Overwatergate? Braves say no gamesmanship on infield

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves did not water down the infield any more than usual to make it more difficult for Mets speedy leadoff man Jose Reyes to get traction on the basepaths Tuesday night.

Reyes repeatedly slipped during Tuesday’s game and said afterward it was the wettest he’d ever seen the infield at Turner Field. After he slipped diving back to first base on a pickoff play in the first inning, umpires called out the Braves grounds crew to put down a drying agent. He slipped at shortstop too, fielding an Alex Gonzalez  ground ball in the seventh inning and throwing wildly for what became an infield hit.

When asked if the Braves intentionally over-watered the infield, Gonzalez said, “Absolutely not. There’s a whole infield. Usually if you’re going to do that, you’ll do it right there at first base. There was absolutely no gamesmanship being played.”

Reyes, who has worn plastic spikes instead of metal since 2003, which have less traction, never accused the Braves of over-watering on purpose. On Wednesday Mets manager Terry Collins downplayed it.

“You alter the field according to your team,” Collins told reporters. “These [Braves] guys do not steal bases…[Jordan] Schafer is about the only guy. They’re a fly-ball hitting team. They’re not a groundball hitting team. So the field was overly wet. I don’t know what to say, except I’d like to move the fences back when we play against [Florida slugger Mike] Stanton, but we can’t.”

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B

June 15th, 2011
6:55 pm

Josh

June 15th, 2011
6:56 pm

wow Terry Collins is a fool.

Granny's Hammer

June 15th, 2011
7:16 pm

“..There’s a whole infield…”

Indeed there is, O’ follower of Cox. Good luck as always with that.

“..“These [Braves] guys do not steal bases…”

Indeed esteemed visiting Mgr., they do not possess that particular skill in abundance.

In the end, Los Bravos will live or die with their lady-like numbers in the game of “daddy, how did you do with men in scoring position and a bat in your hands?”

But then again, no one will be watching live, so, meh… Grab some ribs and snore the night away.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 15th, 2011
7:21 pm

Holy crud…what babies…

TAC

June 15th, 2011
7:23 pm

The Mets are just a bunch of whiny bitches. They won the game and still whine about the field?

rayray

June 15th, 2011
7:24 pm

With all this rain – did the Braves have something to do with it?

Grounds crew you’ve got to put down a drying agent for them again.

ted william's head

June 15th, 2011
7:25 pm

all teams do that and also alter the slope of the basepaths when warranted

rayray

June 15th, 2011
7:26 pm

Hey Granny – how can you snore the night away in a 4-3 game? That’s Baseball at its best!

put me in coach

June 15th, 2011
7:29 pm

I enjoyed watching the game last night. This used to be the norm, slope the infiled so bunts stayed fair, let the grass grow high to slow the ball down on the infield, wet the basepath around 1st…etc…all cool things to do…I love it…

Vegas Jay

June 15th, 2011
7:42 pm

That’s Baseball baby – hell lets cork some bats, scuff some balls, steal signals, pop a few guys here and there right in tha ass and get it on! Go Braves!

TommyJack

June 15th, 2011
7:56 pm

Of course the braves added extra water to first base area. No doubt. So what?

jpc

June 15th, 2011
8:48 pm

I do wish our hitters would go to the plate with one thought: get on base, whatever it takes, instead of trying to hit the ball, and especially hard or far. Ego, ego, ego. Name of the game is get on, get on, get on.

Spoonmon

June 15th, 2011
8:54 pm

I wonder if Reyes and Collins accused the Braves of causing the rain delay tonight (Wed) as well!

jpc

June 15th, 2011
9:05 pm

Gonzo, Chipper, and Shafer tried to “get on.” Only ones so far. Uggla, McCann, and Hinske tried to “hit it” hard and far, as did Heyward just now — but did “get on” with a walk. Mather just tried to “hit it” — swing hard and try to pull.

jpc

June 15th, 2011
9:13 pm

Great pitching in 3rd inning, for a change, Huddy. You can, in spite of one right down gut to Beltrain, but caught in deep center. Let’s redeem yourself, dude.

jpc

June 15th, 2011
9:19 pm

3rd inning, Braves hitting: Huddy at least grounded out. Shafer didn’t seem to have a plan to get on, little ground out. Uggla hasn’t a clue against a smart, skilled pitcher like Gee — 2 strikeouts so far.

T V

June 15th, 2011
9:26 pm

The Braves will be better without Hayward. Everyone is playing hard in scorching heat while Hayward sits on the bench doing nothing, claiming to have an mysterious injury. This can cause the team to become divided especially when you replace a much better platey like Shaffer with a non production player like
Hayward

jpc

June 15th, 2011
9:29 pm

4th inning: Oh my, Huddy. 3-0, Mets. Gee may have an automatic win. I’m afraid Huddy is hurting, maybe back. Maybe the lights will go out. Go Marlins: 4-2 in the 7th, against Phillies.

jpc

June 15th, 2011
9:39 pm

4th: McCann hits grounder AGAIN into the shift. He can hit down 3rd-base line. Have see it. Way to go, Chipper, a walk. Hinske, 3 straight strikes. Gonzo, double in 2nd, into it with Ump — completely fooled this bat. Come on, rain and wind. Let’s call this game.

jpc

June 15th, 2011
9:50 pm

Come back, Prado — our best guy at “getting on” base. A real hitter. As smart as pitchers like Gee.

js

June 15th, 2011
11:05 pm

Collin was telling it like it is..Thats not a fool josh.

SMK

June 16th, 2011
12:14 am

The Braves skipped batting practice yesterday and the Mets did not. Guess who had more hits? Guess who won? In a game that close, it’s the little things that make a difference.

Arkie

June 16th, 2011
7:04 am

Good to Great pitching can not win without runs. Trade one of our best pitchers for a top young out fielder. We need power and speed. Prado can move back to the infield next year. We have few table setters. Men that will get on base – hit, walk. Singles – walks can get a productive inning going. Most of our Braves seem to swing for the fences. Chipper batting forth – makes no sense. Chipper stills has to “I’m the Man” sydrome. If he would stop swinging for the fences aand just hit the ball where it is pitched, Could bat 320. Chipper get on base – singles, doubles and hit the mistakes long.We lose a lot of close games and can’t hit a good pitcher. Upper management, you have problems. Address them now or finish third in your division.

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