10:23 am March 23, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 26th, 20127:34 pm
That bench looks kinda RH to me with Hinske starting games in LF and I’m hearing that is the plan unless they can acquire someone and just because they are looking doesn’t mean it will happen. From what I’m reading not one player satisfies any fan unless his name is Pujols
those numbers are kinda meaningless considering where he hits ncb
March 26th, 20127:35 pm
Good one on the Pujols line. Most players have flaws. We have to learn how to maximize the positives.
March 26th, 20127:36 pm
another ass heard from
March 26th, 20127:38 pm
Noleee, not really…..
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Home 68 203 29 62 9 6 3 19 23 36 4 1 .305 .380 .453 .833
Away 73 242 26 68 11 2 5 27 20 46 11 0 .281 .337 .405 .742
More homeruns on the road and more rbi’s…the other averages are similar
March 26th, 20127:40 pm
he hits 795 at home and 680 on the road so far,,not sure why you think those are close
March 26th, 20127:41 pm
Where are those numbers coming from?
March 26th, 20127:42 pm
Parra’s bat is not ideal, but his defense is. He could fill in for a month or so while Chipper is out.
I was just looking at last year when he really broke out with the diamondbacks…wasn’t looking at career
March 26th, 20127:43 pm
career home/away splits
Noleee’s numbers are correct. Check out baseball reference
March 26th, 20127:44 pm
Parra has a high price tag right now
March 26th, 20127:46 pm
he’s not terrible but I think they would want more than he is likely worth to us since he is just in his third year. otherwise why would they trade him when he is cheap and hits good there?
March 26th, 20127:47 pm
I doubt it’s that high considering what we gave up for Bourn. I know that is a different scenario, but we tend to overrate these things. Parra isn’t starting in AZ.
March 26th, 20127:49 pm
We just need some power production from our outfield….i dont care who it is, just someone who can hit the long ball. We need more consistent power other than our 2nd base position and 1st base position. I mean as our outfield is constructed now, unless heyward comes back to form, its basically a power outage out there.
March 26th, 20127:50 pm
120,133 and 141 games last three seasons, unless something has changed that I missed-which is certainly possible-it looks like they are working him into full time
March 26th, 20127:52 pm
we were third in homers last season ,and that was in a neutral park, not many folks believe that lack of power is the biggest problem
March 26th, 20127:54 pm
Correct! Power isn’t the problem. It’s getting on base, and reversing whatever Parrish did last season.
March 26th, 20127:59 pm
I fully believe that Heyward will turn it around this year. That gives us him, Freeman, Uggla, McCann, Chipper when he returns, and to a certain degree Prado, as guys who can hit for power on varying levels.
March 26th, 20128:01 pm
“Correct!Power isn’t the problem. It’s getting on base, and reversing whatever Parrish did last season.”
Yet we made no acquistion this offseason…
March 26th, 20128:02 pm
Sometimes it’s about the trades that you don’t make. If the right acquisition could be made, it would have been. I’m glad we didn’t trade pitching with all of these injuries.
March 26th, 20128:03 pm
lack of funds and counting on bouncebacks from several players
not saying that I’m thrilled with the approach but I called it b4 the winter even started
Walker/Fletcher were brought in to fix that.
March 26th, 20128:05 pm
I’m definitely nervous about the season, but I’m not mad that they didn’t make a major trade or signing. Philly is trending downward, and although Miami and DC look good, they are far from proven.
March 26th, 20128:06 pm
The one that should have been made, and i think even Wren himself would agree with now, is Cody Ross….I dont think anyone could dispute this now. Should have been made way early in the offseason. IF we are that cheap we can’t spend a few million on a player that will hit .260 and 15-20 HRs then no wonder we can’t put butt’s in seats. Even if chipper hadn’t gone done, Ross would have been great insurance incase heyward does repeat his performance from last year…Sorry to beat a dead horse
March 26th, 20128:07 pm
Loved the statement made by Prado where he says sometimes you go all in with your money. Then he said he’s going all in. Martin, I’ll take some of that action. That’s an easy way to lose everything you have going “all in” with this flawed team. Then one of the players (I think it was Heyward) said that the NL East was gonna beat up on each other. Holy dog crap! Did the NL East just turn into SEC football? I know that’s not what he meant, but it still sounds funny to hear a baseball player talk about beating on anyone.
I think Philly is gonna be fairly tough again. their starters are likely to keep them close until they heal.
March 26th, 20128:09 pm
yeah a lot of us would have liked to see them sign Ross.even b4 hindsight kicked in
March 26th, 20128:10 pm
I don’t think Cody Ross is putting any butts in the seats. They were smart not to pay him. His production can be found elsewhere.
March 26th, 20128:11 pm
unfortunately nobody they can afford is putting butts in the seats
Just popping in to say hi and see if noleee still scared of me?
March 26th, 20128:12 pm
Agrred sure would have…when i saw him become a FA i thought for sure that would have been a lock for wren to sign, considering he fit every category wren “said he was looking for”
March 26th, 20128:15 pm
I think that’s a bit of a cop-out. Unfortunately Atlanta hasn’t exactly been a rabid sports city. When we were winning the division every year, they still weren’t selling out playoff games.
