2:19 pm June 27, 2012, by Carroll Rogers
June 28th, 20129:55 am
I don’t think there’s much doubt that we gotta have a nickname for that guy.
June 28th, 20129:56 am
Murph, you just jinxed the reverse-jinx, man. You gotta do something else
Ah crap… what do I do? Sacrifice Ward or something?
Help me fix this!!
June 28th, 20129:57 am
Don’t know too much about him, Ease. They have a few guys to watch down in the DSL, but I really don’t pay attention until they hit the states.
Off the top of my head, I know OF’s Iosif Bernal, Miguel Rivero and Victor Reyes. LHP Nelson Leon too. Only guys I’ve read up about.
I’m going to go ahead and predict a JJ meltdown tonight, since that’s what I did the other night, and he pitched great
I’m doing the opposite so that I can say it’s not my fault. 6IP, 2 ER
The Rangers young stud pitcher Perez got slapped around pretty bad by the Tigers last night. 4 Runs in 2/3 an inning.
Let’s do the same to Bauer tonight.
Bat, this tweet is for you…
Someone in the pro-obamacare crowd blasting Bob Marley — One Love. Somehow I doubt everyone is here to get together and feel alright
June 28th, 20129:59 am
Sacrifice Ward? He’d be deemed unworthy and thrown back like a visiting team’s HR ball at Wrigley Field.
Murph, I think the only thing you can do now is just post what you actually think Jurrjens will do tonight. Good, bad, indifferent, doesn’t matter. You already nuked the mojo, so your actual thoughts can’t hurt.
June 28th, 201210:00 am
The Rangers young stud pitcher Perez got slapped around pretty bad
No, he got bull-rushed by Prince. Who made a fine tackle on the play and got the sack.
June 28th, 201210:01 am
He hasn’t been right this year. He was projected to be a good one. but as he came up through the system – performance just got worse and worse.
Someone in the pro-obamacare crowd blasting Bob Marley — One Love.
And how does he know this is the “pro” crowd?
Because tea partiers would consider Bob Marley music “illegal immigration”.
June 28th, 201210:02 am
Ease – I’m still trying to figure out what the protestors are protesting. The decision has been made and printed for distribution and the Supremes never asked their opinions to begin with.
The Saturday and Sunday afternnon games are going to be brutal.
Supposed to be touching 100 degrees in Atlanta this weekend.
Plus the humidity.
June 28th, 201210:03 am
People just like to protest
How does he know it’s the “pro crowd”? Probably becaus no one in that area are wearing 18th Century outfits and claiming knowledge of historical events about which they are clueless?
June 28th, 201210:05 am
Efrim- control is perez’s biggest issue. Still can be a good one but has to work harder on his mechanics. Things came too easy for him at first and he is having difficulty making adjustments as he moves up the system
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June 28th, 201210:06 am
SS Jose Peraza, C Carlos Sanchez and LHP Luis Merejo are the Latin players to keep an eye on for the GCL Braves. They were all signed during the summer of 2010, along with Danville RHP Mauricio Cabrera.
Way too much politics being discussed here
June 28th, 201210:07 am
It’s only a political discussion if you are proposing a particular point of view – otherwise it’s a discussion of current events. No one here has claimed a particular poitical point of view, but merely commented on what is happening.
A Bob Marley joke is not political, Mike.
Sometimes a joke is just a joke, says Sigmund.
MikeInFl, We could sure use some good vomit-talk right about now.
June 28th, 201210:08 am
Lew, I honestly have no idea, I haven’t paid too much attention to Obamacare to have an opinion one way or another.
Individual manadate ruled unconstitutional
Lew -”How does he know it’s the “pro crowd”?”
Could mean “pro” as in professional. Hired professional protesters.
June 28th, 201210:09 am
Nice little Baseball America article on J.R. Graham’s transition to starting:
Starting Now Suits Braves J.R. Graham
Posted Jun. 27, 2012 10:09 am by Conor Glassey
Filed under: All-Star Games, Daily Dish
For Braves righthander J.R. Graham, 2012 has been a year of transition. Last year, when he was drafted in the fourth round out of Santa Clara, he pitched in 23 games for the Broncos, but only got five starts.
