Braves quotes after Saturday’s win against Phillies

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On patience paying off with Minor

“His last three or four outings have been really, really good. Today he was about as good as I’ve seen him, command of his fastball both sides of the plate, change-ups behind in the count, change-ups to strike people out. He really kept them off balance. We got two runs and Blanton was pretty stingy also. But nice sac fly by Chipper there early on and we made it count. Played some good defense behind Mike. It’s a good outing. Now let’s try to get greedy and go get another one tomorrow.”

On poise and maturity different than first two months

“It takes a little time. He’s not a finished product by any means, but he’s heading in that direction pretty quickly and right in front of our eyes. Good for him, good for us and good for us as an organization, as a team to be patient with that young man. Hopefully he keeps building on that. It was a situation where if you don’t have the best closer in the game sitting out there in the bullpen, and you get a couple more runs, you may want to run him back out there. For me he was that dominant. He was terrific.”

On if different confidence level for Minor now

“I don’t know. I can tell you what I see in the games. He’s a guy that’s been able to command, the last two or three outings and throw all his pitches, even behind in the count and that takes some maturity. It takes some experience, not to throw fastballs in 2-0, 3-1 counts, mix in some breaking pitches, and he’s done that.”

On playing better at home

“As long as it’s not Monday. I tell you what we’ve had two days with great crowds. It’s nice to have them standing there in the ninth inning and help us get through that ninth inning. The last couple nights have been pretty special.”

**MIKE MINOR

On his performance

“We had a gameplan like we had in the last couple of weeks, and stuck with it. That’s throwing fastballs in, opens up your way, and mix in breaking pitches as well.”

How far do you feel like you’ve come in past couple of months?

“Complete 180. I wouldn’t say confidence, I’d just say my demeanor on the mound and not letting things get to me. Before it snowballed early on if I gave up a couple of runs or whatever. Now it’s just part of the game. If I give up one or two we’re still in the ballgame and I don’t let things get carried away.”

Was there a change after the June 24 Boston game? (4-2/3 innings, 7 runs, 4 earned, 3 homers)

“I think so. Instead of feeling sorry for myself it was more kind of pissed off and wanted to do something about it. I just went to a couple of guys and talked to them, talked to Roger a lot and the catchers. They pointed out all my flaws and what I do out there, and I just took it and kind of worked off of it, instead of backing off and not facing it.”

Gave up the Utley homer, then only one baserunner rest of night

“It was just a bad pitch [to Utley]. Supposed to be a change-up off the dish and it was dead-middle, up. The call [for changeup] was because he was pulling off fastballs away, and we’re thinking maybe we could sneak a change-up in there and and maybe he’d swing over it. But it was just a bad pitch.”

You’re not leaning heavily on change-up the way you used to, right?

“No, it’s pretty much a fourth pitch right now. I’m still getting swings-and-misses on it, and when I do throw it it’s more down – besides the Utley pitch. I’ve been really working on throwing it down in the zone.”

On confidence to be willing to drop what was your go-to pitch down to a fourth pitch

“It was about six home runs until it was, like, all right, it’s not my best pitch anymore. I’ve got to throw something else at them.”

On change in his approach

“I’ve been attacking hitters more. I throw a lot of balls down the middle of the plate and let hitters make a decision, either pull it or take it the other way. It kind of mixes them up a little bit and usually they get themselves out. It’s a lot less of giving away at-bats, of just walking them and letting them get a free ride to first base. Then all of a sudden a base hit and they go first to third…. I’m challenging them more.”

**BRIAN McCANN

On Mike Minor’s progress

“Man, when he pitches like he has the last couple of times, and that [earlier] stretch for a month I think it was, he’s a bonafide major league pitcher, a guy that can go out and win you 15 ballgames. Even more.

“He’s getting better and better, and he’s a guy that we’re going to rely on down the stretch here to win us some big ballgames. Tonight was one of the first steps of doing that.”

More on Minor’s development

“We also have to remember, he’s learning. And he’s getting better and better. I think when you first come up and everybody wants results right away – you’ve got to learn to pitch up here. There’s some really good hitters that take pitches that they don’t take in Triple-A. I think he’s realizing how to set up hitters, when to waste a pitch… I’m a huge Mike Minor fan. I have been since Day 1. He’s only going to continue to get better and better.”

On winning five in a row vs. Phillies

“They had our number for three or four years there, and for us to go there and sweep, then come here and win two and have a chance to sweep them tomorrow, that’s big for us. Because that’s kind of a hurdle we needed to get over. They’ve got all their players here, all their guys that they won the World Series with. So it’s good to go out there, play good baseball and win.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On Minor

“He had shutout, complete-game stuff tonight. As did Blanton. Blanton was very good, as he usually is against us. But Mikey was just one run better.”

