That familiar face over at third base is gone.
Time for the Atlanta Braves to go through another changing of the guard.
Goodbye, Chipper Jones.
Hello, Jason Heyward and the Brothers Upton.
The Braves head into a new era with the same high expectations - make the playoffs, contend for a championship - even though Jones won't be holding down a spot in the middle of the lineup for the first time in nearly two decades.
''When you don't have probably the best third baseman ever, there is a big hole to fill,'' said pitcher Tim Hudson, who'll get the start on opening day. ''But there is a lot of young talent on this team. We'll be good again this year and should be good for a lot more years.''
Indeed, Atlanta has been through this before.
Many times, in fact, since emerging as one of baseball's top franchises in 1991.
There were plenty of fans who wondered how the Braves would ever replace Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. Not to mention Fred McGriff and Andres Galarraga...