Hanson snub on minds of Braves All-Stars

PHOENIX – Choosing Phillies ace Roy Halladay over Jair Jurrjens as the National League All-Star starter was not something that rankled Braves All-Stars, as all of them including Jurrjens acknowledged Halladay worthy of the honor bestowed upon him Monday by  Giants manager Bruice Bochy.

But not selecting Tommy Hanson to the All-Star team? That’s something Bochy, the NL manager, would have a hard time explaining to the Braves.

“I know everybody’s saying Tommy should be here, too,” Jurrjens, said during All-Star media day Monday.  “In my heart, and with a lot of people around the league, we know that Tommy deserves to be here. But stuff happens. Sometimes you scratch your head and just let it go.”

Other Braves weren’t going to let it go quite that easily.

For the final spot on his NL pitching staff, Bochy chose Braves closer Craig Kimbrel over Hanson, after Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain pitched in a Sunday night game and thus became ineligible to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star game. Cain was one of Bochy’s original All-Star picks, and will always have the All-Star designation next to his name for 2010.

“It was very difficult,” Bochy said of leaving off Hanson (10-4, 2.44 ERA). “I know how well he’s pitched. I feel awful for this kid, with the season that he’s had. It was just really a tough choice between he and Kimbrel. I think a reliever will benefit us a little bit more….

“I obviously wanted to get some of my guys [Giants pitchers] there. But I do feel bad, because he certainly deserves to be here.”

Major league saves leader Kimbrel was deserving of All-Star recognition. What upset the Braves was that both Kimbrel and Hanson were left off the initial roster, and that Bochy chose between the two  for the final spot. Hanson’s  statistics were better than several members of the All-Star pitching staff, including Giants Tim Lincecum (7-7, 3.06 ERA) and Cain (8-5, 3.06).

Phillies All-Star Cole Hamels, another Sunday starter who was thereby ineligible to pitch Tuesday, was replaced on the All-Star roster by Pittsburgh’s Kevin Correia, because Hamels had been a players-ballot selection, and Correia was second on that ballot. Correia is 11-7 with a 4.01 ERA.

Among NL starters, Hanson ranks first in opponents’ average (.190), second in opponents’ on-base percentage (.264), third in ERA and strikeouts per nine innings (9.49), and fourth in opponents’ slugging percentage (.317).

He was arguably the most glaring All-Star pitching snub in either league.

“It’s bittersweet,” Kimbrel said, “because I feel like Tommy Hanson should be here, as well. He’s having an All-Star year, and it’s unfortunate that he’s not able to be here with us.”

Hanson was 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA and .161 opponents’ average in his last six starts before the break.

“He does belong here,” said Braves All-Star catcher Brian McCann, who will bat fifth in the NL lineup Tuesday, after Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder. “[Hanson] is at the top in every major category. I mean, somebody gets snubbed every year. It just so happens it was one of my teammates, and someone who I’ve gotten to catch and see how good he’s been, so I’m going to be a little more vocal about it.

“He’s turned into one of those elite pitchers. He’s understanding what he can and can’t do on that mound, and he picks things up quick. I wish he was here. He deserves to be here.”

Phillies All-Star pitcher Cliff Lee agreed:  “Tommy Hanson should be here right now, I think. He’s pitched as good as anyone in here.”

103 comments Add your comment

aswingruber

July 11th, 2011
9:15 pm

Who me?

July 11th, 2011
9:18 pm

Bochy is so lame….good article DOB…

Geaux Braves

July 11th, 2011
9:18 pm

Great article. Snub for sure.

Who me?

July 11th, 2011
9:20 pm

The Freak and Matt Cain in front of Tommy?? I hope BMac bends his ear the whole time he’s in Phoenix….

aswingruber

July 11th, 2011
9:20 pm

Bochy really f-ed the Braves hard between snubbing Hanson and starting Hallady over Jurrjens who has more wins, a lower ERA and lower BAA. I hope Tommy pitches the deciding game that knocks those fools out of the playoffs, avenging last year’s division series loss and this year’s all-star snub.

bravesgrl4life

July 11th, 2011
9:20 pm

For revenge, I hope Tommy comes out in the 2nd half and wins every single game he pitches, with a couple of no-hitters and shutouts thrown in. That would be a good f-u to all those who overlooked him. I know, with the way our boys have been scoring (or not), it’s not likely, but it sure would make for a hellava second half, wouldn’t it?

