Hanson could skip start; Constanza plays over Heyward

MIAMI — If Tommy Hanson’s shoulder is bothering him, the Braves want to know.

Gonzalez said he and pitching coaching Roger McDowell would talk with Hanson and determine whether the right-hander needs to skip a start or have his scheduled turn Friday moved back.

Hanson gave up seven runs in 3-1/3 innings Saturday at New York and fell to 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break, after going 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA before the break.

After Saturday’s game, Hanson declined to discuss whether he was having any should problems. The right-hander had a 15-day DL stint in June for rotator-cuff tendinitis in the shoulder.

The Braves don’t play Thursday, and Gonzalez said Mike Minor could pitch in Hanson’s turn Friday on regular rest. The Braves could shuffle the lineup or skip Hanson’s turn, but Gonzalez didn’t mention the possibility of another DL stint.

Constanza plays over Heyward

A day after Jason Heyward homered against the Mets, the right fielder was on the bench again Monday as Gonzalez opted to go with hot-hitting newcomer Jose Constanza against another left-hander, Florida rookie Brad Hand.

Before Monday, Constanza was hitting .412 overall (14-for-34) in nine games since arriving from Triple-A Gwinnett. He was 5-for-9 against lefties before Monday, when he singled in his first at-bat to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

Heyward hit .167 (14-for-84) against lefties before Monday, including 6-for-50 since returning from a 3-1/2-week stint on the DL.

If Constanza stays hot, he could also take some playing time from Heyward against some righties.

“It’ll take care of itself a little bit soon, because we’re going to have to give Chipper [Jones] a day [to rest] more often because of his knee,” Gonzalez said. “When that happens you can put [left fielder Martin] Prado at third.”

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August 8th, 2011
8:25 pm

DOB when your first can you request -The Factory-Springsteen for Uggla ??


August 8th, 2011
8:28 pm

Or- Ramblin Man-Allman Brothers Band

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the truth...

August 8th, 2011
8:33 pm

So now Georgie is 7 for 11 against lefties?


August 8th, 2011
8:36 pm

Fredi gets bounced!!!!

He had a valid complaint though. Wendelstedt has been squeezing Lowe all night. The walk to Stanton in the 3rd was on the umpire, not Lowe. those pitches were right on the black according to the Marlins pitch track.


August 8th, 2011
8:38 pm

Way to go Dan Uggla!!!!!

Kimbrel rocks

August 8th, 2011
8:41 pm

hanson please go to DL regardless if you have an injury or not. you need a breather. it’s obvious.

Alex Jinks

August 8th, 2011
8:48 pm

way to do the right thing fred!
when heyward can prove he can hit righties then we can see if he can hit lefties.


August 8th, 2011
8:50 pm

Ideal time to bring Julio Teheran up for a start.

South Georgia Boy

August 8th, 2011
8:55 pm

Hanson’s motion and delivery are just a little too “different”. May have alot of injury problems in career.

Skip Caray

August 8th, 2011
9:00 pm

I shake my head at Heyward and our expectations of him….

ATLER (ramblin wreck)

August 8th, 2011
9:37 pm

Heyward will be alright. I didn’t see anyone jumping on Dan Uggla win he was in his season long funk.

Kimbrel rocks

August 8th, 2011
9:39 pm

constanza got robbed of 3rd hit today. loving this guy!

Kimbrel rocks

August 8th, 2011
9:40 pm

freeman just got ejected too LOL


August 8th, 2011
9:44 pm

This ump is unbelievable! Both Freddie’s ejected horrible consistency calling balls and strikes. Wish you could throw this jack leg out!


August 8th, 2011
9:46 pm

Hunter Wendlestedt is a complete tool…what a waste of human flesh..This guy is a bum that was probably picked last when he was in school.


August 8th, 2011
9:50 pm

Terrible strike zone tonight.

Wendelstedt couldn’t carry his father’s chest protector.


August 8th, 2011
9:53 pm

Loving Georgey..keep it up and go Braves……..
The umps a idiot………..


