2:22 pm October 25, 2010, by David O'Brien
October 26th, 20108:26 pm
Educate me. When did we last have a 1st rounder?
2009 draft. We took a kid named Mike Minor. Before that, 2007….Jason Heyward.
October 26th, 20108:27 pm
Man, in the spirit of alternative histories, I wrote a long one dating back to the American Civil War. One with a different outcome, Lincoln loses to McCellan and, as President, McCellan sues for peace. What comes next? But J*p*n was mentioned and now it’s gone. Oh well
Let’s just see if Frenchy can really earn a WS ring. If not, it’s just a case of fortunate happenstance that he was with the Rangers when they earned it.
October 26th, 20108:28 pm
I’m out of italics practice on here.
October 26th, 20108:31 pm
can’t getUNDERLINE to work here
Thanks Efrim, thought Minor was 2 years ago. We didn’t have one this year which I wasn’t aware of.
October 26th, 20108:32 pm
I just remember Renteria getting hurt either the day Tex came over or the following day. That really hurt that team.
I seem to remember that, a strange ankle injury in the field maybe? A wrist?
October 26th, 20108:33 pm
MLB needs to do something about the long layoffs between the regular season to first round to second round to world series. I realize neither series went 7 games, but dang. Game 1 isn’t even here and it feels like the season is over.
For what seems to be a forever regular season of playing 6-7 games/week, then they end up averaging 3 games/week (if that) once the regular season ends. Takes forever. No need for a backup catcher and barely a need for a 4th starter. Day off followed by 1 or 2 games in a row. L-A-M-E.
October 26th, 20108:36 pm
Yeah bad high ankle sprain on a hard hit ball that he backed up on. Very strange play.
October 26th, 20108:38 pm
Frankie, thought so thanks.
October 26th, 20108:47 pm
MLB needs to do something about the long layoffs between the regular season to first round to second round to world series. For what seems to be a forever regular season of playing 6-7 games/week, then they end up averaging 3 games/week (if that) once the regular season ends. Takes forever. No need for a backup catcher and barely a need for a 4th starter. Day off followed by 1 or 2 games in a row. L-A-M-E.
I agree. It’s one of the reasons the World Series means less and less to me every year. I just don’t think it’s a measure of which is the better team or better franchise. It just feels like it is a contest of who can get the hottest, or the luckiest, or of who has the 3 best starters and best closer rather than who has the best 25 man or 40 man roster. Selig and the television networks only make that worse every year with the way they spread this out, and let teams stack up their pitchers any way they want. To me, the regular season is like 11 on 11 tackle football, and the postseason is like 7 on 7 flag football, or the regular season is like 5 on 5 full court basketball, and the postseason is 3 on 3 halfcourt basketball. It just turns into a different game in October.
October 26th, 20109:09 pm
blog freeze….20 minutes no new post.
October 26th, 20109:10 pm
“I agree. It’s one of the reasons the World Series means less and less to me every year”
Yeah right. I’m thinking that the reason the World Series means less and less to you each year is because those grapes were sour anyway
October 26th, 20109:11 pm
October 26th, 2010
Thanks Efrim, thought Minor was 2 years ago. We didn’t have one this year which I wasn’t aware of.
We did get a comp pick though before the second round. MATT LIPKA – SS as comp for MIKE GONZALEZ………..uh-h-h, MIKE WHO????.
October 26th, 20109:15 pm
If anyone was curious, this is Jason Heyward as a child:
That’s his current Twitter background.
October 26th, 20109:16 pm
24 innings of pitching this year. That Oriole franchise is SLOWLY becoming the AL version of Cubs with their history of futility of late.
October 26th, 20109:17 pm
Choppinmama: Definitely knew Bill. Any of us who’ve covered games at Shea/Citi Field know Bill. He had a very distinct way of making announcements in pressbox, particularly double plays. Instead of “6-4-3″ like others say, he’d say 6-4-4-3, or 5-4-4-3, or whatever. And he made reading the pitcher’s final line a dramatic thing with his delivery.
