Braves release DeVall, trade for Chet Lemon’s son

WASHINGTON — The Braves released left-hander Brett DeVall, the 40th overall pick of the 2008 draft. He’s had elbow issues and the Braves believed he was moving in reverse, not forward, in his development.

DeVall, 21, was 7-9 with a 4.39 ERA in 19 starts at Class-A Rome last season, his second year at that level. He has a career record of 11-13 with a 3.92 ERA in 33 games (32 starts) in three seasons, including a short season in the Gulf Coast rookie league.

He has 119 strikeouts with 44 walks and 188 hits allowed in 170 career innings.

Marcus Lemon acquired in trade for PTBN

The Braves acquired Texas Rangers minor league utility player Marcus Lemon, 22, in a trade for a player to be named later. The son of former All-Star center fielder Chet Lemon, he hasn’t played above Double-A and won’t be on the 40-man roster.

A fourth-round pick in 2006, Lemon was strictly a shortstop until he began playing some outfield and second base in 2009.

He’s played four-plus seasons of minor-league ball and spent the past two at Double-A Frisco, where he hit ,271 with a .355 OBP in 111 games last season and had 22 doubles, four triples, three homers, 40 RBIs and seven steals in 14 attempts.

Chet Lemon played 16 seasons in the majors and was an All-Star with the Chicago White Sox in 1978 and 1979 and with Detroit in 1984. He played his final season in 1990.

Kimbrel: strikeout machine

Braves rookie closer Craig Kimbrel struck out two of three Washington Nationals batters in the ninth inning Thursday, giving him 42 strikeouts with 16 walks in 21-1/3 innings over two major-league seasons. He has a 0.42 career ERA and nine hits allowed.

That does not include his seven strikeouts with no walks and one hit allowed in 4-1/3 innings during last year’s division series, when he pitched in all four games against San Francisco.

Kimbrel’s 17.4 strikeouts per nine innings during the 2010 regular season was the highest in major league history for any pitcher with a minimum of 20 innings.

114 comments Add your comment

evanchew

April 1st, 2011
12:00 pm

two iron

April 1st, 2011
12:03 pm

Way to go Evan. Maybe you can get a real life now.

World Champs 2011

April 1st, 2011
12:03 pm

Phil

April 1st, 2011
12:04 pm

What would be the incentive to just release DeVall? It seems like you would want to give a young player like that a little more time even if he has had injury problems, especially since he was your first player taken only a couple years ago. Talented left handed starters are such a commodity that I don’t see the benefit to just a straight release.

richbrave

April 1st, 2011
12:05 pm

I’m not surprised by DeVALL’s departure. BRAVES still stockpiling utlitarian position players down on the farm.

Jimmy, age 9

April 1st, 2011
12:05 pm

How come Jordan Schafer isn’t playing centerfield? He’s my favorite player.

Theauthority

April 1st, 2011
12:18 pm

What does Utlitarian? Like Chase Utley? If so, then, great (until this recent injury)!

wooshman

April 1st, 2011
12:20 pm

Because schafer is terrible and needs to be traded or released as well

Day Man

April 1st, 2011
12:21 pm

Jimmy quit asking that question. And if you are 9, quit worrying about baseball and get to school.

Im tired of hearing how Freeman is going to struggle so much. Hes got a better approach than Heyward at the plate. Heyward has the obvious tools, but could have used a year in AAA to learn some more. I know, I know- He’s good. Really good. But his approach at the plate now is,”look for a ball to pull over the right field wall” ever at-bat now. What got him to the Majors in the first place was his ability to hit to ALL fields with power AND average. If he continues this approach, he might hit 30 plus homers, but he will never be the .300 hitter hes capable of being.

Im looking for Freeman to put up better numbers in the next 5 years than Heyward. Much smarter hitter who takes what the pitcher gives him. Hopefully Heyward proves me wrong.

