4:20 pm October 4, 2012, by David O'Brien
October 4th, 20124:32 pm
Great move frdi. Gutsy and good.
October 4th, 20124:33 pm
I so don’t agree with this unless Mac’s shoulder is bothering him. Mac was beginning to swing the bat well again. He is also left handed and Lohse is right handed.
October 4th, 20124:35 pm
Don’t like McCanns game calling in big games. Lost every one of them too.
October 4th, 20124:38 pm
Hope Medlen streak continues all the way to the WS. Medlen just do whats been working for you and we will win. I predict Freeman will do special things tomorrow.
October 4th, 20124:41 pm
Ross has had a better year than McCann. What’s the big deal?
Excellent decision by Fredi. Mac hasn’t been himself for the entire month of September, and the league knows it.
October 4th, 20124:46 pm
This team has a 1991 feel to it. Or better yet 1995 feel to it. How about win the WS for Chipper on his final year. His first year as a brave, WS title. Complete the storybook career.
October 4th, 20124:47 pm
The beginning of the end for McCann in Atlanta. 2013 will probably be his last one @ Turner Field.
October 4th, 20124:49 pm
Very good decision by Fredi. This gives us the best chance to win, no offense to BMac, but the guy is hurt and we need a 100% lineup out there for this one-game fiasco.
dilly, he’s 2 for 6 in October, but only hit 214 in September. July was really his only good stretch of games this season.
Kris, I hope so too, but I don’t think postseason games will technically count towards or against the streak.
Zac in Tempe
October 4th, 20124:51 pm
Tough call, but a smart one by Fredi. All this time off could help McCann. I wish Boscan had gotten some starts this week to relieve both guys.
October 4th, 20124:52 pm
USMC Dawg, I disagree. I see a bounce-back year coming. Maybe a long contract if he takes a hometown discount.
October 4th, 20124:54 pm
Who’s whining Chief??
I state facts & opinions, it’s your job to whine about that.
BTW….I feel a lot better about this game with Rossy in there….and I won’t even get to watch it ‘live.’
October 4th, 20124:55 pm
This is the post season and there is no crying in baseball. Play the best 9 you got.
October 4th, 20125:00 pm
Bottom of the 9th the braves winning two outs two strikes. All McCann has to do is call for outside fastball off the plate. Calls for inside for whatever reason to a left handed hitter. A tie game. Extra innings. The braves lose. Why do I recall so many of those moments with McCann calling the game?
October 4th, 20125:04 pm
An absent McCann is another reason this team next year is in big trouble. 28 yr old with a body of a 38 yr old. Even after being platooned by Bobby cox and freddie for most of his career, probably more than any other starting catcher.. Can anyone say “strength and conditioning coach?” This idiotic notion that injuries can’t be avoided is a franchise’s all time smoke screen.
No chipper, no McCann, no Bourn, and the reality of a pedestrian Heyward, a strike out leader 2nd baseman, leaves the 2013 braves bare and beyond. Hope they win it all this fall, it’s looking like a long time before they’ll be back.
October 4th, 20125:07 pm
relieved that Heyward is facing a righty fri night.
October 4th, 20125:09 pm
Great move by Fredi. This is EXACTLY what I was thinking ever since we knew we were going to be playing this game. Even though I love Mac, he’s in no condition to play right now. Everyone’s gotta be as close to 100% as possible for this do or die scenario.
Love the move. It’s only one game. There is no room for sentiment.
King of Carrot Flowers
October 4th, 20125:11 pm
Hope this will give McCann a little motivation to change his off-season diet and conditioning program. Maybe it won’t help the shoulder, but the extra lbs can’t be good for knee tendinitis.
October 4th, 20125:12 pm
#1, smartest move all year by Fredi….#2, Braves need to decline McCann’s option for next year and attempt to resign him for about half as much – he’s not worth $13mil a year at this point – I see shoulder surgery and rehab for him in the off-season, and depending on how far the Braves go in the playoffs, that may take him out of the first month or so of the season.
