4:31 pm April 28, 2010, by David O'Brien
April 28th, 20104:32 pm
April 28th, 20104:33 pm
Thanks, DOB – nice blog.
April 28th, 20104:34 pm
Reposting from previous blog:
I’ll say it again. The Mets have had a serious advantage in that they have done little traveling. They have played 6 whole games on the road, and they were back-to-back series in STL and COL. To compare, the Phillies will play their 15th road game tonight.
CITI field neutralizes the power that other teams have and makes the Mets, without much power a more competitive team. It’s great when you can make your ballpark work in your favor. But, gee, I wonder what’s going to happen when the Mets take that pitching staff on the road and when the Phillies take their lineup back to their bandbox of a stadium.
Don’t get too excited. The Mets are playing their 11th game in a row at home today… a huge advantage especially early in the season.
FYI, the Mets have allowed 4.5 runs per game on the road compared to 2.8 runs per game at home.
April 28th, 20104:36 pm
Overrated…..clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. The Braves and the Mets are having opposite streaks. Braves = EPIC FAIL!!!!
April 28th, 20104:38 pm
Perfect timing on the new Blog–thanks, Chief!
Because they’re not getting much except good OBPs from Chipper and even from Brian McCann, as of yet.
Tell me about it.
April 28th, 20104:40 pm
Does Chipper’s .420 OBP indicate he’s having a good season?
Yes. That and his .866 show he is having a good offensive season. Not great league wide, but 2nd best on the team to Prado and realistically good measured against most peoples definition of “good”. For instance his OBP and OPS are higher than McCann’s for one.
April 28th, 20104:41 pm
I think it would serve Heyward well to get tonight off against the lefty…especially because tomorrow’s game will begin about 14 hours after tonight’s ends!!!
And while we’re on the subject of the struggling outfield, why haven’t Eric Hinske or Omar Infante gotten a shot in LF yet? They’ve both played there in recent years. I would LOVE to see Infante out there against lefties (LIKE TONIGHT!) and Diaz in RF.
April 28th, 20104:42 pm
My problem with Cox’s comments is that I didn’t see the need for him to make them publicly. They have talked so long about how young he is and how they don’t want to put him a position to fail regularly. So they bat him 7th when there is perfectly good reasoning to put him higher in the lineup, but then he publicly calls him out for taking too many strikes.
If Cox was a manager that did this regularly, it wouldn’t be an issue. However, he rarely rarely says anything about a particular player’s production or lack there of. To do so with just a 20 year old kid is just inexcusable to me and completely unnecessary. Call him into your office and let him know you want him to be more aggressive, but don’t tell the media he’s taking too many strikes.
If you’re going to do that, why not call out McLouth and Melky for very rarely making solid contact, or McCann for barely producing so far out of the cleanup spot. I just think they make all this fuss about how he is a 20 year old kid, and I don’t understand how this is helpful in the least to his development. Cannot wait to see Cox and the rest of this administration go. What this franchise needs is some new blood in the dugout and the front office.
Damn, I just looked up all the different muscles in the body and Chipper has way more new muscles to tear or pull before he’s got ‘em all covered. If I were a betting man, I’d say he gets to more than half of those before he retires. He’s already torn, ripped or pulled most of them. You can do it, Gimper.
April 28th, 20104:44 pm
LC or McCann for barely producing…out of the cleanup spot.
Hey, I got that one covered ALL by myself…
Marc in FL
Cox didn’t even say anything negative about Heyward, he was just pointing out the obvious like he does everything else. Jesus you people are slow.
Hat Land Dub Raves
The .420 OBP is good, but obviously you’d like to see more power from him. He’s hitting a lot of line drives, though. Maybe those will start falling/finding gaps soon to increase that slugging percentage. I think he can still get to 20 homers if he stays relatively healthy. I don’t knowwhy we should expect much more than that, though. He hasn’t hit more than 30 in almost 10 years.
April 28th, 20104:45 pm
LC, if Heyward gets so affected by Bobby publicly saying he needs to be more aggressive on K’s, than he’s a lot softer than what 99% of people thought he was. And I doubt all those people are wrong on his mental toughness. God, find something else to whine about people, like CJ. He’s always a good target these days.
