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The Jason Heyward nets

Feb 26, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

I’m a gigantic fanboy, but even I’m getting a little tired of the Jason Heyward hype. The latest:

When manager Bobby Cox said that the Braves will probably install
nets to protect cars from Jason Heyward’s prodigious batting-practice
home runs, reporters thought he was kidding.

He was not kidding.

“I’m serious,” Cox said Thursday at Champion Stadium. “Smashing too many cars.”

Heyward has created a buzz that’s transcended Braves camp and spread
throughout baseball, with tales of the 20-year-old outfield prospect’s
hitting exploits becoming the stuff of blog- and Twitter-fueled legend.

As Braves assistant general manager Bruce Manno could attest, this is not myth. This stuff is happening — Manno has an $3,400 estimate for repairs as proof.

Impressive, sure, but it would be way more impressive if anyone in the Braves’ organization was smart enough no to put a parking lot behind the right field fence.

  1. Charles Gates - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Last year, Matt Weiters was supposed to be the 2nd coming, hyped to bring salvation to all baseball fans. This year, I heard that Jason Heyward’s performance will prevent the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy from occuring.

  2. Ryan - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Jason Heyward doesn’t hit the ball, he scares it into flying over the fence.

  3. gumbercules - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    This is where you’re wrong. Jason Heyward IS the Mayan Doomsday Propehcy.

  4. Charles Gates - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    RE: Tags:
    If Jayson Heyward hits cleanup, the batting order will be -2, -1, 0, 1 because Jayson Heyward is #1 at everything. Likewise, the official scorer will renumber the defensive positions in a similar fashion.

  5. Ryan - Feb 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Man, we have to reset the calendar again. There will be BC, AD and now we’ll be at 0 again in the JHE – Jason Heyward Era.

  6. Kid Charlemagne - Feb 26, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Jason Heyward will be 20 this year, and is likely to play right field, which is designated by the numbe 9; his natural position in the batting order is the 3-hole.
    (20)+(9+3)=2012. Q.E.D.

  7. Chris Simonds - Feb 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    What impresses me – impresses me as very sad – is that the Braves front office apparently believed it didn’t have a hitter in the organization who could clear the right field fence in a minor league ballpark. Or is this one like 480 feet from home plate…

  8. BC - Feb 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Let’s see him do something in real MLB action first. Remember these guys and the stellar careers they had?
    http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2007/1023/mlb_hurdle_300.jpg
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_yG6okqaH09g/SZ8JYjgcDHI/AAAAAAAACLE/PixFvcubJhk/s320/jefferies05toppsff.jpg

  9. Chuck Norris - Feb 26, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_WTdyo9VddKk/SDjF_XMuOqI/AAAAAAAAAJ8/xGJvf6IuLhk/s400/Chuck%2BNorris%2BApproves.JPG

  10. Cassie Mcalevy - Feb 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM

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