Chipper working through tendinitis in surgically-repaired knee

 

Chipper Jones has been battling tendinitis in his surgically-repaired left knee, but it’s something he expected as a “byproduct of having surgery.”

Jones said he faced similar issues the first time he had surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 1994. This time, he said, it’s on a smaller scale, given that his surgery was arthroscopic. He said it’s normal.

“It’s one of the steps along the way,” Jones said Monday morning at Turner Field. “Now that you’re starting to get into the every day hustle bustle of getting yourself ready for spring training, you’ve got aches and pains. Tendinitis is just one of those steps you’ve got to get by.”

Jones began getting daily treatment last week and said his knee has felt great ever since. He’s continued to hit in the batting cages every day at Turner Field. He’s still aiming to return as the Braves opening day third baseman.

“Ever since I’ve been in here every day getting treatment, I’ve had no limitations,” Jones said. “The knee is something I feel whenever I hit right-handed. Right now and since I started coming in, (I have) no pain right-handed.”

His treatment is through a process called phoresis, an alternative to a cortisone shot. He wears a pad on his knee and cortisone, an anti-inflammatory, is electronically distributed through the skin.

Jones said his next hurdle is agility drills and working on his first step. It’s something he plans to work on in the two weeks leading up to spring training. He’ll be able to report early with pitchers and catchers on Feb. 14 and face his next hurdle: taking groundballs.

“I’ve got to get to the point where I don’t mentally think about the knee,” Jones said. “As long as I don’t have any pain down there, I won’t think about it. That’s why I’m really excited about coming down here, getting the treatment, getting that tendinitis out of there.”

132 comments Add your comment

bruce

January 31st, 2011
1:41 pm

thanks for the update!

john braves

January 31st, 2011
1:41 pm

Good to here.

Metro Coach

January 31st, 2011
1:47 pm

I hope Freddie considers moving Chipper down in the line-up. I’d love to see him hit right in front or right behind Freeman, which would give Freeman more fastballs to look at, or a guy on base to give him a hole to hit through. Doubt it will happen, but Heyward at 3, Chipper at 6 or 7 with Freeman in the other spot sounds nice. Just glad to see him coming along.

Fish Bisch

January 31st, 2011
1:49 pm

Time to shut it down Hoss. You will make an excellent coach someday. As far as playing, your best years are way behind you.

Richard Simmons

January 31st, 2011
1:51 pm

Metro… you really want Chips high OBP to be wasted on the 7-9 guys in the lineup. I agree that a change in the lineup would be nice, but Freeman, Gonzalez and the pitcher are hitting 7-9 for a reason. At this point, Chipper would be better suited to hit in the second hole.

GwinnettDad

January 31st, 2011
1:51 pm

Sad to hear Chipper has become an old man before his time.

Retch

January 31st, 2011
1:54 pm

Chipper won’t make it half the season. He’s done, I just wish he would realize it.

Spud Webb

January 31st, 2011
1:55 pm

ahahhahahaha, this is a preview of more chipper is hurt headlines for the season. Love the guy, but it’s over.

DontKnock

January 31st, 2011
1:59 pm

Easy to make judgements on a players condition while reading an article from afar. The guy has given his all to the club over the last 15 years. I dont think he’s the type that would come back from such an injury if he doesnt feel he can cut it. Lets at least wait for spring season to start before we jump to snap conclusions. Rooting for you, chip…..

Roja

January 31st, 2011
2:04 pm

So his best days are “way behind” him? Have you forgotten his Batting Championship for the 2008 season??? I think your baseball knowledge is way behind you!

Let's be honest....

January 31st, 2011
2:04 pm

Chipper!!! Retire Now!!!! U are holding a big portion of the Braves salary that could be spent on a quality Center Fielder!!!!

Tremaine

January 31st, 2011
2:04 pm

And let the injuries begin. It would have been nice if the braves could have use that salary to get a young outfielder.

steve brown

January 31st, 2011
2:06 pm

I’m sure his huntin’ sessions following surgery were just what the Doctor ordered. Not!

MARK

January 31st, 2011
2:07 pm

BEST CLUTCH HITTER IN BRAVES HISTORY,I DON’T CARE IF WE HAVE TO ROLL HIM OUT THERE IN A WHEEL CHAIR GET HIM IN THERE.

