Braves back at Ted, Freeman’s pop, new MLB concussion policy and more

 

 

 

The Braves boys are back in town

The Braves boys are back in town

 

 

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien.)

Hey, hey, hey! No dateline to write just now. Got a newly-made scorebook waiting on me at Kinko’s and getting ready to drive down to Turner Field for the first of two exhibition games at The Ted: Braves vs. Twins.

It’s here, people. Two more exhibition games in the next 36 hours or so, weather-permitting – Wednesday could be ugly – and Opening Day is upon us.

I’m sure the players and coaches really benefitted from having the rainout last night to get back from Orlando and situated, now the idea is to get a couple at-bats/innings tonight and tomorrow and get on to Washington for Thursday’s opener without incident.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez has said he’ll throw all seven relievers tonight for the bullpen, so they can get their tune-up, and have a day off before the opener. Then he’ll pitch both Brandon Beachy and Rodrigo Lopez three to four innings apiece on Wednesday.

Tonight’s lineup will probably be the Opening Day lineup with an at-bat or two for each guy, then the night off. It will be nice to see them all together after the hodge-podge of spring. I think we’ll all have a better idea of the potential the Braves have working here. Tonight’s lineup  is  what the Opening Day lineup will look like except for the DH….1. Prado LF, 2. McLouth CF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. McCann DH, 5. Uggla 2B, 6. Heyward RF, 7. Gonzalez SS, 8. Freeman 1B, 9. Ross C. Cristhian Martinez will start tonight.

Unlike in past years when today was the day manager Bobby Cox announced cuts, Gonzalez set his team on Sunday in Florida. Brandon Hicks and Matt Young claimed the final two roster spots and Cristhian Martinez won the last bullpen spot over Scott Proctor as the long man.

The only question at this point is making sure Jair Jurrjens is still in good shape after throwing a bullpen session yesterday. He felt no pain doing light throwing on Sunday. He’ll probably be staying back and throwing in a minor league game later in the week and if all goes well, be ready to start Wednesday, April 6, in Milwaukee. Beachy will be on regular rest to pitch in Jurrjens’ original spot on Monday in Milwaukee.

Freeman’s power

I have a story coming out on Opening Day about Freddie Freeman, and it’s a lot about the maturing he’s had to do off the field with the death of his mother. There were a few things I didn’t have room to work into the story I thought I’d throw in here (along with my shameless tease).

When I asked Freeman a week or so ago about his power, and how everybody around the Braves seems confident he has such a good approach at the plate that his power will come, he gave me a funny answer – one you’d probably like to hear from the guy who’s about to become your everyday first baseman.

“I didn’t know hitting 18 home runs in 120 games is not having power,” Freeman said…and gave it his infectious laugh.

So the competitive edge was showing there. Good for him.

Freeman was referring to his Triple-A numbers last year, when he hit 18 home runs in 124 games for Gwinnett. You figure he could play another 30-35 games this year as a 21-year-old in the big leagues.

Freeman hit 18 HRs in Gwinnett last year

Freeman hit 18 HRs in Gwinnett last year

“I definitely put on more weight and I’m hitting the ball a lot harder,” Freeman said. “We’ll see what this season has in store.”

What Frank Wren and company mean when they say that about Freeman, though, is that they’re happy to see him not getting pull-happy for the sake of trying to add instant power.

“I think his approach is what sets him apart from a lot of other guys,” Wren said. “He’s a guy that will take what the pitcher gives him. If he gives him a ball to pull, he’ll pull it. He’ll also drive a ball up the left center field gap or down the left field corner. Those are the guys that are the most dangerous as hitters and have the best chance to be successful at a young age.”

Freeman has hit two home runs in 71 at-bats this spring. The only other Brave with more than one is Chipper Jones (four).

“I think we’ve seen that this spring he’s sprayed balls all over the place and he’s starting to get a feel for when to turn on balls,” Wren said of Freeman. “That’s always the last thing to come and that’s not something we’re going to rush.”

SI predictions

The Sports Illustrated preview edition is coming out Wednesday (it’s featuring a Gary Smith cover story about the Phillies rotation, by the way, which ought to be a great read). They’re picking the Braves to finish second to the Phillies in the NL East with an 89-73 record. Here are some of the Braves they mentioned prominently:

- Jason Heyward is the NL East’s best bet to win the MVP

- Freddie Freeman is the NL East’s “Rookie to Watch”

- Best Case Scenario: Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters are the new Nasty Boys, Chipper Jones and Martin Prado stay healthy, and the Braves challenge Philly for the NL East title.