Steve

July 11th, 2011
9:24 pm

aswingruber nobody on Earth cares if you were first. Get a life.

Robin Of The Hood

July 11th, 2011
9:27 pm

Im hoping that the AL hits 2 HR of Halladay then gets 4 runs off “The Freak” and the NL offense bails us out for a win then come October the Braves sweep the Giants with JJ and Hanson pitching complete game shutouts in that series!!!!!!!

Darrell

July 11th, 2011
9:29 pm

Boche hates red heads, always has. This really should come as no surprise.

Supes

July 11th, 2011
9:29 pm

Tommy should use this as extra motivation from now on when facing the Giants.

Glad to see his team mates sticking up for him like that…proud of all our ALL STAR team representatives for the NL.

Hopefully Jair will pitch well, Brian will have another key hit and Venters & Kimbrel will do what they’ve been doing for the duration of this season…shut people down quite often by the means of striking them out. How great would it be if Kimbrel got the save in the game?

bravesgrl4life

July 11th, 2011
9:30 pm

Robin, I like that idea!!!

Milt Famey

July 11th, 2011
9:30 pm

Darn shame. Tommy handled it with class, but it will give him some extra incentive when he faces the giants. Give ‘em he–, Tommy!!

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
9:32 pm

Hanson should be there. It is inexcusable. There is not 1 single reason other than Bochy wanted to only pick his own players because he is afraid to look them in the face and tell them they are not good enough this year. He is desperate to be liked in his own clubhouse and that is pathetic of a manager to think like that. Pathetic. Sandoval????? Another ridiculous decision. Same reasoning. Yes he has the right pick his own players, and yes Bobby did that as well……..but I cannot think of another all-star manager that was this blatant and obscene about it.

Any word on how many innings the pathetic Bochy will “stretch out the starters”? If JJ pitches more than 2 innings……I don’t even want to think about that. I hope he isn’t that stupid, although with his obscene selections……he is that stupid. Here’s too a strong start in the 2nd half. Expand the lead in the WC and gain at least 1 game back on Philly this weekend.

tinyterco

July 11th, 2011
9:32 pm

Why is it they dont go by the players record.Tommy is the best right now as well as JJ.Thats just wrong he isnt there.Tommy keep up the good work Braves fans love you…

Who me?

July 11th, 2011
9:34 pm

Even money Kimbrel doesn’t even make a pitch in the game….at least he can always say he made it to the ASG in his rookie year. Hell of an accomplishment….

Skeezix

July 11th, 2011
9:35 pm

Bochy–what a jerk! I feel bad for Tommy. This is a snub we Braves fans should never forget!!!

bruce

July 11th, 2011
9:36 pm

what about the player’s vote snubbing Tommy, they should know better than Bochy, they have seen him more.

Milt Famey

July 11th, 2011
9:36 pm

I understand Bochy’s argument about wanting Kimbrel as a reliever but why did he pick 3 of his starting pitchers instead of 3 relievers? Maybe he should have thought about that last week.

Let's Go

July 11th, 2011
9:39 pm

Every year there are a couple of players that get left off the team and should have been there and Tommy is one of them this year. Now the good thing is that this year the manager had the difficult decision to make choosing between two Braves. When that is the case it usuallly means your team is having a really good year, you know kinda like the Braves this year.

With Halladay starting Jair will only throw 1 inning and then be ready to pitch on Saturday and with Tommy not on the team he should be slated to throw on Friday giving Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe some extra rest.

Milt Famey

July 11th, 2011
9:39 pm

Joseph, I think Sandoval was a player’s pick since he replaced Jose Reyes.

David O'Brien

July 11th, 2011
9:42 pm

Matt Holliday looks like Yul Brynner

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
9:45 pm

@Milt….Rowland was 2nd in player selection. He is replacing Chipper. Sandoval is replacing Polanco, starters are replaced with manager’s selection I believe. I could be wrong, but I do think manager’s pick the replacement for starters.

