5:46 pm January 25, 2011, by Carroll Rogers
January 26th, 20116:50 pm
DOB,I hope you are on commission. lol
January 26th, 20116:52 pm
what are you doing on the blog??? You are supposed to be working!
I see dead people, but I’m not sure I could read posts from them
I’m sure you are right,VJ.
January 26th, 20116:53 pm
VJ’s a big fan of Jimmy’s
January 26th, 20116:55 pm
cabravesfan – Seems like most people are. Jimmy’s got a nice little niche in the music world… just not my thang.
January 26th, 20116:59 pm
I’m a Jimmy fan especially his older stuff, even if he doesn’t live in Key West anymore
January 26th, 20117:00 pm
A Pirate Looks at Forty
January 26th, 20117:01 pm
Anybody have any suggestions for a band name?
January 26th, 20117:02 pm
A band of 4 teachers?
January 26th, 20117:04 pm
Maybe Robert does not exist and he is actually DOB getting ahead of the curve on numbers of posts before the season starts.
“Anybody have any suggestions for a band name?” – jeffrey d
January 26th, 20117:05 pm
Band of Braves’ Fans
Gil In Mechanicsville
Greetings all, ever mention how much I hate snow? Probably almost as much as Lew hates paying to get it removed from his driveway…
Anyway, folks, don’t fret over where your favorite (home team) player is listed on someone else’s list, it all about being able to sell advertisement. Persoanally, I’d rather see the Braves be able to keep Teheran on the farm as long as possible so when JJ leaves for a huge increase in contract money, someone will be available to fill the gap. Don’t be so anxious to rush a young kid to the majors before his arm is ready for the rigors. How did that work out for the Nats by the way?
A good hitting coach knows when to help a guy who is struggling and stay out of the way of a guy who is not. So much goes into being able to perform at a high level for a pro athlete, the last thing you need is for him to be thinking too much… It is way above some of these kids’ pay grade.
Hitting a round ball with a round bat that is coming at you at about 95 per, the last thing you want is for a guy to be wondering if he needs to raise his shoulder or drop his hands or any other of over a thousand complexities.
richbrave.. how about them Spiders… one tough team man…
January 26th, 20117:09 pm
2 Teach 2 Learn
January 26th, 20117:11 pm
Only one of the 4 is a Braves fan…
January 26th, 20117:12 pm
STRIKE THREE — IT DOESN’T PAY TO HIT .300 DEPT.
As promised in the last edition of this blog, it’s time for a look at the pitchers who entered a club they never aspired to join last year — the .300-.300 Club.
To qualify, these guys had to allow both left-handed and right-handed hitters to bat .300 or better against them (in at least 40 innings of twirling). It’s quite the list.
Pitcher LHs RHs
Zach Duke .328 .319
Scott Feldman .303 .323
Kyle Lohse .344 .330
Carl Morton .329 .335
Jeff Suppan .302 .339
Ryan Rowland-Smith .342 .304
David Huff .342 .300
Ian Snell .302 .313
Dana Eveland .319 .326
So that group includes three Pirates (Duke, Morton and Eveland, if you count the fact that he did make one of his 10 starts as a Bucco), two Mariners (Rowland-Smith and Snell) and, most shocking of all, two OPENING DAY STARTERS (Duke and Feldman). Duke pulled this off in 159 innings — most of anybody on this list. But that pales when measured against the left-right heroics of the legendary Livan Hernandez, who just two years ago allowed both sides to hit .340 or better — in 180 innings!
Relievers (40+ IP)
PITCHER LHs RHs
Hector Ambriz .324 .354
David Herndon .328 .317
Mark Hendrickson .317 .311
Trevor Bell .308 .316
Blake Hawksworth .304 .315
Kanekoa Texeira .300 .308
Most amazing feat by a member of either group? Eveland also allowed a .400-plus ON-BASE PERCENTAGE to both left-handed hitters and right-handed hitters. And had more walks than strikeouts against both sides. Hard to do, friends. Hard to do
January 26th, 20117:13 pm
In honor of ward’s memory.
January 26th, 20117:14 pm
RIP ward, we hardly knew ye
January 26th, 20117:15 pm
Woah, hold on a second. How is this my fault? You all knew what would happen and you continued to push Robert. I made documented progress yesterday and you all managed to undo it in a matter of minutes today.
You have to break a few eggs to make an egg salad sandwich. ward is gone. I suggest you reflect on your own parts in this tragedy, not on me.
January 26th, 20117:19 pm
you are not only an unrepentant murderer but even worse you misspelled whoa.
Did ward say he was stopping posting?