- Worst Case Scenario: Freddie Freeman is sent back to the minors, Derek Lowe repeats his first-half performance of a year ago rather than his second half, and the Braves fall into a wild-card dogfight.

New MLB concussion policy

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Players’ Association, announced a new policy today about how to handle player concussions that will go in effect for the 2011 season.

From what I know of the subject, the Braves already do baseline testing on all their players, and as we saw with Nate McLouth last season, are careful not to rush players back to the field. But with everything going on in football and with some major injuries in recent years to baseball players like Corey Koskie and Ryan Church, it was appropriate to see MLB take action.

Some of the most interesting developments center around the creation of a 7-day disabled list for concussed players, and that clubs must submit a “Return to Play” form to the medical director of MLB to have a concussed player cleared to return, before any kind of game – in the minors, extended spring or majors.

Here’s how the key components were broken down in the press release from MLB:

• Mandatory baseline neuropsychological testing requirements for players and umpires during Spring Training, or when a player joins a club during the season, formalizing a process that most individual Clubs follow;

• Protocols for evaluating players and umpires for a possible concussion, including during incidents typically associated with a high risk, such as being hit in the head a by a pitched, batted or thrown ball or by a bat; being in a collision with a player, umpire or fixed object; or any time when the head or neck of a player or an umpire is forcibly rotated;

• The establishment of a seven-day disabled list for concussions, which will aim to allow concussions to clear, prevent players from returning prematurely and give clubs a full complement of players in one’s absence; any player on the seven-day DL for more than 14 days will automatically and retroactively be transferred to the 15-day DL, effective with the first day of the initial placement, and with the prior 14 days applying to the initial 15-day maximum term; implemented on a trial basis for the 2011 season;

• Protocols for clearing a concussed player or umpire to return to activity; prior to the time that a concussed player is permitted to play in any game (including Major League, Minor League or extended Spring Training games), the Club must submit a “Return to Play” form to MLB’s Medical Director; submission of the form is required irrespective of whether the player was placed on the Disabled List.

Raising funds for Japanese relief

Kenshin Kawakami got it started a couple of weeks ago with his $50,000 donation toward relief efforts for the earthquake and tsunami in his native Japan. The Braves have donated $5,000 as well and now are joining with Japan-America Society of Georgia and the American Red Cross to raise additional funds.

Members of JASG will be at Monument Grove at Turner Field for these two exhibition games against the Twins, collecting donations. They’ll be back for the home-opening weekend against the Phillies, April 8-10. Fans can also contribute through the American Red Cross by going to braves.com/donate.

Contributions will also include any donations made to the Atlanta Braves foundation until April 30.

2,302 comments Add your comment

TennesseePaul

March 29th, 2011
2:34 pm

Fols

March 29th, 2011
2:35 pm

Who created that 27 qustions for 2011? Some of them weren’t even yes/no answers! haha

Venice Jim

March 29th, 2011
2:36 pm

Well done, Carroll – I take it you’re rooting for the Rams now given your Richmond connections?

sam

March 29th, 2011
2:37 pm

Soph

March 29th, 2011
2:41 pm

Thanks, Carroll!

Carroll Rogers

March 29th, 2011
2:42 pm

actually, weirdly, VJ, i’m pulling for Butler. I love their coach. And I pulled for them last year in every game but a certain one!

PDOG

March 29th, 2011
2:42 pm

Getting excited for opening day. I would much rather have Freeman batting behind Heyward, I just don’t like Gonzos approach, he swings at too many bad pitches.

bruce

March 29th, 2011
2:44 pm

Carroll are you headed to DC for the opener to give Dave a couple of days?

Brava

March 29th, 2011
2:46 pm

Carroll

The Braves tweeted this about an hour ago.

Tonight’s lineup (7:10 Sportsouth/680AM): Prado 7 McLouth 8 Chipper 5 McCann DH Uggla 4 Heyward 9 Gonzalez 6 Freeman 3 Ross 2 Martinez 1

ATLfan15

March 29th, 2011
2:46 pm

Alright! Can’t wait for Opening Day AND the first home series. already got my tix to the Sat April 9th game against the Phillies.

GO BRAVES!!!

Soph

March 29th, 2011
2:47 pm

Butler for me too.

