7:45 pm October 2, 2012, by David O'Brien
October 2nd, 20127:55 pm
Good luck Ben-still a great move by Wren -I’m watching Ben go out with a Win !!
October 2nd, 20128:18 pm
Ben, you really help the Bravo’s when they need it so good luck in retirement and may God Bless you and your family.
October 2nd, 20128:20 pm
He did a great job for the Braves…thanks Ben!
October 2nd, 20128:24 pm
I would take Sheets over Hanson any day of the week whether that be this season, this post season, or next season. At least Sheets can hold guys at first base and doesn’t give up homeruns at an alarming rate.
Chip Carey said after the base was stolen on him that Tommy Hanson would no doubt work on holding base runners on next spring training. Well I have no doubts that he will work on it, I just hope he is wearing a different jersey when he starts that journey. I can stand the big red idiot, and I hope like hell he is off this team next year. If he is in the starting rotation, I will skip watching the Braves games that he pitches in.
Insert Delgado or Teheran in that spot, they sure as hell can’t do any worse than this idiot. All of his wins were because of run support, he has rarely ever dominated a opposing team. He has to be one of the most overrated pitchers to ever come through the Atlanta Braves organization.
It was because of that stupid ass pitching delivery that a guy stole second base with 2 outs, and why that same guy scored and cost the Braves a run when they got a base hit with 2 outs. The guy was halfway to second base before Hanson even got done with the first pause in his motion. The guy is just a straight up liability, and the Braves have a very good chance of losing a game when he is on the mound. Not the type of pitcher you want to see out there when its playoff time. Get rid of the sad ass sack of bones.
October 2nd, 20128:33 pm
I’m glad the Braves are giving Ben the ball on Wednesday, I just wish it wasn’t a day game so I could watch it. He came along at just the right time for us (the Braves) and we were able to give him memories and stories that will last forever for him. Good luck to you Ben! And GO BRAVES!
October 2nd, 20128:34 pm
@BravesfaninWis I feel the very same about you as you do about Hanson. Please do us all a favor and quit now, don’t wait till next spring. You are a vile person and should be banned.
October 2nd, 20128:35 pm
What do you know, it happened again. The big red idiot lets another guy steal a base on him, then immediately gives up another hit to let them score another run.
News flash moron, just because a guy steals on you, its not in the rule books that you have to give up a hit and allow that guy to score. Now I know you never heard of a shut down inning because you are as useless as they come, but nonetheless, its not a must that a guy scores when he steals a base. Pretty sad when a catcher like Ross either doesn’t attempt to throw out a runner, or is way late getting the ball there with his defensive skills. The only reason its like that is because Tommy Hanson takes 3 years to get the ball to homeplate. I can’t even stand to look at the goof on tv, he is just plain pathetic.
October 2nd, 20128:36 pm
October 2nd, 20128:37 pm
Good luck Ben enjoy being at home and being with your children. Thanks for ur contributions to the Braves and Chipper’s last season. U can always claim to have been a part of 10’s last season. Who knows where it will end. Thanks Again
October 2nd, 20128:38 pm
HowCool, check the TV tomorrow night. The game might be replayed. Weekday day games are usually replay that night.
October 2nd, 20128:48 pm
“Because the Braves lost to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, taking them out of the running for the NL East title, Gonzalez bumped Hudson from the rotation in order to have him rest and be ready to start Sunday in a potential Division Series opener if the Braves win the Wild Card game.” – D O’BRIEN
Geez, you already know they lost tonight? Pretty amazing. How bout predicting a win for us on Friday; that’d be great.! Aw, heck–maybe you meant Monday.
October 2nd, 20128:51 pm
Not gonna lie, I really enjoyed watching Sheets this year.
October 2nd, 20128:57 pm
Sheets should have come back and pitched instead of Hanson. It wasn’t like he was doing any worse. Don’t really get that decision. I would have given him another shot. Tommy’s been bad all year, even when he had ten wins in the first half, the offense bailed him out multiple times.
Thanks for helping us, Ben! Really appreciate the effort and hard work you put in to help the team! Those were four big wins!
