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01 Aug

Michael Bourn

Speed guy makes good. Bourn was drafted by the Phillies out of the University of Houston in 2003, in the fourth round, and had a minor league career you’d expect with his talent base — decent average, walks, a lot of stolen bases, some doubles and triples power.

He had a cup of coffee in 2006 then was a fourth outfielder in 2006, hitting .277 and getting on-base at a .348 clip, but showing almost no power — just seven extra-base hits. After the season, he was traded to the Astros with two other players for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett.

The Astros made him their center fielder, displacing Hunter Pence, but Bourn had a disastrous season, hitting .229/.288/.300, unprecedentedly low for him. It seems to have been a fluke. Playing every day over the last three years he’s hit .279/.348/.373, including a .303 average this year that might be just a little fluky. Slugging tends to vary from year to year; in his case, it’s actually due more to speed than anything as it’s affected by how many triples he hits.

He’s a great defensive player, as you have to be to handle center in that miniature golf course they call a ballpark in Houston. He is also probably the most accomplished basestealer in the game since the demise of Carlos Beltran’s legs, leading the NL in the category the last two years and doing it again so far this one. Therefore, Martin Prado is about to bunt a lot.

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168 Responses to “Michael Bourn”

  1. 1
    Popwilly Says:

    Good move for Braves. Will help with glove and base running. Should produce runs, which we need badly.

  2. 2
    Smitty Says:

    Get ready to hear a lot of “Get ’em on, get ’em over, gett ’em in.”

    Oh, and Prado is about to get a lot of fastballs to hit.

  3. 3
    RobBroad4th Says:

    And Bourn puns.

  4. 4
    PaulV Says:

    Concering Success and the good things players said about him. His fellow braves are quality people who appreciate that he played hurt in his last game and got hurt worse and still got a bunt hit and an outfield single that put Lugo on third to score winning run. Playing hurt as a rookie hindered him but doing it this year earned him respect.

  5. 5
    DowneasterJC Says:

    I think I would rather Fredi bat the pitcher second than have Prado bunt all the time.

    It would not surprise me if Fredi penciled him in at number 8 to hit in front of the pitcher. Then again, yes it would because I would not expect Fredi to be smart enough to think anything other than “SPEED GUY HITS FIRST CHECK!”

    Fredi is a pretty stupid human specimen.

  6. 6
    Coop Says:

    Please bear with me while I clarify my understanding. Frank Wren is stupid, but not as stupid as he was Saturday; and Fredi is just as stupid today as he was last week. Is that about right?

  7. 7
    John R. Says:

    I will miss Schafer mainly because I’ve grown quite fond of the nickname, “Success.”

  8. 8
    PaulV Says:

    Once Success start leading off bunts were rare by Prado. Same with Broun

  9. 9
    Shawn Says:

    Didn’t Fredi let Hanley run pretty often in Florida? Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I’d have to think he’d give Bourn the green light quite a bit to.
    It’s one thing to have a bad hitter like Nate bunt over a poor base stealer like Prado. It’s another to have a good hitter like Prado bunt over a guy like Bourn who can probably go get the bag himself 80 percent of the time.

  10. 10
    Smitty Says:


    I read somewhere where DOB confirmed that Success had a green light all the time. I would think Bourn will be running a lot.

  11. 11
    Hap Says:

    @8 – I expect Spike to chime in any minute to point out it was just Prado getting hot and not Schafer getting on that cut down on the calls for bunts. Hopefully Prado stays hot so Fredi doesn’t make him bunt Bourn over.

  12. 12
    spike Says:

    why would I say that? Don’t misconstrue my pointing out to you that you score less runs after getting on in the 8 spot rather than 1st as anything other than an explanation of why Success seemed to score more frequently than Nate.

  13. 13
    Remy Says:

    NB: Add “Success” to the glossary.

  14. 14
    Alex R. Says:

    I do think it’s rather poetic that “The Bourn Identity” for the Braves begins in the hub of espionage, Washington, DC. Yes, a pun.

  15. 15
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Hopefully Bourn is better at baseball than the CIA is at espionage.


  16. 16
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I watched “Bourn Identity” on cable last night. It’s a fun movie but man, Julia Stiles is worthless.

