Braves quotes after Monday’s loss to Padres

***FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hudson

“I thought he was outstanding. We didn’t misplay the ball but we couldn’t get that double play with the pitcher over there at second base, which was a tough play coming in on it. And that run scored. But he was outstanding.

“He hasn’t pitched in nine days and to come back and give us six innings…. We were tempted to run him back out there for another inning, but we chose to err on the side of caution. He hadn’t pitched in nine days. Build on this start for the next one. That was [typical] Huddy tonight.”

On the replay of Schafer’s steal

“I didn’t see it, but the guys came out saying they think he got in there. For me that’s the hardest call for the umpires, second base steal, the tag. I don’t know why. It’s one of the hardest ones to get right. But that wasn’t the game. We had some opportunities. We had couple guys on in the eighth inning, a couple guys on in the sixth inning, we couldn’t get a knock in there to get a couple runs.”

On stranding runners in late innings

“That’s,  I wouldn’t say the most frustrating part, but that’s the stuff you keep waiting for your offense to get a couple runs, and split a gap and run the bases.”

On if still seeing some positive signs from offense

“Well, we got nine hits. Yeah, you figure you get nine, 10 hits a game you figure you’ll put a pretty big number on the scoreboard. We’re just not getting them with people on base.”

On Schafer getting on three times

“He’s been good. He’s done a terrific job at leadoff, getting on base, whether it’s a hit or a walk. That’s what you need.”

On if Schafer was going on his own on ninth-inning steal

“Yeah he’s on his own most of the time. We thought we had a good chance to do it there. I got no problem with it. That’s what he does for a living; he uses his legs. We get in scoring position there, bloop one in there and the game’s over.”

On unlikely hero for Padres in Phillips

“It’s the major leagues and if you swing the bat, you’ve got a chance to hit one out. I think that was the first base hit he’s gotten off a left-handed pitcher in the major leagues. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

On  O’Flaherty, was he unavailable again today because of his back?

“He threw a nice side today. We were going to use him today if we would have gone 13, 14, 15, innings, but just in case of emergency. But he threw the ball real well, so he should be good to go tomorrow.”

On Gearrin’s first appearance since recalled (2 Ks, perfect inn.)

“Gearrin’s been good. The bullpen – what are you going to do, try to hold a tie game every night? They give up a run and we want to shoot the bullpen.”

On offensive slump leading to so many extra-inning games

“It’s bonus baseball almost every night. But hopefully that will change.”

***TIM HUDSON

On his back (had missed previous start)

“What we did since my last start, with the therapy and everything, seemed to work.”

“I could have gone [longer], but it’s one of those things – first day back, 10 days off. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so you want to make sure things are right this first back and be ready for the rest of the season.”

On not extending momentum of the two weekend wins

“It was a tough loss. Another one of those games where we felt like we should have won. A couple of bad throws to second base, one by myself and one to try to double off the pitcher right there, pretty much cost us the game. It was a tough one, but we’re going to come out tomorrow and try to get some more momentum going.”

With offense lagging, do you feel like you almost have to be perfect, not give up more than a couple of runs

“I think every one of us, when we go out there and our goal is to not give up any runs, whether we’re scoring a lot of runs or not. I think our job is to go out there and put up zeroes, take a little pressure off the offense. We have all the confidence in the world that we’re going to start putting some crooked numbers on the board. We’ve just got to wait for our guys to start punishing the other guy on the mound.”

On his throw to second base

“It was nowhere in the same area code as Gonzo. It cost us a run right there. Then the same way with the popup, the baserunning mistake by the pitcher when he got on. But hindsight is always 20-20. We had opportunities to put more runs on the board, for those to have been non-issues. But the bottom line is, those two plays cost us the game. We should have won 2-nothing, and instead we had to go extra innings and they ran into one.”

*** JORDAN SCHAFER

On ninth-inning stolen base, did you think you were  safe?

“Yeah, I just went and watched the video. I was safe.”

Fredi said you were going on your own and that he didn’t have a problem with it

“If I stay on first there, you need a double in the gap to try to score. I guess the guys on the bench say it was kind of even a pitch-out; I guess they know I’m going to go sometime in that at-bat. He gave me a green light and I took off. I was safe, but we’re all going to make mistakes.”

“I told [the umpire] I was safe. He didn’t say anything. But like I said, we’re all going to make mistakes.”

On team wasting scoring opportunities late

“No doubt. Huddy threw outstanding. If I catch that line drive and just throw the guy out at second, that bloop hit doesn’t happen, they don’t score that run and we win the game 2-1. So…. You learn from that and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

On the play and his bad throw to 2nd

“I saw it coming and it surprised me that he [pitcher Aaron Harang] was off the bag. I threw the ball off-balance and it just kind of sailed on me.”

*** BROOKS CONRAD

Lot of scoring opportunities wasted, frustrating given how well Braves pitched?