T-Bone

March 29th, 2011
2:48 pm

Some other worst-case scnarios:

Chipper gets (stays) hurt.
Prado can’t adjust to LF and makes too many errors
Uggla is a defensive liability
Kimbrel/Venters are not the Nasty Boys

Mcmann

March 29th, 2011
2:50 pm

man man man man…

Back to the Ted they say,
the summer heat is calling.
Yet all that is heard is “watch out for that J-Hey”!!!!

haggard

March 29th, 2011
2:52 pm

Thanks Carroll !

Venice Jim

March 29th, 2011
2:53 pm

Carroll – then we’ll have to be on opposite sides in this one (in case you hadn’t seen my numerous mentions, I got my Master’s at VCU)…either way it turns out, I’d be happy to see the winner of that game win on Monday..

Ward

March 29th, 2011
2:56 pm

How’s is every one!Like the concusion policy. It’s abuout time!Can’t wait to see the first game or follow it after I get home from work.

Ward

March 29th, 2011
2:58 pm

Hello evry one! Sorry to say , but got to go with Connecticut all the way…….

Ward

March 29th, 2011
2:59 pm

I won’t be made if the other teams win though, because it’s good for the Sport…….

coach joe

March 29th, 2011
3:02 pm

How can anyone be negative..Big League Baseball is back.. GO BRAVES>>

BravesQueen

March 29th, 2011
3:04 pm

I’m ready to get the season rockin’ and rollin’.

Ward

March 29th, 2011
3:06 pm

By the I won’t be mad correction. hit the wrong key…….

Ward

March 29th, 2011
3:08 pm

Venice Jim: That means you will be watching those games than……..

Braveone

March 29th, 2011
3:11 pm

From the previous blog which had 1,713 comments, Roman Gal led the way with 103 posts. There were 183 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 Roman Gal 103
2 Ward 82
3 cabravesfan 75
4 Tomahawkin 71
5 jeffrey d 66
6 nolie 66
7 Trey 61
8 tiger297 54
9 PTBNL 50
10 Venice Jim 47
11 Bay Area Steve 41
12 Brava 41
13 David O’Brien 38
14 P’cola Brave 35
15 McFann Ô Ô 34
16 keylargo 34
17 JC from DR! 32
18 Soph 32
19 Gil In Mechanicsville 29
20 BFChris26 28
21 richbrave 28
22 LTBF 25
23 Mike S 24
24 Balla-Holic 23
25 bravofan 20

T for Texas

March 29th, 2011
3:11 pm

Thanks for the new blog Carroll–

Since KK has been assigned to Mississippi who has moved into the dreaded cursed locker?

Robert

March 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

Cant wait for opening day. What a season it’s gonna be!

Nateforpresident

March 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

Its not going to rain tonight is it? im driveing from chattanooga for the game

Ward

March 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

I’ll be watching Baseball Tonight now, and I like watching the Web Gems at the end of the program…. Thats the best part, and watching the home run high lights…..

BravesQueen

March 29th, 2011
3:14 pm

The rain isn’t supposed to move in until late tonight. Preferably after the game. ;)

cabravesfan

March 29th, 2011
3:15 pm

Nice to see my 25 post streak got me into the top 3 :D

Spazz

March 29th, 2011
3:15 pm

T for Texas – excellent question. I’d like to hear that answer myself.

Ward

March 29th, 2011
3:15 pm

How did I get 2 on the blog? I wasn’t even trying……..

10-89

March 29th, 2011
3:15 pm

Hey Carroll or anyone else who may know…Will the fundraising at Turner Field be willing to take clothing and shoes etc? Ive cleaned out my closet as has my gf and we have a bunch of stuff we wanted to send over if they will take it!
thanks

BravePack

March 29th, 2011
3:16 pm

Since people are giving their picks I’ll go with Kentucky.

Ward

March 29th, 2011
3:16 pm

cab: That was some writing you did last night…….

McFann Ô Ô

March 29th, 2011
3:17 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms Rogers!

SI Best Case Scenario: Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters are the new Nasty Boys, Chipper Jones and Martin Prado stay healthy, and the Braves challenge Philly for the NL East title.

