1:36 pm February 11, 2012, by David O'Brien
February 12th, 20121:56 am
ken, watched hines play qb in the peach bowl a couple of years ago against virginia.
hines, damn good dawg.
February 12th, 20122:02 am
dawgs, take care of their own. hines is in their. we take care of our players. ask leon farmer and georgia crown.
don lierburn. the dawgs nation takes care of their players.
February 12th, 20122:07 am
georgia letterman will never want for anything. they will always be always be taken care of.
February 12th, 20122:10 am
got a few sitting on my trading desk. caldwell hall. dawgs know that place.
February 12th, 20122:11 am
That’s true, uga, I just wish the knuckleheads would realize that before they do those stupid things that gets them in trouble and hurts our depth.
February 12th, 20122:17 am
MIBravesFan: I’ll go with Marvin’s performance of the anthem at NBA All-Star Game as best:
February 12th, 20122:18 am
ken, do you remember peaches? the old record store on memorial drive?
February 12th, 20122:22 am
dob, give me the replacements.
please tell me TIIM is still a great album.
February 12th, 20122:28 am
paul westerburg, when sober was a great front front man. much like the the best front man in history, fred mercury.
February 12th, 20122:30 am
bono, fred mercury, and who?
bruce is obvious
February 12th, 20122:34 am
not a huge queen fan but gotta give fred his due. awesome front guy. awesome voice,
February 12th, 20122:38 am
uga: Yes I loved Peach’s, they were on Peachtree or West Peactree also. I was managing The Record Bar stores in THE ATL and our version of Peace’s was Tracks, and there were Turtles big stores, too. Those large stores were fun to run and merchandise and sold a lot of records and tapes. Plus they were great places to pick up chicks as this was before the aids scare. It was the best job I ever had and provided the most fun. I have nothing but good memories of those days and I saw some great concerts.
February 12th, 20122:43 am
DOB – very, very good! Not better, but very good!
February 12th, 20122:46 am
turtles was where i bought the kiss solo albums. cant make this up.
February 12th, 20122:52 am
for those that dont reacall or are not from the mall generation, the record bar in northlake mall was cool.
right next to spencer’s.
they had that cool poster of farrah fawcett.
February 12th, 20122:55 am
Those KISS solo albums were a huge success…I thought the album by Ace was the best, it still sounds pretty good.
I don’t understand why Queen don’t hire Adam Lambert to sing instead of Paul Rodgers…Rodgers is Bad Company and Free, his voice just doesn’t fit Queen, whereas Lambert’s would be perfect.
February 12th, 20123:00 am
ken, eigtht track tapes, rush. and kiss. bringing wayy and i mean way back.
February 12th, 20123:04 am
ken, remember triumph?
February 12th, 20123:05 am
I have no idea why I’m so attached to “Darkness On The Edge of Town” – I just am. It has some great songs.
February 12th, 20123:10 am
I really am calling it a night. And I always mean it when I say take care everyone.
February 12th, 20123:11 am
I love Triumph, Krokus, Budgie, Foghat, Savoy Brown, 10 Years After, Deep Purple, and The Doobie Brothers.
February 12th, 20123:15 am
ken. great stufff.
checking out for the night. could go on but, i will leave it up to your new friend ward.
February 12th, 20123:17 am
one last really good dunhill.
February 12th, 20123:23 am
Goodnight, uga, I will see you tomorrow. Stay warm, my friend.
February 12th, 20124:34 am
“Pitchers and catchers report soon”
Five words I’ve been waiting months to read!
February 12th, 20126:47 am
What? Is it February already??
February 12th, 20126:50 am
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February 12th, 20126:52 am
Enter your comments here The first time I saw Hanson pitch I said he would be very fortunate if he did not have major arm problems if he continued to pitch with the style he was using.
February 12th, 20127:04 am
yeah we most all said that , been a popular topic off and on since he was in the minors
he really needed to use more leg drive and it is good to read that he has tried to correct it
February 12th, 20127:15 am
Great Article on this cold Winter morning. Hanson seems like a great guy and I hope he is in the Braves rotation, for may years to come.
