Braves quotes after Friday’s loss to Giants

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Sheets’ performance

“I think he left some balls over the plate. There were some balls hit pretty good. I don’t think we made any missed plays behind him or anything. I think he did a hell of a job getting out of that [second] inning with the bases loaded. But I think later on he left some balls over the plate and they capitalized on them.”

On struggling offense

“We got three solo home runs. Our guys battled back. We go up 2-nothing, they come back and tie, go ahead. You could easily have rolled over, and we didn’t. We battled and battled and got into some situations, just could’t get the elusive single with people on base.”

Only three hits other than the homers

“We’re just not keeping the line moving right now.”

On Sheets’ three-start losing skid, is he tiring?

“I’ll sit down and talk to Roger about it. I think he’s one of those guys, he’s going to charge. And maybe some of the balls are catching too much of the plate. You can see the breaking ball is still there. You can see the velocity is kind of still there. So maybe he needs to make a little bit better pitches, or maybe the pitches he’s getting hit on are just catching too much of the plate.”

Still hoping that one good game could get the offense out of this funk?

“Yeah, that’s what you’re hoping for. You’re hoping that broken-bat single, keep the line going, two-out single, and just keep it going. It’s contagious. Hitting is contagious. Hopefully we can catch a little bit of that.”

**BEN SHEETS

On whether he threw too many pitches over the plate

“I think some of them might have caught a little bit more of the plate. The scary thing was, a lot of them were located pretty good.”

“At the time you think you leave them up, like the one Sandoval hit off the wall to left field. But I looked and it was down and away, man. I can’t get it any better down and away. Maybe wrong pitch, wrong selection.

“I hate the way I pitched. I feel like I made some good pitches, just didn’t put anybody away.”

On the surging Giants

“They’re playing good. We just need to get back on the winning foot tomorrow.”

You ‘hate’ the way you pitched?

“I hate the results. That’s all it is, results-based. I can give up line drives, make good outs and throw everything down the middle and love it.”

They didn’t get any runs in the second, but you had to throw a lot of pitches in that three-infield-singles inning

“When you have to throw extra pitches in that inning, that just keeps that pressure on you. I mean, sometimes it don’t show right away, but they find a way to make you work.”

Past three starts pretty similar to…

“To each other.” [smiles]

… no, to the first five?

“It’s pretty similar. Probably the last four. Philly, I didn’t strike anybody out. You can have good results or bad results. A break or two, I could have had a great game today. So you just don’t know. The more good pitches you throw, the more bats you miss with two strikes, the better off you are.”

“We’ve got a good team and they play hard each and every day and battle the [opposing] pitcher. Our guys don’t give away at-bats. We like our chances each and every day.”

Some observers are going to say, you’ve lost three in a row….

“You can win four in a row, you can win three in a row. It’s what it is. Yeah, the last three were bad, the first five were good. Just keep plugging. Just keep plugging, man, do what you can do to help this team reach the goals we set.”

**FREDDIE FREEMAN

On hitting two homers to center in a spacious ballpark

“Yeah, I got a couple of mistake [pitches] and I was able to get them. I don’t think that second one is going out at Turner Field.”

On mounting losses

“It’s getting frustrating. Obviously, we’re a winning team and we’re just not winning now. We’ve run into some good pitching. We battled out there today and they just came out on top.”

On Giants playing well

“Their top of the lineup got on base today and made some stuff happen. Pagan caused a wreck out there today. We couldn’t get him off the bases and he really changed the game for them. He was always on base. It put Sheets in the stretch all the time. He left some balls up, but we had our chances. He kept us in the game. We only lost by two. The offense has got to take that one.”

Giants playing like you guys were until recently

“Yeah, they’re playing great. They’re not making mistakes, defensively or offensively. They’re getting guys in. They’re hitting and running on us. They get a hit to right field every single time they need to. They’re playing great baseball right now and we just ran into them at the wrong time. We need to get out there and get Bumgarner tomorrow.”

Some fans and others are going to start saying this feels like the beginning of last year’s collapse….

“You can’t put it like that. That was last year, this is this year. It’s a whole different season. We’re still in first place in the wild card. We didn’t lose any ground to the Nationals. We’ve just got to get back out there and get on the winning track tomorrow.”