Anyway, yes, he was an institution up there. Very sad story.
What has happened to Brett DuVall? Is he considered a prospect anymore?
A few years back Chris Chambliss was a name heard when it came to hitting coaches. what has happened to him? Is he working for anyone?
October 26th, 20109:20 pm
but I realized you do have Blake Griffin this year. He looks good.
Soph’s always worried about the looks
Frank from KS (now living in CO)
October 26th, 20109:25 pm
About Reckless Kelly…..a guy I went to HS/graduated with (and also grew up with) has some of their music and had me listen to some of it last November…and let me tell ya, if you like country/western music…they’re good.
October 26th, 20109:29 pm
Frank form KS-
Yeah I heard that they really aren’t mainstream country. Kind of more rock/country. Listening to some of their stuff on youtube right now. Not bad.
October 26th, 20109:30 pm
Presley started 133 games at 3B for Braves in 1990. And his replacement in 1991?
Of course, Terry Pendleton.
Didn’t Chambliss pass away a few years ago?
October 26th, 20109:31 pm
so Mike Minor could be the David Price of 2011?? http://www.rotoauthority.com/2010/10/the-next-david-price.html
October 26th, 20109:33 pm
By the way, the Braves did not interview Don Baylor.
D-DOGS holding up the bottom of the division, lose 3-5 today.
SS TYLER PASTORNICKY has an o’fer; 0-5 with a SO, .346 BA.
CF CORY HARRILCHAK 1-5, 1 R, 1 SO, .424 BA.
MAYOS de NAVAJOA
No report posted on today’s game, 9:30 EST start time.
TIGRES del LICEY
No BRAVES in line-up or pitching. Only game started.
GIGANTES de CAROLINA
No BRAVES playing.
AGUILAS del ZULIA
CARDINALES de LARA
October 26th, 20109:37 pm
Jim Presley’s career stats – per his Wikipedia profile
Batting average – .247
Home runs – 135
Runs batted in – 495
so Mike Minor could be the David Price of 2011??
Yeesh. Maybe with the K’s from a fantasy standpoint, but yikes, I really am not sure they have that much in common…..other than the Vanderbilt thing…
October 26th, 20109:38 pm
October 26th, 2010
What has happened to Brett DuVall? Is he considered a prospect anymore?
Yeah, BRETT’s still considered a prospect. Had an up and down year in A ball. 7-9, 4.39 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 106.2 IP, 134 H, 5 HR, 7 HB, 28 BB, 71 SO.
October 26th, 20109:39 pm
Someone asked about Jaramillo earlier, about his situation. He signed a three-year contract with Cubs before 2010 season.
October 26th, 20109:41 pm
they also said Brooks Conrad could be the next Carlos Gonzalez. It means nothing
October 26th, 20109:45 pm
October 26th, 20109:47 pm
Hey at least we won when TP showed up. PRESLEY……..1990? I mean…………..come on!!!! First to Worst.
October 26th, 201010:07 pm
richbrave – I don’t know why they don’t hire Murph and get it over with..(LOL)
October 26th, 201010:20 pm
So out of curiosity, as I watched Paul Pierce and the Celts beat the Heat, I looked up Rudy Jaramillo’s career statistics. He was an outfielder (and 1B at end of career) who compiled a .258 average with a .299 OBP and .341 slugging percentage, with 11 homers, 73 RBIs and 53 walks in 1005 plate appearances over three-plus seasons.
Oh, almost forgot: That was in minor league ball. He spent three years in Double-A, never made it any farther.
October 26th, 201010:24 pm
“richbrave – I don’t know why they don’t hire Murph and get it over with..(LOL)”
October 26th, 201010:27 pm
Murph – I was talking about Murph as in DALE Murphy..(LOL)
October 26th, 201010:37 pm
For the past two seasons, Chris Chambliss managed the Charlotte Knights (AAA for the White Sox).