I am excited about the 2012 Braves season!
February 12th, 20127:31 am
1B MATT KENNELLY [.185 BA] 2-6, 1 RBI .
Hope some of you enjoyed seeing the game on MLBN yesterday. I only saw the first three innings, then it was off to my youngest grandson’s first birthday party.
Final, HEAT 7 – MELBOURNE ACES 6 in thirteen innings. Former BRAVE ANDY RUSSELL allows the winning run in the bottom of the frame with a wild pitch, runner scores from third. Tough way to end the AUSTRALIAN equivalent to our World Series.
That’s it for the 2011-2012 Fall and Winter Baseball Leagues play. I’ll be back atcha’ with the minor’s reports as the 2012 season’s start up. Until then………..
Enjoy Florida for those of you going to ST. Be sure to check out DOB’s recommendations while there. I’m big on old parks, I guess that’s why I’m mystified as to why BRAVES didn’t think PARKER Field or ‘the DIAMOND’ were grandiose enough for the franchise, but his description of McKECHNIE Field in BRADENTON makes me want to go, eat and enjoy a ball-game the way I remember baseball as a kid. Later.
February 12th, 20129:22 am
Blog broken again or is everyone sleeping last nigt off?
February 12th, 20129:25 am
I was reading something else but this fact, which has never ceased to amaze me, was in the article.
On January 27th, 1785 The University of Georgia became the first state chartered university in America. The city of Athens grew up around the University campus and officially became a town in 1806.
And I was totally amazed last month when I found out that a big part of soldiers down time in the Civil War was spent playing baseball. UGA was there 75 years before the Civil War.
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February 12th, 20129:32 am
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February 12th, 20129:33 am
keylargo – We were at UGA when they had their Bi-Centennial. Still have a commemorative Coke Bottle from the Athens bottling plant.
February 12th, 20129:44 am
Good morning everyone. Can’t wait for the Walking Dead tonight!
DOB: Thanks for the new blog and for turning me on to the Drive-By Truckers. I find it odd that Keith Law’s rankings make Randall Delgado sound like a scrub. Of Vizcaino, Tehran, and Delgado, Delgado was much more effective than the other two in actual MLB games. Doesn’t actual MLB performance count with scouts?
February 12th, 20129:50 am
Lew – did you ever hear or drink any Bloodwine, which was later toned down to Budwine?
It was manufactured in Athens in the 60’s.
By the way, does anyone have an Email for DOB? Will I have to learn how to send my first tweet to contact him? I hope not.
Fed Up Fan
February 12th, 20129:53 am
@DOB- How about a writing story about how the Braves absentee ownership tolerates, and even initiates and encourages mediocrity in their front office and coaching staff? (i.e. the inherent lack of accountability of a corporately owned sports team)
If you did write such a story, I’m sure that you would alienate yourself from the Braves, but I’d dare say that you would ingratiate yourself to a multitude of thinking fans out there. And who knows, you might even win a sports writing award in the process.
February 12th, 20129:55 am
Keylargo – Sure did. Even knew on of the university’s painters (I painted dorms as a summer job a couple years) who was fired cause they thought it was a Budweiser.
February 12th, 20129:56 am
Keith Law on the Braves
“They have reaped as little from the draft the past two years as anyone, taking low-ceiling college guys with early picks, staying at or under MLB’s bonus recommendations and having less luck on the international market. It’s telling that the major question on every position-player prospect in their top 10 is whether he’ll hit.”
February 12th, 201210:01 am
Keith Law on Randell Delgado
“He is still projectable with a loose arm, but the upside of his two system-mates hasn’t rubbed off on him. There’s a good enough chance that Delgado ends up in the bullpen because of the lack of a third pitch to drop him a level on these rankings, as he’s more like a No. 3 or a No. 4 in a rotation or a setup man if he goes to the pen.”
February 12th, 201210:02 am
Or, we might think he’s yet another malcontent like you who has no realization that bitching will not change anything except to lose DOB his job.
