109 thoughts on “Gerald Perry vs. Robert Fick”

  1. I don’t care how bad Perry was (really bad) as a Brave, Fick was just a guy you wanted to punch in the nuts.

  2. I remember a year when Gerald Perry and Dion James seemed to be the least bad hitters on the team. No wonder they lost so many games.

  3. Either of those guys is better than every semi-regular outfielder the Braves used this year not named McLouth or Diaz.

  4. these are very poor candidates for worst brave. neither was that bad. gerald perry was serviceable and was actually one of the better players in a time when the braves were extremely bad. i’m sure there are more to choose from….

    robert fick was a dick, but he wasnt a bad player.

  5. I wonder if Steve Phillips gets fired if the chick he was messing around with was …. you know, um … not ugly.

  6. perry and fick were both truly horrible players but perry,who as a 1stbaseman, made Kotchman look like Mark mcGuire, gets my vote because he was around a lot longer and did a lot more damage.

  7. Now that Steve Phillips has been fired, next in line on the “Needing His Useless Ass Fired” list is surely Rogers Redding.

    Vandy gets hosed.

    MSU gets hosed in slow motion.

    This bunch is borderline criminal.

  8. Re: Fick
    Aside from that A-Rod-like baserunning play vs the Cubs, why, again, was Fick so unliked?

    Re: Perry
    Never liked Ozzie Virgil or Ken Oberkfell or Andres Thomas or (fill in almost any pitcher’s name), but in our collection of bad players from the mid to late ’80s, Gerald Perry was actually a guy I kinda liked.

    When your team is certifiably hopeless and you actually watch 100+ games per year—did that make me hopeless?—after cheering for Dale Murphy (who was easy to root for), you looked for little things you admire & Gerald Perry kinda filled that gap for me.

    I always liked how Perry would pull off some daring things on the basepaths. He was kinda like Yunel, except that Perry’s stunts actually worked most of the time.

    Just things like tagging up from third on a foul out to a 1B who had no arm, going first to third on a LF who didn’t charge the ball, stealing third in a tight game when you’re not sure we’ll ever get another hit.

    I mean, that’s how bad we were. On an emotional level, it felt like Perry wasn’t going gently with the losses.

    Back at my college newspaper, I wrote a column about the Braves & Gerald Perry—a real try-to-find-a-silver-lining kinda thing—and I started the column with a quote from an old indie rock band called the Minutemen: “Burned out wreck on the side of the beach… symbol for my life.”

    I knew that Gerald Perry wasn’t really a winning ballplayer, but (after Dale Murphy) that’s what my fandom had been reduced to. Thank God that 1991 wasn’t too far off.

  9. I didnt like Fick after the forearm he threw into a 1B while running down the line. Bobby apparently didnt either because I dont remember him playing after that

  10. Fick’s Wiki page says he was actually a child actor.

    You might’ve found Fick’s looks objectionable, but he was certainly no Otis Nixon, who kinda favored a gargoyle.

  11. Atlanta 6, Chicago 4
    Fick got into the game to pinch-hit in the seventh and tried a really dirty trick to try to get on base. Fick bunted to the pitcher Kyle Farnsworth, who dove for the ball and made a great play to throw Fick out. Fick, however, stuck his hand up and slapped Karros’ arm in a truly Hrbekian attempt to steal a baserunner. The umpires didn’t fall for it. Karros’ arm appeared to be hurt, but he stayed in the game and hit another homer.

    Fick was spectacularly terrible in those playoffs, helping lose two games with errors.

  12. In England, fick is sort of a low-speech perjorative for stupid…”that boy’s a bit fick, if you catch my meaning.”

  13. Fick’s about the only guy that made me ashamed to be a Braves fan. I’ll be voting for him thru many rounds.

  14. didnt Otis Nixon try suing the Braves for continuing to replay his catch after he was no longer affiliated with the braves? I heard that somewhere before

  15. I wouldn’t think that to be true. Sounds a bit absurd…like suing McDonalds because their coffee is too hot.

  16. @19 – my eyes! my eyes!

