1:54 am February 5, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 11th, 20102:08 pm
OK Heath, you should have mail.
Eric from MO
DAP good post at 1:12. You werent talking to me but I didnt realize we actually hit lefties better than righties last year. I knew it was pretty close.
Phil in GA
February 11th, 20102:09 pm
Time to cheat – anybody want to post the rest of Buster Olney’s article on Doug Brocall retiring? Seemed like it would be a good read if any kind Insider would like to pass along to the non-paying masses.
February 11th, 20102:10 pm
I think that most of us realize that Wall is the straw that stirs the Wildcats drink.
It’ll be great if Bledsoe returns next year, because I think the drop-off at PG may not be that dramatic. Less flashy, sure, but Bledsoe still has star potential, as well.
I got to attend Saturday’s game in Baton Rouge. That had to have been the most entertaining blow-out I’ve ever sat through. The talent level at UK is so much better than what we’ve had in recent years, that it is entertaining just to see these guys play, regardless of the quality of the opponent.
Gone are the days of great talents like Rajon Rondo being wasted due to lack of quality around him (and perhaps even questionable coaching?).
Just think, if Wall had been UK’s point guard in ‘05-’06, I think there might’ve been a lot of UK fans that would’ve called him a cancer.
What a waste those last two Tubby Smith years were . . .
February 11th, 20102:12 pm
Oh, great, Tim Tebow in Daytona doing the “Gentlemen, start your engines” at the Gatorade Duel. Just can’t get away from that dude
February 11th, 20102:15 pm
damn i’m so freakin tired of Tebow.
February 11th, 20102:16 pm
If Schafer progresses nicely, he will be batting leadoff. I still believe McLouth would be the odd man out. His trade value is high and under control for 3 years while Schafer is under control for 6. We desperately need base runners to maximize the strengths of Chipper (situational hitting) and Glauss (power).
Juan Pablo taking the checkered flag will complete a great day for you, huh, Braveheart?
Nova Scotia Steve
So if the Braves have $6 million to spend on Damon….$3 million now and $3 deferred.
Or $2 million and $4 deferred…and hell maybe he’ll play for free this season and we’ll just pay him the rest at later
IOU $6 million dollars.
Signed: Frank Wren, General Manager of the Atlanta Braves
chin music, I honestly don’t have any sympathy for Glavine or Smoltz after the comments they made last year. Glavine was paid $1 million last year (not to mention the other millions he has been paid by the braves) to pitch in spring training and a few minor league games, and he whines about having to drive to Rome for a rehab start. Smoltz blatantly lied by saying he didn’t feel the braves wanted him back, despite their offering him a contract. Smoltz simply accepted the larger contract offer from the Red Sox. He then continued to bash the braves every chance he could. I just feel that they should appreciate everything the braves have done for them.
February 11th, 20102:18 pm
Heath and Ark Transplant,
The Hogs have won a few games that they should have. That’s the big difference between this year’s team and last year’s team (or even this year’s team of the first half) where we only played to the level of our competition and got burned by some teams that we should have blown out.
I don’t expect to make the NCAAT this year, but things have definitely turned around, especially with Courtney Fortson running the show now. If we could only get the 08-09 version of Mike Washington to show up, we could get dangerous in the SEC Tournament.
February 11th, 20102:20 pm
I got the email…I guess $4k or so per person is just the cost of an 8-day safari in the Serengheti/Kilamanjaro. My buddy and I will have to think about it some more.
ipad my belief is lineup balance isn’t that important in the regular season, but is in the playoffs.
balance is always important. that isnt what i said. there seems to be some idea that the braves need a power hitting righty. why? to handle lefty pitchers. there is a problem with that. first, we have righties already that butcher lefthanded pitching. we also have lefties that butcher it. also, 3/4 of ABs come vs righties, and the braves actually hit righties WORSE than lefties in 2009.
i am all about having a good lefty/righty mix. but i reject the idea that its what the braves are missing. there were folks on here this offseason saying they wouldnt want adrian gonzelz because he hits lefty. how stupid is that? what the braves need is hitters, no matter what side of the plate they stand on.
and ccrider was talking about the future of the lineup, which is impossible to predict, but its my opinion that having chipper, escobar, prado, and diaz to put in the lineup, makes us very balanced lefty/righty. (and the stats from 2009 say that the team hit lefties better than righties. cant emphasize that enough in this discussion)
ccrider, ha, good one.
