Braves postgame quotes following Tuesday’s win over Toronto

CHIPPER JONES

On Minor:

“He was really good. He stayed on top of the hitters, didn’t fall behind. One intentional walk. His Achilles heel is his control. He would have gotten the win last time out if his location hadn’t left him. Tonight he was on the corners, changing speeds and keeping the ball on the ground, striking people out. When he does that, he can win.”

On holding a four-run lead this time:

“You knew that he learned a pretty valuable lesson his last time out. He was given a lead going to the fifth, all he’s got to do is get through the fifth and he’s eligible for a win. He and I had a talk in spring training and you’ve got to come out of the bullpen breathing fire. That’s how you gain respect from the every day players, and it seems like he was still a little timid up until tonight. He moved the ball in, he moved the ball out, he sank it, he cut it and changed speeds. He’s got good enough stuff when he does that to dominate and he did. He made a couple mistakes in the first inning to a couple left-handers up. Other than that he didn’t make any mistakes.”

On patience vs. rookie Stewart:

“We were patient in some instances and we were aggressive in others. When we got run-scoring opportunities we were aggressive. Leading off innings we waited him out a little bit, especially there in the first couple innings. Mac ultimately nailed the door shut with the two-run homer. It was nice to see double-digit hits, something that hasn’t really happened for us very much. We’ve got a chance to sweep an American League team. We need to get it done.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On Minor:

“That was a big game for the team. This is a big game to win, the way he pitched. I think he’s getting more comfortable, more confident, more understanding of what he’s trying to accomplish once he gets strike one.”

On guys telling him to have fun and pitch to contact:

“I think he’s making strides making everything come out of the same arm angle, everything the same speed, and I thought tonight he did an unbelievable job. He got so many swings and misses on his change-up and that’s just showing he’s understanding he knows what he needs to do up here to be successful.”

On being in one of this best grooves at the plate:

“Yeah, probably. I’ve been seeing the ball well all season long and like I said earlier in the year, I talked to my brother about some adjustments and ever since we’ve talked I’ve been able to really let the bat fly through the zone. I’m lucky to have people in my family who understand the game of baseball and understand hitting. I go to them quite a bit.”

On patience vs. Stewart:

“Early in the game, when you come out and walk the first two guys and you see he doesn’t have his location that’s a good sign for hitters. We 1-8 swung the bats well. Mike Minor swung the bat well, he got us a run on his double. When a pitcher is missing his location like he was early you feel confident and comfortable going up to the plate.”

MIKE MINOR

On winning:

“It feels nice to finally get a win this year, but mostly I’m just trying to pitch for the team, get some wins for the team.”

On composure after first inning:

“It wasn’t too hard to bounce back from that because I knew balls were over the middle of the plate, that’s what they’re supposed to do. I just had to settle myself down early on. That’s when I get too much emotion into it and want to throw it harder than try to throw for strikes and throw to the glove.”

On holding the lead this start vs. last:

“Last week it wasn’t that I was trying to throw to too many spots, I was trying to throw for strikes. This week was a lot better to go through fifth inning and sixth and seventh. Just throwing to the batters, not trying to walk anybody, throwing to contact.”

On rating this one:

“I’d say this one is among the top. Last year I had a lot of hitting that helped me. Three out of first four starts were wins and I didn’t feel like I pitched well enough that I should have won that night. The reason I won was because defense and hitting.”

On the decision to go back to Gwinnett:

“I understand everything. There’s not a spot for me, and there’re guys ahead of me. Beachy is still better than me and Tommy obviously is going to come back. I’ll just go down there and work on things.”

On what veterans told him:

“Before the game they were saying have fun, throw to contact, make them hit it, stop walking guys and just make them hit it.”

FREDI GONZALEZ:

On Minor:

“Outstanding. I talked to him right after the game. Every hurdle he missed the last start, getting through the first inning, getting through that decision inning, he hit them all today. He went right through them. Hopefully he keeps building on that. That was nice to see. He got his fastball over and threw some real nice change-ups, gave us every opportunity to win a ball game. We sat down 16 straight, five innings’ worth of nobody getting on base, that’s pretty good pitching on our part. We swung the bats and were able to add on a couple times.”

On Jones and McCann back:

“We’re getting closer and closer to being healthy. Schafer had another nice day today and Nate and Heyward is swinging the bat. It’s nice to see.”

On Minor roster move:

“We’re going to send him down, but like I told him, this is just bad timing. Everybody is kind of getting healthy. We’re going to put Beachy in that spot and then hopefully Beachy again will go on the 27th and Tommy (Hanson) will go on the 28th. But like I told him, you hope that you never come back up because of an injury, but we’re still not even halfway through (the season). Go down there and keep working on some of the other stuff, maybe the slider or curveball, and he’s more than deserving to come back up.”

