East Notes: Braves, Rays

Some links pertaining to a few Eastern division teams for your Sunday reading:

  • MLB has suspended Braves' pitching coach Roger McDowell for two weeks without pay and fined him following his controversial interactions with a fan on April 23, tweets David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  • The Rays' 10 picks in the first 60 of this year's draft are the most since Montreal had 11 of 84 in 1990, writes Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Tampa is currently in the midst of a massive scouting effort to prepare for their unprecedented amount of draft picks. Hopefully their picks turn out better than the Expos' — Rondell White was the most notable player of the bunch.
  • In a separate article, Topkin examines the slow starts of several former Rays including Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Rafael Soriano, and Joaquin Benoit


25 Responses to East Notes: Braves, Rays Leave a Reply

  1. Martin M. 4 years ago

    what did Roger McDowell do?

  2. phoenix2042 4 years ago

    The best part of that Topkin article is the interview with Casey Kotchman:

    Got a (half-)minute? Casey Kotchman

    Must-see TV show? I don’t have one.

    Singer or band you’d want to be on stage with? I don’t have one of them, either.

    Last movie you saw? Can’t remember.

    Ideal vacation spot? I’m thinking Bora Bora.

    Dream date? I don’t even know.

    Real Mr. Personality here!

    • The best part for me was that Tompkins actually thought someone would care what tv shows Casey Kotchman likes. I don’t even care what good players do in their free time, much less Kotchman.

    • Ian_Smell 4 years ago

      I guess you could say Kotchman is a real Bora Bora. #rimshotneeded

  3. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    Wow, McDowell must be a riot once he has a few drinks in him if he’s that angry regularly. Intelligent fellow.

    • He’s obviously not that angry regularly, as he’s been in the game what…….30-35 years without incident?

      • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

        Well, I should have made it clearer, I meant not under the influence of anything.

        I also find it hard to believe that his sudden idiotic outburst was the first time he’s displayed this kind of behaviour, maybe just the first time he was caught. The homophobic slurs were bad enough, but to threaten someone in front of their child? Classy.

        Once is one time too many regardless.

        • First time he was caught? It’s possible I guess, but fans LOVE to whine man. If it was a regular thing, it would’ve more than likely been on record long before this particular incident. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt in that regard.

          I have no idea of the context either, he could’ve been saying all this with a smile for all I know. However, the comment about the kids……..I just can’t see him saying that, and if he did…..I can’t see him saying that in a serious tone.

          In any case, I’m glad it happened. Seeing Gloria Allred stroke a bat for over a minute was the highlight of my week.

          • Note to self:

            It’s okay to be a bigot as long as I do it with a smile.

          • So ummm…..having trouble reading, are you?

          • Nope.

            “I have no idea of the context either, he could’ve been saying all this with a smile for all I know.”

            This implies that had he made those comments with a smile, it would be different than without one.

          • My point was that I have no idea of the context. So yes, you’re having trouble reading. Here, I’ll quote you…..

            “Note to self:

            It’s okay to be a bigot as long as I do it with a smile.”

            Now, show me where I implied that being a bigot is good as long as you smile. Go on….

            If you want to go on about bigotry, there’s a nice sarcastic post near the bottom for you to misinterpret.

            You’ll get em next time, right champ?

          • “I have no idea of the context either, he could’ve been saying all this with a smile for all I know. However, the comment about the kids……..I just can’t see him saying that, and if he did…..I can’t see him saying that in a serious tone.”

            Twice you allow for the possibility that he said what he did without a serious tone (both the homosexual slur and the comment to the family). Since you took the time to suggest an alternative to what people assume, you are implying that if the situation happened as you suggest then it would somehow make the situation different than had he made his comments in a serious tone. Since the common interpretation to his actions is that they were unacceptable, suggesting a change of tone would indicate you believe there is an outcome that would make what he said acceptable.

            If you didn’t mean to imply that and agree that whether or not he said what he did in a joking tone makes no difference, then your post was entirely meaningless.

          • So my entire post was meaningless because you focused on the middle paragraph and couldn’t understand what I said? By that logic, yes……my entire post was meaningless to you.

            Yes, there is definitely a possibility that he said all of this in a non-serious tone. There’s a chance he screamed it as loud as he could’ve. There’s a chance he’s lynched homosexuals. There’s a chance he’s a homosexual. You focused on that one thing and tried to give a clever response, in which I called you out on. So I can only assume you know the exact context of it all?

            “Since the common interpretation to his actions is that they were unacceptable, suggesting a change of tone would indicate you believe there is an outcome that would make what he said acceptable.”

            So you’re basically telling me that I don’t believe everything I read? If so, you’re entirely correct. Is it likely he meant for these comments to be completely insults? Absolutely.

  4. bonestock94 4 years ago

    The MLB can call it a two week suspension, I’ll call it a surprise vacation awarded for comedic brilliance.

    • And I call you a troll.

      • bonestock94 4 years ago

        I’m not sure how to go on with my life now that JohnS from the internet has voiced his displeasure with my comment.

  5. most of the ex-rays are doing terribly. again, savvy moves by rays management and tons of draft picks received to keep building.

    i wish the rays could have kept balfour though. we needed a solid set up guy. it seems like we are one guy short in the pen. hopefully howell coming back will help a lot

    so far, were not missing the guys we lost though

  6. Yeah, it reads .000, .000, .000

  7. Guest 4 years ago

    Last Week: .111 OPS
    Last 2 Weeks: .259 OPS
    Last 4 Weeks: .407 OPS
    Season: .464 OPS

  8. At least he’s not Brad Hawpe…..Man, what happened to him?

  9. Join the Cubs…start to suck.

    It’s been the way of life for more than a century now.

  10. The humidor happened…then no more Coors happened.

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