Braves quotes after win against Strasburg

BOBBY COX

On Hudson

“Nothing was hit hard [against him]. A lot of grubworms tonight. He had that ball boring in on them all night long and they just hit it right into the ground. One ball I think, Dunn hit a ball pretty good down the left-field line, and that was it.

“His pitch count got high, but he was tough. Really tough.”

On Strasburg

“We hit the ball early and hard against Strasburg, and then later on. But he’s as advertised. He’s dynamite. He’s great, something really good for baseball to come along, something that special. And he’s got maybe the best change-up for a first-year player that I’ve ever seen. Everybody talks about his fastball, but that change-up just darts straight down at 90-91 [mph]. It looks like some guys best heater – going straight down.”

On crowd: “It was great. We had 40,000 people or so. It was a great evening. To beat him, it was a plus, but the kid’s as advertised. He’s got a great future.”

“He gave us a couple of pitches to hit and we hit them. Yunel had two hits tonight and he hit the ball pretty darn good. He’s been hitting the ball good. He got off to a lousy start.”

On Heyward

“They’re going to cast it for a week, and then go from there. But he should be OK, hopefully, in 15 days. And we’re moving Kawakami to the bullpen and Jurrjens will start on Wednesday.”

(other move, player going down, won’t be announced until after game Tuesday)

More on Heyward: “It’s a deep bone bruise, and the only way it’s going to get better is to do nothing.”

BRIAN McCANN

on Tim Hudson

“Huddy’s been pitching like that all year long. He brings it every fifth day. Tonight he did nothing different. He had a power sinker tonight, 92, and he painted the bottom of the zone.”

“There was a lot of electricity out there tonight. Any time you face a guy the first time who can throw 100 and has got a great change-up and great curveball … the fans came out and it was a fun game.”

On Strasburg

“He’s got great stuff. He can dominate you. That one inning, we all put together some great ABs and Hinske got the big knock, and Escobar. It was a big inning.”

“It felt like a playoff game, the electricity that was there tonight. A lot of people came out to watch Strasburg pitch and, you know, it was fun to play.”

On Hudson:

“We all feed off Huddy. You know he’s prepared and he brings it every fifth day. He’s absolutely up there with the game’s best right now.”

TIM HUDSON

“It was fun. It was a great ballgame. Fans were excited. It was a good pitchers’ duel till late in the game. It was a lot of fun. It was fun to see the fans, all the electricity in the air and getting into it, big pitches having to be made.”

“Obviously you’d love to go out there and have an 8-run lead by the fifth inning. But games like tonight, any pitchers’ duel, for me as a player and a fan of the game, they’re a lot of fun to be a part of. It’s a lot better when you’re on the winning side of it. I’ve been on both ends.”

On Strasburg

“I tell you man, he’s got good stuff. He’s going to be a great pitcher, there’s no question about that. It’s kind of weird to say you feel sorry for him, but it’s unfortunate that him, unlike most rookies, can’t come up to the big league level and fly under the radar. He’s come up with a lot of media coverage, and unfortunately teams that he’s pitching against are going to come with their A game against him, because they want to beat him. Because he’s the hot rookie that’s supposed to beat you.”

JASON HEYWARD

on MRI result and going on DL

“I was never worried or anything like that. We just needed to take the time to find out what needed to be done.

“We’re doing the best thing, I believe. I don’t think they’d ever do anything but that. Right now it’s a good opportunity to go ahead and get it done, get the rest in, get the health and get the strength back in it, and be able to come back the second half.”

“I haven’t found out yet what it means to the All-Star situation.”

Was this the team or doctors’ recommendation, did they talk to you about it?

“They brought up options. They respected my choices and my decision on it. Me and Frank and the trainers and the doctors, we all came together with something and we’re good to go with that.”

Disappointed by the news?

“No, I’m not disappointed. I’m happy I’m getting better. In spite of the situation.”

71 comments Add your comment

JMAYNE

June 29th, 2010
12:30 am

First!! Get you some!!

JMAYNE

June 29th, 2010
12:33 am

Hudson is turning into an ace. And everybody is picking each other up. Venters is becoming an invauable asset. Blanco too. Who would have thought that? Gonna be interesting to see how the outfield shakes out for the next couple of weeks.

Maria

June 29th, 2010
12:53 am

If Heyward wins the spot, is he still named to the roster? I can’t remember how it works. I mean, reserves are there for a reason. I still think he deserves to be named an All Star.

