"It's going to be like this," Gonzalez said. "I understand the whole process."
"It leaves a bad taste in your mouth," the Atlanta manager keeps saying, with a bit of resignation in his voice. "But now it's over Adidas Shoes High Tops Red
ATLANTA, Georgia Fredi Gonzalez is sitting in the Braves dugout at spring training, musing with a small group of reporters about the upcoming season, when Adidas Energy Boost 2 Esm Grey
One thing the Braves didn't do was rip apart their team. Quite the opposite. Other than a new shortstop (most likely rookie Tyler Pastornicky) and a new starter at the end of the rotation, this will be largely the same team that played so well for such a long period a .626 clip from the beginning of May until the end of August only to fritter it away with that ugly final month.
Slugging second baseman Dan Uggla, the big acquisition from the previous winter, apparently got mixed up about when the season started and didn't show up until July. He then ripped off a 33 game hitting streak and finished with a career high 36 homers, but was so pathetic the first three months he still finished with a career worst .233 average.
Start with Jason Heyward, seemingly baseball's next big thing after he homered in his first career at bat, made the All Star team and was runner up for NL rookie of the year in 2010. His sophomore season was the exact opposite, a brutally poor campaign that Heyward blames on an ailing shoulder but left plenty of people wondering if he was destined to be another Jeff Francoeur like flash in the pan.
Atlanta's historic September collapse loomed over the winter like a bad hangover, and the questions didn't let up just because the team is heading into a new season. Until the Braves start carving out a different path one that, for their sake, better end with a trip to the playoffs they're going to be queried about what happened a year ago.
Atlanta Braves want to turn page on 2011 meltdown as new season nears
So how is the team coping with what happened six months ago?
way to a World Series championship.
How they seemingly had the NL wild card locked up with a month to go, only to throw it away by winning just nine of their last 27 games. How a gut wrenching, 13 inning loss on the final day of the season finished them off. How the St. Louis Cardinals stormed back to edge the Braves by a single game, then carried that momentum all the Adidas Neo High Tops Gold
While plenty of fans grumbled about the lack of offseason activity, longing for another hitter to bolster the lineup, Gonzalez was pleased to have largely the same roster as he did during his first season taking over for longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox.
Instead, Atlanta is counting on comeback years from several players who fell off dramatically last season due to injuries or more mysterious circumstances.
Brian McCann was the flip side of Uggla. Hitting above .300 in mid August, the perennial All Star catcher closed with a miserable slump: 19 of 110 (.173) with four homes and 13 RBIs over his final 31 games.
"We've got a pretty good club," Gonzalez said. "Going into the last month, we had the third or fourth best record in the major leagues. We've got a good club. We've got a good young club. There was really no reason to make any changes."
As much as Gonzalez and the Braves are determined to turn the page, they can't get away from the constant rehashing of 2011. Every time a new reporter showed up at spring training, there were the familiar questions, the ones they've answered over and over again. Look for more of the same once the games begin counting, especially if the team gets off to a slow start.
Louis Cardinals on Monday, March 19, 2012. (Associated Press/Paul Sancya)
"The big thing is being healthy and being able to make the adjustments," insisted Heyward, who hit .227 with just 14 homers and 42 RBIs, a falloff so dramatic that he wasn't even a full time starter coming down the stretch, sharing time with career Adidas Energy Boost 3 Sale backup Matt Diaz and career minor leaguer Jose Constanza. "Right now, that's all I'm doing. No different than any other spring."
the subject turns to something he'd rather forget.
Heyward wasn't the only one to blame for an inconsistent offense that plagued the Braves all year.
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