#152, Yeah, if he hits .300 and is our most clutch hitter for 2 years. Do you guys just ignore 2007-09, because if you do, then yeah, I hate Yunel, but if you watched the Braves from 07(late)-09 you realize Yunel was more clutch than McCann. That’s just the way it was. Go back and watch some games. Gonzo sucks compared to Yunel. Fact. People didn’t like Yunel for reasons other than baseball. This is the South. These are the Braves. There I said it. If he threw his bat half as much as Gonzo did he’d be considered a menace by ATL fans. It’s an absolute double standard. Cue the Steve, Yunel tried to murder Glaus and he’s a jerk post, which is based on no fact but reporter bs.
How can you guys say I’m glad he’s gone? How? Are u in the clubhouse? do u know what effect it had? U guys spew stuff like it’s fact when it’s speculative bs. And then when we add our opinions, that differ from yours, you act like we’re from Mars and we have no idea what’s going on? do u? do u actually know these guys? come on folks… you people know absolutely nothing on yunel. face it.
Nate, why are you so seemingly obsessed that folks agree with your opinion? Just say what you have to say and move on. It’s that simple.
I can’t help it that you and apparently others, might not don’t remember (or choose not) how he didn’t run out balls at times, called out the official scorer on errors from the field, nearly got Troy Glaus’ wrist broke on a lazy lollipop throw from short to first, would at times only talk to the press when things were going good and in general not playing ball the Braves-way. Yunel looked like he wasn’t happy, didn’t want to be there, so we moved him. It all worked out in my opinon.
As far as wondering why we can’t win a championship these days? In sport the best team does not always win. Championships are won by the team that’s playing the best ball at the time. That is why once you get into the post season all bets are off and is the reason why it’s not surprising that the wildcard team has just as much a chance to win it all over the team with the best record from the regular season.
Yunel trade was ONE of the worst. Period! A GM’s foresight has to be even better than his hindsight. Everyone can see the past (not necessarily clearly). One trade doesn’t make a career but let’s face it, this one was a mistake and we are paying for it almost daily.
I mean, if you wanna get on Frank, you can probably cite the Derek Lowe deal. Not on Derek’s dismal performance but on the risky huge salary over so many years that might have very well kept us from acquiring another few pieces with that money.
But I think just like Greg Maddux thinks on deals, trades, and contract extensions: You get paid based upon what you’ve done in the recent past, not what you are going to do. GM’s don’t, and of fans don’t when the player doesn’t perform to the consistency we paid for. But how else can one assess a player’s value other than what they have done in the past? The sad fact is, we got sattled with D-Lowe for four seasons at 60 millian bucks in Derek’s declining years.
An then there’s the KK deal which some insiders say that the Braves never even laid eyes on before the offer. My opinon on KK is: He never could cope with playing at the Major League level and it got into his head. So much so, that he could no longer pitch at this level and now (it appears) at any American professional baseball level.
I personally hate the Yunel trade. Said it at the time. Still say it now. But how many times are we going to talk about it? I’m terrible about bringing up the Tex trade and the JD Drew trade, but none of it matters right now. It’s ancient history. Those trades were made, Lonnie Smith got deked, Otis was safe, the Twins cheated, Wohlers got beat on his 3rd best pitch. Whatever. It doesn’t matter any more. It’s all over with. I hate it, but let’s focus on the problems this team has scoring runners from 3rd. The pitching in the 2nd half, etc. We can’t keep having the Yunel conversation. Turns out, it won’t change anything.
I don’t think he’s sucking on purpose. Actually this is very sad that we are benching him when he hasn’t had consistent at bat’s these last 3 days. The only solution for a player like Heyward is to keep playing him so he can work out of his slump. Otherwise don’t bench him and just send him to AAA. No need for him to be sitting on the bench. If he can’t hit lefties then keep throwing him out there against lefties. This guys our future, we have to work with him right now.
#162, Eric, I don’t care for some of your posts either. There are a lot of less than original posts here; if you don’t like em, don’t read ‘em. Like it or not, a GM, like any other executive in any business, better get more decisions right then wrong.
Also, no crime in following ex-Braves careers.
Please send some more of your “original” thoughts so we can all enjoy. I particularly like it when you quote others and THEIR original thoughts.