96: Your Schizophrenic Atlanta Braves!

by Berigan

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your schizophrenic Atlanta Braves!

Well, what does one make of this team??  After that wondrous opening day win by the score of 16-5, they looked like world beaters. On May 4th, they were 11-14, the only team in the east with a sub .500 record.

At one point this year, they had worst road record in the league (5-14) and a .217 road batting average. If the manager was anyone not named Bobby Cox, he would have been on such a hot seat, he would have to wear asbestos underwear!

We all know they looked like a team that had the life sucked out of them. I don’t know if any team on a losing streak looks quite as helpless as the Braves do. Heck, I’m not tellin’ y’all anything you don’t already know about the Braves on the skids. Or am I?? Nope…don’t think so.

But, what I do know is it’s bad form to start a sentence with a conjunction. Do it all the time though. Plus, gotta pad this out….pretty sure a  blog lead has to be at least 100 words, right??  😉  [Editor’s note: At minimum, Ber!]

On May 23rd, the team was 5-1 in the previous 6 road games, after going 5-14 in first 19. That’s kind of hard for a team to do, but nothing is impossible with the 2010 version of the team! 😛 Over the last 10 games, the Braves are 7-3. In the same span, the Phillies are 4-6, have completely stopped hitting, and only have a 2 1/2 game lead over the Bravos. Now…we all know if there is one certainty in this sport, the Phils will hit. So…can we really compete with that team or are the Braves just a wildcard team??

Imagine if Liberty had been more concerned about keeping Heyward from being a super 2 player and he was being held back like Stephen Strasburg has been for the Nats? We would be in last place and out of the hunt, no doubt about it. Have to give credit where credit is due.

Don’t know if Wren, J.S, etc had to put in a big fight about this, but so very glad we have had the chance to see a future (present?) Superstar in action.

And (oops, conjunction again!) while it looked a few weeks ago that there was no chance of the playoffs this year, right now, we are in the thick of a playoff race and that’s a good thing! 🙂

Is this thing long enough??? Hmmm, what else can I add…Hey, did I mention a list I saw that listed the top 10 switch hitters of all time? Chipper was ranked number 2! Then, I looked down the list, saw no Ted Simmons. Chili Davis was 10th. 1372 RBI’s .274 BA.  Read  in the comments that Ted Simmons was 11th on this writer’s list.  A guy who drove in 1389 RBI’s and had a .285 BA. All the while catching. Sigh….no respect, Simba gets no respect. There, just the perfect length. 😆    [Editor’s note: FYI, Ber, 490 words. 🙂 ]

~Berigan~

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369 Responses to “96: Your Schizophrenic Atlanta Braves!”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady May 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks, Ber! Much appreciated!! 😀

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  2. 2 berigan2electricboogaloo May 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Yer welcom Ma’am! 🙂

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  3. 3 berigan2electricboogaloo May 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    WelcomE ! 😕

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  4. 4 berigan2electricboogaloo May 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    490, that’s all???

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  5. 5 eprisewildcat May 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Not first! Haha, just kidding. Great stuff Ber… just long enough to convey the fact that the Braves are a real schizo team. Thank goodness that J-Hey has made the quick transition to stardom.

    Speaking of schizo… this Braves vs. Marlins game is typical for the Braves. Looks like all Huddy had to do is get out of the 5th inning and the rain might make this a Braves winner. Not so quick say the Marlins. The stinkin pitcher even gets a hit.

    Come on Huddy… one more out! YES!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  6. 6 eprisewildcat May 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    My bad guys… we need another inning for a win. Tarp is on the field and lots of rain on the radar.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  7. 7 Voice of Raisins May 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Cool! It reloads right away!!!

    And I am not schizophrenic.

    Yes I am!

    No I’m not!

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  8. 8 Gil in Mechanicsville May 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Great lead Ber, conveys the very essence of this year’s edition of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. And yes(oops) Ted Simmons does deserve to be in the HOF.

    Now tonight, that was some scary 4th inning for Huddy.

    Watching the top 25 All time Braves moments. My favorite is still “THE CATCH”.

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  9. 9 Gil in Mechanicsville May 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Wow, a small crowd got even smaller.

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  10. 10 Gil in Mechanicsville May 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I really like this Venters kid..

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  11. 11 Gil in Mechanicsville May 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Carroll Rogers had a nice piece on the Braves’ newest signee across the street. Looks like Yunel is excited about it.

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  12. 12 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I really like this Venters kid.

    Me too. I’d like to see him in the rotation in 2011.

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  13. 13 eprisewildcat May 28, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Nice win by the Bravos last night. Gutty performance by Hudson in the pouring rain. Tell me why they didn’t suspend play in the top of the 4th… I’m confused. Seemed very unfair to the Braves. Anyways..the strikeout of Sanchez for the third out was very gritty.

    The Amazin Mets with a three game shutout of the Phillies… AMAZING!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  14. 14 Gil in Mechanicsville May 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    You know the old expression “they’re due” ? Well, that’s how I feel about the Phillies coming into Atlanta next week. I fear when the break out, they won’t be contained.

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  15. 15 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    You know what I find to be very interesting about the Phils? On May 12, they were 20-12 and striking fear in every pitcher in the National League. Since that date, which just happens to be the date it was reported that their bullpen coach was busted with binoculars in the bullpen, they are 6-8 and their offense has gone ice cold.

    Connection or coincidence? Hard to say, but it sure looks, walks and quacks like a duck to me…

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  16. 16 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    2night’s lineup:

    1. Marteeen, 2B
    2. HeyHey, RF
    3. Chipper, 3B
    4. Glaus, 1B
    5. Yunel, SS
    6. MelkDud, LF
    7. DRoss, C
    8. McOut, CF (For cryin’ out loud, why?!?)
    9. DLowe, P

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  17. 17 berigan2electricboogaloo May 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    V, McOut(terrible…terribly funny! 😉 ) is in cuz he’s hitting .167 against lefties. I see Hinske has all of 7 AB’s against lefties!!!!

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  18. 18 berigan2electricboogaloo May 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Omar Infante used to play some outfield, didn’t he???
    Melky is 8 for his last 17, might he finally be coming out of it??? A career .267 hitter, which sounds awesome right about now, doesn’t it????

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  19. 19 berigan2electricboogaloo May 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Gil, I am afraid you are right….this kind of streak is really unbelievable for that team. Only 2-3 knuckleballers in the Majors right now, and they faced 2 in something like 4 days…but to be shut out day after day…

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  20. 20 Gil in Mechanicsville May 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    bullpen coach was busted with binoculars

    Very interesting….

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  21. 21 Gil in Mechanicsville May 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Waiting out the rain delay… We had a real frog strangler here in Mechanicsville last night. Thunder woke me up around 2:30AM. God’s version of shock and awe….

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  22. 22 Voice of Raisins May 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Hadn’t heard the binocular story? Really?

    Check it: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100512&content_id=9993182&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

    He says he used them to “evaluate his catcher”. I guess that’s why Shane Victorino was seen on the bullpen phone in the Phils’ dugout prior to an at bat – just checking on how his catcher was doing. Right…

    And don’t most people evaluate someone behind home plate from behind the outfield fence? I know I do.

    Please… 🙄

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  23. 23 berigan2electricboogaloo May 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    You know I hate to ever say anything about Bobby’s wonderful managing 😆 but…D. Lowe had only 87 pitches after 7 innings…at least the bleeding stopped at 7-3… lucky the pirates have so little offense. as a wise man says here….Go Braves!

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  24. 25 Voice of Raisins May 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    2night’s lineup (looking eerily familiar):

    1. Marteeen, 2B
    2. HeyHey, RF
    3. Chipper, 3B
    4. Glaus, 1B
    5. Yunel, SS
    6. MelkDud, LF
    7. DRoss, C
    8. McLouth, CF (You can’t spell McLouth without O-U-T!)
    9. Meds, P

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  25. 26 eprisewildcat May 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Bobby will continue to give McLouth every opportunity to get his game back. Bobby’s patience is remarkable. Wouldn’t it be great if Nate could recapture some of his mojo. He’d better hurry… I think Infante can play a little outfield and there might be another Cuban in the wings.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  26. 27 eprisewildcat May 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Halladay with a perfect game against the Fish. Well at least it was against the Marlins. I guess he was a better option than Cliff Lee. Phillies gave all of one run.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  27. 28 eprisewildcat May 29, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Y’all be pulling for my Alma Mater the Troy University Trojans as they play Florida International for the Sun Belt Championship tomorrow at 11am ET. FIU has the kid Garrett Wittels who has a 53 game hit streak intact. Should be on TV tomorrow and ESPN will be checking in to track the hitting streak. He is currently five games behind the record holder Robin Ventura. Ventura was a pretty good hitter for a number of years but is best remembered for charging Nolan Ryan and getting in a headlock and being pummeled by the legend.

    Should be a really interesting game. Troy’s problem, like all college baseball tournament teams, is having enough pitching to play the crazy double elimination tourney.

    GO TROJANS!!! (Oh yeah… nice game Braves!)

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  28. 29 berigan2electricboogaloo May 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Wildcat, when I first read what you said about a perfect game, I thought you were saying he was really good…I mean, there had been only 19 perfectos in the history of baseball, and there had been one earlier this month! Well, now there have been 20 in the history of the game, 2 in about 3 weeks! Amazing!
    And did you all hear about the Angels Kendry Morales??? Hit a game winning grand slam yesterday, and when He came around to jump on home plate, he came down on an angle and broke his leg! Out 2 months at least. Man, to go from being ecstatic, to needing surgery in the matter of seconds.

    Oh, and go Trojans! 🙂

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  29. 30 eprisewildcat May 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks ber… but the Trojans ran out of gas (and pitching) and lost 14-10. Disappointed but still very proud of the resiliency they showed during the tourney. Unlikely that they’ll get an invite to the NCAA’s but there is a chance.

    KK pitching very nicely for the Bravos. Nice to get a couple of runs early but we need to pile on a few more.

    Speaking of piling on… ya think there might be some clubhouse discussions about celebrations at homeplate? I hate to think about J-Hey hitting another game winner and coming out of the dogpile with something broken. Would not be good!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  30. 31 Voice of Raisins May 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    KK deserved a better fate than leaving the game tied 2-2… he pitched very well today.

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  31. 32 Gil in Mechanicsville May 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Several years ago, there was a pitcher for the Phillies who was something like 1 and 15. The consensus was you had to be a pretty good pitcher to have that kind of record and still be in the major leagues.

    So it seems with KK. After a while you just forget about the won/loss record and just enjoy the show. Kershin showed why he is still a good addition to the rotation. Offense was lacking a bit.

    And Joe Simpson made reference to the coinciding of the Philles getting busted for stealing signs from the pen and the sudden drop in run production. Was just saying….

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  32. 33 Voice of Raisins May 30, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    We break the big stories here…

    😀

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  33. 34 flbravesgirl May 31, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Hey y’all! Back home in Florida now & not a moment too soon. As you may have surmised from my absence the laptop went belly-up a week ago. Good thing it was at the end of the trip & not the beginning. I have a bazillion things to read/check on/delete, etc. so I’ll be back around once I shovel out the inbox & Facebook acct.

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  34. 35 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2010 at 6:26 am

    eprisewildcat It is the lack of pitching depth that is the foil of many good teams in tournament play. Just not enough time to recover between starts when you are playing sometimes twice a day.

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  35. 36 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Welcome back Jenn, tough when your link to the outside world is severed. Quite though… 🙂

    Josie and I had some of the kids over yesterday for a little cookout. A jump on Memorial Day as we plan to just relax today and pack for a three day fishing trip on the Bay this week.

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  36. 37 berigan2electricboogaloo May 31, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Glad to have you back Jenn err, FBG! 😉
    Missed the last two games with company over here. Hate to miss wins.
    And Gil, I sure worry about this series with the Phils. They were once again shut out yesterday, and know if they lose today, they are out of first. Hopefully, they can remain cold as ice.

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  37. 38 berigan2electricboogaloo May 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    well, everyone will hear how terrible Israel was, attacking those “peace activists” here is some of the backstory, that you likely won’t see on TV, then a clip of said peace activists.

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/302119.php

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  38. 39 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    You know they were spoiling for a fight just being there. The Israelis offered to let them dock and then transport the “peace” materials after they inspected the cargo.

    Those who are anti Israel will play it like it is all Israel’s fault and those who are pro Israel will see it as provocation by Hamas. Want to know which way Obama swings, listen to Gibbs.

    I just wish we could get the IDF to guard our borders….

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  39. 40 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Of course another tip off might be the utilization of ski mask by the “non-violent” aid givers. I wonder what the reaction would be if they showed up at an American airport?

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  40. 41 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    And oh by the way… GREAT GAME TODAY…

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  41. 42 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Troy Glaus making Frank Wren look smart everyday. Now, if they could just get Andruw Nate going…

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  42. 43 Voice of Raisins May 31, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Now, if they could just get Nate going…

    …yes. Going. And to where it does not matter, as long as he’s gone.

    Actually, I need to just let that go. He plays an above average CF, which is exactly why he stays in the lineup. In fact, if he can keep sucking at the plate until July or so, we can call Schafer up and he’ll only have to hit .225 or so to be a vast improvement. No pressure there.

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  43. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    What is maddening is that I am 900 miles away and I can see the problem. Long swing and trying to pull everything. DUH!!!!

    Nate has zero trade value right now. Hey, I won’t lie and say I saw this coming. I thought Frank Wren had made a pretty shrewd trade getting Nate for Morton and a box of balls. When you are stuck with paying him no matter what, I guess you may as well try to get your money’s worth and hope he can play through it.

    As long as the team is winning, you can cover up a mistake like Nate. Best protection a player can have is a major league contract.

    Now, that said, if the Nator can just get a glimmer of his potential back and start to come around like Yunel has then we can all make a date to meet at Turner Field for the World Series this fall.

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  44. 45 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    And on the four doubles the Phillies hit in a row today. Fair by inches on two of them. peter just did not have it going today though. Not sure what the problem was but he did not really look all that sharp. Tired maybe, after all, he is no spring chicken any longer.

    Glad Bobby rested Saito too. I suspect we will need those guys in the pen before long. I think the Braves would like some opportunities to show off Christian so they can trade him and bring up Resop.

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  45. 46 berigan2electricboogaloo May 31, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Heh, I was worried about the game, and then I checked out to see when the game was on, saw Glaus had just hit a 3 run homer, making it 9-3! Glad the Phils are on the skids, and hey, as of today, the Braves are in 1st place!!!! 🙂

    And how about Ubaldo Jimenez??? Yet another shut out, his era is now 0.78 and is now 10-1.

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  46. 47 Gil in Mechanicsville May 31, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Going to be tough voting for someone else for the Cy Young if he keeps it up.

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  47. 48 eprisewildcat May 31, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Yea! Braves Win!!!

    BOO!!! The long weekend is over.

    Well… tomorrow is primary election day here in Alabama and across the country. If you were to take all the political signs and shove them in the hole in the gulf we could plug that sucker up no problem.

    GO BRAVES and GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR VETERANS!!!

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  48. 49 Carolina Lady May 31, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    “If you were to take all the political signs and shove them in the hole in the gulf we could plug that sucker up no problem.”
    😆 Excellent, Wildcat!

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  49. 50 Gil in Mechanicsville June 1, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I could think of another place for politicians to shove them but this is a family blog…

    Of course, the media loves politics, think where all that money is being transferred to.

    Virginia has an election of some type every year. Sometimes more often if there are primaries. I still love the Mark Twain line that “sometimes a majority simply means all the fools lined up on the same side”

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  50. 51 Carolina Lady June 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    “I could think of another place for politicians to shove them but this is a family blog…
    😆

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  51. 52 eprisewildcat June 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I think the Gulf just might hold all the politicians, lawyers, media talking heads, and all the signs. Throw in a bunch of obnoxious posters across the street and you’ve really got some pollution.

    Nice 3 run dinger by Troy in the downpour. Should be playing shortly.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  52. 53 eprisewildcat June 2, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Amazing how we’ve gone from the least of the east to the beast of the east! I could’ve done without the theatrics in the 9th inning but a really nice win last night.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  53. 54 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

    The Beast of the East is Troy Glaus. Dude has rediscovered his stroke. Boy, has he. It’s pretty fun to be a Braves fan these days.

    😀

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  54. 55 berigan2electricboogaloo June 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    It was sit down at a Dwarf house on Tuesdays…Tuesday. So, I missed the offense, and saw the struggles, but…they won, that’s the important thing! 7 in a row. Would anyone believe 3 weeks ago that the last place braves that truly looked like a team that was going to be out of the race, trading players for prospects in July, would be 1 1/2 games ahead on June 2nd???? 😯
    And to think I was afraid of the Phillies coming to town!

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  55. 56 berigan2electricboogaloo June 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Where everbody????
    Braves win, BRAVES WIN!!!
    Just watched the game…strange, sunny out there, yet its been raining for hours here! 😛
    Once again, a day late with the games time…but, I didn’t know this, and flipped around looking for the game and found it in the 5th tied 1-1…
    Cannot believe the phils are so bad, but thats ok! 🙂

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  56. 57 Voice of Raisins June 2, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    This time I missed the day game! 😡

    Oh, well… I hadn’t heard the score, so it was kind of like watching it live. DLowe was awesome tonight. It’s all turning around at a very opportune time, isn’t it?

