1:18 pm March 12, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 12th, 20126:54 pm
DOB is going to be on XM Radio with Cliff Floyd and Jeff Joyce at 0700 PM EST discussing our beloved Braves.
March 12th, 20126:57 pm
David Lee Roth returns to record a new album with Van Halen and the BRaves play like it is the mid-1980s
March 12th, 20126:59 pm
Most of you already know that I hold little hope that the Braves will do anything more than break .500 this year. I still believe that with each passing day, but I’m learning not to worry about it anymore. I grew up on the Braves and I’ve seen this team at it’s best and more times than not, at it’s worst. If the Braves are to struggle this year as I believe they will, I want there to be someone on this team that will make me wanna see the Braves play. That player is Simmons. As good as Freeman was last year making Gonzo look brilliant, I really believe that Simmons and Freeman could make pure defensive magic out there. If Pastornicky gets the nod, I’ll hold my breath with every grounder his way and on every throw. We can’t afford a bad fielding shortstop. I could care less if the ss hits, but he must field well. Please Fredi, if you do nothing else in your cap-tipping life, please make Simmons our shortstop.
New Mexico Lee
March 12th, 20127:01 pm
WOW on what Chipper said. Just WOW.
March 12th, 20127:02 pm
Observation – Check out how many Braves have a batting average less than the Braves winning percentage.
Actually, Prado had another good game. I Like what Minor and Freeman have done. Also, the SS situation getting interesting.
If you have Dishnetwork..Braves are on lie Wednesday at 6:00 Eastern on 152/153.
March 12th, 20127:03 pm
March 12th, 20127:07 pm
Have y’all read DOB’s Chipper story?
VERY interesting reading…
March 12th, 20127:09 pm
Time to bring McLouth back. Need him to get this offense going.
March 12th, 20127:13 pm
I love how being positive seems to make me uneducated, a Pollyanna, an apologist (for what I’m not sure), a kook aid drinker, and lord knows what else. Oh well. I will put on my rose colored glasses, knock back a margarita (still hate kook aid) and cheer for my Braves, whether they win 60 games or 100. So be it. Life goes on…cab
Well, I’ll tell you this much cab. The two of us are standing on opposite sides of the street when it comes to what we believe from the Braves, but in the end, we are both still avid Braves fans. We just voice it differently. But no matter how much I might disagree with you, I’ll never say you are uneducated and don’t know what you are talking about. You know your baseball. Most of the time, I really enjoy your posts. Anyone who talks about you otherwise has to be off there rocker.
Lee and flange,sounds discouraged.
March 12th, 20127:14 pm
Is Chipper about to announce his retirement?
March 12th, 20127:20 pm
Yikes on that Chipper story.
March 12th, 20127:21 pm
Makes me sad to read that.
Fredie Gonzalez should be fired right now. He has done nothing since last Augest to motivate this team to win and he sure can’t get the team going in March.
Will it take a 1-10 record in the regular season to fire him?
1-10 Record is unacceptable even if its pre-season.
Gonalez needs to be fired.
Teheran and Delgado could have been traded last year to ensure us a chance to get to the world series.
These two will never be impact pitchers.
March 12th, 20127:22 pm
Yeah, it sounds like Chipper had a bad day and is hurting some.
March 12th, 20127:24 pm
Chipper: “I don’t know if I can make it through this year.”
March 12th, 20127:26 pm
Thoughts on Chipper? Just a bad day or is this real?
March 12th, 20127:27 pm
Nobody has to agree with me. I will never call anyone names that does. But I do have a problem with folks that call me such things because I don’t complain about my team. People are allowed to have different opinions.
March 12th, 20127:28 pm
I mean I won’t call anyone names that does disagree…
don sutton's wine glass
March 12th, 20127:29 pm
chipper probably won’t make it trough the year. freddie’s gonna get fired, the Braves may never win another game, think i’ll go get a beer
March 12th, 20127:33 pm
Not sure that I agree that Freeman will be fired…
March 12th, 20127:34 pm
“cabravesfan, March 12th, 2012, 5:16 pm … “If you get too worked up now, you won’t have any anger left when the games count.”
I’m starting to think there is an inexhaustible supply of anger to last through the next 1000 years. If only we could run cars on this stuff, we’d never worry about gas prices again.
March 12th, 20127:39 pm
It’s a sad thing to hear Chipper talk like that. Sounds like he’s giving up. If that’s the case, he should walk away and leave the job for Terd and see if he can make the grade. I’d like to think that Terd can handle it out there, but we won’t know until it actually happens. And if the Braves wouldn’t use the money to upgrade, then maybe Chipper can ride the pine and make our lousy bench a little better.
