It was easy for people to hate on Terry Pendleton back at the end of April or the beginning of May. The Braves were not producing. We sucked. I mean, I wrote an article saying “There’s always next year” and AJC writers talked of how bad the Glaus acquisition was. Everyone everywhere wrote about how it was all TP’s fault. Which was fine and made sense. In April.
But then the team turned around. We have the highest on-base-percentage in the National League. Glaus is raking, Prado is leading the league in hitting, Heyward was mashing until his thumb got in the way. Chipper is hitting .385 over the last 11 games (stat taken before last night’s game). Yunel provided a clutch hit against Strasburg (oh, and hit .299 in June). McCann hit .276 in May/Jone. Hinske has been a bright spot among bright spots off the bench. In May and June, Melky Cabrera has hit (I begrudgingly admit) .293.
And yet some people I know (even on this site) still continue to hate on Terry Pendleton.
Now, I don’t agree with the folks that say TP should be the next coach of the Atlanta Braves. I think he’s an option but not necessarily THE option. Then again, he’s been a fairly low key coach for the Braves, and that’s what we’ve always had. What has TP done to deserve the haters? This is one of the most potent offenses in the NL and everyone is contributing in some manner.
Doesn’t Terry Pendleton deserve some of the credit for this? Do we still just want to blast him for anything that goes wrong?
Maybe we were wrong back at the beginning of the season. Maybe we just got our slumping month out of the way at the beginning of the season before starting to tune it up for the long haul – we were damn good in spring training and we’re damn good now. Maybe Terry Pendleton isn’t that bad as far as coaches go.
When was the last time we were this balanced? We have a damn good rotation, a damn good offense, a solid bullpen with a dominant closer, and a legendary manager pulling out all the stops in a season that really does feel special.
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