Wainwright beats Braves, praises Cox

St. Louis – After former Braves prospect Adam Wainwright pitched six strong innings for the Cardinals to remain unbeaten (5-0) against Atlanta, the big right-hander from Brunswick was asked about Cox’s last scheduled visit to Busch Stadium.

“I made sure I was out there when he got his award,” Wainwright said of a presentation before Wednesday’s game, when Cardinals manager Tony La Russa presented Cox with a large, autographed photo of Stan Musial, one of Cox’s favorite players as a kid.

Wainwright, 28, was a Braves first-round draft pick in 2000 and was shipped to the Cardinals, with pitchers Jason Marquis and Ray King, in the December 2003 trade for J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero.

“I never got to play for [Cox] in the regular season but I played for him in spring training and I know he’s a class act and future hall of famer,” Wainwright said. “I watched him every night at 7:35 on TBS growing up.”

Wainwright is 5-0 with a 2.00 ERA in eight games (five starts) against the Braves, including wins in every start. He allowed six hits and three earned runs Thursday, after limiting the Braves to 1 earned run (three times) and two earned runs in his previous four starts against them.

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Delbert D.

April 29th, 2010
8:32 pm

Nice streak, Braves. 61 years!

Tom Stricklett

April 29th, 2010
8:38 pm

Honestly Dave, who cares what Adam Wainwright thinks about Bobby Cox? You guys in the media work so hard to sugarcoat everything,even in the midst of a 9 game losing streak.


April 29th, 2010
8:42 pm

1 out of 14 isn’t a good percentage if you know what I’m talking about.


April 29th, 2010
8:49 pm

Wow–I’d forgotten. Wainright AND Marquis to rent a player the brass had no intention of signing for a longer tierm. Now THAT’s how you spell STUPID.


April 29th, 2010
8:54 pm

Imagine Wainright in this rotation and Lowe out of it? Now that would have saved money, and brought us more wins. However, McDowell could have screwed him up as well as a pitcher.

Boo Media, Boo Braves, Boo Life!

April 29th, 2010
9:14 pm

Wainwright’s comments are newsworthy. Georgia kid, former prospect, played today. I’m not sure why people complain so much about everything. If you didn’t care, why did you click the link that said, “Wainwright beats Braves, praises Cox?” It gave you a hint as to what the post was going to say. DOB is a critical as anyone regarding the Braves. He’s also not going to refrain from printing something newsworthy that may be construed as positive just because the Braves are losing. That would just be childish. Its not like he’s making a joke in the obituaries section. He’s a sportswriter. Most sportswriters take themselves too seriously anyway. I’m for one, glad DOB doesn’t.


April 29th, 2010
9:35 pm

I care what Wainwright says about BC. The losing streak and sorry state of affairs with the team and Wainwright paying tribute to BC are 2 different issues, chump


April 29th, 2010
10:05 pm

OMG! Now McDowell is screwing up the pitchers too?

I can just see him and TP sitting in the dugout after everyone has left the stadium with little voodoo dolls of all the Braves players sticking needles in ‘em. They pick on Chipper the most but, they really stuck it to Jair and Yunel today, huh?

Maybe we should call in the FBI? I mean, really, what can we do against such diabolical forces?

Kelly's Johnson

April 29th, 2010
10:22 pm


Doesn’t it get old and boring to create stories to divert our attention from a sorry, mismanaged baseball franchise?

The Goche

April 29th, 2010
10:24 pm

Enough with the whining about the Wainwright. We traded a AA pitcher and a mediocre starter who hated our pitching coach for a star outfielder and Marrero who was awesome that year.

Need I remind you J.D. Drew was easily our best player that year. Led the team in HR and had an OPS over 1.000. We would not have won the division that year without him.

Also that year, Wainwright missed most of the year with arm injuries. Looked like a good deal at the time. It was 3 years later that he made it to the majors.

Sure it was a risk, and it payed off for the Cards, but give me a break.

The Goche

April 29th, 2010
10:31 pm

And good gracious, this talk about DOB trying to sugar coat things. You people are sick. You literally must be deranged.

Nothing about this story attempts to hide the fact that we are playing like crap. His whole job is to say that we are playing badly. How many stats has he posted about how bad we’ve been? A ton!

What is he supposed to do?


