Have you guys read Prado’s response to being asked to move to LF? I didn’t know it was possible, but he just continues to impress me more and more. I really hope he gets to retire a Brave someday. His character and work ethic could make him the last guy to wear number 14 for our team. So proud. Kudos to you Mr. Prado. Happy healing and offseason.
Nate – I ain’t hatin. I am worryin about my new main man, Martin. Unless we make a move for a speedy/OBS/defensive stud CF, Martin is leading off and playing LF. I know that he is more of a gamer than anyone on the team, but that is a lot of wear and tear on him. I would love to see him hit second. I have gotten to a good place with him playing LF, I just think we are not there yet.
Tony Gwynn, Jr? Reggie Willits? I don’t think we can afford BJ Upton. If Boston is balking at the price for him, there is no way we can swing it.
If McLouth begins the season at CF, I am coming to Atlanta, waking up Curt’s kids, and spanking Steve.
Hammy, I agree about Prado hitting second. I agree with everything that’s been said this week on the ABT site about us needing a leadoff hitter/speedster CF, and the cheapest option is for McLouth to be who we thought he was prior to the trade. The only problem is that he really is quite terrible at everything (throwing, hitting, pretty much any aspect of baseball), so Prado will likely get stuck leading off. BJ Upton would be an awful fit in the Braves’ clubhouse. If they didn’t like Yunel, then Upton would be an absolute nightmare for the team.
If – and it’s a big, huge, nearly impossible if – McLouth returned to quasi-all star form, this would be the best team in the National League. Just no replacing what that would do – clear up the money we would have to eat to absorb him, give us speed on the base paths, keep Prado out of the leadoff, add 20 homeruns to a team that just added 30.
My tiny piece of hope comes from the fantasy of the new hitting coach and Chipper hammering that uppercut out of him in the Spring.
You really think with McLouth having his AS level season makes this the best team in the NL? I still think the Phils might be better. Losing Werth will hurt them a lot, but they are so solid in so many places. Plus their top three. But the Braves would be very close. I think Chipper only playing 80 or 90 games would really knock us down too.
So happy to read, listen, and talk baseball again! Losing Infante stings, but I am feeling more optimistic than Steve right now. By the way, Curt, I think with a little ointment on our festering if’s, and the addition of Uggla’s right-handed bat, the Braves could be much more solid throughout than even the Phils. Whew! See what I mean?
We are definitely better than the Giants. No doubt about that. If we have a full team in the playoffs last year we beat them. We’ve gone over it a thousand times, but if you have a healthy Chipper, Wags, Prado, EOF, JJ, even a healthy Glaus. We take out the Giants and maybe the Phils too. We still have some lingering issues that if they come around – see McLouth, JJ, defense, nagging injuries to Heyward, Chipper, Prado, Freeman(?) – we are really good. We will miss Infante a lot, and I thought Dunn was really solid too, but add Uggla and his production, it solidifies the middle of the lineup, no doubt. I just want one more move, other than a retread for the bullpen. Is that too much to ask?
” The only problem is that he really is quite terrible at everything (throwing, hitting, pretty much any aspect of baseball), ”
Hilarious and depressing all at the same time. I agree wholeheartedly that if we just had a CF that could hit a little, lead-off, not completely suck and push everyone down the batting order one spot then we would be an absolute force to be reckoned with. And despite all the optimism I’m credited with, I refuse to believe Nate can be that player.
For those desperately waiting on my Harry Potter World review, it did not disappoint. The motion simulation ride at Hogwarts was absolutely terrific. Ollivander’s wand shop experience was great and the butterbeer was very, very tasty. My 3 kids ran around, wands in hand, the rest of the day. Tomorrow, Magic Kingdom!