On strides Minor has made since Milwaukee:

“Unbelievable strides. It’s nice to see. Not too many organizations can spot start three guys, Teheran or Delgado or Minor and give you a hell of a chance to win that night’s ballgame.”

On patience vs. the rookie Stewart:

“We were patient at times. McCann – I’m curious to see what his average is after we give him a breather. Seems like every time we give him a breather, get his batteries charged up again, he gives you a pretty good performance.”

97 comments Add your comment

jjschiller

June 21st, 2011
11:18 pm

Minor impressed, for sure. It’s a luxury to have such quality depth.

English Speaking White Guy

June 21st, 2011
11:21 pm

I wish that the Braves would utilize Howie McCann as a part-time batting coach. He’s done a great job with Brian. My son worked with him in youth ball a number of years ago and Howie really knows the art of hitting.

Deedle Nick

June 21st, 2011
11:24 pm

Good game, good win, but I’m still not comfortable with this team. I’d love to see some consistency. I’m tired of watching from the edge of my chair.

Aceman

June 21st, 2011
11:24 pm

after McCann’s comments i dont think Parrish is the answer, doesnt seem like theyre getting any help from him

NCbrave

June 21st, 2011
11:25 pm

Interesting to see how Mac goes to his brother for hitting advice, Chipper to his dad for advice. What is Larry Parrish doing as the hitting instructor? Step it up LP.

PMC

June 21st, 2011
11:30 pm

Great outing by Minor! Excellent.

Just got to keep ignoring the Uggla box scores I guess. I don’t really care how they get it when they score 5 and win.

Alaska Braves Fan

June 21st, 2011
11:31 pm

I like the look of Minor. He’s another Glavin in the making, and could win 300 if he develops as he should. When you consider all the pitching we have, both in the majors and in the minors, you have to believe we will be in the chase for several years to come.

The more healthy Braves we have, especially pitchers, the more we’ll win. Let’s get Prado back; he’s the sparkplug.

Uggla has to make some changes, just as Brian Hunter mentioned on the web telecast. If he just keeps flailing away, he’s done for this year. He should try closing up his stance and thinking about the whole field, not just pulling the ball. Who would have thought he would tank this year? Still, if he doesn’t do a Francoeur and will open his mind to advice and try a different approach, this guy has a lot of hits and homers in him.

As I said yesterday, if the potential in this club finally is realized after the All Star Game, we not only will win the division, but we also will have a genuine shot at the Series.

ABF

Who Me?

June 21st, 2011
11:36 pm

Kid was on tonight – nailing the corners and blowin’ it by ‘em when he had to, very encouraging. But you do HAVE to stand up and give kudos to the rest of the offense for picking up the pitcher tonight. Very nice to see.

And a pox on Pujols for getting hurt right before the Phillies come to town. Oh well, at least we kept even with them tonight.

Here’s a fun stat for you –

Out of 30 major league teams, Atlanta ranks 25th (tied with the Giants and the A’s of all teams) in team Batting Average at .239. Phillies are ranked 20th at .247.

Still have your work cut out for you Freddi. Don’t take your eye off the ball yet – Larry Parrish is still in my woodshed…..

milo

June 21st, 2011
11:37 pm

So i am looking @ my cell phone at work and i get the final score being 5-1. My first thought was… great Venters got a night off. So i scroll down on the box score and there is Venters getting ANOTHER innning tonight. WHY? Please someone explain this to me …. just tonights appearance. I didnt watch the game soooooo was he REALLY needed??

Alaska Braves Fan

June 21st, 2011
11:37 pm

OK. Let’s just agree to leave the hitting coach out of it. Last year many bloggers were sure it was all the fault of Terry Pendleton. Well, it wasn’t!!! Now, it must be Parrish, they think. Well, it isn’t!!! If ANYONE knew why the Braves are in this slough of despair with their hitting, that would lead to a solution. The issue is that no one really can tell us why. The answer is different for every hitter.

Parrish is a good hitting coach. GET OFF HIS BACK! He never goes to the plate! Put the responsibility where it belongs, on the hitters. It wasn’t TP and it isn’t LP!!

After the All Star Game, when we should be largely back up to full strength, I think we’ll go on a nice run, but each guy will be responsible for his own play, not the coaches.

We very well may win the division, and I’m thinking we’ll be in the Series! Pitching, plus some better, timely hitting will get us there.

ABF

Josh

June 21st, 2011
11:48 pm

lets get the sweep tomorrow!

