Quick Hits: Bruney, Chipper, Mo

Montero, Banuelos elected to Futures Game
Planning an ejection to fire up the team

Got a few tabs open that don’t really warrant a post of their own, so let’s stick them all here:

  • Marc Carig reports that Brian Bruney is using a portable hyperbaric chamber for his elbow. Apparently it’s worked for him in the past. They make portable versions of those things now?
  • PeteAbe says that Joba Chamberlain asked Chipper Jones for an autographed jersey. The Braves were really the first team with national exposure because of TBS, so there are tons and tons of people out there who grew up Braves fans.
  • Tyler Kepner has a slew of odds and ends from Atlanta. Although he didn’t reveal the exact amount, Brian Cashman did say that the team received more than the $20,000 waiver fee from the Indians for Jose Veras. Sounds like no one was interested in a player-for-player deal, so Cash took the best offer he could get.
  • T-Kep also notes that the Yanks paid just $1 when they acquired Chris Stewart from the White Sox before the season, and that Phil Hughes‘ birthday present to himself was a tattoo from Nick Swisher‘s tattoo guy.
  • Joel Sherman writes about the amazing Mariano Rivera and the pursuit of his 500th career save. Mo is sitting at 498 after last night. We all know that wins and saves are highly overrated and essentially meaningless stats, but the 500 save & 300 win plateaus are amazing accomplishments just because of the longevity they represent. This was probably worth a mention in Ben’s Mariano Rivera Appreciate Thread, but whatever.
  • In case you missed the late update to DotF last night, Casey Fossum used an out in his contract and elected to become a free agent. It hasn’t been confirmed, but it looks like Ivan Nova might get bumped up from Double-A Trenton to take his rotation spot.
  • Finally, for posterity’s sake, the Yanks DFA’d Angel Berroa yesterday when they activated Cody Ransom. While everyone and their mothers already knows this news, we neglected to mention it yesterday. Berroa will be fondly remembered for making outs in 21 of his 24 Yankee plate appearances and for somehow lasting nearly two months on the team.
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Montero, Banuelos elected to Futures Game
Planning an ejection to fire up the team
  • Anyone

    $1????? Damn that’s worse than being traded for a dozen bats!!!

  • ChrisS

    and for somehow lasting nearly two months on the team.

    Which is amazing. He was a MLer for two months just in case ARod clutched his hip and went down in pain in the middle of the game and Cano or Jeter were then injured in the same game.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      We’re just trying to cover all our bases.

      Literally.

  • Billy

    i wonder if joba asked chipper for the jersey before or after the game.

    • Anyone

      i think before

      • Billy

        kinda akward

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          I’m confused because the quote from Jones was about hitting the Braves pitcher with a line drive, so that had to be after. But yes, I thought Joba got it signed before. Weird.

          • Anyone

            The quote I think you’re referring to was what Chipper told him during the game.

            • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

              Ah. That explains it. Thanks.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Joba: Hey, thanks for the jersey, man, this is awesome. Can I give you anything in return?
      Chipper: Sure, how about instead of striking me out three times, you serve me up a couple of meatballs I can hit into singles?
      Joba: As long as you promise to only score on one of them.
      Chipper: Deal.

      … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

      • Billy

        ietc

  • Charlie

    when did jose veras get claimed off waivers? How did i miss this??

    • radnom

      He didn’t, he was traded for cash considerations.

      And yesterday.

  • Jake K.

    Nova moving up a level? Me likey.

    • Billy

      nova to the 8th!

  • Billy

    $20,000 is awfully low for a guy who throws 95. its hard to believe a better deal wasnt out there

    • Anyone

      not really. A team could have gotten him for free basically if he got claimed.

    • Charlie

      agreed, i don’t like veras at all, but it woulda been nicer to get something more out of that.

      • http://www.twitter.com/TheManchine Bruno

        Apparently, other GM’s have seen him pitch and knew better.

        • Bo

          He’ll fit in fine with Clevelands pen.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Heh.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            LOVED you on the Daily Show last night.

            • jsbrendog

              hahahaha

              he’s so ronery, so ronery

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      If you were Brian Cashman and the Royals waived Kyle Farnsworth today, how much would you be willing to give up to acquire his rights?

      I’d say about 20k.

      • Billy

        farnsworth has actually pitched well this year and he pitched well for us last year. still 20,000 sounds about right

    • radnom

      It was more than $20,000.

  • Ed

    Why hasn’t McAllister pitched lately?

    • pat

      Bunch of rainouts and the ESL all star game etc. etc. He’s not hurt or anything.

      • pat

        Touche, no all star game just yet, just lots o rain.

  • RAB poster

    Damn we lost Veras for a freaking song.

