10:06 am December 6, 2010, by David O'Brien
Andrew in PA
December 6th, 201010:00 pm
Mikeinfl, love that trade you put together there.
December 6th, 201010:02 pm
Nolie, I don’t feel I am that tough of an audience. I didn’t like what I saw from Lowe, but he turned it around and had me change my mind quick, fast, and in a hurry.
Im glad were not all obsessed with trying to dump D. Lowe this offseason. I got sick of all that talk last year.
Coach (2011 Fredi G. a Go)
December 6th, 201010:03 pm
The Brewers are rumored to want young starting pitching in return for Lorenzo Cain, while Frank Wren has shown zero inclination to trade the same in recent history. So this rumor will be going nowhere fast and is already dead on arrival.
Personally I think Beachy threw better out of him and Minor.
December 6th, 201010:04 pm
Nolie, I don’t feel I am that tough of an audience Trey
if you ain’t satisfied with a 3.00 ERA and 15Ks and 3 walks in 15IP from a rook just up to the bigs, then you are indeed a tough audience.
December 6th, 201010:05 pm
MlBraves fans: Three good mystery writers: Ian Rankin-writes about a scottish detective named Rebus; Henning Mankell who writes about a Swedish detective Kurt Wallender; and my favorite James Lee Burke who writes about a New Iberia, La. dtective named Dave Robicheaux. There’s also Lee Child whose character is Jack Reacher, but he’s less a detective than an action hero. Happy reading!
Fredi's Fu Manchu
I th ink a mid-market team needs to be high on a player like Schafer – and I argue this team should not worry about Schafer at the plate (shouldn’t have to w/ there lineup). His D deserves more talk. McLouth drove me nuts at the plate, but defensively was worse. No idea what UZR says @ McLouth, just know what my eyes saw – ugly. At best were going to have a weak arm / avg speed in left (Prado).
Cain must not have enough steals for coach
December 6th, 201010:06 pm
Okay, okay, okay, you got me Nolie! Those are some impressive numbers and I do gotta give him props!
December 6th, 201010:08 pm
Beachy showed promise, but you can’t tell a whole lot in 15 innings of work.
I still think Minor will be more of a 2-3 starter, and Beachy will be a 4-5 guy. However, with the current rotation and the talent we have in the minors, a typical 4-5 guy won’t have a spot in the 2012-2013 rotation.
Sanchez’ ball floats.
December 6th, 201010:09 pm
Innocent, true, but those were a heck of a 15 innings. However, no telling what would have happened if he threw 50 or 100.
December 6th, 201010:10 pm
I just have to watch him next season to decide how I feel.
good suggestions menlo, especially Burke and Child.
I’d add Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch books, John Sandford’s Prey novels, and Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole books
Plus of course Lawrence Block and Elmore Leonard
December 6th, 201010:11 pm
Beachy stepped up when we needed him to. Beachy threw in some big games.
MlBraves fan, BTW, some of the Mankell and Rankin books are on DVD. They’re on the PBS website if you want to order them. I love the inspector Morse/Lewis series. There’s also Midsomer Murders series on TV-they’re good as well. And Michael Connelly writes some good LA detective stuff.
So if wren does extend uggla whats everybodies prediction on numbers? Hes thought to make over 10 million in arb this year and has already turned down 4/48 from marlins.I wonder if he would accept same offer from braves?
December 6th, 201010:12 pm
that’s true IB, just saying that the 15 IP were well done. Not a big enough sample size to mean anything I agree. Like I said I ain’t sold on him just giving props where they were due
P’Cola, I am just going to decide next season. 15 innings is really not a lot of work, but he did do well in the 15 innings.
Can’t protect a 3 man rush, geez.
December 6th, 201010:13 pm
I love Insp Morse too. Have evey one of the episodes. good stuff.
December 6th, 201010:14 pm
I’d offer 4/50, and wouldn’t go any further than 5/60.
December 6th, 201010:15 pm
I hope he does not go for more than 4 guaranteed years Shin. a 5th year option would be ok. 4/52?
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Thanks for the link. I worry, probably more than a sane person should, about the demise of the brick and mortar bookstore. What can I say, they are like a church to me and one of the first things I do when going to Barnes and Nobles is check out the new writers section. I’ve found some great books there. There is always a certain serendipitous experience to be had at a bookstore, at least for me.
December 6th, 2010
MlBraves fans: Three good mystery writers: Ian Rankin-writes about a scottish detective named Rebus; Henning Mankell who writes about a Swedish detective Kurt Wallender; and my favorite James Lee Burke who writes about a New Iberia, La. dtective named Dave Robicheaux. There’s also Lee Child whose character is Jack Reacher, but he’s less a detective than an action hero. Happy reading!”
Thanks for the suggestions! I’m familiar with the Wallender character due to the Kenneth Branagh “Masterpiece” series, which I thought was good. These all sound like some good reading.
Would a Victor Martinez contract be fair enough.
December 6th, 201010:16 pm
Nolie, Agree with all, especially Crais.
December 6th, 201010:21 pm
I recommend a site to purchase books fron especially if you buy hard backs, but it’s great for paperbacks too.
