Braves notes: Chipper to hit at optional workout Friday

NEW YORK — Chipper Jones will test his surgically repaired knee against live pitching on Friday when the Braves have an optional workout at Citi Field on a day off before the second game of the season Saturday.

Jones will face Braves No. 5 starting pitcher Randall Delgado and newly signed reliever Chad Durbin.

The veteran third baseman is recovering from March 26 arthroscopic knee surgery and is eligible to come off 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Jones said as of Thursday, the knee still felt heavy and he wouldn’t have been ready to come off the DL yet if he were eligible. But by Tuesday, he’s hopeful that will change and that he’ll be ready.

If not, his target remains the April 13 home opener against Milwaukee. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said it’s possible that Jones would be sent out to get some at-bats in a minor league game before he’s activated, but Jones made it clear he’d prefer to stay with the team and get his at-bats in simulated game conditions like the ones he’ll see Friday.

The manager said ultimately that if Jones comes in and says he’s ready to return, he wouldn’t say no to the 19-year veteran. “He knows his body better than anyone,” Gonzalez said.

Francisco at third Saturday

Juan Francisco’s Braves debut will be Saturday when he starts at third base against the Mets and right-hander R.A. Dickey. The Braves got Francisco from the Cincinnati Reds in a trade Sunday for pitching prospect J.J. Hoover.

Gonzalez went with Martin Prado at third base and Matt Diaz in left field on Thursday because Diaz had a .500 career average in 32 at-bats against Mets lefty Johan Santana. Diaz doubled off Santana – one of only two hits he allowed – to move to 17-for-34 lifetime against him.

Prado will move to left field and Francisco to third on Saturday, and Gonzalez plans to use that arrangement against right-handers and also play Francisco against some lefties to see what he can do against them.

Against right-handers last season in Triple-A, Francisco hit .343 (72-for-210) with 30 extra-base hits (10 homers), .370 on-base percentage and .956 OPS, while against lefties he hit .269 (29-for-108) with six homers, three walks, .298 OBP and .798 OPS.

In limited major league opportunities over three seasons, Francisco hit .284 with 11 doubles, one triple, five homers and 29 RBI in 169 at-bats, only 26 of which came against lefties.

Delgado decision pending

No. 5 starter Delgado’s season debut might not come until the sixth game of the season at Houston on Wednesday, if the Braves decide to bring back Tommy Hanson on regular rest to start Tuesday in the fifth game.

Gonzalez said before Thursday’s season opener that Hanson would probably be brought back on regular rest if he only threw about 85 pitches against the Mets. He threw 83 and left without recording an out in the sixth inning.

Santana’s Braves thing, cont.

Johan Santana did what he usually does against the Braves – pitch good to great and get no win. He got no decision while allowing just two hits and two walks with five strikeouts in five inning, lowering his ERA to 2.14 in 13 career starts against the Braves.

He’s just 3-6 in those games and his teams have scored two or fewer runs while he was in 12 of the 13 games.

Etc.

The Braves have more losses in their past 17 games against the Mets than they had in the previous 34. After going 25-9 in 34 games against the Mets from May 13, 2009 through April 16, 2011, the Braves have gone 7-10 in their past 17 games against them…. Dan Uggla struck out in both of his at-bats against Santana to make him 1-for-21 with 12 strikeouts in his career against the lefty. The Mets wore No. 8 “Carter” Jerseys during batting practice to honor former Mets catcher Gary Carter, who tied of brain cancer Feb. 16 at age 57.

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reckingball

April 5th, 2012
7:27 pm

reckingball

April 5th, 2012
7:28 pm

Let the belly aching begin.

ATL Sports Fan

April 5th, 2012
7:32 pm

See where Jason Heyward left off from last season.

Lance Nix

April 5th, 2012
7:42 pm

Go Braves! we all know you won’t win a championship but its ok keep trying.

