Video: On the Braves, Dan Uggla and the big Nats series



This video chat was taped before Game 2 of the Braves’ series in Washington. The Nationals would take Tuesday night’s game 4-1 behind Stephen Strasburg.

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dtanner

August 22nd, 2012
10:21 am

Mark Bradley

August 22nd, 2012
10:25 am

Kudos, dtanner.

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dtanner

August 22nd, 2012
10:27 am

thanks for the kudos mark,longtime reader(1984)

sidslid

August 22nd, 2012
10:33 am

Is that a mini-Weber behind you. 21st Century Easy Bake?

P Rose

August 22nd, 2012
10:55 am

Re-post from Bradley’s previous blog:

It’s time to face the music, folks. The Braves are not going to the World Series this year. The division belongs to Washington, and even if the Braves win the wild card by ten games, they still have to win a one-game playoff — the ultimate opportunity to be clutch or choke — what do you think the Braves will do? The sad fact is, they simply do not have the rotation to compare with the likes of the Nationals, Dodgers and Giants; and the bottom half of the batting order has become a black hole with Uggla, McCann, Janish and the pitcher’s spot — there are at least three sure outs within those four at-bats, especially against said teams with superior rotations.

In Chipper’s Farewell Tour, you’d think getting to the playoffs would be his prime motivating factor. But by excusing himself from a must-win game against the division’s leader, simply because of having to go 13 innings the night before, thereby taking away the team’s most important bat, he’s sending a message to the rest of the team. Like it or not, the only flag for the Braves in 2012 will be a white one.

Lookaymyaverage

August 22nd, 2012
10:56 am

Uggla’s game smells like a used baby diaper!

Ugly Hitting

August 22nd, 2012
11:04 am

It looks as though Uggla won’t even hit 20 homers while hitting around .200…………what a bad deal for the Braves!The Brave’s will be looking up at the Cards and Dodgers as the 2 wild card teams within 3 weeks……….You can take that to the Bank!

Brave's 2013

August 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

No Chipper,no Bourn,No Sheets and possibly no Prado and no McCann and no Hudson……….lets just face reality……….no better than 3rd place next year!

dawg tired

August 22nd, 2012
11:11 am

Choke artists version 2.0.

Atlanta Olympics 2020

August 22nd, 2012
11:19 am

Pathetic performance. The Braves were bad too.

Barack Obama

August 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

What bank? Whenever anybody, even those idiot “bookies” in those idiot ads say, “you can take that to the Bank!”, I always chuckle to myself, and wonder what kind of moron would write that? Especially when the moron writing it uses excessive exclamation points (!!!).

Has it occurred to you, Mr Ugly Hitting, that the Braves have gotten where they are at (what, 5th or 6th best record in MLB?) WITHOUT Uggla hitting? What if he starts hitting like he has in his career? What if McCann does?

If you are so sure of your stupid predictions, don’t waste them on a blog.

Go to Vegas.

Get rich – then take that to the bank!

DawgDad

August 22nd, 2012
11:28 am

The Braves have essentially treaded water over the last four years as a wild card contender. The roster moves and infusion of youth to make the team better hasn’t really made the team better overall, at least not to this point. Saying the Braves would have made the playoffs as a second wild-card last year makes me want to puke; that team did not DESERVE to be in the playoffs.

It’s not even close to a sure thing the Braves make the playoffs this season. The imbalanced lineup and six man rotation are hurting the team, there is no real ace (unless Medlen keeps pumping out wins), Uggla and McCann are in the tank, Freeman and Bourn are struggling, Chipper is only a part-time presence.

The Braves have scored ONE run over what, the past 17 innings? Yep, they really are getting max value out of that six-man rotation, aren’t they? Absolutely ridiculous.

