Braves postgame quotes after Sunday’s loss to Baltimore

CHIPPER JONES

On displeasure about called strikes in his final at-bat:

“I’ve said it time and time again the officiating in this league is sub-standard for the most part. I actually apologized to him after the 3-1 pitch, I said, ‘I’m sorry, that pitch was right where the 2-1 pitch was and it was called a ball.’ And he said ‘That ball got plate.’ I knew that I was dealing with a larger than average strike zone at that point.”

On speaking out despite the ramifications (potential fine):

“I’m going to stick up for my team. And if a guy is not doing his job I’m going to say something. If I get fined, I get fined. I don’t care. I’m a competitor and I’m out there busting my can from 1:30 to 5 p.m. today trying to win a ballgame and giving it everything I got and I wasn’t allowed to do my job.”

On if an exchange with Mark Ripperger, walking away:

“I didn’t say a word after the last pitch. I know they are balls. I’ve been here 18 years; I know what balls and strikes are. I know when guys are trying to pitch around me. He can stare me down all he wants; he made two bad calls.”

On what he said to Proctor before the HR ball:

“I told him that Reynolds’ swing is predicated on timing to mix up his delivery, quick pitch him. Slow leg kick, just try and throw his timing off.”

On being named by players to All-Star team:

“It’s a tremendous honor. To have the respect of your peers, it’s awfully flattering. I’ll do my best to keep up my end of the bargain.”

On if he was surprised:

“I was shocked. Fredi called me into his office. He told me and I was like ‘All right, where’s the hidden camera.’ Guess I better cancel my vacation now.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On the loss:

“Reynolds is swinging a pretty good bat right now. But you know we had a chance. We had some people on base and they turned a big double play there with the bases loaded. We had a chance to break it open. That didn’t happen.”

On Beachy:

“He pitched five innings and I think three of those five he got himself in some situations. There were some high-stress innings there. It was only a three-run game, but considering I think he did OK.”

On using Proctor, if he was trying to rest O’Flaherty and Linebrink:

“We can’t keep running the same guys out there all the time. Shoot, Scotty has done a hell of a job for us. Everything was in place for us to get through that seventh inning. I thought we had the right guy in there.”

On last two pitches to Chipper:

“I came back in here and looked at them on video, I thought they were awful. I thought the balls were away, not even close. It’s hard to lose a game on those two balls like that. We’ve played 3 ½ hours, I know it’s hot, for us to lose a ball game on balls that are…Chipper never complains, to be called strikes. It’s not a good taste. You’d rather have Chipper walk there and McCann at the plate. It’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

On All-Star snubs:

“You wish you had a couple more guys in Kimbrel and Tommy (Hanson). I still think there will be a chance some of those guys go in depending on the guys who back out or can’t pitch and hopefully those two guys are on top of the list to go in because they are both deserving.”

BRANDON BEACHY

On his struggles:

“Just wasn’t very good with any of my pitches. I wasn’t locating my fastball, couldn’t get my offspeed pitches to break and I just left everything up.”

On Britton’s homer:

“That was down at the knees. It’s a pitch, a 2-1 count to a pitcher, that’s a pitch I usually am going to get away with, am going to get a single, but you know what? It happens. It turns out if I can get a pitcher out we win the game today. But it’s just the way it goes. It’s frustrating. Why fall behind to their pitcher leading off an inning?”

JONNY VENTERS

On being voted in by players:

“That’s one of the coolest parts of it for me. That’s one of the most important things I feel like, the players opinion. I’m excited and it should be fun.”

On how far he’s come:

“From where I was two years ago to now, I’m so excited to get the opportunity to play in the All-Star game, it’s such an honor to be mentioned with the names of the guys that are playing. I’m proud to represent this organization and the National League. I’m pumped about it.”

On if he was surprised at all:

“I was definitely surprised not being a closer and the way I pitched my last few outings was rough, so I wasn’t expecting it so it was definitely a pleasant surprise.”

CRAIG KIMBREL

On having a chance to be added to All-Star roster:

“If there’s anybody else on the team that can make it. O (Eric O’Flaherty) can make it. He’s pitched really good this year. I can see him making it.”

On if he’s prepared for the chance if it comes:

“If it does, it would be really cool. It’s nothing I’m bummed out about. I’m happy for Jonny (Venters). Happy for everybody who made it.”

166 comments Add your comment

chip off the ol block

July 3rd, 2011
7:49 pm

LOVE the comments by Chipper

Dennis Reynolds

July 3rd, 2011
7:51 pm

We need Prado.

