December 06, 2009

Show #87: The Braves Retool the Bullpen with Wagner and Saito

Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito join the Braves’ bullpen.  Revisiting 1st base.  And clearing up that Bob Rathbun hire.



447 Responses to “Show #87: The Braves Retool the Bullpen with Wagner and Saito”

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    Bubdylan Says:


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    Bubdylan Says:


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    I like baseball Says:

    Payback’s a b!+€h Bub.

  5. 305
    M@ILB Says:

    What. Ev.

  6. 306
    I like baseball Says:

    *sticks toungue out at BD*

  7. 307
    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, we signed…. Joe… Thurston.

    Oh, he hit a homerun last year. Which made… one … for his career.

    But at least he hits .225

    WTF, Wren? Couldn’t fill THAT slot internally?????

  8. 308
    Bubdylan Says:

    Alright, I’ve been too harsh lately. Apologies. I’m an impatient dude.

  9. 309
    I like baseball Says:

    Bub, I think you are just venting the impatience we all feel. I’m trying to wait and see what all you smarty pants think before I form an opinion. That’s just how I roll. I’m learning but still don’t have a clue and am very confused half the time. It seems like we should just go ahead and give the damn trophy to the Yankees anyway. I HATE the Yankees and all they stand for. How’s that for harsh?

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    I like baseball Says:

    Take a deep breath and watch this…it helped me. I’m so glad Javy’s from Puerto Rico.

  11. 311
    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, I don’t think the Yankees will be able to buy championships every year. The very best baseball team vs. the second best baseball team, no matter the gap between them, is only gonna come out in favor of the best team in a 7-game series a slight majority of the time, if the trends hold.

    BUT, across a 162 game season, yeah, the Yankees (and R. Sox) absolutely can buy complete domination. So, it hurts the A.L. East worse than anybody – thank goodness both those teams play in the same division. It also hurts the American league wild card hopefuls.

    Basically, in the American League, there is wild card (Yanks or Sox every time, if the Sox keep up their spending, which they will). And also, in the American League, there is no Eastern Division. Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays; forget about it. They ain’t winning nothing no time soon (triple negative = still negative).

    The punishment the Yanksox inflict on the National League is limited*: whatever team we send to the big show, they will be at a slight-to-medium disadvantage in a 7 game tilt. So, in the years that we win it, it’ll just be more satisfying.

    ALSO, there will be years when the Yanksox fail to reach the World Series, even after winning 105 games or whatever – just the nature of 5 & 7 game sets. And in those years, it’ll be Even Steven.

    *…well, they also snag all the Free Agents, but who cares as long as they rob us all in a somewhat equal rhythm, which they do.

  12. 312
    Bubdylan Says:

    “Basically, in the American League, there is wild card”

    should be:

    “… there is NO wild card…”

  13. 313
    Bubdylan Says:

    Good clip, too, Leah. Can we start the season now??

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Sheesh, that whole post of mine is a mess, not that anybody will read one that long. I meant that whatever team the NL sends to the WS, the Yankees will be at a slight-to-medium advantage.

    Whatever, I’m going back to just being a grumpy smartass.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Yeah, I just looked at the standings, and the Rays won 84 games. And finished 19 games out. That’s sickening.

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    I like baseball Says:

    I read the whole thing and mentally made corrections as I went. Great break from addressing Christmas cards while it snows. IT’S SNOWING!

  17. 317
    Bubdylan Says:

    For the lady, Mrs. Rev:

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I freaking love Spanish people. When I learn the language, I’m going South to get my woman.

  19. 319
    Steve Says:

    New show – Sunday night, 12/20.

  20. 320
    Santa Says:

    8 inches of snow here in Asheville. Go Braves. Looking forward to the next ABT podcast.

  21. 321
    Bubdylan Says:

    Wait, who lives in Asheville?? I camped there 4th of July 2002, my best camping ever.

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    Will Says:

    Ive been in Scotland and London this week and am finally logging on . just feel like sharing that I was watching the telly in my hotel and there was football ( soccer), cricket, the darts world championship, and get this – competitive sheep dogs. ( collies chasing sheep around a field).

  23. 323
    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    Steve –

    If your going to talk about LaRoche, here is a quote from him: (On the no contact from the Braves) “Guess I should have hit .400 while I was there.”

    That comment upsets me a little more than Lowe’s. Frank Wren must be awful with negotiating with FA. Maybe he should start with LaRoche just to see his asking price, and if we can bring it down a little. I have no problem giving him a 3 year deal. Freeman shouldn’t be up here until 2011, I’d like him to be up here in 2012. Then in the 2012 season he start the season with LaRoche and Freeman.

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    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:


    How do you like? Went there in 06

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    Jurrjens4NLCY Says:

    Derek Lowe + Matt Young + Paul Simmon = Juan Rivera

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