Postgame quotes following Sunday’s loss to Mets

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hanson’s game:

“I think the command of his pitches got better as the game went on. I think we fell victim of us not scoring runs. You give up three runs, you should get a good chance to win the ballgame and that didn’t happen. Overall, I’m sure he wants to go a little deeper in the game, we want him to go deeper in the game, but we’ve got to score some runs.”

On Gee:

“He pitched well. I was impressed with his command and his breaking pitches. He swings the bat pretty good also. I don’t know the Mets but with this outing, I think he deserves a chance to get another start.”

On the suicide squeeze:

“It’s one of those situations where early in the ballgame…Nobody missed a sign. That was a squeeze; we just missed a bunt. It’s one of those situations where the worst thing that could happen is he swung through it and when you’re not scoring runs you’ve got to try to make something up. That’s why they call it a suicide squeeze. It didn’t work this time.”

On McCann’s steal attempt:

“We were trying to steal a run; we were trying to steal a base there. The guy has given us some big numbers 1.9 (seconds) to the plate. Maybe a hair early. We were trying to create some runs.”

On the homestand:

“We’ve been home nine games, only one game has gotten away from us pitching-wise. You’ve got to be happy with the way we’ve been pitching and playing defense. We’ve got to get the bats rolling. We’ve got the guys who can do it. It was nice to see Jason (Heyward) go deep there and Danny (Uggla) get a triple. You see some spurts. Now we’ve got to put them together.”

TOMMY HANSON

On the game:

“Really looking back there’s only a pitch or two I’d take back. It just took me all first inning to get locked in and make some pitches. After that though I felt really good today as a whole. Just didn’t get the results I wanted.”

On if he built on Marlins game:

“I felt really good with all my pitches. I was throwing all of them for strikes and I was throwing them for balls trying to get them to chase when I needed to. I felt really good. It’s frustrating to have the results that I did.”

On the squeeze:

“It was just a fastball. I don’t know. as it was coming in, I didn’t blink or anything, I didn’t see it very well. I bunted right through it.”

On if he was surprised to see the bunt sign with two strikes:

“A little bit. I don’t know. When Snit (Brian Snitker) was going through the signs, it wasn’t his smooth self. I don’t know. I got the sign, I tried to put it in play and just didn’t execute.”

On the bunt play:

“He came set. I saw David Wright crash to the bag, but I still knew he was coming at me, so I was just trying to put it in play. As it was coming in I kind of lost it for a second, didn’t see it real well, and it went right under my bat.”

On if he felt like it was a loss-of-momentum thing:

“Not really. I just tried to go back out and do my thing. I know I messed that play up. I didn’t get the job done. I didn’t execute that play. But I know my No. 1 job is to go out and pitch, so I just went back out there and did my thing.”

CHIPPER JONES

On the series vs. Mets:

“Well we won the series; that’s the most important thing. Obviously a little bit of a downer today. You look at it on paper, game’s like this we’ve got to start winning, but it didn’t happen today. Their 1 and 2 guys gave Tommy fits and we had a huge opportunity there in the second inning to get more than just the one and didn’t, and just not quite doing the little things here and there to be able to win a nine-inning game.”

On if attribute to early-part of season:

“It’s something we’ve got to work on. getting bunts down, you’ve got to put the ball in play right there, or at least put the bat on the ball, even if it’s foul and you strike out, at least you’re protecting the runner and you give Martin (Prado) an opportunity there, talking about the failed squeeze bunt. That play goes the other way, we’re still playing, hopefully maybe have a chance to win the ballgame right there.”

On pitching this homestand:

“Our whole staff 1-12 have been outstanding. Our defense has been good behind them. I have to think that at some point they keep pitching like that and holding teams to a minimum amount of runs that the offense is going to pick up the slack and some Ws are going to start falling our way.”

On if he was surprised at the squeeze with two strikes:

“He’s the manager. He called for the play. You do what the manager tells you to do. He calls on you to throw the squeeze out there, you’ve got to do it, whether we think it’s too aggressive or whatever, the bottom line is he told you to do it, and we’ve got to follow instructions. I heard him say on TV, ‘You’re trying to steal a run right there.’ I feel like if we could have gotten the game tied up, at some point the advantage goes definitely in our direction. But we could never get the game tied…. Couple opportunities in the eighth and ninth, just couldn’t cash them in.”