Chpatt

June 21st, 2011
11:52 pm

Enough with all the negativity and hate on Uggla. I just want him to make an adjustment. He said he’s heard everyone’s opinion, but who is he really listening to? Larry Parrish? TP? Chipper? Chipper’s Dad? haha. Or is he looking at video and trying to fix this himself? If he is trying to fix this himself then he will tank this year; however, I don’t see him becoming Frenchy. At some point, the way Dan plays the game and his love for the game and being a team player, i think he will make the adjustment. So far at the Ted Uggla has just THREE hits to right field. That is not okay. It is astonishingly bad. Of 39 ground outs, Uggla has just 5 to the right side of second base and 2 of those were fielded by the pitcher. Which means only one thing:

KEEP YOUR FRONT SHOULDER IN!!!! It flies out on every swing. Tonight during the game they showed an overhead shot of Uggla’s swing and his shoulder and even his darn head were pointed right down the left field line. There is no way he has a chance to hit the ball hard to right field with any authority with that swing. What’s it gonna take Dan? You can only watch so much video of your own swing. Mix it up. Cal Ripken had a new stance every year. Baseball is a game of your adjustments. We’re 6 games away from the halfway point, it’s time to make an adjustment and honestly, he should have been making adjustments after April.

Cheers.

Kat

June 21st, 2011
11:53 pm

Thanks for the game quotes Carroll.

Boatdoc

June 21st, 2011
11:58 pm

“We were patient at times. McCann – I’m curious to see what his average is after we give him a breather. Seems like every time we give him a breather, get his batteries charged up again, he gives you a pretty good performance.”

- Not to mention, every time we give Big Mac a break, D-Ross steps into the spotlight to show leadership, the ability to call and catch a first-rate game, and a clutch stick.

No team in baseball wouldn’t trade for the Braves’ batteries.

ObiWankobe

June 21st, 2011
11:59 pm

Alaska Braves Fan: Mike Minor 300 wins? Seriously? What do you want to bet?

Fuggla

June 21st, 2011
11:59 pm

No interview for Uggla ? That’s right,you gotta contribute to get interviewed. Ted Williams couldn’t get Uggla to hit again.

Dan Uggla

June 22nd, 2011
12:08 am

“You know its the Braves fans fault I’m in a career slump. I’m feeling all the pressure of earning that big contract ! I forgot how to hit from just last year. I wanna know why Fredi moved up from 5th to 2nd ? If we can get H.Ramirez and Josh Johnson to Atlanta we will be the Marlins again !!!”

Peter

June 22nd, 2011
12:08 am

I would just like to point out that despite all the injuries, all the offensive struggles, and all the negative things that have been happening all season, as of this moment right now the only teams in baseball with a better record than our Braves are the Phillies, Red Sox, and Yankees. That’s it. We are the fourth best team in baseball and half our lineup has either been hurt or not hitting all season. Oh and btw, we have a winning record against the big bad Phillies. I like our chances this year.

I_R_Human

June 22nd, 2011
12:10 am

I’ve been watching all these games and innings that Jonny Venters is piling up and you know……I think it would be amazing for him to make the All-Star team but the man might need the break in order to have his arm reattached………..seriously didn’t understand why he was in the game tonight…..sure it’s only a 4 run lead……but man it would have been nice to get him another day off….He’s on pace now to pitch in nearly 90 games and close to 100 innings……..I love watching him pitch but I just hope all this work doesn’t catch up to him.

Boatdoc

June 22nd, 2011
12:13 am

Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports is predicting Chipper, McCann, Tommy, JJ and Venters to be All-Stars. Can’t disagree…

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-passan_10_degrees_all_star_snubs_061911

Chpatt

June 22nd, 2011
12:14 am

Jonny has alreayd had Tommy John.

He was a starter in the Minors

He pitched 83 innings last year, an extra 10 to 15 shouldn’t do him any harm.

We just need give him a breather every now and then. I’m guessing Kimbrel will close tomorrow.

BrianSC

June 22nd, 2011
12:20 am

Great win Braves!!! Solid performance, Minor. Gotta get the sweep tomorrow.

Keep the pedal down. Don’t let up.

GO BRAVES!!! Keep it rolling!!!

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NorCal Brave

June 22nd, 2011
12:38 am

The key with Venters is his economic pitch count. More often than not he breezes through an inning without throwing a lot of pitches, as was the case tonight. It’s truly a luxury having him and Kimbrel.

I’m tempted to chime in again about Uggla, but it’s not worth the aggravation.

Boatdoc

June 22nd, 2011
12:51 am

For anyone who wants to read a “national” reporter embarrassing themselves, try this laugher from SI’s Cliff Corcoran reviewing the “leaders” for NL Cy Young.

Although he acknowledges that JJ has as many wins as Halladay and Cole Hamels – in fact the same exact record (9-3) – and a much better ERA (2.11 to 2.56 and 2.51) – he somehow concludes that the fact that Jurrjens began the year on the DL, and has 2 less starts, makes him less of a candidate.