He got his feet wet in pro ball, ranking as the No. 8 prospect in the Appalachian League after he went 5-2, 1.72 with 52 strikeouts and 13 walks over 58 innings. He pitched in 13 games, starting eight of them.
This year, Graham was named to the Carolina League all-star team after going 8-1, 2.53 with 15 walks and 55 strikeouts over 82 innings in the first half of the year for Lynchburg.
Graham has been a starter the entire season.
“It’s been pretty easy for me,” Graham said of the transition. “At first, I remember going into college starting and I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve got to be a starter. I’ve got to reserve myself.’ And it didn’t really work out for me that well. But then my coach gave me some real good advice. He said to go out there with a closer mentality and pretend like it’s nine one-inning saves. I’ve done that ever since and I keep that closer mentality while I’m starting.”
In a one-inning stint in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game, Graham sat 93-96 mph with his fastball while mixing in an 84 mph slider. Graham knows his stuff—especially his secondary stuff—still needs work.
“I’m still working on everything,” Graham said. “Locating my fastball, throwing the two-seam, working on the slider and getting more consistent with that and working on the changeup. You never stop learning. It’s a game of constant adjustments. If somebody tells you they’ve got it figured out, they’re probably not going to be in the game very long.”
Getting that kind of velocity out of a 6-foot, 185-pound build requires a lot of hard work. While Graham has retained mostly the same workout routine he used in college, he’s also switched things up a little bit, especially after transitioning into a starter’s role full-time.
“I’m still doing the same stuff—the plyometrics and the medicine balls are a big part of my workout routine,” Graham said. “Those pretty much stayed the same, but I changed the leg workouts because you’ve got to keep the body guessing, like they say in ‘Dodgeball.’ ”
This start for Jurrjens is almost as big as the last start. Is he for real or was it a fluke in Boston?
…right… nothing political on this page.
June 28th, 201210:10 am
We could always go back to the Hanson vs Minor vs JJ convo from yesterday…
And Wayne isn’t here yet, so no-one is really “discussing” politics.
Jimmy – Being an American automatically makes you a professional protestor. It’s in our genetic makeup. Hell, we even had a three day protest here on the blog when Yunel hit a bad pitch for a HR.
June 28th, 201210:11 am
I noticed that Simmons changed bats during the game last night. Went from a light color to a black bat in the fifth.
Just an observation that is useless.
June 28th, 201210:12 am
I could always make a joke involving Democrats, if that would even things out.
June 28th, 201210:13 am
Mike – Have you heard anyone state which side of the argument they’re on? NO. YOu;’ve heard anyone who’s commented telling what is happening in the crowd and basically making jokes at the expense of the entire process. It just ain’t political if you don’t discuss the politics of the situation.
Anyone want to see what the unemployed do for fun…. here’s a link:
going 8-1, 2.53 with 15 walks and 55 strikeouts over 82 innings in the first half of the year for Lynchburg.
Its too bad he can’t go deep into games. He might be really dominating then.
I’d say it’s a bigger start since he needs to prove it wasn’t a fluke.
Sorry guys. Carry on.
June 28th, 201210:16 am
ncscoots – Make it about a fat demo and somehow involve Little Debbie snack cakes.
Tonight is a statement start for Jurrjens.
Looks like the entire bill has been upheld. Here endeth the commentary.
Well, that’s the name a dat tune,then. Not much chance of that law working, with only sick people in the insured pool. Oh, well.
Wow, getting more money than Soler (at least for now)
Dodgers To Sign Yasel Puig
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [June 28 at 9:13am CST]
The Dodgers have agreed to sign 21-year-old outfielder Yasel Puig to a multiyear deal worth more than $40MM, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports.
June 28th, 201210:19 am
Brian-”Is he for real or was it a fluke in Boston?”
Even after tonite it’ll be too soon to tell. Another good performance and people will be still saying “well let’s wait till we see him string some nice games together”. (good point) And what if he goes 6 and gives up 3 like Hanson did? WiIl that be a good enough sign? What if he goes 4 and gives up 4? Just no way to qualify on two appearances. We may feel better after tonite or a little worse or a lot worse, but it still wouldn’t mean a definitive yea or nay. I’d say that as long as his mechanics are OK and his knee doesn’t bark at him, he should be respectable.