206 comments Add your comment

Zac in Tempe

August 25th, 2012
2:28 am

Tough stuff, get em tomorrow. Tall order for Minor, but we need that one.

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
2:29 am

Well I think the Obviously question should be “Was it a mistake to play Hinske tonight”
You know with the missed plays and terrible AB and also How much longer can you go with Uggla when he is hitting .207…..We have pitchers hitting better than Uggla and now Uggla is making Errors. But hey I guess its tough to ask the tough questions.

Animus

August 25th, 2012
2:29 am

Fredi: I don’t think we made any missed plays behind him or anything.

Seriously? He actually said that after the two misplayed balls to LF and the fly ball Heyward missed in RF?

And nobody called him on it when he said it? Say it ain’t so DOB.

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
2:35 am

The Atlanta media is soft. They cant even ask tough questions when another collapse is happening again. This is why fans dont sell out games because the teams and media dont care so why should the fans.

D Morales

August 25th, 2012
2:40 am

This fool is in denile, or what? he thinks we are not watching the same game? 2 in left field in 1 in rightfield, really… we did not have missed plays behind sheets?? what the heck is he smoking…he is the worst even chuck tanner is better than him, remember him???

Grandma Giffin

August 25th, 2012
2:43 am

“I don’t think we made any missed plays behind him or anything”

Ha Ha Ha.

RaleighDawg

August 25th, 2012
2:43 am

Gotta admire the way Chipper called the team out after Thursday’s loss and follows that up with his own 0-4…

Bronke

August 25th, 2012
2:43 am

Fredi sounds defeated and the team is going through the motions right now. It seems every night only one or 2 players contribute and the rest rely on the pitching. You can’t honestly tell me that Uggla and McCann aren’t dragging the whole team down. Does anyone have a viable solution that Fredi will listen to?

Animus

August 25th, 2012
2:44 am

Chipper Jones @RealCJ10

Man,lots of suggestions for a cure to our ills. Relax tweeps. Dont start jumpin off the ship yet. When we pitch,we win! Matter of time! Nite

Uhm – dude, pitching has been just fine – the offense hasn’t shown up lately dude.

Bronke

August 25th, 2012
2:45 am

Raliegh. I was thinking the same thing. Old Chip Had some terrible at bats as well.

keep running him out there

August 25th, 2012
2:47 am

the swoon is here.

peachstealth

August 25th, 2012
2:47 am

Diesels have their place, but are not appropriate for the outfield. Out there you need a quick responding sports car

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 25th, 2012
2:48 am

Fredi Gonzalez is an idiot. Should have been a 3 to 1 win if the defense held up its end of the game.

Minor has been one of the best pitchers since the All Star Break. Hopefully he K’s 27 tomorrow, be about the only way he has a chance to get a win.

I do, I do

August 25th, 2012
2:49 am

Does anyone have a viable solution that Fredi will listen to?

Yes, Fredi should resign because he’s lost these players and is ineffective. This is a talented team, but they aren’t playing for Fredi because he’s been killing them with dumb decisions all season. Put TP in charge for the rest of the season and drive on.

Tdawg

August 25th, 2012
2:53 am

I told you fan’s to not get your hope’s up too high with this braves team. At least they ain’t waiting to September this year to choke.

keep running him out there

August 25th, 2012
2:56 am

Looking to spark his club’s offense, which had batted .199 in the previous six games, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to give Eric Hinske his seventh start of the season as an outfielder and first since July 14. By the time the third inning concluded, it was a decision that he had reason to regret.

Along with striking out and grounding into a double play in his only two at-bats, Hinske was unable to secure two catchable fly balls that resulted in a pair of doubles in San Francisco’s game-tying two-run third inning. This chain of events marked the start of the misfortunes experienced by Sheets, who allowed four earned runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Bobby's Cox

August 25th, 2012
3:08 am

He might have to pitch into the 11th and fan 33 before we send one across

thomas smith

August 25th, 2012
3:22 am

we are playing some of the most important games now and our genius manager sit our most productive hitter in the first game and puts cecil the turtle in left firld for the 2nd game,which he missed two fly balls any other outfielder would have caught.that cost the two runs we lost by,and he also hit into a double play and struck out.fg also put mccan and ugla back in lineup again.what a bad manager.fire that looney toon now.