Jason Werth less in DC

April 1st, 2011
12:24 pm

I wonder who on the Phillies is tagging Utley’s wife this season?

luv them braves

April 1st, 2011
12:29 pm

“Jason Werth less in DC” – go to somebody else’s blog. What a stupid comment.
Oh yes, and while you are at it – move out of your Mom’s basement. You are in your 30’s and need to grow up. Just sayin.

Bill

April 1st, 2011
12:33 pm

Agree with Day Man, plus Freeman can really play “D” and pick’um .

Schafer is…well just that..needs to be traded.

Welcome Mr. Lemon..hope you play as well as Chet some day.
Go Braves!!!!!!!!

Rupert

April 1st, 2011
12:38 pm

I think it is the swing and miss factor that makes Kimbrel my preferred closer. I know Venters gets more strikeouts than innings pitched, but Kimbrel has more “flamethrower” stuff. Also, Venters can induce the groundball, which Kimbrel is not likely to do. This makes Venters more apt for 7th or 8th inning siutations where runners may be on and a quick dp may be needed.

wooshman

April 1st, 2011
12:40 pm

Also agree with Day Man and believe that freeman is going to have more power than is expected.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

April 1st, 2011
12:48 pm

Day Man, I went to 4 spring training games this year and Heyward had 4 opposite field hits. I did not see a pull first mentality.

bascogcjs

April 1st, 2011
12:51 pm

That is really strange giving up on Devall so early in his career.
Being that high a draft pick and with stats not so bad, this is
a very,very strange decision.
There has to be another side to the story.

nick p.

April 1st, 2011
12:53 pm

i hope this is the start of something special! If McClouth can come out of last years funk along with Freeman doing better than Derek Lee, then this team with everybody else the same and Chipper back will be playoff bound, I HOPE! Go Braves!

Dacula E.

April 1st, 2011
12:58 pm

Any improvement from McOut and a first baseman with two good knees is a definite improvement over the Glaus/Lee fill in from last season. We’ve been through so many first basemen over the years, it would be awesome if Freeman could become that franchise guy we’ve been needing!

rebelson

April 1st, 2011
12:59 pm

i am 61 years old….been a diehard Braves fan forever…well at least since they moved to Atlanta….i really like this team this year….regardless of the pros and cons about each player….with that said…i truly hope that if they get rid of Jordan Schafer…that he finds his way…and one day comes back to give my favorite team an asskicking they will deserve for not giving this kid a little more time to develop…this kid is talented…he just needs advise and guidance and he will make somebody a damn good player…lets hope that the brain trust of the Braves realize this and dont find themselves having to say….dang…Jordan kicked our butts…

northbeach Scott

April 1st, 2011
1:06 pm

rebelson, I agree with you on likeing the composition of the Braves as a team; even beyond the usual spring effect. They have a good clubhouse coming into this season.

I am not ready to give up on Jordan Schafer, just yet. At this point he has little or no trade value, is cheap, and he is not taking playing time from another guy with potential. I saw him have a very good game against the Tigers at Lakeland on 3/19 (he crushed a double to LC and made a couple of nice plays in CF.

Let’s see how Schafer looks by the end of June and re-evaluate. I still think he has something special to offer and is low risk. If I am wrong, then perhaps the Braves purge him in the next off season.

Just Pat

April 1st, 2011
1:16 pm

rebelson & nb Scott

Doncha think the Braves are holding onto Schafer for a reason? Like, possibly not renewing Nate’s contract? (I think this is his last year.) Schafer has a chance to shine at Gwinnett and hopefully will do so.

wooshman

April 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

Schafer looked awesome in a+ ball but hasn’t done anything to impress me since.

Jesse Stone

April 1st, 2011
1:45 pm

I don’t think that the “one year wonder” ss Nate’s replacement when the contract expires. The Braves can do much better.

Brady Anderson

April 1st, 2011
1:47 pm

I kinda like the Schafer kid. He reminds me of somebody I know.

BravesAC

April 1st, 2011
1:55 pm

Sorry to see DeVall not work out. Hope he can make a comeback even if it’s with another organization. His pick and the Rasmus pick (st Louis outfielder’s brother) highlight what a crapshoot that taking high school arms in the draft can be. I sure had high hopes for both when the Braves drafted them.

