Braves quotes after Wednesday 10-inn. win over Pirates

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Ross’ performance

“Great evening, not only behind the plate, made a nice tag at the plate, was able to hold that team to one run for 10 innings with multiple pitchers and drive in two. He did a terrific job.”

“Freddie Freeman got three hits and a big hit there to go first and third. The bullpen, terrific job. We’re running on fumes down there right now. For them to shut them out for three innings with O’Flaherty and Kimbrel and Linebrink…. For me the play of the game was JJ on that bunt to end that seventh. If he only gets one out there, then we have to bring in Georgie (Sherrill) in to get those left-handers, maybe becomes a little different game. It was a heads-up play by him.

“Good win. Two in a row, got a chance tomorrow to maybe win the series.”

On Jurrjens’ outing

“He was outstanding. What, about 111 pitches? (116) Terrific night.”

On Freeman

“Right now he’s swinging a hot bat and helping us win some ball games.”

On checking Freeman’s hand at first base near the end of the game

“When he slid into second base to break up the double play he landed kind of awkwardly on it and he just jammed it a little bit. I didn’t notice it until Bubba yelled at me to go out there and check him.”

On if he told Freeman he wasn’t going anywhere (kidding)

“I didn’t even ask him how he felt. He’s one of those old throwback guys that likes to play the game. He likes to stay in.”

On if he had the pitching to go a little bit longer or starting to get nervous

“I was starting to get nervous. I was starting to get real nervous.”

On feeling good with Ross in that situation

“He’s going to do something, whether it’s hit a sac fly there, put the ball in play and make them make the play. You could do a lot of stuff with him offensively. You can hit-and-run, you can bunt with him, he can run you out of the ballpark. You feel pretty good something good is going to happen.”

Does walking Uggla there say something about his recent turnaround?

“Absolutely. For me in my mind that was one reason I was contemplating bunting Prado there. But I’m thinking because you’ve got to walk Freeman. But I’m thinking in the back of my mind, you’re going to have to pick your poison because Danny is swinging it pretty good right now. And we tried, it failed but we ended up first and third.”

On Ross as a temporary replacement for McCann

“Quality. I can’t think of too many teams in the major leagues that have the quality in the backup catching position that we do.”

On being glad no play at the plate

“It was a nice clean game. It really was a pretty good ballgame, other than we got 14 hits and [only] two runs. But it was a good night.”

***DAVID ROSS

On replacing McCann

“You’re not replacing B-Mac. I’m trying to get in there and hold down the fort until he gets back. You know, catch a good game, call a good game, throw some runners out. Luckily tonight I was able to come up with some hits. But I’m a totally different player than B-Mac. I’m a guy that tries to get bunts down and move runners and scratch out a hit when I’m in there.

“Tonight, I would have done the same thing they did, pitch around Uggs to get to me. Luckily I put a good swing on one and found a hole. Probably a situation that will come up a bunch.”

“We’re struggling to get runs. It’s two good teams, two good pitching staffs. I was just hoping for our bullpen’s sake that we didn’t go too long. Gotta credit the guys in this clubhouse. There’s some guys who really haven’t had any sleep. We got in at 3 in the morning that first night [after Cincinnati]. Come back with that two-hour rain delay, then the log game, 19 innings, now we’re back here at 10 [innings]. We’re like, geez, come on. Let’s scratch it out, do something to get a run across.

“Nate McLouth, leadoff hitters are so huge in extra innings. Great at-bat by Freddie Freeman. He’s turning into a — no he is an unbelievable player, and he’s going to be a good player for a long time.”

On delivering after the Uggla intentional walk

“It was satisfyinig, I’m not going to lie to you. With B-Mac out, I don’t want to be the weak link. That’s always my thing. I want to win on my day. It looks like I may have four more days coming up, too [laughs]. But I just want him to get healthy and take his time, because we need him down the stretch. We need him health. I just want to hold the fort and see what happens, maybe at the trade deadline see where we’re at.”

***JAIR JURRJENS

On getting back closer to form

“I’m still not where I want to be; I walked three guys. Sometimes I was being aggressive, and sometimes I was running away from contact. But it was an improvement over the last two times, for sure. I got into the seven inning in a big game for us, to try to save the bullpen.”

On the work by the ‘pen

“Oh. Back-to-back extra-inning games. That’s why I hope tomorrow will be another good game from D-Lowe and save that bullpen. Or we can break out early and give the bullpen a chance to rest, too.”

