Bloggers demand a Braves’ change, and Bennett obliges!

Never think for one moment the ol’ blog is lacking in power. On the live chat from Game 2 of the Yankee series, Jeff Bennett was a source of much conversation/consternation. I’m quoting here:

Varodrunner, 8:53 p.m.: You cannot put Bennett into that situation and expect anything different outcome – Bobby is INSANE.

Ross, 8:54: Why the FREAKING HELL is Bennett in the game??????? What is WRONG WITH COX???

Kris in NC, 8:56: Time to go watch something else. Why in the world do you bring in Bennett? Medlen was doing fine. Bennett was the same guy who came in and gave up the walk off HR to none other Nick Green on Sunday. Now he gave up a 2 run RBI to A-’roid.

Greg, 8:56: Seriously…why haven’t they demoted Bennett yet? there’s got to be SOMEONE else…

Norris, 9 p.m.: How can we put our worst pitcher in the game to pitch against AROD with the bases loaded. Bobby Cox is an absolute idiot for that move. Bennett has no business in the majors much less coming in the game in that situation. Amazing …

Mark l, 9:05: Why the hell does Jeff Bennett keep getting the ball

Ross, 9:05: Bennett – pitching from the stretch with no one on board – fat pitch – in the stands. What a miserable chump. GONE! GONE! GONE! GET RID OF HIM!!!!

Ecooper, 9:05: Why is Jeff Bennett still in the majors? He is the new Dan Kolb. He’s more than proven his incompetence and inability to pitch in the majors.

Faraway Brave, 9:06: Can we please get rid of Jeff Bennett. I’m tired of seeing him pitch like crap!

Sean, 9:09: Why is Jeff Bennett still on the team? When was the last time he pitched without giving up an earned run and/ or an inherited run. There has to be someone better in Gwinnett.

As we now know, Jeff Bennett is no longer on the active roster. He broke the little finger of his left (non-throwing) hand by punching a door Wednesday night in frustration. He’s on the disabled list. And — this is just me speculating — he might not ever pitch for the Braves again.

Ballclubs hate it when a player isn’t available, and they hate it a thousand times more when he has been rendered unavailable by doing something silly. As Bobby Cox told Dave O’Brien: “It’s good that he cares; it’s not good when you break something.”

And it isn’t as if Bennett was on track to win Fireman of the Year. By the time he heals — he’ll require surgery — the Braves could well have moved on. And I’ll say it once more:

You disappoint readers of this blog at your immediate peril.

121 comments Add your comment

jeffrey d

June 26th, 2009
11:08 am

On the radio yesterday Jim Powell was talking about how Bennett “hurt the team” and that he was an important part of the bullpen. I was like “are we talking about the same Jeff Bennett?” I don’t think there’s anyone in the world other than the opposing team who feels confident with Bennett on the mound.

On another note….during the same car trip, I also heard Bobby Cox say during a commercial, “the Braves are a part of the Project on 96.1″ I wittily quipped “That’s funny, because you’re a part of the problem.” But of course there was no one else around to hear me.

Joey

June 26th, 2009
11:11 am

One can only hope….

The_Superhoo (Montana by way of Virginia)

June 26th, 2009
11:16 am

Jeff Bennett….is not very good.

Here’s the problem: who the hell do the Braves replace him with? I’m not sure there’s anyone better.

Mark Bradley

June 26th, 2009
11:16 am

Talking to the radio again, eh, Jeffrey?

I used to have conversations with Bob Dylan — via his XM show — all the time, but he never acknowledged me.

Blindog

June 26th, 2009
11:17 am

When I read that Jeff Bennett had broke his non-pitching hand, I thought…whitch one?

Mac

June 26th, 2009
11:23 am

Arsonist of the year is more like it.

Also, this may be before your time, Mark, but the Braves had a utility infielder, Randy Johnson, I think his name was, injured himself putting on his sock.

Blindog

June 26th, 2009
11:23 am

Thats which one ,don’t know where that t came from???

TRobb

June 26th, 2009
11:23 am

Lot of comedians on the board. Guess I’ll chip in.

I’m not as worried about how he’s handling his left arm as how he’s using his right one.

At least he learned the lesson Crash Davis warned us about in the pool hall when Nuke decks him.

Matty

June 26th, 2009
11:24 am

To bad Bennett did not use his left hook to knock out Kelly Johnson and send him to the DL!

Mac

June 26th, 2009
11:24 am

The Romper Room lady saw me one time through her magic looking glass.

TRobb

June 26th, 2009
11:25 am

Maybe Buddy Carlyle is feeling better?

Steve Brown

June 26th, 2009
11:28 am

Cox is done. The other night Hanson is up 3-0 and has thrown 94 pitches in the heat. He has just given up a line shot single. Cox leaves him in for one more batter and I ask why. Now there are 2 men on and Hanson gets pulled, in my opinion one batter late. Bobby has had too many one batter late decisions for my taste.

