July 26, 2009

Show #71: We Sit Down with Mitch Evans, Sports Director at WGST

Mitch plays Fair or Foul to discuss the Braves’ playoff chances, Hudson’s role with the team, and Garrett Anderson’s attitude.



62 Responses to “Show #71: We Sit Down with Mitch Evans, Sports Director at WGST”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good show, fellas.

    It might be a strained conversation to be talking about the post season, but a strained conversation’s better than none at all.

    Go Braves.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Enjoyed the interviews as well, Steve. You do a pro job.

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    Will Says:

    Good shows. Want a bat. Wren Come a long way. Sorry for caveman. On iphone.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – isn’t there a part of your tortured fandom that is letting you ponder the post season? Mine certainly is.
    And, back to your post from the last show about Smoltz and Glavine. I don’t disagree with you on Smoltz. He’s not exactly been driving on the high road since he left. But, part of being in the front office is dealing with divas. And giving them special treatment. Especially those who are the face of your franchise and who, for the good of the organization and the history and tradition you are building, should at least remain on speaking terms. I’m not saying they should have paid Smoltz 5MM. But you at least keep the lines of communication open much more than its reported they were so that there are fewer surprises and less drama when you don’t resign him. And the Glavine was just a travesty. You call him in and you lay your cards on the table. Let him be part of the team to come up with a workable solution so that all parties look good. Again, 2 of your big 3 want nothing to do with your franchise right now. That’s on the front office.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, oh yeah, there’s a part of my tortured fandom thinking about October, definitely. If I didn’t fight it, it would be even bigger.

    I’ll give you this on the Glavine part of things: it felt shady. Some very gentle hint could have been delivered to Glavine that his comeback was dependent on more than just getting healthy enough to give it a start or two.

    But the decision NOT to give him that start or two was correct. Look at Boston. They’re not even all that responsible for handling Smoltz’s legacy, yet they’re somewhat reluctant to pull the plug. Meanwhile he’s almost single-handedly cost them the lead. It’s easy to say you’re just giving a guy a chance, and not counting on him, but it’s hard to pull that off in reality. You do end up counting on him. Your takes its shape… I’m rambling again.

    As far as 2 of the 3 big guns turning their backs on Atlanta being automatically the fault of the front office, I can’t see that. It’s just as likely that 2 of 3 pro ball players both became ridiculous as their careers came to a less-than-glorious close. In fact, all other things being equal, that’s where I’d put my money.

    But yes, I definitely concede that the front office mishandled things with Glavine. I’m just madder at the players. That’s probably a personality thing of my own.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – you and your always siding with millionaire front office types. Why not give the millionaire players a chance, too?
    For the record, I was never in favor of giving Glavine a start or two on the big club. It would have been completely disingenious and the Braves would have been rooting for him to fail. Again, as baseball decisions go, it was clearly the right one. The fact that no other team signed him only validates that more. But, as you said, they should have given him more of a heads up about how things were looking and they should have brought him in and presented the problem (as a member of the team, so to speak) so that he could have been part of devising a workable solution.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Why not give the millionaire players a chance, too?”

    I’m giving you an evil scowl, Stevie. Can you see the evil scowl?

    “…they should have given him more of a heads up about how things were looking and they should have brought him in and presented the problem (as a member of the team, so to speak) so that he could have been part of devising a workable solution.”

    My gut reaction to this was “He’s absolutely right. Of course that’s what should have been done.” But do you think Glavine could have helped find the solution with a sharp eye to what’s best for the team? Without overestimating what he could bring to the table as a pitcher? He’d have to be an exceptional guy to think that clearly in the teeth of his own decline.

    Anyways, the Braves are playing great ball and I’m sorry I’ve got the comment section all screwed up with my bent on past players again.

    What to do with Huddy? What are you guys expecting from him? In all honesty, I’m expecting him to be good almost immediately. Is that faulty?

