Hanson finishes on down note in 5-1 loss to Pirates




PITTSBURGH – If it had come down to the final regular-season series with Tommy Hanson competing for a spot in the Braves’ postseason rotation, his performance Tuesday night against Pittsburgh might have eliminated him from contention.

But it’s been clear for some time that Hanson wouldn’t start if the Braves made the postseason, and his work in an insignificant 5-1 loss to the Pirates served only as a reminder of issues that have plagued him during a disappointing year that began with his one-car accident in spring training.  It’s been a different kind of painful at times during the ensuing months.

Hanson (13-10) was charged with five runs and nine hits in six innings, including a two-run homer by Garrett Jones during a three-run fifth that gave Pittsburgh a 5-1 lead before a sparse crowd at PNC Park.

“Wasn’t the way I wanted to end it,” said Hanson, who allowed a Starling Marte double to start the first inning and a run in each of the first two innings. “The first two innings were tough, and then so was that fifth. Not the way I wanted to finish, but it is what it is. And I’ve got to try to learn from it and try to make adjustments and try to get better.”

After a loss in Monday’s series opener ended the Braves’ chances of catching National League East leader Washington, manager Fredi Gonzalez started bench players at six positions Tuesday — or seven positions including catcher David Ross, whose role has grown in recent weeks due to Brian McCann’s injuries.

Jose Constanza had two of the Braves’ eight hits, and Freddie Freeman was ejected for arguing a checked-swing call in an eighth-inning pinch-hit appearance, the second ejection of Freeman’s major league career.

The Braves already secured the top wild-card slot and will play St. Louis in Friday’s Wild Card game at Turner Field, with the winner advancing to a division series starting Sunday. The Cardinals lost to Cincinnati on Tuesday but clinched the other wild-card spot when the Dodgers lost to the Giants late Tuesday.

“We accomplished what we wanted to,” Gonzalez said. “Got our bench guys some good at-bats. [Lyle] Overbay had some great at-bats, and [Eric] Hinske had a big at-bat [pinch-hit double] against a left-hander. [Tyler] Pastornicky had a couple of good at-bats, and Rossy….

“We’ll run our starters out there for a couple of at-bats [in Wednesday's regular-season finale], and hopefully we’ll come out of it healthy. And get a win, too. That would be nice.”

Hanson went 3-5 with a 5.69 ERA in his last 13 starts, including 1-5 with a 4.99 ERA in nine starts since returning from a stint on the 15-day disabled list for a strained back. The six innings he worked Tuesday made it his longest start in his past eight.

“Just left some balls over the plate,” Gonzalez said. “I think at the beginning of the game he had three 1-2 [count] hits.”

Asked if he saw any progress from Hanson since mid-season, Gonzalez said, “Well, he ended up with, what, 13 wins? A guy that might not have had the best stuff of his career, he still found a way to win some ballgames, which is good. You like to see that stuff.”

After going 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA and in 17 starts before the 2011 All-Star break, Hanson is 14-13 with a 4.96 ERA in 36 starts since. He’s been slowed at times by shoulder and back ailments, possibly contributing to the decline in his fastball velocity, or at least to his inability to get back the low- to mid-90s fastball he had in his first two seasons in the majors in 2009-2010.

“I felt like I made some adjustments and they were fine in spring training,” Hanson said. “And then I had to make some more adjustments because I wasn’t pitching the way I wanted to pitch. I feel like you always have to make adjustments and you always have to try to find a way to get better. I’ve been trying to do that all year.”

The right-hander worked during the offseason trying to smooth out a hitch in his delivery and quicken his time to the plate, but his throwing motion remains unorthodox and teams with good base-stealers continue to take advantage. The Pirates stole three bases, and after each of the first two that runner scored from second base on a hit by the next batter.

“It’s something that [pitching coach Roger McDowell] is on him all the time about,” Gonzalez said. “And we’ve gotten him down to 1.3, 1.4 [seconds to the plate]. But I don’t know how much quicker you can get him without re-doing the whole delivery and the arm, and then you’re getting into some areas where he might get hurt, changing arm angles  this late in his career. But it’s something that definitely could use some work.”

