Like the Kid again

Jason Heyward might live up to the Willie Mays comparisons after all

Originally Published: March 8, 2013
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine

JASON HEYWARD needed an intervention. It was the winter of 2011, and gone was the J-Hey Kid, the tools goof who drew comparisons to Willie Mays. Gone was the sweet-swinging lefty who launched a 476-foot bomb in his first big league at-bat in April 2010, the prodigy who led the Braves in OPS in his first season and nearly beat out Buster Posey for NL Rookie of the Year. In his place stood a confused 22-year-old in search of his mojo.

In 2011 Heyward had battled through ...

Read full story


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.