Braves postgame quotes after Sunday’s win over Nats

CHIPPER JONES

On if feel not out of the division yet:

“They’ve got a pretty tough schedule down the stretch. They’re playing a lot of teams still in the hunt for that last wildcard spot. I think it was just big for us to kind of prove to ourselves that we could come out and play good consistent baseball against them for three straight games. Obviously tonight beating Gio who is going to be a 20-game winner in the league this year is big for us. It was an ESPN game, a lot of people watching. They handled us pretty good early in the season. I think we’ve won the last four against them. you’ve got to clear certain humps along the way and the Nationals are one of those humps for us.”

On coming back after series in Milwaukee:

“I think we’ve played well all throughout September to be honest with you. We got hurt by the big inning in Milwaukee where we didn’t make a pitch or didn’t make a play and it ended up costing us a big inning there. You file those away as being flukes. We knew that this was a big series, we had to turn things around, and play good consistent baseball. Washington forces you more times than not to have to go out and play a perfect game against them because their pitching doesn’t give up many runs. They’ve got a very good offense and they play good D. We’ve played well for 27-plus innings against them.”

On Minor on this stage, in this setting:

“He continues to grow with each and every start. There were times when that ERA was up around 7.00 and he didn’t have a lot of confidence, and you could tell but little by little he’s gone out and gotten the feel back. for him to have a 7.00 ERA right there around the All-Star break and I think he’s lowered it by three runs since then. That’s the kind of pitching performances we need against other teams’ aces. Our ace is not going to match up against their ace. Our No. 5 has to be able to go out there and match other people No. 1s pitch for pitch, and he outpitched a 20-game winner.”

On if this can help mentally for another possible October match-up:

“I don’t think there’s any doubt. You like to leave a sour taste in the other team’s mouth as they’re leaving, and we know that on a nightly basis we can stand toe-to-toe with them. It’s just they’ve played more consistently through 155, 60 games against the rest of the league better than we have. That’s where we’ve got to get. We can’t just play well when we’ve got them head-to-head. We’ve got to take it to Miami tomorrow and continue to play this type of baseball. Playing this kind of baseball is what’s going to give u an opportunity to achieve what we all set out in spring training to do and that’s give ourselves a shot at a World Series.”

On patience vs. Gonzalez:

“He didn’t have great command of his curveball tonight, and we did a good job of running up that pitch count early in the game. I think he was up around 90 pitches after four innings (92). We made him work. We put pressure on him. I know we put two against him but that guy is tough, man. And it’s not easy but we certainly feel like if we can break through against their starters, and run up pitch counts and get into that bullpen that’s logged a lot of innings this year, that we’ve got a shot.”

MIKE MINOR

On pitching on this stage, with ESPN, Nats, etc:

“That didn’t really bother me because I feel like I’m always on TV, people are always watching me, but it was a bigger game, a bigger series. We needed another win tonight. you could feel it. It was a little more amped up. the fans were good tonight. But the ESPN, the TV thing doesn’t really bother me.”

On going through their lineup now compared to earlier in season:

“I feel like I’ve faced those guys a lot. Since 2010 that’s one of the teams I’ve faced the most, so a lot of those guys I’ve faced before. But it goes both ways, they’ve seen me, my arm action, my pitches and everything. tonight turned out to be our night and they popped a lot of balls up.”

On if felt more confidence vs. them that June and before:

“I felt more confident but I was a little more sporadic. I felt like they helped me out by being aggressive. They were trying to put runs on the board early. I feel like they do it a lot. You could see from the first pitch, Werth swinging. The ball was pretty much right down the middle, but he was thinking it would be fastball away. He popped it up and helped me out….The bullpen and I got saved a little bit by the run support later on.”

On turning point in the season:

“I’ve just been trying to execute my pitches and make my goals more reachable. I felt like earlier in the year, I was wanting to throw a shutout and no-hitters and throw around everybody, and now it’s more, get through six innings with three runs or less and it’s a quality start. It’s a good day. I made my goals a little more simple and tried to work with that.”

