Braves SS prospect Simmons quiets some skeptics

He knows plenty of people questioned his decision to play shortstop instead of pitch in pro ball, and has heard some scouts and other so-called experts doubt whether he will be able to hit against more advanced pitching.

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Andrelton Simmons

That made his 2011 success that much more gratifying for Braves shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons, who hit .311 with a .351 on-base percentage at high-A Lynchburg, winning the Carolina League batting title by a whopping 21-point margin in his first full season in the minors.

“I heard the positives and I definitely heard the negatives, the doubts,” said Simmons, an amiable sort who is from Andruw Jones’ island homeland of Curacao. “I always knew I was capable and just keep doing what I do. I make my adjustments and it worked out pretty good.”

A second-round draft pick in 2010 out of Western Oklahoma State Junior College, Simmons turned 22 in September. At short-season Danville in 2010, he hit .276 with a .340 OBP and 14 extra-base hits in 239 at-bats.

He raised his average 35 points at Lynchburg, where he hit only one homer in 517 at-bats (131 games) but had 35 doubles and six triples. He drew a meager 29 walks, but Simmons also struck out just 43 times in 2011 and has 57 strikeouts in 756 at-bats of minor-league ball.

Not bad for a kid whose best tools are in the field, where he has a cannon or an arm and extremely quick hands. In Baseball America’s midseason survey of Carolina League managers, Simmons was voted the league’s best defensive shortstop, most exciting player and best infield arm.

In the current issue of Baseball America, he’s rated the fourth-best Carolina League prospect.

The Braves have a shortstop ahead of him, Tyler Pastornicky, who excelled in a Triple-A stint and could compete for a major league job in 2012. Simmons needs to continue developing, but the strides he made this past season showed he’s a legitimate prospect at shortstop.

As a college freshman in 2010, he also pitched 20 innings and featured a fastball clocked as high as 98 mph. The Braves considered making him a pitcher, but Simmons wanted to play every day and be a shortstop.

While he knows that pitching could be a fallback if his position-player dream doesn’t work out, his 2011 season only strengthened Simmons’ confidence and determination to make it as a shortstop.

“I don’t mind closing a game; I like that feeling,” he said, smiling. “But I want to be out there [playing] every day.”

After hitting .304 with a .339 OBP and .720 OPS before the All-Star break, Simmons hit .319 with a .363 OBP and .799 OPS after the break, including .351 with 16 extra-base hits, 15 RBIs in 31 games during August and September.

He closed out the year with four consecutive multi-hit games, and finished with a .345 average and .850 OPS in 110 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“Getting my at-bats in, I got time to figure out what I was doing and what I needed to do,” he said. “I had a rough start, then I figured out my mistakes pretty much and fixed them. I’ve still got stuff to work on, but I’m feeling pretty comfortable at the plate right now. I think it’s only going to get better.”

The knock on the 6-foot-2 right-handed hitter was that his swing was too long and would need to be shortened as he climbed the minor league ladder. He worked on that this year.

“Little by little I shortened up my swing,” Simmons said. “I started letting the ball get deeper and using quicker hands instead of just trying to swing hard. It worked out. It’s working out. Staying short, within myself.”

♣ Arizona Fall League update: After struggling in his AFL debut, Braves first-round draft pick Sean Gilmartin has impressed in subsequent outings and allowed only one run in nine innings in his past two starts.

Braves pitching prospect Sean Gilmartin

Braves pitching prospect Sean Gilmartin

The lefty has yielded six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in those past two games, and is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA after four AFL starts. He has 14 strikeouts and three walks in 16 innings.

The 28th overall pick in this year’s draft, Gilmartin time for six minor league starts after signing with the Braves, posting a 3.09 ERA while piling up 31 strikeouts with a mere two walks in 23-1/3 innings.

After one rough Gulf Coast-league start following his layoff during contract negotiations, he went 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts at Class-A Rome, with 30 strikeouts in 21-1/3 innings.

I found some video of Gilmartin warming up with fellow Braves prospect Christian Bethancourt in a recent fall league game for the Surprise Saguaros. He’s not facing batters, but at least you can see Gilmartin’s basic mechanics by clicking here.

