Braves to pass deadline with 28 of top 30 draft picks signed

With the passing of Monday’s signing deadline for the 2011 draft, the Braves had signed 28 of their top 30 picks, including each of the top 19.

One of their objectives was to draft sign-able players by going college heavy, and it paid off. The Braves signed 35 of their 50 picks overall.

The only players not to sign among their top 30 picks were 20th rounder Carlos Rodriguez, a left-hander out of Iolani High (HI) School, and 30th round pick Jonathan Youngblood, a center fielder from Lafayette (Ky.) High. But the Braves signed two high schoolers – first baseman Jackson Laumann (31st) and center fielder Cody Livesay (42nd) – in the past couple of days.

“We wanted to sign some high school kids right here at the end,” Braves scouting director Tony DeMacio said. “We were able to do that here and there.”

The only other player the Braves did not sign among their top 37 picks was 32nd rounder Matt Kimbrel, the right-hander and younger brother of Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. The Braves drafted him with the intention of following him through the summer to see how he progressed in his recovery from elbow reconstruction surgery.

Kimbrel, who was drafted out of Shelton State (Ala.) Community College, had offers to play this fall at both Florida Southern and Lehigh.

103 comments Add your comment

1eyedJack

August 15th, 2011
8:37 pm

You’ve done a man’s job.

ray

August 15th, 2011
8:41 pm

the high school guys are signable if you are willing to pay over slot which the Braves rarely do. many teams are signing high school guys tonight at excessive bonuses. the Braves now go the college route to save money, not due to a change in philosophy. in the long run, it will cost you talent. this is why aside from pitching, the Braves minor league system is relatively weak.
check out the draft blog on http://www.baseballamerica.com tonight
how can the Blue Jays and Pirates spend all that money while the Braves can’t afford it ?.
the Braves apparently don’t even negotiate on deadline day 8/15. they have run out of money.
many teams are getting premium talent in the mid rounds while the Braves are drafting college guys with little upside.
the Braves signed only 3 HS guys out of 35.

Jeremy

August 15th, 2011
9:01 pm

Ray, take a look at the Braves major league roster…. I think there is some pretty darn elite high school position player talent there. See also: Freddie Freeman, Brian McCann. As a Braves fan, I’ll be glad to let you do it like the Blue Jays and Pirates, but I think my team is doing things just right. It has reflected in the standings over the last 20 years… Pretty good sample size I think. Any other ignorant statements you’d like to share?

Dawginit.

August 15th, 2011
9:23 pm

ray, I’m pretty sure the Bravos have a top 4-5 farm system.

Larry

August 15th, 2011
9:34 pm

Well, the most stupid manager in baseball is about to cost his team its third consecutive game.

Leaves Lowe in too long after with a rested bullpen on Saturday to get hammered.

Leaves Sherill in the bullpen yesterday to allow Linebrink to surrender his fourth consecutive hit to a left without recording an out.

Now, tonight, down 3-2, and with a runner on third in the 6th inning with one out, Fruity allows the pitcher to pop up a bunt against a tough, hard to bunt against lefty and destroy a golden opportunity.

In all seriousness, I think this man is beyond a doubt the single most stupid manager I have ever see manage a professional baseball team. He’s so bad, despite my love of the game and support of the Braves, I almost–almost, I said–wish they’d tank so that everyone could see how stupid one must be to blow such an opportunity with so much talent.

As in other sports, when will baseball evolve to start hiring sharp, intelligent and educated minds like a Bill Belichick or Bill Walsh in the NFL, a Pat Riley or Phil Jackson in the NBA, or even a Mike Krzyzewski or John Wooten in college basketball? How could a higher intelligence component not enhance one’s decisions and judgment?

Who wrote the job description that a MLB manager should have no formal education, from a third world country, no common sense, and utter lack of cognitive dissonance, and a complete and utter buffoon that takes 3-4 months to learn how to fill out an effective lineup card? Would he be so difficult to advance past the ball scratching, tobacco spitting, elementary school grammar dolts like Fruity and get a leader with more than a double-digit IQ?

For me it would be refreshing to have an educated, well spoken and minimally educated person managing a multi million dollar sports franchise.

First the nose picker and now his idiot offspring…I can’t wait for football season!

terrell

August 15th, 2011
10:05 pm

Weaseal

August 15th, 2011
10:05 pm

Hey Larry -Please become a Braves phan this is not a Braves Hater Blog -Nice Job FF :)

AdirondackDave

August 15th, 2011
10:11 pm

Probably just as well they didn’t sign Matt Kimbrel. Two Kimbrels on the staff doesn’t seem fair.

liz

August 15th, 2011
10:12 pm

Sorry things are so rough for you right now, Larry. Sad.
Go Braves!