  17. 17
    Remy Says:

    Franka Potente, on the other hand, is a pretty good actress. Loved her in Run Lola Run.

  18. 18
    Alex R. Says:

    Second your Julia Stiles take, Rob.

  19. 19
    Putter Says:

    Third that Rob

    And now DOB says it will be the Summer of George or Varvaro getting sent down. I am guessing Proctor got out some new pictures of Wren or was contacted by Lockhart and given his

  20. 20
    PaulV Says:

    Julia was good on Dexter last year.

  21. 21
    Bethany Says:

    Has there been an interviews with Bourn yet? I always enjoy those. I remember when Nate bawled his eyes out when he had to leave the Pirates.

  22. 22
    csg Says:


    Stay tuned but I think #Braves roster move for Bourn might be Proctor. 43 mins ago

  23. 23
    PeteOrr Says:

    All I remember about the Nate acquisition is the candle-lighting that took place in the Pirates clubhouse, allegedly in memory of their departed brother. I bet it was really just to get rid of the smell of his hair dye. I’d view it as a really bad sign for Bourn’s future if he cries too.

  24. 24
    Putter Says:


    Braves still haven’t announced roster move or lineup. Check what I said about Proctor. Now could simply be Constanza or Varvaro

    9 minutes ago

  25. 25
    spike Says:

    Like Jordan Schafer, Nicky’s value was maximized by having a potent slugger behind her.

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    PeteOrr Says:

    I’m imagining Proctor slowly driving by Wren’s house, holding up the manila envelope containing The Pictures as Wren peers through a crack in the blinds. DOB gets a call shortly thereafter retracting the Proctor DFA rumor.

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    Putter Says:


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    RobBroad4th Says:

    @20, I thought she was pretty mediocre in “Dexter.” Then again, John Lithgow’s performance in season 4 is pretty tough to follow.

  29. 29
    Ethan Says:

    Chipper’s fielded ground balls, but is out tonight. This would be my guess w/a righty on the mound.


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    Adam M Says:

    “How is what you described ’11th dimensional chess’? Wren was probably (as all other GMs do) driving up the price on other teams by getting involved in the bidding for Hunter Pence. That occurs in every market. Think of it as an auction: the more people that are bidding on an object, the higher the price of that object is going to be. That’s not complicated.” (from the last thread)

    Sure, it’s not complicated–and of course it’s not really 11th dimensional chess. My point was simply that we should just assume the simplest explanation as the best explanation. The probability that Wren involved himself in the Pence talks so as to screw Philly and/or whet Wade’s appetite for Braves’ prospects is low; he was probably involved in the Pence talks to trade for Pence.

  31. 31
    Smitty Says:

    Linebrink to DL-per Bowman. I guess Proctor beat him down

  32. 32
    Big D Says:

    Fredi LaRussa’s lineup:

    From DOB: #Braves lineup: 1. Bourn CF, 2. Prado 3B, 3. Freeman 1B, 4. Uggla 2B, 5. Heyward RF, 6. Ross C, 7. Gonzalez SS, 8. Jurrjens P 9 Constanza LF

  33. 33
    mhr Says:

    We’ve entered the LaRussa zone.

  34. 34
    Adam R Says:

    At the game. So is Proctor. D’oh.

  35. 35
    Brian J. Says:

    Per DOB, “last Braves pitcher to hit anywhere but 8th Lew Burdette vs Cubs 7/29/59.”

  36. 36
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Apparently, the entire Braves managerial staff has started playing 11th dimensional chess.

    I’ll be at the ballgame too, Section 225 Row K. Is anyone else planning to be there?

  37. 37
    JoeyT Says:

    At least he’s showing creativity. Might even be optimal, depending on what he thinks Constanza’s chances of getting on base are.

  38. 38
    Chip (not Caray) Says:


    I don’t think I mind that lineup at all. What the hell? He’s being creative, and if you get T-Bone and Bourn on base back-to-back, finally you can create some runs.

    Of course, he’ll just blow it by having Prado bunt, but still….

  39. 39
    Smitty Says:

    Why is T-Bone in the lineup? Is Hinske dead?

  40. 40
    Bethany Says:

    I’ve got no problem with it yet. I reserve the right to complain nonstop if something bad happens.

  41. 41
    Brian J. Says:

    40- As do we all.