This was right outside my work and I missed it. I always wanted to witness a tornado myself. These don’t happen in Chattanooga very often,ever.
October 26th, 201010:38 pm
14 over NYTOL.
October 26th, 201010:42 pm
Jim Presley as hitting coach for the Marlins OPS ranks:
756 OPS 5th in the NL 2009
759 OPS 5th in the NL 2008
784 OPS 4th in the NL 2007
Presley leaves 2010…..724 OPS 9th in the NL
I’d say he had an impact
October 26th, 201010:44 pm
This tornado touched down here in Chattanoogs earlier and it was right in front of where I work. Ticks me off because I’ve always wanted to witness one up close.
October 26th, 201010:45 pm
What I’d like to know is,…..what the hell is OPS? I would think a high on-base percentage would be one of the top things for a player.
October 26th, 201010:46 pm
So…Pitchers and Catchers report in about 120 days……..
Frank from KS-
OPS is On Base + Slugging percentage
October 26th, 201010:47 pm
October 26th, 201010:48 pm
That’s why I hate linking stuff because computers like to mess with you. There really was a tornado that touched down and I linked a nice picture of it.
October 26th, 201010:49 pm
OMG people!!! You cannot, CANNOT trade Prado or Infante, even though they obviously would bring more than anyone else on the roster that is not in the rotation. One will be an All Star at second and the other will fill in when Chip gets hurt, as he ALWAYS does. Chip’s what, 39 next season? For the love of Noc A Homa, Chip, please let it go! Don’t put the new manager in the position of having to tell a Braves icon that he’s just not the best option anymore…join the front office, or the staff, or whatever you work out with the management, and let the Braves put your 15 mil to good use…please!
October 26th, 201010:50 pm
Calm down buddy…nobody is trading Prado or Infante
October 26th, 201010:53 pm
Trade Prado…really??? – Chipper deserves to go out on his own terms, not bc some idiot fans want him to leave.
How to measure how good a hitting coach is:
- Type of success he’s had with the team he’s coached.
- What players say about him.
It has nothing to do with what he did during his career. Even Greg Norton could be a hitting coach.
October 26th, 201010:54 pm
Frank – next semester we’ll tackle BAPID.
October 26th, 201010:55 pm
Tomas @ 10:53 p.m.- “It has nothing to do with what he did during his career. Even Greg Norton could be a hitting coach”
SO..what your saying is someone like Raphael Belliard could be too?
October 26th, 201010:56 pm
keylargo – no comment
October 26th, 201010:57 pm
Some people are better at explaining things than actually doing them. This Presley guy seems to fall in that category. Maybe TP is opposite of that. Who knows …
October 26th, 201011:00 pm
Hey All was curious if anyone could direct me to somewhere that I could get a Phoenix Desert Dogs cap?
October 26th, 201011:02 pm
DOB…..Curious but could name of Mark Derosa come up in Braves hunt for an outfielder. The Giants will prob have to keep Cody Ross now ( I would think given his postseason performance)and Dero never really was healthy for them this season. Just thought he might be the kind of guy FW might take a flyer on if hes healthy. He only has 1 year left on his deal, can play left and can also play some infield, and has some pop, and am betting they could get him cheap from Giants
Would also like to know if you have heard any info about the Braves wanting or not wanting to keep Diaz around….love the guy and hope he is able to stay in some role even if they teach him to back up first base
October 26th, 201011:11 pm
Here’s a good spot to start a hunt for a Desert Dog hat.
October 26th, 201011:18 pm
No such luck thanks anyway Keylargo…if you happen to come across anything lemme know
October 26th, 201011:28 pm
Frank from KS (now living in CO), Greg Norton is a guy that likes hitting. Throughout his career the guy was a premier pinch hitter/ Designated hitter…..His job was hitting, Belliard on the other hand off course not, he’d be a hell of a fielding instructor though.