“Yeah. I mean, Huddy threw a great game and the bullpen came in and threw well. Obviously coming up with a big hit, we’ve struggled a little with that lately. But the Padres have a great staff up and down, both their starting pitching and bullpen – everybody in the bullpen is tough. You’ve got to come up with that big hit and score those runs when you can, because playing against a team like the Padres with the pitching they’ve got up and down, the opportunity might not come again. So yeah, a little frustrating. You’ve got to take advantage [of scoring opportunities].”

On the offense, does it feel at all like you’re close to clicking?

“Yeah, it’s been so close. Honestly, we haven’t been putting up a lot of runs the last few weeks, but there’s been so many guys that just need a little luck out there. Uggs obviously has struggled, but he’s had absolutely no luck. Every time he’s hit the ball hard it seems like it’s been at somebody, or he’s taken a great swing and fouled it straight back.

“But that’s why it’s a long season, so you’ve just to keep in the back of your mind that we’ve got a good team and we’re still right there. We’ve got a good lineup. We haven’t been been able to do what we can do, but we’re still in May and we’ve got a long way to go.”

On Uggla, you’ve seen him kill the Braves in the past, is that why you’re all confident he’ll get going?

“It’s not just him. Up and down, there’s some guys that can get going a little bit. But everybody knows what type of player he is and what a good hitter he is. It’s just a matter of time before he starts getting going.”

190 comments Add your comment

bbkorbel

May 30th, 2011
5:46 pm

But Daddy…I don’t wanna be first! Do I have to? After that game?

joe jones

May 30th, 2011
5:55 pm

Does Uggla actually work on fixing his mechanics? It wouldn’t be that hard to correct.

Dennis Reynolds

May 30th, 2011
6:00 pm

Uggla will get it going. More worried about Heyward to be honest. I sometimes forget he’s even on the team somehow. He’s never on the field I guess thats why.

Chipper, you’re the man and you’ve proved it. You’re doing exactly what you said you wouldn’t do though. Hamstringing the team. You don’t have your legs under you anymore and thats why were not seeing those homers and long doubles we were seeing the first month of the year.
When its time, its time.

Its time.

Sons of Rick Matula

May 30th, 2011
6:00 pm

Did you see that the Padres put a lineup out with no one hitting over .250! And won. The season has passed the one third mark. You are what you are. Our offense is offensive. Uggla is not going to be a 30/100 guy. Right now, we’d take 15/60. Heyward is either injury prone or slightly over-rated. Gonzalez is inconsistent. Freddie Freeman is doing well but he’s Kotchman with a few more HR’s. McCann is the man but catchers wear down. Ross & Hinske are solid but role guys. We don’t have the bats to compete.

Johnny Beach

May 30th, 2011
6:04 pm

Don’t forget Uggla did get a hit Sunday so he is back up to around .180 now

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

May 30th, 2011
6:05 pm

RE: Conrad’s comment on Uggla

It was also just a matter of time 2 months ago…put Uggla in the 8th spot or sit him. Right now he is absolutely killing our offense hitting in the middle of the line-up. Whatever is wrong with him, it is not a passing slump because it has been going on for 2 months now.

North Georgia Braves Fan

May 30th, 2011
6:05 pm

Braves can’t keep going down the same path and expect to be there when the season ends. Right now they are where they should be, a third place team. We all know they are better than this but the months keep changing and they are not improving.

JD

May 30th, 2011
6:06 pm

Pathetic loss. how many did we leave on today again?? AGon hit into 2 DP’s that I counted….this is a sorry offensive unit right now, although its been nice having Shafer back to set the table a bit.

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
6:06 pm

Ok, Fredi, Schafer is on his own. But WHO works with him on his base stealing? He’s not the first fast/quick kid to have poor success rate and usually it’s watching the pitcher, and getting that #winning first step. Also, it does not help that the other team can key on Schafer since he’s the only potential base stealer we have. I love Otis Nixon, but, knowing Otis, he probably needs a little cash. Let’s get Otis to come coach Jordan a little bit on this. Jordan should not be asked to be a Reyes or Bourne, but he should be able to steal pivotal bags at key moments.

Sons of Rick Matula

May 30th, 2011
6:06 pm

Troy Glaus to a white courtesy phone, please.

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
6:07 pm

Get off Uggla. He is tied with Heyward and Prado for the team lead in homers with 7! He may only be hitting .180, but it’s .108 with power. And, yes… lol.

Vern Clark

May 30th, 2011
6:09 pm

What in the HELL is wrong with the Braves hitting. To me the team could not hit a ball with base fiddle. Absolutely unacceptable. Than the have to loose to a triple league team like the Washing or the stinking miami teams. Unprofessional.

BRAVESFAN

May 30th, 2011
6:09 pm

Two runs a game isn’t too memorial. Do the Braves pitchers and hitters even talk to each other?

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
6:12 pm

Chipper looked good in ST and to start the season. Clearly, he needs to get this knee scoped and maybe take that promised day or two off every week. He still does a lot of things well and damn, I just hate to see people try to throw him away like so much garbage when HE IS baseball in this town. We get it, he’s not a 40HR MVP threat anymore, but he is far from THE reason this team is struggling.