Hanson has allowed 31 stolen bases this season, second in the NL behind Pittsburgh’s A.J. Burnett. Twenty two percent of runners who reached first base against Hanson this season attempted to steal second, the highest rate in the majors.

Among NL starting pitchers, he began Tuesday with the second-highest opponents’ on-base percentage (.343), third-highest opponents’ slugging percentage (.460) and fifth-highest opponents’ batting average (.269).

“I just think his fastball command, when it’s not on, that’s the times he gets hit,” Ross said. “But Tommy’s a really good pitcher, really valuable to us. Tonight his slider was a little flat, fastball location was just OK. And they took advantage of it. We’ve got to do a better job of getting ahead of hitters in certain situations, and holding guys on, just little things like that”

69 comments Add your comment

HansonSucks

October 2nd, 2012
9:56 pm

I can only hope this is the last time we see Tommy Hanson in a Braves uniform. A Big Red Bust. ADIOS!!

Miami Dave

October 2nd, 2012
9:57 pm

The sun will come out tomorrow…

Grow up!

October 2nd, 2012
10:00 pm

What a mature name you used there to describe your frustration. Hope you feel better now.

bkinkennesaw

October 2nd, 2012
10:05 pm

Is Hanson the odd man out when Beachy returns?

lee maye

October 2nd, 2012
10:06 pm

Hanson will either be traded or non-tendered. Problem is he will be arb eligible and the decison to non-tender him must be made before arbitration. He is likely to get 3-4 mil in arbitration due to 13 wins so non-tendering may be the best option.

There is no shortage of replacements for him. Delgado, Teheran, Beachy back in June. Then, the lefty from FSU is not that far off either.

Coach

October 2nd, 2012
10:06 pm

I hope this solidifies the fact that Hanson will not be on the postseason roster. There are issues going on with him right now, either mentally, physically or both, who knows. I just hope the offense wakes up in time to hit the ball some and give the fans something to cheer about.

This offseason will be interesting to see what moves they will make. Is Prado the long term answer at third? or do they give Francisco a shot at a full time gig? Do they go after Bourn after the uncharacteristic like second half that he has had? or do they give Constanza a shot in center? Is Hanson a possible trade chip? Do we resign Johnson? Do we go after a big bat in left if Prado comes to third base? and do we resign him long term?

Coach

October 2nd, 2012
10:07 pm

Hanson is arbitration eligible this offseason

Bigwheel

October 2nd, 2012
10:11 pm

Braves are at their typical lifeless flat play heading in to the postseason….. Oye!!

Virginia Ranger

October 2nd, 2012
10:25 pm

The folks out here in Denver seem to think Dexter Fowler is going to be available along with Mike Cuddyer. How about Hanson and Venters for those two? Fowler has the potential to be a big time Centerfielder, leadoff man and right handed bopper. Cuddyer wuld be an acceptble 5th outfielder. Hanson and Venters are replaceable and certinly would be two of the top hurlers on the Rox staff.

Any comments?

Virginia Ranger

October 2nd, 2012
10:34 pm

I guess we could also consider that Fowler would provide a north metro representative for the outfield.

Stumpknocker

October 2nd, 2012
10:37 pm

Freddie……..make sure Hanson is NOT on any post season roster.

The Brave Californian

October 2nd, 2012
10:46 pm

This sputtering, anemic offense is worrisome. I think we should go all out to sign David Wright as Chipper’s replacement at third.

Ken Stallings

October 2nd, 2012
10:54 pm

I cannot imagine there is even a question mark. Baring injury to one of the other four, Hanson has pitched his last start for the Atlanta Braves, likely for his career. Given his pending arbitration, I don’t see the Braves wishing to risk arbitration. So, I figure the Braves will simply release Hanson.

The Braves have too much talent in their starting rotation for next season given the return of Brandon Beachy. Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado are both highly talented youngsters who could start for many teams in MLB right now. Yet, those two are going to spend the bulk of another season in AAA or AA because with Beachy’s return, the Braves are loaded for bear!