August 8th, 2011
9:54 pm

Oh hell Proctor in 9th……

Kimbrel rocks

August 8th, 2011
9:55 pm

constanza for president !

Wren is da Men

August 8th, 2011
9:56 pm

Frank here… I’m sending George Costanza and Huddy down to AAA and bringing up McSlouth and Kamakazi. When the playoffs crank up D. Lowest will be my #1 starter.

Kimbrel rocks

August 8th, 2011
9:56 pm

5-0 houston in TOP OR FIRST?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHHHHHAT?!


August 8th, 2011
10:02 pm

The Proctologist is the WORSE!!! Please get rid of him!!!


August 8th, 2011
10:03 pm

Why is Proctor still on this team?


August 8th, 2011
10:06 pm

Scott Proctor is doing his best to single -handedly ruin the Braves’ season. WHY do they keep putting him in?!!!!


August 8th, 2011
10:06 pm

Proctor has a 6+ ERA in 2008 and 2010 (injured for 2009) and now he is back up there again.
Don’t you get it WREN??


South Georgia Boy

August 8th, 2011
10:07 pm

scott proctor knows some dirty secret on Freddi G. promises not to tell if you keep me on the roster.

Wren is da Men

August 8th, 2011
10:16 pm

Frank here… I’ve made several costly signing mistakes since I took over at GM and I can’t afford to admit to another mistake… Otherwise Proctor & Gamble would be in Mississippi… Even my fantasy team sucks….


August 8th, 2011
10:20 pm

Proctor must have secrets on Bobby Cox too cuz he kept sending him out there too.

NorCal Brave

August 8th, 2011
10:25 pm

Proctor’s performance this year reminds me of an old Rodney Dangerfield line about Proctology. Said Rodney, “it’s a specialty where you start at the bottom and stay there.”

The Abs Man

August 8th, 2011
10:28 pm

Someone pleas explain: how the hell do rats like Scott Proctor and Julio Lugo get on the Braves’ roster?

JT Grace

August 8th, 2011
10:30 pm

Jason needs to be getting at bats every day, not sitting on the bench. Either start him or send him to AAA where he can start every day.

Hit A Single

August 8th, 2011
10:37 pm

Procter has no change of speed. Everyone of his pitches were around 94 and 95 with no movement. He had better locate and he hasn’t . Also nobody owes Heyward anything. He needs to pay his dues anyway. No reason to explain everytime he is not in the lineup.

Furman Bitcher

August 8th, 2011
10:37 pm

Go ahead and bring up Arodys Vizcaino

chuck simon's barber shop

August 8th, 2011
10:37 pm

Proctor gone tonight. Help on the way from triple A!!!

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

August 8th, 2011
10:45 pm

In addition to his terrible pitching, rumor has it that Proctor was responsible for the big sell off on Wall Street today.

Wren is da Men...

August 8th, 2011
10:50 pm

Vote for your favorite Proctor nickname or nominate your own:
Frank here… Vote for your favorite Proctor nickname or nominate your own. We will use it on the big screen at the next home game:

a) The Proctologist
b) Proctor & Gamble


August 8th, 2011
10:52 pm

Atler: You DIDN’T see anyone jumping on Uggla this season?? Holy crap. Uggla was already sent down to Gwinnett about 3 months ago and released a week after failing at AAA.

But with Heyward, he will be fine; but you have to play the hot hand. Constanza is hitting, and he’s lightning fast. That is a nice piece to have at bottom of lineup. When/if Constanza goes cold, you put Heyward back in. Its not giving up on Heyward, its called giving yourself the best chance to win, coming down the final 2 months of the season.


August 8th, 2011
10:54 pm

Wondering if you had ever heard of The Benjy Davis Project? They are from Braves country

Three way

August 8th, 2011
10:58 pm

Proctor-Cox-Gonzalez — that’s why he’s still on the roster


August 8th, 2011
11:01 pm

proctor was horrible… why is he on the roster? if he doesn’t walk everybody, he’ll just give up a HR or an extra base hit!! i mean couldn’t we have gone with ANYBODY else? at least kimbrel got the save though


August 8th, 2011
11:06 pm

Every day that Heyward sits on the Atlanta bench behind Constanza instead of playing in Gwinnett and having his hitting mechanics properly adjusted is a wasted opportunity that will hurt the Braves (and certainly Jason Heyward) in the long haul. How Braves’ management doesn’t see this need and/or want to string things along as they are is beyond me.

