Dempster rocked in first start with Rangers

Ryan Dempster has a 15.43 ERA after his first start in the AL.

Ryan Dempster has a 15.43 ERA after his first start in the AL.

Ryan Dempster, the pitcher who declined to quickly accept a trade to the Braves and ended up being dealt by the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers, allowed eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his first start for his new team Thursday night.

Dempster allowed nine hits, walked three and struck out six against the Angels.

Atlanta reportedly had agreed to a deal that would send pitching prospect Randall Delgado to Chicago, but as a major league veteran of 10 years and the last five with the same team, Dempster had the right to veto any deal.

The Braves instead traded other prospects for Cubs pitcher Paul Maholm, who will make his debut for Atlanta Saturday against the Astros.

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Ted Turner

August 2nd, 2012
10:43 pm

LMAO !!!! Im First too…Im always first !

Ted Turner

August 2nd, 2012
10:44 pm

Karma Dumpster !

Falcon30291

August 2nd, 2012
10:45 pm

Why did Minor only pitch 3 ings tonight?

Mike Luck

August 2nd, 2012
10:46 pm

Falcon: Long rain delay.

Mike Lewis

August 2nd, 2012
10:55 pm

I don’t like to criticze players too often but when you stand up your date….your date has a right to bitch about it….AND KARMA IS A BITCH!

kerryb

August 2nd, 2012
11:19 pm

That’s why I’m glad he turned down the trade to the Braves. I just knew by his last two starts he was going to start being average. I think we ended up with the better guy who is a lefty and locked up for next year.

Steve Mikols

August 2nd, 2012
11:24 pm

Maybe it’s not cool to be a haiter, but as a life-long Cubs Fan, I hope Dempster keeps getting rocked. For the most part he was a real class act during his time in Chicago. He showed up every 5th day, and he was a great clubhouse guy. Still, when it came down to his getting traded, he put the Cubs in a real bad spot because he insisted he be traded to the Dodgers so he could be with his Man-Love buddy Ted Lily. The Dodgers were certain that Dempster would not accept a trade to any other team, so even 15 minutes before the trade deadline, the Dodgers refused to part with any reasonable prospect. So, I say good for you Dempster, go pitch in the American League, and see where your ERA is by the end of the year, and see how it affects your contract offers in the off-season.
I have 2 favorite Teams now! The Cubs, and the Atlanta Braves! I hope Atlanta wins it all!

Dawg'88

August 2nd, 2012
11:28 pm

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.
Karma…Maybe Braves are indeed better off.
Kept Delgado and got a good bench player as
well as a pitcher for rest of ‘12 and all of ‘13.

All’s well that ends well.

marktwain

August 2nd, 2012
11:46 pm

Thank God for Frank Wren’s big mouth!

Dave

August 2nd, 2012
11:48 pm

In hindsight, I’m glad he turned us down. We got a great bat off the bench to finally give all our outfield some rest and a quality pitcher. Works for me.

Blaze

August 2nd, 2012
11:51 pm

Has anybody checked out Lowe’s stats lately. He is having some serious problems with getting people out again. Hate it for him, but another good deal for Wren! Go Braves!

Todd

August 2nd, 2012
11:59 pm

The crying little girl got rocked – now that is justice.

Rick

August 3rd, 2012
12:32 am

Heheheheheheh!

J-dawg

August 3rd, 2012
1:29 am

Blaze: Lowe was demoted to the minors yesterday, and I think his career is over.

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need for speed

August 3rd, 2012
6:12 am

He blocked the deal out of personal concern for his child and the medical attention needed for his child. His network of support is stronger in Calf.
I would do the same. yall some stupid crackers….lol

need for speed

August 3rd, 2012
6:17 am

Lowe is done. He’s 39, washed up. He had a good successfull career, but the arm is spent. Thanks for the years you gave us fans.

REALIST

August 3rd, 2012
6:39 am

ahhhhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Dempster got rocked…….karma is a BITCH buddy. I wanted him and it all worked out……welcome to BRAVES country Maholm, now show us why your better than Dempster!