I would also point out that other teams that are supposed to contend are having issues that are going to persist longer and manifest themselves in some potentially tough ways.
The Rockies have put Hamel and de la Rosa on the DL and Greg Smith got hit hard today. That’s going to be a pretty tough problem to solve.
The Dodgers have lost Padilla and Ramirez to the DL.
A team that has a talented, completely healthy pitching staff is going to win plenty of games over the long just on that advantage alone.
If we start hitting at all, the wind will start coming.
April 28th, 20104:46 pm
I think it’s really sad to the state of the rest of the lineup, when you can clearly see that he’s had his hand in (either way) the wins or the losses.
All winter, I stated that the Braves would go as Chipper goes. Never really thought that each game would hinge on our 20 year old 6th place hitter.
Come on veterans! STEP YOUR GAMES UP!!!! Give the kid a break.
It’s long been said that the first pitch you see may be the best one you’ll see all at bat. Can’t let that fat pitch down the middle ride – though I’ve seen Nate do just that at least twice recently.
*If we start hitting at all, the wins will start coming.
Who bats cleanup right now if not McCann? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
In the last blog, All Seeing Eye pointed out that McCann’s defense would keep the Braves from winning a World Series because a team can’t win the WS with a defensive liability at catcher, in his words.
To that I respond:
April 28th, 20104:47 pm
Jordon Shaffer started out just like heyward did, Having hot numbers then he started to fall apart just like Heyward is doing. So whats the difference??? When Shaffer started falling apart everyone wanted him to be sent down to AAA but with Heyward struggling everyone is still on him like hes the rookie of the year!! Come on people, Get a life.
Braves fan in Duluth
April 28th, 20104:48 pm
OBP is by far the most important statistic that is still easily trackable(which is why OPS is flawed, OBP is more valuable than slugging so putting them on the same scale makes no sense whatsoever. the triple slash should be used instead)it’s just that nobody is doing anything behind Chipper to get him in. He gets on base all the time putting us in a good position to score, but the guys behind him can’t bring him in. OBP measures the effectiveness of a hitter to NOT make an out which in effect is the best possible outcome. Don’t lose faith in OBP because our lineup has been horrible for the first part. I enjoy reading your blogs though, DOB!
April 28th, 20104:49 pm
It’s a fine line Lew. Obviously, it required the hitter to remain balanced and have a good idea of the strike zone. Otherwise you risk becoming Francouerian at the plate.
Anybody want a friendly wager, that with the national coverage, and Cox’s comments, that the first pitch Heyward sees tonight is a breaking ball well out of the strike zone?
Not a chance in hell, he gets a “grooved” fastball, or a “get over” breaking pitch for strike one. Or do you think otherwise?
ugaaccountant, I agree that Chipper’s stats would indicate he’s having a good hitting season, when in the game. If he’s not having a good season it would be due to a)missing games due to injury and b)poor defense, neither of which is measured by OBP, or should be. If everyone one the team had a .400 OBP, the Braves would definitely be scoring more runs than they currently are.
So whats the difference???
Other than a broken wrist and 40 pounds of muscle, LOL?
April 28th, 20104:50 pm
Lc – Kind of funny, actually. Just watched the past tqo nights on Cardinals’ TV on Extra Innibngs. Both nights Al Hrabosky has been bitching and moaning about how BObby needs to bat Heyward 7th or 8th because 5th is too much pressure.
No matter what Bobby does…….. There’s always going to be someone complaining (nt that I’m saying that’s what You’re doing). What’s obvious to one is a mystery to others. Probably why Bobby does things the way he does them and probably doesn’t listen to the furor over his decisions.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love a manager that called out his players more often. But Cox never has, so why start now with a 20 year old kid who has been one of your best hitters this year. Without Heyward we’d be sitting at 5 or 6 wins instead of 8.
If Cox did this consistently, I’d have no problem with it. I just don’t see the need to do it with Heyward. He will be fine. If they want him to be more aggressive then just let him know behind closed doors. Obviously it may not affect him negatively, but even if it doesn’t, it was still unnecessary to make the comments to the media.
Like I said, I would love it Cox would finally call out McLouth, Melky, etc. But he never will, so why even create the possibility of fan anger and Heyward pressing by saying this publicly.
