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Hanley Ramirez on the improve; Chris Coghlan has private chat with manager

    PHOENIX -- It's triple-digit hot here today and they've closed the roof at Chase Field, which could keep the ball from flying out. Last night, with the roof open, the Diamondbacks hit five homers while the Marlins (Gaby Sanchez) belted one.

    Some encouraging news for the Marlins on the injury front, as Hanley Ramirez says his back is improving and he might be able to play on Wednesday. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Ramirez told him he was feeling better after performing some stretching exercises with trainer Sean Cunningham within the past couple of hours.

    "He said he's feeling much better today, so tomorrow is a possiblity," Rodriguez said.

    But Rodriguez said that, with an off day scheduled for Thursday, he would prefer just to wait until Friday before putting Ramirez back in the lineup.

    "If he comes in tomorrow and he's running and jumping and doing everything full speed, I would say (he can play Wednesday)," Rodriguez said. "But if he's not close to 90 percent, I would say no. I'd rather wait until Friday. At least he's heading the right way."

    COGHLAN BACK IN TOP SPOT -- One day after dropping Chris Coghlan to the eighth spot in the order, Rodriguez had him back on top in the leadoff position. Furthermore, Rodriguez met privately behind closed doors this afternoon with Coghlan -- along with hitting coach John Mallee -- and told him he can expect to bat in his customary leadoff spot. But he also told him he needs to start producing.

     "In the long run, if we want to win, he should be our leadoff guy, so he needs to find a way to get out of that slump," Rodriguez said. "He's struggling against left-handed pitchers. If we want to win, Coghlan has to be able to hit left-handers. He needs to step up."

     Coghlan is hitting just .119 against lefties. With southpaw Joe Saunders on the mound for the Diamondbacks on Monday, Rodriguez had Emilio Bonifacio bat first, and he responded by reaching base four times with a pair of singles and two walks. Tonight, with the D-Backs sending out right-hander Ian Kennedy, Coghlan is back in the leadoff position and Bonifacio is in the No. 8 hole.

      JOSH JOHNSON UPDATE: No major developments concerning Josh Johnson (shoulder inflammation), who continues to throw on flat ground but has yet to step on a mound to throw a bullpen session, a prerequisite before he heads back to the mound in a game. Rodriguez said it' could be Thursday or Friday before Johnson throws in the pen, and that there is a growing chance he'll need a rehab outing somewhere before he rejoins the rotation.

      TONIGHT'S BULLPEN -- Rodriguez said he'll have five relievers available for tonight's game: Brian Sanches, Edward Mujica, Randy Choate, Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez....Outfielder Scott Cousins, who fouled a pitch off his right foot and was limping on Monday, is available to pinch-hit tonight.

      LINEUPS:

      Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Emilio Bonifacio, ss 9. Anibal Sanchez, rhp.

      D-Backs: 1. Ryan Roberts, 3b; 2. Kelly Johnson, 2b; 3. Justin Upton, rf; 4. Stephen Drew, ss; 5. Chris Young, cf; 6. Miguel Montero, c; 7. Juan Miranda, 1b; 8. Gerardo Parra, lf; 9. Ian Kennedy, rhp.

      UMPIRES: HP -- Gerry Davis; 1B -- Greg Gibson; 2B -- Todd Tichenor; 3B -- Sam Holbrook

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Glags

What makes a lead off guy a lead off guy? Speed, average, contact, OBP? Right now he's not doing squat. I like the guy because he's got good work ethic but that can only get you so far.

Glags

I know I won't hear the end of it but I'm watching the heat game tonight.

Samson's Boyfriend

What's the big deal when u have 7ft tall guys with 3ft long arms putting a round ball in a round hole 10ft off the ground??? Running back and forth on a 91ft by 50ft wooden rectangle floor that easier on the legs, in an air conditiond building,for less than an hours real playing time, playing against a clock?? I just don't get it, does'nt do anything for me..Oh Well Different Strokes For Different Folks, I Guess..Enjoy...

Lou Vales

I hope you heard Thomas read my e-mail.we have generated 35 e-mails of various types.Samson, LET;s GO!!

