7:26 am February 27, 2012, by David O'Brien
February 29th, 20125:00 pm
raleighbravefan: “Joanne” was great as was a song called “Rio” on a later album.
February 29th, 20125:01 pm
That photo looks like something that should be on Christmas card…very nice.
Yes; I associated you with Record Bar from a conversation last year. The last Turtles store I was in was located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. While in high school I stopped into the South DeKalb Record Bar, told the manager I was tired of “Pop”, and sked if he could turn me on to something different. I walked out of the store with George Benson’s “Benson Burner’ and “Breezin’”. I was listening to “Breezin’” just the other day.
February 29th, 20125:02 pm
Well, “cold” is a relative term. It’s 62 and windy. Hence, it’s cold I never said it wasn’t sunny!
February 29th, 20125:07 pm
Allright…..a friend has pressed a hastily drawn fish to the window of the cubicle, which means we’re headed to supper. Bye for now……
February 29th, 20125:08 pm
haggard: you have a great memory, some days I can’t remember what I had for breakfast. .
One of the best parts of running a record store was turning customers onto new or different music. The CTI jazz label had some very good artists in the 70’s, including George Benson, and all I had to do was put one of their albums on the turntable for an instant sale. It was so cool to have someone come in looking for Lynyrd Skynyrd and leave with Benson, Deodato, Freddie Hubbard or Stanley Turrentine.
February 29th, 20125:14 pm
The only point with Shaun is the top of his head
February 29th, 20125:16 pm
IF you look at the division standings, the closest race was 6 games. So realistically, by implementing the new playoff…you have a really boring last week of the season.
February 29th, 20125:19 pm
Some kind of tomfoolery is going on around the Braves photo day as my keen eye caught an imposter in photo #17. Third guy in has a #15 jersey on but is clearly not Tim Hudson as he has a full head of hair and much taller. 1st guy is definitely Freeman, then Beachy as himself, but I know for a fact that is not Timmy Hudson. Go see for yourselves.
February 29th, 20125:22 pm
Oh yeah….just a song before I go.
Speaking of Mike Nesmith; my favorite song on the Monkees first album was one he sang lead on, “Papa Gene’s Blues”.
February 29th, 20125:27 pm
I still have record crates from Peaches and he Record Bar!
February 29th, 20125:28 pm
February 29th, 20125:31 pm
Comment From Bobby Mills
Tim, I am big Nationals fan and like what they have done in the offseason to bolster their pitching and bench. But that one leadoff centerfielder seems to have eluded them. What about the availability of Michael Bourn via trade this year?
Tim Dierkes: For Bourn to happen, the Braves would have to tank, far enough that they’d deal with a division rival. I do think Bourn will be dealt if the Braves flop, but they have a lot of talent.
February 29th, 20125:34 pm
Comment From Digger Nick
What do you think the market for Brian McCann would be like/what would the Braves need to keep him?
Tim Dierkes: I think McCann will point to Molina’s deal, and I have doubts the Braves would do that.
February 29th, 20125:35 pm
DAP, February 29th, 2012, 3:06 pm … “which is a far cry from the .600 abeeewright was citing.”
A foul calumny, suh!
I said “Diaz is a 600 OPS guy” in the same sense that Chipper Jones is a “300 Hitter.” I did not mean (nor should it be possible to read it that way), that I meant Matt Diaz “normal” OPS is .600.
February 29th, 20125:36 pm
Just signed out of work today so that we can go catch three!!!!! ST games. Am so excited. Even though we try to do this every year, it doesn’t always work out, but looks like it will this year.
February 29th, 20125:37 pm
Tim Dierkes from MLBTR makes it sound like Molina is worth more or something.
February 29th, 20125:39 pm
I think if Chipper is gone the Braves would consider 5/75-80 for Mac
February 29th, 20125:40 pm
whomever just did that best catchers piece rated Molina higher I think
February 29th, 20125:42 pm
Rest in peace, Davy Jones. His locker sure will miss him.
February 29th, 20125:44 pm
It is true that a team could have a great record by beating up on bad teams in a bad division while a better team may not have as good a record because they play in a tougher division. But the solution to that problem is not to add another wild card team and automatically have the two wild card teams play a one-game playoff.
