10:10 pm December 19, 2011, by David O'Brien
December 20th, 20119:21 am
I know its hard to get everyones favs on that list but if you haven’t heard Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math album it is extremely good. Saw them at Center Stage here day before thanksgiving and they can throw down! Their previous albums are really good too..check em out!
Drive By Truckers : “Hey you better get in house homey. You heard about the those Drive By Truckers doing drive-bys taking out homeys in the street ?
December 20th, 20119:22 am
Easy for me to say…
December 20th, 20119:24 am
Equating players to cars :
Albert Pujols – Ferrari
Chipper Jones – Mustang
Brooks Conrad – Chevette
December 20th, 20119:28 am
“…Michael Bourn in center from Opening Day should assure the Braves get significantly more production out of that position and the leadoff spot…”
It “should assure” more production, DOB, but how many times last season did Bourn get stranded at 2nd or 3rd base while the next three batters flailed?
That’s what should concern Wren more than anything about staying pat with this team – the inability of the Braves to hit with RISP. I don’t think changing the hitting coach is gonna help with the “tightning-up” (putting it nicely) that our hitters do with runners on the basepaths.
I’m not gonna look it up, but I bet our best clutch hitter last season was sadly enough, a rookie – Freddie Freeman.
December 20th, 20119:31 am
Yes Wren should of moved Prado and JJ for minor leaguers and signed a declining Jimmy Rollins and opening a hole in OF and UT player. Why not block our young prospects with an injury prone SS for 4you years. Especially when his numbers are declining.
December 20th, 20119:32 am
Mr. Big’s Undertow and Whitesnake’s Forevermore are on my Top 10 lists along with a few from the above Top 50 (Black Keys, for one!)…And, yes, I’m serious…great guitar-player music…
Cody Ross would make a lot of sense to sign, since he could back up all three outfield spots. Unfortunately, his price to be a fourth outfielder is outrageous.
Prado’s .293/.341/.434, Heyward’s .255/.362/.427, and Bourn’s .271/.336/.358 are all comparable to Ross’s .261/.323/.456.
So, unless Heyward’s and Prado’s 2011 were indication of a permanent decline, Ross wouldn’t add that much more than the Braves already have. If they were to sign him for 2 years+, he could replace Bourn when MB hits FA.
Beltran (.283/.361/.496) would be a more significant upgrade, albeit with no guarantees that he plays 140+ games.
Braves would be better with either guy on the team, in addition to what they’ve already got; however, that’s a bunch of money to pay for an insurance policy. And, if it were an either/or situation (either Ross or Prado), Braves would not be much better than they currently are.
December 20th, 20119:33 am
Yes, they COULD have traded Prado and Jurrjens for prospects to free up the money to sign Rollins for $10 mil (provided, of course that he would hae actually signed with the Braves for what he signed for with the Phillies – a stronger team he’s played his entire career with), but that would have left us with no money, no LFer and no backup at short or third.
December 20th, 20119:37 am
It is “difficult to understand” – “Amazing” – “UNBELIEVABLE” that the Braves management, the fans, and especially the writers are IGNORING – PRETENDING that the most significant problem DOES NOT EXIST —-
The Braves NOW HAVE or SOON will have – SIGNIFICANT PITCHING PROBLEMS because:
(1) FOUR of their FIVE Starting Pitchers are coming off injuries – and everyone seems to be pretending that these Pitchers are going to come back and once again be great – but Pitchers many times do not ever come back and really be good after seious injury.
(2) But this is just the tip of the iceberg —- Since Leo left as Pitching Coach six or seven years ago, of all the Starting Pitchers the Braves have had, almost every Starting Pitcher has become injured. THUS, AS LONG AS THIS CONTINUES, the fact that they have a wealth of additional young Pitching talent becomes MEANINGLESS.
December 20th, 20119:39 am
Not to mention that Rollins essentially got a defacto no-trade clause by signing with Philly, since he’d be a 10-and-5 guy with them. With any other team they would have to write up a separate clause, which we know the Braves wouldn’t do.
