Chipper knocks cover off ball (literally), vows to start opening day

It’s still too early to know if Chipper Jones will make it all the way back from knee surgery, but the Braves veteran showed Tuesday he still can literally knock the cover off the ball.

While hitting in an indoor batting cage at Turner Field, the 38-year-old third baseman hit a baseball with enough force to unravel the stitching and leave the cover hanging loosely from the ball’s core.

This is what was left of a ball that Chipper Jones destroyed while hitting Tuesday.

This is what was left of a ball that Chipper Jones destroyed while hitting Tuesday.

“I think this one’s done,” Jones said, pausing to hand the ball to a team official before continuing his hitting session.

The Braves began their annual pre-spring training pitching camp this week at Turner Field. While pitchers took turns throwing from a mound under the tutelage of pitching coach Roger McDowell, plenty of curious eyes turned towards the rehabbing veteran hitting on the other side of the netting.

After Jones finished, Braves president John Schuerholz was examining the tattered ball cover when Jones smiled and said, “That’s what you’ve got to look forward to this year.”

Older baseballs, sometimes slightly damaged, are typically used during batting practice, but it’s still uncommon to see a cover torn off a ball in such a manner. While he wasn’t facing “live” pitching Tuesday, the sound of balls exploding off Jones’ bat was impressive nonetheless.

Jones, who’ll be 39 in April, is attempting a comeback from August surgery to repair a torn anterior crucial ligament in his left knee. He tore the same ligament in 1994 spring training and had surgery that pushed back his rookie season until 1995.

When he was injured making a spectacular defensive play at Houston in August, many believed it would end Jones’ career. Less than six months since surgery, his goal of returning to the lineup for opening day looks reasonable.

Jones said he would likely begin agility drills later this week, and doesn’t expect to have any restrictions when the Braves begin full-squad spring training workouts Feb. 19.

After he said Monday that he’s had minor tendinitis lately in the surgically repaired knee, some skeptics on baseball blogs and Twitter opined that Jones would not stay healthy and have a productive season.

When told Tuesday about those doubters, Jones smirked and said, “Tell them I’m going to be in the opening day lineup.”

Then he headed to the batting cage for his hitting session, with Braves bullpen catcher Alan Butts throwing to him and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez watching from about 10 feet away.

Gonzalez has been encouraged by Jones’ progress, and said every possible lineup that he’s made includes Jones – that’s how confident he is in the comeback. Jones is in his usual third spot in every one of those lineups, Gonzalez said.

Jones also revealed Tuesday that he will wear low-top spikes this year, after years of playing in high-tops. He was wearing high-tops both times when he blew out his left knee.

“I’d much rather sprain an ankle than do that [again],” he said. “So I’m going to low-tops, and I’m pulling up the pants. I’m going old-school.”

He’ll roll his pants near the knees and wear them with solid blue socks provided by his longtime endorsement company, Mizuno.

And if Jones does need to go back to high-top spikes, you can expect the pant legs to come back down.

“I can’t stand guys that pull their pants up and wear high-tops,” he said. “Bad. Just a bad look.”

103 comments Add your comment

tbhawksfan

February 1st, 2011
4:36 pm

Nice of them to put that ball in play to boost Chippers comeback.

Rufus

February 1st, 2011
4:37 pm

Thanks for the update. Looking forward to seeing him opening day.

Logically Insane

February 1st, 2011
4:37 pm

Its gonna be awesome to see him in his vintage style.. lol

RHR

February 1st, 2011
4:39 pm

Noooooooo I hate the high socks look. Don’t do it, Chipper!

:P

Synonymous

February 1st, 2011
4:41 pm

Too bad he was hitting whiffle balls

Josh M

February 1st, 2011
4:46 pm

With the NFL finishing up this Sunday, I’m looking forward to Springtime and Braves baseball. Excited that Chipper is coming back and going old school with the high socks. Can’t stand the way ball players wear baggy pants on the baseball field.

Fish Bisch

February 1st, 2011
4:47 pm

Put a fork in Chipper.

Go Bravos

February 1st, 2011
4:50 pm

Chipper should bring back the stirrups. That would be TRUE vintage and would look SOO fly.

