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The Braves really, really didn't like Yunel Escobar

Jul 16, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

Buster Olney tweeting last night:

When Alex Gonzalez walked into the Atlanta
clubhouse the Braves’ players gave him a standing ovation.

First thought: wow. 

Second thought: Buster only knows that because someone on the inside in Braves land made a special point to tell him about it. Which seems kind of sad to me, actually, because it means someone is really going out of their way to bury Yunel Escobar in the press.

Lots of someones actually, because it’s not just Buster with this stuff. Talking casually to other writers over the past day or two and the most striking thing is that almost everyone has talked to someone with the Braves who has had something bad to say about the guy. There’s always a bit of an analyst/reporter split in evaluating a trade, but the degree to which reporters with team sources all love the Gonzalez deal so much and analysts don’t is (a) uncanny; (b) almost certainly a function of hearing negatives about him from Braves sources.

I’m not saying that the Braves are on some orchestrated campaign against Escobar, but really, the sheer amount that has been put out there on this subject is getting to be a bit much. We know Atlanta didn’t like the guy, but at some point people need to be professionals and let it go, don’t they?

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    I’d like to hear from some fellow teammates. I’d bet the guy is just an A-hole. We all have to work with them, well besides sportwriters on blogs and all, but most of us know one guy or gal we work with that is hated, simply because they’re an A-hole. They don’t play well with others. They are combative. They rarely give 100% at their job. They act as if they give 150%. They act as if you give 0% at your job. They start conflicts. The list is endless of things that can fester in a club house all caused by this one person, sort of a cancer. When you have a huge a-hole in the locker room stinking up the place, get rid of it, and let it stink up someone elses locker room.

  2. amhendrick - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    I think the amount of stuff being put out on Escobar is due more to the number of media members trying to talk about this on various platforms (blogs, tweets, MLB network, ESPN and so on) on a day when nothing else happened.

  3. count_schemula - Jul 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Just watching the games on TV with no fancy pants insider knowledge it was OBVIOUS that something was up with Escobar. The on field stuff is well known – he shows up umpires, stands around home plate after a called 3rd called strike, does weird sandlot level tricks, showboats it, makes spectacular plays in the same game he makes 2-3 fundamental mistakes, had become a poor baserunner. Then it seems like someone would try to admonish him to get consistent and get pro and then he would pount like a teenager for days. His body language was clear. His first year he did not speak English, and maybe some bad habits formed while he was learning the language. I don’t think the Braves have had a lot of Spanish speaking players on the team other than Eddie Perez, the bullpen coach. This is not a writer’s conspiracy. I think on the one hand, everyone is sad. Yunel has A LOT of talent. But he had become a head case and sometimes, only a new lover will get you over the old one. Atlanta fans welcome Gonzalez because we know he will be pro day in and day out. We don’t think his 17HRs are for real, and we know he’s a .250 hitter with less range and less of an arm than Escobar, yet, still we are ready for this trade. It’s not that we “don’t like the guy,” I think we are more upset that it had come to this and it’s really Yunel’s fault. We even traded Elvis Andrus because we thought Yunel was the SS of the future. Yunel burned us, don’t get it twisted.

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