195:Brave New World 2021

By: Vox O’Reasoñ

Feb 28, 2012

Jefferson, GA – Spring Training 2021 is now fully underway in CoolToday Park, the Atlanta Braves cool new training facility in North Port, FL. In fact, as of the time I type this, the Braves are less than 24 hours away from their first spring game of the new season. And so as we turn the page to another new chapter in the history of our beloved franchise, I think it’s fair to ask some necessary questions about the latest version of the team… or Braves V.2021.

When last we wrote a lead topic for the ol’ B&S, back around the turn of the yearly calendar, we made a lot of noise over the fact that there were still several holes on the team. As has become his norm, GM Alex Anthopoulos got out of the gate quickly to address the lack of depth and lack of experience in our rotation by signing Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly… the former whom has become the type of vaunted savvy veteran hurler every contending team needs, and the latter trying to come back from injury that has slowed him over recent years. Both of these signings appear to be pretty spot on and have been widely hailed as solid acquisitions for this ballclub. Obviously time will tell the whole story here, but this fan and part time writer tends to agree. Then, after those quick pickups happened nothing else followed. Alex was loudly quiet for weeks as all the other teams around us got better and better.

We here at the ol’ B&S continuously beat the poor old dead horse over and over again that the pitching looked solid but that we still had too many holes in the lineup and bench. So let’s revisit that assessment again and see if any of those holes still remain heading into spring game #1, shall we? Here’s the way we described it a mere month ago…

Lineup:
Acuña, RF (R)

Ozzie, 2B (S)
Freddie, 1B (L)
HOLE, LF
d’Arnaud, C (R)
Riley, 3B (R)
Swanson, SS (R)
Pache, CF (R)

Bench:
HOLE, C
HOLE, IF/OF (R)

HOLE, IF/OF (L)
Camargo, IF (S)
Ender “Hole” Inciarte, OF (L)

Then, after what seemed to be the entire Hot Stove Season, Alex finally tossed another log on the fire and made a big time move by bringing Marcell “Big Bear” Ozuna back to Atlanta to mix it up for another 4 years. And TBH, that was the only really big arrow Alex pulled out of his quiver, largely because he was given a pretty cheap quiver by ownership with a greatly limited arsenal of ammo. But the arrow he did shoot was a good one, and it shot true and straight. And it had a fairly nice ripple effect on the rest of the lineup. And after Alex scattershot a few lesser arrows and grabbed some guys off waivers, signed some on minor league deals, etc., we fans now know what we’re heading into the season with, and it looks something like this…

Lineup:
Acuña, RF (R)

Ozzie, 2B (S)
Freddie, 1B (L)
Ozuna, LF (R)
d’Arnaud, C (R)
Riley, 3B (R)
Swanson, SS (R)
Pache, CF (R)

Bench:
Alex Jackson or William Contreras, C (open competition)
Jake Lamb, 3B/1B (L)

Camargo, IF (S)

Bench #4

Bench #5

And there will be plenty of competition for the last 2 spots on the bench, where OF Ender Inciarte cannot be assured that he’ll have a job even if he does come with a $8M commitment, and OF Guillermo Heredia will have to show he can hit consistently. The biggest push will come from veteran hitter Jason Kipnis, a 2B by trade that has enough experience in the OF to be a useful bench piece. And there has to be at least one guy in the whole mix that can play SS, meaning IF Ehire Adrianza should get a good long look. Some of the other contenders for those last spots are OF Phillip Ervin, OF Abraham Almonte, and 3B/1B Pablo Sandoval. Minor leaguer Braden Shewmake, my dark horse candidate, should not be taken too lightly here as he adds a ton of positional versatility and an advanced bat for his pro experience. He may need a tad more seasoning down at AAA, but he’ll almost certainly get his cup of major league coffee sometime this season.

The way this fan sees it, the Braves have put together a contending team again for 2021, and should continue their reign atop the NL East as long as they can stay healthy, because past the starting group there are still some question marks. Three major questions I see for the 2021 season are: 1) Will Austin Riley take the next step in his development and show the type of consistency expected from an everyday starter? 2) Will Dansby Swanson repeat his 60 game success from 2020 over a full 2021 season? 3) Will Cristian Pache carry his 2020 post-season success into 2021 and cement his place in CF? Those are the keys to me for the overall success of this lineup. Otherwise we have an All-Star group atop it in Ronnie, Ozzie, Freddie, Marcell, and Td’A that will have any and every pitcher in MLB nervous when toeing the rubber against our home team all season long.

This should be a fun ride, folks. Let’s enjoy it.

197 Responses to “195:Brave New World 2021”


  1. 1 Gil in Mechanicsville February 28, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Great opine as usual Kenny, thanks…

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  2. 2 JoAnn Brooks Elliott February 28, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Don’t know much about the players, but it was a good read. I just watch the games with Gil and ask him who that guy is. I only know a few of the guys from last year, but they were really great, in a time when our country was falling apart. Wishing them another great season. 🙂

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  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville February 28, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    So, the Rays nip the Braves in the bottom of the 7th with a 2 run homer in a game that ran out of pitchers before they ran out of innings.

    What is scary? Only effective Braves pitcher was Carl Edwards

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  4. 4 Vox O'Reasoñ February 28, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    It’s early. But I’m not stating anything we don’t already know. I just felt compelled to note it.

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    • 5 Gil in Mechanicsville March 1, 2021 at 7:36 am

      Yes, I agree, it was an opportunity to shake some of the rust off, apparently, there was plenty of rust to go around for both teams.

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  5. 6 Gil in Mechanicsville March 1, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Apparently, there are no home games on the schedule for Atlanta during spring training for MLB/TV.

    Braves travel down to Ft Myers to take on the Red Sox today.

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  6. 7 Gil in Mechanicsville March 1, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    The Braves vs Bosox game was on MLB network today. I woke up in time to watch from the 4th inning on. A couple of quirky things for spring training this year. 1: A pre set number of innings for each game. Today’s game was 7 innings, same as yesterday. The Angles and ChiSox are playing a 5 inning game…
    2: There is an agreed 20 pitch limit for a pitcher going into an inning. If a manager wants to end an inning after 20 pitches, he can do so, regardless as to the number of outs.

    So, take a-ways for today. Tyler Maztec looked really sharp, Minter not as much. Del la Cruz was shaky but gutted it out. Sorry, but I was late to the game… 🙂 Oh yeah, the Soxs really had their woes trying to catch the ball.

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  7. 8 Vox O'Reasoñ March 1, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    I managed to catch a little of the 1-3 innings myself. Yes, funky rules, but they make sense for teams just trying to build their players up, particularly pitchers, for the real season. The Braves left the bases loaded in the 1st inning because the Bosox pitcher reached 22 pitches when he walked in run #2. I’m sure the Braves could have scored more, but what’s the point? Spring wins are meaningless anyway. The real objective is to get your players ready.

    That said, I thought Huascar Ynoa looked very good in his 2 innings. Ronnie is… well, Ronnie. Wash sent him home after the LF had already gloved the ball before Ronnie got to 3B and Ronnie still scored. Pache was robbed of a HR. Jake Lamb had a nice RBI single. Even Phillip Ervin looked like a hitter. I think this team will be able to hit.

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  8. 10 Gil in Mechanicsville March 2, 2021 at 7:31 am

    I think the throw actually beat him to both 2nd & home but was off line so there you go.

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  9. 11 Gil in Mechanicsville March 3, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Pretty tough to sum up Tuesday’s game without actually seeing it or hearing it on the radio. Looks good on paper though. Travis hit a dinger in his first at bat and the pitching staff did not yield a run, Ender even contributed going 2 for 3 and making a run saving catch with the bases loaded.

