AJP my MVP (Game Thread)

we seek the adept
but history suggests we then sign the inept
so whose fault is that?
it has to be the fellas hanging out the welcome mat.

A miserable season calls for different criteria in the choice of MVP, surely. Throw out the personal stats, they were mostly awful anyway and no major improvement in any one of them would have had the slightest effect, changed a thing.

Ironically, having said that, my man HIT! Away and above. But that’s not why i want to pick him as the only Brave worthy of the honor this bad year. He did change a thing, he had a very positive effect on the team’s progress through a difficult season. Do you remember the very mixed reaction he got when his signing was announced? In some cases ‘ mixed’ would be an understatement… ‘washed up’, ‘clubhouse cancer wherever he’s been’ are the two that stick in my mind. Plus his peripatetic wanderings – a foot in every camp?

Anyone want to change their mind?

He has been precisely the opposite. He’s been Jonny Gomes over 160 games. I don’t read the Atlanta press but i heard nothing this season that was negative about him in the clubhouse. I saw much with my own eyes that indicated the opposite, you can tell if you look closely over a long enough period. Body language, enthusiasm for another’s hit, all the little things.

And no, he can’t catch. So what. After catching 1900-some games and hitting over .280 neither could you. What he did accomplish behind the plate he should be given a medal for – putting up with the indifference of a spoilt brat, the reason he was signed in the first place, as back up.

Some back up. I don’t know the ratio of his starts to Betty’s but it was likely the opposite of what it was planned to be. Bethancourt proved a huge disappointment, twice, but what was worse was his attitude which, apart from anything else, was disrespectful to AJ who was schooling him, apparently with infinite patience – on camera at least.. Painful to watch.

So, please. vote for my man. As an inducement i close with something you didn’t know, clubhouse morale at its finest.

AJ Pierzynski
famously dated Monica Lewinsky
her dress once so blue
now hanging in the clubhouse for all to view.

12 thoughts on “AJP my MVP (Game Thread)”

  1. @csg from the last thread: I hope Roger McDowell is not on the hot seat. As discussed multiple times in years past, he has been an incredible pitching coach for the Braves (remember when it came out was it last year that there had only been one instance in three months where he went to the mound in the middle of an inning and the pitcher did NOT record an out on the next batter?) I truly hope he does not become a victim of this rebuild.

  2. Well, you’ve taken a position and argued the heck out of it, I’ll give you that. Not having watched, I can’t say. But as long as Andrelton is the best in the game at one of the game’s most important things to be good at, he’ll be the team MVP to me.

  3. #1 – agree completely on Roger. I say fire Fredi and give TP the interim job for 2016.

    Question, why didn’t We activate Winkler on Sept 1? I like adding him now but that would’ve bought another 11 days of the 90 requirement. DL timing issue?

  4. I’ve never gotten the sense that Bethancourt is lazy, or is not trying, I just have the sense that he’s just not *good*.

  5. Bethancourt with a passed ball on a pitch that was a strike. Who were the scouts that raved and raved about his glove?

  6. This game went from “this is going to be a respectable loss” to “blown out again” pretty quickly. Sigh.

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