Mako

April 5th, 2012
8:06 pm

the return of Achy Breaky…it’s alive

South ga boy in the ATL

April 5th, 2012
8:10 pm

Same ole Braves ! Frank Wren, as a GM, is the definition of idiocy. Here we have 4 established starting pitchers with Minor looking very good as a 5th. We have 3 more young starters (Tehran, Delgado, and Visciano) that multiple teams crave and he WILL NOT PART WITH EVEN ONE OF THEM to get a right handed power hitting corner outfielder. It’s so frustrating to see another great pitching performance go down the drain. BUT FRANK WREN IS SATISFIED WITH THE MAKEUP OF THE TEAM. He actually said so a week or so ago. As a lifelong Braves fan, Hey Frank: YOUR TEAM HAS TOO MANY “LEFT HANDED HITTERS” AND YOU HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF STARTING PITCHERS. PLEASE, PLEASE GROW A BRAIN AND IMPROVE THE OFFENSE THRU A TRADE OR TWO. YA KNOW, IF U DIE TOMORROW (IM NOT WISHING THIS-IM JUST SAYING) YOU CAN’T TAKE ALL THOSE EXTRA PITCHERS TO BASEBALL HEAVEN WITH YOU !!

Biff Pocoroba

April 5th, 2012
8:11 pm

Wait til next year. This team is awful and Hewyard’s career is going the way of Francouer.

Don McMahon

April 5th, 2012
8:21 pm

Folks, it is not money. It is Frank Wrenn. Anhyone who would sign Durbin, Linebrin, Sherrill, KK, Lowe, and others is an idiot.

South ga boy in the ATL

April 5th, 2012
8:24 pm

Hey ! They have a show on tv that’s based on Frank Wren- “Hoarders.” If we could go to his house we would probably find 3 or 4 dozen cats, thousands of newspapers, and 20 or 30 pitchers chained to the wall. The guy has 8 quality starters with more in the pipeline because he keeps using High draft picks on um wait for it…..PITCHERS and oh by the way the Braves have the best bullpen in the major leagues. It would all be funny if wasn’t happening to MY TEAM. Can we get Dr Phil to do an intervention with Frank Hoarder… I mean Frank Wren.

74 Dawg

April 5th, 2012
8:27 pm

Wow. Guys, I sat in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium with 1800 of my closest friends a few times between 1983 and 1990. Why don’t we give this bunch a little more time to see what we really got; say, about 161 games. You do realize they were still one of 10 teams still in the chase on the last day of last season. In other words, their fate was NOT DECIDED until then. The team that beat them out won the world series. Maybe they will finish 20 games out; that’s what they play the whole season for. But if they are still alive on the last day, I will take my chances. Of course if you are so over it, you could stop right her and get off the train. Selah, Furman. RIP.

ugafan13

April 5th, 2012
8:36 pm

Haven’t we seen this act before. Venters performance this year is not encouraging so far. It is only the first game of the season but I have a sick feeling how this will play out…good starting pitching and relief not so good on the offensive side. The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect different results. Mr. Wren should have made some off season moves. Still a fan but we will suffer this season!

South ga boy in the ATL

April 5th, 2012
8:37 pm

Just one game. Are you kidding ! It’s, basically, the same team as last yr. For the last 2 yrs, we have seen the same lousy to mediocre, at best, offense that is too heavy on left handers and its no different from last yrs team. Wren has the ammunition to TRY AND FIX IT. BUT HE DOESN’T EVEN MAKE AN ATTEMPT. And dude, I saw Hank Aaron hit number 713 on a sat. night during the next to last game of the season in 1973 with about 5k fans so don’t tell me about the 1980’s

Don Corleone

April 5th, 2012
8:46 pm

The Braves offense sleeps with the fishes.

MR

April 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

Somebody remind Frank once again that scoring runs matter. I have stopped giving the benefit opf the doubt his glorious young pitchers are too valuable for even one to be traded for a real bat in the lineup.