Would have been great to have him for 2012. Not so sure about 2013, 14, and maybe 15. Pretty much what was “supposed” to happen did, so no reason to get upset over it.
Don with yet another cut and paste of his usual meaningless rant.
December 20th, 20119:43 am
RC – Yeah, never been all that sold on Rollins being all that great – might just have something to do with the lineup around him. He’s a low OBP guy (even had a sub .300 OBP year a couple back) and has been known to have leg issues.
December 20th, 20119:44 am
Anyone else listen to the “Baseball Today” podcast that ESPN puts out? They’ve got this segment called “the ridiculous question of the day”, which they introduce with a sound clip of someone singing, “The ridiculous questions of the day, How ridiculous!” and repeating like 6 times. I bring this up because every time I see that Don has posted his pitching rant it makes the song pop in my head with the words, “Don’s ridiculous post of the day”. His point isn’t completely wrong, as there are reasons for concern. However, to call it “SIGNIFICANT PITCHING PROBLEMS” would mean that you’ve got to say the same thing about 28 other teams in baseball (I think the Rays are ok on pitching).
December 20th, 20119:45 am
Until this past season (when there was a significant injury problem), Prado had been one of the Braves best, key hitters. The year before, he was perhaps their best hitter. In all probabily, he wil bounce back this year and again be a great hitter.
Therefore, odds are – if they trade Prado, they will end up with a hitter who is NOT AS PRODUCTIVE AS PRADO.
December 20th, 20119:47 am
I agree that Rollins isn’t great, but I think he is still very good. I also think that if we could replace Gonzo’s production last year with what Rollins is likely to give us the team would be much better in 2012. The injury issue isn’t too concerning for one year with Pastornicky ready, but there was no way he was signing a one year contract. So while he would have been a nice piece to have in 2012, I completely understand why he isn’t a fit.
December 20th, 20119:48 am
Wait, so hitters are very probably to bounce back from a significant injury, but pitchers hardly ever do?
Ok, thanks for stopping by Don.
December 20th, 20119:49 am
Yeah Rollins is so bad that Philly just signed him for 3 years. Really in decline !
BravesFan in DC
December 20th, 20119:50 am
DOB – Much respect to this list. I agree with a lot of it. Including My Morning Jacket and Black Keys. However I think the Foo Fighters new album has to make the top 50. Such great rock on there. Tracks like “Rosemary” and “Arlandria” just give me chills! That and Bon Iver who wrote (in my opinion) the album of the year. Yes, his sound has caught fire and he’s become very well known but that has to be in your top 10… Also – No “City & Colour” – C’mon?!
Don’t understand – why everyone seems to be making the assumption that the Braves do not have a problem in right field. The Pitchers adjusted to Heyward, and so far there has been no indication that he will return to being producttive. Heyward’s last season production is certainly not acceptable for a major leage outfielder. Why is the assumption being made that this is going to change?
December 20th, 20119:51 am
He’s good enough to play for the NL East Champs but not the Braves. Makes a lot of sense why Braves always finish 2nd…
December 20th, 20119:53 am
DOB – just an FYI I’m on a dell laptop with I.E. 7 and the numbers were cut off on mine as well. Don’t mean this as a complaint more of a technical report
December 20th, 20119:54 am
philly also has almost double our payroll.
Heyward is a minor leaguer plain and simple. Greg Walker can’t hit for Heyward…
December 20th, 20119:55 am
Hell, Greg Walker himself couldn’t hit. Look up his stats.
December 20th, 20119:56 am
Then Liberty Media needs to sell the team if they don’t want to spend the money needed to compete.
McFann O O o
December 20th, 20119:58 am
Thanks for the new Blog, DOB!
V. Jim If possible, I would sort the three albums I bought this year into a coherent order, but it is too difficult for me…
You and me both! Though I don’t know if I bought that many…
December 20th, 20119:59 am
Hard Core – If the Braves and their spending habits are so repugnant to you and so many others, then go find another team, cause it’s pretty freaking obvious that the Braves ain’t bringin the joy to your life.