Tom

July 3rd, 2011
8:01 pm

Heyward is not ever going to be a productive RF, strikes out and hits weak grounders too much. He stands too far off the plate and refuses to make a correction! Franceour was a much better RF with his arm and bat. When Jeff hit around .230 the Braves got rid of him, now how about Heyward’s .225BA?? He needs to be sent down to the minors! Get Pence or get Franceour back for some of our extra pitching,

K-Baby

July 3rd, 2011
8:03 pm

I hope Rippenger gets fined and reprimanded for those last two horrible calls on Chipper. It seems like the umps are getting back at the Braves this year for all the years Bobby would jaw at them for bad calls. Freddi the wuss Gonzales needs to man up and let these umps have it when they deserve it.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
8:03 pm

Prado in the lineup changes every single player’s approach from 1-9. He is a difference maker and he is our catalyst. As he goes we go. I am excited we have played as well as we have without him though. Can only get 10x better with him.

Mark Ripperger

July 3rd, 2011
8:06 pm

I saw the replay too and I missed both of those pitches Chipper is right.

Mark Ripperger

July 3rd, 2011
8:09 pm

Yea they were balls but was stomach was upset and I needed to get in the clubhouse quick.

A brain cell

July 3rd, 2011
8:11 pm

“Shoot, Scotty has done a hell of a job for us. Everything was in place for us to get through that seventh inning. I thought we had the right guy in there.”

Is that a joke? First, no, he has not been good for the Braves. He has been their worst reliever. Second, you really thought he was the right guy? A straight throwing fb guy against a ’swing at everything’ slugger? Even Chipper could sense what was coming. Shameful mismanaging of an otherwise very talented team losses the Braves yet another game. Pity

Chris P. Bacon

July 3rd, 2011
8:13 pm

Carroll, you’re doing a helluva job filling in for DOB, but the official DOB Style Sheet clearly states that Fredi Gonzalez must be quoted as saying “helluva”, not “hell of a”. I know it seems picayune, but some of us are tracking Fredi’s “helluva count” (3 games in a row, 11 out of last 12 btw) and non-standard usage throws off the tracking macros. Why yes I have OCD, thanks for asking!

Linebrink for Cy

July 3rd, 2011
8:14 pm

“I’m going to stick up for my team”

at least you will Chipper, Fredi has to resort to video review before he makes his opinion. You’d (you’ll?) make a hell of a manager Chipper

lannnerbraves

July 3rd, 2011
8:14 pm

That ump was bush league…prob mad because he’ll never be a big leaguer…what a chump

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
8:17 pm

Those calls in the 9th were horrible. I still can accept 2 out of 3 knowing we should have won all 3. It would have been wonderful to gain a game on the Phillies but I still like where we are at with all the injuries we have had. And we have been without the catalyst Prado for a month and we are right there. Things are going alright for this team as a whole.

Thanks for the laugh Bacon

Matt

July 3rd, 2011
8:18 pm

Fredi literally has no idea Proctor is bad. That fact should give every Braves fan plenty of restless nights.

reckingball

July 3rd, 2011
8:18 pm

Well at least there are some reasons for the bitchers, to bitch about.

Mike

July 3rd, 2011
8:18 pm

Stupid umpires. Well said Chipper. Oh well. At least the phils lost too.

JC Boscan III

July 3rd, 2011
8:22 pm

Aren’t there about 726 other English adjectives that can be applied to baseball, other than “helluva”?!?! Ha — trying to sneak one through as “hell of a” was very tricky reporting!!! :)

Someone should ask Fredi if Proctor is REALLY more productive than C. Martinez would have been in that role. Using “hell of a” to describe Proctor’s pitching since joining the major league team is RIDICULOUS!!! Even when he doesn’t give up runs, he seldom has a clean performance. Proctor’s contract probably excludes him from being sent back down to Gwinnett, though….

Braves 2011

July 3rd, 2011
8:24 pm

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wallypip

July 3rd, 2011
8:24 pm

Umpire Ripperger: Shades of Eric Gregg.

He jobbed Schafer in that inning, too. Schafer had a walk but got a clearly wide pitch called a strike.

Mo-Ron!

It was good to here Joe Simpson disgustedly brand Ripperger: “Rookie!”

davidsonrva

July 3rd, 2011
8:26 pm

ctrl + F “Franceour” = found

gtfo

quit bitching

July 3rd, 2011
8:26 pm

He should be swinging and let the umpire dod his job,cry baby that has been in league for 18 years. boo hoo

braves fan forever

July 3rd, 2011
8:26 pm

We need to win when the Phils lose.It is hard when you have brainless umps and a no nuts Manager.Bobby Cox would have been thrown out at least three times this season.Hey Fredi G why do you need a video Bobby never needed one,All you need to do is grow you a set.