More on the squeeze:

“I think he felt like the odds were in our favor, both from an element of surprise standpoint. Obviously he felt pretty confident that Tommy would get it down. Didn’t happen today. Maybe next time we will.”

On lack of late-inning magic:

“That hasn’t happened in the first, second, third, eighth or ninth inning all year. When you’re struggling at the plate offensively as a team why would you think that the eighth and ninth inning would be any different? Guys are still continuing to struggle. We show flashes here and there where the bats seem to break out and you think ‘OK here we go’ and then …It’s like the old saying goes you’re only as good or bad as the next day’s starting pitcher. Unfortunately for us it seems like some guys have been on their game against us in particular.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On his stolen base attempt in the eighth:

“I know he was close to the 2.0s going home. Runs were hard to come by today, and I just picked the wrong pitch.”

On match-up vs. Gee:

“He kept us off-balance for the most part. we didn’t have many good passes at him.”

On the homestand:

“It’s a little bit frustrating. We’re not playing the best baseball right now. Keep going out there and playing hard and that’s all we can do.”

On Hanson:

“I thought he was great. The one pitch to (Jose) Reyes was supposed to be at his back foot, he hung it to lead off the game, but other than that I thought he was awesome.”

97 comments Add your comment

Trey

April 17th, 2011
7:14 pm

Thanks Mrs. Rogers.

jim

April 17th, 2011
7:18 pm

Any commentsd on why Young did not try to steal in the 7th?

jim

April 17th, 2011
7:20 pm

I think the only runner that Thole has thrown out all year was McLouth when he stepped off the base yesterday.

mathman

April 17th, 2011
7:22 pm

The hottest hitter right now is Freeman and we pitchhit for him. Go figure. And, we don’t pitch hit for McLouse hitting .215.

mathman

April 17th, 2011
7:24 pm

KK wins today at Miss: 14-10. KK goes 5 IN–8 hits-6 ER–2 BB’s-5 K’s and now has a 7.59 ERA and has given up 3 HR’s. Good job KK. The 6 + million dollar man.

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reckingball

April 17th, 2011
7:44 pm

Mike

April 17th, 2011
7:54 pm

I have to say this team’s ability to bunt(or lack-there-of) is a joke. In the games that I have seen the pitchers have been poking at the ball trying to put the bunt down. They have to know(since you have started learning it in LL) that you catch the ball with the bat. Even Hudson has been doing it. Hanson does it frequently too(and he did it today). It is infuriating. If they want to score runs they have to execute that and Prado has to start getting on base. Prado constantly swinging at pitches way up in the zone is frustrating too. The guy clearly has no discipline on those pitches. To make it worse he is beating them into the ground to so how much higher would he chase?

stew

April 17th, 2011
7:55 pm

Young should have hit into a DP in the second before the botched sqeeze. This game emphasized that only the incremental runs are important in baseball. The go ahead and game tieing runs have to be plated when they’re out there. Give the poor Mets team credit. A skidding team played well in the clutch today and we all didn’t expect it.

Mike

April 17th, 2011
7:57 pm

On top of that in that situation the squeeze play is dumb anyways. Why squeeze with a pitcher who has clearly struggled putting bunts down this season when he has 2 strikes and your leadoff guy is due up next (even though he is struggling)

Reality Bites

April 17th, 2011
7:58 pm

Only thing keepin us from last in division are the Mets. Good Luck with this team and this coach. Booby Cox lite…..

Mike

April 17th, 2011
7:59 pm

If you are going to try a squeeze play do it with Young. the guy has to know how to bunt given his speed plus he could probably beat the throw to 1B

jim

April 17th, 2011
8:03 pm

At least KK is finally getting some run support.

NorCal Brave

April 17th, 2011
8:09 pm

Thanks Fredi for finally acknowledging the lack of offense. It’s gotten way past the “slow start” excuse for most of these hitters. These 1-run losses at home because the bats go in the deep freeze are unacceptable for a club wanting to be a true contender. Better collect some W’s in LA, ’cause we look way overmatched versus SF.

moboman

April 17th, 2011
8:23 pm

The little things matter. Not getting the bat on the suicide bunt is the kind of inning killer that loses ballgames. Hanson has no one to blame but himself.

