Anthopolous Asks Around, Alex Absconds to Atlanta

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In a move that seems to indicate the Braves are ready, willing, and able to win RIGHT NOW, Atlanta has shipped shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes across the border to Canada. In exchange, Toronto sends back two prospects and power-hitting shortstop Alex Gonzalez, in the midst of a career year at age 32. Fella's got pop and a tidy glove, but not much in the on-base department. But I guess old Frank Wren wanted some more power in his lineup and more leather on the field.

With one of the deepest rotations in baseball, young Reyes was expendable to the Braves; he will provide a nice little experiment for Toronto GM Alex Anthopolous. But really, isn't it peculiar that Frank Bird would cut ties with a 4 WAR shortstop in his mid twenties to get an aged, whiff-prone guy who's been feasting on the homer-happy mantra of the free-swinging Blue Jays?

UPDATE: Mark Bradley of the AJC just penned perhaps the worst introduction paragraph in sportswriting history. I just vomited everywhere.

It wasn't just that Yunel Escobar was slow to learn English. He was slower to learn how to be a professional. How many times do you have to be told to hustle -- the concept of which should be the same in every language -- before it's clear you just don't care to do it?

Just file that under 'H' for "Hustle, lack of in brown people".


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FRANK BIRD!

This was a surprise, as the beat writers suggested the other day that Escobar was not on the 'block'

He's a good defender, good OBP guy but the power seemed to have disappeared this year. He's also prone to a bonehead play in the field or on the basepaths about once a month.

I like the move a lot, the Braves have a lot of high OBP guys but not a lot of pop, Gonzalez will provide that.

WREN BIRD CAME TO ME LIKE A STRAIGHT SHOOTER LIKE ALWAYS AND ASKED WHAT I THOUGHT OF MOVING YUNEY AND I DAMN NEAR BACKHANDED HIM BECAUSE I WAS HOTTER THAN SATANS HOUSECAT

BUT THEN I WATCHED FILM OF THE CANADIAN AND I THOUGHT HOO WEE THAT BOY HITS LIKE HIS FEET ARE ON FIRE AND HIS ASS IS CATCHIN

SO I GAVE HIM THE GREEN LIGHT BECAUSE IT LIKE MY UNCLE ALWAYS SAYS IF THE GOOD LORDS WILLING THEN THE CREEK DONT RISE

As the resident Braves expert, I like the trade a lot too. Last year at this time, the Braves traded Francoeur. This year, Escobar. They must be listening.

It wasn't just that Mark Bradley was slow to learn tact. He was slower to learn how to be a sportswriter. How many times do you have to be told to avoid ethnic stereotypes -- the concept of which should be the same in every language -- before it's clear you just don't care to do it?

A tired, bullshit cliche AND ethnic stereotyping? We got ourselves a 2 for 1 deal there!

Sucks for Yunel, now he has to learn French and English.

Calling out someone who you perceive to be using an ethnic stereotype only continues to perpetuate that stereotype. That stereotype will always be there if it gets brought up every time a Hispanic player doesn’t hustle. I wasn’t even aware that the stereotype existed until Rob came out with his anti-stereotype blog post.

I guess the question, for Matt and Artie - our resident Brave experts, if you will - is, was Yunel really a lazy POS?

I wasn’t even aware that the stereotype existed until Rob came out with his anti-stereotype blog post.

Ignorance is bliss. I wasn't even aware that Hitler was gassing all those Jews until I read it in a textbook. How dare that textbook perpetuate such horror!

A small minority of people thinking latino baseball players don't hustle is hardly in the same boat as Hitler killing all of those people.

So you agree: a small minority of people think Latino baseball players don't hustle. Glad I INFORMED you of that idea.

How does that help me? How does that help the problem? It only plants a seed in peoples minds.

Yes and hopefully it plants a seed in the minds of folks who can think progressively enough to not fall into that same racist mindset. Obviously you are not one of those people.

@Phony,
He was good for a boneheaded play in the field or on the basepaths a couple times a month.

He lollipopped a throw to first last week that almost got Glaus's wrist broken.

"I know you are a progressive thinker and would never think this way anyway but some people think that latino's are lazy. You should not think like they do"

Why even bring it up? All you are doing is race baiting at that point. No better than Al Sharpton or Rush Limbaugh.

I'm not the one who led off a column about a guy getting traded by saying he was "slow to learn English". If that's not race baiting then my name's not Edith Head.

I know you have to write about something in this space, but acknowledging these knuckleheads only encourages them to write more of this crap. If you don't let it bother you, it won't bother you.

I think one stereotype we can agree on is that all smallish white ball players are scrappy and/or gritty. Can't we all get along?

We're just going to have to disagree on that point. But at least we can both agree that ethnic stereotypes are bad. And that Matt T is the real resident Braves expert.

@Rob
Agreed. Since we have to make fun of someone let’s just stick to regional stereotyps like:
Southerns like country music and sleeping with their sister
or
Upper midwestern males are ruggedly good looking and great at pleasing women

Greeks smell like rotten feta while Italians have genitals the size of two Pepsi cans stacked end on end.

Rob, is correct on the Italian genitals stereotype (we also smell like capicola when we sweat). And no I will not send pictures proving this is true. Sorry fellas.

"Traveling comes naturally to guard number three, as he's a licensed airplane pilot. Welcome, please, Enormous Genitals!

"

EVERYONE NEEDS TO COOL OUT ITS THE BIG STAR BREAK WHICH MEANS ITS TIME TO MAX AND RELAX AND LAY OUT LIKE A LAZY BIRD THESE THREE DAYS ARE NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AND THERES NO ROOM FOR THIS KIND OF ETHNIC MESS

YALL PARDON ME I HAVE A SILVERADO FULL OF GRINGOS THAT NEED TO BE DEPOSITED ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER GRANDE

Yea, I know Matt T's role, I just tried to steal it. Maybe I can be Vice Resident.
I am glad the Braves traded Escobar. It's because I am a racist.

"Upper midwestern males are ruggedly good looking and great at pleasing women"

Yeah, I do what I can. It's a curse, and a burden, but one I'm more than willing to live with.

"Upper midwestern males are ruggedly good looking and great at pleasing women"

Yeah, I do what I can. It's a curse, and a burden, but one I'm more than willing to live with.

And what effect has living with Guy Clark had?

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