Heyward could be Braves’ backup in center

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Don’t be surprised if Jason Heyward becomes one of the world’s largest center fielders at times during the 2012 season.

The Braves started Heyward in center  instead of right field Saturday, the second time he started a game in center this spring. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves wanted to have the 6-foot-5, 235-pound left-hander play some center in case they decide to have him be their backup to Michael Bourn, instead of carrying Luis Durango or Jose Constanza to serve as backup.

Gonzalez said they might use Heyward in center even if Constanza is on the roster.

“Unless something happens before we break camp, we don’t really have a true [backup] center fielder,” Gonzalez said. “I think Heyward may be better than Constanza if [Constanza] makes the team. I think Durango could do it, but if he doesn’t make the team then I think Heyward is your next choice. If [Jordan] Parraza makes the team, he’s more of a corner [outfield] guy. So it just gives us options and looking ahead, if something happens you feel comfortable Jason could do it.”

Wilson nearing return

Jack Wilson could be back in the Braves lineup as soon as Sunday and will be on the team’s 25-man opening day roster, general manager Frank Wren said.

A strained calf sidelined the utility infielder for the the first month of spring training, but Wilson has played extensively in minor league games the past few days without incident. He had three hits in five or six at-bats in a game on Saturday, Gonzalez said (rehabbing players can hit every inning in minor league spring-training games in order to get more at-bats quickly).

Gonzalez said Wilson played shortstop, second and third base Friday and Saturday and “was bouncing around like the old Jack Wilson.”

The veteran player will meet Sunday morning with Gonzalez to see if Wilson is ready to play in that day’s major league game or play one more minor league game. Either way, he’s expected to play plenty for the big-league club in the last week of games after Monday’s off day in the schedule.

The Braves want the former standout shortstop on the opening day roster to give them an experienced backup behind either Tyler Pastornicky or Andrelton Simmons,  two rookies with no big-league experience who are fighting for the starting job.

Venters’ soreness not concern

Jonny Venters hasn’t pitched in a week because of soreness in the biceps/triceps area of his pitching arm, but the Braves said the vaunted lefty reliever’s condition wasn’t a concern and that he felt fine during a long-toss session Friday.

“Your typical spring training soreness,” Wren said. “He should be good to go in a day or so.”

Wren and Gonzalez said it Venters had similar soreness at midseason last year and was fine after resting four or five days.  He said Venters would pitch in one or two more Grapefruit League games after Monday.

139 comments Add your comment

Ralph

March 24th, 2012
6:36 pm

And who is going to be Heywards back up, at the plate that is, if this guy doesn’t get it togather he should be the one that doesn’t make the team, not Durango or Parraza who have hit very well. I can’t take another year of J-Heys .200 bat plus his defense isn’t all that great in RF. I think he would be a joke in CF but Fruti is a joke himself.

keyLargo

March 24th, 2012
6:40 pm

Jonny Venters hasn’t pitched in a week because of soreness in the biceps/triceps area of his pitching arm

DOB – I was just wondering with all the movement Venters has that no one else can match on his pitches, is his biceps on the top and triceps on the bottom or vice versa?

southgabrave

March 24th, 2012
6:43 pm

Heyward is hardly a defense gem in right field so why in the world would you ever put him in CF? It sure isnt because of his fleet of foot or jump on the ball off the bat! BTW he is not exactly the best hitter at the moment either.

Maybe his bat will come around but I can tell you Diaz in right is not the best otion either. At least Hinski can hit but is ground coverage is not suited for RF

chopaholic

March 24th, 2012
6:44 pm

the spring training from hell continues. not worried about venter’s arm soreness, huh. that’s what they said about vizcaino

extremus

March 24th, 2012
7:04 pm

I hate to see Heyward’s stock keep falling, especially since most of his rookie season seemed to justify the hype. But the fact is that great players just don’t regress to this degree two seasons removed from their first year (at least I can’t readily think of any examples. Sadly, he does seem to be similar to Jeff Francoeur in that his hitting and confidence have both become liabilities. I still hold out hope that he can rebound and be the player we all hoped he’d be, but I admit that hope is swiftly fading.