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
10:13 pm

Now that was a dang fun game to watch. Best closer the past 3 years, and the stupidest beard (what grown man puts freaking shoe polish in his beard?), against the 2 hottest hitters the past month. Purely an entertaining to watch.

Larry football started just so you know. I sure it is still on now on ESPN. Please report back to us on it. Or better yet don’t. Let’s see, an “idiot” has 71 wins this season, has a 5 game lead in the WC now, has not been swept in a 3 or 4 game series all year (only the Braves and Phillies can say that), has the second best record in the NL, 4th best record in the Majors…….If that is an idiot manager, he can stay. Go find a genius like LaRussa and tell us what he is doing this year?

lyonsjimmy

August 15th, 2011
10:13 pm

Larry you suck and swallow so shut up

Larry

August 15th, 2011
10:19 pm

Not rough at all liz! Glad the players overcame their stupid manager. The actual sad part is they have to do this; the fearful part is can they overcome this idiot in a 5 or 7 game series?

I don’t change my opinion based on a win or a loss. Had Freddi taken that last pitch for a strike or Uggla before him hit into a double play you know you’d be thinking about that runner on third with one out in the sixth that Fruity left stranded their by hitting Hudson behind a run.

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
10:23 pm

Oh so FG was batting for Uggla and Freeman. I get it now. FG is the only reason they lose and the players ignored everything he says when they win. Thanks Larry for enlightening us. Get over it. Go watch football like you said in your post. Don’t make promises you will not keep. Have fun with football, we will enjoy a well played game between 2 good teams and 2 “idiot” managers. Oh wait I forget only FG is an “idiot”. Thanks again. Have a nice night Larry.

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Larry

August 15th, 2011
10:28 pm

Joseph,71 wins this year…I don’t recall Fruity winning a single game but I recall many his stupidity has cost us!

Frankly, I consider you much more stupid for smoking cigarettes as there cannot be a more stupid and ignorant person on the planet than one that sucks smoke into his lungs that produce oxygen for his heart to pump though his vessels to sustain life. Indeed, it is an absolute fact there is a distinct correlation between smokers and the cognitively limited.

Now. “sir,” go have a Marlboro, you truck driving, cell phone carrying construction goober that most everyone on her thinks is an utter, unabashed kook!

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
10:36 pm

You sound defensive Larry. Just so that you know what you speak of sir….I do not drive a truck, but a Mustang, I do not smoke Marlboro, and you are right I OWN my construction company. A little knowledge goes a long way sir. Have a nice night Larry. You seem upset about something, wish you more happiness in life.

David the Shepherd

August 15th, 2011
10:37 pm

What a win!!! Free Man the He Man!! This guy will be good for a long time. It’s good to be a Braves fan.

the truth...

August 15th, 2011
10:42 pm

Larry is a disgusting moron.

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
10:47 pm

Now now truth. We do not know his intelligence level, from words that are typed. It is fun to assume though, but it really doesn’t matter. Choose the high-road and do not stoop to that level of immaturity. Did you see that play that Uggla made off of Hudson’s glove to nail the pitcher? Dang that better be the best highlight of the day.

Busch leaguer

August 15th, 2011
10:54 pm

Nice win for the Bravos ,after Sundays loss. Cardinals loss makes it a better night. Freeman would be a lock for “ROOKIE of THE YEAR ” if not for the year Kimbrel is having . They will split the vote and the kid from the Mets Gee will steal the award.

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
11:01 pm

I retract what I said about Uggla’s play off of Hudson’s glove should be the #1 highlight. It should be #2. Thome hits 2 HRs and is at 600 career HRs now. Congratulations to Thome on 600. Well deserved, and a great career.

Voice of Reason

August 15th, 2011
11:02 pm

Man, Larry does make Joseph look good! DOB, it is guys like Larry that turn off the average reader and make them leave a perfectly good blog until he, and others like him, start ranting about something they know very little about. Don’t bother to answer, Larry, those of us with sense will be gone because we do not want to hear your idiocy!

Larry

August 15th, 2011
11:10 pm

Joseph,

Every Tom, Dick and Harry “OWNS” a construction company. Big freaking deal!

So, Joe, what brand do you light up that passes by your pharynx or larynx and then subsequently contaminates with harmful tar, nicotine and the carrying agent residue along the ciliated pseudostratified or iliated pseudostratified columnar epithelia in your trachea just before destroying many of the white blood cells that are your line of defense against cancer, your red blood cells that inhibit or prevent the destruction of life sustaining oxygen molecules?

Perfusing tar and nicotine throughout the human cardiovascular system is one of the single most destructive things one can do so don’t you dare ever suggest in any way another poster is an idiot while you willingly practice one of the most stupid, ignorant and self destructive behaviors on the planet! Smoking is nothing but a slower, yet highly successful, form of suicide!

