Cox sticking with Lee at first base

Pittsburgh – For those thinking a change might be coming at first base for the Braves, indications were on Wednesday, not so fast.

Manager Bobby Cox had Derrek Lee in the lineup as usual, not choosing to give Troy Glaus a try. And when asked if he planned to get rookie Freddie Freeman in some this weekend with four right-handers going for the Cardinals, Cox said: “I haven’t even thought about that.”

Lee has hit only .228 (13-for-57) without a home run in his first 17 games with the Braves, not exactly the punch they were hoping for when they traded for him three weeks ago. He had seven RBIs in his first 10 games with the Braves but none in the first seven games of September, entering Wednesday.

Lee grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to kill a key rally Tuesday night on an 0-for-4 night.

But Cox points to hard hit balls like one in the fifth caught by a diving left fielder Jose Tabata. Lee was actually 9-for-28 (.321) since Aug. 30 entering Wednesday’s series finale.

“Derek is starting to come on pretty good,” Cox said. “He’s swinging better. He had two bullets (Tuesday) night, just didn’t have any luck. And his back is starting to feel good.”

Lee confirmed as much Wednesday afternoon, saying “I think the (cortisone) shot helped me.” He’s also fighting a sore thumb but didn’t want to elaborate.

“I’m just trying to find my swing,” Lee said. “I’m not worried about numbers. I’m worried about helping this team win. I know if I can get my swing, I can really help this team. That’s my main concern.”

136 comments Add your comment

chris

September 8th, 2010
6:03 pm

might have to wait until next year to see what the braves really can do….

Lil' Barry Bailout

September 8th, 2010
6:08 pm

Lee, Glaus, Crusty the Clown, whatever.

Brave864

September 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

Someone in a previous blog pointed out that last year the Braves went on a tear after getting swept by the padres. I think losing just two to the bucs ought to inspire that kind of run starting tonight!

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

September 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

*rolls eyes*

Brave864….what the hell are you thinking? The NL East is the Phillies to lose, after losing two to the lowly Pirates, the Braves don’t deserve to win ANYTHING!!!

chris

September 8th, 2010
6:17 pm

Brave864- i sure hope so. but i definitly am ready for next year to start. having freeman and heyward in the lineup everyday. and maybe bringing up teheran sometime next year. some big time young players with alot more potential than most teams have ever had in a group of players coming up before.

mike fitzgerald

September 8th, 2010
6:19 pm

i love bobby cox but detest his loyalty to players who don’t deserve it and as a result it hurts the team. why not play Freeman? they have nothing to lose after the failures of lee and glaus. saying nothing about the lousy trades for cabrera and gonzalez.

N8

September 8th, 2010
6:19 pm

“And when asked if he planned to get rookie Freddie Freeman in some this weekend with four right-handers going for the Cardinals, Cox said: “I haven’t even thought about that.”

Hopefully, the next manager of the Braves WILL think about it.

Oh well. Go Derrek Lee!!…. and take Rick Ankiel with you.

J-Hey the Hero

September 8th, 2010
6:22 pm

I think #6 should play first and bat clean up

Larry

September 8th, 2010
6:23 pm

Does anyone else do what I do…mute the tv when Chip Caray does the games. I can’t listen to him any longer.

curtis jones

September 8th, 2010
6:24 pm

I’m surprised the HOF manager hasn’t lured Greg Norton out of retirement.

Brave from Texas

September 8th, 2010
6:24 pm

I feel like the general attitude right now is that fans have given up. This is disappointing because we have a darn good baseball team. Yes we have a lack of “star power” but we’ve been at that disadvantage all season and been managing just fine. The biggest issue is that we are not being as patient at the plate. Derek Lee is hitting the ball solid, just like Troy did in April when his batting average was dismal. Then he went on a tear. Give him a chance. Give this team a chance. They are going to get this done. Go Braves! I wish I could watch them on TV every night…

Ray

September 8th, 2010
6:25 pm

And that is why he only won the world series once. He is the worst manager at getting the best lineup in to win.

J-Hey the Hero

September 8th, 2010
6:26 pm

Greg Norton, Y-E-S

eric the elder

September 8th, 2010
6:27 pm

having freeman and heyward in the lineup everyday. and maybe bringing up teheran sometime next year

chris, that’s something to look forward to, but it will take much more than that. I’m very concerned that the minors have very little to get excited about except for pitchers.