PMC

February 1st, 2011
4:53 pm

That Rookie season of 1995 was a pretty good year, here’s hoping for more of that for 2011.

Fish Bisch

February 1st, 2011
4:54 pm

Jones smirked and said, “Tell them I’m going to be in the opening day lineup.” I would love to make this bet with the old chipster. You all don’t think he was speaking directly to me do you?

bruce

February 1st, 2011
4:57 pm

this is encouraging….

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Just Pat

February 1st, 2011
4:59 pm

Fish Bisch

Don’t flatter yourself!

Art

February 1st, 2011
4:59 pm

Chipper is one cool dude and one great ball player! Best of luck for a great 2011 season!

David O'Brien

February 1st, 2011
5:03 pm

Go Bravos: That’s what I told him — you gotta go with the old-school stirrups. But he said he’s gonna wear the solid blue socks.

David O'Brien

February 1st, 2011
5:04 pm

Too bad he was hitting whiffle balls — Synonymous

You must’ve played a different kind of Wiffle Ball than I did as a kid. Ours were plastic, didn’t have covers that could be torn off.

BigD

February 1st, 2011
5:11 pm

Sounds like he’s pretty much on schedule for opening day. That would be great.
DOB, does he look to be in shape ? Have his weight down ? That could be a real killer on the knees, especially at his age.

Andres

February 1st, 2011
5:20 pm

just having his name in the lineup makes a huge difference. him hitting around 280 with like 15-20 HR ad 80 + RBI’s is what i think hell produce if he plays 150 games

StingerSplash

February 1st, 2011
5:21 pm

We used solid wiffle balls. Easier to throw a 1. Taped the barrels of the bats to prevent cracking.
Sources say 73-year-old icon Merle Haggard staged a damn good show to a full house at Savannah’s Johnny Mercer Theatre last week.

nd brave

February 1st, 2011
5:21 pm

glad to see chipper is feeling good and going old school… like the high socks… can’t wait for opening day

BosnianBaller

February 1st, 2011
5:23 pm

Chipper is a legend

JoshTown

February 1st, 2011
5:28 pm

Thanks for the update, DOB! Glad Chipper’s feeling good and confident. He can still do wonders in a lineup.

Smiling Jack

February 1st, 2011
5:33 pm

Chipper will do great this year. What ever his achievements they will be more than bashers expect, but they’ll still bash, no matter how good of a year he has. Go Chipper and go Braves!

sidslidkid

February 1st, 2011
5:34 pm

“So I’m going to low-tops, and I’m pulling up the pants. I’m going old-school.”

L-Dubs is going to look awesome with pants pulled up. Very glad he’s getting healthy.

Cranbery

February 1st, 2011
5:35 pm

Love that guy……………keeping him in my prayers for a Full Recovery!

Just Pat

February 1st, 2011
5:37 pm

Will be SO glad to see him back in the line up and dugout! Losing him and Bobby at the same time would have been really disheartening. (Of course, losing Glenn Hubbard is, too.)

Ghost of Gil Garrido

February 1st, 2011
5:39 pm

Hot Dang! Loves me some Chipper when he gets MAD!! He’s like another true champ – - MJ. He goes on a tear whenever people challenge his bona fides. Hope all you doubters show up at the games this year! Keep raking, Chip…

Mark (another one)

February 1st, 2011
5:45 pm

I can’t wait for opening day. The everyday lineup is looking better each day of rehab. Chipper will be sore but if he can contribute, he’ll play. Chipper is a competitor. Wren has put together a competitive lineup with competition at the few question mark positions. Come on spring.

Go braves!!!

Steve

February 1st, 2011
5:53 pm

I do hope he is ready for opening day, but I also hope he is not pushing too hard. The simple fact is, tendinitis can be painful and some of those really sharp pains that sometimes come along with it can severely impact your ahtletic game even if you try to fight thru it. A little twinge at the start of a plant for a swing can make the whole swing useless.

Might be a good time to let him rest a while so he is ready to face live pitching in a few weeks. It’s not like he is going to have to work on a bunch of new stuff at this point in his career, it’s more like fine tuning even with the injury recovery.

ChrisfromSacramento, Ca

February 1st, 2011
5:53 pm

I can not wait for opening day. Go Braves. Chipper you are the best!

All the haters go find another team.

