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07 Mar

The all-Mac Hates Them team (ex-Braves 1991-2006 only)

C Henry Blanco
1B Mike Hessman
2B Bret Boone
3B Wes Helms
SS Ozzie Guillen
RF Reggie Sanders
CF Deion Sanders
LF Dave Gallagher
IF Keith Lockhart
OF Mike Kelly

SP Russ Ortiz
SP Shane Reynolds
SP Horacio Ramirez*
SP Andy Ashby
SP Jason Shiell (and his wife)†

CL Danny Kolb
RP Tyler Kali Yates
RP Kevin Gryboski
RP Ray King
RP Roberto Hernandez

Coaches: Merv Rettenmund, Roger McDowell

*I don’t really hate Horacio that much but I’ve probably talked more trash about him here than anyone else.
†I don’t really hate Shiell or his wife either but needed a fifth starter and the Shiell’s wife jokes kill.

168 Responses to “The all-Mac Hates Them team (ex-Braves 1991-2006 only)”

  1. 1
    Rob Cope Says:

    Haha! I have to think I started that! I love it!

    Dave Gallagher? What’s the deal with him?

  2. 2
    Rob Cope Says:

    And yeah, Vista sucks. I’m very frustrated. I’m having to share my movies over my network and use my XP laptop to sync my iPod movies to it. I’ve got a plane ride to Ireland Friday; I’ve gotta have something. Vista doesn’t care, though…

  3. 3
    csg Says:

    Jorge Sosa, Kenny Lofton, and Chris Reitsma

  4. 4
    csg Says:

    Rocker sucks too

  5. 5
    Brian J. Says:

    How on earth could Rafael Belliard not qualify for this team? Or post-1999 John Rocker?

  6. 6
    flournoy Says:

    How on earth could anyone hate Rafael Belliard? He is a living legend.

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    pascualperezfan Says:

    George freaking Lombard,,,,,,,, the most arrogant SOB I have ever came across,,,, I am the happiest guy regarding that this guy has NO career in the show and is barely keeping employed at the AAA level. Hurry up and go to japan and or Mexico and piss people off their.
    Also my least favourite braves catcher of all time ( that time period) has to be Jorge fabergas,,, come on now

  8. 8
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Belliard started me on the ‘net, I can’t hate him. And Guillen is from all appearances thoroughly hateful.

  9. 9
    Rob Cope Says:

    Ha! That was you! I remember seeing that like 8 years ago!

    But yeah, why don’t you like Dave Gallagher? He’s before my time of really watching baseball, so I dunno…

  10. 10
    Bell Curve Says:

    I know there are a lot of other good candidates for the list, but no Reitsma? Need I remind you of this post? Or this one? How about this one? I could go on.

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    Wryn Says:

    http://tcaa.puretecmo.com/nit06.html

    Projecting the NIT – Bama, Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss, Miss State, Auburn all appear in.

    UConn on the NIT bubble.

  12. 12
    Mac Thomason Says:

    He (a) sucked, big time — he was a lot worse than Langerhans could dream of being — and (b) took about 150 PA away from Ryan Klesko, who didn’t. He’s one of the big reasons why the Braves “finished” 1994 in second place.

  13. 13
    awb Says:

    I thought Travis Smith and his home runs would make a better fifth starter for your hate list.

  14. 14
    Rob Cope Says:

    So he was an AB-sucker. I gotcha. You should make an All-Time Wasted ABs Team, players who stole ABs from other players.

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    Mac Thomason Says:

    There was a time when I didn’t hate Reitsma. The standards for relievers are so high that his occasional good work was enough to push him off the team. The relievers who made it are basically guys I always hated.

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    Jay10 Says:

    Wyrn,

    Saw that…I don’t have the stats in front of me, but I would wager that this would be one of the first teams that was a #1 seed that went to the Elite 8 the previous year to not only miss the NCAA tournament but in danger of missing the NIT the very next year.

  17. 17
    Jay10 Says:

    The Falcons signed WR Joe Horn.