    Yeah, I watched the Tennessee-Bama game too. Put me down for Bama 4, LSU 2 on Nov 7.

  17. Put me down for advocating the pursuit of Mike Cameron during the upcoming free agent frenzy. For several reasons.

    1. I don’t think the Braves are in any financial position to sign a big name free agent outfielder such as Jason Bay or Matt Holliday. This could change if Atlanta somehow manages to unload Derek Lowe but it’s highly unlikely.

    2. I’m a big proponent of trading for the Rangers Nelson Cruz. But again, there are rumors flying that Cruz should be the bait to acquire a veteran pitcher, lefty set up man and another right handed bat of which the Rangers are seeking. So, the rumor mill will have to first turn into reality. Until then it’s all just speculation.

    3. Mike Cameron is a veteran right handed bat who plays great defense (three gold gloves) and is more than capable of playing all three outfield spots. He would be an upgrade over Garret Anderson for sure and allow for some flexibility to move Nate McLouth to right field or vice versa with Cameron.

    4. Some negatives concerning Cameron. He strikes out too much (156 K’s) and wasn’t worth the 10 million he made in Milwaukee this year, and hit just .250 but slammed 24 HR’s with 70 RBI. His OPS was .795 with 60 extra base hits.

    In my opinion Cameron would help overall but only if he is willing to take a substantial pay cut in the ballpark of 3-5 million, and only if it’s a one year contract. Cameron’s presence would give the Braves three quality veteran outfielders including McLouth and Diaz as I don’t think Ryan Church is gonna be retained. Ditto for Anderson.

  18. Coach, put me down as the guy who wants to stay far far away from Cruz. Everyone please pay attention to his splits away from Texas, also note, he’s going from arguably the best hitting coach to one that I’d like to see get replaced

  19. The Braves need a real power hitter. If they’re not going to get that, they might as well just go with the group they have. It’s not like you’re going to find a substantially better player on the FA market (unless it’s a Holliday or Bay or another real power hitter) and you’re just peeing on money if you acquire someone who doesn’t give you anything the players you’ve already got do.

  20. I agree PW. I would up grade ACHE, but I wouldn’t over pay for anything unless it is a big time bat.

  21. Actually Cameron is a year younger than Garret Anderson. But here is the way I look at it.

    Less is more. If Nelson Cruz and Mike Cameron are added in addition to a full season from both LaRoche and McLouth, on average that’s roughly another 90 HR’s. And that’s a conservative estimate.

    I can see the Braves combining to hit 200 HR’s as a team in addition to the outstanding pitching,and that is least a 90 win season in 2010.

    By the way, they cranked 222 HR’s back in 2005 which was the last time they saw the playoffs.

    Simply put: Pitching + Defense + longball = playoffs.

  22. Yes it is Mac.

    I’m like a broken record. It’s pitching, defense, pitching, defense, pitching, defense,pitching, defense. Throw the ball, catch the ball. Both Cruz and Cameron are excellent defenders. That is an improvement.

  23. 32, finding a right handed power hitting corner outfielder isn’t difficult at all.

    Does Mitch Jones, Randy Ruiz or Shelley Duncan tickle your funny bone? Of course they would all strike out 200 times in a full season while cranking 25-30 HR’s/ 70-80 RBI with a .220/.240 BA

    I’ll add Dan Uggla to the list, he could play LF better than Garret Anderson, maybe or at least no worse than ACHE?

  24. Cameron isn’t what he used to be with the glove. Some team will over pay for him and I hope it isn’t us.

    I wonder what it would take to get Paul Konerko

  25. 40,
    I’m a Randy Ruiz fan, personally. Shelley Duncan sucks, though.

    Anyway, the point is, if the Braves aren’t going to be able to acquire a real power-hitter, might as well just go with Diaz/McLouth/Church and wait on Schafer and Heyward to catch up, because it’s not going to be much of an upgrade and you’ll wind up spending $7 million for 0.3 marginal wins. That’s bad baseball economics.

