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The dreaded Eddie Haas reference

When an article about your team begins with an Eddie Haas anecdote, you know you’ve got troubles.

Two decades after the franchise moved, a gruff ex-Milwaukee outfielder by the name of Eddie Haas was beginning his brief and overmatched tenure as the manager of a very bad 1985 Atlanta Braves team that somehow got off to a 2-0 start in Philadelphia.

For their home opener, the Braves lost to San Diego. After a couple of questions from the media, Haas lost his patience and growled, “Well, you didn’t think we were going 162-0, did you?”

History indicates there’s a fairly good chance these Milwaukee Brewers aren’t going 0-162, either.

Any time Haas’ name comes up, I can’t help but repost one of my favorite quotes ever by a Brave regarding the beleaguered former skipper.

“This is a positive step,” Braves outfielder Claudell Washington said. “For us to win this year, we had to have a three-or four-run lead in the eighth inning. A one- or two-run lead, and he was going to mess it up, I guarantee you that. It’s hard getting up for that every day.

(h/t to NahaGomez for the link, and for reminding us that today marks the 18th anniversary of Mad Dog’s Braves debut — an Opening Day combined shutout of the Lil’ Bears in Wrigley. I remember Harry scolding classless Cubs fans for booing Maddux.)

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7 Comments on The dreaded Eddie Haas reference

  1. rankin' rob // April 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm //

    I actually miss Claudell sometimes. No one could run through a third base coach’s stop sign like CW.

  2. PepeFreeUs // April 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm //

    Eddie Haas: Worst Braves manager, ever.

    Ted was better.

    I remember how cold it was at Wrigley that day. The Cubs bummy fans can all eat shit from now until the end of time.

  3. charlesad // April 6, 2011 at 8:16 am //

    In Claudell we trust.

  4. Jack Straw // April 6, 2011 at 9:55 am //

    I have always assumed that Haas’ tenure paralleled Claudell’s having to get off the dope. That might explain Claudell’s crankiness; subconsciously, he blamed Eddie Haas for having to go clean.
    Being ripped by one of the most underachieving ballplayers of this, or any, generation is like being pissed on and berated by a homeless person.

    I saw a website that illustrated how, through his mid 20s, Claudell compared statistically to Roberto Clemente, but after the age of 27, he compares to Jose Cardenal.

  5. His numbers did compare to Clemente through 27, but only because Clemente was a late bloomer. Claudell’s career high in homers and RBI (16 and 80) came at age 27 with the ’82 Braves. Before that his best was 13 homers and 77 RBI. He hit .300 or better only once.

  6. charlesad // April 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm //

    Wasn’t Claudell noted mainly as a pinch runner with the A’s early in his career? I’m not sure he was an underachiever so much as just an average ballplayer.

  7. PepeFreeUs // April 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm //

    CD, I think you’ve got him mixed up with Designated Pinch Runner Herb Washington.

    Claudell’s rookie year with the A’s was excellent across the board. 182 hits, .308 average, 40 steals and a 118 OPS+

    Maybe I just roll with a different standard but when I think “most underachieving players of this, or any generation” I don’t really think of CW.

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