12:38 pm March 16, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 17th, 201211:54 pm
The Niners signing Manningham has me WAY more excited than the signing of Moss. Now just waiting on Peyton…
March 18th, 201212:29 am
animal house, not one of n8’s favortites.
for me one of the best.
someone get me the the kevin bacon time machine. that dude is ageless.
March 18th, 201212:40 am
Kevin Bacon plays a really good bad guy
March 18th, 201212:46 am
uga – if you have 6 minutes to spare, a quasi-Irish song I listened to many times in my Irish pub in Richmond, with a short documentary prelude:
March 18th, 201212:47 am
Now listening to the Man in Black doing Danny Boy…
March 18th, 201212:48 am
Hello everybody! Venice Jim. Knew it would happen,so not too upset. Giants are going with Ramsas Barden,who is 6′4′or 6′5 inches tall.Giants also picked up Bennett from the Cowboys,and signed Horton a safety from the Redskins. We are not going to lose much,so no panic.Plus Giants are planning to Draft a running back in the first round draft. a guy named Polk from Huskies,and They are looking at Colby Fleening from Stanford a tTght End,who is 6′6′ and about 234 pounds. Not worried……
March 18th, 201212:51 am
Giants,wont lose much with Manningham, he doesn’t run the post right,and he too close to the sidelines all the time. he makes tough catches look like they are hard ones. Giants are deep with recieving core.
March 18th, 201212:52 am
vj, great tune. love celtic music.
Ward – actually, I will pay little attention to the Giants until the end of August – more invested in other things…
March 18th, 201212:53 am
celtic music is one of those things you get or not.
March 18th, 201212:56 am
Venice Jim- Remember Isaiah Stanback. He’s going to be better than Manningham. Giants got him from Seattle.
March 18th, 201212:57 am
Venice Jim-I keep up with Giants all year round,and looking forward to Draft it’s like the Super Bowl for me….
March 18th, 201212:58 am
This is my friend Andy who owns the Pub in which they are performing – starts with his cover of The Boxer, then an Irish song his dad loved, which gave the name to the pub, Rare Olde Times…
March 18th, 201212:59 am
Ward – I tend to trust them to do the right thing, but I also trust you there…
March 18th, 20121:03 am
Good for cab! Manninham should help the 49′rs out,will miss him,but we have so much tallent, that the Giants can afford to lose him.
nothing better then your favorite bar, tavern.
March 18th, 20121:04 am
Hope Peyton signs with Titans,so Manningham wont be to much of factor.
March 18th, 20121:08 am
Just thought I would throw in a joke about Peyton there.I think Giants are going to Play-Offs again.
March 18th, 20121:13 am
Unfortunately, I have not been there in almost 10 years. Yesterday I did get to hear the annual show some of the guys do on the local NPR in Richmond on St. Patrick’s Day Eve…
March 18th, 20121:22 am
The great Liam Clancy doing The Dutchman –
March 18th, 20121:52 am
Uga,and VJ- All be cool. Talk tomorrow,and Peace………”Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”
March 18th, 20121:53 am
The Pogues – And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda – a typically cheery Irish song about war and death and dismemberment…written by a Scottish-born Australian singer-songwriter…
March 18th, 20121:55 am
Later, Ward! And, time for me to prepare to get up early tomorrow to qualify for scoring the Arizona 10th grade essay exam…
March 18th, 20123:25 am
Back for a second! Was reading some of DOB’s other blogs,and it seems Phil, is on all them,being negative as always. Cracked me up! He should be called the Doctor Phil-Negativity Of Baseball.Maybe Dr. Phil could cheer him up on one of his shows?All be cool,and Peace…….
March 18th, 20126:34 am
AJC’s Steve Hummer wrote a great story about Jeff Porter and son David dealing with tragedy and getting support from Braves family
March 18th, 20127:40 am
Sunday morning on Lake Bryan. Braves vs. O’s today, Minor vs. RH Jason Hammel.
