1:01 pm March 30, 2010, by David O'Brien
March 30th, 201011:16 pm
Correct, the Merrimack was a captured Union Frigate that the Confederates transformed by iron plating the hull and renamimg it the C.S.S. Virginia.
That Who Dats Crap was annoying as hell here in the “A”. disgusting!
I worked with a bunch of them as well and they were the same ones who are bandwagon Yankees/Lakers/LeBoring Fans
March 30th, 201011:17 pm
LAwton – Acosta may be the best reliever we see this year… well…… the best for us..
March 30th, 201011:19 pm
Good readin’. Nytol.
March 30th, 201011:20 pm
Acosta was very streaky and Prone to give up the long-ball when he tried to throw his fastball by M.L. hitters…he was decent at not walking people at will but in a reliever you do not want a guy who is prone to giving up the longball…
Plus we both know he wasn’t one of Bobby’s favorites….
March 30th, 201011:21 pm
Sports Illustrated Baseball Preview issue hits newsstands this week, and Philly ace Halladay is on cover. But they have six regional versions of the cover, with a different inset photo in upper right corner.
McCann is the photo in one of the six issues, in catcher’s gear chasing a foul ball. It says “Braves are SI’s NL Wild Card Pick.”
March 30th, 201011:22 pm
March 30th, 2010
Correct, the Merrimack was a captured Union Frigate that the Confederates transformed by iron plating the hull and renamimg it the C.S.S. Virginia.
I’m back-k-k-k. CIVIL WAR my speciality. What brought this subject up.?
March 30th, 201011:23 pm
I guess Anders isn’t coming back after his flight landed….he surely went out to celebrate the Acosta acquisition.
March 30th, 201011:26 pm
Played the Titus link for my son, he liked it, said it reminded him of Drug Money. That is a trip, an album about the Civil War – maybe even topical with today’s events? Anyway, your reference to counterfeit Heyward shirts was very appropriate to a Front Line show tonight regarding international counterfeiting of commercial goods and pharmacueticals. Biggest culprit – China. Easiest port of shipping and receiving – Naples.
.he surely went out to celebrate the Acosta acquisition. wiki
considering some of the rest of the staff, he probly should
March 30th, 201011:27 pm
I’m not saying he should be on the 2010 squad, but I don’t think the exagerrated criticisms are warranted. – Lawton
But without exaggerated criticisms, what would we do? Just root for the Braves? Have reasonable discussions about baseball all day? Just what do you think this is man?
March 30th, 201011:28 pm
Easiest port of shipping and receiving – Naples. THIN
Check DOBs post regarding the music of Titus A and the link, album cover is a photo of the ironclad Monitor and some sailors.
March 30th, 201011:29 pm
Hey flange, saw you asking about me. I just got home like half hour ago, (its almost a 3hr drive from home to where she’s in school), won’t know anything official for 2 weeks but it looked and sounded like her doctor was just being extremely cautious calling for the biopsy, which is fine by me…except, it hurt her so bad she almost passed out, would have passed out if she had been standing. Thanks for thinking of us. All of you.
you’re right toga the entire board would collapse from boredom.
Tomohawkin. He did give up some memorable homeruns, but 1.0 HR per 9 innings is just about in line with league averages. I think the magnitude of his poor outings overshadow some of the good work that he did.
Again, I’m not saying that he was great or even good. I’m just saying he was not as bad as many on this blog make him out to be.
March 30th, 201011:30 pm
Italy, the port is run by organized crime – Kamoras.
God bless y’all RHR.
I wish Acosta well
but if he blows games for the NY Mess, then we will get a hella lot more bashing playing in the “Rotten Apple” than he did from this blog….
March 30th, 201011:31 pm
Just reviewed the Titus link myself and will be reviewing tomorrow to see where the Civil War discussion leads. I’ve enjoyed mostly reading tonight. Goodnite all.
toga, I hear you. I assume it’s ok if I fall in my very own spot on the continuum of discussion here.
March 30th, 201011:32 pm
I kinda agree with Lawton a bit. typical board overreaction… to an extent.
RHR, Nuff Respect for everything that you do…
March 30th, 201011:39 pm
your daughter is my age
Ouch. Gonna have to rub some dirt on that one. ‘Specially since everyone thinks you’re an old man.
March 30th, 201011:40 pm
DOB, the new black keys release is spectacular. Tighten Up has got me ready for the release
March 30th, 201011:41 pm
I have had several things biopsied over the last several years- all have been for precautionary reasons (I had skin cancer when I was 15 so my doctor is very cautious with me) so I know the feeling- I am sure all will be fine (It can hurt like hell though, depending on where they do the cutting…) Glad to hear everything sounds good!
