10:45 pm December 23, 2009, by David O'Brien
December 24th, 20099:45 am
Get Uggla and lets play ball………………..Merry Christmas DOB, and all you great bloggers.
December 24th, 20099:46 am
Chip, are we doing onomonapea?
December 24th, 20099:51 am
December 24th, 2009
My top 10 of 2009
1. The Ruminant Band: Fruit Bats
2. Monsters Of Folk: Monsters Of Folk
3. It’s Frightening: White Rabbits
4. I and Love and You: Avett Brothers
5. The Rose Hotel: Robert Earl Keen
6. Logos: Atlas Sound
7. Veckatimest: Grizzly Bear
8. Up From Below: Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros
9. What Will Be: Devendra Banhart
10. Written in Chalk: Buddy and Julie Miller
With a possible exception of Robert Earl keen I have not heard of one single artist listed. Couldn’t even tell you the music genre. I think I am ageing pretty well until I realize I am so out of touch with artists. Probably didn’t recognize but 10 names on DOB’s list. Where was Zep I, Tull’s Aqualung, Elton’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road? I am stuck in the 70’s somebody pull me out! Help! Help!
Dave – There is no y in Todd Snider. But he’s the coolest anyway.
Folks, don’t evaluate the Vasquez trade until we know how Frank spends the rest of the money. The move is not over yet! Also, prospects are nice to have! Melky is a platoon player, but so what!
December 24th, 20099:54 am
Gonna leave the blog for a few days. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! Life is good. Rock on…….
2010 roster 12/24/09
December 24th, 20099:55 am
C – McCann
1B – Glaus
2B – Prado
SS – Escobar
3B – Jones
RF – Heyward
CF – McLouth
LF – Diaz/Cabrera
UTL – Infante
UTL – Ross
UTL – Thurston
UTL – Diaz/Cabrera
UTL – M. Jones
SP – Lowe
SP – Hudson
SP – Jurrjens
SP – Hanson
SP – Kawakami
CL – Wagner
RP – Saito
RP – Moylan
RP – O’Flaherty
RP – Medlen
RP – Chavez
RP – Dunn
December 24th, 20099:57 am
From the last Blog (well, in response to the last Blog…)
A Merry Christmas to you, too, cabravesfan, Soph, and MIBravesFan! To everyone else, as well…
DOB That’s Billy Joe on the right…
Why didn’t you let us guess?
Merry Christmas! And thanks for the new Blog.
December 24th, 200910:00 am
Rock On……, getting old is tough. I’m barely in my 30’s and I’m starting to feel out of touch with what’s “in”. I just looked at iTunes “top songs” section and I have only heard of maybe half of the artist they have listed. I’m trying to stay young and hip, but it’s tough…. do people still say hip?
December 24th, 200910:05 am
Gucci Manes = The Sate vs Radric Davis is a top album, along with Kid Cud’s Man on the Moon
davBraves – Merry Christmas to you too
DOB – looks like Billy Jo really may live forever.
Haven’t posted in a while, here’s my take on the last couple of weeks. Sorry, it’s going to be a little long. I still am in full support of Wren. Last year he should have earned a lot of cred with Braves fans. He has made solid moves at every turn. I don’t think you can say he has made a bad trade or signing.
1) Wagner & Saito vs. Gonzalez & Sorianno. I think those were 2 good signings. Saito I’m the least sold on, but since he isn’t tabbed as the closer then it’s not as big a concern for me. Lots of the denizens have mentioned they think Wagner is very risky. I think he’s gonna blow everybody’s under-expectations away. Is he that much more of an injury risk than either Sorianno or Gonzalez just b/c he’s older? In case the critics forgot both those guys have had arm problems/surgeries/dead arm off and on since they’ve been with the Braves (I like both so not knocking them). Do the critics really think Wagner is going to all of a sudden turn into Wickman/Kolb/Reitsma?? I think Wren gets an A on the Soriano for Chavez trade. A solid return, and I would rather see them get the roster ironed out now instead of waiting. I have been concerned the longer they wait they will miss out on players for all the positions they need to move on.
2) Vazques trade. Lots of people are overreacting. No way you can say this is as bad a trade as all those slitting their wrists the last few days have been saying. Also, we don’t know the behind the scenes market for what was there for trades involving either Lowe or Vazquez.
