Listen Here, Jason Heyward

Written by Colin on June 29, 2010 – 10:00 am

I think it’s time to bitch at Jason Heyward just a bit.

Jason is an incredibly important part of the offense this season – batting second behind Prado and before Chipper means he’s a crucial part of setting the table. That’s not to mention the number of clutch hits he’s had and the power and run production he’s shown off this year.

The fact is simply that now he’s out for two more weeks (not to mention his .172 average for the 24 games prior). Now, I’m the first one to admit that Jason Heyward is even more valuable because he’s a threat on the base paths, but we need to change this sliding headfirst thing. That’s what led to this injury – sliding head first into third base.

I know it’s probably something he’s done his entire baseball career, but it’s time to change that. He’s too valuable now. We can afford to miss him for two weeks when Chipper and McCann are starting to pick up some of the slack. But once he’s anchoring the offensive production of the team and protecting people in the lineup, not to mention making millions of dollars, he can’t be batting .172 for three weeks and then sitting out two just because he’s too stubborn to learn to slide feet first. I don’t know why in the hell none of his minor league coaches made him switch, but it’s time now.

It’s time to slide feet first, Jason. Learn to do it. You’ve got too much potential power and run producing capability to be effectively useless for five weeks. Your hands are too important to throw them in the way of danger like that. Figure it out.


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3 Responses to “Listen Here, Jason Heyward”

  1. By Ken on Jun 29, 2010 | Reply

    This was something that I think rests more on Pendelton than Heyward. Pendelton KNEW about this the day it happened, and he told Heyward to play through it. That's that old-school "rub some dirt on it" thing that is just such a horrible way to further exacerbate minute problems into this almost 2 month stretch of unproductiveness by Heyward. I'm putting the blame on Pendelton, not Heyward. It shouldn't be Jason's call to make.

    And with regards to the sliding thing… yeah, slide feet first unless you're diving back to a bag on a pick off attempt.

  2. By My Back Hurts, TP! on Jun 29, 2010 | Reply

    I was at a game the other day and one of the urinals would not flush. I blame Pendleton. I believe he knew about and didn't say anything. I'm sorry if expect a little more out of our coaching staff, but come on.

  3. By Colin Ake on Jun 29, 2010 | Reply

    Ken, I have to disagree. This is as good a time as any for Heyward to learn he has to be the final word on his body. Heyward needs to learn that he needs to decide when to sit out and let his body heal and when to play on.

    Pendleton is not responsible for everything bad that happens in the Braves' kingdom, no matter what some people say. Where did you hear that Pendleton told Heyward to play through it?

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