8:49 pm October 15, 2009, by David O'Brien
October 19th, 20095:58 pm
Lew, most of the remark was directed at those who are talking about players who I don’t think will really improve the Braves much,i.e.Cameron or Crawford. I don’t think it is impossible to go with one high salaried addition to the team if Lowe’s salary is removed. It would mean we might have to go young in the bullpen and rightfield.
October 19th, 20096:00 pm
PLEASE! Do NOT compare Joe Montana to CDJ! Montana deserves so much better then that
October 19th, 20096:03 pm
If Chipper reprises his 2009 season, he should not be hitting 3rd. If Heyward has the same initial impact as, say, Evan Longoria or David Justice, he should be our # 3 hitter by the all-star break next year. Cipper’s future in this lineup should be at # 6 (assuming we get a suitable right-handed # 4 hitter to hit between Heyward and McCann)
October 19th, 20096:04 pm
“mcfann”– Who do you want at cleanup?
October 19th, 20096:06 pm
cabravesfan – where did that Montana guy go to school? – I forget…
October 19th, 20096:11 pm
Everyone has their flaws, even an all-time great
October 19th, 20096:16 pm
I’ve said for years that Drew Brees is the best passer I’ve ever seen and that the Saints’ offense was as good as or better than the Colts’. Now everyone else is saying the Saints are the sharpest offense in the league, and I think the Colts might be– and they don’t even have Bob Sanders playing, and look at how well their defense is even without him.
The Giants are not the best defense in the league and weren’t before yesterday’s game. Baltimore is the best in the league defensively and then Denver.
Power rankings: Vikings, Colts, Saints (for now), Patriots, Falcons.
I might be giving the Saints too much credit and potentially not enough, but they shredded an awful secondary yesterday. Can they line up and run the ball down the throat of a team with a strong pass defense? I doubt it. Can the Vikings? Oh, yeah.
Nice to see Michael Turner running well again.
October 19th, 20096:19 pm
I’ll definitely check Saddiq out … I’ve heard of him, but never actually heard any of his music … along the same lines, what about Marc Broussard? check him out if you haven’t already … he’s from Carencro, La., not far from where I am … you may have heard his one “hit” (”Home”), which is choice, but the rest of his stuff is just as good if not better
McFann Ô –[brr!]
October 19th, 20096:20 pm
abwright Every four out of five days, it would be great to see a rejuvenated Chipper, Da Big Bopper, and “no specs” McCann at 3-4-5.
Wouldn’t it ever…Love BMac as a 5 or 6 hitter. Hopefully Frank cann get a Big Bopper…
IDK, “Ronald”…somebody like Holiday or Bay…but not that expensive. I actually have no clue who’s available, so those are the only two I cann list.
Wayne in Utah
October 19th, 20096:23 pm
Cough is much better….thanks for asking. Bills are inevitable, and will be less someday…..thanks to inspiration from my radio buddy, Dave Ramsey.
I understand your comments about not liking a particular person. For example, I do not care for Victorino, but if he were on my club, he might be one of my favorite players. I think we are both thinking along the same lines here. Byrnes, when healthy, was a 275+/330+/475+/20+hr/25+sb guy. Not the 35HR guy, but an upgrade over Loaf, and his D is pretty good.
So, while he isn’t ideal, we might not get Mr. Ideal for LF next year.
October 19th, 20096:25 pm
Matt Diaz played very well at leadoff for us. No reason not to try him there again.
October 19th, 20096:28 pm
“mcfann”– We have the resources as it is. I’d keep McCann there and would consider moving LaRoche there. As for Chipper, I’ve spoken of moving him to “five”, but I would give him an adequate case sample at “three” first. He deserves consideration of 2009 as an aberration.
The Phillies look strong and like a team that could be a dynasty. They’re tight all over their roster, and by “tight” I mean “attentive to detail”, which is usually a key separation of champions from very-good teams.
