11:15 am August 10, 2011, by David O'Brien
August 10th, 20114:26 pm
FlyOnTheWall: Don’t feel too bad for Uggs. Feel happy for him in that he hit well below .200 for the bulk of the season & never lost his starting job. If he doesn’t get anything to hit tonight, let’s see if he can show some patience & take some walks.
August 10th, 20114:31 pm
Willie McCovey burst onto the MLB scene with a flourish in the summer of 1959 at age 21. He didn’t play a full year at the major league level but his talents were apparent and his accomplishments were stellar. In 1960 at age 22 he hit .238 with 13 homers in 260 at bats with 45 walks.
Whether or not Jason Heyward can be mentioned in the same breath as Willie McCovey remains to be seen. I remain very hopeful.
August 10th, 20114:34 pm
About f’n time. Long overdue. It should have happened much sooner before he cost the Braves some wins this season.
August 10th, 20114:37 pm
Joe Torre deserves some credit for ruining Proctor’s arm. 83 games in both 2006 & 2007. Total of 188 innings.
August 10th, 20114:40 pm
If that’s the case, lawrence, we won’t have Kimbrel, Venters and O’Flaherty as long as we think…
August 10th, 20114:44 pm
I PRAISE Frank Wren for releasing Scott Proctor and promoting Vizcaino. I’m so happy I WILL NOT say anything negative about Vizcaino no matter what his performance. Proctor DID NOT belong in the Major Leagues and the Braves gave him EVERY chance imaginable.
I will think I died and gone to Heaven if they release JULIO LUGO. The last hit Lugo got was in the Clinton Administration. Why do the Braves employ Brooks “Gold Glove” Conrad when they keep on using Lugo as a pinch hitter??????????!!!!!!!
Thank you again Mr. Wren for releasing that BUM Scott Proctor. It is really appreciated by Braves nation. You have my vote for GM of the year by acquiring Michael “Apollo” Bourn and dumping Proctor.
August 10th, 20114:45 pm
Give us $86 million more payroll like the Phillies to work with and we just might have made up that 8.5 games!
We could have signed Lee, Crawford and Gonzalez and still had 40-50 mil to work with!
August 10th, 20114:54 pm
seriously? it took them this long to release proctor? what a joke. it sure would’ve been nice to have used those awful innings proctor was used in to give our younger relievers some much needed mlb experience in case the tremendous workload on our bullpen comes back to bite us. but, hey, at least they got to… well at least the team benefitted from… ok, i got nothing. there’s no way at all to justify re-signing proctor in the offseason, much less letting hold down a spot in the ‘pen until freaking AUGUST.
August 10th, 20115:07 pm
Vizcaino is not the youngest of the big four, Teheran is. Viz was born 11/3/1990 while Teheran was born
1/27/1991. Teheran is stupid young to be in AAA, and was the youngest player in AAA at the start of the year by a huge gap (over a year younger than the next youngest player in the league).
August 10th, 20115:12 pm
I was at the first two days of Gwinnett’s series at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Monday and yesterday. In trying to get an autograph from Vizcaino, who was sitting in the top row of the lower level, immediately in front of the section where I walked into the stadium, he completely ignored me from three feet away from him. After several more people approached him he signed for everybody. I mention this not to egg on the “you live in your mother’s basement,” comments that are sure to follow, but to point out that he seems to have a cold-blooded stopper type of demeanor. He just ignored his surroundings (including a couple other examples very much like the one previously stated). I have to imagine being able to block everything out as a late-innings reliever would be a positive quality. Take the good and the bad of this, because in all honesty, his demeanor reminded me in a few ways of Rafael Soriano. For what it’s worth, a somewhat milder attitude was taken on by Julio Teheran and to a much lesser degree, Randall Delgado.
August 10th, 20115:13 pm
Spelling and grammer check DOB….– Luke Jackson
That’s what you’re here for, Luke. I had to get downstairs to get the news.
August 10th, 20115:16 pm
You spelled the most important part correctly, Dave:
Braves release Proctor, call up flamethrower Vizcaino
The rest is just icing.
August 10th, 20115:31 pm
Solid move.You have to like how this team has taken shape. One more missing piece before the post season – getting a right handed bat for the bench. Conrad, while good, is a bigger threat from the left side.
Welikebaseball2 – You are partially right and I am partially wrong. Frenchy in his 1st season with ATL had .300 BA, soph season was .260BA, 132SO’s, 29 HRS, 103 RBI’s, and multiple runners throw out on bases. Pretty decent stats to me. Hope your point was not to compare to JasonH, you would lose that argument! Saw on SportsCenter couple nights ago where he threw runner out at plate from RF, up to his old habits I guess? Stats courtesy of KC website! He’s not great, but a very solid OF guy!!!! If Jason plays tonite, please no ground balls to 2nd base position!!! Thanks!!!