On the 2-1 series lead

“That’s it. The Giants helped us out today [beating Philadelephia]. It’s all about winning series. Keep winning series, that’s it.”

***NATE McLOUTH

“This game had 15, 16 innings written all over it. So it was nice to just try to get on base and get things moving. We had the top of the order up, it was nice to get things started in the 10th.”

On leaving so many runners

“Seems like we’ve bein singling teams to death. Not executing the past couple of nights with guys on third and less than two outs. But, you know, we can through with a win. Try to take the series tomorrow.”

On Ross filling in for McCann

“He had both RBIs. Big sacrifice bunt. Threw two runners out. He did it all tonight.”

***DAN UGGLA

On being intentionally walked, indication of your progress?

“You have to do that in that situation. Set up a force and create the double-play opportunity.”

On your second three-hit game of season

“Yeah, I was thinking, when was my last one? Maybe Milwaukee? It’s bad when you can keep track of how many three-hit games you have. I haven’t had too many two-hit games.”

On taking series lead playing pretty much without Chipper, without McCann tonight….

“Yeah, and this is a good team. They battle and they pitch, they’re a good team. We’ve been struggling in this series offensively, but a the same time we’re banged up right now. We’ve got to battle through it and continue to just work together as a team.”

On Freeman, isn’t fading like some rookies do this time of the season

“He’s just getting started. He’s kind of a freak of nature, him and Heyward both. They’re both so talented, yet so humble. Freddie, he’s acclimated now and he’s just got a great attitude towards everything. This kid, he already is really good, but it’s going to be scary to see what he does in his career.”

***BRIAN McCANN

On Ross coming through

“He can start for a ton of teams. The way he handles a game, the way he throws out runners, he can hit, puts together good at-bats it seems like everytime up. The guy’s an animal.”

Make it any easier at all to have to sit, knowing position’s in good hands?

“For sure. There’s not a better person to be behind the plate. It makes having to sit here [on the DL] a little bit better.”

173 comments Add your comment

David from Athens, AL

July 27th, 2011
11:41 pm

Dennis Reynolds

July 27th, 2011
11:42 pm

Wren, go all in for Pence. We have enough pitching depth for now and the future.

Minor and Delgado for Pence

Cmon now

July 27th, 2011
11:50 pm

We want pence! Go after him now! I’m sick of hearin that we are saving our pitching for the future! The braves have been saying that since the 90’s and we have 1 world seris ring. The future is now

Kimbrel rocks

July 27th, 2011
11:51 pm

Uggla has the best frame of mind. such a great person it seems. bet he is a awesome teammate to have. might just buy me an uggla shirt this weekend! LOL

Martin

July 27th, 2011
11:51 pm

Dennis, I agree with you…. Throw in Christian Bethancourt and Astros bite… Do it now Wren!!!

Joel

July 27th, 2011
11:52 pm

dennis, i agree then lets move prado to ss and bench gonzo!

Joseph

July 27th, 2011
11:52 pm

Loved what McCann said. It is obvious the past 2 years that he has learned a lot from Ross. Nice job by Wren to sign Ross to a mulit year deal.

Mister Frisky

July 28th, 2011
12:01 am

Cmon now,Excellant point.Two decades of hoarding arms.1 WS to show for it.A change of philosophy is in order.

biff pocaroba

July 28th, 2011
12:01 am

Love Ross tonight
I feel we would be better suited using him as our RH PH all along
He is just to good to sit 4-5 days
If we use him an get into an emeargency Conrad can catch a couple innings until a replacement arrives from Gwinnett
I have to say team is playing as expected, need to get healthy
Biggest disappointment has been Heyward, just not improving. Freddie has better stats than Heyward did as a rookie and is only getting better. Heyward wont go backside with the outside pitch and it kills us
He should be moved elsewhere
Need to bring up young arm as a starter and send Lowe to help in pen
thats what I am saying
How about signing Kenny Powers as a relief pitcher

Jay Dubu

July 28th, 2011
12:04 am

What’s the origin of the water and dirt celebration at home plate?

Braves should find another way to celebrate.

Joseph

July 28th, 2011
12:16 am

Supposedly Prado started it last year. Why? I have no clue. Love seeing the veterans though when they get the walk-off hit. never seen Ross run so fast…lol.

