McCann’s homer binge has not abated

SEATTLE – He has obviously been the best-hitting catcher in the National League during his six years with the Braves, and I think you’ve also got to say Brian McCann has  been the best in the major leagues over that period, considering Joe Mauer’s injury woes.

But what McCann is doing lately is another level of hitting. B-Mac is absolutely raking, and will move his name into serious MVP consideration if he keeps up anything even close to this pace for the second half of the season.

McCann is headed for his sixth consecutive All-Star game, and could be an MVP candidate if he keeps up anything close to his current pace.

McCann is headed for his sixth consecutive All-Star game, and could be an MVP candidate if he keeps up anything close to his current pace.

McCann had the first three of the Braves’ meager five hits in Monday night’s win against the Mariners, including his fifth homer in eight games and 14th of the season. (He and Freddie Freeman each hit homers off Erik Bedard, who had previously allowed only one homer by a left-handed hitter all season.)

In his past 23 games, McCann has hit a stunning .361 with 10 homers and a .454 on-base percentage.

And get this: After hitting .283 with just two homers and a .362 slugging percentage in his first 38 games, he’s hit .336 with 12 homers and a .724 slugging percentage in his past 32 games.

The power surge began right after he got a tip from his brother Brad, a former Marlins minor leaguer and Clemson All-American who now works as a hitting instructor at the Windward Baseball Academy in Alpharetta. Their dad, Howie, runs the place.

A day after Brad called him with a tip about something he’d seen in his swing, a tip about how to “free myself up,” in McCann’s words, he hit two homers May 17 against Houston, a pinch-hit shot in the ninth to tie and another homer in the 11th to win.

He had another two-homer day in a four-hit game May 28 against Cincinnati, and since June 5 McCann has only once gone more than two starts without a homer (that was a three-start period right before his current five-in-eight-game homer binge).

McCann has moved up to seventh in the NL in OPS at .912, and is ninth in batting average (.307) and eighth in slugging (.528).

♣ Heyward’s homer drought: Since his first-inning homer against St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter on April 29, Jason Heyward has gone 94 at-bats and 30 games without another home run.

He is 18-for-94 (.191) with seven doubles, four RBIs, 11 walks and 28 strikeouts during that drought, though it should be noted that his homerless streak included a period in which his sore shoulder worsened to the point he eventually was DL’d.

Since returning from 3-week DL stint, Heyward is 10-for-39 (.256) in 10 games with five doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts and a .310 OBP and .385 slugging percentage. He’s shown some encouraging signs on this trip, including some opposite-field line drives.

He also came within a couple of feet of ending that homerless drought when he doubled off the right-field wall at San Diego a few days ago.

Nevertheless, it’s 30 games without a long ball for the big guy, whose drought began immediately after his best week of the season, when he hit .375 (9-for-24) with three homers and six RBIs in five games April 24-29.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Schafer CF
  2. Heyward RF

    It's been 30 games and 94 at-bats since Heyward hit a home run.

    It's been 30 games and 94 at-bats since Heyward hit a home run.

  3. McCann C
  4. Jones 3B
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. Uggla 2B
  7. Hinske DH
  8. Gonzalez SS
  9. McLouth LF

♣ Tonight’s big matchup: After Brandon Beachy got the best of the Mariners’ tough lefty Bedard on Monday, Tommy Hanson comes off the DL tonight to face Seattle’s Michael Pineda (7-4, 2.45 ERA).

The Braves optioned reliever Jairo Asencio to Triple-A to open the roster spot.

Hanson has been out 15 days with rotator-cuff tendinitis, and returns without making a rehab start. Two bullpen sessions and he said he’s ready to roll, said he felt great in the most recent one Sunday.

Pineda leads the AL with 8.84 strikeouts per nine innings, and Hanson is third in the NL with 9.61 strikeouts per nine, only slightly behind Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum.

Hanson (8-4, 2.48) has the third-lowest ERA in the league behind teammate Jair Jurrjens and Roy Halladay, and Hanson leads the NL in opponents’ average (.189).

Hanson and Pineda also rank in the top four of their respective leagues in lowest slowest percentage allowed. Given that fact, plus the struggles of both offenses and the pitcher-friendliness of Safeco Field, it should be a 1-0 or 2-1 game, something like that.