    Build up that value Ender, we are rooting for you to have a super ST.

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    • 12 Vox O'Reasoñ March 3, 2021 at 8:49 am

      Build up that value Ender, we are rooting for you to have a super ST.

      … and be on another team’s Opening Day roster. 😀

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  10. 13 Gil in Mechanicsville March 3, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Orioles visit today. Lots of openings in Baltimore this year.

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  11. 14 Vox O'Reasoñ March 3, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Ken Davidoff, NY Post:

    If [a] guy approaches a fly ball to left field and effortlessly snares it behind his back, prompting whoops of joy and amazement then you might be at a Yoenis Cespedes showcase.

    The Blue Jays, Brewers, Marlins, Rays, Tigers, Reds, Cubs, White Sox, Padres and Braves sent representatives.

    Interesting. Does Alex know something about the DH that we don’t?

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  12. 16 Vox O'Reasoñ March 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Drew Smyly goes for Los Bravos today. I am anxious to get a report on how he looks. Ian Anderson did not disappoint yesterday. The offense looks potent. Even guys vying for bench spots are showing off. Gotta love it.

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    • 17 Gil in Mechanicsville March 3, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      Baltimore has the Braves number huh? Smyly 2 innings, one hit, zero runs… Okay, a keeper that one.

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      • 18 Gil in Mechanicsville March 4, 2021 at 3:58 am

        Smyly also had three punch outs in his two innings of work. Seems like a pretty good start to me for the lefty who figures to be penciled in at the back of the rotation. The key is staying healthy…

        Ozzie Albies had a 4th inning blast off of O’s righty Dillon Tate. Good to have Ozzies left handed power stroke appear. If he is right, he is going to make lot of opposing managers buying bulk packs of Maloxx this season.

        This season’s flavor of the month in Braves camp appears to be outfielder Michael Harris. Harris is from the same area that produced Jason Heyward in Atlanta.

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    • 20 Vox O'Reasoñ March 5, 2021 at 7:52 am

      To my knowledge they have not yet made a firm decision. They want fans in the stands, but are waiting a little closer to the opener to make the hard call on the numbers.

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  13. 21 Vox O'Reasoñ March 5, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    My way-too-early prediction for the Opening Day roster.

    Lineup:
    RAJ, RF
    Ozzie, 2B
    MVFree, 1B
    Big Bear, LF
    Td’A, C
    Riley, 3B
    Dans, SS
    Pache, CF

    Rotation:
    Fried (L)
    Morton (R)
    Anderson (R)
    Smyly (L)
    Bryse Wilson (R)
    NOTE: Soroka will open the season on the DL

    Bench:
    William Contreras, C (R)
    Jake Lamb, 3B/1B (L)
    Johan, IF/OF (S)
    Ender, OF (L)
    TBD (I believe the last bench player is not yet on the team)

    Bullpen:
    Will Smith, Cl (L)
    Chris Martin (R)
    Tyler Matzek (L)
    AJ Minter (L)
    Jacob Webb, (R)
    Grant Dayton (L)
    Josh Tomlin (R)
    TBD (I believe the last reliever is not yet on the team)

    As for that last reliever, I won’t be surprised to see Shane Greene signed. If it’s not Greene, the team will find another big RH arm to bring in. I will not discount the possibility of young Kyle Muller being that guy, but I think Alex and Snit would prefer someone with experience. I think Huascar Ynoa would be a good one, but I also think they may want to keep him stretched out at AAA. Jaseel de la Cruz could sneak into the conversation as well. Touki Toussaint has a long way to go. He’s a good candidate to be traded for a “change of scenery”. Sean Newcomb is an even better candidate to be traded.

    I have no clue about the last bench guy. It’s just a hunch. But unless one of Phillip Ervin, Guillermo Heredia, or Abraham Almonte surprise me, none will open the season in Atlanta. Only Heredia has a minor league option. I wish Braden Shewmake had a little more seasoning. He’d be a perfect fit.

    There will be adjustments made closer to the end of camp as other teams identify surpluses and positions of need.

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    • 22 Gil in Mechanicsville March 5, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      Must always remind myself that the games being played are only scrimmages and do not count for anything other that working out the kinks. Still, players are being graded so they must mean something to somebody…

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  14. 23 Gil in Mechanicsville March 6, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Todays scrimmage takes place against the Rays. Charlie Morton starts for the Bravos.

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  15. 25 Gil in Mechanicsville March 8, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Off day for the Los Bravos today, I expect most of the kids will make an appearance in camp today anyway. Only the grizzled vets will take advantage of a free day.

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    • 26 Vox O'Reasoñ March 8, 2021 at 10:09 am

      Yep. The competition for the few open roster spots will start to intensify this week after the off day. If there is any sort of real measuring stick thus far, and there’s really not, Cristian Pache is tightening his grip on the starting CF spot, Alex Jackson is falling short at the plate in his best shot at BUC, and Jake Lamb seems to have locked up one of the bench roles.

      Expect to see Johan Camargo at SS more as the braintrust determines if they have to fill a bench spot with another player capable of handling SS. It should be noted, too, that Johan could well be in danger of making the team at all if he can’t field the position anymore. The team has a backup 3B in Lamb, and plenty of OF options already in camp or soon to be available. That backup SS may be the most watched competition over the next week or so.

      I still think there will be one more addition to the pen and I still think Shane Greene is the best fit, both for him and for the Braves.

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  16. 27 Gil in Mechanicsville March 11, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Baseballs flying out of ballparks today, looks like MLB is trying to use up their leftover baseballs from last season,

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  17. 28 Vox O'Reasoñ March 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

    MLBTR:

    Veteran outfielder Nick Markakis is calling it a career after 15 seasons at the Major League level, he tells David O’Brien and Dan Connolly of The Athletic. The 37-year-old says he made up his mind shortly after the postseason ended and did not pursue any opportunities this winter. “My No. 1 decision and my main focus on this is obviously my kids and my family,” Markakis said, adding that he’s both fortunate and thankful to have been able to play the game as long as he has.

    Nicky Kakes was a very important part of this team during its rebuild and transition to perennial contender. I do not think he gets the credit he’s due. I think he was a great Atlanta Brave and I hope that he one day gets the appreciation he’s due.

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    • 29 Gil in Mechanicsville March 12, 2021 at 11:15 am

      Yes, he became one of my all time favorite Braves with his steady play and quiet leadership. I would love to have a whole team of Nick Markakis type players.

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  18. 30 berigan2electricboogaloo March 12, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Agreed! Nick M was a doubles machine and an underrated outfielder. Shame he had the neck issues that took away his power, he might have put up near HOF to HOF numbers otherwise. Still, and excellent career, and a big part of the braves success of late.

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  19. 32 Vox O'Reasoñ March 12, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    According to Bowman, 24 players were optioned or reassigned to minor league camp today:

    Players optioned (40-man roster players) to Gwinnett: RHP Víctor Arano, LHP Tucker Davidson, RHP Jasseel De La Cruz, LHP Kyle Muller, RHP Chad Sobotka, and RHP Patrick Weigel

    Players reassigned to Minor League camp: INF CJ Alexander, INF Bryce Ball, C Logan Brown, LHP Thomas Burrows, OF Justin Dean, OF Travis Demeritte, OF Michael Harris II, OF Trey Harris, RHP Daysbel Hernández, RHP Kurt Hoekstra, RHP Connor Johnstone, RHP Nolan Kingham, LHP Phil Pfeifer, INF Braden Shewmake, RHP Freddy Tarnok, RHP Victor Vodnik, OF Drew Waters, and RHP William Woods

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  20. 33 Vox O'Reasoñ March 12, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    New rumor today has 3B/1B Maikel Franco in the sights of the Braves. The Mets and O’s are also in the mix, and Franco is supposed to make a decision possibly as early as this evening.

