Braves quotes after Hudson beats Jays

***TIM HUDSON

How would you rate it as a career achievement

“It’s hard to say there’s anything better. You know, obviously, throw a shutout and hit a homer, you win the game. It was fun, man. It was a lot of fun. It was nice to go out there and feel good, and feel under control, like everything was in sync.

“We just made a couple of adjustments from the last start. The last few weeks haven’t really felt like I wanted to. We just made a few adjustments and it really felt good.”

On his two-run homer

“Romero’s really good. He was really good. Had a good heater. I just got the [bat] head out. I knew he was going to throw me a fastball with a runner on first base, two out, pitcher up. If there’s a runner in scoring position, I might not be looking for the heater quite as much. But he threw it middle-in. If you know a fastball’s coming – I just threw the head at it, squared it up.”

Is that an argument against the designated hitter?

“No, we suck honestly hitting. I was hitting .040 coming into this game. But it was a big hit. A big homer.”

More on the overall game

“One-hit shutouts are awesome to be a part of. It would have been great to finish the game out tonight, but you can ask any starting pitcher: If they have a good game, go deep in the game and throw seven, eight shutout innings and get the RBI for the only run, it’s an awesome day for them. So to be able to hit a big home run, in front of your home stadium, in front of your home crowd, the day after Father’s Day? It’s definitely my most memorable, for sure.”

On waving to his kids in the stands at end of his home run trot

“They like to wave. So I throw them a little bone, give them a wave back. If not, they might think I don’t love them.” (smiles)

Was that as hard as the one he hit off Lohse in ’09?

“I’m about 180 pounds soaking wet. That’s about all I have.”

On 1,600th strikeout

“Yeah, on my way to Nolan Ryan. Ain’t got too much further to go.” (laughs)

“Sixteen hundred isn’t a lot, but I’m proud of it. For a sinkerball pitcher who doesn’t strike out a lot of people, I’m proud of it.”

***FREDI GONZALEZ

on Hudson

“Tremendous outing. Eight innings with two hits, and he swung the bat, hit a homer. But for me the one you don’t see in the scorecard was David Ross, the way he handled him through eight innings, then we bring in Kimbrel — I think it might have been the first time we brought him in with runners on – and to get him through that 2-3-4 [hitters], helluva job. David Ross was co-MVP for me, with Huddy.”

More on Hudson

“He was really, really good. The ball was over the plate and it was sinking. He almost got Escobar to ground out one more time for a double play [in the ninth]. For me, he deserved every bit to go back out there in the ninth inning. I can’t think of any more adjectives to throw to both of those guys.”

Did Hudson argue about coming out?

“No. He’s a pro.”

Your reaction after Hudson’s homer?

“You don’t want to react because that was the seventh inning and you’ve still got six more outs. But you feel pretty good. You still want to add on runs, but today it was good enough because of the pitching. And we made all the plays defensively. And I can’t say enough about Rossy.”

***DAVID ROSS

On catching Hudson’s game

“It makes it really easy when he’s making pitches like that, when pitches are sinking and moving. It doesn’t take any rocket scientist to call a game for a guy who’s got that kind of stuff.”

On Hudson’s homer

“That was nice. I was all down because I got thrown out at the plate. Next thing I hear a big crack. I turned around and he’s running around the bases like an old man. We’ve got to work on his trot. That was a little slow for my taste.”

“We got down there and started talking about it, I said that looked like Brian Anderson. Rosenblatt (Stadium). He hit one off the scoreboard in the College World Series. Down and in.”

About as much as a pitcher can do?

“Oh, man, that’s as fun as it gets. As a teammate of somebody that good, and a longtime friend, catching his game like that, then him hitting the two-run homer … love that stuff.”

Fredi said he thought you were co-MVP for calling the game you did

“Oh, man. That’s nice of Fredi to say and I appreciate that. But my 4-year-old daughter could have been catching him tonight, with that stuff. He did a great job, made his pitches.”

157 comments Add your comment

Deedle Nick

June 20th, 2011
10:55 pm

Timmo should get TWO wins for this game!

Josh

June 20th, 2011
10:58 pm

nice win. Thanks for the quotes DOB.

Gil In Mechanicsville

June 20th, 2011
11:03 pm

Really outstanding game by Huddy, he was on from the first inning tonight, the homer was pure gravy…

arrowhead1959

June 20th, 2011
11:06 pm

Great game by Huddy; offense pitiful: DOB, what do you think about trading for Jeff Keppinger, who Houston wants to deal?

Boatdoc

June 20th, 2011
11:06 pm

It doesn’t surprise us for Tim Hudson to pitch a great game or for him to have the game-winning home run, and the only RBIs of the game as well. It’s no surprise that Kimbrell picked up his MLB-tied-for-the-leading 20th save. Perhaps the most unusual thing about THIS game is that it was played in a 70’s-ish 2:20.

Ryan

June 20th, 2011
11:09 pm

Great game tonight. We gotta get the bats going though

David O'Brien

June 20th, 2011
11:11 pm

Game was nearly an 1-1/2 hours shorter than Sunday’s nine-inning game.

