6:06 am January 17, 2012, by David O'Brien
January 19th, 20124:44 pm
speed does not necessarily = range
Matt Lipka playing SS. Great speed, but below average range and instincts.
Colonel Maximo Aybar Baez, a spokesman for the Dominican police, said on his Twitter account that Carmona, whose actual name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia, was arrested after leaving the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
Authorities said Heredia is 31 years old and not 28, as he has claimed.
January 19th, 20124:45 pm
for those with only digital outputs (nonHDMI) from older ‘puters, you can get a cable with that on one end and an HDMI plug on the other for your tv set
January 19th, 20124:48 pm
Efrim, check this:
“Second place is the same as last place to us,” he said. “Ask somebody like Moose if he’d like to finish second. He’s a winner, and he wouldn’t want anything to do with it.”
Eric Hosmer. MY man!
Wild card? I speet on zee Wild card!
January 19th, 20124:50 pm
hey hey tiger is reserved for a select few…wait you said tiger direct nevermind not a bad site
Oh, jeeez. I’m glad we have Freddie Freeman then……..pretty sure I remember a quote from him saying “as long as we get in”…..
okay. That’s a bold face lie. But I bet he was thinkin it.
Bay Area Steve
January 19th, 20124:52 pm
“Andruw was already 3 steps toward where the ball was going to land.”
Man, I miss that guy. I love baseball, and I watch ‘em all. But, that guy in CF made the game better viewing. I was kinda hoping Bourn would bring some of that wow-factor. I didn’t really see that. Not to say he’s not a great defender, just that he ain’t Druw…
What about an older ‘puter with an older TV? I was an earlier adopter, and my TV’s only got one HDMI, which I use. Any way to get that signal through an older input? Component/S-video/composite?
good to know nolie. Man, I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve! I can’t wait to get home and try out this ‘puter to TV thing. I’m 90 percent sure my laptop has an HDMI port, but good to know there’s an alternative. To me, this is better option then Extra Innings package, because then I could watch baseball on any TV, not just the ones hooked to DirecTV in my house. Means the man cave could be a baseball haven and the wife could still enjoy her “girly” shows on living room or bedroom TV. I got this all planned out now. How much is the MLB.com plan again, can someone post? And is it all MLB games, or do you buy team-by-team?
In fairness, Hosmer’s quote was in response to someone asking him if he’d be happy making a big jump from ~70 wins to ~90 wins, and finishing second in the division.
I imagine his tune would change with a 2-game WC lead in September.
January 19th, 20124:55 pm
According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s are nearing a deal with Jonny Gomes.
A’s planning on an 8-man outfield.
has it evolved from bald faced to bold faced? what is the English language coming to ?
and everybody in baseball is thinking it in Sept
January 19th, 20124:57 pm
has it evolved from bald faced to bold faced?
It’s under discussion. There remains a high level of confidence that MLB will use the new 10-team format for the upcoming season.
And as soon as they can cram it down the paying public’s throats, they’ll add two expansion teams to dilute the talent even further and have 4 division per league. That will lead to 6 playoff teams (4 division winners, two wild cards) per league and maybe the World Series in November.
January 19th, 20124:58 pm
nolie – especially all the assistant coaches/managers who get what a 50% bonus even if they lose the wild card…
January 19th, 20125:00 pm
kl – and if it gets me another month of baseball I’m ok with that…easier said in january than in august though. After a 10-15 game homestand in august I ask myself WTH I’m doing going to so many games LOL
January 19th, 20125:03 pm
maybe we should go to two leagues – a 6 team league for the big money teams and the other 24 teams are AAAA. Then we can quit complaining about playing against the higher payroll clubs and have fewer teams. Heck we could also cut games at that point and have a shorter season with fewer playoff games and rounds as well.
January 19th, 20125:04 pm
has it evolved from bald faced to bold faced?
yeah, it’s a crime shame nolie. Oh well, I guess it’s a mute point.
January 19th, 20125:05 pm
lolly – dude your and idiot
January 19th, 20125:06 pm
you guys are pre-madonnas.
soph – I’m not that old dangit
January 19th, 20125:07 pm
BAS you might look at something like this
http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120119&content_id=26393132&vkey=pr_atl&c_id=atl caravan participants
January 19th, 20125:08 pm
So, I got kinda excited when I saw Lilburn was listed as a caravan stop in the initial locations they released but turns out they’re just visiting a local elementary school. Boo.