Omnipotence

April 17th, 2011
8:26 pm

Fine Hanson $1000.00 for not getting that bunt down.

Fine Fredi $10,000.00 for waiting to try that that with 2 strikes. Not like you’re gonna fool anyone

Stevo DeG

April 17th, 2011
8:26 pm

Mike, did you watch Prado today? 2 or 3 of his atbats were hit right on the nose, just right at people. Wright made a good scoop in the 1st against him, then he hit it to deep short his 2nd AB and Reyes threw him out. Prado will hit, let’s not worry about that. Let’s worry about picking up runs in key situations.

Fan since 1977

April 17th, 2011
8:28 pm

Hope Kangaroo Court fines Hanson for not getting bunt down.

Larry

April 17th, 2011
8:38 pm

If you were the GM of either the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Phillies, Giants or Rockies, who on the Braves roster would you really want to better your team?

Prado? McCann? Heyward? Hudson? Uggla? Venters and Kimbrel for sure!

Just think about this for a moment and this will force you to really face the facts that this slow, free swinging bunch of American Legion Softball swinging hitters and their new manager have average of mediocre written all over them!

Who would the great GM’s and Managers want from the Braves to replace what they have on their current rosters?

MIKE

April 17th, 2011
8:39 pm

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Mike

April 17th, 2011
8:41 pm

Stevo no I did not I do not live anywhere in the SPSO/FSS/PTV area. And if he hit the ball hard today than good but he still lacks discipline on pitches up.

Mike

April 17th, 2011
8:49 pm

Larry I am willing to bet that The Phillies would take Prado or McCann or Heyward and as of right now Uggla (given Utley’s situation). The Yankees would probably take Heyward, Hudson, Hanson, McCann. Red Sox would probably take Heyward, Hudson, Hanson, McCann. Giants would probably take Heyward, Uggla, Prado, and possibly Chipper. Rockies would take Uggla, McCann, Heyward, Hudson and probably Freeman to replace Helton when he is done.. I could go on. Plenty of teams would take what the Braves have. The team has too much talent to continue to not hit given they are actually proven players (except Heyward, Freeman, and to some degree Prado).

Monger

April 17th, 2011
8:50 pm

Stevo DEG- Uhh, you are kidding about Prado right?? He is SUPPOSED to be our leadoff man, yet guess who has the lowest OBP of all Leadoff men in the National League? Yep. Prado. And guess which team has the worst OBP for the 1-2 spots in the NL? Yep, the braves, not surprisingly, with Prado and McLouth. Nate is having another terrible year with the bat, and Prado is only hitting like .250-.260 with absolutely no walks from the leadoff hitter, another wasted at bat today when I saw him start the game with a 3-0 count, and ends up grounding out, leadoff guys have got to get on base to start anything, the Braves struggles mightly just to get people on base, and so the few opportunities we have to score a run or two get magnified (like the 2nd today), it was the only inning we posted any kind of threat to them at all, and we didnt hit and execute the last two batters of the inning, simple as that, wouldnt be that big of a deal to a decent hitting club like the Rangers or Phillies as they would have just put some more runners on the next inning, and the next, and scored those runs and won the game. We are not even a halfway decent offense, and quite frankly our offense is atrocious beyond belief at the simplest things like getting extra base hits, executing bunts, stealing a base, taking walks, patient hitting with RISP, clutch hitting, basically every aspect of offense other than hitting an occasional home run…

Larry

April 17th, 2011
8:50 pm

A squeeze with runners on all the bases with a pitcher at bat and a slow, heavy guy running from third where all the pitcher, 1st or 3rd baseman has to do is toss it to the plate…no tag necessary!

Again, one of if not the most utterly ridiculous–and frankly, stupid–calls in the SECOND INNING of a 2-1 game I have ever seen!

Please tell me Fredi isn’t this bad! Someone please help me think otherwise!

Ralph

April 17th, 2011
8:51 pm

Gwinette scored18 runs today.

