Braves Quote For The Day ... Hitting Coach Chipper

ATLANTA - JUNE 17: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves congratulates Jason Heyward #22 after Heyward's solo homer in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Turner Field on June 17, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Some fantastic quotes from this USA Today article about Chipper Jones serving as a de facto hitting coach for the Atlanta Braves:

This is what he sees with Jason Heyward [...]

"Jason's got one swing. His swing needs some versatility. How many times have we seen him get fooled on an off-speed pitch and one-hand it into centerfield?," Jones said.

"He swings and misses because he takes the same swing. He's had some mechanics that have been a little iffy that he is trying to work out. You show me a .300 hitter and I'll show you a guy who is going to take five different swings.

"He takes a two-handed swing. Have you ever seen him take a one-handed swing? I haven't either? How many times have you seen me get fooled on a changeup away and one-hand it through the (pitcher's) box.

"You've got to use your hands. He's got a long, smooth swing and until he learns to get some movement (in his hands) and drop them into a slot, a lot like you would a golf club and let his hands work for him, he is going to struggle.

"We've got to get him back to using the whole field like he did last year."

I probably clipped way too much of that, but wow, Chipper's gonna be a good coach some day (if he isn't already). Jones may not be the only one who is noticing these things about Heyward, but he's at least the only one saying so to the media, so he appears as a de facto coach.

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