Might help if BMac stays healthy, too… :roll: Just sayin’… :mrgreen:

Just Pat

March 29th, 2011
3:18 pm

Carroll

Thanks, as always, for the informative article. And…..I’m getting ahead of myself (as I did yesterday!) but I have written on my calendar that the game will be on CSS at 12:05 tomorrow with a tape delay at 7:05 (but I don’t know where). Could you confirm that info, please? (Need to plan my afternoon tomorrow! ) :-)

Ward

March 29th, 2011
3:19 pm

Mac can return to form……We should be excellant shape, and Nate……..

Ward

March 29th, 2011
3:21 pm

Well I gotta to go ……..Talk later tonight……..”Go!!!!Braves!!!!”,and peace friends…..

Just Pat

March 29th, 2011
3:22 pm

McFann

I”m hoping CR’s lineup is right and not the other one posted without BMac!

dogsbreggie

March 29th, 2011
3:22 pm

All my comments for 2 weeks have been stopped, why?

Boo hoo, from the dog

go Braves and Fab 5 Freddie

dogsbreggie

March 29th, 2011
3:22 pm

I wish McFatty was still a fatty, he hit well then

Just Pat

March 29th, 2011
3:23 pm

dog

Maybe…just maybe….because of comments like that.

big o

March 29th, 2011
3:24 pm

Hey CR !!! I see Freeman as a 20 homerun guy this season. With the exception of Uggla 30 homers and and BMacs 25 I think the Braves regulars will be between 15 and 20 homers each. CR are you going to make picks. I like the Braves, Reds and Rockies with Philly as wildcard. My tyeam to look out for are the Brewers. Cant wait to see them early.

dogsbreggie

March 29th, 2011
3:27 pm

Just Pat – was just a test to see if my comments would go thru’ but the target is still here, hi McFann O

BravesQueen

March 29th, 2011
3:30 pm

I can’t see an opening day game without Mac. *sniff* It just wouldn’t be right. Agree, McFann?

cabravesfan

March 29th, 2011
3:32 pm

Ward-

That’s what happens when everyone leaves me alone on the blog ;)

Just Pat

March 29th, 2011
3:32 pm

BravesQueen

Oh, I think the other one posted was just for tonight’s game…..not opening day.

McFann Ô Ô

March 29th, 2011
3:33 pm

Just Pat I”m hoping CR’s lineup is right and not the other one posted without BMac!

Hmm…yeah! What’s up with that? :? Who posted another lineup? Of course, Tangled came out on DVD today, and we’ve already committed to watching that tonight…I sorta forgot the game was gonna be on TV. :mrgreen: But I still hope BMac plays—it’s not like the movie is gonna run through the entire game!

Maybe…just maybe….because of comments like that.

Nah, if that weer the case, Mixxo woulda been Bozo’d a LOOOOONG time ago…

Hello, dogbreggie! I see you’re still out there fishin’. :P

dogsbreggie

March 29th, 2011
3:35 pm

McFann O O – been busy for a few months, hope the weather down there is better than it has been up here in the chilly NY area, was actually 24 yesterday morning with wind chills in the teens… Spring my FOOT

McFann Ô Ô

March 29th, 2011
3:35 pm

BravesQueen

Oh, hey, wait—we’re talking about Opening Day’s lineup? Heh heh…I thought we were talking about tonight’s! Whoa, yeah, Opening Day can’t not have BMac—that’d be so incredibly wrong…there aren’t even words for that…

In fact, I’d even keep him out tonight AND tomorrow as a precaution! :P

Warhead

March 29th, 2011
3:36 pm

Is tonight’s game on tv?

McFann Ô Ô

March 29th, 2011
3:37 pm

dogsbreggie

It was warm for a while, but this week it’s been COLD…and stormy. It was quiet last night, thank heavens, but I think there’s a chance of more storms tonight—hope they don’t show, though.

But yeah, second full week of Spring, and it feels more like winter than latter parts of February did!

keylargo

March 29th, 2011
3:37 pm

On the 30 Clubs in 30 days program on MLB TV, they predicted the Phillies will win the division with 89 wins and the Braves second with 87. They certainly don’t think the Phillies are invincible and I don’t think the Braves will only win 87. 91 minimum because they are at least as strong as last year.

Day Man

March 29th, 2011
3:38 pm

Mitch Williams made a great point last night about Venters/Kimbrell. Fredi should anoint one or the other as the closer. It lets them know their roles and doesnt make them think too much. I dont know if Im making myself clear but it def. made sense to me.
Venters- Set Up
Kimbrell- Closer

If it doesnt work out, switch it up.