DAN UGGLA

On still having a shot at the division:

“We’ve got 15, 16 games left. After what happened last year with us, we know anything can happen, so this put us back in the hunt a little bit. We are still going to need some magic, but there’s still time so we’ll see what happens.”

On grinding out at-bats to get Gio’s pitch count up:

“Huge. We all know how tough Gio is, as a person, as a competitor. He’s one of the best. We put together some good ABs. He was coming after us. We fouled some pitches off, got his pitch count up a little bit, and he still went five or six innings. That shows you how much of a competitor he is. He didn’t want to come out.”

On coming through with another chance after pop-up:

“It was huge. We had a tough three at-bats there when Craig (Stammen) came in. Mine was obviously probably the worst, swinging 3-0. I was trying to do some damage right there. I swung at ball four. It’s very disappointing in a tight ballgame like that to not get the job done, so it was awesome to get another opportunity, especially to come through.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Minor:

“I don’t know if he’s pitched a Sunday night, 8 o’clock game on national television against a first place division rival but he did a great job. He got in a little trouble there in the fifth and he induced a double play. And he came out in the sixth. He was good. He was really good. I thought we played some good baseball this series. Nice baserunning today, Bourny scoring on that ball, the LaRoche ball. First and third, Heyward. He and Chipper got in on the act there, scoring from second on a base hit. Danny with a big two-run single. With Gearrin and Avilan and Durbin to close out the game and not use up some of our big guys is a plus. We talked about Avilan this afternoon, about how much more confidence you have in him every time you keep running him out there. lot of good things.”

On coming off Milwaukee series:

“We’re kind of showing signs of some offense. And we did that in Milwaukee, we just hit some balls at people. But yeah these guys never let down. We get swept or we lose a tough one, they bounce back. They’ve got some good resiliency. I’d be lying to you if I said the Nationals were going to come in here and we were going to sweep them after the Milwaukee series but you felt that the pitching was good enough to be able to win at least two out of three. They gave us some opportunities and we took advantage of them.”

On if some hope in the division:

“There’s still a lot of baseball left. Who knows what can happen. We’ve just got to keep playing and keep winning games and see what happens.”

On patience against Gonzalez:

“We did a great job. It was the fourth inning, he had 90 pitches. We did a great job. He scattered the ball around a little bit. We were patient. We fouled off (pitches). We had some good at-bats against him. That was nice to see early.”

On if Uggla had the green light 3-0:

“Yeah, sure why not. He just missed a ball. And good for him he came back in his next at-bat, almost an identical situation and got a two-run single.”

And this one compliments of radio colleague Kevin Barnes….

GIO GONZALEZ

On tipping his cap to Chipper as he left the game:

“Absolutely. I think he’s one of the greats to ever play the game, one of the greatest third baseman to ever play it. It was an honor to be on the same field especially at his house. It’s only a sign of respect and a guy who showed me respect by getting in that lineup, (he’s) telling me that’s how you want it – I’m going to go at you. The guy scored a run for them. That’s the kind of guy you respect 100 percent.”

83 comments Add your comment

Brave Decisions

September 17th, 2012
12:42 am

Braves 99.9% chance of making the playoffs. 96.3% of it being the WC. http://wp.me/2lqJ1

ChipperisGod

September 17th, 2012
12:58 am

Gio’s a class guy who I’ve seen pitch in person twice now including tonight. He’s a beast, but we wore him down. Uggla redeemed himself big time there, and some really telling quotes by everyone here. They have confidence and they’re going for it. Really loved how Chipper said we have to continue with this intensity going into Miami. Let’s do it. Keep rolling!

Go Braves!

Michael

September 17th, 2012
1:16 am

Just put some good fights. Win or lose we still love you!