Larry

April 17th, 2011
8:55 pm

Mike,

You made my point! Prado, McCann, Heyward, Uggla, Hudson, Kimbrel and Venters. That’s 6 or 7 guys out of 25 that one of the better team may have an interest?

Now, ask yourself, who on the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Giants, Phillies or Rockies would we like to have for the Braves? Much more than only 5 or 6 of their players!

And I would take any of those team’s manager over ours, wouldn’t you?

stoky

April 17th, 2011
8:59 pm

Ok how about this deal…. the 13 game plan. you get a free trip to underground Atlanta, the new fold-able pizza from Papa Durango and run the bases with Harry Canary at the Gwinette braves games on tueday nights during the 7th inning stretch. I’m in on this one.

Monger

April 17th, 2011
8:59 pm

The other thing I find hilarious is that this is the 4,356th time in the past 2 or 3 years that Chipper, Bobby, or Fredi have blamed the poor offense on “running into some tought pitching”…yes this is the major leagues….that kind of thing happens oh…..EVERY NIGHT. And the funniest part is that they say the guys that every other team tattoos often, the mediocre to below average pitchers like Gee, Lannan, Carrasco, Livan Hernandez, Narveson, etc.– they say they “were so good” and “had electric stuff tonight” or “He’s really alot better than his 6.50 ERA would indicate” its HILARIOUS how pathetic they are at the worst pitchers in the league, I mean the Mets today essentially ran out their 7th option as a starter to an already weak rotation and he owned us…

I also, as someone pointed out, was glad to finally hear Fredi admit how bad the offense is getting, its do or die time as bad as this offense is in LA….

Mike

April 17th, 2011
9:02 pm

Larry- I would bet you that most teams would take Ross and Hinske as well. You forgot to mention I said Freeman for some teams and Hanson. Some would even take Jurrjens. Most teams would also take the majority of the bullpen too. But I will play your game. On the Phillies I would only take 2 of their pitchers. Yankees, Cano, Tex, Rivera, and A-Rod. Red Sox Youk, Peds, Gonzo, Crawford, Lester. Giants. Lincecum, Cain, Posey. Rockies, Jimenez, CarGo, Tulo, and Street.

Mike

April 17th, 2011
9:05 pm

On top of that I have not seen Fredi manage enough to make a true decision. If more of these dumb suicide squeezes come then yes. But for the most part I have liked his decisions.

These Braves don't ROCK!!

April 17th, 2011
9:09 pm

Same old same old story with Hanson. Can’t get command of his pitches, whatever the hell that means. Bottomline is this guy is too inconsistent, and add that to Hudson, Lowe, and Beachy, and you have a below .500 team. With this pathetic offense, the braves would have to have 3 or 4 pitchers that consistently pitch into the 8 or 9th innings giving up only 1 or 2 runs, and that will never happen with this inconsistent rotation. Add to that the fact that the braves are one of the worst fundamentally sound teams in the N.L., and you have major problems Hanson, not only can’t command his pitches, the guy can’t even bunt. But hey, the braves always have the crybaby spokesman chipper loser jones to always pinch hit with runners in scoring postion and he whiffs as always, yet he always comes on after the game and tells everyone why the braves lose again. This guy is such a terrible hitter with runners in scoring position, and it makes me sick at my stomach to have to here this loser talk about everyone else failing, but he never accepts the fact that he fails more than anyone on the team. Braves might finish in last place behind the Mets, but both teams will finish below .500,

Mike

April 17th, 2011
9:10 pm

Mongor regardless of if you like it or not I do not honestly view Lannon as a mediocre pitcher. He is actually above average. Livan as well it is just that the guys do not wow you with their stuff.

Ralph

April 17th, 2011
9:11 pm

So, is Dale Jr going to be Jimmy Johnsons full time co-pilot or do they switch next race at Daytona?

Mike

April 17th, 2011
9:12 pm

These Braves don’t rock. Why don’t you go cheer for the Phillies. You bandwagoner. You clearly lack any intellect so you would fit right in.