March 18th, 20128:59 am
Good Morning everyone
March 18th, 20129:02 am
Ward, March 18th, 2012, 3:25 am … “Was reading some of DOB’s other blogs,and it seems Phil, is on all them,being negative as always….He should be called the Doctor Phil-Negativity Of Baseball.”
Was it Phil or phil? Lower-case phil is the one who posts on the main blogs. Could call him dr. phil to fit his m.o.
March 18th, 20129:03 am
Do you think there is a chance the both Jordan Parraz and Luis Durango make the team with Matty Diaz being the odd man out? They both have had better springs than Diaz and we know there better defenders and better on the basepaths.
March 18th, 20129:16 am
not dob by any means but imo the only way that would happen is if a trade involving diaz were worked out
March 18th, 20129:24 am
In case you didn’t see it on our Twitter feed, six more cut from camp roster: pitchers Gilmartin, Hoover, Redmond, Avilan, Chapman and catcher Gattis.
March 18th, 20129:25 am
Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado lf, McCann dh, Uggla 2b, Jones 3b, Freeman 1b, Parraz rf, Pastornicky ss, Boscan c (Minor lhp)
The game is on CSS, if you have Comcast in the South.
The Rev Al
March 18th, 20129:51 am
Silly to say spring ball records don’t matter!! What does matter is the fact that Braves starting pitching is very suspect and the hitting has been atrocious. Here are my predictions:
Chipper will struggle all season long and will not be a positive factor
Starting pitching will be mediocre with big questions regarding Hanson and Hudson
Heyward will not rebound
The braves will struggle to play .500 ball and won’t make the playoffs
The needs of this team have not been addressed and Chippers 15 million and guaranteed non performance will prevent the timid ownership from making any major deals.
March 18th, 20129:53 am
Yet another in the continuing series of the terminally clueless heard from.
March 18th, 20129:56 am
MEDS and MINOR should be in the starting rotation on April 5, 2012. it’s a no doubter to me.
BEACHY maybe, but I’d still like to know the pitch count to get all those K’s he had last outing.
JURRJENS has not done starter work to this point.
March 18th, 20129:59 am
March 18th, 2012
“……..In case you didn’t see it on our Twitter feed, six more cut from camp roster: pitchers Gilmartin, Hoover, Redmond, Avilan, Chapman and catcher Gattis……..”
Any team assignments? I’m curious to see where GILMARTIN and GATTIS go.
Thinking HOOVER, REDMOND, AVILAN, and CHAPMAN are all headed to GWINNETT.
March 18th, 201210:00 am
richbrave – That’s still almost three weeks away and the pitchers are beginning to look better. They’re just now up to four inning starts. Much of the damage came while knocking rust off while only going two or three innings. Kind of hard to read much into that – yet.
March 18th, 201210:01 am
I would love to see Braves trade Diaz and Jack Wilson and go with Durango or Paraz and Sutton.
But, yeah – I do like the idea of Medlen starting – at least early on.
Off GILMARTIN’s two yesterday, I’m thinking he may start out with a jump over LYNCHBURG and join TERDOSLAVICH and SIMMONS as Bandits in PEARL RIVER.
March 18th, 201210:02 am
Top of am to Lew and Richbrave……………
@Rev. Al ……….. Dude, take a chill pill, get some much needed therapy…….
It’s friggin ST, and the Braves are starting to come around. From what I have seen, Uggla and J-Hey are seeing the ball, the pitching is going to be there. Chipper will be ok…….
EVERYBODY RELAX, PRAY FOR THIS FOOL.
Meant to say it would probably be difficult to find trade partners.
March 18th, 201210:04 am
IVAN – We’re going up to the mid 70’s today. I can almost feel like I was in Georgia – if not for the few patches of (not long to be there with the temps staying that high all week) snow and baseball on TV.
Let’s see if yesterday’s performance by Pastor is a sign of him settling down. A few on here suggested that we fans be a little patient with the kid if he gets off to a slow start in ST.
March 18th, 201210:13 am
One Braves player on how he’d rather see Medlen start than relieve: “What do you want, one inning [from him] or six?”
No assignments yet for the players that have been cut?