    Why would they be interested in Franco when they already have Johan Camargo and Jake Lamb in camp? Simple.

    Johan’s spring slash: .167/.231/.250 with just 2 hits thus far in 13 PA’s.
    Jake’s spring slash: .083/.214/.083 with just 1 hit in 14 PA’s

    Doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure that one out, does it?

    I’m afraid that Johan is short timing it on the big league roster. Lamb has the greater power potential and Johan has minor league options. Add Franco to the mix and you have a pretty good R/L power punch off the bench with him and Lamb. I think right now you have to like Ehire Adrianza’s chances of sneaking in as backup SS. The trick there is that he’ll require a 40-man roster spot. Of course, that decision doesn’t have to be made until right before Opening Day when rosters are set. The Braves’ 40-man roster is currently full. Any new additions would require a casualty. Johan could really use a couple of good games in a row or his minor league options might not even matter.

    Speaking of 40-man roster spots, neither one of 4th OF hopefuls Abraham Almonte and Phillip Ervin have minor league options remaining, so one or both could be on the bubble should the need arise. Ender Inciarte has a thumb injury meaning one of the above mentioned fellas could make the Opening Day roster by default. Ervin is the reported leader in the race. He has 4 H in 13 PA’s, so he’s not proven to be overmatched thus far. He also has good power, although it hasn’t shown up in spring games yet. Almonte has not been equal to the task. He has just 1 hit (a triple) thus far. Unless the Braves are getting tired of Chad Sobotka, Almonte is also at risk of losing his roster spot. The other OF in camp is Guillermo Heredia. He does have 1 option left, so the 30-year-old RH will likely be stashed at AAA for depth.

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  21. 35 Vox O'Reasoñ March 12, 2021 at 10:09 pm

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  22. 36 Vox O'Reasoñ March 12, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Not sure how I’m going to see the games this year. Since Sinclair Broadcasting, the parent company of the regional Fox Sports networks that broadcast the Braves, can’t seem to come to a contract agreement with any of the streaming services, I might be left out in the cold. I don’t want DirecTV (who already had one battle with the RSNs). I moved from Hulu+ to YoutubeTV when Hulu lost the games last year. Now YoutubeTV is on the outs too. Only Windstream Kinetic carries it here, and I’d have to quadruple what I’m paying now for the service level that includes the RSNs. I just can’t do it.

    Makes me ill. The millionaire companies can’t find a satisfactory way to split their millions of dollars, so fans like me pay the price. Thoroughly disgusted.

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  23. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2021 at 5:03 am

    I bit the bullet and re upped with the MLB but what the hey, little recourse for me unless I want to become a Nats or Orioles fan.

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  24. 38 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2021 at 9:37 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENNY… Feeling it yet? 🙂

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  25. 40 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Vee, have you thought about putting up a booster exterior antenna to maybe pull in the Atlanta station? I know the MLB package would do you no good as they would black out your coverage for the Braves except for delayed telecast.

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  26. 41 Vox O'Reasoñ March 13, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    I have a couple of choices. I could go with DirecTV or I could pay the users rate of Kinetic. I have gotten used to my cord cutting steaming services and like them very much. I also like paying just $25 a month. Kinetic is $75. Ew.

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  27. 42 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Happy Birthday Ber, I hope you have a wonderful day…

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  28. 43 Vox O'Reasoñ March 15, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Happy Birthday Ber!!

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  29. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Tough trying to follow a game when all you have to go on is a live box score. Bryse Wilson gives up a bunch of singles but pretty efficient today against the Twinkies scrubs.

    Okay, nap time for the old guy….

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    • 45 Vox O'Reasoñ March 16, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      You can actually listen to the games on a radio station streaming on TuneIn. That’s what I did yesterday, and intend to do again today. I believe most of these spring games are available on 106.3 Sports Xtra.

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    • 47 Vox O'Reasoñ March 16, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      As for Bryse, yes he gave up contact, but that’s because he threw strikes. Not sure what the final strike/ball count was, but the guy threw to contact all day and let his defense work. I don’t think anything was hit very hard. He never really seemed to not be in control.

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  30. 48 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Nice to have Acuna heating up. Of course not necessarily against the front line guys but you never really know. Anyway, it is better than having a bunch of swings and misses against those same said scrubs.

    It should be fun to see which of the young phenoms emerge as the next outfielder for the Braves, Drew or Harris. There will be a place for either on next years’ team. Maybe even both.

    I thought Wilson’s comments were interesting. Said he had a lot of 1-2 and 0-2 counts but had trouble putting guys away. I don’t mind pitching to contact rather than trying to strike everybody out, you can pitch a lot deeper allowing your defense to help you out.

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  31. 50 Vox O'Reasoñ March 16, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Well, I bit the bullet and ordered Kinetic TV. My wife chuckled. She said she knew I’d cave. It didn’t take long, did it? All I had to do was miss a couple of spring games over one weekend and I crumbled like a millennial at a woke rally.

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  32. 51 Vox O'Reasoñ March 16, 2021 at 12:55 pm

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  33. 52 berigan2electricboogaloo March 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Hey V, \sorry I missed your Birthday on fb, and here! 😦 Not sure why I didn’t see it on fb, I’m there more than here….
    Hope you had a good one! 🙂 tell the misses….Kinetic TV is a late B-day gift you yourself, and of course…the fam 😆

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  34. 53 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Braves fall to the BoSox today 5-3. The good news is Ozuna hit a three run dinger in the 3rd inning. Kyle Wright gives up 2 earned on 3 hits, 2 walks and 4 Ks. Still striving for that elusive 5th starter’s spot.

    Night game Wed vs the high flying Os.

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  35. 54 Vox O'Reasoñ March 17, 2021 at 12:07 am

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    • 55 Gil in Mechanicsville March 17, 2021 at 7:40 am

      You guys know the refrain: Ya never know…

      All these guys want is an opportunity to showcase their tools. Low risk, high reward for the Braves.

      He had Tommy John in August of 2019 so he should be ready by the All-Star break. He will head to the back fields to get into shape will likely pitch a few innings by April.

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  36. 56 berigan2electricboogaloo March 17, 2021 at 9:55 am

    I never quite told you all why I kinda disappeared here for awhile. Bet it’s not why you think!
    Just looked it up, the day Ozuna signed his contract was Jan 21st. Wow! Almost 2 months ago. Something else happened that day, before the signing. Lou Dobbs was fired. 40 + years on tv, 11-12 on Fox Business, highest rated prime time show there and poof. Memory holed. No tributes to a legend, a pioneer on cable tv.

    Dad and I watched him every day, one of the very few fearless people out there, willing to tell the truth, sharing stories that didn’t get much mainstream press (if any). Well, that had to be snuffed out….Ad to that, President Trump, who had been recently cancelled from the internet, wanted to pay tribute to Lou….so, the President, out of office a mere 2 weeks, had to put out a written letter, to someone I had never heard of, via Twitter…the site the started the cancelling ball a-rollin’.

    so, when my buddy that I went to Taco nite , and watched many a braves game called to tell me about the big news, I just….didn’t care. What was SOOOOO important a few hours earlier, just wasn’t.

    I know, I can hear you now V! 😉 God’s in Control! And I agree, fully! But, he was in control during the Civil War, WW1, WW2, Vietnam war, etc, right? Bad things can still happen….

    and it just feels like bad things were, and are happening, the world is spinning out of control, at an ever faster, and faster rate.