December 20th, 201110:00 am
WHAT?….No Beltran signed yet?….I need to check my source again.
DOB: No Aguilera,No Mark Anthony, NO JLO…
December 20th, 201110:02 am
People, this isn’t the same squad as last year. No more Sherrill, Linebrink, Moylan, McLouth, Lowe, Kawakami (though he didn’t see any MLB time in 2010), Alex Gonzalez, or Brooks Conrad (possibly). That really is addition by subtraction. Already that makes the bullpen much better. I still feel like a deal will get done, but I’m not ready to think that Seth Smith is the answer to any question, even with Tim Wheeler.
You aint Hard Core unless your really hardcore.
December 20th, 201110:03 am
Great Idea I’ve been tossing around in my pea-brain….
Seeing that we need a RH bat lets trade Prado for Seth Smith!! I know brilliant right!!
December 20th, 201110:05 am
That and Bon Iver who wrote (in my opinion) the album of the year. — BravesFan in DC
You and three-fourths of the country’s rock critics seem to have Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes or Adele as your No. 1. Sorry, liked ‘em all. A lot. But group-think has raised them to a new level, in my opinion. Bon Iver album just doesn’t stick with me after I play it, doesn’t leave impact I’d expect for a best-of-the-year type of album. Not like those at top of my list do. Same for the other two mentioned.
But that’s just my opinion. It’s all subject. Oh, and Foo Fighters’ album is great. But so are the 50 I have in my top 50. It’s one of those 10 that I had back-and-forth on my list. And it’s not as if it’s groundbreaking stuff for the Foos — they’ve done the same music before, many times. Love ‘em, but it’s not an album that I’d put ahead of any of those in my top 25 or 30 no matter how many times I did the list.
December 20th, 201110:08 am
Don’t quite understand the spew about FW when you all should know that SuspenderBoy still is calling the shots just like when he was running it.
December 20th, 201110:09 am
Stick to baseball, DOB, nobody gives a hoot what music you like. — Gary
Nah. But thanks for the advice, Gary.
I’m surprised that one album that might have made my Top 50 was on DOB’s list – Mastadon.
But I’m a Head Banger and he ain’t.
December 20th, 201110:12 am
One group I haven’t seen mentioned (not sure the CD is out yet, anyway) is the new Slash lineup wth a couple people from Wolf Mother. Saw them do a half hour set on Palladia and they were kicking it. – definitely some really good hard rock.
DOB, you should say “My Top 50 Albums By Bar/Garage Bands” — Hard Core
So you’re saying Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, The Roots, Wilco, P.J. Harvey … these are “bar/garage bands”?
Enjoyed your list DOB, gives me some CD’s to go look for!
December 20th, 201110:14 am
The Braves say that are increasing payroll but the numbers indicate that they are lying? Can you shed any light on the subject? — dap01
No, to be honest. Because as I explained in the last blog, the Braves don’t share any payroll figures with us, including what the projected payroll is, where they are by their accounting methods, how much they have left to spend, and which accounting methods they used to get to whatever amount they’re at or will be at before they’re done. My guess is they have at least $5 mill to spend, but less than $10 mill. Perhaps quite a bit less, based on a couple of conversations I’ve had in past week.
December 20th, 201110:16 am
I just cannot bear listening to Waits. I’ll never understand…
December 20th, 201110:17 am
Why in the heck would the Braves want a nondescript player like Cody Ross over Prado?
I don’t get it.
David O Brien, How can you leave off REM?? It was a great way for them to go out
Didn’t you mix up “Kaputt” and “Destroyer”? Looks like Kaputt is the band name and Destroyer the album name. You meant it the other way around, right?
DOB, Lynchburg is not a very big city and does not draw many folks for baseball. But the nights Gooden pitched here you couldn’t get with 4 blocks of the ballpark. — Ken
That must’ve been terrific atmosphere and energy. Did you see him pitch there? Those strikeout totals are so far removed from what we expect today, when 200 strikeouts is reserved for the elite power pitchers. And that’s 300 K in a minor league season, not a 162-game big-league season.