Next season, the Braves starting rotation is: Kris Medlen, Tim Hudson, Mike Minor, Brandon Beachy, and Paul Maholm. Folks, there are teams out there for whom any of those five could be their ace or at least their number two man! Next season, that might well be the best starting rotation in the NL, and possibly all of baseball.

The audition for that title started after the All-Star break. The Braves pitching ranks went from middle-of-the-pack to upper echelon since the break, and for further proof, Medlen had the best post-All Star NL ERA and Minor had the fourth best! Hudson and Maholm were not far back. Only Hanson struggled consistently. Prior to going on the DL, Beachy was among the ERA leaders in the NL. So, 2013 might see something very special in Atlanta — a starting rotation that could rival the ones in the 90’s that were considered immortally good.

Hanson has no room for him.

Biggun

October 2nd, 2012
11:04 pm

Hanson is a mess. Unless he changes that delivery, his arm is going to fall off. Hope it’s in another uni. Scratch him for this postseason.

NorCal Brave

October 2nd, 2012
11:13 pm

One of the great mysteries of the 2012 season is how Tommy Hanson could win 13 games on a team that’s spent most of the year trying to figure it out at the plate.

mistermak

October 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

I think Freddie was just trying to be nice about it all. I have to believe the decision has already been made about Hanson’s future with the Braves.

Capt.Mudd

October 2nd, 2012
11:35 pm

@Ken Stallings… Re:10:54 pm/post, It’s very simple, Mr. Stallings; if Tommy passes a physical for his new team–he’ll be used and placed where he has the best opportunity to be successful.

And I haven’t read where he is physically unable to hurl @MLB level, i.e., he has pitched for the Bravos recently as you know and, the Braves do not allow an injured pitcher access to the mound during live action. Or do/did they in Hanson’s case? If not, he goes to market as a big guy that won 13 games this season—in short, he is likey to be claimed–in fact, he is more likely to get a call than he is unlikely [in being summoned].

Good bye and good luck to you: Tommy Hanson.

Charles

October 2nd, 2012
11:57 pm

I agree with the sentiment that Hanson must go — terrible mechanics and no effort to correct along with a questionable personal life and a Boras client to boot — Goodbye and good luck!

The Grinch

October 3rd, 2012
2:11 am

I hear you Ken, but let us not forget Beachy won’t be back until after the All Star break.

Chas

October 3rd, 2012
3:53 am

Tommy Hanson has nothing to “Learn”… nothing to “change”. His mechanics are terrible. Does he wonder why he has shoulder issues? HELLO! He has no location or movement. His velocity is BP stuff. It’s all physical with him. He’s done. When you throw 88 mph, and you have no idea where it’s going, and with little movement, you’ve either got to be lucky, or you are gone from the game. After 2 second halves of “A” ball results, Tommy’s luck has run out. No post season for him…nor should there be. He does not have what it takes, to be a major league piycher. The Braves will hang on to him through most of next season. He has no trade value. Then he’ll be released. Too bad he couldn’t have learned somrthing (mechanically) when he was younger.
The Braves bench was just as effective as the starters last night, striking for a whole run. Wow! What an offensively inept team they are. Fredi has the starters spitting it out Monday, against the Pirates. Sits them Tuesday. Gives Ben Sheets a pity / retirement start Wednesday (which will be another loss.)
The playoff Braves will lose their last three in a row, setting them up perfectly for a “one-and-done-Friday”…a Fredi G. managed 4 losses in a row, to end their season. BUT, Fredi will be proud of them. And who wouldn’t be? Anytime a Fredi-led team makes the playoffs, that’s something. Winning in Atlanta isn’t BECAUSE of FREDI, it’s in spite of him.
(Baker and the boys looked really good last night. Great right handed bat, Franki Wren…in fact, great bench period. There are more worn out re-treads in Atlanta than at a closed Goodyear store. But that is how Franki does things.)

No. 1 Braves Fan

October 3rd, 2012
4:30 am

Chas: Sounds like you don`t like Frank, Fredi, Tommy and the Braves. You must have a problem that needs fixing. Sorry you can`t be aware that the Braves have had a
great year. Ninety-three wins is not too shabby is it?