    I have some comfort in the fact time, of course….moves on. Closer to the next election ,( I delude myself into thinking, somehow, someway, there is a chance….they will be fair) where hopefully, more and more folks will realize those in charge right now, shouldn’t be in charge of your order at McDonalds.

    So….anyways….spring training is just a weird time to me. I cannot see the braves, for the most part.
    the MLB channel runs tons of games, which is great for “those” fans, of “those” teams, but I never see highlights of games in the evenings, and well…fake baseball!

    Once we get close to real baseball, I will, reliably, like the sun rising in the east, catch the baseball fever, and welcome the respite from the real world of 2021…and post more.

    GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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    • 57 Gil in Mechanicsville March 17, 2021 at 11:09 am

      Yes Ber, I became depressed too but powered thru it. One way was to stop watching Fox News… All of it. For the most part I pretty much stopped watching all news because , well, you know… Of course I still see the Huffington Post blurbs and simply come to an opposite conclusion to anything they report.

      So I try to get as much Braves baseball news as possible all the while living in the Oriole/Nationals sphere of influence.

      That said, welcome back as you input is missed.

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  37. 58 berigan2electricboogaloo March 18, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Mike Shannon is the only link left to my youth (short of my Dad of course) only guy still around from radio/tv when I was a kid. Love his gravelly voice….
    https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/shannon-heading-for-50-years-in-booth-barely-survived-battle-with-covid/article_c1219a0c-2775-5ab2-a262-9027ff8a385f.html

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  38. 59 Gil in Mechanicsville March 18, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Howdy, well after a fairly impressive initial outing by Huscar, it appears he is writing a ticket for himself to Gwinnett. His last two outings have been pretty miserable by all accounts. Maybe he is working on something but I don’t think the guys who are on the bubble can afford the luxury of working on pitches even in exhibition games.

    It seems our old friend Folty has rediscovered his ability to throw hard and strike people out at his new home with the Rangers. Good for him… I wish him every success. Did added stress result in his dramatic weight loss last season? Maybe so if you listen to his “change of scenery is good” comments.

    Charlie Culberson might just get a chance to play everyday too. Looking at his stat sheet, Charlie Clutch is much more effective with more at bats.

    Looks like the Orioles have the Braves number this spring…

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    • 60 Vox O'Reasoñ March 18, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      Huascar’s problems are the same as they have been throughout his young career… he has trouble getting through the lineup multiple times. He can actually carve out a pretty valuable role in ATL as a guy who can come out of the pen and give you 2 maybe 3 innings. That’s where I see his value to this team.

      As for the temporary #5 starting job, Bryse Wilson looks to have taken a pretty commanding lead there. At last that’s this fan’s perspective.

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  39. 62 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2021 at 8:34 am

    I watched a little bit of the Nits & Mutts game yesterday. Both Schwarber and Bell went deep for the Nits. Should be a fun year in the NL East.

    No doubt that Scherzer for the Nits and de Grome for the Mutts will be tough to face but they are only one pitcher on each team and neither will pitch 9 innings in every game. That said, I feel pretty good about the Bravos chances this season with the deep pitching staff they have assembled. Like I said, it should be a fun year.

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  40. 63 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    I love it, 6 hours into the NCAA men’s BB tourney and brackets all across the nation were bust with Orel Roberts Univ upset of Ohio… Whoopee

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  41. 64 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Wow, it was really fun to see Braves baseball today, even if it was just a meaningless spring training game… That’s not really fair because I am pretty sure it means a lot to play well no matter. Wilson looked solid, not a swing and miss guy like a de Grome or a Schurzer but a really solid back end of the rotation pitchers who is going to get better as he gains experience. He has a bit of a Dave Dombrowski vibe to him methinks.

    Luke Jackson looked good in relief and Tyler Matzek looked really strong in the ninth. Heck, everybody looked good. Even the forgotten man Nuke Newcomb.

    Got to see the new wunderkind play an inning and make a nice catch against the right centerfield wall. Drew Waters is going to have to step up his game if he wants to play in Atlanta.

    Okay, almost forgot, Alex Jackson reminded everyone what it looks like to see a long homerun driven into the teeth of the wind. Perfect timing on the swing, you knew it was gone just by the way it left the bat.

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  42. 65 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Bummer… VCU get DQed from tourney by Covid… BOOOOOO!

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  43. 66 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Well, I think we can pronounce Max Fried ready for opening day.

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  44. 67 berigan2electricboogaloo March 22, 2021 at 11:00 am

    “Wilson looked solid, not a swing and miss guy like a de Grome or a Schurzer but a really solid back end of the rotation pitchers who is going to get better as he gains experience. He has a bit of a Dave Dombrowski vibe to him methinks.”

    Gil, you think he’ll make a good GM? 😆

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    • 68 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      Opps, curses to spell check, (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it” … Make that Al Hrabosky … I knew there was a ski in there somewhere…

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  45. 69 Vox O'Reasoñ March 23, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Fun one to listen to on the radio today, folks. The battle for the small handful of bench spots rages on… and no one seems ready to concede. Don’t sleep on the Panda. He’s hungry to play more meaningful baseball. Just missed a walk-off HR by inches in today’s 9th inning.

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  46. 70 Vox O'Reasoñ March 23, 2021 at 5:09 pm

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  47. 71 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2021 at 9:35 am

    For we out of market fans, semi free baseball on the MLB network with Braves vs Pirates at 1PM. Just the thing for a rainy day.

    Trying to keep up with the effectiveness of all the pitchers this spring has been a real trial. Truth be told, I don’t mind the homeruns or the ground ball singles nearly as much as the walks, wild pitches and long pitch counts.

    Unless you are an established star, you are not going to get calls on pitches that could go either way. STOP NIBBLING!

    Nate Jones… exactly the kind of guy you need to come in with men on base. Weak contact is his forte’.

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  48. 72 Vox O'Reasoñ March 24, 2021 at 1:22 pm

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    • 73 Vox O'Reasoñ March 24, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      Oh, and as a side note, Webb’s option could open the door for Nate Jones, whose contract has an opt out if he’s not added to the 40-man roster by tomorrow. He’s looked solid this spring and has probably made the Opening Day roster.

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  49. 74 Vox O'Reasoñ March 24, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Based on that logic, Johan Camargo could find himself optioned for the same reason as Ehire Adrianza has had a pretty impressive spring.

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  50. 75 Vox O'Reasoñ March 24, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Speaking of 40-man roster, the Braves’ is currently full. They’ll have to make some adjustments to add any of the non-roster guys like Jones or Adrianza… or Panda. 😉

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  51. 76 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    test

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  52. 77 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Well, today’s game was really fun for a while. Not really sure what happened to Ian in the 6th inning. Maybe a little tired.

    You are right about Camargo, looks like he will begin the season at Triple A if not traded. The Braves are going to need a couple of roster spots.

    Edwards looks good, I can’t see how he fails to make this team.

    Ender appears to be making a conscious effort to go to left field. Good for him. That is where most of his hits are.

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  53. 78 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Austin loves hitting Pirates pitching, he did not look bad in right field either.

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  54. 79 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    40 man roster moves… Who has a hurt pinkie?

    I feel a trade or two will happen to make some room.

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    • 80 Vox O'Reasoñ March 24, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      Agree.

      It was noted elsewhere today that the Cleveland Non-Specific Cultural Group is hurting so bad for a CF that they’re trying to play newly acquired SS Amed Rosario out there.. and it’s failing miserably. They ought to be looking for a real one, and we just happen to have one we’d let go for almost nothing.

