1:54 am February 5, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 5th, 201010:06 am
DOB, i’m not a journalist, so i’m curious… is there a reason that the braves talk guys didn’t come right out and ask javy if he took steroids? would you have done the same? they seemed to be dancing around it and, given that javy was very forthcoming in answering the specific questions that they asked, it just seems like the logical foloow-up question…. but it never happened. javy’s never been implicated, at least not that i’m aware of, so maybe they just didn’t want to put him in a bad spot. but the numbers you alluded to have always been a little, um, suspicious to me.
February 5th, 201010:09 am
I hope Damon signs and soon, I am so tired of speculating on where he is going. Its been the same thing over and over since the offseason began almost. Enough already, just sign and get it over with, dang!!!!
February 5th, 201010:14 am
I realize that Bobby Cox must be one of the greatesst things since the invention of the wheel because the AJC writers never (well almost never) question his management procedures.
But sometimes I KIND OF WONDER:
(1) If it is not just a littl, tiny bit strange that in many different seasons he has left a regular (that he likes) in the lineup for months when it is obvious to everyone that he cannot produce and that there is a far better option on the bench.
(2) If it is not just a little bit odd that after over 20 years as a manager he has not yet discovered that you can adjust your batting order up and down based on who is hot and who is not.
(3) If it is not just a tad bit strange that season after season he takes some relief pitcher who every knowledgeable fan knows is getting battered almost every game and continues to use him game after game after game.
(4) If it is not just really amazing and unbelievable that he does not understand the absolute necessity for having consistant and maximum run production for the manager to teach, emphasize and demand that hitters be selective, work the count, and make the opposing pitcher throw some pitches – for multiple benefits – seeing what the pitcher has, adjusting to the pitcher, getting better pitches to hit, making him make mistakes, wearing him down both within innings and for the game, getting into the teams weak middle relief etc.
(5) If it is not just a tiny, little bit odd that he has not learned that you can adjust you lineup and your batting order based on the fact that some hitters do great or terrible agaisnt certain opposing pitchrs.
(6) If it is not just somewhat uncommon for a major league manager to continously misuse his bullpen season after season after season.
(7) If it is not a tad unusual for a major league manager not to know that even though your 3rd place hitter has been a star – that you cannot move him down in the batting order if he is now in a long, long prolonged slump – without getting his permission.
(8) If it is not a little bit strange that he does not seem to realize that a manager can use various procedures to put pressure on the opposing pitcher in key situations.
(9) If is is not a tad odd that he in 20 years of managing does not seem to have learned that you can use a variety of management procedures for run production other than just waiting for a 3 run homer.
(10) If it is not really unbelievable that a major leage manager would think that his job is basically just to make out the lineup and then be a cheerleader.
And this is not even to begin questions about his strategy moves
February 5th, 201010:20 am
Don, you may have covered this, but your posting is just a tad bit too lengthy to read, the only thing that always made me angry about cox was this.
I hated how he’d sit key players at the end of the season when we had the division wrapped up and it just so happened they were always the ones that had it working and were extremely hot. Then Cox would sit them for the final few games and come playoff time they never could get it going again. I think that strategy cost us a huge amount of playoff games.
A few young hitters coming up from the minors have already learned and have maturity to make adjustments and continue to improve. However, most young hitters coming up from the minors need significant guidance in order to adjust and continue to improve and be successful hitters at the major leage level. Apparently they do not get this necessary guidance from Cox and Pendelton. Hopefully Haywood has the maturity for this not to be essential. We will see.
February 5th, 201010:22 am
King’s BBQ in Kinston ships their fine Eastern N.C. pork anywhere. We ordered from King’s for our annual Carolina alumni barbecues in Denver. (But don’t hold that against ‘em.)
February 5th, 201010:30 am
bobby cox knows more about baseball than you can even fathom. ur a tool
All this talk about BBQ, I am gonna have to go get some Melvin’s for lunch or maybe some Home Team. Not the best in the world but they will do in a pinch.
Arkansas Transplant, good point – had not thought of that.
