October 05, 2014

Show #282: David O’Brien of the AJC

DOB discusses the Fredi announcement, the Wren firing, the prospect of Hart as GM and the anemic roster.



66 Responses to “Show #282: David O’Brien of the AJC”

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  1. 51
    Shaun Says:

    @49 – The whole thing is odd. Whether he turns out to be all hype or not, he’s been an assistant GM for a while and the industry at large praises him as a GM candidate. Either they are working out the terms of an agreement, they are waiting to see if Moore bites, or they are just being weird and overly cautious about giving him the GM job now.

  2. 52
    Mattw108 Says:

    What I find odd or convient, however you look at it. He gets a three year deal. I believe I read Coppy is not ready yet but close. He needs 1 to 2 years under Hart. If I was guessing and I am. I would say hart stays for 2 years the same amount of time left on Moores contract. Hocus Pocus there is your bridge the gap to get what you want.

  3. 53
    Walker Says:

    Lets hope the Royals win so Dayton Moore doesnt have a choice but to stay.

  4. 54
    Mattw108 Says:


  5. 55
    Curt Says:

    This –


  6. 56
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Let’s play some “Would You Rather” (WYR):

    Would you rather:
    A. Have Gattis’s power/defense for 125 games behind the plate (and maybe DH when we play AL teams)
    B. Have Gattis’s power/defense for 155+ games in LF and Bethencourt’s defense behind the plate (and whatever offense he provides)

  7. 57
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    How willing would you be to start a number of “young-uns”?


    Cut/trade BJ
    Trade/bench Johnson

    LF Gattis
    CF Heyward
    RF J.Up
    C Bethancourt
    SS Simmons
    3B Kubitza/Gosselin
    2B Peraza
    1B Freeman

    Best Line-up


  8. 58
    Tyler Says:

    So Joe Madden is no longer the Rays’ manager. It would be foolish to not take the opportunity to fire Fredi and sign Madden. But we all know the Braves won’t do that.

  9. 59
    Mark in Memphis Says:


    Why not name him GM and move him to manager in 2017? 🙂

  10. 60
    Mark in Memphis Says:


    Though, you have to wonder if he could handle NL play… Tom Kelly couldn’t handle playing in the NL park.. i.e. when to change pitchers, when to pinch hit… they couldn’t win a game outside of MN… One game he used up all his bench too early then another he “saved” them when he should have used them… he was SO messed up in the games in ATL.

    “Twins manager Tom Kelly said going into the three games in Atlanta that managing without the designated-hitter rule was ‘right up there with rocket science.'”

  11. 61
    Curt Says:

    But that was before interleague. I imagine it wouldn’t be quite as unusual, given Maddon has managed his whole (?) career in Tampa playing at least 20 games against the NL per season.

  12. 62
    Walker Says:

    If managing in under NL rules is like rocket science to you, then I have no words. The Braves need to hire Maddon NOW.

  13. 63
    Tyler Says:

    I was hoping that John, John, and Bobby were sticking with Fredi for a lack of a better replacement. If that’s true, which I highly doubt, then the Braves need to jump all over this. Maybe Maddon decides to take a year off and the Braves can get him next year, or even mid season if all goes to Hell.

  14. 64
    Shaun Says:

    I don’t know that it’s a good idea for a team working apparently under a limited budget to hire Maddon. He can command a ridiculous salary for a manager and frankly managers don’t make that big of an impact.

    As far as managing in different leagues, if a manager has trouble going from the AL to the NL, he’s probably not a manager you want. Folks argue there is more strategy in the NL but, whether you like the DH or not, I don’t think that’s necessarily true. If the pitcher is up with runners on and less than two outs, the manager just calls for a bunt. If the pitcher has thrown around 100 pitches and he’s due up, the manager sends up a pinch-hitter. There’s more maneuvering but I wouldn’t say there is necessarily more strategy.

  15. 65
    Tyler Says:

    RIP Oscar Tavares. He was a guy I wanted the Braves to trade for. He hit a home run just last week in the NLCS and just like that he’s gone. I feel bad that his death is being over shadowed b/c of the World Series. I mourn for his family and teammates. Such a sad, tragic loss.

  16. 66
    Mattw108 Says:

    @65True dat Tyler, true dat. @64 I happen to believe managers can make a big difference. Top 3 managers in the game IMO are Bochy, Scioscia, Maddon. I feel all these guys get more out of the players. Do you think the Braves would have played better for one of the above guys I just mentioned or same? Yes it’s a hypothetical question, it would also be hard to knock that this team would play same or worse. Your thoughts?

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