March 12th, 20127:40 pm
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March 12th, 20127:58 pm
Tough article from Chipper. But, when you cross 40, the extended warranty expires. I’m sure he’ll adapt, but it looks like this Spring is going to be an unpleasant learning experience for him.
As long as he’s functionally OK and it’s just aches and pains, he’ll do fine. If he’s got some real health issue, this might be it.
March 12th, 20128:13 pm
It just goes on and on and on. What a season. On CHIPPER I told y’all BRAVES were hideing something with him, that it was more than just a sore leg. CHIPPER at least is honest about it. If CHIPPER feels he cannot play well this year, he should retire now and go out with that good season last year. I would hate to see him struggle thru the year and end career on a sad note. I remember WILLIE MAYS stayed to long. I know CHIPPER will do the right thing.
March 12th, 20128:16 pm
Please don’t fire FREEMAN. Fire the old no good FREDI.
March 12th, 20128:24 pm
When you are 40 years old and looking at one last run to the playoffs, maybe you can suck it up and maybe will yourself to perform. When you are 40 years old and looking at a bumbling mess of losing ways left over from last September, you start asking yourself it you really have it in you to spend a full season struggling with a team who may not even break .500.
So the team being 1-10 may not mean anything…….except to an aging veteran who doesn’t like what he sees from the 2012 season.
Just something to consider.
March 12th, 20128:30 pm
March 12th, 2012
Looks like our young pitchers should have spent way more time working their butts off to improve rather than “easing into the season,” as Venters so ridiculously put it. Command issues and velocity shouldnt be an issue 3 and a half weeks into spring training (workouts before the games included). I was one to rush to their defense early and say its still early in spring training, but these guys better shape it up.
Johnny Venters ran out of gas the last 2 seasons(and threw a perfect 7 pitch inning today),Every player has to learn what works best for themselves to stay strong and sharp over 162.
It seems to me you took what Johnny said about himself and applied it to all the young pitchers.
March 12th, 20128:38 pm
Tough start to the spring games, and now Chipper feeling it! OUCH!
March 12th, 20128:41 pm
Tough start to the spring games
Another gloom and doomer…
March 12th, 20128:55 pm
CHipper will be fine this season – he is just sore and frustrated.
If CHipper did retire, the Braves would have to make a trade. The Terd may be an answer at 3B but no way do the Braves open with the Terd and Simmons on the left side of their infield.
The Braves would have to deal some pitching and some prospects for either a big bat in LF or at 3B
Jonny Venters was awesome today. Prado keeps on getting it done. Simmons was outstanding on defense. Some positives.
Wheels fell off when Hughes came in and walked the ball park. Hughes who?
March 12th, 20128:58 pm
Not really that worried. He’ll be fine. He always does this and throws out this sort of comment: “The big reason for me coming back was my teammates wanted me to come back,” he said. “I still feel like I can be a productive major leaguer. We’ll give it this year and see how it feels.”
Not saying he isn’t in pain and more concerned than he thought he may be. But he’s not retiring right now, and if he gets through this year OPS’n .780-.800 and plays in 125 games, I think he’ll come back. All depends on how he feels later this year, imo.
As much as I love Chipper Jones, if he is hurting that bad, I’d say he should just hang em up. A game is not fun when it hurts that bad to play it.
March 12th, 20129:03 pm
Today’s lost doesn’t bother me too much because when the regulars were in there the braves were up and were doing well. Only when Hughes came in. When its games like this (not all of them have been) the losses in ST are not a big deal.
March 12th, 20129:08 pm
IMO Chipper is a bit frustrated with the time he has missed in ST and he is not 100% yet. He will get rejuvinated for sure.
March 12th, 20129:13 pm
Yes, this could be just frustration talking (Chipper’s comments).
March 12th, 20129:14 pm
well i know how he feels, tried starting a job installing satellites,
something i haven’t done since the primestar days.
then you get the houses with the 40 ft high roofs and the steep pitches
and you wonder just how many of these can you do before you fall off one
March 12th, 20129:16 pm
probably kinda like the feeling he gets when a 100 mph fastball
gets a little too close
March 12th, 20129:17 pm
There were a lot of positives in today’s game against the cards. Simmons, pitching minus hughes.
March 12th, 20129:18 pm
Just move Prado to 3B and move Beltran to Left…problem solved.
Oh wait…we didn’t sign Beltran. Whoops!
March 12th, 20129:19 pm
nc, i admire any one that can get up on those 40 ft roofs especially in the summer. This past summer I saw this dude had 2 big bags or whatever you want to call them of shingles on his right shoulder and just moving up a ladder like it was nothing. The dude was a beast.
March 12th, 20129:22 pm
But who would play left the two months Beltran is hurt?
