It all seems so clear now.
Back in January, Wren was killed in the Atlanta papers and blogs for offering Braves legend John Smoltz a one year contract loaded completely with incentives. So, he locks up another Braves’ legend Tom Glavine up for the 2009 season.
It now seems so obvious that Wren never intended to have Glavine play for the team. He signed him purely to avoid backlash for letting another legend go.
All this time, Wren knew that Tommy Hanson would be ready by midseason, so why would he say to the world that Tom Glavine would be his fifth starter. He also knew that Tim Hudson would be ready by the All-Star break. Add this up for me: Lowe, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Kawakami, Glavine, Hanson, Hudson. I think that’s eight.
Frank Wren has made it clear that he wants out with the old and in with the new. He doesn’t want Glavine, and never did.
Plainly, I believe Frank Wren lied to you, to me and to Tom Glavine.
All the rehab work Glavine has done since having surgery last year was because he was told he would be the fifth starter, then just when he is ready to make his season debut, he is told he is released.
Not to mention, he allowed no runs in 11 innings, in his three rehab starts.
And Frank Wren is quoted in the AJC saying, “It was our evaluation that he [Glavine] would not be successful in the big leagues.”
Again, he allowed ZERO runs in his rehab start.
So he has managed to disgruntle both John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, I can not wait to see how he manages to disgruntle Greg Maddux too.
Here are the numbers so far this year for the top 5 National League All-Star vote getter at catcher so far:
Player One: 42 G, 0 HR, 20 RBI, 7 SB, .266 BA, .377 OBP
Player Two: 45 G, 0 HR, 16 RBI, 0 SB, .217 BA, .310 OBP
Player Three: 33 G, 5 HR, 18 RBI, .318 BA, .422 OBP
Player Four: 45 G, 3 HR, 17 RBI, .271 BA, .349 OBP
Player Five: 44 G, 5 HR, 22 RBI, .265 BA, .306 OBP
Based on the four categories, Player Three is leading in 3 of them, despite playing in over 10 less games then the others.
Despite this Player Three is fourth is All-Star catching voting.
Player One was Russell Martin who is fifth in the voting. Player Two was Jason Kendall who is second in the voting. Player Three was Brian McCann who is fourth in the voting, Player Four was Yadier Molina who is first in the voting and Player Five is Ivan Rodriguez who is third in the voting.
This is INSANE Braves fans, Brian McCann deserves to start the All-Star game. I don’t care if it’s in St. Louis, Yadier Molina has not earned it.
Reward B-Mac for all he has done for this team and this town by giving him a spot on the starting roster for the National League All-Star team.
Everyone vote 25 time. I did, have you?
Even though Omar Infante has not been a starter for the Braves since joining the team at the start of the 2008 season, he might be one of the most valuable players for the club. With injuries on the left side of the infield and inconsistent play in center and right, the Braves again and again turned to Infante. And in return Infante has performed.
As Kelly Johnson slumped throughout May, Infante stepped in and could have easily stolen the starting stop at second, had he not gotten injured. Kelly Johnson is now back on track, but Jordon Schafer in Center has fallen off the cliff. And Chipper Jones has continued to be constantly plagued by a different injury every week.
The Braves have a viable backup for Jones at third with Martin Prado, but no one, NO ONE on this current roster can play Center Field other than Jordon Schafer.
Schafer can play Center, but he has gotten so bad at the plate that he is being asked to bunt in front of the pitcher.
Thus far, manager Bobby Cox has attempted to use Matt Diaz in Center Field, but even Diaz is flustered that he would play Center Field, a position he had never played before.
So what do the Braves need? Omar Infante. Unfortunately that will not be happening for atleast two months.
In the early 2000’s, Bobby Cox used Mark DeRosa in a role similar to the one Infante currently fills and he could again.
The Indians have made it clear that they are willing to hear trade offers for DeRosa, who has played mostly third for the club, but also has played three other positions.
Rarely do you need to replace a bench player, but Omar Infante is not your typical bench player and Mark DeRosa is the perfect man to fill in.
Where ever that may be.