Johnny Beach

May 30th, 2011
6:13 pm

If Uggla keeps this pace, he will be hitting the high horse numbers of 45 RBI and 21 homeruns by end of season. LOL………………………….Sit him down or send him to the Beach for a week. Sometimes toughing it out when he is in the twilight zone only will make it worse. Send him to Panama City incognito and let him forget himself. Do something Mgr Gonzales

Formerbravefan

May 30th, 2011
6:13 pm

Watching Chipper at the plate is almost as painful as watching Uggla.Do the right thing Chipper hang it up now.The Braves are going nowhere this year or next at least you can retire while people still remember your greatness.If your continue at this rate you will be remembered like most guys who stayed for the money.Head for the ranch tonight.

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
6:16 pm

“at least you can retire while people still remember your greatness”

If’ you’ve already forgotten Chipper’s greatness, maybe you never were a Braves fan.

JD

May 30th, 2011
6:17 pm

Agreed. Its time for Chipper to be that hitting instructor he always wanted to be and retire while the going’s good. His average continues to fall like a rock and he’s playing exactly like he feels, withi no heart. Kick Larry Parrish out the door and put Chipper where he’s going to be for the rest of his careeer and lets put Prado back at 3B where he belongs on this team.

JC Boscan III

May 30th, 2011
6:18 pm

There seems to be this awful trend of giving away games to the weakest NL teams due to blockheaded plays, one bad inning by a pitcher, a poorly-timed horrible at-bat by _____ (fill in the blank with a Braves name) — just enough to lose these games! Yet, we play a good team and the team wakes up a plays a solid fundamental game……… quite frustrating! Will it end….???!

joe jones

May 30th, 2011
6:19 pm

Without Prado and McCann , the Braves wouldn’t score at all.

RHR

May 30th, 2011
6:22 pm

Amen, count schemula.

Leave Chipper alone, y’all!

Jim

May 30th, 2011
6:22 pm

Uggla sucks Gonzo sucks when the last time those two driven in a run. Oh and fat George S sucks. We get beat by a guy Patterson now batting 189 A pitcher now batting 100 and a game winning homer now batting 167. uggla now batting 178 didnt do crap. Gonzo can hit with runners on base. How many times this year have we had a leadoff double and never get him to third. Better score some runs early against Pads because we will not score on there bullpen. Please Schafer keep hitting so we never have to play McClouth. Bet the Marlins are glad Uggla dint sign for 48 mil.

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Braves Fan

May 30th, 2011
6:27 pm

Time to sit Uggla or send him down to get on track. Prado back to second and Hinske in left. Then we’ll start winning some games.

Thadsdad

May 30th, 2011
6:32 pm

What’s worse than losing?
Losing while being boring.
That’s the Braves are right now. If a ball doesn’t leave the yard they don’t score. There’s zero speed and no one even attempting to make things happen. Even if you can’t steal bases, Fredi, at least put people in motion. What’s the difference between getting two on and watching them die on the bases or getting someone thrown out attempting to steal? At least there’s the chance of a bad throw.
Right now it’s predictable baseball. Two strikes on Gonzo or Freeman and they strike out on bad pitches. Chipper will make a soft out. Uggla, deep in the throes of McLouth disease, will be fortunate to get a ball out of infield.
This is exciting? It’s more exciting sitting on the porch and counting cars.
Small crowd at the park again today? Gee, wonder why?

Jimmy

May 30th, 2011
6:36 pm

Here is the facts:
I’m a Braves fan and I want Dan Uggla to have a great season…but -

Jimmy

May 30th, 2011
6:37 pm

Send him to AAA for a week and let him get his head together.

BosnianBaller

May 30th, 2011
6:37 pm

Everybody is saying Uggla will get it going, but will he? He could be like Andruw Jones hits his 30+ years and sucks.

ijudgenot

May 30th, 2011
6:38 pm

Having Uggla in the middle of the lineup with the way he is hitting is moronic. He is not even a threat to hit a single let alone a homerun. You can see the pitchers have marked him as a place to go in the lineup to get an out. Today Hinski saw nothing that was middle of the plate in. Everything was to the outer half of the plate. The pitcher didn’t mind missing the plate and walking Hinski because he had the automatic out Uggla batting next.

Mr. Enigma

May 30th, 2011
6:39 pm

*Fast-foward to September*

Everyone: It’s just a matter of time before Dan gets going.

TommyJack

May 30th, 2011
6:40 pm

Amazing lack of baseball insight in these posts. Amazing.

Jimmy

May 30th, 2011
6:41 pm

@Mr. Enigma – yeah, but shouldn’t he get his stroke back in AAA and not contribute to our already sorry hitting?

NorCal Brave

May 30th, 2011
6:42 pm

Dan Uggla could prove to be an even costlier acquisition. I can’t believe Wren and Co. will continue to wait much longer for his bat to come around; we’ll be giving up more talent in some kind of trade to give us what Uggla hasn’t been. Same story with Heyward; if he can’t get it together pretty soon, we’ll have to fill that spot as well. What a waste given the quality of our pitching.

Jimmy

May 30th, 2011
6:43 pm

@Tommy Jack = Thank you for your insightful input. What have you to say?