  42. 42
    John R. Says:

    #39- My guess is now that Fredi is going to try an offense that lets the antelopes loose on the base paths. Hey, it’s a better form of small ball than “productive outs.”

    #40- That made me chuckle. I’m right there with ya.

  43. 43
    PaulV Says:

    @26 it is easier to play crazed killer than a victim.

  44. 44
    PeteOrr Says:

    This really does support my earlier theory that Fredi is Larussa 2.0. If I see an SUV stopped at a green light with a snoring driver somewhere around Atlanta, I’ll pop an audio version of Tom Tango’s The Book into Fredi’s CD player and keep driving. Maybe he’ll wake up in jail with an understanding of leverage index and wOBA.

  45. 45
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:


  46. 46
    Big D Says:

    44 – LOL

    I don’t see any huge problems with it yet. Whether he’s hitting 8th or 9th, it’s not like JJ is going to have many bunting opportunities hitting behind AAG anyway. And late in the game, we’ll get to a PH spot earlier, which could be good. I wouldn’t do it with someone slow in the 9-hole, cuz you might waste Bourn’s speed if he’s on base behind a slow guy, but it might work with T-Bone there.

    Then again, we’ll see.

  47. 47
    John R. Says:

    Upon reflection, can’t we just move Jurrjens up to #7 and move AAG down to #8, which is now apparently the pitcher’s spot?

  48. 48
    Adam R Says:

    Watching Ross mouth the words to every Motown song they play on the PA. Right now, “Heatwave.”

  49. 49
    sdp Says:

    Braves Live! is one of the worst-produced programs in television history.

  50. 50
    DowneasterJC Says:


    But it’s an “Emmy Winning” broadcast! Allegedly. So they say.

  51. 51
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    @50 “Emmy-winning” has as much connection to quality as OBP has to offensive success. At least that’s what Chip tells me.

  52. 52
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @43, Gotta disagree with you there. Lithgow’s performance was impeccable. I never thought that the guy from “Third Rock From the Sun” could be scary, but he was terrifying. Stiles on the other hand just played some girl. Which is fine for that part I guess, but it lacked depth in my opinion. Excited for season six though.

  53. 53
    Michael Says:

    The Yahoo box score has an entirely different lineup. Boscan in and no Bourn.

  54. 54
    Mike N. Says:

    I just checked John Lithgow’s imdb page and I am a bit shocked that he’s been nominated for two Oscars.

  55. 55
    RobBroad4th Says:

    The MASN guys just called our new CF Jason Bourne.

  56. 56
    braves14 Says:

    55 — lol

  57. 57
    Mike N. Says:

    Hey-o welcome to the Braves

  58. 58
    ububba Says:

    Yup, welcome aboard, Mr. Bourn

  59. 59
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Bourn should get about 15 steals against Livan.

  60. 60
    Bethany Says:

    Man, almost.

    UGH. Bad luck.

  61. 61
    Chip (not Caray) Says:

    I’ve never been so happy to see a slap single to the opposite field.

    NO BUNTING!!!!

  62. 62
    Mike N. Says:

    Well hell

  63. 63
    spike Says:

    I can’t take another night of this.

  64. 64
    Catz Says:

    Well that’s a shame

  65. 65
    Bethany Says:

    That’s disgusting.

  66. 66
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Welcome to the Braves, Michael. You’re probably going to have steal even more bases than you did in Houston with luck like that.

  67. 67
    Brad Says:

    @63, get used to it.

  68. 68
    Big D Says:


  69. 69
    Morrie Says:

    Seriously? Rick Ankiel?

  70. 70
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Oh fml. Why do the Nationals do this to us?

  71. 71
    ububba Says:

    Lithgow was terrific as the freaked-out airplane passenger in the ill-fated “Twilight Zone” movie. And though I thought “The World According to Garp” was overrated, he was really good as Roberta Muldoon.

  72. 72
    Catz Says:

    Why is Ankiel batting leadoff anyway

  73. 73
    Bethany Says:

    Ok, let’s be positive. Martin crushed two balls that AB. If he heats up I’m going to be a much happier person.

  74. 74
    Bethany Says:

    Livan is getting a pretty generous zone.


  75. 75
    JoeyT Says:

    This streak is getting silly.