March 30th, 201011:45 pm
Thanks cab and nolie and tomahawkin.
Congrats Lew, couldn’t happen to a better Dude. Mean it.
March 30th, 201011:47 pm
Bubdylan, Thinbreakness: Love that we’ve got folks well-versed in such a range of subjects. And yes, it really is a great concept for an album — and a flat-out great album. Google the band Titus Andronicus and youtube and check out some of their other stuff.
By the way, I’m sure you two and plenty of others here know where the band’s name comes from. For those who don’t, it’s early Shakespeare.
March 30th, 201011:48 pm
Not just okay. Quite welcome, even. Personally, I’m not all that torn up about losing Acosta. I have absolutely nothing against the guy, and I can come up with a few names off the top of my head that I think have been demonstrably worse than he was over the last few years.
I just think he is highly replaceable. My only real beef is with exposing him to waivers with almost a week left in spring training. I don’t get that move at all. Why not wait until the season starts, when there is far less likelihood that he would get plucked? There is no obvious need for his roster spot right now.
Steve from OH
RHR–fooled them, didn’t I?
March 30th, 201011:49 pm
DOL: No football for the Heyward boys. Got a great quote from his dad that I might use in my story this weekend, about how he told them we live in a democracy, but that house was a dictatorship when it came to certain things. And playing organized football was not gonna happen.
March 30th, 201011:51 pm
March 30th, 201011:58 pm
sorry, I started venting for a minute…
sadly but true there are already people out here comparing J-Hey to Vick, since J-Hey got a 1.7 mill contract out of high school…
That will be the last controversial post I mention on here for a while…I don’t wanna get into that….
March 31st, 201012:02 am
understand toga. I think it is a good question on the timing issue. However, I’m confident that Wren thought through all of the timing issues. I think some one, may be even DOB, mentioned opening spots for Heyward and Thurston, if he makes the team. And they will need one for Proctor soon. That leaves one spot temporarily and may be there is some reason for wanting that spot available. Perhaps the Braves are wanting a spot available in case a player comes across waivers that they want to grab.
Also, they could have put him through waivers as a favor to Acosta giving him a better chance to latch on somewhere before teams solidify their rosters.
March 31st, 201012:05 am
March 30th, 2010
but if he blows games for the NY Mess, then we will get a hella lot more bashing playing in the “Rotten Apple” than he did from this blog…
You think he really worries about what people say on a foreign language blog?
Rob from SC
March 31st, 201012:09 am
I was just looking up Saito’s career stats. I am slightly alarmed that his whip and average against has gone up the last 3 years.
March 31st, 201012:12 am
several have posted that since they got him Rob . also Boston was very careful in their use of him last season. gave him lots of rest and used him mostly in lower leverage situations. Be interesting to see if he can old up all year toilin’ for Bobby. I guess it will depend mostly on how many pen guys Bobby feels he can count on.
You know in the Rotten Apple the media comes at players in both languages right…?
I always wonder if Bobby and his crew read this blog after the games since its the hottest blog on the streets here in Atlanta and the SE…
I know Chipper and Matty-D have been on it but I’m curious if they read these blogs when they travel? or do they just watch DVD’s and tapes of the pitchers that they are going to face? That’s such a drastic chance from 20 years ago because of modern technology…
March 31st, 201012:16 am
Good points Lawton. With the roster moves, there are now 3 spots open on the 40-man. One is obviously for Heyward, but it has been open since the day before Cox told Heyward he made the team (Redmond cleared waivers).
The second spot may very well be for Thurston. Wren said he might make that decision mid-week, which could mean he is getting the nod, and Conrad is getting optioned to AAA.
The third spot confuses me. If it is indeed for Proctor, there is obviously no need to do it right now. He’s on a split contract, and going to AAA to continue his rehab protocol.
It could be that Wren wants an extra spot for a waiver pickup. It could be there’s a trade coming. I’m quite sure there’s a good reason, I just wish I knew what it was.
Interesting point about maybe doing Acosta a favor. Hadn’t thought about that. Maybe Wren tried to shop him and couldn’t find a deal. But if it was a favor to Acosta, wouldn’t a release have been a better route?
I’m sure this will all shake out and make sense by Sunday. I just like to try to understand what Wren is thinking sometimes. Not easy to do with missing pieces of information that only the FO is privy to.
March 31st, 201012:18 am
I’m Not sold on Psycho (Saito) as well since he is up there in age…
but I was reading my mazazines on the toilet about his stats from when he was with the Dodgers and he clowned!…which gives me hope…but I’m skeptical about that signing….
