Redmond gets first major league call-up

After eight years in the Braves organization, including the past four in Triple-A Gwinnett, Todd Redmond finally got his big league chance. The 27-year-old right-hander was called up to take Brandon Beachy’s roster spot and give the Braves another arm in the bullpen.

Redmond was 6-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 13 starts for Gwinnett, with 19 walks and 67 strikeouts in 76 innings. He’s been a solid starter throughout his minor league career but never had the kind of repertoire to garner much attention. But he was added to the 40-man roster this year, has seen his fastball tick up a few notches in low-to-mid 90s, and is reaping the rewards.

“We always give him (grief) because he’s got the invisi-ball,” said Kris Medlen, who played with Redmond in Gwinnett this year and Double-A Mississippi in 2008. “He always goes seven or eight innings, but he throws these belt-high to belly button-high 90 mph (fastballs). If I threw them they’d get crushed but it doesn’t. Some things you can’t explain. It’s like how do you do that?”

Medlen calls Redmond a “great dude,” and had to laugh when his phone rang at 1 a.m. Sunday morning, with Redmond calling to verify he’d better pack for the road. That was one thing Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage forgot to mention. Redmond’s parents just happened to be visiting for Father’s Day weekend and could help with laundry.

“My brother called me last night and he was like ‘Way to trump my Father’s Day gift,” Redmond said with a smile. “I was like ‘I can’t plan it any better.’”

Father’s Day surprise

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel had a big surprise in store for his father Mike on Sunday afternoon, presenting his Father’s Day gift on the field before Sunday’s game – a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle.

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The Firm of Bristol, Haas, and Tanner

June 17th, 2012
4:27 pm

Thank you, Carroll.

I do not like the way this team is playing right now.

eskippy

June 17th, 2012
4:28 pm

bob didier

June 17th, 2012
4:28 pm

Please send Fredi packing with Livan. Worst team we have had in Atlanta in at least 20 years.

bob didier

June 17th, 2012
4:30 pm

eskippy, you are about as close to #1 as our Braves are. And, that ain’t very close.

Ken Stallings

June 17th, 2012
4:35 pm

Baseball is the simplest of games! If you do not score, you always lose! 19 innings of scoreless ball means the Braves lose two in a row and have been a walking disaster at home against the Yankees and Orioles.

The only silver lining is that the AL East has dominated the NL East.

Ken

bob didier

June 17th, 2012
4:50 pm

Anyone really believe that Florida would give us back Infante and Dunn for Uggla? I don’t. Bad trade, both monetarily and baseball wise.

The way Salty is playing now, anyone feel the deal for Tex was a good one? Salty is playing better than McCann. And, of course, that doesn’t include Harrison and the SS.

Then, there was the deal where Frenchy left. Anyone feel we got the best of that one?

bob didier

June 17th, 2012
4:52 pm

One can only hope JJ pitches a no-hitter on Friday and someone wants him immediately.

BravesfaninWis

June 17th, 2012
4:56 pm

The Braves are the poster child for pathetic. 1 f’n hit and no runs last night, 7 hits and no runs today. Pretty sad when you outhit your opponent, but still can’t score a f’n run. Shut out 2 games in a row, way to choke again boys. Now go home and enjoy your big houses, your fancy cars, and cash those huge checks for doing nothing but choking. Pro sports is the only occupation where you can consistently screw up and still get paid great and keep your job. I can sure say that if I failed at my job like the Braves do at theirs, I wouldn’t have a job. Thanks for nothing losers.

bostonbravo

June 17th, 2012
4:59 pm

didier..thanks for not mentioning Don Juan Francisco…I just ate & thinking of his bloated carcass makes me queasy.

least of the east

June 17th, 2012
5:02 pm

now Simmons is the only one who can hit ? if he was still at AA, would we get 1 hit every game ?

we had a chance to get back in the race with Yanks sweep of Nats, but this team just isn’t good enough.

now Braves go to NY and lose 3 more to them.

everyone talks about pitching, but what about the lack of offense ? what % of games do they score 3 runs or less ? a majority. don’t just divide total runs scored by games played.

we can get shut out just as well without Bourn. get rid of him and get something.

I’m glad soemone mentioned Salty. that Teixeira trade (swindle/ripoff) was alreday bad enough ebfore he started to hit. now it’s one of the worst deals in baseball history. the legacy of JS.

TP

June 17th, 2012
5:03 pm

COLD HARD FACTS:
TOP PROFESSIONAL TEAMS FROM THE ATL
1. Falcons- not great, but good, make playoff but first round exit

2. Dreams- I read where they made it to the finals in second or third year.
3. Hawks- decent, make playoffs, no realistic chance for advancing beyond second round

4. Braves- ok until football starts, when was the last time they won a playoff series, or better yet, when was the last time they made the playoffs…PLAYOFFS?? YOU TALKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS!!!

bob didier

June 17th, 2012
5:11 pm

Actually, I was trying to forget the Francisco for Hoover trade. Hoover is pitching well for Cincy and we now need good relievers. And, as for Francisco, he is on our roster.