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  57. 58 berigan2electricboogaloo June 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    It really is V! And even if Nate isn’t hitting much, like Chip said, it’s twice in a week he has scored late on a walk. Taking a page from Chippers book, if you can’t hit, walk!

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  58. 59 flbravesgirl June 2, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Hear that? The sound of the nastiest fans in baseball choking on their cheesesteaks? 👿

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  59. 60 flbravesgirl June 2, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    OK, so that wasn’t nice but wow, are they miserable people.

    Tell the truth y’all, who thought a month ago that this could be a first-place team? That Glaus would be Player of the Month?

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  60. 61 Carolina Lady June 3, 2010 at 12:10 am

    FBG, your 11:04 is priceless! Terrific! 😆

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  61. 62 berigan2electricboogaloo June 3, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Wow, what a day. Ken Griffey Jr. retired. 630 Homers without the juice is pretty darned impressive. Hard to think of the kid being “old”

    And how about Armando Galarraga of the Tigers being ONE out away from the 3rd Perfect game this year…and ump Jim Joyce blew a seemingly easy call at first and giving a hit to a Cleveland player who was out by half a step. You almost have to wonder if he didn’t know the kid had a Perfect game on the line.
    It made me so mad when I first heard it, but the Ump is really upset, and had the…guts to apologize to the pitcher, who was very nice about it….so perhaps some good will come out of a very bad call. Might also get instant replays on plays like that too…which isn’t cool, but the umps have really brought it on themselves this year.

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  62. 63 eprisewildcat June 3, 2010 at 8:32 am

    How mad would I be right now if that happened to one of our guys. We’ve all seen bad calls this year but to make one with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th of a perfect game. WOW!!!

    I think the commissioner should step in and overturn the call. I don’t even know if he can do it, but it should be done. This is a wrong that should be made right. This is a very special case and I can’t think of another scenario where I would even recommend a call being overturned. Pandora’s box? Well maybe, but like I said, this is a wrong that should be made right.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  63. 64 flbravesgirl June 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Wildcat, I agree. I think this is a case where he should pull out the “in the best interests of the game” power & overturn it. Gotta respect Joyce for admitting his mistake & the fact that he knows it was the wrong call should carry some weight in favor of changing it.

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  64. 65 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Jones could miss time with finger injury
    3:06 pm June 2, 2010, by Chris Vivlamore

    Chipper Jones left Wednesday’s series-finale against the Phillies with inflammation in his right ring finger and it could be several days before he returns to the lineup.

    Although the third baseman is listed as day-to-day, he said it could be several days before he is able to play.

    “[The] finger is taking the brunt of a lot of swings over the years,” Jones said. “It’s sore right now. It’s probably going to be a couple of days before some of the soreness subsides. If I’m still having pain after that, I’ll probably have to get a [cortisone] shot.”

    Jones said he informed manager Bobby Cox that he was having an issue with his finger during the Pirates’ series. He hoped the pain would go away but it has gotten worse and is now affecting the knuckle.

    X-rays taken of the finger were negative.

    “It’s not the bone I’m worried about, it’s the ligaments and tendons,” Jones said.

    Jones said the pain is worse when he bats left-handed, as he did against Phillies’ right-hander Kyle Kendrick Wednesday. He went 0-for-2, grounding into a double play in the first inning and striking out in the fourth inning. Jones said he was essentially swinging the bat using three fingers on his right hand.

    He was replaced at the start of the fifth inning by Omar Infante, who drove in the game-winning run in the eighth.

    “Fortunately for us, my timing is impeccable and Omar Infante put on a show,” Jones said.

    The Braves begin a four-game series against the Dodgers Thursday. They face one left-hander, Clayton Kershaw, in Friday’s game. Jones said he would see how his finger feels in Los Angeles, but hoped to be able to play when he could bat right-handed.

    “It’s very painful left-handed, not as painful right handed,” Jones said. “… We have one lefty throwing against us. That might be when I get back in there.”

    If a cortisone shot is required, that could cost Jones several more games.

    Before Wednesday’s game, Jones hit .375 (6-for-16) on the past five games.

    😐

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  65. 66 Voice of Raisins June 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    According to the ajc, Petey is trying very hard to convince Wags not to retire after this season. I hope he is successful…

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  66. 67 eprisewildcat June 3, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Troy Glaus… The Beast of the East!!! So, Troy is just a fill-in for Freddie Freeman, aye? Next thing ya know the Yankees are going to be after him. Haaaa!!!

    Nice hit and RBI Nate! 3-0 Braves.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  67. 68 flbravesgirl June 4, 2010 at 1:19 am

    It’s a shame the line won’t reflect how well Medlen pitched because he was outstanding. Hope Saito is OK but congrats to Venters on his first save. I loved that he couldn’t help but laugh at getting a 1 pitch save.

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  68. 69 berigan2electricboogaloo June 4, 2010 at 5:17 am

    missed another game….had company over, and we watched a movie. I seem to really have a good record on this 9 game winning streak. Think I have seen about 18 innings total. All those losses early in the year??? Caught every second of them. 🙄
    Glaus is really, really hot, isn’t he??? Well, the ladies would know better than I would! 😛

    And I was wondering if he was going to be released or put into a pinch hitting roll, with Hinske doing the lions share of covering 1st base.

    I was so glad that the Braves passed on Corey Hart. He had about as bad a swing as anyone, ever, last year.
    After a recent streak, he’s hitting .256 14 HR’s 35 RBI’s, with a much smaller hole in his swing now…you just never know. As with Andruw(who is cooling off a bit)

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  69. 70 Voice of Raisins June 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I think if nothing else, Meds has certainly made his case to stay in the rotation. He easily could have finished the 8th inning if not for an error and a questionable ball/strike call. It was a masterful performance and a showcase of his exceptional change-up, the pitch that guided both Glavine and Maddox to HOF careers. Joe said it more than once, “They know it’s coming, and still can’t hit it.” That’s impressive, folks.

    Now… as for Moylan. 2 appearances in a row that were far less impressive. He doesn’t look right to me. He’s throwing way too many fat pitches that aren’t diving the way his pitches normally do. Write it down: he’ll go on the DL for something in the next few days and Resop will get the call. Timing is everything.

    Now, as for the offense… don’t change a thing! OK, make a little change when Chipper is healthy, but the lineup works. I think it is very interesting that Bobby keeps batting Glaus 5th, but I understand why, and it’s working. They are surely a fun team to watch right now. Even McOut got an important run producing double. And it is really fun to see the swagger they are carrying. Just like old times…

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  70. 71 Voice of Raisins June 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Fun stuff I received from my brother:

    Information about Gonorrhea Lectim

    The Centers for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of this old disease. The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim. It’s pronounced “Gonna re-elect ’em,” and it is a terrible obamanation.

    The disease is contracted through dangerous and high risk behavior involving putting your cranium up your rectum. Many victims contracted it in 2008…but now most people, after having been infected for the past 1-2 years, are starting to realize how destructive this sickness is.

    It’s sad because Gonorrhea Lectim is easily cured with a new drug just coming on the market called Votemout. You take the first dose in 2010 and the second dose in 2012 and simply don’t engage in such behavior again; otherwise, it could become permanent and eventually wipe out all life as we know it.

    Several states are already on top of this, like Virginia and New Jersey, and apparently now Massachusetts, with many more seeing the writing on the wall.

    Please pass this important message on to all those bright folk you really care about.

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  71. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville June 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Greetings folks, back from our little mini vacation. Twas a nice break from the hustle and bustle of retirement. hey, don’t laugh, I hardly have time to get all the things I think I need to do done…

    Went fishing on Wednesday and did okay. Only kept the really large fish as the more the you keep, the more you have to clean. I think Josie and I have come to the conclusion that our boat is just too big for us to put in and out easily. And just not all that well designed for fishing.

    Anyway, got to see Tuesday night’s game via ESPN but was unable to watch Wed or Thursday. Caught glimpses via ESPN but one might as well read the box score for all the detail they give.

    Yes, it was bad that Jim Joyce missed that call but being a Braves’ fan, I an use to more than our share being blown. Like the time Dave Justice was called out for not tagging third when the replay showed he did or when Ron Gant was physically lifted off the bag and called out in the ’91 series. Umps miss calls all the time, it is the surprise element of the game. Like some strike zones we see.

    Thought it was real up front by GM to give Armando Galarraga the Corvette for his pseudo perfect game. Uh, does that come out of the tax payers’ pocket or is that all on GM? Just wondering.

    yep, great time to be a Braves fan for sure.

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  72. 73 berigan2electricboogaloo June 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Sounds like a good time Gil!

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  73. 74 berigan2electricboogaloo June 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I can’t even begin to tell you all how much I hate this…this…you know what….

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  74. 75 Gil in Mechanicsville June 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    A little like Marge Shott (sp) former owner of the Reds saying Hitler was okay in the beginning but went a little too far.

    Well, we know what Helen is. Never met a commie she didn’t like or a Jew she didn’t hate… Sure she is not Russian? I wonder how she feels about illegal immigrants from south of the border? No, not those from the Great State of South Carolina, we know how she feels about southerners too. Those from further south but not Cuba… Okay, enough time spent on her…..

    Anyway, trying to rest up so I can watch the Braves tonight on the left coast. Always takes a lot out of me. See, this retirement thingee is hard…. All these awful hours I must keep while trying to maintain my fanship….

    Tomorrow is a big grass mowing day. The homestead is beginning to look a bit ratty around the edges.

    Oh, and before we left this morning we, Josie and I, watched a mother turtle lays her eggs in the sand at the beach in front of the cottage. I took some snaps and a video. Kewl….

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  75. 76 Voice of Raisins June 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Saito to the DL; Kimbrel is coming back.

    Just so’s you know…

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  76. 77 eprisewildcat June 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    The home plate umpire Gerry Davis has no strike zone. The only thing he’s calling strikes are the 98 mph heaters that Kershaw is striping down the middle. KK struggled early but has settled downn pretty well. Too bad Gerry is back there and not giving him the corners.

    We need some crooked numbers this inning!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  77. 78 Gil in Mechanicsville June 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Sigh… Stayed up late to see the game and came away disappointed. I’ve given up on figuring out where the strike zone is. Seems to change from pitch to pitch.

    Kershin did not appear all that sharp but did continue to be snake bit. At what point do you start to think a guy is not going to get it turned around? KK is not really that bad a pitcher, just not all that great. I know just looking at a guy’s won/loss record can be deceiving but 0-8? Who is kidding whom?

    Okay, time to get outside before the sun gets too high and get my grass cut. Later…

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  78. 79 berigan2electricboogaloo June 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

    What??? They lost??? They are not supposed to lose! 😛

    I saw the first few innings. Saw Kawakami didn’t have his good stuff, and the tight strikezone…and Kershaw had a 2 run lead…well…..

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  79. 80 eprisewildcat June 6, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Pleasant surprise to wake up and find the Braves have mustered a big win. More suprising because they were trailing 2-0 with no sign of life in the bats when I nodded off. Would have like to watch the big 7 run inning (nice crooked number) but I also failed to hit record on the DVR. Oh well, great to have Huddy on the mound this afternoon to win the series.

    In other news… folks it’s summer time. Playing golf yesterday and it was Lower Alabama Amazon heat. To borrow a line from Biloxi Blues, “Superman couldn’t take this heat!”

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  80. 81 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Trust me when I say it was a nice inning for Braves fans. The hit just kept on coming. I think I got to sleep around 2AM.

    Ah yes, the heat index around a bazillion. I used to keep a golf towel soaked in ice water (Need to carry one of those small coolers with you) and wipe down my face and neck to prevent a=heat stroke when I played in the summer.

    Still, doesn’t the ball carry well..?

    Anyway, it’s hot outside already this morning but relief is on the way. I expect it will be a big storm because it’s so blooming hot.

    Oh by the way, it appears BMac ditched the glasses around the 7th inning too.

    ch
    ed

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  81. 82 berigan2electricboogaloo June 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I once again turned off the game with the braves down 2-0, but this time to go back to bed. I have had stomach issues before(A lot of the time actually) but I think for once I caught something from someone…felt ill all day, and I just couldn’t stay awake !
    Glad they one though! I thought man, here we go again, another losing streak, but these are not the braves of the first month….

    Here’s a nice story Tim K. wrote on Chipper….
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/draft2010/columns/story?columnist=kurkjian_tim&id=5249761

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  82. 83 berigan2electricboogaloo June 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Dominating, with a post every 6 hours.
    Games on!

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  83. 84 berigan2electricboogaloo June 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    2 1/2 hours later…still da man!
    Sure thought Hudson was on his way to an easy win, with the team up 4-1, but one bad inning and it was 4-4.
    Then Hudson came up in the top of the 8th, and some idiot was either flicking a mirror or a laser pen in his face…I still don’t know if they have caught the jerk. One hit and Hudson was out. After G.A. bunted over that guy, now Moylen is in…..Melky just made a great catch running full speed in…seemed to hurt himself….can’t have both CF’s hurt! 😯

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  84. 85 berigan2electricboogaloo June 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Can we officially get rid of Jesse now???? 😡

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  85. 86 eprisewildcat June 6, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Jesse has not impressed, has he? Of course with Bobby he’ll have to blow a few more opportunities. What patience, Arrrghhh!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  86. 87 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I spent the afternoon switching back and forth between the Braves game and the NASCAR race… Well, one out of two wasn’t too bad.

    I thought Venters was excellent yet again but I told Josie that when Jesse was brought in the game was over. Dang, I hate being right sometimes….

    Now, I don’t know if Jesse was calling his own pitches or Brian called for two sliders in a row but I did see it coming. Hey, maybe Bobby was just giving him the opportunity to fail. Still have Resop they need to do something with in AAA soon. I can’t see where the guy they picked up off the scrap heap from the Marlins was all that impressive either.

    Folks, it’s not as if I want these guys to do poorly to give someone else a chance, it’s just that I hate to be saddled with a couple of 4 A pitchers when there are guys who can put up better numbers in the organization already.

    Oh well, can’t put it all on Chavez, not like the Braves didn’t have their chances to win it in regulation.

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  87. 88 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Now, all that said, I think Heyward is a great #2 hitter, not so sure about him hitting in the three hole right now.

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  88. 89 Voice of Raisins June 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Draft starts tonight…

    Braves have no 1st rounder this year, but do have four picks in the top three rounds with #35 in the supplemental round tonight, and #53 & #70 in the 2nd round and #101 in the 3rd round tomorrow. There are 50 rounds total, which end on Wednesday.

    From what I’ve read, there are only 4 or 5 real impact guys, then it drops off dramatically. One draft guru says that depending on how teams assess some of the players, and draft according to need, #35 to the Braves could still net a player that could go 6-10 to another. Weird.

    Here’s the really good news, though. Having signed the Dominican SS Edward Salcedo earlier this year, (remember this?), the Braves feel like they already have their “1st rounder”. He’s finishing up in the Dominican Summer League and should be in the Braves’ minor league system in late June/early July, most likely in low-A Rome. He’s only 18 (supposedly confirmed), but is already 6’3″/190 and “big league strong”. He has a nice right-handed power stroke. Unless he hits some wall in his development, he could be a fast mover through the system. I could easily see him moved to 3B and groomed as Chipper’s long term replacement.

    Kudos to the Braves’ scouting dept. once again… and the draft hasn’t even started yet!

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  89. 90 Gil in Mechanicsville June 7, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Baseball might be played for 6 months but baseball operations are year round. The Braves have a pretty extensive Asian scouting department too. Peter Moylan was being watched for a long time before the Braves signed him after the WBC from what I’ve read.

    I think Escobar would be a good fit at third base but then most of the time teams are looking to fill that spot with a power bat. Shortstop seems to be the most difficult infield position to play or I should say the one which requires the most athleticism.

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  90. 91 Voice of Raisins June 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    TP in the ajc:

    Jason Heyward won’t use it as an excuse, but hitting coach Terry Pendleton said the rookie slugger’s nagging thumb injury is causing him problems.

    He went 2-for-17 with six strikeouts in the four-game series against the Dodgers, including strikeouts to end the ninth and 11th innings – both times with a runner on base – in Sunday’s 5-4 loss.

    Heyward tied a major league record by striking out five times in a nine-inning game Friday, including the final out of the 5-4 loss.

    “He’s not going to mention it, but he’s struggling with that left thumb,” Pendleton said Sunday morning. “It’s bugging him. He can’t get to a certain point in his swing that he wants to get to without it [hurting].”

    Heyward injured the thumb on May 14 when he caught it on the base while sliding head-first. He was scratched from the lineup May 23 at Pittsburgh after it swelled during the game the night before.

    Pendleton thinks it could be an injury that’s nagging through the rest of the season, and doesn’t believe resting Heyward for a brief period would help. He thinks it’ll be in the offseason before it completely heals.

    😐

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  91. 92 berigan2electricboogaloo June 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Well, that sucks! 😦

    Found this via Mlbtraderumors, on a site questioning signings made by teams.

    Atlanta Braves select Mike Minor, lhp, Vanderbilt (Seventh Overall)
    We wondered why he went before: Mike Leake, Aaron Crow, Alex White.