I have bought hundreds of books from all over the world from there and never once been unhappy
December 6th, 201010:23 pm
I guess Burke and Connelly are my faves, but all those we mentioned are great
December 6th, 201010:24 pm
Bat – there may not be much any of us can do about the brick and mortar bookstores, but we can support our libraries.
December 6th, 201010:27 pm
True, I’m not sure what I would have done without the library when I was young.
December 6th, 201010:29 pm
Has anyone read ” The Life Of Pi” by Yann Martel?
December 6th, 201010:32 pm
is it a cookbook Bat?
December 6th, 201010:35 pm
Close nolie I loved it
Yann Martel’s imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting “religions the way a dog attracts fleas.” Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker (”His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth”)
December 6th, 201010:36 pm
menlobrave – I also liked Midsomer Murders. Inspector Morse/Lewis were/are my favorites.
nolie – John Thaw was great as Morse.
December 6th, 201010:37 pm
Bat – have not read it, but just read that Ang Lee is doing a movie version…
December 6th, 201010:39 pm
That’s a movie I will have to see.
December 6th, 201010:40 pm
December 6th, 2010
Close nolie I loved it
Yann Martel’s imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting “religions the way a dog attracts fleas.” Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker (”His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth”)”
That’s some preview!
It starts slow but worth the wait.
December 6th, 201010:42 pm
Bat – the only reason I noticed the story is that the Indian actor who is in “In Treatment” on HBO this season will be starring in it…he is excellent…
December 6th, 201010:43 pm
I copied about half of the preview. Pi and Richard Parker spend 227 days adrift in the Pacific.
December 6th, 201010:44 pm
In Treatment is a great show. Byrne is always awesome anyway
December 6th, 201010:45 pm
eating zebras and drunken orangs ?
nolie – totally agree – he can do so much with facial expressions, he is amazing…
December 6th, 201010:47 pm
nolie, yeah $13 M a year sounds about right for Uggla. Even if it had to go 14-15 M I’d think he’d be worth it. He’s always healthy and consistant with the bat on top of apparantly being a very good teammate/guy.
I see the Braves locking him up soon. Wren seems persistant when he wants something done.
December 6th, 201010:48 pm
I’ll look into it. I have Showtime but not HBO. I’m interested in the True Blood series because I read the Sookie Sackhouse series but have not seen it.
Everyone I recommended Pi to loved it.
December 6th, 201010:53 pm
An award winner in Canada, Life of Pi, Yann Martel’s second novel, should prove to be a breakout book in the U.S. At one point in his journey, Pi recounts, “My greatest wish–other than salvation–was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One that I could read again and again, with new eyes and fresh understanding each time.” It’s safe to say that the fabulous, fablelike Life of Pi is such a book. –Brad Thomas Parsons
I’m working on commission here, okay.
Bat – no, this will be a real life motion pitcher (sic) …
December 6th, 201010:55 pm
I like the sound of 4/50 with a 5th year option
December 6th, 201010:56 pm
And, Bat, not ever seeing my girl Anna as Sookie – shame on you…
I got cab into it, so she rented the first two seasons, and we were able to watch this one, until we somehow missed the final episode since it was on Labor Day weekend, which I did not expect – but a replay is 12 days away…
VJ is at it again!
December 6th, 201010:58 pm
This is from one of the mini blogs…I don’t know why, but it struck me as pretty funny
DOB, how much trade value do you think Arody’s Vizciano has? Andrew in PA
This would probably be be a real bad time to trade Arodys (there’s no apostrophe) Vizcaino DOB
“a real life motion pitcher (sic)”
December 6th, 201011:00 pm
Life of Pi
In Movie Theaters: December 14, 2012
Got it VJ, thanks. 2012, hope we’re still here.
December 6th, 201011:02 pm
And, Bat, not ever seeing my girl Anna as Sookie – shame on you… VJ
Yeah, I’m much chagrined. I guess I’ll have to buy the DVDs or watch online somewhere.
December 6th, 201011:07 pm
Bat – I think it’s December 21, 2012 that is supposed to be the Mayan doomsday, so the movie should actually make it to the theaters
Bay Area Steve
December 6th, 201011:09 pm
Would you frickin’ “readers” kindly shut your pie-holes? I is tryin’ to watch the TV.
December 6th, 201011:11 pm
Cain, Ryan, JC Romero. Boom offseason over.
SoWeGa, before you decide on Kindle, check out Nook at Barnes and Noble. Also, you guys mentioned some of my favorite current authors. Love the Reacher series and the books by Michael Connelly. Have you read Harlan Coban?
December 6th, 201011:12 pm
Whoa, seven days to spare, nothing to worry about, thanks.
December 6th, 201011:13 pm
Are you familiar with my fellow central VIRGINIAN JIM ADKINS? Some smooth guitar. Rivals CHARLIE BYRD in a rhythm-style way. Young fingers, very distinct strong chords. Great pace.
December 6th, 201011:14 pm
Whatcha watching there BAS?