StevoDeg

July 3rd, 2011
8:29 pm

K-Baby, unfortunately, even if he gets fined, we wont know it even though we help pay their salary. I dont know who in here remembers Bill Hohn (Up in Boston and down in Florida a few years ago), but for his actions he should have been fined and publicly reprimanded for being a downright jerk to our players and to Bobby. Hopefully he does, because if Chipper thinks a pitch is a ball, then frankly, it should be changed. Like he said, he knows the strike zone better than any hitter I ever remember watching, and to lose like that is ridiculous. Chipper should’ve let him have it. Its disgraceful that a first year umpire has the guts to stare Chipper, a future HOFer and one of the most respected players, down like that.

toby flenderson

July 3rd, 2011
8:31 pm

proctor needs to go
he’s sh*t
whenever he gives up runs, its usually the lead blowing ones……

reckingball

July 3rd, 2011
8:34 pm

Those two last balls that were called strikes on Chipper, were just as bad as the ball that was called a strike on McCann(he had a 3-1 count and the ump made an Eric Greggesque call on a high and outside pitch, a strike) last week, that resulted in Heyward being thrown, out trying to go to second.

There was no response from the manager in either incident.
I believe that Cox would have been ejected and fined today, on that next to last bad call, when Chipper ran to 1st.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
8:34 pm

@Toby…that same comment can be made about any relief pitcher in the majors…”whenever he gives up runs, its usually the lead blowing ones…” That is the life of a relief pitcher. Hell I remember Smoltz giving up 4 runs in the 9th against the Mets at home. He sucked too right?

rc35

July 3rd, 2011
8:36 pm

It’s time for a real feature story on Dan Uggla. If he’s going to go 0-fer and kill rallies in 95% of the games he plays in, he needs to face the public through the reporters and tell us what’s going on. In the end, the public is paying his salary through tickets, TV revenue, MLB merchandise, and so on. I’d like to know he gives a hoot and isn’t just laughing all the way to the bank. It would be easier to empathize with a human face; it’s all too easy to project the worst motives onto an invisible man.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
8:37 pm

With the way Reynolds was going….I would have walked his butt. But hindsight is 20-20. Win 3 out of 4 against the Rockies and the Hall of Famer Helton (whom I enjoy watching play…dude is a baseball player through and through), and go for 2 out of 3 at Phillie. 9-3 the last 12 games……….ILL TAKE IT.

[...] the second time this year (Jason Heyward criticism being the first) Chipper Jones gave us a memorable quote today. “I’m going to stick up for my team. And if a guy is not doing his job I’m going to [...]

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
8:44 pm

@rc….I am totally disappointed and shocked at how bad he has played this year. He has NEVER played like this. But questioning if he is laughing about it is ridiculous. Have you not watched him bust his butt down the line on every ground ball and nearly beat them out (even has beaten them out a few times)? Have you not watching him run like a mad man from 1rs to 3rd on a bloop single? Have you not seen his defense? He was supposed to be an error machine at second…..He has played wonderful defense. I take all those into account and believe he does give a crap about his performance. It is a horrible year at the plate, but I still believe he is the man with 5 years of production in the majors over only 1/2 of a season. I do understand your sentiment though. It is frustrating a lot of times. I just offer this 1 item to you sir rc with all the respect in the world……..In my humble opinion…..he was never brought here to hit for average……..he was brought here and paid to hit 30 homers and 95+ rbi. He sucks this year at the plate, and I wish I had an answer why. I will chalk it up to a horrible year. Hell even Pete Rose hit .245 a couple of times in his career and he was arguable the greatest hitter ever.

NickGranite

July 3rd, 2011
8:45 pm

Fredi, maybe you ought to think about why you have to keep running the same bullpen guys out there…and in the same interview tell us Proctor is doing a bang up job.

dawg4u

July 3rd, 2011
8:45 pm

@ Joseph, I could care less about what you are any of your lapdogs think about my disagreement with your nonsensical statements. Let me guess – anyone that disagrees with an idiot is an ever bigger idiot right. You are very confused because I said nothing about Pence, Minor or Heyward . If Fredi Gonzalez, although he seems to be a fairly good manager thus far, seems to be a little passive in the personality department and that is what you like then fine. My suggestion to you would be to get a better analysis of what the Braves need and maybe try to grow a pair yourself.

Dennis Reynolds

July 3rd, 2011
8:50 pm

Im guilty of putting Heyward down and saying he’s worthless and the next Jeff Francoeur, or what have you. But he’s going to be great. He’s still learning and we as fans are just putting too much pressure on him to be great immediately. Albert Pujols’ only come around once a couple decades. Heyward still has to learn and adjust. Give the dude a break.

1.Prado
2.Chipper
3.Mac
4.Kemp
5.Freeman
6.Heyward
7.Uggla
8.Gonzo

1.Bourn
2.Prado
3.Mac
4.Heyward
5.Chipper
6.Freeman
7.Uggla
8.Gonzo

Neither will happen but Id love to see it.

reckingball

July 3rd, 2011
8:50 pm

Maybe Gonzalez needs a little TV monitior on the bench there with him, so that he can know when he has a legitimate complaint.

When Chipper dropped his bat and headed for 1st, Cox would have known that he had a legitimate reason to get out there, and chew that stupid ump’s arse out.
Cox would have been at the plate, on that blind ump, before Chipper could have got turned around good..