Just Pat

March 29th, 2011
3:40 pm

Warhead

On SportSouth

Just Pat

March 29th, 2011
3:41 pm

Dy Man

And it may work out that way. Think Fredi is just trying to be flexible due to what batters the opposing team has coming up.

Day Man

March 29th, 2011
3:42 pm

I agree that this years team is better than last years. But if were only talking about a difference of a few games, you also have to remember the Conrad walk off, the Rick Ankiel 9th inning 2 out 2 strike bases clearing triple in Chicago, the Glaus, Heyward, Nate homers against Philly (which led to an immediate 9 game losing streak by the way). These things will most likely not happen again. Theyre going to have to win games legit this year and not hope for 9th inning miracles.

Roman Gal

March 29th, 2011
3:42 pm

Roman Gal led the way with 103 posts.

Yess!! A new champion is crowned!

Alright, where’s my crown?

Day Man

March 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

Just Pat-
Of course he is. Thats been his point the whole time. Lefty righty. I get it. But those guys are both more than capable of striking out lefties or righties.

cabravesfan

March 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

Warhead-

The game is also on MLB Network if you don’t live in the Atlanta area

TG from CA

March 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

Not a big fan of the lineup. Bobby did it with jordan S and now Freddi with Freeman as they bat them 8th to take the pressure off. Dont like it. They will not see much to hit but as rookies you get a little impatient and start swing at some bad pitches. Those become bad habits. Also do not like Heyward in the 6th hole. You got Alex G behind him, again, no need to throw him strikes. The guy is a machine and should be in the middle of the lineup not have Gonzalez follow him up.

Roman Gal

March 29th, 2011
3:44 pm

Worst Case Scenario:…and the Braves fall into a wild-card dogfight.

If that’s our worst-case scenario, I’m ok with that.

Soph

March 29th, 2011
3:46 pm

Alright, where’s my crown?

Tada!

http://i56.tinypic.com/2irn91y.png

Day Man

March 29th, 2011
3:46 pm

TG-
Agreed.

In theory though, it might make Freeman an even better breaking ball hitter later when hes in hte middle of the order. I really dont know why Gonzo is not hitting 8th. Hes a .250 hitter at best.

Roman Gal

March 29th, 2011
3:47 pm

Oh, Soph, it’s the best!

Day Man

March 29th, 2011
3:47 pm

Not to mention a great breaking ball hitter. Whenever I see a pitcher bend one, I know Alex is gonna drill it to left field. Hes a dead pull hitter.

Roman Gal

March 29th, 2011
3:47 pm

I’m glad DOB didn’t delete half my posts…

Thrillhouse44

March 29th, 2011
3:48 pm

Day Man, the Braves were 23-22 in 1-run games. 8-7 in extra innings. They basically lost as many close games as they won.

Carroll Rogers

March 29th, 2011
3:48 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Prado LF, 2. McLouth CF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. McCann DH, 5. Uggla 2B, 6. Heyward RF, 7. Gonzalez SS, 8. Freeman 1B, 9. Ross C

Carroll Rogers

March 29th, 2011
3:48 pm

Cristhian Martinez will start tonight, the first of 7 relievers to throw

McFann Ô Ô

March 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

Thanks for the lineup, Ms. Rogers!

Day Man

March 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

Thrillhouse-
Ok..now just imagine if they didnt have all the miracle comebacks….
Im confused at what point youre trying to make.

McFann Ô Ô

March 29th, 2011
3:50 pm

Soph

:lol: Nice crown…

Warhead

March 29th, 2011
3:50 pm

Thanks Just Pat and cabravesfan!

Day Man

March 29th, 2011
3:51 pm

Say whoomp there it is if youre going to the game tonight…..

Chuck

March 29th, 2011
3:52 pm

These blogs made the off-season way more bearable – thanks Dave, Carroll, and posters! Almost here!

Bat Masterson

March 29th, 2011
3:52 pm

Soph_

That was cold,

but funny

Soph

March 29th, 2011
3:52 pm

It would probably look much better with an A on it but hey, to each his own. We don’t judge. :roll:

Bat Masterson

March 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

Good Blog, Carroll. Thanks

Roman Gal

March 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

That may be true, Soph, but considering I dominated your wall while wearing my Yankees crown…well, it’s just fitting.