I’m not blown away by the trade, but if they couldn’t get something they wanted for Lowe and if the two pitchers turn out to be as good as their potential is, then this will turn out to be a good trade. If Cabrera winds up being a piece of another trade, and both pitchers pan out as time goes on, then this may turn out to be a really good trade.
Also, it’s very likely Vazquez will drop off somewhat and Lowe will pick it up somewhat. None of can predict the numbers, but the rotation is still probably the best in the NL. KK is going to pick it up in his 2nd year. Some critics are saying they think Jurrjens may have some drop off. What more does this guy have to do to sell anybody??? And it’s not like with still having Lowe we have a Jo Jo/Carlyle/Campillo/Cormier situation as a 5th part of the rotation. If Wren held off and possibly traded Vazquez mid-year, it could mess up the team chemistry much more than doing it now.
3) Glaus. I think it’s a good signing. I’ve never been sold on LaRoche and definatley would not want to see the Braves give him a 3 year deal. Yes he did very well for us last year, but how can you rely on a guy this streaky. (Kelly Johnson anyone?) You have to look at it this way too. If the season started today, Glaus would be batting clean up, Mac moves to his natural 5th hole. So, do you really not think Glaus is a better clean up hitter than Loaf was? Rest assured Glaus will crank more than 13 hmers and 60 rbis or so that Loaf put up. (And I’m not knockin’ Loaf either, I’m actually a fan). Glaus won’t have a hard time adjusting to 1st either. Won’t be a solid with the glove as LaRoche, but that’s the only draw back, b/c we know neither guy is the long term solution anyway. And Glaus provides some right hand pop we’ve needed for balance in theline up for some time.
My last question is have their actually been any credible rumors about a possible Carl Crawford trade, or is that just blog dreaming?
Crawford would be sweet for a couple prospects and their pick of Cabrera/McClouth/Diaz. Put Crawford at leadoff for this team and I think all those crying the last few days would not even be able to find something to complain about.
December 24th, 200910:06 am
Kid Cud’s Man on the Moon is a good one.
December 24th, 200910:09 am
Nothing would ever shut Mark Bradley up, the dude just whines about everything and offers nothing of substance except bashing any move the Braves make, good or bad. I cannot read his columns anymore b/c its always so negative. I come to the DOB column where I know I will get a mostly unbiased opinion and some substance and analysis about the moves that the Braves make. I deal w/ enough whining and B*tching at home, don’t need to read about it too.
sorry for all the typos by the way, I guess my brain is on Christmas vacation
December 24th, 200910:12 am
Maybe I’m late on this but did anyone else notice that DOB has two 12’s in his top 50 cds.
December 24th, 200910:14 am
seeing the picture at Eddie’s attic made me think of seeing Billy Pilgrim there. What ever happened to those guys?
December 24th, 200910:15 am
Merry Christmas! And thanks for the new Blog.
December 24th, 200910:16 am
Of course! How could I leave that off?
Nova Scotia Steve - Roy Halladay wins 2010 NL Cy Young Award -
December 24th, 200910:17 am
I’m sorry but AC/DC Black Ice was an excellent album…and I also enjoyed Metallica’s Death Magnetic….but don’t think its gunna make any top album lists…just a personal favorite.
December 24th, 200910:18 am
I just looked at iTunes “top songs” section and I have only heard of maybe half of the artist they have listed
That’s a good thing. Most pop music is horrible from a musical standpoint.
Merry Christmas Braves fans!
We may not agree on anything together on this blog…lol…But it sure as hell is an amusing way to spend some time.
Saito is 40
December 24th, 200910:19 am
I got ya covered McFann
Sign Nady or Derosa and that’ll be a good end to it for me. I’d still love for them to trade for a better hitting outfielder, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
December 24th, 200910:20 am
Thanks, jeffrey. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you, too, Nova Scotia Steve!
December 24th, 200910:21 am
Saito is 40
But he looks 12.
December 24th, 200910:24 am
Thanks McFann…Merry Christmas to you too!
Hmm…I was just looking at Saito, and the last 2 years he’s pitched 55 and 47 innings. If he’s going to be used as the primary setup man, you gotta be worried about his arm because you know Bobby’s gonna try to get him to at least 70 innings.
December 24th, 200910:25 am
Good to see you’re still reading. Have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year. (Starting 1/7/10) RTR.
December 24th, 200910:28 am
I just got Chop Talk and as a free gift they sent me an autographed Christmas card by one of the Braves…. of course I got Javier Vazquez.