October 2nd, 20129:04 pm
What a class act to give us your best in your short time on board the braves team then to retire after this last game start so special now u can have a world series with your family every day you will always be a winner Thanks for your help Mr Sheets
October 2nd, 20129:08 pm
Sheets was great and those wins were big for us…. Agree also that Hansen is done with this team (well I hope so)
October 2nd, 20129:09 pm
Sheets gave the team a shot in the arm when they sorely needed one. Sure would be good to see him go out with a strong performance Wednesday. And the way the Braves are playing these past two nights, it looks like they could use a major momentum swing.
October 2nd, 20129:14 pm
I believe Sheets believes what he is saying about retirement. But, if he pitches well then he’s going to have a number of teams offer him quality contracts, and Sheets is not that old. I would take his retirement talk with a grain of salt. Yes, there is no room for him with the Braves, and he’ll cast off from Braves’ shores with a fond farewell for the wins he helped the team earn.
But, he’ll be turning down a lot of money if he retires outright.
October 2nd, 20129:20 pm
Thank you, Ben!
A true Brave if there ever was one!
Sheets gave us everything we could’ve hoped for. Glad he’s going out an Atlanta Brave. Who knows? Maybe he’ll go out a World Series champion as well…
October 2nd, 20129:31 pm
No Soup for you!
October 2nd, 20129:33 pm
I’m with BravesfaninWis…..I hope that loser Tommy hanson is wearing a different uniform next year! HE SUCKS!!!
October 2nd, 20129:34 pm
And thank you Ben Sheets for what you did! Enjoy retirement!
October 2nd, 20129:47 pm
his arm is dead
October 2nd, 20129:49 pm
Tommy throws another gem!
Supersize that order, mutt
October 2nd, 20129:56 pm
Im glad he is gone.
GOOD LUCK OLDE BOY YOU WERE ALWAYS A CLASS ACT.
October 2nd, 201210:04 pm
Supersize & John – you’re both mammoth douches.
Sheets is a class act. I’m glad he’s a Brave, and happy that he was able to come back and perform at a high level after a devistating injury – impressive. Best wishes on your well-deserved retirement- I wish you were coming back, but understand the decision.
October 2nd, 201210:09 pm
My eyes were playing tricks on me, I thought it said “Tommy Hanson ready to retire after starting Tuesday”
Maybe just wishful thinking.
Hanson is just circling the drain at this point. He was a flash in the pan, although I don’t think he was ever that great to begin with. Once hitters learn you and get familiar with a pitchers mechanics they usually hit better over time, but with Hanson the hitters all look like Hall of Famers anyway. Plus his decreasing velocity and the fact he can’t locate a pitch to save his life means he’s just another terrible pitcher that is all there is to it. We need to trade him over the winter, or at least try to. We may be able to find someone dumb enough to get tricked into taking him. But the way he’s been pitching lately I doubt anyone will fall for that one.
October 2nd, 201210:11 pm
It will be announced soon, that Hanson will be having off season shoulder surgery. It has been pitching hurt since June. Velocity is down on fastball and has lack of command with it. Good luck with the tommy john surgery Red Dog!!
October 2nd, 201210:13 pm
He showed this team how to love the game at a time during the season when we were really going the wrong direction. Thanks Ben.
October 2nd, 201210:14 pm
Thanks Ben. It was fun to watch you come back and pitch as a Brave. Good luck!
October 2nd, 201210:20 pm
How about throwing a no-hitter tomorrow just to finish a great career strong
October 2nd, 201210:23 pm
Rico .. for one, Tommy John surgery is NOT ‘off-season shoulder surgery’. For another, he wasn’t good from the get-go this year, so what is your excuse for those early months.
Put simply, they have tinkered with his lifelong delivery and he has gotten worse. They should have just left him alone. Hisnew delivery is an absolute eyesore and teams are raking against him.
October 2nd, 201210:24 pm
I think Sheets came back only for selfish reasons. He was never a true Brave.
October 2nd, 201210:26 pm
Thanks Ben! I liked you on the A’s too, you were fun to watch.
October 2nd, 201210:32 pm
@No Soup for You!……..I agree with you 100%………Maybe just maybe he’ll become trade bait this off season.
October 2nd, 201210:33 pm
Ben was extra cool when he’d come out of the game and stay in the Dugout with the gang, not going to the club house and watching on TV….I do wonder if it might have hurt his arm/shoulder by not getting it iced down like most pitchers do……?
October 2nd, 201210:37 pm
Take a hike Bravesfanwis…. you have no class!
October 2nd, 201210:39 pm
Get the message?
