Braves quotes after Sunday win over Reds

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Prado’s performance

“He did it all. He played nice defense, got a big knock. This is a hell of a game we played today, a 2-1 game. JJ gave us everything he had, and it was a good ballgame, good old-fashioned pitching, gave us an opportunity to save our bullpen a little bit by him going eight innings.

“Quick turnaround tomorrow and we’ve got the Padres. We [need to] keep going winning series. We’ve won two now in a row after losing two, Anaheim and Arizona, so let’s continue the trend.”

On if he had a good view of play at plate:

“No. I couldn’t tell. Different angle.”

On Schafer’s walk before Prado homer

“Yeah, you know what? He’s doing everything we’ve asked him to do. He covers [a lot of ground] – he may not even need a right fielder, the way he’s coming over to get some balls [in the vicinity of] Hinske. He’s doing everything, getting on base, getting some knocks, good for him. Prado, that’s his spot really, hitting second and he’s comfortable doing that.

“Gonzo made another hell of a play. It’s become so routine that we don’t even talk about it anymore with Gonzo. JJ was outstanding; he really was.”

On  Jurrjens recovering after the early homer

“He settles down. And we talked about him going back out there in the ninth; we really did. We had a good discussion about it, and we chose not to. We thought he did the best he could and we didn’t want him facing those left-handers again.”

MARTIN PRADO

What felt better, the homer or your throw to the plate

“I think the throw. It would be a tie game [if he scores], and something that crossed my mind – I don’t want to play extra innings again. Nah, I just caught the ball and threw it as well as I could. There were a lot of people around. I couldn’t see Rossy and I was like, OK, I’m just going to throw the ball to home plate. I’m glad that we got the out. That was huge.”

You becoming more and more comfortable out there in left field?

“I prepared myself for this. In spring training I got a lot of help from the coaches and Nate and all my teammates. That made everything easier. And I just try to do everything [while fielding] in batting practice to have a plan, to make everything in the game easier.”

On Braves not scoring many runs lately

“That happens. The most important thing is that our pitching keep doing what they’ve been doing all year. I’m so, so sure that all my teammates are going to turn it around and start hitting the ball, because I have a lot of confidence in my teammates. This is going to change. We want our pitching staff to keep doing what they’re doing.”

On how it looked like JJ might lose a 1-0 game before Prado hit the homer

“Oh my gosh. Well, something is going to happen. Every single guy in our lineup can change the game. We always battle, and that’s what I love about this team. I’m glad I got a fastball and hit it out of the park, and J.J. got the win.”

On Jurrjens, and if he looks even better than in 2009

“He’s always been good. Sometimes injuries and a lot of things… He’s a tough guy. If he feels good, he’s got great command, and he’s real smart. His intensity every single day he pitches, it makes everybody go. And all the starters, they way they focus, they make us want to do something for them.”

On his double-play grounder earlier in the game

“It’s been a weird year for me. There’s some days that I feel good at home plate, and the next day I don’t have a clue. But I’ve got to get going, man. I’ve been working hard, and I’ve got great support from my teammates. I’m always positive. I knew that I hit that ground ball hard, and I’ve been hitting a lot of ground balls hard into double plays. I never give up. I always expect something positive in a game, either defensively or offensvively.”

***CRAIG KIMBREL

The ninth-inning mound chat with David Ross seemed to work

“Yeah, Rossy came out and said, ‘Hey, you’re the man. You’re going to get the job done.’ And it happened. We got the win, and it was a big win. We really needed that today, with Philly and the Marlins losing.”

Did you think about the fact that it was Ramon Hernandez up at the end, the guy who homered off you Friday?

“It was in the back of my mind. I wasn’t going to let it affect how I pitched him, but it was definitely a little more satisfying to get the last out like that.”

***JAIR JURRJENS

On coming right back after giving up the Bruce homer early

“I hung a pitch, a changeup. He’s really hot, one of the hottest hitters in the major leagues right now. He had really good ABs the whole game. He was really a tough out today. Then after that, I just tried to calm down, get ahead [in counts], be more aggressive.”

“My sinker wasn’t sinking a lot today; I gave up a lot of fly balls. I think Rolen got a couple that I thought were going to be home runs, too. But he hit it to the longest part of the field.

“My four-seamer was better, the best it’s been all season so far. That helped me a lot.”

On Prado’s performance

“Oh, he won the game. Big two-run home run and throw the guy out at home. He’s the one that won the game for us.”