December 24th, 200910:31 am
I just love how so many think that if the Braves were sold to an individual like Ted, Cuban or The Falcons owner, that all of a sudden the Braves would add another $20-50 million and put them into the same category with the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels.
If the Braves WERE sold, nothing whatsoever would change salary wise until the fans start putting their posteriors in Turner Field’s seats and buying lots of that outrageously priced beer and nachos. Y’all have no one to blame for the lowered payroll other than yourselves. Boost attendance and see what happens THEN.
Kieran (Long Island Braves Fan)
December 24th, 200910:32 am
I noticed *Mastadon* on your list, and was a bit surprised as i didn’t think that was your genre. As a big Metallica fan, they’ve always popped up but I’ve never really given Mastadon a chance. Obviously if they’re on your top 50 you’re going to recommend them but are they worth going out of my way for? (They are also opening for Metallica in Puerto Rico)
December 24th, 200910:33 am
sidslidkid-I got a Fredi Gonzalez signature from several years back this year. Got a Phil Neikro one year, though.
HomeofdaBraves @ 7:22 am
Nobody can fault you for being a glass half-empty guy with regards to the Braves. If you think about the last 3 years, you could make a good argument that the Braves have not been very fortunate and each year would have been drastically different had a few things gone the other way (2006: Reitsma not imploding and Hudson not becoming surprisingly hittable, 2007: the back half of the rotation not falling apart literally, 2008: Chipper not having a career-worst year and Frenchy/KJ not tanking).
But I see something different about this roster that Wren is building, that I’m not seeing a lot of comments on. And that’s consistency. Wren has been moving this roster away from inconsistent players like Francoeur, KJ, LaRoche.
I like Prado a lot better than KJ because I think he’s proven over his brief career that he’s a fairly consistent .300 hitter that’s not going to have the huge dry spells like KJ had in his years here.
Also, say what you want about Glaus, but when his shoulder hasn’t been screwed up, he’s been a fairly consistent offensive producer over his career. Unlike LaRoche who hits .120 in April/May and then .350 in July/August (go check the career splits for Glaus if you’re interested, but he’s a little more consistent from month to month).
I don’t feel a need to explain myself on Frenchy, so I’ll just leave it that anyone would be more consistent that he was the past few seasons.
Anyway, that’s the difference I see. Like every other year, a few things need to go right with regards to health and avoiding extended slumps, but I think this roster is shaping out to have a lot more potential for consistency than those over the past few years.
Ole Billy Joe Shaver looks like he could use a BATH!!!
What does Martin Prado have to do to secure the 2B job? I mean I would be pissed if I were him.
December 24th, 200910:34 am
sportsman i agree with crawford at the top of the lineup, brings a whole new dimension to the braves. and sheff coming off the bench and insurance if glaus or an outfielder fails would be a wize pickup too
December 24th, 200910:35 am
Get on that plane and out of DODGE pronto. See you in a few. Stay well boarding the great ROCKIES. And Holiday greetings to all you posters out there. Enjoy the blessings this country offers and the good Lord provide us each and every day. Later.
Lew, hold on to the Fredi Gonzalez signature. I think he’ll wear a Braves uni next year.
December 24th, 200910:36 am
Merry Christmas McFann!
lew send money, i will go see games. lol
December 24th, 200910:37 am
Anyone think maybe Joe Torre could come full circle and manage the Braves next season…his contract with the Dodgers expires after this season.
Probably a pipe dream…
Troy Glaus played 14 games last year. Xavier Nady played seven (based on this trend, the next signing will have spent no more than a long weedend in the Bigs). What are they going to do, haul these dogs out on stretchers? If they even move on Nady (or anybody else). I mean after all, they got Mekly Cabrera – do you really want to ADD to your collection of bums? They score more points with Corp coming in under budget than they do improving the team. As if they improved the team. Mike Dunn – hard throwing walk machine. Arodys Vizcaino – 19 years old and not even in A-ball. For a Dominican, old to be that low in the farm system. And the reality is nobody that far down can be assumed to accomplish anything – looking good or bad, the odds are l-o-n-g on any one of them making the major leagues. A few do, of course. The vast majority don’t. It’s true that Wren didn’t wreck the franchise, Schuerholz did. But the Braves are now a low-budget team. Those clubs get raided, not improved. Things look grim in Hooterville.
