Freeman aims for Gold Glove and batting title, not HRs

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Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
10:33 pm

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
10:36 pm

I’m not so sure this has worked as well as some thought it would for NASCAR in prime time.

brian

February 27th, 2012
10:39 pm

hopefully McGriff can just light the Braves on fire again.

What an entrance after a big time mid-season trade!!!!!

Soph

February 27th, 2012
10:42 pm

What a mess. Everytime I change back to that channel the track looks messier.

Soph

February 27th, 2012
10:44 pm

Now they’re doing the wave. Poor them.

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
10:45 pm

My IPad has much respect for NASCAR it keeps capitalizing it

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
10:49 pm

I bet Richard Petty is spinning in his grave.

Bravefaninok

February 27th, 2012
10:54 pm

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
10:49 pm

I bet Richard Petty is spinning in his grave.

More like spinning in his easy chair….or did I miss something?

Bravefaninok

February 27th, 2012
10:55 pm

“The King” was holding court today at Ponce Inlet’s new beach-racing memorial. Richard Petty arrived in a pickup at this morning’s parade of historic race cars and motorcycles outside Racing’s North Turn restaurant. INSIDE: Photo gallery
Daytona Beach News-Journal – Feb 18 10:40am

Kat

February 27th, 2012
10:58 pm

Random twitter rumors tonight, because anyone can start a rumor :)

Tom Gonzalez ( LA Tribune) ‏ @T_GonzalezLATri @ESPN_MLB Atlanta Braves interested in Soriano. #Atlanta #Braves https://twitter.com/T_GonzalezLATri/status/174334366028283904

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
11:01 pm

Well was he wearing those sunglasses? When was the last time anyone saw him without them? Could be Goody Powder animated.

cabravesfan

February 27th, 2012
11:02 pm

Kat-

if it helps, I’ve never even heard of the LA Tribune, and I’ve lived here all my life…

Bravefaninok

February 27th, 2012
11:08 pm

Bat Masterson

Good point @1101pm

cricket

February 27th, 2012
11:10 pm

Cards extending Molina at 5 yr 70-75 mil. wow..
Mac’s extension just might have become very expensive.

Kat

February 27th, 2012
11:10 pm

cab haha. That’s why I mentioned “anyone” could start a rumor.. may even be a fake guy who knows.

Venice Jim

February 27th, 2012
11:11 pm

For those who prefer not to wait two more hours until the Jimmy Fallon appearance…

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/bruce-springsteen-wrecking-ball-2-27-12/1387743

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
11:11 pm

Maybe they should stop all the races about 3/4 of the wat through and interview the drivers. Make it a regular feature about in race strategy.

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
11:13 pm

Thanks, BFinok.

cricket

February 27th, 2012
11:14 pm

one more catcher deal – Royals sign 21 yr old Salvadore Perez for a contract worth as much as $26.75 million over eight years.

Choppinmama

February 27th, 2012
11:21 pm

Man, I am soooo glad I didn’t plan to go to Daytona!

abeeewright

February 27th, 2012
11:30 pm

cabravesfan, February 27th, 2012, 9:28 pm … “I love it…mention Mac and look who pops up!

Hi McFann!”

I think McFann is one of those next generation AI net-bots. I like the videos of her feeding the bird. That’s one smart computer program, making us think she’s a human.

Venice Jim

February 27th, 2012
11:36 pm

This is what happens when I beat cab on blog posts – if I posted once a minute overnight I doubt I could catch up…

cabravesfan

February 27th, 2012
11:37 pm

I’m just trying to reclaim my rightful spot on top of the blog Heap :D

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
11:37 pm

I would suggest doing play by play on the race but that would not help much.

