Fredi Q&A: Trades, Heyward, The Collapse and more

DALLAS — After their near-historic September collapse kept the Braves from the postseason, manager Fredi Gonzalez said he rarely left his suburban Atlanta home for a month because he felt as if he’d let everyone down.

Two months after the slide, which included 20 losses in 30 games, Gonzalez was back in his characteristically upbeat demeanor Wednesday during an interview at baseball’s Winter Meetings at the Hilton Anatole.

Gonzalez addressed a variety of topics ranging from trade rumors, the health of the starting rotation, and Jason Heyward’s upcoming winter workout schedule with the team’s new hitting coach.

Here were highlights of the interview, the full text of which can be found on the Braves page at ajc.com.

Q. When you look at the way your roster shapes up, what would you like to see happen before the start of Spring Training?

A.“I think if the season starts right now, you feel pretty good about your roster. You really do.  I’m sure in a perfect world, in a fantasy world, you’d like another right‑handed bat someplace. But right now you feel pretty good.  You feel like the strength of your team is your pitching staff, that goes a long way. [He smiles.]But with Christmas coming around the corner and you want to add another piece, it will be a big bat.”

Q. It’s a tough way to end the season. Is there anything you look back on and say, this is what went wrong for us? Or is it just a bunch of things?

A. “You look back and kind of reflect for about a month and there’s a lot of that stuff  — could’ve, should’ve done this differently and all that kind of stuff. The great thing is that spring training starts again in a couple of months. Going through that month of September, I wouldn’t wish it on anybody in any sport, but it’s going to help us going forward.”

Q. Can you get that big bat you want without trading  Jurrjens and/or Prado?

A. “I’m not looking to trade any of them. I’m just saying another bat would be nice. Somehow.”

Q. What about  Jurrjens and Prado and all the trade rumors. Where do you stand with them?

A. “I think they’re good players, and they’re Atlanta Braves. I know there’s been a lot of rumors out there about these two. J.J. was an All-Star last year and Prado was the year before; they’re good baseball players. If the season starts tomorrow, you feel good about your club.”

Q. What about the health of the three guys at the top of the starting rotation? Tim Hudson just had back surgery and Jurrjens (knee) and Tommy Hanson (shoulder) both missed most of the second half.

A. “I think coming out of spring training we’re going to be fine. Jurrjens, if we had gone forward into the playoffs, he was on schedule to start one of those games. The day after the season ended he threw five or six innings [in Gulf Coast League], so he’s fine. Hanson went down to Instructional League and started doing some strengthening exercises on his shoulder and scapula, so I think he’s going to be fine. Huddy had surgery a week ago, and talking to him he said he feels like he’s three weeks ahead of last year to start his throwing program. So those are all good things.”

Q. Do you guys think Kris Medlen is a better fit for long relief out of the bullpen than starting right now?

A. “He’s a wild card. He can do both and do both extremely well. We haven’t made a decision on whether he’s going to be a starter or in the bullpen. I think we’ll work him as a starter, kind of keep stretching him out, because you could always back him off to go to the bullpen. He’s a wild card for us, he really is. He can do a lot of roles for us.  And he’s healthy. He showed us at the end of last year that he’s recovered from the Tommy  John [surgery].”

Q. With the way the season ended, the fans get anxious if you’re not making moves, but theoretically, would you be comfortable if you brought back the same team that you had?

A. “Nobody liked the way the season ended, and I think you make moves if our team was old. But for the most part, our nucleus of players is pretty young and talented, so you hope that they learned from that month of September, having experienced it, and are better off for it. You look at any major league team, even the guys who won the World Series, and they had a bad month. We just chose our month to be the last month of the season, which makes it hurt more. I think at the beginning of the year, the Cardinals couldn’t win a game. We were the other way around. We got cold in September. That happens in sports, and I think in baseball even more.”

Q. Chipper [Jones] is the only old guy in the lineup. Does his situation add to the importance of Prado, given his role as Chipper’s backup at third base, in addition to playing left field?

A. “Yeah, Chipper’s going to play at what, 40 years old? And last year he played 125, 130 games. We’ll probably cut back on him a little more, having Prado you have that  luxury you can move him to third. If we need to give a rest to Chipper, it’s a big plus for us.

“Prado is a big piece for us. And Jurrjens in the rotation.  I think sitting here, you hate to say you won’t trade anybody. We’re in position where we would trade somebody if it makes our team better. If we go, this will make us better. But other than that, I think we’re OK.”

Q. You said you wanted the guys to have some time to decompress after the season ended before you talked to them.  Is there anybody you’ve reached out to recently?

A. “I’ve talked to a few guys.  I’ve seen a couple of guys in person.  I saw Heyward. I saw him a couple of weeks ago. He looks great. He looks like he’s been working out, like he’s slimmed down a little bit. I think that’s what he wanted to do, for whatever reason. I think he felt better when he did that.  He’s going to start working out with Greg [Walker, hitting coach] on Monday, a couple of times a week, start hitting in the cages. So I’m looking forward to seeing him. I’ve seen McCann a few times, seen Chipper, talked to Huddy, talked to Venters, spoken to a bunch of the other guys. Freeman, Uggla all the time. You like to keep in touch. Coming here in the next few weeks, this is when you start to reach out and talk to more and more guys.”

Q. How confident are you that Heyward will bounce back from last year and be more like the player he was as a rookie, and be the every-day guy in right field from Day 1?

“Well, we’re hoping that happens. We really do. We saw a stretch in September, we saw games of him being really good. I think it’s just a matter of him getting some confidence and working with Greg, being the same guy [he was]. I think maybe some of those nagging injuries played a factor in the lack of production offensively, and maybe a little sophomore slump, all of the above. But he’s a big piece for us. I mean, that’s a big bat in the lineup. And get him going, get him straight, it’ll help us tremendously.”

Q. You plan to go into the season with him as your right fielder, playing him every day?

A. “Yeah, I think so. Obviously we’ll see how spring training works out and all that kind of stuff, but I’m always the guy [who says] you’ve got to give people an opportunity. As long as he works and he shows improvement and we see consistency, sure.”

Q. You mentioned Heyward being slimmer…

A. “He looks good, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him start working with Greg and Scott [Fletcher, assistant hitting coach], start to to get some swings and see how that goes.”

Q. Is there any specific aspect of his swing or approach you want to zero in on?

A. “I don’t want to speak for Greg, but I think he’s just got to watch him and then make changes or suggestions accordingly. I don’t think it’s a full revamp of a swing or a setup. I think he’s just going to watch and see where it goes from that.”