NickB

March 24th, 2012
7:20 pm

LOL, Heyward was listed as the second best fielding RF’er in baseball by the guys at Fielding Bible. (made up of both number crunchers and scouts alike) So your arguments there are just silly.

His swing looks great to me, once he gets his timing down I think he’s going to have an .800+ OPS type year.

Seriously, how could you say he’s not a great fielder? He’s an ELITE fielder…

NickB

March 24th, 2012
7:22 pm

BTW, Heywards numbers look very similar to Dave Winfields when he came up (and it took him 4 seasons to get his OPS over .800).

I think people forget that he is only 22 and has excellent plate discipline, something Frenchy never had and contributed to his mediocrity.

Braves One

March 24th, 2012
7:31 pm

There are two things teams do not want to hear around a clubhouse. One is “Tommy John” and the other is “rebuilding”. I still feel the Braves will do just fine, maybe good enough to fight for a wild card spot, once the season begins. The litmus test will be April and May, especially since Huddy comes back and we see what he’s got.

We’ve already heard the words “Tommy John” this spring. And if “rebuilding” becomes a cold hard fact of life for the 2012 Braves, and with Mr Jones leaving after this season, it would not be bad thing to see an infield of Freeman, Uggla, Pastor or Simmons and Terdoslovich around the All Star break.

As far as earning your keep, Parraz may not be a bad start-off option in LF with Prado filling in for the injured Mr Jones to start the season.

Ben

March 24th, 2012
7:43 pm

Ya’ll need to stop hating on Heyward, he’ll be fine. Its was just a sophomore slump.

iTiSi

March 24th, 2012
7:57 pm

The Braves are 4-14, Toronto is 18-4 for spring training. Today’s score was 9-0. Toronto had 11 hits, the Braves had 3. Anybody who doesn’t think this is a good indication of how the season will go is a “dreamer” and living in LALAland!

Bob the Blogger

March 24th, 2012
8:44 pm

The Braves had a large center fielder from the mid ’70s through the ’80s. Of course, that doesn’t mean Heyward can be a good one.

Who me?

March 24th, 2012
8:46 pm

Yeah, we’re an offensive juggernaut, we don’t need no stinkin’ centerfielder that could hit for power – naaaahhh. We just got blanked by the Canadians 9-0 and we got all the power hitting fielders we can handle baby!!

What a crock….

Caseyatthebat

March 24th, 2012
9:08 pm

Aren’t ya glad Heyward did all that work over the winter? .183, whoa! When the hell is Wren going to get us a PROVEN HITTER?

Longtimefan

March 24th, 2012
9:18 pm

The people that parrot that Heyward isn’t a good defensive player do not know what they are talking about. According to the “experts” ,not Joe Fan drinking a cold one watching the game on his 42 inch, Heyward was tied for best fielding RF last year and was plus 15 in runs for year defensively. He is projected similar stats for 2012. Guys, go to some real baseball sites and learn something instead of regurgitating the same old ” Chipper sucks” and ” Heyward can’t field” you see on the AJC blog. Where do you guys come up with this stuff?

Billy

March 24th, 2012
9:24 pm

J-Hey will be ok..its all the pitchers with injuries and chippers knee plus no LF’er to speak of. Diaz is a joke.. Please get a hitter Wren!

Braveslog

March 24th, 2012
9:29 pm

JHey wouldn’t be a bad option, but I’d like to see Durango get a shot…has good speed and could be a poor man’s Michael Bourn. I talk about that a little more here:

http://braveslog.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/dont-stop-believeing/

Ralph

March 24th, 2012
9:31 pm

Ben
March 24th, 2012
7:43 pm

You and Fruti will still be saying that same thing come August, is there a Junior Slump.