December 24th, 200910:39 am
I will be really ticked if this takes away playing time from Matty D–he was the heart and soul of this team last year and he proved he deserves to play every damn day! I am fine with Matty in left, Nate in center and Heyward in right with Jordan backing up and I guess Melky backing up but I guess they plan on doing that stupid platoon thing again. Matty will work his way into the lineup every day, you can’t hold him down!
December 24th, 200910:41 am
Looking at your list DOB, you’ll love Reigning Sound. Start with Time Bomb High School. Nice to see Lucero on there…one of my favorite bands ever. Snowglobe is another Memphis band that deserves mention, although they have not achieved the more widespread attention that Lucero and Reigning Sound have reightfully garnered.
December 24th, 200910:44 am
“Matty D–he was the heart and soul of this team last year…”
Lets not over do it now. He was good but come on.
Braves_Fan_RSD : Braves are close to $85M currently when you consider achievable incentives.
December 24th, 200910:46 am
Merry Christmas to all and wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2010! I have had much enjoyment this year on the blog (mostly reading), nice to see it is still going strong, if not stronger.
I think Wren’s moves have less to do with Wren than it does with Liberty Media’s control of the Braves and Terry M.
Wren operates within the Liberty/Wren envelope, which is why I question his motivation for his dealings.
This envelope requires that Wren make deals that are financially conservative and generally require the planets to align perfectly in order to get maximum production out of these “B” and “C” level players.
Which is to say that Wren’s method of operations require so many “X” factors and intangibles to come to fruition in order for players he acquires to be highly productive. There always seem to be caveats to these players being productive.
He never out and out gets an established, bona fide player of impact. They all seem to have some baggage of one kind or another. Glaus is a fine example of this. 50/50….
This lack of impact player deals is where Liberty Media plays their hand. And thus you get the Liberty/Wren envelope.
This method of operation, in my estimation, is not going to keep pace with the Phillies, as well as other NL top tier teams.
And we all know what happens with smoke and mirrors eventually.
As I have said before, Wren, with the exception of a couple of deals he pulled, could in the future be compared to the late Paul Richards, who, in the 60’s and early 70’s trotted every baseball has-been and re-tread through Atlanta in order to save money, possibly thinking he was going to resurrect their careers…
At the cost of prospects, good players and the standings.
The Braves were a mess then. The last 3 years have been less than stellar under Wren’s watch.
Or could the Braves have decided that 2010 is not that big of a deal on their radar, and are already looking at 2011 or 2012 in order to stay within Liberty’s budget?
Wren, how about surprise me for once.
That way, we can surprise the Phils this year.
December 24th, 200910:54 am
DOB – How about the Felice Brothers album Yonder is the Clock?
December 24th, 200910:56 am
The players that Mr Wren has decided to trade or not keep have been sound in nature and true Braves fans can not dispute that. However, it is the return of players that leaves one wondering what direction the team is going. The trade of Vazquez would have appeared better with the substitution of Cabrera for pitcher Chamberlain or Hughes (preferred) and the two prospects. Cabrera should be a fourth outfielder at best and a pitcher that was the 4th best in the Cy Young should have netted more.
The trade of Soriano should have been able to net a right-handed bat that could hit between our future, Heyward and Freeman. Again, the decision to trade these players is very sound, but the net results do not get the Braves any closer to the Phillies, now or in the future.
December 24th, 200911:00 am
Wren is able to sign: DeRosa or Nady or Ugla.
Then it definetly makes the Braves a MUCH DEEPER team for injuries and the long season. We won’t have the drop off at SS, 3b, 1b – 2b or OF, if anyone gets hurt or needs a rest(as we did last year).
Then the Vasquez trade looks pretty good.
We then traded Vasquez & Boone Logan for:
Troy Glaus, Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, Arodys Vizcaina,
(DeRosa, Uggla, or Nady).
THAT would NOT be considered a BAD trade!
Since everyone here loves lineups, I think if nothing changes this would be my opening day lineup and roster. And I have posted before and will say again that I think no way Heyward begins the year with the big club, he will be brought up in early June. I also think they’ll make Schaefer start in AAA.