February 11th, 20102:23 pm
nova scotia steve, have you decided not to buy the damon jersey? i dont see that in your salary figures.
Glavine’s joining the Fox Sports South broadcast booth for at least 13 Sunday home Braves games. Will work alongside Chip Caray.
February 11th, 20102:24 pm
Braves have new story up on Glavine on their website, he’s going to retire and take the front office position the Braves offered. Special assistant to Schuerholz.
February 11th, 20102:25 pm
good news on Glavine.
February 11th, 20102:26 pm
DAP: RE: Damon jersey!
The Damon Jersey is going on the Credit Card….I’ll just pay it later…much like the Braves would like to do with Damon – HA!
“The Tigers appear willing to top the Braves’ offer to Johnny Damon, tweets Newsday’s Ken Davidoff. Davidoff suggests that the Tigers could offer Damon $4.5MM, which would top Atlanta’s offer of a $4MM partially-deferred salary.”–from MLB Trade Rumors
February 11th, 20102:27 pm
Glavine has been officially named special assistant to team president John Schuerholz.
February 11th, 20102:28 pm
The Tigers appear willing to top the Braves’ offer to Johnny Damon, tweets Newsday’s Ken Davidoff. Davidoff suggests that the Tigers could offer
February 11th, 20102:29 pm
Good news on Tommy G!
February 11th, 20102:33 pm
Hard to get your hopes up right now, but there are 4 VERY winnable games coming up on the schedule. If they win all of those, which would extend their win streak to 9 games…then they would definitely put themselves in a a good position. It hasn’t happened yet, but ya never know.
While your team probably has one of its easiest 4-game SEC stretch coming up, my team has one of its toughest 4-game stretch…vs. UT, @Miss St., @Vandy, and vs. SC. I’m looking forward to seeing how UK does against UT and Vandy.
February 11th, 20102:34 pm
That’s awesome about Glavine. They say he could even possibly do some announcing. Bet he’d be good at that since he knows the game so well.
February 11th, 20102:36 pm
If that guy is right about Tigers upping Atlanta’s offer by $500k than surely Wren counters it.
February 11th, 20102:37 pm
Braveheart, If you’re a race fan, you may enjoy this event.
Schafer OBP in April 2009 was .415 He gets hurt and posts a .239 OBP in May. If healthy, the guy has an OBP of .390 and plays the best CF the organization has to offer. Isn’t this what the 2010 Braves really need at this point?
February 11th, 20102:41 pm
any idea what “special assistant” to Schuerholz does?
I contend the player negatively affected by a Damon signing is Schafer. And I think this is the outfielder Chipper was referring to. Chipper wants baserunners because he is a tremendous situational hitter. He may not hit 25 homers, but with people on base and Glauss behind him, he could hit 18 while driving in 110.
DAP; I wasn’t trying to get into a pissing contest with you. Your one of the many knowledgeable posters on the blog. But Wren and Cox targeted a RH power hitter, talked about the need and signed Glaus early in free agency, ignoring Laroche, Branyan, Delgado, Nick Johnson, etc. for a reason. I think that reason is obvious and it will remain a need as Chipper’s power continues to decline and all of our young power hitters (McCann, Heyward, Freeman) are lefthanders. If Chipper has another bad year, he might retire and we would shorter still.
Unfortunately, all the power hitters in the minors are lefthanded as well (Cody Johnson, Adam Milligan, etc.
It is the reason why Chipper, Texiera, Pujols, Braun, Arod, are so prized (and expensive).
Don’t get me wrong, I pray that Heyward and Freeman turn into the lefthanded versions of Pujols and Braun. But, I would like to hedge my bets a little.