DOB – I checked out that Titus Andronicus site, and I liked it enough to check out some of their other songs. Good stuff. I see that they’re playing in Atlanta on April 19th — which is an off-night between two home games for the Braves.
That’s such a drastic chance from 20 years ago because of modern technology… Thawk
yeah no doubt. years ago guys used film and then vhs cassettes, but the dvd with its real smooth slow motion and clean pause is WAY better. and so cheap and easy to use it’s become ubiquitous
March 31st, 201012:20 am
yeah, toga. good point on the release. That one had not crossed my mind. I’m trying to remember whether a player has to clear waivers for the purposes of giving him his unconditional release. Not sure on that one.
March 31st, 201012:22 am
Daybed, thanks for reminder about April 19 show at 529 in East Atlanta. One of many good shows coming up in next two months, but yes, that’s on an off day when Braves are home. Band’s extremely good live.
Chris from the Rock
March 31st, 201012:32 am
Yeah, why drop Acosta from the 40 man roster, but leave useless Marek on? Is Wren foolishly trying to reap something out of the Tex trade? At least Acosta is serviceable. Marek is a AAA tomato can at best.
March 31st, 201012:37 am
I still have my 1999-2007 vhs braves games, videos etc I used to record on tape….
often times if it was gonaa be a good game I’d record them on tape if I had to work or had a class…
I have a gang of those tapes when Chip Caray 1st joined TBS, he wasn’t that bad then, especially when he was with Skip….
March 31st, 201012:41 am
I still have a few vhs tapes of games from the Dale Murphy era, T. well actually I copied them to dvd, but they were originally tape
March 31st, 201012:46 am
spring has sprung
stadium grass has riz
I wonder where
the Met’s fans iz?
March 31st, 201012:47 am
And So To Bed
March 31st, 201012:49 am
Here’s link to that Sports Illustrated cover. Just click the “next” button in right corner above cover to cycle through the six covers till you see one with McCann in that corner photo
March 31st, 20101:00 am
Interesting that they consider the Braves as wild card team is more important than (presumably) the Phillies winning the division again and starting to establish a Braves like dominance in the division.
Of course it is all academic as the Bravos are clearly the best team (at least in terms of pitching) and will win the NL East anyway, he said without a hint of homerism.
March 31st, 20103:00 am
Did the blog quit?
March 31st, 20103:02 am
Yep. I’ll check in tomorrow.
Bay Area Steve
March 31st, 20103:05 am
No. But I’m quittin’.
March 31st, 20106:51 am
We shall call this blogus interuptus, the Manny Acosta Effect for future reference. Good morning all.
March 31st, 20106:53 am
or interruptus, if I could spell
March 31st, 20107:46 am
interruptus? there’s no interruptus in baseball! (actually there’s one every three outs, but that messes up my transition/morning greeting thing, which was a reach to begin with, but it is the 41st day of spring training so work with me.)
T-minus 36 hours and counting….
oh, and I gotta say: the reactions to losing Manny Aybar Acosta were kinda ironic. if the Braves kept him and called him up at midseason, just as many (or more) people would have howled, “How does Manny Aybar still have a job? Release him already!” But when they try to drop him from the 40-man to make room for someone the Braves think can help them more, a bunch of folks wonder about the timing or why they didn’t keep him longer….
Simply put, a lot of people don’t ever want a Brave — any Brave, good or bad or in-between Brave — to leave without the team getting something good in return. Whether via free agency, waivers, a non-tender, a release….
March 31st, 20107:53 am
March 31st, 20107:55 am
Yeah….I’m goin with Acosta. It’s early in the AM and late in the ST so I’d give DOB a break. Haha
March 31st, 20108:01 am
OleJC: you not ole enough to remember Manny Aybar? Reliever on a Marlins team I covered, back when he was bouncing from organization to organization, alternating good performance with terrrible performance every other year….
March 31st, 20108:08 am
Nice cover for your old age,DOB.
March 31st, 20108:09 am
Actually I am.
A group of us starting making “field trips” (that’s what we told our parents) from Auburn to the ATL when the Braves came south in the 60’s. My youngest is in school in Auburn now and planning to continue the tradition.
March 31st, 20108:16 am
But when they try to drop him from the 40-man to make room for someone the Braves think can help them more… DOB
Personally, I just want to know who that’s going to be. I’m sure the answer to that question will explain the timing. I guess we’ll know by Sunday.
March 31st, 20108:23 am
With the Braves now at 37 on the 40 man roster, do you think they will still try to move Diory to the 60 day DL to create another spot?
