10:23 am March 23, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 24th, 201212:34 am
DOB, bad sequence for KU.
March 24th, 201212:36 am
missed three then a foul and ?
March 24th, 201212:37 am
March 24th, 201212:44 am
VJ, congrats on VCU keeping shaka smart. he turned down two big jobs. nc state and illinois.
March 24th, 201212:46 am
The negative on Shaka is that it makes it harder for William and Mary, but that is rarely a consideration when comparing alma mater #1 to #2…
But we have football, which VCU does not…
March 24th, 201212:47 am
March 24th, 201212:48 am
And good night…brief return in the morning before relatively long work day…
(i.e. – no PBP from me)…
March 24th, 201212:51 am
Jayhawks survived and advanced, but that’s the best thing that can be said for that ragged performance. Two bad games in a row, but they’ve won ‘em.
March 24th, 20121:06 am
dob, tell john kessler in the food section i enjoyed his top 50.
been to at least 20 of them.
March 24th, 20121:31 am
Hello everyone! Who won in March Madness tonight?
March 24th, 20121:32 am
Jonny Venters threw a pain-free long-toss session on Friday after resting this week due to a sore elbow.
Venters felt some soreness after Sunday’s appearance against the Orioles, so the Braves didn’t want to take any chances coming off his huge workload last year. The good news is that the rest seems to have paid off. “They just wanted to give me a couple of days to let it rest and get it feeling good again, so that I can go into the year feeling strong and good,” said Venters. “It feels great now. I’m actually excited about it.” Venters believes he’ll be ready to pitch in a game again by Tuesday. Mar. 23 – 8:38 pm et
Won 1 lossed 3 last night.
March 24th, 20121:33 am
Good news about Venters,and Wish Vizzy all the best,and fast recovery.
March 24th, 20121:35 am
Have to say the Saints are a bunch of babies. They should man up,and quit whinning.
March 24th, 20121:42 am
once again coach cal puts his foot in his large mouth.
“we are the dominant program in the south, it is not fair to our players, we have to win.”
well slick butler just went back to back in the finals.
and for all you hill people with mullets,
it is not football.
March 24th, 20121:46 am
On this blog you can talk about any sports…..
March 24th, 20121:48 am
SI picks the Braves to finish 4th,and find that very funny. I would like to know what they where smoking?
March 24th, 20122:04 am
IF Prado has a good year,and Bourn,and with Chipper retiring. I would use the money to sign Bourn,and Prado.Start Terd at 3rd,and Simmons at SS.
March 24th, 20122:27 am
Found out that I won all the games tonight. Good recovery from last night. Coulc it be North Carolina,and Kentucky?For the Final 2,or Could Kansas play Kentucky?
March 24th, 20122:29 am
All have a good one! Talk tomorrow…..Peace my friends…..”Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”
March 24th, 20127:19 am
uga-brave: It was a great list. I wa glad that our paper, like other media outlets, is reflecting a change in eating-out habits and incorporating more casual restaurants instead of just the expensive and/or formal places that used to completely dominate such lists.
March 24th, 20127:35 am
Sunrise over Dark Star Lake. Braves at Dunedin today to face the Jays. Delgado going for Bravos.
and a few minutes later….
Good Morning Everyone, I’m a future thinker so here ya go, the Braves will have 38 million coming off the books for sure after the season (before ARB raises). Depending on how our Braves do in 2012 will determine if the payroll will go up or down. But regardless the Braves should have a decent amount of money after raises to add some solid players.
We have to think Michael Bourn will be signing with someone else, so CF will be a need, also with Chipper retiring and most likely Prado moving to third LF will be a need. Everything else will be determined by this season. Questions about our rotation depth with Jurrjens due a raise and Huddy having a option year, McCann and a possible extension, Prado will have to play good enough to warrant the Braves keeping him for around 7 million. Then the trio of youngsters Teheran, Delgado and Gilmartin will have a better idea with what we have going forward. Also at shortstop we should have a better idea of who is gonna be our guy between Pastor and Simmons.
Players who are not under contract for 2013 or could possibly be gone. Due to depth or players who are due raises but could be non-tendered or traded based on 2012 performance.
Chipper (Retiring) McCann (Option) Hudson (Option) Jurrjens, Prado, EOF, Bourn, Moylan, Hinske, Wilson, Diaz
March 24th, 20127:42 am
Sitting in the river bottoms leaned up against a red oak tree in the dark. Owls are hooting. Coyotes howling. Waiting for the first old’ gobbler to announce his presence. It’s a shame to know most folks don’t ever know love like this.
March 24th, 20127:43 am
And right on cue, there he is. Sing it old man.
March 24th, 20127:57 am
Hillbilly, don’t let the deer get you!
March 24th, 20128:19 am
Thank you Chipper for your loyalty, it is such a rare commodity these days. I will cherish the memories.
March 24th, 20128:30 am
Swag – I hate that word. The more I see it, the more it annoys me. Who says that the most, Uggla? I think he does from my memory.
March 24th, 20128:33 am
More like gag.