  26. Paul Konerko is due $12 million for the next two seasons and is a free agent after that. I would pay $12 million for 25-30 home runs in the middle of our order. It would give us a right handed bat on top of that.

    I am not sure what it would cost us to get him. May barber seems to think KK, Schaffer, and a stud pitcher (maybe if Minor plays well in the AFL)

    Just a thought.

  27. 41,
    He’s a perfect fit, really, but he has a full NTC and the Chi-Sox need to add bats, not subtract them. They’re pretty set on contending in 2010, too.

    No, he’s only under control for 1 more year, 2010 (at $12 million).

    Also, you can’t trade drafted players until they’ve been under your control for a full year.

  28. Ah, I read where his NTC was limited. You are right, they are looking to add bats. We would have to get a third team in on the deal.

    I just don’t think we are going to resign LaRoche.

  29. I just don’t think we are going to resign LaRoche.

    It would be a mistake to not resign LaRoche simply because he wants a third year. Freddie Freeman is not Jason Heyward. Freeman is struggling in the Arizona Fall League on top of having a really rough adjustment to AA last year. It would be foolish to not fill 1B with a league average option just because you hope Freeman will put it together by 2012. If he does there are plenty of ways to move an inexpensive Adam LaRoche midseason that year.

    On the other hand, it would be foolish to overpay LaRoche based on his sick second half in Atlanta. He’s always a second half player, but he only projects to be a league average offensive 1B – 271/.348/.485 per Bill James.

    For the record, Jason Heyward projects to out hit LaRoche as a 20 year old. James’ numbers (h/t to PJ at CAC) suggest that if Heyward were the starting RF next year he’d hit identically to Yunel Escobar.

  30. @46,

    Completely agreed. One of the reasons we supposedly picked up Mark Kotsay was so that our CF wouldn’t block Schafer the next year. No prospect is a sure thing.

  31. What Sam said about LaRoche (and Freeman).

    We’re crazy if we don’t resign Adam.

    Heyward we can probably count on. Freeman is more of a hope than a strategy.

  32. Great to finally see Fick in one of these matchups. It is easy to vote for Fick, but, that said, Gerald Perry remains for me one of the bigger disappointments to come up from the farm…..

  33. Claudell is the biggest disappointment to ever wear a Braves uniform.

    Forget who, but someone in the Braves hierarchy put it this way:

    “He’ll break your heart every time.”

  34. Ya know what, if Mike Slive wants to side with his corrupt and/or addle-brained officials, he can go down with that ship as far as I’m concerned.

    Talk about landing in a plum position. The wave of treasure that was headed the SEC’s way couldn’t be stopped by even this idiot.

    I, the Madame DeFarge of BravesJournal, am knitting, knitting …

  35. At least you’ll have your season, hank. The conference’s lack of integrity is to the Cats’ benefit on the hardwood.

  36. The only reasons I can think of for not signing Adam LaRoche:

    1. Somebody else offers more than 3/$27.
    2. A better option presents itself in trade (Adrian Gonzalez, Derek Lee)

  37. hankonly at 51,

    Where else (sports related) except at Braves Journal would I see a reference to Madame DaFarge (and also expect most people to know who the hell she is).

    PW at 44 and Smitty at 43,

    Disgagree strongly on Konerko. His last year and 3 year averages show he is a 740 OPS player away from U. S. Cellular. Four years is enough to convince me. The $12 million would be better spent on lots of people than that (8 ought to get you a year of Nick Johnson unless somebody offers him 12 for 2, without having to trade talent too).

    In looking at the “right handed bats” I also noticed that Holliday has a reverse split. He is about 100 OPS points better against righties than lefties (also last year and 3 year average). The total at bats against lefthanders should be statistically significant (or, at least it is to me).

  38. Heyward is done in AFL according to Bowman (on twitter, can’t get the link to his blog to work)… something with that Hammy.