GovClintonTyree

June 20th, 2011
11:12 pm

That was like watching pitching porn.

BravesGurl1983

June 20th, 2011
11:20 pm

Awesome game by Huddy! I love him! Also, I’m glad we have David Ross! He is tremendous as a back up and he sounds like an all around great guy and teammate

NorCal Brave

June 20th, 2011
11:22 pm

Super happy for Huddy. Kimbrel appears to be maturing. Nothing constructive to say regarding the offense, which has been so accurately described thousands of times over.

Henry D.

June 20th, 2011
11:23 pm

I am glad Huddy knows the purpose of a bat. The rest of these bozos have no clue!

Boatdoc

June 20th, 2011
11:26 pm

DOB: I was looking recently at the box-score for the game in ‘74 when Mr. Aaron hit HR 715. I recall that there was a delay in the game for a little celebration – and even with the halt in play the time of game was 2:29. We could use more games like that – and the one today.

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cricket

June 20th, 2011
11:30 pm

Sign Ross’s daughter

Canton

June 20th, 2011
11:34 pm

Another pathetic game for Uggla.

Who Me?

June 20th, 2011
11:40 pm

OK give Huddy his due, he had a night. But seriously – what happened to the eight other guys at the plate tonight?

FG, it’s time to get on that management thing and start earning your pay. We can’t rely on the 9 slot every night to strike out 20 and hit a 2 run shot….do something with Larry Parrish. or get him some help. Whatever it takes but lets win this…..

mathman

June 20th, 2011
11:52 pm

McCann would do well to watch and talk to Ross as much as he can. McCann simply cannot call a game the way Ross does. Ross makes a big difference when catching Kimbrel as well. I believe he should catch all of the young pitchers. McCann is a hitter and maybe belongs in the AL as a DH. It would be interesting for someone to find the record when Ross catches. 15-9 with Schafer leading off and in CF.

Largo

June 20th, 2011
11:54 pm

Can’t believe it. Only one team in the league has a better record than the braves. Think where we would be with just a couple of guys who could hit a baseball.

Great job tonight Huddy. Great job Rossy. Great job Kimbrel.

The Falcon Jedi

June 20th, 2011
11:56 pm

Fire Larry Parrish. It is a damn shame that a pitcher has to throw a shutout AND hit a 2 run HR to win his own game. This hitting is beyond shameful. Put Terry Pendleton back as hitting coach.

jmarable

June 20th, 2011
11:57 pm

the braves hitters wont go the other way , Jhey wont,uggla wont.gonzales,seems the whole team swings 4 the fence instead of going with the pitch. Hit it where its pitched, they seem to have there minds made up to swing b4 they get the pitch sometimes.

The Falcon Jedi

June 21st, 2011
12:00 am

FIRE LARRY PARRISH

S'paw_99

June 21st, 2011
12:04 am

I didn’t realize before today that Rossy played 2 yrs w/ Huddy at Auburn before transferring to Florida. After today’s game & the 1-hitter vs. the Brewers that Huddy threw w/ Rossy, I think maybe we need to have Rossy be Huddy’s Personal Catcher, just like Eddie Perez used to do for Mad Dog. Fredi talked about doing that w/ JJ since him & Rossy started on a great-run earlier in the yr, but he hasn’t been doing that recently. I know Huddy has thrown some great games w/ B-Mac, but I think this would be a good idea, maybe the old Coll. teammates have a little extra chemistry, & it was also give Mac a built-in off day once a week. Sorry folks, but I don’t complain about giving Mac days off, he needs em, he’s too valuable so Preventative Maintenance is a good idea. Just be thankful that Rossy is our back-up & not Corky Miller.

What do y’all think about having Rossy be Huddy’s Personal Catcher.

Boatdoc

June 21st, 2011
12:15 am

S’paw – not a bad idea. The reasons given for B-Mac’s days off have had more to do with day games after night games, your reasoning makes as much sense.

Boatdoc

June 21st, 2011
12:17 am

The attendance figures would not be heart-warming to the management of the team with the 2nd best record in the league:

Atlanta (Metropolitan population 5.3 million) – 22,937
Cincinnati (Population 2.1 million) – 41,173 (Lots came to see the Yankees, I guess?)
Dallas-Arlington-Ft.Worth (Population 6.5 million) 41,205 (Rangers vs Astros)
Pittsburgh (Population 2.3 million) – 22,447 paid to watch the sub .500 Pirates vs the powerhouse Orioles.

These are the kinds of things that are cited when journalists write that Atlanta is not one of the premiere sports towns.

David

June 21st, 2011
12:27 am

I second the signing of David Ross’s daughter.

David O'Brien

June 21st, 2011
12:29 am

Just saw Kimbrel replays; was too busy to see much live while finishing game story to file at last pitch.

Wow, what he was bringing tonight was very definition of “electric stuff.”