October 2nd, 201210:43 pm
Sorry, but the Braves are too wise to pitch Hanson in a meaningless game if he will end the season needing Tommy John surgery. They had too many good options to run him out there in games the Braves needed to win (but did not). I’d be shocked beyond words if that “prediction” came true.
October 2nd, 201210:44 pm
Hope Braves do the right thing and award him a full playoff share. Make no mistake the shambles Braves rotation was in when he started 4-0. Will not go so far as to say he saved the season, but those first few starts really stabilized things until Medlen and Minor picked up the remaining pieces. Full share for Sheets and it would be cool if he wanted to hang around for the celebrations.
October 2nd, 201210:46 pm
You don’t need to ice down your shoulder immediateoly after pitching. You just need to do it within an hour or so, before the muscles start to cool down. Many pitchers do what Sheets did, and if he lasted until fall, he could have just worn a jacket to keep the arm and shoulder warm until getting the ice pack.
October 2nd, 201210:47 pm
I don’t think there’s even a question about it — certainly the Braves will award him a full share and any ring earned by the team.
October 2nd, 201210:49 pm
Good luck Ben in future endeavors. You were dominating in your Brewer days, and a welcome addition to our Braves this year.
King of Nothing.
October 2nd, 201210:50 pm
Put him on the postseason roster if hes healthy
Love Ben Sheets. Brave forever.
October 2nd, 201210:52 pm
Braves fan in Wisconsin. You suck! Worst fan ever!
October 2nd, 201210:54 pm
This might have been mentioned already, if it has sorry. Ben Sheets is one of only three pitchers who has at least 250 starts without a relief appearence. Pretty cool. Tom Glavine and CC Sabathia were the other two.
October 2nd, 201210:56 pm
Did not want to soil my previous post with a Hanson rant. So here goes. During his time here he has not done anything I can recall unprofessional, or selfish, or an embarrassment to himself or the Braves. This is not a personal attack. He seems like a decent guy. But the performance over the 2nd half of the last 2 seasons has simply not been what it needs to be.
Forget the funky delivery and not holding runners on. Nobody would care if he got batters out with it. But he is not the same pitcher that forced Tom Glavine into retirement. Remember Braves called him up the same day Glavine was released. He was a power pitcher that could make mistakes in the zone and get away with it. Now he is a nibbler without an out pitch that gives up too many home runs and cannot work much past the 5th inning. The performance does not come near the projected arbitration pay he would get next year. If he is on the playoff roster, whoever made that call should be fired. He did make most of his starts and for the whole season was 13-10 with the help of good run support and the bullpen. But let him watch the rest of the season sitting next to Ben Sheets and enjoy the celebrations. Then wish him good luck for whoever he pitches for next year.
October 2nd, 201211:02 pm
Off topic but…. I think it would be really cool if Orioles & A’s win their divisions and make Yankees/Rangers play the AL WC game. Stupid Ibanez had to go and tie it to send to extra innings but Yanks have DLowe on the bump so maybe it could happen.
October 2nd, 201211:11 pm
Perhaps take Danny with you & open a chain of linen stores selling really gross linens????….”UGGLASHEETS”??? huh? yeah? ha???
October 2nd, 201211:15 pm
Sorry that Hanson still hasn’t developed a pick off move ! BUT ! I don’t think that’s the real issue with him. He seems to be in another world sometimes when he’s pitching. If there’s a medical problem, then there could be a medication that woul help that…….if not, he needs to go back to the minors and start all over again…..So much talent, so little affect……..Good luck Tommy…..
October 2nd, 201211:30 pm
Sheets deserves more than a Atta Boy, he literally carried that rotation for a month… He’s deserve accolades…
October 2nd, 201211:48 pm
Thanks, Ben, and have a great retirement. You really came through for the Braves when they needed you. I enjoyed watching you pitch and will watch tomorrow. Go Braves!
October 2nd, 201211:50 pm
Damn Good Brave!!
Big Redhead is Dead
October 2nd, 201211:57 pm
I think after the season is over an announcement from the Braves regarding surgery for Hanson. My guess he was told to have surgery last year but wanted to try rest and therapy. This winter he has no choice but have the surgery. He and Boris know his career is on the line. Please Frank, Fredi, and Roger leave him off the post season roster as his inconsistency is no help.
October 3rd, 201212:06 am
You low profilers know who you are:
some of you were calling for Chipper’s ouster even two years ago.