By the way, Bethancourt has also impressed in a few of his early AFL games. The strong-armed catcher has hit .333 (12-for-36) with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs in nine games.

He was rated the No. 10 prospect in the Carolina League after spending about half the season there and the other half at Rome. Bethancourt, who turned 20 in September, hit .289 with five homers, 53 RBIs and a .304 OBP in 99 games combined between the two stops, drawing just 11 walks in 410 plate appearances. His mobility, arm and overall defensive skills make him a legit prospect.

Meanwhile, Braves first-base prospect Joey Terdoslavich continued to lead the AFL batting race with a .462 average (16-for-36) in 10 games through Monday, with three doubles, two triples, a home run, seven RBIs and a .512 OBP. His 1.230 OPS ranked second in the prospect-laden league.

Terdoslavich broke a six-decades-old Carolina League record this year with 52 doubles, to go with 20 homers, 82 RBIs and a .286 average and .867 OPS in 131 games. A sixth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Long Beach State, he was moved from third base to first base this season, and the Braves have discussed moving him to left field (they obviously don’t plan on needing a first baseman for quite a few years; see: Freddie Freeman).

♣ Beer ban? More fallout from Red Sox fried chicken-and-beer fiasco. Well, actually, the fried chicken eating had nothing to do with it, but the alleged serial beer drinking in the clubhouse during games by several Red Sox starting pitchers (obviously not those pitching those days) has led MLB executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre to consider banning alcohol in all clubhouses. He said it’ll have to be looked into. I’m sure a few players around the league might have some chiding for Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester if drinking beer is banned altogether from clubhouses, including postgame, simply because those three imbibed regularly during games.

About half the teams in baseball currently allow alcohol. Other than a few players sipping a cold one from time to time after games, I haven’t seem much of it from the Braves over the years.

♣ OK, let’s get this posted. I’ll update in next couple of days about some matters involving current Braves. They still haven’t decided, or at least aren’t ready to announce, whether they’re picking up options on Eric Hinske or Nate McLouth, though it’s been obvious for quite some time that the Braves would not be picking up McLouth’s $10.65 million option for 2012 (it has a $1.25 million buyout).

Hinske has a $1.5 million option with a $100,000 buyout. Although his production slipped in 2011, the veteran utility man is a strong clubhouse presence and team leader with versatility that is not easy to find at that price. If he bounces back with a season like 2010, the Braves could look bad if he’s doing it for another team if they passed on a modest $1.5 mill option.

♣ Music that’s good: Fans of early Johnny Cash boom-chicka-boom sound, you gotta hear Dale Watson’s new CD, The Sun Sessions. Great stuff. One of the best country albums of the year.

By the way, another of the best is Indestructible Machine, the second CD by 21-year-old Lydia Loveless. She’s sort of like Neko Case with a harder rockin’ sound.

And finally, I highly recommend Tom Waits’ newest, Bad As Me, to any fans of the genius troubadour. Came out today, and to me it’s his best studio album since 1999’s Mule Variations. (Not counting the excellent three-CD Orphans set of outtakes in 2006.)

We’ll close this with some old Waits, from way back, which you can hear (and see) performed by clicking here.

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“SHORE LEAVE” by Tom Waits

Well with buck shot eyes and a purple heart
I rolled down the national stroll
and with a big fat paycheck
strapped to my hip sack
and a shore leave wristwatch underneath
my sleeve
in a Hong Kong drizzle on Cuban heels
I rowed down the gutter to the Blood Bank
and I’d left all my papers on the Ticonderoga
and was in a bad need of a shave
and so I slopped at the corner on cold chow mein
and shot billards with a midget
until the rain stopped
and I bought a long sleeved shirt
with horses on the front
and some gum and a lighter and a knife
and a new deck of cards (with girls on the back)
and I sat down and wrote a letter to my wife

and I said Baby, I’m so far away from home
and I miss my Baby so
I can’t make it by myself
I love you so

Well I was pacing myself
trying to make it all last
squeezing all the life
out of a lousy two day pass
and I had a cold one at the Dragon
with some Filipino floor show
and talked baseball with a lieutenant
over a Singapore sling
and I wondered how the same moon outside
over this Chinatown fair
could look down on Illinois
and find you there
and you know I love you Baby

and I’m so far away from home
and I miss my Baby so
I can’t make it by myself
I love you so

Shore Leave…
Shore Leave…

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

4,026 comments Add your comment

Murph

October 24th, 2011
6:56 pm

Good read, thanks DOB! First real article I’ve read about Simmons… sounds like a guy to watch.

jeffrey d

October 24th, 2011
6:57 pm

Thanks, DOB…great work.