On whether this drives nail in Phillies’ coffin

“I don’t know. You’ve heard speculation about this being a big series for them. I’m glad that this series is in our own ballpark. We’ve taken the first two. We’ve got a date with Doc Halladay tomorrow afternoon. That’s going to be no easy task. He’s a really good pitcher. But we’ve got a chance to sweep, and we need to try and take advantage of that.”

**MICHAEL BOURN

On five wins in a row vs. Phillies, who are in last place but still 5-time defending division champs

“Oh, yeah, they still bring that thunder. They’ve got a good team over there. They fight to the last out, just like we do.”

On the game

“It was a pitcher’s duel the whole way. Kimbrel came in and shut the door in the ninth. [Minor] is what had us going the whole time. He kept them off balance the whole night. He was living on both sides of the plate. I could see it from center field. When you’re living on both sides, not just one, they’ve got to worry about it. That makes it tough for a hitter, when a pitcher can hit the inside and the outside.”

100 comments Add your comment

Brandon

July 28th, 2012
10:27 pm

jharber

July 28th, 2012
10:35 pm

Proud of my neighbor in Chapel Hill, Tenn. Not so much of my other neighbor in Columbia,Tenn.

Yogi Berra

July 28th, 2012
10:39 pm

Great Game..now do it again tomorrow.

Keith

July 28th, 2012
10:40 pm

Looking more and more like they should just stand pat on a starter and bring Medlen up to replace JJ. We may not need a starter, but I still kind of hope they get one. :)

reliever and bat would be good, too.

Braves fan always

July 28th, 2012
10:43 pm

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Braves fan always

July 28th, 2012
10:44 pm

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Braves fan always

July 28th, 2012
10:44 pm

jharber

July 28th, 2012
10:45 pm

We some way have to get Uggla out of the lineup for awhile, Then update bench be good to go

NORRIS CHUCK

July 28th, 2012
10:45 pm

They just need to keep Medlin and bring in a bat!

Braves fan always

July 28th, 2012
10:45 pm

jharber

u need to move

his name is dan uggla

Braves fan always

July 28th, 2012
10:46 pm

Braves fan always

July 28th, 2012
10:47 pm

bourne also has 100 strikeouts also

glad he is gone next year

jharber

July 28th, 2012
10:47 pm

Sorry but I am aware, Been here 52 years so will not move

Braves fan always

July 28th, 2012
10:48 pm

breaking news………
wren has just signed greg norton

Braves fan always

July 28th, 2012
10:49 pm

been in columbia 60 years
my hero

jharber

July 28th, 2012
10:52 pm

Lived in lewisburg for 52, born and raised in
Chapel Hill

Quack Quack

July 28th, 2012
11:01 pm

Good job Mike Minor. Lets put the philthys away tomorrow.

@Braves fan always….Mr. Bourn proves everyday what a true”PLAYER” is all about. I hope we go in the hole to keep him.

GO BRAVES!!!

Clayton

July 28th, 2012
11:09 pm

Let’s get that sweep tomorrow. Great game Bravos especially Minor. Kimbrel is filthy.

Tina

July 28th, 2012
11:09 pm

Minor is a reason we should not trade Delgado.

Largo

July 28th, 2012
11:22 pm

Minor is growing up and becoming a pitcher. Great job tonight, Mike.

CATMAN

July 28th, 2012
11:39 pm

For all those fans out there that are clamoring for the Braves to spend money for starting pitching consider this. With the exception of Hudson(9 million) and Jurrjens(5.5 million) all the other pitchers who have started this year, Hanson, Minor,Beachy,Delgado, Medlen, and I’m assuming Sheets since he signed a minor league contract all make under 1 million per year. Hanson makes the most out of that grouop at 535,000 per year. With the exception of Hudson all the other Braves who have started this year make less as a group per year than Jurrjens does by himself. The Braves are getting a lot of bang for the buck with their starting pitching. They have the 3rd best record in the league. Their starters are costing them around 17 million this year. Not bad. Don’t think many other teams in the league can say that. At least not ones that have as good a record as the Braves do.

Skeezix

July 28th, 2012
11:40 pm

I feel a sweep of the Phils coming tomorrow. Minor, with Kimbrel to close it out, were awesome. Jason had a good game at the plate against a tough pitcher – 2 for 4 with an RBI also a SB. It sure would be nice if the dang Nats would go on a losing streak.

Rowsdower

July 28th, 2012
11:41 pm

Glad when Bourn is gone? Are you on crack? He’s the best leadoff hitter this side of Mike Trout. Wren absolutely has to re-sign Bourn with all that Chipper/D. bLowe money!