As for Proctor, certainly ONE of those prospects at Gwinnett could be used to fill that bullpen slot as opposed to necessarily starting. Just my humble opinion; he has been the 2011 bullpen equivalent of Kenshin Kawakami last year.

Braves Fan

August 8th, 2011
11:08 pm

At first I was fine hitting Constanza at the bottom of the lineup, keeping the pressure off the rookie. But he’s our hottest hitter. I’d like to see him hitting #2, behind Bourn. He’s hot … he should be getting as many at bats as possible, not the fewest in the #8 or 9 hole. And that one-two punch of speed and more speed would be a great table setter for: Prado, McCann, Uggla, Chipper, Freeman, etc. (Anybody else remember Vince Coleman and Willie McGee in the mid-80s?)


August 8th, 2011
11:09 pm

I said it when Hanson went on the DL and I’ll say it again. He will have shoulder problems his whole career. He will be the same as Chris Young of the Mets. His delivery puts too much stress on his shoulder. Either he changes his arm action, or we need to trade him while he has value, because we’ve seen his best. Shoulder problems don’t usually go away long term.

And why not keep Proctor? Have you ever talked to him at a party? Best stories you’ll hear. Georgie knows. ;)

Heyward grounds out to second

August 8th, 2011
11:14 pm

Braves looked good tonight. Got a little worried with Proctor, but the offense was looking great and despite that rocky first and third inning, Lowe looked excellent. Keep riding Jose, no reason to put in Heyward except when Chipper needs a day off. Jose’s the man. Love he and Bourn providing a much needed spark for the team.


August 8th, 2011
11:16 pm

SouthGeorgiaBoy – I completely agree with you about Hanson’s delivery. Not only does he give up tons of stolen bases, but his shoulder will be a wreck before long. His agent, Borass, should hire someone to work with him in the offseason to see if they can get that hesitatingly slow delivery corrected.

I don’t see how you can sit Constanza as long as he’s getting 2 or more hits EVERY night. He still needs to work on his defense and needs to stop being so reckless on the bases, but he sure is fun to watch.

The Braves front office is so maddenly stubborn to a fault. Back when Nate went on the DL the first time, they brought up Schafer when Constanza’s numbers were much better. They do this all the time. They brought up Schafer only because he had been in the MLs before. Hell, Schafer was demoted to AA just last year! Hey Frankie, BRING UP THE BEST PLAYER, PERIOD. Your antiquated views don’t work anymore. Why do you continue to keep Proctor on this team when you could go to your AA club and get somebody better. Sickening.


August 8th, 2011
11:22 pm

I think the main reason they don’t send Heyward to Gwinette is if they did and something happened to one of the other outfielders and/or Chipper they would need him and they couldn’t bring him back for ten days


August 8th, 2011
11:22 pm

Proctor has pictures of someone. Seriously, all these minor league arms and they are going to continue to risk games with him on the roster really?

I don’t get it at all. It’s been what 2 years? Whatever he had, he doesn’t have it anymore.


August 8th, 2011
11:24 pm

It’s not Proctor’s fault at this point. He’s doing all he can, he’s not a major league quality pitcher anymore. He shouldn’t be on the roster.


August 9th, 2011
12:07 am

One of the NY tabs used it first when he was stinking up the Yankees’ pen, but a nice nod to Austin Powers:

Proctor Evil

Charlie Lau

August 9th, 2011
12:16 am

Are some of you still saying Heyward should still be playing? And the first game Constanza doesn’t hit you’ll be saying ‘I told you so’. Heyward has had 4 months to show us and he has. Agree he needs to play everyday…at Gwinnett. Constanza has earned considerable playing time IMO.

And I remember Uggla catching a lot of grief before he turned it around. Some on here have short term memory loss.


