This is way premature and only educated guessing, at best. Things almost never work out the way we anticipate with a team in so much transition. That said, Mallex Smith or Peraza.
13 yrs at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, covering high schools, then U. of Miami, then Dolphins before moving to Marlins beat. And before Sun-Sentinel, I worked two years out of college at a small paper in Kansas, and as a correspondent for the Kansas City Star during my senior year at KU.
Because Peterson is more suited for 2-hole, and others in first five spots more suited for those roles. Simmons is one of the few guys who's hit as well or better in 8-hole than he has elsewhere; he doesn't mind hitting there at all.
I don't even known what "modern" rock means anymore. Heavy band? New or old? Torche and Mastodon my favorite current metal, Metallica my favorite all-time metal, but Led Zeppelin is the greatest hard rock band that ever walked the face of the planet, and they always will be. End of story.
Because nobody in the clubhouse or the front office thinks the way you do on the subject.
Hey, great question. Because it was hard to read that one reply about rock, right? Geez. Ask a question, man.
From all I've heard, total coincidence. But a good one, potentially. Pretty crazy how that works out.
Sorry, and I done answered a ton, but must notta seen yours.
I didn't notice any change of pace from the new rules in spring training, but hard to tell because of all the substitutions and ragged games at ST. On other hand, yesterday was a well-pitched 2-1 game, and those usually are relatively fast. But I've heard that guys like David Ortiz are really having to adjust, not step out of the box between every pitch and walk around, etc. Which I'm very glad is happening. I think a lot of it's just up to the individual ump, what he enforces from rules, some new rules and some that have been in books a long time but not paid attention to by players or umps.
Sure. The dude is just solid in every way. He's got good stuff, great makeup, tough and wants to win. He's got IT.
Gomes role not affected, other than it allows Fredi to move EY over to LF in late innings for defense and put Maybin in CF for those innings, when Braves have a lead and want to upgrade defense.
Fredi will be the manager as long as the higher-ups believe he's doing a good job and the team is playing to its capabilities, I'd imagine.
I have no idea what you're talking about, and I don't think you do either. Right?
I've noticed him being more relaxed with the new front office. Doesn't have people monitoring every comment he makes to the media or every move he makes on the field.
Not nearly as low as most people seem to. I actually kinda like a lot of it, but prefer older ballparks or new ones build with modern amenities but a retro feel. But Marlins Park works for Miami, as has been pointed out many times. I'd say somewhere between No. 16-20, just off top of my head.
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Certainly no more pressure than they felt last year. So far, the Braves aren't scoring a lot of runs, but they are scoring far more consistently than they did most of last season, particularly early on when they got shut out or only scored one run a bunch of times. This team has been getting 3-5 runs and not scored fewer than two, if I'm not mistaken.
I disagree with your assertion. I wrote many, many times that the B.J. Upton contract was bad, and even before they signed him I said I didn't understand the attraction and suggested in my blog that Pagan or Choo or several other options available that year.
And just to follow up, I also wrote many times last year about the lack of leadership in the clubhouse and how the Braves had not replaced the likes of David Ross, Hinske, Prado, etc. To me, that was Wren's major mistake, not being in tune with the clubhouse and the effect it was having on the team when he let go or traded away one team leader after another over a period of 3-4 years.
Surprised by 6-1, of course. But not surprised that they didn't come out and fall on their faces like so many people who predicted 90-100 losses based solely on what they had traded away and without any regard for the guys they brought in and what effect it would have on improving team morale. It was obvious to me even before the start of spring training that the clubhouse would be much improved, but there are a lot of folks who continue to dismiss the importance of that kind of thing. We have a difference of opinion there; I've always believed the clubhouse mix can and usually does have a major impact on a baseball team, much more than the locker room of, say, a football team.
Cody Martin is not "nasty" so much as he's smart, has very good location and command of pitches, changes speeds, etc. He's doing great in his current role, and so is Grilli in his. Most in baseball will agree that not just anyone can pitch the ninth inning with a narrow lead, and if you have two proven former closers on the staff it makes sense to use them in the role as long as they're healthy and still very effective, which both Grilli and Jim Johnson are.