I’d prefer a balanced schedule and no one-game playoffs if baseball is going to have wild card teams.
If baseball insists on a one-game playoff and unbalanced schedules, at least have the two worst records playing in that one-game playoff. Sure there is no guarantee that a 93-win team is better than an 88-win team, so nothing is perfect, but I’d rather have the seeding done by win-loss record than see the luck of the draw in terms of geography or what division a team is in being a major factor in playoff seeding.
No one is saying seeding by win-loss record is perfect and the ideal.
The lesser team, regardless of its overall record, failed to do what another team could, while given the same competitive opportunity. That’s why they call it second place. And that team should not enjoy an equal post-season footing.
ncscoots, one problem with this argument: Sure, the second place team shouldn’t be on equal footing with the first-place team in its own division. But what about the other playoff teams in the other divisions? You simply ignore the fact that there are other playoff teams besides this particular first and second-place team.
And while I grant you that there is no guarantee that that second place team is any better than the other playoff teams outside its division, even if it has a better record, doing the seeding by record is superior to doing the seeding by simply where a team plays geographically and in terms of division.
but Chipper’s normal BA is 300, I don’t get the difference I guess.course I also would never characterize Diaz as a 600 hitter though unless specifying 2011
February 29th, 20125:57 pm
Seeding by win-loss record is far from perfect and ideal. The ideal, if MLB wants more playoffs, is to add teams, split into four divisions per league, make the schedules balanced, and no playoff series shorter than 5-games (7 games would be ideal). Or they could go back to two divisions per league and just the LCS and World Series, but that’s never happening again.
Seeding by win-loss record is simply better than having geography and divisional alignment playing a major role in playoff seeding.
Look at 2005. Because the Padres were in the NL West, they get a pass, though they finished with 82 wins. Houston and Philadelphia would have been forced into the one-game playoff, simply because they weren’t far enough west geographically to play in the NL West and the NL West teams weren’t to the East of the Phillies and Astros.
Sure maybe the Padres were actually better than the Astros and Phillies and it just didn’t show up in their record (though absolutely nothing indicates that they were). But I would much rather take the chance that an 82-win team that wins a division may not get the seeding they deserve because they didn’t win 88-89 games than I would take the chance that a true 88-89-win-caliber team gets forced into a one-game playoff while a true 82-win-caliber team gets an advantage over those higher-win teams.
February 29th, 20126:00 pm
My 2 cents on the “extra wild card” and the play-in …
It definitely rewards division winners in a way that the previous system didn’t. That’s a good thing.
It only adds one game to the 162 game season. This idea that you’re going to burn your best pitcher is a bit over-dramatic. If you’re fighting down to the wire to win the single wild card spot (or to win your division), you’re going to burn your best pitching anyway, just to get into the playoffs.
One more game shouldn’t make that much of a difference.
There have been two recent play-in games (Colorado versus San Diego, Detroit versus Minnesota). The play in certainly didn’t slow the Rockies down (swept the next two series before losing the WS to the Saux).
February 29th, 20126:04 pm
I looked at MattE’s stats again and I feel I have to somewhat walk back my earlier statement … he’s more of a 700 OPS guy than a 600 OPS guy.
The main point that made me say my original comment was that his .878 OPS year was an anomaly and the “decline” to .625 last year was probably regression rather than deterioration.
We’re much more likely to see the .700 OPS Matt Diaz than the .600 OPS Matt Diaz. And it is doubtful that the “nearly” .900 OPS Matt Diaz is anything more than a unicorn.
February 29th, 20126:16 pm
If you look at both the Wild Card and Divisional Races…this new system actually kills all the drama of last year.
Every single team in both the AL and NL would have clinched a playoff spot before the last week of the season.
All 3 Teams in Both AL and NL were up at least 6 games in the Division races.
2 Teams in the AL and NL Wild Card were up at least 3 games in the Wild Card races.
Basically it would have been Sox/Rays and Braves/Cards sitting around for a week playing meaningless games waiting to play in the new stupid 1-game playoff. Just dumb.
It’s a terrible format. KEEP IT THE SAME!