October 19th, 20096:29 pm
You’re welcome…glad it’s much better!
Bills are inevitable, and will be less someday…..thanks to inspiration from my radio buddy, Dave Ramsey.
Hey, that’s exciting!
Eh, I might like the Reaper if he was on the Braves…but not if he kept running over people. Just not my style of play…Course, the plus-plus side would be that he could no longer steal bases against us!
I do agree that Byrnes would be an upgrade over Turbo-Loaf…if healthy. And yeah, I have some semi-serious doubts about getting “Mr. Ideal”…
October 19th, 20096:33 pm
I’d put LaRoche 4th and BMac 5th if it came down to that. Course, it is somewhat hard to go by last year’s numbers seeing as how he had all that trouble with his eyes, but still–numbers in the 5/6 spot are better career-wise.
October 19th, 20096:34 pm
I’d like to see Barbaro Canizares on the roster next season. Always nice to have that bench bopper when you’re down late, i.e. Scott Thorman in 2007, i.e. Jim Thome in 2009.
Hoo-hoo! It’s tied! Good old Vlad…he finally came through.
October 19th, 20096:36 pm
Me Course, it is somewhat hard to go by last year’s numbers seeing as how he had all that trouble with his eyes
That’s kind of a bad sentence seein’ as how I didn’t specify who I was talking about. I mean, you all know who I’m talking about, but still–it should be this:
Course, it is somewhat hard to go by BMac’s numbers from last year seeing as how he had all that trouble with his eyes…
OK…I feel better now…
October 19th, 20096:38 pm
abwright I forgot that the Braves have Ryan “Spangles” von Furstenburg in the pipeline. Dere’s your Big Bopper.
I’d like to see Jeff Francoeur back on this team. I think he has a bright future and that his comment last season and subsequent going to Rudy Jaramillo were huge factors in his being traded. (You’d think folks would be glad we got something from Texas; it isn’t like they haven’t gotten a lot from us.)
October 19th, 20096:39 pm
Oh, yeah; if we do reacquire him, I’d lock him in at cleanup, which is where he should’ve batted this season.
I’d like to type more but will have to close there.
October 19th, 20096:48 pm
“I’d like to see Jeff Francoeur back on this team. I think he has a bright future and that his comment last season and subsequent going to Rudy Jaramillo were huge factors in his being traded. (You’d think folks would be glad we got something from Texas; it isn’t like they haven’t gotten a lot from us.)”-Ronald Millsaps
Actually i’d blame his production or lack there of the last season and a half he was here. But to each their own. I for one am not hoping he comes back. We’ve got a good looking RF somewhere in our minor league system making their way up.
October 19th, 20096:49 pm
ill keep saying it, because no one can prove me wrong, that mike cameron is the best combo of power, speed and defense available in the FA market DAP
why stop now? you’ve been posting the same thing for years. However every year makes it less likely. If he has a bad season in 2010, we need to really rag on you about it to make up for all the times we’ve had to read the same post. J/K
October 19th, 20096:52 pm
t is very posssible that I dislike emoticons simply because I’m too lazy to learn how to use them. (BAS)
or not secure enough in your masculinity to express your feminine side??
October 19th, 20096:56 pm
Gotta love it. Angels take lead.
October 19th, 20097:01 pm
Yay, Angels! Battle…
Nolie or not secure enough in your masculinity to express your feminine side??
October 19th, 20097:04 pm
BAS knows I’m just kidding…I hope .
he bops me once in a while at night.
October 19th, 20097:10 pm
A Co-Worker and I were kicking the actual factual on what should be our offseason priorities
1) Non-tender KJ and Norton
2) Decline Huddy’s option if that can be done. Use his Money to get Both Figgins and either Bay or Holliday
3) Go Hard after Jason Bay and Matt Holliday. Either will work but I know Holliday is a Borasshole client and I’m not sure about Bay. If Bay is a Borasshole Client then forget those 2 and go hard after keeping Roachy. If we lose out on all three then Trade for Adam Dunn as Plan C. Dunn is in a “Contract Year!” And worse case we can deal him at the Deadline if he doesn’t cut it!