    Couldn’t they find somebody stupid enough to give more than $20,000?

    • radnom

      They did.

      The Indians.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    PeteAbe says that Joba Chamberlain asked Chipper Jones for an autographed jersey. The Braves were really the first team with national exposure because of TBS, so there are tons and tons of people out there who grew up Braves fans.

    Eh, sort of.

    TBS became the first “superstation” in 1976 broadcasting Braves games into all markets, but WGN was right behind them with nationwide Cubs broadcasts starting in the 1980’s.

    Growing up in Nebraska like Joba, I know there’s plenty of both Braves fans and Cubs fans for that exact reason. I’d guess that Joba picked Chipper because he was the man on one of the two teams he got frequent opportunity to see on a regular basis, but it’s probably more of a coin-toss between Chipper and Sammy Sosa than we’d like to think.

    • jsbrendog

      wgn is the reason i was such a huge bulls fan.

      wgn + michael jordan + getting to see all 82 games between tnt/tbs/wgn + winning a lot = lobing jordan and the bulls.

      • Bo

        Bulls fan? The reason is you’re a front runner. Nice Brady jersey too.

        • pat

          haha.

        • John

          It’s possible. I am a Yanks fan because I’m originally from NY. However, not watching basketball much until 2000, I am a huge Lakers fan as they came on TV a lot (and Kobe is my fav player as I tried to make my game exactly like his, even changing my shooting style a bit to match his). I’ve been a Colorado for 10 years now so my favorite team is the Nuggets. I like the Broncos and the Rox are my 2nd favorite team.

        • jsbrendog

          bo = read fail just like bo = everything else fail

          was.

          i could give a shit about “nba” once jordan left. It was mroe jordan than anything else. and i love to watch football but i dont have a team. but I do have a healthy hatred of all things patriots/bellichek/brady.

          so, youre attempt at insults, as usual and par for your depressing sad little existence, fail.

    • RAB poster

      Question then: Why Yankees?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        My family’s from NYC. My parents grew up 15 blocks from the stadium.

        Nebraska sucks.

        • RAB poster

          Okay then.

    • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      “… but it’s probably more of a coin-toss between Chipper and Sammy Sosa than we’d like to think.”

      I disagree because I think that the portion of the country without an MLB team to call its own that would identify with a team from Atlanta was much larger than the portion of the country without an MLB team to call its own that would identify with a team from Chicago (red states, I’m looking squarely at you). People in places like Tennessee and Alabama and Mississippi, I think, were much more likely to root for a team from Georgia than a team from Chicago.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Nope.

        You’ll have to take my word on this one. Growing up in Nebraska, the fanbase breakdown was roughly:
        50% Cubs
        20% Royals
        15% Cardinals
        10% Braves
        5% other (the majority of that probably being Rockies fans)

        Of course, in terms of overall sports, the fanbase breakdown was:
        1% MLB
        1% NBA
        1% NFL
        2% NASCAR
        167% Husker Football

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Heh… Well, I didn’t grow up in Nebraska, so you’d know better than me.

          I would think there’s probably been a bit of a shift in the last 15 years or so, though, as a pretty large swath of the country (Mountain West) that didn’t have a somewhat local (or regional, even) team got one in the Rockies, while that entire Southeast region is still team-less. Then again, people are less television-reliant than they used to be and the Braves aren’t on TBS all the time anymore, anyway, so I guess that whole era is passing in a sense.

          Since this started with Joba’s Braves/Chipper fandom, I’d note that amongst young MLBers, I bet there are more who grew up Braves fans than Cubs fans, because a higher percentage of them come from the Southeast than from the lower Midwest and Mountain West regions where the Cubs may have had a following, and they grew up during the Braves-on-TBS era.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Yup.

            I’ll agree that there’s probably more total MLB fans who live in cities where there isn’t a “home” team that are Braves fans.

            Just not the Midwest. That’s Cubs country.

            • V

              d00d, I’m from suburban Kansas City (grew up a Cardinals fan). You still out there?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Hells no.

                I broke out of Shawshank, baby, I’m free!!!

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Well, I didn’t grow up in Nebraska, so you’d know better than me.

            The Mean Streets, baby.

        • JP

          Midwest ain’t the same as the south. Mondesi is correct that the south – where I spent a good deal of my adult life – and especially the southeast, are far more receptive to rooting for an Atlanta team than one from Chicago. Nebraska is in a different continent from Mississippi. The challenge in the southeast is diverting the attention away from high school football players as college prospects long enough for them to watch an inning or two of baseball.

          Having a star player named “Chipper” has helped, too, I’m sure.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            All true.

            • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Commenter harmony.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
                • JP

                  The problem with you tsjc is that your commentary is skewed nearly 100% to all things rational.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  The problem with you tsjc is that your commentary is skewed nearly 100% to all things rational.