Whiskey River

June 17th, 2012
5:11 pm

@BravesfaninWis 6 out of 7. Lose next 6. Great job. This team does not care anymore. They are frustrated because management took away their team that won 6 in a row to make room for a washed up player that is done. New lineup: Bourn,Simmons,Prado,Uggla.Mccann,Heyward,Freeman Pitcher, Constanza.Bench Chipper as pinchhitter, Release Francisco, Release Hinske,Bring up Parraz. Fire FW, FIRE FG Fire Walker. Bobby Cox as GM Franceour as Manager, Pendleton as hitting couch.Lets play baseball instead of checkers.

go-BRAVOS

June 17th, 2012
5:18 pm

TP that would be 2010 Wild Card, when we lost in the 1st round to the eventual WS Champs.

bob didier

June 17th, 2012
5:21 pm

Whiskey, Parraz is injured. Hasn’t played in over a month. Gatiis is injurd. Hasn’t played in 6 weeks. Teheran left with back troubles yesterday. It is time to give the rookie 1B Mejia a shot while FF nurses his hurt knuckle.

We have no bench. Hinske, Diaz, and Francisco should never see the field on defense. Jack shouldn’t see the field on offense. Ross can field but can’t hit. McCann can hit but not play d and has trouble seeing. FF can’t see and his knuckle hurts. Uggla leads the league in errors and K’s. Chipper is too old and slow. Bourn can’t hit lefties or throw and Fredi won’t hit and run or let Bourn run.

Venters has problems. Livan was too slow. O’Flaherty has elbow pain as does Beachy. Huddy has bonespurs. McCann needs a rest every 3 days. Chipper needs a rest every 3 days. FF needs a week off with pay. O’F needs a week off with pay.
Braves have major problems. We are tipping our caps much too much.

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

June 17th, 2012
5:22 pm

IS IT CAP TIPPIN’ TIME YET, PAW?

TP

June 17th, 2012
5:24 pm

Ok, must be getting old….yes, Braves lost to the “Bearded One”

Whiskey River

June 17th, 2012
5:25 pm

I agree bob didier Simple Fire FW FIre FG , Start over. Happy Fathers Day if you are one. I used to be one but lost her. Really miss her.

Who Me?

June 17th, 2012
5:51 pm

Roster needs cleaning, no one to do it. FG can’t and FW won’t because he’d have to admit how bad he has screwed himself.

Dirty Dawg

June 17th, 2012
5:55 pm

Ya gotta feel good about how the Delgado kid pitched today…but the damn bats just suck. It’ll get better before long…at least it better get better. As for most of Mr Wren’s ‘moves’ – he’s surely using that age old response to the ‘What were you thinking?’ question, of ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time.’

74bravesjersey

June 17th, 2012
6:05 pm

Hey Whiskey; tried to get on here w/ condolences for you during these times. Wish you the best brother. Holler at me if anything you need.

Whiskey River

June 17th, 2012
6:09 pm

@74bravesjersey Thanks man. It is just a little rough this time of year. In 2005. My wife and daugter were killed in auto accident on fathers day. Thanks for condolences it helps.

74bravesjersey

June 17th, 2012
6:47 pm

@ Whiskey; these folks don’t know who the real person behind this blogging, talking about you. Tragedy can shake you up, make you or break you. No words or action can ever compare brother, you’ve been through hell that I can’t even touch, or imagine to losing both. My hearts sincerely out to ya, I’ll be lifting you up before my family & God’s peace give you enduring strength, rest,& his comfort. For what you’ve been through, you’ve blessed me, & this isn’t taken lightly. This blogging world I know it’s an outlet, it’s been for me, but I’m nothing compared to you brother.

Larry

June 18th, 2012
9:19 am

Hey CARROLL,
How did that b.s. article about Chipper getting a divorce go over? Wish you would keep to baseball and not femine gossip crap. There is no crying in baseball, so hold your tears back

Marshall

June 18th, 2012
12:06 pm

The entire problems folk is the fact that Mr. Wren sat on his a.. during the off season and done absolutely nothing to strengthen this team, instead, he elected to go with the same chokers from last season. No hit, seldom solid pitching,same ole things and it will continue until the organization decides that Frank Wren,Freddie Gonzales are canned completely unless they change their ideas of running and managing this team,PERIOD, if infact they have the knowlege to do so. Loyal fans you just have to SUCK it up until major changes are made. Rest assured the result will continue to be the same as long as absent minds remaind at the controls.

[...] Todd Redmond, What He Throws (Part II) From a piece by David O’Brien this June: “We always give him (grief) because he’s got the invisi-ball,” said Kris Medlen, [...]

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