May 11, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves infielder Freddie Freeman (5) runs onto the field before the start of the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Who Is The Atlanta Braves Team Leader, We Hear Freddie Freeman's Take


Jul 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) gets a hug from first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) after hitting a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

One of the major story lines heading into the 2013 season was “Who is the Atlanta Braves team leader now that Chipper Jones has retired?”

Well, after a long offseason of debating who would take this role, it came down to player-by-committie kind of thing.  Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman all seemed to fit the role last year at one point or the other.

2014 now….

Hudson and McCann are gone,

Uggla well is Uggla,

Heyward just signed a two year deal to stay in Atlanta,

And last week Freeman signed the largest contract to date in Braves franchise history with an eight year deal.

The obviously choice for me would be that Freddie steps into the “leadership” role for the Braves in 2014 but thanks to 680 The Fan, we get to hear Freddie Free’s answer.

I’m not a very local guy as you guys see in the club house, I just go through and try to put the work in and go out stick to my routine and play hard every single night.  I think Jason is more of the vocal guy and I think having him around the next two years will definitely help.  I’m more of a guy that hopefully you follow by example, I go out and play with a passion and work really hard at being the best I can every single night.  That is the type of leader I envision myself being.  I’m not the rah-rah guy, I just go about my business and hope these guys follow.  I think that’s how Chipper was and that’s how Brian and I think I can also step into that role too.

So there you go, it’s definitely a different tone from FF5 from last year during this time.  When asked about being the team leader before spring training last year he responded with I’m too goofy, I’m too funny, I’m not serious enough to take over that role.

In 2014, Freddie will lead by example on the field with his clutch hits and his hugs and JHey will get the guys ready to go inside and outside the clubhouse.


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  • Chris Headrick

    I’ll agree with Freddie’s assessment of his leadership skills. No question he leads by example as a great player, but he is a bit “goofy” to use his own words, while Heyward has a more “serious” personality. People call me nuts, but though younger than Jhey or Freddie, I could see Andrelton Simmons as a leader on the team as well. His youth might preclude that, but he is always serious minded, serious about the game, and seems to be well-respected by his teammates. If you’re just going for age and maturity, it’s a hard pick because this team is currently so young.

    • fireboss

      Seriously bipolar morning aren’t we? You see Simmons as a potential team leader but don;t want to extend him while he’s inexpensive in relative and future terms. Hmmm
      (the picture is a giff of a head spinning but apparently those don’t hear so just use your imagination :) )

      • Chris Headrick

        As you’re fond of saying, apples and oranges. :) I don’t disfavor extending Simba, just disfavor such for a long term contract.

        • Jeff Schafer

          I can see Simmons being that guy, the shortstop is usually considered the leader of the infield and I think he’s got the qualities to be the entire team leader.

          I’m in favor of the Braves locking up Simba as well

  • fireboss

    We all know Jason is the cheerleader but Jason will be a FA in 2016 and Freddie will be there the next eight years. That alone makes him the defacto face, focus and leader of the Braves everyday players. Freddie can say what he wants about his role now and I’m sure that he genuinely defers to Heyward’s obvious charisma and leadership talent but the leadership position is Freddie’s. The sooner he understands and accepts that the easier the transition will be when he long time biddy is wearing pinstripes.