Originally created 10/01/00

Braves notebook



ATLANTA -- POSTSEASON DECISIONS: Bobby Cox plans to tell some players today they won't be included on the postseason roster, but he won't announce his 25-man team until after this afternoon's game.

Still, he has made some decisions. He plans to go with nine pitchers in the first round and carry an extra hitter. He also plans to go with two catchers and use B.J. Surhoff as the emergency catcher.

Cox had a conversation with Surhoff, who was the Brewers regular catcher for six years before shifting to third, and then the outfield. Surhoff assured him he could handle the job, if needed, though he hasn't caught since 1995.

Cox was mostly concerned about how Surhoff's sore right quadriceps would respond if he was called on to catch and the outfielder told him it wouldn't be a problem.

Surhoff remembered his catching days fondly, saying "it taught me a tremendous amount about the game."

"You have to learn about what everybody is responsible for," he said. "It's kind of like being the quarterback in football. There's things about it I miss."

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: One of Andres Galarraga's goals in spring training was to reach the 100-RBI plateau and he did it with two games to spare. He reached 100 RBI in Friday night's game and wasn't in Saturday night's lineup.

"It's not the same as saying 99 RBI," said Galarraga, who has hit .307 with 13 RBI this month.

TOUGH JOB: The man with the toughest job in the Braves clubhouse isn't manager Bobby Cox or any of the players.

It's traveling secretary Bill Acree, who's in charge of making the club's travel plans and hotels reservations. While his job became a bit easier Saturday when the Cardinals lost, thus eliminating the possibility of the Braves having to open the playoffs in San Francisco, he still doesn't know whether the team will be playing in Atlanta or St. Louis on Tuesday.

Acree has been in contact with Delta Airlines to fly the team to St. Louis, either Sunday or Thursday. He's made hotel reservations for 65 rooms in St. Louis for two different sets of dates and since the Hyatt was sold out, he had to promise the team would buy any rooms it doesn't use and the hotel can't sell.

"This is obviously very disconcerting," Acree said.

But, it's not as bad 1996, when the Braves left on their charter flight for the West Coast without knowing whether they would open in San Diego or Los Angeles. After refueling in Detroit, they headed west again and learned the Dodgers would be their opponent.

TALE OF TWO SEASONS: Reggie Sanders' season is a paradox. His bat was all but invisible for four and a half months, but since Aug. 15, he's hit 305. He's been one of the club's hottest hitters this month with a .342 average and 17 RBI, boosting his overall totals to .229 and 37 RBI, 56 points below and 35 RBI shy of last season's totals.