N1ghtfox

May 30th, 2011
6:44 pm

You all are a bunch of bandwagon bozos… Not even that. When the team wins, half of you still come on here and talk trash about how horrible the team is. When the team loses, you all think you are HOF Managers and should be running the team. Get over yourselves, fools. If you don’t want to watch, no one is making you.

If you think Chipper is the reason this team is struggling, you couldn’t be more wrong. Can you imagine the pitches Chipper would get to hit if McCann, Uggla and Heyward (hitting 6th) were behind him and putting up even DECENT numbers (obviously McCann is doing his part)?

I’m so tired of reading all the ridiculous comments your dolts write from Mom’s basement pretending to be important. At least have the courtesy to formulate proper sentences and make sense.

johpaulcpa

May 30th, 2011
6:44 pm

you have to be able to beat the bottomfeeders of the NL

Phils took care of business and beat the Nationals AGAIN

Halladay won his 7th game despite giving up 3 solo home runs.

This past week, Phils are averaging 6 runs/game since that dude Utley returned to the lineup.

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
6:46 pm

“Amazing lack of baseball insight in these posts. Amazing.”

leech

Jeff

May 30th, 2011
6:51 pm

Our regular lineup currently boasts an average of .249.
McCann 304
Prado 280
Gonzalez 273
Freeman 254
Chipper 250
McClouth 238
Uggla 178
Heyward 217

Those same 8, for their careers, have an average of .268
McCann 289
Prado 303
Gonzalez 249
Freeman 239
Chipper 305
McClouth 251
Uggla 258
Heyward 254
Power numbers are down similarly. We will likely rebound and become slightly less annoying to watch in the second half, but we won’t become the Phillies.

just facts

May 30th, 2011
6:53 pm

I am tired of hearing “it’s just a matter of time till Uggla starts hitting”. I have news for you… the braves have played 55 games, over a third of the season. Uggla will have to hit .340 for the rest if the year just to get his yr avg up to .250. he has NEVER hit .340 for 2/3 of a season. face it… Prado had a career yr last yr. Chipper Jones is not even a shadow of his former self. as the season wears down you can count on the pitching tailing off a little. the braves are an 85 win team and that will win nothing.

for just facts

May 30th, 2011
6:56 pm

Then stop watching and stop commenting now… No point if you are correct. No reason to hear anything from you the rest of the season…

Charlie

May 30th, 2011
6:58 pm

Uggla needs to be: either hitting 8th, on the bench, or at AA. He’s a total head case, and contributes NOTHING. This will continue for the rest of the season, or until the Braves are so far out of it, it won’t matter.

Alex Gonzalez: for all his great defense, he has no patience at the plate. With two strikes, he is OUT. Once he has two strikes, he will not take a pitch. From two strikes on, he swings at anything, and everything, until he has finally does strike out. Quite the major league hitter…but then he fits in well with all the other chokers on this team, with runners on base.

Hinske keeps saying “…how close this team is…” to beginning to hit well. WHAT GARBAGE! The Braves are no closer to actually hitting, than Dan Uggla is. What a great sign he has been for for the Braves! Dan is just what the Braves needed…another head case, at the plate.

When this season is completed, the Braves will not make the playoffs. They will continue to be failiures at the plate. Dan Uggla will, by the end of the season, be the biggest bust in the history of baseball.

Dan Uggla

May 30th, 2011
7:06 pm

For all of the other Major League Baseball players commenting here. My BAbip in 2010 was .330. My BAbip in 2011 has been .192.

I’m sure most of you won’t even understand what that means. Those actually know a little bit about baseball might slightly get what that means.

In any event, any of you are welcome to try and make ANY MLB team and do better than me. Please, really, do. And let me know how that works out for you…

dawg4u

May 30th, 2011
7:12 pm

The fact that the Braves are one of the slowest teams in the league only adds to our hitting woes. I really thought that when we signed Uggla we were really going to be okay hitting wise. Wow was I ever mistaken. His defense has been much better than his offense which isn’t hard to do when looking at his offensive numbers. The fact that we no longer have an Otis Nixon or Rafael Furcal has really hurt this team. Chipper is fading fast and Freeman though good defensively can’t overcome the absolute failure of Uggla and Heyward (even though he’s injured as usual at age 21). To Frank Wren – our current crop is not getting it done and shows no signs of getting it done anytime in the near future. FW – GET US A BAT IN THIS LINEUP OR WASTE THIS FANTASTIC PITCHING WE HAVE BEEN GETTING NIGHT AFTER NIGHT FROM OUR STARTERS AND LATE INNING RELIEVERS!!

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
7:13 pm

Personally, I have light tower power and hit .800 in the 7th grade, which is probably something like only .380 in the major leagues. But I’m just going to assume that BABIP of .192 means he’s sucking without getting into the in play nonsense.

The Sparrow

May 30th, 2011
7:14 pm

BOOOBBBBBBBBYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

Wow...

May 30th, 2011
7:14 pm

You’re garbage Uggla. If this was NY, Philly, or Boston, you’d be run out of town by now.