October 4th, 20125:15 pm
Nativebird – seriously? Are you just trying incite reactions? Take a look at what Braves rotation will look like next year and many years beyond, talk about reason to be optimistic. I think the East will be dominated by the Nats and Braves for the next 5-6 years. So much pitching between these two teams.
October 4th, 20125:23 pm
Wow. Ninety-four wins and it’s all doom and gloom here. Yes, no Chipper next year, and Bourn will be gone, too. But this team has great pitching, and that is not going to change. Not Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, Avery, but with this bullpen, Medlen all season and Beachy back, it’s a wonderful staff.
Mac has been banged up all year. Wish he was healthy, but he’s not. He can rehab in the winter, maybe improve his diet some.
Beating the Cards tomorrow will complete the atonement for last September. Medlen experienced the full-house, big-game crowd on Sunday, and he will be relaxed and fine.
October 4th, 20125:30 pm
Well, if Medlen loses, I guess some people can blame this.
October 4th, 20125:31 pm
Medlin and Beachy have the potential to be co-anchors for quite a while. We don’t need to forget that he had become the staff ace before his injury.
October 4th, 20125:35 pm
DOB, would you see why I am in blog purgatory, please? Not sure what I did wrong.
Brave New World
October 4th, 20125:52 pm
A healthy McCann would be the catcher, but he is not 100%. This is the right choice. GO BRAVES!
October 4th, 20126:00 pm
I agree with this decision. It’s a one game season now and you have to give yourself the best chance to win.
Frank Shab in PA
October 4th, 20126:04 pm
Tough decision. Now your thinking Freddi. We all love B-Mac but he’s hurting. Ross gives us your best chance. Go Bravos. I see low-scoring game with Braves winning on a Cards error.
If Braves win I’ll see all in DC for game 3 and maybe 4 and 5 next week.
October 4th, 20126:05 pm
WOW…after years of Bobby Cox, this is hard to believe. I think Ross might be the best backup catcher in the league, but sitting McCann in a do-or-die? That is one gutsy move by Mr. Gonzalez. Congrats to him for laying it on the line like that. I would have a hard time making that call and hope it doesn’t bite him in the ol’ backside.
October 4th, 20126:07 pm
O.K. Countdown 23 Hours. Lets rock Bravos!!
Just a smart team move. Same reason Medlin is pitching instead of Hudson. It’s not personal it’s business.
October 4th, 20126:08 pm
A healthy McCann is one of the best hitting catchers in the league. Ross is the best back-up defensive catcher in the league. Cardinals like to run, Ross/Medlen will limit SB’s tomorrow.
October 4th, 20126:11 pm
Good, tough decision by FG. May not work, but no faulting the idea. Fingers crossed
October 4th, 20126:13 pm
Replace Hooters hero and you got a slim chance.
October 4th, 20126:16 pm
i agree with the move, but isn’t Ross hurt too? Right oblique if I recall… was wincing a lot last few games…
October 4th, 20126:22 pm
This type of move should have the managers job on the line. Unless McCann can’t play because of an injury this is one of the worst moves you could make. Ross’s oblique is more of a concern than McCann’s shoulder esepcially vs. a Right handed pitcher.
McCann hit the ball well this week too. Freddi better hope Medlen saves his job.
Bob the Blogger
October 4th, 20126:27 pm
Just like we didn’t see the real Jason Heyward last year because of his injury, we haven’t seen the real Brian McCann this year. I don’t think he’s washed up – just hurt. He’ll get patched up this winter and be OK. Between Medlen’s pick-off move and Ross’s throwing ability, we can minimize the Card’s running game.
October 4th, 20126:32 pm
It seems from the comments that M3edlen really prefers pitching to Ross. This was the correct move.
October 4th, 20126:37 pm
Gutsy move by Fredi. And, judging by what I’ve seen of McCann’s hitting the second half of this season, it’s the right move.
