Video: On the Braves, the home opener and Fredi’s future



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Hankie Aron

April 13th, 2012
9:43 am

This your first video Mark? and it is a first for me as well.

Hankie Aron

April 13th, 2012
9:44 am

Not my first first mind you on ye olde blog but my first in quite awhile

Don

April 13th, 2012
9:48 am

Don’t understand why anyone thinks that they will fire Fredi.
Remember how long they kept Bobby Cox – when he couldn’t think his way out of a paper bag.

Mark Bradley

April 13th, 2012
9:49 am

Kudos, Hankie.

It’s the first video of this sort. We did a live chat before the NCAA tournament.

Rickster

April 13th, 2012
9:50 am

Is it just me or does Fredi look a little a younger (and less ugly) Davy Johnson?

Hankie Aron

April 13th, 2012
9:55 am

Oh ok I didn’t catch that. Just a little weird I suppose, this video.

phil

April 13th, 2012
10:00 am

We’re on a roll!!

Mark Bradley

April 13th, 2012
10:04 am

I’d say any video involving me is apt to have a high weirdness quotient.

reckingball

April 13th, 2012
10:05 am

Braves juggernaut will keep on rollin’ tonight.

reckingball

April 13th, 2012
10:05 am

JDK

April 13th, 2012
10:10 am

Mark – you referenced ‘Plan B’. What, in in your mind, might that be?

Judge Smails

April 13th, 2012
10:11 am

…Looks kinda like Chris Dimino…

reckingball

April 13th, 2012
10:16 am

I think that Fredi will unveil his true genius, this season.

Mark Bradley

April 13th, 2012
10:19 am

Plan B for the pitching? More Livan!

reckingball

April 13th, 2012
10:25 am

wowowowo, more Livan, with a liberal(i know that is a dirty word in Ga.) sprinkling of some Durbin?
priceless.
go braves

Hankie Aron

April 13th, 2012
10:27 am

God I hope not more Livan. Has his “fastball” gotten any slower since coming to the Braves?

Hankie Aron

April 13th, 2012
10:29 am

The announcers should just call all his pitches a “Livan hand toss” It’s hard to call any of his pitches fast, breaking, sinking. And don’t even try to call any of his pitches a change-up. A change-up from what?

Hankie Aron

April 13th, 2012
10:30 am

This blog needs some Clusters. Where you at Sonny?

Hankie Aron

April 13th, 2012
10:30 am

He only loves baseball

snoopy

April 13th, 2012
10:32 am

Fire FG!! Lets get Terry Francona in here asap!!!!

reckingball

April 13th, 2012
10:33 am

reckingball

April 13th, 2012
10:33 am

overhand slow pitch league

Hankie Aron

April 13th, 2012
10:34 am

snoopy please-you know it’s not gonna happen. They have only played 6 games for Pete’s sake.

snoopy

April 13th, 2012
10:36 am

When will the braves organization realize that just getting to the playoffs is not acceptable? we’ve been there done that plenty of times..times to hold FG and wren accountable.

Mark Bradley

April 13th, 2012
10:49 am

Here’s the thing about Livan Hernandez: As bad as he has looked, you know he’d still be able to throw a shutout against the Braves.

Larry

April 13th, 2012
10:50 am

Mark,

Good job and great poise on the camera! Personally, I liked your answers too–very fair and balanced!

As a former baseball player of 9 years, I have a few questions that the Braves beat writer chooses not to pursue that perhaps as a columnist will. Among these”

1: Like Lincecum of the Giants, it is an absolute fact (but some downplays or disagree with altogether) that both Hanson and Jurrjens have lost 4-5 mph of their fastballs in just a couple of years yet both are still relative young pitchers in their mid 20’s. I was sitting behind home plate for Hanson’s first Braves start when he was hitting regularly 94-96 mph (and with a couple at 97) and continued on all radar guns (they do vary 2-3 mph) hitting, a least, in the 93-95 range all his first season. All of last year and through this year, and before and after his injury and delivery alteration, he is routinely now in the 87-89 range with an infrequent high of 90-91. This, by any measurement, is a 5-6 mph loss in velocity forcing Hanson to try much more breaking pitches and into a “finesse” pitcher. Why? What has happened so suddenly?

