Presidential propaganda

John Schuerholz has a message for the fans. Too bad he didn’t consult an editor.

“Our primary goal this winter was to travel on parallel pathways — immediately impacting the strength and depth of our Minor League system, while at the same time keeping our Major League club as competitive as we possibly could, even in the face of having to say goodbye to two players that we loved [in Jason Heyward and Justin Upton], who likely were only going to be around for a short time longer. By doing so, we were able to strengthen our Minor League pipeline, our feeder system, back to where it needed to be. At the same time, we wanted to acquire players at the Major League level who, when our team is formed after Spring Training, the fans will say, ‘This looks like a team that is going to play really good baseball and play the game with spirit and a winning attitude and a committed attitude of winners.’ We think that is how this team will present itself.

“I’m quite excited about what our guys have accomplished and what our organization has demonstrated it is capable of doing with good leadership and good clarity of purpose. We’re going to have as many players in Spring Training as I think we’ve ever had, which we’re doing because want to give ourselves every opportunity to look at every possibility — on an individual basis, a collective basis or a combination basis — as to the best team we can put together. We’ve signed and invited a lot of guys to our Major League camp. The competition is going to be robust, and it’s going to be on a daily basis. It is going to get more exciting as the camp unfolds. This team will play baseball the old-fashioned, hard-nosed way. They will play hard and they’re going to play to win.”

As I was telling CD the other day, “This looks like a team that is going to play really good baseball and play the game with a spirit and a winning attitude and a committed attitude of winners.” He accused me of being redundant, but I stand behind my conviction.


Elton John, the Lemmer, Knucksie and JS talk Bravos

My dream: Elton John teams up with a rich Atlantan (say Sara Blakely, the billionaire who founded Spanx) and buys the Bravos.

He’s no superficial fan. In this series of clips, from 2007, Elton bitches about the best-of-five division playoff, disses the DH, compares B-Mac to Johnny Bench, quizzes JS about Leo Mazzone’s departure and asks Knucksie about his nephew Lance.

He even gets JS to admit a mistake when he asks: “Why did we get rid of Jermaine Dye?”

Think of it: A baseball fan who’s loved the Braves as long as, if not longer, than most of us running the show. Bet he’d get rid of that godawful country pop shit they play between innings, too.

Cooperstown 2014

I had been a little unclear as to who was eligible when so thanks to DOB for clearing it up.

Not only will Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine surely be first-ballot inductees that July day at Cooperstown, but going in alongside the pair of 300-game winners could be their former Braves manager Bobby Cox.

And here’s one that a lot of folks might not have thought about: longtime Braves GM John Schuerholz could also be enshrined that year, which would be quite an aligning of stars for the Braves and their fans, who’s certainly flock to Cooperstown in droves for that happening.

JS will also be on the Veterans Committee ballot, along with Bobby, starting in 2013. Both will be eligible for the first time in 2014, along with Torre and LaRussa. The veterans committee can only induct four at a time, so JS’ biggest competition will come from Lou Piniella, suggests DOB. Smoltz will be eligible the following year.