Heyward will wear No. 22

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA – Just another slow news day at the ballpark….

Bobby Cox tells Jason Heyward this morning he’s making the team. It’s official. And just a little aside to that, I have another tidbit for you I’ve learned. Heyward will wear No. 22, I’m told.

(Actually, the Braves just made it official. It was just announced here in the press box at 2 p.m.)

So there you have it, the funny-looking 71 Heyward has been wearing all spring (and last spring too, I think) will gave way for a good number, suited for an every-day player, and who the heck knows, maybe a place up on the Braves outfield wall before this is all over.

There, I did it, I bought into the hype. But the way everyone is talking around here, it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see the J-Hey kid blossom into one of the game’s greats.

Braves GM Frank Wren just compared the scrutiny Heyward’s gotten this spring to Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Stephen Strasburg.

I think that’s why Heyward’s reaction seemed a little contained, a little reserved for a guy who just learned he’d be making his major league debut on Opening Day against the Cubs. As Chipper Jones put it, nobody in the clubhouse was surprised by this move. So perhaps that’s why Heyward wasn’t really either.

“There’s never been a doubt in anybody’s mind that he was going to make it,” Jones said. “The bottom line is he’s done nothing to warrant a trip to Gwinnett. You want to leave Florida with the best eight every-day players, the best 25 guys you got in camp, and Jason Heyward is part of that starting eight.”

Frank was quite a bit more, well, frank today, with some of the same questions I asked yesterday. When I asked about why they decided not to let finances, and Heyward’s arbitration clock, etc, deter the Braves from putting Heyward on the team, he said out loud what a lot of us have been thinking – how could he justify that to everyone around the Braves organization and fans.

“Those are decisions you make in different circumstances with your club,” Wren said of weighing the financial part. “If your club is a competitive club and you think this player is going to be an integral part of a competitive team, I’m not sure how you face the other 24 players, the staff, the fans and say ‘We’re going to keep him in the minor leagues.’ I couldn’t do that.”

Ross groin strain

In other news, David Ross tweaked a groin muscle yesterday in Bradenton, trying to get back to the bag after a pickoff attempt. He’s out of the lineup for a couple of days but said it’s not serious.

Hanson on Heath

I think it’s only a matter of time now before the Braves release minor league pitcher Deunte Heath, who was arrested last night for soliciting a prostitute. In fact, he might have been released here shortly anyway. But in fairness to Heath, I thought I’d share what one of his former teammates had to say about him as a person this morning.

Here’s Tommy Hanson, who played with Heath in Rome, Myrtle Beach, and Mississippi.

“He’s one of my favorite guys I’ve ever played with,” Hanson said. “He’s an awesome dude. He would do anything for anybody. That looks bad on his character, but that’s not who he is. He’s a really good guy.”

LINEUPS

Braves

53 Melky Cabrera LF

14 Martin Prado 2B

10 Chipper Jones 3B

16 Brian McCann C

25 Troy Glaus 1B

71 Jason Heyward RF

24 Nate McLouth CF

4 Omar Infante SS

32 Derek Lowe

Tigers

32 Don Kelly 2B

18 Johnny Damon CF

9 Carlos Guillen LF

24 Miguel Cabrera 1B

15 Brandon Inge 3B

8 Gerald Laird C

25 Ryan Raburn RF

39 Ramon Santiago SS

35 Justin Verlander P

1,364 comments Add your comment

yeah, baby!

March 26th, 2010
1:04 pm

Mixxo

March 26th, 2010
1:08 pm

Gwalk

March 26th, 2010
1:08 pm

Gwalk

March 26th, 2010
1:08 pm

Brian from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

Anybody starting to get really worried about David Ross?

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:10 pm

LETS GOOOOOOOOOO

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:11 pm

Steve McP

March 26th, 2010
1:11 pm

So is this the new “real” blog?

Jersey Gil

March 26th, 2010
1:11 pm

Someone mention # 22 this Morning….

Brian from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:12 pm

Just kidding, by the way.

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:12 pm

Anybody up for PBP? Work sucks, lol.

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:12 pm

Braves about to hit.

Mixxo

March 26th, 2010
1:12 pm

Brian from SC – They say it isn’t serious….I dunno.

El Bravo

March 26th, 2010
1:12 pm

Who hasn’t solicited a prostitute from time to time anyway? Show of hands? Anyone else…

Steve McP

March 26th, 2010
1:13 pm

Brian – no not at all, the bench is a real strength of this team, with 4 players (Cabrera/Diaz, Hinske, Ross & Infante) who could be starters in other organisations.

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:13 pm

Jersey Gil

March 26th, 2010
1:14 pm

Carroll …any news on Chavez ,Acosta making the Team?…

Brian from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:14 pm

My post about Ross was just a wee bit tongue-in-cheek.

TnBrian

March 26th, 2010
1:14 pm

Wonder why Mac is hitting 4th today?

Steve McP

March 26th, 2010
1:14 pm

Ah – you were kidding.