So expect just the opposite, right?

Hanson said he’s eager to get back out there and pick up right where he left off. For obvious reasons: He was 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and .123 OA in his last three starts before the DL, with 24 strikeouts and nine walks in 19 innings.

By the way, in the past 12 months, Hanson is 11-10 with a 2.43 ERA and .202 OA in 32 starts, with 172 strikeouts and 55 walks in 196 innings. The Braves scored two runs or fewer while he was in 19 of those 32 games.

♣ Beachy’s doing work: He has 20 strikeouts and two runs allowed in 12 innings over two starts since returning from a five-week DL stint, so it looks like Beachy was right about his arm being fresh. Like he said, good that he hurt his oblique, not his arm.

The rookie is impressing everyone he faces, and making some scratch their heads and wonder how this guy was not drafted.

Beachy is 3-0 with 2.08 ERA and .179 OPP average in his past seven starts, and in six of those he allowed four hits or fewer in six innings or more. He has 49 strikeouts with eight walks in 39 innings in that span.

♣ Etc.

The Braves are 15-9 in June despite batting .218 for the month. They have a 3.18 ERA and 30 homers in 24 games. They have hit just .199 – one-ninety-nine! — in their past 15 games. They are 8-7 with 3.36 ERA in that span with 18 homers and 57 runs. Scored three runs or fewer in eight of those 15 games… Tonight’s starter Michael Pineda is 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA and .188 OA in seven home starts…. Dan Uggla has second-lowest NL OPS (.571) and lowest BA (/175) and OBP (.241), while Seattle’s Chone Figgins has a majors-worst OPS (.481) and the AL’s lowest OBP (232) and slugging percentage (.249).

OK, let’s close this with a strong track from Queens of the Stone Age, which you can hear and see them do live by clicking here.

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“THE LOST ART OF KEEPING A SECRET” by Queens of the Stone Age

I’ve got a secret, I cannot say
Blame all the movement to give it away
You’ve got somethin, I understand
Holding it tightly, caught on command
Leap of faith, do you doubt?
Cut you in, I just cut you out

Whatever you do
Don’t tell anyone
Whatever you do
Don’t tell anyone

Look for reflections, in your face
Canine devotion, time can’t erase
Out on the corner, locked in your room
I never believe them and I never assume
Still can’t believe there is a lie
Promises promise, an eye for an eye
We’ve got something to reveal
No one can know how we feel

Whatever you do
Don’t tell anyone
Whatever you do
Don’t tell anyone

Whatever you do
Don’t tell anyone
Whatever you do
Don’t tell anyone

I think you already know
How far I’d go not to say
You know the art is gone
And I’m taking this all to the grave

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nolee

June 28th, 2011
6:52 pm

ESPN INSIDER KLaw
When Major League Baseball announced the Futures Game rosters Sunday, many of the usual suspects were there, including seven of the top 10 prospects from my May 31 ranking update: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Julio Teheran, Shelby Miller, Martin Perez and Manny Machado. But the game also includes a number of prospects I haven’t seen in a while or at all, including these 10 guys who head the list of Futures Game participants I’m most excited to see.

1. Jarred Cosart, RHP, Philadelphia (U.S.): By all accounts, Cosart has one of the most electric arms in the minors, with a fastball that sits 93-98 mph and a hammer curveball at 77-80. He’s a good athlete, but his delivery is still a little stiff. His athleticism should make that issue easy to smooth out, though. Cosart would have pitched in last year’s game but was out with minor arm soreness that went away with time off.

2. Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay (U.S.): He’s perhaps the best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball with a fastball up to 97 and two above-average to plus secondary pitches in the curve and circle-change. Since last year’s All-Star break, Moore has thrown 166 2/3 innings and struck out 237 batters while walking 47. Somehow, he seems to be flying under the radar relative to other top prospects, which has to be because he plays for Tampa Bay.

3. James Paxton, LHP, Seattle (World/Canada): Paxton was a favorite of mine in the 2009 draft, didn’t sign with Toronto as a sandwich pick, fell to the fourth round in 2010, then didn’t sign with Seattle until this past spring. Most pitchers who take that much time off look good in pre-draft stints in independent leagues but can’t maintain it once they sign, but Paxton has gone the other way, finding his old velocity and curveball and struggling more with feel and control.