Chris

March 24th, 2012
9:48 pm

Wow, lots of idiots on here. People who quote spring training records and numbers know nothing about baseball. Nothing can be projected or determined from that. Heyward is looking great this spring with his new swing. Yeah his average is low, but that’s not indicative of his work and his improvement. He is killing some balls and his swing is very level. Gonna be a solid year for him. And for those who think he’s a bad defender, wow are you wrong. He played CF in the minors for a while and can handle it a couple games during the year if Bourn needs a day off. He plays a great RF and has a cannon. Venters will be fine as well. Durango is nowhere near ready for the majors, even as a backup. He needs consistent playing time and AB’s in the minors. Heyward was hurt most of last year and that affected his production. Maybe you should save your whining until after they have played some games that matter, like in the regular season. I hate when people who have no idea about baseball comment on baseball blogs. Very sad.

JAFO

March 24th, 2012
10:03 pm

What happened to heyward earning a roster spot frank? The depth chart makes it a foregone conclusion. The Braves are dead last in run differential. JS didn’t repair a damn thing. A juggernaut of ineptness.

STH

March 24th, 2012
10:07 pm

Chris add yourself to idiot list.

reckingball

March 24th, 2012
10:10 pm

I believe that almost anything can happen in baseball.

phil

March 24th, 2012
10:13 pm

Wayward should be the back up in RF as well….

People keep saying he’ll be ok.

When exactly? Another 7 years?

Chris

March 24th, 2012
10:19 pm

He’s only 22 years old and only played 2 years in the majors, give the kid a break. He will have a good year.

reckingball

March 24th, 2012
10:26 pm

I think that Haywood is going to be okay or better, this season.

JAFO

March 24th, 2012
10:30 pm

I completely agree Chris but that’s the problem. No depth and no production from the OF. Bourne is the leadoff guy the braves need but little power coming from the corners.

ertl

March 24th, 2012
10:38 pm

Second verse, same as the first

reckingball

March 24th, 2012
10:38 pm

Heyward could hit between 25 to 30HRs, with 100RBIs to go along with them.

hank57

March 24th, 2012
10:42 pm

The bottom line is that the NL pitchers have adjusted to Heyward after his rookie season, by pitching him inside, and he hasn’t been able to counter that adjustment. He will have to find a way to do that, if he wants to stay in the big show.

buster brave

March 24th, 2012
10:42 pm

A good idea,since Bourn is a Scott Boras client and probably won’t resign with the Braves at the end of season. Heyward needs to get acclimated to CF in case Bourn is traded at the summer trade deadline. just sayin” !!!

STH

March 24th, 2012
10:59 pm

Now starting in rball’s outfield- HOPE, IF, and COULD. Enough speculating. Let’s just see. Hopefully he bounces back.

phil

March 24th, 2012
11:28 pm

Wayward belongs in Gwinnett.

lock & load

March 24th, 2012
11:52 pm

Durango has the best BA on team for ST and will end up in minors…so what exactly does ST have to do with making team..nothing. Its mgr’s pick, it don’t mean crap.

Philco

March 25th, 2012
1:06 am

I now realize that FW does understand the word “offensive” and how it applies to a baseball teams batting and scoring capabilites. But he does not understand how the word “offense” applies to a baseball team!!!

Le brave

March 25th, 2012
1:35 am

why are so many of the Atlanta fans so negative? It seems as if there is nothing positive about your teams and or players. As far as the braves are concerned why don’t they wait until the regular season starts before they condemn the team. I know it seem as if management screwed up by not making a move for a good bat, but sometimes a little patience is warranted. In defense of Heyward, maybe if you”ll stay off his back maybe he would be able to relax and have the kind of year everyon would like to see. Believe it or not players are privy to these postings, and take some of the comments to heart. So come on atlanta try some positives some times.

Bobby Cox

March 25th, 2012
1:52 am

when I left, so did Jason…..c’mon kid!!!! it goes along way when you hear that voice and standing in the box……motivate, Freddy!!!!

randy

March 25th, 2012
1:57 am

I want whatever reckingball is smoking because it is some good s!!! 30 hr and 100 rbi. you are high or no nothing about baseball. I will bet you he will not hit more than 15 and drive in 65.. you want to take me up on this bet if so respond back 100 dollars i get closer to his numbers

Larry

March 25th, 2012
1:59 am

Doesnt matter about backups, starters, bench, the braves will suck as always!!! Just like the hawks and falcons. Maybe the teams should try using the braves players for the falcons team, falcons as the the hawks, and hawks play some baseball, couldnt do any worse!!