Q. What do you think of having a new position on the staff, assistant hitting coach, who’ll also serve as an on-site advance scout?

A. “I think it’s going to be interesting, something that’s maybe a little cutting-edge, outside the box. Not that we’re the first team to do it. I think the Cardinals did it [and the Chicago Cubs]. Our theory is, usually your pitching coach and bench coach are pitching guys, so you kind of divide those responsibilities with two guys for 12 or 13 pitchers.  And why not do the same thing for hitting coach, as long as there are no egos and it’s for the betterment of the team. And there is some history there between Greg and Scott, and Scott having the video background, I think it’s going to help us.

“I call [Fletcher] the vampire coach, because he’s going to see daylight for about 20 minutes every day. He’s going to throw BP and then get back into the batting cages helping Greg or back into the video room.

“I think it’s going to help us, because usually your advance scout watches three games [in person, on the road]. Well, with the video stuff you can watch three games a day.  You can go back and watch the Philadelphia Phillies play the last 12 games and break it down, come up with a game plan, and watch to see where we’re executing that game plan, and make adjustments accordingly.So we’ll see if it works.  I’m looking forward to it.  I’ve never done it that way, but I think it’s a good way to do it.”

Q. How much did you learn in the second half from the way you used your relievers?  Because you made an adjustment at the All‑Star break.  Are you going into this season, with the benefit of knowing what they can and can’t do, and using them accordingly?

A. “Yeah, I think going into the season we’ll probably end up using them the way we did the second half.  [Craig] Kimbrel and [Jonny] Venters and [Eric] O’Flaherty, use them only when we were ahead or tied – which we were a lot; a lot of ties. I think we had 26 extra-inning games, so there’s a bulk of games that they pitched in for that reason.  So, yeah, and if Medlen is in the bullpen you can use him a little bit more in those situations.

“You know what? The games in April and May count as much as the games in September, if not more. Games in the major leagues are hard to win, and when you get an opportunity you’ve got to try and go for it.”

Q.  How close is [rookie pitcher] Julio Teheran to being somebody you can count on every fifth day at the big-league level?

A. “Very close.  He showed us some good stuff last year.  All those [pitching prospects] did.  When Tommy Hanson went down and Jurrjens went down, we asked [Randall] Delgado, Teheran and [Mike] Minor to pick up the load in September.  And they did a terrific job, they really did.  They pitched some great ballgames coming down the stretch and they held their own.  And I think those games that they pitched, it has to help them.  They’re  facing the Philadelphia Phillies. And they’re one game left, playoff-type atmosphere almost the whole month of September.  It’s going to be good for them.”

Q. The moves that the Marlins have made, how do you feel about that and looking at the division — it looks like it’s obviously getting tougher, and it was already a tough division.

A. “Tough division, and they [Marlins] are making some good moves, making that team even better with [Jose] Reyes and Heath Bell, along with Hanley Ramirez and [Emilio] Bonifacio and [Mike] Stanton and you name it, all those guys. I’m a big fan of St. Louis Cardinals right now [laughs], to keep the other animal over there in St. Louis and don’t bring him to Florida. [Gonzalez referred to slugger Albert Pujols, who had not decided between offers from the Cardinals and Marlins at the time of this interview Wednesday.]

“But everybody is getting better in the division.  The Phillies are the Phillies. The Marlins are getting better.  Washington is getting dangerous; they’re getting close.  They’ve got some good players. Our expectations are, we should be in the playoffs. But it’s not easy. It’s going to come down to health, who stays healthy.”

Q. Are you still confident in your own team?

A. “I like our team because I like the pitching, and I think that guys are going to have better offensive years this year and that it’s going to take some of the pressure off that pitching. I think our lack of offense last year kind of killed our pitching by playing a lot of extra-inning games, one-run games – we led the world in one-run games, and that’s where the Venters and Kimbrels and O’Flahertys are pitching almost every night.”

Q. Did Hudson’s back surgery, in your mind, kind of bring up a red flag that maybe we need to keep Jurrjens, because [Hudson] is your most experienced returning starter now with Lowe gone?

A. “I think Huddy’s surgery … I think he’s going to be fine.  I really do think he’s going to be fine. Right now as we speak, if the season starts tomorrow, in no particular order you feel like you’ve got Hudson, Jurrjens, [Brandon] Beachy, Hanson, and then one of Minor, Delgado or Teheran. So, you feel good.  You feel like, even if we have to improve the club by losing Jurrjens – or losing any of the other ones — you still feel pretty good, like you’ve got a good core of starting pitching.

“Again, all those [trade] rumors are out there.  But you feel like only if somebody really knocks your socks off and you feel like, OK, this makes us better.”

Q. Any chance that Andruw Jones or Rafael Furcal, couple of ex-Braves, could be back?

A. “We haven’t spoken about those guys.  Those are two ex-Braves and two good players, but we haven’t gotten to that point of speaking to those guys yet.”

Q. How long did it take you to get over September?

A. “About a month.  I think the first baseball game I saw was Game 6 of the World Series, and I turned it off after the first five innings because it was a boring game the first five innings.  I Tivo’d it to see if something happens, and it sure did, the last four innings was some of the best baseball you’ll see. I watched it the next morning, after I missed it.  But the first, five or six, innings was not a very good baseball game.

“You want to let it go, what happened [in September]. You kind of live through it, you learn from it, you experience it. Let it go and start spring, start fresh.  And hopefully we’re better for it.”

Q. Are you comfortable with [rookie shortstop Tyler] Pastornicky, going with an inexperienced guy, you trust the player development staff and [general manager] Frank [Wren] that he’s ready?

A. “Yeah, and I saw him a little bit, we got an opportunity to spend a little time with him in spring training last year, and you like the kid’s makeup. I think the big key is maybe getting a veteran guy that can spell him every once in a while, not just throw [Pastornicky] completely into the fire. Get a veteran utility guy that every once in a while they’re facing some tough pitching and you say, you’ve got it today. Little by little let’s get him in there as an every-day shortstop. But our reports say he’s pretty good. And I really like the kid’s makeup. He’s a baseball player and grew up around baseball.  He’s got athletic ability and can steal you some bases. Let’s give him an opportunity.”

Q. Does having a guy like Freddie Freeman at first base make it a little easier to have a young shortstop, knowing that Freeman can help him out by scooping and catching a lot of throws that might otherwise get past?