October 4th, 20126:43 pm
Did any of you guys see the game last week where Ross hit a long single off the center field wall? His oblique is definitely giving him an issue. I’ll take McCann’s shoulder and Medlen’s pick off all day. Unless McCann tells you he can’t play you don’t bench your allstar catcher.
October 4th, 20126:49 pm
OTHER FACTORS ARE INVOLVED
You go with the players who got you there!
Brian played an important role in getting the Braves to the playoffs.
Moreover, he’s still a clutch player, who deserves to be playing — and would very likely come up big in such an important game.
If Fredi deems Brian fit enough to play in the next round of the playoffs, then he’s certainly fit enough to play on Friday.
This can’t be good for moral — either for Brian or for the team.
Bobby would have never make such a move. And Fredi shouldn’t have either!
Irregardless of the Braves making the playoffs again this year, I don’t believe Fredi’s the best overall manager for the Braves. And I don’t like this decision.
October 4th, 20126:53 pm
Good move Fredi.
October 4th, 20127:05 pm
Great decision …. Fredi has really pushed the right buttons this year… I’m happy to say that I’m now a Fredi fan and he deserves a lot of credit. I will be there tomorrow night but if they lose I’m still ecstatic about what the team has done and our chances next year.
October 4th, 20127:11 pm
I like this move. I love the idea of Mac coming off the bench in a big spot. And ross will have better defense against the run and still call a very good game. Plus, he’s been slightly better offensively as well.
October 4th, 20127:13 pm
Kevin – you missed the point. Mac is only a “former” all-star. His decline is, as we all know, dramatically statistically traceable to mid-last season, meaning that his decline may not be solely attributable to injuries. This play-off game is no place for sentimentality.
P B Orr
October 4th, 20127:16 pm
He dogged it that first game in Pittsburgh with the division on the line. His first AB, the 1b bobbled a bad throw and pulled his foot off the bag. What was McCann doing? Chugging slowly to first without the slightest effort to hustle. That really showed who belonged behind the plate. This is the first time I’ve seen some stones from FG. Good move, and now we’ve got a chance. Plus, McCann can pinch hit from the left.
October 4th, 20127:17 pm
For one game, I think the value Ross brings outweighs anything that McCann could do for us. His defense is outstanding, he’ll call a great game, and he’s known to knock the ball around too. McCann would be a liability on the field and there’s nothing recent to indicate he might break out of his funk. We’ve got enough offensive weapons to give McCann a pass tomorrow. Unless the bats totally disappear like they did about 3/14 of the time this year.
October 4th, 20127:30 pm
Love B-Mac, but is the 2ND year with bad offensive numbers. Not 1.
Since last years all star game he has been horrible at the plate and his defense,
Very surprised FG made this move, but anyone who thinks it wasn’t waranted is just blind. Go Braves.
October 4th, 20127:41 pm
Do not pick Blind Mack’s option, he will never be worth $12million again, his time has passed, move on.
October 4th, 20127:50 pm
Really gutsy move. Gonzales will get run out of town if it doesnt work. He’s made what seems to be some uncharacteristically desperate moved in the second half of the season,to jump start the offense or win that pivotal game. B’Mac will be available to pinch hit late against a rightie Im sure.
However the Braves, if they were to win this game are not favored to go much further since it appears that almost every team left has their strengths but none of their weaknesses.
October 4th, 20128:00 pm
If Medlen and Ross are working, who is going to be joking around the dugout to keep the guys loose?
October 4th, 20128:02 pm
BGoat Awards for 2012 Regular Season:
Best position Player: Prado
Best Starting Pitcher: Medlen (hard decision, since Hudson was a starter for the whole year and had a good season, but he did have some really bad starts, and Medlen has been outstanding)
Best Relief Pitcher: Kimbrel (who else?) O’Flaherty a distant second, although excellent
Best Fielder: Bourn (Simmons might have gotten the award if not for his injury)
Best Bench Player: Ross (even though he starts in the wild card game)
Best Base Runner: Bourn. Yes, he gets caught stealing a lot, but he gets the ned over Heyward.