Sonny Clusters

August 22nd, 2012
11:30 am

“After long series opener, Chipper given a break” -mlb atl braves

We can see that. After all, he played hard on Monday after a day off on Sunday and what’s so special about the second game of the series in Washington with the division leadder? Well, we’ll get some hate mail for that. Anyway, the ship has sailed. This team reinforces our belief that they cannot turn on the win switch. There has been no real urgency – and apparently was none last night with Chipper not playing. Turning the urgency on doesn’t work. The Braves cannot win when they have to win. They showed us last year and they are starting to show it again. Sad.

Sonny Clusters

August 22nd, 2012
11:32 am

We was filtered, Mark. Are you trying to tell us something? Anyway, we appreciate all the work with Dan Uggla trying to get him better and we was wondering if he is smarter than a deer? We got to hear an interview with him and with a few well placed grunts he could be a deer.

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Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD

August 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

September/October = annual Braves choke season.

Sonny Clusters

August 22nd, 2012
11:38 am

Is it our imagination or is Fredi getting a little “tight” about now? We was wondering if he was feeling any pressure? Mark, what do you think will happen if the wheels come off and the Braves don’t finish with a wild card? And what is a collapse worse than an EPIC COllapse called? We was hoping Medlen might win tonight but we’re not sure what kind of lineup Fredi will go with. They need their rest.

And Meg....

August 22nd, 2012
11:42 am

Mr Bradley,

I have a question what will happen to Braves management do you think if the following occurs

1. If the Braves fall completely apart like last year and fail to even make the playoffs (Does Fredi stay on? Wren? or big changes for 2013?)

2. If the Braves make it to the “play in game” but lose (Same does management make big changes?)

I figure that if the Braves make the wild card and lose to the nationals then no changes will probably be made.

Thanks!

Joey

August 22nd, 2012
11:50 am

3. If the Braves make it to the “playingame” but lose, do we still get a new Wild Card Pennant in the outfield?

Sonny Clusters

August 22nd, 2012
11:58 am

Joey, that is a good question. We was wondering if they are going to put up a sign in the outfield for winning a wild card or a second wild card or even for showing up. When we was playing ball one year Coach gave Phlegm Lattimore a “participation award” and we was wondering if that isn’t about what the Braves have going for them in the outfield the years they didn’t win the pennant?

Paul

August 22nd, 2012
12:07 pm

A nats sweep is coming. Who didnt see this coming? They will probably sneak into the stupid one game wild card and of course lose. Play 162 games to play one game to make the playoffs. So dumb.

Don

August 22nd, 2012
12:19 pm

Please don’t let McCant off the hook. Between him and Ugly, we have 2 overpaid pieces of near dead weight. These 2 should be the 2 we are relying on the most and both are serious disappointments. I don’t want to hear about mCants injury problems either. bottom line, he is nearing “over the hill” status.

Dr. Warren

August 22nd, 2012
12:19 pm

Did anyone notice that this current series followed Frank Wren’s proclamation, “We can go all the way.” ???

Paul

August 22nd, 2012
12:30 pm

Yeah doc kinda like bradley’s idiotic 8 reasons…squander..from last season. lol

cdog

August 22nd, 2012
12:33 pm

THE BRAVES ARE SICK,SICK SICK AND SICK. THE BRAVES ANNOUNCERS ARE LOVING THIS.ERIC HINSKI STILL ON THE ROSTER? WHAT CAN HE DO THAT JOSE CONSTANZA CAN”T BESIDE LOSE? MCCANN CAN”t READ HITTERS.ITS NOT THE PITCHERS FAULT BUT ITS MCCANN WHERE HE SETS UP AND THE HIS CALLING PITCHES.NO WAY WILL I WATCH THIS MESS AGAIN UNTIL THEY GET A WINNING ATTITUDE. THEY HAD NO BUSINESS LOSING TO THE NATIONALS.

