Stat of the day: stealing home

Jason Heyward’s steal of home on the front end of a double steal Wednesday night was the first time in 10 years a Brave had swiped home. Rafael Furcal took home of the front end of a double steal along with Chipper Jones on April 9, 2000 against the Giants.

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Texas Braves Fan

July 28th, 2010
11:49 pm

First?

J-Hey has what alot of guys don’t… A very high baseball IQ!!

Ty Cobb

July 28th, 2010
11:54 pm

Best natural baserunner I ever seen

Jackie Robinson

July 28th, 2010
11:55 pm

He’s bigger than me, faster than me, but stole home in the WS.

Yogi Berra

July 28th, 2010
11:57 pm

Stop bragging Jack, you were out, the kid tonight was safe.

Caught Looken

July 29th, 2010
12:08 am

Great heads-up base running by two home grown Georgia boys! McCann did a great job of staying in the run down until Heyward could break for home! Heyward’s baseball instincts are off the charts! He was coached very well down at Henry Co. HS. Speaking of another home grown Georgia boy, can some one tell me what happened to one of our pitching prospect’s Brett Butts? He was having a great year in Miss and I was looking forward to seeing him soon in Gwinnett.

MaxxBrave

July 29th, 2010
12:13 am

Great play. I can’t wait to watch this guy’s career unfold

Remarkable

July 29th, 2010
12:15 am

Bobby should have done the same thing the two times he had bases loaded and one out the other night. We might have won that game too.

Chip Caray's Mousse

July 29th, 2010
12:34 am

Welcome to the show!

clay

July 29th, 2010
7:12 am

The kid needs to be locked down after this season to make him a Brave for life.

Look Alive

July 29th, 2010
7:27 am

Dave Is that your wife or sister in the picture? She looks very nice even though a little homely so it cannot be your wife. If that is you in drag then please change the picture. I enjoy your columns but the picture is very distracting… PLEASE GET ANOTHER PICTURE DAVE and yes Heyward is great but he would not have a woman’s picture in front of his name. GET ANOTHER PICTURE TODAY

Look Alive

July 29th, 2010
7:28 am

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:07 am

DOB’s pen name is Carroll Rogers. Kinda like Mark Twain….

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
8:08 am

Heading should read : Atlanta Braves With David O’Brien Once Per Week,Maybe.

braveshoo

July 29th, 2010
8:20 am

The Braves should have gotten Scott Posednic from the Royals. He can play CF-is hitting .310 batting leadoff, has 46 runs scored and 44 RBIs. He is only making 1.5 million with a 2 million option for next year. The dodgers got him instead. Tough loss.

Mike

July 29th, 2010
8:33 am

braveshoo, U R so correct. The dodgers pulled the trigger on a real player who would have helped the BRaves outfield.

KevinB

July 29th, 2010
8:35 am

You mean you all expect someone whose job it is to write about the Braves to actually work during the Braves season? He only has six months during the offseason to relax and take vacations.

robdawg08

July 29th, 2010
9:25 am

What ? It takes all of about two minutes to write a blog ??? A four sentence masterpiece ?

I think Braves will have a new big bat OF by Saturday morning. Sometime Friday.

Chip's Mama

July 29th, 2010
9:26 am

Look Alive@7:29am…….I am not a betting Mama, but I would put money down on the table, that YOU, have never even been on a date, with a girl.

PMC

July 29th, 2010
9:30 am

Well done CRO. It has to be fun to get to watch Jason Heyward do his thing every night. Stealing home is spectacular.

JeanE

July 29th, 2010
9:43 am

Jason plays baseball like a football player, I love that! Same way Brian Jordan played, very tough nosed only he has more natural talent, go Bravos…

BravesWin

July 29th, 2010
10:07 am

Don’t overlook McCann’s deke to draw the throw to first while Jason broke for the plate. Who says catchers are stupid?