We can disagree about Fruity and other baseball topics, but don’t you dare go there when it comes to intelligence and accomplishments. Intellectually, educationally and professionally speaking, you’ll get a 100 MPH fastball right under your chin!

Darryl Blackberry

August 15th, 2011
11:19 pm

Enough with the “Fruity” talk. It’s making me hungry, for starters.

Plus: it’s kind of insulting. Larry must’ve been one of those guys who referred to Bobby as “Donkey” once upon a time. Get over it. Fredi’s good. Maybe he’s not a master strategist, but his players like him and respect him, and that’s an excellent start for the man’s first year as Braves’ skipper.

Larry's Shrink

August 15th, 2011
11:21 pm

Larry, I’m worried that you were released a few years early due to overcrowding issues. You clearly have a serious personality disorder, possibly brought on by an organic brain disease. Delusions, paranoia, anger displacement, and questionable psychotic episodes seem to be your M.O. I’m just glad I’m not your wife (or most likely life-partner), kid, or your dog.

It’s just sad you attack the intelligence of everybody from FG to truck drivers, smokers, Braves fans, etc. You actually think degrading others makes you superior to them? You must think that if you insult others, maybe your mother, father, ex-boyfriend, or boss will think you are intelligent and may just want anything in the world to do with you (rather than snicker about your other “shortcomings” behind your back).

Please, do the world a favor and turn off your computer, check yourself back into the local psych ward, and start taking your Lithium and Haldol again. We, and your dog, will be happier for it.

Larry

August 15th, 2011
11:21 pm

the truth and Voice of Reason…now we have the smoker and his merry band of idiots that quality to lead the Atlanta Public School System.

At least Joseph occasionally offers a decent perspective on baseball topics…the other two goober gobblers, not so much! They’re so immature and embarrassed about themselves they are too ashamed to use a real name. LOL!

On the positive, these butt buddies serve a good purpose…they are most successful at making everyone feel just a tad smarter every time they post.

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
11:23 pm

Now that was cold-blooded Larry’s Shrink. Funny as heck, but still cold-blooded.

Larry's Shrink

August 15th, 2011
11:26 pm

Joseph,

Good name by the way, I’m just sick and tired of these pseudo-intellectuals berating those who would like to talk baseball.

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
11:29 pm

I recommend laughing. You can never be upset or mad when you are laughing about anything at all.

Larry's Shrink

August 15th, 2011
11:31 pm

I remember when Ted Turner fired Bobby Cox and hired Joe Torre. At the press conference, Ted said, and I’m paraphrasing here, that if he wasn’t firing Bobby, he’d be hiring him. Say what you want about the lack of intelligence of Bobby Cox or FG, but results matter … and it’s hard to argue with 14 straight

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
11:33 pm

71 wins isn’t easy either unless you just call someone stupid and claim the team wins “in spite” of him. I laugh almost to tears every time I read the “in spite of fredi” thing.

Larry

August 15th, 2011
11:33 pm

Don’t have a name, shrink?

Please tell me you can do better than freshman Psychology 101 terminology and a restaurant quality vocabulary, diction and syntax in your attempt to sound educated. You may fool the baseball goobers here, but a college sophomore or above majoring in underwater basket weaving is not likely to be impressed.

“Delusions, paranoia, anger displacement, and questionable psychotic episodes seem to be your M.O.” Oh stupid one, these are not classified as methods; these are symptoms!

Indeed, there are those that are smart; then there are those who think they’re smart! LOL! I love it when goobers make fools of themselves when trying to compete with a higher intelligence! LOL!

Larry's Shrink

August 15th, 2011
11:35 pm

Great game to watch tonight. Uggla continues to be on fire. Great footwork on a play by Freddie that was called safe (right call). Gonzo can pick it at short. And Freddie with the 1st bases loaded hit of the season. Too bad Huddy didn’t get a decision, but as in all sports, a W is a W. Also, the Giants aren’t going to win many games if they only have 8 guys playing defense. Their pitchers were awful fielding the ball tonight

flbravesfan

August 15th, 2011
11:38 pm

Guys guys . Wasting your attempts to calm down ol Larry there. To qoute Strother Martin. What we have here is.. failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So u get what we have here tonight. Maybe we will all get lucky & Larry will choke on some boiled eggs.

Larry's Shrink

August 15th, 2011
11:39 pm

Larry,

I don’t have to justify my academic pedigree to somebody who hasn’t stated an intelligent comment on this site tonight. Yes, I took Psychology 101, and I have a doctorate and work in long-term care (so I know dementia related disease). Oh, by the way, I have a dictionary too.