Stevo DeG

April 17th, 2011
9:57 pm

Prado will finish with an avg AT or ABOVE .330. I guarantee it. and you know? if anything, we could use some more aggression. Its incredible how many 5 zone fastballs we watch go by. We need that killer instinct. I’m fine with Prado going up there hacking because hes better than me and all of yall. He knows what he’s doing; its just a matter of time before they start finding holes into the outfield. You do realize that even Albert Pujols (possibly best hitter ever) struggled to start the season.

And Mike, I’m gonna guess you’re a Phils/Mets fan. All of your posts are about negativity. And if you cannot watch the games, then how are you able to critique and how do you know he “lacks discipline”? The box score doesnt show everything, you know. I’m not saying our offense is producing, but I will say that yall are just trying to nit pick at anyone yall can right now.

Mike

April 17th, 2011
10:07 pm

I am actually a Braves fans. But I live in the Philly market so I get their games. In every games I have seen from Prado he swings at those pitches up in the zone. As well it is pretty obvious he lacks discipline when he does not draw walks(last year 40 in 140 games). I have not actually posted negativity like These Braves don’t rock, Mongor and Larry. Also I follow games on the MLB game tracks and those things are actually quite accurate. When I do watch games I can pinpoint where the pitch was according to the gameday track. Will Prado hit above .300 this year, who really knows. Will he hit better than .250 for the year I would put my money on it. Trust me I actually still support McLouth and he has also (for the most part) been hitting the ball hard just right at people too.

Largo

April 17th, 2011
10:20 pm

That squeeze, even if it had worked, was not a good call. This team is lacking in baseball basics. The top two hitters should be getting on base any way the can. They are failing big time. The offense is inconsistent. Hire Glavine to put on a bunting clinic because our guys need help in that area. Our speed is no where. Damn, we’ve got McCann trying to steal. He has two speeds, Slow and Whoa.

The Phils are not the only team better than the Braves.

Brooks Conrad

April 17th, 2011
10:33 pm

thanks for keeping me around for my bat! Did you see me at the end of the game!! I am good!!!

Reggie

April 17th, 2011
10:46 pm

Call the Dodgers and offer Tommy Hanson and Nate McLouth for Matt Kemp and pray they don’t have television or internet.

Jimmy Beam, you are my friend

April 17th, 2011
11:18 pm

At least we didn’t “tip our cap” at anybody today….

Jim Caffee

April 17th, 2011
11:19 pm

Just testing…

No More

April 17th, 2011
11:20 pm

I’m not sure what I’m more disappointed in:

1) The Braves are NOT legit contenders this year, or

2) I was stupid enough to fall for the preseason hype that said they would be legit contenders this year.

And why is it that so few of the off season acquisitions ever live up to the hype anymore?

milo

April 17th, 2011
11:30 pm

Wow Reggie, I like that idea if we presented that to the Dodgers during the winter meetings. The way Kemp is hitting this year…… prob have to be Hanson, McLouth, Teheran, Kimbrel,

billmaier

April 17th, 2011
11:46 pm

Young has show so far not much with the bat but he is an outstanding bunter– hanson is not very good at all – so really young should have been the one excuting the squeeze–

nashvillewill

April 18th, 2011
1:21 am

So much wrong with this team it’s hard to know where to start. “Go to the beginning and then start”(Lewis Carroll). Leadoff is an obvious problem. Prado is not a leadoff hitter, despite reasonable success last year. McOut is terrible. How about trying something? Bring up Constanza or Schafer who are both better in AAA than our guys. Try one of them at leadoff, move Prado to two or further down. Chipper actually looks like a number two if he would learn how to bunt.
Speaking of bunting. How about required bunting practice for these guys. I promise you my Little League players were more fundamentally sound at bunting than this group. C’mon Fredi! You require some fielding practice, how about bunting?
The bench is horrible. Send Conrad packing, as he should have been after the LCS fiasco. Hinske does not look comfortable. Hicks and Young are obviously overmatched. Bring guys up or work some deals and improve this bench.
Hanson begins to look like a head case to me. Can’t count on him. JJ, however, looked solid. Lowe continues to impress. Try someone other than Minor from GBraves, maybe a diamond in the rough.
Experiment some, Fredi! This team is going nowhere as constitued. No May miracle this year, I’m afraid (Glaus and Infante keyed that last year, along with Prado).Uggla is no Infante; only possible for the Glaus role is Chipper and I don’t see it.
If Braves are going to be mediocre anyway, bring up some young talent and give them some experience.