Simmons looks like Yunel Escobar and Nomar Garciaparra got in one of those photo booths that predicts what your baby is going to look like.

Just Pat

October 24th, 2011
7:07 pm

Seems to have that same smile Andruw had.

Just Pat

October 24th, 2011
7:09 pm

Soon as hubby finishes planting the kumquat trees, we’re outta here. Sure was nice being back, though. Thanks, DOB for all the work you do to make us happy and keep us informed.

Snotboogie

October 24th, 2011
7:10 pm

We should invite the Capitol Avenue Club folks here to this “Simmons-appreciation party”. ;-)

I hope this kid keeps developing. Looks promising so far.

Noone, Looser, Then, Than & Alot

October 24th, 2011
7:11 pm

Just a note regarding country music:

There’s a new album available now of ‘The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams’, unpublished lyrics of some of his unheard songs. performed by today’s artists. It’s on Amazon.
I bought it, and it’s great. It belongs in every serious country music fan’s collection.

Just Pat

October 24th, 2011
7:12 pm

I like the fact that he’d rather be an every day player than a “premier pitcher”…..since they seem to be valued so much more.

Nerdbucket Moylan

October 24th, 2011
7:17 pm

time to say buh bye now to grumpyface, mccout, and kk. hopefully, I will stay :)

George

October 24th, 2011
7:22 pm

Thanks for new blog DOB.

SteveInFXBG

October 24th, 2011
7:35 pm

Thanks for the blog DOB.
JTerdo had a great game today. 2 for 3, HR, SB, 2R, 2RBI and a BB. Avg up to .462 now.

The Grinch

October 24th, 2011
7:38 pm

Thanks for the update; he sounds promising.

Knocka Homer

October 24th, 2011
7:40 pm

I hope Pastornicky is the Braves SS next year. Another year of watching Alex Gonzalez strand 3 runners per game might just put me in the grave….

CB

October 24th, 2011
7:44 pm

Big Jake,if you are around we would appreciate any updates on nolie. Thanks

jeffrey d

October 24th, 2011
7:48 pm

Did we hear anything about nolie?

Reggie

October 24th, 2011
7:49 pm

(they obviously don’t plan on needing a first baseman for quite a few years; see: Freddie Freeman). they also didn’t plan on needing a right fielder for quite a few years;:see (Jason Heyward)….

CB

October 24th, 2011
7:50 pm

jeffrey,he was in hospital with several different issues.

Jeff R

October 24th, 2011
7:52 pm

Simmons seems solid. I’d rather have a shortstop with strong defensive skills first and foremost. Simmons developing offensive capability is a plus. Like the clip of Gilmartin. Gilmartin has a good motion. And I like Bethancourt’s defense. Thanks, DOB.

Kat

October 24th, 2011
7:53 pm

The ‘McRib’ back and forth with Murph and Just Pat has been lost at the end of the old blog, oh well twas funny.

Mark (another one)

October 24th, 2011
8:03 pm

Maybe I missed it but why did they change Terdoslavich to 1st from 3rd? Won’t we need a power hitting third baseman soon?

Trey

October 24th, 2011
8:06 pm

I got two McRibs today, they sho’ is good. Got one the other night with two Double Cheese burgers. Man, I love ‘em. I wish McDonalds would sell ‘em full time.

jeffrey d

October 24th, 2011
8:14 pm

So in the past couple days, you’ve had 6 slabs of meat from McDonald’s?