Tyler

January 31st, 2011
2:08 pm

You guys must all forget that the guy is 38. Give the guy a break and let him come back from this injury.

I hope you all realize the Chipper is and will retire as The Greatest Atlanta Brave to put the uniform on.

I think Chipper will bounce back with a good year. .280 average – .380 OBP – 20 homers and 75 RBI’s.

Chipper is a gamer.

Sweet Old Buck

January 31st, 2011
2:11 pm

Just the first of bad news announcements about the old guy’s knee. Wren needs to start looking for left fielders now.

Voice of Reason

January 31st, 2011
2:13 pm

Yes, Chipper’s best days are behind him. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But for my money, he’s still among the top dozen or so third basemen in the game. With Heyward, Prado, McCann, & Uggla in the lineup, he doesn’t need to be THE GUY anymore. I’m predicting a solid year out of Chipper: 130 games, .295 avg, 15 HR, 80 RBI

Synonymous

January 31st, 2011
2:16 pm

Cripper Jones…

Peter

January 31st, 2011
2:19 pm

Chipper is done with any reasonable production for the money.

He was a great player in the past.

A Hall of Fame player in my book……..but is a real liability this coming year.

Maybe he will prove me wrong, and that I would be excited to see.

Mitch

January 31st, 2011
2:20 pm

Geez all you guys bashing him need get over yourselves. He a solid guy to have on the team and puts fear in the minds of most major league pitchers. I guarantee 10 teams would offer him a contract if he was eligible. Good luck Chip and keep working hard!

Boston Braves

January 31st, 2011
2:20 pm

Go get’em Hoss!

Boston Braves

January 31st, 2011
2:22 pm

keep your eye on Michael Young if Hoss can’t go at trade time

Casey Strikes Out

January 31st, 2011
2:22 pm

Please, do not assume that Chipper’s salary would be used to sign another player(s). Braves hierarchy would just lower the budget numbers. He’s here for the duration of his contract, so we need to accept that, work around it.

Capt. Obvious

January 31st, 2011
2:25 pm

OMG! I’m stunned… Not. And he is still worth $15 million per season? Come on man!

Capt. Obvious

January 31st, 2011
2:26 pm

I really hope he is not batting in the 3rd slot. I would put him at 2nd (bat control) or 6th (sporatic pop).

Serbok

January 31st, 2011
2:27 pm

Give him a chance?
BTW
Aaron is the greatest Brave~ followed by Chipper

Capt. Obvious

January 31st, 2011
2:32 pm

Prado lf
Chipper 3b
Heyward rf
Uggla 2b
McCann C
Gonzalez SS
Freeman 1b
McLouth? CF
Pitcher

Chipper Jones

January 31st, 2011
2:33 pm

Keep those big, fat checks coming !

By May 1st I’ll be in mid-season form – on the DISABLED LIST !

Mr. Bojangles

January 31st, 2011
2:35 pm

If Chipper would retire & if Wren can unload Lowe’s contract, the Braves will have payroll room to get Albert Pujols after 2011 !

CraZyTRaDeMaN

January 31st, 2011
2:35 pm

And he is still worth $15 million per season? Come on man!

So what players tend to get overpaid at the end of their career? They also get well underpaid compared to value at the beginning of their career. Heyward only gets 400K this year. You think that’s all he’s worth? Come on man!

CraZyTRaDeMaN

January 31st, 2011
2:37 pm

If Chipper would retire & if Wren can unload Lowe’s contract, the Braves will have payroll room to get Albert Pujols after 2011 !

Screw that why wait!! Trade Heyward Teheran Uggla and Hanson for Pujols right now!! Get on if Frank you tool!!!!!

Capt. Obvious

January 31st, 2011
2:37 pm

The lineup will be pretty scary IF, and that’s a big IF, McLouth can do anything. Then you are able to bat him 1st and move Chip to 6th or 7th to protect Freeman. Very dangerous lineup indeed.

RaleighDawg

January 31st, 2011
2:37 pm

Chipper have aches and pains is VERY old news….