A. “Yeah, he makes a difference. There’s no doubt that Freddie Freeman makes everybody else in that infield a lot better.  I would like to really see who’s better than him picking balls in the dirt.  If there is someone, there’s maybe only one other guy.  But there were some balls that he dug out that really saved us.”

Q. Does it make it easier to fill the lineup because you have that legit leadoff guy, do all the other pieces fit a little easier

A. “Because [leadoff man Michael] Bourn is there and you’ve lived with him for three months and you know what he can do? Absolutely.

Q. A year ago you mentioned people recognizing you when you walked around Atlanta, as manager of the Braves, and how you could tell the team meant a lot to them. Have they recognized you this winter, and if so did you wish they hadn’t?

A. “You know there was a month I stayed in the house.  This is the way I feel — maybe I was wrong; I don’t think I was wrong – but I stayed home the first month. Because when stuff like that happens … Your goal is always to make the playoffs, not only for the organization, but for your fan base, for the city.  And you feel like you let all those people down when you don’t make the playoffs.

“So the first month after that, I stayed home. I didn’t go out very much. When you go to the stadium those first couple of weeks after the season ends and you see those people working or cleaning the stadium and you think, they could have two more weeks of games or another week of games.

“I read the story in St. Louis, where the World Series kind of saved ‑‑ I may be wrong — but two or three hundred jobs in St. Louis, something like that, because they had the extra four games in St. Louis, because the World Series got to St. Louis and they didn’t have to shut something down. And you know what? I wish we could have had that for Atlanta. So the first month I kind of hid.  And now I think people are ready for baseball to get going again.  I think this time of year they get the juices going, and it’s time to get back on the field and try to put one of those pennants back up there.”

123 comments Add your comment

Go Jackets!!!

December 7th, 2011
9:30 pm

Feeanch

December 7th, 2011
9:33 pm

Mega BLOG!!!

DHD

December 7th, 2011
9:34 pm

Any way we could get Adam Jones from Baltimore? What would it take?

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ & Shrimp

December 7th, 2011
9:40 pm

Wow. I was sleepy, now I need a beer and some peanuts.

rc35

December 7th, 2011
9:47 pm

Finally! A Braves manager who recognizes that games in April and May DO count as much as games in August and September! This may be the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

Brava

December 7th, 2011
9:49 pm

rc35, that stood out for me, as well. Good to know Fredi gets that.

Ralph

December 7th, 2011
9:54 pm

I just wish I had the confidence that Fredi has but he said all the same crap last season but that confidence didn’t help our offense one bit and it won’t next season either. Heyward has a giant hole in his swing and the oposing pitchers know exactly whee it is, lst year they didn’t know how to pitch him so he is history, best think they could do is keep Prado in LF and get somebody to play RF.

BravesfaninWis

December 7th, 2011
9:57 pm

Man, can he use the term “If the season started tomorrow” any more than he did? Good lord, that phrase is already as old as ” You got to tip your cap to those guys”.

Face it Gonzalez, if the season started tomorrow, the Braves would be in a world of hurt. This team will win between 80-90 games and finish 3rd or 4th in the division and miss the playoffs yet again.

Hard to support a team that does nothing to improve from an epic collapse like the Braves did. Can you do us a favor Gonzalez and stay in your house for lets say another 10 months? That way we don’t have to hear the stupid sayings, and we don’t have to witness the micro managing. I was a supporter of his when he was hired, I am no longer a supporter of his. He is nothing more than a 20 year younger version of Bobby Cox without all the division titles (which only led to 1 WS Title)

What I wouldn’t give to have a manager like Ozzie Guillen who is passionate and gets his players attention, and does the little things to win ball games. Everyone watch what Guillen does to that Marlins team this year, they are going to destroy the Braves even worse than they have the past 2-3 seasons.

ab initio

December 7th, 2011
10:01 pm

“I think our lack of offense last year kind of killed our pitching by playing a lot of extra-inning games, one-run games – we led the world in one-run games, and that’s where the Venters and Kimbrels and O’Flahertys are pitching almost every night.”

Thank you, Captain Obvious.

We’re on the Titanic.

Mister Frisky

December 7th, 2011
10:02 pm

And this is the guy you want managing your team in a one game play in for the WC?Someone help us help us please.

panamajack

December 7th, 2011
10:06 pm

I agree with Ralph that J Hey is done, stick a fork in him and get somebody that can hit the ball in right field, we must keep Prado because Chipper won’t play 100 games even if he’s healthy which I doubt for very long. I still prefer the youth movement and advocate tradeing McCann for an outstanding very young outfielder and bringing up Bethencourt to catch with Ross as backup also would like to see the Turd on 3rd base with Chipper as our main pinch hitter. Hanson won’t make it through May with his shoulder and JJ’s knee won’t last the season so trade them for yound power hitters and plan on winning it all in 2013.

Fool Me Once--You Know The Rest Of It

December 7th, 2011
10:07 pm

Mister Frisky, This is Bobby’s hand selected boy. He loved Freddi even when he was doing his human windmill thing as a 3rd base coach. It has been said that if you know you will make a move eventually to just go ahead and do it NOW. Does anyone really believe it ends happily for this clown?

Brave New World

December 7th, 2011
10:08 pm

Braves will win 90+ games in 2012 and make the playoffs.

Ralph

December 7th, 2011
10:09 pm

@Bravesfaninwisc,

all I can cay is AMEN BROTHER.

McFann O O o

December 7th, 2011
10:10 pm

panamajack I still prefer the youth movement and advocate tradeing McCann for an outstanding very young outfielder and bringing up Bethencourt to catch with Ross as backup

But BMac’s younger than Ross, so shouldn’t you trade Ross…? I mean, if it is a youth movement…

Mister Frisky

December 7th, 2011
10:13 pm

Fool Me Once,Time for Fredo to take a fishing trip to Lake Tahoe.

Ralph

December 7th, 2011
10:13 pm

McFann O O o

I would agree with you if BMac could block balls in the dirt or if he could throw out my 90 year old grandmother.

panamajack

December 7th, 2011
10:16 pm

Ralph, thats the reason I advocate trading McCann, he has great trade value and Bethencourt has a rifle for an arm and is ready for the bigs.

Fool Me Once--You Know The Rest Of It

December 7th, 2011
10:19 pm

Frisk,Fredo would easily be pushed out of the boat as he would be standing with his hand in the air calling for a pitching change. Go back in history and find one manager who has oversen a collapse of this magnitude who has ever gone on to win ANYTHING. Of course Mauch oversaw the 64 Phillies and he did “win”, but he never won anything.