The rev al

August 22nd, 2012
12:37 pm

The braves are better as than they will be for years. No way will they sign Bourn. McCann may be gone as well. Chipper will be a memory. With their current ownership, the Braves will be a sub .500 team. In the meantime, Washington is getting better and better with leadership and ownership committed to making them a long term powerhouse. A recent ESPN article suggested the Nats will be the leading team in pursuit of Bourn. Bottom line is this will be the Braves best chance to make the playoffs is this year.

P Rose

August 22nd, 2012
12:51 pm

The Braves will miss the playoffs this year (they may get one of the wild card spots, but will surely lose the one-game playoff — they simply can’t beat good teams in the clutch).

Next season, Chipper and Bourn will be gone; Frank Wren, Fredi Gonzalez and Dan Uggla will still be here.

The real test for Wren will be what he does with all that money (Chipper, Lowe, etc.) coming off the books. He can’t compete with the big boy clubs for the star free agents, so how he manages the money to land cheap players with potential will be the key to the Braves’ chances of future success.

K Conway

August 22nd, 2012
12:56 pm

Uggla needs to go! A 230 average hitter…is a joke!

Weasel

August 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

And where was our team leader in the most important series of the year. The 13 innings was too much for him and his knees needed a rest? Give me a break. At what he is making a true leader would be out there taped up and leading.

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bowman

August 22nd, 2012
1:17 pm

Old habits are hard to break: Tying runs on base in the 9th and the next three Braves batter swing at the first pitch in the strike zone – except for Uggla, of course, who swings at everything. So much for discipline and hitting “your pitch”.

DawgDad

August 22nd, 2012
1:19 pm

“I don’t want to hear about mCants injury problems either. bottom line, he is nearing “over the hill” status.”

Point taken, especially in regards to potentially resigning McCann for big bucks, but this is more on the GM and Manager than McCann. Catchers get beat up and there is an inherent elevated risk of them even being healthy to play. You take what production you get from a catcher, you do not count on it in building your team. The Braves penciled in McCann as a key contributor in the middle of the lineup — THAT was the mistake. They rode him too long in the heart of the order earlier in the year and now, instead of perhaps carrying a third catcher, they carry a sixth starter.

You look at McCann’s contributions this year and he’s still a heck of a catcher, just not near as consistent as he used to be.

Harpie

August 22nd, 2012
1:20 pm

Huh, we WISH Uggla were a .230 hitter – right now, he’s much worse than that.

Casey

August 22nd, 2012
1:22 pm

@Mark Bradley

If Dan Uggla is a good 2nd baseman defensively, then who in all of baseball would you call bad?

I have watched a LOT of baseball in my life, from little league to high school to the minors to MLB. I have never seen a worse 2nd baseman at any level than Dan Uggla!!! He is a JOKE!!! He would not be playing 2nd for any other team in baseball. His only option now is DH. There is no other position that he could physically be able to play.

Sonny Clusters

August 22nd, 2012
1:26 pm

We was wondering how those pre-season promises of cheaper concessions was going to work out if they are playing bad baseball in September like they did last year. Will anybody go down to the Ted for a $7 beer knowing you can get a discount?

Ken Stallings

August 22nd, 2012
1:30 pm

Unfortunately, the Nats series is going how my brain thought it would vice my heart wanted it to. The Nats are a better team. We are playing for the Wild Card. Dan Uggla is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, surrounded by a riddle — to paraphrase Winston Churchill!

P Rose

August 22nd, 2012
1:30 pm

I believe the discount applies to food and soft drinks but not beer. So the answer would be “no.”

Sonny Clusters

August 22nd, 2012
1:32 pm

Where are all the Uggla haters coming from? After all, we all know he is a “slow starter” and we all know “he can get hot at anytime” and we all know “he runs hard” when he gets the occassional hit. Just because he is 0-4 most every game means nothing when you consider all the hungry people in the world and all the crime and violence and even the pestilence. This may be the first mention of pestilence on this blog and if it is, we are glad it came on a post about Uggla’s struggles.