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August 9th, 2011
3:18 am

Another horrible loss tonight, I presume, from the comments here… We get shut out? Blow an 8 run lead?

Wait… No… We won… Damn… I should be angry, but a win is a win…


August 9th, 2011
3:32 am

Extremus – you are suggesting the Braves are better served to have Heyward in the minors than on the bench…and you wonder why the Braves don’t see it your way? Strange…


August 9th, 2011
3:42 am

Fredi needs to stop benching Heyward the very day after he starts putting things together all the time. Heyward will be around much longer than Constanza ever will be, and has more potential than Constanza ever will, but things like this do happen from time to time. A young player has to have the playing time to work out of his funk, or it won’t even count as a learning experience. Remember a guy named Dan Uggla anyone? Remember how most of you were all complaining over half the season that he should be optioned to AAA to work things out? What about next year when Freddie Freeman gets figured out a little bit more and doesn’t live up to his 2011 stats? I really really like the kid, but you never know- he may have some trouble with the sophmore slump because a lot of guys do.

You ‘Know-it-All Fake Fans who like Constanza because its a comfy bandwagon at the moment’ types of people will be the same people complaining that we need to trade for or call up a 1st Baseman when Freddie hits a rough patch for the first time in his career. Get real, we’re very fortunate to have the young firepower that we have both on the mound and in the field. Letting these guys learn how to deal with failure and fix their problems is part of the game. Nobody can teach you how to snap out of a slump, you have to figure out what your doing wrong and fix it yourself. Riding the pine isn’t teaching young Heyward anything that is going to help him out later on down the road in his career except that as a manager Fredi G is about as good at his job as his buddy Larry Parrish is at his job. Not very. Constanza has been producing but this won’t last much longer, as he’s nearly 30 years old and as soon as our opponents get that scouting report he’ll hit a wall. Hard. If he was all that great he’d have been starting four, five, six years ago.


August 9th, 2011
4:09 am

I simply agree with everybody tonight. Everyone gets an A+ TONIGHT!
Honestly, I believe BOBBY COX, is telling FREDDI G. what to do.
another, he was a decent pitcher. But not anymore.

Just looking at his demeanor, he seems like he simply don’t care.
He remind me of that pitcher a few years back, name DAN KOLB!
This guy is trying his best to keep the BRAVES out of the play-offs.

It’s mind boggling to sit and watch this guy! I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND
the reasoning! Is he dating WREN’S DAUGHTER OR SOMETHING!
This character is garbage that the TRASH TRUCK DO NOT WAN T!


August 9th, 2011
6:14 am

Dan Uggla has hit for years. All Heyward has proven is that he has potential. At some point he has to prove he can hit big league pitching consistently. Dan was obviously playing through a slump, but Jason has been given a pass so far. As much as I, and others, like Heyward, I don’t see how the two situations are anywhere close to the same. Simply, Dan has earned the right to play through a slump and Jason has not.

Bobby Bobby

August 9th, 2011
6:45 am

Funny how they only brought Constanza up to fill a spot for a game or 2 until trade was made. I am guessing #6 would be playing JHey more??
as far as Hanson goes-be glad Wren held firm and did not trade 1 of the big 4 pitchers in Gwinnett. Hanson has a herkey jerky motion–(if that is a word) he should have Dr Andrews on speed dial.

unbiased fan

August 9th, 2011
6:54 am

Proctor & Gamble….now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are.


August 9th, 2011
6:56 am

@Braves fan,

In the mid-80s a normal Cards lineup had:
1) Coleman
2) Ozzie
3) Herr
4) Clark
5) McGee
6) Terry Pendleton
7) Ford
8) Pena
9) Pitcher


August 9th, 2011
6:59 am


August 8th, 2011
11:22 pm
I think the main reason they don’t send Heyward to Gwinette is if they did and something happened to one of the other outfielders and/or Chipper they would need him and they couldn’t bring him back for ten days”

If it’s an injury callup, then the 10 days would not apply. But the other side of this, which may be what you are referring to, is that the last time Chipper missed a lot of time they did not DL him, so to have Heyward on the bench ready to go if Chipper just needed to sit for 3 or 4 days would be good in the heat of the pennant race. Or if Prado had to sit for a couple of games, or Bourn. I think though that it would be good If Freddy could find a way to get JH an at bat or two every game, as either a pinch hitter, a double switch, etc. I”m sure he is already doing a lot of cage work.