February 11th, 20102:43 pm
Chipper began to falter when Schafer, Johnson and McLouth failed to set the table.
February 11th, 20102:44 pm
Heath – There was a lot of info on that site. I don’t know if you saw this but they have a price range considerably lower than $500 a day. Some are more, but some are less.
Budget = Tanzania safaris typically range from $60 to $250 per person, per day, plus airfare.
First Class = Tanzania safaris typically range from $150 to $500 per person, per day, plus airfare
Deluxe = Tanzania safaris typically range from $175 to $850 per person, per day, plus airfare.
Luxury = Tanzania safaris typically range from $400 to $1,150 per person, per day, plus airfare.
February 11th, 20102:45 pm
i am talking about the future lineup if Heyward and Freeman arrive as predicted and Chipper has retired. We would have left handed power hitters and no right handed power hitters as the lineup currently projects. Our 3B or LF will have to be a righty power bat or else our 3,4,5 Mccann, Heyward, Freeman in whatever order will not be balanced.
Wouldn’t are our 3,4,5 be better prepared for the playoffs if say Mccann were right handed.
Also, how about we read a bit more into the 2009 stats and see how the braves 3, 4, 5 hitters did against lefties versus righties. The top and bottom of our lineup was balanced last year which is why it seems the braves did better against lefties and righties. mccloth L/ prado R (top), escobar r/laroache l/diaz r (bottom). Also, church was not as good hitting righties as diaz was hitting lefties.
on a different point i do agree about Gonalzez (don’t think he’s attainable), but he’s no different than freeman in terms of him being a lefty. The braves would still need to find a right handed bat for LF or 3B.
February 11th, 20102:46 pm
dmack/brent a. -
Wall is great. When he is on….he is among the best at his position. He has, however, been outplayed at times by opponents and even by Bledsoe. Cousins has improved more than Wall and he is the one guy I don’t think opponents could handle. The dude is an automatic double-double…and could easily be a 20-15 guy. Orton, offensively is just not there yet–he could not replace Cousins on any night. Bledsoe could replace Wall (not every night…but on a very good number of them).
February 11th, 20102:47 pm
Glavine is a smart man. You may be calling him GM in years to come. His personality, from what I see, would fit that role.
February 11th, 20102:48 pm
Does that mean he gets to be his caddy while he’s making calls from the golf course?
Think Galvine has a few bucks he can donate to help get Damon?
Ease in Buckhead
February 11th, 20102:49 pm
But Wren and Cox targeted a RH power hitter, talked about the need and signed Glaus early in free agency, ignoring Laroche, Branyan, Delgado
You realize that they are all lefties too? I am with DAP, I fail to realize your point…
I will look some more.
Well, so much for getting that new blog up anytime soon. Gotta go to 4 p.m. Glavine press conference at Turner Field.
February 11th, 20102:52 pm
Fine then, DOB. Be that way. Do your actual job while the rest of us sit here at our places of employment waiting to be entertained.
Thats cool Dave. That coupled with the Damon thing heating up – no problem. We’ll hold the fort down.
February 11th, 20102:53 pm
If the difference between the Braves and Tigers offers is 500K, then it really comes down to where Damon wants to spend his summer, and Atlanta is a whole lot closer to Orlando.
February 11th, 20102:54 pm
Heath, the only problem is 3 of those 4 are road games, and until these last couple of weeks, SEC road wins have been hard for the Hogs to pull off. LSU should be very winnable, but we barely beat Auburn at home. I expect that to be a tough one. I didn’t get to see the first Alabama game, but the scoreboard says we beat the hell out of them.
Gotta love a good press conference at the Ted.
February 11th, 20102:56 pm
Glavine a special assistant to Schuerholz? Who ever would’ve thought that?
im4ball, I think Glavine will be just serving Mr.Shuerholz’ coffee and getting him the morning paper, etc. I’m not really sure what else he’d be doing.
