3:57 pm May 15, 2012, by Mark Bradley
May 15th, 20124:06 pm
Leadoff bats FIRST…
May 15th, 20124:07 pm
May 15th, 20124:18 pm
Who can afford the prices Boras charges? Not the Braves!
May 15th, 20124:25 pm
The Braves would not want to overpay for a great CF, who plays gold glove defense, who is one of the best basestealers in the game and someone who fits in well in the dugout and who is very durable. We especially don’t need someone like that even though we have no center fielders in the minors at all.
Besides, we only have Chipper money ($14 million), Lowe’s money ($10 million), JJ’s money ($5.5 million) and Bourn’s current salary ($7 million) to spare next year.
May 15th, 20124:26 pm
Great post Trojan
May 15th, 20124:29 pm
How bout that D lowe. Trade away the best pitcher. LOL
May 15th, 20124:36 pm
Just a pure net cost to Liberty Media. No economic return on investment whatsoever. Really, just call the accounting department. Their’s some mid-level Manger in a cubicle somewhere in the Liberty finance organization right now whos job it is to input the total expense line called “Atlanta Braves” on a spreadsheet once a year……this is who is running this franchise. And This is why they will never win a world series under current ownership.
May 15th, 20124:50 pm
Yeah, corporate ownership suks.
Jack in Macon
May 15th, 20125:18 pm
I understand the sintement of Braves fans wanting a local owner. I to would love to have another owner like a Ted Turner who put his heart, soul and money into winning a championship. But remember a local owner does not necessarily mean success. What if we got a local owner that thought he was a general manager who didn’t let the professionals run the organization? Be careful what you wish for.
The person or persons that should be hung by his/their (fill in the blank) is the idiot that negotiated the last TV package for the Braves that they are stuck with for the next 20+ years. It is a bad contract and will limit whoever owns this team from competing when it comes to spending money.
TV revenue is the reason many of these teams like the Angles, Rangers and soon to be Dodgers are/will be able to sign the big name free agents.
May 15th, 20126:11 pm
Braves should not go overboard trying to sign Bourn to an unrealistic long term contract. With Boras we know the bidding will be high. Make a reasonable offer and let that be it. If he goes, then look to trade for a more reasonable priced CF.
May 15th, 20126:12 pm
I never saw a face so made for newspaper! (I keed! I keed!) Always love your Braves commentary, Mr. Bradley. Best editorializing on the subject of which I am aware. It always amuses me how often – in the same comment thread – you will be accused of being both a homer and a hater (sic – I hate this use of the term). If you’ve rankled both ends of the lunatic fringe, you must be doing something right.
May 15th, 20126:16 pm
Thanks for the Video Mark…I agree Bourne is worth breaking “Old Ways” & may well lift the Braves to the next level for years to come!
May 15th, 20126:17 pm
We was never so surprised as when we clicked on this video to watch Mark and there was a woman on there cleaning her dentures. We suspect some of Mark’s readers are toothless women and maybe endorsing a denture powder is just what Mark needs to do. Whatever, this site is one big commercial and Mrs. Cox Chambers needs to come on here sometime and try to blog with Mark while the page is jumping around all over the place because of this little device down at the bottom of the page. When we was playing ball we was less patient than we are now and back then we would have put a bullet in that screen quicker than a Buck Commander could shoot a little deer.
May 15th, 20126:20 pm
Some of the spelling on this blog is so bad it rivals the guy who called Chipper a pre-Madonna. That would make Chipper even older than he is and he’s at least 40 years old everywhere except the knees where he’s probably 60 or so. We are getting ready for the game and have to go in the kitchen now to get some snacks ready.
May 15th, 20126:24 pm
you have a beautiful home. LOL
May 15th, 20126:28 pm
Mark, you got a skunk stripe? And, no offense, but pick up your laundry and close your kitchen cabinet before doing a video interview.
Unless the Braves are willing to throw 15-16 million a year for 4 or 5 years at him they can forget it. He’ll be patrolling centerfield for the Yankess or Boston or Washington.