Plan D would be talking to the Angel and seeing what would they take for Bobby Abreu, but this in Worse case February scenario like the braves F.O. faced last offseason
4) Go Hard After Chone Figgins I want him in LF and leading off plus he can play 3rd to spell Hoss
5) Let MFIKY and Gonzo walk. I already have one of them Selling out to WhineBrenner and the Bankees or the NY Mess. Someone mentioned trading for Paperbon. That seems like a Fantasy but I like it! Plan B would be to trade either Church or Matty-D for a underpaid/underrated top notch reliever than can close…If that doesn’t pan out, Put Petey-Pablo as Closer and Easy-E as set up…Both deserve bigger roles. Add to that Petey-Pablo didn’t give up a homer all season unlike MFIKY and Gonzo
6) Non tender Loaf so he can go back to the AL and DH
7) If We Don’t get Either Holliday, Figgins, or Bay. See if we can get a Bat for D-Lo…D-lo’s salary is gonna violate us for the next 3 years “Bank On It!”
I want to see this 2010 braves lineup, Its early but I want the F.O. to go hard after a bat this offseason, Do It NOW!
2) MP (Prado
3 Hoss (Only if he hits like he did in 2008 otherwise he needs to hit 6th) he killed us in the 3 hole in 2009
4)Holliday or Bay
The First lineup is a fantasy scenario. But if it were like that then no one other than the Phillies could F with it
Plan B (more seasonable scenario)
Matty-D/Church Platoon with Heyward coming up in August
I didn’t add the positions because I’d assume the blog vets know what positions each player can play or be somewhat reasonable at playing
Feel free to add other scenarios, but keep them reasonable
Good. Thank you.
October 19th, 20097:11 pm
October 19th, 20097:12 pm
Nolie BAS knows I’m just kidding…I hope.
Haha…I’m sure he does.
he bops me once in a while at night.
Yeah…he’s bopped me a couple times, too…
DANG that Posada!!
October 19th, 20097:20 pm
Good blocks by Mathis. This pitcher’s kinda wild…
So A-Rod bowled over Mathis in one of the games? Dangit…if there’s one thing I can’t stand…it’s bowling in baseball.
Mid Town Joe
October 19th, 20097:24 pm
I know this is stupid, but I get my LCS updates in this blog. It’s too easy to dial up ESPN or MLB.com, but I like hunting through here, mainly because there’s a tinge of emotion. When I was a kid, you had to know had to dial the games up on an AM dial. I get no pleasure in the cable crawl, nor the instant updates. Thanks all!
October 19th, 20097:26 pm
October 19th, 20097:39 pm
Gotta hate it. Angels lose lead.
I mean, how many times have I told y’all? The DOB jinx is strong.
And wasnt (isnt?) Ronnie Millsaps blind? Yeah…I thought so.
October 19th, 20097:40 pm
Oh McFann…have a monster turtle to show you. Hold please.
October 19th, 20097:44 pm
McFann – an Auburn ditch turtle….courtesy of my daughters facebook.
Her friends…rescued it or something.
October 19th, 20097:45 pm
Mid Town Joe
When I was a kid in Athens, I would listen to the Braves game every night on WSB. Athens was far enough away where that AM signal would fade in and out and sometimes you would miss a batter or an inning, but I know I fell asleep hundreds of nights listening to whatever signal was there.
October 19th, 20097:48 pm
Boy, turtle soup sounds good with this chilly weather.
Steve from OH
October 19th, 20097:51 pm
(By the way, is there anymore useless title then “captain” of a baseball team? What, exactly, does the “captain” of a baseball team do?)
Why, that’s easy! He shows us all how gutty he can be, and how his clutchimoseness factor is through the roof! He makes easy plays look difficult to demonstrate his GAR (Guttiness above Replacement)!