JJ

April 18th, 2011
1:53 am

Nashvillewill,you are really on point about The Braves bench.This is the worst group of bench players I have ever seen The Braves have.Besides Hinske and our backup catcher,the others are minorleaguers at best.I believe our GM can do better.It is too bad he allowed Bobby to gut this franchise in persuit of another Division Championship.We kelp BC around to long and The Braves,especially Freddie,is paying for it.Bobby should have left after 2008.Hey Mr GM,get Freddie a Majorleague bench,PLEASE.

vermont 39

April 18th, 2011
7:02 am

Hanson lost his own game…LEARN HOW TO BUNT DUDE!!!!

bvillebaron

April 18th, 2011
8:02 am

These Braves Don’t Rock:

The thought that immediately came to mind when I read your comments about Chipper was that if you want to see a loser look in the mirror.

Papadawg

April 18th, 2011
8:08 am

So far I have about as much confindence in this offense as I did last year which was very little.

Bronx Brave

April 18th, 2011
8:31 am

Wow nobody on this blog knows what they are talking about. Its embarassing to read.

Bronx Brave

April 18th, 2011
8:32 am

Really living up to the southern sterostypes on this blog. I would say if you dont know anything about baseball, dont say anything about it. But the sad thing is you people actually think youre making legit points. Terrible fans

Bronx Brave

April 18th, 2011
8:34 am

And BTW, Fredi is a complete moron. PHing with Matt Young when you have David Ross on the bench.

Bronx Brave

April 18th, 2011
8:34 am

stereotypes**

bill

April 18th, 2011
8:39 am

the tam is a disapointment but it is early. Usually I wait til Memorial Day to get down. These guys have not put three hite together all year.

bill

April 18th, 2011
8:40 am

Hanson always says the same thing. I only threw a couple of bad pitches I’d like to have back. I only have a couple of players I’d like to have back.

Deedle Nick

April 18th, 2011
8:45 am

If this team doesn’t get the bats going, then they need some coaching on how to come up with some creative excuses. At least there weren’t any hat-tips today!

Donovan

April 18th, 2011
9:05 am

Absolutely unacceptable. This team shows mediocrity when its manager tells a non-bunting pitcher to bunt a suicide squeeze with one out. The obvious result is a bases loaded double play to end the inning. Nice! This whole weekend series against a team on the ropes was fortunately won with solo home runs and luck. Small ball success? Not this team. Manufactured runs? Not this team. Still early in the season rustiness? If it looks like an average team, quacks like an average team, and waddles like an average team, it must be an average team.

robdawg08

April 18th, 2011
9:15 am

Nate “Struggle” McOut continues to struggle a lot !

robdawg08

April 18th, 2011
9:18 am

The Braves will put many players & the manager on the DL this year for arthritis in the fingers for tipping their caps so much to other team’s starting pitchers…

Hedley Lamarr

April 18th, 2011
9:31 am

I didn’t see this quote:
“We just played our worst game so far this year. There is no excuse for not beating a pitcher who wasn’t even good enough to make the Mets’ opening day roster!!”

monty

April 18th, 2011
9:35 am

I guess Hanson’s not wanting to make excuses but the failed bunt attempt was on a curve not a fastball.

phil

April 18th, 2011
9:39 am

Someone said Prado hit the ball hard several times yesterday. I was sitting in the stands and no, he did not. He had a very poor game, which is ok i guess since no one else is hitting either. My problem with prado yesterday though was his swinging at everything lobbed up there 3 feet off the plate….does the guy ever take a walk? Not that it matters with McOut usually “hitting” behind him….