Also, DOB, even vintage Nate McLouth is only a .240-.250 hitter with medium power. That still won’t help much.
“All those who point to on-base percentage as being so much more important than batting average and RBI and just about everything else, I’ve got a question. Does Chipper’s .420 OBP indicate he’s having a good season?”
DOB, I don’t know about good but it’s certainly not a bad season or even a mediocre season.
What is making it sub par (for Chipper) is not the OBP, it’s the SLG. Just because OBP is more important than pretty much any other single stat out there that’s easily accessible and easy to understand, doesn’t mean it’s the only stat that matters. There is a difference between importance and completeness. OBP is not the complete measure of a hitter but it is the most important (as far as easily accessible stats go) . But there are other important stats.
Batting average is someone important and telling but it’s not close to OBP or SLG. Actually it basically only measures a single aspect of OBP and assumes all hits are equal in terms of bases gained.
You can just about throw RBI out the window. They are like wins or saves for pitchers. They are a stat that tells us more about opportunity than ability.
To sum it up, Chipper is doing okay and would be doing better if he was hitting for more power.
April 28th, 20104:51 pm
Ryan Howard just caught up with Heyward in HR for the season Seemed worth pointing out.
Roland Office Worker
April 28th, 20104:52 pm
I have to agree with LC. I am sure Heyward can handle the publicity but it is so out of character for Bobby Cox to air out these type of things in the press. You think maybe he is feeling a little pressure too?
Nathan – You’re likely right. Dude may not even see a fastball all night.
If not, then Bobby’s ploy has worked, LOL, and Heyward is ahead in the count.
But I’d bet he gets one in the first pitch of the second AB, or third. Teams aren’t going to throw away the scouting report until Heyward soils it.
April 28th, 20104:53 pm
How many 2-0 counts has Jason Heyward seen? Well, DOB, you could look it up, or you could just ask rhetorically and assume the answer is “not that many.”
The answer is 17 since his first at bat. That’s 17 in 80 plate appearances, or 21% of the time, and it’s ELEVENTH-BEST in the National League. Heyward is getting good counts and that means he will get good pitches to hit, which over time will be a good thing.
April 28th, 20104:54 pm
“Jordon Shaffer started out just like heyward did, Having hot numbers then he started to fall apart just like Heyward is doing. So whats the difference???”
What’s the difference? Schafer couldn’t make contactt and had horribly weak swings due to his broken hand (that nobody knew about). Heyward is taking too many pitches, and has only once (facing Tim Lincecum), looked brutally off balance and bad at the plate.
Schafer looked bad for almost a month. To the point of feeling sorry for him, more than being angry. He looked lost.
Do you really think Heyward looks lost? His greatest strength (his patience) is killing him right now.
I’ll tell you what the difference is. He was light years ahead of his competition in the minors. He could afford to get behind in the count against minor league pitchers that were intimidated of HIM. Big League pitchers aren’t that easily scared. As DOB stated. They’ve adjusted (something I’m guessing he didn’t see too much of in the minors)…
Now it’s his turn to. I suspect he’ll be A.O.K. when all is said and done.
What’s the difference. he he… What’s with this friggin guy? (typed in a horrible Philly accent)
Nathan – Or is that about to become McLouthian (sounds kind of like a Scottish district).
DOB Does Chipper’s .420 OBP indicate he’s having a good season?
id answer that by saying, its REALLY hard (probably impossible) to have a BAD season if you are OBPing .420.
Here’s a thought: For those who want to play around with batting orders, why not Chipper batting second or even leading off. I know it will never happen but you know he’s good for a .400+ OBP. And his power has dropped off quite a bit since Opening Day of last year.
All Seeing Eye
The Yanks had a much better team w/Posada than the Braves do now.
Does anyone have any confidence in any coach from the Braves giving advice? We suck!
April 28th, 20104:55 pm
fire cox,trade escobar,melky, lowe and mc clouth ,glaus u sucks
April 28th, 20104:56 pm
Im not giving up on the season, and I don’t Heyward should change his approach, but you’re absolutely right. As Heyward goes, so goes the Braves. He doesn’t need to be Frenchy aggressive, but he does need to destroy pitches that are over the plate; even 1st pitches. Punish pitchers for trying to slip in a cheap strike.