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
8:53 pm

Really dawg? I will speak simply for you sir. Like I said…I do not see where a manager acting a fool like Sweet Lou translates to wins and loses like you suggest. I can understand the “fire” aspect, but in my opinion, if you go out there screaming about a close call and get tossed……yes it looks good and is good entertainment, but the umps now have a grudge against you. That is my point on that. When did I say YOU said Pence and blah blah blah???? I refer to the repeated bloggers on here that think they know something when they don”t. You made a comment about those that agree with me……..Like i said…….if you disagree wonderful, but have some backing to go with it instead of just saying things such as………..fill in the blank. By the way why are you defensive? It sucks the loss today but dude cheer up 9-3 in the last 12….and that is without Prado THE CATALYST.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
8:58 pm

funny one reckingball. I admit I do miss hearing ole bobby and his “come on chip” “prad” Mac” “rossy”. Damn I miss that man.

@ dennis. Damn those would be nice. Be a wonderful fantasy team. Maybe Wren can pull a deal out of his you know what and get a CF. I love Schafer but dude just has got to get on base more. He has done a lot better the past 2 games, but still. CF can be upgraded. Early bullpen help also. Other that I like what we have. Hell I’ll take where we are right now with all the injuries we have had. Just imagine if Prado would have been here the past month? and yet we still go like we going. Going to be a fun summer fans.

K-Baby

July 3rd, 2011
9:02 pm

StevoDeg, You are right about us never knowing if the ump will get fined. I think it is time to stop protecting them so much since many have become so full of themselves and think they are the game. Billy Hann, Angel Hernandez and Joe West are the worst. C.B. Buckner is right there with them. It’s really bad when three of them are on the same crew. Noticed recently they are no longer together.

reckingball

July 3rd, 2011
9:07 pm

+Don’t forget balk a day Bob.

Rozy Rose

July 3rd, 2011
9:08 pm

I also miss Bobby picking his nose on camera…

reckingball

July 3rd, 2011
9:09 pm

Fredi can’t hold a candle to Bobby, in the booger-pickin department.

Rozy Rose

July 3rd, 2011
9:09 pm

Uggla’s got to go.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
9:12 pm

@K-baby I agree I cringe when I see any of them calling games. I think “oh great”.

Just a little off topic but tossing it out there………

Did any of you guys hear Bochy’s comments during the all-star selection show? If you did you better be nervous. I think Selig should step in on this one. He said when asked why he picked his rookie pitcher he said……I thought he should have been on our team out of camp…..THAT MAKES HIM AN ALL-STAR???? He went on to talk about how he has to plan his pitchers so that the game can continue into the 16th inning………he said if they are starters or relievers with history of multiple innings……..we are going to STRETCH THEM OUT. He went onto say that he will hold his “rookie” and HIS other pitchers “just in case the game goes extra innings”. So he wants to run every other clubs pitchers out there and “stretch them out” while holding his guys “just in case it goes extra”???? WTF? I hope Wren makes a phone call on this one. This is the same organization that tried to crucify Cousins because Posey doesn’t know how to block a plate….read the Johnny Bench interview and then disagree with that one.

Old Dog

July 3rd, 2011
9:15 pm

The last two pitches to Chipper were called strikes by the ump. The two pitches prior were called balls. All four pitches were in the same exact spot. The umpire (and I use the term loosely) had to have seen that. The jerk did that on purpose. Eric Gregg has returned.

Fredi. . .Get off your butt and show some guts once in awhile.

BRAVESFAN

July 3rd, 2011
9:16 pm

Great game! Can’t wait to see what this team can do when Uggla and Heyward show up. At what point do you tell these guys “we need you to sort yourself out in AAA/summer school because the rest of us are trying to win here”?

wallypip

July 3rd, 2011
9:24 pm

I agree that Schafer needs to improve significantly at the plate. But defensively, he’s been great. The Braves do not win Saturday’s game without Shafer’s stellar defense. I think Schafer is going to get better with the bat, and then he’s going to be a real asset for the Braves, and a thorn in the flesh of every opposing pitcher. I would stand pat with the outfielders we’ve got for the time being.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
9:24 pm

@BRAVESFAN….until this series with O’s…Heyward was hitting .283 since coming back from the DL. What is wrong with him hitting .283? Heyward does need to stop trying to pull the ball all the time. Dude has shown his plate discipline. I just want to see the real starters out there when we get Prado back. I firmly believe that Prado changes every single batters situation in the lineup and their approach.

reckingball

July 3rd, 2011
9:25 pm

Cousins was going after Posey all the way down the line, he didn’t like he was trying to get to the plate, to me. Posey didn’t even look like he had the plate blocked, when he was hit.
I don’t care what Bench, Simpson or any the other experts say, it looked dirty to me.

That statement from Bochy, is messed up, he should not be allowed to use his pitchers(and other teams pitchers) like that, in my opinion.

The allstar game, should be an exhibition game only, in my opinion.

