Hamilton, ain’t nothin’ wrong with Mafia Wars. You can never have enough baseball bats, for example.
Fellas, another great year of podcasts. I’ll keep an eye (ear?) on the site in the off-season and can’t wait to do it all again next year…only better.
I really hope we can have an ABT Day at the Park – that would be fun, and I’d love to help in any way I can.
Rest up, Bravos, you’ve got some splainin’ to do in 2010.
Leah, no way he made it. The mistake he made was he started to go, hesitated, and took another couple of steps toward home plate. If he had gone back to third, he probably would have made it back safely.
Cant be more excited for next year. I finally have my first year of ABT under my belt. I will be a seasoned veteran next year. Despite not making the playoffs this year, I have never enjoyed a season more. Thanks fellas.
I hate it when KJ does anything. It looks like Wren is going to have to remove the Johnson’s and Norton’s of the world from the team just so Bobby can’t play them. Like removing all the booze from the alcoholic’s house.
Good show guys…no doubt that the two clubs that hurt us the worst in our playoff hunt are the Fish & the Nats. I think we maybe had a .500 record against them in ’08…there’s no excuse IMO for them to get knocked around by either club. I am dissappointed in the Atlanta area fan-base (the floods were awful, I don’t want to minimize that), but the turn out could’ve been a lot better. I agree that next year if we get our big bat then we’ll revive things so much that all the other clubs will hate coming to the TED because the Bravos will be that good, & the fans will be that loud w/ the Tomahawk Chop. The Redbirds are my favourite for the October run…I don’t believe that there’s any other NL team that could stand up to the Yankees. If the Phillies make it again…I hope the Yankees sweep ‘em. I’d like to see the Philthy fans cry again.
I hate that the Yankees handled the Twins so easily tonight. I want nothing to do with Yankees winning the world series. Seriously, I always want the highest paid club in the league to lose. It helps restore my sense of right and fair.
And, regarding Kelly – I agree that while Bobby may truly believe in his heart that you can’t give up on him (and maybe that’s true, like we’ve said, a lot of guys owe their careers to Bobby because he believed in them and nobody else) – there ain’t no way that Kelly is one of the starting 8 on the team next year. No way. Frank will not play the “we’re going to gamble on a bunch of guys and if they all come up big we’ll do fine” game in 2010. I strongly believe he learned his lesson this year.
I know I said differently a few weeks back, but KK will be in the starting 5 next year – bet on it. I’ve read multiple quotes from Wren where they’ve been glowing about his performances, his rising to the occassion in big games, etc. And, the more I think about it, with one of the three (Lowe, JV, Hudson) not being here next year, KK is extremely solid in the 4 or 5 slot. Unless, of course, they think that Medlen can step in and then I’m full of it.
Tcc – I don’t see them platooning Heyward in right when he comes up. He’s the right fielder of the future, when he comes up, he’s here.
I’m going to pray that Heyward does not play here at all next year until the Sept call ups at the earliest. But watch the AZ Fall League. If he plays really well out there and then has a good Spring, I have a bad feeling he is starting here next year as a cheap alternative. I hope they don’t rush him though. Seems like there was another RF we rushed up from AA and that didn’t work out so well.
Bub, I’m not questioning anything about his makeup, his game, his temperament, his skill, whatever. I just don’t want him rushed. I don’t want him to feel like the weight of the team is on his shoulders. One of the reasons Tommy Hanson was able to do what he was doing, beyond the fact that he is awesome, is that he came up having to fill the #5 starter role. Not the ace. Starting in RF is a lot different. I have full faith in Heyward becoming a huge star. I watched Calvin Johnson play at GT and play with class and grace and restraint, despite having Reggie Ball as his QB for 3 years. I think Heyward can be that guy. I just want the team to take the proper approach, not the cheap out.
OBX, hello right back at you. And Curt – I want to echo your sentiment and add to it about Heyward. The guy is 20. If I were writing this last year, he’d be 19. To put it another way, he’s really, really young. Yes, he might be ready. But why rush him? If we get the big bat for left field, we’ve got Diaz in right. It seems like an unnecessary risk.