Bronke

August 25th, 2012
3:27 am

At least the blog humor has been great. Can’t say the same for the Braves

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
3:28 am

There needs to be some urgency and some pride from the players. We need to get back to drawing out ABs collecting Walks stealing bases and driving people in. Also we gotta get back to making productive outs and not strike out as much.

LakeDawg

August 25th, 2012
3:29 am

Lawd, them Braves shore do suck.

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
3:36 am

There was no excuse for playing Hinske tonight……EVERYBODY on the blog even said that, Seriously look it up( http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2012/08/24/rare-start-for-hinske-as-braves-try-to-revive-his-bat/)

Everybody knew more than Fredi tonight, and most of the others said to Bench Uggla as well, So if we would have the people running this team instead of Fredi we would have won tonight. I think a lot of people here could do a better job than Fredi Gonzalez

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 25th, 2012
3:43 am

Going to bed to dream of having Simmons back in Atlanta soon.

rc35

August 25th, 2012
4:05 am

Manager’s dilemma: “I’ve got two guys who can play left field. One can catch a fly ball and is batting .300. The other one can’t find a fly ball and is batting .200. Hey! I’ll start guy #2!”

Don’t you WISH he’d get thrown out of a ball game once in a while? Like before turning in the lineup card?

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 25th, 2012
5:38 am

“Yeah, that’s what you’re hoping for. You’re hoping that broken-bat single, keep the line going, two-out single, and just keep it going. It’s contagious. Hitting is contagious. Hopefully we can catch a little bit of that.”

“Hope” is Fredi’s masterful plan?

shorty

August 25th, 2012
5:57 am

Fire Fredi the Fail….He has no clue how to manage when the pressure is on.

john

August 25th, 2012
6:02 am

MR WREN WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERY THING . GIVE HIM TIME .

gotigers72

August 25th, 2012
6:05 am

One good thing; if they miss the playoffs this year, Fredi and Frank will both be gone. Thank goodness.

cb795

August 25th, 2012
6:14 am

Fredi you have the best seat in the house and you said, I don’t think we missed any plays behind him or anything! What do u call the two Hinski plays in left and the McCann failed block of a pitch at the plate? Are you blind or just plain stupid!!!!!!!

Larry

August 25th, 2012
6:26 am

What’s wrong with you guys? Acording to LoboDumbDumb and his merry band of idiots the team is fine and the bloggers are just whiners.

LoboDumbDumb usually has finished his nightly Porta-Pottie delivery and pickup by now so we should be hearing from this twit shortly.

chas

August 25th, 2012
6:31 am

choke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the season is gone could be saved if someone had the guts yo bench uggls and mccann

4 man rotation

August 25th, 2012
6:31 am

2012 is gone. Looks like the Braves 6 man rotation is down to 4. Sheets and Hanson will be long gone next year. At least Beachy will be back. Hmmm, nice rotation in 2013 with Hudson, Maholm, Medlen,Minor, Beachy. Just need a 3rd baseman and LF (Prado to 2nd). Re-sign Bourne, a healthy Andrelton at SS, and the Braves are set to go. GO 2013 Braves!!!

longtimefan

August 25th, 2012
6:52 am

Hinski is done. He is a statue in LF. Now is the time to put your best 8 position players on the field every night for the stretch drive. This is not time to rest players or plan a lineup around the righty/lefty thing. The Braves still lead the WC and have a 3 game lead. Call me a homer but I still think we can win this thing. It just depends on if OUR team can get hot for the stretch drive. The stretch drive and the playoffs, when our team is in the hunt- isn’t this why we watch the Game?

jt

August 25th, 2012
6:52 am

Can someone tell me WTF Fredie is doing as a manager? Hinske in left field, OMG did he look like a big fat ass out there. Any good fielder should have had at one of those fly balls, and probably both.

And Heyward could not play right field if his life depended on it. Sheets was not at his best, but he deserved to have someone in the field to catch those balls.
My son and I laughed so hard we cried when we re-ran the fly balls Hinske tried (use that term loosely) He really looked like one of our beer drinking fans, who we ran out to left field to catch balls.

Fredi, playing him when the game meant so much, what with the Nats droping their game, and we knew early in our game that they lost.