We clearly need a left fielder, a center fielder, and probably a shortstop. Where do they come from?

J-Hey the Hero

September 8th, 2010
6:28 pm

Brave from Texas,

If you could watch the Braves every night, you would probably understand why everyone has seemingly “given up”. When you are tortured by pitch selection from our lineup night after night, you start to lose patience.

fyi

September 8th, 2010
6:29 pm

Braves are ticking me off, why do they always make realy good pitchers look really great and really bad pitchers look even better than great. They need to be more aggressive hitting and on the base paths. No reason they cant advance a leadoff hit from first to even second.

Heck, i wouldnt care about the losses of they actually looked like they cared..I know they care, just show a little emotion, watch the Phillies…

Stylin

September 8th, 2010
6:30 pm

Hey Bobby…..loyalty to a player is one thing….trying to get into the playoffs is another. How the hell can you continue to put MEEKLY Cabrera in the starting lineup is baffling! Yes, you are indeed a HOF manager but the game has passed you by. Thanks and don’t let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out. Bring back JOE TORRE!!!!!!!! A true BRAVE!!!!

Brown

September 8th, 2010
6:30 pm

Larry- thank you! i’m glad someone else finally understand where i’m coming from. he is an absolute idiot

Lawrence

September 8th, 2010
6:31 pm

Larry, I’m with you. Chip Caray is brutal. His IQ has to be in single digits.

John C

September 8th, 2010
6:33 pm

Larry, I knew I wasnt the only one. Chip Caray is a total douche.

Abram

September 8th, 2010
6:34 pm

When is Chip Caray’s contract up. My ears can’t take anymore !

steve

September 8th, 2010
6:34 pm

Cox lineups make no sense and its like he has no knowledge of players stats or just seems to think that a miracle is going to happen , McClouth hits 150 against left handed pitchers yet he starts agaist one monday and comes up with the bases loaded with 1 out and pops out to the 3rd baseman, we lose 3-1 and I think had a decent hitter been up we at least have a chance to break the game open early, I guarantee the good players on this team are wondering why Cox continues to play guys that cannot hit.

Brown

September 8th, 2010
6:35 pm

Stylin- since your such a great manager, who would you have in the lineup tonight against the lefty. Ankiel who has struck out in his last 8 PA’s? Or McLouth who cant hit lefties at all? Melky has been nothing short of consistently average all year. Much more than our other CF options can say

curtis jones

September 8th, 2010
6:35 pm

Jim Powell is great to listen to. He’s a solid broadcaster, not a former jock, and he didn’t get the job because he’s somebody’s kid.

Jerek Deter

September 8th, 2010
6:38 pm

Jim Powell and EJ are better-informed broadcasters than Chip, sorry to say. But Chip has the voice and the pedigree, for sure.

eric

September 8th, 2010
6:42 pm

what is wrong with some of you? already looking forward to next year?
the braves are .5 games out of first. if they win the next 2 games they are back in first place.. not to mention there’s the wild card!!
I’m down and out over the recent struggles too, but i have plenty of faith in these guys to at least make it to the post season, via division win or wild card. once they make it to the play offs ANYTHING can happen.
Wash the sand out of your vagina’s and enjoy the rest of the season. it will be fine.

chris

September 8th, 2010
6:44 pm

eric the elder- yes, like all teams, the braves will fill their holes. but including heyward and freeman while adding in the offseason, it does feel good.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

September 8th, 2010
6:49 pm

Eric…well, let me say this my friend, if the Braves can’t beat a lowly Pirate team…what does that tell you about when they go up against better competition…say like the Cards or/and even the Phils…and if they make it that far…teams like the Rangers or Yanks or even the Rays.

They don’t stand a ^%$# chance against the upper-talented teams.

29tigerboys

September 8th, 2010
6:54 pm

N8, you beat me to the comment. This manager is brazen enough to tell the fans that he hasn’t even thought about putting Freeman in against the Cards’ righties, but doesn’t have the gall to upset one of his favorites by sitting him, even though it’s in the best interest of the team. Watching Bobby’s decisions are really painful, but I do keep telling myself that he will not be the Braves “Skipper” next year.