Here’s the REALLY indefensible part: to “make up the difference” in starts (Halladay has 22.2 more innings and Hamels 14.1) Corcoran decides to arbitrarily add on 22.2 more innings to Jurrjens – but instead of adding them on at his average so far, he adds them on at a NL average 3.78, “and his season ERA jumps up to 2.45. At 2.45, Jurrjens’ advantage in ERA doesn’t seem like enough to discount Doc’s advantage in strikeouts, walks, complete games, and walks, not to mention the fact that Halladay has had below-average luck on balls in play, while Jurrjens has had above-average luck.”

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/cliff_corcoran/06/20/cy.young/index.html#ixzz1PycMxG1R

So next time you’re making an argument in national news media, and you want to make the guys that YOU like look good, make their competition look worse by arbitrarily deciding that the OTHER guy, if he had been playing instead of being on the disabled list, would have been performing at an average level, rather than at a “best-in-league” level.

Tomorrow: I’m expecting his article about how Jonny Venters and the rest of the Braves’ pen isn’t as good as they look on paper, then making up stats that eventually amount to “because they don’t play for the Phillies.”

Jo-Bu

June 22nd, 2011
12:53 am

I wish that the Braves would utilize Howie McCann as a part-time batting coach. He’s done a great job with Brian. My son worked with him in youth ball a number of years ago and Howie really knows the art of hitting.

I agree. Howie McCann is an outstanding instructor. He took my daughter’s swing and really made it something special to watch.

Blog comments are retarded

June 22nd, 2011
1:00 am

MLB hitting coaches have no chance compared to a brother or dad who understands the game and watched the player’s swing develop. Its not a matter of “What’s wrong with Parrish?” We should be thankful that Mac and Chipper have those types of family members.

Boatdoc

June 22nd, 2011
1:02 am

ESPN analyst and former GM Jim Bowden also picks McCann, Chipper, Jurrjens, Venters and Tommy as All-Stars, although for Hanson he acknowledges that it depends on injury or not. (“He is one of the most dominating pitchers in the NL. If he is injured, I would replace him with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. Both should win Cy Young awards before their careers end.”)
About Venters he writes: “He is the best left-handed reliever in baseball. Nasty. Filthy.”

I haven’t heard anyone mention it in a while (Eric O, Kimbrell and Jonny have made it nearly moot), but can anyone imagine this ‘pen with Billy Wagner at, say, 80% of what he was last year? The mind boggles.

In the meantime, I’m imagining Mr. Uggla returning to 80% of the rest of his career.

http://espn.go.com/blog/the-gms-office/post/_/id/449/first-guessing-nl-all-stars

flbravesfan

June 22nd, 2011
1:13 am

For Fuggla, good comment. Maybe we should freeze Uggla as well. Thaw him out next year. What a bust this guy is. All Star break won’t do him any good. He needs to go on “spring break”.

BravesFAN

June 22nd, 2011
1:28 am

DOB I’ve been curious as of late about the Braves picking up a bat. I think Schafer has played well since being called up but the Braves would benefit just as much by picking up a speedy lead off hitter, that can hit for average, as they would with a big overpaid bat. What do you think the Braves would have to give up to get a guy like a Michael Bourn?? I know he won’t always hit in the .280-.290’s but the last few years his OBP has been good and he steals a lot of bases (32 SB) this season already!! Just curious what your thoughts are on what we will do and if you could see us picking up a guy like Bourn. Thanks DOB!!!

trey d

June 22nd, 2011
1:31 am

The one positive i see from Uggla is that he HUSTLES. He isn’t hitting right now, but most players used to a lot of success would be down in the dumps breaking their bats over their knee. Uggla runs out every ground ball, hustles on the bases when he gets on, and plays his butt off on defense. Playing with that kind of heart, you know the guy is working his butt off to get out of this slump. He scored all the way from first on a ball hit down the left field line, not a whole lot of guys on this team could do that.

And why is it that every time a player gets hot with the bat, they have someone besides Parrish to thank for it?? I understand that Parrish isnt the one with the bat stepping up to the plate, but if he was really making a difference, where are the quotes thanking him for help with an adjustment?

slidezz

June 22nd, 2011
1:43 am

English Speaking White Guy
June 21st, 2011
11:21 pm

I wish that the Braves would utilize Howie McCann as a part-time batting coach. He’s done a great job with Brian. My son worked with him in youth ball a number of years ago and Howie really knows the art of hitting.