April 29th, 2010
10:57 pm

Man, this negativity is killin me.
Come on, get behind your team. You will be the first ones to jump on when the goin’ gets ggod….and it will.


April 29th, 2010
10:58 pm


April 29th, 2010
11:00 pm

And get off DOB. Seen enough bashing of him. Guy is awesome, and for someone who has lived in NYC for 17 years, it is my way to keep up with my team.
Thanks DOB, please keep up the great stuff.


April 29th, 2010
11:40 pm

Listen, breaking 61 year old records isn’t easy to do. This kind of play takes consistency not usually seen in MLB teams.

For the record, Wainwright praised the Braves for trading him to a perennial contender, not Bobby Cox.


April 29th, 2010
11:54 pm

Why do people keep saying it was 3 years later when Wainwright made it to the majors? JD Drew was a Brave in 2004. Adam Wainwright was a HUGE part of the 2006 World Series Champion Cardinals bullpen.

He was their closer. Pitched 9.2 innings, with a 0.00 ERA, striking out 15 batters and walking 2. Giving up 7 hits.

We had one year WITH JD Drew (2004) and one year WITHOUT him (2005) and then Wainwright made the bigs to stay.


April 30th, 2010
12:01 am

I thought we did a hell of a job against Wainwright today considering the slump we are in.

Sweet Daddy

April 30th, 2010
12:14 am

Meanwhile, the Bravos haven’t been to the playoffs since Leo Mazzone left the dugout.

Just sayin’…

Chipper Fan

April 30th, 2010
12:31 am


what an idiot! anyone with a brain knows the rent a player trade was another of the worst trades of out franchise up there with Texiera. without Wainwright the Cards don’t win the 2006 series. Drew played 3 months of the year?

Yo Kelly,

Is it negativity when loyal fans are upset about breaking a 61 year old losing record. Get you head out of your butt. What would our rotation have looked like with Wainwright in it over the last 5 years? We trade out best pitcher of ‘09 to “dump salary”!

Sweet Daddy

April 30th, 2010
12:53 am

Chipper Fan,

Learn to spell “our” instead of “out” when need be so YOU don’t look like the idiot.

Dumb ass!

Sweet Daddy

April 30th, 2010
12:55 am

Also, “Chipper Fan,” it’s 61-year old, not 61 year old.



April 30th, 2010
1:59 am

Umm….the Braves still suck. Award or not.


April 30th, 2010
2:34 am

It’s time to take care of business at home. I still believe in what this team can accomplish this year (even without a drastic change). If the Braves can’t turn things around in these next two series against less impressive teams (Astros and the surprising Nationals…maybe they won’t do as well against the Braves now that they are actually winning against other teams) than the Cardinals, then we’re really in for a long season.

Otherwise, the Braves can easily reel off a long string of series wins and get back in contention this year.


April 30th, 2010
7:19 am

Asking us to get behind this time is like asking us to get behind a constipated mule. Sooner or later, both of them will “break out of it”. However, if you’re behind them, the results are the same.

Frank Wren must resign and do it now. It’s the only shakeup this team can accomplish. Nobody else is leaving unless Wren is either fired or resigns.

Time to cut the losses on Glaus,McLouth, and Melky. Nobody can win with 3 postion players hitting under 220, and we have 4 now. Just like last year, this team will be embarrassing AGAIN.

The two constants from the last 4 years are Cox and Wren. Cox doesn’t have anything else to do but get paid to oversee this mess. Wren put the last four teams together. Do you think the Red Sox or Yankees would allow this to continue without a major move. Both Epstein and Cashmann would be out on their collective keisters if they said they had no plans to change anything.



April 30th, 2010
8:13 am

Bobby will be a Hall of Famer…well deserved. That does protect him from the typical/logical/historical baseball remedy for a .360 winning percentage and recent run of poor finishes: (most recent application: Jim Tracey replaced Clint Hurdle May 29, 2009 after Hurdle’s 18-28 .390 record prompts change)After Tracey replaced Hurdle Rockies went 73-43 with same players.


April 30th, 2010
9:00 am

what in the hell are doing we are not playing baseball looks like a drunk woofle ball game


April 30th, 2010
9:03 am

I met Adam Wainwright when he was in “A” ball a few years ago. He was a nice young man then and seems to still be. Glad he is doing well, just wish it wasn’t against the Braves so much.