BUBBA

September 8th, 2010
6:55 pm

Cox will be waiting in November for Lee to get Hot.

eric

September 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

Frank.. The Pirates win some games, they don’t lose them all…..
This season the Pirates:
swept the reds April 16-8
took 3 out of 4 from Phillies July 1-4
won series against Rockies July 27-19
Won series against Cardinals Aug 23-25

eric

September 8th, 2010
7:00 pm

**Correction on Dates.

Games the pirates won that I’m sure left fan bases calling suicide hotlines….

swept the reds april 16-18
took 3 out of 4 from phillies July 1-4
won series against Rockies July 27-29
Won series against Cardinals Aug 23-25

Mr. Enigma

September 8th, 2010
7:05 pm

Kenshin Kawakami has more RBIs on this road trip than Derrek Lee.

Think about that.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

September 8th, 2010
7:07 pm

Eric – to be a first place team, you have to show you can beat the teams your supposed to beat….which the Braves HAVE NOT showed at all…and when they were in the 14 year division title run, THAT’S what they did….they beat the teams they were supposed to beat.

BUBBA

September 8th, 2010
7:09 pm

Braves are 7-10 with Lee and Cubs are 10-6 without him. CUBS WIN1 CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

September 8th, 2010
7:09 pm

I mean, getting beat by the Pirates is just about as bad as getting beat by the Astros or the Nationals.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

September 8th, 2010
7:10 pm

LMAO…….BUBBA

curtis jones

September 8th, 2010
7:13 pm

Lee’s double-play ball missed the target

THE CURSE OF DAVID JUSTICE LIVES IN THE ATL

September 8th, 2010
7:13 pm

FRANK WREN IS MAKING BOBBY COX PLAY HIS BOY LEE,AND FORCING HIM TO KEEP GLAUS ON THE BENCH!

eric

September 8th, 2010
7:14 pm

I’m sure teams were thinking they should have won against many of the Braves “Sunday Squad” games this year. Games where only 3 starters are in the game.

THE CURSE OF DAVID JUSTICE LIVES IN THE ATL

September 8th, 2010
7:15 pm

FIRE FRANK WREN FIRE FRANK WREN FIRE FRANK WREN

DaveinNEPA

September 8th, 2010
7:17 pm

Once again the “player’s manager” sabotages any chance this team has of doing anything meaningful the rest of the season.

I guess I would rather take the disappointment now rather than in October, because either way, so long as Bobby is your manager, you’re going to be disappointed in the end.

BUBBA

September 8th, 2010
7:19 pm

Cox actually has Cabrera in the 8 hole. Both Ankiel and McLouth who are killing this guy are out of the line up. Cabrera , the dumbest guy on earth next to Terry Harper is the apparent favorite.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

September 8th, 2010
7:31 pm

Okay, you all…it’s decision time for Joe Torre with the Dodgers being out of it….I’m hoping for either him or Bobby V (altho Glen Hubbard deserves a chance too) to be the next manager of the Braves….but honestly, I don’t think Torre will manage anywhere…but I think it would be right down pretty cool…for Torrie to come back to Atlanta and manage again…but again, that’s only mo.

Chief Pitchanono

September 8th, 2010
7:41 pm

Well got half my wish at least melky is back in center, I don’t see why people hate him so, no he’s not great, but he’s way better than our other options, Mclouth or Ankiel. Guess Glaus will have to sit on the bench a little longer, I mean I hope Lee is starting to heat up (noting the Sept. Avg.), but i still would like to see Glaus get another shot if Lee doesn’t get it going soon.

Brave864

September 8th, 2010
8:25 pm

I just want to say it is not true that the Braves radio network blankets South Carolina. How can I be in Duncan (in between Greenville and Spartanburg) and not pick up either listed station? Are the rats not running fast enough this week?