1) Cabrera lf/cf
2) Escobar ss
3) Chipper 3b
4) Glaus 1b
5) McCann c
6) Diaz rf
7) McClouth cf/lf
(I would seriously not bat Escobar behing McCann in the 6th hole, that would be a double play producing machine combo back to back.)
c – Ross
util – Infante
util – Mitch Jones
util – Joe Thurston
4th of – Brandon Jones / whoever wins spot in spring
closer – Wagner
rp – Moylan
rp – Saito
rp – O’Flaherty
rp – Chavez
rp – Medlin
rp – Dunn or whoever wins the spot in the spring
That’s not as gloom and doom as everybody thinks. If you look at this farily, it’s pretty darn solid from top to bottom. Like a lot of posters have said, it’s much more solid than at the start of last season. The bullpen is especially stronger. Is this enough to win the division? NO, of course not. Wild Card? YES. The Dodgers and Cards are going to drop off. Rockies will win the West. The central is a toss up with no real power house. Is anyone really scared of the Mets? Even if they sign Bay and their injuries go away, who is gonna pitch 4 days out of 5? If we take care of business against the Marlins we are the front runners for the wildcard even with no significant changes.
I would speculate that Liberty wants to be certain that the Braves are a financially enticing investment for someone when they can legally from a tax standpoint unload the team in the next year or two. At the same time they want to maintain the Braves as a competitive entity in order to attract fans. As a result the trades overall aren’t bad ones for the future of the franchise.
I concur with your regard for Matty D. Although his defense isn’t the best in the division, he is a hitting machine! Is it always pretty to watch him hit? No, far from it. But, damn, he hits balls that are a foot out of the strike zone and makes a double. Yeah, his splits are bad, but, guess what, he has had much fewer at bats against right handers. I think that, if we learned anything from last year, it’s that we should give Diaz the opportunity to play every day. If it doesn’t pan out, it’s not like we don’t have other options, now, is it?
Robert (Chipper Is The Best)
December 24th, 200911:01 am
I have few predictions for the Braves before Opening Day.
1. Another move, whether it be free agent pickup or trade, is coming. I think a trade of Dan Uggla or signing Mark DeRosa would be preferred. I think Uggla could possibly be had for Matt Diaz, Brandon Hicks and one Atlanta’s prized pitching prospects. Another possibility could be a trade for Jorge Cantu. Cantu should receive a nice raise through arbitration and is flexible enough for the Braves. He can play 1B, 3B, 2B and some OF. I’d prefer Uggla but Cantu may be more realistic. A signing of DeRosa could take place but he may have to take a hometown discount of sorts. A 2yr/$11 mil deal could work.
2. If a trade or free agent signing doesn’t take place before spring training the Braves will pray that Jordan Schaefer is completely healthy and tear up the Grapefruit League like he did a year ago. That would allow the Braves to maybe move Diaz and platoon Schaefer in LF with Cabrera.
3. Jason Heyward will show in spring (as he did last year) that he is ready and he does belong forcing the Braves to bite the bullet and start his arb clock early.
4. Teams like the Reds, Rays, Tigers and Royals conceivably will all be looking for outfielders thus making it easier for the Braves to move Diaz or even Cabrera for a good hitting 2B allowing Prado to become a super utility player like Infante. The Reds could be looking to move Brandon Phillips. The Rays have a plethora of young infielders for the Braves to choose from. The Tigers could be looking to move Carlos Guillen. And, while the Royals really don’t have any players of interest that they’d actually trade they do have some prospects the Braves could stockpile for future trades.
December 24th, 200911:04 am
It has to be said that the Braves’ farm system has not produced an everyday player since Escobar. In fact, this has been the case for a number of years now. Hopefully, that will begin to change with Heyward, then Freeman. We’ll see. With a stronger pipeline from the farm system, the Braves could depend less on trades and free agents, where their limited budget makes it difficult to sign high-quality players.
December 24th, 200911:14 am
ncgary-You assume that after seeing the Braves in Boston and TYoronto the past several years, that I actually have $$$$ to send to you.
I undesdtand that times are tough and that games can be somewhat expensive (though Y’all have NO clue comparing Atlanta’s prices to those you pay at Fenway), but if you aren’t going to go to games, for what ever reason (and I don’t direct this just to you)-then just don’t bitch that they have no money. I guarantee you this-no matter who owns the team, they are not going to foot the bill for a higher salary until the Atlanta fans start buying tickets and concessions. That’s just the way it is and nothing will change until attendance goes up.
December 24th, 200911:15 am
Merry Christmas McFann and everyone else as well.
I’m 22 and i dont keep up with any new stuff iun the music world, i’m stuck in the classics. Zeppelin, Stones, Van Halen, The Who, Boston The Eagles , Pink Floyd and the list goes on. lol Parents got me hooked on it as a little kid and its still the best. Time to Ramble On my friends!