Tim

October 3rd, 2012
5:27 am

Chas,
Dude you should really shut up with the ignorant and idiotic stuff you just said..you have no reason to say anything negative about the team. Just go back to your cave and squeal you freaking classless bozo.

Rick in Macon

October 3rd, 2012
7:11 am

Chas is correct in most all he stated, though I don’t have a problem with Sheets starting today. If he gets in trouble, have a quick hook and get him out of there. The rest of you…if you don’t like what he says, say something in defense of Hanson and Fredi if you can and stop the criticism…he has his views and you have yours.

Navigator

October 3rd, 2012
7:30 am

Two straight losses to Pittsburgh, are you kidding? This team should be getting ready with momentum and they can’t get out of their own way. Going back to Don Shula when he was the best coach in the league and took his team to five NFL championships. His belief was to establish the climate all the time as winners. When his Miami team finished the only season as undefeated professional team, few remember his team also won all the pre-season games because he wanted to establish winning as a mindset. Watching the braves lose at the end of the season shows you the Manager and the team has never had the mindset.

Peachtree John

October 3rd, 2012
7:47 am

I hope that those who did not start last night and those who don’t start tonight will spend hours in the batting cages. Somebody has to turn on the light on hitting or we are out again. It was a fun year. Glad that Chipper was able to at least get to the playoffs. The optimist says these Braves can still go a long ways—if someone turns on the light of winning.
Too bad about Hanson not being able to cut the mustard. Too bad the Braves held on too long with him. He hurts the club. But–good luck to him.

UPGRAYEDD

October 3rd, 2012
7:55 am

With all the money and time invested in developing Tommy, I sure wish the organization could retrieve something of value from him, rather than simply cutting him loose. Unfortunately, I don’t see a whole lot of upside with Hanson. He’s been backsliding for a long, long time, and unlike JJ, I don’t believe his troubles can be attributed to injury. Mix in a dose of Scott Boras, and this cat is poison.

UPGRAYEDD

October 3rd, 2012
7:58 am

And by the way, these last couple games are a “mini-Spring Training”, getting some bench guys some AB’s. The Momentum Train derailed when we lost and the Nats took the division.

What worries me are the cold bats that so often plagued us this season. One bad game at the plate and we’re toast. And we have a lot of bad games at the plate in our history books.

NorthGaDawg

October 3rd, 2012
8:20 am

Bye bye Tommy. We don’t need you or your agent, who no matter how bad you get, will try to sell you to the Nats or Yanks for $20 mil a year when you hit FA. Cut the losses now!!

flintrock70

October 3rd, 2012
8:24 am

Go home Tommy. Please. Go away.

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October 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

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9:10 am

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

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9:10 am

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

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9:10 am

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

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9:10 am

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

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9:10 am

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

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64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

I like Virginia Ranger’s trade plans. Also lets trade McCann while he still has some value.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

I like Virginia Ranger’s trade plans. Also lets trade McCann while he still has some value.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

I like Virginia Ranger’s trade plans. Also lets trade McCann while he still has some value.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

I like Virginia Ranger’s trade plans. Also lets trade McCann while he still has some value.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

I like Virginia Ranger’s trade plans. Also lets trade McCann while he still has some value.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

I like Virginia Ranger’s trade plans. Also lets trade McCann while he still has some value.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

October 3rd, 2012
9:11 am

Sorry! something screwy with my computer.

Tumbledown

October 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

64 year – I think you established the record for most duplicate posts.

Blackberry Cobbler

October 3rd, 2012
9:52 am

Don’t you just love how the Braves have decided to just roll over and play dead these last 3 games. Typical lack of intensity and motivation and managerial skills. True, the games don’t count for anything since the WC is a lock, but it does effect momentum.

J J

October 3rd, 2012
9:58 am

You are talking about Hanson. Not his fault. BATS BATS BATS. Non existent. That is why you lose Friday and now I declare Bravers LOSERS LOSERS LOSERS

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

When you are 64 and set any record for anything, no matter how dubious, that is good!

