The Braves bullpen broke last season, and General Manager John Schuerholz seems to have fixed it.…
Orr relieved to be on the Atlanta roster
"It was a long winter," Orr admitted Saturday. "I'm not naïve to what was going on. Anytime you feel like you're on the outside of things, it's tough. You can't do anything about it. The Braves are just trying to win, and you've just got to hope to be in their plans."
For now, Orr is in the Braves' plans. Willy Aybar's wrist problems paved the way for Orr to be on his third straight Opening Day roster. Everyone knew Aybar was the favorite since he is out of minor league options and Orr has one remaining. The Braves do not want to lose Aybar, so that gave him an advantage in the race before the injury gave Orr the job.
"You say that and then there will be a situation where a team will keep you cause you do have options," Orr said. "I think I'm old enough now to understand how things work. Nothing's personal. The goal is to win a World Series. Sometimes you have to take a step back to realize what the big picture is. If you're able to do that, it's a lot easier to understand."
Orr did everything he could to make the decision difficult for the Braves. He hit .342 this spring in 38 at bats. But if Aybar had been healthy, he would have gotten the nod with Orr going down to Richmond.
"As soon as spring training started the first week everybody looked around and talked about how good Richmond is going to be," Orr said. "You can go through the pitchers and the position players. I'll pick them to win."
But Orr hopes to postpone that trip as long as possible. One man that has always been in Orr's corner is Braves' Manager Bobby Cox, who repeatedly talks about how he appreciates Orr's approach to the game. Orr hopes he can play for Cox for the rest of this season.
"Bobby's such a great man because he has confidence in his players," Orr said. "He can make you feel good. You might not be going so good, but he'll make a comment to make you feel better and try to get you going. It's been such an honor to play for him for the last two years, and hopefully I'll continue to do so."
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta, 105.5 the Fan in Macon, and the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at email@example.com.
AtlantaDugout.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Key Matchups
Dr. Roto highlights each and every game upcoming for Week 12 and a Fantasy matchup to monitor within. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (pictured above) makes his return against the less-than-stellar…Read More
The 10 Biggest Anti-Knife Cities In The U.S.
If you're a hunter or an outdoorsman like us, chances are you carry some sort of pocket knife or multi-tool with a blade at all times. If you visit some of these cities your every-day tool could put…Read More
OU's Perine rushes into record books
Norman has seen a lot of special days, but few will compare to what Samaje Perine did Saturday in rushing for 427 yards and five touchdowns.Read More
6 Biggest Man-to-Man Rivalries in Sports
From Pierce and Lebron to Peyton and Tom to Ali and Frazier, we're celebrating love/hate on and off the field of play.Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More