    Considered the most egregious of the three 2009 surprises, I think this quote from Kevin Goldstein managed to put a finger on the complaints behind the pick: “It’s a horrible pick FOR ME, but I think early picks should be all about upside. Minor has a better shot of reaching [the] big leagues than anyone other than Strasburg in this thing, but his ceiling is a fourth starter.” But I suppose it’s only fitting that last year’s weirdest selection is this year’s biggest enigma. Minor seems a different pitcher in the Braves organization than he was in college, then lauded for his command and pitchability. Now, he’s among the minor league leaders with 91 strikeouts in 63.2 innings, but he’s been walking people, with 28 free passes handed out. Apparently, the Braves were keen on Minor’s development of his third pitch (curveball), and believed his change-up would play better in pro ball. Now, it just seems foolish we ever questioned the Braves fantastic scouting department.

    😆

    Though, Mike Leake is 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA, which would make him the best starter on our team. But, I doubt he would have made the rotation out of spring training.
    Who would guess he could be that good straight out of college??? Hey may be the next Greg Maddux. Only I think Greg had a better fastball at 22!

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  92. 93 Voice of Raisins June 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I especially like the sentence: Now, it just seems foolish we ever questioned the Braves fantastic scouting department.

    I have to say, alot of folks flat out *****ed and moaned after that pick last year. But honestly, my sentiment was simply that those guys in charge know a whole lot more than I do. And they don’t miss very often. It’s good to see them vindicated after taking so much vitriol from the online gripe community.

    As to Leake, well…. give credit where credit is due. But I’ll wait until he does it again in his 2nd season before I start thinking about future greatness. Can you say, “Dontrelle”? And let’s face it… he faces Houston, Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Louis in that division. They aren’t exactly the Monsters of the Midway. They have Pujols – having his worst start in the Majors – and Braun. Even Fielder isn’t exactly putting up All Star numbers. Put him in the NL East, (or should it be NL Feast?), and things might be a little different. That is, unless his turn just happened to come up against the Mets every time. 😀

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  93. 94 Voice of Raisins June 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    2night’s lineup:

    Marteeen, 2B
    Infante, 3B
    HeyMyThumbHurts, RF
    McLasik, C
    NLBeast, 1B
    Hinske, LF
    Yunel, SS
    McLouth, C
    DLucky, P

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  94. 95 Gil in Mechanicsville June 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    And here we were thinking it was toes that were not to be trifled with… Now it’s thumbs up or giving someone the finger that is all the rage…

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  95. 96 Voice of Raisins June 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Good news from Mr. O’B:

    [Jair] Jurrjens threw batting practice again today, about 50 pitches, no problems at all. He’ll throw a sim game on Friday in Minnesota, and barring any setbacks he’ll make his first rehab start on four days’ rest after that. Will make at least two minor league rehab starts.

    Hope KK isn’t allergic to pine…

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  96. 97 Voice of Raisins June 7, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    And here we were thinking it was toes that were not to be trifled with… Now it’s thumbs up or giving someone the finger that is all the rage…

    Oh, contraire! McOut has been scratched from tonight’s tilt because of…

    DUN, DUN, DUN!

    … a sore toe.

    😀

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  97. 98 Gil in Mechanicsville June 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Alas, we are beset with dinged up digits…

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  98. 99 Voice of Raisins June 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    dinged up digits

    😆

    Yes… appendage-itis…

    😆

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  99. 100 berigan2electricboogaloo June 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    HeyMyThumbHurts 😆

    Perhaps Lowe might want to check out the pine for a spell too! 🙄

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  100. 101 berigan2electricboogaloo June 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Prado is constantly shaking his hand, and we know he’s no baby. Conrad should be playing there for the rest of this game, and tomorrow….IMO.

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  101. 102 berigan2electricboogaloo June 8, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Arizona was desperate to give the game to the braves, but no dice….

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  102. 103 Voice of Raisins June 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Braves draft info, courtesy of Carroll Rogers of the ajc:

    What they [Braves] got with their first pick was Matt Lipka, a speedy shortstop out of McKinney (Texas) High School, a two-sport star, and someone they see as a quality person.

    Braves scouting director Tony DeMacio said the Braves graded Lipka’s speed at 80 on a scale to 80. He’s been clocked at 6.4 in the 60-yard dash. He’s a projected leadoff-type hitter, whom they see at either shortstop or perhaps center field on down the line.

    “He’s got a plus arm, he’s a plus fielder, and he’s got makeup off the chart,” DeMacio said.

    And by makeup, he means: “He’s a kid who is going to show up for you every single day,” DeMacio said. “He’s going to make everybody else better around him. He’s a winning-type guy. He’s just a great young man.”

    Baseball America ranked Lipka, who is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, the third-fastest high school player in the draft. He went 15-for-15 in stolen bases his senior year, while hitting .411 (39-for-95) with 11 doubles, eight triples and a .588 on-base percentage in 30 games. He showed that speed in high school football as well. He’s a two-time All-State wide receiver, who caught 22 touchdowns as a senior last fall and also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

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  103. 104 Voice of Raisins June 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

    OK… I have to call myself out…

    Yesterday I talked a little about Edward Salcedo, the Dominican SS we signed earlier this year who kind of tajkes the place of this year’s lost 1st round pick. In my blurb I said, “He’s finishing up in the Dominican Summer League and should be in the Braves’ minor league system in late June/early July, most likely in low-A Rome.”

    Well, he is still in the Dominican, but already in the Braves’ system on the Braves Dominican Summer League team. In 6 games so far, he is apparently “showing a little rust” by batting only .294, but has taken 8 walks in those 6 games and has 3 stolen bases. He’s someone to keep an eye on for sure…

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  104. 105 Voice of Raisins June 8, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Here’s the skinny on Salcedo:

    He is having visa issues. (Big surprise there, right?) Until those issues are cleared up, he’ll remain on the Braves Dominican Summer League team. Once he can return to the US, he’ll either be assigned to low-A Rome or high-A Myrtle Beach. He is currently ranked as the organization’s #5 prospect behind Heyward(huh?), Freddie Free, Julio Teheran (who is tearing up high-A after being promoted after just 2 starts in low-A) and Arodys Vizcaino, the real trade return from Javy Vasquez. So really, he is the #4 prospect.

    By the way, lefty Mike Dunn, the “other guy” in the Vasquez deal, is dominating in AAA. In 26.2 innings, he has an ERA of 0.67 with 36 K’s. Yowser! 😯

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  105. 106 Voice of Raisins June 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Chipper is supposed to test the finger today (there’s a phrase I never imagined saying) and will play if able, will be disabled if not.

    Guys, I hate to say this, but I think Chipper is done. I’m not even talking about injuries. He looks a step short on plays 2 steps to his right, his power has disappeared, and his bat looks like it no longer catches up to real heat. It’s very disturbing to watch.

    I hope I’m wrong…

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  106. 107 Voice of Raisins June 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Obama: MLB should consider more instant replay

    http://www.ajc.com/sports/obama-mlb-should-consider-543881.html

    Why is this even on his radar? Doesn’t he have something else to worry about?

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  107. 108 Gil in Mechanicsville June 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Don’t even get me started on what Obama’s opinion is on anything.

    I guess that’s Bush’s fault too…

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  108. 109 berigan2electricboogaloo June 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    V, I think a stint on the DL would do wonders for him…he seemed to come around with Prado and JHey on base in front of him…knowing him, and Bobby, he will keep playing hurt though…
    I sure hope Prado is off today. he’s going to overdo the hand and really injure himself.

    And does anyone know if we will actually be able to watch Strausburg tonight??? I heard Smoltz was going to call it, but I didn’t see a game on TBS today…at least when I checked last night. Not on ESPN.

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  109. 110 eprisewildcat June 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Sorry for being AWOL guys but… but, you know the deal. Life calls and that kind of stuff. Been so tired lately I’ve been unable to watch the final innings the last couple of nights. West coast baseball can be a such a pain sometimes.

    Please pray for my friend of many years Hugh and his wife Lisa. They found out yesterday that their son Branden was killed in Afghanistan. He was on patrol when their squad happened upon an IED. Their unit is part of the 82nd Airborne and was due to return home in a couple of weeks. Very tragic that we lose our sons and daughters in that hell hole. It was very hard to visit their house this afternoon but their house was filled with friends and relatives.

    Strasburg had 14 K’s in 7 innings, not bad, aye? Just what we need in our division… huh?

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  110. 111 Gil in Mechanicsville June 9, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Wildcat… tell your friends we are praying for them. It saddens me to hear when any of our brave soldiers are harmed. I also pray that he did not die in vain.

    Now baseball… Medlen gave us a scare last night. I hope BMac sees that you are supposed to block the plate when taking the throw home. Another quirk in his game that befuddles me. It was one of the first things I learned…

    Yes, most nights it is nearly 2 AM before you can get to sleep. Was worth it last night however, tight game.

    I watched Strasberg pitch a bit last night too before the start of the Braves game. Scary good this one is. Looks like Atlanta will get to see him up close and personal on the 30th of June. Nationals just got a lot better. Like I’ve said, they can generate some offense, needed pitching to hold down the other team. Looks like they are working to that end.

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  111. 112 Voice of Raisins June 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Good to see the Braves gut out that win last night. They appear to be a team on a mission. That’s the kind of team I can really get behind. And Meds is the man, ain’t he? I love to see a pitcher play hard on and off the mound. It’s why the National League will ALWAYS be better to me.

    I had some harsh things to say about Chipper yesterday, and I still stand by those comments, but I feel I should add something to it…

    Chipper has never been a “rah-rah” kind of leader. He isn’t all loud and overbearing. But he has a presence. And he does provide a certain amount of necessary leadership to what is becoming a pretty young team. And while it is tough to watch him go 1-6, and not look at all like the Chipper that should one day find a spot in the HOF, he is still a valuable member of the team.

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  112. 113 Carolina Lady June 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Oh, my friends. My family and I need your prayers. CT was done on mother yesterday. Diagnosis: cancer which has spread to her liver and bones and who knows where else. 3-6 months.

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  113. 114 berigan2electricboogaloo June 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    CL, I am so sorry to hear this! Cancer is truly a 4 letter word. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

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  114. 115 Gil in Mechanicsville June 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I am so sad for you CL…. We will be thinking of you.

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  115. 116 berigan2electricboogaloo June 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    And Wildcat, my thoughts and prayers for your friends Hugh and Lisa too.

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  116. 117 eprisewildcat June 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    CL…Praying for God’s grace and mercy for your Mom. I know you will need His strength thoughout the coming months.

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  117. 118 Voice of Raisins June 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    CL… what they have all said, I echo it. We are here for ya…

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  118. 119 Voice of Raisins June 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Anybody remember the totally forgettable season we got out of Reggie Sanders in 2000? I never imagined I’d see a worse season out of a Braves regular. McLouth is proving me wrong…

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  119. 120 Voice of Raisins June 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    The Braves hitters better get Kenshin some flippin’ runs this inning. The guy has pitched his butt off and is leaving the game after pitching 7 strong 4-hit shutout innings and the game flippin’ tied! Are they just simply unable to score when he pitches? 🙄

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  120. 121 Voice of Raisins June 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Check it… 6 innings. But still, they ought to be strung up for not getting this dude some support. 😐

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  121. 122 Voice of Raisins June 9, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    And Kenshin will not get a W out of tonight’s outstanding work. Unbelievable…

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  122. 123 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Bad at bat by Chipper… just bad…

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  123. 124 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Well… that sucks…

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  124. 125 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Nasty collision in right center. HeyHey took out McLouth like last night’s trash.

    I imagine the conversation going something like this:

    Trainer: “How many fingers am I holding up?”

    McLouth: “Phoenix.”

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  125. 126 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:29 am

    The last 3 times I have seen Moylan pitch, he has looked very average. Tonight, he gives up the tying and go ahead runs, then walks the next batter. Does he have some physical ailment? His pitches look flat…

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  126. 127 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Uh, make that the next 2 batters… 😐

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  127. 128 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Well, if ever there was a pitcher they can rough up to get those runs back, it’s Chad Qualls. Let’s hope they can take advantage of it here in the 9th.

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  128. 129 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:40 am

    And a leadoff walk is a good start.

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  129. 130 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:43 am

    And Melky, who took over for McLouth in CF, looked like him at the plate waving at a pitch that wasn’t that close for strike 3.

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  130. 131 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Esco steals 2B! There is yet hope…

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  131. 132 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Marteeen is our last hope.

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  132. 133 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 12:46 am

    @#$%^#@$^$#%^^&&%*^$#@

    😡

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  133. 134 flbravesgirl June 10, 2010 at 12:57 am

    My sentiments exactly, VOR.

    I hope Nate’s OK. That looked bad. Pretty significant difference in size between he & Jason.

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  134. 135 berigan2electricboogaloo June 10, 2010 at 2:01 am

    KK if he was on the Yankees, could have a 5.00 ERA and about 7 wins. Instead, a 4:48 ERA and 0 wins. A smart team who needed a starter, would trade for him. who needs a starter, and I guess more importantly, has the money to pay him for the year and next????

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  135. 136 Gil in Mechanicsville June 10, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I kept falling asleep during the game, managed to wake up just in time to see Moylan lose control and the “collision” take place in right center. Anyone else remember McLouth’s statement in spring training about how he hoped Jason was loud because he did not want to get run over by him in the outfield?

    Still, it was a pretty good take down.

    Question, how can the Braves look so good one night at the plate and so inept the next?

    On Stasberg and the unbelievable hype (okay, coming out of Washington it’s all unbelievable hype) here on what he means to the Washington franchise. I don’t mind the Braves having to face him as long as he also pitches against the rest of the division. Somebody has to beat the other guys along the way for your team to have a shot.

    Final thoughts… Will the Braves leave Phoenix two players short? Baseball is not supposed to be a full contact sport…

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  136. 137 berigan2electricboogaloo June 10, 2010 at 2:09 am

    V, I just checked, Moylan has pitched 5, of the last 7 days. I am sure in Bobby’s mind, he hasn’t pitched full innings some day, so he should be just swell, but you really need to rest an arm from breaking the capillaries night after night. Ice alone doesn’t do it.

    Cristhian Martinez has pitched twice in what, 14 days??? If he scares Bobby, bring someone else up, like the guy V mentioned was tearing it up in AAA (just went back up, Mike Dunn, a lefty…can’t have 3 of them?)

    And are we just going to let Resop go elsewhere without bringing him up for a start, or to relieve ??? Hope he will stay in AAA longer than his agreement of June 15th???

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  137. 138 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Can’t hang this game on the pitching. As easy as it is to blame Bobby every time the bullpen gives up a run, the fact is that the offense did NOTHING in this game. They wasted opportunity after opportunity and gave the pen exactly 1 run to work with. Which is exactly 1 run more than they gave KK. It’s inexcusable.

    Examples:

    1st inning – HeyHey walks with 1 out, Chipper grounds meekly to the stinkin’ pitcher for an easy double play. Fail!

    2nd inning – Bases loaded and 1 out. Up strolls McLouth who promptly strikes out (again) leaving KK as his own only hope to generate a run. He is paid to pitch, not to hit. Fail!

    4th inning – McLouth comes to the plate again with a runner in scoring position, this time with 2 outs. Fail!

    7th inning – Braves manage to get Yunel to 3B on a single by Omar (who batted for KK) with 2 outs. The Braves leading hitter, who showed no patience at the plate all night, can’t get the run across, leaving KK again with no chance for a W. Fail!

    8th inning – Braves get a leadoff double from their 20 year old, and actually get him home… then can’t do anything else.

    9th inning – Braves get a leadoff walk against Chad Flippin’ Qualls and his gi-normous ERA, and can’t move him to 2B. He accomplishes the feat himself with a stolen base, but it matters not as they can’t advance him any further. Fail!

    The bullpen gives up 2 runs as the result of a fly ball collision in right center. No way that should have cost the Braves this game.

    I watched this game from 1 thru 9 and squirmed the whole time. It was NOT a fun game to watch. I honestly knew when the National League’s “most patient” team watched its leadoff guy swing at the first pitch of the game and fly out weakly to LF that it was going to be one of those nights.

    It was.

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  138. 139 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 9:39 am

    There was one positive thing to come from the game last night; Bobby has already announced that he will hold Nate out of tonight’s game.

    Bobby’s patience with struggling players in legendary. I can appreciate that with young players – like when KJ started his career 0-22, or sticking with Schafer (when nobody knew he was injured). But Nate is a veteran. The only thing he should be “trying to find” is his hotel key.

    OK, you can make the argument that he is in the lineup to provide defense. I’ll buy that. I even get that. But if you just want defense, and don’t care about getting any offensive production there, go ahead and bring up Schafer and let him develop. My money says he’ll hit better than .180.

    What about Melky, you ask? Hasn’t he been hitting the ball better? Yes, he has. But with Hinske starting, you can’t rob your bench of every bat, and Melky is a switch hitter that can be pretty valuable late in the game. He is actually an ideal 4th outfielder who plays all 3 spots and hits from both sides. He isn’t an every day Major League player. Period.

    Frank has shown over the last 2 years that he isn’t shy about addressing needs. Something will break in CF pretty soon, either internally or externally, and LF will basically become a Hinske/Melky platoon. Bank on it. I see it coming…

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  139. 140 berigan2electricboogaloo June 10, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Well, I hear Andruw is available…..

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  140. 141 berigan2electricboogaloo June 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

    😛
    Seriously though…he is!
    Kidding. Who might be out there that we could afford/and or want????

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  141. 142 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Actually, I believe they want to address it internally. If Schafer was hitting anywhere above .250, he’d probably already be here. Every time he’s mentioned by Bobby or Frank, it is in a context of “getting ready”. That .212 average he’s sporting at the moment doesn’t help convince anyone he’s ready.