Lousy manager and even worse fat left fielder.

jt

August 25th, 2012
6:56 am

If McCann gets a big contract next year, I give up. He is too fat to get to balls thrown in the dirt. Just watch the catcher for Giants and the Nats. Very few balls get by in dirt. Hate to count how many Fat Ass McCann let get not only by him, but bounce almost to 1st base.

Uggla, don’t need to comment, just watch him at plate, Pitiful!!!!

steve

August 25th, 2012
7:03 am

F.G. would have been fired after starting Hinske in left field as all these games are crucial, why bother picking up R.Johnson if you are going to sit him in favor of a poor outfielder and a below 2oo hitter, said it like a lot of others that we need a real manager , this is looking like last years total collapse and F.W. needs to do something now before it is too late to salvage this season, tired of watching a team lose that has talent.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

August 25th, 2012
7:07 am

The party is over. Turn out the lights.

Bill M.

August 25th, 2012
7:15 am

The new has worn off, time to release Sheets. We can forget benching Uggla. They are not going to pay him 12M to sit. I have supported the Braves since they came to Atlanta and I have a bad feeling about this team. Something is not right. This off season will be fun. Probably won’t know the team next season, including Fredi G.

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
7:23 am

There aint no Lamosolo when his favorite manager just inexplicably ruined a game by playing Hinske, so he could “Warm his bat up”. Then after missing 2 fly balls and hitting into a doubleplay and doing nothing else he takes him out in the 5th inning. Too late.
But Hes gonna call all of us “Armchairs and Crybabies” because he just will defend Fredi no matter what. Lobosolo did you see how Fredi managed last nights game thats exactly how he managed the last month and a half and allowed the Braves to choke up a 10 1/2 game wildcard lead to the World Champion Cardnials. We are playing the same vanilla hoe-hum tip your cap baseball as we did in September 2011. But you see the posters NONE of them are saying everything will be ok because we know somehing drastic needs to be done or we will be sitting home again while the Dodgers, Cardnials, Giants, Reds and Nationals are in the playoffs.

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
7:28 am

Fredi what in the Blue Hell were you thinking everybody on the Blog knew it was a bad idea to start Hinske. And that might be the 1st time I can remember before a game where everyone is flat out dumbfounded at the line up before the game is even played. Well I take that back everybody pretty much agreed that Lowe starting the last game of the season was stupid as well.

Chas

August 25th, 2012
7:30 am

SO why doesn’t anyone ask Fredi about the wisdom of his starting lineup? A struggling offensive with a career bench player that’s hitting .200, and is a lumber jack, with no mobility? Fredi G. is a baseball idiot. Worthlass Dan Uggla has done nothing for 3 months, yet Fredi the Bozo keeps sending him out there.
We are seeing Collapse #2. This IS the same as last September, with Fredi G. leading the way. I hope that at the end of this season, Fredi G. has managed his last team anywhere.

Freddie Freeman doesn’t want this years (collapse) compared to last years. “We’re still in first place in the wild card…” says Freddie. As I recall, we heard that garabage, for the whole month of September last year. And how did that turn out? In fact Freddie Freeman made the final out of the Braves season in 2011.

The Ben Sheets experiment has come full circle. He’s done. He’ll be retired again by October. Eric the Terrible is in his final weeks as a major league player. Hopefully Fredi G.’s tenure in Atlanta has about 6 weeks left. Chipper will finish without a final playoff run. JJ is toast, and Hanson isn’t far behind. If you look at McCann’s batting numbers, since August, 2011, he’s a bit of a question mark in the future.

The one for sure thing is that WORTHLESS DAN UGGLA will be arong Atlanta, contributing nothing, except a constant drain on the Braves annual salary, just another reminder of the tiny brain of Franki Wren.

Syd

August 25th, 2012
7:37 am

Why can’t Freddie realize that we need to start Pastornicky at 2nd and prado at short with reed in left field! Reed is batting 300.