August 10th, 20115:35 pm
How about a “grammer” check for Mr. Jackson? It’s grammAr, idiot. Grammer is your Mom’s Mom.
August 10th, 20115:39 pm
Larry…if the Phillies are spending $86M more a year, then they’re going to be really p@ssed when they lose in the first round. Sorta like us the past eight years. I like our chances.
August 10th, 20115:40 pm
Hooray!!!!! Cynthia Tucker and Scott Proctor gone in the same day. Except for the 500+ point drop in the market, this has been a great day. Hooray!!!!!
August 10th, 20115:46 pm
And whatever happened to Terrance Moore. Is he at UGA’s Journalism school, too?
August 10th, 20115:55 pm
Great news! It was past time to cut Proctor.
August 10th, 20115:56 pm
Bring back ROCKER, baby! Get some excitement going…….
August 10th, 20116:38 pm
I can’t wait to see him pitch. We have a bunch of nasty young pitchers. THANK YOU Frank Wren for hanging on to them.
August 10th, 20116:42 pm
as Jim Powell says “We hvae sit down, shut up and go home sitting in our bullpen” … what name should Vizcanio get…?
rinse and repeat
August 10th, 20117:01 pm
Glad to see Heyward back in the lineup. If I had the players on the starting lineup to choose from, this would be my lineup:
August 10th, 20118:03 pm
the last kid we brought up who hit 100m was pretty much a total bust. takes more than that, though so far Vizcaino seems to have more than just a fastball
August 10th, 201110:34 pm
BBA said he has the best curve in the Braves farm system.
August 11th, 20117:37 am
Vizcaino is a work in progress. As he matures,learns hitter weaknesses, develops his off speed pitches, etc, he (hopefully) will become a dominant pitcher. Limit his innings until he learns that every pitch does not have to be 98 miles per hour. Don’t let him ruin his arm. He has GOD given talent no one can teach. (fastball speed) While I am not a McDowell fan, let him progress, slowly. “to be the best he can be”.
August 11th, 20118:47 am
What a wonderful day. Without Proctor we might actually still be in striking range of the Phils. Now he won’t prevent us from winning the WC.
August 11th, 20119:00 am
Constanza is raking and we have a new style of baseball in Hot’lanta
Vizcaino is a remarkable story. I wonder how many players play in A, AA, AAA and majors all in the same season. And he looks like, once he gets over the sheer terror of being on the big club, he can do something THIS year. Rocky start didn’t concern me one bit. Fredi G. handled that just right. I remember the first time I jumped off the high dive. I was scared to death. And finally, good wishes to Scott Proctor. People on here sometimes forget, these are human beings, not robots. We all get old….I’d hate for someone to be down at my office screaming for me to get fired. But posters here do it all the time.
August 11th, 20119:04 am
so, how soon will Heyward be gone?
August 11th, 201112:46 pm
Rick- Lowe, Hanson, and JJ aren’t helping the team right now either because of fatigue, age, or nagging injury. You will need these 3 guys to be ready in the playoffs and continuing to pitch in hopes that they will “figure it out” could be a much bigger gamble than asking Tehran and Delgado to come up and start a couple of games. They would only be missing a couple of starts.
The Braves pen has the most IP in all of baseball and I don’t believe it’s a close race. We won’t win a game (assuming we hold off Ariz) if O’Flaherty, Venters, and Kimbrel don’t have any gas yet.
The offense is starting to pick up the slack. Now is the time to rest the arms.
Not sure what is so crazy about resting 3 starting pitchers who aren’t helping and 3 over used bullpen guys who are essential to our success in a push to the playoffs and further.
August 11th, 20111:43 pm
looks like the braves are tring to get back to world series bringing up all these young kids to help out i like these moves
August 11th, 20116:59 pm
Lets go Braves. Proctors was release?, what a relief!!!!!
August 11th, 201111:32 pm
Good riddance, Assman.
August 12th, 20118:23 am
Now if we get rid of J-Hey or whatever they call him. What bunch of bull, the media wanted so bad for him to be the next chipper, but alas, he is just another hype!!!
What was he 0=fer how many????
August 12th, 20118:24 am
Anybody out there remember how many games Proctor lost in the last inning??
August 12th, 20119:55 am
The Braves would have fared better if they had traded lowe for Pence
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