TONE-TONE

July 28th, 2011
12:23 am

I just read the GIANTS SIGNED BELTRAN. The BRAVES SIGNED
WILL NIEVES! His batting average is .140. He makes $750.000.
Do WREN likes shopping for bargains! He could have signed me!
I would have at least hit .141 for $150,000. You pay $750,000 for
this? The BRAVES loves these types of players.

Joseph

July 28th, 2011
12:30 am

TONE…….try actually knowing what you read first sir. Nieves was not signed. The “bought” his contract for the remainder of the season so he can replace Boscan at AAA while he is acting as the back-up to Ross. Do you know who Nieves is? No I bet. He is an excellent defensive catcher that calls a great game, but has never had a bat. Maybe just maybe, he might be an insurance policy in case something else happens to the catchers? By the way, Nieves has an arm equal to that of Ross. Sorry to ruin your little tirade, but just thought I would provide some facts sir.

NorCal Brave

July 28th, 2011
12:35 am

Normally I’m gonna complain about scoring just 2 runs with 14 hits, but getting 14 hits with the lineup we had out there tonight is flat out incredible. Can’t even remember last time we had 14 hits period.

Who Me?

July 28th, 2011
12:38 am

Solid effort tonight all the way around. Good to see small-ball win it. We played smart tonight for the most part and truly good to see Uggs get 3 hits tonight.

Mister Frisky

July 28th, 2011
12:38 am

Joseph are you sure your not Frank Wren undercover.

Strikeoutlookin

July 28th, 2011
12:39 am

As much as I also want to flip the future for a “Chance” at a title now, I would love for Wren to stand pat.. Do we really want to trade 2 of 4 guys that can be JJ or TH 3 years from now for a .250 hitting Upton, or a Pence who is neither a true CF or Leadoff Hitter? Especially in the next 2-3 years Freeman is going to be putting up Howard and fielder numbers… Patience young grasshoppers, We are sitting SOOOO nice for the next decade if we just play our cards right.. everything we need is already in house.. This year might not be our year, so what.. We have KK and Lowe and Huddy and Chippers money all going away in less than 3 years…. So much money coming up to spend with so much talent already here? Why trade that away for a “Chance” this year? The Giants will be Irrelevant in 4 years…..Again.

BrianSC

July 28th, 2011
12:42 am

Great win Braves!!! Grind it out this time of year. Every game counts. Every win is one step closer. Hang in there. Get players healthy.

Grind. Battle.

The Ghost of Rick Camp Wins in 19

July 28th, 2011
12:43 am

Now, now, now, Joseph. It’s not wise to toss any facts into these blogs!!

As frustrating as it is to watch Alex Gonzalez flailing at the plate, nobody in their right mind would move Prado to SS in the midst of a pennant race, when he has had 5 plays at SS in the majors, and made an error on 1 of the 5. If he’d played a ton of minor league SS, it might be possible to consider it. But, that’s not the case. Taking a chance on Tyler Pastornicky (with his .441 ave. in a whopping 34 ABs at AAA) would be more reasonable than THAT…..

Reggie

July 28th, 2011
12:45 am

Strikeoutlookin

July 28th, 2011
12:39 am
We are sitting SOOOO nice for the next decade if we just play our cards right.. everything we need is already in house.. This year might not be our year, so what.. Thats the same attitude we had in the 90’s and 1 title in the 15 year run really stings now….

Joseph

July 28th, 2011
12:53 am

Reggie…I wish it was 15 straight, but no it was 14 straight division championships. Learn baseball sir, It is not a matter of what the record is when the playoffs start……..the HOT team usually wins. When did the Braves of the 90s and the 14 straight years clinch? by 2nd week of September? Yes that is good for health but then you face a team that is hot. Sorry to prove you wrong sir.

Ghost…..Pastornicky(I am trusting your spelling) isn’t coming up until they see what he does at ST next year. He just got promoted to AAA. He is the one they wanted out of Toronto to dump Escobar. He is doing well………let the kid develop the rest of the year though.

Just Wanna Say

July 28th, 2011
12:56 am

I really don’t think standing pat is an option. Mac is out for 15-20 days. Yes, I know Ross is a really good backup, but he is still not Mac. Chipper is really iffy right now. The idea that we stand pat with Lugo and Ramirez in our starting lineup right now is just not acceptable. We need to make a move now for a bat and a solid reliever. Rauch is apparently on our radar…as was Frasor, but he got dealt today.