By the way, the Washington announcer on XM Radio mentioned how Freeman isn’t just a promising bat but that he saved Gonzalez twice with great scoops around the bag. I know we’re all hoping for a solid year with the bat but Freeman can help the Braves win in other ways as well.

rlinaug

April 1st, 2011
1:56 pm

BravesAC

April 1st, 2011
1:58 pm

twoiron
Could never hit ya!

rebelson

April 1st, 2011
1:59 pm

yes wooshman…so far due to somethings not under his control and to somethings he must contol but hasnt…he has not been that super player we all hoped he would be…but just like superman(maybe a bad comparison)i think once he gets his krytonite locked away he can run down fly balls faster than a locomotive…jump centerfield fences with a single bound…and hit the fire out of fastballs coming at him like speeding bullets….ok …ok…i know bad joke…but the point is at least give him some time to earn his cape

BravesAC

April 1st, 2011
2:02 pm

rlinaug
Nice link. Good info on Heyward. What a list! Lot’s of great names on it. People talk about Williams losing service time and how that affected his totals but Mantle tearing up his knee early on, before today’s improved surgery techniques, had the same effect on his totals. Hope Heyward has a relatively injury free career to see what nbrs he can put up.

UGASlobberknocker

April 1st, 2011
2:03 pm

Hey DOB, take a Braves break for a sec..what is your take on the newest REM CD? I got their last one back in 08..thought it was their best in a while..wondering how this one stacks up in your opinion..I havent heard any of it. Thanks

BravesAC

April 1st, 2011
2:05 pm

rebelson
Unfortunately, his current greatest “super power” is making a whooshing sound with the bat. Hope Parish and minor league coaches and Shafer’s effort get him back on track with the bat.

Brave 1

April 1st, 2011
2:05 pm

Lemon Trade feels like a ‘favor’. Give the kid a fresh start, etc.

rebelson

April 1st, 2011
2:07 pm

ugaslobber

hadnt heard the new one….but have all their others…and if i know REM…if they thought enough of it to lay the tracks down…then i am sure it will be worth spending money on…GO DAWGS

rebelson

April 1st, 2011
2:12 pm

and that….BravesAC……is all that i am saying…hes young…teach him if they can…if it works…good for us and him…if it dont he will still have enough potenial to catch somebodys eye…then we get what we can for him…just not now…heck even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then…let them grab him by his tail and see if they can open them eyes

panhandledad

April 1st, 2011
2:13 pm

DeVall was released because of a large personality conflict between Kurt Kemp( director of Braves minor league) and Brett. When Kemp pulled Brett in his office DeVall was told ” we don’t have a roster spot for you any where”. What a bunch of horse sh!t. When you have pitchers that are struggling to hit 85 mph and can’t locate that isn’t the real eason he was released.
This goes back to last year when they wanted DeVall to go to Orlando to rehab instead of rehabbing at the Andrews clinic.
Brett will be much better off with another team and that won’t take long.

Mike Jay

April 1st, 2011
2:16 pm

Day Man,

Not sure What Heyward you have been watching but his plate apporach is about 8 years ahead of schedule. Rookies just do not have OBP of .400. Especially if they have a bad approach at the plate as you claim. Hell he had a bump thumb most of the year. Kid is going to be one of the greats.

woman in the throes

April 1st, 2011
2:16 pm

Jimmy, age 9, Jordan isn’t playing for the same reason Bill and Wooshman aren’t making decisions for the Braves, because Frank Wren is a pretty smart guy and realizes Nate is a better option right now.

two iron

April 1st, 2011
2:29 pm

BravesAC
Practice. Practice.

woman in the throes

April 1st, 2011
2:38 pm

“Unfortunately, his current greatest “super power” is making a whooshing sound with the bat.” I don’t care who you are, that’s funny.