  18. 18
    doubledawg Says:

    Take off Russ Ortiz. Sure, he proclaims his love of christian rock and somehow managed to win 36 games in 2 years with an ERA around 3.9. But, he did start 34 games per year, ate up over 400 innings, and his ERA was a good .30 points below league average. I think that’s a lot better than we can hope for from this years #3 or #4 starter.

    I nominate Albie Lopez to replace him.

  19. 19
    Wryn Says:

    How did Rico Brogna not make it?

  20. 20
    Nasa Says:

    How ’bout backup players ? I am so disappointed not to see Todd Pratt here, 2006 Brian Jordan, Raul Mondesi, and some others

  21. 21
    Sam Says:

    Oritz may have been infuriating, but the Braves DID get the two best years out of him, relatively speaking.

  22. 22
    Jay10 Says:

    Atlanta Braves: Braves starter John Smoltz was hit on the chest by Curtis Granderson’s drive in the third inning of Atlanta’s exhibition game agaist Detroit. Smoltz, who caught the ball after it hit his chest, was on the ground for several minutes but stayed in the game and got the final out of the inning.

    Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said Smoltz was sore but shouldn’t miss a start. Smoltz allowed three hits in three scoreless innings with a strikeout and no walks.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2007/news/story?id=2790939

  23. 23
    ububba Says:

    As opponents, both Ortiz (SF, ’02) & Lopez (Az, ’01) helped defeat the Braves in extremely wrenching playoff games.

    As Braves, Russ Ortiz walked the ballpark, but he gave us lots of innings and wins. For the most part, he succeeded. Albie Lopez was a full-on disaster. No contest.

    Though he certainly wasn’t any great Brave, Ozzie Guillen had one of the great clutch hits in Atlanta Braves post-season history, and one that nobody talks about. Game 6, 1999 NLCS, 10th inning off Benitez. Tied the game & saved us from a dreaded Game 7. I was there & I’ll never forget how relieved I felt.

  24. 24
    If You Can't Own a Ria Says:

    There is a special place in hell reserved for the doe-eyed ‘tard-stain that is Reggie Sanders.

  25. 25
    Brian J. Says:

    It really is amazing just how few bad starters the Braves had throughout the Cox-Mazzone partnership, isn’t it? And not that many bad relievers, either.

    Another name for consideration to fill out the squad: Brian Jordan. Yes, he was fine during his first tenure as a Brave, but honestly, why did we invite him back? Repeatedly? (Other than The Pictures.)

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    drewdat Says:

    I felt bad for Brogna. Seemed like a good guy, but he just couldn’t hit for the Braves.

  27. 27
    James Says:

    Vinny Castilla was the only guy I ever cheered for to strike out with runners on base, just so he would ground into a rally-killing DP, which I hencforth dubbed “Pulling a Castilla”.

    My friends and I were discussing this when Auburn 1B Andy Bennett (having a rough start to the year so far) came up with the bases loaded last night. We were trying to figure out how many more times he could let us down to get the Vinny treatment. As if he knew, he smacked a bases-clearing double. Andy Bennett is no Vinny Castilla.

  28. 28
    Jay10 Says:

    Jamal Lewis signs with the Browns….I wonder if that changes Adrian Peterson’s draft position.

  29. 29
    Colin Says:

    You dislike Hessman more than Fick?

  30. 30
    Rob B. Says:

    No Jorge Sosa? Even though it was just one season he got a lot of hate.

  31. 31
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I mostly hated F*ck after he left the team, since he only got hateful during the playoffs.

  32. 32
    Colin Says:

    Oh, and I must admit I forgave a lot of annoyance at Ozzie Guillen after he got that big playoff hit in the tenth inning of game 6 of thte 1999 NLCS off Armando Benitez.

  33. 33
    Davey Says:

    Albie Lopez, Reggie Sanders…Russ Ortiz, Bret Boone…ugh

    And I never liked Juan Cruz for some reason.