December 20th, 201110:20 am
My guess is they have at least $5 mill to spend, but less than $10 mill. Perhaps quite a bit less, based on a couple of conversations I’ve had in past week.
If my math is correct, then that would mean payroll is going in the wrong direction.
Oh well. It’s just a number, one that hasn’t kept other teams from competing. I don’t really care all that much about the payroll number so long as the team doesn’t start shedding players to make it go down. Don’t add to it, fine. But don’t sell off your good players for cheaper, less gooder ones.
Yes, I said less gooder.
DOB – Great feedback. I felt similar about Bon Iver at first but after listening all summer (many nights with the vino flowin’) it slowly seeped into the depths of my brain and has emerged as my surprise favorite for the year– But I hear you about the music having to leave a lasting impact. Saw City & Colour last week in DC, boy can Dallas Green sing… The man has some serious pipes. Cheers and thanks for the list. Good stuff every year. In fact, I’m rocking out to Jason Isbell right now… Great album…
December 20th, 201110:21 am
I can’t believe The War on Drugs isn’t on your end of year list. Based on your style and taste, I figured they were a lock to be in the top 10. Brilliant album & right up your alley. — stamper
It’s one I just haven’t bought yet. But I’ve heard it on headphones at the store, liked it. Can’t afford to buy everything, and some that I really like and would’ve had on list, I don’t end up getting until the next year. The limitations of doing this for fun on the side, not having free CDs shipped to me by the hundreds like real music critics.
December 20th, 201110:24 am
Great year-end music list. My only comment is that many of the ones you had in your “Best of the Rest” list deserve to be in the top 50 if not near the top. Specifically: Ryan Adams, Civil Wars and the Decemberists. Have you checked The War On Drugs? Their album “Slave Ambient” is fantastic.
December 20th, 201110:25 am
Receiving free CDs in the mail – great work if you can get it.
Oops, was writing my War on Drugs recommendation just as you were answering the previous commenter. I agree with him, I think you will like it.
December 20th, 201110:26 am
DOB – I know you’re more of an old school guy who likes having the disc in hand, but check out Spotify… It doesn’t have everything, but it has A TON of music, and for those of us who can’t afford everything we want to hear, you can stream almost any album you want on demand for $9 a month… I stream Spotify thru my iPhone with a Jambox when I travel (as you often do). Great way to listen to sick music on the go, anytime, anywhere…
December 20th, 201110:28 am
I know its hard to get everyones favs on that list but if you haven’t heard Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math album it is extremely good — DC
I have two of the band’s previous CDs; they’re from Atlanta and a really good band. I just don’t have the latest one. Can’t rank it if I don’t have it. That’s the rules (my rules for ranking them).
December 20th, 201110:29 am
Sorry DOB but the Paul Simon album was turrabul(in my best Charles Barkley voice)
December 20th, 201110:30 am
…. oh and I am so glad you didn’t have Mute Math anywhere on your list or I would felt obligated to go postal.
December 20th, 201110:31 am
beekay, I’ll proably do a top 10 movies list at end of next week, after I have a chance to see two or three more movies during Christmas week. What’s your top 10? Some of the best ones are always released at year’s end, like Young Adult, which I saw this past weekend. That’s on my top 10, for sure.
December 20th, 201110:38 am
The Braves need pitching too.Hudson- old and surgery–Hanson questionable mechanics and slumps- Jurjens-injuries and possible abscence due to trade-triple A after that–. The idea that starting pitching is strong is nuts. The Marlins are stronger, the Nationals are stronger and the Braves are going cheap.This maay well be a bummer of year.
December 20th, 201110:39 am
Agree with most of the list. Have you not given Frank Ocean’s mixtape or the Weeknd’s House of Balloons a listen? Weeknd is definitely in my top 5. Both are offered free by the artists.