Mr. Bojangles

January 31st, 2011
2:38 pm

Roja,

Take your medication ! 2008 was three seasons ago & Chipper hasn’t remotely resembled the hitter he was then, hitting .264 and .265 since. Now he’s 39 and coming off major knee surgery. Dream on !

Mr. Bojangles

January 31st, 2011
2:39 pm

No trade needed. Albert the Great will be a free agent after 2011.

Big Al

January 31st, 2011
2:40 pm

I have zero confidence in Chipper’s ability to play in 2011. Are there any decent 3B free agents out there they we could get cheap? Is Glaus still around?

David O'Brien

January 31st, 2011
2:42 pm

Good point, Crazytrademan. It never ceases to amaze me how some people seem surprised that a veteran in his final years is paid more than a more-productive, younger player. Folks, that’s baseball economics. Period. Teams have the control in a players’ first years in the league, and can pay him the league-minimum salary or only slightly more for three years regardless of performance. He can hit 50 homers and be the league MVP, but if a team wants to pay him $420,000 in year two or three, they can. Then the player gets big raises in his first year of arbitration, and in subsequent years of arb, provided the team retains him.

Then he’s a free agent, and he can go wherever he wants, so teams pay the going rate to get a player that they want. Or they don’t pay it. Their choice. But once they sign him, it ain’t like the NFL, where they can decide at any point along the way that they don’t want the player, and simply cut him, with only the signing bonus guaranteed. Baseball multi-year deals are guaranteed, so once it’s signed, it MUST be paid, regardless of how much time fans or media spend discussing whether it’s a good contract or not.

ChinookGuy

January 31st, 2011
2:43 pm

He wants to play, and before he got hurt last year he was starting to get it together. Besides, having him coaching up Heyward and Freeman on the field can only help.

I agree with Serbok…Hammerin Hank’s still the man, 25 time All-Star, 755 home runs without better living through chemistry.

pdt

January 31st, 2011
2:44 pm

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ChinookGuy

January 31st, 2011
2:45 pm

Want to talk about wasted salaries, just look at Mike Hampton. The should have charged him rent in the dugout.

David O'Brien

January 31st, 2011
2:46 pm

If Chipper would retire & if Wren can unload Lowe’s contract, the Braves will have payroll room to get Albert Pujols after 2011 — Mr. Bojangles

No, they would not. Because no team with a $90 million to $100 million payroll is going to give one player at least 25 percent of that total ( it’d probably be closer to 30 percent in the case of Pujols). No team has won a championship with such a huge percentage of its payroll going to one player. Besides, the Braves believe they are set at first base for many years to come with Freddie Freeman. Not looking for a 1B.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

January 31st, 2011
2:47 pm

Chipper should eat my barbecue and drink my $2 PBR “stovepipes”.

David O'Brien

January 31st, 2011
2:51 pm

Billy Jack’s BBQ: It’s a good thing everyone on the blog doesn’t use it repeatedly as a place for free advertising for their business, isn’t it? That’d get annoying.

Kentavo

January 31st, 2011
2:54 pm

I’ve liked the idea of Bravos somehow acquiring Micheal Young ever since the Rangers signed Beltre.
I know it’s not realistic, I just like the idea.

David O'Brien

January 31st, 2011
2:55 pm

ChinookGuy: But at least the Braves only paid about half of Hampton’s salary while he was here (quite a bit less, actually, with insurance). Check out what the Giants are paying Barry Zito, who wasn’t even on their postseason roster. He’s still owed $64.5 million over the next three seasons, including $20 million in 2013 and a $7 million buyout of an $18 million option for 2014.

That’s just staggering.

Tyler

January 31st, 2011
2:57 pm

If Chipper would retire & if Wren can unload Lowe’s contract, the Braves will have payroll room to get Albert Pujols after 2011 — Mr. Bojangles

You’d hope this money would go to the signing/extensions of: McCann, Heyward, Jurrgens, Hanson, Freeman, Minor, Beachy, Prado, Venters, Kimbrel, etc.

Would be nice to sign some players long term.

Ken Stallings

January 31st, 2011
2:57 pm

Good luck finding a quality outfielder for the $12 million that Chipper is getting paid today! And then where would you get the money to pay for the third baseman to replace him, assuming you don’t move Prado there?