Donny Corleone

August 3rd, 2012
6:50 am

NFS, I may be a stupid cracker but even I know that Texas isn’t in California.

Lion Heart

August 3rd, 2012
7:20 am

The Rangers actually won the game even though Dempster didn’t exactly give them a quality start. Roy Oswalt came in and got the win. Wow, the Rangers are in trouble when they’re throwing those old timers out there.

Lion Heart

August 3rd, 2012
7:24 am

“He blocked the deal out of personal concern for his child and the medical attention needed for his child. His network of support is stronger in Calf. I would do the same. yall some stupid crackers….lol”
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That’s a load of BULL! It was a two month rental and he didn’t and won’t move his family until after the season. He put Atlanta down as his second choice, which seems odd since we must be incapable of servicing his family medical needs (especially since they’re still in Chicago). Face it, the guy played the Braves for leverage with the Dodgers and he ended up pitching in 110 degree heat in Texas. He got what he deserves and he’ll no doubt sign back with the Cubs as soon as he can.

WTF

August 3rd, 2012
7:53 am

I doubt the Cubs would take him back.

Wash

August 3rd, 2012
7:58 am

The Rangers in trouble? They had 18 hits against Wilson (ace) and Carpenter. Let’s see any pitcher go from North to South and have a good first outing. They own the best record in the AL (tied with Yanks).

Will

August 3rd, 2012
8:17 am

Anyone living in Atlanta who can’t recognize that World Class children’s healthcare is found right here in the city is the opposite of a smart cracker. Save your stupid racist comments. You’ll lose in a game of snaps every single time.

loel

August 3rd, 2012
9:02 am

Since I can’t respond to the report that Gov Deal orders 500 million cuts on state budget after the loss of vote on splosh,WHY couldn’t he have ordered it before the election.???????

RiverDawg

August 3rd, 2012
9:20 am

One bad outing does not mean much however after Dempster spurned Atlanta his first day on the mound does make me smile.

Arthur Redding, Jr.

August 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

Whew. . . . And think, we came so close to sending Delgado for a short rental of Dempster.

I’m just happy we got a solid lefty in Maholm who the Braves have an option on for next year and a solid 4th outfielder and pinch hitter in Reed Johnson–much better than the Renster!

Bronkelliott

August 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

Steve M.

Thanks for the classy comments. The Cubs are a good club with a great fan base. The Braves are awesome too. Hoping for a great late season run for the Braves. Great to see Freeman and Heyward raking the ball and being accountable. We have a great future with good young players. Can’t wait for Simmons to come back! Go Braves

Fuggedaboudit

August 3rd, 2012
10:26 am

Hey Dumpster, how’s that tiny ballpark and the DH workin’ out for you?

Steve Mikols

August 3rd, 2012
11:54 am

That stuff about being near support group for his child is a load of BS. His family is staying in Chicago for now. Again, he put the Cubs in a bad spot because he wanted to go to LA so he could hang out with his old buddy Ted Lily. Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein actually had Dempster listening in on the phone calls with LA just as the deadline approached so he could hear for himself that LA wasn’t willing to give up any kind of reasonable prospect for him at all .
As far as him coming back to the Cubs, no way, no how, won’t happen, the Cubs do not want him back.
Best thing Dempster could have done for himself,his family, and the Cubs would have been to accept a trade to the Braves. Now, instead of staying in the NL and going to a pitcher friendly park, he is in the AL, with DH, and a hitter friendly park. Him holding holding out for LA may wind uo costing him Millions in the off season when he is looking for a new contract. Serves him right!
You guys are better off without him. He can be an effective pitcher at times, but he is better situated as a #4 or a #5. You may also want to consider that he lost both of his playoff starts with the Cubs.
Go Win It All You Guys!

Glad,he;s not a Brave

August 3rd, 2012
12:29 pm

Dempster,WHO? After, his first start, should be called DUMPSTER

LawDawg

August 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm

Good. I hope this is the first of many, many bad starts for him.

