Only that it's supposed to be real similar to current dimensions, fair to hitters and pitchers and slightly favorable to pitchers, if to either.
A few days ago Fredi said he had just started hitting balls off tee, etc. I'll ask again today.
Here was the ruling, as relayed by Reds director of media relations Rob Butcher:
After reviewing all relevant angles, the Replay Official determined that no violation of the home plate collision rule occurred and that the runner was tagged prior to touching home plate. The call is CONFIRMED, the runner is out.
For rotation? Banuelos or Wisler.
Generally bad (press box). Generally good (locker room).
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Was assured that wasn't the case. of course, if Bethancourt continues to struggle at the plate you never know, might become an issue where they just see nothing gained by having him here. They'd prefer not to send him back, that's for sure. Because they need to find out if Bethancourt is their guy for the future, if he'll be what he was projected to become, and sending him back to Triple-A proves nothing. He'll hit there. Doesn't mean anything about what he'll do in big leagues.
Not sure about the "no doubt" about Peraza. If they don't have a need, they're not calling him up just because folks would like to see him. Team is flirting with .500 and as long as they're in wild-card picture at all, that will remain their season goal. Not a developmental team, as much as I know some outside organization think or wish it was. That's not purpose of the season, to let young guys get their heads handed to them while being thrust into roles they might not be prepared for. It's why they signed some veterans, to help in the transition period.
And to finish that answer: As long as Maybin's playing like he has been in recent weeks, CF is not a need. So I wouldn't expect to see Mallex Smith this season. Especially with Cunningham showing he's ready to contribute at more than one OF position. Unless, of course, there's another injury.
No, Bobby and McGuirk weren't present. My understanding is that Schuerholz called him into his office and fired him.
Pleasantly surprised, yes. But it's one series. Hope of his sake it continues. He's a really good dude, and I'd like to see him get his chance, here or somewhere else. If he keeps playing at a high level, he'll get it and maybe get to stay in the big leagues going forward.
Have heard no talk of that. And all relievers don't want to be starters. Some know their stuff is better suited for relief.
Folty has pitched well for the most part, about as expected for his first starts. He's up because the Braves needed a starter with Cahill performing so poorly. Plus, Folty had already pitched for 2 months in big leagues last season, as a reliever with Houston. They were not rushing him at all.
Yes, he could. But so far, Fredi's view is, why move the kid (Peterson) 2 months into the season when he's playing so well and getting used to playing every day at second base and working well with Simmons? I think it's a good decision.
No. Teams with payroll the size of the Braves' payroll don't even that much money, on top of what they already ate of Uggla's deal. Not good business sense to do that.
How many impact or even quality relievers have you seen traded so far this season? It's too early for that. And free agency? If there are pitchers still out there who are free agents, there are reasons: They're either not good, and/or they are asking for more money than any team believes they're worth.
Wisler is 22 years old and has a 4.15 ERA and 1.359 WHIP in Triple-A. Not even comparable situation to Folty, in terms higher-level experience or performance at time of Folty's callup. (Folty had a 2.08 ERA in 4 starts and had been dominant for the most part)
I think we could see Eury Perez by this summer. EY has done almost nothing and isn't playing much at all with Maybin performing so well in past few weeks.
Oh, and has for one foot in/one foot out on the rebuild, that's what Braves have said all along, and what i wrote all winter and spring -- they are rebuilding while also aiming to stay competitive in the two years before they move into new ballpark. Though some folks didn't want to hear it, didn't agree with the strategy or whatever, they made it clear that's what they were doing, that this wasn't the market for a full-scale stripdown like Houston had that required several years of cellar-dwelling, nor was their a need to do that. And so, the Braves sought to remain competitive while rebuilding -- or revamping, as they put it -- for 2017 and beyond. And if you look at the standings, tough to argue that they haven't, at least through the quarter pole, done that.
Braves like him as a starter long-term. LIke his stuff a lot. Banuelos is on innings limit since he pitched so few innings for Yankees last season. Couldn't expect him to go from pitching as little as he did last season to pitching 175 innings this season. So I'd not expect him to be part of regular rotation unless it's late in season, and by then he'll probably have too many innings. Wisler not ready yet. No need to rush him, too valuable for future. If they need him, they'll call him up. But not unless they absolutely need him or he shows with a sustained period of high-level pitching that he's ready.
No, I don't see them trying to re-sign Heyward.
Even plane, bat stays on that plane longer through the zone, rather than some hitter who have an upper cut or swing down or don't get the bat into the zone early in swing, etc. Guys like Chipper and McCann kept the bat in the zone a long time.