  39. I admit, I had to look up Madame Defarge. Granted, I’ve never read Tale of Two Cities all the way through, we only had to read a little bit in one of my English classes in high school. Oh, and I’m at Georgia Tech, a place where they don’t give a rat’s ass about literature, so yea.

  40. Chipper was somewhere around Citi Field on the edge of the playoffs when the HGH began to take hold?

  41. I read the little yellow book version of A Tale of Two Cities. Yeah me and Cliff were good friends back in high school. I too had to look up Madame DeFarge. But I get a break cuz high school was over 4 decades ago for me.

    If I only had a nickle for every Dan Uggla reference by Coach.

    Personally I’d rather keep our pitching intact rather than trade a guy (yeah even Lowe) for some guy that looks good to us becuase he hit over 20 homers.

  42. Are Jason Heyward’s continuing leg injuries cause for concern?

    Dan Uggla would make for a pretty good DH but I really cringe to think of him in a Braves uniform.

    63, A Dickens reference in the blog? Anybody read Edgar Allen Poe’s ” The facts in the case of M. Valdemar” It’s one of his classic Gothic short horror stories and one of the creepiest tales I have ever read. I had nightmares as an adolescent after reading some of his literature.

    But Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was and still is my favorite classic writer. Sherlock Holmes fired the imagination of my youth as there was no internet or cable TV and plenty of time for some heavy reading along with Jules Verne, Louis L’Amoure, Stephen Crane and many more.

  43. @67
    “Dan Uggla would make for a pretty good DH but I really cringe to think of him in a Braves uniform.”

    you are a typing contradiction….

    you preach defense…then you say “uggla is the answer to the power, obviously not remembering youre “defense, pitching” rants, and now you contradict yourself again…

    when does it end? start making sense.

  44. To the male population of BravesJournal–I’ll be as vague as possible:

    I had a “situation” today in which the “goods” failed to become properly “equipped” for a certain action and now I’m worried for my “health.” Is this a normal occasional occurrence?

  45. sdp, they have doctors in this world to give you the advice that you need

    #72 – there is no chance it would ever work again

  46. @77
    How about I just keep my money? Isn’t this the either/or fallacy that I occasionally read about?

  47. Any Gator fan that turns on Tim Tebow is, in my opinion, no Gator fan.

    But I just read the article, and I don’t think he was turning on Tebow. I think he just really eloquently organized the frustrations Gator fans have with this team. Whether it’s Tebow’s poor throwing mechanics, the lack of wide receiver depth, Addazio’s lack of creativity, or the ineptitude of the offensive line, Gator fans have to be frustrated with what is going on with the offense. After the past couple weeks, there is no way we beat Alabama with the offense we’ve been putting together.

    That guy pretty much said what I’ve been thinking since the LSU game, and if those things aren’t fixed, we aren’t going to win a national championship. Freaking Alabama will…

  48. That blog was creepy. 7-0, #1 BCS, and the word “blame” is coming out? Why don’t you wait until they actually, you know, lose to Alabama, or anyone for that matter, first. That guy will be writing a post called “Gators are National Champions: Heads must roll!” at this rate.

  49. As strange as it sounds, I think this weekend may be the most important one of the year for Alabama. Since they have a bye week, they can either get their offensive timing and play calling under control or continue down the same path they’ve been on for the last 3 weeks,

  50. Wow. I came home and got the mission accomplished alone, but that class is going to be hellaciously awkward for the rest of the semester. I offered to help her with some material for an exam, we somehow ended up at her apartment, and then THAT (which was NOTHING!) happened. Save me God.

  51. sdp, if this was an attractive girl, and you’re a young guy (as it sounds), and you couldn’t rise to the challenge, I’d be worried, dude. Now, if it was an uggo, and your peep was on the frits, I get it. Buuttt… doesn’t sound like that.

  52. 70, I never said Dan Uggla was the answer to anything, don’t go putting words in my mouth. And the DH is in what LEAGUE????

    Figure it out already!!!!!!

