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Hey look, Jason Heyward gets to play

Aug 23, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

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Jose Constanza, who has been ridin’ the wave, turned his ankle last night and has a mild sprain.  That has him out of the lineup against the Cubs tonight, which means that — wonder of wonders — Jason Heyward gets a start.  Of course, since this is Heyward and he’s in everyone’s dog house these days, Fredi Gonzalez has him batting him eighth.

Oh, wait. Constanza had been batting eighth? And Heyward, despite my man-crush, is still stuggling like no one’s business? Damn, it’s really hard when reality doesn’t coincide with all of your prejudices, ya know?

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Craig, it’s all good. They are playing the Cubs w/ Colewho? on the mound. Heyward and the rest of the squad will be okay. Too bad I won’t be there tonight b/c I’ve never once seen the Bravos lose at Wrigley while attending a game. Oh well, I’m confident that on TV, the Cubs will lose just as well. Also, now that you have written this, you have all but guaranteed Heyward will be on fire tonight.

    • trigzter - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:09 PM

      good call sir. he hits a grand slam

  2. hermitfool - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    It would appear the Braves learned nothing from their experience with Frenchy, another talented hard head who should have spent more time in the minors learning his trade.

    Until Heywood fixes the hole in his swing he should be riding a minor league bus.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      Haven’t read anywhere that Heyward is being stubborn or a hard head about his plate discipline or anything…have you?

      I assume the Braves will do what they did with Frenchy and demote and then eventually release him, if Heyward doesn’t pick it up over the next couple seasons…

    • A.J. - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:43 PM

      There is so much wrong with that comment. Specifically, any suggestion that “Heywood” is hard-headed or has even been asked to go to the minors or has refused to do so.

  3. nlfan865 - Aug 23, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    the braves are doing the right thing with heyward, they have a thousand people in that organization that can help him with his swing right where he is at…sending him down will not help him because he will not be performing at the same level.the adjustments he needs to make all center on him not the other players or coaches. the team has a long term interest in him and should show some patience(which they have) and continue to support these young players in their organization…freeman venters kimbrel all are under the same pressures just as uggla was in the first half of the season…theres an old saying Dance with the one that brung ya….he will come around but if they turn his back on him when he struggles then when he adjust and recovers he will remember….and that is not in the organizations best interest

    • macjacmccoy - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      Well the right thing for him wouldnt be to sit him on the bench while trying to improve his swing the right thing to do would be to DFA him. That way he would be able to work on his swing in game action and not just talk about it. He has done nothing this year to justify him staying in the majors. He should be sent down to work on his game.

      • macjacmccoy - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:15 PM

        Sending a guy down is not punishment like your making it out to be. The minors are there to help players develop. Take Halladay for example he was really good when he first came up like Heyward but then backslide. The Jays sent him down to the minors where he completely reworked his game and came back as the best pitcher in baseball. That is just 1 example these stories are all throughout baseballs history.

        Dance with the one who brought ya? Where did Heyward bring the Braves? That saying makes no sense in this case. He has done next to nothing all year. You would say that if there was talk about benching or demoting a guy who was having a great season in the beginning but then fell off. Not a guy who never had a chance to fall off bc how bad hes been playing all along.

      • nlfan865 - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:31 AM

        and i guess youre saying they should have sent uggla down to the minors before the break….it believe it would be easier to say you dont have a clue what it takes to manage talent at this level

    • nlfan865 - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:28 AM

      hmmmm….then he goes out and hits a grand slam….yeah there is a reason why fans dont run successful baseball organizations…they dont have patience

      • kast2l - Aug 24, 2011 at 11:06 AM

        I don’t think he should have ever been sent down but seeing Constanza play the way he’s been playing should motivate him to fix his swing bc he knows he’s better than constanza overall, but you can’t dismiss what constanza has brought to the braves with having essentially two base stealers at the beginning and bottom of the lineup is awesome. If constanza is on and bourne doubles constanza is almost guaranteed to score which heyward probably wouldn’t but i got off topic briefly but as people say him not playing every day does kinda hurt him turning it around.

  4. atworkident - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Trade him to my team. We’ll take him.

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