BravesFanSince80's

October 24th, 2011
8:21 pm

gonna go out on a limb and guess that Terdoslavich was moved to 1B because he wasn’t projected to be able to play 3B in MLB…Like how much Simmons sounds like Elvis Andrus, let’s just hope we’re not watching him play SS for some other team in the WS in a few more years…

Vain Jangling

October 24th, 2011
8:21 pm

Already looking forward to spring. And BTW, check out Tom Waits in Rumble Fish. He has a cool part in a great movie.

NickB

October 24th, 2011
8:22 pm

@ snotboogie

I’m a sabermetric stats guy as they are over there. HOWEVER, i don’t agree with using the stats alone to measure a prospects development.(until they get to a full year of AA and AAA , therre is a bit of predictability in batters there ) Some guys with all the tools never can adapt to the higher quality breaking pitches they see as they move up. Some just can’t stop striking out 200 times a year. Some “journeyman” types who look like their ceiling is a utility man at best become stars. IMO, mental makeup and willingness to put in the work is the defining key. I think you have to want it , regardless of your tool set.

Michael Kelly

October 24th, 2011
8:24 pm

Thanks DOB,
I needed that!
MK

Tomas

October 24th, 2011
8:26 pm

Bethancourt sounds like a great defensive catcher. And while he has some pop he will never be a starter in mlb unless he starts showing some patience. Those OBP’s are pretty bad

Trey

October 24th, 2011
8:29 pm

Seven slabs, Jeffrey. ;)

Tomas

October 24th, 2011
8:31 pm

Terdo is making Keith Law look bad….good

Kat

October 24th, 2011
8:31 pm

David thanks for the new blog and interesting info on Simmons. So many good guys in our farm system. Mr. Waits seems like an honest man with his lyrics…unique voice to say the least.

In other news I just got done watching yesterday’s Homeland this evening. I won’t spoil it for those on the blog who haven’t caught it yet but great little twist that’s starting up. Such a good show. If anyone on here has Showtime you should definitely catch it Sunday nights.

Efrim

October 24th, 2011
8:35 pm

Thanks for the blog, DOB. I hope Simmons keeps progressing with the stick – could be very valuable to the org.

I know it’s a small sample, and C.J. Wilson had a tremendous regular season, but does a team like the Yankees see this postseason performance and get spooked? He’s been absolutely terrible.

Efrim

October 24th, 2011
8:40 pm

Terdo is making Keith Law look bad….good

Meh, making a scout or analyst look bad would require him putting up strong numbers at the big league level. He was 22 in High-A this year, that’s not exactly young. Good story, I hope he continues to rake.

bulldogbubba

October 24th, 2011
8:41 pm

Can we start Spring Training now???Don’t want to wait til February. Where is Sonny Cluster.This is gonna be a long winter!!!

jeffrey d

October 24th, 2011
8:43 pm

I’ve never had a McRib

ncgary

October 24th, 2011
8:52 pm

wouldnt it be great to have a position player
who could come in and pitch to the right side batters late in the game and then go back to shortstop
maybe we could teach kimbrel to play right field and let them alternate in the 8th and ninth innings

Efrim

October 24th, 2011
8:52 pm

I mean, is anyone watching this performance by the Texas defense and C.J. Wilson???

Kat

October 24th, 2011
8:58 pm

jeffrey d ..

Neither have I and I think that’s a good thing.

LOL DOB

October 24th, 2011
9:02 pm

Plate discipline isn’t a very important concept around here I guess. What leads to the offense we saw from the Braves this year. Fan base just doesn’t properly appreciate it.

LOL DOB

October 24th, 2011
9:02 pm

Enter your comments here

Efrim

October 24th, 2011
9:03 pm

Moreland just hit a ball 600 feet.

Efrim

October 24th, 2011
9:07 pm

Fan base just doesn’t properly appreciate it.

Which fans are you talking about? And who doesn’t appreciate plate discipline around here?

Trey

October 24th, 2011
9:09 pm

McRibs are really good, Jeffrey.

Efrim

October 24th, 2011
9:09 pm

Interesting factoid from Bernie Miklasz:

CJ Wilson has faced 110 batters this postseason and 44 have reached base.

UKUGA

October 24th, 2011
9:39 pm

I hope this WS goes 7. My little girl loves listening to the national anthem and God Bless America.