Steve, I was thinking of Heyward as a mid season call up like Hanson, and then let him platoon with Diaz. That would give him some room to get comfortable without the pressure of everyday. Curt, I agree that much depends on how he does in the AZFL.
End of July I drove up from Asheville to Kodak to see the MS Braves play the TN Smokies. JH and FF had just been called up. Heyward really looked like the proverbial “Man amongst boys” as he went, i think 3/5. Freeman had a good night too, but didn’t look “athletic” enough to be a great 1st sacker. Time will tell.
All in all, I’m really excited about next year. Go Braves!
Dot, I like it! Derek Jeter, Larry Wayne, and a guy named Albert something or other all made their MLD at the age of 21 and never looked back. Does that one little year make that much difference (sorry if that’s a silly chick question but we haven’t had one for a while so you guys were due)? Steve and Curt are both smarter than I am so I’m usually inclined to just grin and nod and act like I agree even when I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. But if it happened for those guys then why not J. Heyward?
I would be bold as brass if I was confident in my knowledge of the system. Also math has never been my strong suit so all those numbers make me nervous. That’s why I like this community. It makes me baseball smart.
., there ain’t no way it’s going to be Dan Uggla. We’ve got a 2nd baseman and his name is Martin Prado. Martin will be our starting 2nd basemen in 2010. And the big bat will be patrolling some position in the outfield. Believe it.
I agree with Curt. DOB, I think it was him, made a great point that Uggla is a subpar fielder (to put it mildly) and his average was a low 243 and not to mention 150 K’s. Even though he did hit 31 HRs, I hope we can set our sights a bit higher than Uggla
I would like to point out another similarity between Hanson and Heyward: they’re both big men.
This isn’t a small thing (no pun…). I have no statistical evidence, nor any intention of finding any, cuz I have the blogger’s golden key: a hunch. When big men enter the majors, it gives them a huge (no pun…) advantage over a regular sized guy with the same skill set.
Baseball is mental, and the opposing pitchers (or in Hanson’s case, opposing hitters) aren’t immune to the ancient mystique of big dudes. Baseball is a game of confidence and rhythm, and it’s as much about the opponent’s confidence and rhythm as it is your own. Basically, the pitcher isn’t going to feel about Heyward the same way he would a smaller rookie. He’s going to have a little fear. Conversely, Heyward himself will have less. That’s just how it goes with big men. Especially when they have a calm head.
I’ve got your back, . , when it comes to Heyward but I’m not so sure about Uggla. We need an outfielder way worse. You know Bobby will start Chipper. No way he sits on the bench and as pretty as Dan’s eyes are he doesn’t always field the ball very well. And, well you’re still my favorite…letters or no letters.
., not to bring reality into it, but where does Chipper go? Because both he and the team have said he’s not moving to 1st (nor does it make sense – he’d be brutal there). So, in the Uggla fantasy, either Prado or Chipper are on the bench?
Steve, first you say “not to bring reality into it,” and then you say something that does do that. Why do you want to hurt me?
(Prado to bench until Chipper is hurt or batting below .240, then Prado to 3rd.
In other words, Prado plays 3rd 100 games or more)
Bobby won’t have anything to do with it. In Bubworld, Bobby will have been declared mentally unfit by Frank Wren in a scandalous news conference revealing Bobby’s secret 5 year french kissing relationship with the Gatorade cooler.)
Steve, I just like Uggla. I like known commodities. Like Adam Dunn would have been this year.
But I have no idea if he’s the best option for the Braves. I think Atlanta is in a position of need, but also in a position of strength (trading pitching), so mostly I’m just being goofy, trusting Wren to get somebody good. There will be a bunch of stuff on his table, and I expect him to pick the best bat he can get for the most reasonable cost.
That Yankees games Friday night was a real downer. Success for A-Rod is bad enough, but Tex winning it is insult to injury. I’m shocked the Red Sox are putting up a fight today. It was looking like a 75% sweep DS this year.
The Yankees are nauseating. I’m throwing a party if and when they get taken out. I’m serious. I’ll take pictures and post them. One of the dudes I’ve met at JSU is a Pirates fan, so I’m sure he’ll attend. If there ever was a fan that should hate the Yanks even more than we do…