The Braves come home to the D-backs, KJ, LaRoche and a protest

Kelly Johnson admiring one of his 10 homers this year

Kelly Johnson admiring one of his 10 homers this year

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.)

 

The Braves are back on the home front, and that’s been a safe place for them this season. They’ve been 8-4 at Turner Field and 8-14 on the road.

Where it’s been treacherous is any time Kenshin Kawakami is on the mound. He’s lost each of his six starts this season while putting up a 5.73 ERA. So what gives tonight against the Diamondbacks when Kawakami matches up against former Yankees first-round pick Ian Kennedy (2-2, 3.48)?

Will the Braves continue the offensive tear they were on in Milwaukee to help put Kawakami out of his misery?

Me? I’ll be looking around for any evidence or photos of the zoot suits DOB wrote about manager Bobby Cox and the coaches wearing home from the trip to Milwaukee.

Hey, I just thought it was a Who song, not something Cox would ever wear. It’s neat to see the ol’ skipper loosening up and enjoying his final season. Maybe some of that will translate over into the Braves loosening up and enjoying this season, and this series, looking to continue the good work of the three-game sweep in Milwaukee.

Chipper Jones (groin) should be back in action tonight and Yunel Escobar (groin) tomorrow if things go well tonight in Triple-A Gwinnett on his one-game rehabber. One thing’s for sure, I’d expect Eric Hinske to be in left field.

KJ and LaRoche in the house

So which kind of a streak will former Brave Kelly Johnson be on when he arrives at Turner Field with the Diamondbacks tonight? We all know he’s about as streaky as they come. So how cometh he to Atlanta?

After winning National League player of the month for April, hitting .313 with nine homers and 18 RBIs in 22 games, it’s been a little different in May. So far this month, Johnson is hitting .179 (7-for-39) with one homer and three RBIs in 11 games. (He’s the anti-Troy Glaus.) Johnson struck out 17 times in April. He’s already up to 13 times in May in half as many games.

The left-handed hitting Johnson has also continued his backwards ways – hitting .244 (20-for-82) with five home runs vs. right-handers compared to .324 (12-for-37) with five home runs vs. lefties. So that should bode well for the exclusively right-handed Braves rotation and might explain if the Braves make any counterintuitive moves from the bullpen.

I’m sure this will be an emotional night for the former Baby Brave who was such a big part of things around here for so many years. He lost his second base job here to Martin Prado and the prospects of making millions in arbitration. But I’m sure it’ll still be weird to see him in D-Backs gear.

As for LaRoche and his departure

Here’s an account from D-backs writer Jack Magruder of our notes group.

First baseman Adam LaRoche is looking forward to seeing old friends in Atlanta this weekend. Not that he believed the renewal would be necessary a short time ago.

LaRoche, who broke in with the Atlanta organization and spent 2004-06 in the majors there, returned for the 2009 stretch drive and hit .325 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 57 games. But as a free agent entering the offseason, he received very little interest from Atlanta before signing a one-year, $6 million contract with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2011 with a $1.5 million buyout with the D-backs.

“We had some real good chemistry there. I thought I would for sure be back. It didn’t take long to figure out that they were going a different direction. There was no real serious talk involved,” said LaRoche, who instructed his agent not to call Atlanta but to wait for an indication of interest.

“I’m not going to go beg anybody. I don’t mind going somewhere else. It wasn’t first time. It worked out.”

LaRoche is hitting .257 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 23 RBIs while hitting in the middle of a D-backs’ lineups that has the most homers and is tied for third in runs in the NL.

Third baseman Chipper Jones and right-hander Tim Hudson are two of LaRoche’s closest friends in Atlanta. Hudson is scheduled to start Sunday, and LaRoche said: “I’m looking forward more to seeing him than I am facing him. It’ll be fun.”

LaRoche, 30, has no hard feelings about moving on.