Best Clutch Hitter: Prado
Biggest Disappointment, Position Player: McCann (Uggla close behind, but he bounced back a little and had a much higher OBP than McCann)
Biggest Disappointment, Starting Pitcher: Hanson
Biggest Disappointment, Bullpen: Venters (came back some in second half but nothing like 2011)
Player You Hope Not To See Back in 2013: I’ll leave that up to you guys to nominate
October 4th, 20128:16 pm
Brian McCann’s agent can forget any kind of “extension” talks with the Braves after this down year no matter how it ends…McCann better redeem himself in 2013 or he’ll be wearing pinstripes down the road and DH – ing
SONINO JOHN PAUL SCARDELLETTI - A CHRISTIAN
October 4th, 20128:20 pm
If I had to bet my life on this one, I’d have to bet the Braves. Why? I don’t rightly know.
Sonino John Paul Scardelletti – A Christian
October 4th, 20128:25 pm
This is the beginning of the end of McCann’s career with the Braves. Fredi knows it is time to move on.
October 4th, 20128:34 pm
FG is Controlled by statistics, the only thing Most people Don’t realize is Statistics are almost always derived from Regular-Season Data… You have to throw Out 99% of any of that Regular Season data when it comes to PlayOffs or World Series… Players are Playing at a Much Higher degree of anticipation and intensity, therefore All things become New, once the Play-Offs begin…
October 4th, 20128:37 pm
Love McCann. Not sure Freddie is making the right call, here. But…..everyone with a pulse must admit that this is gutsy on Freddie’s part…….and he may know something that we don’t..in fact, I hope he does know many things that we fans don’t……go Braves…hope Mac hits game-winning PH homer
64 year Ct. Braves fan
October 4th, 20128:54 pm
Good gutsy call by Fredi. Braves play better when Ross catches.
McCann is McDone
October 4th, 20128:58 pm
Mark my word – with the eyes, shoulder, arm and now recurring oblique that he’s not talking about – Brian is mediocre at best from now on at the plate and will still call an average game with poor throwing skills. Rossy is the man. Smarter, better bat right now, better – MUCH BETTER – arm to second and calls a great game. Get over it McCann’ers. Rossy is the right call.
Can anyone imagine Bobby Cox doing this? I’m tipping my cap to him right now!
October 4th, 20129:09 pm
Nothing wrong with the call. Fredi’s reasons (seconded by both Ross and BMac) are sufficient. It’s just one game, and some of y’all are jumping to doom and gloom conclusions over BMac’s future. sheesh
October 4th, 20129:12 pm
I haven’t like McCann since last year’s injury plagued “effort”. Some guys just get hurt all the time or have “bad luck” like with the eyes and McCann is one. Even in his all star seasons he’s never hit with great power (35 plus homers? Nope) and has always been a liability calling the game and tossing guys out. Gotta agree with McDone at least in terms of being an all star again.
October 4th, 20129:14 pm
GOT to disagree with Ross saying McCann “got this team to where it is this year”. BS. He’s been a liability in many ways. Trade him and Uggla’s salary and we could buy someone to replace the new Batboy named Tommy Hanson.
October 4th, 20129:17 pm
It is as if FG has actually channeled a great manager in the last two weeks; actually making smart moves. Hope these moves pay BIG dividends. Can’t wait to see.
Bmac is hurt it is This is the only move FG could make.
October 4th, 20129:23 pm
I like the move. McCann just ain’t got it this year and doesn’t seem to be much of an athlete to “get it back” next year.
October 4th, 20129:24 pm
This move (starting Ross) is the least of my worries. Medlen has the edge over Lohse. But, the Braves bats have been pretty cold the last 2-3 weeks. Might end up being a 1-0 Braves win. It’d be cool for Medlen to get a shutout and make history in the first ever one game playoff deal.
Or….make it a 3-2 win, with Chipper hitting a two run homer. Chipper’s done it all year. Wouldn’t that be somethin’?
October 4th, 20129:25 pm
Ross appeared to be swinging the bat much more comfortably in his past two starts. It appears the oblique issue he had a week or two ago is not a big isue right now.