Stinger 2

August 22nd, 2012
1:37 pm

Clusters: Your ranting and negative drivel that you constantly post
does not matter. You need to simply accept the things you cannot change.
Lighten up and take your meds. Then maybe you will find some peace and serenity.

Sonny Clusters

August 22nd, 2012
1:38 pm

Beer not included? Oh, the injustice! If we go down to the Ted we’ll just stop by at Augustine’s and drink our beer before we go to the game. We’re hoping they’ll be playing better ball by the time they get back. Do you think they practice getting a runner over or a runner in? We was thinking they might need to.

Sonny Clusters

August 22nd, 2012
1:41 pm

Little buddy, we was wondering where you was. We thought maybe your mama let you sleep late. Thanks for the advice and wise counsel. We was thinking some day we’d like to hear your success story so we can appreciate how deep your thoughts might really be. In the meantime have you been watching the same baseball we have? We was thinking you might be confusing your teams. Your pal, Sonny Clusters

Jack

August 22nd, 2012
1:45 pm

My youngest grandchild wants to know why Fredi doesn’t bench Uggla. And why Bobby Cox thought a mgr fired by the Marlins would be a good mgr for the Braves.

Stinger 2

August 22nd, 2012
1:50 pm

Clusters: I am not confused about my team….the Atlanta Braves who are seventeen games over .500 and have the fifth best record in MLB. You may be the one drifting around in a confused state of mind with thoughts being only about what can I think of that is bad about the Braves. Apparently your mind does not think very fast since you post the same old stuff on every blog.

Sonny Clusters

August 22nd, 2012
1:57 pm

We was thinking all you post is about us. Go figure. If you was a bug, we’d swat you. As it is, we just consider that you probably are looking for love in all the wrong places.

P Rose

August 22nd, 2012
2:07 pm

The Braves have the fifth-best record in MLB, which is good enough for some.

But if Chipper would “put it all out there, every day,” as he tells everyone else to do, maybe the Braves would have the fourth-best record in MLB.

And if Huggla would just try to put the ball in play, instead of upper-cutting for a home run every swing, maybe the Braves would have the third-best record in MLB.

And if Fredi would get mad at an umpire once in a while, and get himself tossed out of a game, to show the players he had their backs, maybe they’d play harder, and maybe a few more calls might go the Braves’ way, and maybe they’d have the second-best record in MLB.

And maybe, just maybe, if Liberty would loosen their tight wads, and Frank Wren would stop selling the farm for washed-up rent-a-players, the Braves might have the best record in MLB, and then we wouldn’t have anything to complain about, would we?

Stinger 2

August 22nd, 2012
2:09 pm

Clusters: I am posting in response to what you post. I am not posting about you because I don`t know who you really are and I would never say anything good or bad about someone I don`t know. I realize there are many others who write similar and ongoing negative comments about the Braves, but somehow you get my attention quicker and more often than those others.You keep me busy just following your stuff.

Stick a fork in em

August 22nd, 2012
2:10 pm

The marlins are laffing their arses off…..we get Uggla and their tired/fired coach and all of a sudden, we think we are somebody…..This team is toast, Gonzo is the WORST mgr in baseball according to several sources, and the Braves are limited by Libertysalary wise…….what a HOT Mess!

semper fi braves fan

August 22nd, 2012
2:15 pm

Has Fredi G been tossed out of any games yet? I see him go out to talk every now and then but usually little to no fire in him. Ho humm managers = ho hum teams. #Fire Frediot

P Rose

August 22nd, 2012
2:18 pm

I like how the Braves pennants on the outfield wall are color-coded, so you can tell them apart.

There’s the one red one for winning the World Series (that sticks out like a sore thumb).

Then there are the yellow ones with red numbers for winning the NL pennant.

Then there are the yellow ones with blue numbers for winning the division.

Then there is the yellow one with white numbers for winning the wild card.

I wonder what colors the pennant will have this year if they win one of the wild card spots but lose in the one-game playoff. I think it should just be solid white.