      The other team hurting for a player is Cincy, who has no true SS on their roster. Could someone like Johan Camargo help there? You bet he could. He’d love those short fences, too.

      There’s a couple of roster spots right there.

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  55. 81 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Most likely scenario is for a player or players on the forty man plus no options be traded for a lower level prospects.

    Other GMs are hoping to catch the low hanging fruit hoping the Braves let someone go out of necessity allowing them to get something for nothing. The Braves have too many good arms where others are pitching poor.

    How long do you think Edwards or Jones would last on the open market? Yep…

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    • 82 Vox O'Reasoñ March 24, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      I think one or both makes the team. Grant Dayton is likely a goner. Jacob Webb was already optioned. Luke Jackson needs to be praying.

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  56. 83 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2021 at 8:52 am

    It would be tough for the braves to part with Grant Dayton who at this point has pitched well this spring. No options left for him and he will not pass through waivers un-claimed.

    Which prospects does Texas have in their system who would be worth taking a look at?

    At this point, baseball in general is seriously looking at their bottom line. That said, some teams apparently don’t seem to mind throwing millions at one player while being miserly with everyone else. The minors is a prime example. Truth be told, I don’t think most would mind if the college game became a primary feeder source ala football and basketball.

    Look for baseball to push hard for some type of salary cap in the next CBA. There will always be haves and have nots in the game unless you have some type of revenue sharing agreement among team owners and folks, that is just against everything owners have ever been about in their lifetimes. They did not make their fortunes by being nice.

    For most, it is at the end of their lifetimes they begin to feel guilty about being selfish and try to atone for it. Hey, just how many generations of offspring do they want to screw up? Okay, I’ll leave that rant for another time.

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  57. 84 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2021 at 12:20 pm

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  59. 89 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Uh… sign him 🙂

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  60. 91 berigan2electricboogaloo March 25, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    V, likely you are aware, but in case you haven’t heard…a fair bit of bad weather expected today and tonight. Thought it was more late tonight/early tomorrow, but a tornado right now in Rome, and some serious damage in Alabama earlier :/

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  61. 94 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    tornados can be scary beast, no where to really hide. Plan ahead guys.

    It is pretty tough to get thru spring training without some damage befalling you. Becomes a numbers game. Even normally unhittable Tyler Matzek looked bad this afternoon.

    I thought Luke Jackson looked good, the double on his pitching line was a ball lost in the sun by Pache.

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  62. 95 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Ken Rosensource, in The Athletic:

    Twice during the offseason, the results of Kirby Yates’ physicals raised red flags.

    The first time, the Braves declined to finalize a one-year, $9 million agreement with the free-agent closer, according to major-league sources. The second time, the Blue Jays reduced a proposed one-year, $8.5 million guarantee for Yates to $5.5 million, believing his upside was high enough to justify the risk.

    With Opening Day just nine days away, the Jays’ decision appears to have backfired. General manager Ross Atkins told reporters Tuesday that Yates, 33, “most likely” is headed for Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the second of his career.

    Ah… so Alex was on the trail of an established closer, but was astute enough to back away from potential trouble. This is the first I’ve heard any tangible connection to Kirby Yates. It makes you wonder how many deals are discussed and dismissed that we never hear about.

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  63. 97 nativetarheel March 26, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Gil, this is my new account name. Maybe this will work. Closest I could get that wasn’t already taken was NativeTarHeel, so I guess that’s me, now. Fingers crossed!

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  64. 102 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    listening to tonight’s game vs Twins… Thanks Vee for the info on the link. I know you in market guys can watch , so how does Newk look?

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  65. 103 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Gofers are flying of the bats of the Twinkies. Nate Jones 1, Grant Dayton 2… ick!

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  66. 104 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Despite giving up 5 solo homeruns last night against Minn. The Braves hung on by the skin of their teeth to outlast the Twinks 7-6 in nine innings. I really thought Snit was going to throw in the towel until he brought in Tarnok with the bases loaded and two outs for a final strikeout.

    Surprised to hear Bryse Wilson getting optioned to extended camp and not being in the dugout for opening day. I guess it is just a reminded that baseball is a business as well as a game.

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    • 105 Vox O'Reasoñ March 27, 2021 at 9:24 pm

      Bryse Wilson is optioned so that the team can carry an extra reliever for the first 10+ games. With the built in off days, the Braves will only have the need for a 5th starter once for the first few turns through the rotation. It’s expected that that one turn will be a bullpen game. Meanwhile, Wilson can stay on track for when he’s needed by pitching in sim games at the alternate site.

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  67. 106 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Braves release Lamb, send down Contreras & Camargo and keep Ynoa, Jackson & Sandoval.

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  68. 107 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Jason Kipnis released, Almonte outrighted to alternate site and Phillip Ervin DFAed..

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  69. 108 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Free baseball tonight via MLB TV… Two spectacular defensive plays by Pache and a lead off home run by Acuna.

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  70. 109 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Ronald Acuna adding his name to the outfield assist ledger with a throw to the plate in the 5th inning.

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  71. 110 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    The Panda has apparently subscribed to the Tony Gwenn school of hitting this spring. Hitting to all fields, both from the right and the left. Perhaps this season’s Nick Markakis clone

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  72. 111 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2021 at 8:26 am

    I knew someone would have to spend time in the barrel in order to make some room on the 40 man roster. Looks like that person is Touki Toussaint, placed on the 60 day DL with a sore shoulder.

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  73. 112 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2021 at 9:44 am

    A reminder/heads up that today’s (3/28) Braves game will be available via MLB on line. Free Game of the Day…

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  74. 113 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2021 at 9:55 am

    I did not realize last night’s game was being streamed until the 2nd inning so I missed Acuna’s lead off homer but I did get to see two fantastic plays by Pache and one pretty good one plus another outfield assist by Acuna. Braves pitchers have to feel pretty good about having such a stout outfield behind them. Should make them less nervous pitching to contact.

    Even Ozuna made some nice plays in the outfield. Riley made a nice stop to a hard hit ground ball too. Defense is important. Have a team which can put the bat on the ball is important but having a team which can catch and throw the ball is no less so. It is why I hate walks so much… Just not defense against one but that said, I am not opposed to a few strategic walks being issued on occasion. I won’t be surprised to see more than a few of those being issued in the NL this season top the number 8 hitter in order to face the opposing pitcher.

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  75. 114 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2021 at 10:13 am

    CL, err…NL, or is it NT??? 😉 Glad to see you back with us! 🙂
    I didn’t know if you were still having technical difficulties, or were mad at us!

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  76. 116 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Well, that got ugly quick…

    Goes to show you the scubs are weak.

    I know how most Braves fans feel about Luke Jackson… well, that is how I feel about Huscar Ynoa. Yes, I know he pitched two innings very well but his first inning he gave up three runs and generally stunk like last week’s fish. The guy is just wild… and not in a good way.

    He did basically the same thing his last appearance. I don’t see how Snit can trust him to not blow up? Yes, he has talent but it is like a faulty light switch, you never know when it is going to short out and burn your house down….

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  77. 117 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    And yes, I know Ynoa did not lose today’s game, that honor belongs to Sobotka. I don’t really care about the game, it does not count but Ynoa does bother me, I would feel better having Wilson fill his role. Of course there is always hope for a mysterious shoulder ailment to appear but that is a rant for another day.

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    • 118 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2021 at 8:56 am

      Wilson is the current #5 starter. That’s why he’s been optioned to the alternate site… to stay stretched out. The built in off days in the early schedule do not play in his favor.

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  78. 119 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    And didn’t Jackson look good today? Asking for a friend… 🙂

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  79. 120 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Gil, have to remember, Huscar Ynoa is still 22….seems like someone you would want to send down,but, what do I know?

