Bourn wants to become complete player

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

Just once did Michael Bourn successfully try to hit a home run – and that came at the Double-A level.

However, Bourn is showing some power this season. The leadoff hitter had his seventh home run, two more than his previous best, Tuesday to lead off the Braves’ first inning. It was his third leadoff homer of the year.

“I just hit the ball in the right spot,” said Bourn, who hit a cutter off Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson. “I feel like I’m strong enough to do it but if you hit the ball in the right spot on the bat, it’ll go. That’s all I’m doing.”

Bourn went 2-for-5 in the series opener. He entered Wednesday’s game with a .312 average and leads the majors with 13 games with three or more hits.

“I think he has a pretty good baseball swing and he’s a strong kid,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “You get him in the wheelhouse he can [hit the ball] out of the ball park. He’s not one of those guys who will chop the ball and run. He is a guy that can hit the ball out of the ball park, hit balls in the gap.”

Power is one thing, but Bourn said he wants to become a complete player.

“I want to work on having an all-around game, I do,” Bourn said. “But I don’t think just home runs are the key. I think you have to work on everything. I can bunt. I’m OK at it. I’m talking about being good at it. I want to be good at bunting because it’ll open up the whole field for you. I think it’s something I can work on, especially down to third.”

- Carroll Rogers contributed to this report.

30 comments Add your comment

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 27th, 2012
6:07 pm

Bourn’s 29. He’s not a kid. ;)

bruce

June 27th, 2012
6:22 pm

I agree… bunt down third and make them play him honest

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

June 27th, 2012
6:23 pm

I vote that the Braves re-sign Bourn and lower beer prices at the Ted.

IsFreemanaWussie

June 27th, 2012
6:28 pm

Orange Brave: Don’t hold your breath on either.

Yogi Berra

June 27th, 2012
6:34 pm

Its fun to dream Billy Jack…

I’d rather they sign Bourn than McCann.

Kirk

June 27th, 2012
6:56 pm

Thanks Carroll.

go-BRAVOS

June 27th, 2012
8:20 pm

Just look at the Braves offense with Bourn and without him and it seems like an obvious choice. Definitely would rather have Bourn in his prime than a declining BMac but with this front office in charge I imagine they will try to sign the hometown player in McCann. If they let Bourn walk they are bigger idiots than the Hawks for giving Joe Johnson a max contract.

Go Braves!

urban redneck

June 27th, 2012
8:52 pm

what do we offer? higher dollar at four years instead of a five or six year deal would be my choice. four years, 40 mil is a bargain. no telling what boras wants.

extremus

June 27th, 2012
9:13 pm

Anybody else wonder how much of that $950 million settlement that Liberty Media just won will be spent on anything to do with the Atlanta Braves?

Answer: Probably $0.00. Ah, it stinks to have a corporate, faceless ownership 2,000 miles away.

Larry

June 27th, 2012
9:55 pm

The sad thing is Bourn’s talent and impact, like so many others on this team, is being wasted by the most cognitively deficient manager in all of baseball.

Imagine this team with a manager minimally capable of filling out an effective lineup?

Larry

June 27th, 2012
10:02 pm

extremus,

It isn’t the ownership penciling a catcher, the slowest runner on the team, in the 3 hole every night, nor is it the ownership making the dumbest pitching decisions day in and day out. Further, it isn’t the owners who gave KK, Lowe such ridiculous contratcs

And if you were the owner, how would you feel about signing Chipper’s $14,000,000.00 paychecks to play when he’s in the nood?

There’s plenty of money to field a competitive team…it just hast to be spent more wisely and with such assets managed by one with more than a double-digit IQ.

OTP

June 27th, 2012
10:06 pm

We are going to miss him.

IceColdATLien

June 27th, 2012
10:20 pm

Can’t complain about a guy who apparently just wants to continue to get better. He’s been in the clubhouse for almost a year now, and I can’t recall anything but positive comments coming from teammates or coaches. He’s a great defensive CF who has a nice offensive game and is in his prime… I’d like to see him at the top of the lineup for another four years or so.

Ken Stallings

June 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

Signing Bourne needs to be our number one priority for next season.

Compare and contrast the experience of this game to the two we lost in Boston. Hanson had a 6-0 lead after six complete. He started the seventh but ran into a wall. He had two outs, but then surrendered three straight hits, two singles, and then a three-run homer that chased him.