March 18th, 201210:15 am
Medlen subs for Hudson, huh?
March 18th, 201210:16 am
PARRAZ and DURANGO are the flavor of the month alright. Happens every ST, but most like AAAA GARTRELL or YOUNG last year get exposed once the regular season kicks in. I like ‘DODGE’ over ‘GEORGE’ at this point though for a fourth OF’er. JORDAN may be the best of the bunch however. Can’t decide off the little eye-balling I’ve put on them so far.
I’m not too impressed with SUTTON. Not sure why, just something.
It should be obvious that SIMMONS’ bat is going to keep him in the minors this season. I’m thinking if he hits well in MISSISSIPPI to start out, he ends up in GWINNETT for a substantial part of this upcoming season.
JOEY T. not quite sure. Hopefully, the same.
Off the two AB’s I saw from GATTIS, he’s no-where near ready for prime-time, and his glove is suspect as well. I think he goes to LYNCHBURG. He really doesn’t have much more to prove in ROME.
Neither TODD CUNNINGHAM whom the BRAVES are trying to pump up to instill some bravado in him. They really want to push him along if possible.
I see ADAM MILLIGAN is still in camp. IMO, he’s the best all-around that the BRAVES have in the OF at this point. If he could just stay healthy.
I’m almost certain TOMMY LaSTELLA goes to LYNCHBURG.
March 18th, 201210:17 am
JeffR – That’s how they’d use him to start the season (if in fact he does start not relieve). If he does start at number five, he might just put up a good enough record to stick. Maybe we trade someone if he does?
March 18th, 201210:18 am
Here’s my prediction: REV AL will be a bummer all season long.
March 18th, 201210:21 am
Lew… Maybe. I really like Medlen’s versatility. He’s a legit starter but probably could be a solid set up man or closer. Tough kid with a strong desire to succeed.
March 18th, 201210:23 am
Shad roe and eggs for breakfast. Yum!!
Fried oysters for lunch.
Think Virginia in the spring man.
March 18th, 201210:24 am
cb maybe trade 2 japan for cash
March 18th, 201210:25 am
March 18th, 201210:26 am
March 18th, 2012
“……..Here’s my prediction: REV AL will be a bummer all season long……..”
Oh, afraid of the ridicule from using your regular name huh? Come out, come out whoever you are. Inquiring minds want to know. or are inflammatory comments just your style?
Jeff R – Do we really need another solid set up man or closer?
What we need are people at the front of the pen to go multiple innings when needed to save the back end trio. Yes, Meds could do that, but it might be a waste of what he can bring.
I’ve got no problem starting Meds – but we DO need at least one other multiple innings guy to go along with Cristhian Martinez. I had hoped that could be Varvaro, but he hasn’t looked very good this spring.Maybe he and Asencio pick things up.
Hugo Z Hackenbush
Gee richbrave, Sutton’s current OPS is .943. What does he have to do?
March 18th, 201210:27 am
CB – Maybe Dayton Moore and the Royals would like Matt back?
March 18th, 201210:30 am
Medlen deserves to start; he’s dependable and just a pretty dang good pitcher.
March 18th, 201210:33 am
well the a’s seem to be stocking up on outfielders give them a call
March 18th, 201210:34 am
“Jeff R – Do we really need another solid set up man or closer?”
Lew, no, we don’t – unless Kimbrel or Venters goes down, of course (perish the thought!).
The Braves are so pitching deep right now that they have a good problem finding spots for their talent. I’d be happy to see Medlen in the rotation. I’m thinking Minor needs/will be there too. Where does that leave Beachy?
March 18th, 201210:37 am
Jeff R – The way things seem to be going right now, Jurrjens is the odd man out IMO.
March 18th, 201210:38 am
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies infield is already on shaky ground with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley battling injuries.
Now Placido Polanco, whom the Phillies have played sparingly this spring because of his own health concerns, joins the list.
Polanco left Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays at Bright House Field after jamming his left ring finger while diving back to first base in the first inning of a 4-3 victory.
