1:54 am February 5, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 11th, 201011:58 am
DON: how do you tell the #1 prospect in all of baseball not to attend spring training? really is your head on shoulders?
Home of the Braves
February 11th, 201011:59 am
Don’t really see how this is like the Griffey situation. Griffey told those close to him that he was going to accept the braves offer. That got reported. He changed his mind. All Damon has said is that he’s interested in the Braves. He hasn’t said he’d accept anything. Last year we were falsely lead to believe (by those close to Griffey) that he was definitely coming here. This year we’ve simply made an offer and we’ll see how it pans out.
Eric from MO
OJ Hinske makes 1 million, Glaus makes 2million, Saito makes 3 million. So with 6 million we will have to find a 1B(if Freeman isnt ready), pay JJ’s 1st year of arbitration which will probably be around 3-4 million, Escobar’s 1st year of arbitration which will be around 3 million, pay increases in salary to McLouth and McCann, sign a setup man, and pay your proposed 2 million to Damon. Yeah that should be easy to do. Im sorry for being so wrong before.
February 11th, 201012:00 pm
And not come to Spring Training? I mean, come on. Talk about hampering development…
February 11th, 201012:02 pm
BravesFanLostInOhio: Just ignore Don’s rants on Bobby. He hates him and it’s not worth the time trying to argue with stats or reason with him. And back to the Lincecum thing, I wasn’t saying he’ll definitely get at least 7 mill. I was just saying that since he’s already a 2 time cy young award winner, I can’t see him signing for less than that (or getting less than that in arb) even if he has had an injury the year before.
Fire Don his comments deserve what I call a “stupid slap”!!!!!!!!
People just ignore Don. He has posted the same thing 3 times in the past hour just trying to bait somebody into having an arguement with him about how Bobby Cox has ruined his life. Just ignore it.
February 11th, 201012:03 pm
P’cola Brave, I hear you. And I’m betting that if there is a counter offer there is also a good chance we won’t ever hear about it. Boras needed all the other owners to know that there is a real offer on the table to set the market. He really doesn’t need to show the hand that the Braves dealt him anymore than he already has. He, as well as the Braves, have little to nothing to gain from the counteroffer(s) being reported publicly. Once there are other teams making offers he’ll most likely start talking money publicly again.
so that he will completely escape Bobby Cox’s influence
Really? I’m no Bobby fan, but come on. The only negative influence Bobby will have on Heyward will be an affinity for Greg Norton.
Some people talk like Bobby instructs people to play with their shoelaces tied together.
ccrider we have nobody with much power from the rightside.
its really not that important.
good idea lets ignore Don and maybe he will go away like Paul
February 11th, 201012:04 pm
Bravofan-Not really. First of all, I doubt he is even considering trying to coach – he wants to play, even to the point of waiting til mid season. As to paying for the Braves? Dude’s already sounding desperate, but I’m not seeing it happen in Atlanta for him.
Having heard him rant throughout New England last year, I would imagine he left a trail of charred bridges in his wake. Dude dissed the Braves up here at every opportunity – on a daily basis.
February 11th, 201012:06 pm
Thanks for the heads up.
February 11th, 201012:08 pm
Home, if he blows out his elbow, and continues to pitch with that kind of delivery, I don’t think anyone pays 7 for him. Maybe I’m way off base, but I just don’t see it.
Watched Zombieland yesterday.
That’s not why Paul went away…
February 11th, 201012:09 pm
According to Cot’s, Lincecum’s final arb year is 2013. On the bright side, that’s also the final year of Zito’s deal.
February 11th, 201012:11 pm
cant disagree on the comments that he dissed the Braves he does have a home her and his family is her I would like it if he came back with Bobby for his last season. quick story last season I went to the game after bobbys presentaion he said i didnt realize this would take this long im sorry lets play ball!!
Winter Olympic opening ceremonies tomorrow… came up quick.
February 11th, 201012:13 pm
LostOhio I dont know. Prior still made alot of money in his career after he blew out his arm. Teams will take a chance. Hell look what Sheets got this year.