  34. 34
    td Says:

    I had almost forgotten about Albie Lopez (thank goodness), but he is a very worthy candidate. I’m also disappointed that Andres Thomas or Jorge Sosa didn’t make it. I know the Jason Shiell wife jokes are fun, but Travis Smith should really get the nod there. Hessman was bad, but you gotta’ give Caminiti some consideration. Wow, this list could go on and on.

  35. 35
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I’ll grant you Albie Lopez. (Andres Thomas’ career ended in 1990.) I, too, had mercifully forgotten the Albie Lopez Experience.

  36. 36
    Hate King Says:

    What’s wrong with being hateful? Hate, hate, hate!

  37. 37
    samion Says:

    question – Why is Kali on the list? I know we all hate him for good reason. But he does not fit in the category of “ex-brave” although I wish he was.

  38. 38
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I’m an optimist.

  39. 39
    matt Says:

    Isn’t yates still on the team?

  40. 40
    beedee Says:

    James,
    i’d be willing to bet a Dan Kolb rockie card and a self help book signed by Bill Curry that Javy hit into just as many if no more double plays with one out, it drove me crazy.
    Albie was the sorriest excuse for a Braves starter i’ve ever had the misfortune to watch. I say he has to be Mac’s Opening Day starter.

  41. 41
    Godot Says:

    raul mondesi?

    Castilla has to be up there. He started off the Chipper injury string
    DeWayne Wise should make it too!

  42. 42
    Jay10 Says:

    Great point Godot,

    If it wasn’t for Castilla Chipper wouldn’t be playing in only 110 games a year…

  43. 43
    Sam Says:

    So, the hamstring injury caused Chipper’s bad feet?

  44. 44
    Jay10 Says:

    Probably not, but Chipper wasn’t really known as an injury plagued player before he moved to left field. And as Godot said, that hamstring injury started the string of injuries which led to the bad beet. So maybe if he wouldn’t have moved to left he would be so injury prone. But I guess ya never know.

    Look i’m one of the most biased posters on here and Chipper is my favorite player so if I can find anything or anyone else to blame for his injuries other than bad luck, i’ll take it. ;)

  45. 45
    Sam Says:

    Yes, we wouldn’t know. Something different may have happened. He could have injured himself another way. I just don’t want to blame it on Castilla. Hell, I liked him.

  46. 46
    flournoy Says:

    I like Castilla too. I was glad to see him leave the Braves since he wasn’t a good hitter anymore, but he seemed like a good guy. It also seemed to me that I was the only one who didn’t scoff at the Rockies’ Vinny Castilla Day last year. He is a very important piece of their franchise history and immensely popular there. Classy move. (And it probably sold them a lot of tickets for that day’s game, too.)

  47. 47
    flournoy Says:

    And he has a cool mullet.

  48. 48
    ububba Says:

    http://www.mulletsgalore.com

  49. 49
    Wryn Says:

    Bama baseball – no hit by Southern Miss, tonight they fall 8-6 to Tennessee Tech.

    Still an optimist, Mac?

  50. 50
    Mac Thomason Says:

    They weren’t no-hit. They broke it up in the eighth. I blame the Machine.

  51. 51
    Stephen Says:

    I expected “glove boy” –Vinnie, but I would not have been surprised by DeWayne Wise.

    I agree with Flournoy–why would anyone hate Raffy?

  52. 52
    Dan Says:

    DeWayne Wise is the one I can’t believe didn’t make this list.

  53. 53
    Davey Says:

    I have spent the last 30 minutes clicking through that mullet site.

    I really don’t know what to say right now….

  54. 54
    Smitty Says:

    Michael Tucker would be my only addition to the list, maybe Castilla. Brogna had to retire because of some sort of illness, that is why he sucked. Right on Mac!(glad I didn’t make the list, but I do good work!

  55. 55
    JoshQ Says:

    Thanks for the laugh this morning Mac…Albie Lopez is the only obvious addition I see. As bad as Belliard was, I never hated him as a Brave.

