UPDATE: Frank Wren has just traded Omar Infante and Mike Dunn to Fredi’s former team for right handed slugger Dan Uggla. One thing I will say about this…GM Frank Wren does not sit on his hands. If he manages to get a 3 to 4 year reasonable deal out of Uggla then he has just mugged the Marlins.
1st. I would love to wish my best to my buddies for their MIA and I hope all is well. I know it’s not entirely their fault, but this blog is way too good to go awol without them. I hope Smijer and Buck come back soon cuz u guyz know I will crash and burn on my own…lol.
2nd. Are you happy for Michael Vick’s showing against the Rival Redskins or sick by his first half record breaking performance tonight?…in the rain in a visiting stadium against a long standing icon with the Eagles by the name of Donovan? I am a die-hard Falcons fan and would not see him back in the black…but still, the man served his time. So long as he don’t feed puppies to hungry pit-bulls then the future seems bright for him. People make mistakes and society has dictated that he has paid his dues. I am happy for him.
3rd. Fredi Gonzalez taking over for Cox? I saw that one coming 7 months ago. He is a protege’ of Bobby but will dress out his players into the media…something Cox wouldn’t do. I guess we will see how that turns out.
4th. Terry Pendleton has been relegated to first base coach and infield instructor due to the firing of Glenn Hubbard by the new manager Fredi Gonzalez. I wonder how that will turn out. Terry is firey. He will crawl that ass if necessary, Glenn wouldn’t. We will just have to wait and see how the new hitting coach, Larry Parish, that was brought along with Gonzalez will pan out…especially with Nate McClouth and the J-Hey Kid!
5th. Pitching and up the middle defense is what used to win championships. We had the starting pitching and a helluva bullpen but no gloves whatsoever….so……. HOW THE HELL DID WE MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS??? Maybe we could swap a Jair Jurrjens for a Colby Rasmus, move McClouth to left and leave Heyward in right. That should certainly help the power and obps, the outfield power ranking of course among the the least in the league. Truth be told, I was extremely proud of our obp. We were among the most patient hitters in the NL, but when you don’t possess speed or power in the middle of the lineup it takes the fuse out of the firecracker. Kawakami has already been put on waivers. He is now in double A ball just waiting on the first Japanese team to eat at least HALF the payroll we owe him for this remaining year of his contract.
7th. Chipper Jones. I love him, he is the face of the franchise…but cummon, do you really seeing him producing for the numbers he is making? I want him to go out gracefully, if possible, but that isn’t always the case. Our organization could use him in exponential ways.
8th. Look at our kids guys, …a 21 year old in RF, a 21 year rookie at 1st base, a 27 year old future batting title winnier in Prado at 2nd base, and our 26 year old multiple all-star Silver Slugger award winning catcher Brian McCann, and other than Hudson and Lowe, we have a buncha kids in the rotation and closing out the bullpen. We are going to have to cut new manager Fredi Gonzalez some slack on the won-loss record…and we are going to have to give Frank Wren his due for making us competitive with a mid market range payroll while still stocking our farm system.
….The Braves are back to domination within 2 to 3 years!
………btw, how bout dem Dawgs!………………? ))