May 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

POLL: Playing Atlanta Braves Manger Fredi Gonzalez

May 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez jokingly operates a television camera in the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

BREAKING NEWS: Fredi Gonzalez has changed careers, now operating TV cameras…his position is open, want to apply?

Your first task is the proposition below…let’s see how you do!

I always enjoy digging my feet into the shoes of Gonzalez in scenarios of the “what if” game so hopefully yal do as well.  Today we will bring up an old post from early in spring training during the 2013 season.

We dive into the thought of the leadoff spot and who we would have in that spot on opening day.  Currently, the Braves look like they are in the same boat as they were in 2013 without a leadoff man.  Especially after what Fredi said on Wednesday to 680 The Fan when asked the question if Jason Heyward would be back in the leadoff spot in 2014….

“I don’t think so, I think Jason would prefer to hit in the middle of the order and I think that’s where he will be hitting for most of his career but Jason is a team guy and I think he enjoyed it after the first couple games.”

So here you go, slip your feet right into Gonzalez shoes and test your knowledge of who would be the best potential leadoff man for the start of the 2014 season.


Who Should Be Penciled In At The Leadoff Spot On Opening Day 2014

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If you selected “Other” I’m interested on who you think should be in that spot…add it on the comments!

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  • Jeff Schafer

    If the season started tomorrow, my lineup would be…

    1) B.J. Upton

    2) Jason Heyward

    3) Justin Upton

    4) Freddie Freeman

    5) Evan Gattis

    6) Chris Johnson

    7) Dan Uggla

    8) Andrelton Simmons

    9) Pitcher

    I have faith in Upton changing his 2013 ways, he’s had down seasons before and was able to put it behind him. I realize it’s an “if” but i’m going to cross my fingers!

    • Chris Headrick

      I, on the other hand, have little faith in BJ. I felt all last season that his problems go way deeper than mere mechanics, and I will just be surprised to see him significantly turn things around. That said, I know they have to try with what they’re paying him. I also would not have Gattis be my every day catcher, and I would opt for La Stella over Dan at this very moment. I know we won’t see that right away, but in a perfect world….

      • carpengui

        I want somebody to slap BJ around and remind him how good he was in 2007-2008. He was a hitter for average then. Somewhere along the way, he fell in love with being a power hitter and forgot how to hit. His potential for greatness, though, is wrapped up in *not* swinging for the fences – he would be an ideal line drive guy… if he would only do that.

        • Lee Trocinski

          ’07 and ’08 were completely different approaches. His K rate in ’07 was his highest season rate before last year, so I’d call that more the product of a fluky BABIP than a great approach. The ’08 year would fit this offense tremendously as a leadoff hitter, but that was easily the outlier in his batted ball profile and K rate. He definitely doesn’t lead off, and I’d go with Jason just to get the top 4 bats the most possible PAs, probably Jason, CJ, Freeman, Justin, and hope from there…

          • Chris Headrick

            Yeah Fredi and crew found that out quickly, and I was shocked they didn’t know it already – but it was, in fairness, a situation where you didn’t have a prototypical lead off hitter, thus the experiment. As you say, Jhey is the only test tube that yielded results, so the Braves almost have to start with him outside of another acquisition.

  • carpengui

    I have no idea who to start as leadoff guy..

    With the “ideal” lineup – there is no one really suited for that post. Heyward is the only candidate unless – somehow – BJ morphs back into the BJ of 2007-2008… that guy who hit for average and got on base a lot.

    If somebody’s hurt in the OF, then Schafer is best.
    If all are healthy (given current lineup), I guess it’s Heyward.
    La Stella is a prototypical #2 guy… but would he do that in 2014?

    So my prophetic opening day lineup would be…
    Simmons, Johnson, Heyward, Freeman, JUpton, Gattis, BJUpton, La Stella , annnddd…. Price :)

    I would *prefer*: Simmons, La Stella, Heyward, Freeman, Jupton, Gattis, Johnson, BJ, pitcher… maybe. Ugh.

    • Chris Headrick

      Ugh is right :) Never have their seemed to be more possibilities, and more unanswered questions. In some ways, it’s a good problem to have, and in other ways, exceedingly worrying in terms of whether the Braves can improve on 2013 at all.

  • fireboss

    Fr4edi says Jason won’t and I don;t think BJ can, Simba flopped around badly there so I vote for Kate Upton, she had a better swing than BJ. . .in many ways

    • Chris Headrick

      Yes, she swings loosely, and freely, and I like it.