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Chipper Jones' Days Off, Jason Heyward's Maturity, Mark Wohlers Loses The House: Braves Links

Buster Olney of ESPN.com has some good stuff on Chipper Jones and Jim Thome and the sun setting on their careers. Chipper realizes he has to take a day off every six to 10 games to have full energy. Heck, Braves fans realized this several years ago. The story he gives about Thome getting his hands on him during a brawl is awesome.

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! has a great article on Jason Heyward's maturity at 21. I've said it before, but when I first saw Heyward hit BP, I saw balls hit harder than I ever saw before and probably ever will see, and I heard a sound off the bat I've never heard before. Heyward is something special, and his attitude and personality is right there with the talent.

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The details of Mark Wohlers' house burning down, found at Big League Stew. Wohlers' wife got everyone out of the house in the blink of an eye, according to Wohlers. It has to be a major shock to lose your house and everything in it, but it's good news they made it out ok.

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Kenshin Kawakami finally made it to camp, according to Mark Bowman. He's keeping a good attitude about it all, which you would expect from Kawakami. He has always remained positive in his quotes.

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Baseball Analytics looks into Chipper Jones' problem with pitches up in the zone. Obviously, this has a lot to do with a slower bat speed. It's no wonder he had to drop an ounce on the bat this season.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.