The Observer pointed out the obvious: Chipper Jones statistics rank him as one of the very…..very…..best third basemen…..very, very best BASEBALL PLAYERS…. of all time. At all levels.
He will end the year with an average hovering around 285 or so. At forty years old!
All time Stats: .301 plus BA…. .401 OB% ……500Plus slugging.
2700 Plus Hits…. 550 Doubles…..1625 RBI…..
Look at Schmidt. Look at Brett….Look at Brooks Robinson….Chipper’s better or equal to ALL OF THEM !!
Eddie Mathews was the gold bar third baseman for the Braves Organization. He is now Bronze. And Mathews was a Great. A Hall of Famer.
As position players go…..Hammerin’ Hank is THE MAN. Chipper sits on the right hand….metaphorically.
Viva Chipper Jones !!! Thanks for the memories.
Big By the Way: you were better than Nomo in your rookie year as well!!
October 3rd, 201212:11 am
Goodbye Ben. Good Luck. Probably should add Hinske, Baker, Overbay and Bourn to that list. Possibly McCann too.
October 3rd, 201212:30 am
Good luck to you, man, You helped us out when we needed you and, I’m forever grateful.
October 3rd, 201212:32 am
Was a great story with great results for the Braves. Ill be watching tomorrow. Was fun watching a former ace pitch, some of our youngens could definitely learn from Sheets how to pitch.
October 3rd, 201212:42 am
Ben….we hardly knew you…………..but man did you light up our life!!!
no spring training
October 3rd, 20122:10 am
Big Ben had no spring training at all. Just threw at a local school for the scouts, had a couple of minor league starts and BAM, he’s in the big leagues. Of course his arm got sore and stiff. Anyone’s would under those circumstances. I hate he’s not going to go through a normal offseason program and come to spring training next year, I think he could help us. Certainly be an upgrade over Tommy ‘Five Inning’ Hanson.
Good luck Ben ! … You made a difference ! … Braves fans will remember your time here !
October 3rd, 20122:13 am
By the way, I was one of the ones calling for Chipper to retire last year, too much money for what he brought…my crow is heating up in the oven as we speak and I’ll gladly eat it.
Chipper, I apologize for doubting that you had anything left. At forty years old, you are the player, above anyone else on the roster, that I want to see walking to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, score tied and a man in scoring position. Good luck in the playoffs and we’ll see you in the dugout as a coach soon, I have no doubt.
October 3rd, 20122:17 am
does anyone remember Minors turn around? You can also thank Ben for that just because of a casual conversation.
October 3rd, 20122:33 am
Thanks Ben Sheets for the wins and class you displayed during your time. You came through at a time we needed solid starting pitching,and you delivered,so thank you and good luck to you and your family…….
October 3rd, 20123:36 am
Ben Sheets has always been the best pitcher in all of baseball when healthy! I hope he can regain some form back because we are going to need him in the post season.
October 3rd, 20125:17 am
Thank you for your contribution to the Braves this year Ben Sheets. Enjoy your retirement with your kids. From a a guy that has rooted for the Brewers and Braves all his life, thanks for the memories.
October 3rd, 20126:47 am
Ben Sheets answered the longest long distance Call to the Bullpen when he joined the Braves in the first place. Thanks for the starts, Ben…
October 3rd, 20126:48 am
Thank you, Ben Sheets. I’m glad you get to start one last game for us. Enjoy your family and know you will are appreciated by at least one Braves fan.
October 3rd, 20126:54 am
Chipper and Sheets, thanks for your efforts! They’ll always be snotty brats on blogs like this that live to criticize others, but both of you helped make post season possible this year. And thanks again, Chip, for all those years you helped the Braves. The past 12 years were not like the 90s, but you did your part. Thanks to you both!
October 3rd, 20127:08 am
*Good to see a really good player go out with closure. Have a nice life Ben Sheets.
*Monday night you saw the true Braves. Low scoring, poor hitting fundamentals.
*When has Michael Bourn tried to bunt for a base hit? Leadoff hitters do not strike out 150 times. I felt when he hit those early homers this season, he was in trouble. (Remember Furcal?)
*With that said, I would love to see him come back, just not for more than 11-12 million per year.
*Fredi still a poor manager, the team was inspired more by Chipper than for FG.
*Kudos to Fredi for a good job with the bullpen.