Keith

July 29th, 2010
10:09 am

That was a sweet play – listened to it last night. Going to go watch the video now. :)

Oh, and yes, I was disappointed that the Braves didn’t seem to even try for Pods. Wren said we are looking for some pop, and yes, I agree with that….but how about a natural producer of runs, OBP, and steals? That would be enough to get us over the hump.

Oswalt deal update

July 29th, 2010
10:12 am

Updated: July 29, 2010, 9:57 AM ET

Source: Oswalt deal agreed upon

The Phillies and Astros have intensified talks in the past 24 hours about a deal that would send pitcher Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia, sources said.
The teams have agreed to the players who will be exchanged, as well as the financial terms that will address the $23 million remaining on Oswalt’s contract, according to a major league source with knowledge of the deal.
It is now up to Oswalt to decide whether to waive his no-trade clause.
The agreement on trade terms was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston.
There have been doubts about whether Oswalt is willing to do so for a move to the Phillies. Despite reports to the contrary, the Phillies have gotten no indication that the 32-year-old right-hander has dropped his request that the Phillies pick up his option for 2012. The Phillies have already balked at that demand.
Oswalt has hinted he might be willing to restructure his contract or compromise on that request. But there has been no indication that he would approve a deal without some sort of financial inducement.
Now that the Phillies have taken outfielder Jayson Werth off the market, they would no longer be able to clear money off their $142 million payroll to absorb the approximately $5 million that remains in Oswalt’s salary for the rest of this year.
So they have asked the Astros to pay a significant portion of Oswalt’s money. The 32-year-old right-hander has a $16 million guarantee for next season, plus either a $2 million buyout or a $16 million option for 2012.
A further sign that the Phillies remain the favorite — and perhaps the only team left — in the talks for Oswalt is that the two other clubs that had been in the bidding, the Cardinals and Dodgers, have moved on to pursue other deals.
The Cardinals have concentrated on second-tier starters and on an infield bat. The Dodgers, meanwhile, made a trade Wednesday for Royals outfielder Scott Podsednik, and were more focused on trying to trade for Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly and Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm than they were on continuing talks for Oswalt.
Nevertheless, it was also clear the Phillies weren’t particularly confident that they were going to be able to trade for Oswalt themselves. They made contact with the Cubs about Lilly and with the Indians about both Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona. And they had a scout in Cleveland to watch Carmona’s start against the Yankees.
With less than 72 hours remaining before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, Oswalt remained the Phillies’ top priority, sources said. But Oswalt told MLB.com Wednesday that he wants “a little bit of time” to decide whether to approve any trade the Astros agree to.
“I’m hoping it’s not going to be dropped on me an hour before the deadline,” he said.
Oswalt didn’t specify how much time he would need. But regardless, for the Phillies and Astros, the clock was ticking louder than ever Wednesday.

Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com.

Look Alive

July 29th, 2010
10:28 am

chips mama sure I have. Who is your daddy? me of course. You are nobodys mama but a gay dude posing as a mama. I bet you have had lots of one night stands. one night because they could not stand you for another you sloppy creep. I was talking about the ridiculous picture and then you had to stick your midget mind into the conversation. shut up until spoken to twerp

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2010
10:52 am

I currently don’t like our chances now. The Braves have lost some serious ground to the Phillies in the past week and the Phillies are on the verge of adding Oswalt, and most likely a power bat at the deadline.

The Braves have some holes to fill and all they have done was extend their backup catcher. I may be reading between the lines, but the Braves front office doesn’t seem to want to win now. They could have made some trades or a trade for a proven player that could help this team out, but all they did was nothing and now the Phillies are on a roll while the Braves have pretty much sat idle over the past week.

If I was a betting man (thank god I am not) I would have to place my money on the Phillies repeating as division champs, and all we Braves fans have to thank for that is our front office. They see the same things we do, and they failed to do anything. That’s on them.