UNCBrave

July 28th, 2012
11:42 pm

If ONLY UGGLA started hitting, this team could catch the NATS

Bill Myers

July 28th, 2012
11:43 pm

Where would the Braves be if they did not give away an out every 9th at bat. Uggla is an albatross. Is Freddi blind, dumb or both. Like the man hitting himself in the head with a hammer. It feels so good when you stop. It will feel so good when Uggla is gone.

monty

July 28th, 2012
11:45 pm

“When you’re living on both sides, not just one, they’ve got to worry about it.”

Tommy Hanson. Are you listening?

Skeezix

July 28th, 2012
11:46 pm

For Wren, Uggla must feel like a 200 lb. weight on his back.

It isn’t ever a good thing to have to bench a $14m/yr. player, but I think most would agree that it’s time.

Rowsdower

July 28th, 2012
11:49 pm

Uggla = Rob Deer.

More on Bourn. Yes, he has 100 Ks so far, but who wouldn’t want this line from their leadoff hitter (besides the Angels):

112 runs 204 hits 31 doubles 13 triples 13 HRs 66 RBI 45 SBs .297 Avg

Beaten by an Uggla Stick

July 29th, 2012
12:00 am

It is down right painful watching Uggla. yeah he hustles but….. I’d move Prado back to second and platoon left field. Uggla can sweep the dugout or go to Gwinett to learn how to hit again.

Busch Leaguer

July 29th, 2012
12:12 am

Liriano to White Sox for someone named Escobar.

Who Me?

July 29th, 2012
12:12 am

good to see Minor maturing, timing is everything at this level and we’ll need that confidence headed into September. Gotta get another arm and a solid outfield bat and we should be in pretty good shape.

Who Me?

July 29th, 2012
12:13 am

Sunday’s starters are studs. ought to be a good matchup with Doc and Huddy, looking forward to it.

Busch Leaguer

July 29th, 2012
12:14 am

Any chance to get Josh Willingham from the Twins to play LF everyday and move Prado to 2b. Sorry Dan but the Braves already have a pitcher to bat in the 9 spot in the order.

Who Me?

July 29th, 2012
12:15 am

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Rowsdower

July 29th, 2012
12:23 am

No chance of getting Willingham. The Twins want WAY too much for him.

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
12:24 am

twins have Josh for 3 years and said no to a trade.

Automatic Out Uggla

July 29th, 2012
12:32 am

Since June 6th Uggla has 15 hits in 136 at bats equating to a .110 average. How much longer do we have to watch him? Last year was bad enough but this is even more painful since there is only two months left in the season. Had Struggla hit at all in the first half of last season the Braves would have made the playoffs.

Will DOB please interview him for his quotes after these pathetic hitting performances? Struggla needs to be held accountable. As readers we would like to hear his explanation of being hitless over the past week and his terrible slump of nearly two months? If the Braves miss the playoffs again this year, Struggla should assume the majority of the blame. What a terrible waste of $14 million!

james

July 29th, 2012
12:39 am

to all of you who are down on the braves, and say they do not have enough starting pitching, i remember the year 1990, the atlanta braves had a group of young guns named glavine, smoltz, avery, mercker. they all had losing records this team could not pitch, hit or play defense. they were awful and thats an understatement. then someone got smart that someone realized the talent these pitchers had, so they kept sending them out there every 5 days, letting them learn and gain experience. and then 1991 worst to first some went out and fixed the defense they picked up rafeal belliard to play short, sid bream to play first, terry pendleton to play third base, otis nixon in center and an old veteran pitcher lefthander charlie liebrandt to anchor this young staff, and the rest is history this team came 1 game away from wining the world series, and thus set history in motion, 14 straight division titles a decade of pitching excellence. the point is keep these young guns and let them live up to there talents, just take a look at mike minors results tonite, remind you of someone?

Busch Leaguer

July 29th, 2012
12:40 am

About Reed Johnson of the Cubs ,I know Wren has the red ass about the Dempster leaks but there is a need for a RH bat.

Busch Leaguer

July 29th, 2012
12:46 am

Any RH bats in minor leagues for the Braves at 2b or Lf ,nothing I thought so .Gwinnett had a power hitting Lf last year what happened to him?, sorry I can’t remember his name

BravesFanInNashville

July 29th, 2012
12:48 am

Really glad the Braves are giving a starter who went 11-1 one year and is 14-4 as a starter for the Braves a chance. Meds is tough and he’s not going to cost us a prospect. We are a better team for the future with him and Minor, Teheran and Delgado still around. Best move we never made..