Owl Hunter

April 1st, 2011
2:39 pm

Schafer is where he belongs for now. He needs at bats. He’s not going to get them at the big club. He’s not going anywhere if he doesn’t get regular playing time. I’m not entirely sold on him, but he has a chance.

Day Man

April 1st, 2011
2:45 pm

Mike Jay-
You do have a point. Having a .400 OBP as a rookie is unheard of. He is very patient at the plate and will take some walks but my point is when he puts the ball in play, I dont have a hit chart in front of me but Id be willing to guess that about 85% of his balls in play were to the right of 2nd base and about 65% were ground balls.

WPB Brave

April 1st, 2011
2:46 pm

Jason Heyward is a talent that comes around once or twice a generation.

Trojan

April 1st, 2011
2:47 pm

DOB: Any word on how Schafer was doing in camp? We all can look at his stats, but was he hitting the ball harder than last year when he struggled? What are the Braves people saying? What does he need to work on?

Realist

April 1st, 2011
2:59 pm

rebelson, Schafer was good, minor league player while he was obviously on HGH – he did get caught buying it. Read up on the stuff and you can see the benefits for hitters and pitchers – strength, stamina, and eyesight all go through the roof.

Look up BALCO and read the former head guy’s own words regarding his tests on athletes pre-using HGH and while on the stuff. It makes good athletes (Shafer really good, and great athletes (Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, etc) become supermen.

In my opinion, HGH is why Shafer tore the cover off the ball before his 50 game MLB suspension, and rarely has hit much of anything since.

Conyers Braves Fan

April 1st, 2011
3:02 pm

Not much to comment on since I am not familiar with DeVall. I do hope he catches on with the right club.

KKKKKKKKimbrel

April 1st, 2011
3:03 pm

From now on, I think the AJC should refer to Kimbrel as Captain K

MaxxBrave

April 1st, 2011
3:14 pm

Kimbrel is a monster, an absolute beast. Last year, Billy Wagner said Kimbrel reminds him of a young version of himself, and he was right. Also DOB, if you haven’t already, check out the album “Hot Tropics” by The Growlers

bascogcjs

April 1st, 2011
3:17 pm

panhandledad, I suppose you must be Brett’s dad.
This is the first time I can remember the Braves and their
minor leaguers having personality conflicts.
If this is true, there has to be another side to this story.
Devall is too young, has had too fanfare for him to be
released at the age of 21.
I mean crap, he’s only had two full years in the minors.

Frank C

April 1st, 2011
3:52 pm

Finally, someone (Day Man & Bill) shares my opinion on Freeman vs Heyward as hitters. Not only do I think Freddie is a better overall hitter, if he gets an equal number of at bats, I think he’ll hit more HRs, THIS YEAR. Too often Heyward doesn’t “lift” the ball on pitches where he can. He hits a lot of ground balls. Nothing necessarily wrong with that, especially with his speed, but its not a power stroke.

Braves fan

April 1st, 2011
3:54 pm

Devall’s dad was on blogs last year complaining the Braves were favoring non white pitchers(like Tehran and Vizcaino) over his son. The Braves probably just wanted to nip that problem in the bud, that’s why they’ve been sucessful, dumping the whiners. I wish the kid the best but his Dad comes off like a John Rockerish helicopter Dad. Combine the injuries, subpar production to other top prospects and any personality conflict made it easy to hit the eject button.(Braves minor league system is rated #4 by Baseball America so I dont think Kemp will lose any sleep over it.)

panhandledad

April 1st, 2011
4:01 pm

Bascogcjs, I have no reason to make statements that aren’t true. There is no other side to this story. The Braves may want to spin it in their favor but most intelligent baseball minds know there is more to this than just what they are stating right now.
When you have a man running your minor leagues that has never ever played baseball even at the high school level should tell you he got there unjustly.
This was strictly Kemp showing his lack of knowledge of young talent to show how much power he yielded.