4. Matt Harvey, RHP, N.Y. Mets (U.S.): Harvey was the seventh pick in last year’s draft and came into pro ball boasting a plus fastball with good downhill plane and a solid average-or-better changeup but struggled with both breaking balls. Reports this year have the breaking balls improving but the changeup regressing — which would still leave him a three-pitch guy, plenty to be a front-line starter given the strength of his fastball. Harvey tore through high Class A, which is what you’d expect a first-rounder drafted out of the ACC to do. He has made one start in Double-A, giving up four runs and allowing 11 baserunners in four-plus innings.

5. Carlos Martinez, RHP, St. Louis (World/Dominican Republic): I’m not sure there’s a more exciting starting pitching prospect in the minors, as Martinez has two plus-plus pitches, including a fastball up to 100 mph, and has been dominating low-A this year. He was knocked around in his second start of the year, but in six starts since then he’s allowed just four runs in 32 innings (that’s a 1.13 ERA) with 10 walks and 42 strikeouts.

6. Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona (U.S.): Skaggs was the player to be named later — just a few weeks later, as it turned out — in the trade that brought Dan Haren to Anaheim. Skaggs junked the slower of his two curveballs while he was with the Angels and has seen his velocity gradually creep up into the low-90s as his projectable frame has filled out.

7. Henderson Alvarez, RHP, Toronto (World/Venezuela): My sleeper prospect for Toronto before the 2010 season, Alvarez has seen his velocity jump to the mid-90s, even touching 101 in a recent start, but he’s not likely to do that often. He’s always had a plus changeup and plus control, but his fastball has gained a grade in each of the past two seasons.

8. Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston (World/Venezuela): Altuve is generously listed at 5-foot-7, 170 pounds, and has one major baseball tool — his bat. He hit .408 in the high-A Cal League to start the year and is hitting .366 in Double-A, making a ton of contact despite not walking much at either level. He’s surprisingly strong for his size and maxes out his power by getting his arms extended on almost every swing. But he’s fighting history — according to Baseball-Reference.com, only one player in the past 10 years who was listed at 5-7 or below has qualified for the batting title: David Eckstein. I hope Altuve has enough heart.

9, 10. Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas, and Jonathan Schoop, 3B, Baltimore (World/Curacao): Curacao has produced just a handful of big leaguers, led by right-hander Jair Jurrjens and outfielder Andruw Jones, but a fallow period there might have ended with these two very high-upside infielders. Profar is the true shortstop with incredible instincts, a great eye at the plate and a plus arm, while Schoop has a similar arm and more power but is likely to end up at third or second base

nolee

June 28th, 2011
6:53 pm

OBTW…FIRST!!!!! :D

Tomahawkin

June 28th, 2011
6:54 pm

I’m not first but I’m “On Deck!”

Am I hitting 5th?

Jimmy

June 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

nolee – I’m with you.Gotta have the air too. If that makes you not a real Braves fan and a bad person, we are a club of two.

jeffrey d

June 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

JS

June 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

Tomahawkin

June 28th, 2011
6:56 pm

I get to be the excellemce of execution hitting second tonight, Yay!

MikeInFl

June 28th, 2011
6:56 pm

MikeInFl – good. Pouring here and thunder everywhere (north of Valdosta).
Planning another trip down to see the Suns. That is a great ballpark.
Really enjoyed the berm in left field..the Knuckle I think they call it.

Jimmy, it is a great park and a good time. I go about once a week on average, I guess. Really enjoyed watching Stanton last year.

Classic minor league baseball promo… Already cheap tickets are 2 for 1 a couple of nights each week with a Kraft Cheese Singles wrapper.

JS

June 28th, 2011
6:59 pm

aw i took too long to read.

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
7:00 pm

Thanks for the blog, Dob.

That Heap is something ain’t he.

Danthecone

June 28th, 2011
7:01 pm

Solid, thanks for giving us the “insider” info, nolee.

Brian McCann for President. I seriously would vote for him if he ran.