December 20th, 201110:43 am
DOB – Keep talking about whatever you choose…adds spice, especially during the slow baseball times…I, personally, am always happy to talk about food in general, and BBQ specifically.
December 20th, 201110:46 am
Lew – Who is Don? (he’s dead to me). He used to at least vary his rants a little. He now is stuck on a message that NO ONE buys into.
December 20th, 201110:47 am
My top 5
1. My Morning Jacket-Circuital
2. REM-Collapse into Now
3. Black Keys-El Camino
4. Drive by Truckers-Go go boots
5. Beastie Boys-Hot Sauce Committe
5A-Trampled by Turtles-Palamino-Actually is 2010 but I just discovered them this year
December 20th, 201110:52 am
Hard Core – When Liberty Media sells the team…and the new owners cut the payroll in half, trade away all the assets, fire the GM and FO, and replace them with incompetent yes men…when the new owner wants to be heavily involved in the baseball decisions…don’t come beck here and complain that you wish LM had never sold. We could certainly have owners who are a lot worse…What, they don’t want to lose money? How dare them?
December 20th, 201110:53 am
jek – You seem to not realize that the Marlins Ace, Josh Johnson, has missed more time the past two seasons than Jurrjens has and that Nolasco and Sanchez are wildly inconsistent.
And let’s do a bit of research on Buerhle and the National League. Granted, he hasn’t pitched all that much against the NL, but here’s some teams’ lies against him -
Atlanta – .315, .339, .444, .784
Phillies – .289, .322, .494, .816
Nats – .327, .357, .462, .819
Cards – ..333, .333, 567, .900
Giants – .302, .388, .572, .894
Brewers – .300, .344, 1.044
Let’s not go handing the Marlins – who have 17 games to make up on the Braves and 30 on the Phillies – anything yet. They may not be as dominant as some seem to believe.
December 20th, 201110:55 am
raleighbraves – Who is Don? Do you really want to know? If you did, would you agree with him?
Maybe he’s better left unknown.
December 20th, 201111:00 am
Gotta think the market for Jurrjens will heat up a bit, knee concerns or not. Because there’s only a couple of strong free-agent starting pitchers left, and one of them, Hiroki Kuroda, will turn 37 before spring training. Knee concerns or not, Jurrjens is probably going to be worth the risk to at least one team willing to give the Braves something close to what they want for him (and we’re not sure exactly what that will be).
It’ll then be up to Braves to decide if they can risk moving Jurrjens and going with such a young and relatively inexperienced rotation that gets a lot younger and more inexperienced if Hudson has any setbacks in recovery from back surgery or Hanson has any ligering shoulder issues.
December 20th, 201111:01 am
I have a question, and maybe someone has already answered this, but would it be safe to assume the Rangers’ new pitcher could be termed a “Twirling Darvish”?
December 20th, 201111:02 am
Sorry DOB but the Paul Simon album was turrabul(in my best Charles Barkley voice) — ChillyMutt
What an odd statement. Because it tells me you’re clearly not a Paul Simon fan (if you’re a Paul Simon fan, you like the record — period). And if you’re not a Paul Simon fan, why would you have bought the record? Or was it given to you and you felt obligated to play it a few times?
Anyway, you’re wrong — it’s his best record in a couple of decades, since Rhythm of the Saints.
December 20th, 201111:04 am
With three young children I don’t get to the movies much if at all unless they are kid flicks. I like to get people like you to pick top 10 and then check them out at Redbox once they get to video. Any other bloggers are welcome to list their top ten to help my future selections as well.
December 20th, 201111:05 am
Wow, all of a sudden, there is a good chance the Rams or the Vikings end up with the worst record in the league and win the Luck sweepstakes.
December 20th, 201111:08 am
Knee concerns or not, Jurrjens is probably going to be worth the risk to at least one team willing to give the Braves something close to what they want for him (and we’re not sure exactly what that will be).
