George (#23), for what it’s worth, I don’t think the opinions have to be mutually exclusive. I like that Minor is competitive and showing some fire. It was missing from his makeup last year. I also think it was arrogant (within the context of his time and stature on the team).
Back to the starting pitching. Teheran just isn’t ready. So we’re looking at JJ, Hanson, Beachy, Minor and Delgado. I’d bank on that. And that’s a bunch of pitchers who haven’t show they can go more than 5 or 6 consistently. I would hate if JJ was so bad we were forced to start Medlen. I feel even more strongly that we need him to make up for the short starts that are on the horizon.
Also, we barely touched on Vizcaino on the show. And now the worst is confirmed. He’s a big ol’ loss in the bullpen. He was primed to have a huge year and take pressure off the other guys.
Here’s a video (that’s kinda funny, but NSFW language), where an Arizona news anchorwoman spits out a four letter word expressing frustration over not getting a big name free agent…Although this video doesn’t have anything to do with baseball, my question is; when do you see or hear sportscasters/news people (not including Curt, Ham, or Steve of course), get noticeably mad or upset out of being a fanboy/girl of the Braves? Should there be more fire amongst broadcasters, journalists, & commentators?
Can’t wait to see the ’30 Clubs in 30 Days’ about the team @ 11 p.m. tonight. If JJ doesn’t get his stuff together, I think the front office would be out of their ever loving mind not to throw Medlen in the rotation so Jurrjens can be given time to work his stuff out.
This 30 clubs in 30 days got me excited again. I swear this Spring training has been a seesaw of emotions. But we really have a good balanced team minus the bench, which Wren did not improve. But the main weakness of this team is in the dugout.
Chipper Jones Announces He Will Retire at Conclusion of 2012 Season
Third baseman to retire after 19 big-league seasons LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones announced today that he has made the decision to retire at the end of the upcoming 2012 Major League Baseball season. The Braves and Jones have expressed interest in rejoining the organization in a yet-to-be-determined capacity after 2012. The No. 1 selection in the 1990 Major League Draft, Jones has played his entire career in the Braves organization. He currently leads all active players with 18 years of service with the same Club (Derek Jeter, 17-NYY; Mariano Rivera, 17-NYY; Todd Helton, 15-COL).Since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966, Jones ranks as the franchise leader in nearly every offensive category. He owns a .304 career batting average, with 454 home runs, 526 doubles and 1,561 RBIs in 2,387 games. Jones and Anaheim Angels first baseman Albert Pujols are the only two active players to hit at least 400 career homers and still have more walks than strikeouts (Jones has 1,455 walks and 1,358 strikeouts).Jones finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1995 and went on to earn the league’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1999. He has been named to seven N.L. All-Star teams and has been voted into the Game as a starter four times, most recently in 2008. He played for the United States team in the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.He won his first career batting title in 2008, with a .364 average. It marked the second-highest single-season average ever for a switch hitter. Mickey Mantle hit .365 for the New York Yankees in 1957.Jones is the only switch hitter in Major League history to post a .300 career average with more than 300 homers, and his career batting average ranks second all-time among switch hitters. Hall-of-Famer Frankie Frisch batted .316. Jones’ home run total ranks third among all switch hitters, behind Hall-of-Famers Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504). The Braves will hold a press conference today at Champion Stadium on third-base side of the fourth (press) level of their spring training complex at ESPN’S Wide World of Sports at 11:30 a.m. ET.