March 31st, 20108:25 am
Toga – the move looks to enhance Joe Thurston’s chances, in the past the fact that Conrad was on the 40 man and Thurston was not looked to tilt the scales Brooks’ way, now that there is space on the roster it is no longer a consideration.
Of course it might be that they have blind sided the Baseball world and are about to sign a huge name – dreaming now.
March 31st, 20108:28 am
Who knows, maybe Manny will find his groove with the woeful Mets. But even I who think that organizations need to have patience when developing pitchers believe that a 28 yesr old Manny with, what, five years in the Braves’ organization has had plenty of opportunities to get his act together and pitch.
Speaking of patience, Reyes has looked good this spring. Is he finally maturing? Hope so. Here’s another kid with the talent who’s had some struggles in putting it all together. But he’s 25, I believe, three years younger than Manny and has a lot less mileage on his arm. Hopefully, he’s gotten his game together.
March 31st, 20108:33 am
First, Francoeur and now Acosta. The Mets keep taking our worst players. I don’t see how the possibility of Acosta pitching against us in anything but a positive for the Braves.
March 31st, 20108:34 am
and it’s T-Minus 55 hours, 10 minutes until my flight home. (DOB)
I agree, but there’s already a spot for Thurston (and Heyward) without clearing Acosta.
Wayne in Utah
March 31st, 20108:40 am
Sounds like the Fish are getting Nate Robertston for major league minimum and a minor leaguer……not a bad deal to take a flier on a guy who may or may not have anything left in the tank?
Washburn is still unsigned…..is he represented by Bore us?
March 31st, 20108:42 am
Anders – interesting how the Canadian guy AROD, Tiger etc have been using is NOT licensed to practise in USA (dogsbrekky)
I think this guy is dirty. How dirty and what players were involved at the HGH level – who knows? I think we’ll find out though. If A-Rod was in on the HGH with him last year after copping to past trangressions but claiming to be clean now he’s in big big trouble both from a legacy standpoint and possibly contractually. Reyes and Beltran stepped right up and spoke with the Feds about their dealings with the guy. A-Rod danced all around it – curious. Maybe he just has better lawyers. Either way the Yanks are really pissed with him that he saw this guy without telling them.
March 31st, 20108:48 am
At least the braves know acosta’s stuff
March 31st, 20108:54 am
Let’s hope that Schaffer can devlop quickly. Otherwise, we just plain do not have a good option for Center Field. What is all the talk about McLouth returning to form — he is a .250s hitter – he has hit in the .250s or below in every season in his major league career but one. And Melky has a slightly higher career BA but a far worse On Base Average and not as much power.
March 31st, 20108:56 am
Hewward looks like he is going to be mature enough to adjust to major leage pitching and be great – UNLESS Bobby Cox ruins him by starting to cheerlead from the dugout – yellin for him to hit a homer – and causing him to start overswinging and going for the long ball.
March 31st, 20108:58 am
We will again pay the cost in injuries for Bobby Cox’s Country Club Spring Training and lack of a good conditionin program.
Brian from SC
March 31st, 20108:59 am
Haha…Don’s 8:56 was probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read on here. Very impressive work, Don. You never cease to amaze me.
March 31st, 20109:02 am
No law says the Braves have to keep 40 men on the roster. I like that it gives them the freedom to make a move if something unexpected arises at the end of camp, but even if they don’t, they’ll probably need to make room for Kimbrel before too much of the year goes along.
Agree about Thurston, that this move points to his sticking. He may have played his way onto team, Conrad getting returned to Gwinnett.
March 31st, 20109:08 am
I’ve never heard Bobby Cox yell for anyone to hit a Home Run. Maybe a “Come on Kid (or substitute nickname with a y on the end). What’s wrong with cheerleading? You want him to wear a short skirt and yell through a megaphone while he does it?
March 31st, 20109:09 am
Don-Ever think of attending Spring Training so we could get you on the DL, too? Maybe for brain disconnect?
March 31st, 20109:10 am
Dave — I hope its not too early for a BBQ question. What is your favorite pepper vinegar BBQ sauce. I bought some smoked pulled pork from Costco that is sauceless and I can not bring myself to add a tomato based sauce to it and I am not finding (yet) any pepper vinegar sauces. I might try Food Lion since they are based in NC, but not finding it so far in Northern VA. If you have a strong recommendation, I will probably mail order it. Thanks, Bruce
March 31st, 20109:16 am
lew: I open up my ct yesterday and there you are shaking hands with Bobby Cox
March 31st, 20109:17 am
Come on Esky! Mac! Chip! Melky! (where have I heard that before) Glausy! (as opposed to matte) Praddy! Louthy! (hey!) Matty! Rossy! Thursty! Brooksy!
