Let the record show that Javy Lopez is eighth in career homers as a Brave, and sixth among Atlanta Braves; that he is in the top twenty in more areas than I can conveniently list right now; that he’s one of the twenty best offensive catchers of all-time. I think that it was worth a try, and I’d like to see him get a job in the organization.
Also sent down, unsurprisingly, were Joseph Reyes, who was pretty terrible; Jordan Schafer, who showed promise but probably would have hit .500 to make the team; Brandon Jones, who will be back, probably before the break; and filler pitchers Ryan Drese, Francisely Bueno and Jorge Campillo. Schafer (eventually I will remember how to spell his name; it only took me several years to get “Schuerholz” and “Ligtenberg” right) was sent to Mississippi, everyone else to Richmond.
The Great Backup Catcher Derby continues for a couple more days with three candidates, none of whom are hitting at all. Given the Braves’ apparent desire for a no-hit, all-glove backup, Clint Sammons would seem the frontrunner, but there’s the Pena options situation to consider.