Steve 34

June 21st, 2011
12:29 am

How would this lineup look come September…
1. Schaffer
2. Prado
3. Heyward
4. McCann
5. Freeman
6. Chipper
7. Uggla
8. A Gonzalez

SP
1. Jurrjens
2. Hanson
3. Huddy
4. Lowe
5. Beachy

Bullpen
7th Medlen
8th Venters
9th Kimbrell

Steve 34

June 21st, 2011
12:32 am

Do we really need to trade any1 with this lineup we have??

its not racist if its true

June 21st, 2011
12:35 am

boatdoc, atlanta is 36% white (2010 census) and 80-90% of the everyday fan at baseball games is white(stat i made up for this argument), And then you add in that atlanta is the largest transplant city in the country and how expensive sports games are to attend especially in a city that was hit extremely hard by the recession(For ten bucks i can drink a six pack and eat a brat at my house watching HD games. ADD in 30$ a month for TV costs…everyone has cable so dont argue that… while 6 beers and a brat cost 50$ at a braves game plus tix) so add those reasons and this team is not fun to watch unless your an old school fan that likes 2-0 games instead of 7-5 games, so there are the MAIN reasons why atlanta is not a great baseball town…AT THE MOMENT

Steve 34

June 21st, 2011
12:36 am

Our weakest sp we have is definately lowe… but he always comes up big in sept and oct

Believer

June 21st, 2011
12:54 am

Ridiculous and sad that Hudson had to provide his own offense. Sheesh.

Believer

June 21st, 2011
1:01 am

Maybe Tim Hudson should replace Larry Parrish as hitting coach?

Alaska Braves Fan

June 21st, 2011
1:04 am

I’m just so glad we got Terry Pendleton out of the hitting coach job so the Braves could start hitting! Oh, wait! You say, maybe it isn’t the coach’s fault, and maybe Larry Parrish is doing as well as a hitting coach can? That can’t be, because then the lack of punch would be the fault of the hitters themselves or something like that!?

Why these guys aren’t hitting, I don’t know, nor does anyone else, or the problem would be solved. The potential for a very good hitting team clearly is there. Perhaps someone has cursed their bats. Obviously, Huddy has the antidote.

With the injured guys back after the All Star break, and some good luck and a change of wind direction, we may just see some serious offense during the late summer and early fall. Let’s hope so. Still, for today, let’s just rejoice!

ABF

Johnny Beach

June 21st, 2011
1:06 am

Hudson was FED UP and took it on his own to slam the homer……………If this doesn’t fire up the Braves hitters, then nothing will. This may be the game that kicked everybody in gear

Steve 34

June 21st, 2011
1:07 am

ABF… Larry Parish is a great hitting coach give him time

Boatdoc

June 21st, 2011
1:13 am

Steve – I agree that a healthy roster would make the Braves a team to be reckoned with. In your September line-up I’d put Chipper in his customary 3 hole: his willingness to take a walk gives him the 2nd best OBP on the team, right behind McCann, and he still hits well enough and with enough pop to rate hitting 3rd.

jc_dawgs

June 21st, 2011
1:33 am

Good job by Hudson. As for the offense….putrid is the only word that comes to mind.

Ugla .178, Heyward .215, Are you kidding me? Team avg .238?

Damn it!!!! These players are better than this! Mr Gonzlez…I know that Cox’s shoes are large to fill. But you sir need to get this offense in gear or your on your way to being 1 and done.

Boatdoc

June 21st, 2011
2:07 am

As underperforming as the Braves’ offense has been (and I’m not arguing that point) the team BA of .238 doesn’t tell the whole story. The NL average is .250 (putting the Braves squarely “below average”) but the Dodgers, hitting “above average” .254, have scored 275 runs to the Braves’ 283 (both in 73 games). The Phillies have scored 299, for a 4.09 run per game avg compared to the Braves’ 3.88.

If we were waiting around for a miracle it would seem futile, but it doesn’t seem futile to expect that Uggla might snap back to a .250 average – if not for the season, at least for the REST of the season – and Prado might be ready to have a 2nd half for the ages after his leg heals. My point being – the Braves aren’t bad (2nd best record in NL, 4th best in all of baseball), and there is reason to expect they might get better.

jj

June 21st, 2011
2:28 am

Sometime us fans do complain too much.I watched a darn good pitched game from both sides and I am glad we won.Toronto has a pretty good hitting team and they only got two hits.Heck,Philly is struggling scoring runs,so I believe when Chipper,Prado,and I hope a better bench brought in through trades will put us over the top.I don’t think we need to trade for a starting OF’er but Wren should improve the bench and bullpen and we will be fine.We are sitting pretty right now and if we can get to the All-Star Game without losing ground we will be primed for a second half run.GO BRAVES and I hope Y.Escabor have a good series but lose every game.

Mitchell

June 21st, 2011
2:37 am

How is it that the Braves can play so uninspiringly, infuriatingly, not to mention hopelessly ineptly and cluelessly, lose 6 out of 9 at home to the Nationals, Padres and Mets and yet have the fourth best record in baseball at the end of play on June 20th?

How is that possible? They’ve thrown away so many games and been so weak at home and lacking in versatility on offense.

It really doesn’t make sense.

I guess the rest of baseball isn’t really that great at the moment. It’s looking like there’s only going to be a handful of teams with 90 plus wins this… and I mean like three or four at this rate.