February 11th, 20102:59 pm
TNBrian – Hes smart, knows the game and is very wealthy. He’s got a plan, and it doesn’t include being a gofer
February 11th, 20103:00 pm
mattyross: nice comment and my place of employment is high school where i have 30 more minutes until school ends
February 11th, 20103:01 pm
My guess is that outside of PR, Glavines main function will be to draw a nice cheque for playing golf.
Glavine has been officially named special assistant to team president John Schuerholz. — DOB
You mean, like Luca Brasi was a special assistant to Vito Corleone?
How is it you survived Whistler Mt. when all these Olympic Skiers are getting hurt?
February 11th, 20103:03 pm
Here’s early (pre-press conference) story I’ve filed for our website. More to come after 4 p.m. presser at Turner Field and drive home through traffic.
By David O’Brien
Tom Glavine is once again back with the Braves.
The former Braves pitching great has been hired as a special assistant to team president John Schuerholz, and will also take on some Braves broadcasting duties in 2010.
A 305-game winner, Glavine will assist Schuerholz on baseball and business projects and also work on special assignments for general manager Frank Wren and manager Bobby Cox. Glavine and Braves officials will have a 4 p.m. news conference today at Turner Field.
“This is an exciting day for the Braves and Braves fans,” Schuerholz said in a prepared statement. “We are looking forward to Tom rejoining our organization in this new capacity. Not only do we feel that he will make a significant impact throughout our organization, but he will also complement our radio and television broadcasts.”
Fox Sports South also announced today that Glavine, a 305-game winner and future Hall-of-Famer, would join their broadcast booth for a minimum of 13 Braves Sunday home games in the 2010 season. He will work alongside broadcasters Chip Caray and Joe Simpson for those games and possibly others.
Glavine’s new mixed-use job with the Braves will also include occasional guest appearances on the Braves radio network pregame show and guest analyst duties on some radio game broadcasts.
While Glavine, 43, had not officially announced his retirement from pitching, that was considered a mere formality as he’d already made it clear he wasn’t planning to return to the mound and had been discussing a front-office job with Schuerholz for months.
The former two-time Cy Young Award winner tried to make a comeback last season with the Braves after having his 2008 season shortened by elbow and shoulder surgeries, but he was released in June at the end of a minor-league rehabilitation assignment that he thought was going to be his final step before being added to the roster.
February 11th, 20103:05 pm
hiring Glavine I am sure is for a lot of reasons not the least of which is to repair some of the hurt feelings from releasing him last year.
Glavine is a smart guy and I would agree with some here who think he might just end up as GM either with the Braves or somewhere else.
in the mean time he can be an announcer, play lots of golf and hang around the team doing pretty much whatever he wants
Johnny Damon nearing decision
By Jayson Stark
TnBrian, February 11th, 2010, 2:36 pm … “If that guy is right about Tigers upping Atlanta’s offer by $500k than surely Wren counters it.”
Boras should really put Damon’s services for sale on eBay. Wren and Dombrowski could sit at their computers bumping their offer by $.01 every few seconds until the bidding closes.
Don’t know if any of you read MLBtr, but on the chat they say Jayson Stark hears Damon to the Tigers for $7m.
February 11th, 20103:07 pm
I’m happy he came home, always loved him for being the reason Atlanta has its’ 1 World Championship.
I’m thinking DOB may be able to get a little more info on Damon at the Glavine presser, which will make for a nice blog later tonight.
I am still really surprised $4.5 mil is the kind of money we are talking about for a guy coming off a 24 homer 82 rbi year for the World Series champs. While I am hopeful the Braves get him, I’ll be a little surprised if we do.
February 11th, 20103:08 pm
Frankie, I was joking about Glavine duties. I know he’s a smart guy.
February 11th, 20103:09 pm
rammerjammer, jayson stark says damon is close to accepting the tigers offer because it is worth more…so i guess an extra 500,000 is worth not playing closer to home.
my bad i misread his comment…it say damon is nearing a decision and the tigers offer is the biggest one.