Also, a valid point about my post beeing long – but when you start listing possible questions about Bobby Cox’s management procedures, you could go on, and on, and on, and on, and on —————————
February 5th, 201010:34 am
Haywood??? Are we going to have another Fracoure, MaCann, or Moyland issue on our hands?
February 5th, 201010:35 am
BossLady I saw the comments about rumors surrounding McFann. Did we not see her and the family in Gwinnett last year?
You mean when I got my picture in the paper with my Dad and BMac? Actually, some folks on here also saw me and my family on TV at a Braves/Cubs game in 2008…
BMac had a LASIK (why do they spell that in ALL CAPS sometimes?) tune-up on October 16. He hasn’t had any problems since (we cann safely assume, seein’ as how there have been no headlines about such things).
Granted, now, you weren’t asking me, but I like to give the Chief a hand as much as possible.
February 5th, 201010:38 am
Hey DOB, I very much appreciated seeing the picture of Parker’s! My sister went to college in Wilson, and I lived there for about a year, working for the Wilson Daily Times. Parker’s was my favorite barbecue, hands-down. Cannot be beat. Thanks, as always, for your great Braves blog.
February 5th, 201010:43 am
February 5th, 2010
Haywood??? Are we going to have another Fracoure, MaCann, or Moyland issue on our hands?
Dont forget Shaefer
February 5th, 201010:45 am
Oh, and did anybody see BMac’s Q&A on the Braves website this morning? Good stuff. Has to go the whole “Mauer Power boot-licking” route, but still…
Anyway, this was one of my favorites:
MLB.com What would you like to change about the game of baseball?
McCann: I’m not a fan of the DH (designated hitter). I think the American League should let the pitcher hit. It makes for a better game and a quicker game. There’s just so much more strategy involved.
February 5th, 2010
But I can get one of those shirts at a discounted price!
February 5th, 201010:47 am
I caught some of the Yankees-Redsox playoffs on ESPN Classics last night. I believe the year the Redsox won the Series with Schilling. Javy was brought in after Mussina was taken out to pitch with the bases loaded and Capt. Caveman hit the grandslam. He didn’t even look like the same pitcher who pitched for us last year. He was tentative, nibbling with every pitch, he rushed his delievery,his mechanics looked off, he threw more from a 3/4 to almost side arm delivery then, no look of confidence.
I think we may want to start Heyward in the minors at the beginning of the season. Its a tough decision but just look at whats happening with Tim Lincecum. Do we really want that to happen here? I’d say give away two months and get another whole year. And, at the same time, Heyward may need the couple months in AAA.
February 5th, 201010:51 am
Taking the night off to go see American Aquarium tonight … they’re playin just down the way from the office, and have been workin on a new album, so hopefully they’ll bust out some new tunes … they’ve opened for the Truckers quite a bit over the past couple of years, so I’m planning to buy them quite a few drinks tonight and see what I can get out of them on what it’s like to go on the road with Hood, Cooley & Co.
February 5th, 201010:52 am
I think some people around here like to pull our legs because I haven’t heard or read such a thing that says Damon to Tigers is even close to being official. Even if they offer $7m that doesn’t necessarily mean Wren couldn’t offer a second year with a lot of incentives that will end up matching or exceeding that possible Tigers one year offer.
February 5th, 201010:53 am
DOB, email me your adddress and I will have my friend who runs King’s Restaurant ship you some Barb-B-Q from their place. I do it all the time for my clients.
February 5th, 201010:54 am
Oh, great. The Twins have a $96MM payroll this year. Can’t wait for the comments…
February 5th, 201010:55 am
Not a bad idea, and a lot of people would disagree. Point is, nobody knows who will take the last two roster spots until the conclusion of ST. I think this team will dominate much to the chagrin of the professional prognosticators. They are deep with 28-32 quality players.
February 5th, 201010:57 am
Anyone been to community q i think its called at clairmont and n. decatur
February 5th, 201011:02 am
Nathan-You’re correct about Morse and the Dixie Dregs. Saw the Dregs at the Georgia Theater in Athens many years back. Actually have seen Morse with Kansas and Deep Purple as well. Seen Deep Purple three times with three different guitarists, too. Saw them with Blackmore back in the day and then with Tommy Bolin and later with Morse. Blackmore is still the best-too bad he’s turned into Ritchie in Renaissance Land.