Ted M

July 29th, 2010
10:55 am

The Braves acquired second baseman Michael Noboa from the Diamondbacks for a player to be named later or cash, MLBTR has learned.

heymmered

July 29th, 2010
10:56 am

was Gonzalez a late scratch in todays lineup?

mike jay

July 29th, 2010
11:07 am

BravesfaninWis,

The phillies can barely afford to sign Oswald much less Oswald + a power bat. No waythey get both.

Ted M

July 29th, 2010
11:10 am

Carroll tell us something about Noboa. I’ve never heard of him and I’m pretty sure none of your readers have either.

Rough Estimate

July 29th, 2010
11:12 am

It looks like Roy Oswalt will be heading the Phillies and Jason Werth has been taken off the market. This does not bode well for the Atlanta Braves, who will probably not make any sort of splash before the trade deadline.

Troy Glaus is back to his April form, CF is a mess, Chipper is still not doing much, new aquisition Alex Gonzalez has yet to hit a HR in a Braves uniform (he hit 17 with Toronto), and there just seems to generally be a lot of holes that need to filled in order to run with teams like the Phillies.

My prediction: The Phillies blow past the Braves in the next 2 months of the season. The Braves finish with a winning record, but about 5-6 games out in the East, and miss out on the Wild Card as well. This will be the case every year until the Braves decide to add about $10-15million in payroll.

bs61014

July 29th, 2010
11:20 am

I love the Braves, and agree that Heyward should be applauded for his instincts. But…

While the official scorer rightly scored this a steal of home, there is no way this should be the headline.

This is a product of the media salivating to create/promote the next Big Thing. To repeatedly call this a steal of home is an insult to the normal rendering of the phrase. And an insult to the actual daring a steal of home usually indicates.

Heywood took an extra base, while a teammate was in a rundown. It was a very heads up play. We shouldn’t count it as anything more.

Dwayne

July 29th, 2010
11:22 am

of course the Phillies will make a run, they are doing it now. My question is, with all the above mess Rough Estimate has stated, and I agree, how are we still in first place??

Dwayne

July 29th, 2010
11:24 am

At Remarkable….you can not pull off a double steal with the bases loaded…roflmao

droopydawg

July 29th, 2010
11:31 am

The first comment is absolutely correct…who knew something good could actually come out of Texas?

hoho

July 29th, 2010
11:31 am

Many continue to give DOB a hard time about being absent. We all love his (and Carroll’s) work, and yet some of you seem so fair weathered. Has it occurred to any of y’all that he could be sick? Perhaps he needs his privacy right now, has some personal issues, or maybe it’s a biz-ness thing with AJC. I have a feeling that if he ever came out with what’s up (it’s none of our dang biz-ness anyway) many would feel sheepish for being so callous about it.

GT Fan

July 29th, 2010
11:32 am

Rough Estimate, we could actually build a pretty good roster with our payroll. The problem is Derek Lowe, Chipper Jones, KK and McClouth are our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 7th highest paid players right now. That’s over $40M that we’re getting very little production in return for. If we were getting the production we should for the money we’re putting in to them, we’d be fine.

Hopefully, Chipper will decide he’s not happy being a 250 hitter with an OPS in the mid-700s and retire at the end of the year. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with KK and McClouth’s contracts for another year and Lowe’s for 2 years, but just being able to re-invest the $14M we’re paying Chipper would help immensely.

Inisde Guy

July 29th, 2010
11:42 am

HoHo

I have been as critical as anyone. I hope there is no sickness, but as a fan, I think that this newspaper and its beat writer need to take this beat seriously. And in my opinion, neither does. To get the facts, to keep us up to date, I believe you have to be there, day in and day out. I think both Caroll and Dave are talented writers, but its just not enough. Both are probably better than IJ Rosenburg, who had this beat in the 90s, but IJ missed like 3 games in 1991. Dave missed three before the first month of spring training. If there is a problem, the AJC needs to make sure this beat is covered by someone fulltime. Its a become a joke with a lot of us when something breaks with the Braves to go immediately to the blog and look at the comments and see whats being discussed by the blog author at the time of the news hitting elsewhere. Usually its about hamburgers or who is playing down at the Playhouse, etc. No offense, its just at some point, it becomes more efficient to go elsewhere, like Talkingchop or MLB Trade Rumors to see if there is anything of note here. I am almost to that point. I just keep coming back hoping things will change.

