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Constanza (call him George) has Braves talking

Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:50 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 10:53 pm
 
NEW YORK -- The first thing you need to know about Jose Constanza is he was a free agent last winter.

A minor-league free agent, after spending seven years in the minor leagues with the Indians.

The second thing you need to know is that he might well be the fastest player in baseball.

"A [Jose] Reyes-like weapon," Braves pitcher Tim Hudson said.

The third thing you need to know is that 27-year-old Constanza has impressed the Braves so much in his first seven big-league games, there's a real good chance that he's going to keep playing and Jason Heyward is going to find himself on the bench. Constanza is 11-for-27 (.407), after getting two more hits in the Braves' 4-1 win over the Mets' Friday night.

Oh, and the last thing you need to know?

It's OK to call him George, after the Seinfeld character of the (almost) same name. His teammates already call him that. He said he doesn't mind (and says he understands what it's about).

The Braves called up Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett when both their center fielders (Nate McLouth and Jordan Schafer) got hurt. Then they traded for Michael Bourn to play center field, but with Martin Prado filling in for the injured Chipper Jones at third base, they still had a spot open in the outfield.

Now Jones is expected back Saturday night, which moves Prado back to left field. And leaves manager Fredi Gonzalez with the question of whether to play Constanza or Heyward in right field.

At the moment, it's not much of a question. The struggling Heyward is hitting .221.

Gonzalez wouldn't commit to an answer Friday night, but you can tell where this is going.

"[Constanza] has put himself in a position where you've got to think about playing him," Gonzalez said. "You've got to think about it."

You've got to do more than think about it. You've got to do it.

Here's a guess that Gonzalez will do just that.

Category: MLB
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Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Constanza (call him George) has Braves talking

Good BLOG. Constanza should play all three OF positions as needed and Prado should play LF, third and 2nd relieving CJ and DU, when needed. Not sure Prado can play SS nearly as well as Gonzo. It is a nice problem to have. Freddie will just play the guy with the best records against certain pitchers. Hinske can backup Freeman and spot in RF. Raw Dog is best just as a pinch hitter. Jones will only play 2 of 3 days in Aug and Sept, leaving plenty of chances for Prado, Heyward and Jose to play.





Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Constanza (call him George) has Braves talking

Thank God for Jorge, as I have stated over and over again Heyward is a big wuss.  He swings like a girl, is incredibly injury prone for such a big strong guy and seems to be unable or unwilling to make the needed adjustments.  The Braves need to get real and stop holding on to people who either cant produce (Mc Clouth, Heyward) or are over the hill and need to be replaced (Chipper) Sorry I want to see this team win, I couldn't care less about players fragile egos.  While their at it they need to get rid of Lowe and bring up one of those great prospects and give them a chance, they cant do any worse then Lowe is.  Go (producing) Braves.  P. S.  As much as I like Dan Uggla im not impressed.  Hitting streaks mean absolutely NOTHING.  You could have a 162 game hitting streak and still bat 250.  Again like soo many Braves past and present he seems to be unable to make adjustments like the great hitters do.  Yesterdays game was a typical example. Uggla looked silly against Dickey. You would think after going 0 for 16 he would find a way to make adjustments to his swing but he just kept hacking away and got nothing.  Reminds me of Andruw Jones, he drove me crazy flailing away at pitches 3 feet outside the strike zone. Players today are just too lazy to study films and make adjustments. And PLEASE dont respond by saying I never played the game so I dont know how hard it is. I have been closely observing this game for 40yrs and some things are pretty obvious.  This team is good enough to get the wild card but sadly not good enough to get past the first round.  Heres wishing!




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Constanza (call him George) has Braves talking

His name is "Jorge", not "George". Get it right. Wink

While Jason Heyward, Jordan Schafer and Nate McLouth have been floundering all year, many Braves fans have been clamoring for Constanza's promotion most of the season. All he did at AAA Gwinnett was hit .317, 104 hits with 23 steals and 47 runs scored.

He hit .319 last year at Columbus. I am not sure why Cleveland never promoted him.
I am pleased that Fredi Gonzalez is going with the "hot" player. That is something Bobby Cox would not have done.


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