7:26 am February 27, 2012, by David O'Brien
February 27th, 201212:20 pm
Lee Haydendont know how you missed reading about the seat belt he was wearing? Here is a bunch of articles, take your pick, about him wearing a seat belt
And for those of you out there that are worrying about whether or not he was wearing underwear I have no answers for you.
cab,is this like a “meaningless,I need to get a life award” ?
George – that has usually been because he was adjusting to a higher level…
“I don’t agree. The Braves are as balanced lefty/right as they’ve ever been. They have 4 full-time lefties, 3 full-time righties and one switch hitter.”
Sure. Look up what Dan Uggla did against left-handed pitching last year (nothing), and then consider Chipper and Prado weren’t so hot either. Unless Diaz and Prado return to form and Uggla has a career year, well, you just wait and watch what happens this year, and remember who warned you. I hope I eat my words, like I’m still munching on my 2011 playoff tickets, because I want the Braves to win. I just see this as a badly flawed roster.
About SPF. My understanding is that the time it is effective before needing to re-apply. (ie SPF 15 will only protect you for 15 minutes, SPF 45 would be for 45 minutes).
It’s all good Freeman can turn on gas in on his hands and wait patiently for those breaking balls.
The forum is getting a little wild in the Freeman optimism, I think. And I’m one of his biggest fans here, and have been since his minor league days. But, folks, you don’t average a K a game without some vulnerabilities in your swing, and it’s unwise to think those have all faded because he had a good workout routine in the offseason.
I’d settle for a normal growth progression from the young man this year, and I think that likely. But he has some road to travel before he meets some of the expectations we’re seeing in the blog.
February 27th, 201212:22 pm
A blind squirrel shall not find his nuts two years in a row.
February 27th, 201212:26 pm
Ease that is because the little blind squirrel has short arms
February 27th, 201212:27 pm
The title song from the new Springsteen album:
And you would think that because he had short arms it would have prevented blindness
February 27th, 201212:28 pm
From the previous blog which had 1,081 comments, nolie led the way with 174 posts. There were 98 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:
Rank Poster Frequency
1 nolie 174
2 Venice Jim 64
3 cabravesfan 59
4 Tomahawkin (The Godfather) 57
5 jeffrey d 54
6 George 45
7 VaBravesFan 44
8 Salt life 35
9 ncgary 33
10 Bravo_F 52 31
11 Lew 31
12 Billy 30
13 Ward 30
14 David O’Brien 29
15 Blog Monitor 27
16 CB 24
17 Kat 22
18 Ray 19
19 ChattTownBrian (CTB) 18
20 McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô: 18
21 Soph 18
22 Brava 15
23 tiger297 14
24 Bayou Brave 13
25 Hugo Z Hackenbush 11
Fiddlin John Carson
February 27th, 201212:29 pm
Two thumbs up for posting my favorite DBT tune….
lee hayden None of the articles about Tommy Hanson’s accident that I have read have said anything about whether he was wearing his seat belt.
you havent read any of DOB’s stories then. shame on you. everything i have read mentions the fact that he was wearing a seat belt and was bruised on his left (non pitching) shoulder because of it.
February 27th, 201212:31 pm
Ease, I believe I have a target on my back. jeffrey has already threatened me.
February 27th, 201212:33 pm
SPF is the amount of protection that sunscreen will give you. Although it is interesting to note that the highest effective SPF rating is 30. Anything over 30 isn’t any more effective…it is merely just marketing.
February 27th, 201212:34 pm
I take it back- nolie has nothing to worry about
I can’t believe I lost to VJ though! I’m never leaving the house again…
Don’t be jealous! Maybe one day you will come out on top
im betting he OBPs at least .300, whcih right there makes a big OPS difference, even if he can only slug .372 (gonzo’s mark from last year)….DAP
I said I think his OBP will be better, 320 or more, but that is just odds improvement not guaranteed runs unlike say 15 homers which are guaranteed runs.
I look at OPS first for hitters and I do not think there will be all that much improvement especially considering that Gonzo could easily bounce back toward career numbers, he is not all that old yet
February 27th, 201212:35 pm
NOLIE again, good for him. I aplolgise for being in the top 10.