January 19th, 20125:09 pm
LOL tiger. I forgot about that one.
January 19th, 20125:10 pm
so go to the school, many folks will
My bad, tiger. Major foe-paw on my part.
January 19th, 20125:11 pm
Good idea, noles. I’d probably blend in with a bunch of 8 year olds.
January 19th, 20125:14 pm
thats just where its being held isn’t it Soph? one a friend went to years ago was at a middle school IIRC
January 19th, 20125:16 pm
well time for me to stop blogging errr working I hear the little one getting up from his nap
Nope, noles. It’s just a visit for students during school hours. Nobody ever came to my school when I was a kid.
LOL. This page is making me feel smart. I can’t believe some of the things that have been posted in seriousness over the years. I might not be technically or mathematically inclined, but at least I have a basic grasp of the English language. Seems to be a lost art in America these days.
January 19th, 20125:18 pm
DOB: not sure if someone has posted this yet… now song by Springsteen:
All these bloggisms remind me of Fish. Where you are you, Fish?
January 19th, 20125:23 pm
The Rangers are crazy imo. I don’t expect Darvish to do much better over here than Dice K has since he arrived.
Maybe not, but I think this is as much about exporting the MLB Brand as it is importing Yu Darvish. Read some of the MLB International press releases…
You think the owners and MLBPA may have read this?
Sales of licensed merchandise in the U.S. remain sluggish, although the NBA says domestic sales at its NBA Store in New York and nbastore.com are up this season, but overseas sales have steadily increased the past decade and now represent roughly 30% of total merchandise sales. – Jonathan Clegg, Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2010
Fish is still sad about losing Lowe, the big game pitcher.
January 19th, 20125:24 pm
we should create our own Spoonerisms too
January 19th, 20125:25 pm
ncscoots, I don’t expect a player to say he’d be happy to finish in second place and win a wild card berth. Does this mean it makes sense for baseball to consider geography as much as record in playoff seeding? Not really.
Look at 2010. The Yankees would have played the Red Sox in a one-game playoff. The Yankees finished 1 game back of the Rays. They finished 6 games ahead of the Red Sox. And neither of the other division winners won more games than the Yankees. The Yankees also played in the toughest division in the league. According to all the in-depth measures of team quality, based on run differential and strength of schedule, the Yankees and Rays were clearly equal and the best teams in the league. Yet, because of geography, because they just happen to play in the Eastern Division of the AL, they get punished in the playoff while a 90-win Texas team and a 94-win Minnesota team don’t have to worry about a one-game playoff and can cruise in.
This is not so much about fairness, although certainly it seems unfair to me. It’s about wanting to give the best teams as much of an advantage as possible in the postseason and decreasing the likelihood of a fluke World Series champion. Of course we all want excitement and playoffs. But I would also like to see some sort of balance so that regular season success is rewarded and the better teams have at least a slightly better chance for a ring than the lesser teams.
If the Braves were the second best team in the NL in a given season, and clearly inferior teams got a pass from having to play a one-game playoff, while the Braves were forced to against the 4th or 5th best team in the league, I would be none to happy. And it would highlight the joke that is the new MLB postseason structure. But maybe you prefer geography to be a major factor in postseason seeding. Or maybe you haven’t through through the fact that randomness has placed Atlanta in the east while other, weaker baseball teams are lucky enough to happen to be further west, therefore they would get a pass in terms of playing that one-game playoff. Maybe you prefer regular season success to mean less than what division a team happens to have been placed in.
January 19th, 20125:30 pm
Why not? What are we going on? Dice-K is Japanese, Darvish is Japanese, therefore they are the same? Seems odd that Darvish is getting a bad rap already, for no other reason than he came from the same place as Dice-K.
January 19th, 20125:32 pm
Darvish is somewhat atypical for a Japanese player, he fits the “ideal” pitcher’s body profile a bit better than most Japanese do. Braves scouted him while he was in junior high/high school back around 2003 or so IIRC
January 19th, 20125:33 pm
I guess they are going on how few Japanese players have had impact careers over here Shaun
January 19th, 20125:47 pm
“Seems odd that Darvish is getting a bad rap already, for no other reason than he came from the same place as Dice-K.”