More often than not though they make you see what they are doing wrong as opposed to what they do well but hey, if the season ended today as they say, we’d be in the playoffs. I’ll take it anyway we can get it.

They just gotta get healthy and really perform the way they’re capable and they might have a shot at the division after all.

Rupert

June 21st, 2011
2:40 am

One bat. They might be able to get there with what they have now, but if they want to do serious damage, one bat.

To Steve, shortstop, or center could be improved upon for a team trying to win in October. I like what Shaffer is doing, but that doesn’t mean the team isn’t lacking in the production department. Personally, I wish there was some way to move Prado to short and get a left fielder and leave Shaffer in center.

Sean

June 21st, 2011
2:47 am

Unfortunately, the Braves complainers are always going to complain, 2nd best record in the NL or not. According to them, we need to obtain better players, always. I’ll take what we have now and I’d bet that we will go deep into the playoffs.

VWBURT

June 21st, 2011
2:52 am

the braves reminds me of a beautiful race car with a four cly. engine. it looks as good as any car on the track, but it don’t ever win any reces. it just sits there and sputters.

Sean

June 21st, 2011
3:35 am

I daresay I’ve seen McCann look to the dugout for the pitch call…I have an inkling Ross IS calling the game, or at least someone in the dugout is.

But I could be wrong, I’ll check tomorrow.

clay

June 21st, 2011
3:49 am

You guys kill me. Last year you wanted a new hitting coach, because TP “didn’t” know what he was doing. Now you want him back. Guess it goes to show its just more than a hitting coach that is the problem. You have to start looking at number 1 first. THE HITTER.

acbwcmm

June 21st, 2011
4:08 am

It is hilarious to me that not only did Huddy pitch 8 shut-out innings, but he is also responsible for the only runs the Braves scored!!

You gotta tip your cap to him, eh? :D

A win is a win. GO Braves!

slidezz

June 21st, 2011
6:22 am

Nice post jj……. what a great game…. GO BRAVES

Larry

June 21st, 2011
6:47 am

My lineups:

When Chipper is out of the Lineup for injury or the extra rest he needs and while Uggla continues with his batting struggles that show know hope for improvement while killing this offense:

1. Schafer CF
2. McLouth LF
3. Prado 3B
4. Heyward RF
5. McCann C
6. Freeman 1B
7. Gonzalez SS
8. Uggla 2B

With Chipper in the lineup”

1. Schafer CF
2. McLouth LF
3. Prado 2B
4. Heyward RF
5. McCann C
6. Jones 3B
7. Freeman 1B
8. Gonzalez SS

* Good to Great Speed from 1-4. Decent speed at #8.
* Great defensive outfield to compliment our pitching.
* Jones isn’t good enough anymore to be “entitled” to bat 3rd or 4th.
* Someone tell Fredi Cox that either Uggla and Gonzalez are the two worst #2 hitters in baseball.
* We need speed, speed and more speed at the top of this order to create some havoc and get a run or two per game for this pitching staff. We can’t always depend on Hudson to hit a 2 run homer.
* All of this could change if somewhere along the way Uggla finds his stroke.

longtimefan

June 21st, 2011
6:53 am

The Braves shutout the other team and, as usual, all the naysayers do is bitch,bitch,bitch.

L.B. 4 the Braves

June 21st, 2011
7:09 am

Huddy owns me!! I laugh out loud every time he gets a hit and then the cameras catch him talking smack with his teammates in the dugout with that funny smirk on his face. All of his interviews are funny too! As a lifelong “Bammer”, I confess that it’s hard for me to pull for a “Barner”, but Huddy and David Ross make it easy for me. They play the game the right way, win or lose. Plus, they seem to be two of the guys that keep the team loose through some tough times during a very long season. Go Braves and RTR!!

Ralph

June 21st, 2011
7:25 am

Braves have the two best catchers in baseball.

Simiple

June 21st, 2011
7:52 am

All pitchers take note: All you have to do to wini to pitch a shutout and hit a home run. Works every time.

Simple

June 21st, 2011
7:53 am

You don’t even have to know how to spell.

alex

June 21st, 2011
8:04 am

Boatdoc,agree that the game has changed and lower percentages may be the norm-LOWER THE BUMP!
“NO’WE SUCK,HONESTLY HITTING”……

bowilly

June 21st, 2011
8:08 am

Wonder if Ross’s Daughter can play second base? Sign Her up !!!

Trojan

June 21st, 2011
8:18 am

The pitchers are better with Ross catching.

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

June 21st, 2011
8:22 am

longtimefan June 21st, 2011 6:53 am The Braves shutout the other team and, as usual, all the naysayers do is bitch,bitch,bitch.

longtimefan: Let’s not ruin the naysayers day by also pointing out that the Braves have the second best record in the National League and the fourth best in baseball.

Rudy

June 21st, 2011
8:23 am

Pretty sad when the pitchers have to provide offense too in order for us to win…… :(

bill

June 21st, 2011
8:32 am

the braves problem is they have only two or three catchers on the team in total. We have only two or three hitters and Hudson has not been very good at throwing lately. All is forgiven we won and today we will win again.