March 12th, 20129:23 pm
Those steep roofs are a little tough on the ankles, ncgary, not to mention the nerves as one gets older.
Don’t know which I’d rather do; face a 100 mph fastball or work on a 40 ft roof?
March 12th, 20129:27 pm
This Simmons story is quite amazing. The next couple of weeks will be interesting on several fronts.
And I’d sure love to see Diaz doing better at this point in ST.
Probably bundles. Standard asphalt shingles, three bundles to a square. A square is 100 square feet.
March 12th, 20129:28 pm
do the Braves make a run at Parra from Arizona?
March 12th, 20129:30 pm
That guy may be a beast now, but he’ll most likely end up an old young man.
March 12th, 20129:33 pm
DNN pulled back a little more than I wanted it to.
March 12th, 20129:35 pm
No kidding. Maybe it’s time to find a few grand to buy up some more?
March 12th, 20129:44 pm
Yeah, I don’t know, Wayne. I’m in at $1.58 ……. I watched the stuff I’m tracking pull back today……. Might be that kind of week.
March 12th, 20129:45 pm
Looks like J hey is slow to begin his comeback. Pretty poor when the best that your manager can say is you had some good swings today. Is it starting to be believable that this kid was overrated?
March 12th, 20129:46 pm
The Chipper drama continues. Mercy!! He really needs to retire and that hurts to type that since he’s my favorite player ever. But the organization needs to move on from all this and so does CJ. He’s still a very good player, but he’s giving a dark foreshadowing early this time that he probably won’t be anything more than a part time player this year and maybe less than that. Prado to 3rd, but who to LF? Damn. This doesn’t ease my worries for the year.
Guys, he’s our #3 hitter for God’s Sake! Tell any fan of their team looking to compete to have their #3 hitter talk like this. This sucks!
March 12th, 20129:48 pm
Sounds good, DS1. I just finished running and had a burrito.
March 12th, 20129:49 pm
Yeah I’m kind of over this JHey stuff too. He’s so young and hasn’t been around but for 2 seasons, but “will he or won’t he breakout to what he was supposed to be” is getting really old and tiring.
March 12th, 20129:52 pm
I believe it was Lew who said CJ’s health and career is in serious jeopardy because of his bad knee at his age. I agreed and look what’s happening in early spring. I have a strong feeling Chipper is about to announce his retirement. I really do.
March 12th, 20129:55 pm
flange1, it’s real, but probably not as dire as it sounds. I mean, I don’t see him retiring now or during season. I think he’ll get through it. But the knee is worse than it’s been, which is why he couldn’t play for five days after the opener. It looks like he’s past the worst of it, though, for now. He’s played a few days in a row, not doubled over in pain or limped off field, etc.
March 12th, 20129:59 pm
Sorry, but I don’t mind if he retires. Another season wincing every time he runs down to 1st or takes a not so good cut? No thanks. Tired of it and apparntly so is he. Surely most fans are honestly tired of it.
Fredi's Fu Manchu
March 12th, 201210:02 pm
Me tired of it too. Have a bobblehead day for CJ and be done.
Wow! I’ve never seen so many quitters on one blog. I don’t know why we are even going to play this season. It’s so obviously hopeless. Woe is me.
March 12th, 201210:05 pm
Burrito time = dinner/lunch time. Tonight it is a subway philly and a bowl of chipolte corn chowder.
March 12th, 201210:06 pm
Well I hope he can make it and play well. Chipper seems like a tough guy to me. It’s no fun when your body will no longer let you do what you once did with ease.
March 12th, 201210:09 pm
We’ll be pulling for Chipper to have one last fond farewell this year. He’s a gamer. Time for Mac to take over the mantle of team leader now though.
March 12th, 201210:12 pm
I hope Simmons gets the job as our starting SS. He’s a “whiz” with the glove? You damn right. Even sounded like CJ is secretly rooting for him as well. Got to have that kind of glove at that position.
Coach (2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)
March 12th, 201210:18 pm
Well, all there is left to be said is this……..
It has been an incredible privilege to have watched Chipper’s entire career. Cooperstown is calling and so is retirement. Larry Wayne Jones .Jr is no longer an everyday player, and that coupled with the Braves mid market budget, then Chippers contract. Leaves this fan with a great deal of nostalgia knowing that the ride is almost over. God how I’m gonna miss seeing Chipper in uniform.
March 12th, 201210:20 pm
Huddy’s the tough one Pitching with bone on bone
March 12th, 201210:22 pm
LefordIV @8.24pm. I agree.
