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Free Freddie Freeman!

Aug 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

The Braves’ apparent move to get Derrek Lee means that, no, they have no intention of calling up first base prospect Freddie Freeman.  Which is regrettable, because all he’s doing is hitting .308/.369/.510 down in AAA and, if I had to guess, would perform better than either Troy Glaus or Derrek Lee down the stretch.

But sadly, that’s just not how Bobby Cox and the Braves roll. Sure, he’ll start the season with a rookie if he’s an undeniable force like Jason Heyward, but (a) in a pennant race; and (b) when there are at least other plausible options available like Lee, Bobby Cox just isn’t wired to hand over the starting job to a rookie like Freeman.

You take what you get with Bobby Cox. There are better tactical managers than him, but you give it up in exchange for the calm clubhouse he creates. I’m not sure what we as Braves fans get in exchange for his seeming mistrust of kids like Freeman, but this late in the game there’s no amount of whining on our part that’s going to change his mind.

  1. Joe - Aug 18, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    I was simply responding to your question, “How can you possibly be comfortable with TWO rookies playing every day for a team you expect to contend for an NL East title?” You didn’t say anything about the World Series. Must you be so angry?

  2. BasicInstinct - Aug 19, 2010 at 1:29 AM

    Prado was sucking in AAA….
    And, you forget that most of the big league pitchers were just okay in AAA….your argument is lame.
    Bobby basically hates rookies because they are stupid and unpredictable. They also don’t react well to Terry Pendletons oversimplifications on hitting.
    Rookies are Heroes one day, chumps the next.
    Rick Ankiel is no better than ten rookies we have in AAA. But you insist there’s some magic plateau they must cross to be better than Ankiel.
    You sound like a baseball scout ….all stats and no instinct. Ankiel is done. Bring up a kid quick! He could do no worse….or maybe we should get Francoeur(an experienced veteran) back and let Heyward play centerfield. Sound good?

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