2:28 pm July 14, 2011, by Carroll Rogers
July 14th, 20118:09 pm
Do what?….. Is that you Yogi Wren?
July 14th, 20118:10 pm
I here the talks between the Stros’ and the Braves are getting heated!
July 14th, 20118:16 pm
Are you serious Jason?That would be a good place to start.
Schafer may be the most important .240 leadoff hitter ever. When he gets on base, he scores over 50% of the time. The Braves batted .222 in June and went 17-9. Why? Because Schafer knows how to score. He is a very good defensive center fielder, and this is worth a half a run each game. Look, there are many players with great stats, but do you win with them? We do with Schafer. He is our center fielder for the rest of the year. When Chipper comes back, Prado moves to left, and McLouth goes to the bench.
July 14th, 20118:21 pm
Alexis, Su español es tan malo como su conocimiento del béisbol …
Brave New World
July 14th, 20118:37 pm
When a team has one of the best records in baseball at The All Star break, major changes are usually not in order. Frank Wren has done a very good job turning the Braves around. They made the playoffs last year and are heading that way again after several down seasons, so most of the negative comments are empty. With the pitching we have, we need to play strong defense and find a way to score about 4-5 runs per game, and we will win most games in the second half. Strong second halfs from Prado, Uggla, Chipper, and J-Hey should make our offense more than enough for a playoff run. GO BRAVES!
July 14th, 20118:53 pm
Glad to hear Wrenn is not going to trade away our pitching unless someone knocks his socks off!This business of giving up good prospects for two month rentals is a waste!
Heyward The Punisher 2
July 14th, 20118:58 pm
Heyward is Punishing Nothing! It’s sarcasm.
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July 14th, 20118:59 pm
July 14th, 20119:02 pm
Why does the AJC even bother to interview FW? Do you believe he will actually answer with an earth shattering response? I would rather they interview Sonny Clusters–real answers to the important questions!!
July 14th, 20119:07 pm
July 14th, 20119:17 pm
Wren has no clue…Ugla is a joke! We can’t make any serious moves because we owe Ugla so much money..
July 14th, 20119:55 pm
I’ve always been saying a bullpen arm (veteran preferably) is a definite need other than another bat.
q- frank how satisfied have you been with proctor-
a- well you know i have great faith in scott signed him twice- when no one else wanted him- he has pitched great except for a few mislocated fastballs– he is a pro and he will come around i have all the faith in scott proctor for the second half- great guy great pitcher
July 14th, 201110:01 pm
Bottom Line Frank: As always the Braves will fail in making the right trade at the rigth moment to make the post season and most important STAY on the play off.
Thanks for the info, it is just another wasted oppotunity like the all previouos chances.
July 14th, 201110:03 pm
q- frank how satisfied have you been with larry parrish-
a- great guy- great hitting coach- just look at the work he has done with gonzo uggla- heyward- mclouth– schafer all over 200 except for uggla– and look at the job he did to turn mccann around– wasnt his brother–and he is turning uggla around- wasnt the sportscasters showing video of waht uggls had been doing wrong– great hitting coach
Hinske Da Man
July 14th, 201110:04 pm
I know Prado will be a stud when he comes back, he is just to good to not be good. I have a hard time believing that Chipper can stay healthy and be a factor for this team in the second half. I hope he will be, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. It would be awesome to get Chipper’s replacement in place now. If that happens to be Prado for the long term, then the Braves need to find a starting LF player with some pop in his bat.
I like this pitching staff for the future. Hopefully we rid ourselves of that over priced, under achieving Derek Lowe soon so that we can spend that money on a area of true need. With the younger guys coming up to round out our staff, we can certainly survive without Lowe.
Lets go Braves, and lets kick some butt in the second half and win this division. Show the Phillies that great pitching beats a great offense all day long.
July 14th, 201110:09 pm
wren never tips his hand remember his trading vasquez- was quoted as saying we need to stregthen our benchr and stregthen our minor leagues- so he did’nt tip his hand in that trade- exaxtly what we got a bench player in melky so wren never tips his hand???