The_Superhoo (Montana by way of Virginia)

June 26th, 2009
11:29 am

Blindog

June 26th, 2009
11:17 am
When I read that Jeff Bennett had broke his non-pitching hand, I thought…whitch one?

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

Ben

June 26th, 2009
11:32 am

Should have already been gone. I guess Cox wanted to build up his self esteem at the expense of the team.

Sam

June 26th, 2009
11:34 am

@Mac:

Don’t forget Terry Harper, who dislocated a shoulder waving a runner home from third base while in the on-deck circle.

Mrs. Chanandler Bong

June 26th, 2009
11:39 am

I wish he would’ve punched the door with his pitching hand, because that would’ve sealed the deal.

lee

June 26th, 2009
11:39 am

when i heard that Jeff Bennett had broke his hand, i am afraid my first thought was THANK GOD!!!! it was not that i was happy that anyone hurt themselves, eventhough he was an iddiot for doing it himself. What i as happy about was that maybe now if Bennett was not AVAILABLE alteast Bobby Cox could not go to him to LOSE the game!!! THANK YOU Bennett!! Now if we can get Bobby Cox into a 12-step program for making idiotic decisions!!!!

Willy

June 26th, 2009
11:42 am

Let’s not forget starting Kelly Johnson over Martin Prado, who for some reason is stuck with the “backup” tag.

KJ career stats: (BA) .265 (OBP).347 (SLG).429 (OPS).776

Prado: (same stats) .303 .361 .437 .798

Bobby? Please?

PMC

June 26th, 2009
11:42 am

Boy that Nick Green kid sure looks better now that he is playing for the Red Sox…

sidslid

June 26th, 2009
11:43 am

All we need now is a fist fight between Francoeur and Kelly Johnson concluding with joint broken hands and we are on to a 90 win season.

Class of '98

June 26th, 2009
11:43 am

That’s funny Blindog.

Adam

June 26th, 2009
11:43 am

You think the Braves are upset?

How do you think other teams now feel that they won’t be able to face Bennett with the game on the line!

I’m sure they can bring back Carlyle to fill the “beleaguered” role.

Or maybe Rietsma is available?

semiballcoach

June 26th, 2009
11:47 am

i thought bennett’s right hand was his “non-pitching” hand

tiger7_88

June 26th, 2009
11:48 am

I must also confess that my first thought was not charitable either… I thought “Well, I guess ol’ Jeff was looking for a way to guarantee at least a couple more months of major league salary.”

Oh, and Willy, I agree with you about KJ and Prado. KJ must own the pictures of Bobby Cox passed down for years and years that were originally in the hands of Keith Lockhart.

PMC

June 26th, 2009
11:49 am

This is what 3 4 5 years in a row where the Outfield has been a mess and the middle relief/setup has been a disaster?

for the last several years they haven’t had much of a quality major league lineup to speak of and the middle relief has been suspect. It’s not really hard to see why they’ve been below .500 for so long and losing series after series. There isn’t much to be positive about really.

Pete

June 26th, 2009
11:50 am

Again, the Braves are a complete waste of time. God, I can’t wait for football season !!!
End of story

Dawg Fud

June 26th, 2009
11:52 am

Bennett is a no-talent, ignorant redneck. release him and let’s move on.

Dawg Fud

June 26th, 2009
11:53 am

bravesfanbob

June 26th, 2009
11:54 am

How in the world is this team only 4 games out of first? Inconsistent starting pitching, poor hitting, no baserunning skills, a shortstop who throws a tantrum once a game, a second baseman who can’t field or hit, a first baseman who has NO power, and only one man in the lineup who can steal bases, although not very often. We might only be one game back if Bennett had only punched a wall in April! We need to trade Johnson and Escobar for a very good shortstop who can lead off, plus another good arm out of the bullpen. Then we have Prado play 2nd, and move McClouth to 6th in the lineup behind Frenchy. That way you have the lefy-righty-lefty mix 4th – 6th to avoid the pitching matchup situations in the late innings, and sandwiched between McCann and McClouth, Francoeur will get more pitches to hit. Also in the 6th spot, you still can take advantage of McClouth’s speed, as you won’t be taking the bat out of any of your few power hitter’s hands when you send him, and will create more runs in the bottom of the lineup. You also will be using his power to drive in more runs, as he has the most homers on the team.

gcs

June 26th, 2009
11:54 am

I am having a hard time understanding why everyone is dogging on Jeff Bennett. He’s had a few rough outings lately and the injury was stupid but he has a 3.18 ERA. Up until last week, his ERA had been under 3.00 all season.

Do you think Jorge Campillo, Buddy Carlyle or JoJo Reyes are going to be any better? Maybe we should bring up another Joey Devine who is not ready?

And think about this: of all the non-starting pitchers, he has pitched the most innings. Well, he’ll get his rest now.

