8:14 am April 13, 2012, by Mark Bradley
April 13th, 201212:34 pm
April 13th, 2012
“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.”
He’s the most hittable pitcher in baseball and this is why no other serious contender would want or need this in their bullpen. Just an utterly stupid decision by Wren and Gonzalez…he’s old, fat and done, and too lazy and stupid to take care of his body.
That the Braves signed this glob just before the season is a grossly unwarranted move of desperation, especially with our bevy of pitching and much more deserving candidates sent back down to the minors.
I’d take Gearrin or Junde over this obese, soft-toss supposed “inning eater” in a New York second, and we have Bullpen coach in Perez, McCann, Ross, Hudson, among others as our veteran presence.”
April 13th, 201212:51 pm
When Terry Forster pitched here they called him a “Tub of Goo” and then we had Bob Wickman who wore the same size uniform pants as Chino Cadahia. Those were some sloppy looking ballplayers. The current players don’t look like heart attacks waiting to happen but neither do they look like Julio Franco in a muscle shirt. Sure, Uggla has those “Pop-Pie” arms that Brian Jordan is so fond of describing but who on this team looks like Adonis? McCann? There needs to be some aerobics and some fitness drills and some running and strengthening done right away because it is almost mid-April and we all know that’s when the tweaking and tearing and pulling and straining and aggravating and the obliques start giving out.
There are plenty of people that didn’t care much for Fredi before September 1st. It is possible to divorce the results from the process. In fact, the front office absolutely has to even if the fans do not. Even when they were winning there were clearly issues with the process.
April 13th, 201212:52 pm
Mark B., JUST FOR MEN, I kid, I kid.
April 13th, 201212:53 pm
I saw if the Braves season goes off the deep end and no make the Playoffs i say not fire Freddi but get rid of all of the guys from Cox’s days as in TP Snitker everyone and bring in new blood. Guys like Willie Randolph for a bench coach Chipper for hitting coach first base coach Eddie Perez and third base coach Raphie Belliard and for a pitching coach bring in Randy St Claire Larry Rothchild.
April 13th, 20121:33 pm
That’s the first time I’ve ever heard your voice. It didn’t seem to match my expectations.
April 13th, 20121:34 pm
FG is a terrible manager and was so before Sep 1, hence, the collapse. Overuses bullpen and offers no on-field encouragement, eg. visits to mound as referenced above. That said, Braves are improved if Heyward continues his approach–much more still and ready for the pitch and willing to go to LF with the pitch are big improvements. Still tbd, is Uggla’s willingness to hit to all fields, Chipper remaining healthy, Freeman’s sophomore struggles-or-not, and return of injured pitchers. Hope springs eternal, but this looks like a recipe for a mediocre meal.
April 13th, 20122:00 pm
If that HOT SEAT were to be in the stands at Fenway Park, I doubt Fredi would be able to get his “husky” behind into it.
April 13th, 20122:32 pm
ALTHOUGH no one will mistake you for Brad Pitt, you looked pretty good on camera, congrats Bradley hope to see you on the tube again. I’ve been very disappointed in Bourn’s poor play since he became a Brave, our starting pitching has been way less than stellar this year and our offense, other than Chipper and Freeman, has been poor for a couple of years. But I’m still a Braves fan and can only hope they can get it together, I was also dismayed they didn’t pick up Johnny Damon, he would have looked great in left field and when Chipper took a day or three off we could have put Prado at third instead, oh well
April 13th, 20122:46 pm
Mark, thanks for the video. Just a suggestion on you next video – lean forward a bit and you will look ten years younger.
April 13th, 20122:48 pm
Why is the pitching coach never held accountable? With all the breakdowns the pitching staff has went through, why bypass Roger and always blame Fredi?
Fab-Five Fredi G
April 13th, 20122:50 pm
FG fits the criteria that mnay football coaches are relegated to. He appears to be a “Good Assistant” but overmatched as a Manager. As a manager for my company, I am able to asses those individuals that have that innate leadership skill set. Fredi, as others along with yourself have noted, inexplicably fails to grasp the gravity of the in-game nuances that a manager must be able to discern. Whether it is the proper time for a visit, to players being out of postion to poor situational pitching and hitting choices. I see a team that lacks confidence in their manager. It is reflected in their demeanor on and off the field and with their un-inspried play. They appear to be going through the motions. I do not believe the demons of last season have been exorcised and still haunt the 2012 edition. A permation of imperfection is consuming the clubhouse..Time to call Ghostbusters and Dr. Phil along with Dr. Llewllyn-Smoltz’s old sports pyschologist/consultant..
April 13th, 20122:53 pm
FG seems to be afraid to be seen on the field . . . heck Bobby loved to trot out to get thrown out of a game just to FIRE UP his players and it seemed to work almost every time. Like setting off an alarm and waking the sleep walkers who in turn would start playing hard. NOT ol. Fred, he prefers NOT to be seen, stays hidden behind something most of the time.
April 13th, 20123:38 pm
I feel very sorry for Fredi. There seems to be more and more fans saying ugly and negative things about this Manager. It is o.k. not to approve of someone but taking it to the personal level is not right. None of these people have ever been a major league manager but they post like they know everything about baseball and Fredi does not. Shame!! Shame!!
April 13th, 20125:33 pm
In all honesty, I wouldn’t drive to Atlanta to watch the
Braves play if someone gave me tickets in section 108.
63 year Braves Fan
April 13th, 20126:58 pm
We was glad to see Sonny Clusters back.
April 15th, 20126:45 am
Then don’t read the columns or write on the blog, save us both the time.
The AJC sports columnist is a blogging fool. But you knew that already
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