Oh, and go get Adrian Gonzalez and lock him up! I’m sure a package of Freeman and a pitcher or 2 would get him.
April 28th, 20104:57 pm
“Oh, and go get Adrian Gonzalez and lock him up! I’m sure a package of Freeman and a pitcher or 2 would get him.”
Yup. You’re right. I’m sure Freeman, Hanson and JJJ would do the trick just fine.
Uh…. no thanks.
April 28th, 20104:58 pm
LC, Bobby deosn’t call out Nate or Melky because he knows they suck. Heyward is a special player and he knows he can handle anything already at the age of 20. Nate or Melky, especially Nate Dawg, will probably go cry in a corner somewhere bumpin some Britney Spears so help console him.
Uncle Festiss needs to worry about that overpaid fat azz Glaus and The Milk Man and the mental error waiting to happen Escobar. McClouth’s pitiful approach at the plate. Then get the boys out and teach them some of the fundementals like tagging up on fly balls, hitting the cut off man, throwing to the base on steals, hit and run, basic bunting skills, etc. Uncle Festiss is too busy giving Albert a $50 Million a year recommendation. The year is over, Braves Suck, period.
April 28th, 20104:59 pm
Shaun, I’ve been bringing up chipper batting 2nd for almost 6 months and NOBODY wants to hear it. Hell, if Chipper, Glaus, McCann and Escobar were hitting for power, I’d be for batting Heyward leadoff to get this offense rolling.
Keep fighting the good fight though… I APPRECIATE IT.
Also, DOB, I can’t believe you used Kelly Johnson as an example after the results he posted in ATL. As commented on your other blog, KJ’s pitches per plate appearance went down every year in atlanta, and so did his OPS. Now he goes to Arizona, he is tearing it up, and his pitches/PA are at an all-time high. KJ is the poster child for why you shouldn’t ask a patient hitter to swing more.
April 28th, 20105:00 pm
But Melky has looked pretty good the last few days, so maybe the word suck shouldn’t apply to him right now. My bad.
April 28th, 20105:01 pm
That’s my problem TNbrian. Heyward is a beast and will be a beast no matter what Bobby Cox has to say. So why say anything at all when you do nothing with the players that have been consistently awful all year.
He’s never called out Chipper for struggling at the plate, and we can both agree that Bobby doesn’t know that Chipper sucks.
Heyward is going to be fine. I have no doubt about that. Great blog by DOB.
Heyward just needs to adjust. Once he crushes a first pitch a couple of times the pitchers will be hesitant early on in the count. Then Heyward and his great eye can use patience to get ahead in the count for once. Heyward probably does need to mildly expand his strike zone to meet what the umps are calling on him, especially with 2 strikes. The last thing Heyward needs to do is to press and start free swinging/swinging at bad pitches. Once Heyward sends a first pitch strike 450 feet and then another one off the wall word will get around.
Baseball is a game of adjustments. Heyward has all the talent in the world and has shown that he can make adjustments in the past. He will now and in the future
i like J-Hey just as much as the next Braves fan. However, it’s hysterical that our fans are so quick to dismiss decades of experience (and winning) on Cox’s part, as soon as he dares criticize the latest savior of the organization (although, obviously Heyward is in a completely different class than Franceour). What makes the fans’ reaction so humorous is that Cox was right according to most impartial observers. I hate to mix knowledge with opinions, but anyone who hasn’t opened their eyes during Heyward’s at-bats can just read this:
Some of the anger of Braves fans is justified when it comes to the anemic offense. I just wish everyone would remember that it’s April. Last year in April the Rockies looked like non-factors – how did they end up? The Braves (and Heyward) will be alright, they just may not be good television for a little while longer…
April 28th, 20105:04 pm
N8 Anybody want a friendly wager, that with the national coverage, and Cox’s comments, that the first pitch Heyward sees tonight is a breaking ball well out of the strike zone?
which might be why bobby said it.
DOB: Chipper’s .420 OBP indicates he’s NOT having as bad a season as some would have us believe. His power numbers aren’t good and he hasn’t driven runners in like he needs to. I’d submit, that if he continues to get on base 42% of the time, he’ll end up having a pretty good season at worst.