December 24th, 200911:17 am
Well, I think the Braves have focused so much on pitching they don’t really produce everyday players. That needs to change. But, if you think about it some orginizations are the other way around. Look at the Yanks and Rangers. They produce really good hitters but their pitchers for the most part are marginal with the exception of maybe a Ted Lilly. Some teams are great at doing both like the Angels, Red Sox and Dodgers.
That being said I think the Braves do have some good to great everyday players on the way: Heyward, Freeman, Hicks, Tyler Flowers (now with the White Sox), Cody Johnson and I think Clint Sammons could be an everyday catcher but he is never going to get that opportunity here with McCann on the roster. Also, I still believe Brandon Jones could be a solid everyday player. When he has been with the big league club he has done okay. His minor league numbers have been so-so but if you think about it Yunel Escobar’s weren’t that great either. Neither were McCann’s. Lets not forget McCann only got called up in 2005 because the Braves top 3 catchers were all hurt. Some guys don’t blossom until they have the opportunity. Maybe playing in the minors bore them if that makes sense.
I Love a Blockbuster Trade
December 24th, 200911:18 am
For my money, Frank Wren has done an outstanding job so far, but I would love to see a real blockbuster trade – you know, the kind you don’t see too much of anymore. Let’s see, what could it be? How about something completely out of the blue, like say a huge trade within your own division? Like trading shortstops with the Marlins! Maybe Yunel, McLouth, (maybe that’s why Wren got Melkey – to man CF until Schafer is ready)and one of the young pitching prospects for Hanley Ramirez. Yea, that’s the ticket; it could set up the Braves offensively for years with Heyward and Ramirez in the 3 and 4 holes. Of course, it would never happen – for one thing it would actually make both teams better and who wants to improve a divisional foe? Right? Still, I do love a blockbuster trade!
Oh yea, and one more thing. The Braves really ought to move in the outfield fences even if they don’t get another power hitter. It would almost certainly be more advantageous to the Braves than to the opposition, and maybe they could improve their dismal home record.
Merry Christmas to all!!!
Based on their current rosters, the Braves offense projects the following stat line…
And the Phillies offense projects…
Not a big difference. I have not checked/compiled the pitching staff projections yet, but I would assume the Braves staff is stronger. So, 2010 looks like a dead-heat. Cannot wait.
December 24th, 200911:19 am
I heard in XM last Night Show (I Think Was Judy McDonald) comment that The Braves are a not a top notch team since 1995, he was compare Attendance record & Revenue and always finish right at the Middle of every other Team, So if this correct please Fans,.. doesn’t complain if Ours team look like a regular team,If we don’t support this team attending Games Ours Payroll will be the Same.
RCIB-Somewhat ironic, isn’t it, that a couple years ago the Braves were accused of not producing pitching in the minors. The more things change……..
December 24th, 200911:20 am
I saw more rumors about NADY, DeRosa, and UGGLA to the Braves
Uggla made 5.3 million last year
Derosa has been offered 6 mil a year
I’ve heard Nady is going to be in that 5-6 million range
Any chance the Braves have the ability to get TWO of these guys?
I mean if they still have around 9 million to spend, signing two of these guys wouldn’t stretch that too far especially if you gave up someone making a couple mil in a trade for Uggla
Getting two of these guys along with the moves made would make the Braves very powerful and scary
Getting one of them with the other moves makes the Braves a serious contender
December 24th, 200911:21 am
I think Brooks Conrad will be on the Braves’ bench
December 24th, 200911:22 am
Stephen, I don’t think anybody is really all that sure what Wren is thinking with the return he’s gotten, from Javy especially. It’s starting become more and more clear that when somebody says he makes “panic moves” they know what they’re talking about. You ever heard him talk? Sounds like he’s got a frog in his throat like he’s a nervous wreck.
Can’t say he’s done more bad than good though. Trades to get JJ/Mclouth/Vazquez being the main ones.
agreed lew, not sure what tv revenue contract splits up between all 30 teams now, but guessing somewhere in between 4 to 6 billion. pretty sure a few years back they were splitting 4 billion, which pretty much would take care of payroll.still seats filled in stadiums is how payroll can easiest be extended
unfortunately here unemployment all around here for a 50 mile radius is 14 to 15 % officially. unofficially its probably closer to 33%. and the jerks that are hiring are paying 8 dollars an hour for jobs that used to pay 20
December 24th, 200911:24 am
and I almost forgot MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 24th, 200911:25 am
…and if the Braves were to bring Johnson back to spell Diaz and Prado occasionally, then their projected stat line would be…
.274/.350/.433/.783 – BETTER OPS THAN PHILLIES!
