Heyward racking up homers

While Jason Heyward has seen his all-around game get back to the level of his standout rookie season in 2010, he’s putting up some eye-popping home run numbers.

Heyward had hit two home runs in the Braves past three games entering Sunday to give him a career-high 27 on the season, nine more than he hit in 2010. Heyward said he’s stayed with the same approach, and is playing within himself, and the home runs are still coming.

“I was telling (hitting coach Greg Walker) yesterday after I hit that home run,” Heyward said. “’I just told myself do not try to hit this ball over the fence. Just go up here, try to put up a good AB and everything else is going to take care of itself.’”

His two-run home run in the sixth inning tied the game 4-4 and the Braves went on to win 5-4.

Teammate Dan Uggla thinks Heyward’s power has come with better pitch selection at the plate.

“When you’re more selective and you’re taking swings that are better pitches to hit you’re going to have more success,” Uggla said. “And with him being as strong as he is, he doesn’t have to center it up, center cut, and hit it perfect for it to go out of the ballpark. He can get jammed a little bit, catch it a little bit off the end, and he can go from foul pole to foul pole.”

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Carlos Collazo

September 16th, 2012
7:26 pm

Yeah, Heyward is definitely coming into his own. Living up to the hype. Love watching him play.

David from Athens. AL

September 16th, 2012
7:28 pm

eskippy

September 16th, 2012
7:32 pm

If I’m not mistaken, Heyward showed up in 2011 all bulked up like Uggla did this year. Have you thought about that Dan?

Casey in Idaho

September 16th, 2012
8:17 pm

Pitch selection, Uggla. Really?! Uggla is recognizing the importance of pitch selection?! Baaaaaaaaaaa, haaaa, haa, ha, ha, ha ….

P-Man

September 16th, 2012
9:28 pm

Perhaps, Casey in Idaho, if you realized the importance of pitch selection, Uggla might be criticizing and laughing at you, instead of the other way around. My mom always said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say…”

optimist

September 16th, 2012
9:58 pm

What does Uggla know about hitting?

lee maye

September 16th, 2012
11:57 pm

Fredi lets Danny swing 3-0 tonight and he weakly pops up. Come on Fredi. Think of the team. This is getting unnatural, your love affair with Danny.

Have you noticed though, that Danny is trying to strike out less, and just put the ball in play? The batting coach or someone has changed him. Also, did you notice the look on Chipper’s face when Uggla popped up a 3-0? Priceless.

Casey in Idaho

September 17th, 2012
1:40 am

Uggla pops up 3-0 … It is all about pitch selection, right Danny Boy? Baaaaaaaa, haaaaaa, haaa, haa, ha … Hoooooooo, hoooooo, hooo, hoo, ho! Heeeeeee, heeeee, heeee, he, he! But hey, he did get the big knock tonight! So I will give props where props are due. (Uggla talking authoritively about pitch selection is like the fat man walking around giving weight-loss advice.)

Casey in Idaho

September 17th, 2012
1:46 am

Enter your comments hereAnd P-man, I do understand the importance of pitch selection; that is what makes Uggla’s comments so funny. If he knows the Ted Williams philosophy of “get a good pitch to hit,” then he should be batting better than .213. “You know what my secret is?” Uggla asks in a whisper. “Pitch selection. That is why Jason and I hits so guuud. We both gots guuud pitch selection.”

Larry A

September 17th, 2012
7:29 am

Dan Uggla talking about pitch selection?? Now that is rich…

BRAVELESS

September 17th, 2012
10:54 am

Why would any sensible news reporter interview a .210 hitter like Uggla for comments about another player on the team. The only comments in the newspaper about Uggla should be annoucing his trade or release. Mr. Muscle man might want to try out for a linebacker position with the Falcons.

Jake

September 17th, 2012
10:54 am

Dan Uggla also leads the league in walks, so I would say he DOES know something about pitch selection. That is all.

