Dempster’s loss feels like Maholm’s gain

Paul Maholm couldn’t resist having a little fun with his soon-to-be former Cubs teammate Ryan Dempster on Monday night when Dempster approached him in the dugout and told him it looked like he might be traded to the Braves.

“I looked at him and said ‘Well you said no, I guess they wanted somebody,’” Maholm said Wednesday, seated in the Braves dugout after taking part in his first batting practice with his new team.

A week after Dempster used to his 10-and-5 rights as a veteran pitcher to reject a trade to Atlanta, Maholm saw it as his own gain. The Mississippi native grew up a Braves fan and was excited not only to get his first shot at the playoffs but getting to play with Chipper Jones during the final two months or so of his career.

“I enjoyed my time there (in Chicago), but if I was going to get traded this was obviously landing spot No. 1 for me,” Maholm said.

As for Dempstser? “He was awesome. He earned the right to pick where he wanted to play. I think you understand at the time it wasn’t the right fit for him. Hopefully he does well in Texas and we do well and make him regret his decision.”

Maholm comes poised to do his part. He’s 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his past seven games (six starts). He allowed one or no runs in each of his past six starts. He’ll debut with the Braves on Saturday against the Astros.

Maholm is a left-hander with some Tom Glavine-like qualities, which is no accident. He said he grew up watching Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, but related most to Glavine as a left-hander.

“The demeanor he had, you really never could tell whether he was winning by 10 or losing by 10,” Maholm said. “He never gave in and was going to pitch his game.”

Ironically, Glavine said almost the exact same thing about Maholm during Tuesday night’s broadcast of the Braves game, about not giving in and pitching his game.

Maholm hasn’t met the part-time broadcaster and 305-game winner, but he pitched against him his rookie year with the Pirates when Glavine was with the Mets. Maholm left that game on May 4, 2006 – an eventual loss – after six innings trailing Glavine 1-0. He gave up his only run on a Glavine-like bases-loaded walk.

Maholm said he has seven of Glavine’s baseball cards, starting with his rookie year and a signed jersey but has never met him.

That’s one of many things he looks forward to about playing with the Braves.

“Playing against them, it always seemed like a great group of guys,” Maholm said. “Obviously a very talented bullpen and lineup, and the rotation is doing great. I’m just going to try to come in here and do my thing and expect to win games.”

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Runner-

August 1st, 2012
7:13 pm

Finally we get someone that actually wants to be here, this will only jelp our chemistry, good move Wren

MikeY

August 1st, 2012
7:16 pm

I agree, a good guy. Low-dollr contract, for next year as well.

No longer dreading the trade deadline

August 1st, 2012
7:26 pm

He’ll fit well. Let’s hope he continues to perform.

Chippers Son

August 1st, 2012
7:27 pm

I already love this guy…Go get em

urban redneck

August 1st, 2012
7:32 pm

runner, bless your heart for not saying first. kudos to you.

agreed. good pickup by wren. nice article on the bleacher report–five reasons maholm deal is better for the braves than dempster would have been.

anyone want to throw in and buy reed johnson a razor? don’t have cable, so i’m assuming he still has that flavor savor. go bravos.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
7:33 pm

That first inning for the Marlins never would have been if not for the blind ass umpires. Bonifasio or however you spell his name was clearly out of the batters box when he put that bunt down and it bounced off the plate. Last time I checked, that is a out. He stole second, and it starts the scoring.

Maybe MLB can follow suit with the NFL and get some scab officials in here seeing as though these blind ass umpires here can’t do their job right. Score some runs Braves and wipe those dumb looking smiles off the Marlins faces.

CaliChopper

August 1st, 2012
7:42 pm

BravesfaninWis…. get used to the calls, Joe West is horrible and gotten worse as he’s gotten older. Spent 6 hours at an Angle game last year that he butchered. It should have been over in 9 inning but he blew a call at the plate, so I got to watch him bungle his way through 8 extra innings….

eddie57

August 1st, 2012
7:45 pm

Joe on TV seems to be drinking the KoolAid again with his comments about Ugglier starting to heat up. A walk is not what the Braves are paying millions for.

Thrashers Fan!