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
11:41 pm

Larry’s Shrink, if you are a pure baseball fan, I dare you to find a more entertaining game this week. This game had everything. Great pitching in clutch situations. Wild pitching at times. Big hits, then bigger pitches. Great defensive plays. And I am talking about both teams. And then the 9th was magical. That is a playoff 9th inning. Classic game.

Larry's Shrink

August 15th, 2011
11:45 pm

Joseph,

I just wish the games in last year’s playoff series turned out like tonight, rather than losing by 1 run nearly every game. I love that Constanza and Bourne are running like Otis Nixon and Neon Deion back in the day. It just causes the opposing defense to stay committed throughout the game. Mental lapses will kill you in a 162 game season. Ask the Giants in the 91 season.

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
11:52 pm

It will be interesting to see what is done with the pitching staff both the rest of this year and going into next year. There are so many variables. Medlen coming back, will they give him a chance to win his starting job back? (I always believe in the adage of one shouldn’t lose his job because of injury) Is Lowe going to be traded? (He is struggling but he still has some value just very interesting) What will they do with Hudson on his last year of his contract? How many starting spots are up for grabs in the spring? Are they committed to only have Viz as a reliever? Tehran, Delgado, Minor? Dang, this is going to be fun all the way until start of the season next year and beyond.

By the way, does anybody know how long of a minor league contract they signed Constanza to?

Larry's Shrink

August 15th, 2011
11:53 pm

Larry,

Seeing as your intelligence quotient is as it “obviously” is …. you should have ascertained that my name is also Joseph. I feel embarrassed that I have to point that out to you.

FLBraves Fan … I think that Larry is used to having things egg-sized shoved down his throat

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:01 am

I’m not sure how long Constanza is signed. But you are spot-on with the addition of Medlin. People seem to have forgotten about him. I think Viz will start at AAA next season to work on a third consistent pitch. D Lowe will be in his final year, and I think he will be traded prior to next July’s trade deadline. I wouldn’t anticipate Hudson being traded, as I believe with S Boras being JJ’s agent, he is more likely to be dealt for some prospects. I would think Hanson will stay for years to come, Beachy, Minor, Teh, Delgado are the future (along with Viz, depending on his ability to develop). Don’t forget about Pastornicky to replace Gonzo in the next couple of years.

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
12:06 am

My point exactly Larry’s Shrink. How can this team be this rich in prospects and still have 71 wins this year? Most of the time when people mention even half of the prospects that we have that are almost ready they are “planning for next year”. Maybe Wren knows exactly what he is doing.

flbravesfan

August 16th, 2011
12:10 am

@ Larry’s Shrink. Think Larry must be off his meds . Sure seems awfully angry after a Braves win. Geez have to wonder what his house must look like after a loss. Hide the wife & kids. Good lord that sure was a load of venom he was spreading around. Maybe he is really Carlos Zambrano. Must have left his latest anger management group meeting.

Larry

August 16th, 2011
12:10 am

Shrink,

A doctorate in Psychology? So? Psychology is what college cheerleaders, blonde dimwits, and people like you that hide behind silly names major in when they can’t qualify intellectually to major in anything else that requires a higher aptitude. Along with Chiropractors, you’re considered the least in value and importance in the healthcare community.

First, I think your full of it! Every psych major on a blog or lap dancer in a strip joint has a doctorate. But even if your fantasy were true you’re nothing but a powerless ear that struggles to warrant insurance reimbursement because you’re not respected as a physician. You’re an educated but powerless listener…nothing more!

And, if you truly work in long term care, then you are considered the bottom of the barrel, bottom of your class, and possibly living in a trailer trying to support yourself unlike the industrial psychologist that actually have intrinsic value beyond “tell me what’s bothering you today” and saying after 50 minutes your one hour is up.”

This is why after my freshman class in cognitive psychology–much more advanced and cerebrally demanding than such silly and often worthless clinical, communication and behavioral psych classes you took. You see, there’s something that you could never qualify for, goober, and that’s those precious two letters, “MD,” that qualify one to actually effect outcomes. You can’t even prescribe a prescription strength laxative for yourself when your companion, “stump,” pushes in your stool causing you an impaction.

Any regrets, “Doctor?” LOL!

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:11 am

I am a Wren fan. I think that he has made the changes needed for today’s post-PED baseball. Waiting on 3-run HR don’t cut it anymore. Today’s baseball reminds me of the baseball played in the 70’s and 80’s. You have to have speed at the top and high-percentage guys at the 2 and 3. 4,5,and 6 guys are your power guys. And always, you need pitching….. and the Braves have LOTS of pitching. I can only imagine what Smoltz, Glavine, Maddox, and Avery would do to lineups today. But it’s nice to have one of the top pitching staffs in baseball this year, and still have 3 or 4 starters that could be a 2 or 3 guy in most rotations in baseball, waiting for their turn.