Chipper’s contract is a deal for someone of his skills.

Fish Bisch

January 31st, 2011
2:57 pm

Billy Jack’s is about as old and crusty as Chipper’s knees.

AJJ

January 31st, 2011
2:59 pm

would the Braves consider making a trade with in the division for Jose reyes at some point in the season? Or do you think there will be other holes that will be more important to fill.

bulldogbyrd

January 31st, 2011
3:03 pm

Any Braves fan worth a plug nickel wants Chipper to return and be a major player in the Braves 2011 playoff run. Why would you want anything but that? Be a Braves FAN…or just get lost…please!

Bob the Blogger

January 31st, 2011
3:06 pm

As long as the Braves do not depend on Chipper to carry the team on his back like he did ten years ago, things should work out fine. No one expects him to be the same player as he was in his twenties, but who is at 39? The fact is, he still has an exceptionally good OBP, and is smart enough to make adjustments. I’d put him in the #2 slot to give Heyward and Uggla plenty of RBI opportunities.

Robert

January 31st, 2011
3:09 pm

“He’ll be able to report early with pitchers and catchers on Feb. 14 and face his next hurdle: taking groundballs.”

To Chipper , groundballs are like tendonitis – they have challenged him before in his career

zenman

January 31st, 2011
3:12 pm

DOB-Great back to back concerts, Jan.21, Drive By Truckers and Sat. Jan 22 Del Castillo. Also learned that Cracker will headline the 30th (?) Tropical Heatwave. One day 8 stages 40 + bands, all at venues in Ybor City. One amazing event. Have you ever been to Bumbershoot (Labor Day Weekend) in Seattle. Or South by Southwest in Austin, Texas? Oh by the way , I very much enjoy your blog. March brings Old 97
’s to Skippers Smoke House.

BaseballStar

January 31st, 2011
3:22 pm

Some people cease to amaze me at their criticism of Chipper. I mean in 2008 he wins the Batting Title and people still down him. People always criticize him about getting hurt and not playing in enough games but in 2009 he played more games than anyone on the team, led the team in Runs Scored, he was 2nd in home runs behind mac, 3rd in RBI’s, Led the team in walks, and led the team in OBP. Yet people say he did nothing for the team because he didn’t have as good a year as he did in 2008. He wasnt doing bad in 2010 for only playing 95 games until the knee injury. Wren and Gonzales realize the asset Chipper is to this team and its a bout time some true Braves fans start crediting him some respect for what he has done for this team and what he is still capable of doing. Good Luck Chip!

Horner's Corner

January 31st, 2011
3:37 pm

A final comment regarding Jordan Schafer. At some point in Schafer’s career he possessed the skills to be recognized as a top tier prospect and I think most Braves fans, including myself, would love to see JS return to this level. BUT, JS has only averaged 73 games played/year over the past 3 seasons. The guy needs to play a lot of games and get a ton of plate appearances to reestablish his value.

Currently there are no openings in the Braves starting outfield and even if JS has a spectacular spring, I cannot imagine the organization moving Prado, McLouth or Heyward to 4th on the outfield depth chart. Speaking of the 4th outfield position, this role will also not be awarded to Schafer. Again, he needs to play every day and log 500-600 plate appearances which will not occur on the pines.

For the Schafer faithful, look to spring of 2012 for a potential return….or June 1st if McLouth returns to last year’s form.

Mark (another one)

January 31st, 2011
3:41 pm

People just tend to bitch. It appears to be human nature. If anyone can come back at 38 from this surgery, I would bet on Chipper. I like our lineup and some of the options Wren has brought in trying to make the team. I also expect Chipper to be forced to take some time off during the season to keep him fresh. That said, there will be a time during 2011 when he carries this team. It happens every year, and I expect it again this year.

The point about salaries and the CBA control of same, that is why the “Making Less than Francouer” article is lame. Most of the competition is still under their club’s control.

Mark (another one)

January 31st, 2011
3:44 pm

Horner’s Corner: You make good points about JS. It would be best for all if Nate solidifies center and JS stays at AAA for a lot of at bats. If Nate gets hurt, JS can be brought up the next day to replace him. The real point is to keep developing a long term solution for center.