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Old Dawg Fan

August 9th, 2011
7:41 am

Go Uggla!!!!! Keep Constanza playing and hitting. Keep JH on the bench-he is not that good.
Rest Hanson-we will need him later. FIRE THE ENTIRE UMPIRE TEAM!!! Just because your dad Harry Wendlestat (sic) was a good umpire doesn’t mean you are-Hunter Wendlestat is “terrible”.
This year has been some of the worst umpiring I have seen in 45 years.

[...] the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell plan to talk with Hanson to determine whether he needs to be skipped in the rotation or have his scheduled Friday start [...]


August 9th, 2011
8:29 am

send Jason to AAA or AA…Please…Constanza is doing what we’ve needed along with Bourn of course…And he earned it!

Chris White

August 9th, 2011
8:38 am

Constanza has “Jobu” in his locker!


August 9th, 2011
8:58 am

Casey Kotchman hitting .341, Melky Cabrera 47 multi hit games, Jeff Francour hitting .270 and playing gold glove right field, need any more proof that the Braves need a batting coach with a clue? These guys couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat as Braves!! I just hope Parrish doesn’t poison Bourn!

Robert fm Woodstock

August 9th, 2011
8:59 am

I agree with most of the bloggers you need to send Heyward down, so he can work with some Braves hitting coaches on his approach at the plate. The bouncing up and down before the pitch is affecting his mechanics when he begins to swing. If the Braves aren’t careful they will ruin him just like Francouer by running him out there in the big leagues. Major league scouts have figured out if you pitch him under the hands you can get him out, along with pitching up in the strike zone.


August 9th, 2011
9:04 am

Heywards ABs on Sunday before he was benched were the best that I have seen him have in a while. If Fredi insists on playing the hot hand in Constanza, then for god’s sake send Heyward to AAA so that he can play. You don’t platoon a 21 year old; this is not rocket science.

Packer Ed

August 9th, 2011
9:17 am

What is Scott Proctor doing on a major league team?

JT Grace

August 9th, 2011
9:20 am

bvillebaron, I agree. Benching Heyward is stupid. He hits a mammoth home run and then gets benched the very next game. He will never get out of his slump if he is on the bench all the time.


August 9th, 2011
9:23 am

Until Heyward remembers that he can hit a ball just as hard to left field as he can to right field, he is not going to be a consistent hitter. Just ask Freddie about that!

Faux positive

August 9th, 2011
9:44 am

It’s great fun watching Constanza and Bourne hitting or on base. Haven’t seen a Braves team with so much spark in a good while. I also like JH but am comcerned with his lack of playing time and being in a slump all year. He could have used another year in AAA. If Chipper retires next season then Prado could go to 3rd and JH go back to right with Constanza in left, It woiuld be interesting though Chipper would be missed.
The Proctologist is another story however, He should be with Kamakazi in AA somewhere, he is not major league quality anymore. I do believe that JH has a future with the Braves. I agree with some of the comments about Hanson. His pitching motion, inability to watch runners on first or even to field a hit ball is hard to watch. He is going to be a problem for the Braves.


August 9th, 2011
9:58 am

Hanson,s delivery is equivalent to a golfer striking the ball with no backswing, all arm and no body behind the pitch; will cause arm problems many times

[...] who spent time on the disabled list in June for rotator-cuff tendinitis in his shoulder, might skip his next start on Friday or have it pushed back, the paper [...]

Mike C.

