5:16 pm January 4, 2010, by David O'Brien
January 4th, 20106:32 pm
I hope tonight could spark some interest in wrestling in general.
Going to be fun to watch.
Larry, you don’t read this blog much, do you?
DOB: “you should get an editing job somewhere, my man. Fine work. Fixed now.”
But no, actually, I missed this one: “and struck out fewer than 100 times to continue his streak of never reaching double figures in whiffs in 15 seasons in the majors “
(Bayou Brave (January 4th, 2010 6:08 pm) found it: “Double (triple) digit strikeouts?”)
Larry – meet the DOLT, drongo, the poor little Tassie Devil savage
It is “YOUR AND IDIOT”……….. you premoron
January 4th, 20106:34 pm
well Diaz has been playing great. Deserves more playing time and with Melky on the team now they would match Damon’s production i think. Also I dont think Damon is worth 8 mil a year and certainly not 2 yrs.
Nice try DOB. But according to “sources” the Braves are in the running for Matt Holliday… possibly even the “front runner.”
P. W. Hjort
Great blog. All so well stated.
Damon has a .366 career on base average the past 6 years. That’s a massive upgrade over Loaf’s .303 on base average last year.
As someone who is generally opposed to signing aging stars, I would love to see Damon w/ the Braves.
January 4th, 20106:36 pm
Random, you should get an editing job somewhere, my man. Fine work. Fixed now.
You can’t get nothing by ol’ Hannibal.
But no, actually, I missed this one:….
Correction: You can’t get much by ol’ Hannibal.
January 4th, 20106:37 pm
Sources on your Holliday claims, please.
January 4th, 20106:39 pm
RC (January 4th, 2010 6:21 pm): “Can someone explain this post to me? I’ll agree with the last part, but the entire reason for the signing is the chance that Troy COULD be tracking toward 30/100 by August (which is after the trade deadline). And unless they are frozen, it might be time to throw out those turkey leftovers….”
Mmmmmmm — turkey.
RC (January 4th, 2010 6:25 pm): “Because Diaz had 90K in 371 AB last year and Damon had a career high 98 in 550 AB. And because Diaz has 25 career SB while Damon averaged 27 from 2006-2008. And because Damon sees about 4 pitches per plate apperance while Diaz only sees around 3.4.”
I knew there was a good reason I like your comments — solid stuff.
Tom O – since she is driving home, I think I can safely answer that he is at (or very near) the top of her list. She is not a big Brady fan, either…
civilized white trash
i hate Boise State
January 4th, 20106:40 pm
DOB – Careful with all the Damon talk. If he signs somewhere else Huddy may complete the job started last year.
January 4th, 2010
It is “an idiot” not “and idiot”
You illiterate idiot!
BWHAAAAHAAA . . . Larry, you proved it! You really are and idiot!
January 4th, 20106:41 pm
Bobby let Frenchy grow a puberty beard, you’d think he wouldn’t have a problem with Damon’s
I forgot about the Frenchy beard. He thought it looked cool, or hoped it was gonna somehow magically reverse his fortunes or something. But it looked silly. In some ways, it reminded me of the Al Gore beard, when Gore re-emerged around 9/11, 9 months after losing the election, looking like some loser suffering through a nervous breakdown. In other ways, it reminded me of when Harrison Ford was suffering an identity crisis and started sporting an earring trying to be hip.
How long before the MLB rumors sites state that “David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Braves have an interest in resigning Andruw Jones”?
With Damon signed to a 1-2 year deal, that would buy some time for Schafer to get some more experience before becoming ATL’s next CF..
January 4th, 20106:42 pm
RHR (January 4th, 2010 6:36 pm) –
Get by you, gRHRl!
(No, I don’t even know what that means.)
January 4th, 20106:43 pm
The blog has gone DAMON CRAZY! Damn, me or some other nobody fan mentiones his name we get bashed from every angle you can imagine, but when Dave mentiones him as a possibility almost everybody jumps on board. Amazing what a little credibility and proof of stats can do for a guy.