He’ll even do a heroic and often cheesy fist pump, if you so desire.
See, I expected you to go with an Auburn joke, Tater…but instead, you completely grossed me out minutes after I finished eating dinner. Thanks for that! Won’t have to worry about those calories.
October 19th, 20097:53 pm
Wow! That IS a big’n!! Thanks for the link! Good job of your daughter and her friends to save him.
He’s got a cute face, too.
Turtle soup?? Ew…
October 19th, 20097:56 pm
I put little notches on the AM dial where I had found all the sports broadcasting stations. I lived in Delaware, and I could pick up stations from Philly, DC, Baltimore, and NY. My favorite was to dial in the NHL. Feel asleep to many a hockey night.
Why am I so smart? My announcing skills are
October 19th, 20097:57 pm
By the way, is there anymore useless title then “captain” of a baseball team? What, exactly, does the “captain” of a baseball team do?
Sometimes, as in the case of Bob Horner, you give them the Captain moniker to try and fool them into thinking they are not the fat, lazy, drunk slobs they actually are.
October 19th, 20098:05 pm
lol I’m sure she didn’t touch it or have anything to do with saving it, she was just there after the fact. She made me stop the car one morning because she was going to “save” a much smaller turtle who was trying to cross the busy road back to the lake and it was maybe…a little bigger than my hand…anyway, when she picked it up by the edges of the shell it lost some water it had in there and she screamed about it peeing on her and quickly got it over to the bank and out of her hands. I’m guessing that was her first and last turtle rescue.
I was fixing to say that freakin RIvera, but luckily he threw it away. Oh, how do I hate Rivera & the Stankees.
October 19th, 20098:11 pm
What’s so gross…
…well, maybe those fat grams.
chip off the ol block
October 19th, 20098:16 pm
wow seems like every team i root for in the playoffs is screwing up
Angels just blew a major chance
you wont get those chances too much against the bankees, horrible offense there
October 19th, 20098:24 pm
Apparently, the Mets made the playoffs and we missed it.
October 19th, 20098:26 pm
Ryan Howard is ridiculous.
At least it’s not just the Bravos that he wrecks when it really matters.
October 19th, 20098:34 pm
I’m not saying the guy doesn’t have real potential, just that we have some holes (or at least will if Soriano/Gonzalez leave) and that you generally have to give up something to get something. Ronald Millsaps
You’d be selling too low on Schafer right now. Sheesh…why people so quick to trade away good players?
October 19th, 20098:35 pm
October 19th, 20098:38 pm
I forgot that the Braves have Ryan “Spangles” von Furstenburg in the pipeline. Dere’s your Big Bopper.
He’s their secret weapon. They’ll only use him when they need a homerun or some kind of miraculous play.
October 19th, 20098:41 pm
Did that come across as bitter as I meant it? Anders
It could use some work.
October 19th, 20098:42 pm
Oh hey I just got an email from stubhub apologizing for sending me an email about braves post season tickets. I didn’t even notice.
I missed it. How did the Angels win?
October 19th, 20098:43 pm
Crack is whack. You booze, you lose. Bay Area Steve
Looks like we got a little Midnight BAS Special at 4 o’clock in the afternoon today.
October 19th, 20098:46 pm
Steve from OH
That video you posted was hilarious. My favorite reaction was Martin Prado, who was concentrating so hard he looked like he was in pain! Hah!
I hope the Yankees sweep and the Philles continue to win so we con get to the off-season fun ASAP!
October 19th, 20098:47 pm
I finally found the scene where Jordon Schafer made his acting debut in Deliverance. He can really play that Banjo!
October 19th, 20098:48 pm
Soph – two outs in 11th – single and double
October 19th, 20098:50 pm
I hope the Yankees sweep and the Phillies continue to win so we con get to the off-season fun ASAP!
