Bobby Knight praises Bobby Cox

Bobby Knight isn’t going to get a chance to see Jason Heyward play against the Cardinals  this afternoon.  But the college basketball coaching legend did take advantage of the opportunity to express how much he respects Braves manager Bobby Cox. 

“I think he goes about things the way I would like to go about them,” Knight said before Thursday afternoon’s game at Roger Dean Stadium.  He’s tough.  He’s fair and I think he’s really smart. Are there any other superlatives you would like for me to use.” 

While catching up with his close friend Tony La Russa this morning, Knight into the Braves dugout wearing his Cardinals jacket to spend about 10 minutes with Cox.

Count Knight among those who aren’t sure that Cox will actually be able to walk away from the game at the end of this season.

“If his team is really good, this isn’t going to be his last season,” Knight said while simply offering an opinion. 

Check braves.com and MLB.com later to get more of Knight’s thoughts about the Braves manager.

Cox said that he is simply giving Heyward a chance to rest today.  I’m thinking he just didn’t want to upstage Albert Pujols in his home park. 

Seriously though, the most interesting change to today’s lineup is the fact that Melky Cabrera is hitting leadoff and Nate McLouth is in the sixth spot.  While there wasn’t much reason to worry a week ago, the Braves now at least have to start exploring other options to utilize in the leadoff spot.

During the 28 at-bats he’s compiled entering today’s game, McLouth has recorded just one hit and struck out 10 times.  Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton is confident McLouth can fix some of his mechanical flaws before the start of the regular season.

Heyward spent this morning’s batting practice denting the Cardinals offices located beyond the right field wall.  As the 20-year-old phenom continued to launch shot after shot, Braves president John Schuerholz was asked if his club is ever going to put up a net to protect the cars that are parked beyond the right field fence at Disney.

This plan was discussed three weeks ago when one of Heyward’s batting practice blasts destroyed assistant general manager Bruce Manno’s sunroof.

“That’s probably not going to happen this year,” Schuerholz said regarding the installation of the net. “We’re just all going to drive convertibles next year.” 

As he watched Heyward this morning, Schuerholz said that during his long career in baseball he doesn’t remember ever seeing a prospect draw this kind of widespread praise from scouts, coaches, administrators and media members. 

“In my 46 years in baseball, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prospect draw this kind of attention in terms of the admiration, appreciation and projection,” Schuerholz said.  “He’s done nothing to dissuade anybody from feeling that way at all.” 

Today’s Braves lineups vs. Cardinals
Cabrera 8
Prado 4
Chipper 5
Glaus 3
Diaz 7
McLouth 8
Infante 6
Ross 2
Hudson 1 

13 Comments

Glad to see Chipper drive a ball. it has been a while. Was it an off speed pitch or a fastball?

Amazing what you can do when your leadoff man gets on.

I like Cabrera or Prado at leadoff. But if Cabrera leads off that probably puts Heyward at #7. I wouldn’t mind Prado leading off with Heyward at #2. I hate to see Heyward hit so low in the lineup because I really think he will have a great year. We need him.

Hey, Mark, any chance Bobby pulls a LaRussa and bats Nate ninth to act as a second leadoff?

I’d like a line-up against LHP:

Diaz, M. (LF)
Prado, M. (2B)
Jones, C. (3B)
Glaus, T. (1B)
McCann, B. (C)
Escobar, Y. (SS)
Heyward, J. (RF)
pitcher
McLouth, N. (CF)

And against RHP:

Escobar, Y. (SS)
Heyward, J. (RF)
Jones, C. (3B)
Glaus, T. (1B)
McCann, B. (C)
Diaz, M./Cabrera, M. (LF)
McLouth, N. (CF)
pitcher
Prado, M. (2B)

Heyward bats in front of Chip, Mac, and Glaus against righties and is sure to get good pitches to hit. He gets protected lower in the line-up against difficult lefties. McLouth bats lower where his power can possibly be utilized, and against righties, can hit in front of the pitcher and hopefully can get attacked with strikes more. Escobar and Diaz both have great OBP and can hit well leading off and Prado is a very patient hitter to bat second or ninth.

Let me know what you think, Mark.

i like that lineup i think they should do that wiht heyward batting 9th then melky or prado batting leadoff

I don’t ever remember Bobby batting a position player ninth. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, I just don’t see Cox doing it.

Why would anyone even dream of moving Prado out of the 2 hole. With 1 base runner(typical 2 hole situation) Prado bats .414 career with an OPS of .957. Late and close he bats .325 with an OPS of .835. This guy is one of the best situational hitters we have, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t mess with Martin, leave him right where he belongs. Move Diaz into leadoff against lefties and bat Melky there against righties.

Man. I am really excited that Glaus is seeing the ball so well and that he is healthy so far. He can be a huge difference maker in this lineup. He is the right handed bat we have been missing for so long(if he stays well). When his power kicks in we are gonna have some fun(if he stays healthy)

Bobby has never committed to saying Glaus would bat in the cleanup spot on a daily basis and tonight’s lineup provides indication that McCann might occasionally sit in that spot against some right-handers.

Tonight’s lineup:
Cabrera 8
Prado 4
Chipper 5
McCann 2
Glaus 3
Escobar 6
Heyward 9
Diaz 7
Kawakami 1

Anyone know what time batting practice normally starts? I want to try and catch Heyward dent a few cars.

Good to see McLouth getting a rest. He needs a break from the scrutiny and to hit the batting cages for a while.

Shaunson, I agree with you totally. I have nothing against mcLouth. I am sure he’s a great guy and a dedicated ballplayer. I just think he needs to be somewhere where he can get his swing sorted out and I am really sure that ISN”T working with TP. Nobody comes to Atlanta to reclaim there swing and I really think that Nate will be ill served being at the top of this lineup now, even if he get’s a few hits as ST winds down. The Nationals are looking for an outfielder, there wouldn’t be much pressure there!!!

I do like McClouth and think he will have a decent year. But how awesome would it have been if we could have gotten Andrew McCutchen? The Pirates would have been idiots to trade him, but I would’ve thrown who we gave up plus Schafer and a high end reliever to have gotten him. He’s gonna be great.

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