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
12:15 am

Just heard that Costas is broadcasting the Giants vs Braves game on Thursday on MLBN. Dang it, I wish we could get that here. Would be a huge upgrade from Chip. Too bad it will be blacked-out here.

Larry

August 16th, 2011
12:17 am

flbravesfan,

Do you have even a smidgen of pride, self confidence, masculinity or courage to stand up for yourself or do you always ride the coat tails of others. With every word you type you sound like the classic follower or “girly man.”

Men, or males, to be more accurate, are always losing their women to real men!

Grow a pair, wimp!

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:17 am

Actually Larry, my doctorate is not in psych. I have a PharmD behind my name. I make out pretty well, even though I drive a 4X4, worked in construction, served in the Army, and was a truck driver. Your problem is that you try to compare yourself with others, when you have no accomplishments yourself. Learn some more, do something besides denigrate others, and allow your testicles to drop … then come back and talk. Maybe, somebody will teach you how to be a man.

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:19 am

And by the way Larry, do you have a doctorate degree, or are you still in middle school? If any stripper can have one, what does that say about you?

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
12:19 am

Larry’s Shrink…Army? What division? I was 82nd Airborne.

Larry

August 16th, 2011
12:20 am

Shrink, Joseph, Doctor or whatever your name,

I actually agree 100% with your last comment on Wren and our 10 plus year need to escape “bobby ball” and his three run homer infatuation.

Now we need a manager that can utilize our new resources.

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
12:23 am

Larry, Bobby played with what he had. How many steals did the team have when they had Nixon, Deon, Gant, Justice? You manage to the players. But Fredi is stupid according to you, so all the steals lately is because the players are not listening to him at all.

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:23 am

6th Infantry, Light, Ft Wainwright AK. Man, I wish I could have gotten my wings …. broke my ankle 1 week prior to Airborne training (do Air Assault training).

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:24 am

Thank you Larry for talking baseball. I suppose you do like baseball after all

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:26 am

Larry,

I think FG is the right guy for that type of baseball. Look what he did at Florida with an undermanned team. He manufactured runs. I don’t care how many HR your team can hit … in the postseason, it’s all about manufacturing that 1 run.. Look what happened in the series against SF last season

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
12:27 am

Blew out my knee on a mis-drop outside of Bosnia. Turned down a desk job for final 3 months of my 2nd re-up. Thank the Army everyday for my MBA. Too bad you didn’t make it to night drop. That is a rush. Oh well…………back to baseball. :)

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:30 am

Oh, I did my night jump …. but it was as a civilian …. hahaha. Go Gamecock sky-diving club! …. and now back to our sponsor …… Larry?

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:32 am

So, Thome gets his 600. I don’t count Bonds, McGuire, A-Rod, or Sosa because of PED …. but to get with Aaron, Ruth, Mays, Griffey Jr? That is the “right stuff”

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:37 am

And Joseph, I feel you on the blown out knee … had 1 on each … plus 5 broken ankles and 2 rotator cuff tears in 6 years

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
12:39 am

Classy man. Great career. I am happy he did it.

just saying

August 16th, 2011
12:40 am

Larry my father passed at 97, guess had he not smoked could have lived to what, 110 or so? He quit smoking at…. wait….97. Grace me with your presence so i may blow my second hand smoke directly in your face. You showed your intelligence when you used the word “goober”. Please feel free to reply back as well…i shall not respond. Will only laugh as I enjoy the baseball talk from the likes of Joseph and your shrink…..good nite my friend

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
12:44 am

Nicely stated “Just Saying” …. Now, tell us about your take on the game tonight

Larry

August 16th, 2011
12:44 am

A pharmacist, for crying out loud! Making a big 50-60k at Publix or Rite Aid! LOL!

With a post graduate in Biomedical Engineering followed by an Executive MBA, Executive positions at the largest medical manufacturer on the planet in Johnson and Johnson, then leading design and development of medical devices, implants, instrumentation for spinal, neuro, trauma and thoracic surgery for perhaps the most dynamic, progressive and innovative company, Medtronic, I the followed my “corporate” career with the creation success, and subsequent sale of two different companies.

Now, Mr. PharmD, not to question your honesty, but allow me to ask you a question that any “PharmD” that is worth his/her salt can answer:

During bypass or transplant surgery where the disease is so advanced the surgeon will elect to remove the pericardium, the best method of perfusion to fully arrest and protect the myocardial muscles is retrograde cardioplegia. My question(s): what are the buffers, additives and compounds used to protect the myocardium, what amount of potassium is required to titrate though conventional IV technology pumps to preserve the myocardium, and at what pressure (in milliequivalents of mercury, please) must not be exceeded to prevent a rupture in the coronary sinus leading to instant cardiac death?