February 12th, 201210:05 am
Thank you Lew.
February 12th, 201210:06 am
keylargo – Anytime.
February 12th, 201210:07 am
Looks like the Pirates are close to bringing in AJ Burnett. I think it would be a pretty solid move for the Pirates. Burnett should improve and be a solid innings eater back in the NL, The Bucc’s will be paying him around 10-12 mil over the last 2 years of the deal.
February 12th, 201210:20 am
For Fed Up and others that do not like the ownership situation. Would you rather have a corporate ownership that allows the Baseball people to do their job, Wren and the scouting department or have a sole ownership that is involved in every decision, hand-cuffs the baseball people from doing their jobs? , Look at the O’s. perfect example on how a single owner spent money on bad free agents against the gm’s wishes. They have gone thru many gm’s. Now they have a weak farm system, doesn’t spend the money, on Another GM and are looking to finish last again. So would you rather have LM or Angelos?
February 12th, 201210:24 am
I do think the Braves should start drafting more high upside players, and spend a little more in the draft. Keith Law is right about that part of our organization. Heyward and Freeman are really gonna have to be successful cause we have zero impact bats coming up anytime soon.
February 12th, 201210:26 am
I have never been a fan of Burnett. I was pleased when he decided to sign with the Yanks instead of us. Terrific arm but not much up top. He has always been a version of Zambrano to me. Not as volatile but weak mentally.
February 12th, 201210:31 am
I think this year’s draft will be important for the Braves as far as the direction they go. Do they go after another pitcher or do they go after a position player. I believe the Braves go after the best player available no matter what the position. IF that is the case I personally cannot argue with that strategy. I would be curious for someone to go thru the draft in the last 5 yrs and see who the Braves selected and the players that were still available to them that are starting to make an impact.
February 12th, 201210:38 am
Yeah I agree, take one of the best players available, not someone we like and who will be cheaper. Hopefully there will be some high upside bats to decide from. I think we added a good amount of athletic speed prospects, now we need to add some impact bat options.
February 12th, 201210:48 am
Bleacher Report has their mock draft and they have the Braves taking HS pitcher Duane Underwood. The kid is strong. I live in Cobb County where this kid plays hs and have seen him pitch several times including in the summer. He throws in the mid 90’s. This part won’t matter much but the kid is a good athlete and he can rake.
Eric from MO
February 12th, 201210:52 am
VA, if nothing else the Pirates will know AJ will be good in 2013. Its a contract year.
sounds good. If he’s the best player we should take him.
February 12th, 201210:54 am
Well I do think he’ll be better out of the AL East. He should be good for 180+ innings and a mid 4.00 ERA.
February 12th, 201210:59 am
“I don’t think anyone was saying Tomahawkin’s post was funny. Just that he happened to post it right after jeffrey said he was curious to see what his thoughts were. That’s all.”
Jeffrey D and all others on here who know me know that I love that old Whitney as well any old 80’s
I’m Gonna Post the Top 5 Whitney Houston songs on here in a little bit and I wanna see how D.O.B. Likes them?
He will prolly Clown me and deny it but I’m pretty sure he used to jam to it…? Whitney Houston is a Legend!
February 12th, 201211:02 am
Bleacher Report also predicts the Braves to finish with 84 wins. They say the Braves will have to rely too much on the young pitchers, JT, Beachy, Minor and Delgado. They also said the Braves have to be concerned about a sophomore slump by Freddie and hope that Jhay bounces back. They turn around and say the Marlins will win 93 if everything goes right. Who the heck wrote this, one of the naysayers on here? Doom and gloom for the Braves and predicting everything will go right for the fish and they will win 93. Now that some top notch analysis.