February 29th, 20126:23 pm
remember for Stanton – Giancarlo is his real first name.
of course if he keeps hitting like he has been and keeps working hard like he does, I bet they will be happy to call him whatever he wants them to.
Remember when Boston wanted Stanton in a package for Manny. One of the best no trades in history from the Marlins point of view
February 29th, 20126:27 pm
brian,did you ever get a chance to see him when he was playing for Grasshoppers?
February 29th, 20126:35 pm
yes I did – he would absolutely pummel the ball. We have a hitters park. He and Matt Dominguez put on an absolute show. The last game we went to that season was the Sunday night before labor day and they each hit 2 homeruns. He has unbelievable power. And yes, I am glad I got him to sign a ball for me and my kid
February 29th, 20126:39 pm
Yes,I live in the area also. We had Josh Johnson,Scott Olsen,Chris Resop and many others who used to come into my business. Johnson and Resop were good kids,Olsen not so much.
February 29th, 20126:41 pm
ncscoots-4:17 pm “Challenge on the “nearly”!”
OK scoots. I wasn’t always an Old Timer. It just crept up on me.
By the way, on MLBTV (moving to 152 soon) last night, Pastor was ranked to have an average arm, but above-average range. I thought his defense was the question mark.
Saw the Phils played and beat FSU today.
Mike Stanton name change – everytime I hear his name mentioned, I think of our Mike Stanton. I’d change it too.
Though I’d go with Oscar. Oscar Stanton. ESPN nickname would be O-Stan.
Pity Alan Holenger and his ESPN nickname.
Later good people. See ya in the morning.
February 29th, 20126:44 pm
ncscoots – After further review, I will admit that I am older than I’ve ever been before.
So, you are nearly right.
February 29th, 20126:48 pm
When you go through a lot of “challenges”, you wear the old-timer patch with pride.
February 29th, 20127:08 pm
You can always tell when someone is new to Internet baseball and when I say new I mean within 3-5 years
MLBTRADERUMORS was a joke of a site and thousands of fans knew if info was on that site chances were it was untrue. It is a re-reporting site, that has improved, as a re-reporting site, and needs to stay as a re-reporting site and not try to pretend to be a legitimate reporting site or give advice as an insider. It gathers information that has already been reported and just compiles it and rereports it.
Capitol Avenue Club is a new blog started by a fan who was in high school like many of the new blogs are. Most are run by high school kids and some are very good sources of information information, but when they start giving opinion it should be taken with a grain of salt from these youthful blogs
February 29th, 20127:24 pm
ken & haggard (if you are still here) – The first Record Bar was a hole in the wall off Franklin St in Chapel Hill. My brothers and I used to drive over there once in a while in the early to mid 60’s. 45 minute drive back then…about half that now on the interstate. Eventually RB sold out to chain that owned Peaches.
February 29th, 20127:26 pm
No me gusta UNC’s unis today.
February 29th, 20127:27 pm
CAC was started by a guy who was on here quite a while,and pretty good on the numbers side. Like a lot starting out they do not have a real grasp of the non-numbers part but he did seem to pick that up some, more than Shaun anyway.not sure if he posts to CAC any more or not
February 29th, 20127:30 pm
Hi nolie polie, how are you?
February 29th, 20127:31 pm
I is ok Soph, how ’bout yurself?
February 29th, 20127:36 pm
I’m good. Waiting for the bad weather to arrive then pass.
February 29th, 20127:38 pm
no bouncyball tonight?
February 29th, 20127:44 pm
Of course, two games of bouncyball but no one wants to talk about it.
February 29th, 20127:45 pm
What is going on with Marquette? yikes…
February 29th, 20127:46 pm
I’ll talk about it
February 29th, 20127:48 pm
Those UNC uniforms look like the ones Duke wore a few weeks back…
February 29th, 20127:50 pm
No, it’s a different shade of blue
February 29th, 20127:53 pm
They are gray, jeffrey.
Oh look, THEY ARE EXACTLY THE SAME:
February 29th, 20127:55 pm
And yes, Soph, they are ugly and I didn’t like them either. Spent half the game when Duke wore them complaining to VJ
February 29th, 20128:01 pm
Nike trying to do too much.