If you’re the real deal, you can answer this; if not, it is YOU that should log off and come back under a different name!

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
12:47 am

I am watching MLBN. Is Mitch Williams this bitter that he only beat the Braves in 1 series? And he is only remembered as a guy who fell down every time he threw a pitch, oh and giving up the only pitch anybody will ever remember he made? On the replay of the Braves game, he did nothing but talk about how smart Williams was and that Freeman got lucky that Williams didn’t throw a high fastball, because he obviously would have struck out. Tool.

just saying

August 16th, 2011
12:49 am

Shrink
As Joseph stated tonight’s game was exciting, it is great to see the Braves “running ” and playing a little small ball fora change. I believe this team is in good shape for the home stretch of the season. I go back again to Josephs comments on the 6 man rotation and after pondering it, am in full agreement of his assessments, it could be both good and bad. I do think Hudson and Lowe are tired and could use a break, but again the sinkers could have to much muscle behind it to drop, kind of a catch 22 situation and glad I am not the manager!

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
12:51 am

IS this a baseball blog or a medical journal? Larry, stop being so angry. Thank GOD you are not in any way associated with anything medical with my company. Get over it and move on. That is what adults do. You refuse to. Talk baseball, even though you are wrong most of the time you do, but isn’t this what this is supposed to be?

flbravesfan

August 16th, 2011
12:53 am

@ Larry . I am all grown up. You dude are truly showing your ass tonight. Just how much have you had to drink? The “real man comments” sounds awfully High School. Figured you for better than that. Are you speaking from experience concerning your women? Maybe that explains your anger.

flbravesfan

August 16th, 2011
12:55 am

Enter your comments here

just saying

August 16th, 2011
12:56 am

Larry
Very impressed with your pedigree….but you sir have made a fool of yourself tonight on of all things, a baseball blog….kind of sad don’t you think?

Larry

August 16th, 2011
12:59 am

just saying,

Always the single most stupid and ignorant answer is the world is one like yours.

In anything, goober, there are always exceptions, even incredible ones. Ever hear of the person whom awoke from a coma after 22 years?

Smoking grossly deteriorates our immune system, affects our heart, lungs and vascular system by weakening the red blood cells that carrying a life supporting nutrient called oxygen (you may have heard of this), and introduces tar and other contaminants that slowly breaks down vital organs

It is also one of the most powerful addictions we know!

Frankly, because the harmful effects are so well known, and one has the choice of using nicotine or not, I would be in strong favor of cutting out all medical or government subsidized health care for this that we have to fork out for your stupid and ignorant choice. I shouldn’t have to pay for your addiction just like I shouldn’t have to pay for the local crack addict!

Now, go light up and be stupid, if you chose, just do us all a favor and not reproduce so we won’t have to treat your children who learned this from an ignorant and abusive father…yes, smoking around your children is child abuse!

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
1:04 am

Larry, take your crap to a medical blog. Maybe you get extra-credit in your pre-med courses if you do. THIS IS A BASEBALL BLOG.

just saying

August 16th, 2011
1:06 am

I said i would not comment and i won’t with cut downs, you are right, in what you say about smoking, however it is my choice. I feel the same about alcohol as you do about smoking, is it the lesser of the two evils? In my opinion, not so much. You don’t in any way shape or form pay one iota for my nor my family’s medical needs, nor does the govt, or the clown in the Oval office, this I can assure you.

just saying

August 16th, 2011
1:08 am

Gentlemen
sorry for getting off the blogs topic, your indulgence for this brief moment is greatly appreciated…..please proceed!

just saying

August 16th, 2011
1:09 am

Well, we moved a half game closer to the phillys tonight…….

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
1:12 am

Larry, Larry, Larry,

You poor soul. Have you ever been in an operating room to see cardioplegia at work. Do you actually think my focus is soley on cardiology. Please….. I work with cardiology, psychiatry, nephrology, endocrinology, nephrology, psychiatry (which I diagnosed you earlier), pharmacology, etc… If I worked in surgery, I’d easily answer your question …. but we are talking baseballology .. let’s keep it there. It’s nice that you found someone willing to pay you to sell a procedure that is necessary for some folks, … but does that necessarily mean that you know about medicine? I doubt it. I work in Post-Acute Care … and I’m sorry I don’t remember everything about your 20K a year job … but that was years ago in a field of specialty I don’t have much experience…. But I can look it up on the internet if that makes you feel better. I can ask you many “gottcha questions” if you want to play that game. I think I teach enough Med Students that I can come up with some questions for you

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
1:12 am

Not really just saying. They were rained out yesterday so we back to where we were before yesterday. Hopefully Upton goes deep a few times the next 3 days and gets tired. lol. Honestly I would rather see the Giants than the D’backs in the postseason. Although inexperience does have it’s issues and so does their pitching. Going to be fun either way for sure.