Mikey D

July 28th, 2011
12:56 am

You just can’t say enough about Uggla and Freeman tonight. I was at the game and they were carrying the load just fine. lugo on the other hand…sheeesh…golden sombrero – lookin even. Migh be better with Brooksie out there until Chipper can go

acbwcmm

July 28th, 2011
12:58 am

@Strikeoutlookin – Pence may not be a true CF or leadoff hitter, but he is a true hitter. This year he could play each outfield spot while others rest or are platooned (Heyward). Next year or beyond, he could move to left field. Prado is better suited as an infielder, anyway. Or, the Braves could elect to trade Pence in the offseason. Personally, I’d be thrilled to hear the Braves obtained Pence. It doesn’t matter either way, because they will end up trading for Willingham or some other average to below average hitter with a little “pop”.

Just Wanna Say

July 28th, 2011
1:00 am

I agree ac. Disguised in this win tonight is a team that is just not hitting with RISP. 14 hits is great, but we still only had 2 runs. We need someone that can knock them in. I like Prado in the infield as well, but did you see his cannon tonight? Geez. That is a benefit of having a third baseman that can play out there. He has a cannon.

The Ghost of Rick Camp Wins in 19

July 28th, 2011
1:06 am

With Willingham’s poor batting average this year against lefties, I hope he’s not the player we get (unless we also make other moves for the offense). Oh, and to clarify, I wasn’t suggesting that Pastornicky be called up after only 8 games at AAA. BUT, it would make a lot more sense than this nutty idea floating around of moving Prado to SS for the remainder of the season, when he’s had 5 chances at SS in the majors and only 8 games in his entire minor league career at SS.

If we don’t make ANY deal for the offense, as a worst case scenario, we should put Gartrell on the 40-man roster and give him a shot platooning in RF against lefties. Even as a rookie, he should do better than Heyward’s .167 against lefties. The bar has been set low enough!!!

Just Wanna Say

July 28th, 2011
1:08 am

I got what you meant Ghost and agree. Although I think Prado could “hold the fort” I do not think you make that kind of move this late. It would be…insane, which is why your statement made total sense.

Sean

July 28th, 2011
1:39 am

I doubt Prado WANTS to play SS. I am so tired of hearing people say that…Alex Gonzalez is good on defense, I’ll take that. So what if he bats .230, not everyone in the lineup is going to hit even .260. No major league team has that going for them.

The Braves are still talking about moves. They will make some move that will change the lineup. If it’s Willingham then yeah, I might be disappointed. But I have to justify it with the fact that BJ Upton is just not the player he was in 2008. Maybe a change of location would help him, as I heard some MLB analyst say today. But why are we trading two of our top prospects for a guy who has hit sub-.250 the past two years? Isn’t that we’re complaining about in Heyward, Schafer, Gonzalez…etc. etc. His home run total has been solid at best. That’s what we would be getting.

Stupid Suggestions

July 28th, 2011
1:55 am

Re-sign Troy Glaus and put him in CF.

Mikega1965

July 28th, 2011
2:27 am

If we are going platoon heyward in RF why not get francuer? Then get Jones back from NY? Andruw could put up better numbers than Ugla at least he could hit a HR every 15 at bats.

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BRAVES FOREVER

July 28th, 2011
2:58 am

nice game!!!! i see David Ross one day on Bench Coach spot for the braves :) or maybe bullpen coach too

LETS GO GUYS!!!!

Just Wanna Say

July 28th, 2011
4:19 am

@Mike

Have you been watching Uggla lately. Don’t let the low avg fool you.

jwhite

July 28th, 2011
5:52 am

No way Prado plays shortstop. He is shaky enough at third. He cost us a game in Colorado and another in Cincy with errors at third.

Von Trapp

July 28th, 2011
5:57 am

Keep serving DAS CROW to das who disbelieve . Go Das Braves Go

Von Trapp

July 28th, 2011
5:58 am

Uggla is returning to lead das Braves

bill

July 28th, 2011
6:16 am

No coincidence, IMO, that JJ pitched alot better with Ross catching. Ross calls a much better game than McCann and I bet our pitchers go on a nice run here with Ross catching them the next two weeks.

bill

July 28th, 2011
6:17 am

Enter your comments here

wjones

July 28th, 2011
6:23 am

“Mikega1965

July 28th, 2011
2:27 am
If we are going platoon heyward in RF why not get francuer? Then get Jones back from NY? Andruw could put up better numbers than Ugla at least he could hit a HR every 15 at bats.”