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    • 121 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2021 at 8:59 am

      Yes Ber, I know he has shone flashes of brilliance, just like Kyle Wright, Touki Trussant and even Chad Sobotka, bless his heart but he seems to have a tough time getting settled in. That is the problem methinks. Like Newk and Luke, you just never know what you are going to get when they ring the bullpen phone.

      For Luke Jackson, well, he can be just plain unlucky at times. Weak ground balls and bloopers are his bane and somehow he needs a pitch to disguise his slider. Batters have found that if they lay off balls thrown at their knees, it will break out of the strike zone. Next thing you know, he has walked himself into a mess.

      The Shane Green saga leads me to believe there is more to the story than just money, like some physical problem we don’t know about but the guys doing the hiring do. Shane is/was too good a pitcher to still be on the beach when a slew of major league clubs can use reliable relief pitching.

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  80. 122 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Welcome back CL (you’ll always be CL) from your involuntary banishment to WordPress purgatory. You were missed!

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  81. 123 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Well, my new job has limited my ability to blather on endlessly about trivial things during the day, but I still get to hop on occasionally. I fully intend to write something on my thoughts regarding the Opening Day roster and the surprises we got with it. I’ll certainly try to get that wrapped up before we lift the lid on the real games later this week. In the meantime, watch the remaining spring games. This week’s personnel usage will most likely mimic what we’ll see from Thursday going forward.

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  82. 125 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2021 at 7:42 am

    “All I can say as a former player is, he’s different,” said Marquis Grissom, a former All-Star center fielder who played 17 seasons with six teams, including two with the Braves in 1995-1996, winning Gold Gloves both of those years and a World Series ring in 1995. “And the last time I saw a player when I said he was different, that was Chipper Jones, that was Barry Bonds, that was Gary Sheffield, that was Jim Thome. DOB The Athletic 3/30/21

    On Michael Harris

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  83. 126 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2021 at 8:19 am

    On reading O’Brien’s piece about Michael Harris and Marquise Grisson’s explanation about how some players have “it”, I could not help but recall my own experience in seeing a player and recognizing that he had “it”.

    It occurred while appending a Richmond Braves game with my dad in the summer of ’81. As I watched him make plays in centerfield I kept thinking this kid is special, and fast… That was Brett Butler who was traded by Atlanta to Cleveland in 1984 along with 3rd baseman Brook Jacoby for sore armed Lem Barker. Still on of the worse trades by Atlanta all time.

    So yeah, I get how a player can be recognized as something special. He has made Drew Waters yesterday’s news and likely the odd man out as far as outfielders are concerned.

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    • 127 Vox O'Reasoñ March 30, 2021 at 9:16 am

      Let’s not forget that Drew Waters is a 5-tool player who bats from both sides of the plate. If he can cut down on the strikeouts, the very item players at his stage of development must overcome, he will still be a force to be reckoned with at the major league level. It might just be Cristian Pache that becomes the odd man out. The good thing is that the Braves have a good problem on their hands. And they have a little time to let that work out. As good a prospect as Michael Harris is, he’s only had 22 AB’s the A-level. The Harris train is still a good way off. Alot can happen in a couple of years.

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  84. 129 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2021 at 8:21 am

    appending??? attending… dag gum I hate spell check sometimes…

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  85. 130 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Soroka sighting… pitched the 6th inning, one hit, a walk, 2 Ks 0 runs
    whoopee…

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  86. 132 berigan2electricboogaloo March 31, 2021 at 8:51 am

    no joke, first game I caught all spring! MLBTV never had highlight shows, just games, I am so out of the loop on all 30 teams….
    and the local channels, man they just don’t think much of our Atlanta Braves!

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  87. 134 Vox O'Reasoñ March 31, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Low key under-the-radar signing… the Braves signed veteran C Jeff Mathis to a minor league deal after he was cut by the Phils. He’s working out at the alternate site, but don’t be surprised to see him added to the roster in place of Alex Jackson.

    The most games Travis d’Arnaud has ever caught in a season is 112, which averages less than 5 out of 7. So you can basically say that AJax will be pressed into duty at least 2 games a week. And while he has come light years as a receiver, and has made himself a very good defensive catcher, he will air condition alot of stadiums this year if he gets enough ABs. Of course, he can hit it a ton when he does make contact… but he has to make contact.

    I expect Mathis to be activated at some point in the fairly near future.

    As for William Contreras, he still needs to play every day. If Td’A were to get injured, WillieC would come up and be the starter. But for now, he’ll get consistent ABs at AAA.

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    • 135 Vox O'Reasoñ March 31, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      This is an interesting note made by DO’B… that Mathis is looking to transition into coaching. Perhaps I was hasty to assume Mathis would be added to the ML roster soon. Maybe he was brought in to finish the grooming of William Contreras. If this is the case, I like the move even better. I also like that Mathis could become a part of the coaching staff at some point. Good catchers almost always make good coaches… and sometimes good managers.

      Just a thought.

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    • 137 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      You realize Mathis is a career .194 hitter? It would not be for his bat he was hired. As a vet to work with the likes of Contreras and Langeliers probably. Can you imagine a line up with Mathis and Anderson batting 8th and 9th? Better hurl a shut out and hope Acuna can run into one.

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  88. 139 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Speaking of Langeliers… I would guess he will play at double A Mississippi this season so he can catch most every day.

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  89. 140 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Despite owing him $27 million over the next two seasons, the Rangers are set to release infielder Rougned Odor in favor of carrying Charlie Culberson on the 26-man roster. Congratulations Clutch…

    White Sox claim Jake Lamb off waivers from the Braves, release catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Hummmm…

    After releasing him earlier this week, the Braves have re-signed veteran Jason Kipnis to a minor-league deal. Okay, a little veteran experience being stashed at triple A.

    Left-hander Jhoulys Chacín has been granted his release by the Yankees after allowing four runs in 9 1/3 innings this spring. Look for him to re-emerge somewhere like Texas

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  90. 142 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2021 at 8:56 am

    It’s opening day folks…. Yeepee! Game time 3:05 P from the city of stuffed ballot boxes… Oh, WAIT! That could be anywhere… DUH! The City of Brotherly Love (in more ways than one) but I digress…

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  91. 144 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I was (briefly) envisioning Jeff Mathis (.161 last year) then pitchers that haven’t hit in a year….yikes!
    Did you know…Drew Smyly is…. 0 for his career as a hitter? oh man, it’s really going to be fun watching him come up with the bases loaded, oh….50 times this year :/
    Perhaps Garrit Cole will twist his knee on the base paths this year (hopefully not too badly) and some team like the Yankees , and other AL teams will refuse to play in NL parks til the DH is implemented…
    It really isn’t fair to have guys that don’t hit, and haven’t since 2019, hit…oh well….

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  92. 146 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Gil, sadly yes, still have the incredibly overpriced DirectTv…(Have to replace several tube tvs before we could go Roku, or other route)
    Don’t watch a ton of local news for obvious reasons, but Dad , when there is “weather” news wants to watch and sports as always follows the weather, and well, the local guys in the ATL just don’t care to cover the braves much, IMHO

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    • 147 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2021 at 11:05 am

      OMG… I have tube TVs I am having to take to the dump because nobody wants them any more. To be honest, if you don’t have High Def, the picture on a flat screen digital TV is worse that a standard tv picture.

      While people say how great digital TV is for local channels, I disagree because unless you live within 20 miles of the station, you are just as likely to get spotty reception as a good picture. I remember as a kid being able to draw in (although snowy) TV stations 100 miles away.