February 12th, 201211:07 am
Top 5 Whitney Houston Songs
-Greatest Love of All
-Im Your Baby Tonight
-I Wanna Dance With Somebody
-I will Always love You
-How will I know…
And It goes on…
And a Honorable mention to Whitney’s “Something in Common” I love that song…
February 12th, 201211:12 am
I agree on that analysis…because most people on here don’t consider ijuries and slumps, etc…when thy make their predictions
An injury free braves team will win 91-94 games but if we have nasty injuries or if 1-2 of our young pitchers have slumps then this is an 85 win team…our offense has a lot of question marks that most peole on here won’t acknowledge…not to mention if a big injury happens to Bourne, B-macc, or Fab 5 Freddie then we will be in Panic mode….
Ditto for the bullpen…
February 12th, 201211:21 am
Toma I agree. Braves cannot afford a serious injury to one of their every day players. They may be able to handle an injury to a pitcher because of their depth. My main point was, how some are saying everything will go perfect for the Fish and the Nat’s –no slumps, no injuries but all of those things will happen to the Braves. Look how the Braves struggled last year with slumps and injuries and a horrific meltdown and they still won 89.
February 12th, 201211:25 am
She was Beyonce? Really?!!!!
I’m not sure why you’re having such a BF about this. How old are you? I was a teen when Whitney was at the height of her popularity. I was not insulting Ms. Houston, I was just comparing her to a star today that is as big as she was back in my day. Whitney Houston – young beautiful black female pop star who was at the top of her game when I was young? Check. Beyonce – young beautiful black female pop star who was at the top of her game when my daughter was young? Check.
The way you carried on you would have thought I spat on her corpse. Lighten up. I doubt that she was a close, personal friend of yours.
I don’t understand why, when someone has passed, people try to make them to be more than they were (Ronald Reagan anyone?!). I know a young girl, probably about 22 or so, who, when a young person dies within an 80 mile radius she goes into hysterics and posts endlessly on facebook about how tormented she is that her very close friend, Joe Whatshisname, has died. Even though she has never spoke of or been seen with the person in her life. Maybe they were in the same football stadium one Saturday afternoon or something. Or maybe she just wants some attention. *shrug*
February 12th, 201211:26 am
The question marks we had this time last year was, will Freddie be productive? Will Nate give us anything at the plate and in CF? Our bullpen in late innings are being relied on by a couple of rookies. Many on here predicted the Braves to win around 80-82 games. Our question mark is not about CF nor our bullpen. Without a doubt injuries are a big part of the game and teams have to have a little luck in that department. What kills me is many are predicting the Braves will be the only ones suffering slumps and injuries in the division.
February 12th, 201211:30 am
I think the Marlins are the 4th best team in the East. Durability concerns with Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes are high. You have 2 players who could be a major problem in the clubhouse in Hanley and Big Z. Also Hanley is moving to a new position. Now the offense should be very very good, but they lack depth with there pitching.
I really see the Braves battling to the end with the Phillies for the division. I think we can out hit them and our pitching as a whole can keep up with there 3 Aces. We clearly have the best bullpen and a rotation not too far behind them.
The Nationals are clearly setting themselves up to be a division favorite by next season. Solidfied the rotation with Gio Gonzalez to go along with Strasburg and Zimmermann for years to come. They have a very good collection of position players and a solid farm system to go along with a owner willing to spend.
The Mets will be playing spoiler. They are just a complete mess and will not compete for quite a while.
February 12th, 201211:35 am
Your Last Post was on Point!
I love watching The old Whitney Videos…Beyonce can’t top old Whitney….
The old Videos Remind me of watching old MTV when they played good music videos instead of The Jersey Slore Crap that is on now…
February 12th, 201211:36 am
Braves have to do better than 6-12 against the phils and better than 500 against the nat’s and mets. I don’t see the braves going 12-6 against the marlins. Braves for once are going to have to beat up on the teams they are supposed to beat up on.
February 12th, 201211:37 am
Braves will fight the Astros for worst team in the NL this season , everybody knows that
February 12th, 201211:39 am
Speaking of the Marlins tho, I have picked Mike Stanton to lead the NL in Home runs. This guy’s power is just off the charts. Could easily be the best home run hitter until 2020, and I believe he will be.