I love Mac. I wear his jersey to 99% of the games I attend. But I have to believe this is the right move. Medlen and Ross work well together. Proved it on Sunday. And Ross looked more like himself last Sunday. That homer was just sweet!
I am all for Mac getting back to the Mac (most of us) know and love in 2013. So, for the love of God, please stop bashing him. All you Mac trashers have driven a lot of long-time members on this blog away.
Does no one else see that Brian seems to have an issue with his eyes? He squints constantly, every at bat he has to adjust or wipe something from his eyes. I, for one, don’t think he ever got his vision back to 100%. Just saying.
As a St Louis transplant, I’d much prefer McCan’t be in there. Ross is steady and can push the ball to opposite fields and keep our runners honest. Please reconsider Freddi!
October 4th, 20129:29 pm
Yeah Larry, he blinks incessantly. I play some fast pitch in an over 35 league and my contacts and dry eyes do that to me. I must look just like McCann at times, I can’t see the freakin pitch. Got one in the side last week for that reason. Eyes are a BIG deal when the ball is going 90 plus.
October 4th, 20129:31 pm
Can be painful to watch McCann bat. That shift is crazy too. Didn’t he learn to hit off field better coming up? Who didn’t think THAT would be a problem in the majors?
October 4th, 20129:32 pm
The man has been injured this year and has not whined about it.He tried to play but it did not work out.Fredi is making the right call.Maybe Bmac hits a game winner as a pinch hitter.
Hate the one game format. Hope we get at least 5 hits tomorrow! I know that’s asking a lot…
October 4th, 20129:35 pm
Hope you’re right bp
October 4th, 20129:36 pm
Anybody watching the Cardinals/Rams game? Rams cheerleaders are amazing…Oh, and baseball does need cheerleaders. Like these…
October 4th, 20129:46 pm
McCann is a team player. He won’t whine. Time for some payback from St.Louis. They kicked us out last year and I hope the team does not forget how it felt
October 4th, 20129:59 pm
Brave call by Fredi. Those saying that Cox would not have made this move are so right. Mac would have been thrown out there with half a throwing arm and half a leg to move to get in front of wild pitches. Ross may not get a hit but he is a better defensive catcher and calls a better game. Medle will need all the help he can get to kep St Louis in check.
October 4th, 201210:09 pm
If Bobby Cox wouldn’t do it, then that gives me reason to think it’s a good move. Cox was a great regular season manager, but went too much by the book come playoff time.
Sometimes you’ve got to go with your gut. Let’s face it, McCann is hurt and his injuries are significantly affecting his ability to play at a high level. Even though he would be the sentimental choice, I don’t think he gives the team the best chance to win.
not a pitching coach
October 4th, 201210:13 pm
Is the current roster available somewhere? The Braves website still has the 40 man roster.
October 4th, 201210:14 pm
Say adios to McCann. His contract is up and the braves will have to pony up $12 million on a team option to keep him on the roster next year or pay him a half mil to go away. I have been saying since 2011 they should have traded him when his value was sky high. Now we will get nothing for him and he’ll sign wih an AL team to do what anyone who was able to see his future knew he would eventually do; be a DH. He’s a great guy and I wish him luck but the braves held onto him too long. Even in his prime he wasnt the best defensive catcher on this team.
October 4th, 201210:54 pm
@Larry -”Does no one else see that Brian seems to have an issue with his eyes? He squints constantly, every at bat he has to adjust or wipe something from his eyes. I, for one, don’t think he ever got his vision back to 100%. Just saying.”
Amazing how Larry always sees things that the Braves overlook. Wow, when are they going to hire you as a coach?
October 4th, 201211:03 pm
What else have I claimed to see that the braves didn’t see, Alvin. Maybe the braves need a new ophthalmologist.
October 4th, 201211:18 pm
go get ‘em boys!!!
October 4th, 201211:34 pm
Alvin: You have me mistaken with someone else. I rarely comment on these.