T for Texas
January 26th, 20117:21 pm
Hannibal Lecture (if you are shock rockers)
Dee Tension (if there is a Bananarama vibe)
Phynals (if you are a hippie jam band)
January 26th, 20117:24 pm
The OED lists woah as a variant of woa which is a variant of whoa, which is a variant of the interjection who (not to be confused with the pronoun who–the interjection is pronounced as wo–which is also a variant of all these), which came into the language as a variant of ho! Here are the dates of the OED’s quotations for these spellings of the pronunciation /wo/ when it means ’stop!’:
woah 1856 (one example–included under the headword woa)
whoa 1843-1898 (but, of course, we know it’s still used)
It’s interesting that the OED lists woa as a variant of whoa when it has earlier evidence for woa–it implies that whoa is the more standard form. We shouldn’t read much into the lack of recent examples of any of these–it looks like nothing has been added to these entries since the first edition.
I don’t remember ever seeing the woah spelling (I’d want to pronounce it as two syllables: wo-ah, like Noah) before moving to England, but it’s a very popular spelling here. Searching just UK sites, one gets ~170,000 hits for woah and ~255,000 for whoa. Searching some American sites, one gets 33 woahs to 461 whoas on .mil and 8,800 to 39,000 on .edu (the first woahs that came up on the .edu search were quoted from a BBC site, though).
January 26th, 20117:26 pm
Gil In Mechanicsville – Where ya been? I hope you’ve been scrollin’…and scrollin’…and
Good to see you Gil!
January 26th, 20117:30 pm
Atten-Dance! (if you do electronica/house)
January 26th, 20117:33 pm
Woah, hold on a second. How is this my fault? You all knew what would happen and you continued to push Robert _ Murph
Spoken like a true megalomaniac. What other mad experiments are you working on in your lab, Dr Murph? What did you do to the deer? Is that just another experiment gone wrong? You say you are trying to warn us but is that just guilt for turning them into man killers to begin with.
January 26th, 20117:34 pm
January 26th, 20117:35 pm
Alright, i think you have now gone long enough without hearing my secrets to perfect managerial wisdom. Since I have established that a good manager is worth at least 80-100 games a season, I have often wondered why even the best managers are only paid a couple million dollars. Obviously the answer tho this conundrum is that Bobby Cox picks his nose too much.
January 26th, 20117:38 pm
“RIP ward, we hardly knew ye”
Speak for yourself.
January 26th, 20117:39 pm
Jeffrey, what kind of band is it, first of all?
January 26th, 20117:41 pm
I was always hoping Robert was just doing an Andy Kaufman style bit with his Bobby schtick, getting the laugh on the audience by ticking ‘em off, but maybe not. This thing is entering a seventh damn season now.
January 26th, 20117:42 pm
We’re a TV theme song cover band.
I’m an old cowboy, and we all know how to spell whoa the right way , we say it enough
What happened to ward?
January 26th, 20117:44 pm
“We’re a TV theme song cover band.”
jeffrey, El profesor Cuatro?
January 26th, 20117:45 pm
Murph I didn’t realize you were in sunny England, no wonder you spell funny. all is forgiven. us cowboys can be tolerant of furners.
January 26th, 20117:46 pm
Don’t spell it woah when Random’s around.
“What happened to ward?”
Do you remember the “If you believe hard enough you will become real”
Well, ward was the opposite as bloggers believed he wasn’t.
January 26th, 20117:47 pm
Poor guy never stood a chance.
Learned my lesson. I did that once and he made me feel like I just got back from a doofus convention.
January 26th, 20117:48 pm
It’s true we hardly knew ward, Trey. He was only with us a few months and now he’s gone to soon.
January 26th, 20117:49 pm
speaking of which, I wonder where ol’ Random went. I miss the miserable misanthrope.
January 26th, 20117:50 pm
I just got back from a doofus convention. jd
had your number didn’t he?
Bat, I think I got to know him well enough in those few months. :sniff:
January 26th, 20117:52 pm
Ward’s a good guy and I am sure he’ll be back eventually.
January 26th, 20117:53 pm
I think sneaky ol’ Random’s been around a few times. Saw someone by the name of Fandom post the classic Kawakami line he always throws out there a few days ago.
January 26th, 20117:54 pm
Really, what happened to ward?
And am I the only one who um….noticed something about him?
January 26th, 20117:55 pm
Robert, in CASE you missed my 5:16 post….SCROLL back, was DEDICATED to you!
Jeffrey, what’d you notice about him? I don’t think anything happened to him.
January 26th, 20117:56 pm
did you notice he was Murph?
January 26th, 20117:57 pm
Hey everyone. I’ve been away a while, but I had a question for anybody who would care:
I know many would like for the Braves to secure another backup OF, specifically one who could play center. Then I saw Ryan Church’s name floating around on the FA list. Could he be the answer? (If he’s the answer is it a bad question?!) And, I wonder how much Church is expecting to get on the market after another no-so-hot season?