On being one of four pitchers in history who’ve allowed two earned runs or fewer in six or more innings in each of first nine starts

[laughs initially at the obscure state]. “It’s an honor. It’s not easy to be a starting pitcher in this league. I knew the bullpen needed a rest and I just wanted to go out and try to make sure I kept my pitch count down and get deeper in the game, to save some arms. Tomorrow we have an early game, and we need those guys to be fresh for the second half.”

On Braves coming back some in games recently

“When you keep your team in the game, you always have a chance to get a ‘W’. My job is to keep it close and give our offense a chance to come back.”

68 comments Add your comment

EH

May 29th, 2011
11:58 pm

Just submitting this because I accidentally clicked on this just as it was posted and wanted to make fun of all the blog readers out there who think being FIRST is a big deal. I just enjoy the Braves, and appreciate the work David & Co. do to bring us back-stage.

EH

May 30th, 2011
12:04 am

Oh, and by the way, there are Braves fans in Iowa, lost in the corn behind the Field of Dreams.

Kevin

May 30th, 2011
12:05 am

Go_BRAVOS

May 30th, 2011
12:06 am

Great win!! But man the bats need to wakeup quick.

Brava

May 30th, 2011
12:10 am

Great game tonight! Keep the streak going!

BravesFanLostInOhio

May 30th, 2011
12:11 am

I’m sure typing out the quotes is a pain, but its always good reading. Thanks, DOB!

Alan Nesbit

May 30th, 2011
12:17 am

Awesome game guys. Perfect game for Sunday Night Baseball.

Brava

May 30th, 2011
12:18 am

Yes, thank you, DOB.

NorCal Brave

May 30th, 2011
12:23 am

Nice win, though it seems nothing comes easy this year. Something Bobby Valetine mentioned during the broadcast was interesting: in praising Prado, he referred to Martin’s unselfish move to left field to create a place for Dan Uggla. Could this be another source of the pressure Uggla seems to carry, to successfully take over at 2nd base for Prado, potentially costing Martin a lot of money in his arbitration year?

nc braves fanatic

May 30th, 2011
12:24 am

jair has been a total pitching genius this season. big ups to him for doing it once again in what was, to my mind, at least, having watched or listened to every game, the most exciting game of the season. it helped in a big way that turner field was packed. to hear the noise from the crowd on espn – it felt like a playoff game.

props to jj, curaçao’s finest, to prado for the big hit, but also to jordan schafer, who has been so useful since he came back up to the club. “useful” may be a rather pedestrian word, but schafer’s bunting appropriately, getting on base, making great plays in the field – i wish he’d go back to that huge batting helmet he wore in pittsburgh. that was pretty pimp.

jj

May 30th, 2011
12:28 am

Great game JJ and I hope The Braves find a way to keep you in The ATL.I believe that this team will begin to hit soon and I really like what JS brings to the team in the field and also leading off.He seems to have some fire in him and when J-Hey returns we will start to roll.Hinske is doing a great job,but I believe he adds that fear facxtor on the bench.I don’t see how JS can be sent back down when Mclough comes back.I wish we could have kept W.Ramerez up a little longer and got a better look at him.Good game guys and LET’S GO BRAVES.

An Adult

May 30th, 2011
12:35 am

There are only two teams with more wins than the Braves in ALL of baseball (a few tied however). It seems that we aren’t looking at the team in that way. There is more parody in baseball than in a long time and the pitching not only caught up with the hitting but surpassed it.

Darryl Blackberry

May 30th, 2011
12:35 am

Note to those who griped whenever his name was mentioned over the past two years: absolutely none of this would’ve been possible without Jordan Schafer. Great game for him, Rossy, and Martin.

Rock.

Ken Stallings

May 30th, 2011
12:36 am

A better offense with Jordan Schaefer playing because he has speed, and that is a whole other element for this team. We have a large ballpark and so you need speed to score runs. If Uggla can ever remember how to hit, this team can still get something done.

Mitchell

May 30th, 2011
12:40 am

MARTIN PRADO

What felt better, the homer or your throw to the plate?

“I think the throw. It would be a tie game [if he scores], and something that crossed my mind – I don’t want to play extra innings again. Nah, I just caught the ball and threw it as well as I could.”

Wow, for someone for whom English is a second language, Martin speaks it exceptionally good.

I mean well.

