least another good year or two left in him at an all-star level of play.
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