Becca H

February 1st, 2011
5:54 pm

I’m so excited that he’s coming back, AND he’s in his vintage long socks again! That’s the Chipper I love!

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

February 1st, 2011
5:58 pm

Great update. I think we will see him play alot this year. Perhaps 135 to 150 games. Venture another guess that he will probably leave early (i.e. 7th inning, etc.) in games that are runaways and see him rest in day games that follow night games — sort of a catcher’s schedule. Any more news on a possible backup infielders?

Trey

February 1st, 2011
6:01 pm

Impressive. I am so glad to hear about Chipper knocking the cover off the ball.

Trojan

February 1st, 2011
6:01 pm

Great update DOB. I believe that Chipper is going to contribute big time this year.

Milt Famey

February 1st, 2011
6:02 pm

Fish B @ 4:54, I bet #10 would love to put a fork in you. Some folks are just sarcastic from the early morning until their last breath at night. To get on here and criticize a future HOF player smacks of that.

justin1

February 1st, 2011
6:06 pm

NWFL fan

February 1st, 2011
6:09 pm

Great news on Chipper. Uggla, McCann and Chipper can do some serious damage.

Rupert

February 1st, 2011
6:11 pm

I was a young little league guy when Chipper first came up, and I always wore my pants up to show the socks to be like him. I always liked the fact that he did it and not many other players did, kind of a signature thing for him in his younger days. Anyways, it will be good to see him play again, and if this is his last year(s), it will be kind of full circle to see him go out looking like he did when started.

Marie

February 1st, 2011
6:15 pm

Fish Bisch – IDIOT.

chief pitchanono

February 1st, 2011
6:17 pm

Sounds like things are going well for Chipper. Hopefully he’s back and in full force by April and can have a good season. This team has a great chance to send him out on top if they can stay healthy. It would be great to see him play in one last World Series before he’s done. He catches allot of slack from fans because of all his injuries, but he’s been a great player for the Braves and is responsible for allot of the teams success in the mid to late 90’s. He will be missed when he’s gone, and deserves another shot at the postseason.

scottbravesfan

February 1st, 2011
6:20 pm

Can’t wait for the season to start!

"Chef" Tim Dix

February 1st, 2011
6:20 pm

Chipper haters are an entertaining minority.

scottbravesfan

February 1st, 2011
6:21 pm

You guys are WAY too worried about irrelevant stats like batting average and RBIs. As long as he’s getting on base 40% of the time he’s going to be really valuable to this team.

Da Mick

February 1st, 2011
6:22 pm

This story is fun and all that for these winter lull periods, and I suppose it’s good for Chipper boosterism, and in that sense, team spirit. The chasm that’s developing here about Jones reminds me a lot of the whole Democrat Republican thing — it’s become more about things being like sides in a football game than it is about the realities of what’s happening. Everyone knows who Chipper is, and what he’s done; no one knows how he will perform this season, or his ability to stay on the field over the long haul.

The aspect of all this that should be discussed when this topic is repeatedly brought up is Chipper’s inability to square up to the ball and drive it with any authority for most of the 2010 season — while there was nothing wrong with him that we knew of. The really scary part of this mysterious disappearance is that this ability has always been the core of his talent as a hitter. This came after what can only be described as a dismal 2009 season, where he hit for neither power nor average. I’m a big Chipper fan as well — how can you not be? But while everyone seems to want to dwell on the surge he experienced in the last two weeks before he was injured, and then talk about the injury being his problem, like nothing was wrong before it, I am highly concerned that what we may have been witnessing has been the ultimate decline of Chipper Jones’ skill as a valuable everyday player over the last two years. It can happen so very fast. We saw it in Dale Murphy almost overnight, and we saw it in Andruw Jones quickly as well, and he is a much younger player. Folks, even Jeff Franceour has spurts where he can hit for a couple of weeks. That doesn’t make him Chipper Jones over a whole season. Now, I’m afraid that Mr. Jones is no longer Chipper Jones either. I know that time will tell, but I can’t bare watching a whole season of the manager propping him up in the lineup out of respect. Cox did that for the last two seasons already.

kirkinga

February 1st, 2011
6:50 pm

I believe it’s possible, and probably best, to be cautiously optimistic about Chipper’s return to the everyday lineup. Given his age and history of injury, it would be a terrible blow to expect x-number of games from him and him not being able to play that many.