Deester

April 1st, 2011
4:04 pm

Wow…Devall’s dad is comparing his talent ceiling to that of Teheran/Vizcaino? He should have been released on principle alone! LOL. Seriously though, I was hoping that DeVall would come back to be what we thought he could be. Frank C…..no offense, I think that Freeman will be a monster, hit more HR’s than initially thought, but no way he’s a better threat at the plate than Heyward.

panhandledad

April 1st, 2011
4:06 pm

Bravesfan, if you had any indepth knowledge of what you were talking about I could take you seriously, but apparently you don’t. You’ve never had a relative in the minors to know what it is like. So you should keep your comments to yourself unless you know what you are speaking about. You don’t have a clue what goes on in baseball.

Braves fan

April 1st, 2011
4:09 pm

I don’t have to be a chef to know bad cooking, or a composer to know bad music or well you get it.

panhandledad

April 1st, 2011
4:09 pm

If the Braves minor league system is rated so high why did all their teams finish near or at the bottom of all their divisions? That was strictly someones opinion with no stats to back it up.

Chuck

April 1st, 2011
4:10 pm

When I read about Devall, I figured attitude, drugs, or alcohol – but dad issues? I guess it happens. I agree with most everyone else though, when they give up on someone that early, it’s probaby off-field issues.

Casual Observer

April 1st, 2011
4:10 pm

I know you guys are Braves die hards and I know where your loyalty stands but come on. How can anyone in there right mind not be extremely pleased with J-Heys results. Taking nothing away from Freeman’s potential but don’t you think its just a tad bit unrealistic to expect him to have a Rookie season like J-Heys. Its one thing to heap praise on potential but please don’t do it while downing J-Heys on field big league proven results.

Casual Observer

April 1st, 2011
4:20 pm

With that being said, i sure as heck hope you guys are even close to right. I am so excited about this Season.

Tracey

April 1st, 2011
4:26 pm

I have to agree with Casual Observer. I don’t usually comment but sit back and observe. I think some people forget that Jason is only 21 and in his second season. He is still learning just like Freddie. I noticed one person on the blog was complaining about Jason pulling the ball in one direction and I guess this was determined after watching one game of the season. Also, I don’t think Jason and Freddie should be compared because they are two different players. I feel Brave fans should be happy to have two young guys like Jason and Freddie to help contribute to the team instead of taking up a spot on the bench.

John Leonard

April 1st, 2011
4:32 pm

How lucky are we as Braves fans, to have both Jason&Freddy to compare?

double

April 1st, 2011
4:50 pm

good to see goose eggs in the error column-game 1 .

Horner's Corner

April 1st, 2011
4:55 pm

In my humble opinion, these “Freeman has a better approach than Heyward” remarks are nothing more than thinly veiled prejudice. It’s either that or Frank, Bill and Day Man simply don’t understand baseball.

jerry

April 1st, 2011
4:58 pm

Nate hit two pop ups to left field in the opener, the same thing he did all last year. I have never seen a leftie hit so many pop ups to left. What gives?

The Monger

April 1st, 2011
5:01 pm

Uhh Dave OBrien, I think you need to check your stats on Kimbrel in the Division Series, you say he had 7 K’s and NO walks, and one hit, while I remember he had at least one walk, because it was a walk and then a base hit by Sanchez that got him pulled for Dunn in the 9th of Game 3 to get the final out. How did Dunn inherit 1st and 3rd runners from Kimbrel with No walks and one hit allowed, unless Kimbrel hit a batter, please tell me David O’Brien…Kimbrel is the man though. 0.42 ERA and 42 K’s in 21 and a third innings is downright sick. And he is only 21, he will be the Braves closer for the next 10-15 years, that gets me so excited….

Joshua

April 1st, 2011
5:13 pm

I wish people would just be quiet about Jordan Schafer. Watch him play and you will understand: he is not good. He had promise once, but that was a long time ago, and it has been a long time since he showed ANY kind of potential. It’s a little strange how you can go from being a promising young player to dead weight as dramatically as he did (which is why I understand that some people allege steroid use), but if you watch him now, its pretty clear – he doesn’t have it.

