Open thread, 8/18, Braves vs. Kevin Browns
Could we be witnessing a storybook season? The last two nights make you wonder.
I’m also beginning to wonder if the Braves have to look very far for a new third baseman. Juan Francisco looks like a different player, a transformation that, according to Greg Walker, is a byproduct of hard work.
Walker said Francisco has been working hard to tone down his rotational motion that causes him to fly open and mistime breaking pitches. He’s been working to keep his front foot square so he has more leverage off his front leg.
“He could slow it down even more for me, but he’s working on it,” Walker said. “He does some things as good as anybody I’ve ever coached. His bottom hand is tremendous, and I think he’s learned how to swing the bat using it correctly, being more direct to the baseball.” …
Francisco plans to play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. He wants to shed 10-15 more pounds and come into spring training ready to compete for a bigger role.
Sounds promising. He certainly has the talent.
Unfortunately, not all the news is good.
#Braves official said McCann’s frayed labrum and cyst caused by shoulder subluxation (temporary dislocation). Usually heals without surgery.
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) August 18, 2012