And then there will be just…Kid…for you-know-who.
You want him to wear a short skirt and yell through a megaphone while he does it?
Not cool Lew. Not cool. Now I need to visit the mind’s eyewash station.
March 31st, 20109:19 am
yea bobby is always here we go kid
March 31st, 20109:20 am
or comeon kid lets get ball four!
March 31st, 20109:22 am
“Otherwise, we just plain do not have a good option for Center Field.”
“UNLESS Bobby Cox ruins him by starting to cheerlead from the dugout”
“We will again pay the cost in injuries for Bobby Cox’s Country Club Spring Training and lack of a good conditionin program.”
Wow Don, man you sure are a downer. Gotta love the pessimists that have abandoned all hope before we even get out of ST.
March 31st, 20109:30 am
Calling Titus Andronicus “early Shakespeare” is like calling the George Washington an “early president”. TA was the Bard’s very first play, and if anyone who hasn’t read it should. It’s got more blood and gore than all of the Saw movies combined. Nothing like the popular stuff.
(Gotta love my English Lit degree…)
March 31st, 20109:32 am
I want to thank you on this blog for your efforts to help me with the request for the Chipper art. I am very impressed with the quality of your work but even more impressed with your willingness to track me down to find out how to meet the timing issue.
Folks, Lew is a treasure. And he’s not that much younger than me……….
kdbanks01, as an engineer, my first instinct was to make a crack about your English degree, but I abstain in the interest of fan unity. Go Braves.
March 31st, 20109:33 am
you can’t blame Don, he just takes after his big brother Robert…….
March 31st, 20109:36 am
Speaking of downers, I read this morning that Joe Buck just signed on with Fox for another 4 years. I can only hope McCarver’s contract doesn’t go that long.
Hey, be careful now. He’ll get the big head and go all Hollywood on us!
March 31st, 20109:42 am
DOB, as it has been said earlier, it is not the fact many of us like Acosta (which we don’t) or that we got nothing in return (at least for me it’s not) it’s just how is Stephen Marek better? He was absolutely terrible last year in Mississippi when in the spectrum of moving through the minors at a yearly pace, he should have been at Gwinnett. Marek would have slipped easily through waivers, at least easier than a guy with a 95 mph fastball and service time in the bigs.
March 31st, 20109:43 am
OleJC- A Treasure? Fool’s Gold maybe. Wish your son a Happy Birthday from the blog.
March 31st, 20109:46 am
March 31st, 20109:49 am
Love it, nolie.
My thoughts exactly, Danga (8:33)
Smack, first of all Marek is three years younger than Acosta. Manny should have already hit his peak. Second, and most likely, the Braves probably still see something they like in Marek and didn’t want to risk losing him. What was Acosta going to give us, now or in the future? The Braves didn’t think there was much there.
March 31st, 20109:50 am
The Gov is travelling in Montana on business – back in the ATL Friday. Stray thoughts –
McLouth is the best player acquired in the Wren administration except Jurrjens. Although he didn’t show much last year, he was hurt and couldn’t see. If he hits .275, a reasonable expectation, with a .360 OBP, .480 SLG, 100 runs, 25 dingers and 25 bags, does this foolishness about Nate platooning and being dealt stop? The guy is going to be terrific this year. Maybe he moves to left if Schafer develops, but that’s far from a sure thing. And for those of you who cite defensive metrics to say Nate isn’t a good CF, take a look at Schafer’s UZR last year. My eyes told me the same thing.
Acosta to the Mets is a non-event. Could never command the fastball; could never develop the second pitch.
It does, in fact, bode well for Thurston that there’s space on the 40-man for him. I won’t forget Conrad’s debut last year, but looks like they’re going with Thurston. Too bad.
On the Canadian doctor- it’s not like they’re going to Belize for treatment and HGH. Canada’s all regulated up; got running water and electricity in Toronto and everything. The plasma-centrifuge technique was new in the US, HGH is known as a good short-term healing therapy, so where’s the problem? Nobody complained when Magglio Ordonez went to Austria for a better microfracture surgery to save his career. This should in no way be construed as consorting with Mets or Bankees, I’m just not seeing the problem with Reyes, Beltran and PayRod.
Steve McP, the Braves are, indeed, the class of the East in pitching. The national media tards don’t have a clue. While others’ 1 is stronger than our 1 (whomever that might be), nobody’s close from 1-5 (and even 6, counting Medlen). We’re going to have a chance to win every game this year. Can’t remember even one of the great 90s staffs that was as deep. I probably like Kawakami more than most – certainly more than the national media tards.
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