Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman watched Braves icon Chipper Jones handle the “face of the franchise” role seemingly with ease in recent years. He knocked out the various unwritten duties of that post effortlessly, including dealing with the media during good and bad times, all while he fought the effects of age and injury in an effort to keep playing at a high level.

Heyward and Freeman are 17 years younger than Jones. They don’t have to worry about having fluid-filled knees drained every month or taking cortisone injections on a regular basis to relieve creaky joints so they can play.

But when it comes to being faces of the Braves franchise — most agree Heyward is and Freeman could be soon — youth and inexperience are not assets. More often, they are issues that must be overcome before a player feels confident speaking for himself, much less being asked at times to speak for others, such as at the end of a disappointing series when reporters have deadlines and some teammates might choose to spend a little more time decompressing in the players-only dining room.

“How he handled the media and how he handled all the fans,” Freeman said, smiling and shaking his head. “When I’m sitting a couple of lockers down last year, watching how he handled things, you try to take it in and do the best you can. Some people are just gifted that way. He was one of them. You try to take in everything you can and hopefully, you can just put it into what you do while your career progresses.”