February 11th, 20103:10 pm
im4ball, February 11th, 2010, 2:41 pm … “any idea what “special assistant” to Schuerholz does?”
The Special Assistant sits next to Schuerholz and whispers “Remember, you are mortal.” in his ear.
February 11th, 20103:12 pm
Ease in Buckhead: the point was the Braves Brass believe like I do that a lineup needs a balance between lefthanded hitters that hit for average, OBP and power and righthanded hitters that can do the same. Few players hit for all of those, (avg. obp and power Pujols,Braun etc.), but you don’t want to have all of your power hitters(which are harder to find and afford) to bat from only the leftside, as we were discussing, because in late game situations it makes it easier to pitch to and save your bullpen, plus if your unusually lefty or righty heavy you tend to get a severe dropoff in power against pitchers that throw from the same side as your batters hit.
Yes, Frank Wren went after Glaus for that very reason, to get a righthanded power bat to help with the lack of power against lefthanded starters and most of all releivers.
speculation in the industry, from people who have spoken with various principals, is that Damon will make a decision by the end of the week.
Well at least its almost friday…let’s have a speculation ending party!
The Tigers are willing to pay a larger insurance premium than the Braves. More power to them.
Martin From Oakland, CA
February 11th, 20103:14 pm
lexbrave….try about $3mil more than the braves…that’s it he is going to detroit ladies and gentleman…i hope the braves offer dye those $4MIL
February 11th, 20103:15 pm
I am sure he is waiting for the new blog to come up first–give DOB some extra work and make him write another one right away
February 11th, 20103:16 pm
damn, sounds like he’s signing with Detroit
Martin, they don’t want Dye. DOB has said that more than once. We go into ‘10 with Melky/Diaz/McLouth and maybe Heyward. Period
“i hope the braves offer dye those $4MIL” – Martin From Oakland, CA
What?? I hope you’re kidding.
February 11th, 20103:17 pm
Melanie Griffith plays Tom Glavine in Working Girl:
ccrider – my point was that you were arguing for more “balance” (i.e RH bats) yet kept naming LH hitters…The balance you are looking for my not be in their handedness, but more likely in the splits, which I am not going to quote (but I am sure that there are aplenty who will)! I just lolow DAP’s line og thinking…if a guy can hit, doesn’t matter whether from the Right or the left…guy is going to hit.
February 11th, 20103:18 pm
I would like to see Damon in a Brave’s uniform, but not at $7M.
lolow = follow
February 11th, 20103:20 pm
“lexbrave….try about $3mil more than the braves…that’s it he is going to detroit ladies and gentleman…i hope the braves offer dye those $4MIL”
I hope you are referring to a DYE that Im not familiar with. Jermaine Dye, the worst defensive OF in baseball, has no business anywhere near an NL team. Go look at his UZR ratings the last 4-5 years. He’s Adam Dunn without the bat
Macon Braves (RIP)
NO NO NO to Dye.
February 11th, 20103:22 pm
Does Damon to the Tigers make them a legit play-off team? If they get in to the play-offs, do they really match up with NYY or BOS?
On the flip side, does Damon to the Braves make them a legit play-off team? Does it give them the ability to compete with PHI?
As much money as he has made, I would like to think these would have to be on Damon’s mind(though I could be grossly over-stating his priorities) since he already has plenty of money.
February 11th, 20103:23 pm
If Detroit offers Damon 7 million, then thats where he goes. Personally, I am ok with that. I really dont think Damon’s numbers in ATL will be any better than Matt Diaz’s, actually I dont know that they would be as good. Would I like to have Damon on the Braves for about $5 million? Sure. For $7 million, let him go to Detroit.
February 11th, 20103:24 pm
Braveheart, Working Girl is one of my mom’s all time favorite movies. Just thought you’d like to know.
