Or that Bub guy. Juuuuuuust kiddiiiiiing. You all know Bub’s my fave and ABT has taught me more about baseball than I ever thought I could hold in my tiny brain. Did anyone see the press conference after the game? I haven’t had the chance but plan too. It’s hard to think about what could have been without so many injuries but isn’t that part of the organizations job? Maybe if both our first basemen, two of our outfielders and, yes even our awesome closer weren’t on their last leg we wouldn’t have broken down so badly. Martin wouldn’t have had to play every daggum day. Our rookie could have taken a mental break or two. I don’t really know what I’m talking about but I love this team and this podcast. Go braves! Let the count down begin!
Everyone – thanks so much for the terrific sentiments toward the show. It is very much appreciated.
To confirm what Curt said, next show will be regular time, regular day – Sunday the 17th.
I’m pretty psyched about the Fredi hire. Regarding the coaching staff, lots of reports and tweets out there that Roger is a lock and that Hubbard and Snitker seem likely too. TP’s name has been noticeably absent. I wonder if there’s talk of no TP in ’11. DOB had an interesting comment this morning that he believes if it is Fredi’s choice, TP will be back. But if it’s not up to Fredi, maybe not.
I think people in the know know something and that TP will not be back.
I’m pumped about Fredi. It will be a nice, smooth transition for the players, and I personally have a high amount of respect for the guy after the way he dealt with the Hanley fiasco. I think he’ll do a fine job in Atlanta with our rotation and bullpen. The garbage pile of relievers he had in Florida this past season was an absolute joke.
Where do we think Omar plays next year? Does he move to the OF? Does Prado go to the OF and leave Omar at 2B? Should be interesting to see how it shakes out.
Do you think they really wouldn’t have clued TP in long before now? Like, back when they knew he wouldn’t replace Bobby himself. I mean, they’ve made some dumb parting-of-ways moves before, but – seriously – leaving just before the press conference seems like show.
I’m not what I would call fired up about Fredi. I don’t think he’ll be a big difference maker as a manager. I’ve seen him make some silly moves now and then.
But I also don’t think he’ll be a difference maker in the wrong direction, as I’m afraid another Atlanta manager (the name escapes me) had become. So I’m very satisfied with the move. I think the removal of TP from the hitting coach position is at least some evidence it won’t be “business as usual,” and that Fredi will have his own distinct approach and not be asked to be Bobby Junior.
In fact, I expect (without much evidence) there are things about Bobby that Wren explicitly hopes Fredi will not emulate.
I don’t know if the interview with FW is up in their archives yet, but 790 the Zone spoke with him this morning and he had some interesting things to say about possibly moving players to get a bat, and some expectations he has for where this team is headed, in regards to their strengths. He was talking about all the speed in their farm system and how they are going to need to start using that portion of the game. But he also we very honest in understanding that they need power, and right handed power, badly. The unfortunate part was that once again, the payroll isn’t moving, so forget Werth and Crawford playing here.