Heyward sixth player in majors to 15/15

Jason Heyward stole his career-high 15th base of the season on Saturday against the Phillies and hit his 16th home run Sunday against Roy Halladay, moving him over the plateau of 15 or more home runs and 15 stolen bases on the season.

Heyward was the sixth player in the majors to reach 15/15 this season, along with the Brewers’ Ryan Braun, Nationals’ Ian Desmond, Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez, White Sox’ Alex Rios and Angels’ Mike Trout.

Heyward has two months to become the Braves’ first 20-steal, 20-homer man since Andruw Jones in 2000, when he hit 36 home runs and stole 21 bases.

“Fifteen stolen bases is not a lot and I’m not content with 16 homers,” said Heyward, whose career-high in home runs is 18. “I want to keep going. More production means more wins, especially from the No. 3 hole, you’ve got guys in front of you.”

The Braves have had only 20 players in franchise history reach both 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season.

“He’s got the all-around game,” said Chipper Jones, who was 20/20 twice in his career, in 1997 and his MVP year in 1999. “He can hit the ball in the gaps and run. He can hit the ball out of the ballpark, we know that. He can help us manufacture runs, steal bases, and as we get him to cut down on strikeouts you’re going to see those numbers go up.”

Jones has no problem seeing Heyward reach the 30-30 plateau before long. But it’s the fact that he’s holding his own in the all-important No. 3 hole that’s impressed him.

“If Walk and Fletch and myself had said to ourselves this offseason, at the 100-game mark JHey would be hitting third, we’d be like ‘Hell yeah,’” Jones said, referring to the work he did assisting hitting coaches Greg Walker and Scott Fletcher with Heyward after an off 2011 season. “He was a big project.”

Heyward has hit third for the 25th consecutive game on Sunday since June 29. He drove in the game-winning run in Saturday 2-1 win over the Phillies to give him 11 game-winning RBIs on the season, which leads the team.

Jones said one of the biggest adjustments Heyward has made this season was laying off inside pitches.

“I think he’s done a better job this year of recognizing what is a strike and what is not inside, and it’s allowed him to be more consistent on the outside corner,” Jones said. “That’s where he’s going to do his damage is out there, when you can get extended.”

26 comments Add your comment

bruce

July 29th, 2012
2:34 pm

Jaaaaaaaaaaaaay Heeeeeeeeeeeeey

bruce

July 29th, 2012
2:37 pm

the cool stat is when 22 gets to 22/22

The Rock

July 29th, 2012
2:40 pm

I smell what Jay-Hey is cooking.

Keith

July 29th, 2012
2:41 pm

Nice update.

DOB, any word on a possible reliever Brave are targeting?

Go Braves. :)

Keith

July 29th, 2012
2:41 pm

nobody

July 29th, 2012
2:55 pm

Reading this article just confirms that Chipper needs a coaching job on this team ASAP

Larry

July 29th, 2012
3:27 pm

Chipper can’t even manage his own life; how can he manage others?

nobody

July 29th, 2012
3:29 pm

I think we all know plenty of people that are more into their work then their personal life and as a result the personal side suffers. Im not hiring him outside of the clubhouse. Im hiring for inside it.

Mike from the coast

July 29th, 2012
3:37 pm

Carroll wrote this.

The call me P.F.

July 29th, 2012
4:07 pm

Judgmental people are a buzz kill.

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
4:29 pm

Chipper’s last 24 games (including today): .384 (33-for-86) batting average, 5 HRs, .449 on-base percentage, .663 slugging percentage…..not bad for a future hall of famer……thinking about reconsidering that retirement idea….Chip?

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2012
4:35 pm

Well….the Braves just burried the Phils….now they can start their “fire sale.” What has happend to all the Phillies fans who used to come on here and rag the Braves……reminder 5 straight division titles does not even come close to 14 straight……Go Braves. Begin another streak.

Brvs1fan

July 29th, 2012
4:41 pm

Yogi Berra

July 29th, 2012
4:43 pm

5 are 14 don’t have a damn thing to do with NOW! The past is the past. Do it now!

79

July 29th, 2012
4:54 pm

A guy in my office is going through a nasty divorce. He isn’t performing at all up to his standards..but everybody understands because of the family problems…..There are two sides to every marriage break-up and I only hear his……..I’m sure you’ve read all about it….in the AJC….

No, you have not.

However Chipper does it, he’s hitting .300+ and leaving his marital problems outside the lines. I wish the guy in my office would do it so well………..

Lobosolo

July 29th, 2012
5:06 pm

Poor old Larry, the self-appointed legend because he, in his own words, used to be a really good player… too bad you didn’t learn what the game was about, Mr. Baseball… LOL! What a miserable existence…
La-ree, La-reee!!! … take your ball and run on home, sniveler… what a tool…. LOLOLOL!!!!

Teddy B

July 29th, 2012
5:08 pm

Heyward is a monster. He’s gonna get hot again and really do some damage, so glad we have this guy.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
5:16 pm

Any trades coming our way?

BLynn

July 29th, 2012
6:21 pm

Hey Lobosolo.
I bet you do a lot of things solo – especially with your right hand. Shut up and watch a 1st ballot hall of famer do his thing.

urban redneck

July 29th, 2012
6:49 pm

the hundreds of people who called him a bum on this blog last year sure have changed their tune, and with good reason. now if someone would only teach him how to slide in feet first. go bravos.

Amber Girl

July 29th, 2012
7:00 pm

@ Mr BLynn you are not being very nice. I forgive you but please nicer language.

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2012
10:54 pm

Chipper Jones for Braves hitting coach in 2014. We all know he will take at least 1 year off after his retirement at the end of the season, so hopefully he will be the hitting coach in 2014. By then we will have a new manager as well, so maybe someone like Greg Maddux would be a great candidate for the next Braves manager position.

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2012
10:57 pm

Hell, lets bring the band back together. Maddux for manager, Smoltz or Glavine for pitching coach, Chipper as hitting coach, whoever doesn’t become the pitching coach can be the bench coach, then we can have Justice for 3rd base coach, Murphy for 1st base coach, and Javy Lopez for bullpen coach.

How does that sound?

Big Country

July 30th, 2012
1:27 am

Jay Hey is the Man!!!!!!!!

ijudgenot

July 30th, 2012
8:53 am

I have to give Fredi credit for finally putting together a lineup that makes since. The Braves have two 3rd place hitters in Heyward and Freeman. Heyward’s speed makes him more suitable than Freeman just as Chipper’s speed in his younger days made him more suitable as a3rd place hitter. I like the idea of having Chipper batting cleanup also because he is a better hitter than McCann and is a switch hitter so is more a situational better match up than Freeman. Now if Fredi would be a little more creative and switch Bourn and Prado when a lefty is starting. This may help Bourn’s strikeout rate because he would be required to bunt more and try to move runners and it lessens the double play possibility with his speed.

Keith

July 30th, 2012
11:28 am

Sorry, yes, it is Carroll, not DOB. Please forgive the oversight. :)

Any other possible relievers besides Bethancourt?

GO BRAVES

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