February 12th, 201211:45 am
It’s hard to believe that a Major League team could be so bad, and have one of the worst farm systems as well. I feel bad for Astro fans. lol
February 12th, 201211:46 am
nolie, you can’t even say that with a straight face. @Va It will be interesting to see what the new ballpark will do to the Marlins hr production. That ball park especially in the ally’s is massive.
February 12th, 201211:52 am
just summing up what some folks seem to think Ray…….
February 12th, 201211:53 am
Don’t be surprised if Vladimir Guerrero, Magglio Ordonez, Xavier Nady, or Manny Ramirez wind up with the Phillies. The Phillies really want to add a righthanded hitter who can pinch hit and occasionally play the outfield. However, they’re extremely close to luxury tax territory.
Mike Gonzalez remains the most high-profile lefty reliever on the market and agent Scott Boras is hoping teams reassess their needs right before camp. The Phillies could be a fit, but they have budget concerns. The Orioles also want to add one more bullpen piece but they might not want to go down that road again.
February 12th, 201211:56 am
nolie, no doubt. I don’t see the Phils signing Manny. It appears its going to come down to the A’s and O’s. I just don’t get the thought process on signing him.
February 12th, 201211:59 am
Me either… I just don’t see Manny being productive. I also see him being a clubhouse problem where ever he goes. Manny will be Manny regardless of his age. He’d probably tell you himself that he is still one of the best hitters in the game today. lol
February 12th, 201212:16 pm
Ozzie: Adam Dunn’s woes evident early
ESPNChicago.com | February 10, 2012
It didn’t take long for Ozzie Guillen to know his new free agent slugger Adam Dunn was in store for a rough season.
In fact, the former Chicago White Sox manager didn’t even need to see Dunn in a regular season at-bat to forecast trouble. Sitting in his Scottsdale, Ariz., office on the first day of spring training, Guillen was approached by then-hitting coach Greg Walker, who had just watched a batting practice session with Dunn, Paul Konerko, Carlos Quentin and A.J. Pierzynski.
“He says ‘We have a problem,’ ” Guillen said Friday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I say ‘What? Spring training is only a couple of days [old].’ He says ‘You’ve got to come out and see Adam Dunn’s swing.’ I said ‘Don’t worry about it. We’ve got a month and a half to get ready, go through spring training. Don’t worry about it.’ ”
Guillen, who is entering his first season as Miami Marlins manager, eventually relented and saw Dunn for himself.
“I looked at his swing and I told [bench coach] Joey Cora going home, ‘We’ve got a big problem,’ ” Guillen said.
That early batting practice session turned out to be a precursor for one of the worst major league seasons of all time.
Signed to a four-year, $56 million deal in the offseason, Dunn batted .159 with 177 strikeouts in 415 at-bats. A proven run producer, Dunn had 100 RBIs in six of the previous eight seasons but finished 2011 with 44 RBIs. He had five seasons with 40-plus home runs seasons, but he hit just 11 in 2011.
“It was painful to see Adam Dunn every at-bat and walk behind me [in the dugout] with a long face [after] striking out,” Guillen said.
Guillen said the team and Dunn tried everything to help him snap out of it. Signed to be the primary designated hitter after spending his entire career in the National League, Dunn got more time at first base and the outfield to perhaps prevent him from thinking too much about his at-bats on the bench as the DH. The team brought up pitchers from the minor leagues to throw to him, watched video of his swings. Nothing worked.
“People in Chicago, believe me, he tried everything in his power to get better,” Guillen said. “He just had a bad year. Hopefully he will bounce back.”
Comment on this story
February 12th, 201212:20 pm
Tomahawkin – what you are experiencing is the onset of realization that all generations are inferior to your own. Except my generation of course which you can clearly see.
February 12th, 201212:33 pm
I to am looking forward to the MLB season to get started. I am also looking forward to watching the Kansas State Wildcats sticking it to the Jayhawks on Monday night. EMAW!!
McFann O O o
February 12th, 201212:43 pm
tiger297 awesome…maybe we should take mcfann to vegas for her 21st?