February 27th, 201212:37 pm
Don’t worry CB, jeffrey is just not used to the stiff competition. Its why he pads the league with so many girls…
Murph @ 11:21pm
I noticed that too.. even though I unchecked the auto-renewal. I think the only way to not make it renew is remove your credit card info.
glad to see ya Bat, but 890 is way unlikely for Hey
February 27th, 201212:38 pm
“Gonzo could easily bounce back toward career numbers, he is not all that old yet”
But Gonzo can’t and won’t “bounce back” from being a terrible hitter. Can’t move runners over, can’t move runners in, can’t get on base, can’t work the count. The guy could hit the occasional homer and was a fantastic bunter, probably the best on the team along with David Ross.
February 27th, 201212:39 pm
Ease,you might want to leave before Soph gets here.
February 27th, 201212:42 pm
Gonzo was the best hitter on the team the last month or so
February 27th, 201212:45 pm
“Gonzo was the best hitter on the team the last month or so”
Yeh and I could have been the best relief pitcher or starter the last few weeks of the season too. That doesn’t mean he is a good hitter or I’m a good pitcher.
February 27th, 201212:46 pm
all I am saying is that i doubt there will be as much betterment as what many seem to think since they talk about huge improvements. we’ll see, I certainly hope they are correct.
February 27th, 201212:47 pm
Yup nolie, We should have kept him and workec PASTORNICKY in slowly.
February 27th, 201212:48 pm
baloney MF he hit .367 .385 .633 1.018 in Sept?Oct.
I will guarantee you that Tyler will not have anywhere near a 1.000 month
February 27th, 201212:49 pm
The family stuff is better. My mother is happily back at work now. I gotta say is was a giant clusterf*uck though. The acronym SNAFU comes to mind. She went into the hospital in Crestview a few weeks ago, on a Monday, for a catheterization. She was out fast which we took as a good sign then, the next thing we know, they load her into an ambulance and take her to the hospital in Fort Walton. Finally the explanation we get is: they ran into a problem they could not handle because they had no back up surgeon.
Then a new cardio doctor comes in and says she has a blockage and he can do a bypass or stent. Well of course she says do the stent. The next morning she goes in for that and the surgeon comes out and the first thing he says is we ran into a serious problem and y’all went against my advice for a bypass.
What the hell! No one said that. HOW IS MY MOTHER??
Is was tricking as hell because they had to do 4 stents but after the fact is was the right choice since it worked out. She gets out on Wednesday, I talk to her on Thursday, she has been running errands and getting her hair done. Good grief, mom.
Friday night she is back in the hospital with Pleurisy. A few days later she goes to the doctors office and the next thing I know she is in an ambulance headed to the hospital with a blood clot in her lung. The EMT takes it upon himself to change the instructions and takes her to the wrong hospital. Get that straightened out and a few days, and a bunch of shots later, all better.
I have to watch all these posts or I might end up in top 10 again.
February 27th, 201212:51 pm
Good to be seen, nolie, thanks.
You may be right about that .890 but what the hell, just trying to counterbalance George
February 27th, 201212:52 pm
TAKE THAT cab…..
I figgered Bat, George needs countering at times
February 27th, 201212:54 pm
I’m sorry to hear about all the trouble. It seems to me that your mother is one very tough lady.
February 27th, 201212:57 pm
I will take a shot or guess [ and of course tthat is all it can be] on JASON’s numbers this year. BA.243 HRs 25 RBI’s 64.
February 27th, 201212:59 pm
you don’t average a K a game…
It was not a k per game. It was actually a bit under a k per game. And he racked up the most K’s when he was in pull mode. This type of occurrence should decrease with his increased time in the show. So he could/should see a reduction in his k-rate as he gets more plate appearances.
Frank Wren on deck with Buck and Kincade…
February 27th, 20121:00 pm
I think the batting average will be higher than that George.as for RBI there is no way to tell cause it depends so much on the rest of the team
Bat, good to hear that yall made it through all that. Sounds intense.
Regarding SPF – anything over SPF 50 doesnt make a bit of difference. Anything between 50-100 offers the same amount of protection.
February 27th, 20121:01 pm
Thanks, yeah she is as tough as they come. She will be 79 in a couple of months and works a full time job just because she likes it.
It was not a k per game. It was actually a bit under a k per game…10P
pick a nit whydontcha?
he likely will improve some, but not every hitter does
February 27th, 20121:03 pm
Hanson threw and ran today, no headaches, will see doc this afternoon and hopes to be cleared for full activity tomorrow. Passed the ImPact concussion test today, second time he took it since concussion.