January 4th, 20106:44 pm
Redstick19: They wished to remain anonymous as the “offers” are “not official”
But you can’t blame DOB for being dazzled by Boras. He recently had a phone conversation with the deity and it takes a while to recoup from such a thing. If you haven’t been reading, DOB had “misplaced” his own luggage somewhere between here and Canada. Whether it was “Delta” or just the after effects of a Boras conversation is yet to be determined. He has been sited with a Permagrin and he still thinks he’s “lucid;” sure signs of a a victim of Boradelusion.
Smoltz wore a beard for years.
Course, he’s got no hair.
Don’t need Dye are Nady…Got enough “if’s” on the Team already …Not crazy about Damon, not the power hitter we were looking for!
Still like Uggla!
Where did u get your info DOB? Did someone inside Braves Management tip you off on Damon? Was it just your opinion? Welcome Back!
January 4th, 20106:46 pm
TnBrian, you may be right about some ppl, but I’ve been a Damon fan for a long time and always thought of him as an option.
“DOB — Careful with all the Damon talk. If he signs somewhere else Huddy may complete the job started last year” Fleming
O’Brien will never live this down.
Do you like the Firefox? I’m using IE7, but today it’s acting weird. Shows no history. (and I’ve got a past.) Suggestions? Anyone?
I tried the system restore to no avail.
January 4th, 20106:47 pm
8. Matt Diaz RF and/or Heyward. — DOB
I’d love to see the lineup when it’s “and.” Would Diaz and Heyward both bat at the same time? Would one of them be “rover” while playing defense or would they have to hold hands while playing defense so that they can only have one glove hand and one throwing hand?
RF Diaz-.531 opb batting leadoff last season. Works the count.
LF Damon-Batter here most all of last season. Contact hitter. hit .290 post all star break last season. 367 obp batting second last season.
C-Mac-.455 obp in this spot last season.
SS-Escobar-rbi guy and should be hitting 6th. I am afraid of the DP ball with Mac ahead of him.
Only real big issue I see w/Damon is $. If we needed to make a move mid-season will our hands to be tied if we needed add more payroll if required?
Could Damon be worse than Loaf I don’t get dirty, jump or move for balls out there?
January 4th, 20106:48 pm
it reminded me of the Al Gore beard, when Gore re-emerged around 9/11, 9 months after losing the election, looking like some loser suffering through a nervous breakdown…
…with a constant stream of saliva hanging from the beard, swinging in the air after his every ravenous roar while roaming the world on a jumbo jet with a large camera crew, pontificating on what would have happened if he had only won that election paying for it by lecturing everyone about the evils of roaming the planet on a private jumbo jet.
January 4th, 20106:49 pm
“DOB — Careful with all the Damon talk. If he signs somewhere else Huddy may complete the job started last year” Fleming
O’Brien will never live this down
And neither shall Hudson.
January 4th, 20106:50 pm
JoeC10, I have a feeling some are jumping on the Damon bandwagon because of DOB, and they know who they are. Obviously, you aren’t one and there are some others I know have been wanting us to sign him too.
Couch Tater, I love Firefox. It is much faster and has less problems. I also had Explorer,but never use it now.
ok. I’m just gonna back away slowly.
January 4th, 20106:52 pm
Why does everyone say” They want to play for Cox”. What do you expect them to say if they’re looking for a job etc., I don’t want to play for BC. Good Luck. They want the $$$$$$$$$$$
If the target is to seriously compete in 2010, Damon is needed. The Braves need another “professional” hitter in the lineup. After Chipper and McCann, I wouldn’t want anybody up at bat at a key moment except maybe Escobar and Diaz if they are hot.
I kind of think that while Wren is trying to put together a decent team this year, he really is aiming at 2011/2012 seasons to be the years the Braves take back control of the division and make a realistic run at the world series.
January 4th, 20106:53 pm
Love you too, Random. Smoochies.
The A Bomb
January 4th, 20106:55 pm
DOB — Good blog.