Lou Vales

That "multiple Sanchez" e-mail was one of ours. Currently have 27 people sending in pablum for them to respond to.The softest of the softest to be read wins.

Samson's Boyfriend

Saw your Earl Williams post about orgasmic Fredi...good stuff...I posted on the Uggla benching story at 9:35 using the moniker HELP DAN STRUGGLA RELAX...Heard your e-mail Lou from Greenville...Tommy almost blew a head-gasket...

Lou Vales

My buddy sent him the e-mail about the Multiple sanchezs and another guy sent an e-mail asking "Why does Grace have to go back to Diamondbacks' booth?"

rbleigh

Glags, nothing wrong with watching the Heat, its the Finals! I guess I'm old school when comes to the leadoff spot, OBP% and nothing else really matters. Get on base and make stuff happen. I used to love Luis Castillo in his Marlins heyday. Lots of walks and infield singles. And of course it didn't hurt he played Gold Glove Caliber D.

Dang now that I think about the Marlins had a special infield in 03' Lowell, Gonzalez, Castillo and Lee were all great glove men at the time.

Go Fish!

Glags

Alright I'm back. Good game by the heat but not as satisfying as getting a Marlins win. I was checking out the game on my phone and I'm amazed at what Anibal has done this season.

Samson's Boyfriend

Looie Castillo will go down as the best lead-off hitter in Marlins history..Most Games played..Most Hits..Most Stolen Bases..3 time All-Star and Gold Glove winner...35 game Hitting Streak..Unfortunatly was traded by Marlins to Twins after 2005 season for NOTHING..2 never to be heard from again STIFFS..another glaring mistake by the Great Beinfest and Co...That one Hurt..

Samson's Boyfriend

Speaking of lead-off hitters,it might be time to move Cogs out and Hanley back into his old lead-off spot when and if he comes back Friday...Any Opinions or Ideas??? Need to get guys on base in the 1 and 2 hole for the Big Boys to drive In...The main success of the 03 offense was Juan Pierre and Looie always getting on base and driving to other teams pitcher crazy by distraction...

Stan M

Will Lou even talk to us mortals after that e-mail to Tommy? Has Hanley been late for a game? Tommy's definition of a true leader sure sounded like a left handed knock on Hanley with the "should play hurt" dig again. Didn't get on tonight but my question asked Tommy who on the team now fit his definition of a true leader.
Glags, I'm very old and have closely followed baseball all of my life. You ask about lead off and what constitutes a lead off man. Here's a story. The great Leo Derocher managed the Dodgers and was known as a very brainy guy. He left Dodgers after they didn't back him for getting suspended for a year for hanging out with gamblers, etc. He went to the hated Giants who featured a cast of long ball hitting, slow moving sluggers. Remember right and left field foul poles were both closer than 275 feet! So he traded some sluggers to the Boston Braves for Alvin Dark and Eddie Stanky and said, "I will win with my kind of players." He did in 1951 and 1954. In'51, Eddie Stanky hit leadoff. Stanky was not a good hitter but the guy walked all the time. He also won as the Dodger 2B man in 1947. Look both him and Eddie Yost who was called "the walking man" up if you can. I'll bet w/o looking him up that Yost avaraged 140 to 150 walks a year as leadoff man for the old Washington Senators. They were true leadoff men. Never swing at anything but a strike. They weren't fast but SBs were a minor factor back then. Now when I see leadoff men swing at 2-0 pitches I almost choke shouting at the TV. Some things change for the better, and some for the worse.

Stan M

Samson, etc.,
Good idea. If Hanley is to play at all let him bat where his only strong point right now (speed) is utilized. But keep Infante at #2

Lou Vales

Stan,You are NOT that old and I will ALWAYStalk to my Blog Buddies.I love Capozzi's Blog.Check it out.

Samson's Boyfriend

LOU..checked out Capozzi's "Fish Tank" blog...What's up with that? All I saw was No Comments..I thought Capozzi has a rep as a knowledgeable , likeable guy with good info...Does the PB Post put censors on their Blogs...What Happened to Capozzi's Loyal Bloggers?? There's nobody there...What's the Story??