Rowsdower

July 29th, 2012
12:50 am

BravesFanInNashville

July 29th, 2012
12:52 am

Next year we’ll have Beachy back and Hanson, Minor, Medlen and probably Tim Hudson. We’ll have one or more of Delgado, Teheran, Vizcaino and Gilmartian ready soon. With our bullpen and money to sign a good outfielder we’ll be a good team for a long time with a nucleus of Freeman, Heyward, Prado, Simmons and Uggla. Maybe we could trade Uggla for a Left Fielder and resign Bourne.

Rowsdower

July 29th, 2012
1:02 am

I have a feeling Uggs is gonna go ape the last 2 months like he did last year. I know he looks completely lost at the plate right now (god, do I know), but Chipper will help him make the adjustments. Damn, I’m gonna miss him next year…

HOF 10

July 29th, 2012
2:29 am

Tina, exactly right. Young pitchers take a little time. Delgado is keeper.

Someone was wanting one good reason to keep Uggla in the lineup. It’s this: He is going to have his hot streak this year right down the stretch and into the playoffs. His slump is moving from the anger stage to acceptance, then comes relaxation and then no one will be able to get him out. Happens with him every year.

Wren, please don’t get Dempster. The Medlen plan will work.

NV049

July 29th, 2012
3:23 am

Ernesto Mejia could be the RH option but he is not on 40 man roster.He is having a good year in AAA

PaulG

July 29th, 2012
6:35 am

Interesting how so many bloggers believe in the law of small numbers, that is, predicting performance based on small sample sizes in the case of Hayward, minor, jj ,freeman etc

shorty

July 29th, 2012
6:56 am

Fire Fredi…So when we stand pat like we did in the off season and wind up collapsing inSeptember like last season…you hve to trade something of value to get value if we can get a reliable starter let Delgado go..otherwise at the end of the season send Fredi and Frank packing.

CRMAC300

July 29th, 2012
7:28 am

Hard to understand why so many so called Braves fans are filled with so much disgust about this team! Wren has a limited budget and yet the Braves have the fifth best record in baseball, third best in the National League and would be division leaders in four of the six divisions in both leagues! Braves have had bullpen problems (Venters), injury problems (Chipper, McCann, Freeman, Simmons), hardhead problems (Uggla), and well documented starting pitching problems. With all that, fifth best record in baseball! Now, with Sheets in the rotation and Medlen as a starter, get Uggla straightened out and Simmons back at short, and only 16 games left in the season against teams that are playing .500 baseball, Braves do not need a one sided trade for some pitcher who will bolt the team next year! The bullpen has not been over used, like last year. Braves will cruise into post season this year. You doom and gloomers would not be happy if the Braves had the Yankees payroll! By the way, they have problems too!!

braveshoo

July 29th, 2012
7:46 am

We are doing exactly the right thing. Medlen will be great as a starter, and our young pitchers are getting better and better. Hold onto them and let the continue to improve with experience. In the offseason, trade JJ and Hanson for prospects, and resign Bourne. He is a great leadoff hitter, and plays greatdefense in CF. Rotation in 2013: Sheets, Hudson, Minor, Medlen, and Delgado, with Tehran in the bullpen and Beachy and possibly Viscaino or Gilmartin ready to help by midseason. In 2014, our rotation is Beachy, Minor, Medlen, Delgado, and Tehran/ Viscaino/Gilmartin. Use our money to sign our corp young players: Heyward, Freeman, Prado, Simmons, etc longterm.

Reflections

July 29th, 2012
7:51 am

True that Bourne strikes out a lot and flinches against the wall but the overall work is great, he is a keeper if possible.

Trade Brick Hanson to the west coast for anything.

Uggla is a paradox, but is not going anywhere, great hustle, great guy, the slump is really eating at him.

On the fence with McCann, great bat, lazy on D, not a franchise player.

A Simmons will be the best in the game. Heyward and Freeman are the franchise.

Gonna miss Chipper.

Fredi can go, Wren doing OK.

Need bench help, keep Janish and dfa Wilson.

da[01

July 29th, 2012
7:54 am

CRMAC300: Great post. JJ should be in the minors and not in our bullpen. We need to trade for a very good bullpen addition. Next year, we do need Bourn (he is the best in baseball at his position).

My fear is Constanza in CF and a platoon of Diaz and Hinski in LF while Gattis develops. And we may still trade away our young pitching for a rental like Dempster.

bravesgrl4life

July 29th, 2012
8:00 am

Greatest comment on this blog to date in the 2012 season:

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CRMAC300

July 29th, 2012
7:28 am

Hard to understand why so many so called Braves fans are filled with so much disgust about this team! Wren has a limited budget and yet the Braves have the fifth best record in baseball, third best in the National League and would be division leaders in four of the six divisions in both leagues! Braves have had bullpen problems (Venters), injury problems (Chipper, McCann, Freeman, Simmons), hardhead problems (Uggla), and well documented starting pitching problems. With all that, fifth best record in baseball! Now, with Sheets in the rotation and Medlen as a starter, get Uggla straightened out and Simmons back at short, and only 16 games left in the season against teams that are playing .500 baseball, Braves do not need a one sided trade for some pitcher who will bolt the team next year! The bullpen has not been over used, like last year. Braves will cruise into post season this year. You doom and gloomers would not be happy if the Braves had the Yankees payroll! By the way, they have problems too!!

