Found February 29, 2012 on
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People love Michael Bourn. Color me confused. I am far and away the lowest on Michael Bourn out of every ‘pert both sides of the Mississippi and Canada, unless the Mississippi runs through Canada and that’s being redundant; I have no idea. Last year, he had more plate appearances than Prince Fielder, Billy Butler and Pablo Sandoval combined (talking off the diamond plate appearances, which is obviously much higher than on the field ones for those three). Bourn’s PAs numbered 722 and he would need that to repeat his 60 steals from last year. That was the 4th highest plate appearances in the majors last year. To count on 722 plate appearances again is a horn bet. I have his projections down for 90/2/40/.280/50. That seems more than fair. If he pulls a hammy, then his value, which is all tied up in his legs like any good piece of chicken, is kaput. But we’re going to assume he does steal 50 bases and no witchcraft I do will work. So why then is Michael Bourn overrated for 20...
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The two-time National League MVP retired in 1993 after parts of three seasons in Philadelphia and one more in Colorado, but remains a Brave at heart.
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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is expected to be sidelined for at least a week after injuring his right knee in an infield drill on Tuesday.
Freeman attempted to field a low throw and had his kneecap pop out of place. The team said that the injury has happened before for Freeman, who missed a week of action at that time.
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Bill Shanks interviews Ben Ingram from the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.
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