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August 12, 2010

Life after Chipper

by @ 10:46 pm.   Filed under braves, braves news, braves players

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First of all, the elephant in the room is whether or not Chipper will retire. Honestly, I don’t know. I was going against what seemed to the be the majority when I said the he wouldn’t retire at the end of this season if it ended on a high note. Given statements he’s made about retirement beginning last season, I would say that retirement is now a certainty, except for something he said Wednesday. David O’Brien asked him if he’d consider a long rehab to play again if he needed season ending surgery, and he replied “I’d have to consider it.” So, I honestly don’t know if we’ve seen him play his last game or not.


First, lets get out of the way what options aren’t even worth talking about, because all indications are that they won’t happen (and in my opinion, they shouldn’t happen):

Moving Troy Glaus to 3rd base

Regardless of how much time he’s played at 3rd base in his career, his knees are currently in no condition to play the hot corner.

Bring up Freddie Freeman to play 3rd base

Freeman is solid at first base, but professionally has almost no experience at third base. He played 5 games there 3 years ago in rookie ball. The sample size is small, but the numbers were atrocious. With moving Glaus to 3rd base being out of the question as well, its unlikely that Freddie Freeman’s timetable is going to be altered. The most likely way we’ll see him in the majors this year is if he is called up in September to help fill out the bench and provide some occasional rest for Glaus.

That brings us to the realistic options. We’ll start with my current favorite first:

Stay with what we’ve got

We’ve got at least 4 guys that can play 3rd base. Hinske, Infante, Conrad, and Prado. I like all these guys, so I wouldn’t be upset to see any of them playing at third, but I think the best everyday option is Prado. He is going to play everyday no matter what, and he is probably the best defensive option among the bunch. This leaves a spot open at 2nd base. As far as I’m aware, Hinske can’t play 2nd, so that leave Conrad and Infante to take over there. There has been a lot of discussion lately about how you keep Infante in the lineup after Prado returns. I don’t think this was really how we wanted to address that question, but it does address it. Conrad can continue to be a valuable asset off the bench, and Hinske is free to be utilized in left field and at first base. So, while you can pick your favorite combination, mine is going to be Prado at third, Infante at second. For the batting order, you keep Prado at the top, put Infante batting second, and move Heyward to the third spot. The rest of the lineup fills out the same as it has all year.

Bring on someone new

A few names have been mentioned, but the name that seems to the most attractive, and most likely to clear waivers, is %Bn%. Figgins has good points and bad. His overall numbers for the year have been below par, but he’s been playing well lately. He’s a true lead off hitter that has both speed and a high OBP. He’s also from Georgia, and playing for the “home team” can sometimes provide extra drive for a player. His salary is pretty steep, but indications are that Seattle would be willing to eat a large portion of it and/or take Kawakami in return. The latter would significantly offset Figgins’ salary. Another positive about Figgins is that he can play third, second, and center field.

What does it all mean?

So, what does it mean to a team in a hot pennant race to lose someone so valuable? Well, its not good news, thats for sure, but it also doesn’t mean the season is over. The Braves earned their current spot in first place back when Chipper wasn’t playing too well. While his recent production has been important, we’ve shown that we can succeed without it. Chipper is also a valuable member to the team off the field, and this won’t change. The impact he has just being in the clubhouse shouldn’t be underestimated. I think this makes things more difficult without question, but there is no reason to believe that its something that can keep us from winning the pennant, not to mention the world series.


Whether he’s played his last game for Atlanta or not, his season is over. He went down giving everything he had to try and get the Braves another championship. More than ever, its time to go out there and show our appreciation for all he has done for this franchise, now and in the past. It’s been 15 years since we won the world series, its time to win one again, and this time, lets Win One For The Chipper!

I few of my fellow bloggers and tweeters have put a lot of analysis into much of what I’ve mentioned above. I’d strongly suggest checking them out for some deeper analysis on some of the topics above, as well as some other options I might not have mentioned above.  While there are many out there, and you can find them by looking at who I follow on twitter, as well as my retweets, I’d like to point out two in particular: @FriedBasballATL and @Ben_Duronio.

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Injury Update – Chipper Jones

by @ 12:38 pm.   Filed under braves, braves news, braves players

News is not good folks. Although he will seek a second opinion, initial reports show that Jones has a tear in his ACL, an injury that will require immediate, and season ending, surgery. Given Jones’ recent leanings towards retirement, one can’t help but think a season ending injury like this might indeed be career ending as well.

Dave O’Brien has more information in his article here:

Let not make the injury meaningless, lets make sure we go all the way this year. Lets Win one for the Chipper!

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June 26, 2010

Game Recap: 6/26/2010

by @ 10:14 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Kenshin Kawakami (1-9) L: Joel Zumaya (2-1) S: Peter Moylan (1)


It was a bit scary at the end, but %Bn% finally got his first win, and Chipper hit his 200th home run at Turner Field. The home run, his career 431st, tied him with Cal Ripken Jr. for 38th  on the all-time list.

In other news, Jason Heyward finally admitted that his thumb has been bothering him. Personally, I’m glad. I think its obvious that its been an issue, and trying to play through it has not been working. Even if it means a stint on the DL, I’d rather lose him for a little while and get him back playing like he did in May, than go the entire season with him playing like he’s been playing this month. You can read more on the situation here: Jason Heyward admits he’s hurt

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June 9, 2010

Game Recap: 6/8/2010 and other news

by @ 12:09 pm.   Filed under baseball news, braves, braves games, braves news, braves players
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W: Jonny Venters (1-0) L: Esmerling Vasquez (0-2) S: Billy Wagner (10)


Good game last night. It was nice to see Chipper back in the lineup. Medlen hurt himself sliding into home, but thankfully it doesn’t look like anything serious.