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    Curt Says:


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    Bubdylan Says:


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    Curt Says:

    I just think recent history shows that guys 12 months off of that surgery aren’t ready to go. When I spoke with Moylan he indicated as much. It has nothing to do with the mentality of the player, they are just physically limited by the post-operative process. And Hudson isn’t going to blow anyone away, so if his arm won’t let him throw off-speed pitches properly or generate action on his fastball, he won’t be as effective. i know he was touched up in his last minor league start. I say stick him in the pen and let him come back slowly. Hopefully Medlen goes down to get some more work before the September call ups.

    Is Jorge Campillo even still on the team?

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    Steve Says:

    Ballpark Frank and I went to Gwinnett tonight to see Hudson. He looked pretty good. 4 hits (I think), 0 runs over four innings. No one hit him too hard. Brooks Conrad looked like a man among boys (a homer and a double) and Jo Jo walked the first guy he faced. In other words, no surprises. Additionally, the ushers and concession people could not have been nicer. Seriously – the customer service was astoundingly good there.

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    Anne Says:

    I have GOT to get there before the season ends. Nice review, Steve, and thanks for keeping Ballpark Frank on the straight ‘n narrow.

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    Leah Says:

    JJ’s got his groove on in the 4th. Prado can’t make a tough play but I feel a win coming even down a run. Curt just tweeted Prado means “meadow” in Spanish. Lots of potential nicknames in that tweet.

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    Leah Says:

    Clearly I was wrong. Don’t kick me off the website for my stupid jinx.

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    Wiley Ballard Says:

    Giving Soriano a Break . . . (sigh) . . . and slowly putting gun down

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    Wiley Says:

    also wondering why my last name was typed in

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    Steve Says:

    My official analysis is… that sucked. No big meaning here. Nice to see us come back and then take the lead on GA’s homer. But, what a shame. The Phillies had better freaking lose tonight. It is obscene that after going 8 – 4 to start the 2nd half we could be 8 games out tomorrow morning. Dammit.

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    Curt Says:

    They are up 3-1 in the 6th. THEY WON’T LOSE.

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    Anne Says:

    Leah, I’ll start by calling him Pradolark Lemon. That’s all I got.

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    Curt Says:

    Phils picked up Cliff Lee. Sounds like Halladay isn’t coming.

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    Leah Says:

    What if we could acquire Scott Hairston from the A’s to play LF and make GA a pinch hitter? They can do whatever they want with Morton and his .117 batting average. Maybe we can all put our piggy banks together and send a letter and pledge to Frank Wren. I’m sure our efforts would soften his penny pinching heart. Time is of the essence people! Damn the trade deadline…

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    Leah Says:

    I want to play the Pirates…every game…for the rest of the year.

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    Steve Says:

    Definitely want to play the Pirates. Especially since they’ll need to start forfeiting games due to insufficient number of MLB ready players. What a soul crushing experience those fans are having this year. Tonight’s performance from KK is not helping his one way ticket to the bullpen when Hudson arrives. I love Jim Powell by the way. He was absolutely merciless on the umpire tonight regarding the ejections, the posturing, etc. Powell is not afraid to speak his mind.

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    Curt Says:

    The guy I was thinking about, even before his 2 GS game the other night, was Josh Willingham from DC. Not sure he is available but he has some pop and he is much better in the field than Dunn.

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    Leah Says:

    I hate baseball.

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    gobravez Says:

    Bill Hohn fist bump with catcher Jeff Baker following the game:


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    Wiley Says:

    I truly believe that KK is the only pitcher we have who I have absolutely no faith in. I suppose we shouldn’t be hard on Wren, after all of his great moves, but getting KK instead of a power bat has hurt us greatly.

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    Leah Says:

    When KK’s on he is spot on. I think he got his feelings hurt a little with some of the crazy calls. I don’t know if the camera angle was funny in FL or what but I can usually tell where the strike zone is. The last two nights it has been nonexistent for me. Oh except for when McCann comes up to bat then it’s HUGE!