He does it all, doesn’t he?

reckingball

May 30th, 2011
12:46 am

Valentine said that Prado could lose a lot of money in his arbitration year, because he moved to left field, or did he say that Prado took a chance of losing money, because he moved to LF?
I don’t see how moving to a different position could cost Prado any money in arbitration, as it just proves that he can play an additional position excellently.
It looks to me like it just adds more value to his services to the team.

Elmer Fudd

May 30th, 2011
12:52 am

Martin is a great teammate. “It’s not about me, it’s about the team.”

And props to JS. Heckuva season thus far for JJ.

reckingball

May 30th, 2011
1:04 am

The Braves had 5 hits tonight.
1 of those hits belonged to Uggla. He had no Ks, for the 3rd game in a row, since he moved closer to the plate.
Shafer had 1 hit.

reckingball

May 30th, 2011
1:17 am

I was wondering why JJ was pulled in the 9th.
Did Fredi G. think that JJ had run out of gas?

65 Mudlots

May 30th, 2011
1:18 am

“parody in baseball”, says “An Adult” at 12:35am. Oh, my gosh, that is so funny. I think you meant “parity” meaning “equality, as in amount, status, or character, ” not “a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet’s soliloquy.”

Now that WOULD be really something in baseball. HA!

Parody in Baseball

May 30th, 2011
1:24 am

Oh, that’s so good, I have to use it as my new name….Parody in Baseball! HA!

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Jbailz

May 30th, 2011
3:02 am

reckingball – I heard that too. What I brought away from it was that an above average 2B is likely to receive more during arbitration that an above average OF’er just based on how much easier it is to find an above average OF’er. I kind of related it to fantasy baseball. Prado is much more valuable in fantasy baseball as a 2B or 3B because of the lack of above average players at those positions. I would think, like you, that his ability to play pretty much anywhere would add value. IMO – Atlanta needs to PAY THAT MAN, he’s a freaking stud!!!!

ajcfan1

May 30th, 2011
6:17 am

Braves should be “clon” prado 24 times.

ellabell 1

May 30th, 2011
6:20 am

What’s the matter with Chipper? I watch every game and I am dissapointed when he’s not in the lineup. Lately he is striking out way too much. He’s not being very aggressive. Maybe it’s time to phone Larry Sr. again. My wife and I have followed Chipper from the start and we will root for him all the way to the Hall of Fame.

bill

May 30th, 2011
7:28 am

our record is great and we are in the race. Before when we were division winners the Phillies and Mets and Florida were 500 teams.

Rusty

May 30th, 2011
7:44 am

Watching Schafer fly and hustle on every play (offense and defense) is more exciting than a grandslam.

bsg3003

May 30th, 2011
7:50 am

did you hear the crowd when kimbrel was pitching?? we were crazy!! and kimbrel pitching 99 mph fastballs sure does help!

Ralph

May 30th, 2011
8:15 am

@Jbaliz 3:02am

Agree 80%, there is a 20% chance if they extended his contract and he got a big raise in pay that he would become another Uggla.

the truth...

May 30th, 2011
8:20 am

Kimbrel has GOT to learn to bring FIRE to the mound on the first two batters….the slider has got to work for him ….speed is just not enough in the majors. In the ninth the hitters are loose and ready to sit on the fast ball if all you throw is heat.

Maybe somebody needs to slap him a couple of times in the pen before he hits the field…that would light him up I’d hope!!

And Schaefer in center??? How refreshing to see a center fielder that can run, bunt AND THROW the ball from the fence to 2nd base in the air…..Valentine and the announcing crew made many comments about that. Maybe they’d seen Nate’s pitiful arm in action like we have.

In my book McLousy is a left fielder if he even belongs in the show…the arm is enough to relegate him to the bench and left is the only spot where the arm isn’t as important.

bravesgrl4life

May 30th, 2011
8:24 am

I think Jordan Schaefer has matured a lot since 2009. He’s being patient and getting some walks, and the one in the 6th last night was a big one. JJ should be a CY candidate this year with the way he is pitching! Right now, he is our ace. And Marteeen Prado! Wow, he IS the man! He’s so good and yet so humble, and I love him even more for that. Keep the streak goin’, Braves, and we can catch those Fish and Phils :)

CajunStorm

May 30th, 2011
8:26 am

Wow JJ once more. He was Maddux like all night, quote simply he was DUNK-MITE!!! Only a few will get that.