But, it won’t matter – the World Series will not start until 10/28 regardless…
October 19th, 20098:51 pm
I’d take Pujols, Fielder, Gonzalez, Cabrera and Teixeira over him.
October 19th, 20098:52 pm
Thanks, VJ. The 10th was brutal for them. I can’t believe they didn’t score with a guy on 3rd and no outs. Oh well, worked out fine though.
October 19th, 20098:57 pm
Soph – fun Monday night game for us – the outcome of this week’s pool rides on it – I have SD, she has the Broncos
October 19th, 20099:01 pm
“I’d take Pujols, Fielder, Gonzalez, Cabrera and Teixeira over him.”
I don’t know, when this guy gets hot there is no more powerful hitter in the game right now. Pujols of course is the better overall player of all of them. It just seems like when Howard goes on these tears if he puts bat on ball it isn’t going to be no popup or a oh he just got under it kind of thing. I know next year in the second half when we play the phils and when Howard usually goes on a tear, unless there is bases loaded, there is no one else in their lineup that has done as much damage as he has against us so I won’t mind them pitching around him.
P. W. Hjort
October 19th, 20099:09 pm
Jeff Lyman AFL Blog.
October 19th, 20099:12 pm
And Jeff Lyman is a much better writer than I would’ve expected.
I hope Lee Hyde does an update and amazes everyone with his first class GT education .
October 19th, 20099:15 pm
Ah, great job, Angels! I see the uh…catcher hit a walk-off RBI um…double…
October 19th, 20099:16 pm
Russell Martin with an RBI to tie the game…
Nice. But I still don’t like you…
October 19th, 20099:18 pm
he is not a #4 hitter and has injury history but any way the Braves make a play for Mike Lowell to play 1B if they cannot sign LaRoche? Boston still has a glut of corner IF especially if they resign Varitek or if they do indeed make a major trade for someone like Adrian Gonzalez. Boston has shown willingness to eat contracts before (edgar renteria) and he could be a temporary fix until Freeman is ready.
Just throwing it out there. I still prefer to see LaRoche for the next 2 years then Freeman
October 19th, 20099:28 pm
Jim–Your point regarding the Braves not being guaranteed of moving up in the standings even if they’re better next year is well taken. Though the Nationals still have a ways to go to provide real competition, and they won’t get any help from Jordan Zimmerman, as he’s out for a year with Tommy John surgery. Also, the Nats are very unlikely to call up Strassburg before June for the same reasons the Braves didn’t call up Hanson until then. The Nats are looking for two starting pitchers (to go along with Lannan, Detwiler and Stammen), a starting catcher (as Flores is still hurt) and maybe a shortstop (as they plan to move Guzman to second–though they have Ian Desmond, who seems MLB ready.) That’s a lot of holes to fill, even with Roy Clark now on board…
October 19th, 20099:33 pm
Scott Boras calls Matt Holliday and Mark Teixeira “blue-collar superstars” without even a hint of irony.
October 19th, 20099:45 pm
Sherlock Holmes, yeah, I don’t know if I could ever get used to seeing Howard’s nose walk up to the plate every night, even if it’s as a Brave. WOW, that nose is a biggin!
October 19th, 20099:50 pm
This one is really good:
And it pretty much confirms to me that Papelbon is a huge a-hole…
October 19th, 20099:52 pm
I do like Rollins a lot. He’d look good playing 2nd as a Brave.
October 19th, 200910:10 pm
HAHA, when Kotsay and Smoltz are standing on either side of him he says, “I feel like I’m seeing double”.
October 19th, 200910:15 pm
lol VJ, I would’ve picked the Broncos too but I see the Chargers are leading. I see the Broncos are wearing those ugly throwbacks and even uglier socks again.
October 19th, 200910:16 pm
Those socks are actually uglier with those uniforms then the brown and yellow ones they wore with the brown jerseys…
October 19th, 200910:17 pm
I see no resemblance whatsoever. Perhaps you should get your eyes checked…
Time to visit the Optometrist!
