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Hoosier Aaron

January 8th, 2010
5:50 pm

Lowe’s original comments clearly fall into the category of “Just because they stick a microphone in front of your face doesn’t mean you must say something.”

Lew

January 8th, 2010
5:50 pm

In honor of the King’s birthday-Thank Ya. Thank Ya Very Much

Redstick19

January 8th, 2010
5:50 pm

Tomahawkin- you kill me with the cheap owners thing man. You just donlt give up on that one do you. Look, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way beacuse I truly am not trying to be argumentive or pointed… but what would be a good number payroll number for you? You really think spending more money is the answer to Braves’ questions?

David O'Brien

January 8th, 2010
5:51 pm

The BEAR: No problem. Thanks for asking.

Daybed: 23 years of hacking and scribing.

AdirondackDave

January 8th, 2010
5:51 pm

Somebody compared Freeman’s likely numbers to McCann and I think that may be about right. He’ll be very valuable as a .280, low 20s homer, 90 rbi guy who is an outstanding defensively at first, if it comes to pass. In fact, now that I think of it, that’s exactly what it was hoped Casey Kotchman would become.

unbelievable

January 8th, 2010
5:51 pm

his velocity isnt down

Redstick19

January 8th, 2010
5:52 pm

Tomahawkin: Point in case- Yankees have had a $200 million payroll for like 4 or 5 years- and only one WS ring to show for it.

nolie

January 8th, 2010
5:54 pm

200 mil sounds good to me ;)

Slowhiteguy

January 8th, 2010
6:01 pm

I think winning the division and being in the playoffs 14 straight years may lead to some illogical thinking at times by some Brave fans.

mr baseball

January 8th, 2010
6:04 pm

If Wren is really done with roster moves, this team will go into (and probably out of) Spring Training with more question marks than most serious contenders should have.

If the players perform to their standard levels and things are quiet on the health front, the Braves certainly have the personnel to contend for the playoffs.

On the other hand…

What happens if one of the 5 starters goes down? Anyone on here think Reyes and/or Medlen can step up and keep the No. 5 spot from being a major problem area?

What happens if Wagner or (more likely) Saito breaks down from over-use? When may be more accurate. Moylan and EOF might could fill in respectably, but will the guys behind them (Medlen, Chavez, maybe Acosta) be able to keep the bullpen from imploding, which has been a frequent problem in recent seasons?

The Braves right now have exactly 11 Major League position players on the roster, one of whom is a catcher. Infante & Hinske are very solid back-ups, but do the Braves think Hinske can fill in at 1B for a lengthy stretch if Glaus is out? Or split time on a regular basis in the OF with Diaz and Cabrera?

The latter won’t be a serious concern if Heyward is ready, but we all remember what happened when the Braves tried to rush Schafer last season. Heyward may not be Schafer, but he would not be the first can’t miss future star who struggled when brought up to the majors too early.

Then there are some lesser issues that could be of much greater concern as the season goes on. Is age catching up with Lowe and Chipper, who looked awful at the plate for most of the second half of last season? Is Prado really going to hit .300 again in the 2 hole?

The health of Glaus & the 2 guys at the back of the bullpen may be the keys for the team next season. Not sure how comfortable any team can be in that scenario.

Tomahawkin

January 8th, 2010
6:05 pm

RedStick…

I’m not saying that L Media should throw money at players (Like WhineBrenner and the Bankees do) but at least fix the offense and up the payroll to 100 mill and sign Jason Bay (Before he signed with the Melts)

If our owners had the fans in mind then they would’ve at least made an offer to Bay, but yet they didn’t which tells the fans that the Owners don’t care in trying to make the playoffs. Prepare for Turner Fields avg attendance to be 25,000 again…

I talked to a few Braves fans who live in Athens and they say they will not be attending game this year because of Cheap Liberty Media…

Crime Dog

January 8th, 2010
6:07 pm

Tomahawkin-

I don’t think the attendance necessarily is a function of the product on the field. I remember plenty of playoff games with either empty seats or Braves fans cleverly disguised as Cubs/Cardinals/Mets fans. I’m sure ownership spending more money would definitely help, but it certainly wouldn’t solve the problem.