“Not at all. Back when I was younger I would have, but the more I play the more I understand that it is a total business,” LaRoche said. “If you even let something like that bother you, you probably don’t have a place in this game, because there is a lot of little things like that that happens. You just roll with it.”

D-backs weaknesses

The NL West last-place Diamondbacks limp into Atlanta from an 0-6 home stand, in which they were swept in three games each by the Brewers and Dodgers. They are 3-9 this month, and their only three wins have come against the Astros.

Their biggest vulnerability at the moment is their bullpen, where the D-backs have had five pitchers with ERAs over 6.00 – Chad Qualls (6.39), Esmerlin Vasquez (6.10), Juan Gutierrez (9.00), Bob Howry (8.16), former Brave Blaine Boyer (8.49) and Leo Rosales (8.10), who just went on the DL. The lone effective reliever has been right-hander Aaron Heilman with a 3.68 ERA.

So that means, regardless of the score, we sportswriters better be ready for the game to change in the late innings. That’s what it says to me. Better loosen up those typing fingers.

Political rally on Saturday

Well, this is something we haven’t had much of since the John Rocker days, and the tomahawk demonstrations of the early 1990s, but apparently a rally has been organized for Saturday for people to demonstrate against the new Arizona immigration law.

The press release I got about it actually says “Braves fans to protest Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field.” That seems a little unfair to me. Not sure what the Arizona Diamondbacks had to do with passing any laws, but hey, I’m just a messenger. And here’s the message:

The release is calling this a “unique pep rally, calling for the Braves to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Major League Baseball commissioner to pull the 2011 All-Star game out of Arizona.” It will be held at the front gates of Turner Field Saturday night at 6:45 p.m.

Organizations behind it include the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, the US Human Rights Network, Building Locally to Organize for Community Safety, etc.

Hey, for those of us who expect to be inside the gates during that time, let us know on the blog or via twitter what you see happening out there.

In other news, I’m sure you saw where former Braves third base coach and Milwaukee manager Ned Yost is back in business as manager of the Royals. He takes over for Trey Hillman who was fired yesterday after going 152-207 in the last two-plus seasons with the Royals, including 12-23 this year.

OK, more from The Ted this afternoon.

2,237 comments Add your comment

ChiTownBravo

May 14th, 2010
12:29 pm

Good luck Bravos! Keep up the offense.

MK

May 14th, 2010
12:31 pm

MK

May 14th, 2010
12:31 pm

Renegator

May 14th, 2010
12:33 pm

DOB on vacation again?

Soph

May 14th, 2010
12:36 pm

Thanks, Carroll!

Unknown Hinson

May 14th, 2010
12:36 pm

Muwahaha, I can’t wait to voice my displeasure of turning a sporting event into a political rally. They have no idea what’s coming…

Jose Rodriguez

May 14th, 2010
12:38 pm

What did the D-Backs do? It’s not like they’re gonna go to City Hall in Phoenix and ask to reverse the law. I see the Braves to sweep Arizona and Glaus, McLouth, and Prado to have an awesome series.

Good luck to Ned Yost with the Royals.

ernesto

May 14th, 2010
12:39 pm

KJ is the ultimate hot/cold guy – it’s one of the reasons I’m glad the Braves moved on – a ton of offense for a while followed by a prolonged drought just doesn’t cut it in a marathon season.

Though if Kelly gets on fire during a playoff run, he could be a difference maker, you just never know when he’s going to to 0 – 20 something.

Roja

May 14th, 2010
12:40 pm

With an ERA of almost 6 runs a game, only ONE team in all of MLB is averaging more runs per game than KK is giving up. So unless the Bronx Bombers rise from the dead and show up at Turner Field today, we need to somehow insure that KK does not. Maybe we can get the GA DOT to change out all the highway signs into Swahili and hope that KK’s personal valet can’t read them!

Mixxo

May 14th, 2010
12:41 pm

Soph – Woody’s out as coach.

Pierson Brave

May 14th, 2010
12:41 pm

I say break out the fire hoses and cool off the protesters! The Ted is no place for that type of political B.S.!