Dan Uggla (for Wow...)

May 30th, 2011
7:15 pm

If this was NY, Philly or Boston, you’d be the typical fan. That’s why I didn’t want to be traded to any of those teams…

danny

May 30th, 2011
7:17 pm

I love the braves but they sure make it hard to watch them. Uggla striking out or popping up. Heyward trying to pull a outside curveball or on the dl. Chipper hurt every other week. mcClouth.mcClouth. mcClouth. our poor bullpen pitchers will be burnt out by the all-star break.depressing.

Jimmy

May 30th, 2011
7:21 pm

Again people..I’m not talking about running Uggla ” out of town”, it’s about getting Dan right. Let him go to Gwinnett for 10 games and get his confidence back. Right now, he is hurting the Braves. We need this guy. We did that last year with McClouth…DU is more important to the team than McCouth.

wallypip

May 30th, 2011
7:21 pm

Re: Uggla. Jerry Garcia had a stroke. When he came out of his coma, he had to completely relearn to play guitar.

Is it time for Uggla to come out of his stroke and re-learn to hit?

I’ve said it before: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. He’s insane not to start driving the ball the other way, because that’s where 90 percent of the pitches he sees can be hit.

Meanwhile, the baserunning continues to be a joke. I’m down on Fredi for how sloppy this team is on the bases. We have no speed, other than Shafer and Heyward (remember him?). So, guys, if your coaches and manager won’t tell you, I will: Hang onto the bag like a possum cub hangs on its mother’s back.

Do possums even have cubs?

Disgruntled Fan

May 30th, 2011
7:22 pm

I’m getting more sick reading comments “fans” are making than I am watching the braves lose close games. As a result, I’m going to do what many of you would probably suggest and not read them for a while. But first, I’m goin to leave a few suggestions.

1. If you want to watch a major league team win often, watch the Phillies.
2. If you think you would make a great manager, have fun managing/coaching little league.
3. If you are a true Braves fan, follow them and support them through thick and thin and wish them the best. It’s not like they are the first team in the history of Major League Baseball to underperform.

The Sparrow

May 30th, 2011
7:30 pm

Is there a chance the strikeout record will be set by an Atlanta Brave second baseman??? What are the odds? Also is there a chance this dude will ever change his approach at the plate?? Too muscle-bound to swing the bat (remember Francoeur and a guy named A. Jones that muscled up in the off season and then couldn’t hit afterward) Popeye arms are not good in baseball.

Ralph

May 30th, 2011
7:30 pm

Anyone thinks they will give up on Uggly, forget it, two years and they didn’t give up on Norton in fact the only time they sit someone down is when a bench player gets red hot while replaceing some worthless regular who is hurt, whatch out when McOut and J Hurt come back, Scheafer and Hinskie need to worry not Uggla.

alex

May 30th, 2011
7:37 pm

shaefer was out ,hand came off bag and fielder kept tag on and he came off the bag because he was blocked.
There is NO truth to uggla being slow, did you see how fast he moved when prado’s 10th inning foul ball went into the dugout, whew, can he get away from a baseball..
uggla struck out twice, chipper is OLD,now 250 and immobile, thank goodness for prado,mccann, and shaefer and our pitching

All together now: fire FW…

Ralph

May 30th, 2011
7:40 pm

Then why do you call yourseld “Disgruntled Fan” ???

Bro

May 30th, 2011
7:41 pm

Uggla and Gonzo–HIT THE OUTSIDE PITCHES TO RIGHT. You can not pull everything. Also, Uggla–it is time to take a few days off and then come back and hit the fastball. You are missing everything.
Freddi G–you need to sit Uggla and then bat him first for a few games. He needs to retrain on general baseball skills of hitting.

Prado 4 MVP

May 30th, 2011
7:42 pm

Enter your comments here

Prado 4 MVP

May 30th, 2011
7:43 pm

Thanks Pork Chop Sherrill for nothing u useless piece of crap.

4 Prado 4 MVP

May 30th, 2011
7:51 pm

Thanks Prado 4 MVP for nothing u usless commenter

Oregon Brave

May 30th, 2011
8:01 pm

Even Joe the pronouncer dude is onto Uggla and his 0-2 counts. Now if the batting coach catches on to the 0-2s, maybe he can introduce himself to Uggla. I’m just saying. Go Braves

ray

May 30th, 2011
8:04 pm

I actually admit I liked the Uggla deal when it was made. It doesn’t look so good now. The Teixeira deal was a disaster right off the bat- it lived up to expectations.
Between Uggla, Heyward, and Jones, we look a lot better on paper than on the field.
What recent trade acquisition or free agent signing has helped us ? Not many, if any.

Bier Breth

May 30th, 2011
8:09 pm

Dan Uggla is killing this team. Every time he comes up with men on and one or two outs, I just fast-forward the TiVo, knowing the inning is over. Historically a slow starter? Yes, but two months now he’s been “slow”. I’m thinking “historically bad pickup for the Braves” by that trade and extension.

braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:10 pm

i dont know why Wren still hasn’t make a trade for a lead off hitter or 2nd spot in lineup

Pence is the better option!!!! trade randall delgado or arodys vizcaino and one AAA batter for him and cash maybe i guess ,,,,we need him!!!!!!!!!!!