March 12th, 201210:23 pm
If Chipper doesn’t get a tall drink from the fountain of youth, then talk of next year is only academic.
no doubt chipper jones not being on the atlanta braves will be a sad day.when they released niekro i quit following the braves for a year, at least the braves are allowing this hofer to go out on his terms, and all you jealous haters can take that and shove it where the sun don’t shine
March 12th, 201210:25 pm
Well everybody would miss Chipper if he retires. What Brave fan, or even a real baseball fan, doesn’t repsect the hell out of the man. If they don’t they’re fuc**** stupid and should be smacked really hard in the face.
I’m still mad about nucksie
March 12th, 201210:26 pm
y’all quit pickin’ om my hero Larry, ya hear
March 12th, 201210:27 pm
I’ve been saying it since the end of last year… the Braves need to trade for reliable starting pitchers. You cannot hope to have experienced pitchers with injury problems and the rest who are kids and very inconsistent to last the whole year. Not only will we lose a bunch of games, but we are going to burn out the bullpen as we did last year. We need to trade one of our stud pitching prospects and bring in some experienced arms who can pitch 200 plus innings.
March 12th, 201210:28 pm
He’s been a good one hope he can make it work
March 12th, 201210:29 pm
How ya been? This time next year, Larry Wayne will probably come on down to FLA and pay you a visit during spring training. You got an extra rocking chair?
March 12th, 201210:30 pm
Randy Moss to the Niners. How about that….
well when your body aches and groans and moans
theres only one logical thing to do, eat some lindts truffles
March 12th, 201210:31 pm
My guess is they are going to wait on 2-3 of these youngsters to develop into that 200+ inning guy.
Jurrjens and Hanson would increase big time in my world if they could give us that sort of a year.
March 12th, 201210:33 pm
A guy like Moss might perform well on a 1 year deal. It’ll be interesting four shore.
March 12th, 201210:35 pm
they are not gonna spend money that the do not have in the budget for starting pitchers when the have so many prospects , just ain’t gonna happen, nor should it
I think Chipper will tough it out, at least this year. How many years did Smoltz pitch when his upper body was black and blue? That was not reported, was it?
March 12th, 201210:36 pm
Anybody who is watching the games, what’s the story on Jordan Parraz? Small sample size, I’d guess.
dschoenfield David Schoenfield
Chipper ailing, Heyward not hitting, pitchers hurting, possible issues at SS … Fredi Gonzalez early favorite for first manager fired?
dschoenfield David Schoenfield
Yes. Just having a little fun w/ panicking Braves fans. “@junkstats I enjoy your work, but for the love of all that is holy: IT IS MARCH 12
dschoenfield David Schoenfield
Sox. Lineup is still lethal “@grahamdude: @dschoenfield @junkstats you think the Braves or Red Sox have a better chance of bouncing back?”
March 12th, 201210:37 pm
I’m not sure we can afford to wait until our kids can pitch 200 plus innings… or hold on to the hope that JJ and Hanson will get by. This has nothing to do with wins and losses and everything to do with our bullpen- we cannot afford to burn great arms in our pen, otherwise V will only be the start of it.
March 12th, 201210:38 pm
That’s worse than more phil….
March 12th, 201210:40 pm
The Dude abides: Jeff Bridges to co-write book of Zen teachings
looks like Heyward has to step up even more. Heyward needs to be the 3rd hitter quickly or the Braves will need to trade for that big bat in LF
March 12th, 201210:41 pm
Maybe a year off helped his legs. I read he ran a fast time for the someone, the Saints I think.
He’s something else when right.
March 12th, 2012
not that I recall. Sad to know it was that hard.
March 12th, 201210:43 pm
Like nolie so aptly states, with the Braves budget, no way are they going to add any significant salary. How do pitchers get to that 200 plateau? By getting experience. I suspect Fredi will be smarter about his pen this year.
March 12th, 201210:44 pm
I wish Heyward could step up.
March 12th, 201210:46 pm
That’s worse than more phil….
I’m gonna do what I want to do, say what I want to say _ Randy Moss
March 12th, 201210:49 pm
As i was saying! LOL
Good nite all.
March 12th, 201210:51 pm
last time CHipper talked like this he found the fountain of youth during the Rays series two years ago if I remember right. He was on a tear right up to the ACL tear.
Hopefully he can find his fountain of youth one more time after this talk and avoid the injury bug
March 12th, 201210:52 pm
The Braves would obviously make eating salary part of any deal for it to work out budgetary wise. The way things are looking at the moment, we may get even less innings out of our starting pitchers than we did last year. Even with the extra demand, can we be sure Fredi will be smarter? I’ve got no issue with getting innings into young pitchers- but how many young pitchers can we afford to do that with without completely throwing away our season and BP- I’d suggest a max of 2-3, but it very well could be more than that.
See ya, phil
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