M.B. Jones

September 17th, 2012
3:21 am

Great series sweep. Good stuff starting to happen. Bourne getting it going a bit, Freeman getting hot, Uggla coming around a bit, and great pitching from starters and the pen. Something special is in the air. If Braves can keep it going they will be tough in the playoff, and LDS. Life long Braves fan here. Hoping for the best. Love beating the Nats.

bravesgrl4life

September 17th, 2012
5:35 am

Thanks, for the quotes, Carroll!

Anybody else think Chipper sounds more “managerial” than Fredi G?

Ken

September 17th, 2012
6:10 am

You never know, maybe we can catch them. Remember 1969.
Orlando Cepeda at first, Felix Millian at second, Sonny Jackson at ss, Clete Boyer at 3rd, Bob Diddea at catcher, Rico Carty in left field, Tony Gonzolas in centerfield, and HANK AARON in right field. Our pitcher of note…PHIL NIEKRO….our manager was Luman Harris, I believe. Does anyone else remember?

not 2011

September 17th, 2012
6:30 am

Thank you, Ken.

DrC

September 17th, 2012
7:08 am

Ken – Thanks for the great memory! I was thinking Felipe Alou was in centerfield when the Braves won the division in 1969 in that epic last game? Can you verify it was Gonzalez?

Ekim

September 17th, 2012
7:47 am

“It’s only a sign of respect” — Gio Gonzalez

To all of those who berate Fredi and whomever for cap-tipping, this is what it means, and there’s nothing conciliatory about it.

JT

September 17th, 2012
7:48 am

Gio Gonz: Classy Act!!!!

Jeff L

September 17th, 2012
7:49 am

Dr. C and Ken are both right. Alou played some in center and left while Gonzalez was a bench player primarily in the outfield… and at Ken, the catcher’s name was Didier…

Larry A

September 17th, 2012
7:54 am

Dan Uggla’s at bat against Stammen was an afront to fundamental baseball. Stammen’s first 3 pitches were not even close, and Uggla swings at a 3-0 pitch which was clearly ball 4. It does not take much baseball IQ to realize that when a reliever comes in and is spraying balls all over the place, you make him throw at least one strike. 3 – 0 and 3 – 1 are basically the same count at that point it the game. Gonzalez should not have HAD to put the take on, this is baseball basics. Would have changed the inning. Bases loaded with Ross up and Stammen worried about just throwing strikes.

George Washington

September 17th, 2012
8:08 am

That’s the issue with fredi g. He lets uggla swing away instead of playing smart. It’s a gamble that’s going to cost the Braves ultimately. They are a “swing away” team and show no signs of being able to play “small ball”. I guess fredi’s mindset is hero or zero. I wish the Braves had a smarter manager.
That decision by fredi will be overlooked after winning the game Larry A because of the win. But your concern is legitimate.

paulgendreau

September 17th, 2012
8:11 am

Larry: An affront to baseball…wow…that bad huh….on the other hand one can argue- and its a common strategy- that with a pitcher with poor control desperately not wanting to walk the batter , he will groove one that is easy to hit…the problem is not the straetegy, its the execution in not laying off a bad pitch in this circumstance

Double Zero Eight

September 17th, 2012
8:27 am

I have no complaints. This team is different from the
one last year. They are playing with a little confidence
right now. If they can get hot at the right time, there is
no telling how far they can go. Medlen needs to start
the wildcard playoff game.

Dwayne

September 17th, 2012
8:28 am

Ken…who cares?

Dwayne

September 17th, 2012
8:30 am

Gee, I think I’ll go look up the 67 Mets on Google and act like I knew who the startes were without looking.

Slick Maxim

September 17th, 2012
8:53 am

If you’re looking up lineups from past years try baseballreference.com

Was at the game last night, the guys had to sweep to have a chance at the divison, they did. A little bit of magic and the divison ours. This is what’s fun.

ijudgenot

September 17th, 2012
8:54 am

Good win for the teams psyche, but the offense is still struggling. That Uggla vs Stammen at bat with runners on second and third with no outs stands out. The Braves needed an add on run to take some pressure off the pen so Johnson brings in Stammen to pitch to Uggla. Here Fredi could have outwitted Johnson by pinch hitting Henski or Overby for Uggla with Prado on the bench to take his place at second defensively. Johnson could not change pitchers at this point. The odds were much better that Henski or Overby would get a hit, fly out, or grounder to drive in the run than Uggla hitting against a righthander. Fredi has brain cramp and Uggla pops out.