Mister Frisky

December 7th, 2011
10:22 pm

Fool Me Once,Spot on.My Angel friends suffered through many unfullfilling years with Gene Mauch.

onlyonce

December 7th, 2011
10:37 pm

I just hope Fredi and Frank have a great vacation in Dallas because thats all they will accomplish

ryan

December 7th, 2011
10:39 pm

Braves fans can rest easy Albert Pujols not heading to the Marlins .

McFann O O o

December 7th, 2011
10:39 pm

Your grandma doesn’t play in the Majors, so what difference would it make if BMac could throw her out?

Bethancourt hasn’t even played in AA yet. He had a good time of it in the AFL, but he isn’t ready for the Bigs.

McFann O O o

December 7th, 2011
10:39 pm

Eh, that first part was a little mean…sorry about that.

aBraveVol

December 7th, 2011
11:42 pm

The more I think about it, I am not so sure I would make many of the trades being discussed for Prado or JJ right now. Those 2 (albeit when healthy) are so valuable to this team. JJ was a legit ace or a stud # 2 pitcher last year for us when healthy, and has been every year he has been healthy in ATL. Prado is just too important with the amount of p.t. that is going to be needed at 3b.

I really would not trade either unless is was an offer to blow you away. If the Rockies were willing to give Smith and the stud CF who led the minors in HR then I would listen. Smith would be ok right now and you could have the next beast CF for the future. So far that is the only move I would make that I have heard of, even though the Rockies do not seem interested in giving up both players.

I would not trade JJ for 1 year of Quentin, and there is really nothing else out there. I would feel more comfortable going into the year with our core intact and then making a trade in the summer if need be. When healthy are lineup is pretty good and pitching staff is 2nd only to the phillies when both are healthy ( we have far more depth currently to survive any injuries).

Unless it is a ridiculous offer from a desperate team for SP or Prado, I would stand pat and Frank Wren knows this too. This fan base wants a trade because its what they do when their fantasy team is struggling in the office pool…not the real world

the truth...

December 7th, 2011
11:49 pm

Lots of blunders last summer….should have traded Heyward and Minor and gotten Pence and Borne….then the of is pretty solid…

Now we’re stuck with Heyward and the new hitting coach better be able to part the Red Sea if he’s going to raise him from the dead….

Trade McCann while he has great value? Great.idea….and then how does our mediocre offense replace his bat?

Better get a lot of offense in return….hard to do…have to be American League where he can PH when not catching…

aBraveVol

December 7th, 2011
11:56 pm

If Heyward was made available every single team would jump on that. There is no way you trade the kid, just last year he was a dark horse for the MVP. You do not give up on the kid this soon… just stupid to even think about trading him.

Thats like saying we should have traded Glavine after he went 9-21 in his first 2 years with the team.

the truth...

December 8th, 2011
12:00 am

One thing Fredi and Wren are right on…standing pat is better than trading for trading’s sake….since we have empty pockets thanks to Liberty Media we’re not able to just go get the pieces we need unlike Miami

jaybravo

December 8th, 2011
2:41 am

II read some of these comments and wonder how the hell are yall Bravest fans? So pessimistic! Heyward will be fine. How is a kid two years in the league done because of injury? How could any true braves fan EVER advocate trading mccann who is the heart of the lineup? Liberty Media is the reason these “deals” can’t get done….if you have no payroll, you have to get creative. Aces and #3 hitters and all star ss don’t sign for 5 mil a year….smh bandwagon jumpers…please become marlin and phillies fans since according to some of yall they gonna beat us anyway…baseball isn’t a computer game. Good on paper doesn’t a winner make…

reason

December 8th, 2011
6:10 am

Fredi G. needs to manage and not Baby-Sit a bunch of over pay man, who will try to get away with what ever they can, if the manager doesn’t take complete control. Chipper Jones will be one who would who will challenge Fredi.

THE CURSE OF DAVID JUSTICE LIVES IN THE ATL

December 8th, 2011
6:24 am

YOU RACISTS DUMB REDNECKS WANT TO GET RID OF THE BROTHER JASON HEYWARD,BUT YALL WANT TO KEEP OLDMAN WHITE GUY CHIPPER JONES!

NOW I SEE WHY DAVID JUSTICE LEFT THIS REDNECK STATE OF GA!

LONG LIVE THE CURSE OF DAVID JUSTICE!

dcb

December 8th, 2011
7:02 am

Hey Panama Jack – and I bet you’d like to see McCann go to the Marlins for Ramirez, right?

Preston Hannatized.

December 8th, 2011
7:12 am

These is a sense of complacency that I get from Fredi … but he’s on the hotseat, I believe. If the Braves (as presently constructed) start slow and attendance falls off, as it will, then he’s possibly gone by game 50. The Marlins are moving up; the Phillies have issues with Rollins leaving and Howard out, but they still have the three solid arms. The Braves are betting on too many “ifs” – Prado can stay healthy and be any more than a third outfielder, Heyward is the 30-100 guy we thought he was, Chipper has one more year in him, Hanson’s odd motion isn’t going to be a career ender, the new hitting coach is any better than the old one, that Kimbrel isn’t a head case after blowing so many big games, and we go on and on.
I think Furcal has something left at SS, and Andruw, maybe 10-40 in spot play, but it ain’t 2003 anymore.
As of today, the Braves go 86-76. No wild card.
Let Frank Wren have some time to make the needed moves.
So far, his record is quite mixed.

Joe Nuxall

December 8th, 2011
7:14 am

It’s sure looking like it’s going to be another long hot bummer, er uhm, summer.

AtlantaDude

December 8th, 2011
7:21 am

I wish Fredi would wake up on the bullpen management. Instead of saying Venters is going to pitch every 8th and Kimbrell every 9th, which pretty much guarantees to burn them out, Fredi should let O’Flarhety and/or Moylan pitch the 7th and into the 8th inning. IF they put a man on base, then bring in Venters, but if they don’t then let them keep going. Then, when you get to the 9th inning, you may have the option of a fresh Kimbrell or a fresh Venters, which will give you righty / lefty advantages, while potentially letting one of them rest for a day.

Hammond

December 8th, 2011
7:42 am

Panama Jack you are a complete idiot we are sending you back to AA ball no make that the Rookie ball

dwayne

December 8th, 2011
8:30 am

@racist curse of DJ…you are a racist for making that comment. Give it another year for JeyHey, if he still plays like Francour, trade him. Wasn’t Francour white? ummmmmm…i do believe he was.