    No, I don’t see them going outside the organization and making a big splash. They could bring in some smaller ripple kind of guy, though. Maybe a David DeJesus from KC? Who knows…

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  142. 143 Voice of Raisins June 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Oh, and by the way…

    They have already gotten a deal done with their top pick, Matt Lipka. No use in wasting time, right? Get him signed and get him going. I like it…

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  143. 144 berigan2electricboogaloo June 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    V, glad to hear they signed him right away. Most of the picks had footage via links on MLBtraderumors, curious to see what his play looks like…

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  144. 145 Gil in Mechanicsville June 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Man, what a schitzo bullpen performance for the Braves today

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  145. 146 flbravesgirl June 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    That was exhausting to watch.

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  146. 147 eprisewildcat June 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Raisins… I think you’re right something is going to happen by the 15th. With the right moves now this team could really be good. Nice that we don’t have as big a hole to dig out of this year!

    Oh can you believe Pete Carroll didn’t know anything? Jump ship? The dude didn’t have to jump he got on his Lear jet. Unbelievable.

    Reggie Bush is “disappointed in the decision.” Hahahahaha!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  147. 148 berigan2electricboogaloo June 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Where everbody??? Gil go sailing again??? Jordan Schafer called up as Nate goes on the DL!!!

    Really, really think the braves should call up Resop for a spot start. Wouldn’t hurt anyone to just skip a start. Even while pitching a one hitter last night, apparently no scouts are bothering to cover him! Amazing, every team in baseball is overloaded with 5 strong starters! 🙄


    Anticipating Chris Resop’s Next Team
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [June 11 at 1:15pm CST]

    Chris Resop should be in the major leagues before long, it’s just a question of where. The right-hander has pitched to a 1.84 ERA in 13 Triple A starts this year, striking out more than a batter per inning, and he has a clause in his contract that forces the Braves to expose him to the 29 other clubs if he’s not on Atlanta’s 25-man roster by June 15th.

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the trade market has yet to develop for Resop, who pitched a one-hitter last night. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman agrees and notes that no MLB scouts watched Resop last night. Morosi reports that the Braves will trade Resop if they see a good offer, but they’ll promote him if they don’t see a proposal they like. Resop could replace struggling reliever Jesse Chavez in the team’s bullpen.

    It’s hard to pinpoint Resop’s value, but as Dave Cameron of FanGraphs points out, pitchers with 9.9 K/9 with ground ball rates approaching 50% open some eyes. Plus, since he doesn’t have much big league experience, Resop would be more than a rental. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Cardinals, Blue Jays, Tigers or Mets pursue the 27-year-old.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/06/anticipating-chris-resops-next-team.html

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  148. 149 eprisewildcat June 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    The Braves invent ways to screw up games. This 7th inning is a classic combination of weird events to allow the Twins to score two runs. Unbelievable!!!

    Does playing the Twins anger anyone else here? Losing a low scoring well pitched game to these guys ticks me off! Poor fielding, base running, umpiring are the usual culprits. Tonight it was unexplainable bad fielding. Totally unacceptable for a team with championship hopes. Geeeeeezzzz!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  149. 150 Gil in Mechanicsville June 12, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Hummm, seems the Bravos have finally struck a nerve with the Wildcat… Yes, what a heartbreaking way to lose a game. Just as an aside, didn’t Mike Schmidt retire mid season from the Phillies when he realize he could no longer see/react to ground balls while playing third? Prado, well, he is allowed a couple of those a year, Chipper however has already had his full quota… Let Chipper DH if Bobby thinks he is needed in the line-up and let Brooks “Dirt” Conrad play third.

    Hope Infante’ is not too banged up by that foul ball off his foot… This team is becoming digitally challenged.

    And one has to wonder who Resop peeved off not to get called up before now.

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  150. 151 berigan2electricboogaloo June 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

    We had a friend over, so I just had the tv on in the background, muted. I knew Liriano was pitching well,(But seeing “highlights” on baseball tonight, don’t know why they were swinging at balls that hit the dirt) but didn’t know about the poor defense. Twins typically play great defense. The one ball I saw Chipper hit well, Span ran down…
    I heard on Baseball Tonight a few weeks ago that they do TONS of infield practice before games. The Twins are first and foremost a fundamentally sound team.
    They try harder, since in the past, they didn’t have much of a budget to work with.
    Gil, the only reason I can figure Resop isn’t up is he walked a fair number of folks in 2008. in 18 innings, 10 walks, 5.89 ERA.
    Jesse Chavez 23 1/3 innings, 8 walks, 7.33 ERA.
    Resop sticks in my head cuz he was throwing 100 MPH and there were times he’d go 10-12 days between games, while other guys arms were about to fall off. Sorta like what happened with Cristhian Martinez after his first game here.
    Ol’ Bobby has all the patience in the world withe Frenchy’s and Andruw’s of the world swinging at strike 3 2 feet outside, night, after night, after night, after night. But, a pitcher that walks a guy??? that gets you on the list, and little chance of getting off.

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  151. 152 berigan2electricboogaloo June 12, 2010 at 11:02 am

    And the more I see Brooks play, the more I think it’s a crime no team has given him a chance to play regularly. He can just flat out hit!
    I’d love to see him resting Prado’s hand, or Chipper at third at least of the them a week. Of course, Infante is so good as well…I think Bobby will switch the DH to give guys a day off from the Field. Chipper will get one, who will get the other day?

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  152. 153 Voice of Raisins June 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Interesting turn of events as Schafer was supposed to be called up until Omar fouled the ball off his foot. Now it will be Brandon Hicks.

    And isn’t it convenient that McLouth has a head injury? Unpredictable, those things are. No telling how long it will take for him to get right. He might just have to go on an extended rehab stint until he “feels right”. Yes, Heyward continues to help this team in many different ways…

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  153. 154 Voice of Raisins June 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    2night’s lineup:

    Marteeen, 2B
    HeyHey, RF
    Grandpa Jones, 3B
    Mac, C
    Beast, DH
    Hinske, 1B
    Yunel, SS
    Melky Way, LF
    Greg White, CF
    DLucky, P

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  154. 155 eprisewildcat June 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    One word for the World Cup coverage on ABC… AWFUL!!!

    Hey… the USA just got a gift goal so we’re tied up 1-1.

    I was expecting a whole lot more. The announcers are babbling about something while the game goes on. Occasionaly they might mention the game. Of course you can’t really hear what they’re saying because there is this terrible noise in the background created by fans with plastic horns. Sounds like a cloud of angry bumble bees surrounding the on-field microphones.

    Oh well… Phillies vs. Red Sox shortly in HD.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  155. 156 Voice of Raisins June 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I actually like soccer… somewhat. I like all sports, although some alot more than others. 8 years ago, I stayed up ’til all hours of the night, while on vacation, to watch USA games. This year… well, not so much. I watched about 5 minutes of the game, and the constant drone in the background combined with the lack of real action drove me away.

    Is there a difference in the game from 8 years ago? A difference in the coverage? Me?

    Most likely me. And that’s OK. I’m ready for the 1st pitch at 7:10p. 🙂

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  156. 157 Voice of Raisins June 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    So the Big 10 now has 12 teams, and the Big 12 now has 10 teams.

    Makes perfect sense to me… 🙄

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  157. 158 eprisewildcat June 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Some ballgame we’ve got tonight! Top of the 9th with Braves on the corners with Clutch Conrad at bat.

    WOW!!! The ol’squeeze play and Blanco scores and Clutch is safe at first. Yes!!! Nice to see Bobby Cox getting high fives in the dugout.

    J-Hey is sure struggling at the plate!

    Well Raisins… we can’t have a playoff system but we can organize super conferences to rake in more money. Makes sense to me!

    GO BRAVES!!! Close this thing Wags!

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  158. 159 Voice of Raisins June 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Oh, yeah… Braves win.

    Woo hoo!!!

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  159. 160 berigan2electricboogaloo June 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Great game!!!! Bobby actually hitting and running, squeezing in the 9th, Raw Dog Conrad coming thru once again!!!
    And DLowe probably pitched the best game of the year, or at least tied for first.

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  160. 161 Voice of Raisins June 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    cat, maybe we’ll end up with four 16-team super-conferences and 4 mid-level conferences from which an eight team playoff will arise. That’s the only way to keep the regular season records still as important, with that being the basis of reaching the respective conference title games. The super-conference winners would then be matched to play the mid-level conference winners to advance to the “final four” of football, the college equivalent to the NFC/AFC title games.

    Or not… who knows?

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  161. 162 eprisewildcat June 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I watched the entire USA vs. England soccer game today and this Braves vs. Twins game and I think I’ll stick with baseball. Playing for a tie just doesn’t feel right. Let’s get the series win tomorrow.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  162. 163 Voice of Raisins June 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    And the bowls could continue, with the bowl games being the playoff games. The four 1st round games, two “final four” games and title game could rotate between the top bowls.

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  163. 164 Voice of Raisins June 12, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Playing for a tie just doesn’t feel right.

    Watching a team be satisfied with, even happy with a tie not only doesn’t feel right, it ain’t right. Bleh…

    Yes, 2 out of 3 in Minnie, at the end of a grueling road trip, and coming home with no less than the 1 1/2 game lead you left with, in the midst of the injuries we have incurred while playing 20 games straight, would be very satisfactory. Satisfactory in a victorious sort of way, not in a tie sort of way.

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  164. 165 Gil in Mechanicsville June 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    So the Big 10 now has 12 teams, and the Big 12 now has 10 teams. Makes perfect sense to me…

    NEW MATH… Why it’s important to get a college education.

    Oh Yeah, Great game tonight. Glad Bobby reads our blog and takes our advice. 🙂

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  165. 166 flbravesgirl June 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Fun game. I love pitching duels, good defense & all that good stuff. Did y’all see Bobby fist-bump Mac after the squeeze? I had to laugh.

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  166. 167 eprisewildcat June 13, 2010 at 8:21 am

    flbravesgirl… I thought chicks dig the long ball? Hahaha! Well I’m with you, because I really enjoy good old fashioned National League small ball. However, would be fine be if we club the Twins 12-0 this afternoon.

    Like you I really enjoyed the scene in the dugout after the squeeze with Bobby getting high fives and fist pumps. Very cool!

    Did y’all see the kid Daniel Nava get a grand slam in his first major league at bat for the Red Sox. Very nice it happened against the Philthies.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  167. 168 eprisewildcat June 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Nice start Braves! Now keep piling it on!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  168. 169 Voice of Raisins June 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Give Meds a nice lead early and he attack the plate and mow down an opponent. With that devastating change-up off a low-90’s fastball, combined with a “keep ’em honest” curve, he can attack the plate with ferocity. I really like him.

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  169. 170 Voice of Raisins June 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    uh, can attack…

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  170. 171 Voice of Raisins June 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    TGlaus is a BEAST!

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  171. 172 Gil in Mechanicsville June 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Very well played game by the Braves, got to love it when a plan comes together. Question, how do you send Medlen back to the pen after his performance in place of JJ?

    I think all of the Atlanta pitchers liked Target Field. So, what do we do tomorrow? I may go into withdrawal….

    Still, it was a very solid road trip for the Braves. It is not just the fact they had a winning trip but who the had to beat to do it. Splitting with the Dodgers is something no one else has done recently and taking a series from the Twins in their home park is not a feat done often either.

    Really, looked to be a team win today with everyone making some type of contribution.

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  172. 173 Voice of Raisins June 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Question, how do you send Medlen back to the pen after his performance in place of JJ?

    Answer: You don’t. Good problem to have, huh?

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  173. 174 flbravesgirl June 13, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I agree, VOR. He’s earned a spot. Did y’all see KK congratulate him in the dugout? A handshake, then a hug, then the traditional Japanese bow. 🙂

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  174. 175 flbravesgirl June 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Wildcat, my dad was watching that game yesterday (Red Sox are his other team) & saw Nava’s grand slam. He was a guy who never was drafted out of high school or college & playing in independant ball when the Sox picked him up. I imagine he was just supposed to fill out a minor league roster & never make it to the bigs. And he hits a GS on the first major league pitch he evers sees. Stuff like that is why I love this game.

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  175. 176 Voice of Raisins June 13, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Stuff like that is why I love this game.

    Me too, fbg… me too.

    Totally unique to the game we love.

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  176. 177 flbravesgirl June 14, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Just popping back in for a sec… If any of you still chat with Lew, it’s his birthday today. Unfortunately not a very happy one; it seems he broke his leg yesterday. 😦

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  177. 178 Gil in Mechanicsville June 14, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Thanks for the heads up FBG.

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  178. 179 Carolina Lady June 14, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Well, my friends, I’ve just returned from Davis Nursing Home. I was called a little after 1:00 am, made a fast dash there and was able to spend my mother’s last hour with her. She had no awareness but I hope that on some level she knew that her son, daughter and granddaughter were with her to the last. She took her last breath at 2:17. No longer in the pain that has plagued her for so many years and finally at peace.

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  179. 180 berigan2electricboogaloo June 14, 2010 at 7:19 am

    CL, I sent you an email, but also wanted to say here as well how sorry I am for your loss!

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  180. 181 Voice of Raisins June 14, 2010 at 8:51 am

    CL, I know that no words I say can bring you comfort, but The Word can, so I’ll limit my own and share His:

    2 Corinthians1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. A never ending source…

    Jeremiah 31:13b I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them joy instead of sorrow. It’s true…

    Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. He never fails there…

    Psalm 30:5b Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. This is a personal favorite of mine. There is a song built around it called “Your Love Never Fails” by Jesus Culture. If you get a chance in the next few days, look up the song on YouTube. God’s love never fails…

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  181. 182 eprisewildcat June 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss CL. God’s timing is indeed perfect. I’m certain that your Mom is dancing, singing, and worshiping around the throne. No more pain, no more infirmities, and being in the presence of the Lord, having perfect peace. Oh what a day for her! Praying for strength for you as you deal with the arrangements. Take care!

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  182. 183 Gil in Mechanicsville June 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

    CL, I am sad for your loss but rejoice in the fact your mother has gone home to the Lord. For all of us there is a time. You and your family are in Josie and my prayers.

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  183. 184 Voice of Raisins June 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    From MLBTR:

    A source tells NBCSports.com’s Craig Calcattera that the Astros and Rangers are “getting close” to having a Roy Oswalt deal in place. It’s not clear who Houston would receive in the deal, but the package of players is more or less agreed too.

    However, Texas’ financial situation is the sticking point, as the Rangers are trying to convince MLB to allow them to take on the roughly $27MM left on Oswalt’s deal.

    This is significant because the Mutts have expressed interest and Oswalt has stated he’d waive his NTC to go to NYM. I think the AL West would be perfect for him. Perfect.

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  184. 186 Voice of Raisins June 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Good morning! Happy Chris Resop Day!

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  185. 187 berigan2electricboogaloo June 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Just heard on the News, Chipper is meeting with management, and my be retiring!!!! 😯

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  186. 188 berigan2electricboogaloo June 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm
  187. 189 Voice of Raisins June 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    😯

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  188. 190 Voice of Raisins June 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Add this little jewel from Mr. O’Brien

    I haven’t confirmed this, but heard from two different people this morning that Larry Wayne Jones is set to announce he’s retiring at the end of the season, and Infante might step in as the regular 3B the rest of the season with Chipper in a reduced role. Again, haven’t confirmed this, but two people told me it’s going to happen.

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  189. 191 Voice of Raisins June 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Oh, and lost inthe shuffle, courtesy of Carroll Rogers at the ajc:

    The Braves have recalled right-hander Chris Resop from Triple-A Gwinnett, facing a Tuesday deadline to either put him on the major league roster, trade him or allow other teams a 72-hour window to sign him.

    Resop’s agent B.B. Abbott said Resop was notified on Tuesday morning and will be in uniform with the Braves for their opener against the Rays Tuesday night.

    The Braves have not announced an impending move, but it will likely be either Craig Kimbrel or Jesse Chavez going down to Gwinnett.

    No surprise. And as much as Chavez has sucked, Kimbrel needs regular work to continue his development. Then again maybe his load increases if Chavez goes. We’ll see, I suppose…

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  190. 192 Voice of Raisins June 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    And the mid-summer trade season is officially open. The A’s just picked up Conor Jackson. In light of the Chipper revelation, Jackson might have looked good in LF for us, freeing Hinske to slide in at 3B.

    Even though we all had a sense that this Chipper thing was a possibility, it’s reality surely changes things as far as the Braves trade mentality here just 3 weeks away from the ASB…

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  191. 193 Voice of Raisins June 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Hmmm, apparently Chipper is choosing to end the circus atmosphere before it begins. The clamps have officially been put on:

    http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2010/06/15/jones-to-announce-hes-likely-leaning-to-retirement-after-2010/

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  192. 194 Voice of Raisins June 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Here’s an tidbit from Bowman that was tucked away at the bottom of his Chipper blog:

    To compensate for the lack of outfielders in Gwinnett, the Braves have signed Josh Anderson to a Minor League deal. Anderson hit .294 with three homers in the 40 games he played for Atlanta in 2008. The speedy outfielder has spent the past two years within the Tigers and Royals organizations.