  76. 76
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Dan Muggla.

  77. 77
    Catz Says:


  78. 78
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    5.68 ERA and 1.42 WHIP for JJ since the All-Star Break. Am I overreacting to be a tad concerned?

  79. 79
    ububba Says:


  80. 80
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Uggla FTW.

  81. 81
    sdp Says:

    And his name is DAN UGGLA!

  82. 82
    Bethany Says:


  83. 83
    Trace Says:


  84. 84
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    I have an exquisite, unhealthy hatred for Livan Hernandez.

  85. 85
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Oh, how I hate you, Livan Hernandez.

  86. 86
    ububba Says:

    Way to pick it, Freddie.

  87. 87
    Bethany Says:

    Well, so far Rick Ankiel and Livan Hernandez are kicking our asses.

  88. 88
    Bethany Says:

    I want Bourn to get a hit and watch the two of them fly around the bases.

  89. 89
    PeteOrr Says:

    Chip earns some points with me for calling Livan portly.

  90. 90
    Big D Says:

    I was going to have only 2 beers tonight, but apparently Jair Jurrjens wants me to have more than that.

  91. 91
    PeteOrr Says:

    @88 – I think we can assume that Snitker will start throwing up stop signs for them with regularity, just to maximize his incompetence.

  92. 92
    Bethany Says:

    @91 Ha, it would be like him.

    Even our fast guys can’t steal bases.

  93. 93
    jjschiller Says:


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    DowneasterJC Says:


  95. 95
    Catz Says:

    Jesus this ump is terrible…

  96. 96
    PeteOrr Says:

    @95 Eric Gregg inhabits the body of the home plate ump whenever Livan faces the braves.

  97. 97
    Bethany Says:

    You rock, Freddie! Uggla, can you please get him home?

  98. 98
    ububba Says:

    Time for some clutch, Heyward.

  99. 99
    Brian J. Says:

    He got a clutch HBP. Does that count?

  100. 100
    Catz Says:

    I suppose that’s better than another popout

  101. 101
    Bethany Says:

    Come on David!

  102. 102
    jjschiller Says:

    His best RISP at-bat in months

  103. 103
    ububba Says:

    We’ll take it. Hell, we’ll take anything right now.

  104. 104
    Bethany Says:

    You have got to be kidding me.

  105. 105
    Catz Says:

    That was bound to happen.

  106. 106
    Brian J. Says:

    Wow, that was depressing. Yet not surprising.

  107. 107
    Morrie Says:

    Watching this team is maddening

  108. 108
    Tomas Says:


  109. 109
    Trace Says:

    Ross is a great backup catcher…but McCann is irreplaceable.

  110. 110
    Putter Says:

    Still kind of hating this team

  111. 111
    ububba Says:

    That did not rock.

  112. 112
    DowneasterJC Says:

    If you didn’t see that coming, you’re not a Braves fan.

  113. 113
    Kyle B. Says:

    Nice @ 112.

  114. 114
    Catz Says:

    It really is a mystery to me how our record is so good.

  115. 115
    Adam M Says:

    I’m looking forward to another 13 hit, 1 run affair.

  116. 116
    Bethany Says:

    I hate this team.

  117. 117
    Morrie Says:

    It is never a good strategy to use AAA players in you big league line up.

  118. 118
    Brian J. Says:

    Wow, good thing Costanza wasn’t batting eighth… of course, Freddy would have had HIM bunt into that DP instead.

  119. 119
    John R. Says:

    Bunting into a double play! Is there anything a pitcher in the 8 slot can’t do?!?!

  120. 120
    Trace Says:

    It’s even more annoying when you’re listening on radio and hear Don Sutton say “Jurrjens bunting, and it’s a beauty. (pause) Wow can’t believe he went there. On to first for the double play”

  121. 121
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Bunts are to Braves pitchers as walks are to Braves hitters.

  122. 122
    Adam M Says:

    FYI: the Phillies had a 56-48 record coming into August 1st last season. The Giants were 61-47.

    At 63-47, the Braves just need to get healthy and rolling now. The runs will come.

    (but they might lose tonight)

  123. 123
    Bethany Says:

    Again. Freaking hell.