PaulG

August 25th, 2012
7:46 am

Everybody is wetting their panties over the recent slump, get a life folks, it’s called regression to the mean. Given the talent on the team we should be happy with about a 550 team & competing for a wild card

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
7:49 am

We need to place Uggla on Waivers and see if any team would be desperate enough to take him. Maybe the Dodgers will take him since theyre adding payroll

PaulG

August 25th, 2012
7:53 am

Enter your comments here
Anybody notice that Harrison is on his way to ~ 20 wins &, oh yes, Elvis is on his way to HOF stats for a SS when he finally winds it up

WTF

August 25th, 2012
7:53 am

Look, ATL ‘journalists’, Fredi ain’t Obama, you can ask him tough questions without being expelled from the media cabal. And the IRS wont audit you. When he says something just not true, follow up with some probing.
Team average,but don’t get soft – hold him to some kind of standards.

74bravesjersey

August 25th, 2012
7:56 am

TERRY FRANCONA!!! TERRY FRANCONA!!!!; BIg solution! Would love to have ‘em right now. Heck; Terry pendleton would & should have been considered way long before fredi.

DaveinNEPA

August 25th, 2012
7:56 am

It’s painfully obvious to anyone who watches this team on a daily basis that Uggla, McCann, Hinske, Hanson and Jurrjens are more liability than asset. No matter the outcome of the last 35 games, these 5 guys need to be shipped off someplace else.

I’m not going to blame Sheets for what happened last night, not with catchable fly balls not being caught and balls bouncing off the catchers chest protector that should have been stopped. Sheets wasn’t entirely at fault for what happened last night. Better defense might have resulted in a different outcome.

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
8:00 am

Whats funny is that Fredi thought Hanson pitched well but Sheets didnt pitch too well. But Hanson was giving up hits and getting lit up while Sheets had a LF with the mobility of a snail botch 2 pop ups and Uggla muff an easy grounder.

TarHeel 1We have a playoff team but no manage

August 25th, 2012
8:01 am

We have a playoff team but no manage. I think fw knows .

74bravesjersey

August 25th, 2012
8:10 am

Love to be happy ’bout a team that is competing, but dang, we seen this too many times the last 3 years, of a big let down. What gives, try to expect a big push & not lett’n you’re gaurd down, I’m a die-hard fan, & very passionate to see the Braves go all the way, just like most fans of mlb desir’n there team to go all the way, but dog-gone-it, when they suppose to step up & don’t it’s frustratin’.Guess been use to this. We are fortunate to be compet’n, count our blessings in comparison to other cities who would love to have a chance but, I just feel they could do alot better than they’ve shown. When it’s clutch time, there not executing when really need to. Dang me for feel’n this way! AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!

J-MAN

August 25th, 2012
8:10 am

I hope next year this team has a youth movement. We need to dump Hanson, Jurrjens, and Uggla.
We dont need to pick up that 12 million option on McCann. Keep Maholm, and I’m on the Fence on Bourn because a team will give him 6 years and 100 mil. We have young talent thats just wanting a chance. I wanna see if Ernesto Meja can play some LF and Luis Durango looks like a potential leadoff type of hitter, Bethancourte has perhaps the best defensive skills in all of baseball and he is gonna be a decent offensive player, Our Bullpen is young and deep and will be near the best in baseball. Also I think Francisco can be a 25 HR 85 RBI player. Freeman could be a 30 100 RBI player, Heywad can become a 30/30 player and a future MVP type player, Simmons will win several gold gloves and will be a good offensive player. Prado will get near 200 hits a year. There is a lot of good things but we just gotta “Cut the Fat” with players and management.

NORRIS CHUCK

August 25th, 2012
8:14 am

DaveinNEPA,

I agree! McCann is the worse defensive catcher ive seen in while. Dude is not hitting, and barely catching. He cant throw runners out either.

And what was up with Hinske in LF????? The Braves win this game if not for him and McCanns blunders!

Preston Thompson

August 25th, 2012
8:17 am

Bronke……..you got it right. That much extra, useless weight would drag down any team.

But Eric trying for that ball last night and slamming into the wall backwards as though he did all he could, reminded of football players that screw up on a play, it’s obvious they screwed up and then they are hurt on the play. The play went bad cuz they were hurt. BS.

And Freddie was going through the motion at the end of last year. Everybody knew what Atlanta had and nothing has changed. Way to much dead weight on the team and management group that as lethargic as it comes. Such a dead group. No fire and no life, save 2 or 3 players. They need speed, not lard ass catchers that have a hard time making it to second on a home run.

