Thurston over Conrad, eh? Might have a point about Thurston being more used to that role. Lower risk, lower reward. Better to turn the line up over with Thurston or is it better to have either a strike out or a huge, exciting XBH?
It’s nice to have a Spring battle that’s that clean. Just let them go at it and may the best man win.
I’m glad to hear Martin say Norton knows how to hit, just couldn’t do it. That his bat speed let him down. Because I like him as a guy a lot, and that makes it sound like he can excel at his new job. Next to Kelly Johnson, he’s my favorite couldn’t-cut-it-here guy that I want to see succeed in the game elsewhere.
So, what is the Chipperless line up? Is it Infante or is it Hinske? Do we know? And what is the McLouthless outfield? Heyward/Melky/Diaz? Right now, McLouth is my biggest concern up and down the entire team. It seems like his failure is the one we are least prepared to endure.
Bub, it’s funny you mention McLouth, because he is my biggest concern as well. I know that he couldn’t see and was on a bum leg last year and that he should be a different player this year. I get all of that, intellectually, but my gut just isn’t buying it. Hopefully, of course, I’m wrong.
When Chipper is out, I think there will be a few different configurations. Both Glaus and Prado can play either 1st or 3rd and Infante can play 2nd. For the outfield, I would think the main replacement for McLouth will be Melky with Diaz in Left and Heyward in Right. And Bobby will throw Hinske in a corner spot from time to time as well.
Do you think they are going to move Glaus around? I honestly think it would screw him up more to go back and forth. I think if he is the guy at first, he needs to stay there. Plus, fewer throws for his shoulder to take. Brooks Conrad has also been playing some third this spring, so he’s an option. Maybe let Diory play SS and move Yuni to 3rd? Infield of the future?
Really positive interview with Schafer this morning on 790. He might be saying all the right things, but I bought it. He sounds very confident in his ability and his return. He also sounded humble about his situation and understands that he is going to have to work hard to get back to Atlanta. Dimino also pointed out what a tremendous defensive player he is and how great it would be to have him back and contributing to the OF depth. Gotta be pulling for that guy. I think he made a mistake playing hurt last year, but I think he was overwhelmed with the idea that he had one shot and didn’t want to let people down. His re-emergence could be huge for this team.
I just gave the Schafer replay a listen. Jordan’s in the perfect spot to regain his value. He’s not about to be traded, with our CF spot in potential limbo (even if McLouth fully rebounds, he’s only under contract this and next year). And he’s not about to be promoted any time soon, and knows that. So, that should be the recipe for patience.
Here is a pretty hilarious line from a great Peter Gammon’s article about Heyward. Man, this is getting crazy.
‘But that discipline is one of the things that will make Heyward’s jump to the big leagues easier. Through Monday he had five walks, one homer, five hits and one strikeout in 12 plate appearances, and Cox says that one strikeout came on two bad calls.’
The Gammons article, coupled with DOB’s latest blog has my Heyward euphoria at an all time high. Which is saying a lot given the levels it’s been at.
I CANNOT WAIT to see the game tonight. With what will likely be our regular season line up against RH pitchers. And against Halladay. Good God, I have not been this excited about a freaking ST game in a long, long time.
Great show guys. Glad to be back on board listening. Makes my Monday drive in (except this week) much more pleasant.
I had a question about a point raised during the show with Martin. You all seemed to chime in that we weren’t forced to play guys like last year, and I wasn’t sure what you were talking about. Was that because of injury, or contract stuff?
Well, where it counted, our pitcher got jacked by a good hitter and our hitters got stopped by a great pitcher. Disappointing, but not embarassing. A hit and a walk for Heyward, if it’s true they awarded him a hit on that possible error. Chipper got good wood. Glaus hit.
Wade, that talk was about guys with minor league options. You can only send guys down a certain number of times before they have to clear waivers. In the past few years we have had guys like Blaine Boyer who were out of options and could be claimed by any team should they be sent down so the Braves were kind of forced to keep them on the major league roster or risk losing them. This year, they don’t have any guys that are out of options so no one will have to make the team that might not necessarily deserve it.
Finished the podcast earlier this week. Nice job, guys. Missed you, young Hamilton. Bub: agreed on Norton. I typed something witty via thumbs at the hairdresser this evening about Gandy transcribing interviews, making me reminisce about my younger days…and then I hit the stupidest Crackberry key EVER and lost it all. Wasn’t worth re-typing. Go Braves!
I have a question…if Frenchy had stayed Frenchy and not turned into Failcoeur where would we have put J-Hey Kid (kudos Hammy)? Of course it doesn’t matter or make any dif I was just wondering. Remember when Hamilton said a “Frenchy” kiss was when you lick her cheek by mistake? Remember that? Definitely one of the funnies comments.