RJ in KS

April 1st, 2011
5:19 pm

Day Man, Frank C and Bill, my hat is off to you guys. That’s the best April Fool’s Day joke I’ve seen yet. Had me going for a second that you guys were serious. Well played.

josh

April 1st, 2011
5:22 pm

I like this deal!

check out a THE NEW braves blog @ http://www.atlantainsight.com

Casual Observer

April 1st, 2011
5:24 pm

john Leonard – so right you are my man.

Horners Corner – Lets just hope you are wrong sir. Please don’t let my Braves column turn into the Falcons blog where it always turns to white/black.

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Kel Varnson

April 1st, 2011
5:33 pm

thank you “horners corner” my thoughts exactly. There is one OBVIOUS reason people would so strongly prefer Freeman over Heyward and its got nothing to do with baseball. Especially since one has proven everything and one has proven nothing. I wonder what these folks would have said about Hank back in the day.

Stuart

April 1st, 2011
5:43 pm

I think anybody who doubts Heyward’s present and future skills needs to talk to the scouts on every other team in baseball. And after they stop laughing at you, maybe they can explain why this kid is the Braves’ future.

Braves fan in Missouri

April 1st, 2011
5:51 pm

Freddie, Jason, Hanson, Uggla, Beachy, Minor, Venters, Kimbrel, Terehan, Delgado and Vizciano are the Braves future. Jason does not have to carry the Braves on his back.

Braves fan in Missouri

April 1st, 2011
5:52 pm

Forgot about that McCann guy.

Braves fan in Missouri

April 1st, 2011
5:53 pm

And I am sure Prado will stick around too.

J Key West

April 1st, 2011
6:01 pm

Utley’s wife……So easy a caveman can do it!

Einsteindawg

April 1st, 2011
6:02 pm

What do Kimbrell and McLouth have in common? They are both strikeout machines,

Day Man

April 1st, 2011
6:08 pm

Horner’s Corner-

I guess theres always that one moron in the room who has to bring up racial comparisons.

Simpleton.

Day Man

April 1st, 2011
6:08 pm

J Key West-
hahahahahahahahah

Day Man

April 1st, 2011
6:10 pm

Kal Varnson-
Wow. Same to you. What a weak minded insecure person to think that way.

Unbelievable.

Day Man

April 1st, 2011
6:11 pm

For the record, Im black….

Does that change your opinion?

Day Man

April 1st, 2011
6:12 pm

Not everything has to be about race, you know. Some ppl actually base their opinions based on on-field performance.

Kay Kay

April 1st, 2011
6:20 pm

What about me for closer?

P.S. why my visa expire in 30 day?

Farnsworthy

April 1st, 2011
6:25 pm

McOut should get 50 at bats—if he isn’t producing by then, he should be put in a Gwinnett uniform or traded.

Octavius

April 1st, 2011
6:27 pm

Jason is a stud and Freddie will be a stud.

Observer

April 1st, 2011
6:33 pm

Thank You Monger
Did anyone even notice the stats on Kimbrel

“Kimbrel’s 17.4 strikeouts per nine innings during the 2010 regular season was the highest in major league history for any pitcher with a minimum of 20 innings.”

Wow

Obee

April 1st, 2011
6:35 pm

Please remove bravesfan’s 3:19 comment. It’s extraordinarily offensive.

obi wan kenobi

April 1st, 2011
6:35 pm

Marcus Lemon acquired in trade for PTBN: We usually loose in this catagory. Is it Tehran?

Braves4Life

April 1st, 2011
6:46 pm

As of this morning my resignation letter to our great organization has been granted its request to for your Atlanta Braves and I to part ways. This is an extremely complex and difficult decision for me my friends. You all hold such a dear section of my heart and as of this moment I cannot bring myself to post details of the affair. I feel at this moment in my life I am called for greater things and the Atlanta Braves and I are hurt that I need to leave so close to the season’s start. I have spoken to players, coaches, and front office members individually and each has respected my decision. I promise to give you all details of my new endeavor soon but alas at this time it proves to tough a task. So long till the time arrives!!