August 9th, 2011
10:22 am

Hunter Wendlestat is such a joke. I remember the first game he ever umped in the majors. He was filling in for another ump in a Braves-Reds game in Cincy. He was umping third and totally blew a call by ruling a Reds baserunner safe when he was obviously out. Smoltz was pitching and was backing up the play so he argued with Hunter about it. Hunter stepped forward onto Smotltz’s foot, causing John to brush against him. When the incidental contact was made, Hunter tossed Smoltz for bumping him. So to recap, he blew a call and threw out the starting pitcher, an All-Star caliber player, for contact that he himself caused. Someone needs to tell him that no one buys a ticket or tunes in a game to watch him umpire. Oh, and his father Harry – an overrated mediocre ump with a beer gut who should have retired years before he did!

Jay Dubu

August 9th, 2011
10:30 am

Put Heyward in the lineup, and leave him there!

[...] year-old career minor leaguer is hitting .421 in ten games since being called up.  He’s even starting over All-Star Jason [...]

[...] Braves might have Tommy Hanson skip his next start with a shoulder injury that might or might not be there. I hate vague [...]


August 9th, 2011
11:26 am

Wren is da man………………..Isn’t it time for your nap?


August 9th, 2011
11:44 am

Everyone of you that questions as to why JHey is on the bench and not in Gwinnett, can’t see the tree’s for the forest. The thought that the more he sits and see’s the sucess of Gorgee (Constanza) and is witness to his best friends sucess ( Freeman), the more envious he will become and then maybe try to make some changes in the batters box (unlike the previous right fielder(Francour) ) whom the braves were never able to reach).


August 9th, 2011
11:50 am

Teach Costanza to play shortstop like Sea Bass does, and everyone can be happy!


August 9th, 2011
11:54 am

Heyward is not someone who deserves playing time just because of who he is. He should stay in a limited role until he starts producing which will then merit more playing time.

A couple of weeks at AAA would probably only help.


August 9th, 2011
12:12 pm

How about Proctor’s a Gamble instead of Proctor and Gamble?


August 9th, 2011
12:18 pm


Envy has nothing to do with improvement. If he needed that then he will never be the player that any of us imagine him becoming. The issue is that sitting him on the bench is hurting his development. He needs AB’s. I disagree with Freddie benching him, but if he is going to do this then they should send him down so he can get AB’s to get him out of this funk. They can bring up Matt Young to be a backup if they feel that Constanza is ready to play everyday.

Summer of George

August 9th, 2011
12:28 pm

Congrats DLowe for shutting people up for at least a night.
” Dan the Man on his pure hustle and enthusiasm to keep that streak going.
Jurjjeins Lotion, we miss ya man, get healthy quick.
Go Georgie!


August 9th, 2011
12:56 pm

Heyward needs work; send him to Gwinnett til the end of the season or injury call-up. Lowe was, indeed, better last night, though the DP bailed him out. I still lack confidence in his pitching down the stretch, though he has earned another start. Using Proctor cost the Braves–Kimbrel was supposed to rest. I hope he has tonight off and Ventors, EOF are used. We really need 8 innings out of Beachy tonight.
How about: “Proctor, Proctor, give me the news/I got a bad case of using you.” (Sung by FrediG and the Coaching Staff).

Big Dude

August 9th, 2011
12:58 pm

If everybody else , I’m talking bloggers, can see Jay Hay’s problem, why can’t Freddie? Don’t get rid of Jay Hay, get rid of Parish… Nobody is hitting, except Uggla and Freeman. GET A DAG-GUM HITTING COACH!

Big Dude

August 9th, 2011
1:03 pm

As far as the title is concerned, that’s gone. Just maintain the lead for the wild-card by giving the starters some rest by calling up the pitchers that everybody is bragging about. Put D. Lowe, Hanson, and Beachy and maybe J.J. on the DL for “Rag Arm Syndrom”. Get rid of Proctor before he sinks the ship.

Blob Belly Man

August 9th, 2011
1:21 pm

Everybody got an A+ from you because its only one person blogging under 4,000 names. Just you. Sad.

JHey Doesn't Deserve Squat

August 9th, 2011
1:33 pm

Keep JH on the bench or send him down – he has earned nothing – he deserves nothing…..send him down and let him work on mechanics then maybe, just maybe he might DESERVE to come back and clean up the locker area like a good boy.