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
9:49 pm

CORRECTION…………Ramirez of the Cubs turned down the invite and then Sandoval was selected. The pitching selections still stand.

northbeach Scott

July 11th, 2011
9:49 pm

The Vogelsong selection is a nice lifetime movie, but disgraceful since he displaced Tommy Gun. However, that is why it is nice to win the pennant–most of the choices were Bochy’s call, like it or not.

Milt Famey

July 11th, 2011
9:49 pm

Sorry, Joseph. I think you are correct.

shmoe

July 11th, 2011
9:50 pm

good to hear cliff lee speak up about it. of course braves players will stick up for him.

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
9:53 pm

tommy you rock. who cares what the giants think…..can’t wait for them to come to atl to face you. will be there cheering for your revenge

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
9:57 pm

when the braves got slammed by the phillies on sun and tommy got dissed i originally thought this would be a downer for them. but i now think they will be SO READY to scorch these teams coming up after the break. so tired of the phillies and their fans. they win 2 out of 3 at HOME and somehow they think they are up by 15 games. lol so delusional

David O'Brien

July 11th, 2011
9:57 pm

Braves’ first-timers turn to six-time All-Star McCann for advice

http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-braves/braves-first-time-all-1011235.html

fredi2311334

July 11th, 2011
10:11 pm

Matt Holiday is a baldy, but needs to be more dynamic and great as Yul Brynner…

Philly Fan

July 11th, 2011
10:16 pm

I completely agree leaving off Hanson is completely awful. I know he will have other opportunities to get there but you really never know. He could get injured and never be the same thus missing this opportunity. This is just shameless. The NL East should have 5 starters in it and your closer. Our 2 teams are just pitching at such a crazy level right now. Both Cain and the Freak are having very good seasons but Hanson year is just better. Period

TS

July 11th, 2011
10:23 pm

Bochy did exactly what Fredi G will do if he ever gets the chance. It’s the spoils of success.

Philly Fan

July 11th, 2011
10:26 pm

TS good point. There is something to be said about backing your guys. I just think he could have left off someone else. The rule where every team needs an All Star affects this as well. I think the rule should be changed to only the Hosting Team needs an Allstar.

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
10:26 pm

yeah but the difference with fredi is that we have enough legitimate pitchers to make it look honest LOL

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
10:30 pm

lincecum is not an all-star. period. he’s not been around long enough to warrant the respect that a roy halladay gets.

Philly Fan

July 11th, 2011
10:31 pm

Bravos and the Giants don’t? They are all having very good years and they were stellar last year in the playoffs. It’s just that Hanson year has been better. He deserves to be there but don’t tell Cain and the Freak are deserving as well. The McCutchen omission was awful too

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
10:31 pm

@Philly Fan I agree. Good Idea. However, the only real issue I have is the pitching selections…..Lincecum and Cain? Really? Let the player votes select the rest of the roster…….then let the manager select injured or no-shows to fill the roster. That is my idea.

Am I wrong in thinking they are going to use the DH in a NL park tomorrow? If so, why can only the AL have a DH voted in? I know NL doesn’t use the DH, but they can come up with a way to have a write in or select possible bench players as that spot? My point on that one is that the AL has 1 more player “voted in as a starter” than the NL.

Philly Fan

July 11th, 2011
10:33 pm

Joseph, just think your 8 hole hitter made the all star game because he had a decent year and was a pirate.

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
10:35 pm

@philly fan…no the giants don’t….they don’t have four people that are worthy of a selection. not this year. none of them are old enough to get the “superstar” either. they may have won the world series but they are far from their performance of last year. lincecum has been all over the place.

David O'Brien

July 11th, 2011
10:36 pm

The Home Run Derby has already reached the finals round? Wow, that just flew by.

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
10:36 pm

Also won a Gold Glove in ‘08 that year as well. Yes he sucks since the trade, not near as bad as would be perceived on here though. But he earned his spot THAT 1 YEAR.