Poor Pitch Selection
July 14th, 201110:26 pm
Man give Uggla a break. He’s been crushing the ball lately and at times is actually trying to hit the ball the other way. He’s starting to turn things around and he gives 100% on every play. It’s amazing how many idiots post on this blog. It’s down right comical. Frank Wren has done an excellant job in rebuilding the Braves. I believe if he does make a trade for a RH bat he won’t sell the farm to do so like Surholtz. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BRAVES>
July 14th, 201110:40 pm
q- frank how would you grade yourself after taking over for john–
a- just like the above commenter stated i’ve done an excellent job– look at my moves– scott proctor- joe mather–garret anderson– troy glaus–melky cabrerra–jeff bennett-greg norton– gonzo- especiALLY with the bat- these guy have really produced for the braves mclouth- only gave up charlie morton and a minor league outfielder TRHE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING JUST LOOK AT HOW WELL THE GUYS I BROUGHT IN PRODUCED AND HAVE BEENA KEY FACTOR IN US WINNING– AND I ALMOST FORGET GOT KK AND DEREK LOWE- got them really cheap so i didn’t tie up any money for any needs-poor pitch selection you are so right proof is in the results and all my moves have produced great results-
July 14th, 201110:54 pm
Wren is either delusional, or just plain full of shi.!
July 14th, 201110:58 pm
The interview with Frank Wren was a joke. Chipper has been a great player for my Braves, however age and injuries has taken their toll. Heyward looks bad at the plate, swings at everything. Gonzo at short has gone int dumper at the plate. Mcclouth never happened. Jordan needs another year in triple a. Frank if you are not a mouth piece for Liberty Media, please go after a right handed outfield power hitter, bring Omar back. Stop acting like The Atlanta Spirit. They are all losers.
July 14th, 201111:19 pm
I guess I don’t understand why there is so much negativity towards Frank Wren on this blog. The Braves have the third best record in the majors despite all the injuries that happened in the first half. Yet so may people on this blog feel compelled to constantly find fault with what Frank has done with this team. Why???
July 14th, 201111:38 pm
Braves need RH power. Wily Mo Pena was designated by D-Backs. I’ve always liked him as a power bat. He just can’t field.
July 14th, 201111:41 pm
Trade Heyward for Alex Gordon and Aaron Crow. Move him while his value is still high…before he becomes Francouer II…
braves fan forever
July 15th, 201112:52 am
Get off the Kemp trade.It’s another Texeria deal.Don’t give up the farm to get a rental folks.Schafer will be fine.We do need a right handed bat off the bench and yeas Proctor scare me as well.Also are some of you people really that dumb to think that Frank wren is going to tip his hand just to please you.I don’t remember John Shurholtz tipping his.So we need to be patient.
July 15th, 20112:40 am
I believe Wren will make a trade,but it has to include McLouth or Lowe because of liberty mutual.We need a right-handed hitting outfielder,with power,and help in bull-pen.We don’t need a everyday OF,but one that can do what Hinske does from the left side.And we can’t work Venters,Oflarety ,and our closer like we did in the first half.Sherril and Linebrink are ok but we need help ..I hope Moyland comes back ok,but who knows and can we really count on Chipper?He is giving it all he got but the body has a mind of it’s own.This Team can win,but they need help from he owners.Iwish we had a owner like that guy in Dallas or TED.As the Beatles said “HELP”.
Bob the Blogger
July 15th, 20118:15 am
I’m perplexed about the following statement from Wren concerning Jordan: “He has to become that guy that puts the ball on the ground and runs, and uses the opposite field as a key weapon, bringing the guys on the corner in and slap the ball by them. It’s all those little things that he’s really learning on the fly”.
Learning on the fly? What the heck was he working on all of those years in the minors? He was always projected as a leadoff hitter, so why is he having to learn that stuff on the fly now?
July 15th, 201110:34 am
in response to tk– kk mather proctor, glaus-mclouth, garret anderson, norton, melky and overpaying lowe is that a long enough list- or i forgot derrick lee great and ankiel and farnsworthless and you ask why we are critical of wren????? look at these players and their production as braves nuff said
July 15th, 201111:22 am
Jordan S. & Nate are good back-up options, not true starters for a team trying to make a legit run at a title. Let’s all hope Wren realizes that. CF is a power postion….not a spot for .235 hitters. C’mon Frank….earn your salary!