Busch Leaguer

August 25th, 2012
8:17 am

I think Bobby Valentine will be available next year.

alanfalcon

August 25th, 2012
8:21 am

Hate to say it, but we are done, but two things are constant, Freddies excuses and he is still playing Uggla against all odds, Uggla keeps swinging the same way over and over, I think he is beyond help !!!!!!!

Truthsayer Extremus

August 25th, 2012
8:23 am

Is Fredi retarded? Hinske made 2 errors. No misplays behind sheets my azz…

eddie57

August 25th, 2012
8:25 am

What game was Fredi-the-freeloader watching? No misplays behind him! Had to quit watching the game after the 3rd run because I was getting too upset. What drugs is Fredi taking that he can stomach this crap and then have the gall to say no misplays? Of course the home scorers are going to call that crap hits so he can argue that there were no errors. As for the TP suggestion, that’s the worst suggestion I’ve heard.

Busch Leaguer

August 25th, 2012
8:25 am

Wren should be on the phone with Dodgers GM ,Dump Uggla ,and Mc Cann on the Dodgers before the Dodgers come back to Reality.Really, they are going to take Beckett and Crawford ’s contracts just to get Adrian Gonzalez.

Joey

August 25th, 2012
8:27 am

6 out of 7.

Please tell me “it” isn’t happening again.

Just like last year, the hitters aren’t hitting – except solo HRs.

Please don’t play Henske other than pinch hitting. He looked old, fat, and slow in LF. Bet Prado would have caught those 2 liners that went over Henske’s head.

Full of Sheets

August 25th, 2012
8:30 am

I think this experiment with Ben Sheets is just about over………..he has proven he is no better than Tommy Hanson is now or Mike Minor was eariler this season so I believe Sheets should be relegated to the Bullpen at best………..or send him to the farm and recall Delgado!

Gonzalez to Blame!

August 25th, 2012
8:35 am

If Fredi Gonzalez makes any more BONE-HEADED moves like putting Hinske in left he should be fired on the spot………He should be fired after his team chokes again this season anyway……..Lookout Baby Cause here the Cards Come Again with the Dodgers close behind………….I hear some coughing coming out of the Brave’s Dugout again!

Joey

August 25th, 2012
8:35 am

I agree Truthsayer. I thought the same thing.

Well, a little silver lining – how about our two young guys?

I don’t think any team in MLB has two better 23 yr old stars-in-the-making like Freeman and Heyward.

They make even the losses worth watching.

Brave New World

August 25th, 2012
8:35 am

We should have stuck to the original plan and shut Sheets down after 20-30 innings in 2012.

Joey

August 25th, 2012
8:39 am

Speaking of boneheaded – what’s the quickest way to cool off a hot hitter?

Put him fielding a position he hasn’t played for several years.

Observation

August 25th, 2012
8:40 am

Word is getting around the league about Ben Sheets and Tommy Hanson, and their lack of “stuff”.

However, the inability of the Braves to score runs is really the killer here. Mike Miner usually doesn’t get much offensive support. Today will be no different.

Put Uggla on waivers for mercy’s sake !

Uggla to Dodgers

August 25th, 2012
8:40 am

Maybe the Dodgers need a 2nd baseman too and also a catcher(McCann)…………the only problem is that they would want Freddie Freeman in the deal and he and Heyward and A.Simmons are gonna be the only good hitters left in the Atl……..oh I left out Prado but he will be traded this offseason too!

74bravesjersey

August 25th, 2012
8:42 am

The errors occured when fredi had the cracker jack box turned upward try’n to get the last morsle of crumb of crackerjack popcorn. Still an’t got it yet, he’s still work’n on it.

Bourn Losers

August 25th, 2012
8:42 am

It looks like the Brave’s will be Bourn Losers this offseason……..he will wind up in Washington D.C.,Philly or Boston!

Jack off Team

August 25th, 2012
8:45 am

It looks like Jack Wilson shouldn’t be the only one designated for assignment soon………throw in Uggla,Sheets,Hinske and Fredi Gonzalez too!

74bravesjersey

August 25th, 2012
8:45 am

@Gonzales to blame!; 100% Agree. Tired of the vanilla coach’n, excuses xcetra.

BravesfaninWis

August 25th, 2012
8:52 am

USELESS IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD.