It could be that he is getting grief for being an unproven pitcher and costing the Rangers 6 years $120 million.
January 19th, 20125:52 pm
Darvish 6′5″ some are saying he is between Beckett and Burnett in ability. If that is the case then that is not bad. Chances are he is not the head case like AJ. One of the the adjustments that is difficult for Japanese pitchers is they don’t travel as much as the MLB teams.
January 19th, 20125:55 pm
My condolences go out to Hall of Famer Gary Carter and his family. is brain cancer has worsened.
January 19th, 20126:04 pm
I have Dish and “Hill Street Blues” is on NUVO (Spanish oriented, but it’s in English) Channel 159 a couple of nights a week. The prints are very good, I had watched this show somewhere a while back and it had that washed out 1970’s look, but these have sharp colors and no jagged cuts. They also show “NYPD Blue” the same night.
BTW, for all those folks complaining about finding the Braves games on TV, I’ve had Direct TV and Dish Network in the past couple of years and there is no comparison as far as sports and the Braves go: Direct TV is terrible, they constantly fight with the providers and black out events with no notice. Dish has all the Braves games with no blackouts or blocking networks due to disagreements.
January 19th, 20126:10 pm
Despite the Daniels the GM for the Rangers saying they probably will not sign Fielder, it would not shock me at all if they do sign the Prince. Also I bet the original deal that the Brewers first offered Fielder is probably looking pretty good right now. Of course that will change if he signs a big fat deal. No pun intended.
January 19th, 20126:25 pm
kenhotlanta….Directv has all the Braves games. I have never had a game blocked out.
January 19th, 20126:30 pm
njbraves: At the end of the season in 2010, they had a dispute with Fox Sports and did not broadcast the last few Braves games of the season. I was living in the NE Georgia mountains at the time and could not even get the games on radio up there. I was not a happy camper.
January 19th, 20126:42 pm
Enter your comments here
January 19th, 20126:44 pm
I haven’t been a happy camper since I was a kid. That’s why I stay in hotels.
January 19th, 20126:45 pm
Mike S, Hillbilly & CB – Thanks for the “attaboys”.
January 19th, 20126:54 pm
There was a classic PC game back in the 90’s called Star Control 2 and the invading Aliens called all of our Earth citizens “Happy Campers” before they wiped us out. I guess you had to be there, but it was funny at the time.
Hope you had a great BD.
January 19th, 20126:55 pm
Geez. I guess a guy doesn’t get a thank you if he doesn’t post his ‘attaboy.’ Jerk.
January 19th, 20127:00 pm
I posted several (nice) comments about your squeeze Charlize, did you read them?
She looked great at the Golden Globes and was showing her own Golden Globes.
January 19th, 20127:13 pm
I did Ken, thanks.
I was just going for a cheap joke. It’s been a long day
January 19th, 20127:15 pm
the ball in Japan is of a slightly different size and texture, that is one thing that makes it a bit harder for those pitchers coming over here.
Thanx Ken, I have cable not Dish
January 19th, 20127:16 pm
Bald faced? Bold faced? Eh, whatever! Immigrant parents will do that to your vocab once and a while.
January 19th, 20127:19 pm
I was just kidding Efrim, I see bold faced quite a bit on the web now days, not just you. Just being my usual “world is going to hell” grumpy old man…
January 19th, 20127:22 pm
noles, it’s cool. I laughed when I saw it. I’m really never sure which it is, and rarely use it actually.
See nolie is still knowing it all … hey, I like knowing when I can’t blog and that nothing changes here – I don’t feel so left out.
I see Orlando Cabrera got an offer from us. Didn’t think I’d say I’m thankful for Jack Wilson, but …
January 19th, 20127:24 pm
Royals GM Dayton Moore confirmed Dutton’s report, telling Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports: “We could have probably jumped in there on some pitchers who were traded, but we need another year to find out what we have here with guys like Chris Dwyer, Jake Odorizzi and [Mike] Montgomery … We may be more receptive to a deal like that next year”
Interesting and I think, inevitable for a franchise that wants to win now and also have an abundance of good young players and prospects.