How many ways is that comment wrong? A little research would tell you that:

1. Jones’ average is very similar to Uggla.
2. Uggla leads the team in Home Runs, and in a tougher park than the occasional playing Andruw.
3. Look at Uggla’s numbers since the break, not his average for the season.
4. Are you not aware that Uggla is in the middle of an 18 game hitting streak?
5. Look at Francouer’s numbers since his customary hot April start. Francouer is a decent “piece”, a role player who can platoon, come off the bench, play respectable defense, throuw out an occasional runner, etc. Trouble is that teams get excited when he goes on his “I’m on a new team streak”, and think that he had moved up a level in performance, and he winds up getting too much playing time, and his numbers eventually fall off a cliff. Spotting his play, like the Braves do with Hinske, would give a team a good useful player, IMHO.

wjones

July 28th, 2011
6:25 am

“Von Trapp

July 28th, 2011
5:57 am
Keep serving DAS CROW to das who disbelieve . Go Das Braves Go”

I agree. Also, your wife is an excellent voice teacher!

Larry

July 28th, 2011
6:33 am

I don’t know if I have ever seen a team leave more runners stranded at 2nd or 3rd with less than 2 outs, and I’ve never seen a team that leaves runners at 2nd or 3rd so often with no outs!

I believe the entire batting chemistry of this team has been hampered by a manager who hasn’t a clue about batting orders or situational hitting. That he has so often put the most obvious, free swinging “guess” hitters like Gonzalez at the #2 spot this season. along with hitters like Heyward also at #2–even at lead-off–is all the evidence one needs to validate his utter, unabashed buffoonery.

Yes, Fruity is a nice, likable guy, but he’ll not have a prayer against the likes of Bochy, Manuel or any American League manager should this poorly led team make the playoffs.

People are suggesting Ross as a future bench coach…I’d take Ross TODAY as our manager!

TONE-TONE

July 28th, 2011
6:50 am

MR JOSEPH………I was just having fun, sir. But do you realize that if the
BRAVES keep NIEVES, they will be responsible for $750,000 next
year. I don’t care if he can throw as good as ROSS! We need offfense!
LIke I said, the BRAVES, loves these types of garbage players. You
get what you pay for.

longtimefan

July 28th, 2011
7:04 am

TONE-TONE

Nieves is going to AAA to free up Boscan

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July 28th, 2011
7:16 am

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BRAVESFAN

July 28th, 2011
7:18 am

Spoonmon

July 28th, 2011
7:39 am

Fredi on Freddie: He’s one of those throwback guys that likes to play the game. Really? I hope all of our players like to play the game! Good win Braves! Hope D Lowe gets us the series win tonight. Go out and like to play the game boys!

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

July 28th, 2011
8:01 am

The Braves have picked up a power hitting righty bat for the rest of the season, and they did not have to trade for him. Welcome “back” Dan Uggla! Ross rocks, and Freddie Freeman is more than any Braves could hope for as a rookie. Wish we could get Heyward back on track – ever since early last year when everyone started messing with his approach at the plate he has been out of sync (I know he’s had some injury issues, but this is something he is fighting with each at bat).

bill

July 28th, 2011
8:19 am

Win the wildcard and hope for a long string of winning our division. Oh damn thats what we did for 15 years netting one world series win and we could not even get to the series most of those years. You may not like it but Florida has twice as many rings as the Braves although they are not relevant today. Most winners of the series do something different to help themselves to win every year. Maybe Uggla is that change but we could use another.

dp

July 28th, 2011
8:22 am

Hey Wren….your team has scored so many runs, maybe you and Chumper are right…the Braves don’t need another stick in the lineup….yeah, right!!!!!!!!!!!! Help!!!!!!

Von Trapp

July 28th, 2011
8:34 am

wjones, Danke schön! Danke…………….I vill tell my wife

dp

July 28th, 2011
8:37 am

DOB…who is (C) Wil Nieves that the Braves got from the Brewers and how much cash did they throw away for a fourth stringer?????

