Braves’ Florida finale rained out

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Florida portion of the Braves’ spring-training schedule ended with a rainout Monday night, so the team got back to Atlanta several hours sooner than expected.

They were pleased for the extra time at home, since the Braves will play exhibition games against Minnesota at Turner Field Tuesday night and Wednesday before flying to Washington to open the regular season on Thursday. It’s a busy stretch.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the rainout didn’t hamper the Braves. They planned to play regulars only a couple of innings and use minor league pitchers Monday against Washington before the game was called nearly five hours prior to the scheduled start.

“We haven’t lost a day of spring training [before this],” Gonzalez said. “The guys that were going to play were just going to get one at-bat. None of the [roster] pitchers were going to pitch. So it doesn’t do anything except gives us a little breather.”

Gonzalez said the Braves would use all seven relievers in Tuesday’s  game against the Twins, but wasn’t sure about the order. On Wednesday, Brandon Beachy and Rodrigo Lopez are set to pitch three or four innings apiece against the Twins.

Hanson, Hudson work under cover

Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson had been scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Monday, but instead threw in covered batting cages after all games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex were cancelled.

Gonzalez decided last week to not pitch Hudson and Hanson against the Nationals so soon before facing them in the season-opening series. Hanson is scheduled to pitch Game 2 against the Nationals on Saturday, and Hudson gets the series finale Sunday.

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GT Alum

March 28th, 2011
6:23 pm

Woohoo! Braves baseball in Atlanta tomorrow. The regular season is almost upon us.

Oh kaintdo

March 28th, 2011
6:25 pm

Ridiculous to play exhibitions here before season opener. Money grab.

Jinx

March 28th, 2011
6:27 pm

Oh kaintdo, It does give the Turner field staff a chance to work some kinks out though.

Neal

March 28th, 2011
6:30 pm

Great work at ST David O’Brian!

Poorbrave

March 28th, 2011
6:30 pm

Finally Baseball season……New Manager, new players and fans fired up..got to love it. Go Braves.

Poorbrave

March 28th, 2011
6:32 pm

Yea, DOB we will miss the Sunrise over Lake Bryan every morning..Thanks for a great job. Carroll too!

GovClintonTyree

March 28th, 2011
6:37 pm

DOB and Carroll, thank you for your good work this spring. This fan appreciates it.

David O'Brien

March 28th, 2011
6:43 pm

GovClintonTyree: Thanks for the kind words

Thanks to everybody for bringing the passion and participation all spring. It’s been great.

TomahawkGuy

March 28th, 2011
6:47 pm

Dave,
Is there any reason to continue bothering you about BWag?

TomahawkGuy

March 28th, 2011
6:47 pm

And I, too, have really appreciated your work, dude.

K.C. Frenchy

March 28th, 2011
6:50 pm

DOB, what do you think about Matt Young making the team as a backup outfielder over Ramirez?

McFann Ô Ô

March 28th, 2011
6:52 pm

DOB

I echo what others have said—Thanks so much for the great work! You and Ms. Rogers make this a great place to hang out! :)

Can’t believe it’s almost Opening Day!! :D

Milt Famey

March 28th, 2011
6:53 pm

Outstanding job of keeping the fans informedm Mr O and Ms R. From a long-time fan, THANKS.

Milt Famey

March 28th, 2011
6:57 pm

DOB, You’ve seen as much of the Braves as anyone. What’s your candid view of the 2010 Braves and how do you think they compare to last year’s team at year end?

David O'Brien

March 28th, 2011
6:59 pm

TomahawkGuy: Sure, why not. I’ll repeat, Wagner won’t be on the Braves’ roster come Opening Day, that’s my prediction. And the time that so many have spent gnashing teeth and wondering, worrying, asking, etc., will have all been for nothing. Because his name will just … be gone.

Milt Famey

March 28th, 2011
7:04 pm

DOB, Sorry. My question obviously should have read “the 2011 Braves”

BravesAC

March 28th, 2011
7:11 pm

Gotta say kudos too DOB. Maybe it’s the excitement of a better team, and people being more comfortable with this forum, to go along with the great writing that’s made this spring’s blog top notch.

Just Pat

March 28th, 2011
7:26 pm

DOB

What I have written down on my calendar for tomorrow is: CSS @ 12:05, tape delay (where?) at 7:05.
Can you verify that?

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

March 28th, 2011
7:31 pm

DOB, ditto everyone else’s comments. I read the blog religously and enjoy your great insight. We are the best informed fans in baseball thanks to your excellent reporting and writing. Carroll also does a great job as well. Many thanks.

Just Pat

March 28th, 2011
7:32 pm

It’s hailing here in NW FL…….big time!!!!!!!

Day Man

March 28th, 2011
7:37 pm

Superb writing Mr. David O’Brien. Simply superb.