October 4th, 201211:40 pm
Glad my # 8 is starting..Ross is another Yogi and will be the star after the game. Kris is the Man and its time for team to put up are shut up. Same as last year down to one game with same teams..got to send the Cards home this time. Go Braves!
October 4th, 201211:44 pm
Next season will decide whether they try & resign Mac, just like this year was do or die for Heyward, Bourn needs to go he’s too expensive for a strike out machine at lead off. Next year will be a wash for Beachy, takes 2 years to come back from TJ surgery, just ask Medlen. Resign Huddy for next year, with Minor on the rise that gives us 4 solid starters along with Maholm. Gonna need a 3rd baseman, Francisco is not the answer, Go Bravos let’s beat the Nats too
I agree with you Larry about eyes..
October 4th, 201211:56 pm
Mccanns contract is up at the end of the season. There is a $12 million club option for 2013 or a $1/2 million buyout. If the braves pick up the option they’ve lost their minds. But who knows with Wren. He consistently over pays. I would much rather give $12 or $15 million to Bourne than McCann or uggla (the king of strikeout machines).
October 5th, 20121:14 am
I’d say it is way to early to conclude that Mac won’t be back in 2013….but Fredi sitting him tomorrow is a good thing….it is a must win and with Mac’s shoulder and the tendinitis in his knee he isn’t the Mac of old…..
…let’s get thru tomorrow and the next month hopefully before we bury Mac…………
October 5th, 20121:26 am
What the few of you upset about this move fail to realize is this:
Yes Rossy is banged up also, and yes Mac had a hand in getting us here that week he got hot, but he has since tailed off and is battling a SHOULDER problem. Couple that with the fact that he was already one of the worst defensive catchers in the league this year, and Ross is one of the best at throwing runners out…its really a no-brainer. I’m glad Fredi did it and I would have done it the same 10 out of 10 times.
October 5th, 20123:37 am
It’s the right move. Hurts to watch McCann play back there. Medlen seems excited. Go Braves!
October 5th, 20126:56 am
Great choice with Ross, that’s the luxury of having two great catchers. Ross showed his worth when McCann was out and played great. I’m a big McCann fan but he has several injuries groin, shoulder and he still looks like he is squinting all the time at the plate? MLB last night kept showing his resume but thats not the player that going to suit up tonight ! I haven’t said this too many times but thats a gutsy move by Freddi ! Also Medlin seems to respect and throws well to Ross. Go Braves, but you guys gotta start hitting !!
October 5th, 20128:15 am
I bet McCann comes through with a clutch pinch hit tonight. Go Braves!
October 5th, 20128:50 am
I hate it for McCann and I know, if we advance, that he’s going to make big contributions, but between his injuries and how well Ross and Medlen seem to work together, this is the right call. All you haters who say Freddi does nothing need to step up and admit that he’s made a tough but correct decision here. Go Braves!! Let’s get a World Championship for Chipper!
October 5th, 20128:52 am
Stop it with the “injury” excuses for McCann. Anyone want to tell us what a sore right shoulder has to do with striking out time after time on breaking balls in the dirt? Does a sore shoulder prevent him from blocking pitches in the dirt? Do his injuries make him the slowest runner in the history of the game? He himself said his “injury” has not had any impact on his throwing, but he still can’t throw. Ross is the better player, plain and simple. McCann’s decline didn’t start this year; he wasn’t very good last year either. Although McCann and Hanson haven’t been any good this year some other team would be willing to give up a pretty strong player for thise two.
Stop it with the “injury” excuses for McCann. Anyone want to tell us what a sore right shoulder has to do with striking out time after time on breaking balls in the dirt? Does a sore shoulder prevent him from blocking pitches in the dirt? Do his injuries make him the slowest runner in the history of the game? He himself said his “injury” has not had any impact on his throwing, but he still can’t throw. Ross is the better player, plain and simple. McCann’s decline didn’t start this year; he wasn’t very good last year either. Although McCann and Hanson haven’t been any good this year some other team would be willing to give up a pretty strong player for those two.
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