*Why did Fredi not stand up for Freeman last night when he was called out on a phantom swing?
*Best chance for a playoff victory is a Medlin shutout and hope for 1 run.
*And finally for all the trolls and haters, Uggla could be the MVP next year if he doesn’t slump and hits around 280.
Good Luck in your retirement. Enjoy it. I really appreciate the effort you gave us and what seemed to be a good personality in the clubhouse.
October 3rd, 20127:19 am
In this whole blog so far there are only a couple of negative remarks made about Ben by a couple of genuine butt nuggets. Ben was great for the team when we needed him the most. With his persoality and his knowledge of major league baseball he could end up as a pitching coach with a nice contract anywhere in either league.
October 3rd, 20128:01 am
Where is Jurrgens these days? Is there any hope that he will pitch well again?
October 3rd, 20128:21 am
I know that Ben Sheets had a very positive, veteran presence in the clubhouse and bullpen. He’s always been a true pro. He helped the young pitchers on our staff a great deal. We sometimes forget how young players learn and develop more quickly when they’re around real pros. Many thanks to Ben for all of his contributions to this year’s club.
Have a wonderful retirement, Ben, and thank you.
October 3rd, 20128:43 am
Ben, thanks for giving us a lift when we were down. You’ll always be an Atlanta Brave to me.
October 3rd, 20129:07 am
“Where is Jurrgens these days? Is there any hope that he will pitch well again?”
Yes, for some other team on a minor league contract.
Wolf in PA
October 3rd, 20129:14 am
Thanks Ben! The Braves really needed the boost he provided.
Just think how great this guy would have been without the injuries, we’d be talking about a 1st ballot HOF’er. Still a classy professional, and a model Brave.
Win one for Ben…
October 3rd, 20129:17 am
Good luck Ben Sheets, you had one of the nastiest curves I have seen
October 3rd, 20129:40 am
Sheets was fierce competitor his whole career, and it was cool to have him on the team at the end. He’s gonna pitch lights out tonight, even if his arm falls off. Tonight is a guaranteed victory.
October 3rd, 201210:42 am
I’m not a TH fan, but I guarantee he will be a brave next year. Mainly because delgado and teheran aren’t ready, and maholm is a homerun magnet.
October 3rd, 201210:55 am
This says to me that Fredi just did not care about this last series. It’s kind of important for a team to be rolling along when they go into the postseason, and we face the very real possibility of going into the playoffs having just been swept by the Pirates. That is not good for momentum. Just once, I want the Braves to get into the playoffs, and instead of resting everybody for the final regular-season games, keep playing them so they can keep their rhythm and roll along through the playoffs.
I don’t understand why nobody in the Braves organization seems to think that makes sense. I understand the injury argument, but the Braves were playing fairly well before this series, and I think it would have been a better idea to stay in that rhythm and try to keep it going through the playoffs instead of playing bench players and giving a washed-up veteran one final hurrah. Just my opinion.
October 3rd, 201211:39 am
Thank you Ben Sheets. What you did was close to a miracle. Hollywood should do a movie about your exploits. I hope the Braves win it all and you get a World Series ring. You deserve it.
October 3rd, 201212:17 pm
HEY…you negative Nellies. None of you are on the mound in the majors nor have a major league win. He’s had 250 starts and you probably haven’t even come close to that on the Wii.
October 3rd, 201212:18 pm
Why aren’t we giving Ben a chance to be on the post season roster? If he throws another 6 inning of shut out dominance are we really going to take Tommy Hansen to the post season and let Ben Sheets go sit at home?
Braves #17 Fan
October 3rd, 20121:19 pm
Ben Sheets – In whatever hall you end up in, I hope you’re wearing a Braves’ jersey.
October 3rd, 20121:25 pm
2 K’s in one inning; still got it…
October 3rd, 20121:29 pm
Sheets was first class, and as stated above, gave he Braves some CRUCIAL wins when their season could have gone either way, they were teetering on the edge, and could have collapsed like the Red Sox. Sheets gave them the little push over the fence that led to a great season, IMHO.
October 3rd, 20122:32 pm
Class guy. I’d take him ov Hanson any day, even with a bum shoulder.
October 3rd, 20122:59 pm
Good Luck Ben & thanks for the effort. Go get some of that good St. Amant food.
October 3rd, 20123:16 pm
Ben Sheets for roving pitching instructor. It would be a great hire if he wanted the job.
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