Wagner impresses Cox, Wren — but not self

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — The Braves have 31 pitchers in camp, and Cox said three newcomers – closer Billy Wagner, setup man Takashi Saito and Jesse Chavez — stood out when he watched their bullpen sessions Saturday.

Wagner also impressed everyone near the batting cage on the main field as he popped the catcher’s mitt repeatedly with fastballs and sliders during a batting-practice session against other pitchers and catchers.

“That must be some barn he has,” general manager Frank Wren said, referring to the barn on Wagner’s Virginia farm, where the 37-year-old left-hander does his winter throwing when it’s too cold or snowy outside.

Wagner downplayed his work and Wren’s comment.

“I didn’t think it was impressive,” Wagner said, before being told that Wren and others thought otherwise. “Oh, shoot, I mean, you think Frank’s gonna sit out there and go, what the hell did we just do?”

Wagner has 385 career saves and signed a one-year, $7 million contract. He said he was excited before his first workout with his new team.

“Oh, yeah, because you want to impress,” he said. “I know these guys know what I’ve done, but it doesn’t matter what I’ve done. It’s what can I do and how can I help the team. They’re looking. They’re watching. What’s he doing? Is he doing his running? Is he doing his lifting? Is he giving max effort when he’s out there doing his drills? So you’ve always got to impress, no matter what your stature is.”

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Paul

February 20th, 2010
6:22 pm

If he stays healthy we have a winner….

Paul

February 20th, 2010
6:22 pm

Never been first before but I won’t be a dork and say it…….

JoeyT

February 20th, 2010
6:48 pm

At least Wagner has been around long enough to know that Cox and Wren are going to hype up their new acquisition. Cox always does this.

BravesFanChris25

February 20th, 2010
6:51 pm

I’m rooting for him to have a stellar and healthy year. If he along with Saito stay completely healthy then Braves bullpen will be dynamite lights out.

Tooslim73

February 20th, 2010
6:53 pm

Paul, that’s a good thing.

Especially if you’re over the age of 15.

Anyways, I think Wagner will be a stud, I never got over the hype behind the two closers we “lost”, it’s not like they were an automatic victory. I for one couldn’t stand the inconsistency.

Preston Hanna

February 20th, 2010
6:54 pm

You can never get a warm fuzzy during spring training

Alaska Braves Fan

February 20th, 2010
7:58 pm

How likely does this seem?

1 CF Nate McLouth
2 2B Martin Prado
3 3B Chipper Jones
4 1B Troy Glaus
5 C Brian McCann
6 SS Yunel Escobar
7 RF Jason Heyward
8 LF Matt Diaz/Melky Cabrero

I see Jordan Schaefer in there before June, too, if he doesn’t make it out of camp.

By the way, starting pitching and bullpen both look very good!

ABF

michael

February 20th, 2010
8:00 pm

thats nice and all but WHERES HEYWARD? You know that’s all we care about,lol.

Alaska Braves Fan

February 20th, 2010
8:01 pm

Michael,

Check out the seven slot. Looks a lot like Heyward to me.

ABF

Dave Thomas

February 20th, 2010
8:25 pm

after looking at our lineup I have to ask………….Where’s the beef ??

.

February 20th, 2010
9:08 pm

Your line up Alaska Braves leaves alot to be desired? Looks like a 3rd place team to me.

bass stringerfish

February 20th, 2010
9:10 pm

Thank you Paul.
Thank the Good Lord that Baseball is back. Before all the doomsdayer’s get cranked up…Let this thing evolve. I think there are many more positives going into camp than negatives – or maybe I should say more potential possitives than potential negatives. Big statement Paul for more than just Wagner…stay healthy. Give our kids some time to grow up before being placed in situations that they may not be ready to handle. PLUS Less we forget (and sorry to open this door to the aforementioned naysayers) This is Boby’s last year. I think that, too, will play huge this year. Go Braves..you have more fans IN your camp than those outside of your camp!

Mutts

February 20th, 2010
9:35 pm

ABF: Your line up looks like what we’re most likely to see, and it’s serviceable. Pitching will carry this team in 2010. If we can generate 4-5 runs per game on average, we will win 90 games or so and take the wild card.