  53. @81

    Let’s be honest here. I know ububba hates the word “resume” in regardless of college football, but Florida’s sucks right now. They beat LSU in Death Valley, which was big, but they’ve struggled against a mediocre Tennessee team at home, and down-right crappy Arkansas and MSU. Aside from Kentucky (which seems like forever ago now), they haven’t had a convincing win against an SEC team. If Florida had not won the national championship, they probably wouldn’t be #1 right now. And if they faced a good team with an offense (something Tennessee and LSU do not have), I’m not quite sure we’d be undefeated. I’ll stop short of saying we’re winning with smoke and mirrors, but I don’t know how we’re getting it done right now.

  54. Joe Boever vs. Manny Acosta. Also, game thread, Marlins at Braves
    Can you say Dan Uggla, crap!!! I wish he were a Brave.

    Mickey Mahler vs. Lance Cormier. Also, game thread: Braves at somebody
    As for adding some offense and a decent right handed power hitting bat, look no further than Dan Uggla. The Marlins will have to trade his butt because they cannot afford his current multimillion dollar contract. Uggla is up for arbitration again this off season and will get a raise on top of his 5.35 million.

    Uggla can’t catch the ball at 2B but no problem, I would stick him out in LF where his defense would be no worse than that of Garret Anderson, and Uggla’s offense would be a big improvement.

  55. thanks mac.

    pitching and defense….look no further than putting dan uggla in left field. freakin’ hilarious. coach, as i said, you say so much shit that you dont even know what you say. is that enough evidence?

    i know you’ll conveniently disappear for a while so you dont have to ‘fess up to your ridiculousness.

  56. Rob,
    The notion of “resume” is actually fine. But the fact that it helps determine who’s in a title game strikes me as goofy.

    This team isn’t as good as last year’s—that seems obvious—but just win the games & see where it gets you.

    Hopefully, we’ll drop some Halloween “hondenpoep” (a certain kind of Dutch litter) on that Yellow Brick Road.

  57. See this is what I get for actually speaking my mind. Childish second guessing. I feel sorry for idiot(I won’t mention his name) with no balls who loves to play devils advocate but isn’t man enough to come up with an original idea.

    Keep trying sonny (92) boy, you can’t keep up, my dick is longer than yours.

    By the way, this is the sort of trash he likes to post:


    more stupidity:


  58. rosterbation boy (Ryan C)thinks we should add Milton Bradley.

    Here’s my vote:

    He’s out of his freaking gourd. Can I get an aye or nay!

  59. OK, one more cheap shot at the kid and I’ll call it a night.

    I totally agree with Ryan C, we need this retard on our Braves team in 2010:

  60. is there a ban coming soon? i hope so.
    so, i post some quite insane ideas about how to get rid of lowe (which it will have to be insane to actually get someone to take on his salary) and now i’m the bad guy? yet, you cant stick to a single, solitary argument without fully contradicting your own points. i give up.

    btw, @100, i’m the one who gave you props for that…

    the tongues of some folks on bravesjournal have become quite loose lately.

  61. 100—Wait, your actual name is “Coach (Ever-changing Parenthetical Nonsense)”? That would help to explain some of the crazy.

  62. @84 – dude. Really. Spill your guts on Facebook already.

    Ryan C. arguing with Coach whatever his name is in the hopes of ‘winning’ an argument is the true definition of insanity.

  63. Coach- It’s some guy on a blog, whom you’ll probably never meet in your life. Do you honestly care that much about what he thinks of you? I really like some of your ideas, and you’re fun to have around, but stop talking stuff so personally. People disagree with you. Get over it, and stop trying to attack their way of thinking- isn’t the same thing that they’re doing to you, which is pissing you off?

  64. Hey Mac, Ryan wants his diaper changed.

    Are we having fun yet!!!!!!! Yes we are!

  65. Coach,

    Who is going to be our second baseman in 2014?

    I bet we don’t get Cruz or even go after him.

    DOB also said we were getting Jr and Furcal.

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