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
7:03 pm

nolie_

Weren’t you chided last night for copying and pasting articles? shame, shame

Thanks

nolee

June 28th, 2011
7:04 pm

I is a bad boy Bat. Course I ain’t gonna pay too much attention to what that dingbat says anyway. ;)

Soph

June 28th, 2011
7:05 pm

Jimmy

June 28th, 2011
7:08 pm

Mike – after the Albany Polecats moved, then the Macon Braves, the Suns are the closest we’ve got. Been three times an enjoy it greatly. Easy to get to too.

Got to meet Vladie in Albany. He signed a hat and ball. Super nice guy. Kelly Johnson in Macon – same deal. Several years ago, Reggie Ambercrombie in Jax. I love baseball man.

braveslifer

June 28th, 2011
7:09 pm

I loved that pinch hit game by Mac. Glad he picked up his brothers call.

Jimmy

June 28th, 2011
7:11 pm

nolee, aren’t you the original “stupy smelly moron”?
I think that was you.

Be back in a few you good people.

Go Braves!!!!!

(and I don’t work with Ward)

nolee

June 28th, 2011
7:12 pm

I think I am just a smelly moron, not a stupid one too…

jeffrey d

June 28th, 2011
7:14 pm

McCann’s not old enough to be president.

jeffrey d

June 28th, 2011
7:15 pm

Only Hudson, Lowe, and Chipper can run for prez

Murph

June 28th, 2011
7:16 pm

(and I don’t work with Ward)

small joke!

Who me?

June 28th, 2011
7:21 pm

“They have hit just .199 – one-ninety-nine! — in their past 15 games.”.

This sentence alone should give Larry Parrish the heebs.

Kat

June 28th, 2011
7:27 pm

David good song choice w/ QOTSA.

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
7:28 pm

People don’t work with Ward, they work for Ward.

Jimmy

June 28th, 2011
7:28 pm

Mike – just checked the rain gauge – almost 2 inches since I got home. Still raining but the thunder has slowed. It’s headed south so maybe will help the fires around Waycross and the Swamp.has conver

Murph – I thought the Ward joke was huge!!!! I am over 30 and it is possible my humor production has dropped, but……

I don’t know Ward but like his comments and like to bring him up when I can. He comes on here at odd hours…stay a few minutes and is then gone. Then around 2-3 a.m., he appears again and has conversations with himself.

Possible male hooker is my guess.

OK, got go do some honeys-do’s.

Go Braves! Go Gators!

Later good folks.

The New Regime

June 28th, 2011
7:29 pm

Ron Paul 2012

The New Regime

June 28th, 2011
7:29 pm

infowars.com

Bob in SF

June 28th, 2011
7:32 pm

Is Brad McCann looking for a job? Would love to see him hired into the Braves system and see how he worked with young guys in the minors before eventually getting him on the big league staff.

George

June 28th, 2011
7:32 pm

Good evening y’ll
Ok We are back tonight to a normal lineup and batting order. Fredi really lost it completely last night with that lineup and batting order. So of course with that stranger than strange lineup last night we won, so back to normal tonight and look out we will lose.

Brave Fan

June 28th, 2011
7:34 pm

Braves need to get Bourne in CF and a LF that can hit! Let Prado play 2B when Chipper is healthy and when Chipper is hurt let Prado play 3rd and Uggla goes to 2B. Chipper retires at the end of the year and then Uggla plays everyday. Use some of the pitching in the organization to make something happen. We are only 2 players from being really good!!!

brian

June 28th, 2011
7:37 pm

time for the old Bravos to hit. Just string together some good hitting games against quality pitching and I think they will take off.

Thrilled to see Big Red back. I still don’t see how effective he was at Houston with his rotator cuff tendinitis. I have had that before and could not even throw a tennis ball to the dog yet nobody knew Hanson was hurting until he came clean.

cabravesfan

June 28th, 2011
7:38 pm

Braves need to get Bourne in CF and a LF that can hit! Let Prado play 2B when Chipper is healthy and when Chipper is hurt let Prado play 3rd and Uggla goes to 2B. Chipper retires at the end of the year and then Uggla plays everyday. Use some of the pitching in the organization to make something happen. We are only 2 players from being really good!!!