Furman Bitcher

February 20th, 2010
10:00 pm

Guys our bullpen is going to be the best in the NL this year. That is what is going to be the difference. Braves win the East by 2 games. Their offense will be just fine.

so cal Brave

February 21st, 2010
1:41 am

I would prefer:

1 CF Nate McLouth
2 2B Martin Prado
3 SS Yunel Escobar
4 C Brian McCann
5 1B Troy Glaus
6 3B Chipper Jones
7 RF Jason Heyward
8 LF Matt Diaz/Melky Cabrera

I think batting Chipper lower in the line up will allow him to be more selective and relaxed at the plate, last year he was pressing to hard to produce in the middle of the line up. This line up will give us great speed 1-3 and decent power 3-7 and a nice righty-lefty balance in the heart of the order.

kevin

February 21st, 2010
2:20 am

chipper is our best hitter…with mccann coming in 2nd….why move chipper down and replace him with a subpar yunel? chipper just needs an “holliday” type hitter that pujols has….someone that instills fear into the pitcher to where they throw decent pitches to chipper….troy glaus is not that type hitter….atleast i dont think so….

Alaska Braves Fan

February 21st, 2010
5:15 am

I’m going to post these numbers a few times so everyone can see them. I think they are interesting.

Likely lineup with career averages. Averages for HR and RBI are simply career number of each divided by number of years played. That may not be a good measure, but it’s easy to do.

BA HR RBI OBP OPS

1 CF Nate McLouth .260 14 46 .342 .796
2 2B Martin Prado .307 4 23 .360 .810
3 3B Chipper Jones .307 27 90 .406 .947
4 1B Troy Glaus .255 25 73 .359 .856
5 C Brian McCann .293 18 78 .356 .853
6 SS Yunel Escobar .301 10 55 .375 .801
7 RF Jason Heyward N/A
8 LF Matt Diaz .310 5 23 .358 .817
Melky Cabrero .269 7 46 .331 .716

ABF

fieldofdreams

February 21st, 2010
9:18 am

Jesus Christ is Lord, and if you haven’t met Him yet, this morning is a good time to do so. Eventually every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that it’s true.

stamper (sadly, now in Pittsburgh)

February 21st, 2010
9:53 am

uhh…. what?

Dale Murphy

February 21st, 2010
11:10 am

I am excited! The weather will be warm, the Chop will be on and the hot dogs will be on the grill. This is a new look. I like it and will as always fully support my team. I think Chipper will yet again put on a hitting clinic. The pen is much improved! These young kids we have are very talanted. And the Skipper WILL get one to remember. He deserves it!

GO BRAVES!!!!!!

Jo in Hall

February 21st, 2010
12:04 pm

Alaska Braves Fan: Like the batting average on Diaz! Wagner looked good yesterday. Things are looking up. Looking forward to the rest of the team reporting to Spring Training. So much news already coming out of Spring Training……….it’s exciting!

JUST SAYIN'

February 21st, 2010
12:42 pm

so cal Brave

February 21st, 2010
1:41 am
I would prefer:

1 CF Nate McLouth
2 2B Martin Prado
3 SS Yunel Escobar
4 C Brian McCann
5 1B Troy Glaus
6 3B Chipper Jones
7 RF Jason Heyward
8 LF Matt Diaz/Melky Cabrera

I think batting Chipper lower in the line up will allow him to be more selective and relaxed at the plate, last year he was pressing to hard to produce in the middle of the line up. This line up will give us great speed 1-3 and decent power 3-7 and a nice righty-lefty balance in the heart of the order.

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I fully agree. Now if Bobby can only get Chipper to agree.

stew

February 21st, 2010
2:01 pm

Heyward should bat third otherwise he’ll be getting no pitches to hit and not driving in any runs in the lower third of the lineup. This idea of protecting him by batting him lower is retarded. He won’t have any numbers batting seventh or eighth. He will if he has someone other than the pitcher protecting him.

cali braves

February 21st, 2010
3:33 pm

moving chipper out of the 3 spot is insane. With glaus and McCann behind him hes gonna rock this year.

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