February 27th, 20121:04 pm
Wren laughing about the “Fat Chipper” scenario…
mike My understanding is that the time it is effective before needing to re-apply. (ie SPF 15 will only protect you for 15 minutes, SPF 45 would be for 45 minutes).
i dont think thats right.
February 27th, 20121:05 pm
Impact Concussion Test? that sounds like they hit him again to see if he stays conscious or sumthang
Outta here for a bit, hope back later today, One catitory BRAVES are always in 1st place, Thier hometown newspaper has the very best baseball blog in either league. Have a good one or two y’all.
February 27th, 20121:06 pm
dawgdad I just see this as a badly flawed roster.
you are crazy 1. because you think this is a flawed roster, and 2. because of the reason you think its flawed. not enough right handed hitters? why does that matter much if at all?
This issue of Rolling Stone has some great albums in their Reviews of Music section… hmm I may have to make a trip to store.
February 27th, 20121:07 pm
because there are a number of good lefties that own us??
pick a nit whydontcha?
HA! Not much else to do. Besides, I think he’ll “regress” back to his “normal” of k/bb ratio. That’ll either be by walking more or striking out less.
February 27th, 20121:09 pm
because of the reason you think [the roster is] flawed. not enough right handed hitters?
Seriously. There are righties all over that roster. Particularly in the pitching portion of the roster.
Good pix from the backfield batting cage:
special instructor David Justice offers tips to rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky
McCann, Justice, Chipper
Justice and McGriff at the batting cage
Prado and Justice at the Braves batting cage
Special instructor Fred McGriff and Jason Heyward
cracked the top ten last blog
man i got to find a job ……..;)
at least i have a good interview scheduled for tomorrow.
if this fails , i guess theres quite a few street corners that
have room for man with sign.
probably make more as a panhandler than what most jobs
here in right to work state are paying now…..:)
anyone got any inside dope on getting on with the oil fields springing up everywhere?
February 27th, 20121:15 pm
Is alcohol allowed in the Braves lockeroom? Do Braves players ever drink during or after games?
If beer is allowed, what kind is it? I picture Chipper drinking PBR.
you havent read any of DOB’s stories then. shame on you. everything i have read mentions the fact that he was wearing a seat belt and was bruised on his left (non pitching) shoulder because of it. — DAP
That is correct. Bruised on left shoulder from seat belt.
February 27th, 20121:17 pm
Thanks 10Paul. It was.
The stuff with my brother will not be as simple to get a handle on. He has Hep C ( maybe 18/20 years) and it has been getting worse. They started treatments about a month ago and it has been really hard on him. He went to the hospital with chest pain the Friday before last so they admitted him to do a cath, then they found his platelets dangerously low, then no white blood cells. Scary stuff that.
They got that under control and did the cath… what the hell, the blockage is just gone. The first thing the Cath doctor asked him when he went in was, how long have you been on disability? He’s not, but he sure as hell should be.
They are trying to come up with a plan to treat him, now.
February 27th, 20121:24 pm
I wonder if Chipper feels at all threatend by Justice and/or McGriff eing in camp. I know that might sound silly, but CJ being one of the greatest hitters of all time might make him feel weird and annoyed two other guys were brought in to assits the younger guys. My wild opinion is CJ and Mac aren’t great communicators. I mention them because they’re vets and our best hitters. I don’t know if this is normal for teams to bring in two former hitters to assist, plus already having a hitting coach and an assistant coach already there.
That’s a lot of offensivve eyes watching you. I think we need it judging from the last few years of offensive woes that damned us.
February 27th, 20121:27 pm
Good to see Justice and McGriff there. It has been nice to have this distraction from time to time. Thanks for the good work, DOB.
February 27th, 20121:28 pm
i saw Uggla drinking a budweiser after a game during a post game show last year. They were interviewing Mac and there was Uggla chugging away in the background.
Please ask Justice if he really was pissed at the A’s for charging the players for soda from the Moneyball scene….
February 27th, 20121:31 pm
Wasn’t there an early spring game that DOB said was going to be televised? I can’t find one until later in the Spring.
February 27th, 20121:32 pm
That’s awesome. Thanks for that. Though I always pictured Uggla being a health-freak, so I would have pictured him drinking a MetRx protein shake after games.
When they were still playing, I bet Smoltz and Glavine drank expensive/fancy beer, from Belgium or something like that.