October 19th, 200910:23 pm
Steve hilarious video thanks for posting
October 19th, 200910:26 pm
These socks don’t seem to match at all. There’s been a lot of throwback action going on in the NFL lately. What gives?
I have wondered the same thing about Lowell and if he is able to play first base. Could be a good Chipper back up too.
October 19th, 200910:34 pm
they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the AFL
October 19th, 200910:37 pm
Aha, that makes sense then. It seems like some of the teams have been wearing throwback unis the whole season. I love the Chargers powder blues.
October 19th, 200910:38 pm
The Chargers powder blues are the best uniforms in sports
October 19th, 200910:39 pm
Thanks for the second vid.
I agree on JP.
Thought Masterson and Bard looked and sounded like they were in high school!
October 19th, 200910:58 pm
This hypothetical team makes me drool:
Name: 2010 Salary
Javier Vazquez $10,000,000
Tim Hudson $10,000,000
K. Kawakami $7,333,333
Jair Jurrjens $400,000
Tommy Hanson $400,000
Kiko Calero $2,500,000
Chan Ho Park $2,500,000
Peter Moylan $1,500,000
Eric O’Flaherty $400,000
Kris Medlen $400,000
Boone Logan $400,000
Craig Kimbrel $400,000
Brian McCann $5,666,666
Adam LaRoche $7,250,000
Martin Prado $400,000
Yunel Escobar $400,000
Chipper Jones $13,000,000
Matt Holliday $17,500,000
Nate McLouth $5,000,000
Matt Diaz $3,000,000
David Ross $1,600,000
Omar Infante $1,850,000
Kelly Johnson $3,750,000
Ryan Church $3,750,000
Jason Heyward $400,000
October 19th, 200911:06 pm
would love that team you put together
October 19th, 200911:07 pm
chip, flange–no prob, guys.
October 19th, 200911:14 pm
You’ve heard that old saying that “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder”. I think that applies here.
But anyway, he plays a mean Banjo if the CF thing falls through.
October 19th, 200911:15 pm
RHR, I have a feeling you’re going to do very well at work tomorrow….
(gotta mess with you, since you’re extremely superstitious and make me feel empowered with my mere keystrokes and random comments.)
The Yankees will win the World Series (reverse curse thing works for me too, right?)
October 19th, 200911:19 pm
Scott Boras calls Matt Holliday and Mark Teixeira “blue-collar superstars” without even a hint of irony. — P.W.Hjort
Boras doesn’t do irony.
October 19th, 200911:27 pm
Well, cab, I think you win the pool this week. Sorry, VJ.
October 19th, 200911:29 pm
Scott Boras calls Matt Holliday and Mark Teixeira “blue-collar superstars” without even a hint of irony. (PW)
actually I think he’s right in a way. just cause they makeb a lot of money has nothing to do with it.anybody at that level makes a lot of money. They are both pretty down to earth players who perform without a lot of unnecessary flair or a lot of baggage. If I were a GM and I had the funds I’d sign both in a NY second.
October 19th, 200911:30 pm
PW you gotta let kelly and church go to save money …
October 19th, 200911:33 pm
Not intentionally, at least.
actually I think he’s right in a way. just cause they makeb a lot of money has nothing to do with it.anybody at that level makes a lot of money. They are both pretty down to earth players who perform without a lot of unnecessary flair or a lot of baggage.
I do get his meaning. I really do. I was just being picky. But it is sort of ironic to use “blue-collar” as an adjective to describe a “superstar”.
October 19th, 200911:35 pm
the worst part is I don’t even like Denver- I’d rather see the Chargers win, but Denver is a better team…I’ve had to remind myself more then once tonight that I picked Denver
October 19th, 200911:36 pm
Not in my dream hypothetical team. Because that payroll is under $100 million.
It’s like Lennon said:
“You may say I’m a dreamer..
But I’m not the only one..“
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