I’m excited about seeing the new “We Are the World”
February 11th, 201012:14 pm
bravofan-I just don’t see Wren taking him back. Don’t balme him, either and I don’t want him back, anyway. He’s not the same pitcher and he lost tons of respect (at least from me) with his continued crap. He DID NOT handle himself with the class one would expect.
This whole dispute was about a small amount of money and he made it into a respect thing, when the fact the Braves even offered him a contract was respect in and of itself.
February 11th, 201012:15 pm
Nova Scotia: I agree with Home of the Braves (12:02 p.m.) regarding Damon vis-a-vis Griffey. Really don’t see where they’re similar cases. Griffey told one of his best friends that he had decided to sign with the Braves, and the best friend told our Terrence Moore, and yours truly wrote a story saying as much. We trusted the source, probably didn’t make it clear enough in our story that it was not a done deal, and then sealed our fate when someone else put a headline on the story saying Griffey would play for Braves, period.
But in this case, no one’s implying that Damon has said he’s signing with the Braves or even that there’s a good chance it’s going to get done. Merely reporting the machinations as this thing grinds forward — Damon’s text reply to my question, the Braves making an offer, etc. That’s all. I think we’ve made it clear that other teams are involved, and I’ve said that Detroit probably has more money to spend than Braves, and that it’s unclear if Braves (or Tigers, Rays) would be willing to offer the second year that Boras is still asking for, etc.
And unlike last year, when I made the mistake of answering some here on the blog directly when they asked me if I thought Griffey would sign, I’m avoiding making any sort of definitive statements one way or the other about Damon. It’s not worth it, since some take those opinions stated by me here on the blog the same way they take what I write in a straight news story.
(Besides that, I really don’t even have a strong sense either way on Damon and whether he’s coming to Atlanta, going to Detroit, or going elsewhere — maybe even back to the Yankees. You just never know in these cases. Strange things can happen, as we’ve seen before.)
February 11th, 201012:16 pm
PhuturePhan says Lincecum signs for 3 yrs/40 mil before tomorrow…which buys him a lot of wacky tobaccy.
I haven’t seen Random in forever.
February 11th, 201012:19 pm
he lost tons of respect (at least from me) with his continued crap
Me too. So many average fans blamed Wren and hold a grudge against him that’s still here today. It seemed like Smoltz couldn’t understand why the Braves weren’t too eager about giving a 40-something pitcher coming off major arm surgery guaranteed money.
I always like comparing his situation to Trevor Hoffman’s. When the Padres didn’t resign Hoff, he took out an ad in the paper thanking the fans and the organization for their years of support. Smoltz just whined.
February 11th, 201012:22 pm
Jeffrey d you summed my feeling up nicely at 12:19. I will always like Smoltz but he lost alot of respect and I dont want him back. That may different if he hadnt whined so much on his way out of town or if he backed up his contract. He did neither.
Nova Scotia Steve
February 11th, 201012:23 pm
DOB: I totally agree…and I’ve followed your updates closely and have read between the lines…and do recognize the difference between the Griffey situation and this Damon one.
I think Damon will get better offers as well and thought you did a great job just breaking the story ATL made an offer and provided as many contract details as possible.
And its very much appreciated.
February 11th, 201012:25 pm
I just don’t think this offer has what it takes to bring Damon to Atlanta…(from what’s been reported about the offer)
But like you say: stranger things have happened.
February 11th, 201012:27 pm
Nova Scotia: Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.
February 11th, 201012:36 pm
DOB, please don’t stop keeping us informed when someone in a position to be newsworthy says something quote-worthy. I for one sincerely appreciate the candor and the insights.
I am perfectly capable of judging for myself how much weight to put into something Scott Boras, Frank Wren, or anyone else has to say, and I know better than to blame the messenger. I’ve never been confused by what you clearly label as fact, news, rumor, source, or opinion.