I’m really having a hard time feeling sorry for Mister Blister. I keep picturing Schilling continuing to pitch with blood pouring through his sock. Is Lowe a pansy or is the blister on the toe of a pitcher that painful? My son had a blister on the top of his foot and played a whole soccer game without a word. Of course he is superman.
The Lowe thing is crazy. Leah, I don’t think it speaks to his toughness. It changed his entire delivery and mental approach (the blister was apparently larger than a quarter!). But, it does speak to boneheaded-ness. He’s always, until this offseason, wrapped his toe because of this blister problem. I don’t care if he was blister free this offseason, wrap the freaking toe if you’ve got a long history of this issue. These Spring starts are too important.
Easy, Bub..the future is bright. I see McLouth and Prado having a very good year. Escobar being more consistent, Chipper getting back to his “norm”. B Mac Can! and a strong MVP candidate. Glaus is a wildcard coming back from surgery at a new position, but looks good so far…and J Hey will even be talked about on NPR. A blister here or there is not like an MCL, I think Lowe and the rest of the staff will be solid.
My heart must not be as big as Bub’s. I’m not at all happy with Lowe. Maybe it is more the lack of attention to detail. I was glad he said he was embarrassed. That helped a little.
Mr. T, I’m glad you see McLouth having a good year. I hope he gets started on that soon. I think the Brothers MUST be Braves fans. How could they not be? They’re both so totally awesome! Speaking of awesome, my little guy told me yesterday that his green lightsaber was in his left hand. A-MAZING!
Believe me, Lowe is *this close* to transfering himself from endearingly knuckleheaded to selfish jerk. But, honestly, the taped toe neglect sounds exactly like something I’d do. Hey, it’s not messing up this year, maybe I’ve been too careful with this and I don’t have to tape it after all. Followed by “Doh!” when my shoe eats my toe ten minutes into the game. When you add his self-disparaging comments to the mix, I’ll postpone my Lowe-anger to some other day. He’s never going to be my favorite Brave, but there’s a quirky humility to him that helps me not hate him.
Congrats on your boy’s left hand recognition. The sword fight scene in Princess Bride would be a good reward. “I know sumting you donno… I am not leffhonded!” *bum-ba-DAAAAHHH*
I love that the cover story of the new SI is about Matt Weiters – another former GT Yellow Jacket star – and in the realm of catchers everything is compared to Mauer. I know the reference for that article is top/high draft picks used on catchers and their general lack of success, but the lack of national love that McCann gets is really staggering. Not sure what he has to do to get in the talk as the best catcher in baseball.
No Bub…never in doubt. The national Braves love happnin’ due to Heyward is almost shocking which is sad and shows how often our Bravos get the shaft. McCann deserves way more ink and hopefully one day he’ll get it.
I’m frustrated w/ the Braves & CSS…they’ve said that there will be two games broadcasted this week on Tuesday & Tonight. And what do their websites say for their schedule??? There will be no game… I’d rather see Peachtree TV handle the games than CSS…or better Fox Sports…they’ve really dropped the ball. I’m disappointed in them.
Heyward (high walk rate, line drive hitter, can steal.)
It’s not perfect. McCann’s too far down, but he protects Chipper. Chipper drives in singles-machine Glaus during his non-power stretches. This is our line up. Why is it not being discussed? I’m too brilliant for the world I live it.
Bub – re: Comment #71 – there’s a guy at my office who declared early last season to “mark his words” that Kelly would be the Future of the Braves and to keep my eye on him. He’s super-proud right now…sorta.
I don’t have many predictions as to what will or will not happen this season. However, I am positive that I will not purchase nor consume anything referred to as a “Mexidog”. The mental image is just too much.
So I know we’re concerned about McLouth but are we still lackadaisically watching Chipper hit into double plays?
“I felt really good today,” he said. “Obviously the wind was howling out, but I’ll take ‘em both….
Braves manager Bobby Cox called McCann’s home runs “bullets; those weren’t aided by the wind.”
Not unless you were managing for the pitcher who gave them up. I mean, come on. Doesn’t he ever want to be taken seriously?
He also says Kawakami had one of his best games today. The double down the line “wasn’t hit hard.” He’s actually starting to gross me out a little bit with this. Is it supposed to be classy when you belittle what the players on the other team do as just luck? And all our hits are rocket-bullet-thunder-smacks? Yuck.
I know Mr. D. I have to give you a hard time. BC’s gonna get old if he keeps this up all season. Not to mention the Gomer Pyle grin that will become permanent. Everybody loves to play for him for a reason.
Bobby’s silence about McLouth is strange, isn’t it? I hadn’t noticed it, but it’s really quite glaring. I thought Bobby’s dog house was only big enough for Escobar.
Hey BluesMan – we’ll have more access this year in that we’ll have credentials from the start of the season. And, maybe more importantly, we’ll be more comfortable given our experiences from last year. And hopefully that leads to more stuff.