Earlier CO Frank asked what I was thinking and I think the best way to answer would be that there are still plenty of things to be positive about. I’ll take the 1/2 game out this late in the season and hope, with good reason, that things will improve. This is after all not a cubbie blog. Pessimistic and hopeless comments are always welcome at http://chicagocubsonline.com/

THE CURSE OF DAVID JUSTICE LIVES IN THE ATL

September 8th, 2010
8:30 pm

I’VE BEEN SAID BRING JOE TORRE BACK

robdawg08

September 8th, 2010
8:44 pm

Must be some sorry Pirates pitching tonight cuz D. Lee is 2 for 2 with a walk. Let’s see D.Lee hit Adam Wainwright then I’ll give him some props. My dead great grandfather could hit these Pirates pitchers.

robdawg08

September 8th, 2010
8:47 pm

Bass is fishing for the strike zone…

robdawg08

September 8th, 2010
8:56 pm

I love those Jack’s Links Beef jerky Sasquatch commercials !

robdawg08

September 8th, 2010
8:57 pm

Lastings dad was named Firstings…

robdawg08

September 8th, 2010
9:02 pm

Tim Hudson : “I feel as a whole, everybody needs to pull their weight. Everybody on the pitching staff, whoever is in the lineup each night has to do what it takes to win ballgames. Unfortunately we’ve come up on some short ends of some games.”

That’s the truth. He’s calling all of you Braves out. Earn your money. Tim has…

Really?

September 8th, 2010
9:22 pm

“Derek is starting to come on pretty good,” Cox said. “He’s swinging better. He had two bullets (Tuesday) night, just didn’t have any luck. And his back is starting to feel good.”

I call BS! Derrek Lee has not hit a ball hard since he came to the Braves. He has zero homers since he came to the Braves. He winces when he bats, so his back IS bothering him. Today we learn his hand is also bothering him. Sorry Bobby, but I guess you can’t see that he’s in pain when he bats while you’re sitting in the dugout. Watch some video! Just like you let Glaus play until his knees were so bad he couldn’t hit squat! Just like you made Heyward play with a bad thumb until we lost him for weeks. Lee is a rally killer! Just because he’s having a good night in a blowout doesn’t mean diddly. He will be back to hitting into bases loaded double plays tomorrow. Give Freeman and Glaus a chance. Are you mad at Glaus or what? The dude has two hits in four at bats. DUH!!!

Brava

September 8th, 2010
9:25 pm

Torre? Isn’t he like 70 years old? We don’t need a transition manager, we need someone young who will be around for a few years. I thought Torre was thinking of retiring, anyway.

Mathman

September 8th, 2010
10:16 pm

You people got what you wanted: a look at Glaus at 3B. Almost threw one away and would have if Freeman hadn’t made a great pickup. And, charged a slow bouncer and did not get the ruuner.

Glaus cannot play 3B. That much is obvious. If it were not a blowout, they would have started bunting on him.

pdt

September 8th, 2010
10:23 pm

Lee may have gotten a couple of hits tonight, but he has shown no power and I cringe every time he comes up with bases loaded. I’d much rather have a hungry and enthusiastic Freddie Freeman than a washed up Lee in the lineup. And if RIck Ankiel never comes to bat again that would be fine.

Former Cox Player

September 8th, 2010
11:43 pm

Could playing Freddie hurt the team? Answer : No. Excellent defensive skills, and perhaps he’d connect for hits. Lee and Ankiel can’t catch up to today’s good fastball pitchers, painfully obvious. Bobby will stick with his vets regardless, take it to the bank. Winning games is second to loyalty and being liked by his boys. If we make postseason, likely to be another early exit. Wish it weren’t so, but history ain’t kind.

JRW7

September 8th, 2010
11:48 pm

I didn’t like SKIP, but I like CHIP!!!!

Keith

September 9th, 2010
12:00 am

Re: Brave from Texas

No way have I given up!!!!! :)

I like this Braves team to win 3/4 vs the Cards this weekend, vaulting us back to 1st place.

Really?

September 9th, 2010
12:37 am

Mathman, you clearly dislike Glaus. He made a very good play on that slow bouncer and almost got the out on a very fast, young runner. Too bad he isn’t perfect like you. I’m sure you would have made the play, right?