Slowhiteguy

January 8th, 2010
6:08 pm

I actually think the Braves bench is one of the strengths of this team. My biggest concern is how will this team play defensively.

Steve from OH

January 8th, 2010
6:08 pm

mr. baseball–for me, the key is Derek Lowe rebounding. If he can do that, I think we’re in pretty good shape.

AdirondackDave

January 8th, 2010
6:09 pm

Mr. Baseball — Yes, I do think Medlin can step in and do an adequate job if a starter goes down. Jo-Jo, not so much.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
6:10 pm

Macon-

Don’t know if you are still out there. I agree, “Creep” is a great song. Like all great songs, it was overplayed. Had to be. That song drew a lot of listeners to a great band. I would bet, that’s the way the misic biz works, like advertising – over and over. Probably why my radio, when on, goes “Left of the Dial” RAS, REK.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

DOB-

Didn’t even know Wilco made a record in 2009. Just bought it, do you care for it?

CB

January 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

Tomahawkin, if you are waiting for a corporation to have a heart and a pulse,you will be waiting for awhile. The decisions Liberty will make will strictly be business,that said, a 90mil budget keeps you an opportunity to compete.

atl cracker

January 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

DOB, do you have a vote in MLB HOF? if so, for whom did you vote this year?

Jake the Snake

January 8th, 2010
6:14 pm

Happy New Year, everyone.

FYI- The Official Skip Caray T-Shirt is available online now at http://www.skipshirt.com

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Skip’s Family of Charities.

Here’s to crossing your fingers that he gets the Ford Frick Award.

Redstick19

January 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

Tomahawkin…
Glaus and a healthy Chipper does fix the offense, in my opinion. Plus, Heyward might bust out immediately and put up better numbers than Bay. I understand why you would say we haven’t fixed the offense. I really do. In no way, shape or form am I saying your opinions are wrong. In fact, they are just as valid as mine or anyone else’s. Not picking a fight with you, friend. I actually enjoy the debate without name calling like some on here. But bottom line of what I’m saying here is player performance has more to do with win totals and attendance, not how much money a front office spends. Would Holliday of Bay put buts in the seats. Yes, it would. Will it help us win a pennant any more than Glaus will? Doubt it. I’d rather have players in the lineup who are hungry to win and prove a point rather than those who have already signed a $120 million contract and now have nothing to prove or be inspired by.

McFann

January 8th, 2010
6:21 pm

Daslied C – 2nd best (sorry, McFann) catcher in the game with 4 straight All-Star games at age 25

You don’t have to apologize–I realize that Mauer’s CS%’s have been a little better…though he’s never caught over 20 guys in a year…

;)

bravesgrl4life

Those are good sized dogs. Not too big, but not real small, either. That’s so sad about Whiskey! :(

[Brandy] runs around like a mad dog some times and we call her Hurricane Brandy. Being a thief got her nicknamed the Brandit.

:lol: I love it!

You’re welcome for the links, Bay Area Steve!

CJ10 Looking at recent trends, the question should have been – who goes on the DL first, Glaus or McCann?

Gimme a break! BMac’s been on the DL twice in in the five years he’s been up here (and the second time was no injury). What’s this “trend” of which you speak?

Tomahawkin Time to cook and bump some old Amy Grant

I like Amy Grant a lot. Good voice–and she knows how to use it.

Hotspur

January 8th, 2010
6:21 pm

DOB is giving the ESPN guys music recommendations? Everything’s in its right place.

BTW, it’s ALL about “The Bends.” Especially “My Iron Lung.”

sri

January 8th, 2010
6:22 pm

2009/2008 team payrolls..

http://www.bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3861:yankees-post-220-million-player-payroll-for-end-of-2009-season&catid=30:mlb-news&Itemid=42

Pay attention to the footnote..

“Figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values.”