HOWEVER — Why would you even suggest that Prado bat down the lineup with his .307 body of work? He is a better edition of Blauser with a better average and his ability to pound the ball into the right-center field gap.
Shove McLouth and his 17.6% strikeout percentage way down the lineup.
Maybe we could revive those “Johnny Damon, looks like Jesus, throws like Mary” T-Shirts?
Jeesh Larry – I seem to recall it the other way… you are some sort of heart surgeon..
which BTW I think is a wonderful thing to be… but I sell asses like you… no exactly like you for brekky
BUT i am happy to have the same other bet I proposed 9 months ago….
I will post my 2009 Profit/Loss and you do the same … winner gets $0.01 from the LLLLLLL
January 4th, 20106:56 pm
TnBrian, I agree with you, however I couldn’t care less. I just want the Braves to be better (which I completely believe they will be with Damon).
January 4th, 20106:57 pm
Even though I’ve made it clear my views on religion, I still am facinated by it’s effects on civilization. I DVR’d this show on the History Channel called “Books Banned from the Bible”. It talks about how in 325 A.D. Constantine called for a meeting of bishops from all over to a city in modern day Turkey called Nicea. The bishops debated about which books (letters that were popular reading back in those days) would become part of the bible.
Anyway, I’m watching this show and it talks about a book called “The Book of Thomas” (which obviously isnt included in the New Testament). Anyway it says that an approximately 12 year old Jesus is accused of knocking one of his friends off the roof of a house which resulted in the boy’s death. The town gathered around and asked the boy Jesus why he killed the kid. Jesus said, “No I didnt, he accidentally fell”. And to prove it, he rose the boy from the dead and asked the kid “hey kid, did I push you off the roof”: The kid said “no, my Lord, you didnt”.
Now, that is a interesting way to prove your innocence.
Stewart’s big line about Springsteen was “Bob Dylan and James Brown had a baby….” – that and his decription of growing up in Jersey, influenced by the Boss was great writing.
John Cougar Mellencamp did Born in the USA (the weakest of the 5 or so tribute songs), Mellisa Etheridge did “Born to Run”, Sing closed things out…and the film clips were great too.
My preferences of the Braves’ possibities are, in order – Nady, Uggla, Damon, then Dye (since he’s willing to play 1st, maybe Glaus could play 3rd when Chipper sits down – but that does seem like wishful thinking that bad shoulder Glaus could play 3rd). Any of the 4 would be an upgrade over Anderson, and leave the Braves with a good 4th OF/trade piece when Heyward makes it up.
“With Damon signed to a 1-2 year deal, that would buy some time for Schafer to get some more experience before becoming ATL’s next CF.”
The Braves need to bring in Otis Nixon to work with Schafer, if he’s going to be a lead-off hitter. Otis would bunt, walk, hit, lean into one, whatever it took to get on base. Very valuable stuff for the kid to learn.
January 4th, 20107:00 pm
“The Braves need to bring in Otis Nixon to work with Schafer”,
Gotta love the O.G. Skeletor..
DOB, any idea when Glaus is to take his physical?I like the Damon idea more than Uggla.
January 4th, 20107:01 pm
Marko-”If the target is to seriously compete in 2010, Damon is needed. The Braves need another “professional” hitter in the lineup. After Chipper and McCann, I wouldn’t want anybody up at bat at a key moment except maybe Escobar and Diaz if they are hot.”
I’ve seen a couple of posts here saying that we need a “professional hitter” like Damon and all I can think about is how everyone kept describing Garret Anderson as a “professional hitter” last year.
January 4th, 20107:02 pm
One other thing about Damon….
I’m always harping on the attendance figures — 15K during the pennant race. Horrible.
At least Damon would double the female population at The Ted!
Let’s see –
And so on…
18 Wheels of Love
DOB dedicates and entire blog to Damon and Rosenthal predicts we sign him…all today. Sounds like a stone cold leadpipe lock to me.
January 4th, 20107:03 pm
Thanks, CB. Since I’ve apparently lost my temporary internet files and cookies, it’s a good time to switch.
