The long-term question about Jason Heyward continues to fascinate. He's obviously a good-to-very-good player -- and he's a great defender and a great baserunner. He just hasn't hit as much as you'd think he would. Somebody will pay him a lot of money as a free agent. I'm not sure if that somebody will be the Braves, who've seen him every day of his professional life.
Fredi Gonzalez. But I'm not a major fan of the clubhouse-leader thing. Chipper Jones wasn't really a rally-the-troops guy. Baseball is pretty much an individual sport. Somebody telling you to bear down isn't going to help much when you're facing Adam Wainwright.
He's worth $14.1 million because that's how much the Braves agreed to pay. Nobody forced them to do it.
Can't say I've much noticed Mr. Doumit's eyes.
Well, Frank Thomas does know something about hitting. I'll concede that point.
Generally speaking, though, players aren't usually overly receptive to unsolicited advice -- probably because they get so much.
Didn't see what he said. Sorry.
Harang, maybe. Floyd is coming off arm surgery again, so he's iffy. I doubt seriously they'll meet Ervin Santana's price.
I have confidence in the rumor. I have no reason to believe they'll succeed.
Probably more surprised than you are. I thought Harang was a bad signing. I thought Freddy Garcia would have been better. Shows what I know, huh?
There's a chance, yes. They might even look at trading him to an NL team. But they need to be sure about Bethancourt first. I think they're close to being sold on him.
That's obviously the position where there's a surplus. Question is, will Gattis handle pitchers well enough to be a full-time catcher over the next five years? And will Bethancourt hit well enough? Don't know that we have an answer on either one just yet.
Ron Darling of the Mets is in a class of one as a TV analyst. I really like the Giants' radio/TV guys, too. As writers go ... Jayson Stark is a personal favorite. But there are other very good ones.
Bethancourt is a catcher. Period.
What would it take to get Wren fired? Probably not having assembled a team that has the National League's best record since 2010, which is what the Braves have done.
I read the story on MLB.com. Fredi had a point. Justin Upton didn't not run, but he didn't run hard until the ball was bobbled.
I'd say 92. Just a guess. And I keep thinking the Nationals are going to nudge ahead here soon. But I have thought as much for a while, and they're one game ahead.
Not just yet. I think the Braves want to let Gattis catch a while longer. He just got back, no pun intended, you know.
Absolutely not Cliff Lee. I'd think Price before Lee.
Had no trouble with Simmons in the 10th. It just didn't work out. Garrett Jones hit a grounder up the middle. That was the ballgame. When a team can only score one run in 10 innings, one wobble can lose a game. The Braves' offense leaves little margin for error.
Yes in a vaccum, but no in the real world. He's not apt to re-sign here, and the Braves don't have a lot of young arms to spare in trade. (Lucas Sims hasn't had a good season in the minors.) I don't know that the Braves could meet TB's price without damaging their organization.
Trade for somebody over the next nine days, I'd imagine. But the bullpen isn't bad at all.