February 11th, 20103:25 pm
A Liberty Media exec makes the mistake of having Glavine chauffeur his wife:
February 11th, 20103:26 pm
Ease in Buckhead; Yes, if a guy can hit he is going to hit, but not often for power from against RH and LH pitching, their splits are usually worse against pitchers that throw from the same side they bat. The rare hitters that hit for avg. obp and power are the superstars and hard to acquire and keep. Wren and Cox decided they needed more consistent power in the lineup that could hit lefthanders, Not for average or obp, but for power. That is why they chosr Glaus instead of the lefthanded 1st basemen, even though he has played little 1st base.
They wern’t looking for a 1st baseman that hit for average and OBP against lefthanders, otherwise they sign Nick Johnson or Casey Kotchman, both of whom play better defense. They sign Glaus for his Power!
February 11th, 20103:27 pm
Tennbravefan, $7m does sound like an awful lot, but then I start to remember KK the 35 year old #5 starter is getting $7.3m …..
February 11th, 20103:28 pm
He was only considered for 1 year (insurance) for a faltering leadoff hitter. The Braves will be fine with the outfielders on the 40 man roster.
Heath, very logical and I agree with it, but egos (Damon & Boras) will have a role in this decision. After he turned down what he did early from NY, $4M is quite the fall.
Now that Damon is all but going to the Tigers, can we stop talking about him now?
If Detroit offers Damon 7 million, then thats where he goes. Personally, I am ok with that.
What if Damon tells Boras, dude, you already lost me $13 million from the Yanks offer to the Tigers offer, what’s the difference in losing another $2 million and going to the Braves?
hell maybe [Damon will] play for free this season
Me personally, that’s just a shade on the high side of expensive for the guy.
February 11th, 20103:29 pm
Damon is going to Detroit.
TG from CA
February 11th, 20103:31 pm
Well, so much for getting that new blog up anytime soon. Gotta go to 4 p.m. Glavine press conference at Turner Field. – DOB
Bummer. If I had my choice, I would rather have a new blog over the Braves signing Glavine as an assistant. Maybe that can be the new poll next time
February 11th, 20103:33 pm
“Mark – I am still really surprised $4.5 mil is the kind of money we are talking about for a guy coming off a 24 homer 82 rbi year for the World Series champs. While I am hopeful the Braves get him, I’ll be a little surprised if we do.”
if he was halfway decent in the field and/or not 36 yrs old, it would be different. I hope Wren doesnt budge on his offer
I knew we wouldnt get him the moment I heard that Chipper called him. It seems to me every time chipper calls someone they run to the other team. I really dont know why we would even offer the guy something. All people every want to do is use the braves for a higher contract with another team.
This isnt fair to the fans. We are the ones that get the dirty end of the stick so that the players can make an extra 500 grand. If the Braves arent serious about going after the guy then why make an offer…
Frank from KS (now living in CO)
Another former KU player who had a good college career but didn’t pan out to well in the NBA and that’s ole Rex Walters.
And that’s good news about Tommy. :>)
February 11th, 20103:34 pm
Stinger Splash– You mean, like Luca Brasi was a special assistant to Vito Corleone?
Rumor has it Glavine is standing outside Turner field practicing his press conference speech, right now as we speak:
“I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to Turner Field on the day of your Braves press conference. And may their next season be a victorious season.”
February 11th, 20103:36 pm
“If the Braves arent serious about going after the guy then why make an offer” NORRIS
IMO, to say they tried. I’m sure that Wren being a smart guy knew he’d get outbid.
Leave the ball. Take the canolli.
February 11th, 20103:37 pm
Let him go to the tigers. Let at least one of Heyward, Schaefer or Mitch Jones win a role in ST to go with the 3 established major leaguers.
February 11th, 20103:41 pm
This team could be very good with McLouth LF, Schafer CF, Heyward RF and Cabrera as the 4th with Diaz pinch hitting and playing 1st when Glauss goes to 3rd while Chipper takes a breather. Or Glauss and Chipper take a breather and Hinske plays 3rd and Diaz plays 1st and Omar bats leadoff and plays 2nd. This team is loaded with versatility. I just think Schafer bats leadoff the majority of the time. Schafer or Damon – I take Schafer.
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