June 28th, 201210:20 am
No need to apologize. You’re intentions are in the right place. It’s a slippery slope, and while Lew and scoots may be right about it being a joke at this point, it won’t end up that way most likely. Someone will push it a little too far, and the joke will become a spat. The someone will walk away a pout pout fish. Happens every time.
Lew – What? Go to CNN to read about it.
Just cobbling together a couple of good starts isn’t a trend. Jurrjens has to show over multiple starts that he can at least pitch competently again. He doesn’t have to win every one of those games, but he can’t afford to get rocked.
June 28th, 201210:21 am
scoots – It was NOT ruled Unconstitutional – the entire bill was upheld. Just not upheld under the Commerce clause, but under the tax provisions.
June 28th, 201210:22 am
Thank you Jimmy…
Someone will push it a little too far, and the joke will become a spat.
But that someone will not be I, thus, my conscience is clear.
“Well, that’s the name a dat tune,then. Not much chance of that law working, with only sick people in the insured pool. Oh, well”
Well at first I thought they said it was unconstitutional but now they’re saying part of it is upheld….who knows.
June 28th, 201210:23 am
Jimmy – Been watching CNN all morning – they’re talking about it now. The Bill has been upheld. They had argued that Congress had the ability under the Commerce Clause, but they claimed it was Constitutional as a Tax.
The someone will walk away a pout pout fish.
I bet that would be Soph.
June 28th, 201210:24 am
Thats very interesting considering all along we were told it was definitely not a tax but a fine…..oh well haha
June 28th, 201210:25 am
ncbraves – Yep, certain amout of ironly inmvolved. Oh well, I’ve had insurance all along, so it’s somewhat moot to me.
Ah, I see. CNN was a little quick on the trigger (too many reporters with a smartphone and a blog, obviously). The Supes manage to say both things at the same time, in their own inimitable way, LOL.
June 28th, 201210:26 am
I’ve had it as well. Just been interesting to follow seeing the 180’s that have taken place over the past few months.
June 28th, 201210:27 am
scoots – That they were. Premature information.
June 28th, 201210:28 am
Bat, this tweet is for you…
Someone in the pro-obamacare crowd blasting Bob Marley — One Love. Somehow I doubt everyone is here to get together and feel alright _ Ease
I’m not sure how to take that, Ease. But ……..
The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where
But I’m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
So on we go
His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We’ll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
And Bob’s your uncle
Yeah, it’s not important…. just another thing made mandatory!
Only thing I’ll say…. back to baseball!!
June 28th, 201210:30 am
According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Dodgers have agreed to a multi-year contract with Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig worth more than $40 million.
Yikes…..that is a little much based on what I’ve read about him. However it’s tough with Cuban players. We’ll see. Lots of dough from LAD. They are going to run it this offseason.
ncbraves – Absolutely – Never a dull moment in the 24 Hour News Cycle. Unfortunately, the most relevant coverage is usually on Comedy Central with Stewart and Colbert.
That they were. Premature information.
I knew it!
Old person tax.
June 28th, 201210:31 am
Lew – I just read the article on CNN.com
You are right sir, and I was wrong.
I was fooled by their headline: “Mandate struck down
High court finds measure unconstitutional”
Anyway… back to what really matters.
Heyward now ranks 15th in the NL in OPS: http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting/_/league/nl/sort/OPS/order/true
the most relevant coverage is usually on Comedy Central with Stewart and Colbert
Sad, but completly true!!!
June 28th, 201210:32 am
Kinda unrelated, but I lived in Canada for 3 years and witnessed their medical system firsthand…
The old guy who lived across the street from us had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital, where he lay on a gurney in a hallway for 2 days and proceeded to have 2 more heart attacks. He somehow survived long enough to get proper care.
We found out that my wife was pregnant while up there, too. Went to the first appointment, which was at a walk-in clinic along side a guy who had cut off his thumb with a table saw, and the woman doctor asked when we thought the baby was conceived… she then looked at some chart to try and come up with a probably due date… apparently in Canada babies gestate for 16 months, because she overestimated by a good 28 weeks. We left shaking our heads and got the ball rolling on our move back to the States that afternoon.
Again, not really related to the insurance debate brewing right now, but it was an interesting glimpse at an alternative medical system to our own.