Theo Williams

July 28th, 2011
8:53 am

I really feel that the way we’re hitting right now, one good bat would put us over the edge. 14 hits and 2 runs. I bet you if we had another rbi-getter who didn’t kill rallies we could really get this offense going. Get Mac back with that kind of batting order and we’re ready for the playoffs. Make it happen if you can, FW.

Theo Williams

July 28th, 2011
9:03 am

Oh and some updates for ya’ll who like playing manager as much as I do (disclaimer: these are all just rumors. They could all be wrong but these guys tend to know what they’re talking about.)

Pence is practically off the market. At this point he sounds like a no-go for the Bravos. However, the Astros are now actively shopping Michael Bourn, who would come cheaper than Pence and would be a major upgrade in the leadoff role.
Carlos Quentin is supposedly off the market. Sources say that the Philles pushed hard to land him but the Sox said they want to keep him. But rumors also say that the White Sox have been agressively scouting the Braves’ farm system for a week+. This sounds to me like the Phils don’t have what the Sox want but we do, but take it how you will.
Lowe isn’t going anywhere, but that’s not a huge shock to the system. Also, we got Nieves from Milwaukee for one whole dollar. Sounds like a fantastic deal to me to put another veteran guy in our system who can call a good game. Maybe they put him down in AAA to help out the pitchers down there.
No updates on Ludwick. We can only hope and pray that that’s a good sign. The Red Sox are talking to the Cubs about Reed Johnson, so apparently he is on the market.

henry from TN

July 28th, 2011
9:17 am

i think fredi had as good a line up he could have for a left hand pitcher tonight…we should get ludwick and adams from san diego ludwick has hit 10 hrs. in the big ball park out there he should hit 8 or 10 more here the rest of the season we need another right hand bat and good right hand relief pitcher….

Funny

July 28th, 2011
9:27 am

Tone-Tone..Joseph is better known as Dr. Phil (of bloggers). He always has a answer for everything. Always smarts back with his SORRY SIR crap. Always takes up for Braves…A few years ago he talked 3 minutes with Frenchy and that made him a expert on all players. Old man with nothing else to do..lol

DC Braves Fan

July 28th, 2011
9:35 am

I look forward to these quotes every day. Great job, DOB.

Pierson Brave

July 28th, 2011
9:45 am

I just love when a visitor to the blog states his/her opinion about something and one of the blog know-it-alls jumps down that persons throat. Just LOVE IT.

I also love it when the same person gets called and Idiot or some other adjective that rarely applies to the individual being attacked. (for stating their opinion)

We all know the old saying about opinions and A-holes. Yes I do have one of each and most would probably say that they stink! Be that as it may be, some folks need to grow up in the mental side of things and remember this is about baseball and it is a game. There are winners and losers and score keepers.

Try to be gracious and humble in victory and defeat as you never know when you may be on the other end of the emotional roller coaster.

alex

July 28th, 2011
9:48 am

@funny, agree fully with you about joseph,I do NOT believe a thing he writes…I don’t think he’s old just delusional

braves buff

July 28th, 2011
9:49 am

There is NO ONE better than Wilkin Ramirez or Julio Lugo they can use???
Hard to believe,man

Ralph

July 28th, 2011
9:56 am

Wren saves so much money with his dumpster diving, maybe Obama should hire him to replace Tim Geithner as treasury secertary.

Ralph

July 28th, 2011
10:04 am

Need a back-up catcher to replace our back-up catcher, go look in the dumpster, sure to be one out there, need a big right hand bat to bolster our no hitting offense, go look in the dumpster Frank.

David O'Brien

July 28th, 2011
10:05 am

dp, Nieves is just a minor-league contract, a journeyman they picked up for backup catcher at Triple-A because they brought up Boscan to majors while McCann’s out. Nothing more. To waste time worrying about the amount of money spent on a minor league catcher is silly.

Ralph

July 28th, 2011
10:17 am

Yeah DOB, sounds like our government, $750,000. is peanuts

Bill

July 28th, 2011
10:20 am

DOB..Cot Contracts said Braves got Nieves for $1.00 from Brewers and take up his contract..not bad.

Scott

July 28th, 2011
10:21 am

Dave, I’d be curioius to know who holds the record for most official at bats in a game without a hit and how many that was. Could Prado be the answer?

Bill

July 28th, 2011
10:22 am

agree alex and funny…

Ralph

July 28th, 2011
10:23 am

Bill, Brewers just saved $750,001.00, thrilled to death.