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bali

June 26th, 2009
11:55 am

the more important question is what will happen if you break afinger while typin so many blogs while jeff is on vacation……I know it must get frustrating for you at timestrying to come up with the perfect word , sentence paragraph story etc…… who knows the pressure could cause you to slam your fist at the laptop and there you go ….. you break a finger and alaptop would the ajc release you because of a frustraing moment

MiltonDawg

June 26th, 2009
11:55 am

he is an idiot for doing that..however, at least someone on this team has emotions to express how crappy this team is doing. when do we see francouer or KJ destroying a gatorade cooler? heck, even Cox is getting too old and lazy to argue.

Rufio

June 26th, 2009
11:55 am

Poor Bennett. It’s one thing to punch a wooden door in which you might win the battle. But I heard he punched a metal door, which means he was trying to break his hand. What a moron. He should be released immediately.

Mrs. Chanandler Bong

June 26th, 2009
11:55 am

Hey MB, how about your best friend’s AWESOME start last night? I bet you were bummed. I hope you called him afterward to console him.

Jordan, True Brave Fan

June 26th, 2009
11:56 am

I don’t care about Bennett’s low era, he still is costing the Braves games. He has already given up runs in 4 key games this year that they should’ve won if it weren’t for him. And guess where they’d be? At 500.

They need to bring up Vladimir Nunez. Has anyone noticed his 2.49 era at Gwinett?
Bring him up. Designate Bennett.

Also, trade Kelly Johnson too. I’m getting sick and tired of seeing his .219 average scroll across the screen. It’s Martin Prado’s time to shine.

bushwacker

June 26th, 2009
11:57 am

Dave, you said “You disappoint readers of this blog at your immediate peril.”

Does not seem to affect Bobby Cox, he’s the one who kept putting Bennett in the game?

There are too many good players on this team to suck like they do, they don’t seem motivated at all.

I am sure Chipper is regretting signing the extension with the Braves, he deserves to be in the playoffs and its not happening here.

bushwacker

June 26th, 2009
12:00 pm

Sorry Dave, that last comment was for Mark

Rick in Dallas

June 26th, 2009
12:00 pm

Need I say more. I read the Hawks articles first

Wes

June 26th, 2009
12:02 pm

blinddog: comment of the day

Sad for HIm

June 26th, 2009
12:06 pm

Poor Bennett. Imagine being so frustrated that you sabatoge your career with an injury that was avoidable. I think the Braves are kind of like that as a team right now. Hope they get better before too late.

TUpac Petty

June 26th, 2009
12:07 pm

Tupac ism of the DAy! I will buy Cox and Bennett a bus ticket out of town if yall will get them on the bus……!
Case and point, (Bennett in the game at that moment NOT SMART MANAGING! AND Medlin staying in the game would’ve been best. And, the way BC uses the Braves pitchers and bullpen is the EXACT REASON WE HAVE NO MORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!

tt44

June 26th, 2009
12:11 pm

FRANK WREN…ITS TIME TO DO SOMETHING!

stew

June 26th, 2009
12:13 pm

His WHIP is outta sight. What about Acosta? He doesn’t appear to be a major league pitcher either. O’Flaherty isn’t exactly what he showed early on. Boone Logan showed me something last night. How depressed must Medlen be? They put him in the rotation, brought up Tommy, and then demoted Medlen to mop up.

preston hannatized

June 26th, 2009
12:13 pm

Jeff Bennett isn’t the problem — he’s only the latest in a long line of pitchers that Bobby fell in love with and kept putting them in until they were toast. I go back to the memorable Jim Clancy in 91. You come here and get a few guys out, Bobby will keep using you until you’re burnt out and kicked out by the road. Bobby’s not alone, bullpen mismanagement is rampant. Joe Torre is as guilty as anyone. I feel sorry for these pitchers; it’s a treat to be called on over and over – when you’re getting them out – but it’s longterm sayonara for your career. Bennett will never pitcher here again. The Braves used him like chopped liver until – as everyone here knows – he is now unusable.

coach joe

June 26th, 2009
12:16 pm

blind-dog– funny funny funny.

Billy

June 26th, 2009
12:18 pm

“Don’t forget Terry Harper, who dislocated a shoulder waving a runner home from third base while in the on-deck circle.”

Ya beat me to it, I was gonna mention this one.

GTSteve

June 26th, 2009
12:26 pm

Blindog

June 26th, 2009
11:17 am
When I read that Jeff Bennett had broke his non-pitching hand, I thought…whitch one?

funniest thing I have heard all day, thanks dog

Hillbilly Deluxe

June 26th, 2009
12:27 pm

MB: You should’ve listened to the Tom Petty XM show, he would have responded to you when you talked.

On a serious note, as somebody with a maimed hand, I sort of feel for Bennett.

DirtyDawg

June 26th, 2009
12:37 pm

I had to ask myself, who in blazes hits something out of frustration with their ‘off’ hand? Seems to me he had the presence of mind to use his left which makes me think he was hoping he might hurt himself enough to put him out of his misery for a while – then come back when things ‘die-down’ or he gets let go and has a chance to start again somewhere else. Of course, I may be over-thinking it.

Chris Reitsma

June 26th, 2009
12:39 pm

blindog has the comment of the day!

…why am I laughing??