Despite being well above .500 in each of the past 2 seasons, the Braves will only be remembered for mismanagement, monumental collapses, and being the Kings of Choking. This team is nothing more than a pushover for the good teams heading to the playoffs. I hope they save their fan base, their city, and themselves the embarrassment and miss the playoffs. If they play head to head as a wild card team, they will get beat. If they somehow pulled a horseshoe out of their ass and got to the playoffs, they would be eliminated in the first round.

This team is so predictable, its a joke. Just go home after the season boys, you aren’t good enough to contend.

Ralph

August 25th, 2012
8:54 am

BATTLE, BATTLE, BATTLE

Tomr

August 25th, 2012
9:00 am

The Braves do not have a # 1 type pitcher. the Nats have 3 #1’s .Braves will make playoffs, but is will not last long….

Designated for Assignment

August 25th, 2012
9:00 am

Hinske…………enough said!

Tired of excuses!

August 25th, 2012
9:02 am

If Fredi Gonzalez were asked to describe Hitler, he would say something like this…..”Maybe a few of his ideas where a little out there but overall he was confident, driven and constant in his approach.

Why can’t he just call it like it is. His pitchers just can’t keep the ball down and his hitters are blind at the plate right now.

Joe

August 25th, 2012
9:03 am

Time to light a fire under this team by firing Fredi. I wouldn’t give him the chance to let this team flop again.

Janish the Light Hitter

August 25th, 2012
9:06 am

If Janish is a light hitter than what is Uggla???Why not put Janish at 2nd when Simmons comes back??……………….WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO SIMMONS ANYWAY??……4-6 weeks have come and gone……..another Brave’s Coverup??

Simmons still Hurt?

August 25th, 2012
9:10 am

The Brave’s haven’t activated Simmons because they need the injury excuse after they BLOW IT AGAIN!……………..Well we had a lot of Key Injuries(Beachy and Simmons) and that hurt us(Frank Wren statement after the Brave’s blow it again!).

Hanson is Full of Sheets!

August 25th, 2012
9:14 am

Hanson and Sheets should be sent to the Farm!……….I am sure Hanson will ask to be traded after Sheets gets his spot!

nyy2000

August 25th, 2012
9:18 am

you guys keep talking about this guy Beachy…he is just a flash in the pan…he entered the draft out of HS. NO ONE Drafted him….so he went to College,went back in the Draft, and guess what? NO ONE DRAFTED him. are you saying every scout for 2 straight drafts missed this guy, if he was any good….if he didnt get hurt, his ERA would be well North of 4 and a .500 pitcher at best..forget about Beachy…..

Huddy's Brave M&M's

August 25th, 2012
9:19 am

The only current starting pitchers (besides Huddy) the Brave’s need next year are Medlen,Maholm and Minor………the others should be dumped!

nyy2000

August 25th, 2012
9:20 am

if your season hedged on Beachy, you never had one to begin with….

Ted M

August 25th, 2012
9:21 am

You guys are crazy…Sheets was fine. The defense sucked bad last night. Hinske misplayed 2 balls in the outfield, Heyward misplayed another. Prado didn’t make a play at SS he should have.

This was defense 1st, offense 2nd and pitching a distant 3rd.

yellowfever

August 25th, 2012
9:23 am

Yeah, I think I left some balls over the plate last night too.This team is toast. Put a fork in them.

Beachy Keen

August 25th, 2012
9:26 am

All Major league teams passed on Albert Puljos at least 9 times each before the Cards drafted him….what a major F@#K Up so why can’t Beachy be any good??………..you R full of Sheet nyy2000!

Chip's mousse

August 25th, 2012
9:28 am

Collapse coming like last year. Team needs a manager with some fire in the belly. Hinski needs to retire. Still need a RH hitter. That is all.

Bobby's Cox

August 25th, 2012
9:29 am

I told the Brave’s to hire Jenna Jameson to be the Brave’s next manager!……….SHE MIGHT BLOW A FEW BUT WON’T CHOKE ON THE BIG ONES!

nyy2000

August 25th, 2012
9:32 am

Puljos was drafted the first time he entered draft, just late round and the DR IS A CRAP shoot…Scouts DONT miss good Pitchers…thats thier main job….

