Found August 08, 2013 on Fox Sports South:
Two months ago, as the Braves were in town visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers, entering the epicenter of Puig-Mania, a national column offered up Jason Heyward's career -- all three-plus years of it -- as a "cautionary tale." The warning signs were meant for Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers rookie right fielder who continues to torch opposing pitchers, harkening back to the 2010 days when Heyward himself took the majors by storm. At the time, on June 7, Heyward was hitting just .186.300.302 with three home runs in 152 plate appearances. It was a convenient (and well-written) story that even provided a built-in metaphor -- Puig's grand slam against the Braves sailed over Heyward's head and into the right field seats of Dodgers Stadium -- to punch home the overarching theme: "Don't let the limelight fool you, Yasiel, you could become Jason Heyward if you're not careful." The article was met with backlash, some deserved, some not. The built-in fallacy in...

Braves Heyward leaves game with strained muscle in neck

Braves right fielder Jason Heyward had to be replaced in the early innings Tuesday night in Washington as he appeared to feel some pain in his neck after a swing in the first inning. He initially stayed in the game but was later replaced while on defense by Evan Gattis (who took left field while Justin Upton moved from left to right). The Braves have announced that Heyward has a...

Braves' Heyward injured, exits game

Right fielder Jason Heyward left Atlanta's game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night because of a muscle strain in his neck. The Braves say he's day to day. Leading off the game, Heyward was visited by manager Fredi Gonzalez after two pitches, and play was delayed for a couple of minutes. After Gonzalez returned to the dugout, Heyward swung at the next pitch...

Batting Jason Heyward leadoff is brave move that's paying off

At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Jason Heyward hardly profiles as a typical leadoff hitter.  Yet since Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez moved his hulking right fielder to the top of his batting order, the team hasn't lost. Twelve wins, zero losses. The Braves have put together a 13-game winning streak overall.  That success is due in some part to Heyward's thriving...

Braves injury updates: Jason Heyward, Paul Maholm, Gerald Laird

The Atlanta Braves removed outfielder Jason Heyward from yesterday's contest against the Washington Nationals due to neck injury. At this point, Atlanta has diagnosed Heyward with a strained neck muscle, calling him day to day until he undergoes further evaluation. The Braves are hoping Heyward won't have to join fellow regulars Paul Maholm and Gerald Laird on the disabled...

Braves' Jason Heyward exits early with neck muscle strain

Jason Heyward left Tuesday night's game against the Nationals in the first inning with a muscle strain in his neck. Heyward diagnosed with muscle strain in his neck, he is day to day. Braves announce — David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) August 6, 2013 It appeared he tweaked it swinging at the second pitch from lefty Gio Gonzalez. The Braves announced that Heyward was considered...

Fab Five: MLB Power Rankings, Braves take top spot

Welcome to the 11th edition of the “Fab 5: MLB Power Rankings,” our weekly look at some of MLB’s top clubs and where they rank among baseball’s best. While there are always a few changes from week to week in our power rankings, recently, several of the league’s most formidable franchises such as the St. Louis Cardinals, have been outplayed by some of baseball’s most surprising teams. 

Atlanta Braves win 12th straight: Could this be their year?

It has been awhile since the Atlanta Braves were considered a serious contender.  But with the way the 2013 season is going, that could all change. From 1995-2005 the NL East belonged to the Atlanta Braves, an incredible run of 11 straight division pennants. Five times they won 100 plus games and only once did they win 

Can Yasiel Puig continue to avoid injury and help keep the Dodgers on top?

If you asked a Los Angeles Dodger fan to describe Yasiel Puig, they might use words like “savior” and “hero”. If you asked fans of other teams in the National League West, they might use far less positive adjectives. No matter who you ask, however, there is one word that can’t be avoided: talented. His unprecedented talent has skyrocketed him to uncharted territory, including...

Braves Run Streak To 12 By Nipping Nationals

Gattis drove in the Braves’ two runs Tuesday night The Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Tuesday, for their 12th straight win.  The win increases the Braves lead in the NL East to 14.5 games. The game started with a scare as Jason Heyward was hurt after fouling a ball off.  Heyward finished the at bat but was later replaced in the outfield by Evan Gattis...

Yasiel Puig signs deal with Rudy Project sunglasses

Yasiel Puig continues to make headlines. Rudy Project, Italian designers and engineers of sunglasses and helmets, has partnered with Puig to wear its technologically advanced eyewear for the rest of the 2013 season. Puig is Rudy Project's first premier MLB athlete endorser as the brand enters into the baseball market. The 22-year-old Cuban phenom has rocketed into stardom...

Sang Hyun Kim shows Yasiel Puig how to bat flip correctly

Yasiel Puig is an amateur compared to this. This is how baseball is supposed to be all the damn time. —– H/T Bat Flip of the Day: SK's Kim Sang-hyun #KBO — Dan (@MyKBO) August 9, 2013

Braves get 13th straight victory

Jason Heyward singled and Justin Upton doubled in a three-run eighth inning Wednesday night in the Atlanta Braves' sweep-capping 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals, a game played nicely by both sides one night after a fastball to Bryce Harper's thigh cleared both benches. Upton also homered, and Kris Medlen (9-10) allowed three runs and three hits over seven innings as...

Where do Yasiel Puig & Hyun Jin Ryu stand in the 2013 Rookie Of The Year chase?

After yesterday’s seven-inning, no-run (earned, at least) gem against the Cardinals dropped Hyun Jin Ryu‘s ERA below 3.00, it got me thinking about Don Mattingly‘s recent comments that he was underrated in the Rookie Of The Year chase. As far as Ryu’s rookie-of-the-year candidacy, it has the backing of Manager Don Mattingly. “I think he should be considered,” Mattingly...

Injury Roll Call: Get well soon to Hanley, Puig hurts outfield grass, Kemp limps toward recovery

Hanley Ramirez injured his right shoulder as he fell into the stands at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez appeared to hurt his right shoulder as he went into the stands making a catch in the seventh inning on Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Ramirez, the Dodgers’ best hitter this season and in many ways the key cog in their ascent to the top of...

Kershaw, Ryu, Puig headline Dodgers representation in Baseball America’s ‘Best Tools’ poll

Baseball America recently polled managers from the MLB to A-ball, asking them to name the top three players in their league in various categories. Players in the Dodgers organization were named 10 times throughout the poll, which actually is a bit disappointing, all things considered. —– At the highest level, Dodgers players were named six times by big-league managers, led by...
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