wouldn't surprise me if it's sooner rather than later. i know a week or so, DOB was projecting two weeks and i think that he was onto something there.
Prado? From a personal standpoint, I'd love to see him back here - he's one of the best guys you'll ever be around in a clubhouse. he works so hard and he gives you the kind of tough at-bat that the Braves could use more of right now. But that's not happening. Teams don't look back on big moves they make like that, not in my experience.
Lot of hurdles for Jonny to clear before anybody is really thinking about that one. And a lot can happen with everybody else.
If you're Frank Wren, don't you already know? (smile) As a beat writer, not going to offer a bunch of opinion on this, just to say it's awkward and I don't know if the situation as is is really doing anybody a lot of good, other than to justify not throwing away $22.1 million....and wow, that is a ton of money. But read Mark Bradley's column today on ajc.com, myajc.com or in the newspaper.
Think he's been inconsistent offensively but still showing the power potential. I think he's done a terrific job handling the pitching staff which is part of the job that gets taken for granted, I think. But he puts a lot of time and energy into it and he's had a lot of new pitchers to get to know. Butt he gets to take some credit for the start the Braves rotation is off to. Or I'll give him some anyway!
First off y'all it's Carroll, this morning. I'm thinking Dave is still sleeping out in San Fran! I think this is something they take on a year by year basis. And yes a lot of it depends on Bethancourt's bat. We know he is an athletic catcher who can throw, but if he can't consistently hit, it won't be much of an option. Working in Gattis' favor is that he could play some left field and become more of a part-time catcher/LF again if Bethancourt proves he's ready.
Minor leagues are not an option. Players with more than five years of service time can veto an "outright" to the minors. So Uggla could veto the move.
I disagree with you about Walker and Fletcher. And Chipper, while being a great hitting coach possibility down the road, is getting ready to move to Texas. So trying isn't going to get ya anywhere. Not this season.
I think they'll be buying at the trade deadline. And the rate things are going now, they're going to need some offensive help. Maybe a bullpen arm.
I think maybe you watched last night's game and missed the first 10 games of May, when Johnson was starting to put some things together. At the rate contracts are soaring you might find it was money well spent. He is somebody who knows what he's doing at the plate, just gotten a little aggressive, trying to do too much. And when it's something he will tell you, that he recognizes that he was doing, it's a sign that he can get himself out of it, to me.
I think the Uggla situation is awkward. I think if and when they get to the point where they're ready to promote La Stella, Uggla would be released. He doesn't offer much in the way of versatility off the bench and you'd in essence be using two roster spots to fill for players who can only play second base
I think the Braves will continue to pitch Floyd, and occasionally put Wood in the bullpen like now when they needed to rest Jordan Walden. Eventually the Braves might find they could trade from a position of strength, if pitching stays healthy. Not there now though.
I don't want to get much into that, since it's such a polarizing subject and some fans seem so eager to jump on anyone who's critical of replay and immediately say we're dinosaurs for liking things as they were, including the manager/umpire confrontations. But I hate the replay system.
Eventually I think he will. But he just got married again, and is doing a lot of stuff with his ranch as a hunting destination, etc. So it might be a few years before he is ready to dive into something as time-consuming as hitting coach. That's not a cush job, takes a whole lot of ours, and with the money that top players make these days, it's a MASSIVE pay cut from what they earned while playing, with just as many or more hours involved and obviously all the travel and spring training away from home, etc. So maybe just an advisory role of some kind in the near future? I don't know, helping out hitters and working in the broadcast booth, that kind of thing. Sort of live Glavine, but maybe more involved on the field. But I don't know. Just talking out my ... Speculating.
Oh, wait. I just re-read your question. You said non-HOF Brave. Dale Murphy.
Hmm, good question. Dave Parker, George Foster, Pete Rose, Willie Stargell. And in a different category, from covering them, a much of great guys like Cliff Floyd, John Burkett, Jeff Conine, Martin Prado, etc)
Not sure what you mean by the question. Yes, we are definitely spoiled watching best defensive shortstop in the game, far and away the best in my opinion. But his errors last night were costly (should've been two, not one error). Not an either/or situation. He had a bad game. It happens to even the best. The error led to two unearned runs in a 4-3 game.
it's not an "experiment," he's a veteran bench bat, nothing more.
It's an intersting/difficult situation. Unless they skip him a few times or start bringing him out after 5-6 innings instead of 7-8, I don't see how he can stay in rotation all year and then be at 175 early in September. They've made it clear that there's a certain percentage increase that they're willing to go to in regards to young pitcher's previous season innings total or career-high total and max increase they'll let him go to over that amount. Which is only reason it makes some sense to put Wood in 'pen for a while as a second lefty, then get him stretched back out and not have to worry about the innings limit late in season.
Pretty simple: Thumb was swollen at base, fatty part of hand, after being jammed by pitch. Throbbed in fifth inning at Miami, couldn't grip ball. Why make him try to pitch again on schedule when Floyd had to come off DL anyway?
Don't think so, not before September, unless there's an injury.