So many things in that paragraph that are not happening, starting with Chipper retiring and Marteen playing 2nd…

brian

June 28th, 2011
7:38 pm

Brad McCann was a darn good hitter in the SAL league for Greensboro. I was surprised he fell out of baseball that quickly. I bet he is a darn good coach.

I have tried to get my son a lesson at their baseball academy but they do not even return my phone calls or emails there

nolee

June 28th, 2011
7:39 pm

Sorry, but none of that is likely to happen Brave Fan
Uggla is not gonna sit and the Braves are not gonna spring for an impact player(maybe a cheapie) and Chipper is not gonna retire unless he gets a serious injury.
You need to formulate another plan for us.

kurula

June 28th, 2011
7:42 pm

maybe brian’s brother would be interested in being the braves’ hitting instructor……..

Tom O'Hawke

June 28th, 2011
7:43 pm

Enter your comments here

nolee

June 28th, 2011
7:44 pm

let’s get Brian’s brother and Chipper’s dad both.

nolee

June 28th, 2011
7:44 pm

oooh, good post Tom…onea yur better ones ;)

Murph

June 28th, 2011
7:44 pm

Phillies are up 2-0 already

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
7:46 pm

I know they say brevity is the soul of wit Tom O’, but you gotta do better than that.

Tom O'Hawke

June 28th, 2011
7:46 pm

I guess you CAN learn something new everyday.

Putting your moniker back, and hitting ENTER, is tantamount to submit.

Oh well, at least my moniker is back.

Hello, LAdy

Tom O'Hawke

June 28th, 2011
7:48 pm

nolee

At least it’s one of the few that doesn’t piss anybody off……except me.

cabravesfan

June 28th, 2011
7:48 pm

Hi Tom :)

Where did your moniker run off to this time?

Tom O'Hawke

June 28th, 2011
7:49 pm

Thanks, Bat.

I knew I should’ve just ran and hid under the bed after that post. ;)

jeffrey d

June 28th, 2011
7:51 pm

What other moniker is Tom? Is he George? I knew it!

George

June 28th, 2011
7:51 pm

I will watch our Braves tonight, did not watch last night till after the collage WS was over, it was a heck of a good game. Tonight at 8:00 eastern time I will again watch USC vs FLA, then come to the Braves game. I brought them luck last night doing that. We won. That Beachy kid is really good.

Murph

June 28th, 2011
7:52 pm

Time to go home and face the 3 year old.

Pray for me.

Bill

June 28th, 2011
7:53 pm

Braves fan, Bourn would be great but Chipper will be back (where do you get he will retire..no way ) and Prado will be in outfield.

George

June 28th, 2011
7:53 pm

Chipper should talk to his dad again, he is in king of a slump.

Tom O'Hawke

June 28th, 2011
7:54 pm

Where did your moniker run off to this time?

“CC Cleaner” & “Disk Defragmenter” treatment. I usually do every month, and it wipes out stuff like that.

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
7:54 pm

Good luck Murph.

Anytime Tom O’

George

June 28th, 2011
7:54 pm

Bill

June 28th, 2011
7:55 pm

Be thankful Murph! They grow up fast.

cabravesfan

June 28th, 2011
7:55 pm

I see. Mine disappears every time my computer freezes or crashes.

Tom O'Hawke

June 28th, 2011
7:55 pm

What other moniker is Tom? Is he George? I knew it!

Nice timing, jeff. Hey, as long as you don’t acuse me of being Paulie.

Total Grace

June 28th, 2011
7:57 pm

Brad really helped my daughter get her swing back on track. So I know he can do wonders for the Braves.

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
7:58 pm

If Jimmy says you’re going to get some rain grab an umbrella. Man, its coming down now.

J-Man

June 28th, 2011
7:59 pm

Well maybe its time to get off the Matt Kemp craze. So who can we go get (This depends on if Prado moves from LF to SS) Adam Jones, Hunter Pence, Jose Bautista (But it will cost alot), Alfonsio Soriano (if we swap D. Lowe for him), Carlos Beltran (but I dont wanna trade in division), Michael Cuddyer.

Trey

June 28th, 2011
7:59 pm

“If Heaven ain’t a lot like Dixie, I don’t wanna go! If Heaven ain’t a lot like Dixie, I just assume stay home! If they don’t have a GrandOleOpry like they do in Tennessee, just send me to Hell or New York City it would be about the same to me!”