2: Jurrjens: Ditto–but perhaps an even greater loss in velocity (from the 93-94 range down to almost never breaking 90. Both he and Hanson’s fastball were never “electric” to begin with, but at such a sudden, reduced velocity, their fastballs are quite hittable by MLB hitters.

That’s two front end starters on the same team with the same issues in the same time frame–coincidence or not?

3: Leadership. You touched on Gonzalez. Unlike Cox or most managers, there have been numerous examples of a lack of warranted arguments over questionable umpiring; not coming out of the dugout to calm or discuss strategy before game changing innings (in the first game against the Astros, in the first start for Fernandez, their new 3rd baseman, he had just committed a double error, after a single error the previous inning, forcing their young pitcher, Beachy, to get a “fourth out”); general lack of in-game encouragement and/or odd, baffling decisions or non-decisions.

I know this is a lot, but should you have the time and desire to address and expound on any of these I know there are a lot of Braves fans and blog participants that constantly debate the above topics.

Thanks,

Larry

Mark Bradley

April 13th, 2012
10:54 am

Those are pretty good questions, Larry.

One thing I would say: Both pitchers are coming off injuries, in Hanson’s case a sore shoulder. That can tamp down your mph.

And I will always believe that McDowell and/or Fredi are too slow to go to the mound to talk with a pitcher. There are only so many things a manager can do to influence a game, but visiting the mound is one.

Mark Bradley

April 13th, 2012
10:56 am

As for my “poise” … I don’t know about that. Looked to me like I was poised to fall out of my chair.

Larry

April 13th, 2012
11:03 am

Mark Bradley

April 13th, 2012
10:54 am

“And I will always believe that McDowell and/or Fredi are too slow to go to the mound to talk with a pitcher. There are only so many things a manager can do to influence a game, but visiting the mound is one.”

Agreed.

In the game I referenced (after the double error by Fernandez and forcing Beachy to get a fourth out) neither the Manager or Pitching coach ran out to the mound and simply said: “guys, wipe this right out of your mind, get this this 3rd out, and nothing lost.” The Braves were up 3-1 at the time and the next Astros hitter got a hit against an obviously rattled Beachy.

I can’t imagine a better possible opportunity for a visit, and Gonzalez should have been the one so he could speak candid Spanish to Fernandez!

Gonzalez, to me, lacks that intuition most great leaders of men in sports or business of knowing when encourage or be direct–and certainly in the above referenced case the lack thereof is just baffling!

Hillbilly D

April 13th, 2012
11:09 am

Mark

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Your camera presence was better than Schultz’s on his video.

Rickster

April 13th, 2012
11:10 am

“Here’s the thing about Livan Hernandez: As bad as he has looked, you know he’d still be able to throw a shutout against the Braves.”

Only if Eric Gregg were behind the plate! :-)

Larry

April 13th, 2012
11:11 am

Mark Bradley

April 13th, 2012
10:56 am

As for my “poise” … I don’t know about that. Looked to me like I was poised to fall out of my chair.

Nah, I pitched for 9 seasons, and though I perfer to remain anynomous to protect my business interests, I have actually met you one more than one occasion (along with other writers and broadcasters) and you are the rare “writer” comfortable in front of a microphone or camera.

Don’t believe it–watch D-Led on camera! LOL! He’s a good guy but he looks likes he’s on a witness standand twitching when questioned! LOL! Remember Ron Hudspeth? I know Ron pretty well and told him to avoid cameras at all costs! LOL!

Tom

April 13th, 2012
11:31 am

Really don’t think Fans loved Fredi until last September. Maybe the casual fans that didn’t follow the team closely day to day but I know a lot of people who watch them day to day that were questioning the same terrible in game management even with the Braves were winning. I guess it gets far more scrutiny when they start to lose, but the signs of Fredi being a terrible manager were real in April and May of last year.

SSIgator

April 13th, 2012
11:40 am

Watched the video and not one mention of “Cap Tippin’” so I was a little bummed about that. You know Mark, that is the ultimate justification for the Braves won/lost record.