Do you ever go to games DOB? I wanna get drunk with The DOBster at a game and talk some Braves’ baseball

Day Man

March 28th, 2011
7:38 pm

Check that. I know you go to games. I meant do you sit in the stands and act like a civilian instead of a beatwriter?

northbeach Scott

March 28th, 2011
7:39 pm

DOB, do you think that Wagner is actually considering a come back and that is why he is on the 40-man? Inquiring minds want to know.

Also, since Skip passed away, would you mind explaining the infield fly rule in excruciating detail, please?

While you are at it, what is the meaning of life?

Just Pat

March 28th, 2011
7:41 pm

Nevermiiiind…..just saw the “flash” on the side of the page that said coverage starts on 649 tomorrow at 6:30 PM

Eric in Tampa

March 28th, 2011
8:22 pm

Bitter sweet for a guy that lives in Florida. No more spring daytime baseball games… but thankfully games that count are here.
Soo.. just to be clear, I should NOT draft Wags for my fantasy baseball team? Lots of saves, lots of K’s, might be a sleeper!

Quicherbichin

March 28th, 2011
8:33 pm

of course… If they make less money, then they can raise ticket prices… So either way Oh kaintdo has something to whine about.

Mark (another one)

March 28th, 2011
8:33 pm

I’ve always enjoyed your coverage of the Braves, and spring training makes me feel like a junky falling back into a bad habit. I start planning my day around reading about the Braves. Thanks for keeping me sane.

The AJC sports reminds me of growing up in L.A. with the Times and the Long Beach Press Telegram. Quality sports sections and fun to read. They made me want to be a writer (was a runner for Murray) but that didn’t work out. Anyway, thanks for the fix.

Go Braves !!!

Mcmann

March 28th, 2011
8:39 pm

man man man man man….

Be gone Billy Wag,
we no longer need thy flame torched fastballs
for Kimbrel and Venters will pillage with Jedi swag.

George

March 28th, 2011
8:45 pm

Sitting here in Orlando watching it rain all day. Sure wasted my money this year, But, wiat till next year.

George

March 28th, 2011
8:45 pm

Enter your comments here

bruce

March 28th, 2011
8:53 pm

go home Dave! at least for 36 hours

kelly

March 28th, 2011
9:38 pm

Braves 30-30 got me so pumped!
Headed to DC to catch a game this weekend and can’t wait!!!
MK

headley lamar

March 28th, 2011
10:26 pm

You know its April when you see Mets fans on here.

You know its June when you don’t anymore.

headley lamar

March 28th, 2011
10:27 pm

Had a great time with the Braves in Disney. One game in Lakeland. One in St Lucie. Two at Disney.

Beachy looked terrific.

Bill

March 28th, 2011
10:52 pm

Did Braves Rameriz make it? are is going to AAA? Guess I missed it some how.

Bill

March 28th, 2011
10:54 pm

spelling Ramirez

beachcomber

March 28th, 2011
10:54 pm

Eric in Tampa, I share your pain. Happy to see the regular season get underway but spring training here on the west coast of Florida is my favorite time of year. Go Braves!

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

March 28th, 2011
10:54 pm

Day Man: come over to Billy Jack’s and watch the games. First round is on me. (we have a full bar)

tommys beard

March 29th, 2011
1:21 am

Thanks for always keeping all of us informed year round Dave and Carroll! Love the insight and most of the good natured folks on here, maybe I will have to post more instead of just reading. Go Braves!!!! Thanks again from snowy Idaho!

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Larry "Bud" Melman

March 29th, 2011
3:33 am

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
(and Mr. Larry’s Toast-on-a-Stick)
I don’t care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.”

Obee

March 29th, 2011
7:55 am

Yes, thanks to both of you for wonderful spring coverage.

One question: What does Carroll cover when she’s not covering the Braves?

WV Braves Fan

March 29th, 2011
8:15 am

Nice work this spring, David and Carroll. Thank you for keeping us informed.

Jeff

March 29th, 2011
9:14 am

Minnesota Twins

Felix Millan

March 29th, 2011
9:26 am

I don’t get to comment often, so let me say thanks to DOB, and Carroll. Love baseball, and love the insight you bring to us. I know the season can be a grind for you guys also, but your work means alot to all of us. Some folks on here won’t always agree with you, but I’m sure they appreciate the quality of your work. I look forward to the blog every morning, so thanks again.

big o

March 29th, 2011
10:10 am

Ditto all the kudos DOB !!! Thanks bruh… Are you going to give us any picks for the season DOB ? I’m gonna keep sweating you up til opening LOL Any bloggers got picks we know we got the Braves in the NL East I like the Reds in the central and the Rockies in the west and I like the Phillies as my wildcard

jwilli120

March 29th, 2011
10:50 am

espn has the phillies playing the giants for the NLCS
well $@#% on espn i say let’s prove them wrong and win
the WHOLE DAM THING! BRAVES 2011 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!! chipper is on a mission folks!!

tomo hawk

March 29th, 2011
11:38 am

ESPN always picks the same teams as they saw last year. Plus the Red Sox and Yankees for fun…

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