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Buster Olney needs a new “evaluator”

Mar 16, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT


Buster Olney spoke with “an evaluator” about the Atlanta Braves and included his comments in his column this morning:

“It’s a very deep club, beyond their 25-man roster. If they have an issue with the rotation, they’ve got Kris Medlen and [either] Mike Minor or [Brandon] Beachy as backup, depending on who wins the No. 5 spot.

Psst: someone tell Buster’s evaluator that Medlen had Tommy John surgery last August and won’t be backing up anyone any time soon. Kthnxbye!

  1. banksatdixie - Mar 16, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Buster is too busy going on book tours to actually do a little research.

  2. BC - Mar 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Buster is getting a bit too big for his britches for my taste. He’s run his course, sort of like Mel Kiper.

    • The Rabbit - Mar 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      or Tim McCarver.
      There was a time when McCarver didn’t suck…or maybe it was just that Ralph Kiner was entertaining.

      • ta192 - Mar 16, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        There was a time when McCarver provided both facts and insight…I know people disagree with me, but so be it…

      • The Rabbit - Mar 16, 2011 at 4:48 PM

        I agree with you; however, it was a long time ago when McCarver was broadcasting Mets games with not much more than local access. This time period was before many of the people who read HBT were even born. Therefore, they didn’t see the evolution from reasonably good announcer to national bore. They’ve only seen the end result.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 16, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Buster’s evaluator had the Yankers getting Cliff Lee too. I have zero respect for Olney anymore anyway. Jayson Stark is the best from the worldwide leader…by a mile.

    • trevorb06 - Mar 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM


    • aburns77 - Mar 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      man is that an indictment of espn but very true, they don’t have a clue how to properly handle baseball reporting at all

  4. mercyflush - Mar 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    i read Stark and Law on ESPN, that’s it.

  5. Professor Longnose - Mar 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Surgery or no surgery, he should suck it up and go pitch! That’s what we did in the old days.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Mar 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      Dang right, Jack Morris woulda pitched through a little TJ surgery…probably would go 10 innings the very next night.

      • CJ - Mar 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        That’s nothing. Bert Blyleven would’ve gone 16. At least.

  6. BC - Mar 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Medlen actually looked promising before his arm went dgzsdfisuhadfsedfgsdfr last summer. Maybe Olney has a secret man-crush on the Braves?

  7. spudchukar - Mar 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    One Spring Training game is hardly a legitimate evaluation tool, but I was fortunate to take in the Braves playing the Cards in Jupiter on Monday. Minor looked pretty impressive. His command was good and his breaking ball was sharp. I was especially glad to see Freddy Freeman’s name in the line-up. But sadly, I have to report to Braves fans that he looked awfully vulnerable to the off speed breaking pitches. He whiffed his first 3 times up and grounded out weakly in his other at bat. Again, it was only one game, Kyle Lohse was particularly effective, and the Braves only managed 2 hits in 10 innings, so it wasn’t all Freeman’s failures, but Freeman’s swing appears to have a loop in it as he tries to lift the ball, and that may spell some serious contact problems.

    • apbaguy - Mar 16, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      Yeah, guys can look bad in one game and great in the next in Spring, but if you picked up on his vulnerability you’re seeing what the pros down there saw a while ago. And now what’s going on is that the opposition pitching is putting an exclamation mark on that observation. If he doesn’t make an adjustment in the coming week the Braves will need an emergency first baseman.

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