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08:17 AM ET 10.06 | What a difference a year makes in the case of Jason Heyward. Last week, [Frank Wren] was asked about a rumor that the Braves might consider trading Heyward after a disappointing, injury-plagued second season. "We've never had one discussion about trading Jason Heyward," Wren said. ... But plenty also question whether Heyward has all that it takes, including physical and mental toughness, to become a consistent, elite player year after year in the 162-game grind of major league baseball. Moments after quashing the trade rumor, Wren said this: "The reality is Jason made some progress this season. He's got to continue to make progress, and he's going to be in a battle unless he continues to progress at a good rate."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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October 6, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Just a sophomore slump. Same thing happened to Austin Jackson. Give this guy some time... he's still got a lot of room to grow.

October 6, 2011  09:14 AM ET
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Same thing happened to Austin Jackson.

Yeah, except Austin Jackson wasn't that good in the first place.

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October 6, 2011  09:34 AM ET
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Yeah, except Austin Jackson wasn't that good in the first place.

Only the best fielding center fielder in the AL. Didn't he bat near .300 last season? Yeah, he was never that good.

October 6, 2011  09:37 AM ET

No one cares what you think, Brooklyn boy. Stop acting like suck a putz and represent your borough -- which is my favorite part of NYC -- with a touch more class.

October 6, 2011  09:38 AM ET
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A lesson about NYC and its sport teams................sit back and enjoy suckers.It has now come time you arrogant and uneducated ignorant posters about our storied city and its unparrelled sports accomplishments. NY is by far second to absolutely none pal.You know I could go on and on about how misimformed these suckers here on FN are about our sports teams accomplishments, but I simply won't pal. I mean quite frankly, you have a buncha ignorant hate filled jealous posters here on this site selectively acknowledging our team's accomplishments as they fit to their respective hate agendas....sorry pal, we (NY'ers) are not buying it buddy. So here's a little somethin for ya apparantly ignorant **** pal.The NY Mets are owners of Two World Series Championships(I don't even like them, but I respect their storied accomplishments and fans).The NY Knicks are owners of Two World Series Championships(I love'em, but you suckers know that).The NY Rangers are owner of Two Stanley Cups(could be more, have to check)The NY Jets are owners of One AFL and One Super Bowl (I respect them and will root for them...they have that NY swagger and I love an avid Jets fan)The NY Islanders are owners of Four consecutive Stanley Cups, a feat only outside suckers could marvel at pal(I don't even like them, but respect their fans)The NY Giants are owners of Six NFL & 3 Super Bowl Championships(I bleed blue suckers and you will always see the G Men suckers)The NY Yankees are owners of 27 and working on the 28th Championship(Quite frankly, the sports franchise on earth, no questions asked suckers, so chew on anyway you suckers like it)The NY Liberty are owners of NY hearts and will no doubt be raising a banner soon(It's NY, you suckers know its comin)You ignorant posters, you can hate all you want, but when It comes to NY teams, they succeed in anything they engage, just like the great people of NYC and NY State pal. I don't ever want to hear about your sucker cities unless respect is given us and then I will equally give it back pal. You suckers can hate but it won't take away our teams success.........suckers!

When are you gonna get this through your thick skull. We don't hate NY, we just hate NY fans like you.

And the Liberty? Please tell me your a 14 year old girl, if not you've got serious issues.

October 6, 2011  09:38 AM ET
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A lesson about NYC and its sport teams ...

I don't believe anyone will argue the accomplishments of the NY area teams, even though most now reside in New Jersey ...

What most take umbrage with is who is really the arrogant sucker here ...

and just a side note ... I never realized a NBA team could win the "World Series" ...

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October 6, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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The guy had a .745 OPS and A HUNDRED AND SEVENTY STRIKEOUTS. There's a blind team in Haiti that didn't strike out that many times cumulatively.

He was also a rookie who may have been thrown to the wolves too quickly, but handled it pretty well. My point isn't that AJax is a stud, but more that it's common to see a 2nd year regression in stats, as Heyward is displaying. Similar thing happened with Curtis Granderson and we all know how that ended up. Unless Heyward gets the Grady Sizemore disease, he'll be fine.

October 6, 2011  09:44 AM ET
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Only the best fielding center fielder in the AL. Didn't he bat near .300 last season? Yeah, he was never that good.

.743 OPS, slightly above league average.

I'm sure to Tigers fans he was the most amazing rookie in the history of baseball, but to everyone else, not so much.

Don't get me wrong, he was a nice player, but he didn't have the expectations or the season that Heyward did, so I think it's a funny comparison. Whatever.

Enjoy the game tonight.

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October 6, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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And the Liberty? Please tell me your a 14 year old girl, if not you've got serious issues.

Hahaha!

I had to google NY Liberty to find out what it was. Lesbian basketball. That's a trip!

October 6, 2011  09:48 AM ET
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A lesson about NYC and its sport teams................sit back and enjoy suckers.It has now come time you arrogant and uneducated ignorant posters about our storied city and its unparrelled sports accomplishments. NY is by far second to absolutely none pal.You know I could go on and on about how misimformed these suckers here on FN are about our sports teams accomplishments, but I simply won't pal. I mean quite frankly, you have a buncha ignorant hate filled jealous posters here on this site selectively acknowledging our team's accomplishments as they fit to their respective hate agendas....sorry pal, we (NY'ers) are not buying it buddy. So here's a little somethin for ya apparantly ignorant **** pal.The NY Mets are owners of Two World Series Championships(I don't even like them, but I respect their storied accomplishments and fans).The NY Knicks are owners of Two World Series Championships(I love'em, but you suckers know that).The NY Rangers are owner of Two Stanley Cups(could be more, have to check)The NY Jets are owners of One AFL and One Super Bowl (I respect them and will root for them...they have that NY swagger and I love an avid Jets fan)The NY Islanders are owners of Four consecutive Stanley Cups, a feat only outside suckers could marvel at pal(I don't even like them, but respect their fans)The NY Giants are owners of Six NFL & 3 Super Bowl Championships(I bleed blue suckers and you will always see the G Men suckers)The NY Yankees are owners of 27 and working on the 28th Championship(Quite frankly, the sports franchise on earth, no questions asked suckers, so chew on anyway you suckers like it)The NY Liberty are owners of NY hearts and will no doubt be raising a banner soon(It's NY, you suckers know its comin)You ignorant posters, you can hate all you want, but when It comes to NY teams, they succeed in anything they engage, just like the great people of NYC and NY State pal. I don't ever want to hear about your sucker cities unless respect is given us and then I will equally give it back pal. You suckers can hate but it won't take away our teams success.........suckers!

All that is amazing but what does it have to do with Jason Heyward?

October 6, 2011  09:49 AM ET
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it's common to see a 2nd year regression in stats

Really? We should come up with a name for that. How about Sophmore Slump?

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October 6, 2011  09:52 AM ET
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Really? We should come up with a name for that. How about Sophmore Slump?

That was in the very first sentance I posted in this thread. I'm not a fan of redundancy. ;)

 
October 6, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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I'm sure to Tigers fans he was the most amazing rookie in the history of baseball, but to everyone else, not so much.

Naw, that would be Chris Shelton. ;)

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