I saw Sid Slide

April 5th, 2012
8:53 pm

Yup South ga boy… y even play the rest of the games…. stupid fans like you give atl fans a bad name, I love how you rip a team after one game… lol yup it is over just dont watch anymore games this year…Go back to coaching your little league team where i know u think you are the mr. know it all coach who probaly does not get y 5 year olds dont know how to play baseball yet up to your standard yet…

I saw Sid Slide

April 5th, 2012
8:55 pm

Yea South no othre team in the league has problems everyone else is perfect…. dude turn off the tv and coach up your little league team

I saw Sid Slide

April 5th, 2012
9:01 pm

Every other team is perfect and EVREY YEAR EVERYONEEEE gets to win a world series it is just us who just cant seem to get the right combo….. yup nice fantasy world…. Y even play the rest of the 161 today was now or never lol

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Bill

April 5th, 2012
9:40 pm

One game and seasons over—I don’t think so. Braves will live to play another day, bet on it . Its not over!

Rafael

April 5th, 2012
9:53 pm

“DOOMED”… we DID NOT score 1 (ONE) run!!!!!!

We have Diaz and Heyward in our batting order AGAIN… and you say the FANS aboard the TITANIC should not be WORRIED????!!!!!

No one should be surprised about the fan’s CONCERN with Liberty CHEAPIA as owners, Frank Wren (the “Good Soldier”) as GM, and Ricky Ricardo JR. as manager!!!

Brownie

April 5th, 2012
9:53 pm

If they would’ve won today by scoring even a couple of runs, the same screaming idiots above would be shouting about how great the team is. Regardless of the situation, they just like to scream and hope to incite others to get in a war of words.

Could Wren have made an off-season move trading away some existing talent to bring in some power/offense?? Sure….in fact, he tried, dangling Prado and JJ (and probably one of more of the young arms that we never heard about). But, there wasn’t a worthy trade out there – maybe the screamers above can tell us what they would have done? But whoever they are going to suggest, they better be MEASURABLY better than Prado (which is saying a lot, considering how much he brings to this team).

Sometimes, a GM just has to say that we’ve got the talent, now it’s up to the players to earn their money.

One last comment on making a trade just because the fans are screaming for one…..Schuerholz’s last hurrah was trading away a ton of young talent (we basically built the Texas Rangers – 2 Series in a row) for Texeira. Tex played great while here (for all of 1 year), but couldn’t make the difference!! Was there ANYONE out there available this winter even close in talent to Tex??

Again, it’s time for the players to step up.

iTiSi

April 5th, 2012
10:10 pm

With the stats published in this article about Francisco makes you wonder why he wasn’t used as a PH for either Costanza or Bourne when there was a chance to score. FG is about as qualified to be manager of the Braves as Obama is to be President. Lots of parallels there.

ernisTbass

April 5th, 2012
10:22 pm

didn’t they already have a hitting optional workout today at citi field

Mark (another one)

April 5th, 2012
10:22 pm

I bet half the teams lose their first game. The Braves have some time to show us what they can do. I too have been a fan of baseball for many years, and I learned early on not to act as if one game decides a season.

People keep complaining about this being the same team as last year yet there are significant differences. Bourn is a step up over McLough. Lowe is gone and we have Minor. Linebrink and Sherril are gone. Medlen showed us his new role today. Pasternicky and Francisco will be the left side of the infield on Saturday. I also believe Uggla and Heyward will be better this year.

I know there are some question marks in the bullpen but I don’t expect the Braves to put up with much. They have pitching depth so they won’t let the bullpen become a three player show this year.

I hate losing but one game does not make the Braves losers. Those complaining disagree but I believe this team will do better than last year.

phil

April 5th, 2012
10:29 pm

Fire several people, quickly!!

Ralph

April 5th, 2012
10:29 pm

South ga boy in the ATL

Frank would love to have a power hitting outfielder, he would gladly give up one of our pitching prospects to get one if only the team they trade with would pay his salary, if he can find one in the dumpster that doesn’t cost anything he will take that instead.

Ralph

April 5th, 2012
10:32 pm

What ever happened to team owners like Ted Turner and George Stienbrener that really loved their team and would do whatever it took to get a winning team including FIRING idiot managers.

Ralph

April 5th, 2012
10:37 pm

Medlen should be our No 3 pitcher behind Hudson and Hanson, not a relief pitcher that comes in after the game is already lost. Lost because if you come into a game on this team 1 run behind you are going to lose.

Ralph

April 5th, 2012
10:40 pm

Mark (another one)

April 5th, 2012
10:22 pm
I bet half the teams lose their first game

Thats a safe bet if ever there was one.