When I saw the lineup go on the board before the game, I apologized then to my kids for bringing them to a AAA game….matt young is horrible, ugly isn’t much better, triple or no triple, and heavy hinske, while passionate, is too fat to do much anymore…the only good news was that mcout wasn’t playing…of course he struck out quickly as a pinch hitter….

mjn

April 18th, 2011
9:58 am

I don’t see all these late inning comebacks like last year that keep people mentioning that they won 91 games last year. Take half of those games away as loses and your looking at a sub .500 team which I believe is going to happen this year.

phil

April 18th, 2011
10:23 am

exactly, mjn….take yesterday for example….Brooks Conrad, who has no business playing on ANY major league team, strikes out on a pitch in the dirt with the tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth….last year, maybe the result was different….

we’ll get a few like that as we go, but this is 2011, not 2010, and after that horrific error-fest Conrad had in the playoffs, the guy is done….toast…you don’t recover from that….he needs to go and should have been cut over the winter….if I rolled a beachball out to him, he’d pop it before he bobbled it….

Ralph

April 18th, 2011
10:38 am

Mets were like a dirty rug begging to be swept but the braves left their brooms at home.

billmaier

April 18th, 2011
10:44 am

All these comments about what teams would want off this team your forgetting except for k.k- linnebrink and sherrrill–most teams would want and probably have asked abour our pitching— but before the season began we probably may have had a chance to get a decent centerfielder like rasmus, or kemp– now that both are off to torrid starts– probably now going to have to give up way too much to get what we should have during the off-season. but we kept being told how mclousy could still turn it around he just needed a 100 th chance to do so– so we did not go after kemp or rasmus, and especially when wainright went down– would have be a great opportuntiy. to do so, but wait we cannot trade any of our starters since we only have apotential of having eight before endo year. Minor, medlen and teheran make 8 and throw in delgado and viziciano waiting in the wings that is 10- surely we could make a trade for a legitimate big league centerfielder, since we do not have any.

Mike

April 18th, 2011
10:46 am

Bronx Braves. Tell me where I am off base. Please enlighten me.

choppin

April 18th, 2011
10:47 am

Whoa. Nobody said tip the cap. Maybe things are moving in the right direction.

Owl Hunter

April 18th, 2011
10:52 am

WAAAAAHHHHH!!!! It’s April, babies. Remeber last April? Didn’t think so. This team will improve.

phil

April 18th, 2011
10:53 am

Ok, I tip my cap to calling a squeeze and ordering a steal of second, both utilizing our slowest and fatest players….way to fool em, fredi….oh, and asking a pitcher to lay down a bunt with 2 strikes, and a pitcher who was already clearly not quite on his game….and who couldn’t hit a bus from 2 feet away with his bat…

we have, what, one player hitting .300? and mcout hitting his usual .215, soon to be sub-.200….

at least FF seems to be waking up.

Mike

April 18th, 2011
10:56 am

Trust me Owl Hunter I am not saying the Braves are done. I am just pointing out the simple facts as to why this team is struggling right now.

choppin

April 18th, 2011
10:59 am

So, People complain that we don’t take chances. Then we take chances and people complain about it. What a bunch of buzz kill eyeores. Typer of people that say, Beautiful day…..probably going to rain.

Jay Dubu

April 18th, 2011
11:05 am

Is it the fault of the new hitting coach that none of the Braves can bunt? If TP were in the job still, it would have been his fault.

Not that I think the hitting coach really has much of an effect on the hitter’s performance, as some of my blog associates might, but just curious as to why the new hitting coach is getting a pass.

don

April 18th, 2011
11:13 am

Approximately one-tenth of the season has been completed and the Braves are 5 games behind in the loss column. The facts speak for themselves.

Jay Dubu

April 18th, 2011
11:21 am

@choppin,

My issue with the squeeze is that Hinske (not fleet of foot) was the runner at 3rd, Hanson already had 2 strikes, and the fact that Hanson nor anyone else on the Braves appear to know how to bunt this season.

The odds were very high for the squeeze to blow up the way that it did.

The at bat by Matt Young was worse because a sac fly was all that was needed. He should be a better hitter than Hanson, has more speed, and may have been able to beat out a bunt, so if the squeeze was your play, it should have been with Matt.

Bronx Brave

April 18th, 2011
11:42 am

Fredi Gonzalez should be entered into the nightly tool race.

Owl Hunter

April 18th, 2011
11:44 am

The Braves finished 9-14 last April with a team that was much more flawed than this one, and everyone wants to pack it in for the season. I can’t believe how ignorant some people are. The Braves have terrible “fans.”

