5:46 pm January 25, 2011, by Carroll Rogers
Jimmy Beam, you are my friend
January 25th, 20117:37 pm
jeffrey d, I wasn’t so sure about that. Some of those years, it sure felt like we were 10th out of 5….
January 25th, 20117:38 pm
Can I just say, I’m loving this extended metaphor we’re all participating in.
January 25th, 20117:39 pm
Jimmy – haha, I’m not a big fan of TP-bashing, but I can certainly agree with you there.
T for Texas
January 25th, 20117:41 pm
And now there’s talk about having performance-based carnie-ing?
Read about that in the AJC. Told my carnie nephew about it, and he just kept screaming “No #^&*ing way!” into the phone over and over again until I finally hung up.
January 25th, 20117:44 pm
I know many people are against the idea of Lastings Milledge even being considered for an OF spot. I know it has a lot to do with his past. But from my understanding he was never a problem in Pitt. Fact of the matter is we need an OF who can play all OF positions and hit from the RH side. Preferably someone who has had some success against lefties. Milledge isn’t a power hitter and theres no one left who fits that description but was more successful than our OF (excluding Heyward) last year. The guy hits lefties at a nice clip and here are the stats.
.289/ .363/ .435/ .798
VS. LH starter
.293 .361 .458 .818
January 25th, 20117:50 pm
There we go. Seriously though, I didn’t know they had remedial English in college. jeffery
Course Department and Number: ENGL 0099
Title: Learning Support English
Credit Hours: 4* (Institutional)
Contact Hours: 4
Course Description: ENGL 0099 prepares the students to enter the credit English
sequence. The course includes assignments in the language-based processes of
reading, writing, and discussion, as well as critical thinking and problem solving. It
stresses the rules and conventions of Standard Written English and provides extensive
practice in writing a variety of types of compositions.
Exit Requirements: minimum of a C average on course work, passing grade on the
Departmental Essay Competency Examination (DECE) and satisfactory score on the
COMPASS Writing Skills Test.
Placement: A score of 59 or below on the COMPASS Writing Skills Test.
Frequency of Offering: All Semesters
Learning support. I doubt her students can read and comprehend the course description, though.
I’m thinking her students provide inspiration for some of the darker poetry she writes.
Thanks for the new blog Carroll.
January 25th, 20117:52 pm
From what I understand her students believe critical thinking skills are mean thoughts.
January 25th, 20117:53 pm
Good article on Hanson’s drop in strikeouts last year. I hope that K rate is around what it was in 2009. While he may have had a strong year overall, I expected Hanson to be more of a dominant “swing and miss” pitcher. His control did improve, though, but the loss in velo later in the season probably meant he was tiring. Just my two cents. Anyway, here is the link: http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2011/1/25/1955027/hansons-drop-in-strikeouts
January 25th, 20117:57 pm
Course Department and Number: ENGL 0099
Title: Learning Support English
My father was a Political Science professor at a junior college until 2001. The last five years of his career he changed the curriculum of his class so that what he basically taught his students was how to write, as opposed to Poli-Sci. He said it was the best thing he could do for them to try and get them prepared to finish up a 4 year degree, as their writing skills, as a whole, were pretty atrocious.
January 25th, 20117:59 pm
I’m on board for either Felipe Lopez and or Lastings Milledge. I think both have potential to help Braves out in any way as both are utility type guys. If I remember correctly LM can play all OF positions and Lopez can play 3B/SS/2B and even pitch >_>
Here’s what I think the bench would look like with both….
With only Lopez….
With Milledge only….
* Diory Hernandez/???
Should be interesting to see what happens from now until the season begins, whether someone is signed/acquired or go from within.
McFann O O
January 25th, 20118:06 pm
jeffrey d 2006 – 2nd in runs, 2nd in average
Fun times. Stupid pitching…
“Get Out The WAYYY!!! (Boom!) Pretty Boy Coming Through! Me And My Crew! We Swaggin In The Room!”
Whats Up All?
January 25th, 20118:09 pm
Top 50 prospects show on MLB Network at 9pm eastern tonight.
January 25th, 20118:11 pm
“The Curse of Glen Hubbard” has now fell upon the lanta braves
January 25th, 20118:21 pm
TP took Hubs place because Fredi and TP are big friends. That was the rumor months ago.
TP should have been fired but the good ole boy system is still working. Crap on TP.
January 25th, 20118:23 pm
So, does anyone believe that the alive Ted Williams will ever get cured since he quit rehab?
January 25th, 20118:24 pm
The Obama Show is also own at 9:00 tonight on all News stations.