Samson's Boyfriend

Stan M..I can't believe U mentioned Alvin Dark...Back in the early 70's I was working my way thru college at the local Publix in N.Miami...One day,knowing I was a Baseball guy,my boss came up to me and asked "U ever hear of a guy named Alvin Dark..I said yea and told him what I knew about him..My Boss said "Well..He's shopping in the store right now"..I followed him all over the store like a puppydog,,When he checked out I made sure I was the one on the spot,bagged his groceries,called him Sir and took them to his car ...I introduced myself and pretended to not Know who he was ..He said "Hi Im Alvin Dark and stuck out this huge hand to shake..He told me he was staying at the Jockey Club at 111th and Biscayne Blvd.for the winter..Anyway he would come in at least once a week and I became his personal bag boy...He was always dressed as sharp as a tack and drove a new Caddy..I eventually let on I Knew who he was ,but did'nt ask for his autograph or talk alot of baseball with him..I think he liked that because he tipped me GREAT every time ...thanks for bringing up Alvin Dark ..Fond Memories..I think he's still alive..Must be almost 100 by now..

JUAN YANES

MOST OF BIG LEAGUE MANAGERS BUT EDWING RODRIGUEZ MAKE CHANGES IN LINE-UP BATTINT ALMOST EVERY DAY; IT DEPEND OF THE PITCHER THEY WILL FACE. NO EXPLANATION OR TALK ARE NEEDED. THE MANAGER SHOULD TAKE HIS DECISIONS BASED ON THE COOL STADISTIC NUMBERS; EXAMPLE: IF YOU HAVE AN STRUGGLING PLAYER OFF LEFTIES YOU SHOULD MOVE HIM OR REPLACE FOR ANOTHER WITH BETTER AVE. THAT IS ALL. I NO UNDERSTAND MARLINS MANAGEMENT POLICY. THE SHOULD THINK # 1. TEAM WIN OR THE OWNER FIRE ME.

Lou Vales

Stan, Alvin Dark as of 2005 or so lived in Easley, SC. Easley is about 29 miles from Greenville. Went to breakfast with him and his wife and a few other people.He was a very nice man. We talked about his time with Charlie O.

Our good buddy Matt actually thought I was "Juan Yanes",I can assure you I am not "Juan." I was Debbie for awhile last year but that was the extent of my impersonations on this blog.

If they could win today and go 6-3 with this level of disarray on the staff,it would be remarkable.Have NO idea who they bring up to start against the Braves on Tuesday or against the Brewers on Sunday. They might actually go to Double A. I really thing that RIGHT NOW they should be converting a couple of these relievers in the minors to starters. It is thought by everyone in basebll that the Marlins best prospects in the upper levels are relievers. Let's start with Cishek.

Glags

So the general consensus is OBP. Based on his track record why wouldn't Edwin move Hanley to the lead off spot? Being a Hispanic male I know we can be stubborn at times and reluctant to accept anything other than what we have already decided in our minds to be true or correct. With that said I wonder if it's Hanley or Edwin not willing to make the change?

Matt

When I see that Priceline.com commercial in which both Shatner and that lovely young woman have a 'master of disguise' contest it reminds me of our master of disguise on the S.Fla blogs. Lou has already admitted that he has taken on several guises at the AJC blog. Do we really believe that some of these eccentric folk that suddenly appear wherever Lou resides within the blogosphere are real? I think not. My personal all-time favorite poster was a young damsel name Debbie Lou. From all indications it was clear that she was a fine lady. I digresss..

Regarding Capozzi's blog Samson's Boyfriend, it's quite simple why it has turned into a mid-week Marlins home game. When you ban the regulars from posting anything, when they in fact not only spurred conversation, but also constituted 90% of the audience, you see the result. Not really sure what gain there is from silencing your loyal posters, but only Joe or the Post can answer to that.