Luke Goddard

June 21st, 2011
8:33 am

DOB– it needs to be pointed out that David Ross calls a better game than Mac, although I suppose I’d take Mac’s bat any day. I do think that Ross needs to signal calls to Mac when Kimbrel is pitching though.

bill

June 21st, 2011
8:37 am

Rudy people will continue to complain as long as the braves start 4 or 5 players hitting 230 or less. Every game will be close and turn on an error or missed sign, a failed bunt or some other mystical baseball play that most fans do not comprehend. Wild card here we come. I will take the playoffs in any form. This team might be the short series team needed to win in Baseballs post season. Our dominate teams in the 90’s and oughts could not do it maybe these guys are the Marlins reincarnated.

bill

June 21st, 2011
8:41 am

A rule to consider on all Braves blogs. Noone may refer to any player by adding that stupid y to their name and acting as if they are your personal friend. Our employee Mr. Hudson can not be refered to as Huddy as an example.

63 year Braves fan

June 21st, 2011
8:43 am

Isn’t it ironic but the Braves seem to win when Ross catches. Teach McCann to play 3rd base.

Rudy

June 21st, 2011
8:46 am

Honestly I dont mind of our hitters hit 230 or 250 aslong as they can move runners on base, make a good out, put a bunt down to move a player from second to third or hell pull the ball when whe we get a double with nobody out so we can advance the runner…BUT WE CANT EVEN DO THAT!!!!!

Tami

June 21st, 2011
8:55 am

LOL @ Cricket. She might come in handy down the stretch, right?

It was a great game to see for Huddy, especially since his previous outings had been just plain awful. In his post-game interview with PTV, he said he had been watching videos and found what he needed to correct. I’ll say! Wow. If Huddy continues to pitch like that, and we get Medlen back soon, along with JJ and a sometimes-on/sometimes-not D-Lowe, these Braves could get downright scary. Well, as soon as Huddy teaches the other starters to hit one out of the park! LOL. Great game last night!

vermont 39

June 21st, 2011
9:05 am

NL>AL…more opportunities for strategy and anomaly…
GO BRAVES!!!

Larry

June 21st, 2011
9:13 am

Also,

Did anyone else notice how much more effective Kimbrel was with Ross behind the plate? The pitch selection was almost perfect and was much more aggressive with the fastball.

I swear, McCann seems to find a batter or two every time featuring Kimbrel’s off speed stuff. Then he gets behind, is forced to groove pitches and boom! I can think of at least 4 of Kimbrel’s blown saves where McCann does this and Kimbrel, being the respectful rookie, never shakes him off.

Wagner last season would shake McCann off and pound nicely located fastballs and then the occasional off speed when appropriate. Hopefully Kimbrel will do the same!

bravesgrl4life

June 21st, 2011
9:18 am

This morning on the Braves Update on The Regular Guys, Mark Owens a/k/a Mix Master Mark, said when Timmy hit that homer, you could actually hear Dan Uggla saying “son of a biatch” under his breath. Poor Danny. He can’t catch a break.

Good job by Hudson last night. Can’t say it enough – he’s a gem. I still have his dream car in my garage and I think his shiny head would look awesome sitting in that shiny black machine. And it will go faster than a fastball :)

braves fan forever

June 21st, 2011
9:26 am

Whats so funny on here is when Chipper gets back and starts driving in runs again.you Knuckleheads will be cheering for him.Y ou said that heyward doesn’t hit to opposite field.His two run single was to left.Yes Gonzo doesn’t pull and as far as Uggla goes I don’t care where he hits it just hit it.You are setting yourself up if you are counting on McClouth to help.He will let you down.Fire No Balls Gonzalez.

Larry

June 21st, 2011
9:31 am

And here’s an earth shattering trade idea that likely none of the Pork Rind Goober Club will comprehend…

Trade McCann.

Have you settled down yet?

There may be no one in the Braves lineup with more trade value that we also have a very capable replacement in David Ross. We would lose some offense in McCann, but we would gain a better defensive catcher and add a RH bat to this offense too.

Then, think of what we could get for McCann and a current staff pitcher or pitching prospects to enhance this lineup? A stud outfielder, our future 3B, or maybe a trade and sign deal for Reyes could change this whole team’s outlook. And McCann’s value will never be higher!

Are we stronger with McCann and the rest of the mediocre lineup, or would we be stronger with Ross and another stud hitter in the mix.

Think before you speak!

Michael C.

June 21st, 2011
9:31 am

I wonder what type of combination of Schafer/McClouth and Minor/Beachy/Tehran/Delgado it would take to get Matt Kemp from the Dodgers???? Their desparate to unload payroll and with Lowe,Chipper, McClouth, and Gonzo’s salaries possibly coming off the books it would free up some money…… Prado,Kemp,Heyward would be a pretty formitable outfield…

Bill Malone

June 21st, 2011
9:35 am

acbwcmm…
Would be nice if Hudson would tip his cap to the fans as he headed to the dugout. He removed it, but never looked up, never acknowledged the standing ovation. I guess that would be unprofessional… to recognize the folks who make his profession possible.

phil

June 21st, 2011
9:38 am

Have McCann play third….good idea. He has excellent range and quickness at 300 pounds…..