CSpin

July 29th, 2010
11:51 am

We are like flies to a piece of poop when a new blog gets posted, no matter how miniscule it is.

But, a blog is a blog, no matter how small.

Carroll Rogers

July 29th, 2010
11:57 am

Trying to get more info on Noboa. He’s a low minor league guy, 5-8 second baseman. played only six games above rookie ball.

Rhino

July 29th, 2010
12:00 pm

Heyward has 8 SBs which is pretty good. People were saying earlier this year he was just a power hitter. Bah!

http://www.rhinorant.com

northbeach Scott

July 29th, 2010
12:01 pm

bs61014, I suspect that many steals of home are not actually straight steals like the one by Jackie Robinson in the WS vs the Yankees that had Yogi Berra going nuts. My father-in-law has met Yogi and Yogi still insists that Jackie was out.

It is the correct official scoring and was effectively a delayed steal precipitated by the runner on first (McCann) being caught in a rundown on a hit and run (swing and a miss in this case). You are getting your panties in a wad over nothing.

Stealing home for the first time in 10 years and being a key reason the Braves won, makes this a wonderful headline and story lead. To act like it is somehow tainted or misleading because it was not a straight steal is silly quibbling. Just enjoy that we have a player of Heyward’s calibur that has the skills, smarts and baseball savvy to make that play happen.

CSpin

July 29th, 2010
12:04 pm

Sounds like this pickup is more of a favor than anything.

Carroll Rogers

July 29th, 2010
12:26 pm

Strasburg was disabled today when they activated today’s starter Scott Olsen from the DL…..It’s retro to July 22 which would make him eligible to return Aug. 7. Nats are on the road til A’ug. 10 so chances are he wouldn’t pitch before then. When asked if Strasburg would pitch again, manager Riggleman said: “absolutely.”

GT Fan

July 29th, 2010
12:34 pm

So, I guess Venters is still available for today’s game?

Chip's Mama

July 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

Look Alive……..Your a funny boy. Har de Har Har.

Chippers Daddy

July 29th, 2010
2:49 pm

Look Alive

July 29th, 2010
10:25 pm

chips mama thank you now let’s end the insults. I apoligize. I am 69 years old and have had several women too many. I am not a virgin since probably before you were born. No hard feelings. take care of chip. Dave please change the picture.

Stat of the Month

July 30th, 2010
8:35 am

48th! …oh brother.

Kawakami – One inning pitched since June 26th… Can we trade him for a paper wieght and pay 90% of his salary? What’s the point of him even being on the roster. If we traded him for a mid level prospect and still paid 90% of his salary we’d still save money and be able to call up someone useful. I actually still like KK but if he is just going to just sit there, what’s the point. If or when Venters gets his suspension, that basically gives them a 23 man roster.

Stat of the Month

July 30th, 2010
8:37 am

..on the bright side, he has only given up 3 earned runs in over a month.
There’s your postive stat.

bs61014

July 30th, 2010
2:25 pm

northbeach Scott,

There is a big difference between taking advantage of a teammate being in a rundown, and the picture a baseball fan draws when they hear that a player stole home.

You are confusing a stat book entry with baseball vernacular. I am saying that headline writers are doing it on purpose.

That is all I am saying.

Tim Tebow

July 30th, 2010
7:47 pm

Jason is definitely the best base runner for the braves in a loooooooooooong time. If guys like furcal had jasons base iq, that would be sick
jason just does it all
a true 5 tool

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