I agree, DOB. I think there will still be a lot of action between now and Friday, 12/23. I know you’re not big on speculating, but do you think Wren would trade Jurrjens for just prospects? Or would he want a strong major league piece involved? I was thinking he’d consider for prospects with one of them being able to play right away in 2012 – like a Josh Reddick from Boston(who I’m not even sure is eligible for prospect status).
December 20th, 201111:09 am
Agree with most of the list. Have you not given Frank Ocean’s mixtape or the Weeknd’s House of Balloons a listen? — Louis
Two I looked for in past couple weeks, heard so much about each. There’s where limitations of my “method” come into play — those aren’t out on a proper album or CD, and I just don’t get around to downloading into my work laptop (only computer I use). It can occasionally fry, losing everything, or if I have to switch laptops the IT guys won’t transfer songs, etc. So I just stopped downloading any music. Anyway, long story short — don’t have either of those.
December 20th, 201111:10 am
Roy Oswalt, Hiroki Kuroda, Edwin Jackson, Joe Saunders – free agents
Gio Gonzalez, Matt Garza, John Danks, Wade Davis/Jeff Niemann, Jair Jurrjens – trade candidates
Toronto, Boston, New York(AL), Baltimore, Detroit, Minnesota, Colorado, Chicago(NL), New York(NL), Washington, and Miami all looking for starting pitching in some capacity.
December 20th, 201111:13 am
Ken_Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal
As reported last night, #Nationals pushing for Gio. #RedSox in mix, like Bailey as well. #BlueJays, others also possible. #Athletics #MLB
December 20th, 201111:16 am
whooo hooo the braves start the season 17 up on the marlins…
wait does that mean we start 13 behind the phillies maybe I’m not so excited anymore
I’m not saying I think the marlins are now better than the braves just that it is difficult to measure by those numbers what will happen season to season.
At least I sure hope so or we can just give philly the division now…
December 20th, 201111:19 am
tiger – POint is that the Marlins have seemingly been handed second place in the divsion by virtue of adding a few players. But they also have a lot of ground to make up. Josh Johnson’s still likely as Jurrjens or Hanson to miss more time (maybe moreso since his injuries are more serious). Hanley’s still pissed off and Nolasco and Sanchez have always been inconsistent. But yeah, adding that closer cinched their ascension – right?
December 20th, 201111:20 am
DOB – have you tried any of the streaming sites like Pandora? Although you like to listen to entire albums so probably not a good fit for you. Music just doesn’t make it above the cut off point in my budget any longer – I have to pay to get my baseball fix and we can’t have everything
December 20th, 201111:22 am
Lew – Just being a little facetious about “Don”. Don’t want to know him. He lives in a very dark place.
I’ll be interested to see if Toronto, with its multicultural city and need for (at least) a No. 2 starter after missing out on Darvish, turns some attention to the Curacao native, Jurrjens. The Blue Jays might be more inclined to try to trade for Gio Gonzalez, who’s arb-eligible for first time and pitched 200 innings each of the past two seasons. Or make a run at free agent Edwin Jackson, who’s sure to get overpaid (Boras).
December 20th, 201111:25 am
Marlins 17 down on Braves, and 30 down on Phillies…Even more encouraging, when you factor in that it INCLUDES the last month of the season.
December 20th, 201111:26 am
raleighbraves – Yeah, he does seem like he’d make a good character on Grimm.
December 20th, 201111:27 am
This may have been discussed already, but….Maybe Rangers were just blocking the competition, and have no intention of signing Darvish. (they could “low ball” him, and he would stay in his homeland).
December 20th, 201111:31 am
DoB… Do you know if the Braves have any interest in a bat like Beltran at all? Or is he pretty much off the table completely due to salary issues? He’s basically the last of the FA mojikans at this point. I’d love to see him in a Braves uni.
December 20th, 201111:32 am
Yeah, that Braves’ uni would definitely cover the knee brace holding his leg together.
December 20th, 201111:35 am
Who didn’t see this coming?