Sincerely from a hurt yet true to himself Braves, no longer front office member, but fan,

Braves4Life

April 1st, 2011
6:46 pm

Well….THAT WAS A DISASTER!!! OK kids, its story time. As you should have noticed in the opening post of this thread I left the great Atlanta Braves organization to pursue further endevors in my life. At the moment I could not bring myself to tell for I was torn to the depths of my soul at my having to leave. I can now bring myself to tell of my expidition and will do so. I left the Braves to find a career in the male modeling business, in fact the male underwear modeling business. In my earlier years out of college I was told by many a woman that my body should be graced with skimpy briefs and placed for them to drool upon. I first played it off being shy of my newly developed body, but after an elderly lady bumped into me with her walker after she had somehow strayed into the men’s restroom and said, “WOW…YOU GOT A SQUIRELL HIDING IN THEM KNICKERS!!” I sucummed to the request and went to a modeling agency the following day. The agency immediatly felt I had a bright future in the modeling world and put me on their next runway show. When I first graced that stage I felt a feeling unmatched by any other and I just went (as they call it in the modeling business) IN to the SANE!! I was a natural and soon was recieving calls from modeling agencies in Paris, which is the modeling capital of the world. After headling just one show there I entered the top 10 in the WMR. (WMR is the World Modeling Rankings for those of you uneducated readers) Then after a short 5 more shows I was the top ranked model in the entire world, winning contest in every show I entered and was being called the Marvin Winkler of my generation. Mr. Winkler is considered the greatest of all time and just to be mentioned with him made me faint on the spot!! Anywho after holding the longest reign at the top of the WMR I decided to finally invite my family to a show. The whole gang showed!! Mother, Albatrossmaster, Eaglemaster, and even my Grandmother who had just left the hospital after recieving a hew liver!! I’ll ste the tone….this was the biggest show of my life…Madison Square Garden…biggest crowd I had ever performed for and I was going to wear the most beautiful pair of bedazzeled red, white, and blue briefs. This was going to put me right over the top and most likely even top WINKLER!! Oh oh oh…this next part is hard to type so I’ll just say well..Lamar decided he should intervene…Lamar is a heavy set man and in the middle of my run decided he should also dare I say STRIP!! Women fainted, men vomited, babies cried, and the elderly heart’s stopped. My career was ruined. Once the WMR found out he was my own blood relative I recieved a 15 year ban from modeling. Thus we are caught up to today. I left the Braves when my ban was up and again entered the modeling world. If any of you recieve “Nearly Nude Weekly” I was the cover boy last week. Anywho the stage was once again set for my highly anticipated return and nobody could stand the wait any longer. I Mean Nobody….including you guesses it..LAMAR!!! Who took matters into his own hands and again somehow managed to this time find himself naked and back on my runway. His excuse…the voices of the Phab Phour told him to. Well Lamar was arrested for public exposure and I was permantely banned from the modeling world. I bailed Lamar out of jail and we have mended our relationship and have once again resumed my now shared position as Assistant General Manager with Bobby Cox. So my dearest Braves fans I have returned and am ready for the final strech of 161 games!!

Sincerely,

A man formaly know as The Man WIth A Squirell Down His Pants

GHOST OF BRETT DEVALL

April 1st, 2011
6:49 pm

You will all suffer, every last one of you!

obi wan kenobi

April 1st, 2011
6:54 pm

Braves4Life

April 1st, 2011
6:46 pm

Zzzzzzz……

obi wan kenobi

April 1st, 2011
6:57 pm

BF4, Are you one of those guys that sit at coffee shops with your laptop so people can notice you working on it?

Mike Jay

April 1st, 2011
7:00 pm

Day man,

I can’t find any statistics that break down where Heyward got his hits last year but I do remember him hitting a bunch of opposite field homers. Honestly this is the first time I have heard anyone say he is merely a pull hitter. Every scouting report and analysis I have read says he hits for power and average to all sides of the field. Not sure what you are seeing that nobody else seems to.