But, the lesson that Minor and Delgado should learn is that Hanson never stopped throwing strikes. He did not walk anyone. Sure, he surrendered three runs, and then Venters surrendered a solo homer to make it four runs scored in the top of the seventh.

But, no one got walked. It is a huge difference whether a team scores runs because they record consecutive hits vice get walks. Walks are so demoralizing. The Braves stopped the comeback and won the game 6-4. I guarantee the entire complexion of that game would have changed had Hanson got scared to throw strikes and walked the sacks full.

Nerdville

June 27th, 2012
10:40 pm

Why hasn’t Fredi benched Uggla? Even I knew he would just keep striking out tonight. And it is about time Heyward started doing something.

Virginia Brave Fan

June 27th, 2012
10:48 pm

Hey Nerdville, lay off Heyward. He’s batting .282. He’s got double digit homers and steals. Heyward’s been doing something all year.

Braveschipper

June 28th, 2012
2:00 am

With the new cash Liberty mutual is bringing in with the lawsuit – 980 million dollars. I am pretty sure they have enough money to resign the stud Bourn.

JNick

June 28th, 2012
3:21 am

McCann is on the verge of having an OPS under .700….and watch the front office pick up his $13mil option for next year. Awesome. I thought he “fixed the flaw” in his swing a few weeks ago????? When will Fruiti start batting him in the 8-hole where he belongs?

MikeY

June 28th, 2012
6:49 am

I think Boras is going to want 7 years, $15M per year for Bourn. So I think the chances the Braves re-sign him are nil. Also I think the Braves will accept the 2013 options on McCann ($12M, with a $.5M buyout if the Braves do not accept) and Hudson ($9M, with a $1M buyout).

It is also interesting to look at 2013, from a money perspective, Chipper and Lowe come off the books, and free agents Bourn, Ross, Hinske, Diaz, Wilson, Hernandez, and Durbin are possibly gone, if the Braves do not re-sign them. That frees up about $38M. BUT we will have a number of arbitration raises: Prado, Jurrjens, and O’Flaherty are all arb-3. Venters, Hanson, Medlin, Beachy, and Heyward are all arb-1. My guess is that raises for all these arb-eligible guys will eat about $15M. So that leaves about $23M in 2013 to either re-sign our FA’s or sign new FA’s. It will be interesting to see how the Jurrjens situation plays out, he is making $5.5M in 2012, if he does not continue to pitch well he could be released in 2013, which will free up at least $5.5M.

Constanza or Durango in CF in 2013? Could happen.

And I still think McCann has vision problems. He sure squints a lot at the plate.

MikeY

June 28th, 2012
6:52 am

And yes, I know Hernandez is gone…but the Braves are still on the hook for the remainer of his 2012 salary ($750K). Another amazing Wren goof.

Bob the Blogger

June 28th, 2012
8:12 am

I would love to keep Bourn, but my guess is that Boras will find someone willing to pay him $12-15 million through age 35. If so, the Braves will just have to let him go.

The Braves have no other options for a catcher, so signing McCann at $13m is a given. Maybe he’s just having an off year. It happens. We’ll know after next year, and the Braves can make their move accordingly.

a fan

June 28th, 2012
8:27 am

If I paid attention to LARRY’s nonsense. I would think we were in last place, buy I don’t.

a fan

June 28th, 2012
8:28 am

Larry go follow the Cubs

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
8:46 am

Larry not good braves. Go Braves!!!

doug

June 28th, 2012
10:53 am

I hope Bourn isn’t a Red Sox or Yankee next season, yet won’t surprise me one bit.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
10:57 am

doug Braves resign. patience! Go Braves

Rick

June 28th, 2012
11:57 am

MikeY, no way Constanza or Durango becomes CF next year. If they can’t keep Bourn I guarantee they will go after another free agent. Maybe Victorino.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
12:11 pm

I Agree, Rick good Braves Go Braves!!!!

Jeff

June 28th, 2012
2:25 pm

I agree with the McCann vision comment. Every time I was him bat, it seems like he can barely see. It is like me around 4:30 at work squinting at the computer screen.

A.W.

June 28th, 2012
2:27 pm

Jeff Not good Brave fan Go Braves!!!!

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