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    Curt Says:

    Here’s a shocker – I know for Ham in particular – Big Papi used steroids back in 2003. Just came out.

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    Steve Says:

    That Bill Hohn thing is unbelievable! How can that be? Why is there not more outrage?

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    I wonder who on the Braves at the time is on that list. Sheff must be on there.

  32. 32
    Leah Says:

    Right here…found it Steve…all the outrage is stuck in my gut! All of it!

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    Wiley Says:

    KJ is starting. I really hope this isn’t the end of Prado

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    Anne Says:

    No wonder I have no takers for my extra Braves v Dodgers ticket…no one else would be dumb enough to watch such heart-wrenching idiocy LIVE. At least when I key Mike Gonzalez’s truck tomorrow night, I’ll go to jail alone. Go Braves??

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    Leah Says:

    I’d come with you Anne if I wasn’t 6 hours away. I’ll wire your bail $ since it doesn’t look like Frank will need it to help with any trading. Remember a week ago when we were all so happy with our steller pitching backed by the awesome offense? V was good tonight but what’s happening to the bullpen? Can we sneak Gload on the team bus and tie up Mortan, leave him in the Marlin’s clubhouse and call it a trade?

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    Anne Says:

    Things that are good about being at the game tomorrow: there will be fireworks. In the sky…as opposed to on and near the field, like last night.

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    Leah Says:

    Filth and foul in the bottom of the ninth…I miss Meadow.

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    Anne Says:

    My naysaying eeeevil plan is working.

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    Curt Says:

    Better get used to the KJ/Hernandez tandem. Prado and Escobar could both miss the entire Dodgers series. I’d like to find out who hit the ball that got Prado. KJ?

    In other news, the team released Jeff Bennett. Finally.

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    Steve Says:

    Could I dislike Jeff Bennett more? No, I could not. Extremely happy to see him go. And thank God – because you know Bobby could not wait to run him out to the mound for the next 9th inning with bases loaded situation.

    Leah – where do you live?

    Great win last night (also from the thank God file.) When we miraculously overcame KJ’s two bottom of the 9th blunders I knew it was in the bag.

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    Leah Says:

    I live all the way in NC. That’s why I appreciate the podcast community so much. It gets lonely amongst all the Phillies and Yankees fans.

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    Steve Says:

    I dig me some NC. I did the summer theatre on the Outer Banks in the early ’90’s and just loved it there. And my wife and I are off to Highlands this coming week for a few days.

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    Leah Says:

    We love the OBX! Have a great week. Since we are off the subject of ALL things Atlanta Braves I have to say the best thing to ever come out of NC is The Avett Brothers. If you’ve never heard of them check them out TODAY! ‘At The Beach’ is one of my favs. Again…have fun!

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    Anne Says:

    What rumor was just dropped – that I missed – on 680 The Fan???? Something about Adam LaRoche and Kasey Kotchman trading places? Am I rumor-mongering? I hate being trapped at a desk some days…

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    Curt Says:

    ESPN just confirmed it. Kotchman for LaRoche, straight up. Guess LaRoche has more power than Kotchman. Both good defensive players. Couldn’t we have just kept LaRoche (and all those valued prospects lost in the Tex deal) and just found someone else to trade to Pittsburgh for Mike Gonzalez? What a colossal waste of time and resources to be back having LaRoche at 1B. Think Texas will give us Elvis Andrus back?

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    BluesMan Says:

    It’s rumored that Kotchman & LaRoche will trade places? I never thought anyone would be discussing Adam LaRoche playing in a Braves uniform again. I’m not completely opposed to it; But my position w/ 1B is that ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Kotchman is a clutch hitter (IMO), and an incredible defensive asset to this team. Isn’t LaRoche more of a big bat than a ‘hit for average’ guy?