Ralph

July 3rd, 2011
9:26 pm

@BRAVESFAN

Your going to have a long wait, there not going to show up. At least we didn’t lose any ground today to the Phils or the wild card, they all lost, St Louis, Brewere, Ariz , and Phillies all lost.

Dennis Reynolds

July 3rd, 2011
9:27 pm

When players underperform but are still trying their best, us as fans have to back them. If a guys just out there earning a paycheck not worried about winning, thats when we need to get on them. Heyward, Uggla, Gonzo. These guys try their best everyday. You cant fault them for that.

But Fredi, I simply cant stand the guy. He does not deserve to be managing a team of this caliber. He’s basically learning on the job how to manage both his bullpen and starting 8. Cant put together a lineup for anything. I understand he hasn’t had the whole team on the field at once very often (what else is new. We need better strength and conditioning apparently) but you have to be able to fill out a lineup that at least follows the basic structure of what type hitters go where. Hitting Gonzo or Uggla 2nd no matter how bad they’re struggling makes 0 sense.

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

Jeff Francoeur

July 3rd, 2011
9:31 pm

You miss me

I know you miss me

Who’s better than me?

Nobody….

Who has the better nickname? J-Hey or Frenchy?

Frenchy of course!!!

Looking forward to seeing Frenchy’s Maids back in right field once I’m traded back to Atlanta!

I’m kinda teary eyed because you love me so much people!

- Frenchy

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
9:32 pm

@reckingball….It is a split second decision….In slow motion it looks horrible but it is part of the game. And I don’t like Burnes (who DLed McCann on the same play) saying, after he has retired, oh it needs to change. My point with saying look at Bench’s interview is that Bench stated Posey was lacking in fundamentals. You never block the plate with your legs under you in a kneel. You block the plate squatted in a catching position.

Please Wren…..let our pitchers go to the game but bar them from pitching. Let them be honored as they deserve to be, but please do not allow Bochy to ruin our season by “stretching pitchers out”.

BravesFan25

July 3rd, 2011
9:37 pm

The ump did make two bad calls at the end, but that’s not the reason we lost. We had chances to win, and blew them. Brian McCaan cost us an important out today, by running sloppy when he thought he hit a home run. Yes, McCann has been an ace for us, but I’m not going to pretend or excuse that play didn’t happen.
The big story here today is Dan Uggla. I kept hearing from other Braves fans, “Uggla is a slow starter, he’ll come around”. Guess what? We are a week from the All-Star game, and he is batting .175. Pathetic! He is making our team weak. He is a guaranteed out. Another garbage player that Frank Wren blew tons of money on. It’s time Frank Wren goes.

Fryin Bacon Nekkid

July 3rd, 2011
9:38 pm

Scott Proctorologist…go away.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
9:38 pm

@ Dennis…actually Uggla when hitting 2nd …he has had the best results for Uggla. .231 average. Gonzo I agree with you 100% on. He should be batting 7th. McLouth 8th. McLouth is doing really good when he bats 8th. If I may offer this up to you sir…..

1.Prado (I know he is better 2 hole…he is perfect there but just follow me here)
2. Uggla or Heyward depending on the pitcher.
3McCann
4. Freeman
5. Jones
6. Heyward or Uggla
7. Gonzo
8> McLouth
9. Hudson (can we do that let Huddy bat and hit homers every game even if he isn’t pitching????)

DanUggla

July 3rd, 2011
9:42 pm

Joseph, thank you for comparing my horrible season to Pete Rose’s worst years. I know even when he was bad, he had a better BA than I have. Thanks for overrating my performance, like Wren did with me by signing me a huge contract!

Always believe,

Dan “Stirkeout Machine” Uggla

Mr. Enigma

July 3rd, 2011
9:43 pm

“We can’t keep running the same guys out there all the time. Shoot, Scotty has done a hell of a job for us. Everything was in place for us to get through that seventh inning. I thought we had the right guy in there.”

Uh…what Scott Proctor has he been watching this year? He’s been total garbage the entire season. The only reason his ERA is where it is that he usually gives up inherited runners and is lifted for a real pitcher who can keep his runners from scoring.

The only time Scott Proctor is the “right guy” in 2011 is when determining who they need to cut next. He sucks.

K-Baby

July 3rd, 2011
9:45 pm

Joseph, If the umpires learned that I called out those names, I’ll probably get a letter in the mail informing me of my fine ;~)

Legolas the Elf

July 3rd, 2011
9:48 pm

I cringe every time Heyward or Uggla bats with the game on line
I mean,really JHey? A 1-2-3 double play? I tnought u were Mr Superstar?
Heyward has the biggest freakin head on that team and he cany hit, cant steal, and is a HORRIBLE fielder
All together now…JASON HEYWARD, OVER RATED!

Gimli son of Gloin

July 3rd, 2011
9:49 pm

Well said, Legolas!