August 9th, 2011
1:49 pm

I figure it’s Proctor & Gamble if you you’re teaming Scotty up with fatty George S., i.e., if Oventbrel is not available, then it’s up to Proctor & Gamble.


August 9th, 2011
2:03 pm

Fredi should play Constanza till other teams figure him out.
Jason is in a bad spot and it’s all mental. He will work it out and be back in everyones good graces.
Proctor is another story. He is taking up space that the young guns could use to make the team better.
If his shoulder is bothering him, and he won’t admit it, Hanson is is jeopardizing a very bright career.
It was great to see Freeman show some emotion on the field.
That ump shamed his father last night.
End of analysis.


August 9th, 2011
2:08 pm

I have never heard so many “arm-chair” managers in my life. I can’t understand why at least a few of you are not managers. Do you realize in the midst of all your complaining that the Braves have the 2nd best record in the National League in spite of all the injuries so far this season. One thing that I do agree on is that Proctor has got to go. I subscribe to MLB so I watch all of the Braves games. My stomach tightens each time that they put Proctor in – no matter how much of a lead we have. Things don’t have to get so personal with all the name callilng.


August 9th, 2011
2:36 pm

The Marlins’ broadcasters last night were making interesting comparisons between Constanza and Maury Wills – who played NINE minor league seasons before finally making it into the deep Dodgers’ line-up and winning an MVP, 3 World Series, 7 All-Star selections, 2 gold gloves and at the time having records for triples and stolen bases.

Constanza isn’t going to continue at .400 of course… but wouldn’t the Braves be ecstatic with .280 and that speed?

John A

August 9th, 2011
3:07 pm

Fredi stop screwing with Prado. You wonder why guys can’t hit, and you continue screwing with them. If you want Prado playing 3rd base put him there and sit Chipper, using him as a pinch hitter, or make him retire. If you want him in LF, put him there and let him concentrate on playing. His fielding has suffered since you have played games with his head. Remember Fear Strikes Out? (A guy named Jim Piersall who played for the Boston Red Sox) Management decided to play games with him, and it nearly drove him crazy. In his case they wanted him playing 2nd base instead of CF.

When you jack with a player it covers a broad spectrum of things…..hitting, fielding, and more importantly their mind. Be satified with him playing the outfield! Look at his batting average, and power hitting since you decided to play games with him. I know Brooks is a butcher at 3rd base but at least it doesn’t effect his hitting.

When Chipper retires who is going to play 3rd? When Brooks Robinson was taken out of the lineup the Orioles had a replacement. What kind of plan do the Braves have?

It is important for all successful teams to have depth on the bench. Where is our depth? Infante was an asset, but was treated as excess baggage….why? Wake up Frank….players of this caliber don’t come along everyday.

What’s the deal with Nieves? If he isn’t going to catch, why bring up Boscan? Nieves can’t hit (.140), so is that why you wanted him?

By the way Frank….the National League isn’t the only League in professional Baseball. There are quality players in the American League also.

Please remember Frank, once upon a time you were employed by the Orioles in Baltimore. In case you have had a memory lapse, they are in the American League along with the Red Sox and Yankees (same Divison). They have players that were available before the trading deadline that wouldn’t havee cost the farm. You might have been able to rid the Braves of some “SLUGS”, witout dipping into the farm system.


August 9th, 2011
3:18 pm

Heyward seems to be hurt alot. I dont think he understands difference between being injured and playing with pain. Chipper did not become injury prone until his 30’s( i realize he missed all of 94,but he played 150 plus from 1996-2003). Heyward worries me.


August 9th, 2011
3:40 pm

I think it is a mistake playing Constanza over Heyward as a regular.

Bob Davis

August 9th, 2011
4:00 pm

I think it’s pretty obvious to everyone by now that Scott Proctor needs to go. And, George Sherrill might need to follow him, as well. Here’s hoping Peter Moylan can come back as soon as possible–we need him!

Big Dude

August 9th, 2011
4:04 pm

Hey Blob, Is that the best you can do? C’mon man… Let me show you how it’s done. Your blob belly is the same as your brain, full of lard. Excuse me, pig fat. Now, give me your best shot…

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