    Well now. Isn’t THAT interesting…

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  193. 195 Voice of Raisins June 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    And the winner of an all expense paid trip to sunny Lawrenceville, GA and the thrill of AAA baseball is…

    Jesse Chavez!!! Let’s hear it for all our contestants. 😀

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  194. 196 Gil in Mechanicsville June 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Good news bad news I think, good news, he does not have to move, bad news, less meal money…

    I still think someone in Atlanta did not plan things out very well when the decided not to extend the rail system to the park and did not really plan for the vehicular traffic during games.

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  195. 197 Voice of Raisins June 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I still think someone in Atlanta did not plan things out very well

    Understatement of the century. The city leaders have long been shortsighted in EVERY thing that they do. They are far more interested in pandering to the voting masses than actual progress. It’s one reason that the city is a haven for every public assistance program in existence. It’s a minor miracle that the stadium itself remains in the city proper. It rightfully should have been moved northward years ago, and probably would have had the Olympics not essentially given them a free ballpark.

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  196. 198 berigan2electricboogaloo June 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    bet the game will be rained out…call it a hunch!

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  197. 200 berigan2electricboogaloo June 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Just as I said, the game will be played after a 2+ hour delay! 😉
    Vote for me, I will lie right to your face, then say what you want me to say! 🙂

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  198. 201 berigan2electricboogaloo June 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Bases loaded, no one out. Braves behind 5-1 in the 2nd. Kawakami bats Joe says, cuz the bench is short with Infante banged up. Of course we can’t send Cristhian Martinez across town for 2 days, and bring up say a backup catcher so David Ross could pinch hit against 9 game winner David Price…you need 37 pitchers…just in case. 🙄
    And why is Blanco in instead of Henske??? They both bat left handed.

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  199. 202 berigan2electricboogaloo June 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Well…Resop sucks…he’s only throwing 91, and no movement..

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  200. 203 Gil in Mechanicsville June 16, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I tried to stay awake for this one but I got off the left coast schedule last week. Maybe the Rays hit themselves out tonight and will be arm weary against Tommy tomorrow…

    Reading the box scores, looks like Resop did not have a very triumphant return either. A lot different facing minor league hitters than facing the Rays. Did not exactly boost his value. I suspect it would cost the Braves dearly to get another team to take KK and Resop off their hands.

    hey, got to give credit where its due however to the Rays, that is a pretty nice club they’ve got over there. I saw quite a bit of their AAA club, Durham, when the Braves were in Richmond. They have a deep farm system.

    And at what point does everyone figure it might be Lou Pinnella that’s was the problem? Looks like the Rays got a lot better after he left for Chicago. Cubbies have not looked so hot even with a very large payroll…

    Soooooo…. Does KK get the opportunity to set the bar really high by going 0-10 or does Bobby do everyone a favor and keep Meds in the rotation when JJ comes back?

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  201. 204 Gil in Mechanicsville June 16, 2010 at 3:34 am

    And Ber, 91 is not so bad, it’s the no movement that is the killer. Throwing flat pitches 91 does help get them out of the park quicker though.

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  202. 205 Voice of Raisins June 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    OK… since there is little talk going on here, I am going to stir the pot in a big way. (Please note that I neither advocate nor dismiss any of the following ideas. I am only tossing them out for general discussion.)

    #1. It is readily apparent that Chipper’s immense talents have eroded, and that he is no longer the middle of the order big bat that a championship caliber team has to have. So, given that, do you trade for an established young ML 3B (such as Milwaukee’s Casey McGehee), or do you trade for a bona fide AAA 3B prospect (such as Milwaukee’s Mat Gamel)?

    #2. Do you start Eric Hinske taking grounders at 3B, where he has played most of his career, and search for that ever elusive everyday LF?

    #3. Would you go for a mid-level kind of deal, like for Andy LaRoche? He will lose his starting job this week to Pitt’s latest up-and-coming prospect. He’d cost something, but not as much as McGehee or Gamel.

    #4. What about KJ redo? All indications are that Ari will try to trade him while his value is high, and he is certainly having the kind of season that would help the Braves immensely. You could put him back at 2B, move Prado to 3B, and bat them 1-2 with JHey sliding down to 3. With Mac and Beast at 4-5, you’d have a heckuva top/middle of the lineup. And with Hinske/Melky at 6 and Yunel at 7, you’re as good as anybody 1-7. (CF is another question for another post.)

    #5. And if you decide to make any kind of trade, who do you dangle as trade bait? (Here’s where the slings and arrows will begin to fly my direction…) Since you have 6 starters once JJ returns, do you use one of those guys? Let’s explore that, shall we? First, the contracts of both DLowe and KK make them untradeable. Huddy is the staff ace, and will likely finish his career here. THanson is the present and future of the staff. Meds is a young’un, with little payroll effect and a ton of potential. Who did I leave out… uh, JJ? Yep, JJ. Close to Cy Young last year, mostly hurt this year. He still has a manageable contract, but not for much longer. And he is represented by one Scott Boras. Wonder what he would fetch at the trade deadline if he has a couple of good starts between now and then to prove his health? Probably the needed bat plus a prospect… just sayin’.

    Here’s the thing – if you want to win this year, in Bobby’s (and likely Chipper’s) last season, you have to make bold moves to get the final pieces to the puzzle. This team is incomplete. Frank can either be a risk taker, a caretaker or an undertaker. I don’t want to finish 2nd or 3rd again this year. I want to send Bobby and Chipper out on top.

    What say you?

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  203. 206 Gil in Mechanicsville June 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I think Chipper showed last night what a rested and healthy Chipper Jones is capable of.

    As for who/what you trade for (third base, outfielder) depends on who and what is available. While I liked KJ, I’m not sure Atlanta is a good fit for him. I know Bobby liked him but he has been soooo streaky.

    To be honest, I think a week off would do Jason Heyward a world of good. Problem, too many outfielders hurt right now so no one else to take his spot. If McLouth was hitting anywhere near his potential, J-Hey could have a few well needed days off.

    I doubt the Braves will trade anyone right now. The guys who have value are contributing to the Braves, those who are not, no one else wants either.

    Answer, If you want quality, you have to give quality. Either in players or money. Glaus was a freak of nature. Braves got lucky…

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  204. 207 Gil in Mechanicsville June 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    So, if you want a quality bat, are you willing to give up a guy like Venters? Do you trade Medlen and move Venters into his spot?

    Is there something physically wrong with Moylan to case him to be off right now or just glitch?

    Takes a full quiver to last 162 games. Once in the playoff, you just need to be able to stand the cold…

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  205. 208 Voice of Raisins June 16, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Gil, I asked the same question about Moylan a week or so ago. For my money, he’s hurt. It sure looks like it.

    I would not trade Venters for anything. I think he could be another Billy Wagner. I know Kimbrel is supposed to be the “closer in waiting”, but Venters has nasty stuff… nasty…

    Venters/Kimbrel in the 8th and 9th? Lefty/righty nasty boys. Me likey…

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  206. 209 Voice of Raisins June 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    And this interesting note form Carroll Rogers:

    Braves second round pick Todd Cunningham, the 53rd pick out of Jacksonville State, has signed and is expected to report to Class A Rome on Thursday to begin his conversion from outfield to third base.

    Interesting indeed…

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  207. 210 Gil in Mechanicsville June 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Chipper finding his stroke again, Chipper’s dad is in town… Coincidence?

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  208. 211 Voice of Raisins June 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Uh, methinks the answer to be: NO.

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  209. 212 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Really well pitched game by Tommy Hanson tonight. Even Peter Moylan looked sharp, well, for the two right handed batters anyway. Venters continues to impress.

    Man, I really like what Eric Hinski has brought to the Braves this year. The guy really knows how to play the game. I love it when you get a bunch of blue collar guys toiling away on your team. Just win baby….

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  210. 213 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

    For my money, which it obviously isn’t, I’d love to see both Hinske and Glaus back in a Braves uni next season. Hinsle is most likely a better than even bet to be back. Glaus? He has had a career resurgence already. Barring major injury, the dude has earned himself a nice fat multi-year deal at about 10 times what he’s making this season to play 1B somewhere else… maybe Boston, who knows?

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  211. 214 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Soooo… Exactly when did Resop strain his oblique? Warming up, getting off the bus from Gwennett? Another dude trying to play thru it, afraid to tell anybody he was dinged up…

    Yep, Troy probably headed back to the left coast.

    Braves may have a lot of holes to fill next season but guys, I think I will wait until next season to worry about them. The future is now, looks like things are shaking out just about like everyone expected. I am not too worried about the Mets, they still have some tough road trips ahead of them. The Phillies may have figured a new way to steal signs…. We will see (pun intended)…

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  212. 215 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2010 at 10:41 am

    How many phone calls do you think Wren has received inquiring as to the availability of Venters? It would take a very big bat to pry away that kid….. And not just a rental….

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  213. 216 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

    And (sorry Ber) does anyone miss McOut? Pretty seamless if you ask me the transition to Blanco. At least you are not thinking he is an automatic out. The kid has a clue, choking up on the bat, using speed to get on base, hitting the ball the other way… Hope Nate is paying attention….

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  214. 217 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    And (sorry Ber) does anyone miss McOut?

    Who? 😉

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  215. 218 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Mr. O’Brien’s twitter:

    Braves and Chipper are planning a press conference, either before tonight’s game or this weekend.

    Interesting…

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  216. 219 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    And another:

    Chipper press conference could be happening soon. All Braves brass is in dugout area.

    That one was from about a 30 minutes ago…

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  217. 220 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    … and Conrad is penciled in as tonight’s starter at 3b…

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  218. 221 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    2night’s lineup:

    1. Marteeen, 2B
    2. Brooks Conrad, 3B (love the full name)
    3. HeyHey, RF
    4. Mac, C
    5. Beast, 1B
    6. Hinskinator, LF
    7. Yuney, SS
    8. MelkMan, CF
    9. Huddy, P

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  219. 222 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Latest DOB twitter:

    Chipper announcement at 6 p.m.

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  220. 223 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    According to 680theFan, on the Braves pre-game show, it isn’t a “press conference” per se. Chipper is simply going to address the media after a couple of days of saying nothing.

    I have to bolt outta here in just a minute. I’m hoping to post something of substance before I do…

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  221. 224 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I got nuthin’. Gotta jet. Somebody else will have to pick up the baton.

    Maybe news, maybe not.

    Later, taters…

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  222. 225 berigan2electricboogaloo June 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    You know…I was going to comment on a lot of things yesterday, but didn’t really have the time…now I am further behind! I’ll never get caught up! 😥
    😉
    Oh well…
    Gil, I took one look at Resop and thought, well, he’s clearly a guy getting by on pure luck in AAA, and understood why no one was interested. I wish we had heard what his fastball was in AAA. He looked sub par, that’s for sure.

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  223. 226 berigan2electricboogaloo June 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    David Ortiz is on pace for 35 HR’s and 111 RBI’s. He’s supposedly 34. I have heard over and over that if they re-sign him it won’t be for the 13 Mil he’s making this year.
    Glaus will be 34 next year, and all these experts seem to think you are not worth even a 2 year contract at that age. Pitchers seem to have a better chance than hitters of getting a multi year contract.
    So, there might be an advantage for the braves offer say a 2 year, 20 Mil contract???
    Can Freddie play left??? He’s like an athlete and stuff, right? 😛

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  224. 227 berigan2electricboogaloo June 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Well, seems a mountain was made of a molehill….
    “What started out as a conversation about my future with the Atlanta Braves that should have been kept quiet, apparently leaked out. That’s unfortunate, for the circus that has ensued since then. So I apologize for that.

    “I think it’s best that we concentrate on what we need to concentrate on, and that is the fact that this team is in first place, that we are trying to get into the playoffs. Any more talk of the ‘R’ word – retirement — will be reserved until the end of the season. Let’s let Bobby have his just due, let him get the attention that he deserves.

    “Honestly, I have not made a decision either way. Let’s face it, we all know sort of which way I’m leaning, but I think it’s best that we put this all behind us. Somehow the cork got taken out. Well I’m putting it back in right now. So I’m not … I don’t want to hear any more talk about retirement until the end of the season. Once I get a chance to speak at length with my support group at the end of the season, then I’ll make a decision, and I’m sure you guys will be the first to know. You guys will probably know before I do.”

    http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2010/06/17/chipper-jones-statement-about-retirement-rumors/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_braves_blog

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  225. 228 Voice of Raisins June 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I would be willing to bet my last nickel that Chipper was (and is) planning on retiring at season’s end, and planned to meet with the brass to let ’em know because it has a direct effect on how they may approach this year’s trade deadline. Also, he had no desire for that to become public. Then it did, and now he’s in full retreat so as not to take away from Bobby’s last year and the team’s pursuit of the playoffs.

    I just believe it. The mountain is still there, and the molehill is just a facade. At least that’s how I see it.

    I could be wrong…

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  226. 229 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Gotta luv Brooksie, kid knows how to bunt…

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  227. 230 berigan2electricboogaloo June 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Wow, 2 of 3 from the Twins, that are an excellent team…and play well at home, and during interleague play. Then 2 of 3 from the Rays who, it could be argued are the best overall team in baseball. Not too shabby! 🙂

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  228. 231 eprisewildcat June 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    HOW SWEET IT IS!!!

    Nice win by our Braves. Kind of like the ol’days winning series against all comers. Really like the combo of strong starting pitching, timely hitting, good fielding, and lights out relief pitching. My kind of baseball!

    Just think we get T.Saito back sometime this weekend. Matt Diaz is getting clearance to start swing the bat and Infante should be available soon.

    Still some questions. What to do with centerfield? Does F.Wren trade some of our depth in pitching for help in the outfield? What can we expect from Chipper in his possible last season? What to do with KK? What’s up with the Amazins and the Philthies?

    This should be fun!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  229. 232 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    So, Mets win seven in a row and manage to pick up 1 game on the Braves. Phillies still 4 back. Mets will fade a bit when they start facing tougher opponents. Got to love a race though. What makes it interesting.

    So, who will the Marlins put up on the block that can help the Braves? Cantu?

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  230. 233 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Would rather make a deal with the Rays for one of their young outfielders.

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  231. 234 Gil in Mechanicsville June 18, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Good morning all, another day, another series. Like Bobby says, they are all important.

    Biggest question, will KK go 0-10 this weekend or finally turn it around? At some point you have to say no mas….

    The guys on the MLB network say he is the best 0-9 pitcher they have ever seen. Maybe it’s because no one else is allowed to get to 0-9… Still, JJ should be back soon. Will he be the same guy we liked last year or will their be the drop off we noticed this spring? He was not all that sharp in his first rehab.

    And wither Chipper? Braves seem to have been able to move on with him out of the line-up. Why on the bench? Still dinged?

    Dirt found a way to contribute last night even if it was only a bunt. Melky should be getting lessons from him. Conrad sure knows how to lay one down.

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  232. 235 Voice of Raisins June 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I absolutely love the way the Braves are paling the game right now. Are they maddening on some nights? Well, I suppose that depends on your perspective. No team can win every night, so why get too upset when they have “one of those nights”? They are a fun team to watch on most nights.

    cat, I wholeheartedly expect Frank to address the CF issue in some manner. It’s not his track record to sit by and idly watch when there is a glaring deficiency. Yep, the question is most likely what rather than will. And that is a really good question.

    Who is available, and what price is Frank willing to pay?

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  233. 236 Voice of Raisins June 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    “Paling” the game? My fingers have ADD. Uh, “playing” the game is really what my brain tried to communicate. Apparently my fingers have a mind of their own…

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  234. 237 Voice of Raisins June 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    And did anyone notice that the US soccer team played to another rousing tie? Yeah, me neither.

    Meh…

    I have a hard time being excited about a tie. I have a hard time being excited about a sport that celebrates a tie. Seems wholly unnatural. And wuss-ish.

    If they want to make the sport a little more exciting, here are a couple of suggestions:

    1) Make the field smaller, and take some of the players off the field. Good Lord, watching two teams scramble a mush of players together over the midfield without a sniff of the goal for most of 90 minutes is mind-numbing.

    2) Pad ’em up and let ’em get more physical. I might watch the games a little more if they had a lacrosse attitude.

    3) Do away with ties altogether. I say take half the players off and go into sudden death.

    4) For all that’s good and holy, count the stupid clock down instead of up! Who came up with that stupid idea, anyway? And when you figure in “injury time”, who has a clue when the game is going to end? Maybe it’s 90 minutes, maybe not. “We’ll just keep going for a little while longer…” I’ll tell ya, 90 minutes is about as long as I could take anyway. Injury time might be redefined as the time it takes the ref to get up if he doesn’t blow the stinkin’ whistle after a seemingly forever 90 minutes!

    5) Set the ball on fire. Now there’s some excitement! I’d watch that… even for 90 minutes.

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  235. 238 berigan2electricboogaloo June 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    V, as Americans, we just know that soccer isn’t exciting…no matter how much it’s hyped up, home much the rest of the world loves it…Soccer can’t replace or compete with Baseball, Football, etc…even sports I never watch, like Basketball and Hockey…I would watch anyday over soccer. I’ve tried…but geez…If folks in Europe could watch baseball on TV and in person, and someone explained the rules…if they saw home runs…surely they would realize soccer was a waste of time and energy. Surely! 😛

    Set the ball on fire. Now there’s some excitement! I’d watch that… even for 90 minutes.
    Deep at heart, you really are a sadist, aren’t ya??? 😉

    It would be more exciting though…

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  236. 239 Gil in Mechanicsville June 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Set the ball on fire…. Would become dodge ball then for sure…

    One thing for sure, we all now know what it would be like if they did not ban those idiotic horns at baseball stadiums… Could be cause for a killing… As in, well, can’t say he didn’t have it coming

    Hey, I thought soccer was pretty exciting when my kids played, like women’s basketball…

    Actually, kids soccer is more exciting than the pros, heck of a lot more scoring.