Oh, and I liked Community Q. The sides and beef win at Community Q, but Maddy’s wins for Pork. The beauty of this neighborhood (I live between L5P and Decatur)… it’s not just pubtopia. It’s also Qtopia, Coffeetopia, and Pizzatopia, and it’s as close as you can find any more to bookstore-topia.)
I think we’ve made it clear that other teams are involved,
It’s kind of funny. When you write that there are reports that others are involved, there is outrage that you are reporting such while at the same time others gloss over the fact that you are writing there are reports others are involved.
February 11th, 201012:40 pm
I just saw where another media outlet downplayed the Braves’ interest in Damon, said they still weren’t seriously pursuing him.
With spring training just around the corner, the Braves make a contract offer and ask Chipper Jones to call Damon in order to help with the recruiting pitch. And that’s not serious?
Hey, they might not be willing to spend enough to sign him. But whether he comes to the Braves or not, they clearly are trying to sign him. And it’s not just for amusement or because they’re bored.
February 11th, 201012:41 pm
The point here should be…its an “opening” offer…thats not saying its our final or our best…
Relax…if we’re that interested, FW will figure out a way to get it done if he feels its necessary for our playoff chances.
February 11th, 201012:42 pm
The ESPN’s and MLBN’s of the world love Damon. So if he signs with the Braves at least we could look forward to seeing more Braves highlights. hehe.
February 11th, 201012:44 pm
Fischerking: No question about that (12:42)
I want Damon a Brave as much as anybody, but he’s really not worth this much attention. If he were to wind up in Atl. I’d predict a .290/14/60 season at best with average defense in the OF.
February 11th, 201012:45 pm
With spring training just around the corner, the Braves make a contract offer and ask Chipper Jones call Damon to help with the recruiting pitch. And that’s not serious?
Well they didn’t want it to go down the path of Griffey Jr.
I echo NSSteve’s sentiments. Very much appreciate the work DOB.
February 11th, 201012:47 pm
John Adcox: Ain’t that the truth? I probably live within 3-4 miles of you, judging from your description. And you’re right, it’s a great area.
By the way, you convinced me to go to Maddy’s this week (before spring training) with the line about the pork being better there than Community Q. Plus, at least I can be reasonably certain Maddy’s will have food if I go after 5 p.m.
February 11th, 201012:48 pm
We’ll get going on a new blog, should be up before too long barring any new developments in the Damon matter.
February 11th, 201012:49 pm
i’ll never understand what it is about certain fans (actually, i suppose it’s the ‘fanaticism’) that makes you ‘lose respect’ for a player that gave your team two decades of distinguished service, on the field and off, after an unsuccessful negotiation. smoltz always seemed like a straight shooter, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he opened up about his feelings on parting with the braves. i’d imagine that few, if any, of us know what went on between smoltz, his agent, and frank wren, but if it’s true that smoltz turned down significantly more yankee money to stay in atlanta a few years prior, then it’s easy to see why he expected the braves to make up the difference between their offer and boston’s (which even frank wren said wasn’t *that* significant). between the two of them, though, i thought glavine had the far greater gripe.
February 11th, 201012:51 pm
With all this Tim Lincecum talk, all I can think about (and trying to get a reprieve from damon for a moment) is whether or not Braves brass are trying to buy out JJJ’s arb years simarly to what they did for McCann and tried to do for Fancine. Didnt that happen in spring training previous to the final year before arbitration eligibility?
I guess the same question could be asked of Esky as well.
February 11th, 201012:52 pm
So how soon before we hear this:
Up next is the yellow set — Kyra and Bailey on the main stage, Tiffany and Stephanie on stage 1, Precious and Diamond on stage 3 and Honey and Damon in the Executive Lounge.
Because you just know some lovely young coed working her way through a doctoral program (um, yeah …) $10 at a time will choose the stage name of Damon.
TnBrian- If you give me .290/14/60 from the leadoff position?!? and that doesn’t impress you? C’mon man.