Dennis Reynolds

July 28th, 2011
10:27 am

I don’t think Wren is a very clever GM. What the Cards got back for Rasmus was a joke. Meanwhile, Wren is just sitting on his hands, scared to move ANY of his pitching prospects.

Wren, how many pitchers do we need?? Have you SEEN our offense??

I bet if he does make a move, it will be a safe, Ankeil-like move for someone like Willingham.

JASon

July 28th, 2011
10:28 am

David should have never been bunting with 0 out. I think you’re seeing a little bit of embellishment in his statement there

David O'Brien

July 28th, 2011
10:29 am

Ralph, the Braves didn’t pay him his yearly salary. They’re paying him only the prorated portion, the last couple months of his contract. Brewers already paid most of that salary.

And that’s three sentences more than the topic is worth.

Stay Classy

July 28th, 2011
10:32 am

Bill is correct Braves gave Brewers $1.00 for Nieves.

Bill

July 28th, 2011
10:38 am

Ralph.agree with DOB Braves got him for almost nothing..
Thought you Ralph would like to know the pirates,nationals and Braves are in on BJ Upton trade talks..right now. Rays tweet..

Ralph

July 28th, 2011
10:40 am

DOB, it may not be worth your time and if what you say is true then I will agree but I was under the impression that we bought his contract which included $750.000. for next season as well as the remainder of this season.

Ralph

July 28th, 2011
10:41 am

Bill, more dumpster diving but with a high price tag for garbage.

bobby cerasuolo

July 28th, 2011
10:44 am

I say make a go at is Jarrod Dyson from the Royals. Hes perfect for the Braves. Hes batting 283 with 27 stolen bases if the Braves make a deal for him that would be sweet.

Minor
MClouth
Bethacourt

Dyson
Maier
Blake Wood

iowa brave.

July 28th, 2011
10:45 am

Sunday is rapidly approaching.FW needs to do nothing.The Braves need to execute and we will be fine.

Bill

July 28th, 2011
10:48 am

I believe Wren is amart enought to know what he is doing.. sometimes we all wonder why this and that but Wren wants to win as much as all of us..maybe more because he has his job to worry about..

Bill

July 28th, 2011
10:49 am

smart sp…I’m not to amart..

outkasted

July 28th, 2011
10:58 am

there sure is alot of GMs in these comments……

Dennis Reynolds

July 28th, 2011
11:00 am

outkasted-
Sure ARE. You ppl with bad grammar are not helping the South’s stereotype.

alex

July 28th, 2011
11:04 am

I just don’t know,but mabye the braves should be like chevy chase and “just go for it”. We can’t expect much from chipper,gonzo,mcclouthor even heyward,although we may get some sparks for a game or two. I do not likle upton a lot, but mabye he gives us a chance at something better than a first round washout..

Ralph

July 28th, 2011
11:06 am

Dennis, I sure wish all I had to worry about is what the Yankees think about me.

alex

July 28th, 2011
11:06 am

@dennis,well butter my beans and slap me silly,pass the grits and fried chicken.Don’t forget the cornbread. Cain’t wait for that moonpie…

Ralph

July 28th, 2011
11:08 am

Dennis just opened a whole new bucket of worms.

Greg Panos

July 28th, 2011
11:09 am

I agree go get Hunter Spence, Heyward is not the answer

alex

July 28th, 2011
11:14 am

Let’s go fishin
By the way i’m going to the yanks/o’s game in NYC this sat.,I’ll order a corndog and PBR

PMC

July 28th, 2011
11:20 am

DOB, do you think the Schafer injury will effect whom they trade for if it’s an outfielder? I know they want to keep Schafer, but it’s hard to believe they could get Bourn without trading Schafer and if they got Pence, seems like they would either want him or Heyward to switch positions (I’m thinking they would leave Pence in right where he is comfortable and then platoon Heyward for a while)

Dennis Reynolds

July 28th, 2011
11:37 am

Wren’s To-Do List: Extreme Makover Edition Part II:

-Go all in for Pence (how many pitchers do we really need? Honestly.)
-Dodgers are making Furcal available…..at least think about it
-Call up Viz and or Minor for bullpen relief
-HEYWARD IS ABOUT TO BREAK OUT. Don’t listen to the keybangers, Be patient.
-Let Fredi know to never bat Gonzo higher than 8th or its his ass.
-Replace Lugo with Omar
-Stop playing “Thank God Im A Country Boy” and “Cotton-Eyed Joe”. The players are embarrassed by it as well as most fans.