October 26th, 201011:31 pm
Tomas – well, if Norton was such a premier pinch hitter/ designated hitter, then why didn’t he get the job done, after his first year as a Brave?
October 26th, 201011:33 pm
Last I heard, Don Baylor is joining the D-Backs to serve as the team’s hitting coach.
Frank from KS (now living in CO), he is old……..Did a good job in limited roles for 12 years
October 26th, 201011:36 pm
In 2006 Norton had a great season… He hit 296 with 17HR 45 RBI’s 895OPS in 98 games
October 26th, 201011:37 pm
LuisG – yeah, Baylor was confirmed yesterday as the D-Backs new hitting coach. They added Alan Trammell (sp) today to the staff.
October 26th, 201011:43 pm
I’m disappointed the Braves didn’t consider Baylor
October 26th, 201011:45 pm
Tomas – well, in 04, he wasn’t all that great (didn’t play in 05, I assume bc there was no stats for him for 05)
He hit only .174, with an OBP of .276, a SLG of .256, a OPS of .531, 2 HR’s, 2 RBI’s in 41 games for Detroit.
October 26th, 201011:47 pm
Sons of Anarchy in Ireland, what a great episode tonight. And it opened with Black 47’s “The Big Fellah” playing as they rolled through the Irish countryside on the rented bikes. Love it….
Jamey Johnson’s going to be on Leno tonight, by the way.
October 26th, 201011:49 pm
SOA was very good tonight. Definitely one of the best episodes if not the best of the season so far.
October 26th, 201011:51 pm
Frank from KS (now living in CO), players are gonna have bad years, specially in those kind of roles.
His career stats 249 AVG 757OPS……..
His comparable will be Eric Hinske another premier pinch hitter/ Designated hitter
his career stats 254 AVG 776OPS
And Hinske might be the best pinch hitter in the game right now.
October 26th, 201011:52 pm
I’m like you in the respect that some of these bloggers need to SERIOUSLY get over the Tex trade. As I told Churchy, bad trades happen, and as with life, trades are a risk and ya never know what’s going to happen.
I wonder how some would’ve felt if the McGriff trade hadn’t worked out.
Someone asked about Brett DuVall earlier…. If I’m not mistaken, he suffered an arm injury midway thorugh season and was considering surgery in offseason. Don’t know if he’s had surgery yet or even if he will- but he definitely had an arm injury.
October 26th, 201011:53 pm
westgadave: Wren has given no indication yet of how Diaz fits in the plans.
October 26th, 201011:54 pm
Tomas – ya need to tell some of these others that…”players are gonna have bad years” when they bitch and moan about McClouth, and/or Gonzo, etc.
October 26th, 201011:55 pm
DOB: I asked a question earlier regarding phoenix desert dog hats…any ideas as to where I might find one?
October 26th, 201011:56 pm
DOB – I always thought Katey Sagal was hot as Peg Bundy, but WOW….she’s definately one that has gotten better with age, like a fine wine, as they say.
JD, that was a well-researched article on hitting coaches. Which, of course, means that those who argue to the contrary about the subject, without any evidence or facts, will obviously avoid reading it, or read it and dismiss it.
But thanks for the link.
so Mike Minor could be the David Price of 2011?? BF1984
I’m betting not even close
October 27th, 201012:00 am
I mentioned Dero as an option on here the other night and didnt get much of a response. IMO he makes sense, especially sense he isn’t locked into a long contract.
October 27th, 201012:06 am
perhaps because he(DeRo) has been pretty terrible the last two years??
October 27th, 201012:07 am
Frank from KS: Agree with you on Katey Sagal. In her mid-50s, and looks better than she did 20 years ago.
ok I missed the link to hitting coach study, sounds interesting
October 27th, 201012:10 am
Smitty, I’m not quite sure where you can get a Fall League cap other than at the ballparks. I just checked online real quick and nothing came up. But surely they are available somewhere online, or by calling out t here and having them ship you one.