March 24th, 20129:08 am
Don’t forget the blog fantasy baseball draft is today at 2 PM Eastern
March 24th, 20129:13 am
jeffrey,there should be a link on our home page?
March 24th, 20129:18 am
Good hunting Hillbilly.
March 24th, 20129:21 am
jeffery- Thought it was 11:00 A.M.
March 24th, 20129:22 am
Yeah, it’ll let you enter the draft room something like an hour or 30 minutes prior
March 24th, 20129:24 am
11 AM Pacific. For whatever reason, I’ve found that Yahoo sometimes displays the time in Pacific. But it’s definitely at 2 PM Eastern.
March 24th, 20129:25 am
McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:
March 24th, 20129:39 am
Hillbilly Owls are hooting. Coyotes howling.
March 24th, 20129:42 am
I thought MLB Tonight showed the Braves tied for first with the Phillies last night.
March 24th, 20129:45 am
“Swag – I hate that word. The more I see it, the more it annoys me. ”
So? You Don’t Like that “Turn My Swag On” Song…?
That is my Jam! And Chicks Love it!
And Damn, U, Jeffrey D, CB, Hillbilly, and BravesFanInOk are Up Early…!
Shoutouts to all the aforementioned names…
March 24th, 20129:46 am
jeffrey, ha! I have another one that starts at 11:30.
March 24th, 20129:47 am
Chicks love it? Damn! No wonder I married the first chick that came along
March 24th, 20129:48 am
Sylvester Bill – I sent you a response. Let me know if you have any more questions.
March 24th, 20129:52 am
Geeze CB….a rook last year now going headstrong
March 24th, 20129:58 am
jeffrey, no, only two. I figured if I could make out one lineup I could make out two. lol
March 24th, 201210:05 am
A wedge appears to be forming between new manager Bobby Valentine and new general manager Ben Cherington on the best way to employ Daniel Bard, starter or reliever, and the best place to employ shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias, Fenway Park or Pawtucket.
We have the first sign of discord in this shotgun marriage. Whose evaluation wins out, Valentine’s or Cherington’s, is going to signal how the Sox are going to be run and who wields the power in baseball operations.
The Sox can talk about collaborative processes and multifactorial reviews all they want, but at the end of the day someone gets the final say.
Don’t forget that Cherington didn’t choose Valentine. He was foisted upon him by Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, the man who runs the Red Sox, after ownership was underwhelmed by Cherington’s choice of onetime Sox third base coach Dale Sveum. Ownership did to Sveum what he used to do to Sox base runners – sent him home without a chance.
Mattlanta AKA Matt Chernoff who does Sports Radio out here, was on Point Yesterday in say that these last ten days will be a huge measuring point in how the team looks…
In other Words he was saying that the last 10 or so games are meaningful in that the pitchers should be going deeper into games without getting Slapped and the hitters are gonna have 3-4 plate apparences….
March 24th, 201210:12 am
I didn’t participate much on the fantasy league last season, I just couldn’t get into it. You can kick me out and add a different blogger if someone wants in.
March 24th, 201210:14 am
he was saying that the last 10 or so games are meaningful in that the pitchers should be going deeper into games without getting Slapped and the hitters are gonna have 3-4 plate apparences…
March 24th, 201210:17 am
maybe PL will take Va’s place since you two are buddies Jeffrey
There’s a ringing endorsement
March 24th, 201210:20 am
The drive to Dunedin, and no Tampa traffic on a Saturday morning. Ahhhh….
March 24th, 201210:23 am
Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar batting 1st and 2nd today for Jays, ahead of Jose Bautista….
March 24th, 201210:24 am
Haven’t gotten a Braves lineup yet, but here’s Blue Jay lineup:
1. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
2. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Adam Lind 1B
5. Eric Thames LF
6. Colby Rasmus CF
7. J.P. Arencibia C
8. Travis Snider DH
9. Omar Vizquel 3B
March 24th, 201210:25 am
PL as a manager…I’d love to see that. Who could he make outrageous and unbased remarks about when his perfect team fails
March 24th, 201210:28 am
Me? CB,” you are an idiot and a Chipper Jones apologist” !
March 24th, 201210:39 am
CB – You old enabler. If not for your apologisms, Chip[per would have retired years ago and Liberty Media would have sold the Braves.
March 24th, 201210:43 am
I’ve been thinking all along that most of these revoltin’ developments were CB’s fault
Who could he make outrageous and unbased remarks about when his perfect team fails
It seems obvious he would hold his players accountable by saying they suck in public and if they did not play better he would run them out of town on a rail and get other players that cared.
If he would just hold the team to higher standards and not allow them to get away with so much
March 24th, 201210:45 am
afterall, lax fans make for loosing teams
March 24th, 201210:50 am
Trying to predict what this team will do this year is so impossible. Baseball is impossible anyways to predict, but sometimes you have an idea. I have no idea and this spring has done nothing but confuse me more. Heyward looks better, but he’s still striking out too much. Hudson is out, what will he be like when he comes back. The questions go on and on.