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Dumbo

January 31st, 2011
3:46 pm

The Braves can’t afford for Chumper…er I mean…Chipper to miss more than 50 games. Somebody give him a prescription for Celebrex. I’m still afraid everyone that can bunt a ball is gonna drop ‘em down on Jones to see if he can move and until that scar tissue is freed, he ain’t gonna be moving very fast at all.

Mr. Bojangles

January 31st, 2011
3:51 pm

Frank Wren, go get Lorenzo Cain or Jacoby Ellsbury, or your job will be on the line this time next year ! You can’t win with a .190 hitting centerfielder or a brokendown thirdbaseman !

exodus

January 31st, 2011
3:51 pm

I agree with Metro , aging veterans no matter how talented should move down the lineup willingly in order to provide depth and create mismatch problems. Chipper’s OBP however impressive is not a strong enough reason to keep him in the da 3 hole. He’s too injury prone , doesn’t run that well, leaves far too many games early, and lacks adequate pop to drive in runs. Massive holes are left in the lineup when Chipper leaves because of tightness or soreness in middle of games , leaving you options like Mather or Hinske hitting third. Bat him sixth before Freeman , allow him to pick up the pieces leftover from Heyward , Mac , and Uggla. Also allowing Gonzo to hit 8th so there will b a better right handed option in just after the heart of the order. If he’s slowed by injuries- it won’t hurt the team as much, if he plays well- then there’s a beast for you , like Javy in his 2nd contract year.
It’s time Chipper provides protection for others in the lineup instead of getting it.The one and only time was for Sheffield and Chip was in his prime still n that turned out pretty good for the offense.

Robert

January 31st, 2011
3:57 pm

“and its a bout time some true Braves fans start crediting him some respect for what he has done for this team and what he is still capable of doing”

Chipper was a great hitter (HOF caliber) for a very long time.

His fielding and baserunning have always been lo-normal

He may be a good-ole-boy in the clubhouse, but as far as any leadershuip translating into an improved team, his contribution has been marginal at best

Good players make their team better by their production. Great players can carry a team., if the team needs to be carried – and are the focal point of an offense for an extended period of time. Check – Chipper did that

Great players elevate the team by that and by making the whole team around them better. Chipper not got there.

Chipper Jones is to baseball what Dominique Wilkins was to basketball – absolutely outstanding at one facet of the game – but not a champion

That’s not being harsh on him. It’s not blaming him for anything. It’s not saying he wouldve or couldve or shouldve been anything more than he was

It’s simply an honest assessment of the facts

KK

January 31st, 2011
4:01 pm

Let me play 3rd. I can’t pitch & I make 1/2 as much as Chipper

Glord1

January 31st, 2011
4:08 pm

Robert – thought Chipper had a ring. He most certainly is a champion.

childrojbc

January 31st, 2011
4:10 pm

Horners Corner….your comment couldn’t be further from the truth……..JS has the most perserverence and dedication of any plate appearing outfielder on the braves squad and adds more speed than this team has seen along with the supporting cast. It takes mental and physical recovery to regain your former confidence/ ability………..lets go JS

Puma

January 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

Chipper ain’t what he used to be, no doubt. But he is still a presence in the lineup, still someone a pitcher has to consider when deciding how to pitch to the guys in front of him. He may not be a homerun hitter, but he is still a tough out which to me is of more value late in a game when we got a few guys on base. This may sound stupid to some, but I’d rather have Chipper coming up late in a game with a guy in scoring position than Ryan Howard who more likely than not will strike out.

Is he worth $13 million, or whatever he makes, no, but he is still the best thing we got going at 3rd base.

Cecil34

January 31st, 2011
4:19 pm

Not sure I’m buying in to all the pie-in-the-sky, knee is beautiful, no pain, no problems sentiment.

The over-compensation for it will probably cause the oblique to go……

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

January 31st, 2011
4:20 pm

Mr Fisch B. How did you know it was my birthday? Thanks man. Yes, I am getting old. 29 again today.

DOB:

I have always heard that Chipper has deferred large portions of his salary until post retirement. None of our business, but is there any truth to that rumor?