I can’t say on here.
But seriously, nobody noticed?
jeffery d _
This is my understanding of what happened to poor ward.
January 26th, 2011
January 26th, 20117:58 pm
I wanna know. I haven’t been paying attention.
jeffrey, I didn’t really notice anything about him other than he always said “be cool, guy’s, peace”
January 26th, 20117:59 pm
Soph, apparently Ward was a character created by Murph. I don’t know but that’s what Nolie is saying.
January 26th, 20118:00 pm
Guess not jeffrey. What? You can say.
January 26th, 20118:02 pm
not really saying that Trey, but I did suspect it a bit and I wondered if anybody else did. Could be totally wrong.
January 26th, 20118:03 pm
Nolie, I don’t know.
January 26th, 20118:04 pm
Oh, that’s what you meant jeffrey. Yeah, I thought that, too. Probably not.
January 26th, 20118:05 pm
Anyway, I like ol’ ward…hope he’s not gone.
As unpopular as Robert’s opinion of Bobby Cox is on the blog, he is closer to right than I think most of you grasp. Cox may be the single most incompetent in-game tactical manager in the modern era (minimum 200 games managed to ensure the fringe managers are excluded).
He is a good evaluator of talent and sets the tone in the clubhouse. His handling of pitchers is almost criminal and the true measure of his failure is the delivery of only one WS crown with arguably the finest rotation in baseball history for almost 10 seasons.
Cox made watching the games less pleasant because of his buffoonery. Glad TP is no longer the hitting coach. Nine years of poor results should have gotten him fired.
Like I said B4 i thought he is/was a good box of chocolates improv.
January 26th, 20118:06 pm
As unpopular as Robert’s opinion of Bobby Cox is on the blog, he is closer to right than I think most of you grasp. Cox may be the single most incompetent in-game tactical manager in the modern era (minimum 200 games managed to ensure the fringe managers are excluded)
total BS.If you aren’t Robert, you nned some help
January 26th, 20118:07 pm
Ward was definitely a guy who could entertain the blog. Kind of like ol’ T’hawkin.
January 26th, 20118:08 pm
Well ward and Murph posted a comment at the same time the other day and I’m not saying one can’t do that…… still
You can post within the same minute.
January 26th, 20118:09 pm
If the other…. well damn.
January 26th, 20118:12 pm
like I said, just a theory and likely wrong, but I always suspect him or jeffrey when a new unusual poster appears
Enter your comments here
January 26th, 20118:14 pm
The only time I post under another name is when someone makes a ridiculous trade proposal.
“Hey! What if we trade Nate and JoJo for Braun and Cash?!”
The Milwaukee Brewers: Duh, okay!
I’m almost positive my theory is right.
January 26th, 20118:15 pm
Nolie, I stand by my post. Like I said, in-game tactician–none worse than Bobby Cox.
Nolie, I’d be disappointed if Ward turned out to be not real. Ward was someone who never really resorted to insults or anything when people accused him of being fake or anything else. He is/was a level headed guy.
January 26th, 20118:16 pm
ward was just a good-intentioned guy who wanted to talk about his favorite team.
yeah like you have been around to watch all those managers and have enough training and knowledge to actually know that . sorry. I recommend an immediate brain scan
January 26th, 20118:17 pm
Jeffrey, I am sure ward will be back.
“…in-game tactician–none worse than Bobby Cox.”
I think somebody in North Beach wants some attention.
January 26th, 20118:19 pm
Well one thing is for sure, you guys are talking about him in the past tense.
January 26th, 20118:20 pm
prolly right there sid
Bat, everyone else is saying that he’s gone.
January 26th, 20118:21 pm
yeah Bat, what’s with that? Maybe Murph really did get to him and we all sense the void?
January 26th, 20118:23 pm
January 26th, 2011
I gotta hear this theory….please?
January 26th, 20118:24 pm
Bravefan – Read nolie’s 8:02
Bravefaninok, Jeffrey thinks ward is mentally challenged.
January 26th, 20118:25 pm
Way to pick up on my attempts to be gentle and subtle, Trey.
January 26th, 20118:27 pm
Coach (2011 Fredi G.a Go!)
Just wanted to post this link about Voros McCracken, he’s incredible and so is the article.
Maybe my summary of ward’s demise was too compelling. Even jeffery is speaking of him that way. If so it’s still Murph’s fault.
January 26th, 20118:28 pm
I really don’t like all of this. I feel like I’m watching a movie where I have no idea what’s going on.
January 26th, 20118:30 pm
, sorry jeffrey. Now I feel bad.
Subtly thy name is Trey.
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