There are normally only 1 or 2 very hitable pitches per at bat and Heyward needs to be ready to attack them and that goes for the rest of the team too.
April 28th, 20105:05 pm
Yup. You’re right. I’m sure Freeman, Hanson and JJJ would do the trick just fine.
Yeah, that should get AG and I’m sure a mere 6yr/170M would make sure he signs the extension …
That first game was actually a 12-hit, 16-run offensive outburst, not the other way around.
April 28th, 20105:07 pm
Records held by Bobby Cox:
- Most years managed in the majors with only 1 World Series title
- Most games managed with only 1 World Series title
- Most postseason appearances with only 1 World Series title
- Most pennants won (in the modern era) with only 1 World Series title
No one has done less with more opportunities than Bobby Cox. All of his “peers” in terms of longevity, postseason appearances and wins have won at least 2 World Series titles. Connie Mack won 5, John McGraw won 3, Tony LaRussa has 2, Joe Torre 4, Sparky Anderson 3. Only the famous loser Leo Durocher is even close to Bobby Cox’s win total with only 1 World Series title.
Put simply, no one has ever managed this long and only won it all once. If you are even mediocre, but you last 30 years, you should win more than once.
Bay Area Steve
love the two posts.
April 28th, 20105:08 pm
Why would Adrian Gonzalez want to leave a losing team to join another one? Isn’t the object still to win the world series? Btw, how is our ‘great clubhouse chemistry’ translating to play on the field?
Shaun – Chipper’s skillset today screams 2nd. Just not going to happen since we’re a team full of 2nd, 6th, & 8th hitters and he’s held that 3 hole for most of 2 decades.
April 28th, 20105:09 pm
Obviously, we’re not giving up JJ or Hanson. We have arms on the farm that the Pads would take since Gonzalez is leaving as a free agent anyway.
The guy is a difference maker and we need all the offense we can get. Plus it ends the Glaus experiment which is crucial to any postseason chance we might have…
April 28th, 20105:10 pm
All Seeing Eye – the Padres are currently on pace to win 100 games.
April 28th, 20105:13 pm
Suicidaire – The padres won’t be desparate to trade A. Gonzalez now as
1) they have 2010 and 2011 still under contract
2) they are playing well. Staying in contention this year can easily make a huge difference in their teams fortunes and standing in fans eyes.
April 28th, 20105:15 pm
Absolutely. If the Pads are still in it come July, he’s not going anywhere. But, honestly, does anyone see the Pads being in contention when the Dodgers get hot and with SF having all that pitching? Let’s not forget Colorado.
Tough for Chip to drive in runs when the 9 spot and 1 spot are on base less than 10% of the time. It all starts at the top. Top of the order gets on base, it creates movement and more holes in the field for our big boppers to find gaps.
My preseason prediction was a fourth-place finish. I didn’t count on the Nats overachieving.
Oh well huh.
April 28th, 20105:17 pm
I don’t think Bobby is asking Heyward to go up there hacking away on the first pitch. I think he just thinks there are times on the first pitch when Heyward isn’t going to swing NO MATTER WHAT. I think Bobby is just saying to look for a first pitch fastball in a certain half of the plate more often. Right now Heyward treats the first pitch like it’s a 3-0 pitch in a tie game with the bases loaded and the pitcher has been having control issues, I think Bobby is just saying “keep your same basic approach, just approach it more like a 2-0 pitch.”
April 28th, 20105:19 pm
So no one thinks Podsednik would be a great addition to our lineup if it still stinks come June?
April 28th, 20105:20 pm
Hahahaha – Realist – your argument is incredibly self-defeating. In your list of Cox’s peers, you listed hall of famers – which points to what kind of manager he is right of the bat. Even more illogical is your point that Cox is mediocre b/c he’s lasted 30 years and hasn’t won more than 1 World Series. Cox has only lasted 30 years b/c he’s anything BUT mediocre. Mediocre managers get fired after a couple years of not making the postseason. Baseball history is filled with so many of them that there’s no point in naming any.
That Cox has lasted 30 years, most of them with the Braves already proves that he’s been exceptional.