DOB and John Adcox- I love Maddy’s, we live just down the street, probably the best BBQ in Atlanta, although Daddy Dz is pretty awesome. Come down Scott Blvd/Lawerencville Hwy a little further and you can get Cafe Istanbul and Udipi Cafe for some Great Turkish and Indian food.
February 11th, 201012:53 pm
With potentially Damon and Heyward to start the season – i think that puts us over the top…I really do.
I’m hoping Wren finds some cash or Liberty Media approves a few more dollars for us to spend in 2010.
February 11th, 201012:56 pm
What about the impact Damon can make just by signing? Ticket sales wouldn’t increase? Merchandise sales? What about the Braves just bringing in a big name guy that was not a reclamation-type player? All the big names that J.S. brought in were via trade… It would be nice to see some big names sign with Atlanta because they thought it gave them a chance to win. Might open the door in the future for other free agents who are not trying to revive their careers.
February 11th, 201012:59 pm
Hinske, Cabrera, Lowe all played with Damon…Let’s hope that plays into it.
Did Hudson play with Damon in Oakland?
Mets out of money?
February 11th, 20101:00 pm
February 11th, 20101:02 pm
DAP; Going to have to disagree with the need of power from the right side. Most hitters do not hit equally from both sides, as you know, McCann, McLouth, Schafer, Freeman and Heyward all have had less HR power against lefties.
A righty/lefty balance in the lineup makes a big difference, particularly late in a game as you know, when lefty/righty specialist come in.
Managers like nothing more than to have a Lefty, Lefty, Lefty, Lefty(or Righty, Righty,etc) situation, where they have a pitcher that is only exceptional at getting out hitters from one side of the plate. It saves the bullpen!
It’s the very reason Bobby Cox and most managers try to bat lefty, righty, lefty, righty etc. unless they have a Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun, etc.
So, yes it is important to have a balanced lineup!
February 11th, 20101:05 pm
Chin Music-And why shouldn’t we feel he lost respect? Yeah, he DID do alot for Atlanta while pitching here and had he said, ” Fine, I love Atlanta and the fans, too bad I couldn’t work out a deal with them.” and then signed with the Red Sox, I would still feel the same way about him.
However, thty’s not what he did. He whined that the Braves were cheap. He whined they were not a class organization. He whined about the weather and the time of day someone asked him questions. I know this because I happen to lie in the middle of the Red Sox Nation. It was in EVERY newspaper. It was on every local TV station. It was on the Red Sox networks, The Boston Globe and any other venue that John could find to gripe to.
This is class to you? You want to give him a pass because he won a CY Youg Award and stayed with the Braves (pretty damn well paid, too) for years? That’s your prerogative. Thinking he lost respect is mine. Years of service don’t give you the right to be a complete jerk. he signed a deal he liked when the Braves offer didn’t make him happy. That should have been all – case closed.
Like was mentioned earlier – Trevor Hoffman’s response was true class. Smoltz? No way.
Frank Robinson (Rockmart)
February 11th, 20101:08 pm
February 11th, 20101:10 pm
Just the Facts for the stat heads:
Career: Damon as first batter in a game – .274 BA, .345 OBP
McLouth as first batter in a game – .173 BA, .244 OBP
Damon leading off an inning – .290 BA, .355 OBP
McLouth leading off an inning – .204 BA, .273 OBP
That’s all, that’s it and this is why the Braves are interested.
February 11th, 20101:11 pm
And there’s no way the Braves (or any other team) should “make up” the difference in money a player passed up to stay in Atlanta. That is patently absurd. If it’s really about the money then take it and walk. Had Smoltz done that, either last year or earlier in his career, no loss of respect would have registered with me. It was totally unnecessary and uncalled for
I don’t look at it as a money issue anyway. THAT I can understand. It was the constant barrage of cheap shots at the Braves and their management that continued for months up here that upset me.