I guess being away from the love of his life, Ted Lilly, is getting in his head.

LawDawg

August 3rd, 2012
1:37 pm

Steve Mikols : Well said. I would think the whole “cares more about being with his little buddy is more important than being on a competitive team or winning games” thing will factor into his next contract. Here’s to it.

LawDawg

August 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

I think Maholm, signed through 2013 and Johnson for an RP is going to be a much, much better deal than this loser for Delgado.

Capt Jack.

August 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

NFS, get back to work, boy. Leave the commentary to your betters.

Hank44

August 3rd, 2012
2:00 pm

need for speed. there is an invention called an airplane and skype. The internet and Cisco has devices to have visual telephone calls so this was not all about being close to his kid. He also wanted to play for the Dodgers, a team his best friend is on. Good for Dempster going to the Rangers, but to call people krakers because you don’t agree with comments really show your ignorance.

UPGRAYEDD

August 3rd, 2012
2:15 pm

He wasn’t a rock….he was a ROCKED DEMPSTER! (with apologies to the B-52’s)

black boortz

August 3rd, 2012
2:53 pm

They call this the American League, Mr. Dempster. There ARE no easy outs.

It’s only one start, but this feels good.

ItTookACouplaYears

August 3rd, 2012
3:17 pm

It took awhile, but the Trade Karma gods have finally started balancing the score btwn the bravos and rangers after the teixera swindle

single white dove

August 3rd, 2012
3:21 pm

That idiot had the nerve to say that texas is closer then chi-town to vancover. Wow…Dempster i would like you to meet Karma…

Larry

August 3rd, 2012
3:25 pm

We don’t need any more pitchers in their mid-thirties. ‘Nuf said.

Larry

August 3rd, 2012
3:26 pm

Oh, and I LOVE huddy.

single white dove

August 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

GOOD LUCK TONIGHT HUDDY, NUMBER 100TH AS A BRAVE!

RazorbackLtCol

August 3rd, 2012
4:07 pm

Thought he was too good?

BravesfaninMich

August 3rd, 2012
4:11 pm

You guys are better off without him. He can be an effective pitcher at times, but he is better situated as a #4 or a #5. You may also want to consider that he lost both of his playoff starts with the Cubs.

agree with most of the post but remember, this is a team that has lost 9 straight playoffs games starting with Bartman debacle. doesn’t matter who pitches, it’s a L.

LOL @ Dumbster

August 3rd, 2012
4:40 pm

Pal Joey

August 3rd, 2012
6:00 pm

When sports figures make the kind of money they do playing a kid’s game, they tend to have a very high opinion of themselves. So it is no wonder that they feel free to denigrate a city where they don’t want to play. It seems Wren came out smelling like a rose in his latest acquisitions, although we still are waiting for Maholm to pitch for Atlanta. He was a thorn in the side of the Braves as a Cub, so it was probably a good deal. Glad Demster is not here.

Steve Mikols

August 3rd, 2012
9:38 pm

“Ryan Dempster ruffled some feathers among Chicago Cubs fans with the way he withheld approval of a trade to Atlanta and ended up going to Texas, but the veteran pitcher made sure to show his appreciation on his way out of town.

Dempster took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Chicago Tribune sports section, with the headline, “Thank You Chicagoland.”

In the ad, Dempster — who was roughed up by the Los Angeles Angels in his first Rangers outing Thursday — thanks fans and extends “special thanks to the Ricketts family, the Chicago Cubs organization and my teammates — past and present — for their support over the years as a member of one of the greatest sports franchises in the world.”

Could Dempster someday return to the Cubs? In closing, he writes, “Chicago has always been my kind of town.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-dempster-thanks-fans-with-fullpage-ad-20120803,0,1607009.story

He’s crazy if he thinks he’s coming back to the Cubs anytime soon. The guy that asked the question is even crazier.

MiltonMan

August 4th, 2012
11:57 am

suck it Dempster! You idiot!