John Pappadoppagapoulas

July 29th, 2012
8:02 am

Is Jurrjens now on the Kowakami plan? Just go over there son. We’ll call you. I promise we’ll call soon.Real soon.
Perhaps we could bring Pastornickey up to play second. At least we expect him to hit 225.

Doctorpl

July 29th, 2012
8:48 am

For all you fans who hope and dream that Dan Uggla will somehow awaken and hit like someone making $13M a year consider these facts.
1) He has almost a thousand (935) at bats as a Brave. BA=.224
2) He has hit reasonably consistently in only four of the 10 months he has played for the braves.
3) He has four years left on his contract at $13M per year
4) At the start of next year he’ll be 33 years old.
In my opinion, the trade for Dan Uggla was far worse that the signing of Lowe, Kawikame..

David O'Brien

July 29th, 2012
9:03 am

Will DOB please interview him for his quotes after these pathetic hitting performances? — Automatic Out Uggla

Team’s won four in a row and you want us to go to Uggla after game to ask him about going 0-for again? You haven’t heard his answers enough, about how all you can do is keep grinding and working hard, etc.?

Joey

July 29th, 2012
9:03 am

Very encouraging the way Minor has stepped up. It seems the harder Frank Wren tried to make a deal for a pitcher, the better Minor has gotten.

At any rate, whether it was a new focus, or a chip on his shoulder, or what, it is great to see him look so Glavine-like his last 4 starts.

Somebody (maybe Scott Boros) better sit Hanson down and inform him that he is throwing big bucks away with his performance this season. If he isn’t healthy, go on the damn DL.

crackbaby

July 29th, 2012
9:18 am

Where are all the people who want Terry Pendleton fired for Uggla’s slump… LOL

Carl Farvman

July 29th, 2012
9:37 am

DOB is reasonable about Uggla. Every team has someone in a lineup going a different direction that the team as he struggles to regain past performance. You hope as a fan that the overall product is productive and competitive. Uggla will start to improve offensively at some point and another will,no doubt, go into a slump of some kind. If Uggla can’t get it together,well, the club will eventually make a change. This stuff plays out…some clubs faster than others, but it will play out in some form. On a related note, Uggla swings wildly at times and often doesn’t even follow the ball to his bat…his head is turn completely towards the outfield.

eddie57

July 29th, 2012
9:44 am

I want TP fired on general principles. I never liked him as a coach, he seemed to be hanging around thinking he would be manager when Bobby retired. Ugglier is a ten-cent version of Adam Dunn of the Sox. Dunn is only hitting .215 but with 31 homers and 73 rbi’s. Ugglier is just another of Wren’s panic moves that we’ll pay for over the next four years as it will be hard to find another GM stupid enought to trade for him.

2011 again?

July 29th, 2012
9:46 am

It’s kinda amazing that the Braves have this good a record. They are playing every game with getting only 18 outs with the pitchers spot Janish and Uggla. Thats 9 automatic outs every game!!!!

jim

July 29th, 2012
10:26 am

If we could unload Uggla for no return and even eat half the contract we should (would?) do it. Playing Prado at 2B and getting even a stop-gap RH bat to play LF or to platoon with Constanza (Somebody that might hit a consistent 240-250 with a little bit of power — even a Diaz-Constanza platoon if Diaz is healhy) gives as much or more production this year than Uggla and opens up some future payroll for an upgrade in the future — if Gattis and/or Cunningham are ready sometime next year, then we are getting an upgrade at one position (occupied by Uggla) at a cost that is less than than the money we would be paying for Uggla (1/2 Uggla + Gattis/Cunningham < Uggla for last 3 years of Uggla)

Ken Stallings

July 29th, 2012
10:34 am

I’ve seen enough this last week to conclude that the Braves may be the only contender who does not need to trade for a starting pitcher. Minor has arrived. Pitching is unpredictable always, but Minor has shown a trend of understanding how to pitch and he’s always had the stuff.

Kris Medlin has earned his starting rotation slot and if he performs as many believe he will, then the Braves have the best one-through-four rotation in the NL, and if Hanson can figure out his doldrums (which appear mostly to be bad location of pitches), then the Braves have a solid rotation one-through-five.

Peter Moylan is said to be close to returning and he can be the long relief man in the bullpen. And the way it appears to be going, he may end up Hanson’s designated long relief man!