Phil in GA
December 20th, 201111:36 am
Thanks for the winter updates (Save the Prado!) and the music list. I was actually at Decatur CD last night picking up a few Christmas gifts and happened to hear part of a conversation between Warren and a customer who was buying a tall stack o’ discs. He was telling her all about how David O’Brien, the Braves beat writer, came into the store and stocked up on CDs before his winter meetings trip to Dallas. It was pretty cool to hear. Can tell Warren’s appreciative of your support – both in person and in the blogosphere.
And a Braves connection: After living in Atlanta for the past year, I finally made it to Antico this past weekend. Many people have told me to go there and I know I’ve seen it mentioned on here often, too. Well, we brought some beers with us but had forgotten a bottle opener. I started to walk around to see if I could borrow one and walked right into Fredi Gonzalez and Roger McDowell leaving. They had some family with ‘em, too. It was a cool encounter – chatted for just a minute, long enough for Fredi to ask me if this was indeed a BYOB place. “Man, this was our first visit here,” he said. “I’ll have to remember that next time!”
So, Dave and all others who have recommended on here – your Antico message is reaching both the upper and lower echelons of Atlanta society…
Year-end BBQ and pizza votes needed to go with the music list, too? From a sentimentality vote, I’d still say Rosa’s Pizza downtown is No. 1 on my list, though that’s more so because I walk to it so often from work and it’s quite a bit cheaper than Antico! (And, yes, you don’t have to tell me – I do realize the quality is worlds apart.) And while I love Community Q and Fox Bros, I think Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is my favorite in the BBQ sphere (followed very closely by Sweet Auburn BBQ). Great sandwiches and ribs and good sides, too. Just such a cool little place with music every night.
Merry Christmas all.
December 20th, 201111:37 am
Especially since it seems like the Astros existed as the Phillie’s farm system for the last few years…
December 20th, 201111:38 am
I’m hoping that Wren holds onto Prado, but if there is a trade, then who will play third when Larry get injured again? And who will play third next year when Jones retires (finally)?
December 20th, 201111:39 am
Travis Snider would be an interesting player for the Braves, imo. If they traded for him and him and Heyward turned it around during the same season……would be something.
December 20th, 201111:40 am
JWR…yeah….Wade was an advanced scout for the Phillis working undercover for the stro.
December 20th, 201111:42 am
“Yeah, that Braves’ uni would definitely cover the knee brace holding his leg together.”
He would automatically be our ideal 3 hole hitter. 140 games of Beltran > 162 of Prado.
December 20th, 201111:43 am
“And who will play third next year when Jones retires (finally)?”
December 20th, 201111:44 am
Ok, so a whole new blog with no new news. That’s alright, you don’t have much to work with DOB.
I noticed that Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, didn’t crack your top 50?
Please don’t make me give up on the dream of Beltran. PLEASE!
No to Seth Smith
No to Adam Jones
Maybe on Cody Ross if it is the best we can do
Yes on Pastornicky at SS
December 20th, 201111:47 am
Have we signed Beltran yet?
December 20th, 201111:48 am
Joe Terd at third…Has a nice ring, but get back to me after he plays above A level ball…
December 20th, 201111:49 am
Brava – Nope, but I’m still dreaming!
Brannen Greene, a 6-6 shooting guard right here out of Monroe, Ga., just committed to Kansas this morning. He’s the No. 20-rated player nationally in the class of 2013, chose KU over Ohio State, Florida, Louisville, Memphis, Connecticut and a bunch of others including — important one — Harvard. Important because it means he’s got good grades.
December 20th, 201111:50 am
Sorry MF…Beltran = Costs too much & able to play too little… (and people complain about Chipper).
Efrim, what’s the issue with Snider? He was at the top of everyone’s list a few years back, but he just hasn’t put it together in the majors.
December 20th, 201111:51 am
Posted this many times and here goes again. JJ for Scutaro, Reddick minor leaguer.
Boston still has Iglesis, Punto and Aviles.
Not sure Boston will do it now that Lowrie is gone but….
December 20th, 201111:52 am
Not to worry, Martin’s role can be to spell Chipper and Beltran. That should keep him busy.
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