March 24th, 201210:53 am
My advice to fans who tend to get disappointed easy, and advice to myself, is just expect average baseball and hope for the team to take off. We have a lot of young guys that could disappoint and injury scares to key players that could really sink us quick.
March 24th, 201210:54 am
I’d rather see him strike out than be out ahead of the ball rolling it to second all the time
March 24th, 201210:55 am
Seems like there were more spring games on cable last few years. Pretty soon they’ll force you to buy extra channels to watch any baseball game.
March 24th, 201210:58 am
“@ajcbraves #Braves 3B Chipper Jones will have arthroscopic knee surgery, tore meniscus on Thursday.”
March 24th, 201210:59 am
Mark Bowman @mlbbowman R
Chipper hurt the knee while running in the outfield just before Thursday’s retirement press conference
March 24th, 201211:00 am
TnBrian – My advice to fans who can’t deal with disappointment is to cash in their chips and hope the next world is more fair – cause this one ain’t and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it except to enjoy the times that are better whenever they happen.
March 24th, 201211:02 am
David O’Brien @ajcbraves
#Braves Chipper hopes to be back for home opener, but might be out longer.
David O’Brien @ajcbraves
Chipper tore meniscus during team stretch about an hour before retirement press conference.
March 24th, 201211:03 am
Maybe running while stretching, or stretching while running…
March 24th, 201211:07 am
If you missed my Tweets, Chipper is having knee surgery Monday for torn meniscus in his left knee. Can’t make this stuff up: He tore it during the pre-game team stretch about an hour before his retirement announcement on Thursday.
It’s the knee that’s had two ACL surgeries. He tore meniscus in the right knee last season, which he had ’scoped before All-Star break. He missed about 17 days that time.
March 24th, 201211:10 am
DOB: You’re a good writer and sports reporter. AJC and your readers are lucky.
March 24th, 201211:11 am
This just underscores how badly we need to find a left fielder, whether it be from the scrap heap or via trade…
March 24th, 201211:12 am
Appreciate the updates…………..
Hey DOB: What is ‘Dutch Elm Disease.’?
If you don’t know ask the Beat Writer of the Miami Marlin.
Oh! My! and Wren does?????? to address this?
March 24th, 201211:14 am
I watched this last night.. very good short piece.
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones discusses his decision to retire at the end of the season with former teammate John Smoltz
March 24th, 201211:17 am
won’t do anything since it will likely only be for the first two weeks of the season
March 24th, 201211:18 am
Parraz might make the team now along with Durango
March 24th, 201211:19 am
With all the Braves’ needs who was the genius who signed the 25-year crappy TV contract. It is one thing to sign a bad contract for a year, or two, but for 25 years. What was he thinking? Senior management gets terminated for a lot less in corporate America.
This is surreal and terrible news to wake up to.
I cannot believe he needs ANOTHER knee surgery!
We can only hope he’ll be out just 2 weeks to start the regular season.
March 24th, 201211:20 am
noleee – won’t do anything since it will likely only be for the first two weeks of the season
Your probably right. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a big fan of Hoss. We just need a reasonable contingency plan since the odds are it won’t be the last time.
March 24th, 201211:21 am
Atlanta Braves @Braves
Today’s lineup at TOR (1:05, 680AM/BRN): Pastornicky 6 Prado 5 McCann DH Freeman 3 Hinske 7 Heyward 8 Ross 2 Diaz 9 Wilson 4 Delgado 1
March 24th, 201211:22 am
Note the “7″ after Hinske’s name…
March 24th, 201211:23 am
Heyward in center again. What does he look like there?
March 24th, 201211:24 am
they do not have the money to acquire a starting OFer of any quality at all. I think the continguency play will have to involve players who are already here. Diaz or Parraz in LF and Prado to third or something to that effect
So what is up with Venters?
Is it his shoulder or elbow?
Is he going to see a specialist?
Something is clearly wrong cause he’s pitched awful this spring
March 24th, 201211:25 am
Tall? Can’t argue with that
I try to be noncontroversial in my in-depth analysis…
the duck tape that has been holding his arm on the last two seasons finally came loose….
March 24th, 201211:26 am
The rebuilding of the Braves should now begin in ernest. Bite the bullet and write off 2012. Make the necessary trades to rebuild this team including a LF -CF. Promote Joey T. to replace Chipper, trade McCann and promote Bethancourt. It is way past time to rebuild the outfield and these trades should enable that to take place.
VJ – I like Hinske, but he can’t play everyday. I guess he, Diaz and Constanza will have to suffice.
Venters has not pitched awful this spring from what I recall
March 24th, 201211:27 am
Big and Tall for a CFer, prolly has to buy his CF unis at KingSize.com
Who is this Ernest guy? Can he play left or third?
March 24th, 201211:28 am
Joey T is not gonna replace Chipper this year unless the team is absolutely decimated with injuries
Yes, they should suddenly panic because no one expected Chipper to miss any time this year…
March 24th, 201211:29 am
Bat – he did give up a couple of hits…
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