What is a separate issue, and should not even be a question is whether or not Chipper is a difference maker when he is in the lineup. No, he likely will not lead the league in hitting, but he doesn’t have to in order for the projected lineup to work. With Chipper playing, it takes that much pressure off of others as he still can get on base, still can perform in clutch situations.

Braves fans have good reason to be excited. Health will be the biggest question for this team from Chipper to the vets in the pen, to Heyward and Prado. There really is no downside to having Chipper play.

frank

February 1st, 2011
6:59 pm

sto propping the bum up and let him go. He will give you 30 games at the most and he will retire on active duty as usual. If he were a latino or black he would have been gone, truth hurts.

Just Pat

February 1st, 2011
7:12 pm

frank

Does EVERYONE who shares that name have to be an a-hole? Just wondering ’cause ex’s name was the same.

Ekim

February 1st, 2011
7:14 pm

It’ll be cool to see Chipper TROTTING around the bases — a lot safer than that running, sliding stuff.

sidslidkid

February 1st, 2011
7:16 pm

“Uggla, McCann and Chipper can do some serious damage.” –

Agreed… and that dude in right just may turn out to be a good player as well.

poorbrave

February 1st, 2011
7:18 pm

Love the high socks and old style. The long pants look like PJ’s. Looking forward to Chipper knocking the cover off when season starts. Go Braves

BravesAC

February 1st, 2011
7:22 pm

Put me down as another guy pulling for Chipper. Been watching him from his first day in a Braves uni and he’s one prospect that didn’t disappoint.
Funny thing in, a pitcher was the “Strasburg/Harper” of that year’sdraft, and I was disppointed that the Braves didn’t get him….especially after Chipper hit in the low 200’s in rookie ball. But that’s the last disappointment Chipper ever gave me – a truly great Brave.

ATL Fan

February 1st, 2011
7:32 pm

Will Chipper come out looking like Honus Wagner?

sidslidkid

February 1st, 2011
7:32 pm

“If he were a latino or black he would have been gone, truth hurts.” – frank

Yeah! Guys like Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones and Bartolo Colon would still be playing if they weren’t being discriminated against. But nope, baseball only lets guys like Rocco Baldelli, Hank Blalock and Troy Glaus stick around.

Ryan

February 1st, 2011
7:33 pm

Surprised no reference to the Sandlot, although the picture does allude to it a little. Knocking the cover off of the ball is an omen of things to come. The only question is: what does it mean?

Greene Hornet

February 1st, 2011
7:34 pm

I am hoping for a great season from Chipper… I cant wait to hear how he he does fielding and moving around. I know alot of hitting involves the legs, etc, but I think he will be able to hit. The fielding could be an issue. I’m rooting for him- he has always been a big part of this lineup and needs to be the heart of it again. McCann, Heyward, Uggla, etc can be the soul, but Chipper needs to be the heart once again…

5150 P.O.A.D

February 1st, 2011
7:36 pm

We all have knocked the cover off baseballs as kids growing up! Big Deal! Chipper can’t run any faster than the fattest usher in the stands and will not play if he gets a hang-nail! Biggest wussie of all time! Please retire!!

Mutts

February 1st, 2011
7:39 pm

If Chipper can come back and hit .290 with 20 home runs, 80-100 rbi’s, 80-100 runs scored, an OBP of near .400, and play in 135-140 games, we will win the NL East. If Chipper is less productive, we will win the Wild Card. Either way, we will win in 2011. GO BRAVES!

ole man

February 1st, 2011
7:39 pm

da mick,
I guess you know it all…and probably put your mom and dad in the old folks home before their time. Chipper will be the first to tell GM and fans when he knows he can’t play anymore. He will not hang on just for the money. The man is smart and has to much pride to just hang on. One day he’ll be a coach are Mgr. but for now he is the 3rd baseman for the Braves. Get over it!

The Dude Abides

February 1st, 2011
7:48 pm

sidslidkid

February 1st, 2011
7:48 pm

“We all have knocked the cover off baseballs as kids growing up! Big Deal!” – 5150 P.O.A.D

No, we didn’t.