What’s up all? That was a brutal argument between Nolie and Captain Mudderland last night. “Ouch!”

jeffrey d

June 28th, 2011
8:03 pm

Brad McCann taught me how to hit, make an airplane engine and scratch, and how to dance just in time for the prom.

Jay Dubu

June 28th, 2011
8:04 pm

Did Larry Parrish, and the rest of the Braves’ staff not see the hitch in Mac’s swing?

Isn’t that what Parrish is on the payroll for?

jeffrey d

June 28th, 2011
8:04 pm

FROM scratch

Mark Duncan

June 28th, 2011
8:04 pm

While I am in complete agreement with the frustration over the Braves’s offense on this blog I still would be hesistant to trade away any of our top prospects such as Minor, Delgado, etc. for someone like Kemp. People here keep referring back to the McGriff trade and I remember it well but trying to replicate that would difficult at best. The way I look at it, the offense cannot be any worse in the second half and with Prado coming back and with our pitching depth, at the very least the wildcard this year and a powerhouse for the next 5-10 while the Phillies fade off into oblivion.

Brave Fan

June 28th, 2011
8:04 pm

I know guys but it would be good!

I think Chipper retires. Too good of a player his entire life and the same competitor as an older player he always has been. I don’t think he can settle/accept the player he is now. He isn’t bad now by most standards but not near the Chipper of old.

We are close to being really good if the right couple of pieces are put in place. I know money…ownership…but its frustrating to have the pitching we have and not take advantage of it.

Wishful thinking!!

nolee

June 28th, 2011
8:05 pm

wsn’t really an argument Tomahawkin’. we didn’t disagree about anything.

Trey

June 28th, 2011
8:07 pm

Hey, I’m no Tomahawkin! I don’t think Tomahawkin would ever do a Hank Williams Jr as his “intro”.

George

June 28th, 2011
8:08 pm

Outta here for collage game. Have a good one y’ll. LETS DO IT TONIGHT BRAVES.

Kirby Smart

June 28th, 2011
8:08 pm

I thought we had a good offensive catcher in Javy Lopez… but McCann has made me forget all about him. The kid is so good and such a likable guy.

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
8:09 pm

How is y’ll pronounced?

Tom O'Hawke

June 28th, 2011
8:09 pm

What’s up all? That was a brutal argument between Nolie and Captain Mudderland last night. “Ouch!” — Trey, not T-Hawkin, nolie

The Captain got all bent out-of-shape over nothing, too. He misunderstood a simple post, and then it mushroomed from there. All he (Capt) had to do was go back and read it.

Kirby Smart

June 28th, 2011
8:09 pm

Parrish is only part of the club because him and Fredi are friends. Same can be said about Dan Uggla.

nolee

June 28th, 2011
8:09 pm

he and his dad have both recently said that he intends to play out the contract unless badly hurt, so I really don’t understand why you would disbelieve what they say.
you might end up being right, but the odds seem very much against it unless he hits 220 the rest of the season.
Certainly not if he stays in the top level of qualified third sackers like he is so far.

Kirby Smart

June 28th, 2011
8:11 pm

Any Uggla predictions tonight? I say he goes 0-4 with two strikeouts, a popout, and a fielder’s choice.

T for Texas

June 28th, 2011
8:11 pm

Thanks for the new read, David.

alex

June 28th, 2011
8:12 pm

i’ve got a 15 and 3 year old,ouch!

T for Texas

June 28th, 2011
8:13 pm

.151/.253/.301 .554

Domonic Browns last 28 days. Remember when he and Heyward were talked about in tandem?

nolee

June 28th, 2011
8:13 pm

He knew what was up Tom. He ignored my explanation, almost an apology though I had done nothing wrong, and decided to get on his high horse and be a bully.
No surprise, I have had run ins with him 3-4 times a year forever. always under different names, but always the same things said in the same manner.
Guy obviously hates me…which breaks my heart cause I an such a sweet, luvable old coot who lives mostly just to make folks laff.

alex

June 28th, 2011
8:15 pm

kirby:J.lopez-how do you spell steroids in spanish

Trey

June 28th, 2011
8:15 pm

Bat, you mean y’all?