Pence is a 5 tools guy: good contact , nice power, good speed,,good glove and good arm.. and he knocks a lot of doubles…..

right now we don’t need 2 AA pitchers ….we need a good hitter in top of line up and Pence is the man!!!!

Prospects not been batting in 1st or 2nd spot in line up …they are only a PROSPECTS
Pence is the solution!!!

soo….Wren is time for make a trade now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! after maybe be too late…

matt

May 30th, 2011
8:12 pm

Fair weather fans man up and root for our squad. Didn’t hear complaining when our TEAM won the series last night. U guys go out thee and hit. Uggla been an unreal teammate I know his struggles ae rough but damn there is no loyalty w this fan base. I hate blogging but yall disrespect for the team I’ve loved since 1991 is hurtful

braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:15 pm

with Beachy,Medlen,Minor and Teheran for a future we dont need both Delgado and Vizcaino

trade one ,,with AAA batter (maybe Schaffer) and cash for PENCE!!!!!!! and if Pence have a good performance with ATL make a new contract …..

next year kawakami, mclouth are free agents and maybe chipper’s retires

at braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:22 pm

Pence isn’t a leadoff type hitter. We have a solid #2 hitter (Prado). Where would Pence hit in our lineup that would make a huge change? What position would he play for us? Unless your plan is to demote Chipper to AAA, move Prado to 3B and have Pence hit 3rd and play LF, how does Pence fit in to this team? In the last 3 years he has played 100% of his games in RF, and hit in the #3 or #5 holes.

Why would we trade Schafer away when he’s been a sparkplug since he came up? Your proposal makes no sense…

Largo

May 30th, 2011
8:24 pm

The braves will get going. Uggla will get going. The offense will get going. Heyward will get going. How long do we have to listen to this crap. Example: Uggla has had three months (counting spring training) to get things going. Heyward and the rest of the offense, two months. How long until the team starts blaming each other for their losses? I noticed a bit of that in the quotes today.

Chipper is no bargain either. I keep remembering him saying, if he started playing below his normal production, he would retire. Well, what about it, Chip, you haven’t exactly been a ball of fire the last few years.

at Largo

May 30th, 2011
8:26 pm

Do you honestly belive that if Chipper retires, this team somehow becomes better??? Please, oh please, explain how that would work…

braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:26 pm

and i think Sherrill dont have the fault in today lost… with a bit of better offense this game never be went to extra innings….

if Wren make a trade for Pence( In exchange for delgado/vizcaino , schaffer and cash:

AUGUST ROSTER

1. Prado/Pence LF-CF
2. Pence/Prado CF-LF
3. Jones 3B
4. McCann C
5. Heyward RF
6. Freeman 1B
7. Uggla 2B
8. Gonzalez SS
9. PITCHER

BENCH : Conrad, Ross, Hinske, Mather, McLouth
STARTERS: Hudson,Hanson,Jurrjens, Lowe and Beachy
RELIEVERS: Martinez,Medlen,Moylan,Gearrin,OFlaherty,Venters and Kimbrel

and call up in September : Boscan, Diory, Wilkin and Constanza for the bench
Proctor,Minor, Sherrill and Teheran for reforce the bullpen

braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:31 pm

ata braves fan:
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Pence isn’t a leadoff type hitter. We have a solid #2 hitter (Prado). Where would Pence hit in our lineup that would make a huge change? What position would he play for us? Unless your plan is to demote Chipper to AAA, move Prado to 3B and have Pence hit 3rd and play LF, how does Pence fit in to this team? In the last 3 years he has played 100% of his games in RF, and hit in the #3 or #5 holes.

Why would we trade Schafer away when he’s been a sparkplug since he came up? Your proposal makes no sense

DON’T BE STUPID!!!!! ASTROS PUT PENCE IN 3rd spot in line-up because they dont have anyone to make the clutch job!

Pence have more speed than anyone in braves lineup ,, have more good contact than anyone in braves lineup (except for Prado) .. Pence have a very good range and if Mayberry play in Phillies CF why Pence dont play in CF???? Pence stole more bases than anyone in braves lineup,,,, and have a power too sooo…. schaffer is a terrific defense player only that make some contact and take some BB only that! he’s dont learned yet how steals 2nd base…

at braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:33 pm

Wow. Great ideas! Why haven’t you been signed to be the Braves GM yet? Lets put Prado or Pence in CF! Prado has converted well to LF, but is a career IF, while Pence is a corner OF. They would cover ground much better than McClouth or Schafer would! Heck, why don’t we just trade Heyward to Houston straight up for Pence?

at braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:38 pm

Schafer hasn’t learned how to steal 2nd base? He was safe yesterday, the ump just blew the call. Nothing you can do about that…

braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:40 pm

first put your name coward …anyone says to pretend to move Prado around to LF…

PRADO PENCE LF-CF is a order prado in lf pence in cf
PENCE PRADO CF-LF is a order pence in cf prado in lf

you understand retarded??? OK

MCLOUTH AND SCHAFER ARE ONLY A DEFENSIVE PLAYERS ….AND YOU REMEMBER THE MISSED CATCH BY MCLOUTH AND THAT COST A GAME!