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
9:50 pm

@Mr. Enigma…I agree Proctor is the weakest link in the bullpen. Think about it. I mean really think about this guys……We are compaining about just 1 guy in our bullpen. Do you guys remember the 90s? All the starting pitching talent in the world…The best assembled. 3 Hall of Famers together…..we had clutch hitting at best (and that is being kind to our offense in the 90s.). But our weakness and the reason we only won 1 WS was because our bullpen was so horrible it couldn’t hold a lead for anything. And today we have the 2nd best starting rotation top 5 (if not better bullpen) and #1 pitching staff combined in the majors with some clutch hitting. I like this that one guy is a weak link in the bullpen instead of the ENTIRE bullpen like we had in the 90s.

David Hughes

July 3rd, 2011
9:52 pm

Poor little Chipper says he is out there “busting his can” from 1:30 to 5:00 today…all for $14 million. Give me a break! Get a life Larry!

I_R_Human

July 3rd, 2011
9:53 pm

Everyone seems to forget how much Heyward has sucked when he manages to get a couple of hits

I_R_Human

July 3rd, 2011
9:56 pm

@David Hughes…….Yeah Chipper makes lots of money……so do most ball players (compared to normal people anyways)……and yeah he is busting his can……dude is playing on one leg…..39 years old (old for baseball) and playing harder than a lot of the younger guys in baseball….If you are going to say something about how much money he makes then you might as well say that about any ballplayer who ever complains

jerry

July 3rd, 2011
9:59 pm

Bobby is getting fined for what he would have said, had he been manager.

BRAVESFAN

July 3rd, 2011
10:01 pm

Can’t wait to hear what http://www.atlantabaseballtalk.com says tonight! I’m not sure what people are saying when Uggla goes back to the dugout? Are the boo’s getting louder or is there just more people at the Ted? Hey that’s not nice, I think I saw a boo sign on the jumbrotron.

clayton bigsby

July 3rd, 2011
10:11 pm

tom glavine got those calls his whole career. if a ball was called a ball and a strike a strike he would only have about 50 wins. maybe chipper should have swung the bat instead of acting like he was owed a walk.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
10:14 pm

Kind of funny how Glavine, while calling the game, said I wish I had gotten the call that far off the plate. Nice try Clayton…….Please do not be a hater and have some real knowledge next time…only 50 wins? You make me laugh….wow.

Caseyatthebat

July 3rd, 2011
10:23 pm

When Prado returns to the lineup isn’t the most significant upgrade this can give us is him playing second base?

Mister Frisky

July 3rd, 2011
10:27 pm

Joseph,No doubt getting Prado back wil be huge it’s puts a potential 300 hitter in the line up and puts one of the awful underachieving bats on the bench.I know your one of the truest Braves loyalist there is on the AJC blogs.I respectfully disagree with the premise that Prado will be enough.

the cox man

July 3rd, 2011
10:28 pm

How much does FG get for blowing a name. wish i knew so i could bet against braves.

the cox man

July 3rd, 2011
10:30 pm

GAME NOT NAME

James

July 3rd, 2011
10:36 pm

The problem with the Braves right now is Uggla and Heyward. Hayward needs to be traded for some good prospects and a better RF. Uggla can’t be traded tho he needs to cause of his contract. Freddi needs to show some fire out there. There is no way in hell some joke rookie ump would be able to get away with jackass calls and stare Chipper down with out Bobby breaking something off in the rooks ass. Today McCann made a stupid mistake by not running hard after his hit. Every one knows you run no matter what till the ump says home run. Heyward can not be counted on when you need a big play. For the life of me how can he not figure out why he can’t hit. MOVE TO THE PLATE, STOP SWINGING AT BALLS IN THE DIRT.

clayton bigsby

July 3rd, 2011
10:38 pm

joseph glavine got that far plus another ball and a half most of the time. i was being a smart mouth when i said 50 wins it should be at least 60. learn to recognize sarcasm. laugh on that….wow. to bad saying ummmm 100 times in an interview isn’t a hall of fame credential. chipper would be in for sure then.

Boca Baby

July 3rd, 2011
10:39 pm

Those last two pitches were Eric Gregg strikes. After Chipper started towards first base on the first one the ump was going to call anything a strike that looked half way like a strike. We do not need umpires like this. “OK Mr Ump, you made a bad call on the first one. Let’s not make it worse by making another one.” Pathetic.

Boca Baby

July 3rd, 2011
10:43 pm

James: What are you smoking? Have you not realized yet that what you have in Fredi Gonzales is Bobby Cox 2. He is not going to panic and trade Heyward and send Uggla down to the minors. This is why he is the manager and you are a blogger.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
10:48 pm

Ok James….Please with all due respect sir. I agree with fundamentally McCann should be running his butt off but come on….I do not have a clue how in the heck that didn’t get out of here. Non issue. He is off the plate because he is baiting pitchers to pitch him outside……THAT IS WHERE HE WANTS THE BALL. He is down this year yes he is. I will not dispute that. How is Heyward the problem? Heading into this searies he is hitting .283 since the DL. He had a horrible series no doubt. I hear this so many times sir….manager needs to show fire………My question to that is simply this………….

