We'll find out in the winter what they really think.
I think you could make that case but I also think that's the way things have gone in sports. Players are moving through systems quicker now, partly because of money paid. In NFL young players move into regular roles much earlier than they used to.
Yes to first question, no to second.
Upton has 3 full years left on contract. Braves brought back Uggla with 2 years left and waited a few months into the season before making the jump. Big difference in money.
Disagree. If there was a DH in the National League, I would agree. But obviously Braves would need to get something of value for him.
Put me in charge. And give me a really big contract. And a beach house.
Mediocre is a bit strong. But do I think he's a guy they should trade? Yes.
Should he stand somewhere else?
Scouting hasn't been a problem in the organization since Bobby Cox helped rebuild system when he was GM.
That's pretty common, on fans I mean. I would agree it puts more pressure on organization to make a change(s).
Manager or coach's job is to get the most out of his players. I would agree that's not happening right now. The question is to what extent he was dealt a losing hand. That's where the debate comes in.
They'll need a veteran backup. I'm sure they'd be fine if it's Laird.
You could say that. Or you could say the players are a bunch of losers. It depends on whether you're pro- or anti-Fredi.
I think "gets a pass" is strong. Simmons is here MOSTLY for his defense. Yes, he needs to be better offensively but I'm not sure he should catch as much heat as others. Also, he's still pretty young.
Chance both are gone.Can't put a percentage on it.
A manager/coach is never going to say, "Players quit," whether he believes it or not.
Not long term. Maybe short term.
You'll have to package someone good with him.
OK. What lottery numbers should I play this week?
My sense is he's liked personally, it's split on managerial skills.
That is an excellent question, one I may address in column later.
Thanks. You've always been one of my favorite trolls, on the blog and Twitter.
Good question. I don't know. Walker and Fletcher have spent a lot of time trying to get him to grasp that.
Not sure what the question is?