GREAT TEAMS MAKE A IN-TIME TRADES AND DONT STAY IN “STANDBY” WAIT FOR A MIRACLE LOL!!!!!

at braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:49 pm

Wow… now you to go along with your horrid sentence structure and grammar, you add all caps and name calling.

“put your name coward” — so you are telling me your name is “braves fan” ?

So McClouth missed a catch and cost a game in your opinion… Is he the only MLB player EVER to do that? Can you say with certainty that Pence has never made a defensive error to cost the Astros a game? Add in Pence playing CF and you’ll see him cover less ground than McClouth or Schafer.

Again, when I see that name of the Braves GM to be “braves fan,” then I’ll add a little more weight to your opinions…

braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:51 pm

Pence started in CF 95 games in his carrer and only 4 errors 6 assists

right now have a .312 AVG 7 HR 40 RBI 25 RUNS 17 2B 69 HITS 1 TRIPLE 17 BB OPS .853

in overall. better numbers than anyone in braves and dont need him????? GOD!

GO BRAVES!!!

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
8:52 pm

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
8:56 pm

at braves fan

May 30th, 2011
8:58 pm

Last year, Dan Uggla generally had better stats than anyone on the Braves. Right now, almost every poster on here is saying the Braves don’t need him. As my stockbroker says, “The past performance of a fund, stock, or even stock market as a whole is no indication of the future return.” Same applies, clearly, for MLB players!

By the way, McLouth has made 8 errors in CF in 524 games. At Pence’s rate, that would be 22 errors in the same span. Schafer has made 0 errors in 55 games.

braves fan

May 30th, 2011
9:01 pm

poor guy forget that!!!!!! McLouth never go to win a silver slugger bat and gold glove award in ATL .. Schafer is a AAA player with some sparks in MLB only that!!!!….

all people think few years a go “oh schafer is our next super star ” only because hit a HR in first AB in the show …. god!!!!!!!!!!!!……

i dont say Pence are the better OF in MLB but he’s better than McLouth,Schafer and right now better than Heyward too!!!! and Pence is the only “cheap” option for the braves 4-5 millions dollars
and dont need to trade Minor or Teheran for him only Vizcaino or Delgado with Schafer…..

braves dont have a money to make a trade for Bautista for example…. and i’m sure toronto only trade Bautista for both Minor and Teheran!

JC from DR! (You gotta tip your cap to ____)

May 30th, 2011
9:07 pm

Worst offensive team in the history of the game since it was created.

at JC from DR!

May 30th, 2011
9:07 pm

Worst poster in the history of article comment sections since they were created… And yes, even slightly worse than the idiots who post “First!”

K.K.

May 30th, 2011
9:12 pm

Dan Uggla: Better start hitting or Frank send you to Mississsppi. No, that not right. First he send you to Japan and screw up visa for 30 day then send you to Mississippi.

at JC from DR!

May 30th, 2011
9:13 pm

And only slightly worse than “braves fan”

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
9:18 pm

My real problem with Pence, beside his drinking, drug use, and domestic violence issues, is he’s just not exciting enough to make a trade for. He reminds me of Jason Bay. I was never a Jason Bay fan, even though he did ok in Boston, he’s done nothing in NY.

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
9:19 pm

Imagine driving past the Jackson, Mississippi Taco Bell and bam, there are two Ferrarri’s parked outside and inside are KK and Uggla talking strategy.

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
9:22 pm

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chambch01.shtml

Seriously, Chris Chambliss was a Brave for 7 years? I just had no idea. Some of those were the beer weed reckless driving and women years, but still… you’d think I’d notice that Chambliss was here for 7 years.

rex

May 30th, 2011
9:24 pm

I predict that Dan will not recover. If you look at Dan’s muscular build and how he does the bat while in the batters box, he’s determined to kill the ball and coaches will tell you that with this mentality you will have a difficult time making adjustments. I think he needs a couple of weeks in AA ball and try to relax and change his whole approach. Dan may wind up being another AJ. Folks, I think we are stuck with a.225 hitter at most and short on power. I just hope that FG sees this before Dan and the season are lost.

braves fan

May 30th, 2011
9:33 pm

at JC for DR! : –

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moron indian….

Pence is the cheap solution for the braves …good player and cheap player

McLouth: awful player and expensive player

and about Jason Bay soo all guys in NYM sucks!!!!!!!! now and in the past too : Bonilla,Vaugh,Alomar,Burnitz,etc

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

May 30th, 2011
9:34 pm

Dan Uggla (or to said Dan Uggla poster above),

If that really is you (sometimes players do actually follow the blogs) in the above comments, I get your BABIP argument but even that does not pass muster this year. For a good look at your BABIP study please see the following.

http://www.talkingchop.com/2011/5/27/2192627/uggla-a-study-in-babip

I am no major leaguer (indeed I definitely could not make an MLB team). However, statistically
speaking, this study illustrates that something is indeed clearly wrong with your approach or mechanics…otherwise your line-drive, ground-ball, and pop-up statistics would fall within your normal career norms. Thus far this season they have not, which means that the onus is on you to analyze the videos of you at the plate and work on your adjustments or discipline.