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
6:24 pm

Redstick19-

I concur. We won’t know what we have until they actually play the game. Some signings are more absolute, but they cost a lot more as well. Given the position of the organization when Wren took over, I think he has done as well as anyone could. Let’s reserve judgement about age and health until they actually become factors in the season. Then, based on how they organization addresses these potential pitfalls, we can better determine how much gambling Wren has done. But, a series of 1 year contracts to proven veterans does not hamstring the organization long term. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope the injury bug will finally visit an organization not located in Atlanta.

The A Bomb

January 8th, 2010
6:25 pm

DOB — All that burrito talk reminded me…

I’m out here in SoCal and the other night, I had fish tacos at a place called Chronic Tacos. Best I’ve had. They have them grilled or breaded. They have a great menu.

Don’t know if there’s one in L.A. proper but I do know there are a bunch on the drive between San Diego and L.A. in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Highly recommended.

Crime Dog

January 8th, 2010
6:30 pm

No love for Radiohead’s album Amnesiac? “Packt like sardines” is a weird Radiohead favorite of mine.

FoxNoise.net

January 8th, 2010
6:31 pm

If I didn’t know Frank Wren was the GM I’d swear Schuerholz is still pulling the strings – we’re heading into spring training with another team that’s heavy on pitching and light on hitting.

Andrew in PA

January 8th, 2010
6:33 pm

Paul ur cowboys better win for all that mess ur talking

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
6:38 pm

FoxNoise.Net-

Read Lew’s 4:45. It’s brilliant in its’ simplicity. Best post I’ve ever read.

Tomahawkin

January 8th, 2010
6:40 pm

RedStick

“Not picking a fight with you, friend. I actually enjoy the debate without name calling like some on here. ”

Cool, I don’t get involed with internet catv fights, screw that!

Man I hope you are right about the Slop additions added to the Rooster…

Thinking about it the 1999 Braves had a an offense that everyone doubted and they overachieved, but yet other than the Mets they had no competition in the division

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
6:40 pm

FoxNoise.Net-

You just baited me. I get it now. Schuerholz guided the organization to 14 straight division titles. Well played sir.

Tomahawkin

January 8th, 2010
6:42 pm

McFann

Thanks on the Amy Grant Tid-bit

Now its Time I get you on some old Aaliyah, R Kelly, and Keith Sweat…

That’s some good old R&B…

bravesgrl4life

January 8th, 2010
6:52 pm

Bay Area Steve – thanks, man. That was my husband’s garage. He restores classic cars right out of our garage. That pic was from 2004 and she was helping Daddy build her uncle Rob’s 68 Camaro. I’m gonna try to get my Braves hat on the Brandit long enough to get a pic. If so, I’ll get it on here at some point.

David O'Brien

January 8th, 2010
6:53 pm

A Bomb: I definitely need to remember Chronic Tacos when we’re out there this year. Try to remind me, if you can. Can’t get enough of that stuff, and especially if there’s some on the drive between L.A. and S.D. Haven’t seen ‘em in the past, but wasn’t looking for that, was usually looking for the familiar In-N-Out sign for a quick stop on that drive.

David O'Brien

January 8th, 2010
6:56 pm

atl cracker: While I have voting rights — as a BBWAA member for 10 consecutive years — the paper doesn’t permit us to vote for awards.

Please don’t ask me to repeat an explanation why. Suffice to say, I do as told in this matter. I value my job more than the opportunity to vote for the HOF.

David O'Brien

January 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

Waits wear Redwing: Yes, it was on my best-of-year list. Very good album, in my opinion. Not great, but very good.

The A Bomb

January 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

DOB — They were terrific. I’m up here north of L.A. (Santa Clarita) but I know there’s one in Mission Viejo (right off the 5). Check out their Web site when you have a chance. I just did.

Good stuff. I will remind you. Line was out the door.

David O'Brien

January 8th, 2010
6:59 pm

Speaking of food recs, anybody got one for a great breakfast spot in Knoxville?