UGA 50 and Fla 57 with 12:03 to go..on espn
January 25th, 20118:26 pm
I’m excited to see what Parrish can do with this roster. I think the slugging % will be vastly improved this year. I think TP did a fine job the past 9 years, the Braves just couldn’t together a full season where all 3 facets (offense, pitching, bullpen) were working at the same time.
How would you like to pair the 2003 Braves lineup with this year’s pitching staff?
January 25th, 20118:38 pm
Kyle, it’ll be Heyward, Medlen, Pendleton and former Brave Terry Harper in Birmingham tomorrow. The list is on braves.com/caravan.
January 25th, 20118:39 pm
I agree Heyward was affected by his injury but I’m talking about in August/September when he was healthy. In no way was he bad, I’m saying I think he is and will be SO good that he should’ve been better. I think TP was putting way too many thoughts in his head.
Another gripe was game 1 against Lincecoum. I know it was one of ‘the great postseason pitching performances’ but I really think the Braves’ approach at the plate was awful all night. That’s not just TP’s fault, thats everybody. When you can’t hit any of his ‘junk’ you’ve got to just swing at any fastball over the plate. I imagine we’d have made a lot more contact with that approach. Too much ‘guess hitting’, reminded me of a team full of Jeff Blausers.
January 25th, 20118:40 pm
MEDS! I wanna see Meds! I miss him
2002 was TP’s first season as hitting coach, Murph….Guess I gotta do your math for ya (smile).
January 25th, 20118:44 pm
Love it, T for Texas….one final thumb for Cox….I believe that would make it four for Freomming.
guess Murph needs onea them remedy-all math courses
January 25th, 20118:46 pm
I’ve never understood why TP was to blame for Francoeur, Andruw and Nate, but had no responsibility for Chipper’s Batting Championship, McCann’s three Silver Slugger Awards, Infante or Prado’s break out seasons or the success Heyward had as a rookie.
Guess it’s like with Bobby – they did well in spite of TP.
January 25th, 20118:47 pm
Great Blog DOB…thanks and I really appreciate all you do for us die-hard shivering fans during the offseason.
And don’t tell me that it was Chipper and Mac’s respective Fathers, either. Neither of them are around the team on a daily basis – TP is.
Lew, I don’t think Jones or McCann used TP as their batting coach. I think their dads worked with them.
January 25th, 20118:48 pm
I’m sure that’s it Lew, they woulda done sooo much better without Terry messin’ them up all the time
January 25th, 20118:49 pm
Lew, I guess I shoulda waited till you posted that.
he toldja not to tell him that Trey. Caint you ever listen?
January 25th, 20118:50 pm
Nolie, I posted it right when he did.
Wasn’t a Fan of TP til 2010…That 2010 team was the Best I’ve seen at taking pitches and making pitchers work…Which got unnoticed
Nolie, I listen just fine. The people at the hearing lab told me my hearing was up to Helen Keller’s standards.
January 25th, 20118:51 pm
Be very scairt folks, nolie the crazy elephant is here.
Chipper’s Dad is running Chipper’s ranch. Mac’s Dad is running his own school. TP is with them all the time they’ at the park – he stands right by the cage when they take BP from February through September (or Oct., as the case may be).
January 25th, 20118:52 pm
wow another one liner ffom Trey. impressive day dude
Where did Hubbard land? You know he still is the 2B of record in Braves’ history.
Terry is a class act. Being a hitting coach is like being a salesman. when sales are good or players are hitting, you dont get any credit for your efforts. when sales are down or some hitters are in a slump, it is all your fault. I am glad he played here, I am glad he remains with the team and glad he is rasing his family in my hometown.
January 25th, 20118:53 pm
Ross- Not positive, but I think I’d hear he went to the A’s.
goos post rod
January 25th, 20118:54 pm
“Terry is a class act. Being a hitting coach is like being a salesman. when sales are good or players are hitting, you dont get any credit for your efforts. when sales are down or some hitters are in a slump, it is all your fault. I am glad he played here, I am glad he remains with the team and glad he is rasing his family in my hometown.”
So, I can buy cars from hitting coaches now?
January 25th, 20118:55 pm
Trey – They couldn’t be any worse than a used car salesman, could they?
January 25th, 20118:57 pm
Lew, I don’t think anyone can.
I just watched a History Channel special on The Lincoln Assination. They mentioned that the Dr. that set J. Wilkes Booth’s leg, Dr. Samuel Mudd, served his time at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. That’s an island with the fort on it about 70 miles west of Key West. If any of you ever get down to the Keys, that is one of the very best things I could suggest that you do – in the day time of course. There are all day trips to Fort Jefferson, which is still standing and in great condition, that are something you will never forget.
hitting coaches have no power to make a player do anything, it’s their career and if they want to stay doing what they are comfortable with and have previously been successful with that is their decision. Just like here there are some players who are amenable to new stuff and some who aren’t
A. Jones Hit 51 Homers in 05 and 40+ in 2006 who took credit for that…
OT I wondered why TP didn’t take a managing job anywhere…?