Why does every manager have to be SWEET LOU? I agree a manager going nuts and getting tossed is wonderful for entertainment purposes. Cox got ejected 90% of the time because he didn’t want his players to get tossed. How many players been tossed this year? How does a manager going out there screaming at an ump about a close call and getting ejected and PROBABLY PISSING THAT UMP OR THE ENTIRE CREW OFF help a team in the wins and loses?

joe

July 3rd, 2011
10:49 pm

swinging at first pitches and hitting weak grounders, no adjustments at the plate( move in the box so you can reach an outside pitch). Just 2 things that seem to be beyond the Braves and their “hitting coach”. A term I use lightly……

Mitchell

July 3rd, 2011
10:54 pm

The Braves were terrible today.

Absolutely no excuse losing to the Orioles the way they did. I don’t care about the home plate umpire. That was just a formality.

The Braves gave it away. The ineptitude of Braves hitters not being able to advance a runner from first base with no outs continues to reshape and redefine incompetence.

Chipper wasn’t going to do s***. You know, I know it, we all know it.

Unbelievable. Scott Proctor gets Reynolds for the last out and the game’s over. It’s our game. We win.

But instead he gives up one of the longest home runs I’ve ever seen in person.

I’m telling you, you could just feel it coming.

I’m sure we’re supposedly bad fans for criticizing the team with the third best record in the majors but explain to me how a team like the Giants can lose two of their key starting players and offensive components for the season and be right there in the standings behind us?

Arizona, Cleveland, St. Louis, Tampa Bay to name a few. Teams that are doing the unexpected with no name players and without ace pitchers and MVP caliber players.

The Giants have scored 11 more runs than they’ve given up. There’s no way they should have that many wins. They are practically at the bottom of every offensive category.

And how many 9th inning runs have we scored this year at home? Four?

How does that happen? How do you go from pulling teeth in ‘09 to the walk-off kings of baseball a year later then straight back to being completely hopeless when trailing by as little as a single run?

Frustrating. Especially if you’re a dumbass like me and bought into the whole “swagger” garbage and all the pre-season predictions of unseating the Phillies for the division.

It’s clear now the Phillies are not slowing down and 100 or more wins is extremely likely.

The Braves are not winning 100 games.

The division is over. I just hope we finish second.

mike

July 3rd, 2011
10:59 pm

it is readily apparent that Uggla isn’t filling the bill. why? i don’t know. i do know the time has come for a change to be made. surely there is a second baseman in the system who can hit. if not, this is a bigger blunder by wren than meets the eye. i also feel that fg is not up to being a major league manager. he refuses to stick up for the players and really doesn’t know how to manage a bullpen rotation. finally, the hitting, and i really use the term loosely, coach needs to go. with a team average of in the 220 range, it is even more impressive that pitchers have kept the team in the games. just think what it would be like if the team was in the 250-275 range. wren has made three bad decisions which he needs to rectify in the immediate/immediate future. try listening to some people on the sidelines. just because they don’t operate between the chalk doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are talking about.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
11:05 pm

@Mitchell. The braves didn’t win 100 games in 95 when they won it all. Your crying only makes me want to say this……….please listen closely………….ready?
9 AND 3 IN THE LAST 12………….what freaking more do you want you ridiculous complainer? 9 and freaking 3 in the Last 12 and this entire month our best hitter is on the DL.

Ok you are right we suck. Forfeit every game now. We surrender. Give it a rest wow. By the way……you stat of only getting 4 runs in the 9th at home is stupid………..THE ONLY TIME WE GET A SINGLE RUN IN THE 9TH AT HOME IS WHEN WE ARE TIED OR LOSING. What about when we win………damn we should have scored in the 9th right? You are the epitone of what the rest of the nation thinks this fanbase is. A JOKE.

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
11:07 pm

@mike. I understand your frustration I have the same frustration. But calm down. How is it a blunder? I will look at 5 years of documented production over 1/2 of 1 season of horrible ball.

Tom

July 3rd, 2011
11:15 pm

James – I agree with you about Uggla and Heyward! Sure they are trying hard, but if you can’t get the job done, then the next guy gets his shot! We don’t wait a whole season to see if he will come around because he is a good guy. Heyward has developed some really bad hitting habits and does not look like a major league hitter at this time. A couple of our Gwinnett guys(Constanza or Gartell) look a hell of a lot better at this time, or trade for someone like Pence(Astros) or bring back Franceour(.265BA, 52RBI’S, 11 HRS, 12 SB’s and even has thrown out several runners on the bases). Heyward is not even in Franceour’s skill level at this time. Uggla is lost for some reason at the plate this season and is not improving as time goes by. I’m at a lost what to say about him, Keppinger(Astros), .325BA, hardly ever strikes out is playing circles around Uggla. Go get Keppinger!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DanUggla

July 3rd, 2011
11:17 pm

I’m a slow starter, just remember that Braves fan. Don’t ever boo me again!

