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|2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Did you see this article today http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/120507tripleplay/jamie-moyer-vs-chipper-jones-best-division-race-baseball-mlb? Who do you think would win a fight: Chipper or Moyer?|
(Marcus Higgins from Outerspace)
|Has to be Chipper. When the Braves were deciding between Jones and Todd Van Poppel, Jones punched a kid who yakked at his pitcher. Jones broke his hand, but supposedly won over Bobby Cox's heart at that moment. I think Van Poppel's asking price helped spark that romance, too. (R.J. Anderson)|
|2011-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||The comments from the A's current and former players about Geren have been pretty interesting and perhaps a strong indication that he didn't have much of a future. But how much of their mediocrity do you think was due to Geren's ineptitude? |
(Peter Q from Austin, TX)
|I just don't know how you pin all of that offensive ineptitude on Geren's lack of communication skills. I just don't know what another manager could have done to get more pop out of this group. You know what really interests me here is that it has been 16 years since Tony LaRussa left, and they A's have had just three managers in that time--Art Howe, Ken Macha, and Geren. I know the manager is supposedly just a puppet for Billy Beane, but it is probably long-since time they find a stronger, more experienced hand, go the Showalter route the Orioles took. I admit I'm not sure who that is, off the top of my head. Lure Bobby Cox out of retirement? Don't snap back--I know that's fanciful. (Steven Goldman)|
|2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Of the eight managers currently in the playoffs, which made the biggest contribution toward his team being there, and which made the least?|
(Cambridge from Camridge)
|I've always found a manager's contribution to be hard to measure or quantify. I will say this, though, Bobby Cox's steady hand and unwavering positive nature (while remaining realistic) had to help the Braves weather a difficult last month. I caught up with them in early September on the night they fell out of first place and the clubhouse was funereal. Yet there was Bobby, calm as ever, insisting everything would be fine. And it was. (John Perrotto)|
|2010-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)||As the Cubs took 3 of 4 from the Padres, I couldn't help but wonder if it made Lou Piniella happy to give Bobby Cox a little help getting to the postseason one last time.|
(The Flying Bernard from Acton, MA)
|I doubt he cares - Lou Piniella was a very competitive person. He's probably happy the Cubs are winning more (I don't know how much attention he's paying - he left the team to attend to some more important things, after all). (Colin Wyers)|
|2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Ken, who you think are the best 3 managers in baseball?|
(Zooey from LA)
|Great question, and frankly, one I haven't really thought much about. Win-Loss records have so much more to do with the talent a manager's given than any innate skill the manager has. Was Joe Torre truly a great manager when he was in NYC? I can't say that I know. I guess if I were running a team I'd do my best to sign Tony LaRussa, assuming that Dave Duncan comes with him. My other two would be Bobby Cox and Ozzie Guillen, who never gets enough credit for how well he manages a pitching staff. Maybe I'm just voting for interesting managers! (Ken Funck)|
|2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who emerges from the NL East this year -- Braves or Phillies?|
(Ted from Philly)
|I'm still thinking Braves based on overall pitching depth and the fact that they're not showing loyalty to a closer who can't do the job and hasn't done the job in two years. I also like the sentimental farewell-to-Bobby Cox angle. (Steven Goldman)|
|2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Ok, my friends and I would bet on anything. We are drafting managers and the only categories that count are ejections and suspensions. Who would be your top pick? I'm thinking Guillen, but Bobby Cox might want to put his record out of reach. |
(t-5 days from (real baseball))
|Bobby Cox has to be the lock-down number one pick. How can there even be another option? (Shawn Hoffman)|
|2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Would it really be worth it for the Braves to trade 2 month of Heyward over the likes of Diaz for one less season of contractual control? Are they really going to make that mistake and start Heyward in Rf on opening day? Seems pretty foolish.|
(tommybones from Brooklyn)
|I couldn't disagree more, and maybe it's because I'm tired of the cynical, transparent manipulativeness of it. The games they'll be playing during those two months will count, Heyward's that good, and we'll see what happens in five or six years; Heyward's the kind of talent I think we all expect to get sewn up in a multi-year deal that prevents his ever winding up in arbitration. Add to all of that the fact that if this really is Bobby Cox's swan song, and he wants to go out a winner, and he loves Heyward, and Heyward's ready, and this is a team that hasn't won jack since 2005... there's a point at which the victories of crass service time manipulation and a temporary win on the ledger sheet for team payroll costs you in other ways. I hope Heyward's there on Opening Day, because I want to see Heyward play. Braves fans want to see Heyward play. I'm not rooting for John Malone's ROI, or Liberty Media's balance sheet. Call me a latter-day rube. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||In your notes last week you wrote ... "The Braves would definitely trade shortstop Yunel Escobar, who has exhausted manager Bobby Coxís deep reservoir of patience." What is it about Escobar that is so frustrating to Cox? -- Thanks|
(jon from Seattle)
|His very inconsistent approach to playing the game hard. Some days, he is there mentally; other days, he isn't. There also some in the Braves' organization who privately question his ability to play through even the slightest bit of physical discomfort. (John Perrotto)|
|2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Joe, I know you were right with me when I started screaming at the TV circa Bobby Cox's decision to prematurely remove Derek Lowe from the game in the 8th inning with a low pitch count and a string of righties coming up. That decision almost cost him the game. Thankfully for this Braves fan, Mssrs Howard and Ibanez bailed him out with their free-swinging ways.|
(Connor from Chicago, IL)
|Yeah, I was a little surprised by that. It's not like Lowe appeared to be tiring or had to work hard in the eighth. This is one of those situations where any criticism gets met with, "Well, we were there and you weren't," but I don't really understand the decision, and I don't understand starting the inning with Gonzalez against three righties with a four-run lead. It's one thing to manage workloads; it's another to appear to be actively avoiding letting starters finish games.
