February 21, 2010

Show #94: Things to Look for in Braves’ 2010 Spring Training

Our final thoughts on Johnny Damon and discussing the Braves’ keys to Spring Training.



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    Bubdylan Says:

    Master? lol. Cold hearted.

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    Curt Says:

    Bub, I honestly had a balloon standing by to start the show on helium and it apparently didn’t take. It would have been classic though.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Good show. Getting exciting, isn’t it? This offseason has gone by faster than last to me.

    Curt, the helium show has to happen. Maybe if the Braves build a three game lead in the East at any point in the season, you should be required to do the Braves whoa-oh-oh-a-oh chant chipmunk style. I’m such a child.

    If I get bored enough this summer when school’s out, I think I’m going to record some of the shows into Cakewalk and mess with your interviews. I can do the helium from there.

    G’night, ABT. and GO BRAVES.

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    Will Says:

    USA! USA ! USA!

    en de ockey dat is…

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    Will Says:

    FYI, Liberty media just sold a holding in JCOM to KDDI for about $3bn. I just noticed this….meaning that Liberty has tons tons tons of cash… meaning that the ratio of how much cash they have to how much they dont care about the Braves…is even more ridonkulus… Just remember…Liberty media is a bunch of bean counters. DO NOT THINK OTHERWIZE….

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    Princess Leah Says:

    I’m so tempted to drop everything and scurry on down to Orlando! Damn sense of responsibility. I’m stoked about this season. “If”most of the pieces fall into place it could be an incredible ride.
    Anyone who missed the last two comments from the previous message board should take a look…priceless.

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    Steve Says:

    Leah – I hadn’t seen those. You’re right. Hilarious.

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    BRAVEinNY (Matt) Says:

    Hey guys, great show! I’ll be sending a few more posts this week. Thanks for the shout-out!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    My Spring Training Curiosities, in order of potential happiness and misery:

    1. Jair’s shoulder
    2. Glaus’s hitting
    3. Chipper’s hitting & running
    4. McLouth’s hitting (vision)
    5. McCann’s hitting (vision)
    6. Heyward’s hitting (not as concerned, cuz it seems less “up in the air”)
    7. Glaus’s fielding
    8. Hudson’s pitching
    9. Wagner’s pitching
    10. Prado’s hitting
    11. KK’s pitching
    12. Saito’s pitching
    13. Lowe’s pitching

    Or, if you will, my top 13 “IF’s”

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    Curt Says:

    Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Heh, well played. But I have a good feeling about most of those.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – I feel pretty confident about positive outcomes on most of your list as well. My two biggest concerns from your 13 are JJ’s shoulder and Glaus’ shoulder. I grant, these two are not insignificant concerns …

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    Bubdylan (as Curt) Says:

    It’s only our lead off man, 3rd hitter, clean up hitter, Ace, 2nd starter, and closer that are main concerns. Are those a big deal?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Does anybody worry that Heyward might be too tall? How does that work? I know that once a pitcher reaches a certain height (6′ 6″?) it’s considered unlikely he will do very well.

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    Princess Leah Says:

    You can take Prado off the list. You better show some Prado love pronto…this is strike two!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I reckon Prado’s placement on that list below a half dozen of my favorite Braves is plenty of love. It’s not a vote-of-no-confidence list. It’s stuff I’m paying attention to in ST.

    Other than Yunel Escobar and Peter Moylan, I count very few Braves I feel no need to think much about in ST.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, and Hanson.

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    Curt Says:

    You’re not worried at all about him hitting a wall this season? That’s my only fear with Hanson. The added wear from a full season. But he doesn’t seem to exert a lot of energy in his wind up so I hope that helps.

    Regarding Heyward and his height, I guess that is something to think about. Tall guys tend to have joint and back problems, and it isn’t like he is standing at 1st. But I think of how athletic basketball players are now and that game is so physical. You think of someone like Josh Smith and I don’t even worry about injuries for him (queue him breaking his leg), so given that Heyward looks to be pretty stout, I think that bodes well for his health. I just hope they let him play and don’t wrap him in bubble wrap as Kevin Goldstein was saying.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Mr. Kipling addresses the Braves.


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    Bubdylan Says:

    Re: Hanson. Okay, I guess when it comes right down to it, there’s no player that has absolutely nothing to pay attention to.

    I asked the height question on the DOB blog. Didn’t get too much in the way of specific answers, but a resounding “it won’t be a problem.”

    I was thinking more about a hole in the swing with all that space to cover more than health.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    That last bit I wrote there is a game. It’s called “Find the sentence.”

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    MattChu Says:

    Hello everyone.Welp back from the tropics and can honestly say for 3 days i thought i was in Seattle non stop RAIN ,but made the best off it.

    I just got through listening to the show and can totally agree i am busting at the seems for some baseball! I think Nate (blind as a bat at nite) Mclouth will do better this year in the leadoff role. After all eyesight is the number one thing you have to have in the game off baseball. As far as the Johnny Damon signing with Detroit. I would have liked to see him in the Braves uniform but not disappointed at all ,Jason Heyward is a nice piece to fall back on.

    I love the bullpen power,power and more power arms gotta love it. It will be interesting to see who emerges for the final bullpen spots,being competive among each other is good. Remember Maddox,Glavine and Smoltz? enough said. I have some worries like anyone else but the one thing i can look at is that they are healthy and just need reps. JJ just needs rest every pitcher has gone through this at some point. Anyway good to be back look forward to opening day GO BRAVES!!

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    Princess Leah Says:

    Welcome back MattChu! Took your advice and enjoyed a local collegiate baseball game. Thanks! I guess there is a level of concern for every player not because of a “lack of confidence” rather circumstances outside of their control. Injury, faulty eyewear, hurt feelings…

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    Steve Says:

    I’m not too worried about Hanson hitting the wall. Last year, between Gwinnett and Atlanta, he threw 194 innings. He shouldn’t exceed that by too much this year.

    Welcome back, MattChu.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Leah, Leah, bo-Beah, banana, fanna, fo-Feah, fee fi mo-Meah…

    Leeeeeaaah. 🙂


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