December 6th, 201011:17 pm
Sorry Bat. I lied. Just wanted to reiterate my envy of those who can read.
And, to represent for the unwashed, huddled masses.
Can’t we be both? I often (well, not so much anymore, but I used to) read and watch TV at the same time
December 6th, 201011:18 pm
Red sox interested in mags. If they sign another starter they will trade someone.
Light schedules all ’round. No BRAVES in action today.
December 6th, 201011:19 pm
Have you read Harlan Coben?
Nope, sounds interesting though.
December 6th, 201011:21 pm
Interesting that Red Sox interested in Maggs.
December 6th, 2010
Can’t we be both? I often (well, not so much anymore, but I used to) read and watch TV at the same time”
Heck, I for one still do, although it’s usually the newspaper I’m reading now.
December 6th, 201011:24 pm
I’m usually reading the blog and watching TV…
Did you finish “A Confederacy of Dunces”? Did you like it?
December 6th, 201011:26 pm
“I’m usually reading the blog and watching TV…”
How much concentration does it take to process a rant by Nick or Robert?
December 6th, 201011:29 pm
My Mom once said she used to think I was smart because I would read, watch TV and talk on the phone at the same time. One of these days I’m going to ask, what do you mean used to.
Moe – watching the “Boardwalk Empire” finale – have no idea what you just said…
December 6th, 201011:30 pm
Bat – I assume you mean a real phone…
Very nice, VJ. I am off to grab some dinner. Enjoy the show.
December 6th, 201011:31 pm
DOB, could you see a situation where the yanks call the braves about pitching if they miss out on Lee followed by a Pettitte retirement? Do you think they would have interest in Lowe and the 30M hes owed the next 2 seasons? Do you think Wren in that spot would pull the trigger and give himself money to work with?
December 6th, 2010
My Mom once said she used to think I was smart because I would read, watch TV and talk on the phone at the same time. One of these days I’m going to ask, what do you mean used to.”
I think this is appropriate for Peter Moylan’s blog…
How to brew beer in a coffee maker, using only materials commonly found on a modestly sized oceanographic research vessel.
It is possible to create an all grain beer, but with the inferior products you’re brewing with, you want to give the yeast more to eat. In my experience, the best you can hope for is Vegemite, marmite, or some other yeast extract.
I need to read more literature.
December 6th, 201011:32 pm
I read several of Coben’s Myron Bolitar books. I see he is writing a lot more stand alone novels the last few years. I tend to like series: once I get hooked on the main character I usually buy the complete series
December 6th, 201011:34 pm
Bat – I assume you mean a real phone…
Landline, with a cord, dinosaur days.
Brave4life- We almost had it
December 6th, 201011:35 pm
Nationals WILL sign Cliff LEE
Bank On it
December 6th, 201011:36 pm
My reading has slowed frighteningly over the years – almost done with John Irving’s most recent – he has been my favorite for a long time, and I once saw him do a reading from “The Cider House Rules” at Duke – need to get cab to read him…
December 6th, 201011:37 pm
I did, Bat, but I struggled. Felt like a chore.
I used to go through books like nuttin’. (Clancy, Grisham, and the like; not exactly the toughest reads) Anymore, I prefer this fine glass of Canadian Mist, the paper, the blog and Joe Pos…
Got a stack of from the library just staring at me: Sick Puppy, Hiaasen; Motherless Brooklyn, Lethem; The Mind of Bill James, Gray; The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, Kennedy. All highly rec’d, and ain’t one been cracked.
Bat – that’s what I figured…
December 6th, 201011:39 pm
Jets are literally getting raped right now
December 6th, 201011:40 pm
December 6th, 201011:46 pm
Brave4life: Literally, huh?
December 6th, 201011:47 pm
and “literally” means??? And, really, does that word really have an appropriate context in terms of normal sports, at least to a blog which includes normal human beings?
Some of the biggest waste of time books I have read have been Pulitzer Prize winners. When I was younger I was more patient with the Thomas Wolfes of the world, today I don’t know. Maybe not so much.
I like Carl Hiaasen
yeah my reading has tapered off alarmingly over the years . Even with magazines. Used to be I always had something in my hands to read. Gettin’ old is dah pits
December 6th, 201011:50 pm
If in the longshot the Yanks miss out on Lee and Pettite retires I would expect the Yanks to call Wren to check in. Doubt they’d be looking for Lowe. May want someone younger like JJ. You can bank on them checking w/ KC first though on Greinke.
December 6th, 201011:51 pm
I’ll second the nomination of Hiaasen. Good ol’ Florida boy. Think he won a Pulitzer didn’t he?
ya got any Mac knowledge to go with all that PC stuff rattlin’ ’round upstairs?
Yeah, BAS, I used to read alot as well. 3 or 4 newspapers a day. Books, countless magazines. Now? Whatever I come across on the internet, and maybe some sports biographies and trivia books that I can skip around on while I’m taking a dump. Pretty sad actually. My attention span was a 1000 times better when I was a kid than it is now.
December 6th, 201011:52 pm
Note to self: read the Hiaasen first.
wait’ll you really get old BH
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