I think Hanley moving to lead off would be a smart decision, but only if his legs, arms, ankles, shins, back, shoulders and neck allow him to take on that role again. It's well documented that he plays harder than anyone else in the majors (never loafing that lad) so why not plant that energy at the top in order to spur offense. They moved him back to lead off in '08 I think after him starting the season in the 3 hole didn't work out. Perhaps such a move will create a spark again. One thing is for sure though, you can't win long-term if the top of the order doesn't produce. It always catches up to you..

Lou, Bonifacio is 2 for 3 in SB's this year. Your point is well taken though, with his speed he should attempt more. Poor coaching I suppose.


Samson's Boyfriend

Hey Lou..Somebody on the Sun-sentinal Marlins Blog is ragging on U today...They're using the moniker 561 in the LoMO/Samson Story..They're accusing U of being U GO LOMO and trashing Samson...If that's U Lou, Great Post..If it isnt U should defend your good name..

Stan M

Great experiences about Al Dark. He was born in 1922 and I couldn't find that he had died. I remember him well as a SS. He was overshadowed by Pee Wee Reese throughout his career simply because Reese was on the legendary Dodgers (nothing wrong with that) Jeter at bat and Tolo in the field would remind me of Dark but both were a notch above him in each category. Later he managed for a while. All I remember there was that there were a great many black ballplayers on the team and behind closed doors they were referred to as "Darks Darkies".
Glags, I looked up Eddie Stanky. His lifetime batting average was only .268, yet his lifetime OBP was .410. Eddie Yost batted only .254 yet had a OBP was .394.
I asked too late last nght. Does anyone know of Hanley arriving late to the ballpark. Tommy Hutton really emphasized that along with playing hurt in answer to question about what constitutes a leader. It sounded like another knock on Hanley. Lou, Joe's blog wasn't terribly interesting. What was notable was the total lack of any comments at all. Yipee. This is turning out to be a great place to speak one's mind, even for a pedantic old fool like me.

Lou Vales

Samson's Boyfriend, It ain't me and i don't have a good name. The people I care about know what i do and don't do.You guys on this Blog are rapidly joining that family. i don't twitter and i don't tweet.I don't even know how to twitter and tweek.I don't read e-mails and I can barely retrieve my cell phone messages--you can guss I don't have an expensive cellphone--I TALK to people on the phone.I talk to Matt a lot as I used a code to get my cell phone number to him on a Capozzi Blog.The code was not that difficult but of course it took Matt a week to break it.

Check out New Orleans' box score yesterday---SCARY.Also poor Chad James is 0-9 at Jupiter with a 3.33 ERA.I would get his butt up tp Double A before those hitless wonders at Jupiter destroy his confidence.

Minor league baseball.com is a great source to follow the affiliates.Of course on most nights it's depresing.

Lou Vales

A special shout out from me for anyone on the Blog who can identify my posts on the AJC Braves Blogs.Now I'm not talking about "Earl Williams", that is definitely me.You guys know my penchant for being an agent provacateur and you should have a pretty good sENSe of my veiled innuendo--Therefore, tell me, Who is Lou on the AJC?? And I expect you guys to participate using "real" names or nom de plumes. They hate it when you imply that Uggla STINKS!!