Tom, I’m not going to say who was right or wrong in that. It seemed to be more of a poo flinging contest.

J-Man

June 28th, 2011
8:15 pm

U cant call first if u copy and past somebodies article Nolie……But who gives a ratsass lol

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
8:16 pm

No Trey, I mean y’ll. George signs off with it.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 28th, 2011
8:16 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! Good read. :)

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

June 28th, 2011
8:17 pm

jeffrey d FROM scratch

I thought the way you worded it originally sounded a bit weird…

Trey

June 28th, 2011
8:19 pm

Oh, I thought that was how it was still pronounced, bat. I kinda thought it may have been a typo.

TnBrian

June 28th, 2011
8:19 pm

Hopefully Hanson and the Braves drop it like it’s hot, drop it like it’s hot, tonight! And hopefully they drop it like it’s hot, drop it like it’s hot, on July 5th against the Rockies when me and my wife are right behind their dugout.

Brava

June 28th, 2011
8:21 pm

Tom O'Hawke

June 28th, 2011
8:23 pm

He knew what was up Tom. He ignored my explanation, almost an apology though I had done nothing wrong, and decided to get on his high horse and be a bully.

You are 100% correct, nolie. I, unfortunately, was reading the
comments.

Tom, I’m not going to say who was right or wrong in that. It seemed to be more of a poo flinging contest.

If I pasted the earlier comments on here, Trey, you could judge for yourself. No freakin’ way was nolie to blame. Not even close.

Brave Fan

June 28th, 2011
8:24 pm

I haven’t listened to any interviews but if you say that he intends on playing out the contract then he may do it.

I don’t understand why he hinted at it so much last year and then when he gets hurt he changes his mind. I mean I heard what he said about coming back and didn’t want to go out on an injury but he’s just struggling so!

Ronald Millsaps

June 28th, 2011
8:24 pm

I’m not out to see someone get fired; David referred to McCann getting three of the Braves’ “meager five hits.” This sort of hit total seems to be the rule rather than the exception, and when the team does have a big night, hits seem to pile up that particular night.

I’d like to see the Braves’ median hit total per game. I’m guessing it’s six— even with all the extra-inning games. Actually, maybe it’s seven.

The offense isn’t improving.

Given the Braves’ record when scoring first, you’d think there’d be more of a sense of urgency in attaining said first run.

jeffrey d

June 28th, 2011
8:25 pm

George is a man on the move. He abbreviates any letters that will save some time.

Ronald Millsaps

June 28th, 2011
8:25 pm

Not out to see someone get fired. I’m just looking for the right adjustments to be made, which might include a firing or two.

sabermalicious

June 28th, 2011
8:26 pm

why isn’t uggla the designated hitter? is uggla’s glove too important?

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
8:27 pm

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

I can see why, that wore me out, jeffrey

jeffrey d

June 28th, 2011
8:28 pm

Is that a sigh or a scream?

Ronald Millsaps

June 28th, 2011
8:29 pm

If that statement is true about Parrish and Fredi being buddies, getting along on the job is great, and you shouldn’t hire someone who’s going to stir up trouble, but you also shouldn’t hire someone just through the buddy system. This concept is just as bad as affirmative action.

ray k.

June 28th, 2011
8:30 pm

Javy lopez was a good offensive catcher and is maybe a hair or two below Bmac offensively, but what he did in 2003–.328 43 HR 109 rbi– was so beyond his normal numbers, I remember thinking he must be taking more steroids than Barbaro.

Bat Masterson

June 28th, 2011
8:30 pm

Thats just a lot of a’s. I’m getting the impression George is just lazy.

Linebrink for Cy

June 28th, 2011
8:30 pm

would still like to see Nate at the top of that order, at least for a game or two.

in the last 10 games, Schafer’s OPS went down from .671 (10 games ago) to .611 (last night) while Nate’s went up from .673 to .687

jeffrey d

June 28th, 2011
8:31 pm

And I say he’s just efficient

sabermalicious

June 28th, 2011
8:31 pm

10 o’clock p.m. game west coast. this means midnight in parrish. sh!tty movie.

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