Always believe,

Dan Uggla

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
11:23 pm

AAA guys hitting AAA pitching….yeah that means they will tear it up in the majors in a pennant race. Besides, neither are on the 40 man roster. Learn your team you are a fan of please.

hank57

July 3rd, 2011
11:36 pm

If you want a reason why Uggla will not be benched or traded, I can give you 12 million of them.

Tom

July 3rd, 2011
11:39 pm

Joseph – Have you ever played any sports in your entire life, I doubt it! If a guy does not get the job done, it is then the next guys opportunity. Whether they are on a another major league team, Triple A, or Double AA ball!! We can not go the rest of this season with the way Heyward and Uggla are playing, they are not getting better as the season is progressing!!

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
11:40 pm

All those crying about Uggla….Please refre to Pena last year with TB. PERIOD>

Tom

July 3rd, 2011
11:44 pm

Joseph – Time to sign off for tonite, but do me a favor and checkout tonites box scores and stats for Keppinger(Astros) and Franceour(KC Royals). Thanks, good nite to an unrealistic homer!!

Joseph

July 3rd, 2011
11:51 pm

hahaha….Keppinger is a fine player. Frenchy burned his bridge here. I just say this with all the respect in the world……………do any of you understand a trade in the majors? You have to give up something. I just ask please go look at the rosters career stats and tell me they suck…………….prove it with stats and documented proof if I am wrong.

reckingball

July 3rd, 2011
11:57 pm

Yeah the Braves had chances to score earlier.
The Braves still had a chance to win before those 2 pitches that were balls, were called strikes.
That umpire took away the Braves chance to win, just to show his authority.

Joseph

July 4th, 2011
12:03 am

@reckingball. I agree it freaking sucks. It happens though. I hasten to remind all the “fans” on here that even after all of that…………9-3 in the last 12. Want to hate on that simple number? I love it that we doing all this without the CATALYST Prado. He is our ignition switch.

what me worry ?

July 4th, 2011
12:37 am

Some of you goomers would b*tch if the Bravos won 162 games and won the World Series in 5 games that they didn’t win the series in 4 games

Joseph

July 4th, 2011
12:42 am

preach on what me………….preach on.

CaptainMudderland

July 4th, 2011
12:59 am

That Ump had it for the day and wanted the game to end right there. He knows he will be okay and not be faced with any disciplinary measures–Just doesn’t care that they were balls….screw Chipper and the Braves. Substandard is a great word for these guys in the NL and it seems pride in their job is just not there all the time….Chipper is right, but really….when is Fredi goning to get off his tuchus and go stand up for his players? Can he spit and talk loud? Go get in some Umps face Fredi!!!

DanUggla

July 4th, 2011
1:11 am

Thank you Braves fans, for defending my horrible batting average, by acknowledging to my haters about the few great defensive plays I have made this season. As long as I’m making a few great defensive plays every now and than, I’m deserving of my 5 year $62 million dollar contract. I signed that contract, because I knew Frank Wren and you Braves fans would be delusional about my past performance, and stick up for me while I suck it up in the ATL. I felt like you fans would catch on to my plan, but once I saw Braves fans wearing the new shirts at Turner Field, showing fans how to do the “tomahawk chop”, I knew you all were slow! Thanks!!

Always believe,

Dan “The Strikeout Machine” Uggla

acbwcmm

July 4th, 2011
2:53 am

I was at the game on Saturday night and I was completely dumbfounded when Fredi G. called for a suicide squeeze. There was only 1 out and a runner on 3rd. Schafer would only need to hit the ball to the right side or to the outfield and Ross could have scored. A suicide squeeze?!?! I just couldn’t believe it.

Sometimes it feels like the Braves win IN SPITE of Fredi! That being said, they’ve won a lot! I can’t wait for Prado to be back, and I’m hoping Uggla turns things around after the break.

GO Braves!

Scott Proctor

July 4th, 2011
3:13 am

Can anyone recommend any good eating establishments in the Gwinnett area?

Fredi Gonzalez

July 4th, 2011
3:19 am

I thought Crystal Pepsi was a helluva idea

clay

July 4th, 2011
4:07 am

The problem with Heyward is he is trying to pull everything. Even Tom Glavine said it. You can clearly see it, and if the avg. fan can see it or the commentators can see it. Why in the hell can Larry Parrish not see it and do something about it. Half of those pitches Heyward gets are outside and if he would stay on the ball he would serve everyone of them down the left field line. He could have 4 hits and all doubles. But instead nothing is being done about it and you will continue to see him ground out to the pitcher and second baseman until he changes somethings at the plate.

AK Braves Fan

July 4th, 2011
4:22 am

His name is Heyward.

His name is Jurrjens.

Uggla does not need to go.

Fredi Gonzalez needs more of a chance. Cox made mistakes too. All managers do.

It’s okay, I don’t know anything either.

That is all.

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