Stan M

I mentioned Leo Durocher and as he was quite a character, here are some things I remember about him. He was called Leo the Lip because he was similar to Ozzie of the White Sox with his mouth. Of French decent, he started out on the Yankees of Murderers Row fame. He didn't last there. On one occasion Babe Ruth accused him of stealing his watch. On another, Leo called him a big, fat "n" word and then jumped into teammates hands before Ruth could get at him. He was always a snazzy dresser and hung out with the Toots Shor crowd. He got in big trouble for being seen in company of known gamblers; read that organized crime figures)...George Raft the movie actor and his crowd. Happy Chandler suspended him for an entire year and because he got no backing from the Dodgers, he jumped to the Giants, a team universally hated by all Dodgers. He was quite a ladies man. In his bio, he said that when you meet a woman for the first time, put your hand on her (down below) and if she pushes it away, you might as well leave right then and he ended saying that very few push your hand away. He married a beautiful Mormon grade B actress named Lorraine Day and she became involved with the team to the extent that she and Frankie Frisch did the post game interviews. Hatred with the Dodgers was so intense that Leo would often yell, "Stick it in his ear" to his pitcher...and mean it. Carl Furillo, the fine Dodger RF, heard that and was flattened. He jumped up and charged after Leo into the Giant Dugout. When he got up,(they creamed him naturally) someone had stepped on and broken his hand. He was out the rest of the year and led the league with a .344 average if memory serves. Jackie Robinson particularly hated Leo. In those days of severe bench jockeying, Jackie would yell and wonder if Leo was able to keep Miss Day content and hinted that dozens of others were. When traded to the Giants at the end of his career (yes, the Dodgers actualy tried to trade him) he retired rather than go there. Early in his career he was asked about the rival Giant manager at that time, HOFer Mel Ott, and he made his most famous quote,"Nice guys finish last." Some of you might have seen or heard of Leo late in his life when he got religion and would never know what a rouge he had been in his earlier years. As a manager, he was a winner back then though. The only more modern manager with whom he would compare is Billy Martin. If you don'y like stiff like this, let me know and I won't clutter up the blog with it anymore.

Lou Vales

Stan, Keep it coming. Lorraine day was a "B" actress? i would have said B+.

Tell me if you remember this.Think it was 1954. Big Joe ASdcock had a huge game against the Giants in the Polo Grounds and in the 9th inning a diminutive Giants pitcher threw at his head, Adcock dropped the bat and Gomes sprinted directly towards the clubhouse in dead center 470 feet away.Adcock did not catch him.

Here's a trivia question. name the only person elected to Baseball Hall of Fame,NFL Hall of Fame and Collegiate Football Hall of Fame. Also name the only player in baseball history to hit 40 or more HR's in 3 years and strike out 40 or fewer times in each of those years?? Hint--it was in the 50's.

Lou Vales

Sorry.Pitcher was Reuben Gomez.

Samson's Boyfriend

Stan M..great post..I Eat this Kinda Stuff UP..Baseball History,to me, is one of the great things that elevate Baseball over any other sport..It trancends all cultures and bridges people from all walks of life,partcually when your at a ballgame. The strangers sitting next to and around you during the playing of the National Anthem are your friends by the time the last out is made..Men,Women,Kids,all races and religions,all ages,Rich,Not So Rich,Poor,All Shapes and Sizes,All Professions,You Name It. Talking Baseball History,Ancedotes, Sharing Experiences and Memories is one of the great things about the game. Thanks for your info Stan, on Leo the Lip..Loved It..

Stan M

Batter probably Ted Klu. Don't remember the adcock thing but he was a big son of a gun. . On HOF question, will think about it. Probably not a player though.

Lou Vales

Stan you nailed it. the Hall of Fame guy PLAYED one of the 2 sports.

Samson,Even people who sit around me are my friends when the game ends.now that is hard to believe. Helps that I never use profanity around anybody that I have not already heard use it and I LOVE kids and get them involved.

Lou Vales

Who was the last player who STARTED the game at a position other than pitcher and got credit for the win as Wilson Valdez did last week??

Stan M

Babe Ruth who was the best left handed pitcher in league until he decided to start hitting HRs.

Samson's Boyfriend

First Big League game I went to was at the Polo Grounds 1962 Mets against Pirates..Sat with Grandpa over the visitng bull-pen..All I can remember is staring at this catcher with a beer belly and a big chaw of tobacco he was spitting out every 30 seconds. Smokey Burgess.He finally got up to warm up some guy with an odd looking{I thought} face..Harvey Haddix..After the game ,in the parking lot my grandfather pointed across the river said" See that building over there, thats where I'm taking you next week"...Yankee Stadium..I was hooked..Went to many games in N.Y till we moved to Miami in summer of 69'..Then it was a steady diet of spring training all over Fl..U guys have my mind racing to the Baseball joys of my youth..Thanks All...

Clark

Howdy folks. Clark Spencer here. Since tonight's game marks the 1/3 point of the season, we're planning to speak later with Larry Beinfest for his state-of-the-team views. If you have any questions you'd like asked, send them to me and I'll try to ask one or two and get back to you with his response (s). Be advised that he tends to speak in generalities and doesn't give away any house secrets. So,for example, asking him who they might be eyeing as a possible July trade prospect will get you nothing.