“Fans” like you are beyond disgusting. You’re probably some fat slob with your belly and butt hanging to the floor, while you swill cheap beer and gorge yourself on greasy cheeseburgers

quitesimpley

September 9th, 2010
1:06 am

YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD MIKE FRITZGERALD. IF BRAVES PRESEDENT DOES NOT FIRE WREN HE WILL FINISH GIVING THE TESM AWAY THIS OFF SEASON

Dalmore

September 9th, 2010
7:10 am

Agree on the Chip Carey comments, but is anyone else tired of Joe Simpson and his ceaseless excuse-making for everyone in the Braves lineup? He will never squarely face a problem. A year or so ago, after a Brave had struck out three or four times in a game, Simpson was saying what a great job he did taking the pitchers deep into the count at every at bat, running up his pitch count. After listening to Keith Hernandez and some other teams’ announcers, I realize what a vanilla pair of announcers we have here.

takashi saito's dad

September 9th, 2010
7:36 am

Bobby, can my son play 1st base?

kid swingin' a dead cat

September 9th, 2010
8:58 am

I see the Braves and Phillies extending the season by a game to determine which is the division winner and which is the wildcard.

foultip

September 9th, 2010
9:07 am

Can we use the designated hitter for first base.

Fastball

September 9th, 2010
9:13 am

I enjoy Chip and Joe very much….Met them both in Cincinnati in July, Chip in the hotel lobby and Joe in the elavator. Both gentleman took the time to respond and treated us with respect. Some players however were cold and wouldn’t even give eye contact. If you really want to hear bad announcing, get MLB Extra Inning and try following the pennant races. I do understand turning down the volume. It’s nice to be “IN” a pennant race again. …I enjoy reading the blog. Thanks.

Jim

September 9th, 2010
9:27 am

Bobby Cox is one of the greatest managers in MLB ever and to hear would be experts continue to criticize any and every move he makes is a good indication of how little these experts truly know about baseball. Yes he has made mistakes as we all have but look at all of the moves he has made just this year alone that won a game or games–just one example pinch hitting Brooks Conrad who hits a grand slam. I am sure someone would call that poor managing since they would say he should have been playing all along. Brtaves have done a phenomenal job this year with limited talent at many positions and Bobby has made the most of the talent he has got. Go Braves

Thinking Inside the Box

September 9th, 2010
9:38 am

“Cox sticking with Lee at first base”

Surprise, surprise… how’s that working out for you, Bobby? The season is steadily slipping away from you and you keep trotting the same players out, putting them in the same places and getting the same results. Innovation drives champions, apathy guarantees mediocrity.

bob

September 9th, 2010
9:38 am

Good or bad, Bobby Cox takes loyalty to veteran players to an extreme. He will play D. Lee until the end even if he hits .150, even if it costs him the playoffs.

joe

September 9th, 2010
9:53 am

I agree on comments about Joe Simpson, I used tp enjoy his comments, however, he has turned ‘homer” to a new level. He is a Braves fan, however, he needs to call game on more of a honest basis. Quit making excuses for the Braves when they make a mistake or don’t hustle. A ball thrown by a Braves pitcher that bounces in front of the plate is not a strike. A ball on the corner that is called a strike against a Braves hitter is not a mistake by the umpire. I have started turning off TV volume off during Braves game and listening to radio broadcast. I used to think Sutton was somewhat of a homer, in comparison he now seems normal.

Phil in TN

September 9th, 2010
10:01 am

I think all the negative stuff here about Bobby, FW, Lee, Ankiel, Chip Carey, etc, etc. has finally chased all the rest of us off here. We true Braves fans are really tired of hearing it. Doesn’t matter if they win or lose, it still comes; sort of like having the M-I-L from h$ll living in your house. . .

J T at Capital

September 9th, 2010
10:09 am

Bobby doing right thing with Freddie Freeman you don’t throw kid out there middle pennant race and put that kind of pressure on young player he will have his term for many years to come.

jfreak13713

September 9th, 2010
10:18 am

Bobby is Bobby and the expect otherwise is foolish … However, nobody seems to be mentioning Tony LaRussa as a POSSIBLE replacement for Cox? I know Freedie is the popular choice here but Yahoo is reporting that big Albert MIGHT follow LaRussa if he leaves St Louis? I think LaRussa would be a great fit for this team? Very similar to Cox in style but a little more aggressive …. Oh to see Albert at first

Melky Way

September 9th, 2010
10:33 am

Fire the curse of David Justice!