Venice Jim

February 27th, 2012
11:38 pm

So, you want to be on top of Heap?

cabravesfan

February 27th, 2012
11:40 pm

VJ-

Get your mind out of the gutter! I just want to hug him…and pat his belly…and rub his fuzzy head…and… ;)

cabravesfan

February 27th, 2012
11:41 pm

Just don’t tell McFann…

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

February 27th, 2012
11:43 pm

Tomahawkin, you’re black?

cabravesfan

February 27th, 2012
11:46 pm

Yes, he is…

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
11:47 pm

cabravesfan

February 27th, 2012
11:48 pm

Bat-

Just his lower, lower back area… ;)

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
11:50 pm

Oh, okay……..

cabravesfan

February 27th, 2012
11:51 pm

Well, to hear him describe himself… :D

Bat Masterson

February 27th, 2012
11:53 pm

How many laps before the next wreck?

Venice Jim

February 27th, 2012
11:56 pm

Great comment from Tony Bruno – 5 minutes early:

All that’s missing is Joe Buck saying “just past midnight in the east”

cabravesfan

February 27th, 2012
11:56 pm

One of the old guys is so going to fall asleep at the wheel…

Venice Jim

February 27th, 2012
11:57 pm

Dan Patrick on Letterman in a few minutes on the eastern seaboard…

cabravesfan

February 28th, 2012
12:00 am

Hey- they are racing again…

cabravesfan

February 28th, 2012
12:01 am

cabravesfan

February 28th, 2012
12:07 am

Time for me to go to bed. I’m sure nolie will be back soon to take over…

Good night all!

Venice Jim

February 28th, 2012
12:08 am

Racing under caution is still “racing”…

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

February 28th, 2012
12:09 am

I know T’Hawk is black. Or his “yellow ass” I should say. :lol:

Venice Jim

February 28th, 2012
12:14 am

I “miss” the amazingly loud roar I heard from the track in Richmond from both of my houses in Mechanicsville…twice a year…

ncgary

February 28th, 2012
12:33 am

nascar phooey

JasonInFL

February 28th, 2012
1:06 am

Can’t wait to watch the first game on Sat!

Coach (2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)

February 28th, 2012
1:10 am

That must have been the longest race of my life. Finally….congratulations to Matt Kenseth.

ncgary

February 28th, 2012
2:18 am

phooey on nascar

Ward

February 28th, 2012
3:23 am

Hello everyone! Read the article on Chipper not using streriods,and I believe him.Didn’t commit on the one who wrote it,but it was a good honest article on Chipper. Just goes to show there are a few guys in baseball who don’t cheat their career.

Ward

February 28th, 2012
3:26 am

Don’t know if Braun cheated,but he does have that guilty look like he did,and got away with it? Still Braun’s word against theirs,and will leave it at that?Still wonder if Braun can rebound with all the damage to his name though?Only time can tell.

Ward

February 28th, 2012
3:34 am

Great story on “The Terd” starting 3rd base at AA,and he’s enjoying being back at 3rd base too. Switch Hitter,and He was taking ground balls during work out at 3rd base. “The Terd” will be the next 3rd baseman after Chipper,and the reports are postive one too.Looking forward to see the “TheTerd” at 3rd when that happens. Look for him at 3rd base after Chipper.Nice to have prospects.

Ward

February 28th, 2012
3:37 am

Also good to hear about J.J.and his knee. It’s going to be interesting to see how he pitches. I expect J.J. to have a big year in rotation. Braves could use an Ace.

Ward

February 28th, 2012
4:14 am

All have a good one! Talk tomorrow ,or if get a chance too? Peace ……..

Couch Tater

February 28th, 2012
5:49 am

was outpitched by Delgado in September.

Rob – Opposing batters had never seen Delgado. Might help those numbers.

I’m guessing the Braves would prefer to have at least one lefthanded starter in the rotation and the job is Minor’s to lose.

David O'Brien

February 28th, 2012
6:44 am

Soup-thick fog today at Dark Star. I can’t even see the water on Lake Bryan. But supposed to be sunny and temps in low 80s later.

Early clubhouse opening today (7:30 a.m.) because of a team meeting (they have a few of those early in camp, like all teams do, with visitors coming in to talk to the team on subjects ranging from drugs to umpires.)