Anyway, will you ppl please stop talking about we are gonna lose JJ to free agency bcuz of Boras. D. Lowe AND Golden boy Tommy are represented by Boras too. Last I checked we face D. Lowe $15m a season. That $ coincidentally comes off the books while JJ will still be under team control. At his age … 5 yrs/$60m will do it. We do spend $ folks. Oh, and Ol Chippers $ comes off the books too.

the truth...

May 30th, 2011
8:33 am

Martin is the old style player…”not about me” but about the team.

This generation of player is by and large typical of the “me” generation….and take the previledge of playing major league baseball for millions of dollars for granted so quickly…

If anyone remembers Rafael Belliard a few years back and his statement when his age was showing and the only contract he was offered was for a backup bench role…………..for a measly 1 million???

His response….”wow, how can I not be happy? To get paid so much money to play the game I love and be part of the team!”

Yep he had something lots of the guys forget all so quickly…being thankful every day…and remembering it is about TEAM like Martin says…

As for me and my house we’ll take a team full of Prados, Infantes, Belliards, and Schaefers every day….

Look back to ‘91….a team of kids who were thankful to be playing the game they love…even Smoltz and Glavine were kids then….mix in a couple of gutsy veterans like Pendleton and Belliard and voila!

A TEAM…with heart and soul….

Ralph

May 30th, 2011
8:38 am

@the truth

Tell Prado that “the arm isn’t that important” Nate wouldn’t even attempted that throw to home plate from left field.

old dawg fan

May 30th, 2011
8:44 am

Prado is the “MAN”!!!!! JJ is “awesome”!!!! The Planets must have all been lined up Ug’gla got a hit.
He has climbed out of the .170’s on his batting average-he is at .180-Wow!!!! Fredi moved the best overall player on the team “Prado” to make room for Uggla-Doesn’t that make you proud. Proves Prado is great no matter where he plays and proved even more it is time to sit Uggla on the “pine” or trade him!!!!

the truth...

May 30th, 2011
8:45 am

CajunStorm….

Right on!….Chipper’s days are numbered and Martin can slide to third in a heart beat…and if I remember correctly Infante is a free agent after this year. Maybe he wants to come back and play with his best friend Prado?

D-Lowe is also gone before long and between Chipper and Lowe there’s a cool 30 million on the table to pay the young studs…

Uggly Uggla is playing 2nd with a glove with no complaints from me…if he can get his bat popping we’re set there. I think he might need some adjustment in his swing….

We’re set at first…for sure. Freeman’s glove is awesome and his hitting is on the verge of breaking out big time.

What do we do at short when Gonzalez loses a step? That is a concern for me…there are only one or two guys who can play alongside him…in all of baseball. No one goes to his right like he does…awesome and a pleasure to watch.

Schaefer may turn it around given the chance ….what concerns me is Heyward. He seems to be a softie who can’t play through the nagging injuries you have to play through in a season of 162 regular games….not to mention Spring training and winter ball.

Seems like Heyward is wound too tightly…too muscled up and tense. Maybe someone could have him sit and watch some film of Aaron and Mays….the old style easy gait, balls to the wall heroes of the past….oh they only played 154 games a year….wake up Heyward, wake up….

the truth...

May 30th, 2011
8:47 am

Ralph….

Yeah you’re right on that one….left needs and arm too, I guess I was just thinking of how to “hide” McLouth (McLousy to me)….

Anyone remember Bonds in left back in ‘92? His throw to the plate couldn’t even get the slow train Bream galloping from 2nd like a slow freight train…

Yep an arm is a Big League necessity too…if you’re going to get millions to play the game you should be able to throw from center to the 2nd base bag in the air….

Nate….not….

henry from TN

May 30th, 2011
8:54 am

baseball is 70% luck and 30% talent we were on the lucky end last night lucky on the call at the plate and lucky with kimbral….

Jose reyes

May 30th, 2011
9:31 am

Mets are having trouble let’s try and make a move get Reyes move him to second we get speed in the lineup, better lead off man than we have now and uggla is gone, I know sounds silly

reckingball

May 30th, 2011
9:49 am

Where is Uggla going to go?

ECB

May 30th, 2011
9:51 am

An Adult@12.35… More “parody in baseball? That’s a classic freudian slip, and absolutely perfect in this case. I really think you meant “parity in baseball”.