The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks

June 29th, 2010
12:59 am

I don’t think he quite deserves the all star votes to begin with. But this is very, very good news that he’s going to sit out a while. A great piece of news on a day full of good news for Bravos.

Boatdoc

June 29th, 2010
1:03 am

I’d say Hudson is continuing to be the ace. It is exciting to watch this team and see how many players contribute. There are several players – McCann, Chipper, Glaus, Heyward – who can CARRY a team for several games, but there are so many contributing the Braves have mercifully not NEEDED Heyward to continue with an OPS >1.000.

Let’s hope the casting and rest bring Jason back to that player who was Rookie of the Month the first two months of the season.

shmoe

June 29th, 2010
1:11 am

nooooooooooooooo! not wags!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boatdoc

June 29th, 2010
1:25 am

Maria – yes, if players are voted to start, but cannot due to injury, that is noted somehow. I was privileged to attend the first All-Star game played in Atlanta – in 1972. The voted NL outfield was Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente (Holy MOLEY, what an outfield, huh?) but Clemente was injured and Hall of Famer (and Clemente teammate) Willie Stargell instead started in left. The records still list Clemente as an All-Star that year.

Uncle Tom

June 29th, 2010
1:47 am

What worries me is that even after Heyward injured his thumb by sliding head-first, that he’s continued to the same thing on occasion. Why don’t the Braves as an organization ban head-first slides? They are probably the #1 source of needless injuries in baseball.

JohnSmith

June 29th, 2010
1:52 am

Wagner’s definitely going to the All-Star Game, but Huddy deserves consideration also. Anybody got Charlie Manuel’s home digits?

Boatdoc

June 29th, 2010
1:55 am

Tom – the worst by far are the head-first dives trying to beat out a throw at first base. Although every amateur track coach knows that running THROUGH the “goal” achieves the greatest speed (when your feet aren’t in contact with the ground you can’t be increasing or even maintaining speed), and the baseball rules, acknowleding this, ALLOW the runner to do the very thing that achieves the greatest speed (run past the bag), every so often you see some idiot player – even at the major league level – dive towards first base.

If I were an MLB manager I would tell players in spring training “If you do this you are benched the rest of that game, and your pay is also docked by this game – I don’t care if you hit 3 home runs and pitched 8 innings of no-hit ball leading up to it.”

Idot

June 29th, 2010
2:13 am

There was a Braves player that did that head slide into first, not too long ago. I can’t remember who it was. I agree that it is a dumb move.
Whoever it was, he was called out.

Idot

June 29th, 2010
2:18 am

Another reckless and dangerous play, is the catcher blocking the plate when a runner is trying to score.
I think that play should be against the rules.
If I was paying a catcher all of that money, I would certainly instruct him not to attempt that play.

Boatdoc

June 29th, 2010
2:27 am

It’s a dumb move even if they’re called safe. 1. Slower speed right when you want FASTER speed plus 2. Greater risk for injury.

Boatdoc

June 29th, 2010
2:34 am

I wonder what Billy Freehan would think of a rule forbidding catchers from blocking home plate.

Matt's Big Breakfast

June 29th, 2010
6:23 am

Looking like its a 20 win season for D Lowe. Incredible!

jj

June 29th, 2010
7:15 am

I hope Bobby put Escabor in the 2-hole while JH is gone.I believe he is perfect for that spot in the order.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 29th, 2010
7:18 am

KK to bullpen!! I’m hoping JJ can come out strong after his DL stint. I’m thinking Blanco is going back down to the minors, Diaz is coming up. Stinks about Heyward, hopefully this will get better for him.

T-Bone

June 29th, 2010
7:36 am

DOB, do we know what Chipper said to Yunel in the dugout around the 7th inning? On TV, they kept showing Chipper looking Yunel in the eye and giving him what looked to be encouragement. It was pretty cool, and I’d love to know what he said.

hAL

June 29th, 2010
7:37 am

hmm why did haystack kkep sliding head first after he hurt it doing just that lets see hmm what are the optionbs/ 1 stupid.2 was never hurt in the first place 3. see one and two

justbiznus

June 29th, 2010
7:58 am

LOVE the small ball. manufacturing runs!! what a concept!!

siskel_god

June 29th, 2010
8:23 am

Infante was out for an extended period last year or the year before because of a head first slide if I’m not mistaken. And Gregor slid head first into first base I believe it was Sunday against the TIgers? Anyways, I was at the ballgame last night and Friday night and the excitement in the stadium those two days was unbelievable. When Wags came in for his 400th their wasn’t a butt in their seat, same as last night in the 7th when Strasburg got into trouble. I haven’t heard the tomahawk chop that loud in years, it was incredible. Those guys had to feed off of that and I know Strasburg and the rest of the Nats were wondering where the heck all these crazy fans have been! It was great and I really believe that the guys are playing with such enthusiasm at home that we will win the division.