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
1:19 am

I really do not think it matters who the Braves play in the post season…… say what you want about the Braves, but I truly believe they don’t care who they play…… It is ALL about playing your game against those who want to stop you from playing your game. Speed, Defense, Pitching, and timely hitting. I’m not sure those in the NL are capable of dealing with what the Braves have to deal this year

just saying

August 16th, 2011
1:21 am

no doubt Joseph, I think we match up great with the Giants. I really feel better about this years team and chances more so than last years. I am really tired of the Heyward bashers, this slump is probably bothering this kid more than all of us. I just notice if this team loses just one game, these bloggers think its the end of the world and they suck and Fredi sucks and everyone should be demoted blah, blah blah….the people must have forgot or not been around in the 70’s and 80’s… I am quite excited myself

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
1:25 am

Just Saying,

I remember being in school and getting free tickets in trade for straight A’s. It was good to have 4 siblings helping the cause, but we saw a lot of games (Bob Horner’s 4 home runs, Dale Murphy’s streak ending when he ripped a hole in his hand on the old outfield fence, ….. Rick Camp’s hit in the July 4th game….. it was good to make good grades…. I love this team … balance of speed, power, pitching and defense, …. can’t get much better

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
1:26 am

Just saying………they do the same when they win, or don’t bother to show up. I could name many names. Yes I was not here after a loss yesterday, but Sunday happens to be family day most weeks. If they win Fredi is stupid. If they lose, it is because Fredi is a moron. It is really old. Can this team win the WS? I have no clue and neither does anybody else. But I like this team’s chances against anybody in a short series. Funny how all the haters on here forget that no team in the league has had this many injuries this year. Guess that is Fredi’s fault as well.

flbravesfan

August 16th, 2011
1:26 am

Well back to baseball. Jim Thome hit # 600 tonight. Some are questioning his HOF credentials. Can someone explain that line of thought to me. He has never been implicated as being associated with steroids. 600 homeruns should be 1st ballot induction.

Larry

August 16th, 2011
1:28 am

OK, goobers, I started my rant on a Braves blog targeted exclusively about their manager, Fruity, whom I genuinely believe is an absolute air head–nice guy, but an airhead, nonetheless. Many of you too would have been pissed had Freeman not come through and we all traced the one run loss back to Fruity’s stupid decision in the 6th inning.

I don’t change my opinions of previously ridiculous decisions by Fruity based on an exciting but fortunate comeback…this is called integrity.

I’m also man enough to admit I got too steamed at some of these comments attacking me for venting about Fruity. For those I have inappropriately offended, and to those I deliberately went way to far to offend with very personal attacks, I genuinely apologize. Next time just let me vent and ignore me. You’ll notice almost without exception I never draw first blood, but if you do…

As for all the military careers, my father was a disabled air force veteran from WW II. As for myself, while I was achieving my undergraduate I was a fugitive investigator for 5 years right here in Atlanta. My job was to find the Robbers, Burglars, Rapists and Murderers that no one else could track down. I share this to poke some fun at you guys because I know what it’s like to get cut while taking away a gun, I know what it’s like to have a shotgun one inch from my nose with one’s finger on the trigger, and I know what it feels like to find, fight, subdue and cuff a pedophile that I had an a warrant for for the sexual molestation of his very on 7 year old little girl. Yes, the bastard sexually molested his on child!

As a proud father of two precious daughters myself, nothing was more gratifying in my career than putting this animal behind bars!

Again, sorry for losing my composure and saying a whole lot of things I regret..I am sorry!

Good night!

just saying

August 16th, 2011
1:34 am

Larry
I may have just changed my mind about you. That post exhibited class. Thanks for putting away a loser to society. I guess when it comes to baseball, with adult conversation, we can all agree to disagree. We all make mistakes and vent differently, on my behalf, apology accepted.

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
1:38 am

Larry, get this in your head. I say this as nicely as I can. THIS IS A FREAKING BASEBALL BLOG. Yes, me and Larry’s Shrink bantered and commented on what regiment we served. That is normal from a band of brothers. We were probably out of place, but I will not apologize for it. To be perfectly honest, Larry, I do not care about your history or your past. This is a baseball blog. You call yourself a father of 2? Ok How would you feel if someone made a joke of your children’s name? Be honest with yourself. I do not care how you feel about the manager. All managers make mistakes, that is the life. But the MAN HAS A DAMN NAME. His name is Fredi Gonzalez. If you are honestly a father of 2 girls as you say……..how would you honestly feel if others make a joke of the name that you gave to your children? Be honest with yourself.

just saying

August 16th, 2011
1:39 am

Shrink
We chewed some same turf…errr…grass, at Atlanta Fulton County, I too was at the Horner 4 homer game…don’t remember exact seat, but was 1st base side about 20 rows up from dugout if I remember correctly. My dad took me and my sister, one of the best days of my life…..Great days gone by.