Get JJ going and trade him.
March 18th, 201210:39 am
Polanco left the ballpark to have X-rays. Results of that exam were not immediately available.
“His said his knuckle kind of got out of joint,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “It kind of popped up. He said he pushed it back down. When he told us that, we took him out of the game.”
Polanco might be fine, but his injury only emphasized how thin the Phillies are in the infield, even with some of the offseason moves they made to bolster the bench. In fact, the Phillies are still looking for infield depth.
But Manuel doesn’t want just another body.
“I don’t want to hear the ‘body’ [stuff]. I want somebody here that can play,” Manuel said. “We’re talking about winning the World Series. We talk about getting to the playoffs. Don’t say ‘body’ to me. I’m not a mediocrity kind of guy.”
March 18th, 201210:40 am
Hugo Z Hackenbush
March 18th, 2012
“…….Gee richbrave, Sutton’s current OPS is .943. What does he have to do?……..”
I just haven’t seen him much. Maybe he becomes an OMAR INFANTE. Tell the BRAVES to get their a’s back up here to RICHMOND so I can make up my mind about these guys will ya’.
News about the new stadium………..to appease the GIANTS who are making noise about the lack of motion toward a new sports complex.
Da’ MAYOR sez’ oh yes, 60 million is going to happen, no doubt. Let’s have a study. Meanwhile, he puts the squeeze on the biggest line item outside of his office by telling the school board, they have to find and implement 23 million in cuts this upcoming bi-ann. The push back was entertaining, and interesting to say the least. Meanwhile, the regional co-op falls apart. CHESTERFIELD, HANOVER, and HENRICO counties run off and hide; allocation ZERO in their budget’s for a stadium. Upshot, to date, nada movement toward a building plan other than termination of a lease to move out the mechanics workshop on one corner of the proposed complex
March 18th, 201210:41 am
Lew, does Wren get enough for Jurrjens right now?
March 18th, 201210:55 am
Lew……… been in mid 80’s last few days…
Taking off this week ,may slip bassboat out in Lake Hartwell……….
richbrave……. man, that sounds good.
NO better seafood than Chesapeke Bay and surrounding area… Makes me homesick.
March 18th, 201210:59 am
Jeff R – Not til he makes a couple of good starts.
Given the current economic climate, maybe Richmond should tell the Giants to take their Flying Squirrels and head back to Frostbite Falls.
March 18th, 201211:02 am
Does Drew Sutton make the team?
March 18th, 201211:07 am
The Diamond in Richmond was an old old stadium when the Braves left Richmond. It definitely needed upgraded.
March 18th, 201211:09 am
not unless some mlb contracted players are traded or given the boot
and i don;t see liberty media doing the latter
March 18th, 201211:10 am
Good morning brats, I see you are very quiet this morning. When you are under attack,you get quiet. When you are attacking someone that is not in your little clique. It is all hands on deck. Go Nats
March 18th, 201211:11 am
What do you do with Todd Redman? Is he tradeable? Could he replace Varvaro if he doesn’t turn thing around?
March 18th, 201211:13 am
It did not take the Diamond long to go from a great new stadium when it replaced Parker Field to becoming out-of-date…
Lew, yes, indeed, regarding Jurrjens. But if Jurrjens is pitching well and the Braves are winning, think Wren would pull the rigger on a deal?
March 18th, 201211:19 am
JeffR – With the pitching we have over and above JJ and the fact that his salary could bring in a difference making bat? In a heartbeat.
March 18th, 201211:26 am
Don’t flatter yourself, S&C. No one gives a crap about what you have to say.
March 18th, 201211:27 am
IMO JJ is not going anywhere this year if the Braves are winning and he is pitching well.
March 18th, 201211:28 am
I don’t know, Ray. I think if JJ has a first half of the season like the last, Frank pulls the trigger.
March 18th, 201211:29 am
Ray – Bet you’re wrong on that one. He definitely will be gone before next year, as he will cost WAY too much next year and given that he’s missed the end of the past two seasons, they won’t wait that long to unload him if he’s going strong early on.