Are you for real if it wasn’t bad enough that all the Trolls want Chipper’s dad as batting coach. Now it’s McCann’s brother and he coached YOUTH BALL!!!!!!! Hey Trolls why don’t the Braves give your mom the hitting coach job she helped out once in T-Ball

Lobosolo

June 22nd, 2011
1:59 am

Nice game, and nice comments (mostly) from the REAL fans on this blog… Hey, all you whiners-in-every-circumstance… “Your” team didn’t do anything that you said they would in your daily piss-and-moan-give-the-world-your-expertise-even-if-you-don’t-know-your-ass-from-third-base hollerings… Braves are at the moment the 4th best team in all of baseball… your little gestures of such sage advice and denigrations of the organization from top to bottom sure do ring ignorant…

Keep gettin’ it, Bravos!!!! Sa-weep!!!!!

Rupert

June 22nd, 2011
2:02 am

Seeing as Parrish has never been a hitting coach, it’s kind of hard to say, based on his track record (this year’s offensive preformance), that he’s a good hitting coach. He may be awesome, but the results aren’t there and you sure don’t here players talking about working with him much. Occasionally, but not a lot. How much does a major league hitting coach affect an offense? I really don’t know. Lot’s of clubs fire them mid season, so some front office people think they have some effect. They do get paid I believe.

Very impressed by Minor tonight. Sad to see the situation he is in. He has kept a great attitude throughout though, and that will earn him points with the team. It would be nice for him to be in the rotation at some point, a lefty is always nice to have. However, he might be a valuable chip to aquire a needed bat.

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
2:10 am

Boatdoc…..How about a bullpen with OVenBrell, B. Wagner, and Neftali Felix.
What could have been, even without Wagner.

jj

June 22nd, 2011
2:14 am

I remember watching the Yankees in my youth and one thing I remember is that Yogi Berra and Elston Howard played LF when they were not catching.I wonder if Brian could do the same?Some say he is too slow but I have seen some big guys play OF that were not fleet of foot such as the two I mentioned above alone with Jeff Burrows that played here and Big Greg L. in Philly.I think if Brian played LF and Ross did the catching that would be interesting.B Mac is going to have to play another position one day so why not give him a OF glove and see how it works.It worked for the Yankees,so why not The Braves?GO BRAVES

clay

June 22nd, 2011
3:05 am

I say Kimbrel should make it to since he is tied for second in the NL for saves. Should be up to first soon since fla isnt doing anything anymore.

Dirty Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
3:27 am

Haven’t read or heard anything about this, but does the Minor kid even have a breaking pitch? Watched every pitch of tonight’s game and didn’t see a single one. Changing location on his fastball and his change-up…that’s it. Maybe he can get away with it but I’ve always heard that a starter has to have, at least, three pitches he can call on. I mean the comment about a ‘cut’ fastball from somebody didn’t ring true since that’s supposed to break, at least, a little – into a right-handed and away from a left-handed batter and I just didn’t see it. Anybody else note this?

Conyers Braves Fan

June 22nd, 2011
4:20 am

Can someone tell me why Chipper has become the go to guy for the first comments in nearly every article about the Braves including post game and interviews and most any other story. Has Freddi appointed him or is Chipper just taking over?

Tough questions

June 22nd, 2011
5:44 am

Can we get some reporters that will ask some real questions to these guys? Same thing night after night. How about: FG, why did you decide to run the league leader in IP for RP with a 4 run lead? Uggla, can you talk about the adjustments, if any, that you’ve made at the plate this year? Really isn’t that hard but I guess like most writers you’re scared to rock the boat and miss that gravy train with buiscut wheels. Thank god for chipper telling it like it is or we wouldn’t get any real answers from this team.

ellabell 1

June 22nd, 2011
6:31 am

Chipper has earned the right to be the “spokesman” for the Braves. Look at the Brave’s stat board in the musuem at the Ted. You are lucky to be able to watch this legend play.

Larry

June 22nd, 2011
6:38 am

milo,

Agreed. Why on earth have Venters pitch the 9th with a four run lead, given his league leading work load and the predictability of a close game today with this offense?

Fredi Cox, that’s why!

Otherwise, nice pitching to overcome their manager once again…

jimmya

June 22nd, 2011
6:48 am

are the braves getting hugo ready for second base

Uggla the Ugly

June 22nd, 2011
7:04 am

Every starter on the Braves including the pitcher had a hit last night, except, guess who, Uggla gets uglier. Give him away before he turns into a Kawakami nightmare. I’m sorry, I don’t care that the Braves gave him $9 million a year. It was on the perception that he would earn $9 million a year. He has not earned a buck 178 a game.

bill

June 22nd, 2011
7:40 am

What makes great team pitching, pitching and more pitching. Uggla needs a sports shrink before he goes Joe Charbono(spelling) on us . If he hasn’t already. He is trying. It just isn’t happening.