Dennis Reynolds

July 28th, 2011
11:38 am

Ralph and Alex,
You’re right. Who wants to be smart these days? So overrated.

reckingball

July 28th, 2011
11:47 am

Who wants to worry about being stereotyped?

Ball's-N-All

July 28th, 2011
12:00 pm

Ok guys think about this,our best players are on the DL…Uggla has a bum leg,Freeman hurt hand,Heyward can’t hit and may get hurt any moment….our backups an bench players are playin or fillimg in…OK now what happens when our backups get hurt,who are going to backup our backups?????And for goodness sake can’t we find something better than LUGO an RAMIREZ GEZZZZ….!?Bottem line is we need alot of players or peices on this team,like TODAY!!! GO BRAVES if you can.. TED J.

No Crying

July 28th, 2011
12:06 pm

Gonzalez is doing just fine at SS. While he might not be tearing up the league with his bat. he is solid in the field. He brings more to the plate than one of my all time favorite Braves: Rafael Belliard. Raffy and Sid anchored the the infield years, They were essential members of our team, and never provided much of a stick. We wouldn’t have had the Streak without them! Pitching and defense first, then worry about the bat. How many games did Rafael Ramirez give away in the 80’s.

bball fan

July 28th, 2011
12:37 pm

Please, no more of “put Prado at short”. He is not a shortstop! Just because he has moved to 3 different positions doesn’t mean he’s a shortstop. So stop!!!

cheaper than dirt

July 28th, 2011
12:42 pm

don’t you just love being a Braves fan, you never win it all, but you always in the race…

PMC

July 28th, 2011
12:47 pm

Move Prado to 3rd. Let Chipper ease back into his role over the next month and just use him to pinch hit or give him spot starts. Go get Pence, put him in right and move Heyward to left permanantly. Heyward can platoon with future 3rd baseman Prado when Chipper is healthy. For the playoffs, hopefully Chipper is good and rested by then. Prado plays left, Chipper 3rd, Heyward gets in when he fits in. Maybe even in Center. Just don’t play McClouth in the playoffs at all.

Seattle Braves

July 28th, 2011
1:00 pm

So it looks like the Braves are going to settle once again. Sad that Wren can make deals to win the WS.

It would be nice to land Pence. It really is going to hurt when the Phillies swoop in and trade the farm for Pence.

I see that the Giants are willing to trade top tier for top tier players and are willing to do whats neccessary to win another WS.

I feel like Wren makes business decisions to stay consistantly good, but never too good.

The Braves have been a 2nd rate team for a while now. The last Championship team that we had was in 2004, that is 7 years agao. WS win was now 16 years ago. Braves prove in the 90’s that it can be done with young talent. The Ray’s are like the Braves of the 90’s, getting it done with raw young talent. The biggest similarity between the two teams are its Hall of Fame Managers.

Times have changed, and young talent is everywhere it seems like. When dealing with future prospects its all a big gamble. They are a very few times were you know its right to keep them or chance it and trade them.

My point is! You have a star player in Pence, who will immediatley help this team and continue to help til 2013 unless signed long term. Why would it be an issue to trade 2 unknowns for a known player?

Im just saying…

cheaper than dirt

July 28th, 2011
1:03 pm

good call Seattle Brave.

GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER, WREN!!

July 28th, 2011
1:05 pm

Lets go, Wren! Quit being so scared to pull the trigger!

This is what its all about. Were at a point where were legitimate contenders but really need some help offensively. Pence would hold down LF for years to come when Chipper reitires. If you make another poonanny move like you did with Ankiel/Farnsworth, you are officially the worst GM in the Major Leagues.

When you have a team on the verge of being great, and you’re too scared to make the big move, you really don’t belong in the front office of a contending team. This is what contending teams do.

GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER, WREN!!

July 28th, 2011
1:08 pm

And if the Astros really aren’t willing to move him, then you have Michael Bourn who they are AGGRESSIVELY TRYING to move. He would be a HUGE upgrade over Schafer and is in his prime.

Ralph

July 28th, 2011
1:15 pm

I keep telling you all that Wren is going to make another move, he’s already made his big move when he got Nives for $1. but he will wait until the last minute and pick up whatever scraps are left laying around to get us into the WS.

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