Lobosolo

September 9th, 2010
10:35 am

Only the dipsheet “fans” that cry on these threads have given up on the team… Get your thumbs out of your mouths and put your big-girl panties on, you bunch of no-nothing whiners…

Melky Way

September 9th, 2010
10:36 am

Nobody wants Joe Torre,he is as old as Bobby Cox,He would be a short time solution.

hAL

September 9th, 2010
10:36 am

phil in ten you are right on the money when i first came on this blog a few years ago there were actual fans with iw’s over 3 on here but the remaining demograpics seem slightly slanted and prejudicial so like you i hardly come here any more and when i do i real only mcfann and a cpl others comments the rest are cotton pickin morons who think there one year of cocahing teee ball makes them experts lmao

Alan 10

September 9th, 2010
11:06 am

Here goes Bobby again, no loyalty to the man that really started the surge back in May (Glaus) and no loyalty to another Brave phenom who tore up triple A (Freeman)-WHERE IN THE H#*% DOES THIS MAN COME FROM, I KNOW HE SLEEPS ON THE BENCH DURING THE GAMES BUT COME ON, ARE ALL HIS ASSISTANTS AFRAID TO SPEAK UP. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TheProfessor69

September 9th, 2010
11:28 am

… I think leaving Lee at first is a BIG mistake,he has never been a hitter and I hope that I am WRONG. I think Rick Ankiel needs glases, I am very serious about him needing corrective eyeware. He can not hit AT ALL , HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE STRUCK OUT IN A ROW. Derrick Lee was a huge mistake and you can’t put that on Bobby , Ankiel was a worse mistake, I just want him to go,leave,never come back, he is so bad that I feel sorry for him. We were close to winning this thing and we STILL CAN , DO NOT GIVE UP , just get the people out of the lineup that are killing the Braves.

Bushwacker

September 9th, 2010
11:33 am

Is this the right time for Lee to (find his swing), I thought we were trying to win a pennant?

Your right TheProfessor69 you can’t blame Cox for acquiring Lee but you can blame him for continuing to put Lee in the lineup.

Bushwacker

September 9th, 2010
11:39 am

We have the wrong Derek playing first, did you see the ball D Lowe hit to the wall last night, D Lee has yet to come close to hitting the ball that hard!

Marvin Mangrum

September 9th, 2010
11:45 am

Bobby Cox is the dumbest sob managing baseball. Look at the World Championships! With a record like that why would you try something new. Yep 226 instead of a rookie is genius. And thats what I am. Thats why I use Rick Ankiel, only strikes out whilst going to bat, against all righties. I can not believe you mortals would even question me. Man we are so good we can win win a pitcher and 6 position players. Im telling you, thats why we are so far out in first place. Question me. If we are not out of it by Monday, you will see how my genius just clicks. I mean, look at all my titles, you moron, question me.

Rolly

September 9th, 2010
11:45 am

Only the dipsheet “fans” that cry on these threads have given up on the team… Get your thumbs out of your mouths and put your big-girl panties on, you bunch of no-nothing whiners…

And, you are a superior “fan” because you come on this board to bash other fans? Last time I checked, we had a right to free speech. If fans want to come on here to voice their opinions, they don’t need a blog nazi to attack them. Oh and “big girl panties”? That’s pretty sexist. And “no-nothing whiners”? Well, that’s pretentious and imbecilic.

Murph

September 9th, 2010
11:59 am

Lee is basically worthless. He’s lucky he can even get out of bed in the morning, let alone swing a bat. Glaus can’t swing the stick anymore. He’s done, probably forever. Freeman is the one player they could play at 1B that gives the team a chance to win, yet he’s riding the pine.

Bobby is as Bobby does.

PS – Fire TP now to make a statement. Shake up the team a little for the stretch run. Can’t hurt, and would probably help.

joemoedee

September 9th, 2010
12:05 pm

2 for 3, 2 RBI and 2 BB. Yeah, Derek Lee was terrible last night.

Guys slump. There’s nothing in Lee’s past that suggest he cannot break out of the slump.

ThePriceisWrongBitch!

September 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

I am all for Freeman starting at 1B. Keep Glaus and Lee on the bench to pinch hit. Let the kid show what he can do.

His fielding is as good or better than Lee’s- way better than Glaus.

His offensive production could not be any worse than what we have gotten out of 1B all season and he could gain some much needed big league experience for our playoff run and next year.

Go Bravos!

JonnyVenter'sLeftArm

September 9th, 2010
12:21 pm

I wonder if Booby changed his tune last night when Freddie made three highlight-worthy plays over there?
Probably not, since Lee actually got a couple of hits and RBIs.