Bronx Brave

April 18th, 2011
11:44 am

Phil-
How could you even think of saying anything bad about Prado. What a moron.

Owl Hunter

April 18th, 2011
11:51 am

Phil

That’s because most of the folks on this blog would find a reason to whine about Tulowitzki’s start if he were a Brave. 90% of this blog knows nothing about baseball. F this. Later.

Lobosolo

April 18th, 2011
12:03 pm

Y’all are quite right… I’d say 95 instead of 90 per cent, though… Terrible fans and no knowledge of the game, plus writing off folks after less than two dozen games… The AJC should have their own blog for crappy, ignorant non-fans, who don’t know their own behinds from third base… You idiots are right sad…

Owl Hunter

April 18th, 2011
12:08 pm

By the way… FIRE BOBBY!

Owl Hunter

April 18th, 2011
12:11 pm

In all seriousness, any one of you who calls Chipper a loser is nuts. You would kill to achieve what he has. He’s been a cornerstone for this team for a long time, and some of you idiots act like he’s a backup on the Pirates all because you don’t like what he has to say after games. I saw this knowing that it will never happen, but I’ll say it anyway… EDUCATE YOURSELF!!!

Ross Cameron

April 18th, 2011
12:36 pm

Some of these comments are hilarious. Our new manager tips his cap more than the door man at the Ritz in New York.

bvillebaron

April 18th, 2011
12:43 pm

Don:

Thanks for the insight and you are right, the Braves might as well concede right now since there is no possibile way that they could make up 5 games in the loss column with only a mere 146 games to play!

Owl Hunter

April 18th, 2011
12:59 pm

Does it occur to anyone that players and managers play it close to the vest in postgame interviews? Do you really expect to get a wealth of information about plans and strategy in said interviews. 90% of what’s said are canned responses to placate the media. The Braves would look pretty stupid if they kicked and screamed every time they lose like some of you do.

phil

April 18th, 2011
1:29 pm

Owl Hunter and Bronx – Us idiots rely on the truly intelligent, like yourselves, to fill us in on all things right and true. Oh please, oh please don’t leave us behind to think things aren’t going well for the Braves. You’re both right! Things are marvelous and getting better every day!!!! Thank you for reminding me in particular that I’m too stupid to know when someone isn’t going well vs tearing the cover off of the ball…..I am indeed an idiot.

By the way, Lobosolo is starting his own blog for ignorant non-fans like himself who don’t know their behinds from third base and who think the Braves are actually playing well right now in spite of all evidence to the contrary…He’ll be awfully lonely….

phil

April 18th, 2011
1:32 pm

The Braves are about to sweep this trip out west. 10-0. No question.

TOMY FOURNIER

April 18th, 2011
2:36 pm

ANOTHER MORON….CUBAN “MORON”…WHAT WE NEED!!!…SALLLLLLLLSA!!!

Matt

April 18th, 2011
3:08 pm

I can’t believe I actually am starting to miss Bobby.

Matt

April 18th, 2011
3:12 pm

er…I’m…

bobbymahlon

April 18th, 2011
3:23 pm

You know why Prado is swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, it’s because he is behind in the count after taking fast balls down the middle. Did you ever check and see how many 0-2 counts he has had because of taking the first two strikes. I’m hopping he will look at some of these game tapes and adjust . Go get’m Martin.

Phillies country

April 18th, 2011
4:20 pm

It’s crying time again–for the Braves and their “fans”. As a Phillies’ fan, it does my heart good to see all of you moronic tomahawk choppers crying in your beer. Couldn’t happen to a nicer fan base. Try supporting your team by showing up to the games so that your ownership has the resources to build your team. Otherwise, stop whining about how other teams can out-spend you. You sound like a bunch of delusional spoiled children.

Mike

April 18th, 2011
5:18 pm

Phillies country. I do believe this is the 3rd or 4th year in a row where attendance has gone up. Guess what. Payroll has gone down. Ownership does not care. As well who said anything about being outspent.

Reggie

April 18th, 2011
5:48 pm

Well atleast we got the Hawks!!!

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