We've gone too far in the direction of managing workloads. (Joe Sheehan)
|2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Love your writing, Christina -- you're the reason I started subscribing to BP last year!
Rauch aside, it seems like the trade price for relievers it too damn high while the return is too damn variable. Why don't you see more teams trying to convert their best pitching prospects into half-season relievers (i.e., Chamberlain and Masterson)? Or are a lot of them doing it and I'm just too far on the East Coast to notice it?|
(Dan from (Newton, MA))
|Thank you Dan, I'll hope to live up to that commitment. It can be too high, yes, and yes, I'd like to see more in-season conversions of that type. Steven would tell you a Stengel story about how Casey would pick his best arms and run with, but so too would Earl Weaver, or Bobby Cox (take a look at Jimmy Key's rookie season) or Gene Mauch (ditto, but with Chuck Finley). The more you let yourself get zombified by our contemporary fixation on role-playing, the more you become the creature of that habit. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Jair Jurrjens has been a savior for Bobby Cox this year. Do you think Jurrjens is playing over his head right now?|
(Jenny from Macon)
|He is over his head. Jurrjens is, right now, a #4 with a #2 upside. He certainly helps the Braves, who had real problems at the back end last season. If Smoltz goes to the bullpen, Jurrjens becomes their second-best starter. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)||I love Moyler too. (I think thats what Bobby Cox calls him - its his standard nickname for everybody). Speaking of Cox, do you think this is his last year as manager of the Braves and if so, who would be a good candidate to replace him?|
(RahulN from GA)
|It keeps seeming as if Cox is sticking around for just this season or that, but his health seems reasonably sound, he still seems to be enjoying practicing his craft, and he's still an asset in the dugout. What else is he going to do, golf till he drops? I kind of hope he'll hold on for a while yet, but if he doesn't, I'd very much like to see Chris Chambliss finally catch a break and manage a team he's been associated with in the past. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)||What are the moves to make for the playoffs "crapshoot"? Big starters/short relief/pinch runners?|
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
|A lot of ink is spilled every year about the moves teams make on the fringes of their rosters heading into the playoffs. Does it really matter? Well, we have seen a manager have no idea what to do with his bench in the playoffs (Bobby Cox), so the fringes CAN matter.
The life lesson the 2006 Cardinals taught us should still resonate, I think. There are examples of teams landing the various components Tony mentions and those teams have both succeeded and failed. I don't know that there is one thing a team needs to get that would ensure success. (Jim Baker)
|2010-10-06 10:00:00||2010 Playoffs Day One||NC (San Francisco): Big overplayed storyline, Giants edition: These ain't your Barry Bonds Giants, this is a TEAM with chemistry and gelling and fun likeability, goshdarnit. Only Barry could probably still outplay Jose Guillen, and maybe Pat Burrell. |
I'm still sticking to my Bobby Cox and Heyward/Posey as Rookies of the Year being overplayed. Now, if Jose Guillen appears in this series he'll be overplayed, regardless of a storyline. I do wonder though if the Giants will go with an all-outfield lineup. Something like:
Guillen, RCF (Eric Seidman)
|2010-10-06 10:00:00||2010 Playoffs Day One||David (Boston): What story line will be most overplayed by the TBS announcers in each series? |
Phillies-Reds: Nothing stands out. Talk of the Big 3 for the Phillies. Talk of Votto's sheer awesomeness.
Yankees-Twins: Twins are sooooo scrappy. Yankees won last year, but pitching is a problem.
Giants-Braves: Bobby Cox, with a splash of Heyward/Posey action. (Eric Seidman)
|2010-10-06 10:00:00||2010 Playoffs Day One||David (Boston): What story line will be most overplayed by the TBS announcers in each series?|
An interesting question. Here again, swinging through these:
Reds/Phillies: Overachievers vs. a dynasty a-borning? As I noted in the preview, I don't buy that the Reds over-achieved--they delivered on how good they really are, and deserve full credit for that.
Yankees/Twins: "These are two great fundamental teams."
Braves/Giants: Bobby Cox.
|2009-10-21 17:00:00||NLCS Game 5||Buck Martinez's suddenly-evinced fascination with turning things over is getting to me. He could be flipping pancakes. And this: "Shows how much respect Charlie has for the Dodgers" on pulling Hamels. It could also be that Hamels isn't pitching well. Finally, can even Bobby Cox explain what Martinez contributed in that long platoon with Ernie Whitt? (Steven Goldman)|