As is the Braves bench has only two openings, with Matty D., Hinske and Ross all signed for 2012. One assumes back-ups who can play SS and CF will take the final two spots.
Too bad Brooksie is a liability with the glove because you could argue he’s the best pinch-hitter the Braves ever had. In fact, has any pinch hitter been more consistently clutch than Brooks was in 2010?
May 10: Braves trailing 9-6. Conrad hits walk-off grand slam, capping an eight-run comeback.
June 12: Brooks delivers the eventual game-winning suicide squeeze in the 9th against Minnesota.
July 24: Contrad slams go-ahead grand slam #2, against the Marlins.
Aug. 10: Brooksie’s two-run homer in the top of the 9th gives the Braves a 3-2 win over Houston.
Aug. 13: Another game-winning homer, off Hideki Kuroda of the Dodgers.
No need to bring up that Giants playoff game again. Brooks is responsible for a lot of great memories and, without him, the Braves probably don’t make the playoffs in ’10.