Matt

Checked out the sentinel blog for the first time in years. The only skeptical poster/poser on there, that I see, could be Charlie. His use of the term "art dealer", which I coined several years ago to depict the Marlins beloved owner, is something that an insider would use. Of course, I suppose dedicated readers could have adopted the term. Regardless, some good pot shots at the Ironman.

And Lou, it took me a week to figure out that so-called 'code' you included in your posts because you changed the deciphering rules. If you remember correctly, you had determined the best way to go about retrieving the cell number would be for me to call a local eatery that you frequent by identifying myself and asking for the number, but only after I correctly answered a question that only I would know the answer to. The problem here was that you never followed through on that plan. I waited for the post that would identify the establishment to call, but nothing. About a week later, Lou asks why I haven't called. I of course tell him I wasn't given the details. He proceeds to tell me that all the info needed to determine the number has already been planted. So, what happens that night? Lou receives a call from me. In reality, it took me a few minutes, once I realized that Lou switched tactics without telling me. This brilliant and insightful story of course is absolutely meaningless for those ingesting it. It does demonstrate that I'm a stickler for facts. If my name is attached to it, then it better be accurate. Reference UF Softball...

Matt

First big league game for me was at the renown Three Rivers Stadium in '88. I still remember the awe of just how 'green' the astroturf was on the field. Af that time the Bucs primarily had the core nucleus in place for their '90-92 playoff runs with the likes of Van Slyke (my favorite player), Bonilla and of course Bonds. The outfield of dreams is what it was being termed in those days once Bonilla left 3B and manned RF.

I also saw my first Marlins game at Three Rivers, shortly after Sheff was traded. Orestes Destrade (sp) went deep in that game. I think Harvey blew the save if I'm not mistaken. The great Chris Hammond was on the mount I believe. I obviously don't have any Polo Grounds stories or even any greate stories about Hall of Famers, but hey I'm half the age of the crew on here.

Good evening to all..

Stan M

Lou, I don't know answer to double HOF but logic tells me it's an announcer. Please give answer.

Stan M

Clark,
1) With OF fences at 11 1/2 feet, it will stop nearly all exciting jumps at the wall to snatch away a HR. It is impossible to move the grandstands down, but could/would they consider gradually sloping OF turf up a foot so walls only 10 1/2 feet and a lot more fun for fans.

2) Is the skin part of the infield, that is, the dirt between the outfield and infield grass standard in all ballparks? If not, it could possibly affect fielding range for infielders.

3) Did they take wind and sun into consideration in new park for when roof is open. I'm thinking of Candlestick mistake and wonder which field will be the sun field.

Stan M

Samson etc.,
I too went to a Met game at the old Polo Grounds. It was a dump by then. Here's what I remember. Going to men's room and there were no urinals. There was a huge cement square in the middle of the room , sort of like a horse troth. At top was a small fountain that flowed to all cornrs. And the men stood around this square shaped gismo and urinated into it. To stand and see all of these men, and myself, urinating sort of at each other into this "thing" was an experience I'll never forget. Wierd, huh?

Lou Vales

Stan The answer is Cal Drummond, a great football player, who went on to umpire in the Majors.

Matt, I hope you know I was kidding about you deciphering the code. Matt is actually one SMART guy. His only flaw is a queasiness when it comes to my discusssion of the intricacies of Radical Robotic Prostectomies and the Do's and Dont's pertaining to colonoscopies.

Lou Vales

Matt will actually be glad to know I spared him the details of the removal of an "irregular mole" from my buttocks. Everything was fine and I had stitches removed. I "entertained" the nurse by telling her "Demi Moore wishes she had legs as tapered as mine", she of course smiled ever so politely.

Along with those annual prostate exams for those of you over 50, also remember importance of colonoscopies that can save your life. Also a year full skin check is very important.You can tell I'm careful, but it saved my life and wife's life who had thyroid cancer. the only medical tests I have not had are probably a mammogram and a pap smear.Better safe than sorry.

