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Glaus at 3B, Conrad sits for Braves

Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:57 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 6:21 pm
ATLANTA -- Bobby Cox is as loyal as any manager, but he's also realistic.

So for what could be the final game of his 29-year career, the Braves manager has chosen to sit Brooks Conrad, the infielder who has made eight errors in the last seven games, and whose error allowed the Giants to score the winning run in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday.

Troy Glaus will play third base for the Braves in tonight's Game 4, with Omar Infante moving to second base.

"He needs a day off," Cox said, referring to Conrad. "He needs to get away from it."

Cox also dropped the struggling Jason Heyward (0-for-12 with seven strikeouts in the series) to sixth in the order, with Matt Diaz moving up to take Heyward's normal second spot.

Glaus has 1,337 games of major-league experience at third base, and he made the play of the series there, starting a game-saving double play in Game 2. But Cox has been hesitant to use him at third (he played just two major-league innings there in the regular season), because at this stage of his career he has almost no mobility.

"We'll see how it goes," Cox said.

Glaus, who played a week's worth of games at third base during a rehabilitation assignment late in the season, expressed confidence in his ability to handle the position.

"I've played there for a long time," he said. "I'll try to make all the plays I'm supposed to make."

Playing second base is no problem for Infante, who came to the big leagues as a middle infielder. In fact, when Chipper Jones was hurt, the Braves played Infante at second with Martin Prado at third. Then Prado was hurt, and Conrad played third until two huge errors there convinced Cox to move him to second base.

Now, three more huge errors convinced Cox to leave Conrad out of the lineup entirely.

"I talked to him," Cox said. "I told him to hold his head high, and maybe he'll get a pinch hit and win a game for us."

Coming off the field after batting practice today, Conrad could have easily avoided questions by quickly going to the clubhouse, but once again he willingly stopped and took questions.

He said he didn't sleep well Sunday night, but said today's talk with Cox was "another sign of what a great manager Bobby Cox is."

Conrad also thanked Braves fans who applauded him in the outfield during batting practice.

"I've had a lot of nice comments from the fans," he said. "That's really meant a lot to me."

The Braves trail the Giants two games to one in the best-of-5 series. Cox will retire at the end of the season.


For some great perspective on Conrad, check out Braves beat writer Dave O'Brien's blog today on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website.

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Glaus at 3B, Conrad sits for Braves

Tongue outSo watch the Braves and SF grind out another 1-0 game with 9 combined errors to see who gets the right to be swept by Philly OR watch Favre throw 18 picks, trying to get the ball to Moss while A Peterson once again is underused and the Vikings underachieve?

I think dancing with the stars may even sound better than what's on tonight sportswise, or possibly a re-run of Annie

Minn/Jets is a game all Minnesota and NYers want, NOT the rest of the country. (unless you ahve a fantasy player on one of the teams)

How bout them Twins?

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 6:43 pm

Glaus at 3B, Conrad sits for Braves

Cox HAD to make this move, even if Glaus is a shell of his former defensive self with age and injury. What else could Cox do in this situation, if he does not make a move and this kid has even a hint of an error, his whole team is looking at him asking what the he ll is he doing? The kids confidence is shot and putting him back at 2B the night after his worst night of his life would not be a good idea. As far as Cox goes, it is good to see I am not in the minority, as he may be the single most overrated manager in the history of the game. Who could not win all of those consecutive Division championships with a Hall of Fame pitching staff of Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. To only win 1 World Series with that staff is actually unbelievable and the 1 victory they had against the Indians certainly was not a overwhelming series victory. Cox will be voted into the Hall, but his game managing is certainly not HOF caliber, I would say it is below average.   

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