David O'Brien

February 28th, 2012
7:03 am

We are a wing gulag down here in SoFla, cab. DOB usually knows the lay of the land in all of the MLB cities when it comes to food. Foodie DOB, what is the best wing you’ve had down here in SoFla – Dade or Broward. Also, with the games in Miami being played further south into Miami, that does change your logistics from your usual Ft. Laud. stays. You’ll score great cigars from the excellent mom-n-pop makers on Calle Ocho, but have you laid out your new, if any, plans for eating in Miami. I know you do like Cuban food, but there is way more. Lotsa great eats in Dade County, building a rep as a rising foodie destination. What say you? MiaBchBravesFan

Real quick, because I have to get to the ballpark. I lived in Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood for 13 years. Yes, move to ballpark in Miami means I won’t be staying anymore in Fort Lauderdale area when covering Braves down there. Moving to accomodations in Miami. Downtown for at least the first couple of trips.

Wings ain’t my thing. At all. Yes, looking forward to getting some good cigars while there. No, I haven’t laid out plans for eating, nor do I ever do that in advance of a trip. I go where I’ve got time to go, you know what I mean?

Take it easy. We’ll talk later.

Couch Tater

February 28th, 2012
7:19 am

BAS – Ol’ Anders likes to crawl down here, but acts offended when a bootmaker sees his value.
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February 28th, 2012
7:41 am

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February 28th, 2012
7:52 am

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February 28th, 2012
8:25 am

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Efrim

February 28th, 2012
8:29 am

Yadier Molina’s extension is great news for Brian McCann(as well as Mike Napoli, Miguel Montero and Russell Martin). Molina is turning 30 years old this season and will make 7 million. A five year extension worth 70-75 million will take him through his age 35 year old season in 2017.

Efrim

February 28th, 2012
8:32 am

Minor flopped last spring, and was outpitched by Delgado in September. In my opinion, Delgado is in the lead.

There is no reason Mike Minor should not be the 5th starter.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

February 28th, 2012
8:36 am

abwright That’s one smart computer program, making us think she’s a human.

I know, right? I have a hard enough time convincing my family of that… ;)

cabravesfan Just don’t tell McFann…

Why you selfish little beast!!…

:P

Couch Tater

February 28th, 2012
8:37 am

Sorry, folks.

When do baseball games start? I’m losing it.

Efrim

February 28th, 2012
8:38 am

And I don’t think Molina’s extension helps the Braves cause for keeping McCann. McCann’s age 35 year old season is in 2019.

Ray

February 28th, 2012
8:44 am

Efrim, I agree with you in regards to Minor unless he simply just bombs in ST and one of the other 2 kids pitch lights out.

Lew

February 28th, 2012
8:49 am

Minor’s last seven starts last year – 3-1 record, 3.54 ERA in 38 IP, and four of those starts he gave up one run or less. I’ll take that from a number five starter.

Ease

February 28th, 2012
8:49 am

McCann is a Braves lifer, just like Chipper.

Lemke's Knuckler

February 28th, 2012
8:52 am

Kat @ 10:58 pm

I think it’s always funny how an LA writer can get the scoop on a deal involving two teams a combined 4,000 miles away. There was a blog a month ago from some Cubby blogger about this trade…
http://bullpenbrian.com/2012/01/26/braves-like-byrd-but-enough-to-take-soriano/

I also love how on MLBTR there’s a comment from John Heyman saying Minor’s comments last week annoyed Braves people. What the hell does that mean? Depending on your definition, I’m Braves people. The concessions people at Turner are Braves people. Were they annoyed, and that was what Heyman was referring to?

I’m not an old, wise person by any stretch of the imagination. But I have been around long enough that in this media-saturated society we live in, that if I could give one piece of advise to young folks out there, it would be to READ CAREFULLY. Pay particular attention not only to the overall context, but also the specific words used. At face value, you could glance over Heyman’s comments and immediately think that Wren, Gonzalez and Schuerholz are upset with Minor. But by throwing in the very generic phrase “Braves people” he could be talking about anyone and no one at the same time.

David O'Brien

February 28th, 2012
8:53 am

Minor flopped last spring, and was outpitched by Delgado in September. In my opinion, Delgado is in the lead.