Larry

June 22nd, 2011
7:43 am

Joe Charboneau

Virginia Brave

June 22nd, 2011
7:56 am

DOB: Any reaason why Freddi isn’t asked questions about using Venters in the 9th? Seems to me there is concern about his overuse and we didn’t need him in that spot? I don’t want Venters hurt down the stretch.

henry from TN

June 22nd, 2011
8:00 am

if we can get 5 runs a game all of our pitchers would have a good record….

Larry

June 22nd, 2011
8:10 am

Dan Uggla’s hitting style is just another in a long line of Cox (and now Gonzalez) wild, free swingers trying to pull everything over the fence. Honestly, when it comes to professional contact and situational hitters with speed, there is something horribly missing from the Braves organizational philosophy; oddly, this is the polar opposite of their superb selection and development of pitching talent.

Why not both!

Have they not yet learned their lesson after 15 playoff opportunities since 1991 on to watch the other team celebrate last in 14 of those? Don’t they get is that to win three straight series in the postseason against the best pitching in the game that they can’t rely on the big swingers to stay hot for as many as 19 games to win the Word Series? Hell, they can’t stay hot more than 5-6 games at their best this regular season–many against mediocre pitching!

I personally like Dan Uggla. The guy never pouts, never frowns, runs as hard as he can to first on any ball he makes contact, and you can see in the dugout a guy whom is both well liked by and supportive of his teammates.

However…

After swinging the bat thousands of times from Spring training, batting practice and now after nearly the first half of the regular season he still looks as completely out of alignment at the plate as opening day. Somehow, somewhere, he has lost his swing!

Now comes the courage part by the docile and lovable Fredi Gonzalez! Had he the courage and decisiveness to do what would be in the best interest of both Uggla and the team he manages, he should call him in his office and say this:

“Dan, you are part of our team. We are 100% committed to you as exemplified by the long term contract we agree to. You are a Brave for the next 5 years, minimum! Man to man, we both know that for some baffling and unknown reason you are struggling to find your stroke and rhythm on any consistent basis. It has been over 4 months now since Spring Training.

Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to go down, not to AAA ball, but to maybe double AA ball for the next 10-12 games before the all start break and work on your mechanics. Then, if you make some progress and we both agree you are ready, I will commit to bringing you back here the first game after the All Star game so you can help your team win the division.”

The time is now, Fredi!

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
8:20 am

Braves Win! Let the crying begin!

alex

June 22nd, 2011
8:33 am

Boatdoc,my first reaction to chipper being an all-star was ,Huh?, then I dug into hitting and fielding stats and yes he looks good on paper-could probably use the rest if he doesn’t make it. To the AntiMe and lobosolo, you guys should meet, as you 2 sound like twins separated at birth ….

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
8:33 am

Thank goodness that the Braves have Uggla.

We_Run_This_Country

June 22nd, 2011
8:44 am

Braves All Stars:

McCann
Jurrgens
Hanson
Venters
Kimbrel

That should tell you something about our offense…….

Rudy

June 22nd, 2011
8:47 am

Larry ,

I totally agreed about Uggla but Freddi and Wren dont have the COJONES to do that. lol

Brock

June 22nd, 2011
9:01 am

Uggla will go 3 for 4 today with a homerun.

BartBuzz

June 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

Quote: “Tonight he was on the corners, changing speeds and keeping the ball on the ground, striking people out. When he does that, he can win.”

Hell…if I could do that, I could win too. Talk about the obvious?

Double Zero Eight

June 22nd, 2011
9:16 am

The Braves have an abundance of good pitching. They need to
add a “big bat”. They will NOT go deep into the playoffs without
the addition of a “big bat”. Generally, the pitching in the playoffs
is excellent. Our current roster does not have the bats needed
to win the NL pennant.

Delbert D.

June 22nd, 2011
9:21 am

If the Phillies could have had half of this pitching staff to complement Steve Carlton during the 5 years I lived there in 1975 through 1979, they could have won 5 world series. This group is truly amazing.

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
9:24 am

To the AntiMe and lobosolo, you guys should meet, as you 2 sound like twins separated at birth ….

Wow, alex, what happened? Did that case of tampons you ordered not arrive on time? I can imagine that is definitely a major problem for someone like yourself who has the most extreme case of permanent PMS in the entire galaxy. I hope that your tampons get here really soon, alex.

alex

June 22nd, 2011
9:34 am

The AntiMe;a little early for that,man…Goodness,TAKE YOUR MEDS!!!!!nEED TO CHANGE YOUR MONIKER TO tHE aNTIsOCIAL…… now,TAKE YOUR MEDS!!Thank YOU

Pierson Brave

June 22nd, 2011
9:43 am

Boatdoc

June 22nd, 2011
12:51 am

That reasoning is so bad they won’t even open up the forum for comments. That guy would have been blasted to the moon for the poor extrapolations made in the article. Looks like someone needed to fill pages.