May 15th, 20126:40 pm
A Triple Fudge Sundae tonight Sonny?
May 15th, 20127:28 pm
I love Bourn (who doesn’t?), but I don’t think the Braves will pay the freight for the long-term contract for Boras & Bourn (who will be 30 yrs. old this December, don’t forget) for next season. Too…much…$$$. Actually, I don’t mind this. Center field isn’t the most technically difficult position, and speed isn’t exactly rare these days. So all you need is to find a minor leaguer who has all that, and who can also hit .280. Ah…wait a minute. That may not be so easy!
May 15th, 20127:32 pm
Yes please sign Bourn…
May 15th, 20128:44 pm
Top-notch lead-off hitters are like point guards in the NBA: rare, tough to get on your team, and critical to having a great team that can make real noise in the playoffs. Therefore, it’s very important that they do what they can… within reason, of course… to sign this dude after the season (he ain’t signing before then). I just don’t know if it’s worth spending mega-bucks on a super-long-term deal for a speed-oriented player about to turn 30.
May 15th, 201211:09 pm
Wow, you look old.
May 15th, 201211:48 pm
Hey all – I’d love to help the Braves get Bourn on an extended contract but I can’t afford to go to a game. I know the FAN was complaining that only 19,000 were there Monday night but a lot of us are making a lot less money and have even less time to get to a game. I have been impressed with what they’ve done on $90 million payroll but can’t help until prices come down.
May 15th, 201211:50 pm
I just can’t afford to go to a game with my kids. Can’t help with payroll.
May 16th, 20121:05 am
The Braves will have a boatload of money to play with after the season. No Chipper, no Hudson, no Lowe. That’s millions upon millions of dollars to play with. Braves should be able to re-sign Bourn and go after another big name free agent if they want to.
May 16th, 20121:55 am
“The video you are trying to watch cannot be viewed from your current country or location.” Seems the censors got you, Bradley. Where is a transcript available?
May 16th, 20123:37 am
I think that Hudson, most probably, will be back next year.
May 16th, 20123:44 am
A little Just For Men, a backdrop, and maybe some girl dancers..
May 16th, 20125:04 am
5 yrs 55 mill should do it and that won’t break the bank and can still easily give McCann a 5 yr 70 mill contract
May 16th, 20129:33 am
….Keep in mind that Pastornicky has the speed and was a good base stealing threat in the minors.
May 16th, 20129:54 am
The Braves won’t resign Bourn. I wish we could keep him, but still I’m OK w/not being able to afford him.
Time Warner screwed the Braves not Liberty Media. TW signed long term non-competitive TV rights of the Braves to their TV stations then sold the Braves.
Time Warner screwed the Braves.
Liberty Media probably could not sell the Braves even if they wanted to. NOBODY is going to buy an MLB franchise with virtually no meaningful TV revenue for the next 20 years.
May 16th, 20129:56 am
Bourn is gonna get around $80 mil.
May 16th, 201210:42 am
I love Bourn (who doesn’t?) and I think the Braves should make a little-bit-better-than-fair offer for him, but ultimately, not kill the entire franchise for one player. He says he loves playing for the Braves organization. therefore, let him meet the team somewhere in the middle. Chipper has met the team in the middle all these years and he is going to retire a very wealthy man while the team has still been able to sign other players to remain competitive because of it. If Bourn and his pimp (disrespect to Boras, not Bourn) are more interested in bankrupting a franchise and taking the absolute highest offer out there, then I say “God speed and good luck” to them and we’ll find someone else to stand out there, thank you very much. Go Braves!
May 16th, 201212:12 pm
Forrest, Forrest Gump-
I figure it’s sentiment that is displeasing to God.
May 16th, 201212:51 pm
scent o’ mint?
huddy will be back………bourn will not. he will want at least 5 or 6 years, and i wouldn’t go over 4. i would gladly offer him 4/60 million. of course, it’s not my money.
May 17th, 20124:07 pm
Did you know Rick Ankiel will be a free agent…
The AJC sports columnist is a blogging fool. But you knew that already
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