Also, re: Billy Jack’s on the blog, friends of mine (even my banker) call me from all over the country when I post — so it is sorta cool that this blog has a world wide following. I will tone down the advertising.

exodus

January 31st, 2011
4:21 pm

Glad you said it Robert- Everyone seems to look the other way when this subject comes up. Chipper’s career has been amazing , but a true leader would be helping keep the collection of talent around. And yes i know he’s adjusted his contract in the past , still not enough for how collectively good they were for years and never won any more championships. Here are some red flags -Why hasn’t he learned first base to ease his injuries, Why doesn’t he move in the lineup according to matchups year to year, Why does he seem aloof when teammates are traded or let go that were productive, Why does he make comments on the team’s limitations while injured that aren’t exactly positive, and finally Does he not remember when he came he was surrounded by Grissom , McGriff, and Justice who protected him and embraced his talent. Hmmmm

Largo

January 31st, 2011
4:28 pm

Chipper could learn something from Gil Meche of the KC Royals. Meche could have hung on one more year and collected 12M bucks but he knew he couldn’t help the team so did the retirement thing. Takes a big man to do that. Chipper is not a big man.

Puma

January 31st, 2011
4:33 pm

Chipper has repeatedly said he will retire when he does not feel like he can produce at a high level and help the Braves win…i.e. like when he talked about retiring mid-season last year. The fact is that he can still be productive, give the guy the opportunity. Unless you know of someone else out there that we can actually get who will be more productive, and spare me the pipe dream trade scenarios.

Gil Meche collected a lot of money the last 2 years to suck, so lets not call him a BIG man, unless you know something I don’t know

BaseballStar

January 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

Robert- I dont really understand what your saying? You said that Chipper jones was a great player and did carry the team at one point but then you said he never elevated the team or made the team as a whole better? I dont know if I got that right but if thats what your trying to say then I dont understand it.

Have you ever listened to other players talk about him or researched stats of the Braves as a whole when he isn’t in the line up? All the players know his role as a player and the stats show that when he has been out of the line-up during the regular season the team suffered.Yeah he doesn’t play like he did when he was younger. But when he is in the line-up other the team seems to do better. If that doesn’t prove that he is a champion then go tell that to one of the best switch hitting players of all time. And like Glord1 says he does have a ring so I would say that makes him a champion.

Fish Bisch

January 31st, 2011
4:36 pm

puma, it won’t be hard to find anyone more productive because chipster will be on the bench for 80-100 games. The braves could put Chris Woodward at thrid and be more productive that chipper in ‘11.

Tomahawk'n

January 31st, 2011
4:42 pm

“Chipper is and will retire as The Greatest Atlanta Brave to put the uniform on.”
Woaaaah, Tyler!
That’s a huge dis-service to players like Aaron, Matthews, Spann, Sain, Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz.
Chipper will probably make the HOF, but he’s not a sure thing. He’s made great contributions to the team over his career, but, his career should have been over 3 years ago.
Chipper just needs to retire so the Braves can get a quality 3B or corner OF.

Jeff Francouer

January 31st, 2011
4:44 pm

I can play centerfield, I’m righthanded and I know Atlanta.

Nocahoma

January 31st, 2011
4:49 pm

Tomahawk’n,

I share your enthusiasm, but Spahn & Sain did not play in Atlanta; and Eddie Mathews played just one season (1966).

Unless Chipper hits 500 career homers or gets 3000 hits (doubtful), I’d have to rate the greatest Atlanta Braves as Aaron, Maddux, Glavine, Niekro & then Chipper, followed by Smoltz and Dale Murphy.

Greatest Braves of alltme (Boston-Milwaukee-Atlanta) would be Aaron, Spahn, Maddux, Mathews, Glavine & Niekro.

Naf Sevarb

January 31st, 2011
5:06 pm

Kids, kids, take it easy here. Chipper should still give us 110-120 games, .285 – 13- 70 from hopefully the 2 hole. He isnt the focus of this offense he will just be an OBP guy and not a BIG rbi GUY. That is what we have Uggla, Heyward, and McCann for. Our big issue will be center and short this year.