Matty "Choke" Ice

August 25th, 2012
9:32 am

At least if I stink up the field my first few games everybody will still be talking about the Brave’s choking again!

double

August 25th, 2012
9:35 am

Errors & Excuses,worse denied errors.Sheets made for a good come back story that has ended.Send back to where he’s from.

Elvis a real steal

August 25th, 2012
9:35 am

Hey nyy2000……..Elvis Andrus was undrafted by the Brave’s but he sucks like Beachy does too doesn’t he?

NORRIS CHUCK

August 25th, 2012
9:39 am

The Dodgers are setting themselves up for total disaster in the long run:

Red Sox, Dodgers Complete Nine-Player Blockbuster

By Mike Axisa [August 25 at 8:19am CST]

If there was any doubt remaining that the Dodgers’ new ownership group would drastically alter the franchise, it has now been officially eliminated. The Dodgers and Red Sox have completed a massive nine-player blockbuster trade that will send Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to Los Angeles for James Loney and four prospects, reports Michael Silverman of The Boston Herald. Dan Roche of WBZ appears to have first reported completion of the trade (on Twitter).

The four prospects are expected to be Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, Jerry Sands, and Rubby De La Rosa. The Red Sox will pay just $12MM of the over $270MM owed to Beckett, Crawford, Gonzalez, and Punto according to Silverman. Adding the four new players represents a substantial financial commitment by the Dodgers:
•Gonzalez will earn $21MM per season through 2016 and obtain a raise to $21.5MM for 2017-18. The total exceeds $130MM when accounting for the remainder his 2012 salary.
•Beckett will earn $15.75MM per season through 2014.
•Crawford will earn $20MM in 2013, $20.25MM in 2014, $20.5MM in 2015, $20.75MM in 2016 and $21MM in 2017.
•Punto earns $1.5MM per season through 2013.

With this trade as well as the previous acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate, Brandon League, Shane Victorino, and Joe Blanton, the Dodgers have absorbed more than $300MM in future payroll obligations in the last month or so. As Jeff Euston of Cot’s Baseball Contract notes (on Twitter), the club now has a $193.75MM in contracts for next season, $133.6MM for 2014, $90MM for 2015, $88.65MM for 2015, and another $90MM for 2016. The Red Sox, on the other hand, are now on the hook for just $45.6MM in 2013, $34.4MM in 2014, $12.75MM in 2015, and $2.45MM in 2016 (Twitter link).

Both Beckett (10-and-5 rights) and Crawford (limited no-trade clause) had to approve the deal, and Buster Olney of ESPN reports (on Twitter) that neither player asked for any kind of compensation to do so. The Dodgers were not included in Gonzalez’s limited no-trade clause. Los Angeles claimed both Gonzalez and Beckett off trade waivers yesterday, plus Punto and Crawford both cleared earlier this month. Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports (on Twitter) that the Blue Jays are believe to have claimed De La Rosa off waivers, but he was pulled back and is likely to be included in the deal as a player to be named later.

nyy2000

August 25th, 2012
9:40 am

again. your talking about someone outside USA. South America the scouting is thinner…and Elvis is NOT a star player .. in fact ,Texas has A SS to replace him soon….

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

August 25th, 2012
9:49 am

Well, Fredi did it again. Just when I think he can’t be that stupid, he proves me wrong. And Freddie Freeman could be as dumb as Chipper, did he not see the horrible fielding behind Sheets? And Chipper tells everybody to bear down and he goes 0-4 and I haven’t forgot his brutal game in the field with that kick save a few days ago. This team can’t win when they need to win. Seen that before. Seeing it again.

nyy2000

August 25th, 2012
9:52 am

They are a Playoff team, but if the LA/Boston deal goes through, not sure…

PMC

August 25th, 2012
9:57 am

So was it ever explained why Prado was at short and Eric friggin Hinske was in left? That made about as much sense as polar bears in Rio.

PMC

August 25th, 2012
9:59 am

Other than injury. There is zero justification for Eric Hinske playing in the outfield.

Journalism ?

August 25th, 2012
10:00 am

I’m sorry sir but you can’t call yourself a reporter and not ask a single question about Hinske’s dubious performance.
I see Fredi and DOB walk hand in hand.

PMC

August 25th, 2012
10:01 am

If Fredi is going to pull that garbage he might as well let someone else manage.

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