BAS – You don’t have to go all conquistador on me. I figured you were just a Mayan corporate apologist or maybe a publisher.
January 19th, 20127:25 pm
Grumpy old man, or not, sometimes it seems as if the world is going to hell (in a hand basket).
Of course I’ve been hearing that for most of my life.
January 19th, 20127:33 pm
ken, I did see your references. Unfortunately, it was hours later. I’m never sure if I should respond anymore when it isn’t right away. Used to be, folks’d still see it. Anymore, most don’t seem to read this thing unless they’re here posting.
Back to the important stuff: glad to hear she looked good. I missed her; I don’t do the awards show thing. Maybe I’ll go find me a link, since you were so impressed.
Tater, attaboy again.
jeffrey doo doo
January 19th, 20127:34 pm
Seems odd that Darvish is getting a bad rap already, for no other reason than he came from the same place as Dice-K.
Well all we have to go on is the fact that we have no idea what Darvish can do in the Majors and he’s costing the Rangers over $100 million
January 19th, 20127:36 pm
My dog is gliding his butt on the carpet. I wish I could do that.
January 19th, 20127:37 pm
What’s stopping you?
January 19th, 20127:38 pm
check him for worms……
January 19th, 20127:42 pm
also check for anal sac inflamation
January 19th, 20127:43 pm
January 19th, 20127:45 pm
He may need his anal glands expressed.
January 19th, 20127:47 pm
Brian won’t get his dog checked out nolie, he thinks scooting is cool
January 19th, 20127:51 pm
it is cool, and you can tell all your visitors that you trained him to do that……
January 19th, 20127:52 pm
Just tell them that the 5-second rule doesn’t apply on that carpet
January 19th, 20127:54 pm
I can’t say that i am surprised, but I am a little disappointed at how the roster changes have gone.
I would really have liked Ross.
January 19th, 20127:55 pm
i am enjoying the low pile humor of ctb’s dog and the carpet. Just make sure you keep your nose clean
Jeffrey’s new name fits right in with the current subject
January 19th, 20127:56 pm
5 second rule, that was funny Mr Doo Doo
January 19th, 20127:58 pm
I think I’ll go work on the first season of Game Of Thrones
not bad so far
Bay Area Steve -
Thank you so much for your gracious attaboy. A gift for you…
Mountain Braves Fan
January 19th, 20127:59 pm
If the Nationals sign Prince Fielder, it could be like opening Pandora’s Box in terms of consequences for the club. Prince is a great hitter, and he would be a wonderful left-handed presence in their lineup, but…
(1) The Nationals would have to trade Adam LaRoche, coming off a major injury, and would be forced to eat a major portion of his $8 million 2012 contract. He also has a $1 million buyout for 2013.
(2) Signing Fielder could negatively affect extension talks with Ryan Zimmerman, who is scheduled to be a free agent after 2013. Could the Nationals afford three position players (Werth, Fielder, Zimmerman) each making over $20 million a year for multiple years? Werth, signed through 2017, will make $20.571 million in 2014, and his salary goes over $21 million a season in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
(3) Signing Fielder would leave OF/1B Michael Morse, who hit 31 home runs and had a .910 OPS in 2011, without a position. The Nationals essentially have three corner outfielders: Morse, Werth, and Bryce Harper. The team says that Werth will play center field in 2012, and in 2013 they will sign a free agent center fielder. In 2013, with Werth and Harper in the corner outfield spots and Prince at 1B, Morse (under team control through 2013) would be the odd man out.
(4) Strasburg is making $4.875 million this season in the last year of his four year / $15.1 million contract. He will expect big raises going forward, especially after the extension the Nationals gave to Gio Gonzalez.
you just like all the naked woman I bet noles
January 19th, 20128:05 pm
Thank you for the attaboy, ZWacky
January 19th, 20128:08 pm
) Strasburg is making $4.875 million this season in the last year of his four year / $15.1 million contract. He will expect big raises going forward, especially after the extension the Nationals gave to Gio Gonzalez. @MBF
not sure I understand thsi, he is making 3 mil in ‘12 I believe, iwill still be in arb won’t he?