  56. 56
    Ron Says:

    Where’s Lonnie Smith, Mark Wohlers, and Jeff Reardon? The Braves might have won 4 titles if not for the efforts of those 3. Oh and you need an umpires section that would have to include Eric Gregg and Bob Davidson.

  57. 57
    Godot Says:

    Hampton out for atleast a month after yday’s batting practice

  58. 58
    bledsoe Says:

    I’ll bite. What are the Shiell wife jokes?

  59. 59
    Marc Schneider Says:

    If you’re going to hate Lonnie Smith for Game 7, why not Ron Gant or Sid Bream, who couldn’t get the runners in with less than two outs. I blame them a lot more than Lonnie–his baserunning problem was at least partially caused by that millstone around baseball’s neck called the Metrodome. Second and third, no outs, you ought to score. And Lonnie helped keep them alive in 1992.

  60. 60
    flournoy Says:

    Shiell’s wife Morgan ostensibly posted here to defend her husband when everybody bagged on him after his first start with the Braves.

  61. 61
    LanceinFL Says:

    I was looking forward to seeing Hampton pitch on Saturday, that blows. It says that the Braves will likely search for another starter. I looked the through the list of “available” starters, and the only one who jumped out at me was Brad Penny. Apparently the Dodgers need some outfield help, so, Langerhans and Salty for Penny?

  62. 62
    Richard in Goose Creek Says:

    What, no Bill Pecota or Bernard Gilkey?

  63. 63
    Another Alex R. Says:

    I think we should reserve a special spot in Hell–right next to Ozzie Guillen and Shane Reynolds’ lockers–for Kent Hrbek.

    Can we have a visitors’ clubhouse of people we despise?

  64. 64
    Sam Says:

    The Dodgers have Russell Martin, why would they want Salty?

  65. 65
    Hate King Says:

    How can I find a link to the posts by Jason Shiell’s wife?

  66. 66
    Sam Says:

    AAR,

    Yep, Mr. Wrestling Move definitely pulled a fast one on Drew Coble.

  67. 67
    Sam Says:

    Hate King,

    Try looking on the day that Shiell made his first start or a bit past it. They’d be somewhere around there. I think.

  68. 68
    LanceinFl Says:

    Ok, if not Salty throw in one of our glut of IF prospects….

  69. 69
    Sam Says:

    *looks at the list again* … why is Bret Boone on there anyway? He gave the Braves the best offensive season at second base since Davey Johnson. and he was the only one who actually hit in the World Series.

  70. 70
    Sam Says:

    Lance,

    They’ve got a bunch of those too. Don’t think they need another one.

  71. 71
    csg Says:

    Can we get insurance to pay Hampton’s salary again. Get Porter to tell him that his injury is too serious to continue rehabing and he’s needs time off. Maybe that’ll get him so frustrated that he’ll allow us to trade him, then resign Smoltz. Time to package Escobar and Salty for someone….

  72. 72
    csg Says:

    he’s not experienced, but maybe the Twins will give us Matt Garza…

    What vet’s are available?

  73. 73
    Godot Says:

    Why do we need a veteran? We will get by fine with Davies and the DBack twins. Or Harrison might get that early call up.
    been a while since we jumped someone from AA !

  74. 74
    flournoy Says:

    Hate King:

    Morgan Shiell

  75. 75
    mraver Says:

    The Dodgers don’t need OF help…. In addition to the asinine Pierre signing, they’ve got a couple of youngsters in Kemp and Ethier who are very good (and should both probably be getting PT ahead of Pierre….). I mean, if they want to trade for Langerhans, I’ll take Penny… but I don’t see what’s in that for the Dodgers, especially given that they’ve got a good young catcher in Russell Martin.

  76. 76
    LanceinFL Says:

    Ok, any other suggestions as to who we go after and we offer?