January 4th, 20107:04 pm
Poorbrave………your 6:52pm post was dead on. Why is it the only players who are “sincere” about their professed “love” of playing for Bobby Cox are those off the scrapyard, operating table, on the downside of their careers, etc? I dont see any superstar free agents taking less money to sign with the Braves.
If Bobby was such a “great” players manager, then why cant we get some legit free agent love?
i lost my cookies a time or two myself Coach
Voice from the past... (VOR)
January 4th, 20107:05 pm
If Damon were signed as the full time LF, I could see Nate and his remaining $4.5MM for ‘10 and $6.5MM for ‘11 traded. Melky would become the CF keeping it warm for the emergence, whether it be in 2010 or 2011, of Schafer. It helps you fit Damon into the salary structure and still leaves you with a pretty decent outfield.
1. Damon (L)
2. Prado (R)
3. Chipper (S)
4. Glaus (R)
5. Mac (L)
6. Yuni (R)
7. Diaz (R) or possibly JHey (L)
8. Melky (S)
Wouldn’t surprise me, anyway…
January 4th, 20107:08 pm
Bravesfaninok: Expecting Glaus announcement tomorrow or Wednesday. Don’t know for sure if he’s had physical yet.
DOB, any progress reports on how Schafer’s healing is going?
January 4th, 20107:09 pm
Couch Tater, a Tater sitting on his Couch should never be stressed about his computer or TV, A man has to have his priorities.
Happy new decade to one and all. I have not posted in some months as I have been having fun scuba diving and traveling. But a few words are in order after digesting much of what many of you have opined. Put aside stats for a minute. Glaus was MVP in the World Series, Cabrera and ?Damon were great clutch hitters for the Yankees and Damon also for the Red Sox and are winners, Chipper has been a winner and clutch guy, and D Lowe led the Red Sox to their first World Series in practically a thousand years. So that is key. I always defended Javy Vazquez even when many were negative about the trade bringing him to the Braves, but I am willing to hope and who knows, maybe he will return in 2011. And Prado and Escobar are my kind of players, and I always defended them. They are tough and solid!! Really, what does Atlanta expect with the level of fan attendance and enthusiasm. Pump it up like Philadelphia or Yankee stadium and perhaps there would be more money for players. Meanwhile, headed to Belize for nine days of diving and Bonaire in early March for another eight days and then Egypt and pyramids and Red Sea diving for two weeks in late May. Anyone wanting to hear about diving with 50 foot whale sharks, hammerheads, mantas, and dolphins can listen to my 30 minute interview at http://www.scubaradio.com/audio/11-28-09/SR_11-28-09_HOUR2.mp3
January 4th, 20107:10 pm
so the big TNA/WWF war is tonight……somehow I’m not that excited………
January 4th, 20107:11 pm
So Hulkamania’s not still running wild in the FEAR household?
hey DOB, You a fan of The Residents?
I’m getting into this conversation a little late, but I really like the idea of adding Damon. Said so in the last blog, too. Strong lineup, indeed DOB. And how about the Braves finally getting their wish of an ultra deep lineup? They’ve said in years past when they couldn’t afford the hitter they needed to sign that they would prefer to have a really deep lineup anyway… well Damon makes the lineup some kind of deep.
How about a surprise announcement tomorrow about Damon signing whenever they announce Glaus???
Voice from the past (VOR)
Don’t know if I agree or not with your post… but I think you might have just stumbled across a really great nickname for Heyward. From now on, I will refer to him as the “J-Hey Kid”.
January 4th, 20107:12 pm
And oh yeah….. Chipper at 230 pounds.
Last Brave to put on tons of muscle weight is now playing RF in New York. Our SI Cover Boy.
Here’s to hoping he put on padding to cover those oblique muscles.
18 Wheels of Love………..I’m inclined to agree with your 7:02pm post. I dont see David O’Brien, at this point in the off season, investing the effort writing a detailed blog about why Johnny Damon would be a good fit for the Braves, unless he had good reason to believe that his signing could become a reality.