Naf Sevarb

January 31st, 2011
5:08 pm

Just for the record Nocahoma I think Maddux was better than Spahn

Nocahoma

January 31st, 2011
5:13 pm

Naf Sevarb,

Possibly, but I’ll take Spahn & his 363 career wins, two no hitters (after age 40) and all those complete games. Keep in mind the Cy Young Award didn’t come out until Spahn’s career was more than half way over, not to mention he did not win his first game til he was 25 years old as he had served in WWII, giving up some of his prime years. 400 wins might have been attained.

ramblingman

January 31st, 2011
5:23 pm

I am getting tired of reading the posters like fish who come on here solely for one purpose – to bash Chipper Jones.

If that is all you do on here, I am saying it – you are not a Braves fan.

Go somewhere else.

Horner's Corner

January 31st, 2011
5:26 pm

childrojbc-

You wrote a response to my post regarding JS, but due to a general lack of intelligibility I could not understand most of your points. You did state, “It takes mental and physical recovery to regain your former confidence/ ability” which, in my opinion, should take place at AAA Gwinnett.

it's a chopper to chipper

January 31st, 2011
5:31 pm

Chipper got ejected at a game in Florida against the fish last season while on the DL. He’s suppose to serve a one game suspension when he comes off the DL. So he’ll wind up missing opening day even if he is ready to go.

O'flarity's water bottle

January 31st, 2011
5:34 pm

Age is going to be chippers biggest foe. All the chipper bashing is absurd. He has an awesone OBP and still a threat in the batters box.

O'flarity's water bottle

January 31st, 2011
5:35 pm

Ralph

January 31st, 2011
5:56 pm

Only thing you can count on out of Chipper this year is that he will be there when the pass out the pay checks, Wren may be counting on collecting insurance for most of his salary but he wont use it to get a center fielder, he’ll put it in the bank.

reason

January 31st, 2011
6:03 pm

It doesn’t matter what condition Chipper is in, he won’t play very much. It doesn’t matter how old he is, he was alway hurt when he was 30. Don’t depend on him for full time, he should be a part player and the brave should get a young player for the future.

Navigator

January 31st, 2011
6:10 pm

Alright everyone, we see it coming, many games missing from line up. Just another Chipper year.

NickB

January 31st, 2011
6:30 pm

Here we go again……sigh

Last year Chipper was a 3.2 WAR player in only 95 games! Not to mention his OPS in the last 10 games of July and first 9 games of August was .980!!!! He was getting it together and had recovered his old swing. IF his knee is ready to play I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play 130 games at 3rd and pinch hit in 10-15 more games next year. The guy has bent over backwards for the team financially, by changing positions and in helping talk to potential signees. Plus he is a huge influence on the young players… I don’t see how anyone (who doesn’t live in fantasy baseball/video game land anyway) could be so critical of him!!!

Oh and btw, all this talk of “Frank Wren needs to just go and get Cain or Ellsbury or ….etc” is silly! Who do you think it would take to pry them away? You willing to trade somebody important for the teams future for a league average CF like Ellsbury or Cain? You do realize that we’d then be paying Mclouth $7mill to ride the pine right? IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!! Mclouth is going to get aevery chance to prove he can play!!! IFFFFFF June comes around and he’s still slumping, THEN the team will start perusing the classifieds for a new CF (or call up JS)….

I do agree that ,at this stage of his career, Chip would be an ideal number 2 hitter. His power may not be what it once was, but the guy still gets on base at a .400 clip. That’s carries huge value at the top of the order. My lineup would look like so:

Prado
Chipper
Heyward
Uggla
McCann
Gonzo
Freeman
Mclouth

Now granted it does leave 2 lefties together at the bottom of the order. But that’s a small price to pay to have the best power hitters in good RBI position.

Gil Meche Has Class

January 31st, 2011
6:34 pm

Chipper,

Please do it classy like Gil Meche. Owed 12 million the upcoming season but said he couldn’t bear to take the money if he couldn’t produce. Take a lesson from Meche. Walk away. Leave the salary. Plant some food plots and watch them for a trophy this summer. You don’t need the money. Walk away.

NickB

January 31st, 2011
6:35 pm

Oh and to reason, saying Chipper was always hurt when he was 30…. ummm, YER WRONG!!!

games played career in order since 1996 (1995 was shortened strike year)

157
157
160
157
156
159
158(age 30)
153
137
109
110
134
128
143
95

That’s a 130 game average (and if you remove last year due to a major injury it’s a 134 game average) IF he can play 130 games he WILL be a very important part of the lineup.