Luke

June 29th, 2010
8:30 am

Banning blocking the plate by catchers and head first slides is like banning tackling from football. Though head first slides aren’t faster, its easier to get yourself away from a tag. You can guide yourself and slide a hand in under the tag if need be. And what are you going to do when a guy comes barreling down the third base line to score the winning run and the ball is hit to the second base with one out, get out of the way and HOPE you can reach him with the ball when you get before he tags home? C’mon guys, its just hard nosed baseball. This is a contact sport where players get hurt from time to time. Let Heyward rest it out and go back out there and keep it going.

Let's Go

June 29th, 2010
8:38 am

T-Bone: Esco looked really ticked off with the official scorer in the 5th when he was charged with his 2nd error of the games and looked like a little kid coming off the field and in the dugout that inning. In the 7th they changed the scoring from an error to a hit and I’d be willing to bet Chipper was doing a little chewing & encouragement at the same time telling him it’s not what the official scorer thinks it what your teammates and Bobby Cox thinks and once a play is over you got to get over it. Basically don’t worry about your stats, worry about getting the next guy out.

Jimmy Dugan

June 29th, 2010
8:52 am

Escobar!! Are you crying? Are you crying? Are you crying? There’s no crying!! There’s no crying in baseball!!

Let's Go

June 29th, 2010
8:53 am

As far as the all star game goes I know Jason can participate, if voted in, but I don’t think he can play if he is on the DL the sunday prior to the game. As far as other Braves players are concerned, Prado will be chosen as a back-up because he probably won’t catch Utley in the voting and Hudson is the best choice from the pitchers but based on the rules that each team has to have a player on the team McCain & Glaus & Wagner could be left off the first list of players.

Nick P.

June 29th, 2010
8:55 am

what a nice surprise the season has been so far! i thought my summer would be wasted! GO BRAVES!

Tyler Pate

June 29th, 2010
8:56 am

When Heyward goes on DL, I believe the team can expand the roster by one spot. This would allow DIaz to come up and keep all other players together. Once Heyward comes back they would probably option Gregor back to Gwinnett. Q: Shouldn’t Blanco be running out of options at this point? What about Clevlen or McClouth? When are these guys going to be coming off? Blanco has earned his keep this time he’s been up. He’s playing great defense and allows gets a quality at bat.

Go BRAVES!!

Let's Go

June 29th, 2010
8:58 am

Another thing about the all star show. I know everyone wants to see as many players from their team as possible get on the team but really guys like McCain & Glaus & Wagner could benifit the Braves more from getting 3 days off then playing in an exhibition game.

Tyler Pate

June 29th, 2010
8:59 am

Meant to say that Blanco always gets a quality at bat.

2010 Braves All-Stars:
- Heyward
- Hudson
- Wagoner
- McCann
- Glaus (maybe – tough with competition at 1B, but he deserves it)

myra

June 29th, 2010
9:11 am

That may have been one of our most important games this year because of the hype. While the game was on espn 2, the nation hopefully got to see that the Braves are for real. And that our fans LOVE our team and the GREAT BASEBALL that they are playing.
Nothing was more exciting to me than to hear the chant and see the chop louder than its been in a decade. I started chopping and doing the tomahawk chant. Then I quit doing it at home, because I wanted to hear it at the stadium through the TV.
It was so EXCITING for the Braves,for HUDSON, and most importantly for CHIPPER JONES. He really looked like the team leader and showed everbody why he is the heart and soul of the Atlanta Braves.
Im so proud of all the fans that may have went to the stadium to see the phenom Strasburgh, but found a better phenom in the 2010 Atlanta Braves.
Awesome.

Ice Cold Beer

June 29th, 2010
9:13 am

Is it true that Billy Wagner was quoted as saying “…not a chance” when asked if he would reconsider retirement and come back next year??? If so, what a shame….