Well, I Love A Blockbuster Trade, one trade that could happen is a deal involving McClouth and prospects for Carl Crawford. I dont’ say this because I’m a Crawford mark but because the Rays are likely looking to move him since he is in the last year of his deal and unlikely to resign.
December 24th, 200911:26 am
Title of article should be ” Wren making Bad Moves”! Braves will be the laughing stock of the National League!
It’s unlikely the Braves are going to garuntee 9Million+ in contracts. I think that 7-9 mil that is available is like flex money, meaning that 7 isn’t a deadcut off. I would say its near impossible that they get 2 of the 3 guys that you mentioned at 11:20. Thats how I interpreted the situation at least.
December 24th, 200911:28 am
Continuing on projections for 2010, the Braves project to have OPS advantages at C, 3B, SS, LF, CF. Which leaves the Phillies with a high projected OPS at 1B, 2B, RF. Pretty interesting stuff.
December 24th, 200911:29 am
Had to share with you guys the text message I got from Javier Vazquez, after I sent him one thanking him for being such a good dude and so cooperate with us reporters throughout the season, etc. His reply:
This is the part of professional sports that I don’t like. My family and I really loved Atlanta, and thought that maybe we could be there a few years, but that’s the way it goes. Anyways, thanks a lot. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
No. Ga. bob
DAMON DAMON DAMON….FROM WHAT’S BEEN READ & SAID… THE BRAVES COULD GET HIM FOR SOME HAMHOCK AND SOME GREENS. HE IS NOT HAPPY WITH THE YANKEES AND THEY’RE NOT HAPPY WITH HIM? HIS HOME IN IN ORLANDO, FL CLOSE TO THE BRAVES’ TRAINING CAMP. DOES THE BRAVES REALLY WANT A WINNING TEAM OR JUST WANT TO SAVE MONEY????
Merry Christmas, McFann! I hope you get everything you wish for, including a 2010 Braves WS
December 24th, 200911:30 am
I think getting 2 isnt gonna happen. The Braves like to have a little wiggle room for in season moves. But they sure can use another guy. Definitly if Heywards starts in AAA we could use another guy out there. 2 years 12 mil has been offered by the Giants. So we would have to top that. Nady could come cheaper, for gaurenteed money but would prolly nmeed some incentives simalar to Glaus. But the Braves definlty have the room to add another solid piece. Wouldnt even be a bad idea to look at the remaining RP’s on the market. Wags and Saito at the back end age and major injurys in the past could be a question mark. The Braves value u pitching so much it wouldnt surprise me at all. But i sure hope they add 1 more solid piece to the Ballclub.
December 24th, 200911:31 am
Bobby’s going to be in platoon heaven next year, particularly if they add Nady or DeRosa to the mix. I can see the first month having about 20 different starting lineups. Not sure I like that approach, but you can’t fault Wren for wanting more versatility and depth with the way things have gone the past few years.
December 24th, 200911:32 am
I find it funny people on the blog complain and complain about Wren not making a move and when he finally does its a called a move done in a panic. I’m sure most of you are astute to know the Glaus deal was likely already in place and the only thing holding back an announcement and official signing was Wren trading JV or Lowe.
December 24th, 200911:35 am
Wow, make me wish Wren would of unloaded Mr. whinner D Lowe even more. What a class act.
DOB, hope Javy knew just about everybody on this blog wishes he was still a Brave and that’s saying something with the tough crowd you have around here. Hope he wins the AL CY award, just hope the Yankees finish last… fat chance though.
December 24th, 200911:37 am
Your right about the unemployment….. I been laid off most of the year. Alot of people cant afford to go out to games and stuff. The trade i work in alot Mexicans are taking our jobs. The company i work for lost 6 big projects to there crews cause they came in and under bid us by 30,000 less or more. So our company went from 80 men to about 6 men. Hopefully it will get better…
December 24th, 200911:39 am
Billy, Wren has done some damn good work, and “panic moves” don’t necessarily mean those moves turn out bad. Cabrera could end up being our MVP next year. He just has froggy throat.
December 24th, 200911:40 am
What are the odds we can move Lowe next seson, and sign Javy?
As a FA after this season could Javy return to Atlanta if they move either Lowe or KK at the trade deadline or in the next offseason
As a FA after this season could Javy return to Atlanta if they move either Lowe or KK at the trade deadline or in the next offseason?