I need at least two more nights of this, especially with no NBA on the horizon.

UKUGA

October 24th, 2011
9:40 pm

Hopefully, Terdoslavich will get to send Keith Law a big, smelly turd sandwich.

Efrim

October 24th, 2011
9:43 pm

In 26.1 postseason innings, C.J. Wilson has walked 19 and struck out 23.

Brave New World

October 24th, 2011
9:47 pm

jeffrey d October 24th, 2011 8:43 pm I’ve never had a McRib

Jeffrey: Here’s what you’re missing:

McRib Nutritional Info:
490 calories, 220 calories from fat, 25 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 1040 mb sodium, 44 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein, 11 g sugars.

McRib Ingredients
McRib Patty: Boneless pork (Pork, water, salt, dextrose, citric acid, BHA, TBHQ).
McRib Bun: Flour (wheat flour bleached and enriched with thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron, folic acid, malted barley flour), water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, cottonseed oil). Contains 2 percent or less of dextrose, fumaric acid, calcium sulphate, salt, acetic acid, soy flour, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium sulphate, cornstarch, fungal protease, natural culture, ammonium chloride, ascorbic acid, azodicarbomide, mono- and diglycerides, propionic acid, phosphoric acid, corn flour, calcium peroxide, calcium propionate, dicetyl tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides.
McRib Sauce: Water, high fructose corn syrup, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, molasses, natural smoke flavor, modified food starch, salt, sugar, soybean oil, spices, onion*, mustard flour, garlic *, xanthan gum, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural flavor (vegetable source), corn oil. *Dehydrated
Pickle Slices
Cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, alum, natural flavorings (vegetable source), polysorbate 80, turmeric (color).
Slivered Onions

Allergens: Wheat, Soybean Food Sensitivities: Gluten

*****
Might be better off, Jeffrey

BraveFaninBC

October 24th, 2011
9:47 pm

I don’t think that KLaw is the only analyst who thinks Terdo is not a real top prospect.

TheAntiMe

October 24th, 2011
9:48 pm

…the alleged serial beer drinking in the clubhouse during games by several Red Sox starting pitchers (obviously not those pitching those days) has led MLB executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre to consider batting alcohol in all clubhouses.

Joe Torre is such a buzzkill.

Trey

October 24th, 2011
9:49 pm

That sounds so good right now, Brave New World.

(Philly)Hater

October 24th, 2011
9:50 pm

…..I’m still stinging from the Braves epic fall….

Can’t think about the Braves anytime soon…..too painful!!!

David O'Brien

October 24th, 2011
9:50 pm

Terdo had a great game today. 2 for 3, HR, SB, 2R, 2RBI and a BB. Avg up to .462 nowSteveInFXBG

Thanks for update, Steve. Those numbers weren’t reflected in stats I posted for him.

cabravesfan

October 24th, 2011
9:52 pm

I can’t remember the last time I was less interested in both a World Series game AND a MNF game…

farmer

October 24th, 2011
9:58 pm

yes they should pick up the option on Hinske.. he is a good guy and veteran presence. his numbers slipped last year but he can play several spots and can hit when he gets going.. for 1.5 million he’s a bargain. but please for the love of God, send McLouth packing!

David O'Brien

October 24th, 2011
10:00 pm

From ESPN Stats & Info: C.J. Wilson finishes with 5 walks (2 IBB) …3rd time this postseason he’s walked 5+. He only did so once in regular season

Hit A Single

October 24th, 2011
10:06 pm

Great to hear the good news from the farm. Our farm system slacked off the last couple of years. The days when you had Chipper and Andrew Jones, Rafeal Furcal and other strong position players in the farm system was when our organization was the strongest. We have neglected position players while trying to replace Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. I know pitching is where it starts but our offense has really gotten weaker without impact type players.