Regardless of how it turns out in the end, truth is the Braves appear set well enough so they don’t need to mortgage the future to improve what appears a solid pitching rotation right now.

Juggs Pluss

July 29th, 2012
10:39 am

Everyone just ignores Uggla’s automatic outs within the Braves clubhouse and reporters. Its Fredi’s job to play the best players and Ugglas not one of them. Youve got to field the best team possible. Its your,Bradley,Schultz job to ask Uggla about the slump. Its Wren’s job to hold Uggla accountable for earning that $13 million. But nobody holds Uggla accountable…

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 29th, 2012
10:44 am

Hudson should bat 7th, Janish and Uggla to follow.

TexanBrave

July 29th, 2012
10:45 am

7-3….maybe 8-2 on the homestand…..get through the dog days 2 back from the great story that is the Nats……..get Uggla to just cut down on his swing (listen to Chipper for once….just for a couple games…) and………… keep Roger from playing psychologist with these young minds and then………………. tee it up for a September to remember to put the September of ‘11 in the distant past……oh yea, if Hunter Pence is ever actually available…..that’s the RH bat and attitude in the clubhouse and ON THE FIELD that will overcome the old business like approach (that the sportswriters seem to like for some reason ??? easier to approach the guys?) and……………catch the Nats and stay out of the WC evidently marketable but competitive inane idea…. Just an fyi, Turner Field website says no “full sized brooms” allowed………. Can’t make it up….. Go Huddy !!!

Juggs Pluss

July 29th, 2012
10:47 am

What exactly is Greg Walker doing about Uggla’s slimp? Not a dang thang. But keep praising him for helping Heyward. None of the other players results matter…

Ken Stallings

July 29th, 2012
10:48 am

Dan Uggla needs to be benched! Sorry, but this is the second year in a row where he’s angling for the Mendoza line with occasional power. His inability to even put the ball in play and his stubborn refusal to employ situational hitting discipline is appalling. He may well be every bit of a nice person as everyone says he is, but this is a professional sport and performance matters.

The only concern I have about this solution is that moving Prado might interfere with his plate excellence, but Prado can play second base and let someone else move to left field. Either way, the biggest liability on the Braves team is Uggla and it is so bad that frankly it would not bother me if the Braves ate a large portion of his contract to unload him.

Last year, Fredi Gonzalez made the comment about believing what’s on the back of the bubblegum card. It was an astute comment. But, one bad month is a slump. The better part of two seasons is a trend and that trend is that Uggla in Turner Field is a perpetual .200 to .230 hitter who swings for the dunes and air conditions the stadium with his strikeouts!

“A weather vane with ears!” said one noted sports announcer. Agreed! His pinwheeling ways at the plate swinging and moving merely air deserves a stark and blunt assessment, and calling Uggla the “human pinwheel” is blunt but truthful.

He doesn’t need a stint on the bench. He needs to be shutdown. Frankly, I remember that the Braves sent down Ron Gant and Andruw Jones. Both benefitted from the moves. Uggla needs to receive a message. Send him down to AAA and tell him to work on his swing! It would be stark and perhaps even a small bit cruel, but not intentionally cruel.

The Braves are in a pennant chase and Uggla’s approach to hitting is hurting the team.

Juggs R Uss

July 29th, 2012
10:51 am

None of you reporters have the courage to ask Uggla about his 3 month slump. Ask him has he watched video,ask him who is helpinh him adjust (g.walker,former coach,his dad) ? Obviously he cant fix it himself.

Ken Stallings

July 29th, 2012
10:52 am

The entire hitting staff has been working relentlessly with Uggla, but the reports is that while he applies the proper remedy in practice, in the game he stubbornly keeps going back to the poor form. The coaches cannot hit for the player in the game! If the player fails to apply the proper remedies in the game then the coaches are powerless to help! This is why I want Uggla sent down to AAA. He needs a wakeup call!

Juggs R Uss

July 29th, 2012
10:56 am

Send him down to AAA Gwinnett until he hits. 300 or just release him and eat the contract. He is not contributing at all to the team. 4 for 150 verifies that.

Juggs R Uss

July 29th, 2012
10:58 am

We fans havent heard anything about who is helling Uggla. All I hear is a repetitive Joe Simpson say “Uggla really needs to get going with the bat”. Thanks Captain Obvious!