Ralph

April 5th, 2012
10:45 pm

Mark (another one)

April 5th, 2012 ” losing but one game does not make the Braves losers”
10:22 pm

It sure as hell did last season

Chris

April 5th, 2012
10:56 pm

We’re going to get the statue back on 3rd next week. All is good.

BravesfaninWis

April 5th, 2012
10:59 pm

Ok, so I know its the first game of the season and all, but isn’t this the same exact crap that we saw from this team last Sept when they completely choked? They don’t look any different. This is the Mets for damn sake, and they can’t even score a single run against this team? What are they going to do when they play the actual good teams in this division?

So I have been a MLB Extra Innings package holder since it became available. I cancelled it for this year, then decided to keep it to watch Chipper’s final season. After this game, I cancelled it again and Direct TV tried to reduce the cost so I would keep it. I told the lady on the phone that she would have to pay me to keep it and watch this team play the entire season.

This team is anemic. They don’t stand a snow balls chance in hell of doing anything this year. Not giving up on them completely after 1 game, but this is dating back to last Sept and is getting old. What I expected from this team this year, keep on choking boys, its the only thing you do consistently, and consistently well.

Joe Adcock

April 5th, 2012
11:20 pm

I’m a Braves’ fan, but if the Braves get swept by the lowly Mets — I mean — how long can the excuses continue?? This team (especially with runners in scoring position) — looks tighter than a tick to me. Tighter than Dick’s proverbial hat band! Fruiti G. — who is setting a wonderful example by being at least 80 pounds overweight — is well — “you know”….ad nauseum. It boggles the mind. Well, we’ve heard for months now, wait ’till the games means something. If “Opening Day” doesn’t mean something — then you are not a baseball fan! Period. September ‘11 10-20 record meant something. Play-off choke meant something. Horrid spring training record meant something. I think I’ll roll back over in my grave now. Good luck with this bunch. Joe “Four Homers In One Game” Adcock. P. S. Furman’s pretty funny — once you get to know him!!

Dan

April 6th, 2012
12:11 am

OMG! Can you believe the naysayers? It’s Opening Day. Still got 161 to play. Real fans aren’t on a perpetual roller coaster. I am so glad that the type of day I am having depends on who wins and loses. The appeal of the game is watching a season unfold.

Wonder how many ofn these so-called fans have ever played on an organized team of any sort. Slow-pitch softball doesn’t count.

Liked the comment by Stewart Cink on all the analysts, the majority of which were former players, some not much older than himself: “There’s a reason they are ‘former’ players and not players.”

How about cheering on the Braves instead of cleaning and gutting them after every loss? OMG, stop with the negativity.

BravesfaninNashville

April 6th, 2012
1:30 am

Good baseball game today. Sometimes it comes down to situations. The Braves get the bases loaded but it’s with two outs and Tommy Hanson at the plate in a scoreless game. Fredi did the right thing and let him hit. It sure would have been nice to convert after the triple by Pastornicky. If Constanza even hits a ground ball we have a tie game. The Braves look good. I think they’ll have some great stretches this summer. Should be a fun team to watch.. Love the bullpen with Medlin. A clutch hit today and we could have easily won the game. Freddie Freeman just missed a 3run bomb.

Earl

April 6th, 2012
2:47 am

Please don’t let Chipper practice hitting. He will surely injury something. Maybe someone can pick up the bat and hand it to him. That should reduce the injury possibility.

Buddy Landel

April 6th, 2012
6:17 am

Ralph

April 5th, 2012
10:40 pm
Mark (another one)

April 5th, 2012
10:22 pm
I bet half the teams lose their first game

Thats a safe bet if ever there was one
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Not necessarily. With all these staggered opening days, it’s not a guarantee that exactly half the teams start 0-1. Example: If Oakland and Seattle both win or both lose to a team making its season debut, it’s already off balance.

ToeMeetsLeather

April 6th, 2012
6:27 am

Let’s face it folks, the Braves are a mid-level payroll team being held hostage by Chipper and his 14 million. Due to this, Wren has one arm tied behind his back. It would be great to trade a young gun for a “big bopper” but there is no $ to pay them. I’m a life long Braves fan but I will be back as a paying customer when my $ does not go to Chipper to sit and watch like me.