Ice Cold Beer

June 29th, 2010
9:14 am

BTW, what a great moment with Chipper and Escobar….finally, he’s showing some team leadership

jesse james

June 29th, 2010
9:18 am

Braves Baseball – There is nothing like it. I like to follow the Falcons and Hawks, but there is nothing like the Braves. The whole southeast gets excited. And that Strasburg kid is something else. Not only is he a great talent, he is what pro sports needs. Especially after the ego league, the NBA. He has his priorities right and I wish him the best except when he plays the Braves.

Let's Go

June 29th, 2010
9:21 am

There is usually 3 catchers taken for the all star game so McCann is a good bet but unless Charlie Manuel is good buddies with Billy Wagner I don’t see Billy getting in. Even if there are 5 relievers taken it’s a long shot because you have to believe the Matt Lindstrom will be Houston’s only rep and if Octavio Dotel is the Pirates rep then that leaves 2 or 3 spots and then you have to take the top players and Billy’s not going to win that race. I think the Braves have a better chance getting 2 starters, Hudson & Lowe, then Wagner.

Tyler Pate

June 29th, 2010
9:26 am

Let’s go, McCutchen will be the rep for the Pirates. I’d bet that Wags will be there bc of his retirement year. Not saying he isn’t deserving as he’s been lights out, but you’re right, you could take Capps, Marmol, and Broxton before him.

Wags did play for the Philles back in the day, but don’t think that was under Manuel.

Tyler Pate

June 29th, 2010
9:29 am

Maybe not Marmol, but he is averaging about 2 srike outs per inning. That is crazy.

Wagoner, Billy - All-Star 2010

June 29th, 2010
9:36 am

Charlie Manuel coached Wags in 2005 for the Phillies. Manuel is also from West Virgina. Look for Wags to pitch in the Anaheim.

Jesse Stone

June 29th, 2010
9:40 am

Let’s Go- Did you seriously just state that Lowe has a chance to be an All-Star?

Let's Go

June 29th, 2010
9:43 am

Tyler Pate: You may be right about McCutchen and he would be a good choice. Billy’s last year in Philly was charlie’s first (2005) so they were together just that year. The updated results for the NL come out today so it will be interesting to see where the outfielders stand and find out which team’s fans have been the most active. On the 22nd there was only 2 phillies starting, Utley & Polanco, so it will be interesting to see if their fans have figured out how to beat the system and get Rollins, Werth, & Victorino back into the starting line-up.

Let's Go

June 29th, 2010
9:48 am

Jesse Stone: My point was that since Lowe is 6th in the NL in wins he may have a better chance then Wagner based on where Billy stands in the relief pitcher stats and the fact that some of the teams that will have only one rep may have that player come from their bullpin.

Jesse Stone

June 29th, 2010
9:49 am

Lowe gives up an earned run every other inning. I think Wagner has a much better shot than Lowe.

Chuck

June 29th, 2010
10:01 am

I was thinking about the differences in the way the injuries were handled with Schafer and Heyward. They let Shafer go a long time before looking into his injury, which was much more serious. Why?
o No one to replace him
o He didn’t tell anyone he was hurt
o They have a bad attitude toward him after the growth hormone thing
o They care more about Heyward because he’s da man
o They don’t like his attitude so they wore him out
o They learned on Schafer and are treating Heyward different
Any others?

siskel_god

June 29th, 2010
10:06 am

McCutchen or Garret Jones has to rep the Pirates no way is it Dotel. If Zimmerman, Dunn, or Willingham doesn’t get in for the Nats than its a shame because Strasburg or Capps would be the choice then obviously. No way should Strasburg get in but the way ESPN is pushing him I wouldn’t be surprised if he is. Glaus probably won’t get in now that he has cooled off but Prado, Hudson, and Wagner should all be in. Maybe Bobby whispers in Manuel’s ear that this is Chipper’s last year and he gets a spot too, who knows. Should definitely have three at least.

myra

June 29th, 2010
10:23 am

Dob said on twitter last night that the press box was shaking from the crowd jumping when the Braves were puttin the beat down on the Nats.
So Awesome!

Brock

June 29th, 2010
10:30 am

I would like to see Capps go as he is a hometown (Douglasville) boy, he’s having a hell of a year and I had the pleasure of him being at my wedding a 1 1/2 ago. Great guy!!!

mountain_jim

June 29th, 2010
10:41 am

Anyone remember that sorry no-hit CF Mclouth, something like that?

What ever happened to him? Still on the disabled list? Deservedly cut?

Braves really started winning once he was gone.

The Chop

June 29th, 2010
10:46 am

That was a great atmosphere last night. Like a playoff game.