February 11th, 20101:12 pm
ccrider A righty/lefty balance in the lineup makes a big difference, particularly late in a game as you know, when lefty/righty specialist come in…yes it is important to have a balanced lineup!
balanced lineup? yeah, of course. why does that equal “power” (whatever you mean by that) from the right side? what if there is a guy who hits lefties really well and he is a lefty? we dont want that guy? do you realize that 3/4 of the ABs players get are against righthanders? did you know we have righthanders on our team under control for several more years that slug .530 and .640 vs lefties? also, did you know the braves as a team hit lefthanders better than righthanders last season?
the braves’ need for a righthanded power hitter is a myth, dude. we just need hitters, period.
February 11th, 20101:15 pm
Good stats there my man. Moving McLouth down in the lineup has been my biggest argument for getting Damon and you’ve aptly expressed why I felt that way.
February 11th, 20101:16 pm
I completely agree with you. Loved and respected him until he started bitching about 3 million dollars, hell, he owed the organization at least 20 mil for the 2 seasons he missed. But he never mentioned getting paid those 2 years he didn’t even play.
February 11th, 20101:25 pm
DOB- Manchester Orchestra will be playing the Variety Playhouse April 14th and 15th.
February 11th, 20101:27 pm
Well put as usual, LEW. Smoltz used bad judgement when he exited and I don’t miss him at all. I suppose I’ll be at his induction at Cooperstown in 5-6 years but not with the enthusiasm I’ll have for Maddux, Glavine, or Chipper.
February 11th, 20101:32 pm
for all you UNC fans out there. Best jeopardy answer ever.
February 11th, 20101:33 pm
sign Johnny Damon. sign Johnny Damon. sign Johnny Damon
February 11th, 20101:38 pm
I have to say I have more excitement about Smoltz going into the Hall as a Braves than Glavine or Maddux.
Smoltz didn’t handle the END of his Braves career too well but that shouldn’t dismiss what he meant to the city for all the years before that.
Nahhh….Glavine gave me a bad taste with his comments as the union rep. during the strike years. I liked Glavine but he never was a favorite.
Maddux? I was in awe of his craft and he gave us some of the best individual pitching performances of all time. But he wasn’t here at the beginning nor was he here at the end of his brilliant career.
Smoltz meant so much to the Braves. In the regular season. In the postseason. There when we turned it around in ‘91. As a starter….then as a lights-out closer.
Smoltz is my favorite of the trio…
Totally agree with Lew & thickfreakness on the Smoltz issue. I’ve been a Braves fan for over 20 years and Smoltz was one of the guys that I idolized the most. Being frustrated about declining ability and over-valuing your declining ability I understand fromm athletes, but coming out and repeatedly bashing the franchise that gave you the platform and opportunity that resulted in your stardom is absurd.
As somebody who took a lesser amount of money to stay with the high school baseball program that I’ve built and have unfinished business with, as opposed to taking a Division II college job this past year, its still a sore spot for me.
February 11th, 20101:41 pm
DOB, had the chance to check out the 2 new tracks from the Drive-By Truckers album? You can listen on their website and even get a free download of a new Cooley song. New album comes out March 16, btw…
February 11th, 20101:45 pm
As the players representative (don’t know the title), Glavine was instumental in bringing both sides together thus avoiding a prolonged strike. He was the reason an entire season of baseball was played in 1995 and forward. He had to defend his Union, but was willing to compromise. I just wish he had stayed in Atlanta instead of going to NY.
obviously everyone has a right to his opinion, but i thought the comments smoltz made regarding the ‘class’ of the braves organization were aimed at glavine’s dismissal, not his own. it’s hard for even the most deluded fan to look at the way glavine was strung along throughout his rehab and cut the day before he would be due a $1-million-dollar roster bonus and not see that as a situation that could have been handled with more class. it was the right decision, baseball-wise, because hanson was clearly ready to take a spot in the rotation, but it was not one of frank wren’s finer moments, p.r.-wise. for the record, i was glad at the time that we didn’t sign smoltz and i thought signing glavine was a foolish impediment to hanson’s advancement, but i always understood where smoltz was coming from, even as he made impassioned and disparaging comments about the braves. i guess the point is, i try not to judge people too harshly in their less circumspect moments, especially when they have long, established track records of saying and doing the right thing.