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
9:52 am

Jeff Passan is a hack.

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
9:59 am

Brock 9:01………..I believe that you are correct in your prediction.
The Braves will win.
The Negatives will have to go after McLouth, or whoever does not get a hit, or makes an error.
They can trash Fredi and Wren, as usual.

Frank C

June 22nd, 2011
10:03 am

Maybe the best time to complain about umpiring is when your team wins. I’m a long-standing Brave fan, but Angel Campos behind the plate last night was horrible. Doesn’t compare with Eric Gregg in the playoff game several years ago, but brutal nonetheless. Is this guy a fill-in? I don’t recall hearing his name previously.

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
10:05 am

The amatuer GMs can discuss some of the blockbuster trades that they would make, if they were sitting in Wren’s chair.

Willy

June 22nd, 2011
10:06 am

If the Braves play their cards right they’ll have a solid rotation of low-paid rookies so they can indulge in some free agent HITTERS.

Bobby's chauffeur

June 22nd, 2011
10:08 am

Looking at this line up on paper, one would think we would be 6 games ahead of the Phllies.
I would not want to be the opposing pitcher facing this team. All I see is the best to come. They will hit and be more consistent going forward. Relax…. it is all good.

Larry

June 22nd, 2011
10:12 am

Bobby’s chauffeur,

Please pass the pipe around…you must have some really good sheet!

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

I thought that the ump behind the plate last night, is named Angel Compost.

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
10:25 am

Eric Gregg’s call of the 5th game of the 1997 NL playoff series, of Braves vs. Fish, was voted 3rd worst performance by an umpire, in the 1975 to 2000 MLB era, by Baseball America.
His called strike 3 on McGriff(that was later measured at one foot off of the plate) for the final out of the series, was voted 9th worst call by an official in the history of all sports, by ESPN page 2.

I always wondered how much he made off of that game.

Bobby's chauffeur

June 22nd, 2011
10:30 am

The solution to Uggla is NOT to crush a guy’s ego. He knows he can hit. look at the last five years. All these blooger’s that are upset with Uggla’s results are not interested in what is best for him ot the team. They only want to Punish him for not getting the expected results. It is not about you. The guy will find his swing. Just keep yelling at the TV and telling your wife Uggla needs to be in AAA. Great therapy.Hope it works.

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
10:45 am

The AntiMe;a little early for that,man…Goodness,TAKE YOUR MEDS!!!!!nEED TO CHANGE YOUR MONIKER TO tHE aNTIsOCIAL…… now,TAKE YOUR MEDS!!Thank YOU

Gee, alex, I wish that I could be clever like you are. Did you think of that all by yourself or did your Special Ed teacher help you with your latest flaming post?

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
10:48 am

Fish in a barrel – this is too damn easy!

ExBraves Fan

June 22nd, 2011
10:48 am

The best thing the hitting coach of the Braves can do is to not allow Gonzo to take a bat up to the plate for the first pitch or two. That idiot swings at the first pitch 99.8% of the time. I have never seen anyone that swings at the first pitch as much as that guy does. Joe Simpson says time and time again that he needs to wait out a few pitches. That he actually hits for a higher average when he waits someone out. But not Gonzo, swing and a pop up.

Stiffneck

June 22nd, 2011
10:50 am

Maybe Howie McCann should work with Uggla.

David O'Brien

June 22nd, 2011
10:56 am

Virginia Brave: I wasn’t at the game last night; I was off yesterday.

Michael C.

June 22nd, 2011
10:58 am

I’m excited to see where the Braves are when Medlen, Moylan, and Prado back……….Wondering if Medlen will come back as a starter or long reliever in place of Martinez?

Steve

June 22nd, 2011
11:00 am

Uggla should listen to Joe Simpson and Brian Jordan at least if he is not going to listen to the hitting coach.

63 year Braves fan

June 22nd, 2011
11:02 am

Would Hanley Ramirez be available in a trade? Get him and Hunter Pence and we would have a great lineup. Outfield: Pence, Shafer, Heywood – Infield: Prado, Ramirez, Uggla, Freeman – Catcher: McCann. 4 R.H. Bats & 4 L.H. Bats.

63 year Braves fan

June 22nd, 2011
11:08 am

I agree with Larry’s post at 8:10 a.m.

TheAntiMe

June 22nd, 2011
11:09 am

I’m excited to see where the Braves are when Medlen, Moylan, and Prado back……….Wondering if Medlen will come back as a starter or long reliever in place of Martinez?

I haven’t heard much about Moylan lately but he’s one of those guys that always seemed to get it done without any great fanfare. It would be great to get all three of these guys going again, no doubt, Michael C.