    Now baseball…. I noticed that Anthony Larue was pitching for the Royals. Uh, anybody else Dayton Moore wants from his days as assistant GM? Kelly Johnson? Actually, the Royals was a great franchise before they went corporate after their owner died…

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  237. 240 Voice of Raisins June 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Jon Heyman of SI:

    Bobby Cox has said he will step down after the season, whether he wants to or not. If the Marlins’ Fredi Gonzalez, a Cox disciple doing excellent work in Florida, is available, he has to be the choice.

    Thank you, Capt. Obvious…

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  238. 241 Gil in Mechanicsville June 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    So… Do the Marlins hold the Braves hostage over Freddie? Demand a player in return? It could happen.

    Otherwise, bring up Wellman… Could add some real excitement to the mix…

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  239. 242 Voice of Raisins June 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Heyman mentions elsewhere in his blurb that Gonzalez doesn’t seem to be as appreciated as he should be by owner Jeffrey Loria, who seems to think he has a championship-caliber roster.

    I’d love to see the idiot can Fredi. He’s my #1 choice to replace Bobby. (#1A is Eddie Perez.)

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  240. 243 Gil in Mechanicsville June 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Jeffrey Loria is and always has been and idiot… 🙂

    The real question is going to be how much control Frank Wren is going to want to maintain over the day to day running of the team. Always tricky when you put two alpha males in the same space. Frank is going to want to exert himself more with a less senior guy in the mix. Just saying….

    Jim Riggleman has done a nice job with the Nationals since taking over but to be fair to Acta, he has better players. Nats are still trying to recover from being gutted by the league when they had control and from Omar Minaya’s stint as GM while they were still the Expos.

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  241. 244 eprisewildcat June 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Back in the day, before I joined the Army in 1976, I was living in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. I went to a lot of Texas Rangers games. The Rangers were fairly competitive in the AL West but the Kansas City Royals were the real deal. Otis, Patek, Brett, Mayberry, McRae, F.White, man they had some players. The Royals road uniforms bring back lots of memories. Of course they were more powder blue and were the old pull over type.

    Nice game so far Bravos! Will be glad to see that final out. There is just something about the Royals, ya know?

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  242. 245 eprisewildcat June 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Another win by our Braves! Of course it looks like the Amazins are also going to win. Oh well… I always enjoy it more when they fold down the stretch.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  243. 246 berigan2electricboogaloo June 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Wildcat, don’t forgot Willie Mays Aikins, the slowest man ever! And Willie Wilson, one of the fastest! I liked those teams a lot, rooted for them against the Yankees most years…
    How can KC have the highest batting average for a team, and I think I heard the most come from behind wins in the AL, and still be 9 games under .500

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  244. 247 berigan2electricboogaloo June 18, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    you don’t ever forgot them! 🙄

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  245. 248 Gil in Mechanicsville June 19, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Nice win by the Bravos, Ber, to answer your question, poor pitching and leaving a ton of guys on base, sound familiar?

    I watched the conclusion of the Yankees/Mets game last night, Mets will lose again, sometime. Playing pretty inspired ball right now. Going to be a barn burner to the end. Love it…

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  246. 249 berigan2electricboogaloo June 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Has anyone read about Medlen moving to the left side of the rubber???? He sure looks great out there! I just don’t recall him being so far towards the left.

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  247. 250 Voice of Raisins June 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Meds is pitching great. I really, really like this kid and hope he sticks in the rotation.

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  248. 251 Gil in Mechanicsville June 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Didn’t notice, will watch for it next time. I know D Lowe has adopted him. Seems to be paying off.

    Great game by the Braves tonight against a tough ball club. KC is going to be a lot better in a few years, heck, they are a lot better now than their record indicates.

    And yeah, Frank Wren has to be one of the smartest guys in baseball in signing Troy Glaus and Billy Wagner to play on this years team.

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  249. 252 Carolina Lady June 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Baseball is everywhere. Mother LOVED the Braves! Her final resting place is in a beautiful light cream-colored, polished-granite mausoleum that has plenty of glass and is light and pleasant feeling. The central part of the mausoleum is plenty large enough to hold probably 100 people in 10 long pews. That’s where we had her service. Afterward, I was just looking around at the names on the plaques on the walls and something way up high caught my eye. It was an old Pittsburgh Pirates cap hanging from the cone-shaped brass flower holder that is beside each nameplate. None other than Pops himself: Willie Stargell. Mom would be tickled pink!

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  250. 253 Carolina Lady June 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    You might say that Willie went out on top. 😆

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  251. 254 Gil in Mechanicsville June 20, 2010 at 5:47 am

    CL, 🙂

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  252. 255 eprisewildcat June 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Great to hear from ya CL!

    Just a quick look on line finds: After years of suffering from a kidney disorder, Willie Stargell died of complications related to a stroke in Wilmington, North Carolina, on April 09, 2001; on that same day (coincidentally, the first game at the Pirates’ new stadium, PNC Park), a larger-than-life statue of him was unveiled as part of the opening-day ceremonies.

    State senators in Louisiana have designated Sunday as a day of prayer aimed at seeking an end to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. Probably the best idea that the senators in Louisiana have ever come up with!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  253. 256 Gil in Mechanicsville June 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

    State senators in Louisiana have designated Sunday as a day of prayer aimed at seeking an end to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

    I wonder what percentage of the collection plate they charged for that?

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  254. 257 Voice of Raisins June 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Sweep.

    Sweet.

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  255. 258 eprisewildcat June 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    KK pitching so poorly today should make the decision of who to send to the bullpen much easier. I hate to see KK pitch so badly today but C.Medlin has really earned a starting role.

    I love the resiliency of the Braves. Not a collection of individuals but really playing like a team. Prado and Glaus may be the stars to this point but in my mind Eric Hinske and Billy Wagner make this group extremely tough. I might add that David Ross is also a very valuable teammate and his contribution should not be overlooked. Lots of fun rooting for this team!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  256. 259 Gil in Mechanicsville June 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Great game today again by the Braves. For Kershin, not so much… He can’t complain about lack of run support when you are handed a 4 run lead in the first inning. Just no life on his pitches, everything he threw up there was getting hammered. He was fortunate that some of those batted balls were at people.

    Henski is the man… Great resurgence by Chipper too. Okay, so he won’t hit 30 homeruns this year but as long as he is driving in runs in clutch situations I’m okay with that.

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  257. 260 berigan2electricboogaloo June 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    CL, what a wonderful resting place for you Mom!
    You know, Willie Stargell is the one that told Chipper to hit with that heavy bat…wonder how different Chipper’s career would have been without that tip?

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  258. 261 berigan2electricboogaloo June 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Did you all notice that ol’ Chipper seemed to actually be smiling, enjoying himself out there??? 8 for 17, in his last 5 games, with a .545 OBP, plus winning, will do that for a fella. Perhaps his Dad reminded him that it’s still just a game, and to have fun…

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  259. 262 Gil in Mechanicsville June 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Well, Chipper has discovered that the “long” swing was his undoing… Should he let McLouth know the secret? Long swing equals occasional homerun when the pitcher hits your bat at precisely the right speed but many outs. Short compact swing allows hitter to adjust to pitcher and equals fewer homeruns but much higher batting average. DUH….. Chicks may dig the long ball but they abhor strikeout artist… or in Scot Thorman’s case, big “whooshers”

    Well, it’s Monday and no ballgame tonight, it’s too hot to really get much done. I took the John Deere to the shop to let them figure out why the electric PTO stopped working again. Mower runs fine but, well, you know….

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  260. 263 Voice of Raisins June 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Should he let McLouth know the secret?

    Who?

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  261. 264 Voice of Raisins June 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Interesting article entitled “What the Braves Should Do”:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/what-the-atlanta-braves-should-do/

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  262. 265 Voice of Raisins June 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Braves Sign Fifth-Round Pick Phil Gosselin

    Nice piece about this Gosselin kid. And now only 1 of their top 10 picks is still unsigned? Nice…

    http://www.talkingchop.com/2010/6/22/1530217/braves-sign-fifth-round-pick-phil

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  263. 266 Voice of Raisins June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Woops! I didn’t mean to make that ALL bold. Oh well…

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  264. 267 Voice of Raisins June 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Saito activated; Kimbrel returned to Gwinnett.

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  265. 268 Gil in Mechanicsville June 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I think that Kimbrel kid will be alright when he stops giving hitters so much credit and realizes he has the stuff to blow by hitters. Don’t we see that happen so often with young pitchers?

    Now, a guy who can only heave it up there at about 88 might have reason to want to move his pitches around but when you are hurling it at 97 mph with movement, you really do need to do a lot of other stuff. Maybe an occasional slider but not a lot of other stuff needs to be done.

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  266. 269 Gil in Mechanicsville June 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I’m actually looking forward to the match ups with the White Sox. Think we might see Andruw?

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  267. 270 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Then again, maybe not…

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  268. 271 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Last night was just one of those games for the Braves, certainly there were some hard hit balls off of Hanson who clearly did not have his good stuff but a lot of freaky and fluky plays too. Lots of seeing eye hits for the Sox. Okay, let’s get em tonight and try to hold them under five runs…

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  269. 272 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Those games happen, don’t they Gil? You certainly can’t win ’em all, so you put it behind you and get ready for the next one. We send Huddy to the mound. I like our chances.

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  270. 273 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Just one observation from last night’s game…

    Boby is absolutely married to the idea of a Hinske/righty platoon in LF. OK, I won’t argue with a manager who has won 2100 games in my city. Hinske’s numbers look great this season, due in part to the fact that Bobby has done what he always does: he puts players in a position to succeed.

    That said, a Hinske/Omar platoon is not the answer. Omar is best used as the super-sub. Not a platoon guy. For one thing, he doesn’t have the power you want from a corner OF. I like Hinske/Melky better, but to be honest, I don’t want Nate back out in CF until he finds himself. An extended rehab assignment to get over any “post-concussion” symptoms is perfect. (His “concussion” could not have come at a better time. Well, it could have come earlier, but I digress…)

    So, given that Melky has begun to show a pulse, and plays a good defensive CF, should Frank concentrate his mid-season move(s) on a right-handed hitting compliment to Hinske? Should he focus on a full time LF? Should he focus elsewhere?

    What say ye?

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  271. 274 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 9:51 am

    uh, Boby? 😆

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  272. 275 berigan2electricboogaloo June 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Boby is what his close friends call him! 😉
    I missed the game last night(as usually happens on Tuesday) How come Hanson was out there for 13 hits and 9 runs???

    And how come Fredi Gonzalez was fired so early? Can we hire him now as the future Bravos manager????
    Perhaps Jeffrey Loria isn’t really an idiot, and is really a Braves fan! Nope, he’s and idiot, who doesn’t realize they have a bad bullpen, and that you don’t fire managers after a win. But thanks anyway, you rich maroon! 😛
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5318111

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  273. 276 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Unbelievable that Fredi was fired. Braves seriously need to figure how to get their hands on him NOW.

    How come Hanson was out there for 13 hits and 9 runs???

    ’cause he got knocked around early, and Bobby didn’t want to burn his whole bullpen on a game that slipped away early. Every team is guaranteed to win at least 60 games and to lose at least 60 games. Might as well not use up resources in one of those 60 losses.

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  274. 277 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    And this from Mr. O’Brien, via Twitter: To reiterate my oft-expressed view, if Fredi Gonzalez is available, he immediately moves to top of the list of potential Cox replacements.

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  275. 278 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Note to Frank: Hire Freddie, make him a special assistant to the GM for now and announce his promotion the day after Bobby retires…. And do it quick before someone else hires him…

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  276. 279 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    And that giant whooshing sound you hear is the Marlins sliding into oblivion…

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  277. 280 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Raisins, Omar is subbing.. He’s subbing for Diaz…

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  278. 281 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    And please My Loria… Hire Valentin as your coach, you deserve each other…

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  279. 282 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Tru dat, Gil. Tru dat. It will be nice to get MattyD back.

    So, what do you do? Try to upgrade CF and make Melky the 4th OF? Or do you just stand pat and go into the 2nd half with essentially the same team that has the most wins in the NL, plus JJ and MattyD returning from injury?

    Here’s a crazy thought…

    Would you look for someone dumping their closer, knowing that you will be without one following this season? Somebody like Matt Capps – although not necessarily Matt Capps because he is in your division, and Washington would ask alot in return? I know the ‘pen has been a strength, but can you imagine if we took on a closer for the 8th inning role the rest of this year, to go along with Wags, Saito, Moylan, Venters and O’Flaherty? Plus maybe KK as long man? Then you could rid yourself of both Chavez and Martinez. Just sayin’.

    I don’t know what the focus should be. That’s a good thing, I think…

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  280. 283 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Raisins, you can never have too much power in the outfield.. Much like speed and pitching… Now, the questions is who , where and when for how much? Since I don’t do the fantasy thingee, I really don’t know who is availible for how long or how much. Maybe the Braves would be just as well off trading for a young guy who is stuck in AA or AAA although the likelihood of a team parting with a young stud is minimal. More likely they would trade a Granderson or similar player.

    Washinton has Josh Willingham (again in our division) who would fill the bill quite nicely. I they they would part with him pretty quickly for some young pitching prospects.

    Most of the older guys are looking for big money for a diminished skill set. Still, if you want a kid who can bookend Heyward, the Braves might just as well put a glove on his roommate and trot him out to left field.

    Now Nate…. Tsk, Tsk… What are we to do with our wayward centerfielder? I still think a shock collar might be the best answer. That long swing of his is not working at the Ted… Not working anywhere else either come to think of it. Honestly, I think I would just a soon have Blanco filling his roster spot.

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  281. 284 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    It looks like most of the “available” outfield bats are of the lefty variety. Not many righties that I can see. Luke Scott, David DeJesus, Jack Cust…

    Now the one righty bat that comes to mind is Corey Hart, who is having a pretty darn good season. And he’s under team control until after the 2011 season. The thing there is, you’d be buying high. Yep, he’s having a career 1st half, and the Brewers have needs. They need pitching. But can you imagine putting Corey Hart and his 18 HR’s in LF to bat 5th behind Glaus? Or to bat 3rd behind HeyHey? Whew…

    He’d cost you some arms, though. But if the Braves are serious about a World Series appearance in 2010, that’s the kind of move you have to make.

    Think about it:

    Marteeen, 2B (R)
    HeyHey, RF (L)
    Hart, LF (R)
    Mac, C (L)
    Beast, 1B (R)
    Chipper, 3B (S)
    Yunel, SS (R)
    Melky, CF (S)

    And you still have Hinske and Omar on the bench! And Conrad; can’t forget my man Brooks Conrad!

    Pretty dang good lineup. And not really far fetched.

    But it’ll cost you some arms…

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  282. 285 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    And this is what happens if you dare to disagree with the Pretender-In-Chief:

    http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/mcchrystal-out-petraeus-picked-555412.html

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  283. 286 berigan2electricboogaloo June 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    V, I think just like last year, we are going to find it very tough to find a right handed power bat, just like it was last year. We could have gotten Corey cheep last year, and I think we all were glad we didn’t…oh well.
    You had mentioned giving up Jair perhaps for a power bat. Would you trade him for Corey???
    Myself, I think it would make more sense to trade Hudson, who makes much more than Jair, and is going to be 35 in a few weeks. Selling high with him as well. Jair is only 24! Just can’t see giving him up…unless it’s a crazy, blows Wren away type of trade.

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  284. 287 berigan2electricboogaloo June 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    V, I think just like last year, we are going to find it very tough to find a right handed power bat, just like it was last year.

    I think this is the best sentence I have ever written! 😆
    From the department of redundancy department.

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  285. 288 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    JJ for Corey Hart? Nope. Never. JJ for Corey Hart and Mat Gamel? I’d consider it. (That would be a “blow Wren away” kind of scenario, don’t you think?)

    Huddy is the cornerstone of this staff. JJ had a stellar rookie year, but has shown signs of maybe being a little fragile. This year’s shoulder tightness was not the first time for that, then the hammy, etc… I’m not saying we need to dump him. Heavens no. But I’d listen.

    24 vs. 35 is of little consequence when the 24 can’t go every 5th day.

    But that really was not the trade piece I had in mind. I really didn’t have any one piece in particular in mind, but the Braves do have trade chips.

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  286. 289 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    This guy wouldn’t cost the Braves too much, and could prove valuable in more than one position this year and next…

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100618&content_id=11312082&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

    He might could be had for a mid-level majors ready pitcher, such as JoJo, and a complimentary player such as Nate, if the Braves would eat some salary.

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  287. 290 Voice of Raisins June 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Actually, Gordon might cost a little more than that since his contract will be very manageable for a cost conscious team like the Royals, but I think he’s worth exploring…

    David DeJesus would be a nice pickup, even if he is a lefty. He’s a pretty good hitter, and a decent enough fielder. He can even play CF.

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  288. 291 berigan2electricboogaloo June 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Now V…I like the idea of Gordon…but Jo-Jo is junk, we all know that. Might make a Loogy someday, or go to St. Louis and win 15 a year….what’s funny is the Royals have plenty of hitting, and should trade some of it away for pitching.