Frank C said “Not only do I think Freddie is a better overall hitter, if he gets an equal number of at bats, I think he’ll hit more HRs, THIS YEAR. Too often Heyward doesn’t “lift” the ball on pitches where he can. ”

—i guess they just built that fence and net down in spring practice to stop all those one hoppers heyward was sending over the fence? Now he did ‘only’ hit 18 homers but he had a gimpy thumb that was sapping his power for over half the season. That and he doesn’t always try and pull the ball and knock it out like most young players with his kind of power.

Look i think Freeman is going to be a really good major league player but to claim he is going to have a better season then heyward did his rookie year is far fetched at best.

Braves4life

April 1st, 2011
7:09 pm

I will go ahead and elaborate on the situations. First is the most important issue in their front office which is ryan howard. The phillies front office has been begging charlie manuel to bench him because of his enormous amount of strikeouts but charlie manuel refuses to do so because he has compassion for howard and his weight problem! Manuel says that he suffers from the same problem and knows it takes huge amounts of energy for howard to swing just one time. Second is the less than great performances of jimmy rollins, and cole hamels. It is rumored that the phillies were sooo unhappy with their performances that they actually tried to create a trade with the braves in which the braves would recieve rollins, hamels, and ja happ while the phillies would recieve yunel escobar, tommy hanson, and jair jurrjens.Although the Braves spit in the face of that trade and quickly ended the talks. And finally the third is the terrible performances of brad lidge. Rumors say that the phillies actually tried to pay off brad lidge to retire but lidge said that he had to much pride.Afterwards the phillies reportedly contacted john smoltz and tom glavine who both refused to answer their phones.

I will be in contact with my sources for future rumors! THANKS!!!

Braves4life

April 1st, 2011
7:15 pm

Oh I do declare the Atlanta Braves must have the most intelligent fans in all of Major League Baseball. You all are correct in that each of the names mentioned is indeed linked to trade talks for our Atlanta Braves. Frankie and the remainder of our great front office worked diligently and acquired Alex Gonzalez, who we all felt would be an improvement over Yunel Escobar. Mr. Escobar was a grand player with his flashy way of playing, although sadly was not producing at a pace we would have liked and even more sadly had an attitude that was not on tract with the traditional Atlanta Braves way of playing and presenting ourselves. I did enjoy Yunel during his stay in Atlanta and one memory that comes to mind was the time myself and Big Peter(Peter Moylan….the name is an entirely different story) bribed Yunel’s hairdresser into coloring his hair lime green! Oh the expression on his face I will never remember…yes remember…because once Yunel found out I was behind the scheme he attacked me with a blow dryer. We eventually made up and I bought him a wig, which he wore until just recently when his hair lost its green tint. Anywho as all of you are correct with the names mention I will leave you with the words once yelled by Mr. Kevin Garnett, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!”

Speaking of Kevin Garnett I cannot find my jersey that he personally signed for me. The last time I saw it Yunel had just trapped me in the corner of my closet threatening to “blow my face off.” Wait A Minute that flashy, hair coloring son of a gun stole my jersey and took it to darn Canada knowing I’m not allowed to enter that country since I attended that Justin Bieber concert!!

Sincerely from a man who has multiple restraining orders

Mike Jay

April 1st, 2011
7:18 pm

And I though I spend too much time on this blog…

Braves4life

April 1st, 2011
7:21 pm

You do my friend, you do.

yogi

April 1st, 2011
7:30 pm

Jordan Schafer had only one decent year and that was in Rome in 2007.
The next year he was suspended for illegal drugs. He has the worst carrer averages of any of the four outfielders playing in Gwinnett. Check it out. He has had many chances. He just can’t hit. Maybe off a tee.

Dale

April 1st, 2011
7:36 pm

Braves4life has some interesting stories for sure…….

Day Man

April 1st, 2011
7:54 pm

Mike Jay-
Thats a negative. He his 2. TWO oppo homers and they were both in SF early in the season.

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