                  And the problem with Selita Ebanks is that her breasts are so exquisite and her skin so supple.

                  We’re all cursed in one way or another.

    • Ed

      Don’t forget though that TBS is in a lot more homes than WGN. TBS is carried pretty much universally by cable networks, but WGN isn’t.

      • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Right, another good point… I meant to ask how far WGN’s reach actually was/is. We didn’t have it in the Northeast when I was a kid, but the whole country had TBS and the Braves every night.

        • jsbrendog

          i grew up in ny right outside of danbury ct and i had wgn from the time i got cable til around the time probably around ohhhh digital cable and super specialized cable companies came in when they took wgn off. i want to say until prob like late 90s? no…cause i watched the 72-10 bulls on wgn..id say 2000-2002 is when they took wgn off the basic cable package and you had to pay for it then

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Must be a cable-provider thing, then, because I grew up mostly in CT and never had WGN or knew anyone who did.

          • Rick in Boston

            Really? I grew up in that same exact area (Wilton to be exact) and we only had TBS. I don’t think I even knew WGN existed until I visited family in Minnesota.

            • jsbrendog

              basic cable package in brewster ny

              gotta be a provider cause this was before 1 or 2 came in and monopolized everything and dial up was cool only if you had higher than 28000 speed or whatever haha and it took 10 min to view one pic

              • Charlie2

                I live in New Cannan. You were a frontrunner because the Knicks were available to you

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Word, I never had (and still don’t have) WGN in Greenwich. Just TBS.

        • Ed

          I don’t think WGN is carried much on the east coast. From some quick Googling, it looks like they only got into California about 5 years ago. Seems like they’re big in the middle of the country though.

    • CountryClub

      I grew up in CT, went to college in LI and now live in PA and I’ve never had WGN. So it must not have been truly National. Had TBS though and I hated the Braves because they were called America’s team. They were called that even when they were awful. I always found that funny.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        It looks like WGN was everywhere EXCEPT the northeast. Interesting.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WGN_America

        • jsbrendog

          yeah but then how did i have it? wikipedia can be mighty flawed at times

          • Charlie2

            Well you were on a small area network provider, so maybe that helps…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    This was probably worth a mention in Ben’s Mariano Rivera Appreciate Thread, but whatever.

    Mike >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Ben

    • Steve O.

      IETC

    • Jamal G.

      I’m ready for a Cage Match, Mankind/Dude Love/Mick Foley style.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I have no idea what any of that means.

        • E-ROC

          WWE.

      • jsbrendog

        dude, so in. but only if one of them choke slams the other through the roof of the cage down onto a pile of thumb tacks. and then later off the roof of the cage through the announce table while everyone seriously thinks he is dead like owen hart….

        sign me up…to watch

        • Jamal G.

          Wait, Owen Hart isn’t dead?

          • jsbrendog

            no when undertaker threw mankind off the top of the cage and he went through the announce table it was silence..everyone thought mankind was dead. like owen hart. sorry, i guess i made ti a bit confusing. and insensitive.. but owen hart is most certainly deceased

            • Jamal G.

              Gotcha. I thought for a second that people had Tupac syndrome when talking about Owen Hart, or something.

  • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris A

    I really don’t understand how Bruney uses a portable hyperbaric chamber for his elbow. I’m not a doctor or anything, so all I really know about hyperbolic chambers is that they deliver oxygen at higher pressure than normal, and that the patient usually sits/lays in a large tube thing. If anyone knows more about portable hyperbaric chambers I’d depreciate if you explained them to me.

    • RAB poster

      I am totally lost dude. I imagined a little capsule thing that he strapped around his elbow that pumped oxygen.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Therapeutic principles

      Several therapeutic principles are made use of in HBOT:
      – The increased overall pressure is of therapeutic value when HBOT is used in the treatment of decompression sickness and air embolism .
      – For many other conditions, the therapeutic principle of HBOT lies in a drastically increased partial pressure of oxygen in the tissues of the body. The oxygen partial pressures achievable under HBOT are much higher than those under breathing pure oxygen at normobaric conditions (i.e. at normal atmospheric pressure).
      – A related effect is the increased oxygen transport capacity of the blood. Under atmospheric pressure, oxygen transport is limited by the oxygen binding capacity of hemoglobin in red blood cells and very little oxygen is transported by blood plasma. Because the hemoglobin of the red blood cells is almost saturated with oxygen under atmospheric pressure, this route of transport cannot be exploited any further. Oxygen transport by plasma, however is significantly increased under HBOT.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbaric

      • Anonymous

        But will it enlarge my penis?

        • JP

          Increased pressure: it will shrink your penis.