April 30th, 2010
9:44 am

Trading away wainwright was an epic fail.


April 30th, 2010
9:46 am

I’m not gonna say anything because I have nothing good to say. I was told growing up If I have nothing good to say then don’t say anything.
Although it is hard not to.

Marvel Goose

April 30th, 2010
9:56 am

Think POSITIVE PEOPLE! I’m now watching the Braves and pulling for the opposite team. I’m a winner every night!


April 30th, 2010
10:47 am

I love how mad people get about a small little human interest piece in a writer’s blog. ‘We’re on a losing streak but you’re sugarcoating things’. First, it’s freaking sports and as much as I hate it when my teams are doing poorly, it’s a diversion and I don’t want to waste my anger on it. Second, if it’s a small blog post or a little additional piece, then it’s not always going to be ‘hard-hitting’ sports journalism. It’s the direction of media these days: regular journalistic pieces supplemented w/ small insights and stories on an ongoing basis. And third, it’s sports.


April 30th, 2010
11:07 am

I like the mule analogy by Savannah Seer. On the other hand, if the Braves spent money like the Yankees and Red Sox, they would most probably have better players on the field. Since the Braves can’t or won’t spend like they, it’s time to start focusing of developing talent on the farm and be patient. (see Tampa Bay). Enough of the “bargain” retread philosophy!!

John A.

April 30th, 2010
11:27 am

I have told all of you that FRANK WREN is a loser, and each year he continues to prove me right. Baltimore’s gain is our loss!!!!!!!!!!


April 30th, 2010
11:43 am


April 30th, 2010
10:47 am
I love how mad people get about a small little human interest piece in a writer’s blog. ‘We’re on a losing streak but you’re sugarcoating things’. First, it’s freaking sports and as much as I hate it when my teams are doing poorly, it’s a diversion and I don’t want to waste my anger on it. Second, if it’s a small blog post or a little additional piece, then it’s not always going to be ‘hard-hitting’ sports journalism. It’s the direction of media these days: regular journalistic pieces supplemented w/ small insights and stories on an ongoing basis. And third, it’s sports.


Thanks Bret for bringing a voice of reason to this blog. Geeeezzzzz


April 30th, 2010
11:52 am

trolls are so silly….

Dawg Fud

April 30th, 2010
1:25 pm

I am so sick of watching this crap-ass, lousy team….


April 30th, 2010
4:03 pm

This “crap-ass lousy team” is the team I supported and rooted for in the 70’s and 80’s as well as in the 90’s and TODAY. The Braves were my team in the ‘60′, too, even before when they moved to Atlanta. They may have their ups and downs, but they are still my team. I’d rather see them lose 10 in a row in April than 10 in a row in September like the Mets will.

Chipper Fan

April 30th, 2010
4:44 pm

I also was a Braves fan while they were still in Milwaukee. I have always and will continue to pull for them no matter what. However, 10 losses are the same and hard to take at any juncture.

I do not have the answer. I do know they are not hustling. They don’t stop the balls with their bodies and get on the ground routinely like the teams they have been playing. Too often they merely swipe at a ball as it goes by. They do not have their heads in the game as it looks to me.

Their stretching/conditioning program or lack of, is a joke. They make too much money to leave it up to them and hope they do the right thnig. It should be mandatory AND supervised.

Win and it makes these faults not so important. Set new losing streaks and they glare. We should not have let Wainwright or Marquis go (and it just adds insult for a player who was always hurt and left as soon as possible for bigger bucks even though everyone thought he would give a discount since he was a Georgia boy). And the best pitcher on our staff last year is now pitching for the Yankees because we needed to dump salary so we could get a lot of over the hill players.

Sugar Daddy, should that be over-the-hill? Bite me!

Fire Frank

April 30th, 2010
8:20 pm

Only 5 more months of this B S.



May 1st, 2010
1:00 am

That’s the problem with Braves fans, they say stupid things like, we wouldn’t have won the division without JD Drew that year. BIG F’N DEAL!!!! Who the hell really cares about division titles? How many division titles has the Yankees won? That’s right no one knows because no one cares, they care about the 27 World Series Titles. 14 division titles means nothing. I would have rather have won 2 world series than 14 division titles.

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