On when he found out
“Frank called me this morning and told me, probably around 9.”
“It hurts, no doubt. It’s the only place I’ve know, so obviously it hurts. I thank the Braves for sticking by me the entire time. With everything I’ve been through, they’ve been great to me. It’s a business. They have to do what’s best for the team. They have to what’s best to try to win a World Series this year.
“It sucks, truthfully. I was comfortable here. At the same time I’m excited to go there. Any time you get traded the team obviously wants you. I’m excited to go over there and start fresh and try to start winning.”
“I don’t know if the injuries had anything to do with it. The first one set things back quite a bit. Like I said, it’s a business. It happens. I’m not the first player to be traded. I’m not going to be the last. I’m thankful for the opportunity they gave me.”
“Good player, good leadoff hitter. Happy to have him.”
“He’s the fastest guy in the game. He’ll definitely help, for sure. It’s a good addition, no doubt.”
His type of speed can change the game sometimes?
“Not sometimes, all the time. He’s a game-changer. Playing against him, the only way it’s easy is if you keep him off the base. When he gets on first base, it’s fits for the pitchers. They have to slide-step, watch what he’s doing. Sometimes that makes pitchers throw the ball over the plate for us next guys in the lineup. So he’s going to fit in well.”
“If you walk him, it’s a double [because he’ll steal second]. That’s basically how it goes. So it’s going to be good for us. Good job [getting him].”
“We are so banged up right now, a move for a guy that has some gold gloves out there, a true leadoff hitter, is something we’ve been lacking. They like to put [Martin] Prado in the two-hole and I think that makes our lineup a lot deeper – getting a true leadoff hitter, someone who can steal bags, someone who is healthy. We are looking forward to that.
“It’s stinks to lose Schaf. We enjoy each other in here and we are a real close-knit group. When you lose a teammate it’s never fun. It’s one of those things that it’s part of baseball. We will move on. He will move on. We wish him the best. Hopefully Michael Bourn gets in here soon and contributes.
“[Schafer] was getting a real chance here. I think they liked him. He did some good things for us this year. He scored a lot of runs. He stole some bags while he was here. He was starting to come into his own. He’s had to learn on the fly a little bit with some guys down, but he was doing a good job with it. I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”
“Michael Bourn is a great player. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him as a person, too. We are excited to have him. We are sad to lose Schaf. He worked his butt off to get up here.
“Michael is going to help us out a lot. He is a legit gold glove center fielder. We are excited to have him. … He’s established. He’s one of the fastest guys in the league. He plays an unbelievable center field. He’s going to put together good ABs and get on base. That’s what he’s always done.
“[Schafer] might be a little frustrated because we all know how much he loved it here. We all loved him just as much. He has really improved his game since the last time I saw him in 2009.”
“I feel bad for the kid [Schafer]. He worked hard to get here, and unfortunately got hurt. Bourn’s a dynamic player, steals a lot of bases, gives us some speed at the type of the lineup, the ability to manufacture some runs. Kind of like what Schafer gave us. It’s going to help our ballclub.”
“If he’s on base, he’s definitely a threat. The last time I looked he was leading the league in steals. We haven’t had that type of threat at the top of our lineup in a long time, consistently anyway. We’ll see how it all turns out.”
If that’s the only move, are you a better club today?
“Talk to me in two months.”
On Schafer’s injuries
“It’s the same old story for him. Seems like he had it going in the right direction, and another injury kind of knocks him off track. He certainly showed a lot of improvement and some promise this year. I was proud of him. He set out in spring training to make difference, and you can honestly say he did that.”
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On what it was like facing Bourn
“He’s one of those guys you try to be super-aggressive with, to make him swing at the first couple of pitches. And then you can get him off your mind. Because the more you go deeper in the count, the better chance he has to get a hit or a walk. The deeper you work in a count, the more it’s in his favor to get on base.”
So you’re glad to have him on your team now?
“Yeah. Every guy that can fly like that … it’s a good thing we’re going to have a table-setter. It sucks seeing Schafer leave; he did a good job. But he got hurt. It’s a business and we have to keep moving. Having Bourn, who’s an All-Star player and a Gold Glover … he’s got a good arm, good range. He’s got experience and the All-Star tag, the only things Schafer didn’t have [defensively].”
He’s a game-changer?
“Oh, yes. After Reyes. If you compare Reyes and Bourn, Reyes is more of a complete hitter. Bourn is still learning, it’s only his fourth or fifth year in the big leagues. But from his first year to the big leagues to now, you can see the improvement in his average, his stolen bases. And I think he’s still going to get better.
“With Martin hitting behind him, he’s going to get more fastballs and get on base. And Uggla. I think for sure people are going to try to challenge [Bourn] here more.”
“I know the numbers [stats]. But I’m really excited about not only the numbers he brings but the quality of person that he is. I got off the phone with [the Astros’] hitting coach Mike Barnett. He told me he is one of the best people you ever want to meet and be around. A hell of a teammate, a leader, a quality guy, a hard worker type of players we want to have in the Atlanta Braves organization.”
“This guy is a quality guy and I think the town here is really going to embrace him because he is a solid citizen among being a good baseball player.”
“He is the type of player, when I sat down with Frank 10 months ago, these are the types of players we want in the organization.”
“He gets on base and creates havoc and maybe get some other guys get some fastballs because we have a legit threat.”
“With Schafer, it’s a business. To me, he’s made a lot of strides. Not knowing it coming in, you hear about the Schafer of the past, my relationship with him in spring training through July 31 has been great. I told him that. I told him ‘Schaf, you are a major leaguer. You are going to get an opportunity to go to Houston and play every day. You belong in the major leagues.’ He has matured. He wants it. He wants to improve.”
“Solid outfielder. I don’t think we lose anything defensively. [Bourn] has some hardware.”
“Schafer is also a prototypical leadoff hitter. But now you got a guy that has done it in the major leagues and has the numbers to back it in the major leagues. Just put him in there. Then you work [the lineup] the rest of the way down. He makes the defense do different things that you don’t want to do. The infield has to play in and that creates some holes. He creates havoc on base. There is going to be some pitches that the pitchers don’t want to throw because they want to prevent him from stealing a bag.”
“I’m really excited to talk to him. I left him a message and I’m looking forward to seeing him in Washington.”
“I sense the clubhouse is energized a little bit. I do sense that. Also, some sadness because I think Schafer had become a nice part of this team. Very few of us get to stay with the same organization.”
“I think it was a good trade for both clubs. I think we got the guy we wanted. I think they got a nice young player that is going to play with them for awhile.”
“He’s an unbelievable baseball player. Great center fielder, leadoff guy, get on base and steal a whole lot of bases. Just a dynamic guy at the top of the lineup for us. I think he’ll fit right in in our clubhouse.
“Playing against him, he puts a whole lot of pressure on us every time we play him, so to get a guy like that on our side is good. Obviously we’re going to miss Schafer; he came in and did a good job for us this year. But having him come over should be a great fit for us.”