Rafael

March 25th, 2012
3:16 am

I’m super excited about the upcoming season.

SUPERSTAR Matt Diaz and concession prices lowered 33%!!!!!!!

Liberty Cheapia KNOWS how to construct a World Series WINNING MLB team… by lowering concession prices and signing AFFORDABLE players.

Lower concession prices and AFFORDABLE players, a WINNING COMBINATION!!!!!!

Maybe “they” can save money like the Jacksonville Jaguars by covering all the seats in the upper deck with a tarp.

Stinger2

March 25th, 2012
4:44 am

Ralph, Larry, phil, et all : Do you ever have anything nice to say about the Braves?

kangaroo Court

March 25th, 2012
4:52 am

I wish Aurther Blank liked baseball.

NickB

March 25th, 2012
6:36 am

Anyone who actually has knowledge of the game knows to put zero importance in ST games….. seriously, the year they won it all in ‘95 they went 3-8 in a shortened spring. The team has also gone 21-9 in the spring and lost in the first round….. It’s friggin spring training.

Batting average? you people still talk about batting avg? You know, reveling in ignorance is just silly. Learn the stats people.

ncbravesfan

March 25th, 2012
7:32 am

DOB – any chance the Braves will approach the Angels about Mark Trumbo? With Wells, Abreu, Morales, and Pujols, there doesn’t appear to be a spot for this RH power hitter. The Angels are looking for pitching. We have pitching. Seems like a perfect fit and I’m simply not convinced that Chipper is going to be healthy enough to contribute the way we need him to. He’s also young and wouldn’t cost the Braves much.

CF Bourn
3B Prado
C McCann
2B Uggla
1B Freeman
LF Trumbo
RF Heyward
SS Pastornicky

Looks like a much more potent lineup than anything else we can throw out there (including one with #10 in it)

old man

March 25th, 2012
7:42 am

When Chipper restructured his contract, he had to pass a physical “for insurance purposes.” I presume this is so the Braves can collect if they have to pay Chipper after a season- or career-ending injury. Which happened first, the injured knee or the announcement of the press conference about the knee? Was Chipper’s slip two weeks ago about not being able to finish the season really a slip? Does Chipper really just want to retire AND get paid, so this is being orchestrated to get the insurance to pay so he can do that?

Something seems a little fishy here. The slip about how bad he was feeling, then the denial of that, then the announcement of retiring in 2013, and then, “Oh, yeah, I just had a little tweak and I need surgery on Monday.”

alanfalcon

March 25th, 2012
7:43 am

This spring training has been nothing more than an attempt to try and cover up the teams many problems starting with Franks comments about the team being competent so therefore we are really pleased with the make up, unfortunately its all coming to fruision.

Way to go Frank and of course with the help of Liberty Mutual !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

old man

March 25th, 2012
7:44 am

Read instead:

Which happened first, the injured knee or the announcement of the press conference about the retirement?

old man

March 25th, 2012
8:03 am

Trumbo might be the answer, but he is listed as a 1B, and is currently playing 3B in ST, with 3 errors. How is he in the OF? Anybody know? But we have a couple of guys who are doing pretty well in ST, and Trumbo is having a good spring with the bat too:

Parraz .400/.353/.667/1.020
Durango .476/ .577/.476/1.053
Trumbo .355/.314/.710/1.024

If Trumbo is just a band-aid, we already have two pretty good ones. (These stats are from the team sites. How is the OBP lower than BA for two of these? Odd.)

old man

March 25th, 2012
8:05 am

Boy, with Durango in LF, we would have the fastest OF in MLB. Does anyone know what he and Parraz have for arms?

archie

March 25th, 2012
8:18 am

Heyward has a cannon? Why doesn’t he ever throw anyone out, when they’re trying to stretch a single into a double, or scoring from second on an easy one-hop line drive single to right? He CANNOT throw accurately. Count the times you hear the announcers say this line in 2012: “And the throw from Heyward is…offline.”

phoenix

March 25th, 2012
8:19 am

I just read a comment from McLouth about how he’s happy to be back with the Pirates: “I felt lost the past couple of years with the Braves.”

