April 01, 2012

Show #177: Braves Spring Training Wrap-Up with David O’Brien

DOB talks Juan Francisco, areas of concern, the SS position, the NL East and the greatness of Chipper.  Also, our 2012 predictions.



127 Responses to “Show #177: Braves Spring Training Wrap-Up with David O’Brien”

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  1. 76
    Anonymous Says:

    Highlights so far . . . Um . . .

    The games are going quickly?

  2. 77
    Ham Says:

    That was me. Here’s a highlight –
    I am trying to clean my house and watch the game at the same time, so I am only watching the braves ABs.

    I am making a lot of progress on cleaning my house.

  3. 78
    Walker Says:

    Why not use Cristhian Mart instead of Durbin?

  4. 79
    Walker Says:

    Oh Fredi

  5. 80
    Frigatedoc Says:

    Looks like the Braves picked up where the left off last year. They have not won a game since 23 Sep 2011

  6. 81
    Leah Says:


  7. 82
    tell it like it is Says:

    Braves sure were lucky to get Diaz back last year. Adding even more journeymen players at the end of spring training is also a plus. Now, they have almost too many clutch hitters. LOL. Doesn’t look like September was a fluke; the no hitting streak may continue for some time. Mediocre players equal mediocre team. Too many “ifs” to be a serious team. If Heyward and Prado can hit. If McCann will ever see the ball again. If a clown at third can fill in for Chipper. If Freeman can duplicate rookie year. If Prado can be a team player. If Uggla can be consistent. if anyone can hit with runners in scoring position. If anyone can produce anything from the shortstop position. If washed up pitchers can be the long relievers. If Fredi grows a brain and a pair.
    They may stay close as the Braves will have the starters and closers (Need a lead to need closers); but, the good pitchers (along with Bourn) will all be looking to see how soon they can get on a team that scores runs and has a chance to win. Two games doesn’t make a season but if the two games look just like September, wouldn’t that be considered a contiuation of crappy hitting? Any bets on the Braves having a full house on opening day?

  8. 83
    Bubdylan Says:

    Can’t believe I put this team down for 84 wins.

    Haven’t watched or listened to any games yet and don’t plan to until Fred’s gone. I’ll keep up with ’em here in the funny papers. Summer is too nice to waste on (current) Braves baseball.

  9. 84
    tell it like it is Says:

    Anyone notice that 50% of the posts here are from 3 people?

  10. 85
    Frigatedoc Says:


    You don’t know us very well do you??

  11. 86
    Bubdylan Says:

    Z’at you, john j? We made it to another life already?

  12. 87
    Curt Says:

    I want my next job to be one where I make a lot of money producing a flawed product; and then convince everyone that the flaws are actually benefits just waiting to expose themselves properly.

  13. 88
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, you’ll need shiny hair. Do you have shiny hair?

  14. 89
    Curt Says:

    Do shiny pants count?

  15. 90
    Bubdylan Says:

    Even better.

  16. 91
    Walker Says:

    This is my last post on Fredi but what in the world was he thinking bringing in Durbin in a 1 run game. He of course gives up a homer. Who knows what different things can happen if a team is only down 1 run in the 9th. Why Durbin is even on a MLB team is beyond me.

  17. 92
    Anne Says:

    …and this is why I didn’t renew my season tickets. Go Braves?

  18. 93
    Bubdylan Says:

    Walker, that’s why adding a bad player like Constanza or Durbin to the Braves is nothing like adding one (or two) to a normal team. Fredi absolutely maximizes the damage done by the 24th and 25th best Brave week in and week out.

    I swear we’re being trolled by MLB with this guy.

  19. 94
    Walker Says:


    That’s exactly what he does. The only thing a manager can do is put his players in positions where they can succeed. Durbin suceeds in blowouts. Diaz succeeds against lefties and Constanza succeeds sitting on the bench. Let them do what they do best dammit.

  20. 95
    Curt Says:

    Wonder what sort of start would have to occur to get Fredi fired? I personally think it would once again have to be historic.

  21. 96
    Bubdylan Says:

    #95, 10 games out of 1st might do it.

  22. 97
    Bubdylan Says:

    Here’s a nice snapshot of the man in charge of your Bravos, courtesy of “leedawg” form Talking Chop:

    Proctor made 38 appearances last year: once with a 2 run lead, 6 with a 1 run lead, 9 times when the game was tied, and twice when we were down by 1. 18/38, basically half of his appearances came when the game was in question, or one of our better pitchers should have thrown.

    Linebrink made 64 appearances last year: 5 times with a 2 run lead, twice up one, 13 times in a tie game, and 10 times when we were down 1. 30/64 appearances, again, almost half, when the game was in question, or one of our better pitchers should have thrown.

    Kimbrel made 13 appearances when we were either up by 4 or more, or losing.
    Venters made 19 appearances when we were either up by 4 or more, or losing.
    EOF made 22 appearances when we were either up by 4 or more, or losing.

    That is how you run your best guys into the ground, and are then forced to pitch your two worst arms in critical situations

  23. 98
    Walker Says:

    Lets go back to the days when the best relievers were called firemen because they came into crucial situations no matter what the inning was and put fires out. Its kind of stupid to say our best reliever, Kimbrel for example can ONLY pitch in the 9th inning. It makes no sense. Id rather Kimbrel pitch in the 6th inning with runners in scoring position. Chad Durbin can have the 3 run save if he wants.

  24. 99
    Ham Says:

    #97- so true, and even though it seems indisputable, you know Frediot would spin it into something that was beyond his control. He seems so overmatched, it’s depressing.

    Also, isn’t Frediot supposed to be a “by the book” kind of manager? If so, what book is he looking at? The Phantom Tollbooth? A Confederacy of Dunces? Someone give him a new book! Let’s start with Baseball for Dummies.

  25. 100
    will Says:

    who remembers when we used to start the seasons with win streaks?

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