Nova Scotia Steve

June 29th, 2010
10:52 am

So the big question on my mind – What does the team think of moving Kawakami to the bullpen – again? Including Kawakami’s thoughts…and how does Medlen feel winning a spot in the rotation.

Is there a story coming DOB? Just wondering….

Why would you slide into first?

June 29th, 2010
10:55 am

Anyone who slides into first base is either a) not trying their hardest to be safe, b) an idiot, or c) trying to escape a tag in the very rare case where the guy covering the bag is pulled off and can only attempt a tag to get the runner out.

Wags

June 29th, 2010
11:01 am

I wonder what the status is for McClouth and Clevlen.

Is there ANY possible way to trade McClouth, cash and possibly Schafer to the Pirates for McCutchen? McClouth would be open to that as his batting average/on base percentage/slugging percentage would certain like it.

We got hosed there.

I love Hinske and Infante, but would be nice to have an everyday player in Left who can hit left/right handed pitching. Don’t we have an extra $6-$8 mil in payroll to spend?

Let’s send Wags, #6, and Chipper out a winner. Spend some money Wren! With the increased #’s at the Ted, you know you’ll be getting it back and more!

Gregor Blanco

June 29th, 2010
11:04 am

I apologize to all for sliding into first the other day. I wasn’t trying to avoid a tag. That won’t happen again.

Wags

June 29th, 2010
11:05 am

Let’s bring back Chief Knockahoma. Anyone know how to build that head? Can you buy it on eBay or Craigslist?

Brock

June 29th, 2010
11:10 am

KK to the pen is the right thing to do. He will be good for 2-3 innnings if god forbid we have another bad outing where a pitcher comes out in the 2,3,4th inning. Maybe he can work on his mechanics as well. Eddie P should straighten him out.

HGH

June 29th, 2010
11:14 am

What happened to Schafer? I realize that he was casted for 6+ months, but shouldn’t he have his timing back by now? He is falling fast in Gwinnett. I’m thinking that 2007 season was all HGH and he never really had the talent. Stats prior to 2007 look a lot like the stats after his HGH bust.

Chief Noc-A-Homa

June 29th, 2010
11:19 am

My return is being planned. The teepee will be located in the open area just beyond the center field fence.

Homer the Brave

June 29th, 2010
11:23 am

My head used to be the oversized Indian warrior logo. Now it’s just a large baseball. I want my old head back.

Bring up Mitch Jones

June 29th, 2010
11:23 am

Why not bring up Mitch Jones? Dude has jacked 13 homers w/ 34 RBI’s for Gwinnett in 66 games. He also leads the team in strike outs, but so does Reynolds for the Diamond Backs. Could be some inexpensive pop in the bottom of the order.

1. Prado (2B)
2. Melky (CF)
3. Chip (3B)
4. McCann (C)
5. Glaus (1B)
6. M. Jones (RF)
7. Escobar (SS)
8. Infante/Hinske (LF)
9. Pitcher

Place Infante on the bench when Heyward comes back and move Mitch Jones to left field.

Bob

June 29th, 2010
11:26 am

I like the Mitch Jones idea. I think he led the minors last yeas in homeruns.

May strike out a lot, but we need some more pop.

rico43

June 29th, 2010
11:43 am

I want Glaus and Wagner to have the three days off. Prado and Hudson are a perfect all-star choice.

What I’d like to know is if DOB has gotten a reaction (or a reason) why Manuel is leaving Bobby off the all-star coaching staff. That announcement was more than a week ago and I have not even heard a ripple of complaint. If anyone should be in Anaheim, it’s Cox.

rico43

June 29th, 2010
11:45 am

Clevlen outplayed Jones in spring training. I’d keep him up after he’s activated before I’d call up Jones. But that doesn’t matter; Diaz will be back and all will be right with the world. More or less.

Waleska Dawg

June 29th, 2010
12:08 pm

Hey DOB,
Did any pictures ever surface of Bobby Cox in the zoot suit?
Thanks.

George

June 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

This has probably already been discussed and I missed it but….Will Bobby be picked as a coach for the All Star Game since this is his final seasom and he is a sure first ballot Hall of Fame manager. Semms like this would be appropriate for a man who has meant so much to the game

Rhino

June 29th, 2010
12:14 pm

I like the Mitch Jones idea too. Might as well see what he can do. He doesn’t have to play everyday but he can hit homeruns no question.