While I feel that Damon would definitely be an improvement, it basically would put all our hopes for right handed power in a healthy Troy Glaus. If Glaus gets injured or is a bust, we are pretty doomed when it comes to right handed power in 2010.
“If Bobby was such a “great” players manager, then why cant we get some legit free agent love?”
I think it may have more to do with the long history of ATL not providing NTCs in contracts as well as $$$ constraints than it does with Bobby Cox.
January 4th, 20107:15 pm
ugaaccountant – Hahaha. that was pretty funny. Hogan is old and TNA is boring. i used to like Bret Hart back in the 80s when he was a Heel With the Anvil. Then again in ‘97. I might get into it again if he takes on Vince and Shawn for revenge from Survivor Series. WWF is boring too.
I have a feeling some are jumping on the Damon bandwagon because of DOB, and they know who they are.
I’ve been on the Damon bandwagon ever since his price came down from 3/$39. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going to get down as far as it needs to, though (something like 1/7 or 2/15).
Besides, I’m not sure if 2 years is a good idea for a team without a DH and McLouth, Cabrera, Diaz, Heyward, and Schafer.
I’m rumors of some names in TNA tonight….
Spanky (Brian Kendrick former WWE wrestler), Orlando Jordan (former WWE), Val Venis (former WWE) and Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs is Hogan’s friend).
January 4th, 20107:16 pm
I’m hearing some rumors of some names*
January 4th, 20107:17 pm
JoeC10…………I have always felt that being a “players’ manager” is overrated. Baseball players saying “I’ve always wanted to play for such and such manager” is like some athlete saying “my kids are the most important thing to me”.
If you’ve always wanted to play for such and such, then you shouldn’t have waited until you was begging for a job to sign with that team. Or if your kids are indeed the most important thing in your life……then go home and spend some quality time with them, instead of “making it rain” at some strip club.
January 4th, 20107:18 pm
2010 Dinosaur Braves.
Lentz, I agree with your earlier post. I can’t understand why they would sign another left-handed hitter. When Heyward reaches the majors, that would give us an all-lefty outfield (Damon, McLouth, Heyward). I feel that Nady would be a much better fit than Damon. Why can’t they just promise him the left field job, with Diaz (maybe platooning with Heyward) in RF with McLouth in center. Cabrera could serve as a fourth outfielder.
Thanks, DOB appreciate the updates.
Jaime-”The Braves need to bring in Otis Nixon to work with Schafer, if he’s going to be a lead-off hitter. Otis would bunt, walk, hit, lean into one, whatever it took to get on base. Very valuable stuff for the kid to learn.”
Ha, Otis Nixon. He’d still be the fastest guy on the team.
January 4th, 20107:19 pm
the TNA jobber parade
Ain’t that the truth, CB. Sometimes I want to throw these gadgets out the window and just help you with the driving. When is the Sping Traing bus leaving? I’m cold.
chipdip………lol. Nice moniker in your 7:18pm post for the 2010 Braves.
January 4th, 20107:20 pm
Just what I was about to say rofl. They better hope for a 2.0 at least or it’s bust for them
January 4th, 20107:21 pm
She is not a big Brady fan, either…
cab – what up? Why no Brady?
January 4th, 20107:22 pm
Fred, you mean “fifth” outfielder.
If this double posts, I apologize, but I got some weird “Error 45″ page when I hit post. So here goes….
From the other blog….
“Brian, Uggla didn’t even hit 4th for the Marlins…..why would he hit 4th for us?” JoeC10
First of all, what does it matter where he hit with the other team (McLouth was the 3-hole hitter for the Pirates and Bobby batted him leadoff – just like Grissom was for the Expos in 94 and then batted leadoff for us in 95)?
Isn’t it relative to who the BRAVES have on their roster and how a guy like Uggla (or anybody else with more than McCann’s HR total from last year), would fit in?
Uggla would automatically be our biggest HR threat. Add to that he bats RH, so he would sandwich perfectly between Chipper and McCann.