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  93. 148 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Gil, have to continually fight to get NON HD on the tube tvs (had to break down and get a fancy-smancy big screen tv late last year in the living room, which is where I watch most of my tv, naturally…oddly, some channels like MavTV ( shows like My Classic Car, etc are there) are not HD, and look terrible.
    I am soooo weird, still like to , you know…record movies, etc on dvds. another issue with the new tvs, that without DirectTv I don’t think I could….looked at people on youtube recording Roku, etc and man, you have to have a basic knowledge of quantum physics, and several devices to do that…my future no doubt…not knowing quantum physics though 😉

    so, only 2 + hours till game time! Hard to believe!

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  94. 149 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Okay, not the crispest game for Fried but good enough with only two runs given up in five innings. The Panda becomes an instant fan favorite in Atlanta with a monster 2 run HR to right off NOLA to tie the game. Now a bullpen game, advantage Braves…

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  95. 150 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Okay, bit by the man on 2nd rule…

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  96. 151 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2021 at 8:22 am

    So much for going undefeated…

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    • 152 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2021 at 8:50 am

      Yep, tough loss there but I had a premonition of a loss yesterday, just a tough ticket to get out of Philly with a win against Nola. Close but no cigar. Get ’em Saturday and Sunday.

      Not sure if the Nats will play their opening series against the Braves next week, you have to wonder if the visited the same strip club the Marlins did last spring??? Just saying…

      It is going to be cold and blustery in Philly this weekend. Best to hope the entire team doesn’t come down with pneumonia after playing this crap. One has to wonder if the schedule makers have a map of the USA so they can see regions where cold weather is likely in April? The game in Detroit was ridiculous yesterday.

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      • 153 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2021 at 1:21 pm

        Seems like we say this every year. Why not just play the first week or so in warmer climate ballparks or indoor ballparks? It doesn’t seem that hard to me. Detroit, Chicago, Philly… you’re just asking for it to be cold.

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        • 154 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2021 at 1:27 pm

          In this part of the country, March and April are just FUBAR as far as weather stability. Especially around Easter.
          It can be 80 degrees on Friday and 6 inches of snow on following Monday. It is not until May the weather stabilizes.

          The only way to get around weather is a domed stadium, especially one with a retractable roof. I am of the opinion the Braves missed an opportunity on that one.

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  97. 155 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    FYI: Braves have re-signed RHP Carl Edwards Jr to a minor league contract. That’s it… Good signing in my opinion.

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  98. 156 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    So, MLB yield to the woke crowd on a false narrative, I don’t really have a dog in that fight but the changes made sense to me, requiring a ID to prove who you are are required for everything else in life. Oh well…

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    • 157 berigan2electricboogaloo April 2, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      Yeah, took an afternoon nap and woke up to this B.S. So, SO damn tired of evil winning…I am sure the never Trumper gov will soon give up, even though the GOP was completely in the right to revamp the law…
      at least we know evil won’t win forever….

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  99. 158 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Oh wow. Can the political forces that be just leave MLB alone? Y’all know how much I love my Braves. I’m not sure how to react to this. But my initial impression is to just relegate MLB to the same junk heap as all the other garbage that has surfaced in this new woke age. It’s all so exhausting.

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  100. 160 berigan2electricboogaloo April 4, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Happy Easter everyone He is Risen!

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  101. 161 berigan2electricboogaloo April 5, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Well, appears Cobb county , that voted for Biden (apparently) will lose 100 Mil cuz of their stupidity. Oh well! And MLB has made a deal with a Chinese company to increase their streaming in China. So, don’t any MLB GMs or players get uppity and say something pro Hong Kong or against the enslavement of the Uyghurs, or they will suffer like the NBA did, with this very same company. Freedom of speech, who needs it?

    and the final bit about this whole fiasco before I move on (hopefully) I watches MLBTV’s quick pitch, I guess it was Friday night and saw how VERY happy the players appear to be over this, Curtis Granderson, and others that represent the players union….sigh…..I didn’t even get mad, just sad. They just don’t know anything, so they really think good has come out of this…well, fans like me already missed 100 games last year, and who knows how long before stadiums will be allowed to be full (get that Vax passport out!) this year…so, if a combination of small audiences in person and on TV (remember how minuscule the ratings were for the playoffs in 2020, when they should have been thru the roof ?) and greed on both sides leads to a strike in 2022…well, they might just put that final stake in the heart of many a baseball fan. I thought I was done with baseball after the 1994 strike (I didn’t watch at all in 1995, of ALL years)
    but I have found for the firsts time in a quarter century, I can truly do without the game I have been so very addicted to most of my life. I do have other interests as I am sure everyone else here has too! Keep poking the bear….

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  102. 162 berigan2electricboogaloo April 5, 2021 at 9:04 am

    ok, best not to hold on to bile, best to let it come up! Now, baseball. Braves baseball…ummm, err…well….
    Hopefully warm weather will help the braves bats. wait are they coming home? Oh crud…Nats? and postponed…weeee!

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  103. 163 berigan2electricboogaloo April 5, 2021 at 9:22 am

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  104. 164 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Hi gang, what should be a high point for me with the beginning baseball seasons has definitely been soured by MLB’s wrong headed decision to move the 2021 All-Star game out of Georgia based on a false narrative. I am already beset by a Va Governor who by all accounts is an ass. I don’t even live in Georgia and it still pisses me off. I can’t imagine how many Georgians feel being painted with a broad brush as to somehow being racist only because they want to reduce the probability of fraudulent votes being cast.

    I personally think voting should be harder, not easier. But that is just me.

    All that said, I find it tough to follow the game right now and even harder to post anything about it. Politics has already ruined NASCAR and the NFL for me. I avoid watching the news as much as possible because I already know most of what is being said is 100% bullshit…

    Okay, stepping off my soapbox now, thank you for allowing me to vent.

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  105. 165 Vox O'Reasoñ April 6, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    I’m still watching and keeping up, but I’m not really going out of my way. I’ll watch the Braves. I may even go to a game at some point. But things have changed… and that’s not restricted to just baseball. I think I may even be a little more sad than mad… sad for the sheep that are so easily intimidated and influenced. It’s really the weakness of Rob Manfred manifested into a knee-jerk reaction. Whatever.

    Maybe I’ll just start following the Savannah Bananas instead.

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/introducing-banana-ball-the-savannah-bananas-attempt-to-change-baseball/

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  106. 167 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Well, looks like one of those games..

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  107. 168 berigan2electricboogaloo April 6, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    so…am I the ONLY one that didn’t know this???? I thought Bally’s was the fitness company…no more Fox Sports south…and only Direct TV kept them??? what are the ratiings, anyway????
    https://www.sportstalkatl.com/braves-ballys-to-replace-fox-sports-starting-in-2021/

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  108. 169 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    It’s political. Bally’s won naming rights to a product owned by Sinclair Media, a conservative outfit.

