Fans Should Leave B.J. Upton’s Managing to Atlanta Braves Manager

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Daniel Shirey-USA Today Sports

This article is going to start with a question for Atlanta Braves fans that are disgruntled with B.J. Upton. How many ‘I’s’ are there in team? What? Not one single I? Really? That is interesting isn’t it? So I guess if there are no single people that could be called a team, what really matters is how the team plays together. Is it possible that Upton is doing a fine job trying to do his job? Is it possible that the Braves are fine with his effort and attitude in spite of his slow start this year? And is it possible that disgruntled fans could just leave the managing of the team to the manager?

If the Braves were seven games out of first place and fading at the MLB All-Star break, I could see where questions should arise. But see, they are not seven games out of first place; they are seven games in front of second place. They have led the National League East all season long. Maybe it’s just me but it seems that what they have been doing is working just fine. They are not a perfect team but that is good because there are no perfect teams. I present to you disgruntled Braves fans the idea that how well a team plays together and how often they win is much more important than how many hitters are batting over the .270 mark.

Okay, so Upton struggled this year. Does that mean things would be better if Jordan Schafer were the everyday starter? Actually that is impossible to know because the level of pressure from bench player that gets into a few games and everyday player is completely different. There is no way to know how well Schafer would fare in that situation or how Upton would fare in Schafer’s current role. I have an idea. Until the Braves start losing more game than they win, just leave the managing of the line-up to the professionals. The Braves are currently several games in first place with the fifth best record in all of baseball. It isn’t broke folks. Let’s stop trying to fix it already.

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  • John Sheets

    absolutely horrible article leave the writing to the pros you obviously know nothing about baseball why keep someone in the lineup that contributes next to nothing even the things he should be good at (base running and defense) I’m not impressed with AWFUL baseball player imagine how good we would be with just an average center fielder

    • David Miller Rant

      They keep him in there for their own reasons. I’m not sure. Schafer might be better out there but then again it might mess up the chemistry of the team. It’s impossible to know how things might change. Since they are in first place, why mess with it? I guess we’ll see what happens. Thanks for your comment.

      • John Sheets

        Sorry for the rude comment before, Im a little sensitive when it comes to BJ (just cant stand him as a ballplayer). You make a good point about the chemistry, but this is his first year as a Braves, and hes not a leader like Chipper, Hudson, or McCann. I think the braves are settling because they are in first place and of course his ridiculous contract, but I believe they could be so much better.

        • David Miller Rant

          I understand not liking the way he is playing. He never has been a good hitter for average really but I think the Braves wanted him for CF help and run production. The really frustrating thing about it is that Schafer had the job a couple of years ago and wasn’t playing nearly like he is right now (before DL placing that is). If he had played like this back then we might not even be having the B.J. discussion. I think they might have given him too much money because that kind of ties their hands if he does not improve over the long run and gives them less options.