John Boehner will now turn bright red orange and be considered as an alternative energy source.
June 28th, 201210:33 am
Bat, as long as its the Neil Diamond version.
June 28th, 201210:34 am
Efrim – Heyward is no longer disappointing. If this is what was expected all along, we should be in pretty good shapoe in RF for a few more years at least.
June 28th, 201210:36 am
we should be in pretty good shapoe in RF for a few more years at least.
Heck, better be for longer than that. That should be high on the priority list this Winter if he keeps this up.
Murph – lived in England for 9 years. The stories I could tell!
I learn something everyday on the ole blog.
“apparently in Canada babies gestate for 16 months”
I’m calling folks right now, like I did yesterday on the Marty McFly incident.
I thought this wasn’t a political forum? Some of you know better.
June 28th, 201210:37 am
Did you wear your overalls??
June 28th, 201210:38 am
Efr- That would work for me. Re-up Heyward, Prado and McCann. Freeman can wait a year or two.
I don’t know what happened to Heyward, but he has been locked in for a couple of weeks now.
“Hitting the ball with authority”, I think they call it.
They’ve already started the overpayment of players….
Ehh, no. I’d like to see him do it for at least half of next year before locking him up…
June 28th, 201210:39 am
monty – Like we said earlier – no one has espoused a politcal viewpoint – merely discussed current events.
June 28th, 201210:40 am
Sorry – One person stated that BOTH parties are full of crap.
June 28th, 201210:41 am
I’m no DOB, but this seems civil. The only political “discussions” I can’t stand are the
“Obama’s a idiot because he didn’t fix the economy and those stupid Republicidiots can’t do nothing right!!”
“Oh yeah?? Well it is all Bush’s fault!!”
And it’s just everyone yelling at the other. Democrats can do no right and everything’s their fault. And vice versa
June 28th, 201210:42 am
jeffery d – LOL.
No, that was pre-reaissance.
Wore a uniform back then.
June 28th, 201210:44 am
DOB, any indication if the Braves will be in on the new Cuban OF Puig?
Sounds like both Chicago teams are chasing him… sounds like he’s pretty good. The deal for Soler was pretty cheap… might be worth taking a chance and offering the guy a similar deal, maybe 8 years, $24mil. If he ends up sucking, it’s only $3mil (still can’t believe I type “only $3mil”… baseball) per year.
June 28th, 201210:45 am
Re-up Heyward, Prado and McCann.
Yes, Yes and No.
Wore a uniform back then
One like this?
June 28th, 201210:46 am
I guess you prefer The Hollies?
June 28th, 201210:47 am
No, YES, No.
btw, can we sign Kimbrel longterm, like 7 years and a few options? Doubt he’d do it though. Would be nice
June 28th, 201210:48 am
While Kimbrel’s pretty BA, there’s always a risk with relievers.
Or this one?
id lock up mccann if he would do it. it wouldnt be for $20mil per.
June 28th, 201210:49 am
Yes x 3
June 28th, 201210:50 am
Yeah, Ease. No accounting for taste, huh.
Why would you worry about re-signing Kimbrel NOW? He’s got four more years of contractual control – one of them very inexpensively. Way too early on him and Freeman.
Heyward hits arbitration this winter and re-signing him could begate much of the arb boosts and lock him up past Free Agency – Prado, too.
You’re just not going to find a better catching option than McCann and Betancourt really isn’t all that, though I’d wait until next year to re-sign Mac..
June 28th, 201210:53 am
Why is my last comment in moderation?
Anywho, I asked DOB if there has been any indication on whether or not the Braves will be in on Puig?
Seems like both Chicago teams are in on him, and if the contract is similar to the one Soler signed, he might be worth a $3mil/year risk… if he’s as good as people say he is.
June 28th, 201210:54 am
Hope the Braves don’t melt away on Saturday when it’s supposedly a 106 degrees and probably hotter on the field. Sucks it’s a day game.
June 28th, 201210:56 am
lew, ill be interested to see what neftali feliz gets in his first year of arbitration. it wont be a perfect comparison to kimbrel, but it might show us what kind of money kimbrel will make in arbitration. it might be a good idea to lock him up to save some cash in that area.
Murph, signing with Dodgers.
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