  77. 77
    Godot Says:

    Cormier will do fine the first month. Breaking ball, soft throwing pitchers always have a head start on hitters. One of the reasons why Aaron Sele always got off to those 6-0, 7-0, 2 ERA starts

  78. 78
    csg Says:

    Rotation of Smoltz, Hudson, James, Davies, and Cormier…nice

  79. 79
    Jay10 Says:

    Maybe Noah Lowry from San Francisco is an option…The Giants have a ridiculously old middle infield with Durham and Visquel and they currently have 6 starters. Just a thought.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/l/lowryno01.shtml

  80. 80
    Jay10 Says:

    Vizquel*

  81. 81
    Stu Says:

    Add Hampton to your list, Mac.

  82. 82
    ububba Says:

    Here’s the Hampton link:
    http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/braves/stories/2007/03/08/0308hampton.html

    That’s an extreme bummer, but I can’t say I had the highest hopes for him.

    Davey,
    Yeah, the Classification section of the mullet site is pretty spectacular.

  83. 83
    csg Says:

    Im guessing that his left side will be the hardest on him throwing also. We need that insurance money to kick in. If we can find another starter via trade or someone stepping up, then keep him on the DL

  84. 84
    Jeff K Says:

    Did he tear it pitching or hitting?

  85. 85
    csg Says:

    hurt it hitting, his 3rd round of BP for the day

  86. 86
    Jeff K Says:

    Thanks, well that actually makes me feel a little better. Suggests it wasn’t a pitching mechanics issue (e.g., compensating for something else that’s hurting).

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    Hate King Says:

    This hurts. I was cautiously optimistic Hampton would return, but to lose him to an injury that has nothing to do with his tommy john surgery makes this even harder to swallow. Hopefully he can make it back this year and provide some help and energy midway through the season.

  88. 88
    csg Says:

    I’m guessing he cant do anything for 6-8 weeks based on this injury. So Im guessing he’s at least 2-3 months away from being able to make a start, in which will now be Richmond. Could be a long process before he can join the Braves roster…

  89. 89
    Jay10 Says:

    Big trade in football a few minutes ago.

    BAL- RB Willis McGahee
    BUF- 2007 3rd and 7th round draft picks and 2008 3rd round draft pick

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2791831

  90. 90
    Jeff K Says:

    Who knows, maybe this is a blessing in disguise. It was becoming abundantly clear that he isn’t ready to pitch, so now there is no chance that he’ll push his arm too hard, too fast. Maybe 6-8 weeks will end up allowing him to come back and stay back.

  91. 91
    Smitty Says:

    I think we have to go get a starter

  92. 92
    Jay10 Says:

    Hudson sat them down in order…all three outs were ground balls. I know its early, but damn, Huddy looks like he’s in great shape.

  93. 93
    korobeiniki Says:

    i only have one primary qualm with the list.

    at second base, you HAVE to put Keith Lockhart there, bar none.

    i absolutely hated that guy, and the inexplicable loyalty they had to his mediocre playing

  94. 94
    korobeiniki Says:

    i meant to put that he should be the starting second baseman lol

  95. 95
    Jay10 Says:

    Our lineup is what I imagine it’s going to look like on Opening Day.

    2B- KJ
    SS- Renty
    3B- Chipper
    CF- Andruw
    C- McCann
    RF- Frenchy
    1B- Thor
    LF- Diaz

  96. 96
    Jay10 Says:

    Renteria doubled down the line.

  97. 97
    Jay10 Says:

    OHH Chipper just missed a 2-run homer…foul by a foot or so.

  98. 98
    korobeiniki Says:

    andruw singles… 1-0 braves

  99. 99
    Jay10 Says:

    Chipper lines out to Cano…but Andruw singles in Renty…1-0 Braves

  100. 100
    Jay10 Says:

    McCann grounds out….Braves lead 1-0 at the end of the 1st.

  101. 101
    Jay10 Says:

    Giambi just went deep…1-1

  102. 102
    Jay10 Says:

    Kelly Johnson made a throwing error…he probably wasn’t going to get him out anyways…no damage though runner didn’t advance…scored as a single and then an error.