Guess that what happens when you get this old-you see the bands who’ve been around for decades in all their incarnations.
February 5th, 201011:07 am
magic man: Yes, McCann had a Lasik “enhancement,” as they put it, right after the season. A second Lasik procedure, after the one he had two years ago. Supposedly not as big a deal as the first one, although if we have any eye specialists here they might be able to correct me, confirm, or explain that. Anyway, he’s doing well and won’t have to wear the glasses, barring some unexpected setback.
February 5th, 201011:12 am
Chin music: Why didn’t they ask him directly? Because sometimes, you gauge the answers you’re getting, try to prod a guy along without him getting nervous and clamming up. I thought the hosts did a really good job handling the situation and continuing to push without coming right out and asking him, which might well ruined any chance of getting anything more. I thought they handled it quite well.
February 5th, 201011:13 am
Frank Robinson, were you able to hear the song? The way he sings the song adds even more to the words. Sings it like he means it, like it’s something personal. Russell usually does sing ‘em like that.
February 5th, 201011:15 am
What else could he (Javy) have said. I thought he was extremely diplomatic with his comparison of nitro and regular gas. Competing for a ML job with guys willing to use steroids would certainly give anyone reason to try and level the field.
February 5th, 201011:17 am
true,true .. second lasik surgery is no biggie.
‘ You and me.. are part..time..lovers ‘.. SING WITH ME NOW…
February 5th, 201011:18 am
Friday night is BBQ night in Vermont-Dude only opens Thursday-Sunday.
The pulled pork is somewhat different because he uses Vermont hardwoods like maple and oak and has a different flavor than hickory or mesquite. Good stuff, though-especially because the only other BBQ Dude up here (from Columbus, Ga.) makes great Carolina Vinegar based sauce and bottles it. Also good stuff.
FJR, I have a couple of Bill Frissell’s CDs, including Nashville. Great guitar player. (And I like where he sits in my collection, between Friends of Dean Martinez and Lefty Frizzell. That’s good company.)
February 5th, 201011:20 am
Are you in Vermont? I was in NH last week.
February 5th, 201011:21 am
thickfreakness-Central Vermont-what they call the Upper (Connecticut River) Valley. Where in NH were you?
February 5th, 201011:23 am
Southern NH – Fitzwilliam. Been to Lake Willoughby several times.
February 5th, 201011:24 am
Gorgeous country, your lucky and maybe a little cold.
February 5th, 201011:25 am
anybody out there seen there hangover I was wondering if its worth watching?
February 5th, 201011:26 am
Are you guys planning on going to ST practice on the 26th? Reason I ask is I’m planning on coming up the 26th & 27th just curious if you all would still be there.
February 5th, 201011:27 am
Yeah, a bit cold (but hasn’t been as bad as some winters -little time under zero degrees) but I have a friend in Appomattox, Va. who’s seen much more snow this winter than we have. Only had the driveway plowed three times so far (knock on wood)-costs $30 a pop. Suits me fine not to spend the money-helping the local economy or not.
February 5th, 201011:28 am
bravofan, depends on what you think is funny. If you don’t feel like watching a “serious” movie and just want to laugh at stupid crap than watch it.
February 5th, 201011:29 am
are you serious or just screwing around…if serious you could look at the last blog there were probably 50 posts regarding the hangover. FWIW I thought it was friggin hilarious.
tiger-Leaving two weeks from today (the 19th) and returning the 26th. My son’s wife walked out on him (took all his music with her-that sucks). Got to go down and help him out and can only afford one week. Plus I’ve been on a weight loss program the past six months and can’t afford the temptation of all those places to eat I don’t have up here in The Great (Not So much this year) White North.
February 5th, 201011:31 am
I bought one when I lived in W Mass. Used to pile the white stuff against the side of the house, buried a couple of windows.