Freddy D

February 1st, 2011
7:48 pm

sidslidkid–Man you sick and stupid. Whites only make up 40% of the league. Stop the race crap and be a man. I’m Black and I work and have no problems. Maybe you should try it.

K.C. Frenchy

February 1st, 2011
7:53 pm

Is he a magic 3rd baseman that gets better at 39??? I think NOT! He will MAYBE play in about 110-125 games, if he hits .275/15/75 he will think hes had a GOOD year, just ask him, he would take that right now, but those numbers are NOT a 3 hole hitter, so Fredi PLEASE do the RIGHT thing & put him in the 6 hole & move J Hey into the 3 spot, the 1999 MVP is not THE MAN anymore!! Go Bravos Ugga Ugga

K.C. Frenchy

February 1st, 2011
7:55 pm

Freddy D, thanks for keepin it REAL, its not the color of the man, its the man himself, peace out brother!

Freddy D

February 1st, 2011
8:03 pm

K.C. Frenchy, thanks friend.

sidslidkid

February 1st, 2011
8:07 pm

Obviously I didn’t lay the sarcasm on thick enough… Freddy D, I can assure you I’m anything but a racist. I was making fun of that frank guy’s comment that Chipper is only around because he’s white. I apologize if I offended you.

Buckhead Braves Fan

February 1st, 2011
8:07 pm

Enough of this “Chipper should hit sixth” HOGWASH. Not only does Chipper belong in the 3rd spot, but theres no way Jason Heyward will be as effective in that spot. Heyward is a raw hitter at this point in his young career. Heyward in the 6th spot behind Uggla and Mac just makes perfect sense to me. Let Chipper start the year where he has always been and IF he struggles then consider moving him back. Gonna be a great year. GO BRAVES NL CHAMPS 2011

Arthur Blank (eye owns da Falcooooons)

February 1st, 2011
8:08 pm

Ahh yes, DOB, Blogacide at its best!

FJ10

February 1st, 2011
8:09 pm

Chipper is going back to the Bedrock look….good stuff. Tell Chipper we really want him playing opening night of the WS.

DC Brave

February 1st, 2011
8:17 pm

Every single one of you bashers, doubters, bandwagoneers, and fair weather fANs better get ready to line up and apologize to our resident Hall of Famer when NATIONAL MEDIA people start asking IN JUNE HOW LONG HE CAN KEEP UP HIS .400 BATTING AVERAGE….YOU GUYS SUCK!

GO BRAVES!!!!

DC Brave

February 1st, 2011
8:19 pm

yeah I’m fired up for this new season…Chipper…the last CHAMPION standing….will go out a CHAMPION in 2011….Go Braves! Go Chipper!

MiaBchBravesFan

February 1st, 2011
8:29 pm

Chip, man-luv ya, Dude, but I agree with The D.O.B. …

Stirrups, man, always stirrups. I still play a little sandlot ball, and I always rock the red or blue ones, pants one-third below the knee, post-WWII – style.

I HATE! THE FAKE STIRRUPS STITCHED ONTO THE WHITE HOSE!!! :-(

Freddy D

February 1st, 2011
8:33 pm

@ 8:07..ok, lol

DawgDad

February 1st, 2011
9:02 pm

Good news, but we won’t know anything until he hits the field in spring training. Can he handle a full workload, day in, day out? Has he lost any quickness? Can he still make consistent contact? Can he once again drive the ball? Is he sufficiently mobile/agile in the field and on the bases? These questions won’t be answered in a batting cage. Expectations have to be muted.

reagan

February 1st, 2011
9:10 pm

BravesAC inre: your 7:22 post……………….remember that well. Told the Braves he (Todd Van Poppel) wouldn’t sign with the Braves. So we “HAD” to take our second choice. Think the kid wanted to stay out west or something like that. He retired at the age of 33 with a career era of 5.58. What a break for the braves.

Braves fan for life

February 1st, 2011
9:10 pm

Well its not the knee that is the problem, its all the other injuries that he had. He has not played a complete year in what? 5 seasons? Why do we even think he will this year. The knee, the foot, the toe, the back, the shoulder, the hand, the pinky. How many of these injuries are going to keep him sitting during important games. Im kinda sick of seeing oft injured players suckered by the Braves because they are so and so. Big deal. It takes 8 players on that field, every day at their regular position to get the job done. We have been playing with injured players for years. The SAME injured players. Ok so Chippers knee is fine, what about the rest of his body? I rest my case!