March 26th, 20128:16 pm
Philly will be tough, but they are as vulnerable as it gets right now. I don’t think Howard will play this year, and sadly for him, Utley might not ever be the same.
March 26th, 20128:21 pm
I caan also see Hamels contract situation being a distracion, but that’s more wishful thinking than anything.
March 26th, 20128:22 pm
Guys like Byrd or Venable bring something Durango and Constanza don’t and that’s a little power. So I don’t see where they’d trade any sort of talent for similar types they already have in camp. See what I’m sayin?
March 26th, 20128:24 pm
The difference is that Durango and Constanza are not proven at the ML level. Constanza was hot for a month, and that’s it.
March 26th, 20128:29 pm
And Constanza is hitting .161 this spring so he is definitely not in the running for the last outfield spot on the big league squad, that’s between durango and parraz, unless a trade is made. Constanza is bound for Gwinnett.
March 26th, 20128:31 pm
It’s still unbeleivable that people acted like Constanza was destined for Cooperstown, and that we should’ve released Heyward last summer.
March 26th, 20128:32 pm
Well I still don’t see where a tight budget team and an even tighter bunch when it comes to trading talent would trade for what is for what they feel easily could be that’s already in camp. Ya know
March 26th, 20128:35 pm
I understand that, but we’re not exactly dealing with sure things right now. I wouldn’t do something stupid like trade Medlen, but I’d at least ask about Parra.
March 26th, 20128:41 pm
cop out? just a statement of fact with no ulterior motive. I am definitely not interested in all the silly attendance discussions that sweep across the board periodically laying all else to waste….
March 26th, 20128:42 pm
So, Heyward’s numbers aren’t great after this last week’s worth of games. He was looking good at one point. Sure hope he turns it around this year.
March 26th, 20128:43 pm
Parra is not a sure thing either and we’d have to pay to get him. could easily be another Melky situation in the Ted`
March 26th, 20128:47 pm
Owl Hunter, we’ll see. I see them getting somebody now that Chipper is out. They know how risky it is anytime CJ is hurt or has a surgery. He might not come back at all. I hope not, that’d e depressing for me, but they hae to think that way I’d think.
March 26th, 20128:48 pm
If Hey flames out it will be one of the bigger miscalls in a long time
March 26th, 20128:52 pm
damn and we coulda had Pujols. he was there for the plucking…
March 26th, 20128:55 pm
I’d like us to get Byrd, but I’m afraid of the cost.
if only Jason really liked playing baseball
March 26th, 20128:57 pm
kinda odd that Byrd plays Cf @ 6′ 245 pounds. that’s a lot of stumpy weight and half the blof would regularly flog him for “obesity”
March 26th, 20128:58 pm
blog not blof
March 26th, 20129:12 pm
I thought that, too, but he’s been doing it.
March 26th, 20129:48 pm
Jason cares about Jay-Z and Kanye and not his game.
March 26th, 20129:52 pm
I wonder if Shuerholz, Wren and those top dudes are secretly concerend with JHey right now? nolie is right, it’d be one of the bigger busts a long while. How’d the Braves explain that one?
March 26th, 201210:11 pm
Nolee what you have to take into consideration is body fat %. Have you ever noticed fat people don’t sink? That if they go SCUBA diving they have to strap on 40 pounds of weights or more to get under the water. Lean people like Heyward will sink withought an extra pound on him. Muscle is dense, muscle is strength, muscle make other body parts work in unison. Fat is the weak link in the chain.
A big fat gut cannot connect an upper body, buttocks and thighs. You get people who run a 5.4 to first base.
It’s just a complete mystery, this revulsion of well conditioned athletes in basebball. It’s like well, basketball players work their ass off and you can’t recognize the game from 20 years ago. Is this good ? Not from an intertainment viewpoint.
What do you think the results of this years Super Bowl would be against the champs 20 years ago? It would be like the pros playing the NCAA team. Obliteration.
Conditioning is what changed those things. Those that ride the crest of the wave and make their bodies into the max they can will be at the top until goobers like slouthful Braves decide to join the game played in 2012.
March 26th, 201210:24 pm
This team is so pathetic with the bats and I blame most if this on the minor league system who obviously don’t preach hitting to all fields and the plate discipline. Freeman is a rare breed of young brave hitters who gets it, but even he likes to swing early and often at times. Yeah bring in a pull, lift and separate vet like Uggla to have the youth follow. That’ll change the philosophy.
March 26th, 201210:26 pm
Mentioning Heyward as a possible bust…. I don’t see Jim nearly reaching the potential that was projected of him two years ago. For one he can’t stay healthy and two, he strikes me as a difficult teach. Could be another Francoeur without the defense and arm.
March 26th, 201210:27 pm
A lot of the guys on this team did not actually come up in the Braves minor league system.
half the blof would regularly flog him for “obesity”
Foggy blog floggers are blurred by Byrd’s blubber.
March 26th, 201210:29 pm
Beer Geek: Thanks for the page views. Now run along.