Brave New World

September 17th, 2012
8:57 am

Gio Gonzalez is one of the best pitchers in the majors, and he is also a class act.

KBP

September 17th, 2012
8:59 am

I wonder if the Atlanta sports scene truly appreciate Chipper Jones? Unbelieveable player, Unbelieveable career! With apologies to Mr. Henry Aaron, Chipper is arguably the greatest Atlanta Brave ever.

74bravesjersey

September 17th, 2012
9:00 am

Yeah; Very admirable of “Gio” honor’n chipper, I think he too has a lot to be respected of, type of person, of character, I applaud him.

Buddy Landel

September 17th, 2012
9:36 am

Who are Henski and Overby? Don’t like being a stickler about spelling, but COME ON! they are our players!

Nevada Roy

September 17th, 2012
9:37 am

… and we won the game resting Prado!

PMC

September 17th, 2012
9:45 am

I loved the outcome of this series obviously, lot of respect for the way the Nationals go about their business though. Harper and Gonzalez show plenty of respect but play the game as hard as they can.

Harper is going to be fun to watch when they aren’t playing the Braves for the next 20 years.

Lobosolo

September 17th, 2012
9:50 am

What’s the “A” stand for, Larrhoid? “Almost” used to play great baseball? You’re an affront to just about everything… Armchairs, if you haven’t managed baseball on ANY level, leave it to the guy who sits with the 4th (and rising) best record in the MAJORS…

Post season planning

September 17th, 2012
9:56 am

DOB … what are your thoughts on how the Braves will approach the WC game? Hudson is outright owned by Nats (in 1st inning alone), so, I would prefer to see him at least start the WC game and have Medlen ready to ride to the rescue at the first sign of trouble. Have Medlen and Minor as your obvious 1-2 punch against Nats. There will be those who argue that Medlen in the WC game is a no-brainer, and I don’t disagree, but FG should take into account how the records look for Minor and Hudson versus whomever the opponent is and not just throwaway Medlen against Nats. I would rather have the best shot at winning the Division Series then blow it b/c you wasted Medlen. Tough, tough decision when you look at this holistically. I would like to think that Minor is the automatic choice for FG ahead of Hudson against Washington, especially after last night.

Good problems to have!!

Good problem

May 25 vs WSH L 7-4 6.2 IP, 7 ER (4 runs in 1st inning)
July 1 vs. WSH L 8-4 6.0 IP, 5 ER (4 runs in 1st inning)
Aug 20 @ WSH L 5-4 6.0 IP 4 ER (4 runs in 1st inning)

Barbara

September 17th, 2012
9:59 am

Great sweep. We won but still need better hitting. Send Overbay back to whereever he hasn’t hit yet another Hinskie. Now we need to keep the momentum going against the Marlins. Congrats on Ugglas two run hit. Just maybe he will come back

Post season planning

September 17th, 2012
10:00 am

Errrr…my bad. Was supposed to read “Hudson stats” instead of “Good problem”.

Lew Burdette

September 17th, 2012
10:05 am

I remember 1969. Great to get into the postseason, but that best-of-5 series against the Mets sucked. Aaron was knocking the horsehide off the ball – the guy homered in all 3 games – but the Braves still lost all 3, to Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Jerry Koosman. Sad. I was really hoping to see Aaron play in a World Series.

Post season planning

September 17th, 2012
10:12 am

And yes ,,,I could see Nats losing best record to Cinci with the schedule they have left, so Braves vs. Nats is certainly not a given. I would rather face Cinci (even with having lost 5 of 6 w/o Medlen and w/o Minor dealing) if only because of the Hudson factor against Nats.