Chipper is King

September 17th, 2012
12:00 pm

Where are all the Heyward doubters/ haters now? Those people need to be extradited to the moon.

tbhawksfan

September 17th, 2012
12:48 pm

Hard to defend a .210 hitter, but here goes; 3-0 with the bases loaded, should get a good pitch to hit. That’s the pitch you gotta hit. Good selection, bad execution. Maybe with the high price of runs, walking in one would be enough.

Brave New World

September 17th, 2012
1:07 pm

The J-Hey Kid rocks!

Brave New World

September 17th, 2012
1:10 pm

Chipper is King September 17th, 2012 12:00 pm Where are all the Heyward doubters/ haters now?

Piling on Uggla. And when he starts hitting, piling on someone else who is struggling. That’s what losers do.

Disbott3000

September 17th, 2012
1:18 pm

Dan Uggla is very knowledgable about what makes other people better hitters. Maybe he should try some disassociation exercises or something to figure out what he needs to fix himself. I’m not saying he can’t draw a walk sometimes, but maybe he should lay off dissecting what other people are doing right until he can get his average above .250 and stop setting team strike out records. Keep improving Ugs. We need you to be hitting like an All Star the rest of the way.

bobby

September 17th, 2012
1:47 pm

Maybe Uggla should listen to his own advice.

Sports Fan of Everything Georgia, except Teh

September 17th, 2012
3:22 pm

Jason Heyward is having a solid bounce back year, Dan is struggling but maybe he will get hot for the playoffs. I just hope that Hanson isn’t on the playoff roster!!

Quack Quack

September 17th, 2012
3:42 pm

J-Hey is the BOMB!!!

GO BRAVES!!!

74bravesjersey

September 17th, 2012
3:45 pm

Another thing, J-Hey is getting the idea of good plate discipline, going up there w/ an approach, I think Dan Uggla can use this approach(which walk & fletch have given them some sort of mental approach, aggressive early, but look for what’s in you’re zone, having that mental approach, look for you’re pitch, even though that pitcher wants to sucker you with his pitch, to sucker you to flail at someth’n off the plate, or too high or too low, no it’s not easy to do, just have the mental focus of covering you’re hitting zone, fast or slow, what counts is you being Dead Red in you’re zone, ( O gosh, o’l knucklehead 74bravesjersey thinks he’s a expert on major league hitting) No, nowhere near, I’ve just observed, listened, studied some, & no don’t have all the answers, I’d wished I did, I still learn from other posters here, I’ll never arrived till after I’m gone, so just a heads up on he thinks he’s an expert here, the Doctor slapped my mom after he delivered me, Lord, Bless her soul. I was thankful last night they made it tough on “Gio”. He was hopeing they give in to his ball movement & sucker them w/ his offspeed off the plate, but the guys didn’t give in, how many walks did he have last night. He was giving in to them. A number of Bravos showed good plate discipline, & it wore him down. Yeah , this is easy to chatter about it than to actually do it, & no I couldn’t do it, but this is what the guys are living for, so why not be a student in hitting, to hone-in you’re craft. I’ve been tryi’n to read up on good hitting approaches, & fundamentals for my kids, & I have spent some doe for hitt’n lessons, these dudes been in it all there lives, & I can’t touch the surface of what they know, but I observe & learn, just like I do here. Simple phrases mentally, don’t give in w/ 2 strikes, stay-alive, be a good 2 strike hitter, put the ball in play, anything can happen (just like “pastor’ or “rev”did the other night). Take anything to help you’re team win. So the Bravos are in the hunt, & minds are sharper during the chase, focus more disciplined.

74bravesjersey

September 17th, 2012
3:50 pm

Dang Ralph! Theres O’l 74, going off the deep end, yeah, it’s bad, I have a long-winded disease.

Blake

September 17th, 2012
5:04 pm

Uggla needs to think about pitch selection too before He gives advise on It….

Blake

September 17th, 2012
5:07 pm

Lets be cautious fans and remember….the Braves lost 3 straight to the lowly Brewers B4 they won 3 straight against the Nats…..The Braves aren’t there yet…!

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