Murph

September 9th, 2010
12:26 pm

joe, Lee’s past is his past. He’s broken down. My 2 year old kid could go 2-3 against the Pirates. Freeman is the future, he gives the team the best chance to win, so why not play him? He deserves a chance after the year he’s had.

Bobby puts loyalty ahead of wins. Always has. That’s why players love him. Most don’t have to worry about their jobs once they are in the starting lineup. Bobby will stick with them no matter what. You have to be completely incompetent for 2/3 of the season (McClouth) to lose your job, meanwhile the team drops 5 out of 10.

I hope the next manager puts wins ahead of egos and delicate player psyches.

braves70

September 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

I think we as Braves fans will feel liberated once this season ends and Cox is gone. Like a population that has endured the long, sullen existence of life under the thumb of a tin-horn dictator celebrates his final overthrow, so will Braves fans rejoice that Generalisimo Cox is no longer in charge of this team and we are not subject to his inane decisions anymore.

Mitchell

September 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

mike fitzgerald

September 8th, 2010
6:19 pm

i love bobby cox but detest his loyalty to players who don’t deserve it and as a result it hurts the team. why not play Freeman? they have nothing to lose after the failures of lee and glaus. saying nothing about the lousy trades for cabrera and gonzalez.

So what do you love about him then?

UP THE LADDER

September 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

Yes, leave a 416 hitter sit on the bench to get rusty and call on the old men with back and leg problems who cant see or hit the ball. Way to win a championship there Bob. Maybe not playing the rookies is why we are no longer 6 games up ya THINK?

Tired of same game

September 9th, 2010
12:40 pm

I am so tired of Cox playing with the roster and not wanting to hurt player feelings. Give me a break, this is not little league. You want to win you play the best and Glaus and Lee are not the best. Either is putting KK in to pitch when your in a penate race. That move almost made me puke.

Cox, was nice having you here but will be nicer to have a manager who manages for the team as a whole and not a player he just really likes. This whole season is going to be for nothing and I DO AND CAN BLAME COX. We have the players to do this, Cox just likes the other players better so they get playing time.

ijudgenot

September 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

“Guys slump. There’s nothing in Lee’s past that suggest he cannot break out of the slump”.

Except a bulging disc in his back that hurts everytime he takes a big swing at a ball, especially a hard inside fastball. If Lee was healthy, this trade probably would have come close to the McGriff trade, but he is not. And although gritting his teeth and playing through the pain is admirable, the fact remains that he has warning track power now with the back pain influenced swing. I don’t know what his numbers are against Wainright and Carpenter, but if they were not good when his back was healthy, then they sure are not going to improve when its not, so let Freeman, a lefthanded hitter, have a shot starting at first when they pitch this weekend.

Mitchell

September 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

Keith

September 9th, 2010
12:00 am
Re: Brave from Texas

No way have I given up!!!!!

I like this Braves team to win 3/4 vs the Cards this weekend, vaulting us back to 1st place.

See that’s the thing. You can win 3 out of 4 and still be in second place.

I seriously doubt we’ll be in first place on September 20th.

Grow up

September 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

Tired of hearing how you dont throw a rookie out there in the middle of the penate race. Why the heck not. Hes good enough to be here, hes good enough to play. Especially when hes hitting over 400 at AAA and has nothing else to prove. With our two 1st baseman hitting 200, dont you think its time to try a rookie. After all, the baby braves did it a few years ago. Let the kid play and lets get the fire back into this club.

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fairweatherfan

September 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

All of you Lee haters are ridiculous. You act like he’s the biggest reason why we haven’t been doing well. I point more towards the clowns we have rotating day in and day out in left field. Melky, McClouth, and Ankiel. Yeah, he can hit more homeruns, but his defense is solid. Can’t say the same for pappa Glaus.

Matt

September 9th, 2010
1:19 pm

Rookies tend to come on strong and then level off. With 20 games left it would seem to make sense to give the kid a try. You certainly couldn’t get less production from 1b than you have been getting since April.

YOu get what you pay for. The BRaves have two washed up past their prime 1b with very little left to give. Sure they’ll get a hit every once in a while, they are professional hitters, that doesn’t mean they are “coming around”.

submariner

September 9th, 2010
1:20 pm

fairweatherfan: YEEEESSS!!!!!!

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

September 9th, 2010
1:22 pm

the wheels are falling off of this team

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