MH Columbia, TN

September 17th, 2012
10:38 am

Congrats Dan on the big hit. Continued success through the post season. Your hard nose attitude and determination will persevere. A baseball season has many ups and downs but its the finish on how a season will be judged. Columbia will always support you and the Braves. Take it to Miami!!!!

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Don

September 17th, 2012
11:10 am

Sure Fredi, as great as Uggla is hitting, allow him to hit on the 3-0 pitch.

Don

September 17th, 2012
11:14 am

A lot can be said for the Braves judgement of players and talent if they even watched Uggla play before giving him the huge, long contract – unbelievable.

Don

September 17th, 2012
11:14 am

A lot can be said for the Braves judgement of players and talent if they even watched Uggla play before giving him the huge, long contract – unbelievable.

Don

September 17th, 2012
11:14 am

A lot can be said for the Braves judgement of players and talent if they even watched Uggla play before giving him the huge, long contract – unbelievable.

lobosolo

September 17th, 2012
11:23 am

Anyone speaking ill of my boyfriend Fredi will have to answer to me. Fredi is the bomb. Me and Danny and Fredi are in love and I won’t hear of any bad criticisms of them. Just be careful. I know where you live and I’ve seen where you sleep! Don’t talk about Fredi or Danny, or you’ll be sorry.

Dwayne

September 17th, 2012
11:25 am

Don, Uggla was 30 homer a year guy with Marlins….90 or more RBI’s also

Largo

September 17th, 2012
11:27 am

I have not seen Overbay do anything but strike out and most times taking the third strike. He looks kinda shaky at the plate. Does he have a hit yet?

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
11:29 am

So I need to get this straight. The Braves win 5-1, completing a sweep of the team with the best record in MLB. The Braves beat said team who had their best pitcher on the mound, a Cy Young candidate no less. Was it Medlen or even Hudson who outpitched the Cy Young candidate? No, it was the Braves’ No. 3 pitcher, Mike Minor.

Yet, rather than heap any sort of praise on the Braves and their effort, some posters would rather castigate Fredi and Uggla when Uggla swung on a 3-0 pitch with runners in scoring position. Such negativity is baffling.

Lobosolo

September 17th, 2012
11:29 am

Do any of you know where I can get Braves merchandise in pink? It is Fredi’s favorite color, and I want to look my best for him tonite.

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
11:34 am

Actually, the negativity and trolling is not baffling. It is to be expected. The Braves could win the World Series, and there would be those posters who will no doubt complain.

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
11:39 am

Please don’t criticize. I am the greatest baseball mind posting comments here, and I know more than any of you about baseball, (except Lobosolo). I played Tee league until I was fifteen and got over 3000 hits, so I am most qualified to comment. Those of you who say uggla was wrong to swing 3-0 when the pitcher hasn’t thrown a strike all month, don’t know baseball. You always swing especially if you are hitting 213 for the year. Chipper could have tagged up on the pop up to first but he didn’t. But I am not criticizing. You can’t criticize, but I can, but I am not criticizing. I predict the Braves beat the Blue Jays and win the world series and the super bowl.

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
11:41 am

Larry A @7:54am & GW @8:08am…….. Wonderful comments. Could not have said it better myself.
Dwayne @8:28 & 8:30………..Really like the way you make yourself look like a smartazz punk.

and my man,
Don @11:10, & 11:14 and 11:14 and 11:14……..Once again you show why you are the resident genius of these blogs(whenever Larry isn’t around, that is).

Don

September 17th, 2012
11:43 am

paul, I disagree with your entire point about allowing the hitter to swing at the 3-0 pitch in that situation.
But even more specifically – just how is it possible for a pitcher grove a pitch that is “eary to hit” – FOR UGGLA??????

Quack Quack

September 17th, 2012
11:45 am

Great game Bravos!! Mike Minor has really made awesome changes, keep it up.