  103. 103
    Jay10 Says:

    RBI single for Kevin Reese…2-1 Yankees

  104. 104
    Marc Schneider Says:

    I think a trade at this point is highly unlikely. Anyone with a decent starter to spare will want an arm and a leg and he will probably be too expensive for the Braves anyway. When you are operating on a tight budget, anything that goes wrong can have a really devastating impact. I thought that expecting Hampton to win 15 games was unrealistic anyway, but this puts a lot more pressure on Hudson to come back to something approaching his prime.

  105. 105
    Jay10 Says:

    Double play…Renty to KJ, ends the top half of the 2nd…2-1 Yankees

  106. 106
    Jay10 Says:

    Frenchy Homer….2-2

  107. 107
    Jay10 Says:

    Matt Diaz just missed a homer to deep center…but he settles for a double, the ball is flying out today.

  108. 108
    ermoore Says:

    I just bought (subscribed to) the MLB online radio thigger-ma-jig, and man it feels SO good to hear a Braves game again!

  109. 109
    ububba Says:

    I don’t see a major trade either. I can see us picking up some vet pitcher who gets cut during spring, but no real investment anywhere.

  110. 110
    Jay10 Says:

    Thats all…Diaz is left at third as KJ flys out to left… But frenchy ties it up, 2-2 going into the third.

  111. 111
    Hate King Says:

    Today’s Buster Olney blog focuses on Tim Hudson, for those interested…

  112. 112
    Jay10 Says:

    Damon stole second….it looked like a great throw by McCann, but it took a short hop right before it go to Johnson and he missed it…Andruw was right there though…

    Huddy strikes out Jeter.

  113. 113
    Jay10 Says:

    Cano grounds out…ends the top of the 3rd…still 2-2.

  114. 114
    Hate King Says:

    Jay, ‘cuse or ND?

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    Jay10 Says:

    Well…I really dislike both teams…hmmm, thats a tough one but I gotta go with ND.

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    Jay10 Says:

    Inning over…we go down 1-2-3.

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    Jay10 Says:

    I guess i’m picking Notre Dame because they didn’t beat us this year. Of course we didn’t play them either. ;)

  118. 118
    Another Alex R. Says:

    Free Jesse Orosco!

  119. 119
    Jay10 Says:

    Hudson struck out Giambi…that’s a little payback for that 2nd inning bomb.

  120. 120
    csg Says:

    battle of coaches on the hot seat….Tubbs vs Gottfried

    Tubbs up at half 35-27

  121. 121
    Jay10 Says:

    Great defensive play by Renty…360 spin and throw….ends the top 4th…still 2-2.

  122. 122
    Jay10 Says:

    Nothing in the 4th…only a McCann single…still 2-2.

  123. 123
    Jay10 Says:

    Hudson’s day is done, Wickamania is coming in now.

    Hudson’s line:

    4 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs(1 earned), 3K’s and no walks.

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    TominTenn Says:

    I didnt think Hampton would be back .. I mentioned that in
    earlier threads .. doesnt surprise me … if Davies cant get it goig then we are in deep dodo .. you cant have a 4th and 5th starter sruggle .. does Villareal or McBride get a chance ?? or do we see one of our young SS’s get shipped ..my guess is JS will wait to see what happens with Davies / Cormier ….

  125. 125
    Jay10 Says:

    Yanks leave a guy at third….Thorman made Wickman run to first to cover…hahahaha…still 2-2.

  126. 126
    Jay10 Says:

    Kelly Johnson with a ground rule double.

  127. 127
    Adam R Says:

    From the official site:

    “With Hampton unavailable for an undetermined period of time, the Braves will likely begin to explore the trade market in search of a veteran starting pitcher.”

    Meh.

  128. 128
    Jay10 Says:

    We left two more on…at the end of the 5th it’s still 2-2.

  129. 129
    Jay10 Says:

    Soriano is coming on to pitch now…and Gregor Blanco is now in center

  130. 130
    Jay10 Says:

    also coming in is Yunel Escobar at 3rd and Lil Tony is at short.