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:03 pm

DOB-

Ripping to computer now. Know what you mean. Picked up the MMJ “Z” that Daniel suggested. Like it. Hear the influences of bands I like. I’m slow on the uptake. Usually requires 3-4 times through a record before I appreciate what the songmakers are doing.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:05 pm

DOB-

Sorry no. Only driven through on my way to Cincey.

bravesgrl4life

January 8th, 2010
7:05 pm

Heath, if you are in the Atl area, there is a place on Windward Parkway, east of GA 400. It’s called Terra Humata. Pricier than Chipotle, but 100% better. They got more than burritos and tacos. The Lobster Enchiladas are to die for.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:09 pm

DOB-

Do like the way they titled it (the album) and arranged the songs on the CD like an LP. Get a kick out of the cardboard sleeves Wilco provides. No sticky mess you get on the celephane wrapped CDs.

BossLady

January 8th, 2010
7:15 pm

Wow, Sam Cooke thanks

It seemed that the humidity or heat in Atlanta affected Lowe very much. I thought he was gonna fall out one day he pitched terribly and sweating like he had showered. He should do well if he got used to Atlanta.

Chipper will do well because it is in him to do well. Having a year like last year out of all the good years he gave the team I will stick with him this season.

Pitching has always been an Atlanta trait and for us to change that would change the legacy we set forth in the majors. It worked for the 14 years and will work for the next years.

If we are indeed Braves fans we are to believe until we see it’s over.

Cooper S

January 8th, 2010
7:16 pm

Tom Waits-

Glad to see the love for WREK and Album 88 (especially). WRAS is, in my opinion, hands down the best radio station in Atlanta. Ever check out AM 1690? It can be a bit more obscure but has some fun stuff.

OldTimer

January 8th, 2010
7:17 pm

Bottom line is that Derek Lowe felt disrespected. He acted accordingly. Who wouldn’t? After the Vasquez trade he doesn’t feel that way (so much). I expect a stellar year from him. I think he’ll have a lot a fans rooting for him. Count me in.

RC

January 8th, 2010
7:19 pm

Speaking of food recs, anybody got one for a great breakfast spot in Knoxville?

Waffle House?

Redstick19

January 8th, 2010
7:19 pm

For those who enjoy MLB 09:The Show — Just for fun, I adjusted the Braves to the current roster and simulated a season… and Braves won the NL East with 97 wins. Glaus had 31 homers with 107 RBIs. The surprise was McCann hit 32 bombs! For those of us who are a bit supersitious- Maybe it’s a good omen about both the Braves and McCann and Glaus?

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:21 pm

Cooper S-

I have not listened to AM 1690. I have an 04 F150 and for some reason the AM reception is horrible (I think it’s the system in my truck). Been a loyal fan of college radio since 1980 when I was a freshman. I will occassionally retreat to DaveFM. Thanx for the tip, I’ll see if I can get 1690.

bravesgrl4life

January 8th, 2010
7:24 pm

Redstick19 – I like those omens :)

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:24 pm

OldTimer-

I’m with you Dude. He’s too professional not to rebound. If he doesn’t, it will not be because of lack of effort. He will give it everything he’s got, that is why he’s a Brave.

matt

January 8th, 2010
7:24 pm

i think if the braves were to add one more small piece before spring training,khalil greene would be a perfect fit for that last middle infielder spot.he would come really cheap and would fit perfectly in the brave’s low key club house, something i think would suit him very well.

Slowhiteguy

January 8th, 2010
7:28 pm

Redstick 19: Very cool. I am very excited about MLB 2010. Great, great baseball game. Extremely well done. I have some classic battles with my 11 year old son…and his brothers on occasion. Love that game.

?Braves?

January 8th, 2010
7:32 pm

Well Braves Fans, Take a Deep Breath and hold it. Let’s all pray this old injury prone machine doesn’t break down. Doesn’t matter if you talk bullpen or infield, tons of question marks. What bothers me is the Braves have ALL the pieces to trade for Adrian Gonzalez. We have 3 top pitching prospects. trade one, Freddie Freeman, an extra center fielder and I would throw in Troy Glaus plus his salary. Not many players today can hit 40 HRs in a season. I wonder if the Braves have even tried? Just another question.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:34 pm

matt-

I’m a fan Khalil. Where’s his head?

THE BEAR Illegitimi non carborundum

January 8th, 2010
7:34 pm

Thanks David.