WTF

April 6th, 2012
6:27 am

OK, it’s only 1 game…but.
It sure looked like deja-vu all over again. ight down to the Constanza flail at a ball in the dirt and not making contact – when any contact would tie it.
Hoping for better but with this cast, who’d be confident. This team’s lineup scares no one. You can pitch around the hitters, allow the Braves a run or 2 occasionally and still beat them.
Good pitching, pretty good pen, average fielding and very bad situational hitting. Nonexistant ‘clutch’ hitting. Too familiar.
We’ll all know after about 20 games. Give it that long at least.
FIRE LIBERTY MEDIA!

Braves fan in maine

April 6th, 2012
7:02 am

I agree with you TOEMEETSLEATHER…. chippers salary is hurting us alot….. we could use atleast 10 million of that 14 million to get a hitter and still have some left over…. but frank wren is signing guys out of the 5 dollar bin they have at walmart….. these guys couldnt even make it on teams that are in our division… Now with Francisco we will see I have never seen him at all and will give him the benefit of the doubt…. GO BRAVES……

Ted M

April 6th, 2012
7:38 am

‘Wait til next year. This team is awful and Hewyard’s career is going the way of Francouer.’

Francouer had a good year last year and a go spring this year.

Sammy

April 6th, 2012
7:38 am

What? No ‘tip of the cap’ to anyone??

MikeY

April 6th, 2012
7:48 am

So, when Chipper comes back, Constanza gets sent down. Leaves us with a very slow bench: Ross, Hinske, Diaz, Francisco, Wilson. I guess Diaz or Wilson would pinch-run if need be…

Lazarus Lenny

April 6th, 2012
8:03 am

Can somebody tell me why there’s an off day after just one game and Braves still play the Mets Saturday ? Is one game too much for MLB players that they need a rest ? What a buncha wusses.

Lazarus Lenny

April 6th, 2012
8:06 am

Wren has all winter to get players and waits until the last week to sign Francisco & Durbin. What kind of GM is that ? Castoffs from weaker teams (Reds & Nats).

Lazarus Lenny

April 6th, 2012
8:09 am

Its not the loss that matters its how they lost. Only 4 hits in 9 innings. Same old can’t hit shiitt of 2011.

Lazarus Lenny

April 6th, 2012
8:11 am

Rookie Pastornicky was the hitting star yesterday. That speaks volumes about the no-hity Heyward,Uggla,and McCann…

D. Green

April 6th, 2012
8:25 am

The Braves are who we thought the were

First time, long time

April 6th, 2012
8:29 am

Dan, did you watch last year, or are you brand new to the whole “Braves Fan” thing?

dap01

April 6th, 2012
8:30 am

I don’t blame Frank Wren. How could he see this coming? How could he have know that we might have trouble scoring? How could he have known that Chipper’s health is fragile? How could he had known that our outfield if the weakest offensive outfield in baseball? After all right handed hitting left fielders are so hard to find.

Sammy

April 6th, 2012
8:37 am

dap01 = best post of day 1. This is going to be a long season.

Billy

April 6th, 2012
9:02 am

dap01..you are so right—-he didn’t know, lol.

Billy

April 6th, 2012
9:16 am

I love Chipper and thank him for his 19 years-but I’m so tired of hearing chipper this and Chipper that—he is not the team “Savior” that he once was..I wish. Thats like a 94 Chev running in Atlanta 500….

reckingball

April 6th, 2012
9:18 am

It looks like a lot of these here folks, think that the MLB Championship(WS) is either won or lost on the first day of the season.
GO Braves!