But with Chipper, I’d guess he is a PBR man.
February 27th, 20121:36 pm
pbr are you kidding , man he drinks the wild irish rose, night trane and mad dog 20 20:)
February 27th, 20121:44 pm
Don’t know if this has been linked or not.
February 27th, 20121:57 pm
I’ve always wondered if some of those guys feel silly suiting up, like McGriff and Justice, when they are just standing around. Seems kind of silly.
February 27th, 20122:00 pm
Although McGriff looks like he could go out there and play right now.
February 27th, 20122:03 pm
Yeah man, I like to chug buds. Especially before games.
February 27th, 20122:08 pm
Hello BravePack, Havent heard from you in awhile.
February 27th, 20122:09 pm
Please ask Justice if he really was pissed at the A’s for charging the players for soda from the Moneyball scene…. — beekay
Didn’t happen. Huddy said so a couple of days ago when I asked him about Moneyball. Said they didn’t have to pay for their sodas.
Asked Justice about the movie today, he said he was fine with it in big picture, as entertainment, but said none of the scenes that he was in happened that way, the scene in the batting cage with Beane, etc.
February 27th, 20122:11 pm
I wonder if Chipper feels at all threatend by Justice and/or McGriff eing in camp. I know that might sound silly, but CJ being one of the greatest hitters of all time might make him feel weird and annoyed two other guys were brought in to assits the younger guys. — ChattTownBrian
Just talked to Chipper after the workout, and he was thrilled to have both of those guys here. “Stroll down memory lane,” he said, adding that all the young players should use both McGriff and Justice as resources all week and pick their brains as much as possible because they both have lived it and know what they’re talking about.
February 27th, 20122:12 pm
Bat – SNAFU is pretty close to FUBAR.
I’m not sure the roster really has a lot of flaws. It has a lot of question marks, but if guys return to form, this team could be really good. I mean there was a time where both Prado and Heyward were NL All-Stars. Yep, All-Stars. And both were really good.
Add to that solid contributions from McCann, Uggla, and Chipper. And a speedy Michael Bourn. Then you have the two young guys Freeman and Pastornicky. Maybe both struggle a little next year, but the other six guys could be really solid. All 7 or 8 could be really solid.
That’s probably the ideal lineup if everyone is going well.
Enquiring Minds Want to Know
February 27th, 20122:14 pm
Not only does McGriff look like he could play, he’s three years older than Justice.
February 27th, 20122:15 pm
I think Pastornicky will be a upgrade at shortstop in the AVG/OBP/Quality ABs/Speed and Baserunning departments and a downgrade in Power and Defense.
It could be a wash with no improvement at Shortstop from 2011 from a overall view. Pastornicky will do the little things better, he’s gonna make a ton of contact, steal some bases and score more runs with his speed. He should make more productive outs too, All of those are upgrades over SeaBass.
But Pastornicky will only hit a few homers at best and be a average defender.
February 27th, 20122:18 pm
I think the only way you’ll see Heyward batting 2nd is if Prado’s in the tank again.
February 27th, 20122:22 pm
nolie because there are a number of good lefties that own us??
and i guess those good lefties never get a right handed hitter out?
February 27th, 20122:23 pm
Our lineup has the potential to be the best in the division if everyone does what’s expected. But as I’ve said we have 4 everyday players with legit concerns.
Heyward coming off the shoulder injury and major mechanics issues.
Prado coming off injury and bad year.
Chipper how many games will he play?
Pastornicky, is the kid ready?
Freeman entering his 2nd season..Can he avoid the dreaded sophomore slump that we see alot of good rookies go threw.
Uggla couldn’t hit LHP last year (Actually no one did) and had one of the biggest slumps I’ve ever. While the power numbers were there, he needs to be more consistant throughout the season.
Bourn only had a 321 OBP with the Braves but is playing for a new contract
McCann coming off a injury and this is the last gauranteed year of his deal.
February 27th, 20122:24 pm
“I think the only way you’ll see Heyward batting 2nd is if Prado’s in the tank again.”
Isn’t the 2-hole hitter supposed to be your best hitter? I think that’s what that old article said. Jason Heyward should be a better hitter than Martin Prado, and it shouldn’t even be close.
Heyward could be a .300/.400/.500 hitter while Prado is probably a .300/.350/.450.
Not to mention Heyward is much faster. Heyward 20/28 SB. Prado 13/28 SB.