January 25th, 20118:59 pm
Exactly, Nolie. Francoeur for example, good ball player, but is as stubborn as a mule.
January 25th, 20119:02 pm
I think it’s that Terry was so bad that his influence kept ruining Frenchy even years later
January 25th, 20119:03 pm
That Villacheeze guy knows the Keys!
UGA comes back to tie it on a layup as time expires….going into OT
Wow, what a game
January 25th, 20119:07 pm
Interested to see if Vizcaino or Delgado will make this top 50 list
January 25th, 20119:12 pm
not sure if his injury will keep Viz out of it or not P’. I’m interested too
January 25th, 20119:13 pm
so he’s a Villa cheeze whiz?
January 25th, 20119:16 pm
Curse you Trey Thompkins!!!
January 25th, 20119:19 pm
And at my carnival (and in a lot of the state) we’re not doing so hot.
Maybe cuz a History major is teaching math.
“Four score and seven is an irrational number. Bank on it, Weehawken!”
We all watching the SotU?
January 25th, 20119:20 pm
Hey now….I took calculus and other math courses in college
January 25th, 20119:21 pm
And 7 is definitely rational
January 25th, 20119:22 pm
Oh, they’re still playing.
January 25th, 20119:23 pm
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it
Histoty is soo important, but alas soo ignored now days ;(
And before anybody gets smart, four score and sevevn is rational too
What do you think about Delgado. I know the Braves value him highly but does the rest of baseball?
January 25th, 20119:25 pm
And yes Soph, UGA ties it at the last second in regulation, and Florida ties it with a long 3 at the last second in OT
January 25th, 20119:27 pm
And then Florida scores the firs 9 in 2OT. Way to lay an egg, boys
January 25th, 20119:30 pm
Jeffrey, what did Trey Thompkins do?
January 25th, 20119:31 pm
I know you frown upon what I’m about to do but I must do it.
January 25th, 20119:32 pm
Missed a free throw on a one-and-one that could’ve put UGA up by 3 with under 30 seconds left
January 25th, 20119:33 pm
You “must” do it?
January 25th, 20119:34 pm
No, not really. Just being annoying.
jeffrey, that sucks.
Did I must say “Ballgame!” when Prado went down for the season?
Did I must say “Ballgame!” when GSU kicked off against Alabama?
January 25th, 20119:35 pm
Here’s a thought – how about someone other then Thompkins take the 3?
January 25th, 20119:36 pm
I don’t know but I bg’d them in ‘09 when I saw the schedule.
January 25th, 20119:38 pm
‘Your name is MUDD’ was granted a Presidential pardon [JOHNSON] for stopping a Yellow Fever outbreak on the island, in conjunction with persons of influence working on his behalf.
January 25th, 20119:39 pm
well I don’t get to see the prospects every year like I used to P’ so i’m not as positive about them any more. From what I have read and a few baseball emails I think perhaps we value him a bit more than the rest of baseball does, but that’s pretty normal of course. He’s still young enough that he could continue to get better. So far he seems to be inconsistent which is likely about his youth.
January 25th, 20119:40 pm
MLB’s top 50 Prospects:
#21 Mike Minor
#17 Freddie Freeman
#10 Julio Teheran
Good showing for the future from our Braves…
January 25th, 20119:41 pm
There’s no escaping Bob Rathbun.
January 25th, 20119:46 pm
oh no. Teheran is not ranked as highly as Bruce Chen was, all is lost
January 25th, 20119:47 pm
Bob has a mad butt?
January 25th, 20119:52 pm
Disappointed to only have three but at least they are a high three prospects.
January 25th, 20119:53 pm
How do you pronounce Teheran? John Hart says is Te-He-Ron while Jonathan Mayo drops the H Teron…. anybody know the proper pronunciation?
January 25th, 20119:54 pm
MEXICO third game, best of seven series just underway. CANIZARES stats on the rebound in the a.m.
VENEZUELA on break today.
January 25th, 20119:55 pm
Pretty good show on MLB network. Keith Law releases his top orgs. tomorrow on ESPN.com. Braves were in his top 5 last two years and I expect them to be right there again this year. Braves are #3 in Baseball America Prospect handbook. Pretty impressive that they continue to have such depth in the minors despite such a small budget. Credit to their scouts, player development folks. Sure be nice if they spent more though, especially in the draft.