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    Anne Says:

    Curt has been longing to hear, “C’mon, Roachy!!” for quite some time now. Just like the olden days.

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    Curt Says:

    LaRoche is not having a good year. His batting average is like .248. He strikes out a lot. i guess it’s a change of/return to scenery deal.

    That and him not being able to run the bases for fear of pooping himself.

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    Anne Says:

    Certainly explains why he & Chipper hung out over the All-Star Break.

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    BluesMan Says:

    Wow, the trade is official now…I wonder if he’s starting for us in ATL tonight.

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    Curt Says:

    no. they brought up Canizares to play tonight.

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    Anne Says:

    Had I only mentioned it was free t-shirt night, I’d have gotten a taker for my extra ticket. Batting practice ongoing OUTdoors, though weather threatens. Go Braves!

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    Anne Says:


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    Steve Says:

    THUD indeed. It was like “first half of the season” night out there with automatic outs scattered across half of the lineup. And I am bummed about Kotchman. I always believed he’d get a hit when he came up to bat. I never had that feeling with LaRoche. And I don’t really buy that this bolsters our offense that dramatically. AND, Bobby was getting ready to put Kotchman at the top of the order next week. Dammit!

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    Leah Says:

    I’ll “enjoy” watching the rest of the season but have lost all hope with this trade. Has the Braves organization forgotten how Adam ruined Mother’s Day a few years ago? Cause I haven’t! I liked Kotchman and it would have been fun next week to see Hammy and Curt bowing in reverance to Steve’s wisdom and perseption of future lineups. Oh well. My thoughts about baseball sound a lot like Curt’s tweets right now.

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    Hamilton Says:

    The Kotchman deal was idiotic – truly. I have been trying to talk myself into it since it was official, and I just can’t. Whether it is valid or not, I can’t help but feel that we got duped by the Red Sox. Maybe Bobby got sick of not being able to sit around and wait for the long ball? As Steve said asked in an email yesterday, what is the Braves long-term plan at 1B or even next year’s plan? Freeman? Canizares? This is a real head-scratcher. My post All Star break confidence has been shaken. Only winning this series against LA will help.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    I was never a fan of LaRoche and was glad to see him go the first time, but it’s not like Kotchman was George Sisler. This is a gamble that LaRoche will have his customarily strong second half. And it’s a contract dump: LaRoche is a free agent after the year, so we’ll get some draft picks; that’s better than what was going to happen with Kotchman, who would have been non tendered after the season. We’ll probably get 5 extra HR’s out of this, and in a tight wild card race, that’s useful. This trade is as much about 2010 and beyond as it is about ’09. Freeman is the guy to be thinking about here.

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    Leah Says:

    I here what you’re saying Chris and I hope you’re right about the homers. Adam looked good tonight and I hope he continues. I guess it’s hard for me to look to next year when I really really want to win this year. CK was unbelievable at 1st and I seem to remember LaRoche almost falling asleep at times when he played for us before.

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    Steve Says:

    Nice win today. The wins are always good. And the defensive drop-off with LaRoche is really small. He’s a damn good fielder. And 2 for 3 with a walk today. He is clearly better than Kotchman who got zero hits tonight. Need I say more?

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    Anne Says:

    Early morning fortune cookie wisdom: LaRoche is future of today. Freeman is future of tomorrow.

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    BluesMan Says:

    Good point Steve,
    My only concern regarding LaRoche’s defense is that he gels with the middle infielders so we can retain the great defense we’ve had so far this latter half of the season. He’s played w/ Chipper for 3 years, he’ll have that ‘rust’ worked out by tomorrow at the latest. I didn’t follow the Braves very closely apart from the ‘Baby Braves’ year. So my concerns are out of ignorance…I guess research is in order.

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    BluesMan Says:

    So far this year…Adam LaRoche has committed one error (that was w/ the Pirates). His fielding pct is .999 w/ them, perfect w/ Boston & us. I feel much better about this trade after doing some research on his stats.

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