For those of you who asked for a link to my blog (discussion board) here it is.

http://gbu.yuku.com/directory

A couple of comments. We are a conservative board and we discuss news, politics and world affairs. We have some interesting members including a couple of college professors and a newspaper person or two. And they generally know what they are talking about (most of the time). :)

We run a discussion and debate forum but we keep it clean. We do not allow personal attacks nor vulgarity. We treat each other pretty much as we treat our next door neighbors. If you think such a discussion board would be interesting to you please drop by. You will find the welcome mat out for you.

Incidentally we will celebrate our tenth birthday March 20.

Thanks again David.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:37 pm

?Braves?-

I really like our underdog, injury prone, old team. They are Braves and wanted to be Braves. That’s what I care about. Let’s see what happens, there’s tons of time.

Don

January 8th, 2010
7:41 pm

I like Lowe and DOB’s stat of 15-7 and a 3.88 ERA (save 3 starts) is eye-opening. Lowe did what was needed in that he started 34 games and did not go on the DL. Every pitcher can’t realistically be 17-8 with a 3.25 ERA. He does take up a chunk of money, but he appears to be one who can be counted on to answer the call. I hope he has a great 2010.

Bravo Nam

January 8th, 2010
7:43 pm

Tomahawkin

I fully endorse your 5.12pm post. I love the Falcons and Hawks, but this is the only blog I read all the time because DOB invests himself into the blog like no-one else does anywhere else… it almost feels like we’re family to him… the dude invests a lot of himself both personally and professionally into the blog, and I don’t know of another writer who cares more about his readers.

Heath

January 8th, 2010
7:44 pm

OK….just got back from Qdoba…..Chipotle is better. Definitely.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:45 pm

Don-

Although Lowe and Hudson are 2 well paid starters, the SP payroll is low because of Hanson and JJ. I don’t know, but if you look at other rotations, I’d bet they spend more on starting pitchers than the Braves do.

Redstick19

January 8th, 2010
7:48 pm

Slowhiteguy -
Yep. I think it’s the best baseball game out there for any platform. Period. However, I wish it would include a home run derby feature. For those who remember Triple Play by EA Sports… I used to have some epic battles with my friends in that home run derby.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:50 pm

DOB-

You ever listen Chuck E Weiss – Extremely Cool?

Gone Viral

January 8th, 2010
7:50 pm

“Speaking of food recs, anybody got one for a great breakfast spot in Knoxville?”

Cosmo’s Cafe at the Gourmet’s Market at 5107 Kingston Pike and Market Square Kitchen at 1 Market Square (go figure) are the two with the best reputation if you want to map them out and see if they’re close to where you’ll be. Tomato Head, which is also at Market Square, doesn’t open until 11, but if you’re doing a brunch thing, that would be my suggestion. If you’re going to be out west at Turkey Creek instead of downtown, there are a Panera Bread, a Pimento’s Cafe, and a Mimi’s Cafe here. My wife swears by the local Mimi’s Cafe. It’s 10945 Parkside Drive.

BossLady

January 8th, 2010
7:51 pm

KC

January 8th, 2010
7:55 pm

These next 7 weeks are going to go by very, very SLOOOOOWLY.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
7:58 pm

Anyone catch the Patti Smith movie on PBS last week?

BravoMan

January 8th, 2010
8:00 pm

I remember I huge part of the offensive struggles last year was due to impatience…

Tomahawkin

January 8th, 2010
8:00 pm

Bravo Man

“Tomahawkin”

“I fully endorse your 5.12pm post. I love the Falcons and Hawks, but this is the only blog I read all the time because DOB invests himself into the blog like no-one else does anywhere else… it almost feels like we’re family to him… the dude invests a lot of himself both personally and professionally into the blog, and I don’t know of another writer who cares more about his readers.”

Very Well Said, That’s why D.O.B. is the Pimp of the AJC?

