Steve, regarding the signing times of Wags and Uggs, I think the meetings are structured differently this year, something got moved in front of something else and started things going sooner…? Something? I read it and mostly forgot it. Maybe you motherbloggers know what I’m talking about.
I half hope he prices himself out and we pick up Matty D. I know it’s wrong to let your liking for a player get in the way, but dammit I don’t want the Braves to finally break through and Diaz not be there for the champagne.
From today’s motherblog (more literally, I guess, since it’s Carroll):
Jones was curious though, after playing his entire career for Bobby Cox, if spring training was going to become more boot camp-ish. And he called Fredi to ask about it. He wanted to know how much of a culture shock he and the team might be facing. And as a team leader, he wanted to know if he or his teammates needed to prepare differently for spring training.
Jones has talked with his new manager
“I think guys were scared to death that we were going to have to show up in spring training and have to run a six-minute mile or a 30-second shuttle run, things like that,” Jones said. “We’re used to playing ourselves into shape throughout the course of a six-week spring training. The new-age managers like for guys to come into camp ready to play nine innings and 162 games first day of spring training, and that’s just not the way it’s been done here.”
Jones said Gonzalez assured him he wouldn’t be turning things upside down, that he would bring his own flavor here and there but not make wholesale changes.
In the process of finding some Fredi info to make myself feel better, I found something to make myself feel worse about BOB COX.
“Gonzalez said he’ll do a few things differently than Cox. Perhaps the most noticeable change will be having the players stretch on the field before batting practice, something his predecessor never asked the Braves to do.”
Are you motherflipping kidding me???
Sigh, well, at least that does make me feel a bit better about the “wouldn’t be turning things upside down” comment.
Speaking of so-long-Bob, I read a Rob Neyer (okay, limited value) article on keeping Bobby’s name out of the running for greatest manager. I started to link it, but didn’t want to be a bubbie downer. It was just what we all knew about his loyalty to the players and some crazy post season decisions. But it was cathartic to hear a big writer say it clearly even in the wake of retirement sentimentality.
I’m just assuming, though, that this isn’t the case, since Fredi has made a point of saying that would change. If he’d never registered it as something he didn’t agree with, I can’t imagine him making the comment.