Let me say this about Lowe. Calling him a whiner is a bit unfair. Would you react different if you were in his position. He signs a four year deal and after the first year he is being shopped with no control over where he goes. I can understand Lowe’s frustrations. I don’t think his comments were that inflamatory. Like he said, if he thought there was a possibility he could be moved after one season he would have thought twice about signing here.
December 24th, 200911:41 am
how do you not have DMB’s new album in the top 50 of the year, it’s easily his most inspired cd and in my opinion the best new cd i’ve heard in years from any band.
Total Class Act, it’s great to see/hear soemthing like that from an Athlete to a reporter and vice versa. WHo klnows, maybe he’ll be back in Atlanta a year from now!
December 24th, 200911:42 am
I’m not that optimistic about Cabrera. I wish Wren would of gotten another prospect instead.
December 24th, 200911:44 am
Here they are, your 2010 NL East third place winners. Wow, makes me want to rush right out and get tickets now. Looking forward to the new signs along the outfield, a thumbs down for every year they don’t make the playoffs. The 1 for 15 pennants are a running joke.
DOB….that dude (Javy) Is A great guys, we love him here a lot.
MARRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL FROM SUNNY SAN JUAN.
December 24th, 200911:45 am
Well people I know consider me a music Nazi so I’m not going to discuss the list. That was a real nice text from Javier. Totally classy. It’s a shame he’s not part of the team anymore. Any chance we sign him as a FA next year? I know probably not.
I think that there is a great possiblity for the Braves to bring Javy right back here next year
If LOWE has a good year he will be valuable on the trade market, you could get something for him and free up money to bring Javy back
December 24th, 200911:46 am
Look, Melkey Cabrera is who he is. He’s a guy who is an excellent defensive player. His offensive is marginal but does seem to flourish in the leadoff spot which goes to show some guys hit better in certain spots. And, I will say this. He did impress me during the postseason. When Tex, Arod and even “Jetes” were somewhat struggling he was raking along with that overrated Johnny Damon.
Nice to see the comment from Javy, DOB. I hope he does well in NY.
Billy: How ’bout if the plan is to trade M.Cabrera to, say, the Marlins in a deal for Uggla? Suddenly the Vazquez-Cabrera trade has a different look. I’m not saying that’s going to happen, but it’s possible.
Oh, and good point you made when you wrote this:
I find it funny people on the blog complain and complain about Wren not making a move and when he finally does its a called a move done in a panic.
December 24th, 200911:47 am
DOB – Was Rahael Saadiq’s “The Way I See It” anywhere close to making your list?
December 24th, 200911:48 am
My Top 15 Live Concerts of 2009
1) Paul McCartney – Piedmont Park
2) Phish – Bonnaroo (Friday)
3) Greyboy Allstars – Tipitina’s
4) Monsters of Folk – Tabernacle
5) Bear Creek Music Festival – the entire thing (acts included: Galactic, Soulive, Ivan Neville, Karl Denson, Derek Trucks, Bernie Worell, Steve Kimock)
6) David Byrne – Bonnaroo (directly preceded Phish)
7) U2 – Georgia Dome
John Prine – House of Blues New Orleans
9) The Meter Men – Jazzfest Fairgounds
10) Medeski, Martin and Wood – Variety Playhouse
11) Os Mutantes – Tipitina’s
12) Robert Walter’s 20th Congress – 420 Fest
13) Wilco – Classic Center
14) John Scofield and the Piety Street Band – Variety Playhouse
15) The Trio – multiple evenings at the Maple Leaf (George Porter (bass), Johnny Vidacovich (drums) + various third members)
Likely to push into the list shortly: 4 nights of Phish in Miami for New Year’s.
December 24th, 200911:49 am
Anthony-If you’re that unhappy, maybe another sport or another baseball team would be more to your liking? If they don’t float your boat, why are you here wasting your time? Seems if they only made you happy once in the past twenty years you’re either in the wrong place or you’re a masochist and just love pain. Maybe the Braves’ Vent is more suited to your needs?
December 24th, 200911:52 am
TnBrian-I here you re: Javy, but he will be the fourth starter for the Yankees-not likely he’ll come close to Cy Young consideration no matter if he has a good year or not.
Trey, that Raphael Saadiq CD was actually on my best-of-2008 CD list. It was my favorite R&B/soul album of ‘08.
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