Mike Lewis

October 3rd, 2012
10:26 am

Perhaps we can deal Hanson and another arm or two (Venters, Delgado, etc, for example) to Tampa Bay and get one of the best pitchers in baseball…David Price. He won 20 games with Tampa and has great stats each year. Another power lefty (heck, maybe even give up Minor if need be) would be awesome. He is a winner.

I liked Hanson when he first came up until I found out he had Scott Boras as an agent and I truly lost respect for him. Win first at the MLB level, then get a high-powered agent, not before! Boras is a pariah to baseball and to me. So, let Hanson go with his big agent and chew up somebody’s else’s payroll for more than they are worth…ATL can’t afford to do that.

hank57

October 3rd, 2012
10:28 am

I’m afraid Tommy Hanson will not get any better, if he can’t change that delivery. The wind-up looks ok, but just before he delivers the pitch, he has a slight hesitation, and throws like he is throwing a dart in a pub. That causes a loss of speed, and has to cause shoulder, back, and arm injuries as time goes on. Not to mention, it is easy for a good base runner to time his steal. Sad, but true.

Davey Sprocket

October 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

@Ken Stallings – you must be a paid shill for th ebraves, eh? There is NEVER anything wrong, and it is ALWAYS coming up rosy for you, huh?
The Braves will NOT have the best starting rotation in the NL, or even the MLs in 2013. They have clearly the 2nd or 3rd best rotation in their own DIVISION!! Strasburg doe snot get shut down early next season for Washington, Gio is a coin flip to be the Cy Young winner this year, Jordan will have another season of strengthening as he completes his comeback from TJ surgery. Detwiler proved he belonged and Jackson pitched far better than his W/L record indicated (he was the hardest to hit (hits per inning) in the NL until his blowup start a week ago.
Beachy may return toward the end of the season – Strasburg had surgery at a similar time, and came back for 5 very nervously watched starts at teh end of last year – a similar careful approach would be wise. Beachy in 2014 is more likely to be the call.
And it is preposterous that you believe that ALL 5 guys you mentioned would be hte ACE of most staffs, or at least the #2!! You need to stop drinking, son. Maholm?? LOL. Hudson and his famous first inning crackups? Medlen is fine, but no way they win every time he starts. Who knows which Minor appears? the 6.60ERA version or the 2.2 version?
Delgado and Teheran have VASTLY underperformed in the MINORS! Ya’ll thought they would be tearing it up in the Majors already, if you listened to the hype. Their stock has definitely taken a downturn. Do you argue this point??
Bottom line is that the Nationals are set up for a nice long run, with almost every position player under contract through at least 2015, and several (including Harper) through 2018. The minors are loaded for bear/elephant with huge arms, and fleet bats.
The Braves?? Well, they ditch their 3B. Their CF likely leaves. The starting C is breaking down and hitting in the .220s nd everyone ant to trade him “while he still has some value”. Nobody seems to want a .210-hitting popeye-armed 2B making $12M per year (lol). There is uneven production from the TWO young “stars-to-be” in RF and 1B – (LH pitching is a terror for them. Prado is a nice all-around guy – just hit his 10th homer, in fact – but you’d better not have him in a power OF spot with 10 dingers (is that a career high – he is 28/29 isn;t he?).
I hear ya, Ken Stallings, and there are some things to be positive about. Just don’t go so very far overboard, or you look like a 12 year old. Be optimistically objective.

VinceVanGo

October 3rd, 2012
11:12 am

I don’t know if Fredi intends to leave Hanson off the post season roster(assuming they get past the Cardinals) but I have confidence in Frank Wren to make sure that Fredi does leave him off. I have been agitated with Wren before, but he really is a good baseball man, and a great GM given what Liberty Media will let him do. Jurrgens & Hanson have proved that they are both 1/2 season pitchers for two years now. Maybe if they will both sign contracts for 1/2 of their salary for next year and one pitch in the 1st half and one in the second half the Braves should consider giving them a chance, otherwise cut them both and move on.

Quicherbichin

October 3rd, 2012
11:14 am

So Davey Sprocket… how’s that Jayson Werth contract working for the Nats, huh?