Then to say that nobody has done more with less… wow. Again, you really didn’t think that one through too well. The fact that he’s been to the postseason all those times and gotten the chance to lose proves your point wrong.
I don’t see how Cox could be responsible for Jack Morris’ brilliance in ‘91, or Wholers’ changeup in ‘96 (?), or even Gary Sheffield’s forgetting how to hit in ‘03 (?). Managers have a lot more to do with regular season success than postseason success – where exceptional performances by players usually carry the issue.
I’ll just stop there and let you reevaluate how to argue against your scapegoat.
April 28th, 2010
Absolutely. If the Pads are still in it come July, he’s not going anywhere. But, honestly, does anyone see the Pads being in contention when the Dodgers get hot and with SF having all that pitching? Let’s not forget Colorado.”
They have him under contract for next season as well. They’ll be factoring in how their players are developing as a team for this year and next year vs. what prospects they could get. He could get traded, sure. But it won’t be cheap.
April 28th, 20105:22 pm
tampabraves – I like that you are being realistic about what we might be able to add without mortgaging the farm. But I don’t think Podsednik would solve our biggest problem.
get a clue
April 28th, 20105:23 pm
If anyone thinks that Gonzalez will not test the free agent market after what Howard signed for is clueless. Wishful thinking on your part. IF he was traded here, it would be the Tex scenerio all over again.
Move on. It ain’t gonna happen.
Brad from AL
April 28th, 20105:24 pm
DOB you missed the point. Not that Cox called Heyward out, but that he always defends the losers on the team. Call out some of the “All Stars” that we have on the team for not doing what they should. Make the adjustments with the rookie, who has been producing more than most, behind closed doors.
The Braves are just another third-rate team, have been for several years. Everyone gets all excited in the Spring, then reality sets in.
This team is at best 3rd place in the division, so don’t get excited or worrisome over a losing streak.
April 28th, 20105:28 pm
I support J-Hey. I support Bobby also. I did not get offended at Bobby’s comments. Here are my thoughts on J-Hey.
April 28th, 20105:29 pm
Yet here is a conflicting opinion on Heyward.
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April 28th, 20105:30 pm
A serious slugfest underway in Colorado.
April 28th, 20105:31 pm
April 28th, 2010
So no one thinks Podsednik would be a great addition to our lineup if it still stinks come June?”
Hmm, lot’s of plusses and minuses here.
34 year old speedster who’s 50 for 68 in SB’s since 2008. Low 700’s OPS for most of his career with a .340’s OBP for his career. Sounds McLouth like to me, except heading downhill from here.
But, he’s cheap as dirt. Under 2M for this year and club option for 2M next year.
If he stays this hot, KC wouldn’t likely trade him. Or would ask for too much for him.
But if he’s doing more his career norms, maybe he would be available and could fill a role.
But, I prefer to promote from within as opposed to trading prospects for non-impact players. I’d rather use Jordan Schaefer.
April 28th, 20105:33 pm
I’ll be interested to see if Cox goes with the same lineup. The Braves haven’t scored more than four runs since April 16th.
Realist, I agree with, and I’ve said all along that Bobby Cox was the benefactor of having great talent. How many championships did Phil Jackson win at Chicago without Jordan?
Bobby had great talent during the Ted years but more importantly, Ted $$$ was able to retain that talent. Bobby did a pretty good job with it, but only 1 WS championship with all that talent was ridiculous.
I like Bobby, but he can definitely be replaced, and whoever replaces him may very well be able to do a better job under the current regime.
April 28th, 20105:34 pm
Another reason to ignore Spring stats:
April 28th, 20105:35 pm
O.K. it’s ARODYS VIZCAINO, JULIO TEHEREN, and FREDDIE FREEMAN for ADRIAN GONZALEZ, oh, and we give up our first next year. Then we get the rights to negotiate with him beyond 2011. What a deal!!!!!!!!!LOL
Most Runs Wins
April 28th, 20105:36 pm
Maybe, just maybe, Bobby is going all psychological/Phil Jackson on the media and the umpires. The fact that he is almost never this public leads me to believe he has a bigger agenda, like, getting HeyJesus some calls. As one poster mentioned, HeyStar isn’t likely to see first pitch strikes tonight. Bobby tells him to be patient, and HeyHero starts some counts 1-0. So, maybe, all those folks with years of Bobby watching and bashing experience could should really think about what this unusual and uncharacteristic public comment is about. Or you could just bash him for calling out a 20 year old rookie. I ain’t a big Bobby fan, but I can take a second to think about what he may be doing.