Well, in the opinion of Frank Wren (and he says Fredi Gonzalez and Roger McDowell), Mike Minor is in the lead. I’ve got a feeling their opinions mean considerably more in this matter.

Efrim

February 28th, 2012
8:55 am

McCann is a Braves lifer, just like Chipper.

I think McCann deserves a better contract than Yadi Molina. Personally, I start to get a little flustered when I think about McCann making 16-17 million a year 2017-2019(age 33-35). If your McCann’s agent, why in the world doesn’t he get a guarantee through 2019 after seeing what Molina got?

Gil in Mechanicsville

February 28th, 2012
8:56 am

With all the “issues” the Braves’ project starters are having, I view the season’s project pitching line up to be pretty wide open. Pitching is so much a head game, there is no telling who will shine and who will bomb in the next six weeks.

Best indicator of who really has the best shot is looking at who still has options among those who pitch relatively well. Giving up a few gopher balls during the spring has little correlation as to how well a kid is pitching unless it is associated with a dramatic drop off is speed too.

Look to see is there is life on JJ’s fast ball in the final two weeks of the spring and if Hanson can keep from reverting back to bad habits.

Efrim

February 28th, 2012
8:56 am

Lemke's Knuckler

February 28th, 2012
8:56 am

Ray,

I don’t think Minor’s fate will be determined in ST. With Hudson being out until May, he should be in the opening day rotation regardless. Now what he does with those April starts could determine his fate.

TennesseePaul

February 28th, 2012
8:57 am

Minor’s last seven starts last year – 3-1 record, 3.54 ERA in 38 IP

His first start he got smacked around. In his following 14 starts he went 10-4 with a 3.79 ERA. That’s really good for a fifth starter. In his last 10 starts he went 7-3 with a 3.51 ERA.

I still have my reservations about a soft tossing polished college lefty, but he should fill in nicely as a fifth starter. And I think he easily breaks camp with the team. No way both Teheran and Delgado take the two open spots out of Spring ahead of Minor. He’d have to be hit by a Heyward bomb for that to happen.

ncscoots

February 28th, 2012
9:08 am

I still have my reservations about a soft tossing polished college lefty

Is he really a soft-tosser, though? My recollection is that he was sitting low-90s on his gas. Or am I foggy on that?

TennesseePaul

February 28th, 2012
9:13 am

My recollection is that he was sitting low-90s on his gas. Or am I foggy on that?

My recollection was many people said that and he burned it in there at 90-91 his first games, but sank back to 88.

TennesseePaul

February 28th, 2012
9:17 am

fan graphs pitch f/x has him at 90.9mph on his fastball.

ZWacky

February 28th, 2012
9:23 am

I think he threw 89-91 or so in college, added a few mph in the minors(91-93) , but it affected his control a bit , not sure what he is throwing now

Ease

February 28th, 2012
9:23 am

That was the case when he was drafted, but he added a couple of mph during his stint in the minors, much the surprise of…well everyone. He now tops off around 94 but usually sits in the 91-92 range.

Ray

February 28th, 2012
9:26 am

Lem,, I think the only way Minor is not with the club is he would have to be awful. Specifically, he would have no command of his pitches, lit up practically every outing. Appear to be over matched. And then 1 of the 2 kids just be completely lights out forcing Fredi’s hand. Do I see that happening no. I think Minor will more than hold his own.

ncscoots

February 28th, 2012
9:30 am

fan graphs pitch f/x has him at 90.9mph on his fastball.

I’m just spitballin’ here, but that looks like a “nearly” 91. :-)

Ray

February 28th, 2012
9:38 am

nc.. you started it now, you used the term nearly.

Lemke's Knuckler

February 28th, 2012
9:38 am

Minor was being clocked in the 92-93 mph range during his late season call up last year. I think he hit 94 mph a few times.

TennesseePaul

February 28th, 2012
9:39 am

I’m just spitballin’ here, but that looks like a “nearly” 91

Ha!

ncscoots

February 28th, 2012
9:39 am

No way both Teheran and Delgado take the two open spots out of Spring ahead of Minor.