ClemsonBrad

April 13th, 2012
11:47 am

Mark…Hope you have more Videos to come. Maybe even a regular talk show/video show with special guest….The “Mark Bradley Show”

Can former Atlanta Falcons coach, Bobby Petrino, be your first guest?

ClemsonBrad

April 13th, 2012
11:48 am

I still LOVE THE Livan pick up…he hasn’t looked sharp so far…but I still believe he is good one time around the order…

even more important…when there are game when we are down 5 runs in the 3rd inning…he is great to bring in instead of using our young arms.

ClemsonBrad

April 13th, 2012
11:50 am

Mark, also my work has flagged your video and won’t let me watch it…..

Anything inappropriate going on in this video? Is this one of those “secret” tapes that just got revealed?

Mark Bradley

April 13th, 2012
11:51 am

The only inappropriate action was me pretending to know what I was doing.

J-Man

April 13th, 2012
11:55 am

Fredi Gonzalez just seems to just roll with the punches and doesnt do anything to rock the boat…..He started Derek Lowe in the season finale after all….And you know Lowe had no businsees even being in the state of Georgia for that game. Then he always says “Tip your Cap” when his teams loses instead of taking accountability and benching players that underperform. He lacks fire and his teams have tuned him out in fact if Chipper doesnt return they very well could be 0-6 against the 2 worst teams in baseball, which by the law of transferance would have make us the worst team in baseball. So this goes to show you that Chipper is the TRUE manager and Fredi Gonzalez is just a figure head.

Sonny Clusters

April 13th, 2012
12:06 pm

That was a lot like Tom Brokaw only without the smell of band-aids. When we was on camera for the first time we was a lot like that but you could see we was nervous. We didn’t see that from ol’ Mark at all. Seems like everybody wanted to talk to us while we was watching so we may have to watch it again but we can say this . . . Fredi has managed to appear less intelligent than a man who constantly had his finger in his nose. That’s saying something.

reckingball

April 13th, 2012
12:08 pm

If they could ressurrect Eric Gregg, pay him the money that the Marlins paid in ‘97, and somehow get Gregg to call all of Livan’s games for the Braves, they could then make Livan a starter, and Atlanta would have a guarranteed Win every fifth game.
Heck with Livan could porbably start every 3rd game, with the way he throws, and then it would be 54, for sho’ WINS. haha

MyPatootie

April 13th, 2012
12:08 pm

Whatever happened with Christian Martinez and his drunk driving caper? They sweep this one under the rug too and just keep quiet about it? I did notice he was a little “shaky” on the mound last time out.

reckingball

April 13th, 2012
12:10 pm

Two of three good stiff shots before you go on camera, will help relax anyone.

Dr. Phil

April 13th, 2012
12:10 pm

The Braves organization is in no way similar to that of the 1990’s, and Wren is a loose cannon. It is a shame that fans can’t fire the front office. Fredi may turn out to be ok, but he is not a HOF caliber manager. What is scary about this team is, they are very capable of losing games in the late innings that should be in the bag. Perhaps some of the money put into Turner Field cosmetics should have gone toward player acquisitions. If this team continues to choke, there will be a lot of empty class “A” seats and uneaten $8 slices of pizza.

reckingball

April 13th, 2012
12:11 pm

J-Man

April 13th, 2012
12:11 pm

I gotta admit that you are the 1st writer to start to call out Fredi Gonzalez and admit that the fans have grown tired of his Cap Tippin ways

Gary

April 13th, 2012
12:12 pm

I thought you looked a lot older than your picture but you did look comfortable. I tend to think fans put a little too much blame on Freddie and not enough on players who are not performing. There is just so much a manager can do during the game, the rest is up to the players.

J-Man

April 13th, 2012
12:13 pm

I’ll take good players over stadium upgrades……….just saying

J-Man

April 13th, 2012
12:13 pm

He had that picture put up when Clinton was in office Gary

Ted Turner

April 13th, 2012
12:15 pm

Mark Bradley hit the nail on the head. If Gonzolaz doesn’t win this month he’s going to get fired, The Braves have a long tradition of winning and won’t tolerate losing with this talented roster. The Braves encountered more injuries last year to their pitching than Bobby did in 5 years. That’s not a good sign of conditioning.