    Remember, JJ had a 3.68 ERA his rookie year, 2.60 ERA last year. Probably overworked a bit at a young age.

    Hudson hasn’t had an ERA below 3 since 2003. And he’s paid 9 mil. And he’s “old” in baseball terms. Do we really want or can expect similar numbers from a 36 year old Hudson and 38 year old Lowe next year???

    Plus, it’s sad but true…sinkerballers tend to get pounded in the playoffs…

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  289. 292 berigan2electricboogaloo June 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    V, that 6:44 PM post wasn’t showing up when I posted…
    David DeJesus…interesting…Nate and a decent arm?? Who???

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  290. 293 flbravesgirl June 23, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I agree, go ahead & get Fredi into the organization. Loria just proved his level of idiocy. How did that man ever manage to make millions?

    Still raining. It gets boring looking at ExtraInnings’ rain delay logo & listening to the same musical phrase played over & over & over & over again.

    And we’re on! Yay!

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  291. 294 Salty June 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Hudson may be 36 (is that right?), but he has a young arm! 😆 Younger than JJ’s, in fact.

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  292. 295 berigan2electricboogaloo June 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    hey Salty! Long time no see!
    Hudson is 34 til his B-Day in July. Just saying he would turn 36 next year, and Lowe would be 38. Just sayin’ 2 sinker pitchers, late in the season, or playoff time…I don’t see us beating teams like the Yankees or Sox with them, especially after 2010…

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  293. 296 berigan2electricboogaloo June 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    And Salt man, what is that avatar??? A roasted chicken on a black plate??? A Small cat in a black hole??? Very confused! 😉

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  294. 297 Voice of Raisins June 24, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Tuesday’s loss I could swallow and write off as, “eh…”

    Last, night, though – too many opportunities wasted. Too many “shoulda”s. HeyHey shoulda caught that ball at the wall. They shoulda scored in the 3rd with runners at the corners and 1 out. They shoulda scored in the 4th with bases loaded and 1 out, etc. Opportunities were there. It didn’t happen. It looked like April for one night. 😐

    Lowe’s on the mound tonight. Should be a high scoring game.

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  295. 298 berigan2electricboogaloo June 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

    V, exactly. After those back to back innings, I turned it off…and I rarely do that with all their comebacks of late…well, should win rubber game…

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  296. 299 Gil in Mechanicsville June 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Yawn…… I hate it when the Braves are playing games on the West Coast schedule… I could not fall asleep after getting all that emotion going so late. Braves are reverting to their “losing streak” mode…. Wasted opportunities indeed. You just cannot have guys on 3rd with less than two outs and not get them in.

    Homers… Hey, they are going to happen, not making plays should never happen. A couple of times last night Braves hitters just flat out missed hittable pitches. White Sox hit every mistake Huddy made.

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  297. 300 Voice of Raisins June 24, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Group will sue McDonald’s over Happy Meal toys

    http://www.ajc.com/business/group-will-sue-mcdonalds-556321.html

    Note: The plaintiff is The Center for Science in the Public Interest. They are supposedly a “Washington-based consumer advocacy group.” They are not MY advocate for anything. They in fact are a “Washington-based” bully group formed to intimidate private businesses into conforming to a “Washington-based” social engineering ideal.

    See here: http://www.cspiscam.com/

    How much would you be willing to pay for soda?

    http://www.ajc.com/business/how-much-would-you-555753.html

    More government meddling into personal behavior. More social engineering through taxes and bully tactics.

    When will they stop? Where will they stop?

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  298. 301 Gil in Mechanicsville June 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    When the pols realize people are wise to them… Uh, should say, people who have a majority vote are wise to them….

    See the sudden backtracking by many pols on the immigration issue.

    Personally, I think a lot of folks are starting to see Obama for the shill that he is. Ever notice it always takes 3 days for him to take a stand on anything? Has to find out what the puppet masters want him to say.

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  299. 302 Gil in Mechanicsville June 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I think it is pretty amazing that the public opinion has shifted so dramatically to the right given that only one media outlet has questioned anything he has done. Imagine his poll numbers if he were getting the Bush treatment.

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  300. 303 Gil in Mechanicsville June 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    While I do not personally enjoy being “obese”, I cannot hold anyone else accountable for that fact. I know it is my own doing and when I can muster enough will power, I will once again make the necessary life style changes to correct my physical faults. Now the fact that my left knee is basically a piece of c**p… Now that I blame on the quack who operated on it when it really wasn’t necessary.

    Uh… how did I end up on this soap box?

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  301. 304 Voice of Raisins June 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Ooops…

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  302. 305 Voice of Raisins June 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Here is a caption found accompanying a picture of Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed shown in today’s ajc:

    “Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed conducts a Raipd [should be Rapid] HIV test as part of National Testing Day.”

    Ha ha… Freudian slip, no doubt… 😆

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  303. 306 Voice of Raisins June 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Lowe is pitching his butt off, and the Braves are flashing some leather, but neither team has managed to cross the plate yet. A nice pitchers’ duel here in the middle of a hot muggy Thursday.

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  304. 307 Voice of Raisins June 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    😡

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  305. 308 eprisewildcat June 24, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Dang! Dang!! Dang!!!

    Shame to lose all three with some pretty nice starts by Huddy and D.Lowe. The problem lately has been the engines of the offense M.Prado was 0-4 the last two games and T.Glaus did not have a good series. Those two power what offense the Braves can muster. Sure would be nice to add another piece to the line-up that can produce. Oh well… bring on the Tigers!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  306. 309 Salty June 25, 2010 at 7:12 am

    A Small cat in a black hole??? Very confused!

    Whack-a-Mole…good guess, Ber. Fitting, as work is keeping me buried, but try to pop my head up occasionally.

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  307. 310 Voice of Raisins June 25, 2010 at 8:31 am

    McLouth still experiencing concussion symptoms

    8:07 pm June 24, 2010, by David O’Brien

    CHICAGO — Two weeks after his June 9 outfield collision with Jason Heyward, Braves center fielder Nate McLouth was still experiencing concussion symptoms this week.

    McLouth has been on the disabled list for two weeks and stayed behind in Atlanta while the team traveled to Chicago. He was administered a CT scan, the first such exam he had since he collided with Heyward when the two outfielders were pursuing a fly ball.

    A Braves official said Thursday that McLouth was doing OK, but couldn’t say when he’d return because of the unpredictable nature of head-injury recovery periods.

    Uuuuhhh… yeah. Convenient, isn’t it? I’ll bet he’ll need an extended “rehab assignment” to work out his hitting, I mean, concussion related problems.

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  308. 311 Salty June 25, 2010 at 9:57 am

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Tiny-turtle-causes-taxiing-apf-1122992999.html?x=0

    Stupid…stupid…stupid. Starting to look like the human gene pool needs a serious shock treatment. Salmonella…like the food airlines serve isn’t just as likely? Meanwhile, the guy next to you can have SARS or tuberculosis, but that’s ok so long as symptoms aren’t (too) obvious.

    Stupid…’and idiots’, too!

    Haven’t vented in a very long time! 😆

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  309. 312 Gil in Mechanicsville June 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I’m telling you guys, it’s a miracle I have survived this long considering all the stuff I did as a kid. And as an adult come to think of it. Of course I never did the real risky stuff like eating raw fish, well, maybe an oyster… does three swallows trying to get said oyster to stay down count?

    Use to sleep in the back window of my dad’s 50 Ford when taking the trip to the grand parents’ place. Rode a bike without a helmet, come to think of it, played football the same way. DUH!!! Now I know what’s wrong with me….

    Yep, concussions are pretty tricky things, I’m sure I’ve had a couple in my life too. Cause some memory loss so I’m not positive. Most likely scenario for injury was doing housekeeping chores at work. I’m telling you guys, Metal stairways can put a hurting on you when you don’t realize you are under one and you raise up. CLONG!!!!

    Anyhoo, It’s kind of a win win for the Braves to have Nate on the sidelines, I mean, no real obvious outs in the line up. Of course with the way Nate was playing, it might be tough to notice any difference in his pre and post concussive state. Still think the shock collar would be a good training tool for Terry to use on him….

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  310. 313 Voice of Raisins June 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Rosenthal:

    The Dodgers are in a box.

    Their starting pitching is not good enough for the team to win the NL West, much less advance in the postseason.

    Their farm system lacks the major-league ready prospects necessary to acquire a pitcher such as Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee.

    And their ownership … well, let’s just say that no one should expect Frank McCourt to bust open his checkbook anytime soon.

    General manager Ned Colletti needs to be pragmatic. He needs to be creative.

    He needs to trade center fielder Matt Kemp…

    Colletti could dangle Kemp to the Braves, who are deep in young pitching, in need of a right-handed hitting outfielder and in position to exchange a center fielder, Melky Cabrera, who played for Dodgers manager Joe Torre in New York.

    Salivate… salivate…

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  311. 314 Gil in Mechanicsville June 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Well, that was more like it, great game by Medlen and the pen plus Wags gets his 400th save.

    Have any of you other folks noticed that Medlen has become Derek Lowe’s shadow? Always sits next to him on the bench or standing next to him on the rail. I think it has made both of them better. Medlen from all the insight that Lowe brings and Lowe because he remembers what he has told Medlen as he mentors him and it keeps him focused.

    And what a loose team this bunch is. Talk about a crew enjoying their jobs… Everyone cutting up and laughing. Different from so many of the buttoned down Braves of the past.

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  312. 315 eprisewildcat June 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Raisins… now you’re talking! Think they’d take JoJo and KK in a package with Melky. Nah! I know this one is going to cost us but don’t want to hear anything involving Kris Medlen. Having a Matt Kemp in centerfield would really round out this line-up. Love it!!!

    Very nice couple of records tonight. BMac with his 100th HR and Wags with save 400. WOW!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  313. 316 flbravesgirl June 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    That was fun on so many levels. Great pitching by Medlin & the pen. Wags’ 400th. Mac’s 100th HR. Murph in the booth ( how sweet was his Mac story? I loved that.). And my first Braves’ crush Steve Avery. I can’t believe he’s 40, he looks the same as ever.

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  314. 317 Gil in Mechanicsville June 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Well, beefier FBG… I saw Avery when he was here in Richmond and watched him get clobbered in his debut with Atlanta. He was a good one though, a shame about the arm problems that cut his career short.

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  315. 318 Gil in Mechanicsville June 26, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Did you guys catch Carlos Zambrano’s antics tonight? Wow, talk about out of control… He thought the defense let him down because they did not dive for some ground balls hit by him. He was suspended by the Cubs’ GM indefinitely. One must think that Michael Barrett must feel vindicated.

    Nijer Morgan made the Nationals version of “The Catch” tonight as well on a ball hit to center by Adam Jones of the Orioles. Pretty nice catch but it will never have the impact that Otis Nixon’s catch of Andy Van Slyke’s would be homer had. Funny, we can say “The Slide” or “The Catch” and everyone knows the plays we are talking about.

    Most memorable homerun for me was not the one David Justice hit against the Indians to give Glavin and the Braves the ’95 series but the one he hit off Rod Dibble in Cincinnati on a 101 mph fast ball to win the game that propelled the Braves by the Dodgers and into the playoffs.

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  316. 319 Voice of Raisins June 26, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Yes… a great all around effort tonight by Los Bravos. If Meds didn’t lock up a rotation spot last night, well… then I don’t know what will. He has a terrific change-up and even better mound presence. Reminds me of a young right-handed, er – dare I say it? – TommyG. He does. Even when they know the change is coming, they can’t hit it.

    FBG, I turned on the game in the middle of Murph being in the booth. How awesome it was to relive his time here by telling my son countless stories. Of course, my son is not the Braves fan I am… not even a baseball fan really… but that’s OK. He tolerates me. 🙂

    I do not anticipate that we would pull off any deal involving a player of Kemp’s caliber. But it would not surprise me at all if should acquire an everyday LF. As much as Hinske has done a fantastic job there, when he’s in the lineup it weakens our bench. I’d still prefer to have Hinske and Omar to play 2 or 3 times a week at several spots. I think that makes us very strong.

    Anyway, happy Saturday, and GO 1ST PLACE BRAVES!

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  317. 320 Voice of Raisins June 26, 2010 at 9:12 am

    And from the “Call Me A Skeptic” category, this from MLBTR::

    Braves Not Actively Shopping Escobar
    By Luke Adams [June 25, 2010 at 8:20pm CST]

    One American League scout gets the sense that the Braves may be willing to trade Yunel Escobar, according to Mark Bowman and Chris Hempson of MLB.com. However, Bowman notes that the Braves aren’t actively attempting to deal the 27-year-old and that it would take an “extremely attractive package” for Atlanta to move him.

    Escobar has performed below expectations so far this year, posting career lows in batting average (.250) and OPS (.651). Not only is the shortstop struggling on the field, but Bowman suggests that “some members of the Braves organization” wouldn’t mind parting ways with Escobar, due in part to his approach to the game.

    There are a handful of teams, including the Tigers and Angels, who may look into acquiring a shortstop before the July 31st trade deadline. If they do, Escobar would be an intriguing option, though he won’t come cheap. Considering his age and his .301/.375/.426 slash line in over 1500 plate appearances from 2007 to 2009, the Braves won’t be inclined to sell low.

    I think the Braves wold have to be absolutely blown away to trade Yunel. For one thing, there is no other everyday SS in the wings. Nada. For another, why? He may not be hitting for power, but he’s hitting. Unless they simply want to sell high… but hey better get a SS back in the deal.

    I dunno about this. It befuddles me… 🙄

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  318. 321 Voice of Raisins June 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

    From a June 23 Rosenthal tweet:

    Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com tweets that the team will not move Ty Wigginton unless they receive a young shortstop in return. Rosenthal calls it a “self-defeating stance,” because no team will meet that demand.

    Wiggy would be a nice[ iece in LF. Maybe? Can Miguel Tejada still play SS? He’s playing 3B for the O’s… 3B? Hmmm… SS this year, 3B next? TOo many question marks for Saturday morning. I need coffee…

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  319. 322 Gil in Mechanicsville June 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I think the Braves want to see how Diaz performs before feeling the need to trade the farm for a half season rental. Think maybe the Pirates will take back McLouth?

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  320. 323 Voice of Raisins June 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Interesting post this afternoon from Mr. O’Brien in his own blog:

    Conversations with several people in various positions in Braves organization yesterday convinced me even more that Fredi Gonzalez will be the next Braves manager.

    That kind of insight is the ONLY reason I still pass through over there. And very telling information it is, eh?

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  321. 324 Voice of Raisins June 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    More from over there:

    Jason Heyward finally conceded that his sore left thumb is a real problem and that he’s going to see a hand specialist. Will be out of the lineup at least today and tomorrow, and could be longer depending on what they find in exam.

    He’s never made excuses for any slump or bad game. But this isn’t an excuse, this is an injury, and Heyward finally admitted as much today.

    Well, we all knew it. I’m glad HeyHey finally came to grips with it (no pun intended; OK, maybe a little). Anyway, maybe now he can get it properly taken care of. Wasn’t he paying attention to Jordan Schafer last year?

    I am even more convinced now that Frank will deal for a full time LF with power.

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  322. 325 Voice of Raisins June 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Oh! Don’t forget (Ber), it’s a 4:10p start today…

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  323. 326 berigan2electricboogaloo June 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    “If Meds didn’t lock up a rotation spot last night, well… then I don’t know what will. He has a terrific change-up and even better mound presence. Reminds me of a young right-handed, er – dare I say it? – TommyG. He does. Even when they know the change is coming, they can’t hit it.

    ATLANTA — Right-hander Jair Jurrjens may return to the Atlanta Braves’ rotation on Wednesday after making what is expected to be his final minor league rehab start in his return from a strained left hamstring.
    Jurrjens gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. He is back with his Atlanta teammates for a weekend home series against the Detroit Tigers.
    Manager Bobby Cox says Jurrjens will throw a side session on Sunday. Cox says if Jurrjens has no setback, he’ll start against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Kris Medlen is Atlanta’s scheduled starter on Wednesday.

    Nothing will lock a spot in the rotation for him apparently, V. 🙄 This is the kind of stuff I will not miss come next year. Though this is Wren’s doing no doubt as well. Medlin is youngest, cheapest starter, so he will go back to the pen. It will hurt the team to have him in the bullpen, but Kawakami is signed for this year and next.
    ZERO reason for Medlin to except for money, and having the least experience as a starter. I’ll take it all back if this is for a few weeks, til someone can be traded….this is also why Nate will be given every chance to take over in cf. Like Kawakami, he is paid more than those who have replaced him.

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  324. 327 berigan2electricboogaloo June 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for the 411 V! 😉

    One thing we may have to consider.(Somehow missed V’s story on Heyward) We don’t draw like the Phils. Perhaps less than the mutts as well. How much salary can the team take on, Bobby’s last year or not???

    That Matt Kemp talk is interesting. He signed a 2 year contract extension, the L.A. GM was badmouthing his play about a month ago…and blaming the contract. Not exactly a smart move by a GM, ya know???

    So….in a few weeks, if Nate shows some improvement(I heard the headaches disappeared finally) Could the braves trade him and…gulp…Medlin…or Kawakami and pay most of both contracts, and get Kemp???

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  325. 328 berigan2electricboogaloo June 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    And that friends, is why Chipper cannot commit to retiring this year. Hit a 3 run homer off a guy who throws 100, and you too would want to keep playing.