Soph

May 14th, 2010
12:42 pm

Mixxo – I saw. Knew it was gonna happen just didn’t realize it was gonna happen this quick. Time to move on, so they did the right thing, IMO.

DAP

May 14th, 2010
12:42 pm

i hope the braves sweep arizona out of atlanta, and that arizona sweeps the illegal out of their state. the protests and boycotts are ridiculous.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
12:42 pm

With an ERA of almost 6 runs a game, only ONE team in all of MLB is averaging more runs per game than KK is giving up.

This is a dumb criticism. Usually any MLB team will have an average ERA better than a 5th starter.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
12:43 pm

I fully expect the Braves to score at least 20 runs in this three-game series, hopefully closer to 25-27.

enz

May 14th, 2010
12:43 pm

Illegal is illegal…
Go Braves!

Roja

May 14th, 2010
12:43 pm

And I still cannot comprehend why people are protesting the “carry papers” idea when the Federal Law has required that same thing for years and years and years. Somebody get a copy of the AZ Law (which is only 10 pages) and read it over the stadium PA system since even our illustrious Attorney General, Eric Holder, admitted yesterday that he has not even READ it — so I’m sure that non of the protestors have read it. Please excuse the rantings of a legal immigrant.

Carroll Rogers

May 14th, 2010
12:44 pm

DOB is taking time to catch his breath, Renegator. I wouldn’t call it vacation.

N8, funny link from Leo Mazzone!

NORRIS

May 14th, 2010
12:44 pm

For any American to protest the laws in Arizona is absolutely obsurd. The immigration laws are to protect this country.
So we should just let anyone and everyone come in?
I dont have a problem with people coming to the U.S. There is is just a legal way to do it. If you dont have anything to hide then do it the right way.

Mixxo

May 14th, 2010
12:44 pm

Soph – Yup, I agree with ya.

NORRIS

May 14th, 2010
12:45 pm

Leema Peroo

May 14th, 2010
12:45 pm

Maybe the protesters could read the “new” Arizona law out loud for everyone…oops, then they’d have nothing to whine about, and they’d all have to shut the $$$$ up.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
12:45 pm

Uh-oh…politics are a blog no-no. Prepare for deletion…

Rev Al Sharpton

May 14th, 2010
12:46 pm

As long as there is injustce in the world against all those people who are not white, I will lend my wholehearted support. Call my make-up artist, I see a T.V. camera for me to stand in front of!

Soph

May 14th, 2010
12:46 pm

Oh geez, here we go.

ncscoots

May 14th, 2010
12:46 pm

when the Federal Law has required that same thing for years and years and years

Excuse me, but, which federal law might that be?

NORRIS

May 14th, 2010
12:46 pm

I agree brian. it just pushed a hot button.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
12:46 pm

Mike Brown’s gotta be the next to get the axe, right? I’ve never once watched a Cavs game and thought to myself “Boy, that Mike Brown coached a good game there.”

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 14th, 2010
12:47 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

Lordy…I was hoping there’d be no politics dragged into this. :roll: (ITS) Brother…this is a baseball game, people.

Pierson Brave

May 14th, 2010
12:48 pm

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
12:45 pm

Uh-oh…politics are a blog no-no. Prepare for deletion…

(tongue firmly planted in cheek)
Hey CR started it.

NORRIS

May 14th, 2010
12:48 pm

The politics was brought in by the article itself…

Soph

May 14th, 2010
12:48 pm

Brian – yup, think Brown’s a goner too. Read online somewhere today that Lebron wants Calipari. Not sure if that will happen and where it would happen since he’s going for his max contract.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 14th, 2010
12:48 pm

Soph Oh geez, here we go.

Yeah! No politics on the Blog, Ms. Rogers!

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 14th, 2010
12:49 pm

;) (was s’posed to be in my last post…)

Arkansas Transplant

May 14th, 2010
12:49 pm

I still don’t know what’s wrong with the law? I thought it only effected those that are here illegally is that not true?