P'cola Brave

October 24th, 2011
10:07 pm

Terdo is definitely a prospect to watch. Very interested in why he was moved from 3rd to 1st? Hopefully Simmons will keep up the good work. Will be interesting to see what happens in the next few years. Simmons is already 22 so he should be getting close if he is ever going to make it.

phil

October 24th, 2011
10:08 pm

It saddens me to hear that Nolie isn’t well….here’s hoping he’s on the mend.

phil

October 24th, 2011
10:09 pm

Wilson isn’t exactly proving to be a pressure pitcher…

phil

October 24th, 2011
10:11 pm

Bring back Hinske…

Fire FG…

Sign Nate for $10.00….

Sylvester Bill

October 24th, 2011
10:13 pm

C.J. looks so much like Mike Hampton it’s scary.

TnBrian

October 24th, 2011
10:15 pm

Andrus is really annoying. But, go Texas

TnBrian

October 24th, 2011
10:19 pm

Yeah. Fu** you you fu***** bi***! Or what Carpenter said.

TnBrian

October 24th, 2011
10:21 pm

Don’t think I’ve ever seen nolie away this long sinnce I’ve been here. Man I hope he’s ok.

richbrave

October 24th, 2011
10:21 pm

Told you SIMMONS was a comer. And TERDO too. Thunder and lightning in the HILLCATS line-up this season.

richbrave

October 24th, 2011
10:23 pm

TbBrien:

Were you in on the BIG JAKE synopsis of nolie’s hospitalization? Not good.

Brave New World

October 24th, 2011
10:24 pm

Trey October 24th, 2011 9:49 pm
That sounds so good right now, Brave New World.

LOL!

tiger297

October 24th, 2011
10:25 pm

how the hell do you walk the person in front of the phat phuck?

Bill

October 24th, 2011
10:27 pm

Get well Nolie we miss you!——-great job DOB for minor league up dates. Got to get Dale Watson’s new CD. Thanks.
Anyone got a address to send Nolie a get well card? Man if we all did it would make him feel better.

Trey

October 24th, 2011
10:28 pm

richbrave, I just hope he comes back soon. His witty comments make this blog entertaining.

tiger297

October 24th, 2011
10:31 pm

rich – i was looking for it where was it?

Soph

October 24th, 2011
10:32 pm

Not a fan of the bases empty walk. I know he’s awesome but you’re asking for even more trouble.

tiger297

October 24th, 2011
10:33 pm

on intentional walk with runner at 3B why they dont bring an OF behind the catcher in case one gets by him…is there a rule agaist it?

richbrave

October 24th, 2011
10:36 pm

FALL BALL

ARIZONA

SURPRISE SAGURROS

1B JOE TERDS [.462 BA] 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR [1], 2 RBI [7], 1 BB, 2 Out hit [2 RBI], 1 SB [1].

C CHRISTIAN BETHANCOURT [.333 BA] 0-4, 2 SO, 1 CS throw-out, 2 SB off BETHANCOURT [2nd and 3rd].

DOMINICA

No games scheduled.

MEXICO

No games scheduled.

VENEZUELA

No games scheduled.

Tom O'Hawke

October 24th, 2011
10:36 pm

tiger297


Big Jake
October 23rd, 2011
2:57 am
Tom, I saw your post. Nolie is in the hospital with several problems at once.
He is very resistant to insulin and to anti-biotics after so many treatments.
I think what seems to have happened was he had cellulitis again, and it turned to blood poisoning. which in turn aggravated his pancreas into another bout of pacreatitis(sp) and also caused another mild -at least so far-heart attack.
They are giving him a strong cocktail of anti-biotics because of his resistance and we need to see if it will cure the blood poisoning before it burns out his liver/kidneys.
Things seem to be looking a little better tonight.
That’s my limited understanding of the whole mess, though I might have gotten something wrong.

cabravesfan

October 24th, 2011
10:38 pm

Evening, Tom

Bill

October 24th, 2011
10:39 pm

Thanks Tom…My prays are for Nolie’s recovery.

TnBrian

October 24th, 2011
10:42 pm

richbrave, no it didn’t sound so good. I am worried about our buddy.

P'cola Brave

October 24th, 2011
10:45 pm

Prayers and best wishes to Nolie and his family. Hopefully he will be back with us before long.

tiger297

October 24th, 2011
10:45 pm

best wishes to nolie on a speedy recovery…

Tom O'Hawke

October 24th, 2011
10:47 pm

Anyone got a address to send Nolie a get well card? Man if we all did it would make him feel better. — Bill

Actually, I’ve been saving comments from nolie’s well-wishers, ever since Big Jake made that post.