August 1st, 2012
7:50 pm

Awesome! Go Braves

billy bob baseball

August 1st, 2012
7:58 pm

50 games and counting with joe simpson assuring us ‘uggla is about to come out of it…,’ this time last year dan went on a tear… ‘any day now some pitcher is gonna pay…’ I think I’m gonna puke if I hear this crap much longer. And gonzales keeps running him out there as if he believes it. If the Braves don’t sit him, release him, send him down, whatever, this team has no chance for a playoff spot. You don’t win championships by giving the other team an automatic out every other inning, leaving 2-3 base runners stranded in the process. Did they not learn anything last year running derrick lowe out there, knowing there was no hope that anything good would come of it.

And before some commenter comes back with how ‘you have to admire his hustle,’ the man makes 13 Mil a year, I would hope he would hustle, that’s what a baseball player is supposed to do. Get rid of this bum.

bruce

August 1st, 2012
8:04 pm

Maholm has crushed us, now its time for him to crush for us.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
8:11 pm

Thanks Prado… It’s the damn pitcher…

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
8:14 pm

Yeah CaliChopper I hear ya. Just sick of these overpaid under performing officials in every sport dictating the outcome of a sporting event.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
8:17 pm

Why does it seem that everytime the Braves lose the Nats win? It takes the Braves 7 wins in a row to gain 2 games on the Nats, but they can lose that 2 game gain in the next 2 games. The Braves seem flat tonight as well, hope the offense comes alive in the next 5 innings.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
8:30 pm

I love it when players make Jose Reyes look stupid. Not that he doesn’t make himself look stupid, but he is arrogant player that is annoying as hell.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
8:34 pm

MLB should look into buying robots to umpire. They are smarter, make less mistakes, and don’t get hurt when a bat follows through. Makes sense to me. Plus they won’t complain when they don’t get a raise for not doing anything.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
8:38 pm

I don’t get this move. LaBlanc is being taken out and they are putting Zambrano in. The Braves always seem to hit Zambrano hard. Time to get back in this game.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
9:03 pm

Here is where I hit McCann in place of Ross. Need to get some runs here.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
9:03 pm

Here is where I hit McCann in place of Ross. Need to get some runs here.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
9:08 pm

About time Uggla. Damn Janish just missed tying this game up.

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
9:12 pm

Now pull through and get Sheets off the hook or get him the win. You guys have bailed Hanson out several times, Sheets actually deserves to win or get a no decision.

Dawg Haus

August 1st, 2012
9:21 pm

I saw Maholm beat Hudson at Wrigley in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel this season. He will be the real deal for the Braves. Glad Wren got the right guy for the job. Welcome to ATL, Paul!

BravesfaninWis

August 1st, 2012
9:23 pm

Man, Bonifacio’s bunt where he should have been out but came around to score, Prado’s error on the hit by the opposing pitcher nonetheless, and everything is going against them in this game. Oh yeah, and Reyes should have been picked off for the second time in this game and it wasn’t called.

Oldham

August 2nd, 2012
8:26 am

Hope he comes in a flourishes. Seems like a good guy.

BBrown

August 2nd, 2012
10:13 am

Anybody see what has happened to Derek Lowe, wow. Went from a great start to being designated for “assignment.” At the beginning of the season, I was thinking that we possibly made a bad decision but I guess not. Per SI – “Lowe gave up seven runs on eight hits, two walks and a balk over 2 1/3 innings in Cleveland’s 8-3 loss Tuesday night. He had lost four straight, had a 15.88 ERA in his last three starts and an 8.80 ERA in his past 12. The 39-year-old began the season 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA, but is 2-9 since with his ERA ballooning to 5.52.”

Quack Quack

August 2nd, 2012
10:24 am

Welcome to ATL Paul Maholm, we’re glad you’re here!

@BBrown….Sounds like it’s time for Lowe to join AA.

GO BRAVES!!!

alanfalcon

August 2nd, 2012
12:24 pm

Good for us, we got two that wanted to be a prart of the Braves and loss one that didn’t !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fuzzmeister

August 2nd, 2012
3:18 pm

BBrown- Guess DBlowe finally located the liquor store in Cleveland —– Wonder what place he took in the drag races?

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