February 11th, 20101:47 pm
jeffrey d, February 11th, 2010, 10:56 am … “Why is not spending $5 million better than spending $5 million? I meant that from a financial standpoint only.”
You are clearly NOT a Keynesian.
thickfreakness: Nice handle, by the way. (?)
Not sure how instrumental Glavine was in the whole process but his comments during the whole thing turned a lot of people against him.
valid points chin music
February 11th, 20101:48 pm
Lincecum should not take the 3 years. He’d be cheating himself out of a lot of money. He’ll probably get close to the $13 mil he’s looking for in arbitration. And after this season, he should have no trouble negotiating a long-term deal paying him $20 mil per year. He’s one of, if not the best pitcher to come along in the last decade. If this was after the first Cy Young, I would say take the 3 year deal. But not after the second…he’s elite now and should be able to command more than $11-12 per year.
February 11th, 20101:49 pm
as far as the Hall of Fame I will be excited when Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz go into the Hall of Fame as Braves. I have fond memories of the 3 of them through the years. The neatest part is that they will be there together. Hopefully Maddux and Glavine will go in the Hall together and they can be there when Smoltz goes in. Maybe Glavine and Maddux can do Chicks dig the longball redux
February 11th, 20101:50 pm
If we’re going to talk basketball… look whos leading the sec west. They’ve provide me, don’t know what’s going on on the hill but it’s working for now.
Jon Heyman just posted this news about Damon to his twitter.
SI_JonHeyman – i’m hearing #braves have at least $6 million to spend on damon. #tigers appear to be the main threat.
18 Wheels of Love
February 11th, 20101:51 pm
i’m hearing #braves have at least $6 million to spend on damon. #tigers appear to be the main threat.
smoltz’s asking price is $3m…wouldn’t count on a braves reunion tour anytime soon.
dam you Curt. That’s my thunder!
Let me amend my statement, $20 mil per year may be a little high. But $16-18 is probably more reasonable. Still doesn’t change my conclusion though.
February 11th, 20101:54 pm
Dap; I guess I must be wrong, along with Bobby Cox and Frank Wren who were determined to get a right handed power bat (Glaus) in the lineup this year, even to the point of trading a great starting pitcher to free up the money for it. I guess Frank, Bobby and Myself owe you an apology for thinking that. Frank and the majority of GM’s should step down and offer you their job for such a foolish thought.
February 11th, 20101:55 pm
I’d like to give my updated status:
I’ve received offers from a variety of clubs including probabal contenders to non-contenders thus far in my quest to this offseason to add onto my Hall Of Fame credentials. No more than I turn away from the phone for a second do I get another call from my agent telling me another team is aching for my services. Little do they know that I am a man on a mission to find the right team that offers me a fair contract so that I can be a huge asset to their organization.
I am extremely excited on my progress this winter and will be dominating in MLB for yet another campaign. See, what people fail to realize is that I am a speciman of monumental proportions.
February 11th, 20101:57 pm
Arkansas Transplant -
The hogs have a lot of winning yet to do if they want to be in the tournament…but their recent winning streak is a great start.
February 11th, 20101:58 pm
Why are we rehashing the Glavine episode? He got paid a million to throw in the minors for a couple of months. After that, not only was he not good enough for the Braves, but he wasn’t good enough for any other team in MLB. What exactly was unfair about that process?
I live in Lexington and watch every single UK game. While Cousins is the most dominant player on the floor, Wall is the player that cannot be replaced. When Cousins gets into foul trouble, Orton comes in and gives great defense and rebounding. Cal can also slide Patterson to the post for offense.
However, when Wall goes out of the game, the team is not nearly as good. I think Bledsoe will eventually be a great PG, but he is not there yet. Perhaps it is because he has been playing SG all year, but Wall is the most important player on the team. If you need evidence, look at the UNC game when Wall got cramps. It almost cost UK the game.