Brandon

April 6th, 2012
9:21 am

In no way can we judge this team after 1 game. Thats insanity. Its true that the braves did practically nothing in the offseason, but on the flip side, miami did a ton and they’ve lost their first 2 games totaling 1 run scored. The braves do not need another power hitting outfielder; power was not the braves problem last year. It was situational hitting. Actually, after the 2010 season, the braves said that they needed a power hitting bat and they went out and got dan uggla, the most powerful 2nd basemen in the league. Obviously he is no good defensively in left field so he goes to second and prado to left. Would it make you guys feel better if uggla was in left to supply power? what difference does it make? Both guys can hit: Prado can and probably will put up all star numbers and it’s silly whenever i see people say to put him in utility when he is probably the best hitter on the team. As for heyward, the jury is still out on him, but he can’t be judged off of one game either. This just end…Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 4 yesterday, his career his over! ( logic of the typical braves “fan” on here)

DePort

April 6th, 2012
9:22 am

aaaahhhhh … the world is ending… THE BRAVES lost the first game!! … aahhhh!!!

DePort

April 6th, 2012
9:24 am

Soo 15 or so other teams lost their first game yesterday… Soo I guess they are not making the playoffs either… ohhh .. is it the way the Braves lost? … I can believe we didnt score against one of the best pitchers in all the MLB … aaahhhhh … this is a reflection of the entire year… run away… lets go cheer for the Royals!

Brant

April 6th, 2012
9:24 am

The truth lies somewhere square in the middle. Truth is, it is just one game but the fact remains this team did not do a thing to solve its weaknesses, despite the offseason claim from JS. It’s amazing that this newspaper writer berates people for even suggesting a follow up on JS offseason open letter, chalking it up to “in the heat of the moment” thus just let dogs lie. Yet this same writer will lash out at commenters on this blog for doing the very same “heat of the moment” stuff. The irony.

Chris

April 6th, 2012
9:28 am

I think we should trade Chipper before the trading deadline and get some value in return.

Brandon

April 6th, 2012
9:31 am

@Chris and ruin his chance to retire a brave? lol

Turtsnap

April 6th, 2012
9:35 am

Here’s hoping after the dismal opening day performance, that all Braves “hitters” will be at the optional workout!

MAC

April 6th, 2012
9:38 am

I think if we lose to the astros the people on here will need to be on suicide watch.

alex

April 6th, 2012
10:01 am

Inference: chipper will return and we’ll score runs ; Reality: Chipper will be intermittently hurt and the Braves will have trouble scoring runs… No, one game does not make a season, but since no changes were made from 2011, it is difficult to expect a different outcome.

[...] News is Chipper Jones is expecting to return from his arthroscopic knee surgery sometime next week. That means a spot must be made open on the 25-man roster. The guy I believe that will be sent down (and should be sen down) is Jose Constanza. If not only by a process of elimination, there are a couple reasons why he should be sent down when Chipper returns. [...]

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Double Zero Eight

April 6th, 2012
10:40 am

Let’s hope it is not “more of the same”. True, it’s only one game.
I think most bloggers that are upset are concerned about the way
we lost. The lack of execution at critical times, coupled with what
appeared to me as a lackadaisical demeanor is disconcerting.
With that being said, Go Braves!

Wes Jorga

April 6th, 2012
10:54 am

I see Luis Durango continued to smoke with 3 hits in the Gwinnett opener.

milesarcher33

April 6th, 2012
10:58 am

I don’t understand how anyone has any right to complain. This was only the first game of the season. If after three or four months, the team still isn’t hitting,the it may be time to re evaluate the situation. Giv ethem at least through the All Star break before voicing concerns.

I Am a Complete Idiot

April 6th, 2012
11:15 am

The Braves have an awesome offense. They will win their next 15 games.

Brave Hokie

April 6th, 2012
11:23 am

I can’t hit lefthanders Bluto ~ so I am going to scour in the corner like litte girls…

Your Atl Braves ~ the most thankless team I have ever been emotionally attached to.

Brave Hokie

April 6th, 2012
11:25 am

Yea milesarcher33

No need to allow last Sept to cloud our judgements, give’em to the All-star break!

LOL.

Chipper Moans

April 6th, 2012
11:27 am

@Chris: check baseball’s 10 & 5 rule.

Ah hunt’in season is only 6 month away!

skep

April 6th, 2012
11:33 am

It’s going to be a long frustrating season for the fans and Braves pitchers.

chalkdawg4

April 6th, 2012
11:37 am

Words can’t begin to describe how disgusted I was by yesterday’s perfomance. Great pitching and awful offense. Chipper is standing by to steal another $14 million. This crap looks just like last year. Pitchers pitch their heart out and our hitters make everyone look like Cy Young. I know it is only one game but damn this sux!!!! I have been here a long time. One of my high school classmated is the guy you see running out to Hank when he hit 715.

