8:37 pm January 23, 2011, by Carroll Rogers
January 26th, 20117:16 am
Ankiel & Lee really helped down the stretch , didn’t they?
January 26th, 20119:01 am
I would like for the Braves to look into getting Everth Cabrera of the Padres. They are talking that he will will be in AAA this year. For the Braves he backs up SS & 2nd. He has great speed which is something the Braves could use. In spring also see if he could play the OF.
January 26th, 20119:44 am
DOB If the Braves have 1 to 2 mil to spend,then why didn’t they go after Andrew,he will make about that with the Yanks? hmm
January 26th, 201110:18 am
Wow, we finally found someone who is more ignorant than Reality Check and you win the prize. Let me spell it out for you since you seem more than a little slow. I never equated winning divisional championships with winning the World Series; merely said that demeaning winning 14 divisional championships is not “meaningless”.
By the way, it seems to me that like most Philly fans you are crowing a little too soon inasmuch as last I checked the Phils have won one World Series and a few less NL Championships during their recent “run” than the Braves did during those 14 seasons.
Here’s a novel thought for you and the other Philly fans who suffer from an incurable inferiority complex: how about if you wait until after the Phillies actually win another World Series on the field rather than in the media (or in your mind) before you start telling all of us how much better the Phillies are than the Braves during those 14 seasons (i.e. it must have been a bitter pill for you to swallow when the Giants failed to read the press clippings and bow before those invincible Phillies last year during the playoffs, huh?)
January 26th, 201111:22 am
Since you are enamored with division championships, where have the Braves been since 2005, you know, like in recent memory ?
I’m a Braves’ fan and want them to win the World Series, but they are nowhere near the organization they were in the 1990s. I hear the whiners on here complaining about payroll, but totally ignore teams like the Giants, Rays, Marlins & Rockies that have reached the World Series on lot smaller payrolls than the Braves.
January 26th, 201112:17 pm
Chuck M., the Braves just didn’t think Andruw would be a good addition, given the makeup of their club and what he brings to the table at this point in his career.
January 26th, 201112:59 pm
Where have the Braves been since 1999, their last World Series appearance?
Even the spendthrift Marlins have won a World Championship since then their SECOND !
Give the Marlins’ GM the Braves’ payroll & watch out !
January 26th, 20112:16 pm
Like Andruuw got $2 million , and the Braves are paying McLouth nearly $8 million; but Andruw doesn’t bring enough to the table. Hmm.
January 27th, 201110:49 am
I give up, I absolutely give up. Apparently, none of you guys can understand that I never said that divisional championships equate with winning the World Series, merely that winning 14 in a row is an accomplishment because no other professional franchise has accomplished that.
Where have the Braves been since 2005? They won the wild card and made the playoffs last year after a four year absence obviously. This was not surprising since all good things come to an end and teams have to rebuild particularly when the core players get old after 14 years of success. IMHO opinion the Braves have almost completed the rebuilding process and should be competitive for years to come with core players like Jurrjens, Hanson, Medlen, Minor, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino, Heyward, Freeman, McCann, Kimbrel, Venters, Prado, etc. The rebuilding process would have been expedited if Schuerholz recognized the need to rebuild sooner and would have (1) not made the Texeira trade and (2) traded Andruw Jones at the trading deadline the season before he walked which resulted in Jones becoming a 10/5 guy a few weeks after the deadline and the Braves then getting nothing for him when they refused to offer him arbitration at the end of the year.
No one disputes that the Marlins caught lightning in a bottle and won the World Series twice but they have also been god awful for a number of years while they rebuilt after dumping salary after both of those championships.
As a Braves’ fan living in Philadelphia, I constantly hear about the Phils’ recent run of success. That success is primarily due to the fact that the Phils copied the Braves’ blueprint for success which is build a strong core of young players through your farm system and then judiciously add veteran players when that core matures (the Phils even hired away some of the Braves player development guys like Chuch LaMar). Despite their recent run of success, the Phils also have lost more games during their history than any other professional franchise.
Unfortunately, the Phils have one advantage for keeping their run of success going because now that the Pennsylvania taxpayers built them a brand new stadium, they sellout every night and have lots of money to buy free agents as is witnessed by their $165 million payroll (roughly twice that of the Braves).
January 27th, 20113:29 pm
Cantu has that arrogant tilt with his cap/helmet……..I like that.
That’s about it.
January 27th, 201110:03 pm
That arrogant tilt makes him look like a lego man.
January 30th, 201112:06 pm
Maybe 2 players need a change of scenery if they are both healthy. Sizemore for Cleveland and McLouth for the Braves. If both are healthy why not trade. Salaries about the same.
January 30th, 201112:23 pm
If salaries are essentially the same (they are, with McLouth’s 2012 buyout option included), why would Indians trade one of their most popular players in exhange for a player with no ties to the Indians — a player who hit .190 with a .620 OPS in 2010? Sizemore was hurt in 2010, had a bad-but-not-terrible .788 OPS with 18 HRs and 64 RBIs in 2009, almost identical to McLouth’s .788 w/ 20 homers and 70 RBIs that season.
Again, one has ties to the team and was its most popular player. It’d be a lot like if the Braves had traded Andruw Jones before the last year of his contract in exchange for a player with terrible stats the previous season and stats similar to Andruw’s two years earlier.
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