So much whining after we actually win the game….of course, the reason for the whining is because we should have lost, and those with any sense know it.

We couldn’t hit a brick wall with a bowling ball from 10 feet away right now.

Thank goodness Hudson lucked up on one and hit it a mile!!

Deedle Nick

June 21st, 2011
9:52 am

@ bill

“Noone may refer to any player by adding that stupid y to their name”

Who is Mr. Noone?

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

June 21st, 2011
9:55 am

Phil: Be patient with us – not everyone possesses your positive attitude.

Dirty Dawg

June 21st, 2011
10:01 am

Anybody that suggests givin’ away Beachy is nuts – Beachy-nuts, as it were – this kid’s got a hellofa future and I hope it’ll be with the Braves.

As much as we all admire McCann, David Ross is absolutely one of the finest ‘catch/throw/think’ practitioners in the game. McCann continues to work on his blocking balls in the dirt and trying to get his footwork right so he can throw down to second, but no matter how much he tries, he’ll never be as good at it as Ross. Just be glad we’ve got ‘em both and that Fredi’ll figure out how and when to use ‘em.

alex

June 21st, 2011
10:09 am

@larry, a good thought but McCann is such a good reprentative of the team ,etc. and he CAN hit(as we know a real rarity here),how about packaging ross with a pitcher and getting a stud at 3rd base,Wright; put chipper in left( i know) and prado back at 2nd (uggla has failed,middle of june-oh he’s a late starter!).
I was worried about hudson,mea culpa-WHAT A GAME………

PMC

June 21st, 2011
10:12 am

Nice to see Kimbrel come in and dominate like that. Nail down a game they really needed to win after a phenominal effort by Huddy.

Love David Ross.

alex

June 21st, 2011
10:14 am

i LIKE gOOBERS, BUT PORK RINDS STICK IN MY THROAT, UNLESS i GET A COLD pbr-yA’LL-sHEEESH….

RMikel58

June 21st, 2011
10:22 am

I think the life in the Braves have gone out. They seem lathargic out there just kinda going thru the motions maybe looking forward to the All Star Break. These multi-millionaires seem to be sitting there on the bench thinking about how they can improve on their golf swing rather than figuring a way to win or get hits.
This is a different Braves organization, Chipper hanging around on his last breath, aching n hurting and saying one more season for that 15 million and i guess he’ll keep playing til the Braves run out of money.
Uggla well ofcourse how can you expect a GUY to play great after signing a big fat salary, just wait til his last year of his contract then he’ll produce. Isnt that the norm?
The starting pitchers have pitched great actually, its just that the other 8 players seem to think that someone else will step up and score and its like they keep waiting.
How can you have leads and give up the big innings and expect to win? 10 innings here 14 innings there and youre all Kapoop.
You put all this pressure on yourself. How bout go out there with a purpose and act like its not about the money, its about the Game and Winning. If i pay you millions a year why can you not do somethings so simple as bunt?
Nobody remembers 2nd place………. but they do remember players who dont compete.

Rick

June 21st, 2011
10:23 am

“FG, it’s time to get on that management thing and start earning your pay. We can’t rely on the 9 slot every night to strike out 20 and hit a 2 run shot….do something with Larry Parrish. or get him some help.”
“Fire Larry Parrish. It is a damn shame that a pitcher has to throw a shutout AND hit a 2 run HR to win his own game. This hitting is beyond shameful. Put Terry Pendleton back as hitting coach.”
“These players are better than this! Mr Gonzlez…I know that Cox’s shoes are large to fill. But you sir need to get this offense in gear or your on your way to being 1 and done.”

You guys are blaming the coaches for the offensive troubles, but it is the players that need to hit, not them. We can only speculate on what they are doing for the players but it is the player in the batter’s box, not the coach. To the third quote, no way they are even considering firing FG right now. His team has one of the best records in the game and contending for the WC.

“It would be interesting for someone to find the record when Ross catches.”

DOB posted the ERA number for the two fairly recently. Ross was substantially lower (under 2.0 IIRC). Granted, it is a much smaller sample size and he caught the majority of Jurrjens starts.

“how about packaging ross with a pitcher and getting a stud at 3rd base,Wright; put chipper in left( i know) and prado back at 2nd (uggla has failed,middle of june-oh he’s a late starter!)”

I don’t think anyone is still saying Uggla is just a late starter. Your idea is downright stupid though. Yes lets pay Uggla 60 mil just to hit in the minors for the next few years.

Joey

June 21st, 2011
10:24 am

I tipped my hat to Huddy last night – what a performance!. Kimbrel also. Two on, no outs – 3 Ks!