  131. 131
    Jay10 Says:

    Soriano gives up a couple of hits, but no damage done, he finishes the inning with a strike out…still 2-2

  132. 132
    clarke Says:

    soriano looks sharp- yanks leave two stranded

  133. 133
    Jay10 Says:

    Diaz hits into a double play…still 2-2.

  134. 134
    Jay10 Says:

    Mike Gonzalez is coming on to pitch now…and of course the Yanks booth is bringing up the rumored three-way trade that involved us shipping Gonzo to them.

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    dirt Says:

    Let’s see…over the last few days I’ve heard that KJ has twice misplayed throws to second and also has a throwing error. He may be able to hit but from what I have heard thus far I’m starting to have serious doubts that this guy can field the position.
    Of course this is all speculation since I have yet to see him take the field but still… Are the commentators saying anything about how he looks fielding? It seems awefully quite concerning his fielding. His position change is one of the Braves bigger stories this spring. It seems like we should be hearing something. At this point I’m inclined to the think that the silence is a bad thing.

  136. 136
    Jay10 Says:

    Amazing play by Pena Jr…..ball hit off of Escobar’s glove and Lil Tony had to change directions to pick it up and throw it as hard as he could and just go the runner.

  137. 137
    Jay10 Says:

    got*

  138. 138
    Davey Says:

    Lil Tony flashing some nice leather there…

  139. 139
    Parish Says:

    Word on Hampton from Rotoworld:

    X-rays on Mike Hampton’s ribs have reportedly come back negative and the Braves believe he suffered a strained oblique.

    Given how long oblique injuries can linger, the busted ribs might have been better. Hampton is almost certainly ruled out for Opening Day and may instead be looking at a May return as the best-case scenario given that he has to both heal up his side and get his arm into pitching shape.

  140. 140
    Jay10 Says:

    Dirt,

    In my opinion he’s hasn’t been all that bad at second although he has made some mistakes…but he hasn’t been spectacular either by any means. Once again in my opinion, Martin Prado has really out played him defensively and maybe even offensively so far this spring. It seems like Johnson is trying to do too much too quick…making throws that anyone who has played second knows he shouldn’t..for instance their was a left-handed hitter with good speed at the plate today and he hit a ball that KJ fielded cleanly but he was almost in center field…and he threw it anyway off his back foot and almost threw it away. It’s things like that he needs to really work on if he’s going to be the starter at 2nd. He also misplayed a short hop on a throw from McCann when a guy was stealing.

  141. 141
    Jay10 Says:

    sorry guys, but I gotta run out for a little while…maybe someone else can update for the rest of the game.

  142. 142
    Wryn Says:

    79-67 Kentucky over Bama in SEC Tourney.

    The evolution is complete; Bama basketball has fallen faster than a Wimp Sanderson secretary.

  143. 143
    Davey Says:

    Wryn,

    I have this vision in my head where Mac whales away uncontrollably on you while telling you to never badmouth Alabama again.

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    Another Alex R. Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tanyon Sturtze getting a fair number of chances to pitch himself out of the rotation as a 6th-starter type, behind Cormier and Villarreal on the depth chart, but getting more innings than he’s ever shown in his career that he deserves… hopefully as a career AL guy he’ll be able to befuddle the poor simps on the senior circuit with some smoke, mirrors, and a crappy fastball.

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    Wryn Says:

    I will watch my back next time I call a game in Tuscaloosa, which will be sometime this fall.

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    beedee Says:

    game tied at 3-3 prado at the plate

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    beedee Says:

    prado out…extra innings

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    beedee Says:

    bohn, jurries and some other guy are in.
    1 on no outs
    pitcher -collier throws a double play ball into center. runners at 1&3

  149. 149
    beedee Says:

    6-2-3 double play

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    beedee Says:

    2 out runners @ 1st and 2nd

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    beedee Says:

    fly ball…4-3 yanks

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    ermoore Says:

    Who is Collier?