That being said, if 100 percent healthy, Glaus is the better cleanup option. But my point is that where Uggla hit for Florida has little to zero bearing on where he would hit for the Braves if he were to be traded for.
Larry and dogsbrekky arguing about who has the most money. I have $7 in my checking account- does that beat anybody?
January 4th, 20107:23 pm
Fred…….the lack of balance in our line-up concerns me. To be honest, I’m not sold on Nady. For what it would take to sign him, I dont feel that the Braves should go there. While I would much rather see the Braves open the vault for Matt Holliday, if given the choice between Nady and Damon, I’d pick Damon. At this point in their careers, Damon is the more proven commodity, even if he would be yet another left handed bat in our line-up.
Then I forget to “end” the italic typing. Perfect.
January 4th, 20107:24 pm
BravesFanChris25 – not a chance for a 2. I’m going with 1.3, slightly above their normal avg. Funny, I don’t watch either show, but I keep up with the business.
CB – $3.49
January 4th, 20107:25 pm
Lets not compare Garrett Anderson with Damon.
It’s not even close.
January 4th, 20107:26 pm
I thought we talked about this, RHR. No rutting between the hours of 12:36am and 11:59pm…
January 4th, 20107:27 pm
Just think he’s kind of a…not really sure what but I’m just not a big fan
January 4th, 20107:29 pm
Couch Tater, Mar.3rd,coming from N.C. Want to get on the CB train ? We can always use a shotgun.
Friggin' crappy economy
Yeah… I sold an amp today and dropped in a short deposit to keep from being overdrawn by $348. Now I’ll only be overdrawn by $48. Of course, after the bank draws its vial of penalty, I’ll be $83 in the hole. Friggin’ bank. Friggin’ crappy economy.
January 4th, 20107:32 pm
It’s a little frightening that you simultaneously describe the guy as a professional hitter and advocate his signing. It’s precisely the same kind of language you used to describe Garrett Anderson a little less than a year ago.
He’s certainly an adequate option, but 16-18 million over two years for a guy who doesn’t project to be anything more than an average left fielder (both offensively and defensively) seems like a bit of a stretch.
His bat plays in center, but as weak as UZR is for small sample sizes like his left field play last season, it’s that much stronger for huge sample sizes like his career in center, where it tells us that he’s well over matched there.
He would certainly be better than the guys we’ve thrown out there for the last several seasons, but he pales in comparison to a guy like Luke Scott, who’s currently the 4th outfielder in Baltimore.
(Pales might be hyperbole, but their offensive numbers are very similarand Scott makes a lot less money.)
January 4th, 20107:33 pm
“the lack of balance in our line-up concerns me….” Lentz
Huh? As it stands right now…
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that 4 RH hitters, 3 LH hitters and 2 switch hitters?
How exactly does a lineup get more balanced? Besides, last year our lineup had 5 LH hitters (McLouth, Church, McCann, Loaf and LaRoche), 3 RH (Escobar, Prado, Diaz) and Chipper switch-hitting, at it’s peak performance.
Last time I checked, the only WS we won was when we had Chipper (who literally had zero power from the right side in his younger years), Justice, McGriff and Klesko making up the heart of the order.
Lefty-Righty balance in the linuep is overrated, provided they all can hit, or you have platoons to make up for the guys that can’t hit against lefties or righties.
I’d be more worried about overall balance (speed, defense, hitting for average, hitting for power), than a righty/lefty problem in the lineup.
January 4th, 20107:35 pm
anybody gonna watch boise whoop up on tcu tonight
Two notes in addition to my earlier post. DOB– while you were away, I saw “Elegy” on TV. Penelope Cruz is exquisite in it. Have you seen it? More Penelope in this movie than any other I have seen.
And the scuba trip I describe on radio is Galapagos.
January 4th, 20107:36 pm
RC (inre your 5:37 post)….yes it happened to me yesterday also…but not today.
January 4th, 20107:37 pm
I dont think LH-RH balance is as important as the ability for your lineup to hit both LHP and RHP, but thats obvious.
idfan:maybe ready to see Iowa bet Tech up
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