But this morning, I’m back to incredulous that we have no offense. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a team with a winning record be this inept at scoring.

reckingball

June 21st, 2011
10:29 am

Larry 9:13am…I sometimes question McCann’s pitch selections.
Larry 9:31am…I don’t think that the Braves would ever trade McCann. I think that they would lose a lot of offense, not just some(as in a small sum).
Micheal C. @ 9:31…….What are your ideas on how Lowe’s and Chipper’s salaries, are possibly coming off of the books.
pork rinds and Gobbers are pretty good.

alex

June 21st, 2011
10:36 am

@RECKINGBALL-LET’S TOP IT OFF WITH A MOONPIE!!
@rick: what’s more stupid, sitting and paying or playing with No production, either way you pay, but getting someone else in there you might get something back, like a RC cola for larry!!

phil

June 21st, 2011
10:44 am

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

June 21st, 2011
9:55 am
Phil: Be patient with us – not everyone possesses your positive attitude.

Good point. I’ll try to be more patient since….

a) It’s early.
b) We’re still firmly in contention.
c) We have a great lineup on paper that just needs time to gel.
d) We have a proven hitting coach who just needs time to do his thing.
e) We have a third baseman who so many want to retire, in spite of his 40 RBI 2 weeks before the allstar break.
f) We got rid of Joe Lathered.
g) We have excellent overall pitching.
h) We have the best second baseman on paper in all of baseball who just needs time to get his feet wet and to get used to living in Atlanta and used to eating different food and used to wearing a different uniform and used to new teammates and used to fans that actually want to win and used to his new juvenile haircut and used to a new/old manager and used to DOB and used to Carroll Rogers and used to a new hitting coach and used to driving on different roads and used to, well, you know….
i) we have a first baseman who can field just about anything, at least until recently.
j) we have a hall of famer in right field who can do no wrong even as he does very little right.
k) we have a center fielder who can barely hit, whether it’s McLouth or Schafer, but it’s early and one or the other will clearly come around.
l) we have a vacancy in left field for another few weeks, but we’ll be fine once he returns.
m) we have a guy playing short who has a slick glove. Hit bat flailing wildly at high fastballs and low and away breakers means nothing.
n) we have a closer who just needs to get his feet and who is learning day by day. the 20 saves ARE impressive.
o) We have a new manager who just needs to get his feet wet.

phil

June 21st, 2011
10:49 am

Larry – We can’t trade McFat. Ross would wilt within a week or 2 catching every day and that would be that. McFat’s defense seems to be getting worse, not better, and that’s a concern, but we’ve got to have his bat while FF, Wayward and Uggly are on vacation…

Marteen is a Ballplayer

June 21st, 2011
10:55 am

Obviously, we have a hitting problem. I get it, you get it, the Braves get it, DOB gets it, baseball as a whole gets it. I will be the first one to admit that I was anti-Terry Pendelton last year and I would love to have him back. LP is obviously not carrying his weight. I don’t think he is the problem, per se, but he is obviously not the solution.

With that being said, hitting the ball is a baseball-wide problem now. There are a lot of fly balls that would have been homers not too long ago in the steroid era…maybe Hudson is juicing or something, I don’t know. And realize that we have been crippled in the outified, Chipper has been playing with a torn meniscus, and Uggla’s struggles I do not attribute to LP. Uggla hitting .250 instead of .270 you may be able to blame LP. Uggla batting .170 is something far more problematic and I wish we had James Lewellen available to to fix the glitch.

And Heyward is not hitting for average, but he has been hitting the ball okay since his return and his average can jump quickly as he has missed so much of the season. I, for one, am glad to have his presence back in the line-up, as I am happy to have Nate back. We have been absolutely desimated (sp?) with injuries and we still would be winning any division in the NL outside of ours…which we trail the Phils. And the Phils have had a much easier schedule year-to-date. By the way, we have lost 2 starting pitchers so far and haven’t missed a beat. Beachy coming back, Hanson will return, as will Medlen. Get Moyer back and we don’t need to score four runs a game.

Get some of our boys back, put up three or four a game, and we will be hard to beat. Pitching wins in the post-season, not hitting. Go Bravos!

Michael C.

June 21st, 2011
10:55 am

Recking Ball: I could be wrong, but i was under the assumption that this was that last year of Lowe’s contract at 15 Million a year…. Chipper has nothing left to prove or accomplish. i would say with the rash of nagging and painful injuries this could be his last year. Like he said last year, if you look at his bank account, he doens’t need the money…

felix

June 21st, 2011
11:07 am

good game tim but think about the best two game of tim this year who have been behind of the plate david ross, also when jair jurrjens return of the DL ross was behind the plate also, i think for the first two game and the result all we know.so i think everytime one braves pitchers its struggling ross should be catching that day

Marteen is a Ballplayer

June 21st, 2011
11:18 am

Felix, you may be right, but I just can’t stomach not having McCann in the game. I love David Ross and feel fortunate to have him. He calls a great game, he is likeable, etc., but McCann is not awful behind the plate by any means and his bat is fantastic. Fredi has made some bad calls this year, but I believe he has handled the McCann and Ross situation perfectly.

reckingball

June 21st, 2011
11:23 am

I think that Lowe has one more year, and Chipper has a couple.
Chipper has got the $dough, but he might want some glory.
I’m sure someone here, knows exactly, what is what.