In other news, the latest results in the all star voting are out, and Heyward, McCann, and Prado are all in 2nd place at their respective positions.

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June 1, 2010

Game Recap: 5/31/2010 or FIRST PLACE!

by @ 12:30 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Tommy Hanson (5-3) L: Joe Blanton (1-4)


Granted, we still have a long season ahead of us, but I think things look good. My prediction is that if we are still in 1st place by the end of the long road trip we have coming up, we’ll stay there the rest of the season.

The Braves went 20-8 in the month of May, taking them from last place in the division to first in the span of just a few weeks. All of this was done with Chipper, McCann, and Escobar playing way below what’s expected of them for most of the month. Add to that the fact that McCann and Chipper have both started to show marked improvements, and even Escobar has shown signs he is coming out of his slump. We also can’t overlook Cabrera’s recent performance which has been much better than how he started the season.

Then there are the guys that have been performing on a high level the entire time. Heyward, Glaus, and Prado are the everyday players that top the list. Then there are guys like Hinske that seem to perform as a starter, pinch hitter, or late inning replacement. Even Ross is providing solid offense from a position that you don’t usually expect such things from (backup catcher).

Things are looking good Braves fans!

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May 31, 2010

Game Recap: 5/30/2010

by @ 8:49 am.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Takashi Saito (1-2) L: Joel Hanrahan (1-1) S: Billy Wagner (7)


Another good game. %Ln%’s bad luck continued though. He pitched a good game, but left the game with it tied at 2. An RBI single by Chipper in the 8th broke the tie, and Heyward followed it up with two more RBIs on triple.

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May 29, 2010

Game Recap: 5/28/2010

by @ 11:55 am.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Derek Lowe (7-4) L: Zach Duke (3-5)


Another good game. Lowe pitched 7 strong innings and Chipper had another good game going 2-5 with 3 RBI. David Ross also had a great game, starting with his 3 run double in the 1st.

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May 25, 2010

Kawakami has horrible luck

by @ 10:50 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Anibal Sanchez (4-2) L: Kenshin Kawakami (0-7)


%Bn% has horrible luck. Granted, he has pitched a few bad games this year, but he hasn’t pitched anywhere near bad enough to be 0-7.

Tonight was yet another game that he pitched well enough to win, but didn’t get the run support. He only gave up 3 runs, but left with the team still trailing by 1. After the bullpen gave up a few more runs, any hope of a no decision was pretty much gone.

The Braves threatened in the top of the 9th, with driving in two runs. It wasn’t enough in the end though. Chipper tried to hit into a double play (that’s not really fair, his hustle down the line is the only reason it wasn’t one), and McCann followed up with a ground out to end the game.

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May 22, 2010

Lets keep it up!

by @ 1:54 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
W: Tim Hudson (5-1) L: Ross Ohlendorf (0-2)


I think the offense is finally on track. The Braves haven’t been shutout since the game on 5/7 against Jamie Moyer. Since then we’ve played 13 games and only lost 3 (3-5 on 5/9, 1-11 on 5/15, and 2-3 on 5/17) and the Arizona game is the only one of those that can be considered a blow out.

Last night’s game was another example of how things are looking much better. Our offense looked good. continued to perform well, Hinske had another solid game, McCann hit a homer, and Chipper even got on base (twice), once with a hit and an RBI.

Anyway, as I’ve mentioned previously, tonight’s game will not be on television. If you live in the metro Atlanta area, you should be able to get the game on Rock 100.5 or 680 the Fan. Of course you wont be able to listen online via those (or any other) radio stations because MLB forces online blackouts of all the games so they can sell more subscriptions to their own online audio package. I do know that you can get the audio for a single game for a lower price though if you want to get it just for today.

I’ll actually be listening on my iPhone. I bought the mlb app early in the season. It was $15.00, but I thought it was worth it to be able to listen to the afternoon games at work, listen while I am out walking, or otherwise in a situation where I don’t have access to a radio or tv.

One thing I have not looked into is whether or not the game will be available online via Normally it would be blacked out in the Atlanta area, but I don’t know if that applies to games not being televised or played in the Atlanta area. I also don’t know if Fox’s exclusivity agreement applies to online broadcasts or not either. If it is available, I’m pretty sure they still offer the ability to purchase a single game as well.

For those of you outside the reach of the stations listed above, check out the list of stations in the Brave’s Radio Network. If you are in the South East, there is a good chance you’ll be able to pick up the game. I’ve added links for the two stations I mentioned, as well as the list of stations in the Brave’s Radio Network to the list on the right side for future reference.

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May 31, 2008

Braves @ Reds, 5/31 or Why Soriano?

by @ 6:44 pm.   Filed under baseball players, braves, braves games, braves players
W: Francisco Cordero (2-0) L: Manny Acosta (3-2)


I realize that Soriano was the closer before he went on the DL, but I don’t think it was a good move to throw him back into the roll so soon, especially a one-run game on the road. While I realize that I am posting this after he gave up the lead, I honestly was wondering that when I saw he was out there pitching. I don’t think he necessarily needs to “earn” the role back, but he should have a few more innings under his belt than the one he pitched in the 8-1 win over Milwaukee.

I am also wondering if the scouting reports are begining to make the rounds on Jurrjens. He didn’t pitch great against Arizona on 5/26, and his control was horrible today. On a positve note though, I think we can safely say that Teixeira has finally warmed up. It couldn’t happen at a better time either, because teams are starting to pitch around Chipper more and more.

Finally, listen to me now, and believe me later, Jay Bruce will be the Rookie of the Year.

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