It’s a great cap, or at least last year’s version is. (That’s the one I’ve got. Not sure if they’re wearing same cap this season.)
October 27th, 201012:17 am
And just to put in my $0.02 cents in on the closer situation for next season…
if his arm isn’t really to fall off bc of being so overused THIS season..(LOL), I see Venters as more closer material than Kimbrell (sp)…
oh yeah, and for those that moaned and groaned about Soriano last season, he did have himself a pretty solid season for the Rays…did he not?
October 27th, 201012:18 am
yeah he did, and i was whining about trading him like we did, but the pen was a pillar even without him.
October 27th, 201012:22 am
Nolie – yeah, Wagner did real good (even with the blown saves he had). I wished he wasn’t retiring tho…but I think there’s good enough arms to do as good if not better than Wags next season.
“Presley started 133 games at 3B for Braves in 1990. And his replacement in 1991?
Of course, Terry Pendleton.”
Prepare for another season of “me and my sister mama” baseball.
October 27th, 201012:26 am
Dero was only bad once he was traded in ‘09. Since then hes played about a half season worth of games because of wrist injuries. So other than the last 80 games or so Dero has been a productive player the last few years. More productive then what we’ve had in our OF the last couple seasons.
October 27th, 201012:33 am
I was just suggesting possibly why nobody was seconding his mention. His numbers probably weren’t interesting anybody who looked at the last two lines and thought 36 years old.
October 27th, 201012:36 am
Yeah Dero is getting up there in age as far as baseball is concerned but he only has a year left on contract. So we wouldn’t be locked into anything beyond the season and we would have some money come off the books after ‘11
October 27th, 201012:37 am
I really like Prado and predicted his success this year, but he is at peak value right now. cough .. cough .. Frank Wren.
October 27th, 201012:40 am
Why would you trade your best offensive weapon. IMO you don’t fill holes by creating more holes. Prado will probably hit around .300 his whole career. Something ATL needs a lot of right now. Plus I dont think Prado can net a hitter that would be able to replace everything we lose by Prado being traded.
October 27th, 201012:43 am
Okay, here’s a thought…
how bout Jermaine Dye to play left?
I know some aren’t going to like that idea…and didn’t last off-season but he probably wouldn’t be any worse than the idea of bringing either Frenchy or Andruw back.
October 27th, 201012:54 am
Just read a story in the SF Chron that says Benjie Molina is getting a ring either way…even luckier than Frenchy. Sounds like a nice guy, happy for his old team and Buster too.
October 27th, 201012:55 am
DOB: Do you know if Jaime Dismuke or Phil Wellman are hitting coach candidates?
October 27th, 20101:01 am
Dye? at 37, after a year layoff cause nobody wanted him last season? You’re right Frank, I ain’t likin’ it.
October 27th, 20101:06 am
Nolie – the Dye idea isn’t any worse than the idea of some of bringing Frenchy and/or Andruw back.
October 27th, 20101:26 am
“[Derosa would be] more productive then what we’ve had in our OF the last couple seasons.” – pcola brave
“Jermaine Dye…probably wouldn’t be any worse than the idea of bringing either Frenchy or Andruw back.” –frank from KS
these posts are in violation of the very important moratorium i declared a few nights ago, which banned all arguments for signing a player on the basis that “they would be no worse than what we’ve had in our outfield the last few years.”
such an argument is no argument at all. it’s like saying we should go to taco bell for dinner because it couldn’t be any worse than the mcdonald’s we had last night. everyone knows our outfield has been terrible for a while now. the idea is to fix it.
October 27th, 20101:30 am
jed – ya got to realize, Wren is strapped by LM…and their flippin money contraints on the team, SO..ya gotta think in terms of good, but cheap players.
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