Big Jake works two jobs and isn’t here too often. But I figured I’d leave him a post with everyone’s thoughts on that list, in a day or two. Maybe he can print it out and give it to nolie when he visits him in the hospital.

If anyone else wants to chime in, I’ll find it and add it to the list.

(Hello, LA Woman)

tiger297

October 24th, 2011
10:48 pm

cab just lurking waiting for tom to pop up?

tiger297

October 24th, 2011
10:48 pm

oh yeah hi cab

Tom O'Hawke

October 24th, 2011
10:51 pm

That works both ways, tiger. ;)

richbrave

October 24th, 2011
10:53 pm

tiger 297:

Regarding NOLIE:

Previous blog last night page 32, 2:57 a.m. Here’s the copy…….

Big Jake
October 23rd, 2011
2:57 am

Tom, I saw your post. Nolie is in the hospital with several problems at once.
He is very resistant to insulin and to anti-biotics after so many treatments.
I think what seems to have happened was he had cellulitis again, and it turned to blood poisoning. which in turn aggravated his pancreas into another bout of pacreatitis(sp) and also caused another mild -at least so far-heart attack. They are giving him a strong cocktail of anti-biotics because of his resistance and we need to see if it will cure the blood poisoning before it burns out his liver/kidneys.
Things seem to be looking a little better tonight.
That’s my limited understanding of the whole mess, though I might have gotten something wrong.

As I said……..not good. How JAKE knows this, I have no idea. I simply took it at face value.

cabravesfan

October 24th, 2011
10:54 pm

tiger-

nope. just lingering, being bored. Saw Tom and figured I’d say hi :) (not bored with the blog- bored with TV and the lack of VJ…)

Tom O'Hawke

October 24th, 2011
10:56 pm

richbrave

Big Jake is nolie’s nephew.

cabravesfan

October 24th, 2011
11:00 pm

I promise, when nolie gets back here I will let him out of the doghouse so he can be as mean and sarcastic as he wants to be! We just want our grumpy old man back!

Tom O'Hawke

October 24th, 2011
11:01 pm

Good one! It’s saved.

tiger297

October 24th, 2011
11:02 pm

gotta tell you I’m actually conflicted – as much as I h8 the cards knowing nolie is ill and he is pulling for them I’m torn

Bill

October 24th, 2011
11:02 pm

You right cabravesfan, Nolie is a great American.

Spider29

October 24th, 2011
11:03 pm

I don’t post too much but I read the blog every day. Just want to add my get-well wishes for Nolie. Hope he is getting better and will be back talking Braves again soon.

uga-brave

October 24th, 2011
11:03 pm

nolie get well soon!!!

tiger297

October 24th, 2011
11:04 pm

looked like the braves there moving the runner over and all

tiger297

October 24th, 2011
11:05 pm

cab – WTH ur telling nolie ur throwing him out of his house? thats not nice u know he loves it there

cabravesfan

October 24th, 2011
11:05 pm

Y’all realize that when he reads all these comments that Tom is so thoughtfully saving for him, we are never going to be able to be mean to nolie again because he will know we are all lying and that we actually like him, right? :)

cabravesfan

October 24th, 2011
11:06 pm

tiger-

well, if he wants to stay, he can. Guess I can always build another doghouse for Tom the rest of you…

cabravesfan

October 24th, 2011
11:07 pm

Damn- that didn’t work…Where’s McFann when you need her??

cabravesfan

October 24th, 2011
11:07 pm

A punk named Suh

October 24th, 2011
11:08 pm

Great update on Andy (as bobby cox would say) Simmons
Who’s raving about Terdo now?
so since you mention her in the same space as Waits and Case had to check me out some Loveless
awright covers steve earle to metallica,,,not bad

Tom O'Hawke

October 24th, 2011
11:09 pm

cabravesfan

When he gets better and gets back here, I’ll just tell him I made the whole thing up.

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