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  109. 170 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    It’s called de-platforming…

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  110. 172 berigan2electricboogaloo April 7, 2021 at 9:37 am

    we all know we are addicted to baseball…but, we all can quit. Don’t think any of us are ready for that…yet….I just want to be…left alone! I don’t want B L M images across the screen, pro Auntie-Fa screeds (haven’t seen those by teams…yet) just shut up and pitch, and hit….
    sad, but I kinda want to see baseball fail…to a degree. I want ratings to crash, attendance to not get back to normal IF fans are allowed to go to games, outside of Texas.
    of course, a strike becomes more likely…sigh…but perhaps it’s like a Chemo treatment to the sport. Sadly, the NBA and NFL still seem to be doing ok….but I know so many people that don’t follow the NFL anymore , I expect that day will come….

    at least we can forget all about this and just sing the praises of the braves :/
    well, at least they hit some homers yesterday! I checked the day before and saw the braves were 0-3, 3.5 games back. Yikes! After losing last night, it was lucky the phils lost so while 0-4, still just 3.5 games behind. 4.5…and the season would clearly be toast! 😉

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  111. 173 berigan2electricboogaloo April 7, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    BRAVES WIN!!!! (a game) BRAVES WIN!!!!
    i know Snit couldn’t know that Fried would have a bad day (still not sure what is wrong with his leg) but you got what, 2-3 starters in the minors that could come up for a day….now you have 2 bullpen games same day. Lucky the games are only 7 inning affairs

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  112. 175 Gil in Mechanicsville April 7, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Oh my… The Panda is my hero…

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  113. 176 Gil in Mechanicsville April 7, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Newk looked like he was pitching with a purpose today…

    Soroka shut down with shoulder inflammation.

    Braves are 2-4 to start the season. Okay, my former father in law, a life time Tiger fan use to say “early days”…
    Never get too caught up with the won/loss records before the All-Star game.

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  114. 177 berigan2electricboogaloo April 7, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    “Lest I jinx it, Ynoa pitching like an ACE… Knock on wood…”

    Heh, I jinxed things, in a good way 😉
    Braves win 2!

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  115. 178 berigan2electricboogaloo April 7, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    hey, I keep going to espu (credit to V, or Gil?) for box scores cuz…I can’t find a decent site! Not sure if you can see this image or not, but this is what I see on fox sports

    http://www.imagebam.com/image/60f4ea1374295490

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  116. 181 Gil in Mechanicsville April 8, 2021 at 12:57 am

    CBS sports has a decent site and there is always the MLB site.

    Pretty nice piece by Davis O’Brien on the team chemistry of the Braves via the Athletic. Ber, if you are interested I will send you a link that will allow you 30 days free access. They have lowered their subscription service price to $1 a month which is actually not over priced.

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  117. 182 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Josie and I both received our second Covid vaccine yesterday…. I won’t go back for another… We both still feel sick from the second shot. Weakness and fatigue, fever… The cure is not suppose to be worse than the disease. We are out of bed this morning but that won’t be for long…

    I cannot see any ballplayer getting the vaccine and being able to play for a week.

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  118. 183 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Gil, thanks! It’s funny, I joined the Athletic what, 2 years ago? Then the price went up and dropped it. Then I got one of those $1 offers and re-upped. Funny, silly me, never even thought to look at the scores there! I’m not crazy about the layout though…I’ll keep checking CBS and see if I can get more used to it…

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  119. 184 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Gil, from what I have read/heard (I have a cuz who is a doc, and she got quite sick from the 2nd shot) it’s actually a sign your immune system works pretty well!

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    • 185 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      Aha, the old “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” defense… Feeling better but still sleeping a lot. I have not been this sick feeling since the spring of my senior year in high school. That is ancient history. Well I did get food poisoning when I was 20 but that was over in 24 hours… They won’t get me to volunteer to take another shot for Covid.

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  120. 186 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2021 at 9:07 am

    I’ve wanted to like Rob Manfred, seems decent enough when I have seen him on TV, but this recent thing had me disliking him again (well the No DH thing this year didn’t help either)
    but, like so many things in life…it’s not all black and white…and sadly, I had to really dig(guess duckduckgo is getting as bad as google) …as most stories made it sound like Stacy Abrams actually didn’t want the boycott…well, of course…total BS!!!!!
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/stacey-abrams-urged-mlb-commissioner-move-all-star-game

    and ICYMI, Fay Vincent is a very brave man!
    https://www.kabc.com/news/ex-mlb-commissioner-rips-decision-to-move-all-star-game/

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  121. 188 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2021 at 9:20 am

    and I just found out via MLB’s quick Pitch that Ken Reitz, aka the Zamboni machine died at the end of March( they showed a brief tribute to the Cards that died, showed 8 faces, they only mentioned Brock and Gibson)
    anyone remember him?
    Probably after Ted Simmons , my favorite Cardinal. He was the SLOWEST player in baseball! Have no idea why , but just couldn’t run to save his life. He lost so many hits. and at least 1 perhaps 2 seasons, he was leading the league in hitting, around June 1st, then would hit like .225 the rest of the season….
    but, he was best known for his Zamboni like ways of sucking up every doggone ball down the line, or in the hole. (How he did this being so slow, I’m not sure, played deep on the fake grass I guess) and just didn’t make errors. I Says in this article, he only made 8 one year….
    Damn…sad to see players die off you saw in your youth. Of course, everyone knows that feeling….

    https://www.pantagraph.com/sports/kindred-in-the-end-more-light-than-dark-for-former-cardinal-third-baseman-ken-reitz/article_472bd8b0-ab1d-5419-8d0a-7619b969ed04.html

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  122. 189 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Well, that sucked… Only one game but if you can make the correct call from 7 camera angles, two of which clearly show a player failed to touch the plate… well, you know…

    Okay, time coming to make up some ground against the Marlin this week.

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  123. 191 Gil in Mechanicsville April 12, 2021 at 9:46 am

    To me the most impressive thing about Acuna this season is he has realized it is his job to bust it out of the box to first on every ball in play. Last night he was rewarded by being called safe after a routine grounder to short. That my friends is a first. Anyone else remember him dogging it a couple of times last summer?

    Tatis who? Anyone who hasn’t seen him play before got an eye full last night. It is a shame the ump missed the call at the plate last night or it would be all that people would be talking about today.

    Bryse Wilson must be wondering what else he has to do to punch his ticket to Atlanta. Ynoa to continue to start a while longer.

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  124. 193 berigan2electricboogaloo April 13, 2021 at 5:24 am

    if the braves lose the division by a game… the Phils owe the NY ump team 365 days of steaks…

    Ronald had a heck of a game…too bad they lost.

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  125. 194 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Last night’s game was a truly disappointing affair. The 2021 Braves have become (gasp) the 2020 Phillies…

    Failing to hold a lead is very demoralizing to every fan. BOOOOOO!

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  126. 195 Vox O'Reasoñ April 13, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Still too early and too small a sample to make many judgments as to what this team is in 2021. Plus, I believe there will be another adjustment or 2 made.

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    • 196 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2021 at 5:37 pm

      Such as signing Green? Moving Newk to the closer role?

      Folks, I hate giving up walks more than I hate giving up a home run.

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      • 197 Vox O'Reasoñ April 13, 2021 at 7:58 pm

        I think if Shane Greene made sense he would already have a deal somewhere. Not sure what’s goin on with him, but it must not be very attractive.

        Jacob Webb has been good in the past, but has just reappeared. I won’t be too quick to besmirch (FOB?) him yet. I do not have the same warm and fuzzies with Nate Jones. I see him as the first man gone when reinforcements arrive.

        Victor Arano and Edgar Santana lurk at the alternate sight. And don’t sleep on Kurt Hoekstra. The guy with the biggest upside is Daysbel Hernandez. He just needs some more seasoning. Still, we could see him this season if he can do that thing all young pitchers must do… fine tune the control.

        This is the MLB Pipeline profile on Daysbel: His fastball sits easily in the mid-90s and hits 98-99 mph consistently, thrown with excellent riding life. He backs that up with a slider that flashes plus with bite when it’s tight enough, though it can get loopy at times and he can have trouble landing it in the strike zone. Hernandez has had trouble with his control on and off since signing with the Braves, but he threw strikes fairly consistently during his time at instructs. He doesn’t need pinpoint command for him to get to the big leagues, and with the improvements with his slider, he could get some high-leverage innings in the future.

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