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  326. 329 eprisewildcat June 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Chipper sure mashed that 100 mph fastball! Very, very timely homerun especially considering it gives KK a chance to get a much deserved victory. Very nice touch how the Braves let Chipper trot out to third by himself and receive a standing ovation. Wish I could have been there!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  327. 330 eprisewildcat June 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Maybe it was the pressure of getting KK a win that sent our bullpen into a serious nosedive. I think Gary Cederstrom had enough of the heat and wanted to hit the free buffet before it closed. Just a great win for the Braves and it sets up an opportunity for a sweep. Go gettum tomorrow Tommy!

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  328. 331 flbravesgirl June 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Yeah, that was well outside. Thanks, Gary.

    Good for KK, though. He really pitched well. I still think he should go to the pen instead of my little Medy but I’m glad they finally got the poor guy a win.

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  329. 332 Gil in Mechanicsville June 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    On today’s final pitch… I’ll take it, Lord knows the Braves have had enough of them called the other way.

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  330. 333 Gil in Mechanicsville June 27, 2010 at 2:35 am

    On ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, they did a little demonstration of how the outside pitch made by Moylan to Damon could have been viewed as a ball. The angle from which the umpire was set up caused his view of the outside edge of the plate to be obstructed. The pitch Peter threw was right on the plate until it moved 4-1/2 inches outside at the last moment.

    The position in which McCann held his glove also helped sell the idea it was a strike. I have seen that pitch called a strike a lot of times and never until tonight did I realized how an umpire could miss it. I hope some of the the Braves were watching that segment because it really opened my eyes…

    Message to hitters: You better swing because that pitch is going to be a called strike. I also understand now how Tommy Glavin use to get that call for so many years.

    I’m glad Heyward realize he was not helping the team trying to play through the hand injury. Let it heal bro… The Braves need you for the second half.

    On Wags not being able to answer the bell: A reminder that many times players have nagging injuries we are not aware of and maybe we need to lighten up on the staff when they don’t perform up to expectations. That said, I wish Troy could get a chance to rest his feet.

    If you were to put Troy and Brian McCann up against each other in a foot race it might be the first 4 minute 100 dash… Seriously, they would both lose. 🙂

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  331. 335 berigan2electricboogaloo June 27, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Gil, I saw that story too! Very interesting because my first thought was that was truly a terrible call, but if he didn’t make it, game was tied, and Kawakami doesn’t get a win. Shows you can’t always trust your eyes.

    Baseball tonight had a segment on a show, they have it….I don’t know, once every week or two? Anyway sports science. And they showed how a hitter sees the ball. They put some special glasses on Nomar when he hit. And when you first see a pitch from his angle…well, you really don’t see it. We forget how much easier it is to see the ball from a camera in CF, than right where the players and ump are. The Hitter probably has a better angle than the catcher and ump.
    Also they showed how not only how quickly a hitter has to locate a ball, then make a judgment on to swing or not…but how basically they can’t see the ball the last 10 feet unless(IIRC) their eyes are closer to home plate, and they assume where the ball will be…amazing stuff!

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  332. 336 berigan2electricboogaloo June 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hey Ber, don’t forget, 1:35 PM start time! 😛

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  333. 337 Gil in Mechanicsville June 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Yes, that is why sinkers or so effective, and why hangers end up in the gopher garden.

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  334. 338 Gil in Mechanicsville June 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    And speaking of hangers…. Wow, Tigers were flying today…

    That’s two bad starts in a row for Tommy Hanson, maybe it’s just the American League hitters he has trouble with, or maybe it’s because he cut his hair…. Anyway, he now has a higher ERA than Kawakami..

    Tired arm? He is pretty young. Maybe with JJ coming back he could miss a turn. Just saying….

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  335. 339 Gil in Mechanicsville June 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    On the plus side, Wags didn’t have to stress his gimpy ankle today….

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  336. 340 berigan2electricboogaloo June 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Gil, that’s amazing what’s happened to Hanson’s ERA in a few games. Worse than Kawakami. Who’d a thunk it???
    His fastball seems awfully straight to me, and with a bit less zip on it. I would agree with skipping a start, but Bobby doesn’t like to do that. Remember the blister Jurrjens pitched with? Had to twist an ankle for it to heal, and start pitching better his rookie year.

    Want to know something truly amazing?? I just checked the stats of a certain starter in the NL.
    9-6 after a win today. 4.30 E.R.A. 96 innings, which would be 2nd on our staff, just 3 behind Hudson.
    This mystery starter has 2 complete games, and one shutout. That would lead our club. Went 7 innings in the bandbox he plays in today, and beat another A.L. Team( making it at least the 2nd time he’s done that during interleague play)He will also turn 48 in Novemeber…give up??? 😛
    Yep, Jamie Moyer, who can look truly finished at one point in the year, then prove everyone wrong. I bet Glavine still throws harder than he does…

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  337. 341 eprisewildcat June 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Hanson has earned a day off. Agree that what he’s dealing doesn’t have the velocity or the snap we are used to seeing. Nothing wrong with getting a game off before the All Star Game. JJ is coming back at just the right time!

    Hey… did y’all see where Zambaono claims he was only trying to motivate his teammates. Said that Derrek Lee “misunderstood” his efforts. Hahahahaha!!!

    Nothing wrong with taking 2 of 3 from the Tigers. They’ve got a pretty impressive lineup and pitching staff. Now let’s see what this Strasburg kids really got.

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  338. 342 Gil in Mechanicsville June 27, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Smoke and mirrors Ber, smoke and mirrors… well, mirrors

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  339. 343 Gil in Mechanicsville June 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Best thing is Strasburg is on a pitch count, run the counts up and jump on the relief corps

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  340. 344 Gil in Mechanicsville June 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Lots of Ks will be had… the kid is the real deal

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  341. 345 Gil in Mechanicsville June 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Of course, it’s not as if the Braves have been facing a lot of slow pitch junk ballers lately.

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  342. 346 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Well, what started out as a reflective post kept going and going… so I have instead copied it into a document and emailed it to CL and Gil. Maybe it’ll make a decent lead… or not.

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  343. 347 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2010 at 10:11 am

    A reflective post??? Done with smoke and mirrors??? 😆

    sorry! I just woke up! 😕

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  344. 348 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    A reflective post??? Done with smoke and mirrors???

    Perhaps… It was done before my 1st cup of coffee. I am afraid of what I may have written. 😯

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  345. 349 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Gil, it will be a very interesting game tonight! If ever there was a time that timing of the hitters was right for a flamethower, it’s now…of course everything I hear about Strausburg is that his “secondary” pitches are as good as his fastball. Joe Simpson mentioned that Smoltz called his curveball either the best one he had ever seen, or the best since Kerry Woods…I know he mentioned Woods in comparison. Oh, his changeup is 92, and acts like a splitter, fun! 😛

    Normally, after the interleague play, I am a bit down. Don’t want to see the Nats , Marlins(in front of dozens of fans in Marlinville) and Mets, and certainly don’t want to see them beat us! But now, the Nats have Strausburg and that SS that looks like a future star….much more interesting folks. Even the Mets have Ike Davis, who plays the game the right way…

    Wish I was rich, I’d go to the game today. Really rich, so I could sit where the A/C was blowin’! Yep, in my 40’s and the way the heat has been…umm, upon us of late….I couldn’t imagine sitting at the Ted…perhaps he will come back in September, and it will be in the 70’s…is that asking so much???? 😉

    I hope he strikes out 16, and loses 3-2. Of course that would make it the first time he gave up more than 2 runs in a game!

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  346. 350 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

    It appears that the Mets are willing to include a good prospect in a deal for Cliff Lee as long as they are allowed to negotiate a long term deal first, and as long as they can get the deal done now. This is NOT good news for the Braves. With the way the Mets have been playing, the addition of Lee would make them very tough to beat. Santana and Lee at the top of their rotation for a few more years is a scary prospect.

    C’mon, Twins… step up!

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  347. 351 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

    The highest percentage of voters in a recent MLBTR poll believe that David DeJesus will be wearing a Braves uni on July 1.

    I must admit, one of those votes is my own…

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  348. 352 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

    V, come on Twins sounds like a good mantra! Like you said, we do not want him with the Mutts! The NL East may someday soon turn into the AL East, which wouldn’t be a good thing for the Braves.
    Can’t imagine they could compete with what the Twins can offer, but I don’t know much about their farm…just had heard for the past few years, not much to write home about.
    Twins have an everyday Catcher at AAA that naturally can’t get any playing time with Mauer there. They just need to toss in a pitcher, and then should be able to land him. Any team that trades for him, if he signs elsewhere in the offseason, gets 2 picks next year. So it seems to me you can offer a bit more for that kind of guy.

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  349. 353 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Oops… make that August 1. Maybe I should try actually reading some of this stuff. 😳

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  350. 354 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

    … or using my head for more than just a hat rack… 🙄

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  351. 355 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I just found this from ME from last Wednesday:

    David DeJesus would be a nice pickup, even if he is a lefty. He’s a pretty good hitter, and a decent enough fielder. He can even play CF.

    At least I’m consistent.

    And I do think he’d make a nice 5 hole hitter behind Glaus. Yes, I said 5. I’d bat Glaus cleanup, DeJesus 5th and Mac 6th. That’s a pretty stout middle of the order, if you asked me. But you didn’t, so…

    Actually, my #1 preference would be to bat DeJesus 3rd, and Chipper 6th… but we know that won’t happen.

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  352. 356 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

    His current slash line is .331/.397/.481 with 5HR and 35 RBI. Definitely better suited higher in the order. Maybe a better #2 hitter.

    Yes, I think I have talked myself into #2. (Wait, that looks alot worse in print than it did in my head… 😛 )

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  353. 357 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2010 at 11:49 am

    V, I’d love to have him, but I’d bet money they will give Nate another chance. Heck, everyone keeps talking about Diaz coming back and he hit .178 compared to Nate’s .176. Of course, Nate was healthy and had more A.B’s but he has the “potential” to provide a lot of power and offense. Plus, he has speed. Plus he’s paid 5 mil, and I just can’t see the braves cutting their losses with him til he’s shown one more time that he can’t hit here.
    I hope…hmmm, what do I hope??? I don’t know…I have had very high blood sugar of late, and am making a concerted(SP? spell check didn’t find anything wrong, but it looks wrong to me) effort to cut WAY back on carbs. Has really helped in the a.m. but I just got really hungry and ate a few bites of pineapple…which cleared my mind completely! Wait…I hope Nate rehabs, shortens his swing, gets a bunch of hits, and gains confidence to hit in the bigs again. It would be the best solution.

    Did ya know Chipper hit .265 for May and .271 so far in June??? Must have really stunk early this month, cuz he seems so much better the last few weeks.

    And did anyone see how all the braves stayed in the dugout when Chipper came out after the 3 run homer Saturday??? What a great moment! I saw the homer, but a friend came over right as that happened, and I missed seeing it, but saw it on baseball tonight. Someone had a great idea, very classy! 🙂

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  354. 358 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Sigh…I guess I should go back to working…. 😥
    Hey V, find a way we can make money while talking about the braves, will ya??? 😉

    Oh, before I go away for a little while…
    I found that there is actually a reason to go to myspace!

    Go to myspace.com and click on the music tab, or just use this link
    http://www.myspace.com/music
    Then, type in an artist you like(or dislike, though why would you do that?) Scroll down a bit, past videos, to albums. They only show a few. Click to the right where it says view all. Click on the album cover, then all the tracks show up. Click on a song, then all the others afterwards play…full songs! Amazing! A friend told me of this…he even records streaming audio…but it’s nice to choose what you want to hear.

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  355. 359 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    As to Diaz’ hitting woes, at least he had a physical excuse. Nate has not had such an excuse.

    Here’s the thing on Nate that could make things interesting: He makes $4.5M this year, $6.5M next and has a $10.65M option for 2012 with a $1.25M buyout. (He’ll never get a sniff of the ’12 option.)

    For a productive, top-of-the order, gold-glove caliber CF with power, that’s a team friendly deal. For a guy hitting .176/.295/.282 with just 3 HR’s, it’s an albatross.

    That said, he has a history that proves he is capable of performing at a much higher level, even an All-star level. I believe that if the Braves were willing to eat some $$$, like half of what he’s owed, he’s tradeable. Obviously, he has to come back and show that he’s healthy first. And half of the guaranteed $12.25 (including the buyout money) is only sightly north of $6M, making it entirely doable from the Braves standpoint. There is going to be a team willing to take a chance on a past All-star for just $3M a year.

    From a business standpoint, $3M for ’10 and $3M for ’11 equates to cost certainty and a defined term. Budget minded teams, such as Kansas City, are built around cost certainty and defined term to facilitate operating with tight payroll constraints. Guys in their 2nd and 3rd years of arb are anything but cost certainty and defined term. As strange as that may sound, it makes Nate at least a bit desirable as a trade chip as long as the Braves brass is willing to absorb some of the cost. I think they might be willing to do so if for nothing more than minimizing their loss on him.

    In the specific case of David DeJesus, he is guaranteed $4.7M for this year, and has a $6M option for next. Over the same term, that’s $10.7M for DD vs. (under my scenario) $6M for Nate, saving the Royals $4.7M. Obviously, Nate would be secondary to a prospect, but a necessary part of the deal to save $6M from our side and provide KC with a ML ready replacement. The Braves would give up a prospect plus Nate, and essentially pay $16.7M for 2 years of productivity and stability in LF. That’s only $4.6M more than their expected expenditure anyway, with Nate having worn out his welcome.

    The Braves would lose a prospect, and increase their payroll only minimally, while stabilizing an unsteady position for the next 2 years. The Royals would give themselves some payroll relief, 2 years of cost certainty with the chance of a player revival, and a prospect to develop (for another team 🙂 )

    Win-win.

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  356. 360 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Can I spin some numbers or what? 😀

    I should sell cars…

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  357. 361 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Heh, or run for office V! But, you are too honest for that line of work.

    I like your idea! No way would the Homie upstairs do that, but Wren might. I see no shame in eating some contract to make the team better! I bet some team would gladly take Kawakami if we ate half the contract this year and next, as well, and get someone useful in return….

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  358. 362 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Interesting story as related on 680theFan:

    Chipper told Joe Simpson going into Minnie that he saw something on video of his swing that he thought may have been his flaw. Since that point, he has a 10 game hitting streak, including a monster 3-run bomb against the 100mpph flame-throwing Justin Verlander.

    We can only hope it’s true…

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  359. 363 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Funny that… I can see the flaw in Nate’s awing and I don’t even have to look at video…

    Sigh, Ber the last time I went to Turner Field to see a game was in August 2007. It was such a miserable experience I have not wished to return. I did discover that if you sat in the upper deck or even on the concourse, it could be bearable but if you got in that mosh pit of humanity in the lower bowl it was stifling.

    Went to the birthday party of a dear friend today. I had a wonderful time. I just received a phone call that another old friend had passed away this morning… Highs and lows in this life seem to come closer together these days. Enjoy it while you can folks because you just don’t know….

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  360. 364 Voice of Raisins June 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Mr. O’Brien:

    Braves rookie Jason Heyward has a strained thumb ligament that will not require surgery, said a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak about it before the team makes an announcement later today.

    Heyward had an MRI done on his left thumb Monday morning, after soreness that’s plagued him for six weeks worsened to the point where he could no longer grip the bat using the thumb on his top hand.

    The MRI exam revealed a strained ligament where it attaches to the bone, and possibly a bruise. While it’s not an injury that requires surgery, it’s possible the soreness could linger until Heyward gets extended rest in the offseason.

    In the meantime, it will likely be up to the 20-year-old right fielder to play when he feels comfortable enough to do so. He’s out of the lineup for Monday night’s game, the third consecutive start he’s missed since the soreness.

    That sound you hear is the collective sigh of a multitude of Braves fans… 😯

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  361. 365 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    What is so terrible about going on the DL, if you are a Brave??? Chipper would have really benefited from a visit to the DL.
    Now Heyward. In 94 AB’s in June, he is hitting .181 with one homer, and 7 RBI’s. Slugging .245. In other words, he’s Nate McLouth right now. Rest the hand for 10 days, then start swinging the bat. Nope…he will play tomorrow or Weds, and that thumb will keep getting hurt…I know…it won’t really heal til next year…well…if resting it for 2, even 4 weeks would make him say 80% well for the last 2 months, wouldn’t it be worth it???

    Braves seem to be going the other way against Strausburg, a very good idea.
    Nats keep fouling off Hudson’s pitches, 38 pitches thru 2 innings…

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  362. 366 eprisewildcat June 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    ber… got a feeling we should have jumped on Strasburg in that first inning. The dude has apparently found his rhythm.

    What’s up with that funky bit of chin hair Strasburg is sporting. He can’t possibly think that looks cool… can he?

    GO BRAVES!!!

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  363. 367 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Wildcat, exactly! He did not look impressive at all the first few innings. Got a lot better…yet I think he probably isn’t as sharp as he can be. That is scary.
    And he’s getting a Glavine like strike zone.
    Strausburg probably looks 16 without the chin hair! 😆

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  364. 368 flbravesgirl June 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Niiice.

    I’m sure his whiskers are for the same reason as Mac’s beard/goatee. Difference is that Mac can grow more whiskers to cover his babyface.

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  365. 369 Carolina Lady June 29, 2010 at 3:42 am

    NEW BLOG IS UP!

    Thanks, Raisins!

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