  124. 124
    Trace Says:


  125. 125
    DowneasterJC Says:

    That woman’s reaction was the same as my reaction.

  126. 126
    Brian J. Says:

    Oh, this hurts to “watch.”

  127. 127
    CourtneyC Says:

    Eff you, Rick Ankiel

  128. 128
    ragingdrunk Says:

    Why do we not throw the high fastball to Ankiel when he has two strikes? I don’t think I saw him lay off that pitch one time last year.

  129. 129
    Adam M Says:

    When Ankiel gets them, he really gets them.

  130. 130
    JoeyT Says:

    Was this Ankiel guy available at the deadline? Maybe we should have traded for him. Gosh knows we could have used someone like that in the playoffs last year.

  131. 131
    ububba Says:

    Braves are actually in the top half of the league in walks (7th). But they’re near the bottom in batting average (13th).

    Thanks goodness we’re near the top in HRs (3rd). In fact, we could use a couple more tonight.

  132. 132
    Bethany Says:

    What is wrong with Jair?

  133. 133
    sdp Says:

    @132: He’s regressing to the mean is all.

  134. 134
    DowneasterJC Says:


  135. 135
    ububba Says:

    His location isn’t the same, that’s for sure.

  136. 136
    Bethany Says:

    Ok, I’m done. Why is it that we turn into a three ring circus act when we play the Nationals?

  137. 137
    Morrie Says:

    And that means the tv is being turned off

  138. 138
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Should’ve saved the drinking for tonight.

  139. 139
    jjschiller Says:


  140. 140
    jjschiller Says:

    I have a plan. There will be a lot of waiver wire action going on this week..

    Just claim 25 new players!

  141. 141
    Jeff K Says:

    Here in DC ushering in Bourn with a third Old Fashioned. Watching this circus is sobering.

  142. 142
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Could this kid be the RHP we need? He’s looked very good in his few appearances.

  143. 143
    jjschiller Says:

    Jason, step in to one!

  144. 144
    DWonder Says:

    awesome grounder to 2nd, Heyward…what a freaking joke.

  145. 145
    JoeyT Says:

    Best Catcher In Baseball

  146. 146
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Dan Knoblauch throws another away.

  147. 147
    Jeff K Says:

    Ouch, Knoblauch, good call.

  148. 148
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling. From glen to glen, and down the mountain side. The summer’s gone and all the flowers dying. ‘Tis you, you that must go and I abide.

  149. 149
    Grst Says:

    Oh great, Proctologist time.

  150. 150
    kc Says:

    @149 Good, let’s forget about this game.

  151. 151
    DowneasterJC Says:

    I think Joe was just not so subtly implying that Linebrink’s injury is BS.

  152. 152
    kc Says:

    Wow, scoreless inning from Procter.

  153. 153
    Brian J. Says:

    We’ve gotten one miracle here, so maybe we’ll get another one and a three-run comeback.

  154. 154
    Brian J. Says:

    DAMN, DAN!

  155. 155
    Putter Says:

    Wow, Uggla, stay a little hot

  156. 156
    Kyle B. Says:

    We hit a lot of solo home runs.

  157. 157
    Putter Says:

    @156 and seem to hit into a lot of double plays

  158. 158
    kc Says:

    Ban the Dan.

  159. 159
    kc Says:

    @156+157 I think that relates to each other. And that’s because we are taking much less walks this year. Thanks Parrish.

  160. 160
    Brian J. Says:

    Explain to me why AAG was hitting there with Chipper and Hinske on the bench.

  161. 161
    Bethany Says:

    Well, at least Dan is on a roll. Too bad no one gets on in front of him.

  162. 162
    Marc Says:

    Newman! (My new nickname for AAG)

  163. 163
    Putter Says:

    @160 Fredi was sleeping again, obviously

  164. 164
    reaganman Says:

    160 – The Pictures.

  165. 165
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I hate hate HATE Alex Gonzalez. He has the worst approach I’ve ever seen. That includes Frenchy.

  166. 166
    DowneasterJC Says:

    And to the surprise of all of creation, AAG hits what would have been a DP.

  167. 167
    Mac Thomason Says:


  168. 168
    oldtimer? Says:

    mind boggling that AAG is hitting in that spot.
    he has to be the dumbest manager in baseball.

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