Lets keep rolling. I hope we can keep Mr. “I’m back” out of the bars in Miami.

GO BRAVES!!!

Ranger Randy

September 17th, 2012
11:47 am

Our top two pitchers at this point of the season are Medlen and Minor. Hudson isn’t even close.

Dwayne

September 17th, 2012
11:47 am

recking(urboyfriends)balls….no need to comment.

Don

September 17th, 2012
11:53 am

KBP, — agree with you about Chipper’s greatness as a hitter – even greater than he is given credit for – because he was so great against the best pitchers, and in close games, and in late innings of close games.
However, there is a big difference in talking about one of the greatest all time hitters and in talking about one of the greatest all time PLAYERS.
Remember that a player has to play defense half of the time – and Chipper was not a great third baseman – probably below average — had limited range

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
11:53 am

everyone who has wrote bad comments is a smartazz punk, except for me, I wrote a bad comment but I am not a smartazz punk. Anyone who says I am a smartazz punk is a smartazz punk, just like the smartazz punk who called me a smartazz punk. Tumbledown is not a smartazz punk, he writes good. Everyone should write good stuff, not bad. Don’t be a smartazz punk who writes bad stuff.

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
11:54 am

Dwayne…….Bring on the punk. You go girl.
Are you doing the impersonation of Lobosolo today?
Sounds like you have an infatuation with homosexuallity.
Haha, you are a laugh riot.

PaulG

September 17th, 2012
11:55 am

Don….I recommended a common strategy…..the 3-0 pitch is almost always a tepid fastball down the middle….sure, you can take it for 3-1 but that starts moving the odds for the pitcher…..& conversely. With a hitter like uggly you may be better off having him swing at a fastball than a wicked curve/slider later in the count…..again, it’s take lack of execution that is the point here

Don

September 17th, 2012
11:55 am

Sorry for the duplicate posts – computer problems

PaulG

September 17th, 2012
11:57 am

Enter your comments here

PaulG

September 17th, 2012
12:00 pm

Attaboy tumbledown at 1139

Dwayne

September 17th, 2012
12:02 pm

So your recking dons balls huh? and Uglla should have taking a pitch…baseball 101

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
12:06 pm

I like recking balls. baseballs, footballs, meatballs and hairy balls. Balls is good. yum yum I like balls.

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
12:14 pm

To the Tumbledown impersonator (11:39) – How dare you!! How dare you take a shot at my Tee League accomplishments. I reached 3000 hits several days before my 15th birthday. So, take that! Ha!

alex

September 17th, 2012
12:40 pm

Difficult to figure this team…..Lobo you have become succint in your abuse,.. for that we all congratulate you!

alex

September 17th, 2012
12:40 pm

Difficult to figure this team…..Lobo you have become succint in your abuse,.. for that we all congratulate you!

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Lobosolo

September 17th, 2012
1:34 pm

Love the way you armchair whiners like to post as others… shows how little you have and what you must resort to…. alexis, you need to quit posting twice to get your own point across… Those binkies are for the mouth, remember? We’ll tell you about the other ones when you get a little older…

Larrhoid… still can’t get over being a never was, can you? Does posing as someone else somehow make up for it…. Let’s see, 16 games left and Larrhoid has still NEVER MANAGED A BASEBALL GAME…

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
1:39 pm

My point is that as much angst has been made over Uggla’s swing at a 3-0, shouldn’t there be even more posts praising Minor’s performance. It is a good sign especially since he was able to pitch effectively on a national stage (ESPN). Yes, we can debate the 3-0 swing decision, but let’s not lose the forest for the trees. This is just my opinion. You can attack me and my without impersonating me on this blog.