Juggs R Uss

July 29th, 2012
11:00 am

Denial is a disease that Fredi and Wren both have regsrding Uggla.

reckingball

July 29th, 2012
11:01 am

Uggla will start hitting anyday now.

jim

July 29th, 2012
11:03 am

Why ask Uggla about his slump? DOB gave the pat answers you would get/have got. Asking Uggla about his slump is not making him accountable, as if the act of asking would embarrass him into improving. Uggla hustles and plays hard. It is certain that he is trying hard to get out of the slump. The problem is that this is more than a slump. Uggla was a very one dimensional player whose skills are eroding. What we have seen over the past two years is what we get — a very streaky hitter whose slumps are longer and more pronounced than his hot streaks and likely to result in progressively lower HR and RBI numbers.

Juggs R Uss

July 29th, 2012
11:04 am

Every time I hear Chip & Joe commend G. Walker for Heywards success I immediately want to ask them what about Ugglas failures? Or does G.Walker only instruct Heyward? Dont praise G.Walker when he has a player hitting. 199

Juggs R Uss

July 29th, 2012
11:08 am

Your wrong. These reporters fear Uggla would take out his frustration on them. So just ignore it like you have the last 3 months. DOB did write. blog about Uggla about a week ago struggling. What is the answer? I say replace him. Im sure hes a nice guy but he gets paid to produce not be a friend.

Juggs R Uss

July 29th, 2012
11:10 am

Uggla will start hitting any year now. Nobody with the Braves cares if he hits or not. He gets a pass.

Rafael

July 29th, 2012
11:11 am

“Braves fan always”… FIRST of all it’s Bourn, NOT Bourne.

Second, BE CAREFUL what you wish for… Do you REALLY think Mike Cameron, Matt Diaz, or Reed Johnson is an UPGRADE as our STARTING CF in 2013????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With Wren and Liberty CHEAPIA, you’re looking at “AFFORDABLE” washed-up NO TALENT BUMS as our starting CF next year.

It’s IDIOTS like you that got the Titanic SUNK.

Be A Grinder

July 29th, 2012
11:14 am

Shoot, as long as Uggla can keep grinding it doesnt matter if he goes 0 for 100 because the dudes GRINDING man.. BS.

blacked-out in the ATL

July 29th, 2012
11:17 am

“Your Atlanta Braves” uh, sure, as long as you PAY. They’re not on PTV once again, so local antenna watchers miss out, once again.
Oh well, I could do without seeing Struggla go 0-5 with 4 strikeouts…but it’s still so much fun to watch the vaunted Philthies go down the “turlet,” as they’d say in Philthy.
And no, I don’t feel bad not dropping serious coin going to the park. I’ve paid PLENTY over the years.
One of the many fans relegated to the radio broadcast. At least Sutton has a good time with it – in the later innings once he’s buzzed, that is.
Go Braves.

Be A Grinder

July 29th, 2012
11:17 am

You just straight tell him “tonight you go at least 2-4 or you get benched”.

TexanBrave

July 29th, 2012
11:20 am

Every year we have a player that is in a massive extended slump (Frenchy, Hayward, Gonzalez, Uggla-twice and for years a lack of lead-off OBP stats….) that in the senior circuit………… with the pitcher hitting………. causes opposing managers to easily strategize around the other key hitters in the first 4-5 innings and hold us to significant LOB’s especially if the Braves RISP % is not super at the time….The odds are strong that we are down 2-1, 3-1 after 5 and……… in addition to putting additional pressure on the starters, puts us in a position to continually come from behind…. Late inning rallies, Kimbrel’s 2 years of dominance and especially last years OVentbrel added up the .550 winning percentage desirable to be “competitive” and thus in this market, profitable……. If Cox and now his disciple and dining buddy FG were to check the “loyalty-factor” …….that in measure is important in developing a team mindset but when taken to extremes causes strong teams to in appearances “outmanage” us as we only need to…………..check egos and utilize subs more and rest the holes in the line-up more…..those extra 10 games or so of improved competitiveness will be imperative come September………every year there is a hole…..manage around it better for the sake of the team….

Be A Grinder

July 29th, 2012
11:21 am

Why does Jair,Delgado get replaced when they fail yet Uggla doesnt?

reckingball

July 29th, 2012
11:26 am

Uggla is going to start hitting anyday now.

reckingball

July 29th, 2012
11:27 am

What ever happened to Mets R Best?
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VinceVanGo

July 29th, 2012
11:41 am

It would seem ridiculous to ask Uggla about his slump. If he had any answers wouldn’t he be hitting better.

