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The Braves are bringing a sufficient number of major leaguers to Fort Myers today

Mar 7, 2014, 8:12 AM EDT

FORT MYERS — A day after we learned of the stink the Marlins are raising about the Red Sox not bringing a sufficient number of major leaguers on their long road trip to Jupiter, the Braves are traveling here to Fort Myers to face Boston. Here’s who is making the trip:


Depending on what you think of Alex Wood‘s chances to make the rotation and what you think of backup catchers like Ryan Doumit and Gerald Laird, you can argue that the Braves have six starters for the very long bus ride here. At the very least you have three sure-fire starters in Heyward and the Upton brothers along with three or four guys certain to be on the big league club.

  1. pastabelly - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I’m sure the Red Sox fans at JetBlue Park really only care who will be in the Red Sox lineup. I’d also bet that the Red Sox don’t engage in premium pricing for exhibition games like the Marlins do. Loria had no business jacking up preseason prices because the Red Sox were in town. I heard most of the people who wound up paying those prices were Sox fans anyway.

    • tedwmoore - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Maybe. I went to a few spring training games once, and I was pretty excited to see Albert Pujols when the Cardinals visited Ft Myers. Would not have complained had he not been there, but was definitely hoping to see him.

    • ladodger34 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      I’m not going to disagree on your overall point, but the Red Sox don’t need to charge a premium price at JetBlue. The most expensive seat at JetBlue is already more expensive than the “premium” tickets at Roger Dean.

      Heck, I think the Marlins could have played it better anyways. “We had quite a few Red Sox fans in the house today and we are disappointed that they weren’t able to see some of their favorite players” Of course, that would take some humility on Loria’s part to say something like that and admit that the house was more full yesterday because the Sox were in town.

      • Old Gator - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Yes, they could have played it better. Then again, why would a puckered cheapskate like Scrooge McLoria give a flying fark at a rolling donut that Beanbag fans were unhappy when his own fans’ satisfaction isn’t worth birdshot at Godzilla to him?

    • elpendejo59 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      I agree with you about the premium game thing. Ticket prices should be ticket prices, but reality is the Marlins are far from the only team to do it. I made the trip up to Viera for the Braves vs Nats game last Saturday and they handed out schedules as you walked in the gate. The Yankees make one trip to Space Coast Stadium this year, and it’ll cost you an extra ten bucks, no matter what section you choose, to go to that game.

  2. thefugitivekind - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Is everyone in MLB’s executive offices a complete rube? The Marlins con a bunch of corrupt politicians into financing a new stadium, spend some money to cobble together a legitimate looking team to give the appearance of turning over a new leaf and become seriously competitive as a franchise, sell the whole team off after one year, continue to collect luxury tax money, and then complain that they won’t get good attendance – at their own spring training home game – unless their opponent brings in enough major league talent.

    and MLB says it may levy a fine ON THE OPPONENT?

    • raysfan1 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Correction–the sell off was during the season.

      • thefugitivekind - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Duly noted. Makes it even worse, doesn’t it?

      • raysfan1 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM


      • Old Gator - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        raysfan – only if you don’t count that monumental salary dump disguised as a “trade” with the Feather Lice two orfseasons ago.

      • raysfan1 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        OG, I believe you are referring to the trade with the Jays in November 2012. I am referring to the Marlins sending Sanchez and Infante to the Tigers and Ramirez to the Dodgers in July 2012. None of the trades were what I’d call at all equitable.

    • realgone2 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      I think at this point MLB doesn’t want to admit that they let this, legit sleaze ball, get away with so much. So they just ignore him or barely acknowledge him.

  3. largebill - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    If you go to a spring training game in early March you can’t be too surprised to see minor leaguers playing, especially on the visiting team. In Arizona teams are more close together so it is less of an issue. However, even home teams are playing kids and replacing guys after a few innings and so on. You’re in Florida or Arizona were it is warmer than where the rest of us are so any complaints are falling on deaf ears.

  4. mudhead123 - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Too bad the braves have sucked since the 90s

    • Old Gator - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Gotta hand it to you sludgehead – as stupid as you already have been, that last pre-evolution-of-conscious-thought verbal scat pellet puts you in a whole new category of imbecilic. Even though practically everyone else but you seems to be aware of these stats, I’m going to repeat them despite the Brobdingnagian odds against your actually assimilating or even understanding them. Since 1991, the Braves have finished first in their division fifteen times, gone to the World Series six times, and won a world championship.

      No, they haven’t sucked. But you do.

  5. patpatriot7 - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Aren’t the Marlins a AAA team? Final score Red Sox 0, Marlins 0. That says it all!!

  6. mudhead123 - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Old gator hahaha..: how about saying “feesh” for the 100th time. It sooooooooo funny

    • natstowngreg - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Guessing you’re new here. 100th time? Try 1,000th time. Or, 10,000th time. He’s also called the Nats “Gnats” hundreds of times. Never gets old.

  7. mudhead123 - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Old Gator- the Braves benefited from playing in a bad division to help them win AFTER the 90s. I guess suck is a little strong. I should have said irrelevant like your feesh.

    • Old Gator - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Irrelevant only in a universe unmitigated by intelligence. As far as the relevance of the Feesh, it really takes some kind of genius to offer that assessment. And you really ought to check back through my comments over the past four years or so for a sense of how far under my skin you’ll get by dumping on them. As in, it’ll be as big a waste of time as you are in general.

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