HAL

May 30th, 2011
10:00 am

yea reyes is just what we need if ya want disruption and no class hot dogging ohh wait we already have that in right wewn hot dog er haaystack plays lol

Beauvighn

May 30th, 2011
10:12 am

How much you want to bet that Frank Ruin and the gang send Scahfer back up I-85 when nate is ready..Toyal lunacy I say…Schafer is the catalyst right now..He can cover the acreage in the outfield and I love the fact that he has the needed speed this team is lacking…Sorry nate, you’re a good kid and all but we have to go with who is producing…

Brave New World

May 30th, 2011
10:12 am

Last night’s game was a treat – real baseball! A 2-1 nail-biter has some much more drama than the home run derby games of the steroid era.

don medeiros

May 30th, 2011
10:14 am

Jbailz – I took it the other way. He will be compared, for salary purposes, with other outfielders – guys with a lot better power numbers. In this type of comparison, he would come out second (no pun) best. When compared to other second basemen, he would come out better. Therefore, he has a chance to lose money as an outfielder.

Kat

May 30th, 2011
10:16 am

Thanks for the quotes.great game last night.

Blake

May 30th, 2011
10:18 am

GIve Martin Prado his money!!! He earns it day in and day out. Great win for the Bravos,especially how these guys have battled against injuries and the hitting bug.

ijudgenot

May 30th, 2011
10:23 am

I hope the Braves are taking note of what a little speed can do to a team’s psychy. MClouth has some speed, but I have not seen him attempt a bunt for a base hit. Schafer has as much speed and is a better outfielder because of his ability to throw from the outfield. MClouth will not be back next year so play the kid and make Mclouth his backup because you are going to have to pay him anyway. The Braves need a right handed power hitter to take the pressure off Uggla. I wished that Ramirez would be given another look at being a right-handed bench player with speed and power. All of Conrad’s heroics have come from the left side, I can’t remember him gettting a big hit from the right side. The ideal guy for ramirez to replace would be Diory, but that leaves no one to play shortstop if Gonzo goes down, so Conrad’s spot is the only one left until bullpen is healed.

chc4

May 30th, 2011
10:31 am

Sure would be nice to get Prado a day off. He has played in all but 1 game this year. I fear what happened last year… when he got hurt our offense fell apart. Granted we suffered alot of other injuries too but he’s the catalyst. As anemic as the rest of the lineup has been, we cannot lose Prado for any length of time.

reckingball

May 30th, 2011
10:35 am

I’m betting that the Braves will offer Prado a good contract before he goes to arbitration.

reckingball

May 30th, 2011
10:49 am

I don’t believe that an arbitrator can pigeon hole Prado as only a left fielder, his ability to play all of the position that he plays(and very good), would have to be taken into consideration.

Bravo_fan 52

May 30th, 2011
10:51 am

Here’s to all the Braves fans/Soldiers,who gave it up for the “team”

Fred

May 30th, 2011
10:53 am

Rusty..why don’t all player fly & hustle on all plays, thats what they get paid for.
reckingball, learn to spell SCHAFER !
Prado giving Nate credit for his help learning to play LF was a “Class act”…That’s just Prado #1..Make sure to vote for him as All-Star.
JJ has proved his worth….and so has Ross.
Go Braves.

Fred

May 30th, 2011
11:01 am

You right Bravo-72..Where would we be without Soldiers? Freedom the greatest thing we have. God bless all Soldiers and USA.

john

May 30th, 2011
11:06 am

-Prado will get PAID , hopefully by NEW BRAVES OWNERS -he is the best all around BALL PLAYER in Baseball

-while I really like David Ross -where in the hell was he standing when Pardo threw to Plate-maybe Posey broken femur was in his mind- Prado’s throw was at the Plate a good two strides before Runner – Prado said he did not “see” Ross when he threw “to the Plate”

-Jair J. , like Schaefer, has MATURED – both have made tremendous improvemebt mentally- last year when Ump made bad call on a pitch, Jair would take it personally and fall apart-Great Work by Both young PLAYERS

Jack in Macon

May 30th, 2011
11:19 am

Prado deserves to be called the MVP of the game last night… but; it won’t show up in the box score but that at-bat to get a walk that Schafer put together was huge. He missed raking a double down the right field line at the width of the baseball. The kid’s making a difference.