VinceVanGo

July 29th, 2012
11:47 am

Fredi needs to make the tough decisions on Uggla. Either bench him or send him down to work on mechanics & approach. Prado & Pastornicky can play second, Constanza can play left, and bring up Ernesto Meija from Gwinnett to platoon in left. He used to play left before they converted him to 1st base. Make the tough decisions Fredi, if you’ve got a pair, bring them into the clubhouse.

jim

July 29th, 2012
11:53 am

I know it’s a day game after a night game, but Mac had 2 days off before this series and has been the giggest bat in the lineup against the Phils. Why not play Mac today and Ross tomorrow when Hanson pitches? Ross might discourage the running game more. A win today against Doc would essentially eliminate the Phils and convince them to be sellers. With 4 places to go to get an out, there are 1 or 2 innings out of every three where Halliday can relax and outs before or after a rally gets started.

jim

July 29th, 2012
11:56 am

Sorry — biggest bat

Dan Struggla

July 29th, 2012
12:04 pm

Several things: 1) They aren’t going to bench Uggla. He’s making way too much money to sit on the bench. Sorry, guys, but this is a business and you don’t pay a player millions to ride the bench. 2) Fredi is in love with Uggla. He’s seriously convinced the guy will snap out of it. 3) Walker and company can only do so much. They can’t go out there and take at-bats for him. 4) Uggla can’t be sent down to the minors without his permission and I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t volunteer to go down. Sorry, it’s just not happening. 5) Finally, DOB has asked Uggla, Fredi and Walker about Dan’s struggles plenty of times and they give the same answers. What else do you want?

longtimefan

July 29th, 2012
12:08 pm

To CHEAPIA RAFAEL: Learn the facts. The Braves are middle of the pack(16th) in MLB payroll at just over 83M. That means half the teams in MLB are more CHEAPIA. Of the 15 teams with more payroll than the Braves only TWO!! have better records than the Braves- Texas and the Yankees. The Phillies with more than twice the Braves payroll are 10 games behind the Braves. That’s because the Braves know how not to over pay for talent. So if you are going to continue to post in CAPS at least use a little logic and learn some facts.( BTW, Diaz said he was sorry and would sign your baseball next homestand.)

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
12:18 pm

Imagine if Wren had been talking trade with SD for late inning reliever Street all this time instead of getting his tie yanked by Dempster……the Braves could now have O’F, Venters, Street, and Kimbrel in the pen….soon to be joined by Moylan. With Street….they could have held Kimbrel out of some close games and saved him for the last week and the playoffs. Don’t you think the Padres would have given the Braves Street and a low level prospect for Delgado…..or for Teheran and another lower level prospect…….but Street has now resigned with SD. Too bad.

Joe Adcock

July 29th, 2012
12:30 pm

I’m hoping we stick with the pitching we have. I still think what this team needs more than anything else — and has needed for the past three years — is a right hand hitting every day left fielder — hopefully with a little pop. Prado should be in the infield where he belongs. Prado in left field is as stupid as that time they put HOF Chipper Jones in left field! It defies logic. What were these people thinking?? Right handed batting left fielder before the dead line is greatest need. With that, a bit of baseball Lady Luck, we’ll be having a parade down Peachtree Street and Mr. Jones will have another much deserved World Series ring — hopefully one that he can wear as manager next year…

Bo

July 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

Heck with sending him down to Gwinnett. Send him to Rome and have him work and earn his way up the system. By that time it will be win or lose. He’s laughing all the way to the bank now.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
1:03 pm

Just popped in to say Hi. Be back later. Got to go for now.

Carl Farvman

July 29th, 2012
1:31 pm

“It’s kinda amazing that the Braves have this good a record. They are playing every game with getting only 18 outs with the pitchers spot Janish and Uggla. Thats 9 automatic outs every game!!!!”

I have to agree. I watch this team and have just been uninspiring to me. The thought of seriously doing anything in the playoffs….I just can’t fathom it.

Carl Farvman

July 29th, 2012
1:37 pm

As a transplant here 5 years ago I can’t stand to listen to the TV/radio crews. They are so stale it’s hard to listen to even as a 50+s guy. Attempts at humor is horrible and constant 1-sided scrutiny of home plate umpires. I’ll only listen when a national broadcast is involved.

Joe Adcock

July 29th, 2012
2:40 pm

Farvman. You must not be from around these parts. Southerners are conversational by nature. I think Chip, Joe, and Tom (a New Englander!) do a great job! Tom is a bit too analytical, but maybe that is his job. Joe and Chip are “down home” conversational. They have to be. They are “pros” at what they do. They are in us fans’ bedrooms most every day and night. Don’t listen. Nobody will miss you. Hoping to help, but not here for a debate. Go Braves!!

Automatic Out Uggla

July 29th, 2012
3:42 pm

Uggla update: 16 for his last 139 at bats. One hit every 12 days does not cut it at this level. Not a good return for $13 million! Not sure keep sending him out there to grind is the answer at the major league level. Perhaps a trip to the minors to correct his swing, if even possible, should be the answer. Give someone else a try as he is pathetic. Gonzales has a responsibility as the manager to give the team the best possible chance to win each day. This requires making tough decisions even when a guy is making $13 million but has not produced in months.

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