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
1:40 am

Larry,

All I can say is, attack those who have done the crimes, not those who you perceive to have done those crimes because they disagree with you.

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
1:41 am

Oh, just saying….

To be sure, I was in the upper deck. They didn’t give free tickets to A students in the clubhouse level

Larry

August 16th, 2011
1:43 am

Thanks man!

I’m actually quite embarrassed when I look back at some of my grossly insensitive and insulting comments. I’m part Irish and part Cherokee…thank God I don’t drink or the three of these added together would produce a good Molotov cocktail! :-0!!!

Sorry about the smoking thing too. My father was a smoker and a diabetic so I watched him keep on smoking while losing toes, feet, and eventually he became a bilateral amputee. He just couldn’t stop and the mixture of smoking and a blood disease like diabetes is a nightmare!

Best wishes!

just saying

August 16th, 2011
1:49 am

I don’t know Joseph, I enjoyed reading about your military background, I was in the “soft” side of the military, the Air Force. A Russian linguist to be exact. Boring at the time, and have forgotten most if not all of that language. Now am ordained and proud to put God first, yet to “scared” to take it to the next level….but working on it…..maybe I allowed myself to be more personable of myself than i should have, but what the heck….i am still addicted to the smoking habit…..what can I say….

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
1:50 am

Larry,

Much respect for you and your thoughts. Keep up the banter, but I just ask it stays about baseball and not anything personal. Also, thank you for putting away a low-life. I’m just sayin. Tomorrow, we talk baseball, OK?

just saying

August 16th, 2011
1:53 am

Larry
Seeing your father in that situation I understand your feelings on the effects of smoking. I loved and miss my father dearly. If this lightens it up just slightly…I preached to my kids not to smoke and i am trying to quit myself, and one day I will. I too apologize about the 2nd hand smoke thing…..I really would not do that….

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
1:54 am

Just saying…. we all have vices. I point to what Arostotle said…….NOTHING IN EXCESS…..NOTHING IN DEFICIT. Basically, too much of anything is a bad thing. It creates self-indulgenes. Didn’t learn any of that until my wife said we were pregnant. It was like a light went off in my head. It changed my perception and outlook on life. That is why I honestly get offended when someone makes a joke of a persons given name, because as a father I think of how I would feel if that happened to my daughter and the name I gave her.

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
1:55 am

“Just Sayin”

Man, I’ll never forget that HR by Rick Camp …Best fireworks I’ve ever seen at 4am in Atlanta … Great day I will NEVER forget

just saying

August 16th, 2011
1:56 am

Tomorrow all baseball guys..I promise…I hope we win another….in the mean time, all stay safe, have a great night and safe tomorrow…God bless!!

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
1:58 am

God Bless guys! Go Braves tomorrow!

just saying

August 16th, 2011
2:02 am

ok, i was going to bed, let me reply….i go a week or so maybe??? remember your comments on using the given name, i too respect all men in that matter, my son going through grade school was hefty, not fat but hefty, he lived with the name calling and i had to reassure him quite often…As he grew to become a great HS football player at linebacker, all that subsided and he became quite muscular, but sad what he endured. In my weakest moments I shall not stoop to making fun of a mans name.

Joseph

August 16th, 2011
2:03 am

Larry,

I honestly hope that you put yourself in the shoes that I commented on. If you can do that and still be honest in your heart and still feel comfortable ridiculing a man’s name, then this is a free country. Fought and died for. We have that luxury. I just ask that you be honest with yourself sir. There are no hard feelings at all. I never hold a grudge. I honestly, from the bottom of my heart wish you nothing but the best in life.

Larry's Shrink

August 16th, 2011
2:23 am

Amen …. Sing the praises Joseph …. I love all you guys … but hold a special place for those who stay positive about the Braves!

Larry

August 16th, 2011
7:20 am

OK guys!

Up this morning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with a new pair of glasses…talk about an emotional hangover? Wow!

I agree on the “keep it to baseball” today. To that end, I will self-install a personal “mute” button to curb my propensity to turn a molehill into a mountain…

Go Braves…and, good game Fredi—like that name, Joseph?

Richard

August 16th, 2011
9:02 am

Oh Trolls… I’m glad I have better things to do than post 287 times on a baseball blog.

Gary

August 16th, 2011
2:01 pm

Since when did this become the Larry vs everybody that thinks he’s a jerk blog. Let’s get back to Braves baseball

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