February 11th, 20101:59 pm
Heyman says he believes Braves have $6m to spend on Damon. Tigers appear to be main thr….. oh, I was beat to the punch.
Haha, Sorry 18 Wheels. It had been up for about 20 minutes on twitter so I had to scroll up to see if anyone else posted it first.
If we offer Damon $6 million and he doesn’t sign then either he or his agent is crazy! I am also not so sure I would want to offer that much unless we are planning to trade Melky after we sign Damon.
My prediction is that we sign Damon, keep Melky,we then trade Damon to Yanks after all star break for a prospect as the Yanks look to shore up their playoff roster. Heyward will be ready to take his place and the Yanks will get Damon for their post season run for cheap.
Thanx, I stole it from the Black Keys.
February 11th, 20102:00 pm
Right now I’m just tickled that they won a game in the SEC. I was figuring they were going to get shutout.
February 11th, 20102:01 pm
ccrider, thanks for your apology. ill be on the lookout for a post from you with some substance to it.
Heath – If you give me an eMail address, I’ll forward some Safari info.
680/TheFan is reporting that TommyG has been hired as Special Assistant to Braves Pres. John Schuerholz…
Chris from the Rock
February 11th, 20102:02 pm
From Twitter: FriedBasballATL: RT @Crossfitdawg13: Per @680_the_fan Tom Glavine returning to #Braves as special assistant to Prez. Schurholtz
February 11th, 20102:03 pm
February 11th, 20102:04 pm
responding to your 10:33 about your concern over the age of Braves players…the Red Sox won it all in 2007 with a team avg. age which was older than this year’s BRaves team. You might recall Schilling was 40 Wakefield 40 MAnny 35 Timlin 41 Varitek 35 etc.. while a direct corelation can be shown with age and decline in performance, just because a guy is 35 or 40 doesn’t equate to non-performance automatically. The age factor is more relevant in predicting into the future a couple of years. While I would agree that Damon 2 years out from now probably won’t be near as good as this year or last year but that doesn’t mean if he is given a 1-2 year contract that he won’t be able to be productive this year or even next.
February 11th, 20102:05 pm
beekay, that is very realistic if we are out of it and Schafer is progressing nicely. Cashman has already admitted to considering it if need be. I imagine if Heyward has the RF job then we would trade Diaz…and I am perfectly fine with that.
DAP- I saw your comments about the need for a right handed bat. I get your point about lefty being able to hit a lefty. But, my belief is lineup balance isn’t that important in the regular season, but is in the playoffs. If you’re facing Sabathia and your 3,4,5 are all lefties that can’t be good or if you have all righties versus Beckett. Teams without lineup balance tend to struggle in the playoffs.
Glavine’s first gig should be to recruit Doggy away from the Cubs.
February 11th, 20102:07 pm
Lew well put on Smoltz. I had no hard feeling when other players left for more money like Madduz and Lopez, but when you throw the whole franchise you played for under the bus repeatedly for 6 months, yeah you lost a good chunck of respect from me. Even if he had done it just once, I could brush it off like he was just mad and loss his temper, but not when you do it day in and day out. Like you said, Hoffman left with class, Smoltz didnt.
DAP: Your ability to comprehend my post would have to arrive first!
February 11th, 20102:08 pm
Of the 7 regular season games left…Arkansas should go no less than 4-3….I think 5-2 is doable. If they go 5-2, that will put them at 18-13 and 11-5 in the league….that will put them squarely back in bubble talk (with an RPI likely in the high 40s). They would likely have to win a couple of games in the tournament too..but they could do it with their point guard Fortson back on the team.
Tom Glavine: “I’m not devastated. I’m disappointed, but devastation is for much greater things in life.”
Roy Williams: “Our massage therapist told me, ‘You know, coach, what happened in Haiti is a catastrophe. What you’re having is a disappointment. I told her that depends on what chair you’re sitting in. It does feel like a catastrophe to me, because it’s my life.”
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