I’m not even sure that either will take any spot. Figure four, maybe five, starts that Hudson will miss (and I’ve not looked at the schedule, so I don’t know how many fifth starts the team will need in April. Might be fewer), so I’d just as soon throw Medlen out there for those and then send him back to the pen.

I’d rather the kids get their disappointment early, get over it, and get to work. The likelihood is that the team is gonna need them for at least spot starts later on, and it would be nice if either were a little more savvy when they do get the call.

nolie

February 28th, 2012
9:42 am

I don’t think all of his fastballs were 92-94 when he came up though he might have thrown some that hard. so is 90.9 “soft-tossing” or not? ;)
I do think if he is healthy Minor starts the season in the big league roation

nolie

February 28th, 2012
9:45 am

I’d rather use Teheran or Deldago than Medlien myself

ncscoots

February 28th, 2012
9:52 am

I’d rather use Teheran or Deldago than Medlien myself

I can see if from that angle, sure. I don’t believe I’ll puff up if that’s the way it goes, LOL.

The kids could always change my mind with their performance in the spring, certainly.

Ease

February 28th, 2012
9:56 am

than Medlien myself

Didn’t realize Meds was French.

Ray

February 28th, 2012
9:57 am

Buster Olney rated and posted AL teams early schedules. Apparently Indians have one of the easiest first part of the schedule. The Twins play the Angels in 3 series by mid May.

ncscoots

February 28th, 2012
9:58 am

Didn’t realize Meds was French.

More like “nearly” Colombian.

Bat Masterson

February 28th, 2012
9:59 am

Did anyone watch the Daytona finish last night? At least Danica was there at the end.

It’s been quite awhile since I last watched a bunch of guys pushing a broom.

Hillbilly

February 28th, 2012
10:03 am

I’d rather the kids get their disappointment early, get over it, and get to work. The likelihood is that the team is gonna need them for at least spot starts later on, and it would be nice if either were a little more savvy when they do get the call.

That’s one way to approach it. Another way would be to let them fight it out with Minor in the majors for that month during Hudson’s absence and see who really blongs. Use Hudson’s absence as a big-stage position battle, so to speak, rather than just see which one of them can retire the most non-roster invitees at the ends of ST games.

Murph

February 28th, 2012
10:03 am

5, 1, 3, 2, 5, 1, 4, 3, 0, 3, 1, 4, 1, 4, 1

Number of earned runs given up by Minor in his starts last year. Good start, bad start, good start, bad start… a little consistency would be nice. At least he went from giving up 5 in his bad starts to just 4… maybe this year he’ll go between 4 and 3, which would be a darned good performance for a 5th starter.

Murph

February 28th, 2012
10:05 am

Buster Olney rated and posted AL teams early schedules. Apparently Indians have one of the easiest first part of the schedule

DLowe will help make sure they don’t finish that easy part of the schedule above .500 at least.

Bayou Brave

February 28th, 2012
10:05 am

DOB,

I may have missed it, but is Constanza in camp? What’s the pinky look like?

TIA

TennesseePaul

February 28th, 2012
10:06 am

The kids could always change my mind with their performance in the spring, certainly.

Could Medlen ever change your mind about him? Hell, the kid had a 0.00 ERA and 0.429 WHIP last year. ( :

TennesseePaul

February 28th, 2012
10:09 am

Good start, bad start, good start, bad start…

Yes, 3 runs allowed in a game is bad. 4 runs atrocious.

He averaged less than 6 IP a start, which I would like to see improved upon. But he did keep the team in there when he did pitch. Only had two “bad” games with regard to earned runs surrendered. He’ll be a fifth starter. Not the ace of the staff.

ncscoots

February 28th, 2012
10:15 am

Another way would be to let them fight it out with Minor in the majors for that month during Hudson’s absence and see who really blongs.

Good point, and one I hadn’t considered.

Could Medlen ever change your mind about him?

If he gets a growth spurt and 3 MPH on his heater. :-)

Murph

February 28th, 2012
10:18 am

I didn’t say he was atrocious, but giving up 4 when you pitch 5 isn’t going to get the job done.

Like I said, some consistency would be nice.

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