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
10:36 pm

“superstar” treatment that is……in fact, i think some of the philly relievers are even more deserving than that bunch…and lord knows that takes a lot for this braves fan to say. :)

Philly Fan

July 11th, 2011
10:37 pm

Joseph, I also think an NCAA tourney committee type could work for selections as well. Maybe Hall of Famers? I don’t know. I am not sure on the players vote actually, because with all the work they do playing. Can they honestly say they watch all of the games? Maybe you and I can call MLB and we could be the first hires of this All Star selection committee? You up for it. Hey its more fun than my current day job.

shmoe

July 11th, 2011
10:39 pm

chris berman is such a clown

Philly Fan

July 11th, 2011
10:40 pm

Bravos, you make a good point but I try not to get suckered in by win totals. In my opinion ERA and Innings pitched are the 2 most important stats for a starter. Cole had like 12 wins last year but was awesome all year and what did King Felix have last year? 13 wins? I really think the W for the staring pitcher is an overrated stat. In the past it was a key stat but 2 much can happen since the advent of middle relief

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
10:43 pm

Probably more money than mine as well. Actually I think the only All-Star game that has the voting thing right is the NFL. Adopt a straight up fan/player/manager-gm vote. All count equal. 33.33%. Minus pitchers. I do not think fans should have a vote on pitchers except for the starter. Too many times a dominant middle reliever gets no chance to go. Venters is an exception this year. It is always Closers and Starters only most of the time. Guys like Venters and Bastardo rarely get a chance to get the honors they deserve. But the manager should only pick a player when there is an injury or a player declines the honor of going.

Philly Fan

July 11th, 2011
10:53 pm

I love Venters as well. Bastardo didn’t take on a big role until about the 40 game mark. Remember he was actually are 2nd lefty out of the pen to start the season.

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
10:55 pm

I know. Justed used him as a point of reference.

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
10:56 pm

yeah i read that about bastardo as a starter. wish we had faced at least one of your bottom two starters. lo i think braves will bring up some of their young starters to use in the bullpen later in the season… since liberty media is more concerned with barnes and noble than the atlanta braves.

Chris from the Rock

July 11th, 2011
10:56 pm

Maybe Bochy’s one good eye wasn’t working when looking at the stat sheet when picking the All-Stars.

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
11:00 pm

LOL his quote today about hanson really made me want to throw up…..he felt “awful for the kid” save that crap man. just plz don’t lose the game b/c of ur pitchers. brian wilson is not pitching that great recently….AND i want the phillies or braves to have home field advantage in the WS. let’s be real. the rest of the NL are not in the same class this year.

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
11:01 pm

@bravos007. I don’t want see Minor or Tehran in the bullpen. I am not saying, I do not think they could handle the job. I am confident they could. I just fear that the bullpen mentality and a starter’s mentality are completely different. I would be afraid of messing up their mindset is all.

David O'Brien

July 11th, 2011
11:03 pm

OK, Cano is impressive. Even amid this repetitive, mind-numbing exercise, he’s really impressive

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
11:04 pm

@joseph i agree totally. just not sure what options the braves have if medlen and moylan don’t pan out. i would rather use them in that role than trade them for some bozo from another team. minor as a lefty is a critical part of our future rotation. and tehran….that guy is the next star

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
11:04 pm

@DOB- totally….i was shocked to see how good he really was. awesome night for him

shmoe

July 11th, 2011
11:06 pm

please heyward, turn into our robbie cano. that guy has such a quick bat, so strong. wow

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
11:08 pm

That was a really special Home Run Derby. Father throwing to son. Just probably one of the best I have ever seen.

Tehran is off limits. Period. Wren has said that repeatedly. Minor I could see being traded as part of a HUGE package. But it is doubtful with the spending limits we have thanks to Liberty. If we had to trade 1 I say Minor in a second if it was a choice between the 2 is only reason I make that statement. But I think more of the bait is with Delgado and Visc……just my 2 cents on that one.

Supes

July 11th, 2011
11:08 pm

Worst part of homerism on Bochy’s part is he’s already proclaimed Brian Wilson will be “getting the save opportunity” for the NL if it arises…so much for Kimbrel getting a shot at it…Darn I hope Fredi gets this chance to be the NL All star manager someday and stick it to any GIANTS that particular year as payback!