OtistheDrunk

December 8th, 2011
8:33 am

Maybe I simply missed it in past sports articles here but WHY did Hudson wait until November to have that surgery versus right after the season ended? There must be a good reason so appreciate anyone that can “enlighten” me on that rationale. Thanks in advance!

RPollardRealtor

December 8th, 2011
8:33 am

tough way to end of the year but it is ready to get a new year started! 2012 is the Braves year baby!!! Lets get a thumper out in LF…. See if we can raid some farm systems for JJ and Prado….. I love both of those guys but I just can’t see teheran and minor not in our starting rotation… Delgado could use a little more time at AAA and be called up incase of an injury or for bullpen depth. Medlen himself should be in the rotation but after coming back from TJ surgery there’s really no reason to put all those innings on his arm this year. Medlen proved he is a big time pitcher when he came back for us.

Jason Heyward really needs to step it up for us big time… You saw how up Frenchy was with the Braves and he came right back down to reality real quick and got his butt shipped out of here. I for 1 hopes he stays around for awhile longer but if not we gotta get on to the next player!

2012 season lets get the Ted Rocking!! Lets Go Braves!!!

dwayne

December 8th, 2011
8:34 am

AtlantaDude, I agree 100%, you said something that 1000 other Braves fans have said. Unfortunatly, Fredi is a bad manager(boobie cox clone) and does not know how to manage. Can we get Larusso out of retirement?

Maddernheck

December 8th, 2011
8:43 am

First of all, if Prado goes, so goes the team. I’ve never seen a guy with more heart and soul and stepping it up whatever the team asks of him. All the players should be like that. However, my biggest concern is consistency in the line up. You know, Freddie, this ain’t little league – everybody doesn’t have to play every day. Find something that works and stick with it!

Maddernheck

December 8th, 2011
8:44 am

One more thing – bring back Mazzone!

David O'Brien

December 8th, 2011
8:54 am

Maybe I simply missed it in past sports articles here but WHY did Hudson wait until November to have that surgery versus right after the season ended? There must be a good reason so appreciate anyone that can “enlighten” me on that rationale. — OtistheDrunk

He’s been able to manage the lower-back situation for a couple of years and hoped to put off the surgery until after his career ended. But when he started his offseason workouts, the situation worsened and he realized he’d passed the tipping point with this thing, that he needed to have the surgery to continue pitching effectively.

Frank Shab PA

December 8th, 2011
9:01 am

It’s not the Curse of David Justice, its the Curse of Brooks Conrad! Remember him in the 2010 Playoffs?

murph2hof

December 8th, 2011
9:05 am

I read half the comments and can’t read anymore. 3 out of 4 were as negative as you can get. Can’t you guys just stand behind the team and know that the guys you are trashing want to win just as much as us. Have any of you EVER coached or led ANYTHING? I doubt it. Get a clue, stop all the negativity and root for our Braves. This is exactly why we can’t even sell out a game until the playoffs(or even the divisional series). Fair weather fans get OUT!!! GO BRAVES!!!

OtistheDrunk

December 8th, 2011
9:07 am

Gotcha David….thanks for the explanation and makes sense now.

murph2hof

December 8th, 2011
9:15 am

Jaybravo….I just saw your message. Thank you, glad to see someone w/ a positive message and a real fan. Looking forward to this year. A whole season w/ Bourne, Heyward will bounce back(maybe the health issues were his weight) and Chipper will end on a positive note. Last year his numbers and the numbers of others were better when he was in the game. I don’t care how Chipper is playing-Pitchers pitch to guys differently when Chip is in the lineup. Looking forward to the season starting. GO BRAVES!!!

Mister Frisky

December 8th, 2011
9:29 am

Standing pat gets you maybe 85 wins.That’s if they stay healthy.Still no offense or starters that can go deep into games.The reason Prado and Jurjens are still here is most teams don’t want them.This idea that you can hose some team in a trade the way Texas hosed Atlanta in the Texiera deal ain’t happening.To get some value you have to give value.

Brave New World

December 8th, 2011
9:36 am

murph2hof December 8th, 2011 9:05 am
I read half the comments and can’t read anymore. 3 out of 4 were as negative as you can get. Can’t you guys just stand behind the team and know that the guys you are trashing want to win just as much as us. Have any of you EVER coached or led ANYTHING? I doubt it. Get a clue, stop all the negativity and root for our Braves. This is exactly why we can’t even sell out a game until the playoffs(or even the divisional series). Fair weather fans get OUT!!! GO BRAVES!!!

Murph2HOF: I agree with you that there is a boatload of negativity on the Braves blogs. Whether we like it or not, everyone has the right to express their opinions. There are some very knowledgable comments as well as some truly moronic ones. It’s for each of us to decide which is which. GO BRAVES!

onlyonce

December 8th, 2011
9:48 am

@dcb – 7:02am

No, we have all the short stops we need.

Michael Rapaport

December 8th, 2011
9:49 am

Get rid of Heyward? The kid has so much potential and had a bad year which many forget was due to multiple injuries which caused him to develop bad habits. The example of Glavin’s initiall two years was brilliant. Only those who are hooked on instant gratification would have any complaints about what is happening.

Mister Frisky

December 8th, 2011
9:53 am

Brave New World in mid-season form.Negativity or reality? Sometime those lines cross.At the end of the day the facts speak for themselves.46 years in the ATL only one WS ring to show for it.A historic collaspe and not one finger being lifted, not one bone being thrown to Brave faithful.Full disclosure I live in Southern California.Don’t like any local teams.However the teams that pack the house out here know you have to have star power.Build it and they will come.

Mister Frisky

December 8th, 2011
10:04 am

Right on cue.Pujols to the Angels.STAR POWER.