For all the veteran bloggers on here (I’ve been on his blog since it started) this is like our own little Bar and D.O.B. is the owner, lol

Can you imagine this blog being like a bar, I think D.O.B. would kick me out for singing Mariah or Phil Collins, LMAO

David O'Brien

January 8th, 2010
8:03 pm

GoneViral: Thanks for the food recs

The A Bomb

January 8th, 2010
8:04 pm

Heath — Qdoba is owned by Ralston Purina. Enough said.

the real Andy

January 8th, 2010
8:04 pm

if the roster really is set for 2010, it sure looks like the Braves are going to give Heyward every chance to win an outfield spot. Heyward in RF, McClouth in CF, and Diaz/Cabrera in left?

The line-up would then look something like
McClouth
Prado
Chipper
Glaus
McCann
Escobar
Heyward
Diaz/Cabrera

in all, not too bad. Short on big boppers, but also short on easy outs.

WILLIEG

January 8th, 2010
8:10 pm

hello boys and girls I AM BACK

Tomahawkin

January 8th, 2010
8:11 pm

Does anyone know who Takes Chip Caray’s spot in the booth when the games are on Punktree TV?

I hope its Don Sutton or Ron Gant…

Bay Area Steve

January 8th, 2010
8:12 pm

I can imagine this blog being like a bar, T’hawkin. Note sure why, but I can see it.

WILLIEG

January 8th, 2010
8:12 pm

itold you all last year the braves ,falcons, gt, and the great bulldogs would all be losers i was right as usual and my bank acct is much bigger.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
8:14 pm

Always liked listening to Sutton while watching games. Learned a lot. Also like Gant and his humility, another guy like Sutton that knows the game.

WILLIEG

January 8th, 2010
8:14 pm

the braves will never catch up with the idiotic phillies

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
8:15 pm

Come to think of it, that’d be a good broadcast team.

Tom Waits wears Redwing boots

January 8th, 2010
8:17 pm

WILLIEG-

You’re right. That team in Filly is unbeatable, probably one of the greatest teams in the history of Baseball. They’ll probably win 120 games this year, what with that lineup.

braint

January 8th, 2010
8:24 pm

DOB, thanks for the Sam Cooke……reminds me of my dad singing to his eight-track in the car.

Was at the Rose Bowl last night for the game. For getting thrown into a crazy situation — I didn’t think the freshman, Gilbert, did so badly. I’m sure he wasn’t even thinking of playing. I remember thinking the hit on Colt was NASTY. Heard the crack from my seat. Thundering shot.

WILLIEG

January 8th, 2010
8:25 pm

arthur blank please buy the braves

McFann

January 8th, 2010
8:29 pm

Tomahawkin

You’re welcome! I’ve been an Amy Grant fan all my life.

WILLIEG

January 8th, 2010
8:37 pm

BravesAC

January 8th, 2010
8:40 pm

Jack – Lowe is a true professional pitcher and will rebound. His problems were mechanics, not health. But… remember he’s really our #4…A lot of clubs would kill to have a #4 as good as Lowe

That’s a fact Jack. I think that point gets very lost on this blog, along with the total doubting of Glaus. By the way, Chipper missed the whole year (with a knee injury), as an unproven rookie, before he had his great first year. People with talent do make comebacks – in all walks of life, but especially sports.

Salamander

January 8th, 2010
8:48 pm

Lowe’s original comments clearly fall into the category of “Just because they stick a microphone in front of your face doesn’t mean you must say something.”

Maybe. On the other hand, its possible that Lowe was simply pis-ed off about moving his family only a year after re-locating from LA. I’m not going to fault him for that (even if he gets paid $15 mill/year).

Now that trading Lowe is no longer an option, he can relax and do his job. Personally, I think Lowe is going to have a rebound year. I’m not suggesting that he’s going to have an ERA under 3.50, and he probably won’t strike out more than 140, but I expect Lowe will toss 200+ innings with a large number of quality starts and 13-16 wins.

MZ

January 8th, 2010
8:53 pm

Bout to put on some Faces and get to work ….

Moe Berg

January 8th, 2010
8:53 pm

“But… remember he’s really our #4…A lot of clubs would kill to have a #4 as good as Lowe”

While this indeed may be true, few teams give their #4 pitcher a $60 million contract. I actually really like Lowe and think he will rebound just fine. But, when someone is brought in at $15/year, one does not expect that person to be the #4 pitcher.