So, we get to the heart of the matter: Chipper doesn’t use sunscreen and burns himself bad enough to make mention of it. Come on, Chipper, spray it on, man!
I’m expecting Freeman to improve on his 2011 performance. I like to the fact that Freeman doesn’t cave in to the “I need to hit with more power because I’m a first baseman” mentality. It’s great that he’s about making contact and hitting liners.
February 27th, 20122:25 pm
Good blog just posted by Schultz regarding Chipper and his thoughts on steroids.
February 27th, 20122:30 pm
I hope Chipper doesn’t miss games cause of sunburn…. lol Im just kidding, I love the guy.
February 27th, 20122:31 pm
“Chipper doesn’t use sunscreen and burns himself bad enough to make mention of it.”
He should talk to Freddie Freeman about Freddie’s mom’s story, the long sleeves, and always wearing sunscreen.
Didn’t even make the 11 comment cut………….bummer man!
February 27th, 20122:34 pm
February 27th, 2012
He’ll rue the day if he lives long enough. I’ve had 5 precancerous lesions in the past year. I never wore sunscreen other than in the broiler at the beach in NAGS HEAD. I wear it now.
February 27th, 20122:37 pm
I like to the fact that Freeman doesn’t cave in to the “I need to hit with more power because I’m a first baseman” mentality.
There’s a big difference in understanding the offensive profile of the position and selling out to it. The fact is that, yes, Freeman will need to slug higher in the future. He and Heyward have been brought along to be middle bats, and a failure to become such, by either player, would change the future of the Braves considerably.
February 27th, 20122:42 pm
Surely, you’re not going to give me a “nearly” on that, are you, LOL?
February 27th, 20122:43 pm
Isn’t the 2-hole hitter supposed to be your best hitter?
Well, that depends on whose “book” you are reading, and we’ve had that debate on here ad nauseum. It also depends on what your definition of “best” is. I think the 2nd hiiter should have your best situational hitter, not necessarily the one with the highest average. I don’t want to see the likes of Heyward bunting, or trying to guide one through a hole. I want him rippin’ it.
Be that as it may, I think past actual Braves line-ups indicate TPTB agree more with that line of thinking than yours (or Shaun’s). Unless Prado’s hurt or slumping, he’ll bat 2nd. And I’ve got a whole dollar in my pocket to back that up.
February 27th, 20122:46 pm
DOB: In honor of The Artist, merci beaucoup Crusading Everyman for the photos this a.m. Seeing #23 and #27 so slim and trim and in uni again makes me hum “let’s do the timewarp again” as I read!
Not to add to your workload, but would you give us a few quotes from David and Fred about being at ST and what they’re seeing as they work with our guys?
February 27th, 20122:48 pm
I don’t want to see the likes of Heyward bunting, or trying to guide one through a hole. I want him rippin’ it.
Thing is, that’s exactly how I feel about Prado, or just about any other hitter worth his lumber, hitting 2. I only worry about Prado hitting 2 because he tends to not walk all that much, ergo, he’s swinging the bat alot. Admittedly, I’m less concerned about it when he’s hitting .300 or so.
February 27th, 20122:50 pm
Poor Hanson is falling apart before our very eyes….
Shoulder, can’t drive, can’t shave, can’t pay a barber….
Good piece, DOB.
Not saying Heyward is slow or Prado is fast, but I wouldn’t use stolen base success rate as a primo speed barometer.
February 27th, 20122:52 pm
Surely, you’re not going to give me a “nearly” on that, are you,
I’d give you a nearly, just not an exact. ( :
FG – “The guys are working hard” (between all nighters). “I’m proud of them. We’re over last year. We’ll be fine. Early it is.”
Lee in S GA
no gonna happen but I would like to see Chipper bat 2nd…
Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ
February 27th, 20122:53 pm
can’t believe all the SPF comments on here………..
February 27th, 20122:54 pm
I’d give you a nearly, just not an exact.
You’re tougher than Chinese algebra, my friend. I’ll probably never get the proper sense of nuance for “nearly”, “close to” and “exact” to not get a “Challenge!” most days.
February 27th, 20122:55 pm
Well Mr. Scoots, I agree. But we have to go to war with the army we have, and I don’t see anyone currently on the squad better suited. Pastornicky, maybe, eventually, but not now. Prado would be more effective there if he walked more, no doubt. He’s a worker, so there’s something for him to work on this year.
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