Whoa, whoa! Where did that come from??…
Tomahawkin ("We Are A Part of A Rhythm Nation")
February 12th, 201212:52 pm
No One Can Beat the De-Generation X
The 80’s Generation Rules! Ya Know? The young cats who grew up on old 80’s MTV, Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Married with Children, Macgyver, etc….
February 12th, 201212:54 pm
“tiger297 awesome…maybe we should take mcfann to vegas for her 21st?”
I will go as well…I’m Turing 21 as well…Shots of Liquid Cocaine will be “On Deck”
February 12th, 201212:55 pm
I Meant to say, That I’m turning 21 as well (joking)
February 12th, 20121:00 pm
It came from our plans to get the bloggers to Vegas for a weekend…tiger decided we’d take you for your 21st instead
February 12th, 20121:02 pm
dob, give me the replacements.
please tell me TIM is still a great album. — uga-brave
Tim was, is and will always be a terrific album. And the Replacements’ Let It Be and Pleased To Meet Me are as good or even better.
Brave New World
February 12th, 20121:05 pm
I agree with the prediction of 85 wins if Braves underperfrom and 95 wins if everything comes together in 2012. I also think the Phillies have lost some lustre and may be in that same scenario regarding wins in 2012. I think the Marlins will be in the 85 win range, and the Nats between 80-85. The only thing I am very certain of is the Mets will be lucky to win 75 games in 2012, and are clearly the doormat of a very strong division.
February 12th, 20121:07 pm
uga-braves, one more thing about The Replacements. Although Don’t Tell A Soul wasn’t nearly as good an album as earlier stuff, it had some great songs including this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr2-CAW2cfw&feature=related
February 12th, 20121:10 pm
Haha! That would be…int’resting…not so sure I’m the Vegas type…
February 12th, 20121:14 pm
Lots to do in Vegas that don’t involve drinking or gambling
February 12th, 20121:37 pm
I hope the Grammy’s don’t cut The Allman Brothers segment tonight, or the Beachboys.
February 12th, 20121:39 pm
It’s that time of year again.
Pitchers and catchers report and Frank Wren has still not done anything to address the lack of power on the team.
It must be Spring!
Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ
but no good baseball in Vegas….
February 12th, 20121:41 pm
DOB, what is the latest on Hudson’s return? Is he throwing? Is he reporting with pitchers and catchers? Seems I saw that he is going to be about a month behind. True?
February 12th, 20121:50 pm
DOB, what is the latest on Hudson’s return? Is he throwing? Is he reporting with pitchers and catchers? Seems I saw that he is going to be about a month behind. True?
Too early to know how long he’ll be out. As Roger McDowell said, they want to be cautious so he doesn’t come back too quickly and end up getting hurt again and missing more time as a result. Right now, all they’re saying is that it could be a week or two that he’s behind, or it could be mid-May before he’s back. We’ll know more, I’m sure, after he gets to camp. Yes, he’ll be reporting with other pitchers — at least we haven’t been told otherwise — but it’s not clear when he’ll be ready to throw off the mound.
February 12th, 20122:03 pm
I suppose that’s true…is it anywhere near any of the cool National Parks they’ve got out there…?
February 12th, 20122:08 pm
Red Rock Canyon is very close. Never been but it’s supposed to be lovely.
February 12th, 20122:09 pm
February 12th, 20122:13 pm
Totally your kind of place – the strip can be fun too- shows, food, crazy people…
February 12th, 20122:17 pm
I’m confidant the 2012 Braves team can improve on the power displayed from the 2011 season where they ranked 9th out of 30 teams, in Home Runs, and 3rd in the NL in Home Runs. Considering the poor power seasons a few of the Braves had, 2012 should show higher overall Home Run numbers.
February 12th, 20122:20 pm
Hmm…not sure I’m ready for those crazy people yet…
February 12th, 20122:23 pm
A by-product that will naturally occur if Heyward, Prado, and Bourn have solid years is doubles and triples will increase also.
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