ArkyTech

July 11th, 2011
11:12 pm

What’s even more irritating than Bochy leaving off Hanson is that fact that the players voted Kevin Correia and his Lowe-like ERA over Hanson. That dude would be our 4th or 5th starter!

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
11:16 pm

@joseph- i honestly hope that those four are ALL off limits. we really need the left handed pitcher. minor just needs a little more confidence and he will be an animal. those two AA pitchers are awesome. hudson and lowe are not gonna last much longer, and when you add in future injuries to people, i think we might actually need them

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
11:17 pm

Correia is still more deserving than Cain or Lincecum. Those 2 NEVER should have been chosen this year. Yes they have had great careers, but until you reach HOF consideration..ie Cal….no automatic selections should be made for them period.

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
11:19 pm

@bravos……..I agree I just stating the ones I could tolerate for a Big deal. Not for bullpen help no. But IN A DREAM WORLD WE ARE NOT OWNED BY LIBERTY MEDIA……..1 of them or 2 of the 3 might land a big-time CF that could stabilize an offense that is struggling as a whole.

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
11:27 pm

i know it’s a dream. such a shame what time warner and liberty media has done to the braves. it is actually a miracle that they are as successful as they are. i think they will sell soon though.

Supes

July 11th, 2011
11:32 pm

Correia is still more deserving than Cain or Lincecum. Those 2 NEVER should have been chosen this year. Yes they have had great careers, but until you reach HOF consideration..ie Cal….no automatic selections should be made for them period.

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Agreed….somehow the All Star game has become a ‘career achievement award’ for some people…when in essence they should ONLY consider what you’ve done from April till early July that specific season.

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
11:35 pm

i don’t even think cain or lincedum’s career has been long enough to warrant that treatment from the all-star game

Rowsdower

July 11th, 2011
11:43 pm

I’m actually shocked that Bochy couldn’t see how great Tommy has been all season, and dominant his last 5 starts, the guy has no eye lids.

shmoe

July 11th, 2011
11:45 pm

bring back the victoria’s secret model!

bravos007

July 11th, 2011
11:47 pm

was anyone thinking how awesome dan uggla would be in the homerun derby? i know he struggles in the game but he is apparently a MONSTER in batting practice with homers

Joseph

July 11th, 2011
11:49 pm

All Bochy did was make his own players like him…..A manager that would rather be “friends” with his players instead of their leader???? GLAD HE IS NOT THE BRAVES MANAGER. This organization from Shierholtz (no I do not know how to spell the man’s name…SORRY) on down is pure class. I can feel better knowing Bochy will never be a part of this classy organization by the way he has conducted himself since winning 1 championship in over 50 years. A lot of people forget how he dumped a Molina brother (anybody ever hear of any of the Molina brothers EVER complaining or doing anything that wasn’t best for the team?) for Posey (while a good young player still not warrant just dumping a man of the respect of either of the Molina brothers in my opinion. He showed his class with that move first, and continues to do so with every interview he gets now.

Husker Tony

July 12th, 2011
12:56 am

Joseph, he got them a World Series Championship, you don’t like those??

Rufio

July 12th, 2011
1:14 am

I have a question…………Chipper was named to the All Star Team. He is now on D/L and is having knee scoped. Does Chipper still receive his incentive All Star Bonus from the Braves organization?

Luv 2 Hate Me

July 12th, 2011
1:27 am

Bochy can kick rocks and suck a fat 1. His players SUCK!

Chris Sabo

July 12th, 2011
1:40 am

@Rufio

Chipper gets recognized as an All-Star in the record books for this season despite being unable to play… so I’m guessing he’ll receive his incentive bonus.

Chris Sabo

July 12th, 2011
1:42 am

If the NL does lose the all-star game… I hope to God it’s one of the Giants pitcher’s fault. A blown save by Brian Wilson (I cannot stand this douche) or a bad inning from Volenburg or whatever that guy’s name is.

I do want the NL to win though…. but you know… if they do lose… would be nice if it was Bochy’s and his guys fault.

Chris Sabo

July 12th, 2011
1:45 am

Anyone else think JJ, Tommy and the Phillies big three are the best starting five in baseball this season?

