The Atlanta Braves need to fill a hole at first base, and for some reason no one with the organization has even reached out to Adam LaRoche, after almost single-handedly lifting the Braves to a winning record and a near playoff berth.
I love LaRoche’s response to AJC’s writer David O’Brien, when he asks him if he has heard a peep from the Braves.
“No talk from ATL that I know of. Guess I should have hit .400 while I was there.”
What I do not understand is why no one from the team, such as Chipper Jones, isn’t calling his team’s brass out for ignoring a guy who outhit almost every Brave from the time he came on to the end of the season. There’s a reason why Chipper gave LaRoche a hug upon his first game back in Atlanta. As former teammates, it means something when you get a friend back on your team.
With that said, it’s more baffling that Frank Wren isn’t making a move. Folks, LaRoche was on fire. He hit .325 with 12 homers, 40 RBI and a .401 OBP and .557 slugging percentage (.958 OPS) in 57 games. He earned his spot in the lineup and he deserves some attention from the Braves.
Is there really someone out there who is going to put more of an effort into helping the team win? If so, Wren better go get him real fast. We can’t rely on the kids in minors to come up and make a difference.