Dirty Dawg

October 3rd, 2012
11:32 am

Tommy has got to get serious about whether or not he wants to actually have a career in the ‘bigs’. It means actually overhauling his delivery (not just talking about it like last off season) AND getting himself into better shape. He’s got to have gained 30 or 40 pounds since he broke in, and it shows. Put some muscle on that frame..work on your flexibility (which should help with he delivery change) and stamina. Clearly there’s still talent there it just needs to be nurtured. He can’t do it on his own, the Braves need to dedicate somebody to the task cause he’s too good a kid and possesses too good an arm to just cut him loose like KK.

Tumbledown

October 3rd, 2012
11:58 am

Davey Sprocket – The Braves?? Well, they ditch their 3B. Their CF likely leaves. The starting C is breaking down and hitting in the .220s nd everyone ant to trade him “while he still has some value”. Nobody seems to want a .210-hitting popeye-armed 2B making $12M per year (lol). There is uneven production from the TWO young “stars-to-be” in RF and 1B – (LH pitching is a terror for them. Prado is a nice all-around guy – just hit his 10th homer, in fact – but you’d better not have him in a power OF spot with 10 dingers (is that a career high – he is 28/29 isn;t he?).
I hear ya, Ken Stallings, and there are some things to be positive about. Just don’t go so very far overboard, or you look like a 12 year old. Be optimistically objective.
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Davey, if this is being “optimistically objective,” I hate to read your negatively objective views.

reckingball

October 3rd, 2012
11:59 am

Speaking as a fan, I would like to see the Braves try to trade Hanson for something. If they can’t, then release him. I do not see anything, that says he is worth the money, that an arbitrator will make the Braves pay him.
But, I do not know all(more like nothing) that Frank Wren knows about the situation.
go braves, get some hits

reckingball

October 3rd, 2012
12:06 pm

Davey Sproket….. is a Nats fan, that has infested a Braves blog.
He really isn’t anything more than a scroll-by troll.
go braves

Hoosier Aaron

October 3rd, 2012
12:20 pm

Hanson is an “Ace” waiting to happen in the minors….big, strong, electric stuff, yadda, yadda.
Pitches very well…then all the sudden we decide he needs to rework his “hitch” and speed up his delivery to the plate? Why didn’t we do that at Myrtle Beach?
Trying to completely change what got him to Atlanta AFTER he gets here is beyond stupid.
Let Tommy Hanson be Tommy Hanson…he was pretty darn good.

Big Wally

October 3rd, 2012
1:47 pm

………….and now, your starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals,,,,Tommy Hanson, golf clap, golf clap.

Susan

October 3rd, 2012
2:37 pm

and we rushed Tom Glavine out the door for Hanson…..

watched'em every night

October 3rd, 2012
2:58 pm

Capt Mudd; thanks for your quality comments. Tommy Hanson still a good pitcher and will become another team’s asset next season. But many things just did not click for him this season. Too much on his mind, maybe. He has 5 more seasons left in The Bigs. Good luck Tommy. Maybe you will hang with the Braves for 2013. But where ever you may go, we will remember your great times with this club.

watched'em every night

October 3rd, 2012
2:58 pm

Capt Mudd; thanks for your quality comments. Tommy Hanson still a good pitcher and will become another team’s asset next season. But many things just did not click for him this season. Too much on his mind, maybe. He has 5 more seasons left in The Bigs. Good luck Tommy. Maybe you will hang with the Braves for 2013. But where ever you may go, we will remember your great times with this club.

redhotsports

October 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

It bears noting that Hanson also does nothing to help himself win – he consistently has high pitch counts, can’t hold runners, can’t field his position, and CAN NOT handle the bat at all. He’s hitting .020 and finished the season with 10 SACs. Pretty poor player all the way around.

Tim L.

October 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

Can’t see a spot for Tommy in Braves future. With the 5 MPH drop in velocity he’s at best a #3 starter – probably more like a #4 or even #5 starter.

With Medlen, Hudson, Minor, Maholm (definitely take 2013 option) – plus Delgado as #5 and Teheran as backup and Beachy coming back in 2nd half – no reason to risk offering Tommy arbitration. He isn’t worth $5 or $6 million.

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