Downer show, but good show nonetheless. So, speculation abounds: let’s say Chipper DOESN’T move to 1st next year…though I agree he’d do well to get out of the hot corner and maybe get more body-rest…do we keep LaRoche next year? Do we want to? Does HE want to?
I guess I’ll try and get this week’s comment feed rolling although it isn’t without pain and heartache. I was SO hopeful after the first two games against the fish and now I still don’t know if I can watch a game. I watched the highlights on SC with GA and Nate crashing and KK hitting a batter…in the head and wanted to vomit. What hurts the most (besides being so close) is we could have gained ground on the Phillies. I know it would not have mattered but it would have felt better.
I still don’t see how moving Chipper to 1st helps anything. I cant’ recollect the last time he was hurt fielding his position. It’s all been swinging the bat or running the bases. And, his power numbers have dropped significantly, so he doesn’t fit that bill either.
And Anne, I think that LaRoche would love to stay. He and Chipper are big buddies.
My thinking behind the Chipper to first thing was to get Infante in the lineup permanently. He is a limited outfielder, defensively, so I like him better there. Maybe at 2nd with Prado going to 3rd. You save the LaRoche money for an outfielder. I would not be surprised if Chipper retires after next season, and at that point Freddie Freeman is here to save the day. They need some homegrown Tommy Hanson caliber position players here soon.
This was a rebuilding year and the team is going to finish 5-10 games over .500 following a season in which it lost 90 games. The team was in the hunt until late August. That’s not bad. In the long history of the franchise, this year ranks as one of the better ones. Beyond the W-L record, Hanson emerged as a true ace and that has been fun to watch. JJ is great. Medlen seemed to come out of nowhere and is the real deal. We have a RF and a 1B in the minors who are going to be very good and are a pleasure to follow. We have a real SS. We have a lot of likeable players. Francouer is gone. I enjoyed watching this club for the first time in several years. The team is heading in the right direction. Buck up, everyone.
I haven’t seen the clip, but apparently Chipper was on some local sports TV show over the weekend talkin’ NASCAR, and he dissed Diaz’s favorite driver or something. Chipper chose to wear a mock turtleneck and apparently he looked like a big dork…because when a local radio station asked Diaz what he thought of Chipper’s comments, Diaz wondered why Chipper was wearing a “Nerd”-el neck. Nerdleneck. Nice! You’d think we pay him enough to get a personal shopper…
P. W. Hjort – do you really trust Kelly offensively anymore? And, I realize that his UZR is decent, but my eyes tell me, game to game, that he can be really brutal at times at 2nd and that his miscues this year led to some big innings.
I’d rather see a real freaking 2nd basemen out there that can hit. Brooks had a stunning coming out party and he absolutely should have been on the bench in August instead of Norton but I think a full year of ol’ Brooksy would be killing. I believe that his 5 years of AAA ball with his .251 BA is a better indicator of his performance in the future than his .289 average in 41 plate appearances this year with the Braves.