David O'Brien

July 12th, 2011
2:17 am

Check out this story about Gwinnett’s Stefan Gartrell, who won the Triple-A home run derby tonight in Salt Lake City — and a retro Braves jersey presented by Dale Murphy himself.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110712&content_id=21750188&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&tcid=tw_share

Steve 2

July 12th, 2011
2:36 am

Bruce Bochy botched this year’s All-Star Game pitcher selections in a huge way! Lincecum has pitched in less than 70 games in his career. Hardly a Nolan Ryan-esque career. His selection to this event is nothing more than a joke. In fact, had Kimbrel not made the team, the same type comments could be made regarding the Giants closer making the squad. Kimbrel’s numbers top his!

For a manager to pick his own is obviously his right. For him to do it while neglecting a player who is obviously having a better season is a slap in the face to that player and the team he represents. I truly hope the Braves have another opportunity to remember this in October!

Darren Shupe

July 12th, 2011
3:40 am

I love how dissed everyone on this board seems to feel. Let’s put it this way: it’s an All-Star selection. If the Braves truly have what it takes, they’ll prove it in the playoffs. Championships aren’t won in the middle of the season.

Last I checked, the Braves choked against the Giants in last year’s NLDS. When they beat them this year, then they’ll have license to talk trash. The Giants have a 52-40 record heading into this All-Star break. They’re a hell of a team, and will be hard to handle for any potential contender – including the Braves and Phillies.

Did Bochy make the right decisions in terms of which pitchers should be in this year’s game? Probably not. But don’t slam the Giants based on his decisions. I think the league made a major mistake underrating them last year, and would do so to their considerable disadvantage if that were to occur again this year. The Phillies and Giants are the class teams of the National League this year, and there’s no way around that. The Braves will have to play out of their class if they want to knock off either team.

wjones

July 12th, 2011
6:31 am

“Last I checked, the Braves choked against the Giants in last year’s NLDS. When they beat them this year, then they’ll have license to talk trash. The Giants have a 52-40 record heading into this All-Star break. They’re a hell of a team, and will be hard to handle for any potential contender – including the Braves and Phillies.”

Agreed…..but the Braves record is better.

Those clamoring to abolish the rule of every team being represented, sorry but I don’t agree. That just opens up the process for more managers bringing along their own, and if we get to that point there will always be teams that are never represented (Royals, Pirates, Padres, Nationals), while we will always have tons of Yankees, Red Sox, etc. To me that has been what separates the baseball all-star classic from the others—that plus the fact that I think it’s cool that the players get to wear their own uniforms.

Sammy

July 12th, 2011
8:19 am

Shupe-Facts…Braves did not choke they lost key players prior to limping into the playoffs

DOB Tommy Hanson= Tobie Keith ……..what do you think Mr. “I can make a musical ref out of anything?”

Supes

July 12th, 2011
9:11 am

Braves did not choke they lost key players prior to limping into the playoffs

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True and one better…one certain Braves player “chocked” defensively…who knows where we’d be if that hadn’t happened.

The rule to allow a player from every team is complete BS…it rewards mediocrity and doesn’t promote a healthy competition. The best and most deserving players should be there…this isn’t little league where everyone now gets a fraking trophy just for playing. We have sissified our sports culture to the max.

Captain Lou Albano

July 12th, 2011
9:23 am

Well we can all agree that Giants pitcher Vogelsong should have never even been considered for the all-star game. There’s one BS move by Bochy. If I were Vogelsong, I would be a little embarrassed. He doesn’t belong there.

Naboo the Enigma

July 12th, 2011
9:52 am

Tim Lincecum (7-7, 3.06 ERA)
Hanson (10-4, 2.44 ERA)

Hmmmmm….