February 29th, 20128:02 pm
I’m playing a random opponent in the drawing game and the guy keeps writing words to give me hints. His word was nail and he drew something that looked nothing like a nail then a hammer and under it he wrote hammer so I’d guess the nail. The next one for socks he drew something that looked like shoes or boots then wrote “put on your feet”.
February 29th, 20128:04 pm
McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:
February 29th, 20128:05 pm
Ha! That’s…int’resting…I guess it takes all kinds…
I loved your drawing of Santa, BTW! I wanted to take a picture, but it went away too fast…I wish there was a “gallery” type thing where you could view past drawings…
February 29th, 20128:06 pm
Ha, thanks McFann. I thought it was horrible but you’re a good guesser so I figured you’d get it.
February 29th, 20128:10 pm
I thought he was cute! I loved his presents…
but you’re a good guesser so I figured you’d get it.
Ha, well, thanks. I didn’t get cabravesfan’s “tennis” earlier…felt bad, but it’s been quite some time since I’ve played tennis…
February 29th, 20128:11 pm
it was crappy!
February 29th, 20128:15 pm
You got my “venom” though!
February 29th, 20128:16 pm
No, I then saw how it was a tennis court…I was just thrown completely off by the “love” “40″…not…quite sure what that means…
And I just got an e-mail from the makers saying they’re working on fixing the bugs and to keep my eye out for an update in the coming days. It’s funny—I used a fake e-mail for my other games, but used my real one this time for some reason…glad I did…
February 29th, 20128:17 pm
It was the score!
February 29th, 20128:18 pm
This is true…took me a little while, but I got it! I loved how you had the guy stick his tongue at the snake, then disappear and wind up six feet under…that was so morbid!…
Oh…but how do you score “love”…?
February 29th, 20128:20 pm
That was not exactly what I was going for…was supposed to be blood but I decided it would not look like he had been bitten, so I erased it…but I like your interpretation better
Soph, if we could hit some foul shots, we could’ve won some games.
February 29th, 20128:21 pm
My sick mind at work…It was like a Hitchcock movie or something!…
It is tennis speak for zero! Comes from the french “L’oeuf” which means “egg” which is shaped sort of like a zero, so “zero” became “love.” Seriously.
February 29th, 20128:22 pm
OK, that was just nasty…
You are giving me waaay to much credit for creativity!
February 29th, 20128:23 pm
Took me a minute…hahaha!
February 29th, 20128:25 pm
The French and their love, I tell ya…
I figgered that’s prolly what it meant (well, not the French part), I was just curious…
Then don’t deny it, just go with it!…
Took me a minute…hahaha!
February 29th, 20128:26 pm
The “nasty” comment
I have no idea what the blue dude with the little hat is…
February 29th, 20128:27 pm
This game is freakishly fun, though…can’t wait till they have all the klinks out and it’ll be even better!…
February 29th, 20128:28 pm
Yeah, that was a little rude on my part…He’s a character from a kiddy show called “PEEP and the Big Wide World”…
February 29th, 20128:32 pm
THAT IS NOT A DUCK! IT’S A GIANT BLUE GRIMACE THING!!!
February 29th, 20128:33 pm
OMG stop screaming lol
February 29th, 20128:34 pm
Those Gray DUKE unis are awfull.
McFann, this gonna be McCann’s career year! 30HR, book it!!
Hmm…don’t ever try to tell him that…
February 29th, 20128:36 pm
Not. A. Duck.
Sounds good! Although I’d take his usual 21-24 if he got back to 30 Doubles with an AVG around .280-.290…
Hope BRAVES gray not as bad as DOOKIES.
As you say, although Quack might be quite angry…He’s very duck-proud…
February 29th, 20128:38 pm
LOL always a sucker for McDoubles. hahah
I’m sure he’s rather tasty…
February 29th, 20128:40 pm
February 29th, 20128:42 pm
This may be a stupid question, DOB, but which one is it? The Gettis story (which was great, by the way)?
February 29th, 20128:50 pm
AM I the only one that can’t find the new blog??
February 29th, 201210:23 pm
Abeeeewright, how is Diaz a .600 ops guy the same way chipper is a .300 guy? Diaz’s career ops is like .780! You’re just wrong, bud.
Steve from OH
March 2nd, 20123:40 pm
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