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    beedee Says:

    one more scores 5-3 yanks

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    beedee Says:

    hopefully collier isn’t hamptons replacement…he’s batting practice for the yanks

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    beedee Says:

    colon or cologne ois into pitch

  156. 156
    beedee Says:

    escobar singles, blanco up

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    beedee Says:

    double play : (

  158. 158
    beedee Says:

    fly to center …turn out the lights…5-3 yanks in 10

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    Adam R Says:

    I think Hampton is cursed–and that the curse won’t be lifted until he films a commercial for Aflac.

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    beedee Says:

    only if yogi co-stars

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    beedee Says:

    ermoore,
    that was Steve Colyer non-roster invitie

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    csg Says:

    MLB Rumors…

    Hampton Injury May Force Trade
    Mike Hampton injured his side this morning and could miss all of April or more. At the bottom of his article, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman mentions that the injury may prompt the Braves to scour the trade market for a starting pitcher. Right now the front four are Smoltz, Hudson, James, and Davies. Lance Cormier could fill in for Hampton if Schuerholz doesn’t find a reasonable trade.

    One available starter might be the Cubs’ Wade Miller, assuming he is healthy but does not win the fifth starter job. I imagine the Phils won’t send Jon Lieber over to the Braves. Brad Penny’s stock seems down lately, and he could be an option. And don’t forget that the Braves may have had someone on hand to watch Carl Pavano pitch a few days ago.

    The Tigers might have a small surplus with Zach Miner apparently pushed out of the rotation by Mike Maroth. The Braves sent Miner to the Tigers for Kyle Farnsworth in July of ’05. Paul Byrd is another former Brave who might be available. And I’m sure Shawn Chacon could be had for a decent-sized bag of peanuts. Plus there’s the Rockies, with Josh Fogg or Byung-Hyun Kim seen as expendable. Finally, as mentioned in the comments, Mark Redman is still a free agent.

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    csg Says:

    should we try moving Diaz/Escobar or Salty/Escobar, or just let Lance and Kyle try it for a while

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    Marc Schneider Says:

    I think you have to be careful about just flipping all the prospects for a short-term pitching solution. I have these visions, of course, of Doyle Alexander-John Smoltz. I don’t think the Braves have enough depth in their system to start shipping good prospects out for a number 4 starter. And trading out of desparation is never a good idea. It’s not even through the second week of spring training; let’s not panic yet, let’s wait at least until Opening Day and then panic.

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    jj3bagger Says:

    Here’s my list for what it’s worth:

    C Todd Pratt (the other catchers that sucked at least caught Maddux so they provided something)
    1B Ken Caminiti (don’t want to rip the dead, but has there ever been a more awkward first baseman in the history of baseball??)
    2B Quilvio Veras
    SS Jose Hernandez (honorary mention to Rafael Furcal when he thought he was a home run hitter)
    3B Vinny Cash-steal-a (hard to believe they couldn’t have spent the money they were paying him on something better)
    OF Kenny Lofton (a-hole and complete puss, plus Justice and Grissom were gone, so I had a grudge from the start)
    OF Reggie Sanders
    OF BJ Surhoff
    OF Roberto Kelly (traded for Deion, and I liked Deion, I know I shouldn’t have, but I did)
    OF Mike Kelly (glad he was brought back for another go around)
    OF Raul Mondesi
    OF Todd Hollandsworth
    Bench
    C/INF Tyler Houston
    SP Fat Albie Lopez
    SP Andy Ashby
    SP Marvin Freeman
    SP Charlie Liebrandt (I know I shouldn’t because he shouldn’t have been in the game, but he made me cry multiple times as a kid)
    RP Gregg Olson
    RP Norm Charlton
    RP Dennis Martinez
    RP Tom Martin
    RP Dan KolBB (of course)

    I’m not a hateful person. Really, I’m not.

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    ububba Says:

    Marvin Freeman? C’mon, now…

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    Hate King Says:

    Like I said before, there’s nothing wrong with being hateful.

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    Another Alex R. Says:

    Hey, at least Dennis Martinez had that 10 hit shutout–giving a whole new meaning to the word “scattering.”

    But, yeah, thanks for reminding me of Gregg Olson… I couldn’t have hated him more.

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