Well, he didn’t get lost on the basepaths, that’s for damn sure.

MikeY

March 25th, 2012
8:33 am

With Hinske as LF, looks like Diaz, Ross, and Jack Wilson are locks (tho Diaz and Ross have not hit this spring). Looks like Parraz, Durango, Constanza, and Sutton are fighting it out for the last 2 spots. Constanza has not hit this spring and Durango has been lights out, so if we need a true CF type, I’d pick Durango over Constanza. And durango is a switch-hitter (Constanza used to be be changed to only LH after a hand injury a while ago).

I like Sutton, he is a switch-hitter, and can play everywhere except C and CF. But he has slumped lately.

01HAWK

March 25th, 2012
8:38 am

This spring, McLouth is batting .370 (10-for-27). He’s hit safely in four of his past five games.

He never wanted to be here. Sad that he maybe better than what we have for backups or starters possibly.

01HAWK

March 25th, 2012
8:39 am

01HAWK

March 25th, 2012
8:43 am

archie………………………………..I agree with you about HEYWARD. He is not a very good or good outfielder. Go back and look at balls hit over his head that are close to the fence. He almost always does not catch that ball, just as DIAZ does the same thing.

Good arm, but not accurate. Misses the cut off man nearly every time. He will not win a GOLD GLOVE in the outfield.

Larry

March 25th, 2012
8:47 am

Stinger2,

This is the routine “Larry,” not the Larry @ 1:59 am (I am an early to bed/early to rise “Larry!” And top of the morning to you, Phil!

If you haven’t noticed, my “negativity” you mention (reality from my perspective) is centered mostly around the manager, his decisions, and the general Braves offensive philosophy of free swingers and horrid fundamental baseball.

I am a huge fan of the Falcons (23 year STH), indifferent toward the Hawks and the NBA in general (prefer the college game), and greatly respect and cheer for all the Braves players with perhaps a couple of payroll handcuffing exceptions. In sum, this team may be just shy of championship caliber, but it is substantially better than Fruti is getting out of it.

And, Chris, after a 9 year baseball career, and after playing high school, college, and two highly unnoteworthy years as an NFL QB, I can assure you I understand a thing or two about sports and strong, effective leadership–been in business development since hanging up the uniforms. It is my opinion that Fruiti is way above his already low cognitive ceiling as a manager. And one certainly doesn’t need to be a “Bill Walsh” to manage, by and large, some of the weakest minds in sports, baseball players, but one must minimally possess the aptitude to know what can and cannot work with certain players and/or certain circumstances and Fruiti, as nicely as I can say it, doesn’t have this minimal standard.

But don’t blame him….blame those who ,pomoted and executed his hiring, as indeed none of us would turn down the opportunity to be a major league manager! And for the record, I hope Fruiti manages us to 100 wins and Chipper hits .350 / 30 / 100 this year!

smallmouth6

March 25th, 2012
8:50 am

The Braves need to trade Constanza and let him go to someone that appreciates him. Fred obviously does not, or maybe he is afraid of how good he will be in 2012 with many of us believing his odd benching last year was instrumental in the Braves collapse. Let him play somewhere.

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
9:00 am

reckingball
March 24th, 2012
10:38 pm

Heyward could hit between 25 to 30HRs, with 100RBIs to go along with them

I agree but do we really want a .200 hitter with 25-30 HRs? Probably so since we don’t have anything else any better.

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
9:00 am

reckingball
March 24th, 2012
10:38 pm

Heyward could hit between 25 to 30HRs, with 100RBIs to go along with them

I agree but do we really want a .200 hitter with 25-30 HRs? Probably so since we don’t have anything else any better.

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
9:07 am

100

MikeY
March 25th, 2012
8:33 a

100% in agreement.

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
9:07 am

100

MikeY
March 25th, 2012
8:33 a

100% in agreement.

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
9:12 am

old man
March 25th, 2012
8:05 am

Boy, with Durango in LF, we would have the fastest OF in MLB. Does anyone

That may be our only option, beat out a bunt, steal second, steal third then steal home.

