Heyward leaves classy message to Braves fans after trade

Jason Heyward sent a heartfelt thank you to his hometown fans after Monday's trade.

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After five seasons of sparkling defense and streaky hitting, young Braves outfield star Jason Heyward was traded Monday to the St. Louis Cardinals.

But the 25-year-old Heyward, who grew up the Atlanta area, didn’t depart his hometown without leaving a memorable message for the fans. He posted this to Twitter later Monday:

Great way to go out.

Heyward sounded decidedly less enthused about the Braves front office’s decision.


"This is a business," he said, according to the Associated Press. "I was definitely open to (a long-term deal), but that conversation never took place."

Heyward was an All-Star and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2010, when he hit .277 with 18 home runs and 72 RBI in 142 games. In the years since, though, his numbers haven’t improved much. He spiked at 27 home runs in 2012 but hit just 11 last season with a .271 average. He won Gold Gloves in 2012 and 2014.