March 26th, 201210:48 pm
so how do we know all that 245 pounds is muscle?
March 26th, 201210:52 pm
I know for sure that the Babe was not all muscle yet he mighta been the best hitter and pitcher in history including 130 some triples. I just do not agree that being somewhat overweight makes much difference in baseball.
March 26th, 201210:54 pm
do you think there is a legit chance the Braves will make a move before next Thursday?
March 26th, 201210:56 pm
many of the greatest athletes ever drafted in Baseball have been failures
March 26th, 201210:58 pm
Marlon Byrd’s 245 is probably a typo on BB Ref. He’s only 6′ 0. Maybe it’s supposed to be 215.
March 26th, 201210:59 pm
Just saw a lengthy promo for Dark Shadows – looks like fun…
March 26th, 201211:00 pm
I hate it when I get a Posting comments too quickly when cab uses her “Tom O’Hawke” pseudonym…
I don’t think so Tom, he is a very stocky guy
March 26th, 201211:03 pm
I remember hearing that he was up around 300 pounds during one of his rehabs.
March 26th, 201211:04 pm
nolee, think about it. Only 6 ft tall and playing CF, at his advanced age, weighing 245?
I, seriously, doubt it.
March 26th, 201211:06 pm
I have thought about it To, which is why I brought it up, I have not seen him in a coupla years but three or four years he was playing Cf and was huge
March 26th, 201211:08 pm
OK, who has Marlon’s phone number & address (and a bathroom scale)?
3 or 4 years ago
March 26th, 201211:11 pm
ok I looked him up. I was right about the 300 pounds, they said that after the 2011 season Byrd began practicing Muay Thai and started a new diet, he has lost 40 pounds and expects to have his best season yet in 2012. lost 40 pounds from where is the question
March 26th, 201211:12 pm
trade for him now. I’d offer Mitchell and Dentz and Lou/Earl and $50 thou
March 26th, 201211:13 pm
nolie, every time I’ve disagreed with you, about baseball, I’ve been wrong. So, you’re probably right once again – based on history.
But I find it hard to believe.
March 26th, 201211:14 pm
Reading today’s blog will undoubtedly give me nightmares tonight remembering what most of the off-season here was like – I look forward to retaking control tomorrow…
March 26th, 201211:15 pm
I found this on the Cubs’ site, but I don’t know if his physical stats are current:
Full Name: Marlon Jerrard Byrd Born: 8/30/1977 in Boynton Beach, FL
Bats/Throws: R/R HT: 6′0” WT: 215
March 26th, 201211:16 pm
I didn’t see today’s blog. Good stuff?
March 26th, 201211:17 pm
maybe it is current and that includes the 40 pounds he just lost. I’m damn sure he didn’y lose 40 pounds from 1 215 pound beginning
March 26th, 201211:19 pm
ESPN’s stats have him listed at 245! That’s probably more up-to-date. (I’m wrong again – so what else is new?)
March 26th, 201211:21 pm
been judging hgt and wgt for players over 40 years. prolly the stockiest CFer I ever remember seeing at one time. Hopefully he has lost 40 pounds this winter
I don’t want that LOAD playing for the Braves!
March 26th, 201211:22 pm
Oh goody a new Alcatraz epi. :gringrin:
March 26th, 201211:24 pm
along with a new Castle. ecstasy abounds
March 26th, 201211:25 pm
I’ve always been a bit of a fan of his
McFann would like to have Byrd playing for the Braves.
Byrd’s weight may detour some of the fat comments away from a certain someone.
March 26th, 201211:28 pm
Byrd will be a Brave come opening day. Braves are seriously worried about Chipper now and don’t want to have to rely on a Diaz/Hinske combo in LF.
March 26th, 201211:29 pm
like they say. they ain’t athletes theys baseball players…
March 26th, 201211:30 pm
Tom – started with re-hashing when to use relievers – then much commentary on trades – and how the Chipper injury has changed everything or made no difference (with the occasional moron to spice it up)…
Byrd is making 6.5 mil so Chitown would need to eat at least half maybe, what would they want back to do that?
March 26th, 201211:31 pm
Hate when people come on here and act like they have all this secret access to the teams plans. Get real!
Learning that Chipper tore his meniscus doing on-field stretching makes me afraid for Michael Bourn. While I was down at spring training, I saw a trainer just working over a player down in shallow right field before the game. He had this guy all pretzeled-up, was leaning on him, stretching legs over his head, down onto the field on each side, a major stretch job. I kept watching til the player got up and saw it was Bourn. I couldn’t have walked after that “help”, much less play 9 innings.
March 26th, 201211:32 pm
personally i think he is better than what they will end up getting if anybody at all
Delgado and a lower level kid somewhere?
March 26th, 201211:33 pm
Good evening, LAdy!
VJ, I didn’t really read any of the posts, earlier, but I did skim through some of them. I noticed Shaun’s name quite often.
“Re-hashing”, immediately, came to my mind.
March 26th, 201211:34 pm
I think there are some studies now hinting that it is easier to get hurt stretching than if you just warm into your exercise
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