I was very excited for you to join the Braves, and you are historically a great hitter. If you return to doing what you have done for the last 5 years I like our chances of making the play-offs. We really need your normal productive self in our line-up, but right now you are not cutting at the plate.

rc35

May 30th, 2011
9:39 pm

Fan frustration is a reality for these Atlanta Braves. Those who counsel patience point to the overall product: a (slightly) winning record and being high enough in the standings to smell the exhaust of the Phillies and Marlins.

I’ve been a Braves fan since they came South–yes, even during the 70’s with Biff Pocoroba, Max Leon, Darrell Chaney, Frank Tepedino, and Larvell “Sugar Bear” Blanks–so I’ve pulled for the Braves through a lot of losing seasons and cannot be accused of being a fair-weather fan.

I think the main difference between these Braves and earlier teams is that this team denies the fans the fun of sitting in the stands, watching on TV, or listening on the radio with a comfortable lead or the potential of a big inning to come back from a deficit. I’d love to know the percentage of innings this season in which the Braves have been tied, behind, or ahead by no more than 2 runs. When we went up Saturday night by 5, I thought, “Great! We finally get to relax and enjoy a game!” Within 15 minutes, we were in a tie game, and the stress level was right back up there.

Of our 30 wins, 15 have been by 2 or fewer runs. In the month of May, we haven’t won by as many as 3 runs since beating the Phillies 5-2 on May 8. This year, Braves baseball isn’t about fun…it’s about stress, and life has enough of that without introducing baseball.

It would be so nice to anticipate a breather at least once a week, but we’re not getting that. When it’s always this tight, every flaw gets magnified and every decision gets second-guessed.

count_schemula

May 30th, 2011
9:46 pm

I would think that a player in Uggla’s situation would not be reading these blogs. No good could come of that.

at braves fan

May 30th, 2011
9:48 pm

braves fan

May 30th, 2011
9:33 pm
at JC for DR! : –

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moron indian….

Again with the name calling… Such a child.

TheAntiMe

May 30th, 2011
9:53 pm

OK, rex, I can appreciate that your opinion is as good as anyone else’s but are you really telling me that a guy who has averaged 31 HRs over the past 5 years is totally washed up ala Andruw Jones (who actually seems to be doing OK when he gets a chance with the Yankees)?

I do get the fact that Uggla needs to step it up with his batting average being nothing short of horrible now but if you were to project Uggla’s current HR output of 7 for the entire season he would still wind up with 21 HRs which would have been good enough to tie him for the club lead in 2010 with Brian McCann who led the Braves with 21 last year.

I believe that Ugg is thinking too much at the plate right now but when he goes back to just seeing the ball and hitting the ball his history indicates that he will be just fine, IMHO.

BRAVESFAN

May 30th, 2011
10:04 pm

At least we were playing the best team in their ballpark!

ajcfan1

May 30th, 2011
10:08 pm

Dan Uggla (2011) <<<< Nate McLouth (2010)

Hit A Single

May 30th, 2011
10:15 pm

Uggla needs a plan. He looks like a pro softball player hitting. He needs to watch video and I am sure he has, well Dan it is time to make adjustments.

BRAVESFAN

May 30th, 2011
10:25 pm

I was looking for old clips of Uggla (when he used to hit home runs) and yes he plays better if we boo him.

The guy who got this ball made me laugh for the first time today:
http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=12546381

ArkBravesFan

May 30th, 2011
10:47 pm

@rc35-

Your post is the most intlligent, reasonable, and polite comment on here, and I thank you for that.

Advance Scout in MLB

May 30th, 2011
10:49 pm

Uggla is too stubborn and headstrong to make adjustments…He’s a dead pull hacker,plain and simple..he’ll take his whiffs ,looking for pitches he can pull and drive in the left-center power-ally,,,he won’t be getting many because the book is out on him and word is ,he won;t change…He has a rep for not listening to coaches,thats how he ended up with Marlins as a Rule 5 player..If it wasnt for Pokey Reese pulling a disapearing act in spring training 06′ Uggla might not have ever gotten a chance because of his mental make-up….

johnpaulcpa

May 30th, 2011
10:49 pm

Down at Gwinnett tonight vs Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Julio Teheran was pig roasted & hog tied losing 12 to 2. The Pigs have a bevy of ex-MLB players – Scott Podsednik (who stole 2 bases off Teheran) & Pete Orr & Josh Barfield (ex-Padre) & Delwyn Young (ex-Pirate) and their veteran presence showed vs the overmatched/inexperienced Teheran who gave up 7 rbi’s alone to the Iron Pigs 1stB – Jeff Larish

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