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
1:40 pm

attack me and my opinion

ijudgenot

September 17th, 2012
1:54 pm

This blog is a great release mechanism for Braves fan who always root for the team to win, but who want to voice some frustration at times for the mindset of management and players that has led to Braves winning only one championship despite winning fourteen consecutive division championships.
Unfortunately under Cox and now Fredi, the ego of veteran players nearly always trump the good of the TEAM. Only when a veteran player’s play has reached catastrophic proportions will that player be taken out of the lineup. No player other than Chipper(because he is switch hitter) should be above being pinch hit for if the percentages or lefty-righty matchups favor another player giving the TEAM a better chance to succeed and win. Fredi pinchhitting for Uggla last night with runners on third and second with no outs should not be taken by Uggla as a sign that Fredi does not think he can hit righthanders. It only means that for that particular situation the percentages favored a lefthanded veteran off bench to get a flyout at least. Fredi should demand that al players check their egos at the door for the next three weeks. That incident with Uggla pouting and not wanting to pass Fredi on the way back to dugout after Fredi pinch hit for him evidently got Uggla what he wanted, i.e., never to be picnh hit for by Fredi again. No player’s ego should be above the good of the team. That is what managers who consistantly win championships preach and adhere to.

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
2:13 pm

Ijudgenot – I just want to know who are these managers that do this and consistently win championships. It is not enough just to criticise Fredi without pointing out those managers who do what you say and consistently win World Series. Since the Braves became a playoff contender in 1991, only four managers have won more than one World Series championship: (1) Cito Gaston in 1992 and 1993); (2)Joe Torre in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000); (3) Terry Francona (2004 and 2007); and (4) Tony LaRussa (2006 and 2011).

Do we even know how Gaston managed the Blue Jays back in the 90’s? Joe Torre never won a World Series other than with that magical Yankees teams of the late 1990’s and 2000. Given all their great and clutch players, even Larry could have squeaked out a WS win as manager of those Yankee teams. Francona obviously let the players run the show last season. Can he be really cited as someone who demands that players keep their ego in check. I admit LaRussa had great longstanding success. Is he the perfect model of the manager to which you refer? Otherwise, I do not see any other manager out there who consistently wins championships.

Brandon

September 17th, 2012
2:14 pm

Uggla is batting .314 and only 4 k’s in his last 35 at bats (last 10 games). Not executing on the 3-0 pitch annoyed me, but at some point you have to swing whenever you have a good pitch. The braves have been struggling greatly with RISP so there is no guarantee that they score even if he walks. Sometimes you need to swing instead of hoping to get a walk. Whoever recommended hinske and overbay in that situation has obviously not looked at overbay hit. Hinske recently got a homer, but has been silent all season. At least uggla has shown signs of life of recent. Also, it is so surprising that nobody mentions uggla’s 2 run single that opened the game up. The braves just swept the best team in baseball. They obviously did something right. Be happy people

jim

September 17th, 2012
2:25 pm

It was proper for Uggla to have the green light on the 3-0 pitch in that situation. He may have been too aggressive and swung at a marginal pitch, but that is not Fredi’s fault. Uggla was hitting 6th with Ross and Simmons to follow. Ross is obviously playing through an oblique problem that has restricted his swing and made him very vulnerable to pitches outside of a narrow zone. Simmons is the 8th place hitter returning from 2 months away from MLB pitching. Uggla was the key to that inning. Once Stamen got him, he made short work of Ross and put all the pressure on Simmons to get a hit to score a run. Uggla is paid to be a run producer, not a walker, especially in a situation where the guys on deck are not the the middle of the order hitters.

The thought that Fredi did not pinch hit for Uggla with Overbay or Hinske because of not wanting to hurt his ego is ridiculous. HINSKE OR OVERBAY seriously? Fredi penciled Uggla in the lineup because he WANTED him to be at bat in such a situation. Enough with the dissing of Uggla. He has been brutal for most of the season, but is hitting OK lately

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
2:27 pm

Dwayne @12:06……At least you did use capital letters while impersonating me, this time(see: 11:53am). You’re funny.
You must be mad about my comment @11:41am.
I don’t know why, I was paying you a compliment.
You were going for smartazz punk, weren’t you?
You hit it right on the head. HaHa.
go braves

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
2:33 pm

Paul @11:55 and jim @2:25….. I agree with both of your comments.