ATXRainDog

March 26th, 2010
1:14 pm

@El Bravo

Does emailing on Craigslist count…?

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:14 pm

El Bravo.. do online meetings count?

keylargo

March 26th, 2010
1:14 pm

I hope Lowe keeps em hitting those ground balls. He’ll be OK if he does that.

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:15 pm

Lowe already pitch the first half of the inning?

Tom O'Hawke

March 26th, 2010
1:15 pm

I’m assuming that this is the new blog? I’ve been wrong before.

Venice Jim

March 26th, 2010
1:16 pm

We’ll see how long it takes Jason to supplant my all-time favorite #22, Dave DeBusschere…

AJJ

March 26th, 2010
1:16 pm

what happended to the game being on espn, Sports center is still on?

El Bravo

March 26th, 2010
1:16 pm

joerochester, it counts to the GBI… or so I’m told…

Ease in Buckhead

March 26th, 2010
1:17 pm

VJ, she’s not…on the show…we’re talking real life!

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:17 pm

It still is on ESPN

J-Hey Kid

March 26th, 2010
1:18 pm

Get your J-Hey Kid shirts today!!! Guaranteed to arrive before Opening Day!

http://sportscrack.com/tees_j-heykid.html

El Bravo

March 26th, 2010
1:18 pm

ATXRainDog, if ou find an “El Bravo” posting under “Casual Encounters” is not me…

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:19 pm

First inning-3 up, 3 down for both pitchers.

JTLUK

March 26th, 2010
1:19 pm

AJJ SportsCenter is on ESPN2, the Braves game is on ESPN.

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:19 pm

Cabrera singles off of Lowe

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:20 pm

Inge singles

Mike Mike Bo

March 26th, 2010
1:20 pm

DAP –
Yup… I’m sure that it was crossed out in BOTH the cave and the lighthouse. The only names that weren’t crossed out were the numbers associated with 4 8 15 16 23 42. I have it DVR’d and I wathced both episodes a couple of times and noticed that Kate was crossed out in both locations. You could always ‘hulu’ it and see for yourself. Can NEVER have too much Lost.

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Mixxo

March 26th, 2010
1:20 pm

AJJ – It’s on here.

Through one inning. Braves went 3 up 3 down. Melky & Prado flied out and Chipper K’d.

Top 2nd…..single for the Tigs and another…..2 on ….no out.

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:21 pm

Bunt, error by Chipper, Cabrera scores

Mixxo

March 26th, 2010
1:21 pm

We’re throwing the ball all over the place. Look like rookies out there. :D

fla brave fan

March 26th, 2010
1:21 pm

Any links to watch the game? channelsurfing.net is airing espn2 on their espn link.

RHR

March 26th, 2010
1:21 pm

That looks back on his character, but that’s not who he is. He’s a really good guy.”

Maybe meant “bad” on his character…?

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:21 pm

thank you for the PBP!

Brian from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:22 pm

Clean it up, guys…we’re on TV.

Ease in Buckhead

March 26th, 2010
1:23 pm

Switch McLouth and Omar (Escobar) and I really like that lineup! (now for the obligatory apology to McFann)

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

Rayburn strikes out. Commentators saying Glaus may have been partly at fault for earlier bunt play.

Another bunt, tagged out but runner scores.
2-0

ATXRainDog

March 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

El Bravo, duly noted.

Although, I’m pretty sure they got rid of Casual Encounters, right? After that girl was murdered? Now they just post all over the regular personals.

…It’s quickly becoming apparent who the hard-up single guys are, isn’t it?

Rob from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

not Glaus’s fault. Terrible throw by Chipper

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:25 pm

Verlander strikes out

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:26 pm

Bad throw yes, but the commentators (not me) indicated Glaus should have known there was no play at first and come off the bag to be ready to fire the ball home.

Heyward Fan & Wren Hater

March 26th, 2010
1:26 pm

Congratulations, Young Jason!

Go, Braves!

Just be sure to stay away from the prostitutes.

And the golddiggers.

And Buckhead.

And Dogfighting.

And McDonald’s.

And Mark McGwire.

And “The Real Housewives of The ATL.”

And the very lonely & disappointed Mrs. Wren.

And politicians.

And Cynthia Tucker.

And the left-wing crybaby known as Jeff Schultz.

And my duplicitous, cheating ex-girlfriend.

And people with more gold than education.

And Hooters. (Just ask Chipper.)

RHR

March 26th, 2010
1:27 pm

And Heyward Fan & Wren Hater …

TNT

March 26th, 2010
1:27 pm

ESPN just said the Braves draw first blood and lead 1-0 then correct it and say Detroit is ahead 1-0. Boy what a bunch of tards.

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:28 pm

Single-McCann

TNT

March 26th, 2010
1:28 pm

McCann with a base hit.

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:29 pm

Rob from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:30 pm

I really hope Freddie Freeman gets ready fast, not sure about Glaus

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:30 pm

Glaus out on strikes. Commentators noting that he is having trouble catching up to inside pitches.