It snowed here only about 3-4 in. last week, but snow always seems to leave a awful mess when it melts. Hate it. Can’t wait for the 70-80 degree weather.
February 5th, 201011:33 am
thickfreakness-It was interesting the past couple of years. They have to shovel the roofs so they don’t collapse under the weight of the snow. The plow Dude pushed all the snow back and when they cleaned the roof, the snow piles were over ten feet high. At winter’s end, they were actually shovelling snow UPWARDS from the roof. Melted completely sometime in June.
Yeah I knew your dates Les just didn’t know if you were going to hit practice b4 you headed home. I’m in Colorado from the 14th-21st so I won’t be able to get down until the 26th.
February 5th, 201011:34 am
Anyone have “Fresh Air” BBQ from down around Milledgeville?
No wonder the suicide rate in Washington state is one of the highest in the country. If I had to watch rain fall almost all year I’d be miserable too. That’s bad, sorry.
February 5th, 201011:35 am
Wayne in Utah
I’m with you…I hope Schafer comes out raking in DS and makes the Bravos keep him on the big club to start the season. Forget Damon and his noodle arm. I would love to see an outfield of McLouth,Schafer, and Heyward. Someone mentioned in a post above that 2 months isn’t that much to waste to start the season, but it proved last year that it was. Unless Heyward struggles at ST I can’t see how they send him down. If we start the season with Diaz, McLouth, and Cabrera as our OF then were doomed from opening day. On a side note I have McLouth, Schafer, and Heyward as my outfield in MLB 09:The Show and Glaus at clean up and our line-up is unstoppable.
My Opening Day Line-up:
Later in the Year:
If you love Coltrane, get Cedar Walton’s “Naima.” It’s an astonishing live jazz CD. I heard it on my Coltrane station on Pandora, and I had to have it. It’s just wonderful.
tiger-Unfortunately no. We live over much closer to the airport than Dark Star (45 minutes away on the other side of town). Never make it back in time to catch my flight.
February 5th, 201011:36 am
My son used to make igloos. He had a blast, would work all day.
February 5th, 201011:37 am
well that answers my question no need for me to rush thursday night if ya’ll won’t be there Friday am
From ESPN Insider:
The Braves may have a surprise starter as soon as 2010. That’s no small change, because this is a staff that was deemed deep enough to absorb the trade of Javier Vazquez — the No. 2 baseball in the NL last year in the minds of some (hello, KLaw) — to the Yankees.
But according to some recent reports former Vanderbilt star Mike Minor, the 7th overall selection in last year’s draft is on “the fast track” to the league.
And Braves GM Frank Wren isn’t shooting it down. He told The Tennessean, “He did very well in the Arizona Fall League. That puts him in position to be, if not ready for Double-A, very close to being ready for Double-A. Once he hits Double-A, anything can happen. You’re one good streak away from being called to the big leagues.”
Clearly Single-A ball couldn’t handle Minor. In four starts at Rome (the state-side version), Minor struck out 17 with no walks in 14 innings, finishing with a 0.64 ERA. Keep an eye out for this kid in March, because there’s always an outside shot he could stick early.
February 5th, 201011:39 am
DOB, that song you recommended is great. I just downloaded it. Thanks!
February 5th, 201011:44 am
thickfreakness-I’m too old for playing in the snow-probably give me a heart attack-something that happens all too frequently up here.
February 5th, 201011:45 am
Awesome, I’d love to witness some draft day vindication. An effective lefty in the rotation couldn’t hurt.
February 5th, 201011:46 am
Daybed Wagmoe, oh yeah, Braves have plenty of good pitching and this Minor might be a gem. He seems like a crafty guy on the mound just from a few videos some have linked on here. I won’t say the next Glavine or anything, but better than Chuck James(hopefully).
February 5th, 201011:47 am
tiger-problem is that they constantly change the reporting dates (thankfully it’s NOT a WBC year-hope it never is again during ST) and you have to pretty much guess when they’ll be starting so you can make reservations. It’s a crap shoot sometimes.