Da Mick

December 8th, 2011
10:04 am

You like think after waiting out the Bobby Cox years that the team could get out from under its under-achieving ways if it had a new manager with some fresh ideas about how to use the strenghts of our players in the line-up, how not to wear-out particular bullpen pitchers, how to manage Chipper Jones, instead of letting him bully his way into having things however he wants them, how to get your line-up to be patient at the plate and work the count like championship teams do, and how to employ varying game-plan strategies based on who you have in your line-up. You like to think that this new guy seems pretty smart, and is going to be the answer to straightening out these long-standing Braves problems and issues. You tend to get jazzed for the season at the prospect of it. You watch games with anticipation, and hope to see more team structure, team chemistry, and a team game plan that isn’t stuck in one gear. But for yet another year, all you see are the players out there individually flailing away, and individually failing, with no seeming plan for the game, or at the plate. You want to give the new manager a chance, but you feel highly disappointed at the lack of change in the way this team is run over the under-achieving feel of years past. You feel your optimism about this new management fade over the course of the year, especially held up against opponent teams that do have really good managers, who are able to think outside the box. By year’s end, you get the sense that this manager really doesn’t know what to do when things don’t take care of themselves. In the playoffs and world series, you see an excellent example of how the performance of the great teams isn’t just about the “great” players, but about how great managers create a team culture and game approach that supports the idea of everyone on the team coming up big in games, especially when the team really needs it. And you realize that our new manager is not the guy to instill that much-needed team culture change in the Atlanta Braves.

You don’t feel very optimistic about this team….

coach joe

December 8th, 2011
10:15 am

Albert to the Angels. 250 million over 10 years.. They have lost their minds.

bob

December 8th, 2011
10:22 am

anyway we could trade for Hanley?

dogsbrekky

December 8th, 2011
10:32 am

Thanks for the bloggage Dobi One Knobi… feels like we are going in a bit light on the bats and potential defense next year.. I mean AGONZ could be guaranteed with the mitt but have heard not so great things about the Pastor’s son at SS

Hoosier Aaron

December 8th, 2011
10:34 am

Rule 5 pick Robert Fish – Here is a scouting report from Nov 2011 – Angels #22 Prospect.

Robert Fish
Position: Relief Pitcher Level: AA
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6′2″ Weight: 230 lbs.
Age: 23 Born: January 19, 1988

2011 Season Stats : 1-0, 30.1 IP, 3.26 ERA, 21 H, 1 HR, 18 BB, 41 K, 2.80 FIP, .303 BABIP, 1.88 GO/AO

Fastball – A+. It’s rare to see LHP dial it up over 95, but Fish does. Incredible heater.

Breaking Ball – B. Seems to interchange curve and slider. Good movement on both.

Change up – C. Rarely ever see him use it, but he reportedly has one.

Performance – B+. Guns flashing 100 on his FB were hot, but can’t fake missing bats.

Projection – Closer or good set up man.

Comp – Floor: Mike Gonzalez. Ceiling: Billy Wagner – yes he throws that hard.

Estimated MLB Arrival Date: 2012/2013

Season Summary: If the Rule V draft process is any indication, Robert Fish is a guy other teams really want. First, the Yankees took Fish in the draft from the Angels only to end up changing their mind and letting him go. The Royals then swooped in to snatch him up before they too thought better of it and finally returned him to the Angels just before the start of the season. Obviously Robert didn’t do enough in short auditions to keep his spot with those two other clubs, but the fact that they even gave him a shot speaks to how well thought of he is in terms of potential.

bvillebaron

December 8th, 2011
10:43 am

BravesfaninWisc:

May I suggest that you do us a favor and think before you write the type of drivel that appears in your prior post. If the season started tomorrow, the Braves would still be at least the 2nd best team in the division. Perhaps you overlooked some of the following when you made your prediction that the Braves would finish 3rd or 4th:

(1) The Marlins finished 17 games behind the Braves;
(2) Neither JJ nor Hanson pitched during September;
(3) Bourn will be here from the beginning of the year;
(4) The Braves have 8, that’s right 8, legitimate candidates to be in the starting rotation;
(5) The Braves have one of, if not the best, bullpen in the majors (which is also predominantly young);
(6) Pitching wins; and
(7) The Braves have a core of young players that are the envy of many clubs in baseball (Freeman, Heyward, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino, Paternicky, Terdoslovich, Kimbrel, etc.) who will only improve.

By the way, the season starts in early April, not tomorrow. Wren’s strategy of waiting until the free agent starters (Wilson and Buerhle) are signed to see if someone will ovrepay for JJ makes perfect sense to me. If no one does that before the start of the season, hopefully he and Prado will get off to good starts so that their trade value is better by the Allstar break if they still feel a need to trade them.

The level of panic from some posters on this board is ridiculous.

Enough with the song lyrics, this isn't Rolling Stone

December 8th, 2011
10:45 am

Nice interview, thank you. PS-Check out Posada’s numbers through his first 6/7 years–same as McCann’s.

Scott from Fairburn

December 8th, 2011
10:51 am

Orioles expected to announce trade today … are Braves in on Adam Jones?

Tennis Girl

December 8th, 2011
11:07 am

Is anyone paying attention?? Fredi’s answer: “Tough division, and they [Marlins] are making some good moves, making that team even better with [Jose] Reyes and Heath Bell, along with Hanley Ramirez and [Emilio] Bonifacio and [Mike] Stanton and you name it, all those guys…”

And why in the h e double l does that make it OK for Fredi to say “if we started play today, we would be fine?” I guess fine is defined by last year’s meltdown we had to witness. I always laughed at the Mets. Now that’s us. And it’s definitely NOT ok with me, a 25 year+ fan. I don’t foresee my interest returning if the team stays in place, and crosses their fingers.

Scott from Fairburn

December 8th, 2011
11:09 am

Orioles announce their big deal … Dana Eveland from the Dodgers

CheddarBob

December 8th, 2011
11:10 am

I see alot of uninformed comments. Braves are better then 20 other teams in MLB right now. Their payroll is 70-80 million less then the Phillies. Sure, it would be great if tey could get Ryan Braun or have a 160 mil payroll…but it ain’t going to happen. Who are you going to get that makes the team better by trading McCann or Heyward? One guy said that Chipper won’t play 100 games….in his career, he has played less then 100 games…wait for it….ONCE (95 games in 2010). For the last 5 years, he was playing 125-135 games a year (including last year). Did’t he lead the team in OBP last year? I agree is he old and we need a RH power hitting LF and it would be great to have a stud SS but this isn’t fantasy baseball. The Marlins are going to do jack……I don’t think Bell is an elite closer, Reyes is a great lead-off hitter but needs to stay healthy, Hanley isn’t happy to move postions and Buerle is solid but not 4yr/58 mil solid. Does Buerle, Bell and Reyes mean they are going all of sudden win a 100 games?…I don’t think any of those 3 are that good. JJohnson is coming back and he is a stud, but these big free agent signings normally don’t turn as well as you think.