42,000 last night. Pretty awesome. Strasburg is nuts.

http://www.rhinorant.com

Let's Go

June 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

All Star Game Coaches
Anaheim’s Mike Scioscia and Oakland’s Bob Geren will assist AL manager Joe Girardi and San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy and San Diego’s Bud Black will work with NL manager Charlie Manuel.

I believe these guys were chosen based on shortest distance to travel. Look at the Braves sked at the time; Finish the 1st half in New York and begin the 2nd half at home. Bobby would have had to travel from NY to LA and then home to ATL.

Bob

June 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

From what I’ve heard….Bobby was offered and politely declined. Too much travel involved and I’m sure he doesn’t want to take away from the players and Charlie Manuel.

Tami

June 29th, 2010
1:41 pm

Aren’t you glad that Hudson pitches for the Braves?? Love it.

Heyward: Well…DL him now, I guess. He’s very young, and the rest may actually be an asset for the Braves going down the stretch. I’d love to have his bat now prior to the Break since the Braves will be facing the NL East mostly (if not entirely) prior to the Break. But…the wins — as if they don’t already count — will count even more so after the Break.

Strasburg: Although I couldn’t be at the game, it was boiling hot last night! Couple that with perhaps a young man who hasn’t spent the summer in the bowels of the Deep South and the fact he was on the road (he has a worse record away than at home, I understand), it’s not a wonder he didn’t come out his usual self. It’ll be interesting to see how he pitches in the rematch likely in DC. I’m sure the Braves have to go up there a couple more times before season’s end. Huddy was raised in ‘Bama, so he’s got what it takes. I was surprised he lasted as long as he did, but happy he went that long.

And, now, with DOB mentioning someone has to go down — likely due to Diaz coming off the DL — I’m slightly concerned who it might be. I think I know…the kid (can’t remember his name) riding the bench that most of us sort of forgot about…oh! Got it! Cristhian Martinez. I bet he goes down.

GO BRAVES!

Castrologist

June 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

I respect Diaz as he is a tough, hard-nosed ball player but I would be just as happy if he didn’t rejoin the team due to his lack of talent. This team is just fine the way it is and I would hate to see him take the spot of someone else when he hasn’t earned it. His swing is the ugliest in baseball history perhaps. If he does wiggle his way back on the roster, which could be possible with Heyward’s injury, I hope he magically becomes an offensive threat. I want to see Diaz succeed; I just don’t know if it’s in the cards.

Here’s hoping JJ looks like his old self on Wednesday. It’ll be great to have him back.

http://castrologist.tumblr.com

jesse james

June 29th, 2010
3:38 pm

Something tells me that Bobby will be recognized at the All-Star game. He will probably be a honorary coach. He has meant so much to the game. In all his years he has never emabarrassed the Braves or the Blue Jays. He had the domestic dispute which he quickly apologized for and accepted responsibility. He has been a credit to the game. I remember when my boys and myself waited for autographs near the players parking lot and Bobby stopped in his pickup truck and game my two boys his autographed and talk to them like he new them. Class Act!

Bob

June 29th, 2010
4:19 pm

Castrologist, “If he does wiggle his way back on the roster, which could be possible with Heyward’s injury, I hope he magically becomes an offensive threat. I want to see Diaz succeed; I just don’t know if it’s in the cards”.

Are you crazy? This guy is a TRUE ASSET for the Braves on and off the field. Great teammate and have you not noticed he’s a .310 pus hitter while with Braves and is hitting a cool .370 off left handed pitchers overe 3 years? That’s taking into account a sub par 2009 season.

Diaz is more than welcome on my team to play LF every night we’re facing a left handed pitcher.

Diaz may indeed have an ugly swing, but doesn’t matter with those #’s.

Castrologist

June 29th, 2010
6:29 pm

Bob, I am torn about Diaz because like you said he is a great teammate and like I said, one hard-nosed ball player. If his numbers are what you say against lefties, then yeah, maybe he should be on there, but we have such a logjam in the outfield and I am not sure that Blanco’s speed isn’t more of what we need or McClouth’s defense.

Regardless, this team is going places with or without him I think. Maybe Diaz’s early season struggles will be a thing of the past and he will get rollin if he is back on the squad just like the rest of the team snapped out of their funks.

Cheers.

http://castrologist.tumblr.com

Braves Fan

June 29th, 2010
6:45 pm

Banning blocking the plate by catchers will never happen. Besides I always liked the look on the catchers face after I cleaned his clock!

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