Larry

March 25th, 2012
9:14 am

smallmouth6,

In the fews weeks prior to his ankle injury while hustling out an infield single, I distinctly recall how fans and writers alike were calling this the most exciting and versatile offense for the Braves since the pairing of speedsters Nixon, Smith, Sanders and Gant in the early 90’s. Finally, we could manufacture runs.

But, Fruti disallows Constanza to reclaim recover from his injury, buries him on the bench, and sits like a mindless pinhead as his team goes 10-20 in September while he sits and waits for a home run to win a game for him he is incapable of making the in-game decisions to aid his team in victory.

Much more irritated am I toward the fans and writers that can’t grasp or choose to ignore this (thus enabling its continuance).

bobby cerasuolo

March 25th, 2012
9:19 am

Enter your comments here

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
9:21 am

old man
March 25th, 2012
7:42 am

I have been advocating for some time that the solution to the Chipper payroll problem was for him to have reconstruttive surgery on both knees, out for the season, Crip gets two new knees, $14mil and Braves get to collect his salary from the Ins Co.

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
9:25 am

ncbravesfan
March 25th, 2012
7:32 am

You say we have pitching, where the hell is it?

bobby cerasuolo

March 25th, 2012
9:28 am

How bout trading Delgado Prado and who ever doesn’t win the SS job to the Angels for Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo. I would Trumbo in RF move Jhey to CF and Bourne to LF and Alberto can play 3rd

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
9:29 am

Stinger2
March 25th, 2012
4:44 am

Ralph, Larry, phil, et all : Do you ever have anything nice to say about the Braves

God I wish here was something nice to say, no kool-aid for me.

jfreak13713

March 25th, 2012
9:38 am

Baseball has a long history of guys who had great rookie seasons and then for some reason never got better. I hope Heyward isn’t that guy and I don’t believe he is but only he can decide what his future will be. He is a good young man who has allstar talent and with Chipper retiring Atlanta needs another sports hero to celebrate. Maybe its Jason Heyward?

panamajack

March 25th, 2012
9:41 am

by cerasuolo
March 25th, 2012
9:28 am

How bout trading Delgado Prado and who ever doesn’t win the SS job to the Angels for Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo. I would Trumbo in RF move Jhey to CF and Bourne to LF and Alberto can play 3rd

How about including J-Hey in that trade instead of Prado.

panamajack

March 25th, 2012
9:45 am

jfreak13713
Atlanta needs another sports hero to celebrate. Maybe its Jason Heyward?

Not likely.

Vol4ever

March 25th, 2012
10:03 am

This organization from Manager to ownership has become just like the Hawks, a complete joke.

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
11:40 am

STH @10:59pm………”Enough speculatin”,
I believe that just about everyone on this blog, is speculating about the 2012 season.
I am looking at the good things that could possibly happen, instead of taking, the someone just peed on my birthday cake view, that so many others on this blog seem to enjoy taking.
Go Braves!

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
11:45 am

randy @1:57……..”if so respond back 100 dollars i get closer to his numbers”, what the heck?
It looks like you are smoking some stuff that is a lot better than what I have.
Go Braves!

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
11:53 am

Ralph @9:00am ………..Yes I believe that most teams would want anybody that could play adequate D and hit 25 to 30 HRs and 100RBI.
If Haywood could have done 25 to 30 and the 100 in 2011, I think that the odds are great, that the Braves could have won at least, a couple of extra games last year.

SSIgator

March 25th, 2012
11:55 am

“Heyward could be Braves’ backup in center”

Sure, why not? He can just as easily miss the cutoff man from center as he can from right field. Jason Wayward needs a little quality time in Gwinnett.

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
11:59 am

Le Brave @1:35……..”why are so many of the Atlanta fans so negative?”
I hope that you are not judging all of the Braves fans by the majority of the people on these AJC blogs.
They really do not represent most of the Braves fans, in my opin.,
at least, not the Braves fans that I know.

Bill M.

March 25th, 2012
12:28 pm

reckingtonball—What are there to be positive about. The only thing I see positive is Chipper retiring. I’m one of his biggest fans. He should have retired last year. I have been supporting this team since 1966. I consider myself a true Braves fan. Anybody can see with the makeup of this team is going nowhere. Until the team is sold and get a new management, we will have to put up with this junk.