Bochy is a DOUCHE

Flo-Rio-Duh

July 12th, 2011
9:53 am

Bochy admitted that Hanson was lft off because Bochy wanted his boy on the team. It doesn’t matter who was best.

frank wren

July 12th, 2011
10:08 am

why is everyone so upset about hanson not making the all star team??? when we really should be irked that my favorite scott proctor did not make-it– except for a few misplaced fastballs recently he has been as great as i thought he would be when i resigned him after releasing him–in fact my manger freddi said on friday he has great confidence in him being out there in the tied game- and he showed confidence in him in that baltimore game when he lost the game witha one run lead– why did the rest of the mangers and players not show the same confidence that fredi and i have in him and place him on the all star team– in mine and freddi’s book scott proctor is the all star— and deserving– we will keep running him out there in close games— this is a disgrace

Ted Abernathy

July 12th, 2011
10:42 am

Is Bruce Bochy’s first name really spelled Bruice?

rob

July 12th, 2011
11:28 am

no it’s bruce douchy

John Blood

July 12th, 2011
11:57 am

Seriously???? Worry abuot getting to the World Series .. who cares about the midseason all star game?? Let’s go Braves.. Get off your high horse and lets run the table and get to the BIG DANCE!!

STH

July 12th, 2011
11:58 am

Wish Hanson were there , but he knows how the game is. Sometimes you deserve more credit, sometimes you get more than you deserve. I am so sick of hearing about how many guys are on thie team. It is an exibition game to show case the most popular and the greats of current time. Well back when 50 guys were selected, there were less teams to represent, so let it go and just roll with the changes that are happening and coming… Oh by the way Bobby selected one or two too many Braves when he coached the all star team aswell. Bochy is just as human as trhe rest of us. Maybe wrong sometimes, maybe right sometimes too.

B Mac is the man!

July 12th, 2011
12:16 pm

Here’s hoping Tommy goes out and throws at some Giants the next time he pitches against them and sends Bochy a little message…..

the truth...the cold hard truth

July 12th, 2011
12:26 pm

Bochy and the boys will be in town for four games Aug 15-18….

We can show them then how we feel…..

Hank

July 12th, 2011
12:42 pm

It is evident that Bochy wanted to make his players feel good over wanting to field the best all star team for the NL even though that is what an all star manager should do.

Bigwheel

July 12th, 2011
1:02 pm

I wonder the last time a pitcher won the Cy Young without being selected an all star?

Dawgs97

July 12th, 2011
1:25 pm

Does anyone else think this might be some kind of douchey payback by Bochy at the Braves over the Roger McDowell incident two months back?

Boca Baby

July 12th, 2011
1:25 pm

I do not understand Bochy. No one should understand the impact of this game better than he. It is home field in the world series at stake here. No longer is this just a meaningless game. The league needs to be represented by the best of the best and not a political move of stacking the deck with his own undeserving players. The sellection of Vogelsong is a total joke. Come back player of the year, yes, maybe. The year ain’t done yet. All Star? Not a chance. The guy only has 39 decisions in his entire career. He is 6-1 right now. But he has a 16-23 career record. Can you believe that Bochy had to nerve to take this guy? What goes around comes around. And Bruce, Baby, its coming around to you.

Boca Baby

July 12th, 2011
1:29 pm

Dawgs97:

Not a chance that Bochy is trying some vicarious retributive act towards Hanson to get back at McDowell. The thing is, Bochy knows what McDowell uttered to the fan is true.

Braves in 11

July 12th, 2011
1:42 pm

I think this will benefit the Braves more in the long run. Hanson is going to play with a chip on his shoulder proving he should’ve been at the Allstar game. He’s pitching this good now…just imagine how he’s going to be after the break. He could make a legit run at the CY Young.

Dawgs97

July 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

I definitely agree with Braves in 11. What has been my mantra the last few days with my fellow Braves buddies is that Hanson faces the Giants in Game 3, 4 or 5 of a first round series this year and shuts them down to eliminate them and then gives Bochy a little wave goodbye :)

really though

July 12th, 2011
3:38 pm

Everyone including a Big Papi could steal off of Hanson. Albeit a difficult decision, Kimbrel was the right choice.

Conyers Braves Fan

July 12th, 2011
4:36 pm

I too like every other Braves fan think ommssion of Hanson was wrong, by both the players and Bochy. However, at this point there is no use to keep on our minds. Don`t cry over spilled milk but think about the upcoming series with the Nats who have been tough on the Braves. Need to win this series at home and get off to a good start after the break.

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