Eric, good post. I do think the evidence of Heyward’s immaturity/attitude problem is mounting, however it only qualifies as disappointing compared to the reputation he had for being a level headed, extra mature player. Until Heyward becomes a Bradley/Manny/Yunel degree problem, which he never will, I don’t see a big problem. But I sympathize with those who are disappointed that he seems immature. Not a personality I can see myself getting behind as a favorite player or anything.
But whatever. His potential as a baseball-cracking beast is still there in my opinion. Injuries and sophomore slumping can easily account for what we’re seeing now. My patience with Heyward is still plenty.
Could this be the case where Heyward is Frency and Freeman is McCann. Not to hate on Heyward, as I am apt to do, and not giving up on him as I did Frenchy. Maybe all the hype being on one guy hampers his development while allowing his good friend to prosper in his shadow to become a great player.
Let’s see if the Braves offer early extensions to Heyward and Freeman and see if it plays out in a similar fashion.
I’m going over to the DOB blog to post Eric’s address
#329: Why Bub? I think he’s a classic change of scenery guy and he could be huge.
For the record, I don’t hate Heyward. I have my opinions about what a terrible person he is (just kidding), but my frustration with him is only in relation to the sublime stretches he had last year and my corresponding expectations for this year.
Walker, I said there’s mounting evidence for a fairly innocuous brand of immaturity from Heyward. That’s as mild as I can make it.
Steve, Yunel was a change of scenery guy, too. I don’t dig on ballplayers who punk out until they can get somewhere else and catch fire to validate the chip on their shoulder. I watched Upton a lot during my Rays Fan rebellion. No thanks.
But I’m not worried. Wren won’t do it. It’s posturing.
Another thing we have in our pockets, which I don’t see mentioned much, is the return in prospects for Hanson or JJ if we keep enough pieces to replenish the rotation on the cheap.
A year and a half to two years of JJ or Hanson on the trade market could bring us a big time hitter from somebody’s farm. Of course, that’s a good ways off. But it’s worth salivating over in bored moments.
The Braves are setting up as buyers this Trade Deadline season. They have talked to the White Sox about Carlos Quentin and continued to evaluate the possibility of adding Rays’ outfielder B.J. Upton. But early Thursday evening, a Major League scout said Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick is at the top of the Braves’ wish list. Ludwick would fill the club’s desire to add someone who could play each of the outfield positions and provide some offense. Ludwick has hit just .238 with 11 homers and a .675 OPS through his first 99 games with the Padres this year. The 33-year-old outfielder will be a free agent at the end of the season, and the Braves could acquire him now without having to part ways with the kind of prospects needed to land Quentin or Hunter Pence from the Astros.
Lol, McLouth to the DL. Really? It’s just a comical at this point. Wren shold just put out an add for a centerfielder. “Needs to be able to hit 8th, bat .200, steal a base every once in a while, and hit the cut off man”
Constanza. Anybody know anything about this guy? I can’t recall having seen him play.
The Braves, according to sources, offered a package that included prospects they weren’t willing to dangle in front of the Mets on Carlos Beltran — but got shut down. One source who spoke with the Braves’ brass Friday came away convinced they were out of it and moving on.