Darin

January 31st, 2011
6:49 pm

Great player. Great Brave. That said, he’s 38 and if this Braves management team has shown us one thing, it’s that they will not bow down to sentimentality if Chipper can’t play.

I expect to see a lot of Martin Prado at 3B this year.

exodus

January 31st, 2011
7:14 pm

Man i keep seeing the same lineup with Chipper at the 2 hole – makes since at first until u realize Gonzo is at the 6 . Mr. no plate discipline himself . How does that protect Mac (our best hitter) or help Freddie develop. I c alot of wasted scoring opportunities coming. Pitch around Mac n throw sliders n the dirt to Gonzo. This is my lineup- 1 Prado, 2 McLouth/Young, 3 Heyward, 4 Uggla, 5 Mac, 6 Chip, 7 Freeman , 8 Gonzo . It gives the speed which is needed near the top of lineup for rbi men in the midddle n still protects them from being pitched around. Some of Chipper’s best years after he was established was with little or no protection 99′ and 08′ . Gonzo will prob play 150 games, too long to live with him backing up the heart of the order. Freddie would get a ton of experience learning from Chip in front of him. If he needs a day off squeeze Freddie down (if doing well) n use Bench , but no where near 1-5. He can be great but its not how many games he’ll miss its just how you should treat a great veteran ballplayer thats going need more time to recover. Love to have a fresher Chip come post season with the new Baby Braves having had to tow the line .

Lauren

January 31st, 2011
7:48 pm

I don’t care what any of you say! The team playes harder when CHIPPER is in the line up. He is a motivator.

NY Brave

January 31st, 2011
7:55 pm

Alright look. Prado, McClouth,CHIPPER,Uggla,Mac,Heyward,Gonzo,Freeman. Thats what it will be. But dont suprised is Schafer plays some lefy field on and off to give Chip some needed rest. Point is that the guy will be back. But like always he wont play 162 games, more like 95-110. That being said LAY OFF one of the most LOYAL players the MLB has seen in a long time. Braves will win the division behind STRONG pitching, sound familier? Bullpen will be as strong if not stonger than last year. The starters are WAY better this year, Hanson could win 20 games as well as Hudson. Lowe is Lowe and then you have Jujens, Minor, Beachy. Any team would love to have those three guys fighting for their 4 and 5 spots. In all the offence will be PLENTY even if Chipper isnt Chipper. Given the fact that the season is long ANYTHING can happen. Good Luck CHIPPER ..Prove them all Wrong.. I play baseball (real baseball, not poop soft ball) and I switched my number to 13 this year to support ya bro. No other way to retire than on top… Its right there boys …go get it,.. and let Bobby hold once or twice…

sam

January 31st, 2011
8:10 pm

john braves “Good to here.”
January 31st, 2011
1:41 pm

Good to HERE?!!! You goofball.

Fredi's Fu Manchu

January 31st, 2011
8:18 pm

OK – The “before/after” on Chipper’s return is now at May 15th.

David O'Brien

January 31st, 2011
8:25 pm

I have always heard that Chipper has deferred large portions of his salary until post retirement. None of our business, but is there any truth to that rumor? — Billy Jack’s BBQ

Not true. Braves have not asked him to defer, and teams generally try to avoid doing so because of the problems it’s caused teams such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, who nearly went bankrupt after deferring large amounts to Randy Johnson and others, then seeing their attendance shrivel in years after glow of their World Series title wore off.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

January 31st, 2011
8:39 pm

Thank you DOB. It is going to be an exciting spring. I think we all agree that we have a championship caliber team, but we also have a lot of uncertianites and there are many topics (i.e. KK, Chip’s knee, Freeman, etc.) that will spur some great blogs.

usskittyhawk63

January 31st, 2011
9:41 pm

Well chip what ever the out come your the best brave ever and i appreciate you either way so go get um buddy

DC Brave

January 31st, 2011
10:10 pm

Keep working Chipper. Ignore the idiots. My prediction: 140 games, .307, 23 HRs, 104 RBIs.

Go Chipper! Go Braves!

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