MiaBchBravesFan

February 1st, 2011
9:20 pm

I am a Chipper fan, but that 9:10 was right – on – target! I’ve said the same thing too for the past two seasons – plus.

Bob Aspromonte

February 1st, 2011
9:33 pm

ROY HOBBS! It’s a helluva sign! If that POS Scott Rolen can have the year he had last year, then #10 can win the MVP!!! And that’s the bottom line.

Stone

February 1st, 2011
10:11 pm

I wish he could hit the ball when it counts…he is a bust. he will sit out as soon as his average declines…

Mitchell

February 1st, 2011
10:14 pm

I tore the cover off an orange the other day.

Where’s my DOB blog?

It was delicious by the way. Oranges, good even in winter.

chem

February 1st, 2011
10:19 pm

DOB is just getting the hyperbole typewriter warmed up for spring training. If it were Heyward (circa spring training 2010), he would have knocked the cover off the ball, splintered it into 1000 particles, and destroyed every car in the parking lot when he exhaled.

RHR

February 1st, 2011
10:25 pm

2 weeks, bitches!

No high socks, Chipper. :(

Nolie – I’m FINALLY watching Nurse Jackie.

RHR

February 1st, 2011
10:27 pm

DOB it is your journalistic duty to let Chipper know the women don’t like the high socks. :lol:

summer of 91

February 1st, 2011
11:49 pm

DOB blog heatin up, got the braves hats out, the falcons stuff put away, let’s go Chippa! can’t wait for that friday night against Philly

Roy Wood

February 2nd, 2011
1:51 am

Some of you soung like The Tech Fans all on UGA network you must move around.Hope Chipper has a great year also Shaffer is given a chance with a healthy wrist. Go Braves Texas DAWG

ramblingman

February 2nd, 2011
7:30 am

Glad to see the Chipper supporters (and actual true Braves fans) outnumbering the goobers/whiners/faux fans who for some reason must think they are being relevant by bashing anything Braves.

Go Chipper. Go Braves. Come on Spring Training.

Tallyman

February 2nd, 2011
10:26 am

Hey D.O.B can you help out all the fans from South Georgia and North Florida that come to Braves games all summer long but for some reason the caravan does not believe Interstate 75 goes south. I believe Pascural I-285 Perez arranges the tours.

lee

February 2nd, 2011
12:21 pm

chipper makes it sound like it will be an accomplishment to be in the starting lineup!!-lol the problem is that he will not be in many games after that!! especially when he DOES NOT do the things that he needs to do to keep himself in playing shape. how many other athletes in baseball or other sports that are in their 40’s that will do those things to stay in shape. But NOT chipper!! there seems to be a sense of entitlement that he does not have to put any effort into keeping hisself prepared. And what happens he is hurt 80% of the time, and people act like this season is going to be any different especially when he is already talking about tendonitis, and its not even spring training yet. once again, for some strange reason, the braves want to put their hopes on chipper jones. give me a break. he is not going to care this year like he has never cared before. ive heard all this crap from him before! the team needs a third baseman that is going to put 100% effort into the game–he DOES NOT do that!! the fans should shart a chipper poole when will be the first time he is out for the season!! i mean the Braves organization do not respect us fans, so we should be able to make some money of their idiotic decions!! because we all know chipper will be out VERY soon into the season!! who is up for it??

ramblin-wreck

February 2nd, 2011
1:00 pm

I’m a Chipper fan but really isn’t it time he retires and goes out somewhat gracefully? Fluorescent lightbulbs are mure durable (and probably brighter) than he is.

David O'Brien

February 2nd, 2011
2:00 pm

I’m a Chipper fan but really isn’t it time he retires and goes out somewhat gracefully? Fluorescent lightbulbs are mure durable (and probably brighter) than he is. — ramblin-wreck

Yes, it’s obvious you are quite the Chipper fan.