nashvillewill

June 21st, 2011
11:26 am

Whoever Hudson consulted about his “adjustments” should talk to Lowe. If Hudson figured this out himself, have him coach Lowe. This was a remarkable improvement which I did not see coming. If the difference is Ross catching, then put Ross behind the plate or have him work with McCann. I always think the “coaches”-hitting, pitching, position-are overrated. When a player knows what works and how to perform, have him work with others. Maddux and Glavine used to work with pitchers, I believe. And Chipper talks like he wants to work with Heyward and others.
JJ, Hudson, and Hanson are a formidable trio. Beachy can be tough.Braves still need a left-handed starter if Minor cannot go more than 4 or 5 innings, as he has shown so far.
Hopefully Braves can deal for a right-handed hitter. The Gonzo-Uggla-McClouth group will not produce. Freeman and Heyward are too iffy. Chipper-Prado-McCann provide only reliable hitting and 2/3 of that group are out. Braves need help immediately, I don’t care what their record is. They can’t succeed with this group. (Unless the pitchers throw a shutout every night).

Larry

June 21st, 2011
11:27 am

Smoke’m phil! LOL!

The goal is a world series championship, period!

So, as currently constructed and managed, is this a serious world series contender? No! Not realistically!

We are all 16 years older since our only title in 1995; 45 years older since our inaugural season in 1996. So, for those among us now in the 3rd or 4th quarters of the human life expectancy, we’d like to get this thing going in the right direction as soon as possible to see at least one more final celebration on the pitcher’s mound before we play the great game in the sky!

TheAntiMe

June 21st, 2011
11:31 am

A rule to consider on all Braves blogs. Noone may refer to any player by adding that stupid y to their name and acting as if they are your personal friend. Our employee Mr. Hudson can not be refered to as Huddy as an example

lol – After last night, I think that I will start referring to the Bravos homer hitting pitcher as Babe Hudson.

Larry

June 21st, 2011
11:33 am

phil,

For the record I like everything about McCann personally and professionally, so I do not make this bold suggestion without second thoughts, hesitation and emotional detachment considerations of my own. However, sometimes you have to make the hard decision in the best interest for your team that you believe will better serve your chances at a championship…

Boston departed with their most popular player in Nomar and won it all the very next season.

The Braves once departed with one of their very best and clutch producers in Pendleton in 1994 and won it all the very next season in 1995.

I could go on and on, but one thing is certain. This offense is horrid as constructed and the new, post PED era calls for more speedy, situational contact hitters to manufacture runs with the more now and expected dominant pitching the next era.

There’s a reason that more than any other time is MLB history, of the 30 players picked in the first round this year, 19 were pitchers!

The era of the long, sweeping, free swinging hacks always flailing away just in case their bat finds the ball is dead! And the Braves are loaded with these types of hitters and thus the long droughts of offense that will never stay hot long enough to win three straight series in the postseason.

So again, I ask the simple question worthy of consideration: Given the current state of our offense, and knowing you have to give up all star value to get all star value, are we a stronger overall team, offensively and defensively, with McCann in the lineup and Ross on the bench and McLouth in LF, for example, or would we be stronger as a team with Ross behind the plate and a guy in LF that can also produce–at least–McCann’s typical 20 HR, .280 average, 90 RBI’s and maybe 20-30 stolen bases to boot?

I think we are the better team with Ross’ superior defense–and pretty solid batting average and power too–and another player in the starting lineup than can at least match McCann’s offensive production…and run faster to 1st base!

Larry

June 21st, 2011
11:40 am

Okay, after seeing this several times per day, every day, I just have to bring this to everyone’s attention.

It is no one, not “noone.” “No one” is always two separate words, unlike “anyone” and “someone.”

You will receive an electronic face slap the next time you use type noone!

phil

June 21st, 2011
11:43 am

If we could pick up three top notch younger players for McFat and a pitcher, then I would be happy to move him. I just don’t want to give up the heart of the team and get practically nothing in return. I want guys who can play and who have some years to go before free agency…no more Tex trades, no more washed up stop gap Derrick Lees and other similar such guys that can’t get it done anymore.

We’d need a solid backup catcher, a CF and a 3B who can play the OF too until Chipper retires after 2012 or so, or something along those lines. But having said that, the return just isn’t there unless the CF is a hall of famer….

I don’t know…I sense something huge, at least on paper, is in the works. You might be onto something here. We’ll know before long…

reckingball

June 21st, 2011
11:52 am

trade McCann? waste of brain power, even thinking about it.
He puts butts in the seats.

Noone is going to trade him.

reckingball

June 21st, 2011
11:53 am

Nothing has happened yet.

Larry

June 21st, 2011
11:54 am

phil,

Totally agree…I have ZERO desire for a short term rental like Mark Teixeira or J.D. Drew! Darn, if had those players back that we traded for both we’d be in great shape!

This team needs a big shake up and an identity! We also need a manager smart enough to not bat Gonzalez, Uggla or Freeman in the #2 spot or call for a suicide squeeze with Hanson trying to bunt with two strikes in the SECOND inning with the fleet footed Hinske on third but that’s another topic!

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