July 15th, 201112:35 pm
billmaier – your analysis of Wren as a GM is shortsighted. It’s easy to make a list of the moves that didn’t work out as well as we would have wanted and say the GM failed. You can make that kind of list with any GM in the history of baseball. Each move has to be looked at on it’s own merits, taking into account the situation, etc. Ask yourself, what did we give up to get Lee, Ankiel and Farnsworth? In those two separate trades, Atlanta gave up six low to mid-level prospects and actually received some cash from KC in the Ankiel/Farnsworth trade. Wren was making a move to bolster the team for the pennant drive. This isn’t fantasy baseball. As many have pointed out on here, you can’t trade your junk and get stars in return. It just doesn’t happen that way.
Regarding Lowe and KK, Wren made it clear when he arrived that he needed to upgrade the starting rotation. He almost had to overpay for Lowe to accomplish this and by and large, Lowe has been exactly what we thought he would be. It was an organizational decision to pay Lowe the contract they did. KK was a gamble and the first year he pitched well. After that it was not so good. That’s a risk you take when signing Japaneese pitchers. Glaus was a cheap pickup that put us in a position to make the playoffs in the second half of the season.
I am not here to go over every move Wren has made. But some people on the blog need to realize that just because Wren doesn’t land the superstar player in a trade, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad trade. Look at the record of the team in Wren’s time as GM. That should speak for itself.
July 15th, 20111:46 pm
Well you don’t tip your hand. If you read the questions it was almost like Carroll gave him an out with the “bat off the bench” and solve it “internally” questions. You could tell from his responses that he half-heartedly believes that will work. It can, but that does not mean the team wouldn’t be better off adding a bat and a bullpen piece. If he comes out and says that, then all the other GM’s know and the price goes up etc. Likewise, no matter how he feels about Parrish, which I have no clue, he sure as hell is not going to say anything negative right now. It would serve no point. Parrish has his style, it’s not going to change. The team is stuck with it this year, and if they like it, next year as well. Calling him out would just cause a big mess.
July 15th, 20112:09 pm
I would scrap the entire outfield and ss position. Go ater Quintin and Cabera for ss. Okay keep Heyward but a few weeks in the minors might get him back in gear, maybe an eye exam too.
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July 15th, 20113:59 pm
Asdrubel Cabrera? Tell me again why Cleveland would trade perhaps the best SS in baseball, especially when they are in a fight for the AL Central? Come on people. While we are at it, let’s get Rickie Weeks for Lowe and trade Uggla for Matt Kemp. That should fix all our holes.
Chris P. Bacon
July 15th, 20114:54 pm
Carroll, by chance was Frank Wren giggling when he talked about the quote great unquote job Parrish was doing as a batting coach?
July 15th, 20115:31 pm
This is my first time commenting here, and I really expect to get flamed by the regulars on this blog, but, so be it.
You critics do realize that the Braves have the second best record in the NL, only behind the Phillies, who have a pitching staff comparable to ours in the days of Madeux, Glavine and Smoltz.
You critics do realize that baseball is a two sided game, offense and defense, yet what I see is a total bias to offense. IMHO Jordan is an EXCELLENT defensive outfielder that has kept us in more than a few games with his play in the outfield.
I could go on and on, but why bother. Your all GM and manager wannabees who know more than the professionals that run my favorite game.
July 15th, 20118:07 pm
what about…calling up costanza from AAA that guy really run…in the dominican winter league , wich is like a AAAA baseball cuality ,,,he really impress me
July 15th, 20118:10 pm
willy mo peña is available…seeck him….. he can crush the ball ,,,,do we need a power rh outfield …he is exactly that…
July 16th, 20117:29 pm
I hear you Heyward The Punisher 2, in case you’re worried about it and post three more times wondering if I’m going to see it. Got it.
July 24th, 201110:25 am
Manager Fredi Gonzalez needs a little baseball101.Reds game ,men on 1st and 2nd nobody out.Weak hitting shortstop Alex Gonzalez up .A bunt is in order to move the baserunners up.Instead he swings away-popup.This occured twice against Cincy resulting in 2 or 3 runs left on base.Close call at homeplate with Jason Heywood he looked safe to me.Manager sits in the dugout with a confused,distracted look.I am beginning to think that Jeff Louria had it right when he fired him.
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