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Braves no longer Chipper's team

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08:04 AM ET 08.31 | The Braves have a new leader -- one who since the All-Star break is batting .311 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs. A torch has been passed. It wasn't supposed to happen quite so soon, but a grab, whirl and throw one dark night in Houston revved the timetable. We're seeing the team that for more than a decade has belonged to Larry Wayne Jones Jr. being shouldered by Brian Michael McCann. On Sunday he hit a walk-off homer against Florida. (OK, actually a stop a second and wait a bit walk-off. Still counted though.) On Monday he hoisted another home run, this one a no-doubter, and also dropped an actual bunt single against the Mets.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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August 31, 2010  08:34 AM ET

Yeah. Hmm. Weird story. It'll be Heywards team soon enough, anyways.

August 31, 2010  08:57 AM ET

McCann the logical sucessor at this point. Five years in big with 4 all-star appearences; including clutch MVP. He has had several game winning hits and leads the charges on combacks.

August 31, 2010  08:59 AM ET

You mean it's not Hank Aaron's team any longer? When did that happen?

August 31, 2010  09:24 AM ET
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Before we proclaim him as the new "face of the franchise" lets see him produce like Chipper has then we can annoint him as the new leader

agree wholeheartedly...Chipper's a HOF player, he's all we could ask for in a franchise player, McCann will have some big shoes to fill...

August 31, 2010  09:50 AM ET

idiotic article. McCann may be the new face in waiting but this is still Chipper's team until he hangs them up.

August 31, 2010  09:54 AM ET
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McCann the logical sucessor at this point. Five years in big with 4 all-star appearences; including clutch MVP. He has had several game winning hits and leads the charges on combacks.

this year makes FIVE all star selections for McCann, along with his clutch hit in the AS game and MVP award.

August 31, 2010  10:00 AM ET
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is Larry a HOF player? I don't know..borderline if you ask me. YOu let him in then there's a bunch of others from years past that should be considered...I guess letting in guys like Jim Rice and Andre Dawson open the door for Larry. he appears to be one of the few clean players of this roid era.

he's third behind Mantle and Eddie Murray for most HRs by a switch-hitter...AND, he's the only switch-hitter in MLB history to have a career BA over .300 with 400+ HRs. i think he is HoF material for those reasons. his history of injuries should settle the roids question but it never does.

August 31, 2010  10:40 AM ET
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he's third behind Mantle and Eddie Murray for most HRs by a switch-hitter...AND, he's the only switch-hitter in MLB history to have a career BA over .300 with 400+ HRs. i think he is HoF material for those reasons. his history of injuries should settle the roids question but it never does.

Injuries can be a sign of use, not of non-use.

August 31, 2010  10:42 AM ET
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is Larry a HOF player? I don't know..borderline if you ask me. YOu let him in then there's a bunch of others from years past that should be considered...I guess letting in guys like Jim Rice and Andre Dawson open the door for Larry. he appears to be one of the few clean players of this roid era.

I'd say he's a HOF'er.

August 31, 2010  11:13 AM ET
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McCann the logical sucessor at this point. Five years in big with 4 all-star appearences; including clutch MVP. He has had several game winning hits and leads the charges on combacks.

What took so long for Brian McCann (one of the Baby Braves) to grow up and start being a leader? Five years in the makings and McCann finally has started putting up the exspected numbers he should have five years ago.

August 31, 2010  12:16 PM ET
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Injuries can be a sign of use, not of non-use.

would you say the same thing about Ken Griffey Jr? while what you say may have a ring of truth to it, i think Chipper's problem has always been his off-season conditioning program (or the lack thereof).

August 31, 2010  12:24 PM ET

He might just get into the hall. Then again so could Bobby Cox.

August 31, 2010  12:24 PM ET

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August 31, 2010  01:32 PM ET
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is Larry a HOF player? I don't know..borderline if you ask me. YOu let him in then there's a bunch of others from years past that should be considered...I guess letting in guys like Jim Rice and Andre Dawson open the door for Larry. he appears to be one of the few clean players of this roid era.

Chipper borderline? Wow Dums. He should be first-ballot.

August 31, 2010  01:35 PM ET
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i could actually care less if a guy is a switch hitter...I don't know....its impressive, but not something that I would parse out when assessing career stats and making HOF assessments.what I don't get about switch hitters is that most of them are better from one side of the plate...what would their stats be if they just hit from that side and focused just on that side...I would bet that in many cases the stats would be better overall

Chipper's lifetime average is over .300 from both sides of the plate. More career walks than strikeouts too.

August 31, 2010  01:40 PM ET
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What took so long for Brian McCann (one of the Baby Braves) to grow up and start being a leader? Five years in the makings and McCann finally has started putting up the exspected numbers he should have five years ago.

Umm, 5 years ago McCann hit .333 with 24 bombs and 93 RBI. He has driven in over 85 in each full season (70 so far this year) and made the All Star team every year. I think you are thinking of someone else's "expected numbers".

August 31, 2010  02:35 PM ET

Jones is a career .306 hitter from the left and a career .306 hitter from the right, so your argument about him being better from one or the other side is foolish, switch hitters get attention because of what a value they are to their teams in late game situations, and for the headaches they cause for opposing pitchers and managers. Any baseball person will tell you that switch-hitting is invaluable.

August 31, 2010  02:36 PM ET

The guy is a career .306 hitter from the left AND the right sides of the plate. Any baseball person will tell you that that's astounding. Consistency like that is unreal. And if you don't understand the value of switch-hitters in baseball, go get yourself on the badminton message boards.

 
August 31, 2010  03:03 PM ET
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is Larry a HOF player? I don't know..borderline if you ask me. YOu let him in then there's a bunch of others from years past that should be considered...I guess letting in guys like Jim Rice and Andre Dawson open the door for Larry. he appears to be one of the few clean players of this roid era.

436 HRs (so far) as a 3rd baseman is behind only Schmidt and Eddie Mathews. Lifetime .306 hitter with an MVP and a batting title in his resume (plus two silver sluggers). Eight straight seasons over 100 rbis too.

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