Be patient. This is why the Braves have been a good,solid franchise because they keep their farm system stocked, they don’t hand out 100 mil contracts like candy on Halloween. I wish they could spend like the Phils, Yanks, Sox, etc but they can’t. They have the best bullen in the NL, their starting rotation is top 3-4 (and the absolute deepest in the league, they can handle a starer or two going down better than any team in the NL). Their offense needs to improve but those players don’t grow on trees. The Phils spent on Paps, then if they re-sign Rollins. They will have spent tens of millions and not improved their team a lick. Is that what you want the Braves to do?

Mister Frisky

December 8th, 2011
11:18 am

Wilson to the Angels.Texas has a surplus of hitters Braves have a surplus of pitchers.Make a move.

Terrell

December 8th, 2011
11:22 am

So Ralph and panamajack,

If Freeman struggles as bad as Heyward did last year do you go to the same conclusion that he is done?

BravesfaninWis

December 8th, 2011
11:27 am

bvillebaron
December 8th, 2011
10:43 am

If you want to believe the hype, then by all means do so. The Marlins will be a much improved club next season and will not finish that low in the division. They essentially made 2 very good moves with the Reyes signing. Not only did they insert a very good SS and leadoff hitter into their lineup, they now took care of 3rd base by putting Ramirez over there.

Secondly, they added a good starting pitcher in Buehrle and also a closer in Bell. Not to mention they are not done yet.

Third, they will be playing in a new stadium which I am sure will in turn produce more fans in the seats, and they will have that crowd and homefield advantage. Lastly, they have a new manager that is very passionate and gets the most out of his players. That will in turn equal more wins.

Now I do agree that Bourn will be nice to have from the get go, but he had a great season last year and the Astros were one of if not the worse team in baseball when we got him at the trade deadline. JJ has been hurt every year he has pitched, how is that not a huge question mark? Hanson has struggled with injuries as well, and his arm motion is going to shorten his career, how can a guy not have problems pitching like that? Beachy can’t pitch more than 5 innings it seems because his pitch count is over 100 by that time. He fades at that time, and either gives up the lead or puts a good 4 innings on our bullpen every time he pitches. Any of our young guys that are slated to take the 5th spot in the rotation are question marks at this point with lack of experience, until they prove differently, they are questionable.

Our bullpen is very good, I will give you that. Did you see them last year though? They wore down because of having to pitch so much. How effective is a worn down relief pitcher going to be for a full month or more of the season? Exactly.

Like I said before, everyone has an opinion and if everyone agreed with one another, this world would be boring. Thanks for reading my post though.

Can anyone please buy the Braves...

December 8th, 2011
11:31 am

After their near-historic September collapse? What were you watching? It was HISTORIC!!!!!!! Braves are lucky they are in a one paper town with Jock-sniffing sportstalk radio and the Red Sox imploded slightly more near historic….

CrαZy

December 8th, 2011
11:41 am

They Really did………..They really did………He really did……..she really did??? Who are you trying to convince Fred!!

Brave New World

December 8th, 2011
11:49 am

CheddarBob December 8th, 2011 11:10 am I see alot of uninformed comments.

Cole Sear: I see dead people.
Malcolm Crowe: In your dreams?
[Cole shakes his head no]
Malcolm Crowe: While you’re awake?
[Cole nods]
Malcolm Crowe: Dead people like, in graves? In coffins?
Cole Sear: Walking around like regular people. They don’t see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re dead.
Malcolm Crowe: How often do you see them?
Cole Sear: All the time. They’re everywhere.

Dinkelstein

December 8th, 2011
11:50 am

murph2hof: What do you mean not positive? I’m positive. Positive that the Braves are going down the drain.

Lobosolo

December 8th, 2011
11:53 am

The armchair crybabies aren’t wasting any time this winter, that’s for sure… “fans”… the jokes on you, whiney-boys… still time before the season cranks up to go get a copy of “Baseball for Idiots” and try to figure out the difference between your asses and third base… DOB, could y’all start a blog just for crybaby wanna-be’s so the real fans won’t have to put up with the pussies for another year?

Bobbys' Booger

December 8th, 2011
12:25 pm

murph2hof: What do you mean not positive? I’m positive. Positive that the Braves are going down the drain.

YEP. Until we clean house this organization will continue to underachieve in EPIC FAIL versions like 2011

Bobbys' Booger

December 8th, 2011
12:28 pm

Fool Me Once———Exactly! Sweeping changes are in order for this team. No one has the guts to do it though…maybe when they average 30% less attendance this year it will get their attention

That dude

December 8th, 2011
12:40 pm

jaybravo

December 8th, 2011
2:41 am
II read some of these comments and wonder how the hell are yall Bravest fans? So pessimistic! Heyward will be fine. How is a kid two years in the league done because of injury? How could any true braves fan EVER advocate trading mccann who is the heart of the lineup? Liberty Media is the reason these “deals” can’t get done….if you have no payroll, you have to get creative. Aces and #3 hitters and all star ss don’t sign for 5 mil a year….smh bandwagon jumpers…please become marlin and phillies fans since according to some of yall they gonna beat us anyway…baseball isn’t a computer game. Good on paper doesn’t a winner make…

Preach brotha. Preach! We win together, we lose together! Atlanta Braves forever baby! Although I could do without Fredi…lol

GaryinBham

December 8th, 2011
12:49 pm

Funniest comment on a Cards board re: Pujols deal: “It’s sad to see him go but it’s like when my ex-wife took off-in the long run I didn’t miss her at all and I’ve always wanted to send a thank you card to the guy she left me for.” Bet he didn’t feel that way the day she left.

Largo

December 8th, 2011
12:51 pm

Same old tired crap from Wren and Fredi. Note: Pujols will be making over $68,000 per day with the Angels.

K Conway

December 8th, 2011
12:55 pm

What a joke! Payin Chipper all that money to play part-time! The Braves will be as bad as the 80’s teams!!!!

Harvey's

December 8th, 2011
1:12 pm

Enter your comments here

BraveinPA

December 8th, 2011
1:27 pm

@BravesfaninWis – so change your team dude- MarlinsfaninWis if you like that so much- no need to worry lets play the season- don’t forget the Phillies were the World Series Champions going into the start of last season…Where did they finish???

Seattle Braves

December 8th, 2011
1:32 pm

We need to trade for BJ Upton…

Simple Enough

Mister Frisky

December 8th, 2011
1:34 pm

The only thing Wren picked up in Dallas was a few more inches on that waistline form four days of hotel food.Hard to believe Liberty would spend the money to send anyone at all to Dallas if they weren’t going to pull a trigger or two.Now is where the smartest guy in the room thinks he can low ball some has been to come to the Braves.Can’t wait to see what 240 hitter they find in the dumpster behind the hotel.