Thrillhouse44

March 29th, 2011
3:55 pm

Day Man, the point is you’re going to have a lot of close games throughout a 162 game season. Sometimes you win games you should have lost. Sometimes you lose games you should have won. For every Nate walk-off, there’s the uncharacteristic Wagner meltdown in SF. It tends to work itself out over time. I’m saying that if you take away the miracle comebacks, you should also take away the heartbreaking losses.

timthebrave

March 29th, 2011
3:55 pm

Is the game tonight on tv????

Lew

March 29th, 2011
3:55 pm

They had so many miracle comebacks last year because they left the bases loaded with no one out or one out more times than I care to remember. This year Uggla should make a big difference – not only with his bat but the way he will make the entire lineup better. We won’t have the need for ll those miracle comebacks.

ncscoots

March 29th, 2011
3:57 pm

They will not see much to hit but as rookies you get a little impatient and start swing at some bad pitches.

If there is anything that Freeman has shown in the minors, it’s strike zone recognition. Now, he also tends to be aggressive in the strike zone, so that may work against him a little with ML pitchers, admittedly. But, my money is on Freeman to be more patient in the 8 hole than Gonzalez, even at 21. Maybe that’s the way Fredo sees it.

Disclaimer: I wouldn’t bat Alex anywhere but 8, either. :-)

Larry

March 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

Soph

March 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

Yeah, I don’t appreciate NY paraphernalia on my property but it’s okay. Fun times will ensue. :-)

timthebrave

March 29th, 2011
4:00 pm

I think it’s a good idea to put freeman in the 8 hole to start the season. That way there won’t be any pressure for him to produce. If he hits like he is capable of then I wouldn’t be surprised if he moves up later in the season

McFann Ô Ô

March 29th, 2011
4:00 pm

Soph It would probably look much better with an A on it but hey, to each his own. We don’t judge.

You’re right, we don’t judge…all the time…

;)

Lew This year Uggla should make a big difference – not only with his bat but the way he will make the entire lineup better.

:D

ncscoots

March 29th, 2011
4:04 pm

Day Man, the point is you’re going to have a lot of close games throughout a 162 game season. Sometimes you win games you should have lost. Sometimes you lose games you should have won

Unless you’re the Phillies in 2010, LOL. 29-17 in one-run, fercrissake. Repeating that would really spit in the faces of the probability gods, I think.

They are doomed, Gulliver! Doomed, I say! :-)

BravesQueen

March 29th, 2011
4:06 pm

Oh, duh! I knew we were talking bout tonight’s lineup. I don’t know why I typed opening day. :facepalm:

McFann — Oh, yea, I wouldn’t mind Mac sitting tonight AND tomorrow either! All the more ready he’d be come Opening Day! :mrgreen:

Roman Gal

March 29th, 2011
4:10 pm

Fun times will ensue.

I knew I picked some worthy adversaries in you and cab.

cabravesfan

March 29th, 2011
4:12 pm

One day..one day, RG, I’m going to show up on your doorstep. You will be afraid.

Soph

March 29th, 2011
4:12 pm

Uh oh, did you attack cab too or is she on the to-do list?

CrαZy

March 29th, 2011
4:13 pm

Nice to see the Braves donating $55,000 dollars to Jαpαnese relief.

Mike in Canton

March 29th, 2011
4:14 pm

Ugh, how am I going to get my Braves fix at Basic Training? And at the beginning of the season, too.

Jimmy

March 29th, 2011
4:14 pm

Really hate to bring this up, but the forecast for DC on Thursday is pretty bad. High of 49 with afternoon showers.
Hope we can get it in. All 9 innings.

Roman Gal

March 29th, 2011
4:15 pm

She’s on the to-do list. I gave her fair warning to fix her sound last night.

Roman Gal

March 29th, 2011
4:16 pm

You will be afraid.

You don’t scare me!

Jimmy

March 29th, 2011
4:20 pm

timthebrave- “I think it’s a good idea to put freeman in the 8 hole to start the season. That way there won’t be any pressure for him to produce.”

See, I disagree with that. I think FF batting 8th will see a steady diet of breaking balls – with the pitcher up next. And there is a chance he could press and get into a deep funk. I’d like him batting 7th with Gonzo 8th.

I know that ruins the R-L-R setup, but that is how I see it in Freeman (and the Braves) best interest.

bfred

March 29th, 2011
4:22 pm

Not to mention that Freeman will have the example of his buddy Heyward, who if anything is TOO careful at the plate. Granted that was a high-class problem to have with a rookie.

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