Inbox, Javy’s book, new commercial and more

Hey, here's a bunch of things to share with you guys!

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Every time I read the Braves Mailbag on the official site, I always answer the questions in my head before reading Bowman's (real) replies. Here's this week's mailbag...

The Braves have had a pretty solid bench the past couple of seasons. Who are the favorites to win the final roster spots this year?
-- Josh E., Charleston, S.C.

I wasn't aware there were spots to "win". We have Rossy, MattE, Ske, and Jack Wilson. I guess you could say Constanza is an iffy addition as the final bench spot, but who's better in the system right now?

Can you see a scenario where Chipper Jones bats second? I like the idea of him protecting Heyward in the three-hole, but I can also see how his plate discipline could help Bourn on the bases.
-- Neal C., Atlanta

I like the idea of protecting Freddie in the 3-hole (as opposed to Heyward), but I'm pretty sure Chipper's going to bat wherever Chipper wants to bat. Is his lack of speed an issue? Old legs, and all?

(Speaking of speed, I want to see Mac and Chipper race. I also want to see Mac and Rossy race.)

What do you think were some of the factors that led to Uggla's struggles at the plate last year? Do you think he'll have put them behind him for the start of this season?
-- Drew B., Covington, Ga.

I have every confidence Uggla will be an awesome offensive contributor to the team in 2012. As far as what was going on with him at the beginning of the season, does it matter? He not only fixed it, he returned to form and hit 30+ home runs. Again.

Will Freeman continue improving or will he have a "sophomore slump"?
-- Garland S., Albany, Ga

What a ridiculous question. Why would you ever project failure on someone?

I think it would be fun if everyone in the stands hugged each other after each Freddie home run. We should start that.

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I am pretty sure I need this book.

Apparently Javy has written an autobiography ("with Gary Caruso", former Chop Talk editor). I got an email with the announcement and a link to buy the book, and if you buy early enough you get an autographed copy. I'm not sure where TC got the information that the book is being released in April because my email didn't say anything about a release date. It looks like you can buy it right now. Click the picture to go to the publisher's website and see for yourself. :)

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New Braves commercial. Love.

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This GIF-heavy article on the Ten Worst Swings of the 2011 season includes highlights from Tommy Hanson, Anthony Varvaro, Freddie Freeman, Chipper Jones, and Tim Hudson.

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Oh hey, Tommy Glavine. You want me to listen to you talk about 3 of my favorite Braves? Okay.

Video: Braves Bullpen
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L-R standing: Blaine Boyer, Greg Norton, Scary Tommy Hanson, Kelly Johnson, Brian Snitker, Jonny Venters, Todd Redmond, Jeff Francoeur, Mark DeRosa. Squatting in front: ...Well, if you don't recognize Brian McCann and Tim Hudson I question whether you're actually a Braves fan! ;)

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News report from a Cleveland TV station - Loveland Teen Nearly Killed By Baseball Ready To Play Again - includes something really sweet Mike Minor did. Take a look. :)

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Finally, I have a question. If you could choose the song below as an intro song for a Brave, which Brave would you choose? :D

 

My cousin and I discussed a short list of guys who could pull it off, and then I remembered Huddy using Teach Me How To Dougie and...well, I think it would be pretty hilarious if Huddy used this song. (Also, how does this song have 210 MILLION views?!)

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