BLAIR PATTERSON

December 8th, 2011
1:52 pm

DONT WORRY COACH GONZO YOU IT WAS A GREAT RUN FOR ATLANTA WE APPRECIATE IT

ryan

December 8th, 2011
1:54 pm

Braves reportedly looking at bringing in David Wright stay tuned .

Mister Frisky

December 8th, 2011
1:59 pm

Pujols going to the Angels is good for the Braves and NL.The Halos aren’t a cinch even with Albert.Several AL teams have a better everyday line up than Anaheim.Ryan hoped your right about Wright.

The Man

December 8th, 2011
2:06 pm

Blah, blah, blah. Fredi and his pathetic, gutless hitters should be ashamed. Fredi needs to go. We need someone to turn up the heat and creates a sense of urgency with these sleepwalkers. Uggla and McCann are the only ones who seems to give a crap.

ryan

December 8th, 2011
2:19 pm

How stupid was the Astros moving to American league when that league just more powerful .

BLAIR PATTERSON

December 8th, 2011
2:30 pm

BRAVESFANINWIS
I hate to say but it sounds to me like you a marlinfaninwis, by talking about one of the best bullpens in the league”(last year to be exact)” like their just sum medeocor line-up. dude our closer won rookie of the year for most saves by a rookie closer in a single seasoned. yea we have injuries….which my indicate reasons for the braves season ending short comings. also with me being a lifetime braves fan i have never seen the marlins revamp in one year because of a few off season moves….get of the bandwagon dude. new stadium alot of times take some getting use to….and to add new coach new players should indicate a season of rebuilding in florida ones again…so dont believe all the hype in florida there gonna suck like always. GO BRAVES!!!!!

wxwax

December 8th, 2011
2:43 pm

What kind of video will Fletcher watch?

In the NFL they have something called ‘All-22″, which is a camera shot which shows every player on the field.

Does MLB have something similar, like an “All 10″ camera shot, so he can see how fielders are positioned?

Thanks.

South Georgia Dawg

December 8th, 2011
2:45 pm

Last time i checked I did not see the Yankees, the Phillies or the Red Soc in the World Series this year and supposedly they had the highest payrolls and the most “STAR MARQUEE” players on their teams. I would much rather see it done the way the Braves are doing it by using their Farm System to develop homegrown talent and have good team chemistry to get the job done. I enjoyed watching the games last year, even the September games because I constantly thought this is one of the best teams in the National League. I do not see the changes that the Marlins are making as being real significant because Jose Reyes is not a team player first but a “Look at Me I am Real Important” type of player (a head case), Hanley Rameriz is another head case that will sulk at having to move to 3rd Base because I am the Greatest SS in baseball. Last but not least, Ozzie Guillen is a storm waiting to happen in that clubhouse. I really appreciated the job Bobby Cox did as manager in Atlanta in keeping his players on an even keel even when the going was rough, I belive Freddi Gonzalez will be the same type of manager, and if he is a Bobby clone then Atlanta is in Good Hands. I believe the Braves will be fine next year without a big flashy move and especially if the chemistry of the team is disrupted. Keep Prado and Jurrijens, rely on Heyward to bounce back and give Greg Walker a chance to work with the Brave’s hitters. I know Greg and he is a hard worker at anything he does.

Mister Frisky

December 8th, 2011
2:59 pm

South Georgia Dawg good post.But you also realize the Braves didn’t win it either.Those three teams you mentioned have won eight WS titles since the Braves won their one and only in 95.I think it’s pretty simple.Your team either plays big boy baseball or you don’t.Too bad for us were closer to the Pirates than the Phillies.

nelson

December 8th, 2011
3:06 pm

i love the team ,
I like the team but expected some hiring as an OF of power, but you have to play with what we have.

cf: bourn
ss: prado
3b: jones
2B: Uggla
c: mc cann
1b: freeman
Of: Heyward
Of: Constanza

Sp: Hanson
sp hudson
sp: Jurrjens
sp: beachy
sp: delgado / minor. ect ect

not bad .. but I wish instead of a gardener Constanza help us but we can help Constance, I put it in that order but I like bourn
and Constanza second bat.

nelson

December 8th, 2011
3:07 pm

i mean a outfielder

South Georgia Dawg

December 8th, 2011
3:10 pm

I wish everyone would gie it a rest about Prado playing Shortstop, because even though he is good at 2nd base and 3rd base he just does not have the range to play shortstop. But if he was moved there, he would give it his all. Still not a good position for him.

BoatDoc

December 8th, 2011
3:15 pm

DOB: At the winter meetings what teams are projected to compete for Japanese Ace Yu Darvish? I got to see him in Japanese spring training last spring where he struck out 7 of 9 batters in 3 innings on his way to leading Hokkaido with 18-6, 1.44 and 276 strikeouts. At 25, he’s several years younger than Daisuke was when he came to the Sox.

count_schemula

December 8th, 2011
3:27 pm

I’m going to need to see more than Cody Ross to be interested this year.

count_schemula

December 8th, 2011
3:30 pm

We had Yunel, Prado and Freeman set to man that part of the infield. We had Chipper and Infante at 3b.

I don’t personally dislike Uggla. I think he’s straight-up. But, the opportunity cost of Uggla is in LF.

Uggla solved a problem we did not have – 2b.

We ran Garrett Anderson out there in LF, hello!

You Do The Math

December 8th, 2011
4:12 pm

Dearest Blair, 97 and 03> 1 in 46

Mad Scientist

December 8th, 2011
4:30 pm

Freddi Gonzales is not a clone of Bobby Cox. I believe that close inspection of the DNA would probably show Fredo is genetically linked to that minor league shipper who utizlized the resin bag as a “hand grenade”

Brave New World

December 8th, 2011
4:35 pm

I’ve got a great idea! Instead of worrying about The Braves, why don’t we “fans” allow them to play their 2012 schedule and let The Braves’ won-loss record determine how good a team they are. Why, if they exceed the lowly expectations of some, they might even make the playoffs, and then (instead of a new wave of worrying about The Braves in the playoffs) we can further let their playoff won-loss record determine how good a playoff team they are. So, now that the anxiety-ridden “fans” can stop worrying about their “beloved” Braves, they can turn their collective attention to other matters. GO BRAVES!

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