Fastball

March 25th, 2012
12:32 pm

Chipper returns as player/manager.

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
12:39 pm

Well I see all the Heyward Haters are on here. WHINE WHINE WHINE

64 year Braves fan

March 25th, 2012
1:03 pm

Fredi Gonzalez better get this team winning some games soon or he won’t make opening day.
He is a joke. Trade Heyward while he still has a “little” value.

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
1:07 pm

He could 325. hit 50 Hrs. 155RBI , You would still WHINE. Give it a break and be patient.

phil

March 25th, 2012
1:11 pm

Your typical spring training soreness,” Wren said. “He should be good to go in a day or so.”

Uh oh. Venters is doomed.

phil

March 25th, 2012
1:15 pm

Bill M – you have to understand that this reckingball guy is clueless. He can’t accept that we aren’t very good.

Even the disaster ahead of us this year won’t make a dent in his brick hard head of denial.

Fire FG!!

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
1:18 pm

Hello Uncle Phil

bvillebaron

March 25th, 2012
1:38 pm

Phil:

Actually you and the rest of the negative nellies who jump to braod based conclusions based upon meaningless Spring Training statistics are the ones who are cluleless, absolutely clueless.

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
1:42 pm

ST stats mean nothing

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
1:44 pm

Now, now, phil, you have repeatedly whined and cried about me picking on you, and begged me to stop communicating with you.
I have complied with your request out of pity for you, even though, you make so many moronic comments, it is hard, not to comment.
But, I really don’t care about your opinion that much.
If you want to start it up again, go ahead.

Odelay

March 25th, 2012
1:45 pm

Why hasn’t Heyward played since Wednesday?

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
1:49 pm

Cmon reckingball Play nice

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
1:52 pm

Bill M. 12:28pm………If you want to throw the towel in, before the Braves even finish ST, that is your privilege, you have a lot of company, with many of these other blogsters.
I am going to wait until the real season starts.
Almost anything can happen in baseball. Look at the Giants in ‘09.
Go Braves!

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
1:54 pm

Samantha @1:49…….ref. my 1:44pm comment…..That was nice.

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
1:54 pm

Amen I finally found a patient man. That is unbelieveable

Kevin

March 25th, 2012
2:20 pm

To the commenters @8am – if you don’t think Jason Heyward can throw, you’re idiots. I guess you didn’t think Francoeur could throw, either. I don’t see many baserunners taking 2nd on him. What are you watching?
And for anybody who thinks an outfielder is supposed to catch every ball hit over his head, you never played much outfield. And 200ft Little League fields don’t really count.

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
2:22 pm

Good job Kevin

Bill M.

March 25th, 2012
2:39 pm

Samanta— ST stats mean nothing. How are you going to tell how they are playing. It’s a sad looking bunch right now. They had better get their act together. The only team they can beat is the lowley Astros.

braves hawk

March 25th, 2012
2:40 pm

Heyward was hurt last year and like McCain probably came back too soon and his performance poor. Once he gets his swing and the proper coaching, and he is willing to listen, he will be great. Francoure had several years of mediocre performance and fans were still willing to give the man a break and cheered the guy building his confidence. Give the man a chance and if he bats .200 this year send him packing or back to the minors to relearn how to hit.

Bill M.

March 25th, 2012
2:41 pm

Samantha— Sorrow for spelling your name wrong.

Samantha

March 25th, 2012
2:43 pm

Cmon Bill M Have patience, I found one man with patience I dont guess I found another. Thats typical men.

Kevin

March 25th, 2012
2:43 pm

Regardless, you don’t give up on young players too soon. How many Braves fans would take Jeff Francoeur back right now? And START him in – who cares? – left or right? I would.

Bill M.

March 25th, 2012
2:44 pm

Reckingball— Who said I was throwing in the towel. Just face it if the Braves don’t get their act together, they will finish below the Mets. God I hope not.

Kevin

March 25th, 2012
2:45 pm

That Ryan Church trade really made a difference, huh?

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