Baseball 101

March 26th, 2010
1:31 pm

Hmmm..the Tigers just gave up an out for a run. Wonder why?

Brian from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:31 pm

Big guys like Glaus are always gonna have trouble on the inside pitches. But if you’re the pitcher, you better get it in there.

Brian from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:31 pm

Baseball 101, considering the fact that it’s spring training, I guess they just wanted to practice their bunting.

GTSteve

March 26th, 2010
1:32 pm

Double Deuce…..I like it

toga party

March 26th, 2010
1:32 pm

Yup… I’m sure that it was crossed out in BOTH the cave and the lighthouse.

Mike Mike Bo, check your DVR again. 51 – Austen is not crossed out in the lighthouse, and never appeared on the cave wall.

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100225181949/lostpedia/images/3/34/51_Austen.jpg

Brian from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

Oh Lord, a week ago when Glaus was hitting .750, he was gonna be the comeback player of the year. Now he strikes out a couple of times, and we hope Freeman’s ready.

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

Heyward and Verlander going toe to toe. Great at bat so far.

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

Heyward is making him work

10th pitch of the AB

BossLady

March 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

Heyward Fan Good Advise

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

11th now wow

Rob from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:34 pm

That was a great at-bat though

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:34 pm

Justin K’ed him on 98 MPH cheese

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:34 pm

great test for heyward against an ace.

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:34 pm

J-Hey finally strikes out. God he is polished though!

VP

March 26th, 2010
1:34 pm

Even though he K’d, that was one hell of an at bat.

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

Verlander Balked lol

Crime Dog

March 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

McCann messing with pitchers’ heads…from the basepaths?

VP

March 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

Mclouth gets an RBI

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

Balk on Verlander. BMac to second
McLouth hit and BMac scores!

keylargo

March 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

McCann scores from second on a single!!!

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

McLovin with the hit!

He is feeling it!

Crime Dog

March 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

McLouth with a smoked RBI single…I thought we cut that guy?

Brian from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

Verlander had to reach for his postseason stuff there. ;-)

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:36 pm

Yeah, Nate. slowly but surely he’s getting his swing back. Somehow I got this ESPN Gamecast to come up. Let’s see how long until management finds out and has it blocked.

Ease in Buckhead

March 26th, 2010
1:36 pm

That’s funny, the thing about McLouth getting a hit!

Brian from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:37 pm

Verlander didn’t know what to do with himself after actually getting Heyward out and balked in his nervousness.

Rob from SC

March 26th, 2010
1:37 pm

Brian from SC

I am only worried about Glaus’s health

MaineBrave

March 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

Infante pops out to the 1B

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

Omar pops up to first. Inning over

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

11/12 pitches to a rookie will do that to an ace.

Carroll Rogers

March 26th, 2010
1:39 pm

Jersey Gil, I might not have been the only one with that 22 tidbit. Not sure….

Seriously with the Acosta, Chavez question? Heyward wasn’t enough roster news for ya?!

Actually, I was chatting with O’Flaherty this morning and he said he told Jesse today not to hang his head, that he put up a nine-spot last spring and he made the team. And O’Flaherty said he got hit hard, unlike Chavez yesterday. O’Flaherty’s blow-up was last year vs. the Mets.

I do think Cox thinks it’s more important how the ball is coming out, than results down here.

Mitchell

March 26th, 2010
1:39 pm

BMac, JHay and Nate, gettin’ it done. I like it.

TnBrian

March 26th, 2010
1:39 pm

Before you see Heyward K’d, you needed to see that at bat. It was a very good one seeing as how Verlander threw everything he had and Jason wouldn’t budge. Just a 98 mph heater on the black finally did it.

bravesgirlnc

March 26th, 2010
1:39 pm

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:39 pm

Nice insight, Carroll. Thanks.

Snotboogie

March 26th, 2010
1:40 pm

The commentary team made an important point about today’s matchup.
Its the final long-outing tune-up for the pitchers. And because the teams dont face other in the regular season, they are throwing the real stuff out there trying to get people out.And you dont get much sterner tests than Verlander and his 98 mph fastball. So it should be a fairly good barometer of our line-up’s strengths and weaknesses.

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:41 pm

Mets are doing work against the Marlins. 4-0.. I wonder who is starting for the Mets. Gotta be Santana.

MFin04

March 26th, 2010
1:41 pm

Great at bat by Heyward there, and then causes the balk. Pretty sweet. Great job by Nate there driving in the run.

Had Heyward connected with that pitch by Verlander, it would still be flying. Wow.

joerochester

March 26th, 2010
1:42 pm

Is that Kelly dude a starter for Detroit?

MFin04

March 26th, 2010
1:43 pm

No, the Kelly dude is supposed to be their surprising super-sub from what the announcers were describing. The Tigers were pleasantly surprised. Not sure if he was a lock for the team or not though.

TnBrian

March 26th, 2010
1:44 pm

Jim Leyland needs a cigarette. He sounds grouchy.

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