Gotta hit the books this morning, but looking forward to the show tonight.
I’m majorly deflated to hear of Jair’s alarming soreness and reminded how heavily windows of opportunity play a role in baseball. If you get a year where you’ve got some hot talent still making relatively low salaries to compliment your expensive vets, and you’ve got good pitching and a healthy club, you’d sure better go for it.
It makes the run of 14 division titles seem amazing and unbreakable.
Um, there are ABT mugs? Where can I get one, and who is (not) doing the ABT marketing that is dropping the ball on getting these things to the clamoring masses?
I really enjoyed the banter about the philosophy behind the near-term picks vs. the success of picks from the past, although I historically despise these things much like College Signing Day or NFL Draft rambling. Maybe I just despise Kiper and McShay in particular, and that’s really it.
92 wins? Really? Methinks someone will need to whack a few of the Marlins 25-man roster with a 2×4 first . . . sign me up.
Who me? Would I? Although, I literally salivated at the thought of an ABT mug…literally. It was very messy. I honestly forgot most of the information and perspective given by the brilliant Mr. Goldstein during the last 2 minutes of the podcast. Haven’t laughed that hard since Curt’s spanking his children tweet.
I love Jennifer Hudson and Josh Groban but the devil can take the rest of We are the World 2010.
Come to think of it, I do remember some conversation about Johnny Damon. What was it he said? Can’t remember. Bub, do you remember what the fine guest host said about Johnny Damon and how he would benefit, I believe he said “add”, to the team?
He also said it in a tone pretty dismissive of Matt Diaz. I enjoy Goldstein a lot, and if I had to put money on his opinion or my own, I’d bet on his. But have you ever checked out old articles of baseball experts like Olney and Stark? Littered with very confident observations that ended up as wrong as half of what you see on any message board. (With all respect to our qualified guest.)
That was wifey not me… She put up with me sitting in the kitchen last night listening to the cast while i ate. Her message says- Curt, Hamilton and Steve- this is interesting. Go Japan! Kawakami Banzaii!!!
She kept interrupting me with all kinds of interesting stuff so i will probably have to listen again.
Great show, guys, thanks for all you do. Audio was sometimes, well, inaudible. I guess Goldstein has to occasionally duck into an alley to make sure he’s not being “tailed” by Mike Minor fans.
Not surprised to hear his less than glowing opinion of Freeman. I think many of us have been guilty of linking Heyward and Freeman together in the same sentence as they have come up together. Hoping for a dynamic duo..
So, what’s the big fuss about JJ?? I mean we still have Hanson, Huddy, Vasquez, Lowe and KK, right? RIGHT?? We still have all those guys don’t we???? Oh, dear…
Freeman as a good hitting 1B without typical mash ability for that position will be more than fine as long as McCann is here out-mashing his own position. Especially while Freeman is cheap.
If Freeman ends up as a legit 1B, power or not, and Heyward works out, that would be an amazing rate of graduating players from the minors. Hanson, then Heyward, then Freeman in back-to-back-to-back years.
Not to mention Minor and Schafer are real possibilities.
Yeah, Tcc, it surely would be nice. Better than Kotchman! (And hey, I wasn’t miserable with Kotchman if we’d had an outfield.)
I don’t know if anybody else felt this way, but the most comforting tidbit to me in Goldstein’s interview was when he said most every team’s got huge holes in their farm system at postions the big league club will need soon.
Yeah, and I think that goes back to the Brave’s history of drafting more pitchers, developing them and then trading them for position players. Granted, there are some former Braves pitchers we would love to have kept.
Honestly, other than the two guys in the Tex trade, I can only really think of three guys we gave up who ended up biting us over the years: Jermaine Dye, Jason Schmidt, and Kevin Millwood. The Braves have done an amazing job keeping their top talent and dumping guys who had a lot of hype that they never lived up to – Andy Marte anyone? Only guy they refused to give up was George Lombard and I’m sure they regret what might have been if they had been willing to move him.
As Lou Piniella once said: ‘If the Braves want to have a conversation with you about a pitcher, leave the room.’
Good point about Marte, he seemed like as sure a thing as we could get…but. Goldstein’s comments about Andrus were interesting too. I hated losing him, but when you look at past deals, Schuerholz and Wren have been right on.