Soph

May 14th, 2010
12:50 pm

Still cleaning it up a bit but here’s what I have so far. Any suggestions?

http://i42.tinypic.com/4llr9y.jpg

Other

May 14th, 2010
12:50 pm

Glad to see the protests. Sends a message about that awful, racist law.

TampaBrave86

May 14th, 2010
12:50 pm

Lets go Bravos!!! Can’t wait to see ol Roachie’s lazy ass on another team! Missin KJ though would be nice to have him out in LF. Also I agree hopefully eric heinski will be out in LF today. He deserves it. The Bravos need to play a lil small all and manafacure runs and get into that bullpen early! Lets Go Bravos!!!!

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
12:50 pm

Now, CR didn’t say anything political…just passed along a news item. I guess that’s enough to get some people riled up. If the blog goes political, I’m gonna have to take a break for a few hours. ;-)

Boortz

May 14th, 2010
12:51 pm

I’m having a hard time keeping up with all of this basebal talk. Can we keep our eye on illegals please?

Arkansas Transplant

May 14th, 2010
12:51 pm

#2 BAMA FAN
May 14th, 2010
12:44 pm

Tell us what you really think.. no need to sugar coat it.

#2 BAMA FAN

May 14th, 2010
12:52 pm

Sorry to make a baseball blog in to a political story but it happens when you see such BS!! GO BRAVES!!

jz23

May 14th, 2010
12:52 pm

No. Politics. Please.

Pierson Brave

May 14th, 2010
12:53 pm

Anyway, back to baseball. I smell a 3 hitter from KK tonight. Chipper going 2-3 w/ a walk or 2 and the continued improvement of the mental acuity of the team in general. Those “bench” players are really pulling their weight is seems. Go Braves.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
12:54 pm

KJ has a 1.183 OPS at home and a .737 OPS on the road. He has a .564 OPS over the last two weeks and a .375 OPS over the last 7 days. Classify me as not intimidated.

ncscoots

May 14th, 2010
12:54 pm

Politics on the blog is like a baseball beanball war, LOL. Some idiot gets to have his say, and anybody disagreeing is warned not to do so, upon pain of expulsion. :-) That leaves the first idiot free to throw at as many hitters as he wants to, as long as he does it first. That seem right to everybody?

Suspensions for first offenses, I say. Banishment for repeat offenders, I say. Kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out, for those who REALLY tick me off, I say.

That ought to get the “no politics” rule across, I’m thinking.

Arkansas Transplant

May 14th, 2010
12:54 pm

Tell ya what, why don’t everyone show up at the park tonight to support the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves. Pack the house out!!

Snotboogie

May 14th, 2010
12:54 pm

Brian from SC

I agree with you on Mike Brown. I dont watch too much basketball but whenever I’ve seen a Cavs game I got the feeling that it was having Lebron which made Brown look good and never his coaching. Put Brown against any good coach and they were going to lose – like say Doc Rivers who seems to do a phenomenal job of managing that group. I think based on recent record he will stay, but if Lebron leaves Cleveland its a matter of time before he is sent packing.

Roja

May 14th, 2010
12:54 pm

When you give up more runs per game than 29 of the 30 MLB teams score per game, that makes it quite difficult for 29 of 30 teams that play ballevery day to win if you are their starter. And when the team you do play for is averaging 1 run a game less than you are allowing, that pretty much means that when they run you out there every 5 days, they are going to lose statistically speaking. So far this season, only the Yankees have scored enough runs day in and day out to winn with KK on the mound. Maybe we should have sent KK there rather than sending Vazquez. But looking at Vazquez’s results this year, the two are interchangeable.

DAP

May 14th, 2010
12:55 pm

i wonder if these comments will get deleted, since a big section of carrol’s blog was political.