China Grove

January 8th, 2010
8:55 pm

GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG!

Alaska Braves Fan

January 8th, 2010
8:56 pm

I remember the time I did a little math concerning A-Rod’s salary under his latest contract. I figured that if I could go to spring training and somehow last 17 days at his rate of pay, I would in that time have earned more than twice as much as I stand to earn IN MY ENTIRE LIFETIME!

The Braves are cheap? I’m afraid that, as much as I always have loved professional baseball, I cannot view what Wren has to spend as falling into the “Cheap” category, especially since it exceeds what is spent by so many other teams. Despite having to live with a budget, our GM has put together a team that has a genuine chance of making the playoffs.

To The BEAR: I love your motto: Illegitimi non carborundum. It’s good to see another Latin learner in the crowd, and that is exactly what Wren must keep in mind: Don’t let them (!!!) wear you down!

MANOLO

January 8th, 2010
9:04 pm

I still hope we can get another right handed bat for less than 2 million. Johnny Gomes will bring good balance and power if Heyward is not ready.

AtTheMike

January 8th, 2010
9:07 pm

Wuz up Braves fans! Sorry to bombard in here with bad news, but the Braves are toast before the season even gets underway.

We went to a few Braves games last year and we all noticed Chipper’s bat has slowed down so much in such a short amount of time that it’s remarkable. It’s a matter of when,not if, Jones hits the DL.

If you want to pin Troy Glaus as a potential 30 homerun guy that’s your own business. People, he had SHOULDER surgery and that affects the swing in so many ways. No wonder he was signed for so cheap. What that, he wanted to play for Bobby and the Braves? SH!! Believe that if it makes you feel better, but he probably knows those slugging days are soooo 2 years ago. Remember, baseball players can hit a brick wall so quick that it blows the mind.

Let’s see, they basically traded their ace pitcher for a 4th OF, shoulder surgery Glaus and bench man Hinske. Sorry, that Vizcaino will be great one day and fans will be getting their 2013 tickets as soon as possible to witness him pitch.

The 2010 Braves are done before they’ve begun. How pathetic. What happend to my Braves?

Tomahawkin

January 8th, 2010
9:07 pm

Im Back

I spent the last 2 Hours watching McGyver

McFann

I’m telling ya I will have you some old Mariah or Janet Jacson Next….

steve_97060

January 8th, 2010
9:14 pm

for some interesting music with daryl hall and various musicians, check out his website…

http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/

AtTheMike

January 8th, 2010
9:20 pm

Lowe is important to this team why? He’s a 4th starter people. Our big guns are all big time injury risks and our catcher will once again have the weight of the world on his young shoulders.

Eric from MO

January 8th, 2010
9:22 pm

Moe while that is true that most teams dont pay 15 million to their number 4, do most teams pay league min. to their numbers 1 and 2? Especially when those two pitchers post ERAs under 2? I realize that the Braves are paying alot for a “# 4″ pitcher if you want to call him that, but when you look how much we pay for our entire pitching staff it isnt that bad. Besides I truely believe that Lowe rebounds and has a very good year. He started off good last year. He hasnt loss anything in terms of velocity. It was probably just something minor in his delivery and I am sure he has corrected it.

dogsbrekky

January 8th, 2010
9:27 pm

Well since my baby left me………….. love that lyric

We can’t go on together… with suspicious minds… ANOTHER doozy

Just loved Elvis… what a Talent… that is with a capital TTTTTTT

Not Again

January 8th, 2010
9:27 pm

Especially when those two pitchers post ERAs under 2? Eriv Mo

I assume you mean under 3, not under 2. I think there is a good chance that neither will post an ERA under 3 this coming season, especially JJJ.

McFann

January 8th, 2010
9:29 pm

Tomahawkin

Hmm…I don’t know…

Moe Berg

January 8th, 2010
9:33 pm

Eric from Mo,
I agree with you completely that Lowe is much better than a #4 pitcher–I was responding to BravesAC who referred to him that way. I like Lowe and the pitching staff and think that the payroll for it is more than reasonable. But to address your question about league minimum for aces–The National League Cy Young award winner for the last two years is making close to league minimum.

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