John the Red

May 30th, 2011
11:19 am

good series, too bad the umps missed the tag at the plate, good luck to the Braves chasing the Phillies and the fish

E-6

May 30th, 2011
11:33 am

Jack – Well said. Schafer’s at bat was one of the best of the season by a Brave. Have been so happy for the progress McClouth has made this season but, barring a major collapse, if Fredi takes Schafer out of the one hole (or Martin out of the two) he should be summarily executed.

Skeezix

May 30th, 2011
11:37 am

Agree 100% with all those who say the Schafer has been a key factor in these wins. He is a true leadoff hitter. He changes the complexion of the offense and the outfield for the better. With his speed, he can turn a bunt into a hit–this makes the opposition’s infield nervous and they can’t play back. He has a great arm and much better range than Nate. When he gets on base it is exciting because speed produces runs — and speed on the bases makes the opposing pitcher, catcher and infielders uncomfortable and thus more prone to errors.

63 year Braves fan

May 30th, 2011
11:40 am

My report card after 1/3 of season:( A )- Jurrjens, Venters, O’flaherty, Prado, Ross (B) – Jones McCann, Gonzalez, Hinske, Hudson, Hanson, Kimbrel (C) McLouth, Martinez, Freeman, Lowe, Coaching Staff, (D) Sherril, Linebrink, (F)- Uggla, Heyward (Incomplete) – Moylan, Mather, Shaffer,
Gearin – Anybody differ?

Dirty Dawg

May 30th, 2011
11:41 am

As much as it hurts, and frankly I thought that the ESPN crew might just say something about it, Chipper’s not there. I can’t recall him ever missing as many hittable balls, taking as many obvious strikes and not putting balls that he does ‘barrel-up’ on, out-of-the-park. Maybe it’s just one of those slumps but clearly at his age and with the physical problems he’s had, you have to ask yourself – Is this it? I sure hope not.

Tried to post this last night, but it didn’t take…I was glad to hear somebody, finally, say something close to what I’ve been thinking about that play that cost Posey the rest of his season, and who knows about even longer. I know Hersheiser (sp?) didn’t, exactly, say it, but I think that umps and/or the league need to judge ‘intent’ on the part of the base runner. The NFL has come up with rules about blows to the head, hits against receivers that aren’t really able to defend themselves, etc., all in the name of keeping valuable players, playing. I say that unless the catcher has clearly blocked the plate, or is set to, then the runner must go for the plate itself and not to just bowl over the catcher in the hope that he can knock him ‘a’ over teakettle and maybe the ball will come loose…cause unless that happens – ball comes loose – then the runner will be called out when if he had slid he might have actually avoided the tag. For those that say ‘that’s just baseball’, I say when a SF pitcher puts one in that guy’s ‘ear-hole’ the next chance they get, that’ll ‘just be baseball’ as well.

Skeezix

May 30th, 2011
11:52 am

If I recall my history correctly, Abe Lincoln started the memorial day tradition after the battle of Gettysburg. Today let us remember all those who made sacrifices and died or were injured serving our nation during war/conflict. Say a quiet prayer of thanksgiving.

I am remembering my late father, a Marine who served in three wars. And let us never forget those who died on 9/11–we can’t forget the brave firemen and policemen who died or were injured doing their duty after our country was attacked.

Brave New World

May 30th, 2011
12:30 pm

Dirty Dawg: Chipper is there, it’s just that it is 39 year-old Chipper. He’s trying his best, but his best is behind him these days. GO BRAVES! Happy Memorial Day to all the vets and current armed forces serving our country, and THANKS!

Jbailz

May 30th, 2011
12:32 pm

don medeiros – That’s what I meant lol. I agree with you

chuck simon's barber shop

May 30th, 2011
12:56 pm

A question, sincerely : Why is the catcher allowed the plate? On other bases it’s not permitted, why the plate. Seems there could be a rule compromise of sorts given the high number of injuries suffered in these inevitable collisions

chuck simon's barber shop

May 30th, 2011
12:58 pm

I meant why is the catcher allowed to “block” the plate. Tiny keybd drives me crazy, but that’s a short trip!

the truth...

May 30th, 2011
1:23 pm

Does no one remember Greg Olson of our Braves in ‘92 getting bowled over by Ken Caminiti? Caminiti was built like Hinske and was flying down the base line like a freight train… it broke Olson’s leg and took him out for the season…

Two season’s later he was out of baseball….

Yeah I like the idea of doing something to protect the catchers….

Reggie

May 30th, 2011
2:18 pm

Thank-god for Caminit…Greg Olsen sucked

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