DonofAcworth

September 17th, 2012
2:43 pm

Wait a minute…. let’s not get ahead of ourselves. let’s finish out the season and yes let’s give Chipper and Prado and Freeman and anyone else some time off so when we do go the legs and arms will be fresh or rested. Yes, Kimbrel too and anyone else….let’s dial up
for a real push at the end and try to keep it going all the way. Less than 20 games to go…I’m just saying! Also rest Fredi… for the rest of the season and spring training!

MH Columbia, TN

September 17th, 2012
3:18 pm

Thanks Jim. Finally, someone who understands stituational baseball. Swinging on 3-0 has produced simular results to the best of hitters. Would the critics have said anything if Chipper had done the same thing? I think not. While Uggla is not Chipper and has not played up his or anybody elses expectations this year it hasn’t been because of a lack of effort. Baseball can be a humbling sport. You got to look at a player’s body of work. He has been a steady player in the past. The money paid to players does raise our expectations. He may never be a .300 hitter but I still think he has an impact on how pitchers approach this lineup. The threat of the long ball does make a difference. The number of walks he has been dealt helps bears this out. Finish strong!!!!! Go Braves!!!! Beat the Fish!!!!

Dwayne

September 17th, 2012
3:19 pm

y would i impersonate u. u nut licker

Ron M

September 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

Where are the idiots that said that these Braves were getting swept and they were not making the play-off? Huh? I guess the haters are no better at prognastication than Fredi G is at managing. LOSERS!!

KBP

September 17th, 2012
3:41 pm

Don at 11:53, Chipper had limited range? Do you mean the 1993-2008 Chipper or the 2008-present day Chipper. It never dawned on me that he had limited range as a young player. Later in his career, absolutely. Also, just how much range does a 3rd baseman need? I understand a SS needing great range but not so much for a 3rd baseman. Did Mike Schmidt have great range? George Brett? Not rhetorical questions, I don’t know the answer. Chipper was not an elite fielder but I doubt anyone closed their eyes when a sharp grounder was hit his way either. To me,he’s not just a great hitter but truly a great all around player.

Dwayne

September 17th, 2012
3:46 pm

Lifetime 300 hitter, sure HOF. He is a great player. He is one of the greatest 3rd baseman to ever play the game. Don’t take my word for it. Look up the quotes from the players, managers and gm’s.

bostonbravo

September 17th, 2012
3:55 pm

I never produced, directed or acted in a Hollywood movie. However, I still think “Ishtar” sucked. 99.9% of the fans who go to or watch Bravvs games were not managers or v-p’s or major leaguers. Thus: they should keep their damn mouths shut & continue to buy the product.
EXCELLENT philosophy.

Tumbledown

September 17th, 2012
4:06 pm

Dwayne (3:19) – y would i impersonate u. u nut licker

DOB and/or Carroll Rodgers – I do not see any merit in allowing postings like the above one as well as several other fraudulent postings. I will not post again until this matter is addressed.

To those posters I have offended with my optimistic and sometimes satirical tone, I sincerely apologize. I truly enjoyed debating with those fans who had honest, critical views of the Braves, their manager, or their players. I just never saw the need for personal insults as it detracts rather than adds to the discussion.

Go Braves!!

reckingball

September 17th, 2012
6:15 pm

Dwayne @3:19am……….Such filthy language, don’t you know that there are women and children on this blog?

Dwayne

September 18th, 2012
6:48 am

Women or children should not be on this blog. This is for men. Women should be in the kitchen and children should be reading childrens books. I post under no ones name except my own. DOB and whoever else knows this, you moron. I just commented on whoever it was giving the entire line up of the whatever year Braves. I said nothing to you until you called me a smartAZZ punk, which Im sure women and children read it. So, had you kept your unappropriate comment to yourself, none of this would have been said. you Goober, is that clean enough for you?

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