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The Braves are going to designate Jordan Schafer for assignment

Aug 1, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

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Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves are expected to designate Jordan Schafer for assignment.

Not a hard call. The team needs to clear roster space for Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell and Schafer is hitting .163/.256/.213. And he committed a dumb base running mistake the other night, violating the well-known rule about how, if you’re not producing at work, at least don’t get noticed.

Schafer still has legs and can man center field in a manner approximating a baseball player, so he’ll likely catch on someplace else, even if it’s just a minor league gig.

  1. thegoods24 - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Oh Craig, you’re just ever so witty

  2. baberuthslegs - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Batboy and Rubin.

  3. daveitsgood - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Or, the BJ Upton rule, if you’re not producing at work and getting noticed, make too much $$ so they won’t cut you (at least not right away, until they realize it’s sunk cost and might as well cut your losses and try to find a better option instead of hitting him leadoff and giving him the most amount of at bats/PAs on the team by doing so). Yes, it’s a complicated, yet simplistically dumb rule.

  4. nobs3 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Let’s examine exactly WHY hasn’t Schafer produced. Oh — that’s right — he gets to pinch run about every 3 games, and maybe pinch hit every 5 or 6, and his rare starts occur about once every 3 weeks. NO MLB player can stay sharp with that amount of playing time (have you noticed the decline in Pena recently — for the same reason?).

    Schafer is a much better outfielder than BJ Upton, who can’t judge a ball hit over his head, and therefore plays so deep that he can’t get to balls hit to shallow center — plus, Upton has no arm. But Fredi feels he must play BJ every day because Frank Wren mortgaged the farm — and probably sold his soul — to get him. We fans are still trying to understand what convinced Wren that BJ was worth that big, long-term contract.

    Yes, Schafer got picked off the other day — and that’s not good by any stretch. But how often has BJ cost us with similar base running blunders (like over-sliding 2nd base last night)? Worse, how many times have the Braves failed to score simply because their “rally” got started with one out — after BJ struck out to lead off an inning?

    OK, choosing to keep Upton over Schafer is an economic decision because of BJ’s huge contract. But the long-term impact could prove to hurt the team even more.

    • bravojawja - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      That’s pretty much what Schafer said:

      “You have no rhythm (without consistent playing time), you have no feel. No matter how much BP you take it’s not the same as at-bats.”

      Also: Dear God, AJC, just spring for an editor already. Hire back one of the dozens you fired a few years ago. (You can split the cost with ProSoccerTalk, which also needs one. Several, actually.)

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