February 5th, 201011:49 am
I hear ya man. Love it, don’t necessarily miss it.
What did that Chuck James say … he don’t scout hitters, he just throws the ball? Something like that, but that’s probably why he’s in the Nats minors right now. That and the fact he seemed to work on his fork lift skills at Home Depot during the offseason more than his pitching.
February 5th, 201011:51 am
Daybed Wagmoe—Thanks for that update. I knew Minor did well last year but didnt know he did that well. I watched him pitch in the AFL all-star game and he got shelled. Gave up a few unlucky bloopers but then hung one and it was over. Good to hear him coming along. It would be funny to see Law eat his words after saying the Brave’s 09 draft was so weak beginning with the first roung pick (Minor).
Daybed Wagmoe: that is excellent news…I truly believe that once Minor gets to the majors he is gonna shut up all the people that thought the Braves were crazy taking Minor with the 7th pick. If any organization knows pitching its the Braves.
Anyhow I was searching around on mlb.com and milb.com looking for potential prospects that the Braves could look to possibly trade for that could take Chipper’s spot once he retires. The name that stood out to me was Ian Desmond. He came up last year with the Nats and put up some very impressive numbers in a very weak lineup. He plays shortstop right now but I watched him play some 3B when he played for the Harrisburg Senators (Washingtons AA) team and he played it just as well as he plays short. I don’t think it would take much to get him. Maybe give them Melky once Schafer bounces back.
February 5th, 201011:52 am
Jones is a minor-league free agent who signed with the Braves this winter, after leading the majors with 35 homers in 2009 as a 31-year-old outfielder on the Dodgers’ Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate.
Crash lead the majors with 35 home runs?
February 5th, 201011:55 am
Anybody on the Fresh Air BBQ. I ask because it has the strong vinegar mix. Not being a BBQ connoisseur, is this the preferrable flavor? I like it, some in the family don’t. I know how certain woods affect flavor, more interested in the mix of vinegar.
Don sounds like you need to find another team…or I hear there will be an opening next year, if you could show off all your expertise to the upper management maybe they give you the job.
February 5th, 201011:56 am
I need some help… going to rent a movie this evening but can’t decide between this 2.
First choice: Surrogates
second choice: Zombieland
this = these
February 5th, 201011:57 am
Mike Minor reminds me of Tim Hudson in Randy Johnsons body. His pin point control seems better than the velocity.
Just got my tix for Apr 28th My Morning Jacket show– Is 31 too old to be on the Gen Adm floor?
February 5th, 201012:00 pm
Lew – BBQ with oak hmm……….. maybe I should burn down my backyard and toss a pig or 3 on there
Arkansas Transplant–DEFINITELY ZOMBIELAND!!! Great flick
But the fact that you’re even considering Surrogates make me wonder if you would like zombieland.
18 Wheels of Love
Minor is 6′10″??
February 5th, 201012:01 pm
18 Wheels of Love: Minor is about 6-4. A little thin, but getting stronger.
Are you into heavy vinegar in your BBQ?
February 5th, 201012:02 pm
that’s one for Zombieland, trust me I like all spetrums of movies.
February 5th, 201012:03 pm
thickfreakness-It all depends on what kind of Q (and sauce) floats your boat. Lots of us like the Carolina vinegar based sauce-others prefer the tomato based Texas style more and some cook with a dry rub (that coats the meat as it cooks). All sorts of different kinds-some even just smoke the meat and put sauce on when they eat it.
February 5th, 201012:05 pm
I’ve got a buddy who’s dad makes the best BBQ sauce around.
February 5th, 201012:06 pm
dogs-I think it’s mainly the maple that gives it the unique flavor, but it could be the combination, too. I’ll ask the Dude when I see him tonight. He might just use what’s available at any given time. Whatever, it DOES give it a different background to the taste than the more traditional southern woods like hickory or pecan or the more western mesquite.
Didn’t Glavine add muscle in 1994, about 10lbs of it, said it helped him bump up his fastball (easier and more effective when pitching inside). Made his outer half pitches that much more effective.