January 25th, 20119:59 pm
Lew McCann’s three Silver Slugger Awards,
Richbrave – I’ve been out to the Dry Tortugas several times and it’s just like it was in 1865. Fort Jefferson takes up the entire island (although a couple of smaller ones are near) and has wall about 20 feet tall around the entire island. It was a Union fort during the Civil War and they used it as a base to patrol the Gulf of Mexico and catch ships coming up from Mexico and South America with supplies for the Rebels. I recommend a trip out there to everyone who comes to visit me and usually go with them.
January 25th, 201110:00 pm
Would have been nice to see more braves break the top 50. Can’t remember the Mets having any in there. Royals have some studs coming along that could make them a very good team real quick.
January 25th, 201110:02 pm
Scouting book .com lists Teheran as # 6
A rake-thin Colombian being slow-cooked in the Braves pitchin’ kitchen, righthander Julio Teheran combines a plus fastball and change with two different breaking balls and flashes of great control. He’s still very young, and being called ‘the best Latin American pitcher since Felix Hernandez’ is a lot of pressure to handle, but he’s in the best possible system to nurture his development while also containing his ego. He’s been a bit jammed in a system ripe with strong pitching prospects, but if he continues to develop at his current accelerated pace, he’s going to force his way onto the big league roster before 2011 is finished, though the Braves would probably rather move a bit more slowly than that. The best-case scenario shows him taking over as Atlanta’s ace by the end of 2012, which would put him on track for his first Cy Young Award by 2014 or so. Yes, he’s that filthy
January 25th, 201110:03 pm
TP was my favorite player growing up. With that said, I wouldn’t say that I disagree with Wren when he said that it was time for a new voice, even though it’s hard to gauge how effective a hitting instructor is. Not that I’m reaching for pitchforks and torches. In fact, I’m really glad TP’s still with the organization and I look forward to seeing what kind of manager he will make (regardless of what team he manages) in the future. He seems like he’d be a very honest and calm leader for a club… a steady hand, if you will. If I remember correctly, those are traits that’ve worked for the Braves in the past…
January 25th, 201110:04 pm
They list Freeman as #9
A two-way player converted to full-time hitter by the Braves, second round (2007) draft pick Freddie Freeman is an underrated hitting talent whose high ceiling was further hidden by his so-so MLB debut in 2010. A career .300 hitter in the minors, he’s also the proud owner of a .472 slugging percentage. He’s still more of a doubles hitter than a lightstand-artist, of course, and his defense at first base (a new position for him) is only average, but with a huge frame and quick hands he could turn into a 30-homer man in short order. With no clear competition in Atlanta, he is likely to break camp as a platoon first baseman vs right-handers, and while he won’t win any batting titles quite yet, he should be given every chance to succeed right out of the gate
January 25th, 201110:05 pm
They lsi Minor as # 16
A skilled lefthander from Vanderbilt, Michael ‘Spike’ Minor is a polished all-around pitcher who brings three above-average to plus pitches to the Braves rotation. 3-2 with a 5.98 ERA in 2010 was a bit disappointing, but he’s still got the stuff to succeed, and there’s still no better organization to develop within. His fastball tops out around 92mph, but that’s fine, since it is his breaking balls that produce outs, anyway. He’s not the uber-talent that schoolmate David Price was, but he’s a product of the same system and it shows in his plus makeup and advanced feel for pitching. He should continue to develop in 2011, and unless he implodes in April (unlikely), he’ll probably spend the whole season on the MLB roster
January 25th, 201110:07 pm
That’s the first report or comment I’ve seen about Freddie’s defense being “only average.” Everyone else that I have heard says his D is first rate…interesting
Lew McCann’s three Silver Slugger Awards,
Do people ever learn! Tsk tsk.
January 25th, 201110:08 pm
sidslidkid: Mayo has it right — drop the H in pronunciation of Teheran’s name.
January 25th, 201110:09 pm
brb…Time for Pizza
By the way, Teheran will almost certainly be higher than No. 10 in Baseball America’s list. I’d guess top 5.
January 25th, 201110:15 pm
Prospect Rankings are Overrated
Andy Marte, Salty, and Jose Capellan, Prove That. Tyler Flowers is still on the verdict…Scott Thorman wasn’t a highly valued prospect. LaRoche was a decent ranked prospect No one thought he would hit for power though…So Far Esco has been somewhat of a bust but he is still you and has room to improve…Hanson Was a highly valued prospect only to Atlanta Fans…He gets no props outside of Atlanta…Probably one of the more underrated young starters in the League. His W-L record is misleading because he gets no run support, going on for over 2 years now
As well as Jo-Jo Reyes…I don’t know what the Organization saw in him…Every time he pitched I was guranteed to throw beer cans…
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