Carroll Rogers

May 14th, 2010
12:55 pm

My apologies for lighting the political fire today, folks. To me it is newsworthy that there’s a protest planned at the ballpark. I hope the ensuing comments don’t run people off the blog. Just hope soon enough people move along to baseball.

Um, should Chipper be dropped from the 3-hole when he comes back in the lineup today. There have at that, instead….

dickfer

May 14th, 2010
12:56 pm

would love to keep things rolling

and i also love to watch boyer fail.

that dude is tuuuuurrrible

Hankie Aron

May 14th, 2010
12:57 pm

I want the Braves to sweep the D-backs but not because of the ill-advised people standing outside protesting. Come on People, Wake Up!! The baseball team FROM Arizona has NOTHING at all to do with the lawmakers OF Arizona.

Roja

May 14th, 2010
12:57 pm

I hate those streaky hitters. Especially the ones that are cold as ice in April and then come on like gangbusters in October.

Drew

May 14th, 2010
12:58 pm

The DBacks are being protested because their owner, Ken Kendrick, bankrolled the politicians that passed the law. Kendrick holds private fundraisers for the supporters of this bill in a stadium that was financed with $250 million of public money. Hence, he’s using a building that was 70% funded by public dollars to push his own private pet candidates/politics.

Hat Land Dub Raves

May 14th, 2010
12:59 pm

AT,
From section B of the bill:

FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY
21 OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS
22 STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS
23 UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,
24 WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON. THE
25 PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
26 PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c).

What is reasonable suspicion to a white male officer of the law? Skin color only?

Snotboogie

May 14th, 2010
12:59 pm

I hope today someone pops-up right behind the !B and as KJ goes under the ball, the crowd reminds him of that error and makes him drop it. That would be real funny to see if he still has nightmares about it.

Arkansas Transplant

May 14th, 2010
12:59 pm

already posted so really no need to delete. Like I said, let your presents at the game speak your views. Actions speak louder than words anyways.

Moving on, I really do hope that Brett Butler is a consideration for a replacement for Bobby.

I predict that KK will look more like last years pitcher, going about 5.2 innings, 3 runs, 2 BB and about 7 hits. I just think the Braves will show a little more offense during his start tonight then they have all year.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
12:59 pm

Now, you did it, Carroll. You think it’s bad when we fight about politics, the tomatoes really start to fly when talking about Chipper in the 3rd spot.

Hat Land Dub Raves

May 14th, 2010
12:59 pm

Carroll,
Yes, to the 2-hole!

NORRIS

May 14th, 2010
12:59 pm

those protestors shouldnt even be given a voice. They are revealing their idiocy.
Be that as it may,
Heyward should remain in the 3 hole. Chipper needs to either be moved up to 2 and prado at the leadoff or move chipper back in the lineup.

Hat Land Dub Raves

May 14th, 2010
1:00 pm

Drew,
Interesting. I hadn’t heard that.

ncscoots

May 14th, 2010
1:00 pm

Carroll, I’d just as soon read the thoughts of idiots on immigration law as read the thoughts of idiots on baseball. Can’t see much difference there, myself. Dumb is dumb, no matter the topic.

Life-long Braves fan

May 14th, 2010
1:01 pm

It is not a racist law. They are not targeting people based on their race. They are targeting those who are here ILLEGALLY. Why can’t people differentiate from the two. If they were illegal Irish or French or Australian, they’d get booted too. And I’m a hispanic from Texas. Go Braves!

PMC

May 14th, 2010
1:01 pm

So inbetween the lines Laroche is saying… indeed the Braves were looking to spend very little on first base and likely are hoping for Freddie Freeman to come through.