    • JP

      The principle is to speed natural recovery by increasing oxygen delivery to tissues.

      Studies designed to test if hyperbaric therapy speeds recovery from athletic injuries have had mixed results, and many were not well-designed studies.

      Opinions on the benefits of hyperbaric therapy range from people who think it’s as legit as traditional physical therapy to people who put it just a rung or two above outright quackery.

      So the answer is that nobody knows whether it does any good, but there’s no evidence that it hurts anyone. Athletes will “try anything” to get an edge, and given the evidence available thus far, hyperbaric therapy falls into the ‘try anything’ bin for now.

    • jsbrendog

      he should just have jorge pee on his elbow.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I’m shocked it was you and not JP that suggested this.

        • JP

          jsb was “aiming” at me though, no doubt. Just fits his skewed pattern around here.

          /just to show I can make a clever funny

  • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris A

    I’m sorry the last sentence is supposed to be I’d “appreciate” if. I have some stupid plugin that randomly changes words.

    • John

      iPhone? Because that happens to me all the time on the iPhone

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        For a good two weeks, every time I tried to say “Holla” it would end up writing “Hills”.

        -Yo, you comin through?
        -Yup. Hit me when you’re in.
        -Aaaight. Hills.
        -What the hell is “hills”?
        -Stupid iPhone.

        … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

        • jsbrendog

          how tommies convo really went:

          -yo, you ocmin through?
          -yup. hit me up when youre in.
          -aiight, im just watching some tv. hills.
          -im not coming anymore.
          -stupid iphone.

          …aaaaaaaaaaaaan, SCENE!

          • radnom

            Nicely done.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Silly jsb. You know I would have never misspelled “comin”.

            Now go back to rooting for your beloved Patriots, you frontrunning homo-pansy.

            /IronHorse’d

            • jsbrendog

              i just got \bo’d

      • radnom

        On my blackberry you just hit backspace after it autocorrects and it restores what you originally typed. I assume its the same way on iPhone but I’m not sure – I should know I’ve had an iPod touch for a while now but I rarely use it for anything besides music these days.

      • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris A

        Yes it was an iPhone. Damn Apple.

  • Yankee1010

    Anybody see what DeLeon did today? That kid is on fire.

    Today:
    1-1, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 BB.

    It’s only 3 games, but it’s quite the impressive start:
    6-9, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 2 K, 3 SB, 0 CS.

    Of course, he has only 1 RBI, so the MSM will soon be telling us how unclutch he is.

    • Chris V.

      Wow the GCL yanks had a lefty 2b today.

    • John

      I like it but way too early. Remember Eric Duncan started hot too.

      • Yankee1010

        I know it’s a really small sample, but it’s better than completely sucking out of the gate his first time in the US. He’ll have to show he can hit the breaking ball, but they weren’t intentional walks, so that’s a good sign.

        I also don’t know if Duncan has quite the raw power potential that DeLeon does.

        • John

          Yea, I was just saying SSS but like you said, it’s better than sucking. I am very excited with his performance so far.

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      And despite Montero’s small struggle to adjust to AA, he still has 7 walks and 5 strikeouts.

      • Yankee1010

        Montero is a hitting beast. That kid is just going to keep on raking.

  • UWS

    Why did no one mention this quote in Kepner’s piece?

    “Some people get cute and send 100 pennies,” Cashman said. “I don’t have time for cute.”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Cashman: “I DON’T GOT TIME FOR PAIN! THE ONLY PAIN I GOT TIME FOR IS THE PAIN I BE PUTTIN ON FOOLS WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS!”

  • jsbrendog

    fossum should get picked up by someone quick, wasn’t he doing very well in aaa?

    and weren’t the mets the ones who let him go? shit if im them i pick him right back up.

    • Ed

      The stats look good, but he was only going about 5 innings per start. He was throwing way too many pitches. I imagine he’d get hit hard in the majors.

  • Bob Stone

    I have a question about waiver fees. I thought the standard waiver fee was $50,000. If for some reason the player ended up back with his original waiving team, $25,000 was sent back to the claiming team. Do I just remember incorrectly or did the rules change? If the rules did change, when did it take place?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Those are the Rule 5 Draft rules ($25k if his old team wants him back), but I thought the waiver fee was $50,000 as well. Not sure when that changed.

      • Bob Stone

        Thanks Mike – I just never heard of a waiver fee of $20,000. It sounded strange. I did an internet search regarding waiver fees/rules but gave up after about half an hour. There are tons of articles about the rules but nothing that I could find in that time about the standard fees.

        BTW, I love your writing over at mlbtraderumors.com

  • teix is the man

    Anybody gotta good pic of hughes’ tatoo? I can’t find one.