I suggested batting Chipper 2nd last year and was blasted by blog “vets” such as Eric from MO and a few others.
My take is this, with his declining power numbers, but still relatively high on base percentage (via the walks he gets), it makes him the ideal number 2 hitter, plus he is a good situation hitter, hit and run etc, you need a vet in that spot.
If Chipper is going to play now, I would bat him 2nd in the lineup.
How is THIS Terry Pendleton’s fault?
Why would Cox throw Heyward (the future) “under the bus” before Pendleton (the (soon-to-be) past)?
April 28th, 20105:37 pm
Idiot fans wants Penelton’s head but cries when the chosen is given tips. If we had a team of Pentelton’s on the team we would never lose.
April 28th, 20105:38 pm
Then we get the rights to negotiate with him beyond 2011
The rights to pay him over 25 million a season, since the consensus is that he’s a better overall 1b than Howard and better positioned to sign a big contract? That right is worth nothing to the Braves with an 85 million payroll, a ton of which is tied up.
This is actually pretty hilarious. Everyone always complains that BC always says how great every one is doing and never talks honestly about how the team is doing.
And then one, barely constructive comment and every one freaks out about how BC shouldn’t have said it.
April 28th, 20105:39 pm
John – A lot of us like the way Heyward is approaching his at bats. I am 100% pleased with the beginning of his career.
April 28th, 20105:40 pm
I can’t remember, if you hit Chipper 2nd, who would you want to hit 3rd?
Bobby did a pretty good job with it, but only 1 WS championship with all that talent was ridiculous. -Chip
I would say, unfortunate.
willie g hates losers
April 28th, 20105:41 pm
this team is awful you really think they have dug themselves a grave just like the last 4 years ,and they wont get out this team is worse than the last 4 years.
Like an old scout told me in my first year on the baseball beat, never put much stock in stats for spring training or September callups.
Sheesh, DOB….if not for putting stock in Spring stats, the “I toldyaso’s’ couldn’t bitch gripe all season long, and the wearers of the ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ line of clothing wouldn’t have reason to check out next year’s wardrobe!
April 28th, 20105:42 pm
April 28th, 2010
John – A lot of us like the way Heyward is approaching his at bats. I am 100% pleased with the beginning of his career.
two things are true of the elite hitters in the game over the last 20 years:
1. they refuse to swing at pitches out side of the strike zone
2. they are not afraid to take a called 3rd strike
April 28th, 20105:43 pm
POST THE LINEUP YOU LAZY HACK!!! WE ALL KNOW IT IS POSTED…DO YOUR JOB!
April 28th, 20105:44 pm
Hey, Lew (been meanin’ do to do that for a long time!)! McLouthian…is that a scotch I’ve not yet tried? Certainly haven’t heard of it!! McAllan…a fine man!!
Tim Tebow's Tears
Ted Williams Frozen Head
Without clouding the issue, I have and continue to go record as saying I agree totally with Bobby Cox on this one. Heyward takes too many pitches. He’s often forced to swing at borderline pitchers pitches later in the count because he TOOK a hitters pitch early in the count.
Heyward is still going to be a superstar and if he had ANY offensive support from the so called “established stars” on this team, his rookie shortcomings might not be so obvious.
IS HEYWARD PLAYING?
WHO HITS LEADOFF?
WHO BATS 4TH WITHOUT MCCANN?
WHERE IS THE LINEUP?
WHERE IS DOB?
Don’t laugh, but is there any chance of the Braves hitting a home run tonight?
Who do we have that can actually leg out a triple without stopping to rest between 2nd & 3rd?
How much does beer cost at the Ted?
Is Don Sutton’s hair for real?
April 28th, 20105:45 pm
How knows what Bobby Cox is up to. Other than what he has to say to umpires, I would say he is a man that taste his words before he speaks. Maybe he will write a book one day and everyone that is interested will find out.
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