I’m just guessing here but I would think that Medlen would first come back as a long to middle relief guy but if he shows his old form could perhaps wind up in the starting rotation if someone gets injured or goes into a serious slump in the 2nd half of the season.

Brock

June 22nd, 2011
11:09 am

the ump behind the plate last night was consistently inconsistent with his calls. Strike 2 on Mac when Hey was stealing was one of the worst called strikes I have ever seen.

Dan in West Georgia

June 22nd, 2011
11:23 am

Regarding “over-pitching” Venters: I noticed last week that when he had been off for 4-5 days (when the Braves were in their losing streak), he came back rusty. He may be a pitcher who *needs* to pitch at least every 2-3 days to stay sharp.

Joel

June 22nd, 2011
11:36 am

I was kind of disappointed in Fredi’s comments tonight. He only sauid “helluva” once. In the comment section in was written “hell of a” though.

O'flarity's water bottle

June 22nd, 2011
11:57 am

Cliff Corcoran IS A D-BAG!

K.C. Frenchy

June 22nd, 2011
12:02 pm

Double Zero I agree, who do you think the big bat should be? Maybe Swisher or Beltran? We need a LF so Prado can give Chipper or Uggly a break when injured or in Ugglys case they just plain stink!

Virginia Brave

June 22nd, 2011
12:05 pm

DOB: Sorry, didn’t see it was Carrol’s post. No big deal, either way, I’m just curious if Fredi is worried about overusing Venters. Fredi obviously knows more than me, it just makes me nervous, is all, because we’ll need Venters down the stretch. I absolutely love watching him pitch, I just want to be able to do it all season.

nashvillewill

June 22nd, 2011
12:07 pm

Nice win. Braves really need Minor, as a lefty, to step up for later in the year. I don’t see the Braves succeeding long term without a nice lefty starter. Minor has the stuff and seems to be getting his head straight. I liked Chipper’s comments and support.
Only problem last night was…..Ug….I won’t say it again.

alex

June 22nd, 2011
12:07 pm

had some good BBQ at the spotted pig near lake hartwell on Hwy 11

Skeezix

June 22nd, 2011
12:17 pm

Minor gave a major performance last night. McCann has developed into a terrific hitter. If we will all be a little patient with Heyward, I think he has the same potential.

Uggla? No comment today, just have to hope.

Sonny Jackson

June 22nd, 2011
12:27 pm

Sooner or later Uggla will come around- then you guys will all rush to say that you knew it all along…

Skeezix

June 22nd, 2011
12:29 pm

Someone brought up Eric Gregg’s performance in the NL playoffs with the Marlins. That was the worst I’ve ever seen. The only way Maddux or Glavine (who lived on the black) could get a strike call was to lay one right down the middle of the plate. One had to wonder what really was going on that day-was there a bribe? It should have been investigated by MLB–it was that bad and that obvious.

htownbravesfan

June 22nd, 2011
1:16 pm

I feel like I post and say the same comments about this team each year. I love ‘em, I think we’ll make the postseason, but no way we score enough to win it, at least not with these bats. If we don’t do something to acquire a big stick, the front office is acknowleding this fact. I have a pretty extensive baseball background, and I don’t need it to know Uggla is lost at the plate. His swing needs to be treated like a Marine recruit, break it completely down and build it back up again. There’s no way he gets to see anything on the inside half of the plate unless it’s a mistake.

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
1:24 pm

htownbravesfan………If you just make that comment once a year, that’s pretty good.
Most of the Negatives, post the same thing that you just stated, at least once daily, ‘alot’
of them repeat it several times each day.

reckingball

June 22nd, 2011
1:26 pm

@12:29……….That game was a fix.
In the words of Harry Carey “there should have been an investigation.”

FormerBraveFan

June 22nd, 2011
2:06 pm

I think Eric Gegg weighed about 500 lbs and just wanted to get his fat ass out of the South Florida humidity.

Boatdoc

June 22nd, 2011
4:14 pm

Larry @8:10 – I can’t disagree with you, Ugg’s homer today notwithstanding. Insanity is repeating the same exact act, expecting different results. Mr. U, who I hope and pray becomes some facsimile of the player he was for the last 5 years with the Fish, has not only been bad, he’s been consistently bad. His .177 begins to tell the story, but he’s hitting .169 in June, and .133 in the last week – and that includes today’s 1 for 4 with a HR game.

He’s a big boy. He DOES have that long-term contract with millions guaranteed. Especially if Prado recovers soon, I’d give Uggs the chance to go mash the badoodle out of minor league pitching, get his timing and confidence back, then bring him back to anchor the center of a lineup that should put the fear of God in every pitching staff in MLB. Mr. Uggla would have FAR less reason to pout, and far MORE reason to be optimistic than, say, Minor or Schafer and their recent jockeying back and forth to Gwinnett.

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