Felix

April 6th, 2012
12:01 pm

On behalf of Braves fans everywhere, I have just one request.

HIT THE DAMN BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Truth....

April 6th, 2012
12:02 pm

Hey…i don’t need 161 games to see the writing on the wall. Its like watching reruns of the Andy Griffith show…I know exactly what’s going to happen…and what their going to say. But I’ll wait…and see the ending, just like I do every year!

The Truth....

April 6th, 2012
12:07 pm

I’m a big Chipper fan…but they should have traded him 3 years ago and got some good young hitters….That’s just good baseball business. And maybe he could have won another WS.

IHEARTCARROLL

April 6th, 2012
12:12 pm

Is it logical to think that now the Mets will win the World Series ? Hardly,they only won one game….so why do we think that all hope is gone after losing one game?

DetroitBraves

April 6th, 2012
12:13 pm

Chipper is a 10-5 player and has been for 12 years. He cannot be traded without his consent. For all the would be GMs out there please at least take the time to learn the rules.

DetroitBraves

April 6th, 2012
12:14 pm

Sorry 7 years (I should take the time to learn the math) but the point still holds.

Bigwheel

April 6th, 2012
12:32 pm

We faced a tough left yesterday, gotta tip your cap to that guy.

iTiSi

April 6th, 2012
12:35 pm

Just like “Lazarus Lenny” I am frustrated the way MLB starts the season now. It is so harum-scarum and disorganized. I long for the days when everybody started on the same day at the same time, especially night games, and it was lots more exciting. Now it’s like a golfing start scattered out over 3 days. Even one game overseas! Have already lost interest in the Braves and about to lose all interest altogether. There was already one “bad omen” for the Braves (first home game Friday the 13th) and now they lose 1-0 to the team predicted to finish LAST this year. Could not get any worse!

chalkdawg4

April 6th, 2012
12:52 pm

If Liberty Media got rid of the team and the new owner raised the payroll to about $110 milliion I would purchase a 20 game package or so. Its just a train wreck right now. We’ve got Derrick Lowe’s contract and Chipper stealing his money. I love the Braves but this is a lost season I am afraid. Thank God Chipper will walk away with a little dignity. (Not much) I predict 60 games for him.

DawgDad

April 6th, 2012
1:01 pm

No game today? Who (what idiot) drew up THIS schedule?

“OMG! Can you believe the naysayers? ” — One game does not a season make, but what they did yesterday was just more of the same. The pressure is going to mount very quickly if they don’t start winning, because the April schedule should be a cakewalk for a true contender.

Scrotum Sackus

April 6th, 2012
1:03 pm

If I were Tommy Hanson I’d punch Heyward,Uggla,Bourn,Freeman,and McCann in the mouth and tell them “I did my job yesterday, but you didn’t do yours…”

P Rose

April 6th, 2012
1:22 pm

Bottom line: there is a cancer on this team and his name is Chipper Jones.

No matter how hard Fredi or McCann or anyone else tries to rally the Braves, the leader is still Chipper. The young players look to him for leadership. The problem is, although he has always been a great hitter, he has always been a terrible leader.

Whether he is hurt or playing, he remains the Braves’ thermostat. He holds a headlock on the team’s financial ability to acquire another desperately-needed bat. His every word makes the headlines, and most of them are negative, arrogant or just plain dumb. Any other player’s best performance will always be upstaged in the news by Chipper’s latest ignorant comment. For better or worse, the Braves go as Chipper goes.

Next year, McCann will assume the role of team leader. The young guys will finally be able to look up to someone who is positive, has a strong work ethic, doesn’t make excuses or blame others, and whose focus is solely on baseball.

The future for the Braves is bright – starting next year.

Kentavo

April 6th, 2012
2:36 pm

I think Medlen is the team’s Honey Badger…Honey Medler.

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September 15th, 2012
10:22 pm

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