Phils Lose!! Phils Lose!! Phils Lose!!

Lou Vales

Dear Clark,I'll phrase these questions nicely and not how I questioned the Bobbysey Twins last night.

(1) Do the Marlins still hold out hope for Skipworth developing as ahitter?

(2) Will there come a point where Helms' full scale dimunition of all abilities necessitate a move?

(3) IF 'No" to Number 2, Could he please give some insight as to this great clubhouse presence who must surpass Louie Brandeis, Thomas Jefferson and Clarence Darrow with his ability to speak and motivate. i'm sure Larry is aware that Uncle Wes can barely reach the outfield grass when he puts the ball in the air.

(4) Since Sean West's slovenly work habits led to him being hurt last year, is he on a shorter leash as far as finally making an impact at age of 25.

(5) Do they realize the impact of these Volstad and "Grapefruit League Games With 5 Pitchers" on the pitching staff. Just can't do that.

(6) The braves have had necessity of calling up 3 pitchers due to injuries. All 3 made very representative starts--and there are more where those came from---and they also had bullpen injuries that required moves. May i ask how a Major League team gets in this kind of a situation with literally NOBODY to make a spot start?

Thank You

Stan M

Lou, when we got going on words during that lunch we had together, I think I suggested the word "valetudinarian" to you. It is from a Sherlock Holmes short story and defines you to a tee.

Lou Vales

Stan, Not really Because I'm probably the most in shape 63 year old you know.I only WORRY about something eventually going wrong.My goal is to die in my sleep at 103 after a heavy night of whatever passes as blogging in 2050.

Lou Vales

Come join me in the AJC Blog and get some veiled shots in at those who consider this only an "aberration" that Uggla is experiencing.

HUGE game tonight.IF we can close the night out 1 GB the Phillies having picked up a game while they were playing the Nats 3 times and we were playing the D'Backs that would be HUGE!!!

Samson's Boyfriend

Well Fellas, I'll pass on this opportunity to ask Clark, to ask Beinfest any questions during his State of the Marlins Rope-A-Dope. From past observations,asking his Larryness a direct question is similar to asking a waiter at a Miami seafood restaurant"Whats in the Bouillabaisse tonite"? You can bet on Never getting a Straight Answer...Interested to hear how the "Beinfest Shuffle" went...

Lou Vales

Samson, Ships passing in the night--The Andrea Dorea and the Titanic.

Priscilla

Someone told me about this bloggy place.is anyone able to tell me if Andy Miller is still on the team.i have not seen his name in any of those things you see with the plaers names and what they did.I felt last year he was just starting to get better if only he could throw a strike.i think the referee behind the catcher was picking on Andy.Also the guys with the bats could have tried to hit the ball instead of being afraid.Anyone who can tell me where Andy is I would apprecite it.I heard he got married bit i just want to make sure.

Samson's Boyfriend

Priscilla...Andrew Miller went back to medical school...He's going to be a Door to Door gynecologist...He also auditioned to be Big Bird's understudy on Sesame Street, but could'nt remember his lines after the first take...by the way he did get married to a lovely young woman.I met her last season during the Cub game in Sept. his last effort in a Marlins uni..lasted 2 innings..Mrs. Miller took it like a pro..Guess she'd seen the act many times before..

Stan M

Priscilla,
You've come to the right place. Please tell us of any malady you may be enduring. Lou will tell you how to cure it in a minute. But you are so right about poor Andrew Miller. If only more of us had understood him. With a few minor changes he would have been a star. For instance, why must tradition determine that there be 4 balls and 3 strikes. Six balls and 2 strikes wouldn't have changed the game too much. And that silly strike zone that is used. Would it really have changed anything if high and away became a strike? Lastly, if one enters the game with a superb reputation from a fine college, there is no reason that certain formalities could not have been dispensed with. Herein I think of such archaic traditions as conditioning and offering advice to someone as blessed by talent as was Andrew. It is probably fortunate that he married another for you might have had to endure many lonely nights alone. It is probable that he wouldn't be able to find home there either!

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