Is anybody else getting a commercial about 50% of the time when they refresh the blog page? And who’s saying “Guess I’ll see what DOB’s up to! ….hey, maybe I should buy some Colgate Total!”
March 18th, 201211:31 am
Lew, I’m all in favor of trading Jurrjens for as much talent as the Braves can get in return. I would want to see Wren time a deal to maximize the return.
Happened to me a couple of times last night, jeffrey, but not this morning.
March 18th, 201211:33 am
While I’m all for selling high on a player (JJ could’ve hauled in an island last July), how often have you seen a team in contention (assuming we’ll be in contention) trade their top pitcher at the deadline?
March 18th, 201211:34 am
Plus, a team that wants JJ is also going to be in contention, and probably won’t give up any immediate talent to the Braves
Just playing devil’s advocate here. I’d love to see a big return for Jurrjens
I don’t see it making any sense if JJ is pitching well and the Braves are contending, why would you trade away in the stretch of a pennant race. I just don’t see Wren doing that, UNLESS he gets an offer that there is just no way for him to turn down. A move that would take the Braves over the top.
Jeff R – Not sure what we’d get in return, but the salary savings alone might well make it a worthwhile proposition. Maybe a decent outfielder with a similar salary from a team that desperately needs pitching?
Just tough to say what Wren does with Jurrjens if the Braves are winning and Jurrjens is contributing solidly. Tough call for a GM. If the Braves aren’t competitive and Jurrjens is pitching well, by all means, I think Jurrjens will be packed off.
March 18th, 201211:35 am
jeffreyd that is exactly my point. It would make zero sense.
March 18th, 201211:37 am
Ray – I contend that if he’s pitching strong in another week or two he’ll be traded. I doubt they’d wait that long once he shows he’s ready – otherwise, I imagine they would have giving him a plane ticket over the winter.
Think about it – how much starting pitching will we really need in April? A fifth starter will only make a couple of starts and we have enough pitching to cover that until Hudson is back in early May.
March 18th, 201211:38 am
Lew, possibly. I’m still thinking that if Jurrjens is pitching well and Wren can justify moving him toward the trading deadline in the summer (provided the Braves aren’t competing), I think you’d have teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels come calling. Given those teams’ budgets, they could afford to add Jurrjens and then make a play for a longer term deal. They might even be willing to surrender a little more talent for Jurrjens.
March 18th, 201211:40 am
Braves to start Delgado (5 inn) and piggyback Teheran (4 inn) on Mon. vs. Cards; next time through rotation Teheran starts & Delgado starts minor league game, because they can have both pitch in one game at that point (not enough innings).
Meanwhile, Fredi G said today Braves sticking with plan of Medlen in bullpen and “wild card” for rotation in case of injuries or moves, etc.
March 18th, 201211:43 am
Jeff R – Ordinarily, I’d agree, but considering that JJ has not finished the past two seasons, I don’t see there being a line forming up to grab him at the trade deadline. In his case, it might be much better to trade him early – maybe as soon as he indicates he’s pitching well.
This is a much different situation than usual.
March 18th, 201211:44 am
Lew– I simply do not see it unless the Braves get a very strong return. Its not about pitching in April. Its also pitching in August thru October. Let’s just say, Wren trades JJ in a few weeks as you are saying and the Braves get a decent return. Then in August or Sept Hans and or one of the other top 3 pitchers go down. That would be a major set back for the braves.Not to mention how possibly you and I know many that are advocating Wren to trade JJ would smash him for trading away JJ.
Sorry, but Fredi changes his mind every otheroCox post game press conference (Reitsma only threw one bad pitch – and gave up a grand slam that erased a three run lead) and just not listen.
March 18th, 201211:46 am
Weird – the middle of my post just disappeared. – should have been changes his mind every other day and I’ll treat his statements like a Bobby Cox post game press conference.
March 18th, 201211:48 am
Ray – The return is saving his not insignificant salary and the financial wiggle room it could give us to acquire a more important piece than yet another pitcher, who we will like not want next year, anyway.
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