January 19th, 20128:09 pm
I kinda hope Nats sign jiggly boy myself. Just like Mountain Braves Fan says … it could possibly cause an avalanche of problems for them in the near future. Get it – avalanche cause he has Mountain in his name?
January 19th, 20128:10 pm
scooting is usually caused by some sort of irritation inside the anus
January 19th, 20128:11 pm
Stick to the butt-scootin, CTB
January 19th, 20128:16 pm
Thanks for that link……….
January 19th, 20128:17 pm
CTB, checking once is because you are concerned. Checking twice you should at least buy him dinner first, or at least let him sniff you.
January 19th, 20128:22 pm
March, March, March!
Tomahawkin (The Godfather)
January 19th, 20128:23 pm
January 19th, 2012
[D.O.B. Do you ever see Glavine when he Goes To the TED to Commentate games?
If So? Does he catch the Blog? — Tomhawkin
“Pretty much every time he’s there, I’ll see him a time or two in a hallway in the pressbox, outside or inside the clubhouse, etc. Always says hello, always upbeat. As for the blog, I have no idea if he reads it.”
By the way, T, I saw your comment about watching Baseball Wives and Beavis, etc. My man, it might be time for you to step up the TV viewing. I mean, there has never been a time in my life when there are more quality shows on than in the past couple of years.”
Thanks For The Feedback About Glavine D.O.B. I’m Pretty Sure he reads your Blog since Joe Simpson, Chip C. And The Cats on 680AM The Fan Mention your blogs on Sports Radio out here in The “A”
January 19th, 20128:24 pm
“They didn’t get screwed out of a home game. Simply because that IS the rule. No quotes needed. The rule says division winners get home games. The better record doesn’t mean anything. It’s not like they didn’t know that they would open on the road. So there is no real debate as to wether they were “screwed” or not. They weren’t. “
Cab, same weak response just in a different post.
I’m NOT (I’ll repeat it…..) I’m NOT arguing the rule. I’m discussing and debating that the rule isn’t necessarily fair. Period. Keep telling me what the rule is if it makes you feel better. I’m not debating the rule. I’m debating whether I like it or not. Not that hard to grasp.
“I think the point was, a weak team winning a weak division gets an advantage over a strong team coming in second in a strong division.”
See…. I told you it wasn’t that hard to grasp. abwright figured it out.
January 19th, 20128:27 pm
Ray, our dog is so spoiled it’s pathetic. My wife actualy calls him by his full name when he’s in trouble “Wiskie Marvin Duckett!”. Kinda dumb, but he’s a special little dude. He was a stray which makes him just a little more special, I think.
January 19th, 20128:29 pm
March, March, March!!!
January 19th, 20128:30 pm
“By the way, T, I saw your comment about watching Baseball Wives and Beavis, etc. My man, it might be time for you to step up the TV viewing. I mean, there has never been a time in my life when there are more quality shows on than in the past couple of years.”
I’m Not A Fan of TV Since Everyone and They Mama on the Elvis Duran Show on 105.7 this Morning was Talking About What happened on American Idiot (Idol) Last Nite…Even Though My Roommate is Trying to get me onto that Alcatraz Show…Its not Me…Other than the News, I Prolly only watch 15 hours of TV per week…
Rassin will Be on in an half Hour…Yay!
And D.O.B. I got My Solid Gold Soul list on youtube Bumpin! Man I miss the Horns and Pianos of old music (All Genres) back when u had to know how to play instruments to make money and be successful…
And No love for Some old Confunkshun, Martha And The Vendellas, Diana Ross, Debarge, Atlantic Star, or Roger And Zapp???
January 19th, 20128:34 pm
Updated list with all planned participants for Caravan stops (I posted link earlier, but by mistake I put it in comments on wrong blog)
To be honest, I don’t much care. A good team should be able to win on the road, regardless of who they are playing, and especially if they are playing a team they are clearly better than. And there is really no reason to act so condescending. (whether you meant it to or not, it was).
January 19th, 20128:41 pm
CTB, dogs are cool. Especially a stray or a rescue. I got a rescue choc lab. He is 4 and still thinks he is a 1 yr old puppy. onward with baseball talk. We have 1 month before spring training.
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