Protests are for people with nothing productive to do. See Martha Burke. Huge waste of time.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
1:01 pm

This will be the lineup tonight, BANK ON IT:

2B Prado
RF Heyward
3B Jones
C McCann
1B Glaus
LF Hinske
SS Infante
CF McLouth
P Kawakami

Hankie Aron

May 14th, 2010
1:02 pm

ncscoots- look up 1986 Immigration Law

NORRIS

May 14th, 2010
1:02 pm

BRIAN:
I like that lineup.
NOW THATS A GOOD DEAL! lol

T for Texas

May 14th, 2010
1:04 pm

Here is a link to the great Peter Gammons commenting on Braves trades over the past several years. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100513&content_id=10017398&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

SC Smith

May 14th, 2010
1:04 pm

Lineup should be. ss-Omar 2b- Prado rf- J.Hey c- Mac 1b- Glaus 3b- Chipper lf- Hinske cf- Nate

GoBraves123

May 14th, 2010
1:05 pm

Ms. Rogers, do you happen to know if and when JJ is having his MRI and when we will know the results?

Clay

May 14th, 2010
1:06 pm

I’ll be at the game tomorrow night–but I will NOT be taking part in the rally out front. Looking forward to seeing Hanson tomorrow night.

SC Smith

May 14th, 2010
1:06 pm

Brian you are prob. right, just wish Bobby would do the best thing for the club.

T for Texas

May 14th, 2010
1:06 pm

Brian:

You think it would be bettter to bat Chipper 2nd, and Heywayrd 3rd once Yunel comes back. Then go Glaus (4th), Mac, Yunel, Hinske, Mc/Melky, Pitcher?

Hat Land Dub Raves

May 14th, 2010
1:07 pm

Norris,
Of course. We should all just be “like a city full of zombies going by the same name.”

T for Texas

May 14th, 2010
1:07 pm

Not that Chipper will hit anything but third. Reality.

MFin04

May 14th, 2010
1:08 pm

Hopefully people will read the law, and not make assumptions about it. Basically if you are pulled over you have to show ID that you are a US citizen. Nothing new there. Every person who gets pulled over has to do so. No racial profiling there.

Hopefully Chipper is not batting in the 3-spot today. It should be Heywards. He is by far the best player on this team and it isn’t even close. He has the speed, the power, the patience to be one of the greatest players of all time. He has done well hitting there so far.

In two games hitting third he is batting .429 with a .636 OBP and 6 runs. He is scoring 3 runs a game by himself! I think that is reason enough to leave him there. This Braves team can’t even score 3 runs without him.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
1:09 pm

T for Texas:

I think Chipper would probably be a great 2-hitter at this point.
I do NOT think there’s really much of a difference between him hitting 2nd and 3rd, though.
I do think he should hit 3rd until he’s proven to become a liability there (not likely) or he says he wants out of the 3 spot. He’s earned that.

Arkansas Transplant

May 14th, 2010
1:09 pm

out of all the players we gave up to get Tex, IMO the only one that I really didn’t want to see go was Andrus. The others really wouldn’t have changed the look of this team we have today except for him.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
1:09 pm

MFin04, you think Heyward’s the best player on the team? You do know hitting 2nd he will come to the plate more than hitting 3rd, right?

Pierson Brave

May 14th, 2010
1:11 pm

Very nice segue CR. Not yet on Chipper. With Glaus heating up I think you put Heyward at 2 and Prado at 1. Put the pitcher in the 8 hole and Nate in the 9 hole, A la LaRussa . If 9 hole and 1 can get on base Heyward will benefit. Chipper will benefit from Heywards high OBP and get some support from Glaus and a (hopefully) improving McCann.

RHR

May 14th, 2010
1:11 pm

KJ looks as stunned as I do.

carlchamblee

May 14th, 2010
1:11 pm

I’m going tomorrow to protest the Arizona Diamondbacks and their nerve in trying to come to Atlanta and win a ballgame. And I’ll be booing all of ‘em – white, black, latino etc.

DHD

May 14th, 2010
1:11 pm

MORE former Braves articles by the AJC. PLEASE get over your obsession and write about OUR players.

ncscoots

May 14th, 2010
1:11 pm

not because of the ill-advised people standing outside protesting.