By the way, it might be time to move forward on the retirement subject for now, barring any new developments. Because unless Chipper has a big setback (he’s had none so far), he’s not retiring. Quite honestly, I don’t get the impression he much cares whether you or anyone else thinks it’d be the “somewhat graceful” thing to do. Nor should he.

Brave New World

February 2nd, 2011
2:33 pm

Just staying healthy enough to play 135 or so games will likely mean Chipper hits .280 or more, hits 20 or more home runs, scores 80-100 runs, knocks in 80-100 runs, and an OBP of about .400. “That’ll do Chip, that’ll do!”

Joe Tess Fishhouse

February 2nd, 2011
4:15 pm

Chipper is a fist round bust,,, He’s too ijury prune,,, Oh,, sorry ,, wrong blog,,,

Tomahawk

February 2nd, 2011
5:14 pm

Bottom line: There’s no such thing as a fan that doesn’t respect the face of the franchise. So don’t even bother doing the ‘chop this year if you can’t quit with the “Chipper needs to retire” nonsense. There’s definitely been times when I’ve been frustrated with the ever-present injury bug, but holy crap it’s time to get over it. The man wants to play next year and he deserves every right to make a comeback.

At some point you people will grow up and when you finally do, you’ll learn that there isn’t a single team in major league baseball that’s perfect, NOT ONE. There is nothing more special than rooting for a lifelong member of the home team. Do you have any idea how rare it is for someone as gifted as Chipper to play out his entire career with only one team? This kind of thing never happens anymore. The man’s paid his dues, so give him the support he deserves. It won’t kill you and I promise you’ll enjoy baseball more. We’ve got a great team and when you get down to it, that’s the one thing that should matter.

Either you’re with us or you’re against us. I’d rather see you prima-donnas moving to Pennsylvania and wearing Phillies gear than have to listen to anymore useless anti-Chipper comments. What exactly are you going to accomplish? What’s the point? Quit acting like a child and get ready for a helluva season.

ramblingman

February 3rd, 2011
8:19 am

I agree with Tomahawk, and would like to add that this junk about Chipper not dedicating himself to working out or not doing what it takes or slacking off needs to stop.

A story during the offseason about Chipper going hunting brings out comments about him not being in the weight room. A later article about him being in the weight room when he’s not hunting contains a part about him spending a lot of time on his legs but also a lot of time on his arms. The comments come out blaming Chipper for ignoring his legs and concentrating only on his arms. Other articles about Chipper in the hitting cage or being the only position player to show up for Camp Roger or working out is completely ignored while comments still center on Chipper’s lack of trying to stay in shape.

You can repeat a lie 100 times a day for 100 days and it’s still a lie.

It’s time you bashers grew up and realized how foolish you sound when you claim Chipper never works out, doesn’t care, has a sense of entitlement, refuses to listen to the manager, etc etc, blah blah blah.

old timer

February 4th, 2011
2:57 pm

Hope he makes it all the way back. If not, it’s nice to have Martin ready to fill the hole at third. I know it creates one in the outfield, but that is usually easier to fill. Though not always, as we saw last year.

bravesfanbob

February 6th, 2011
1:44 pm

Chipper seems to have a chip on his shoulder, and I believe that means he’ll work harder than ever. It will be great if he can play 130 games, hit 20-22 homers, 90 RBI, and bat .285 out of the 2 hole. Heyward needs to be in the 3 hole. McCann and Uggla should vary the 4 and 5 spots depending on a lefty or righty pitching. I see a lot of blogs saying Uggla should play left, and leave Prado at 2nd. Since Prado would be playing 3rd when Chipper is out, he would have a much easier time adjusting from left field to 3rd, than Uggla would from left to 2nd. Also you wouldn’t have to have 2 players playing different positions each time Chipper is out, so Prado at left makes the most sense. No sense in moving Prado to 3rd and Uggla to 2nd each time Chipper needs a day off.

Jack

February 7th, 2011
6:48 pm

I’m all for it but part of me worries that this could be a bad way out for chipper.

Shutter Group

February 7th, 2011
10:26 pm

Chuck M.

February 8th, 2011
4:30 pm

Can we trade Chipper for Michael Young,and a prospect? I know it would never happen,Chipper would never go along with it,but wow!you are talking about being set!!

joe

February 10th, 2011
12:22 pm

I pray that chipper has a good year, GOD BLESS

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