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5 Things I Learned Today at The Ted

Posted by jrniemeyer on January 22, 2011

Today the Braves held a great event for all the season ticket holders. I had never been to something like this so I decided to jump at the opportunity when a season ticket holder invited me to go. The event started out with a Q and A with Frank Wren. Most of the questions asked were “softball” questions and Frank gave the usual answer, but there was one question and one response that took me by surprise. After that, Frank introduced all the prospects and an autograph section followed. I will address the questions in the list below along with some other points about the future of the Braves. Please feel free to comment.

  1. For the most part, I feel comfortable with Frank Wren at the helm of the Braves. He reminds me of Thomas Dimitroff of the Falcons. It won’t happen quickly but this organization is heading in the right direction. That steady process could also be part of the problem. I am not interested in being above average every season, I am interested in winning championships. Perhaps the thought process is you can’t win a championship without being above average first.
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  3. The tough question that was asked was about the state of our medical staff. I believe Frank Wren is overlooking the need for a new medical staff. Over the past few years, I believe the Braves have mis-managed some of the small injuries that have led to bigger injuries. I’m not going to sit here and give you a rundown of every case, because it is more of a collective argument against the staff. When asked about it today, Frank Wren essentially plead ignorance and talked about how it was more about dumb bad luck rather then his medical staff. Only time will tell whether this medical staff is a hindrance to this team moving forward.
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  5. What do we do with Christian Betancourt? I am of the feeling that Brian McCann isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. He is essentially the leader of this team and is one of the best catchers in the game. He will probably go down as the best catcher in Braves history. So what do we do with one of the best catching arms in the minors? It feels like a Saltamachia all over again. Betancourt will be well into the prime years by the time Brian is ready to give it up. If Betancourt is as good as people think he could be, I don’t see him lasting in this organization for much longer (trade?).
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  7. We will struggle at shortstop in the coming years. Alex Gonzalez is a short term answer (and not a good one) and while we do have some players that can play defense at SS…not many have a MLB bat. I hope some of the guys that I saw today will prove me wrong, but I think it will be struggling point for at least 4-5 years (unless we acquire someone).
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  9. The enthusiasm of our fan base is starting to get to me. The Atlanta Braves are a top 10 MLB team. Today, the Braves held an event for season ticket holders and they could invite up to four people with them. Those in attendance could meet the GM and some of the best young players in that organization and we could all fit in one room!!! For a majority of the top teams, this would have to be held in stages over a few days because of the amount of people. I don’t get it and maybe I’m not supposed to understand but I hope to get some answers soon. I plan on trying to get an interview with one of the front office members that deal with tickets and get their opinion on it. (UPDATE: Since the post, I was told by a source, first time I’ve actually go to use that, that they had to cap the event at 300 people. That explains the small attendance. I still plan on diving into the attendance issue this year.)
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The Braves Unsung Hero

Posted by jrniemeyer on August 21, 2010

The 2010 Atlanta Braves lead the NL East by 2.5 games at the start of play on Saturday. The Braves have had 14 different players offer up game winning RBI’s this season. You keep hearing quotes from the Braves clubhouse that each night brings a different hero to the plate. However, there is one name that isn’t mentioned in these quotes and that’s GM Frank Wren.

There is no question he has had some bumps in the roads as Braves GM but overall he has turned this team into a winner in 2010. Some may disagree with me, but in my opinion Frank Wren deserves some consideration for 2010 Exec. of the Year. Let me re-emphasize that I do not agree with everything or even half of things he has done during his tenure as Braves GM but he hasn’t missed much in 2010. Below I will review some of his moves and briefly talk about how these moves have put the Braves back in 1st place

Re-signing Tim Hudson-

  • This move was his best by far this past off-season. Hudson has been the ace of the staff and one of the main reasons this team is in 1st place in late August. Hudson is signed through 2012 for $9m a year.

Signing of Troy Glaus

  • Say what you will about Troy but he carried this entire team for an entire month earlier this season. I realize there are better ways to evaluate players than by HR’s and RBI’s but Glaus will most likely get 20 and 80 out of Glaus for only $1.75m.  Glaus would also be a decent DH if the Braves make a deep run into October.

Extension of David Ross

  • This extension won’t get much press but it should. I have said many times before that David Ross is the best backup catch in MLB and I’m not sure its close. He is a tremendous DEF catcher and has done alot of work with Brian McCann in trying to take him to the next level defensively.

Derrek Lee Trade

  • After the trade of Derrek Lee went through, Tim Hudson was quoted as saying, “It lets us know they’re(front office) on the same page as us. We want to win. We want to get our team better. There’s no egos around here…” Only time will tell how well this trade works out for the Braves but the fact that it was made is a big deal. I’m not in favor of making a move just to make a move. I think this trade will help the Braves immensely. Troy Glaus will be allowed to rest his legs and Lee is a big upgrade with the glove and is hitting very well since the all-star break.

Hinske/Melky

  • The acquisition of Melky and the signing of Hinske may not be huge but it gives you two league average bench players that can come and contribute in situational AB’s.(Note: I almost didn’t put Melky on this list but anyone who can find a way to throw a baseball backwards while trying to throw it to 2nd base deserves some recognition.)

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