Political. Vain attempt to veil it, but there. Suspended.

those protestors shouldnt even be given a voice. They are revealing their idiocy.

Political. First offense, suspended.

Maybe the protesters could read the “new” Arizona law out loud for everyone…oops, then they’d have nothing to whine about, and they’d all have to shut the $$$$ up.

Political. Suspended. Two extra days tacked on for First Amendment ignorance.

i hope the braves sweep arizona out of atlanta, and that arizona sweeps the illegal out of their state. the protests and boycotts are ridiculous.

Political. Suspended, plus harsh written reprimand, because DAP knows better.

Glad to see the protests. Sends a message about that awful, racist law.

Political. Retaliation, true, but still… Suspended.

—–

Remember, We have our eyes on you, so get with the program. All I need is reasonable suspicion of a political post, and you’re TOAST!

CL

May 14th, 2010
1:12 pm

Chipper and Escobar returning? Are you sure we want to mess with the lineup right now? Omar and Connie have looked very good the last few games.

NORRIS

May 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

Hat land?
are you here illegally? cause we can have someone come out and check your credentials

jeffrey d

May 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

KJ looks as stunned as I do.

I am not looking forward to the KJ hate this weekend :(

MFin04

May 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

Brian from SC – I’d rather him hit with more men on base. He is by far the best player on the team at scoring runs as well as driving in runs. The two spot should be Prado’s. I see no reason in moving him from there. Heyward anywhere from 3-5 in the lineup is fine with me. Two seems a little bit odd, just because it takes away his ability to drive in runs. I’d like to have the best of both worlds with him.

TnBrian

May 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

HATE, HATE, IT’S NOT RIGHT

BEAT THOSE STINKIN’ SNAKES TONIGHT!

HATE, HATE, IT’S NOT RIGHT

BEAT THOSE STINKIN’ SNAKES TONIGHT!

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
1:14 pm

CL, Omar and Conrad have looked good the last few games. Chipper and Escobar have looked a lot better the last few years.

Carroll Rogers

May 14th, 2010
1:14 pm

GoBraves123 that’ll be something that I investigate when I get to the park today, and I promise not to keep the answers to myself!

SC Smith

May 14th, 2010
1:15 pm

More than any reason to keep J-Hey 3rd and Chipper down is Chipper just can’t stay healthy and J-hey is, so far our best rbi hitter, plus CJ just can’t run anymore.

Brian from SC

May 14th, 2010
1:15 pm

MFin04, the Braves’ 2 hitters have seen 93 runners on base this year. Their 3 hitters have seen 96. Not much of a difference.

carlchamblee

May 14th, 2010
1:16 pm

Heyward should bat 3rd until 2025.

Chipper should bat 2 because he has no power anymore but still gets on base a good amount, plus Heyward will protect him and he will see more good pitches.

But no way Bobby doesn’t give Chipper the 3 spot back on his return. So in that case put Heyward behind him at 4.

Carroll Rogers

May 14th, 2010
1:16 pm

LOL, nscoots. I was just starting to feel the heat that I was going to have a real mess on my hands today. Hoping not. Least now I laugh.

usnavyvolfaninva

May 14th, 2010
1:16 pm

I’m sure everyone on here has an opinion. i will only say that sports is a diversion! A getaway. Politics has NO PLACE in sports! I’ve had it with the NBA and the MLBPA bringing politics into sports! Let’s just cheer for the Braves to beat the D-backs because they’re the other team!

JerseyGil

May 14th, 2010
1:16 pm

CR…Any News on JJ MRI…No New is a Good News…

RHR

May 14th, 2010
1:17 pm

Chipper and Escobar returning? Are you sure we want to mess with the lineup right now? Omar and Connie have looked very good the last few games.

Connie! Ha.

Meow.

T for Texas

May 14th, 2010
1:19 pm

“a fan base that needs subtitles” -Peter Gammons on Braves Fans

Ouch, Peter Gammons!

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