February 5th, 201012:07 pm
Arkansas Transplant-I occasionally make a jalepeno/hickory sauce that kicks butt (so to speak)
February 5th, 201012:08 pm
Don misspells an unknown players name, at least outside of here and to people who follow baseball very close, and he gets bashed. Heyward isn’t a star yet as much as some want to believe. Stop, some of you sound rediculous.
February 5th, 201012:10 pm
I was talking about the pulled used in sandwiches. I do get it Thanx. I like the vinegar and understand that it’s probably a regional preference. Having known a few Texans, I’m sure that method is without question the best.
February 5th, 201012:11 pm
kyle2355, you better have your butt back in class son.
February 5th, 201012:13 pm
man all this Que talk and I’m going to get stuck at Shane’s for lunch…don’t have the time to drive down to Newnan or in town for anything better. Anybody know of a good place in Peachtree City?
February 5th, 201012:15 pm
Mingus Ah Um is one of my very favorite jazz records, and I share your love of Kind of Blue, birth of the Cool and Blue Trane. I like just about any Monk record.
A guy recording currently that I really like is saxophonist Chris Potter. Check him ou ton Lift – Liev at The Village Vanguard.
February 5th, 201012:16 pm
I’ve had Sprayberrys, worked with a guy who was related somehow.
February 5th, 201012:17 pm
There’s worse things one could be doing on a cold, rainy, nasty day in Atlanta other than eating waffles, drinking coffee and listening to My Morning Jacket’s The Tennessee Fire, I tell you that.
MMJ’s 1999 lo-fi debut album is so achingly good, and the song “The Bear” is still about as outstanding as any they’ve recorded, by my estimation.
February 5th, 201012:20 pm
jalepeno/hickory sounds pretty good. Is it tomato based or vinegar based?
thickfreakness, there’s not much else in Eastern N.C. BBQ sauce other than vinegar and pepper. And it’s terrific.
Wayne in Utah
February 5th, 201012:21 pm
It’s a crime shame that some would critique misspellings! They must be some sort of pre-madonna, huh?
has anyone seen Surrogates? is it worth seeing?
February 5th, 201012:22 pm
I got Mermaid Avenue going. Did pick up “Evil Urges” last week. Like “Z” better.
February 5th, 201012:23 pm
Did you get your tix this am?
Love me some Sprayberry’s but its about a 30 minute drive from my house but usually wait until I’m over that way to get it. But the 2 year old is screaming for Bar beeee Qu and there is a Shane’s 5 minutes from me and for him that will qualify.
What did that Chuck James say … he don’t scout hitters, he just throws the ball? Something like that, but that’s probably why he’s in the Nats minors right now. — TnBrian
Chuck also said, “It ain’t rocket surgery.”
And wasn’t trying to be funny.
February 5th, 201012:24 pm
You got me salivating over that jalapeno/hickory sause. We will be needin’ that recipe now, mister!
thick – yes I like the Vinegar edgy BBQ
Thanks for the new blog DOB. Great stuff.
I’m as excited as anyone about Heyward, but I really hope that the play of our other outfielders, coupled with a lack of injuries, affords us the opportunity to keep him in AAA until the end of May.
My big fear is that we will break camp without Heyward for all the right reasons, but then Melky or Diaz will stink up the joint in April. Bobby will let them try to play their way through it until Heyward can come up, and by the end of May we’ll already be in a hole. Let’s not forget that Philly did us a favor by not running away with the division in the first half last year. As bad as the Braves played before the All-Star break, they were still right in the mix.
I just hope the strong pitching staff will help cover any holes that may be exposed in the outfield. It’s going to be a fun ride, and there’s plenty to be optimistic about.
February 5th, 201012:25 pm
I would compare Minor more on the stuff category to Avery with much better control at this point…
Sounds like Chuck took a couple of line drives to the head,lol.
We talk baseball, other sports, music, movies, BBQ and whatever (except politics or religion)
Atlanta Braves RSS feed
Previous entries »
Send a feedback technical issue
Vacation stops, manage subscriptions and more
Visitor Agreement | Privacy Statement© 2013 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution