Gonzalez encouraged by Chipper’s progress

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Chipper Jones had pain in his surgically repaired left knee during Saturday’s workout, but the veteran third baseman said it felt good Sunday and again Monday.

He’s six months removed from anterior-cruciate ligament reconstruction.

“I haven’t had two bad days in a row,” said Jones, who reported to camp early and has had no restrictions during his first week of workouts.

If he’s not ready to play Saturday, Jones said he probably would be by the middle of next week. He plans to be in the Braves’ lineup opening day March 31 at Washington, D.C.

“I think it’s right where it’s supposed to be,” Gonzalez said of Jones’ condition. “I think he’s been out here seven days and really only had one bad day, and that bad day was still pretty good. So I’m very encouraged.”

Martin Prado took ground balls at third base again Monday. He’ll move from left field to third base as Jones’ backup whenever needed. Prado was an All-Star second baseman last season.

“Prado’s not going to play left field the rest of his career,” Gonzalez said. ” So he’s going to have to take some ground balls, be ready when Chipper gets a day off or something. Same thing for [Eric] Hinske. We’re going to primarily use him as a pinch-hitter, but when we need to get him four at-bats we can run him out there at first base or out there in left field.”

Pitching plans unveiled Tuesday

Gonzalez plans to announce his pitching plans Tuesday for at least the first three or four games of the Grapefruit League season. The Braves open their spring-training schedule Saturday against the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla. The same teams play Sunday in the Braves’ home opener at Champion Stadium.

97 comments Add your comment

justin1

February 21st, 2011
6:52 pm

mikeingray

February 21st, 2011
6:52 pm

justin1

February 21st, 2011
6:52 pm

I have less of a life than ALL OF YOUUUU

mikeingray

February 21st, 2011
6:52 pm

Myabe second…LOL

tooslim73

February 21st, 2011
6:54 pm

…glad to hear Prado gettin’ reps at third already.

mikeingray

February 21st, 2011
6:54 pm

But seriously…any chance we’ll see Hinske at third?…didn’t he have experience there also?

tooslim73

February 21st, 2011
6:55 pm

…Mike

Nice double play: failed firstie and second. I’d just go to bed now if I were you.

Latenight Bail Bond Guy

February 21st, 2011
6:56 pm

Seriously Dude, you’re a blogging dervish today. Try some decaf.

ATL FAN

February 21st, 2011
7:02 pm

WTF release Chipper if he won’t retire and sign a defensive 3rd baseman… Let Prado play LF and move to 2B when Uggla has the day off, Prado cant just play anywhere…

Stone

February 21st, 2011
7:07 pm

Finally, get Prado some third base rep. Although he is not a good fielder unless it comes straight to him. he dives for balls that he doesnt have to and misses a olot of opportunities to get outs. At least at third he has the foul line to save him from all those unnecessary dives. I give it to Chipper on defense he is pretty solid over there. But hitting goes to Prado. Chipper is not hungry any more its time to move on. Remember when Chipper’s batting average goes below .300 he will get an injury somehow. Look at his history. So Prado get ready to play third until Chipper finds his swing so he can increase his numbers…

ChillyMutt

February 21st, 2011
7:20 pm

Remember when Chipper played Left Field? LOL

The Grinch

February 21st, 2011
7:21 pm

Did someone just suggest we pay Chipper the 26 million we still owe him to just walk away so we can sign someone who plays better defense? Are you high? The Yankees wouldn’t even do that.

Although there’s no question in anyone’s mind except Chipper’s that he should be batting second instead of third, he can still hit and has a great OBP. He’s far from worthless. He’s a Hall of Fame player and he’ll retire when he’s ready.

If you want to argue that he’s overpaid this late in his career, you can blame Glavine and particularly Smoltz for whining in public like 13 year old girls to anyone who’d listen when Wren offered them EXACTLY what they were worth. The stink made him have to make sure Chipper was happy to avoid it getting even worse.

But he’s here, he’s on the books, he wants to play and he will. Enjoy watching him while you can; players like that who spend their whole careers with the home team don’t come around much anymore.

luvthosedawgs68

February 21st, 2011
7:21 pm

As in years past, I believe it’ll be really important to have several players who can fill in at several positions. As long as Freddi has these options, the team will be fine. ATL FAN, I think that Chipper has earned the right to fight back from an injury that i believe most players his age would’ve given up on. I’m excited to see how Chipper plays this season.

ATL FAN

February 21st, 2011
7:29 pm

luvthosedawgs68, you think he wants to fight back because of his will to play? Or is the money a factor?

treeeeesss

February 21st, 2011
7:38 pm

ATL FAN, are you really saying Chipper is doing it for the money? The man has played in the ML for 16 years–I think he is set.

OldTimer

February 21st, 2011
7:43 pm

Chipper is no David Justice.

D man

February 21st, 2011
8:09 pm

Glad Chipper is doing well.

Largo

February 21st, 2011
8:29 pm

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Largo

February 21st, 2011
8:33 pm

Have never understood why old and washed up players get get so much money.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co

February 21st, 2011
8:50 pm

DOB, do you ever sleep? (or drink and have fun?)

dawg4u

February 21st, 2011
9:05 pm

It is good that Chipper hasn’t had two straight bad days of pain in spring training but makes you wonder about the endurance once the season starts. Chipper is one of my favorites and I hope he can play in a lot of games. I really think if Fredi gives Chipper two days off per week it will really extend his season. Just set aside two games per week that Chipper doesn’t play or pinch hit and I really think he will be more productive and have less injuries over the course of the season.

Milt Famey

February 21st, 2011
9:07 pm

Largo, When Chipper signed the 4 yr contract, he had just won the NL batting title. Don’t count him out. I’m looking for a great year from our HOF 3B.

S'paw_99

February 21st, 2011
9:10 pm

I don’t think Chipper is playing for the $. He wants to play ball. The big thing is, he wants to go out on his terms, not b/c of an injury. Most HOF caliber players don’t like to go out b/c of an injury, they want to come back and go out on their own terms. Other examples, include Smoltzy & Glavine’s attempts to come back a coupla yrs ago.

S'paw_99

February 21st, 2011
9:14 pm

I gotta say I agree w/ Dawg4u, give Chipper a coupla days off a week & it’ll keep him healthier. Give him one complete day off, & maybe a pinch hit another time & it’ll keep him fresher. We can also put Hinske or Mather in LF & give Prado a day off when Chipper is in the Lineup. Personally, I’d like to give B-mac about 2 days off a wk to keep him fresher, since we have a good backup (Ross). Limit Mac to no more than 120-1258 games behind the plate.

Milt Famey

February 21st, 2011
9:14 pm

ATL Fan—Money is not a factor. The contract is guaranteed for the next 2 yrs. The man truly is driven to excel as evidenced by his great career. I personally admire his desire to continue to play the great
game of baseball to the best of his ability.

Mark (another one)

February 21st, 2011
9:37 pm

I am glad to hear some others believe that Chipper competes because he’s a competitor. Chipper will be in the hall of fame soon, but he can delay it while he can still play. I bet Chipper plays 120+ games and provides power at the 3 slot. The important parts of the strategy are to get people on base and let him, Uggla, and McCann drive them in. That’s why I like Prado and Heyward hitting 1 and 2. Great OPB with decent speed, and RBI guys behind them.

McCann can Triple

February 21st, 2011
9:43 pm

What about his one game suspension for arguing with the (stupid) umpire last year?

JD

February 21st, 2011
9:54 pm

I read this the first time through and thought it was about AG not FG. Still not used to Bobby not being in the saddle….DOB, can we do Freddy or Freddi or FG til we can get used to LWBC (Life without Bobby Cox….)?

K Conway

February 21st, 2011
10:16 pm

Chipper is done! Help the team and retire!!

Michael Procton

February 21st, 2011
10:16 pm

MCcT,
It’s been reported that he does not have to serve that this year for whatever reason. Maybe have been overturned on review or appeal.

Bobbie Cox

February 21st, 2011
10:19 pm

I can run faster than Chipper!

Bill

February 21st, 2011
10:47 pm

Have you had a chance to see Christian Bethancourt yet? Wren said he was the future catcher with a 30-06 for a arm the best he’d seen since Pudge. If possible give us a up-date on the 19 year old thats so high on Wren’s future list. Sounds great! Thanks man.

Go Buck Commander !

Bill

February 21st, 2011
10:50 pm

DOB that @ 10:47 was for you to answer..sorry

Biff Pocoroba

February 21st, 2011
10:52 pm

Put me in coach!!!!

carl Hester

February 21st, 2011
11:00 pm

Being nice to Chipper who is a nice guy, will not help the Braves to win a division. I hope we have learn by now that a few games in the loss colum first of the season can show up to hurt you at the end. Someone has to do what Boddy Cox would not do. Get Chipper out of the line up when things are not working for the team at third or the bat. Will anyone do whats best for the team and not allow Chipper to call the shots this year. Yes Chipper is a nice guy but we need to turn things around and it just might be third base where this happens. Being good at third once and a while will not get us or keep us in first place. Chipper is already telling management when He can do something and when He can not do something. Who”s in charge of third base? Looks and sounds more like Chipper Jones. Two good days and one bad day routine this year will put the Braves at home again in October.

Grizzld

February 21st, 2011
11:31 pm

Didn’t Chipper knock the cover off the ball in the cages a few weeks ago? I think the guy can still hit and be productive.

justin

February 22nd, 2011
12:36 am

Everyone’s saying how Chipper is overpaid at this point in his career. Imagine how cardinal fans will feel if they give pujols 10 yrs 300. The last 3 to 4 yrs will be money down the drain.

SUMMER OF 91

February 22nd, 2011
12:38 am

you chipper nay sayers are absolutely retarded, Chipper may be the last of his kind, he and Jeter. this is how you deal with a hall of famer in the twilight of their carreer. He does say when he needs a day off, and he will take some days this year and he will go on the dl most likely. but to suggest we just get rid of him is really dumb. really dumb. I honestly think we can expect .270, 16 bombs and 80 rbis. I would be in favor of moving him to the 5 hole as opposed to the 3. And if he can’t hit the broad side of a barn I think Freddie will address it, but he’d have to be in the toilet to get moved out of the lineup.

double

February 22nd, 2011
1:16 am

I hope spring training is what the name implies.Last season it was errors every game.The high score was usually number of errors.Freddy don’t kiss them like Bobby did.Demand performance.

bostonbravo

February 22nd, 2011
3:59 am

please retire TODAY Chipper!

longtimefan

February 22nd, 2011
6:32 am

Chipper is still the man. Not far removed from NL batting title. On base machine. Fielding will be adequate. Enjoy watching a Braves icon and future HOFer while u still have the chance.

He'salive

February 22nd, 2011
7:41 am

When I think of Chipper, I think of his #10 jersey, which makes me also think of John 10:10 – one of my favorite verses. In that verse Jesus compares and contrasts His influence on someone’s life, with that of Satan.

Trojan

February 22nd, 2011
7:53 am

Why do bloggers keep suggesting that we “release” Chipper? He is under contract for 2 years and we will pay him 2 years and he will play for the Braves for 2 years. Then we will miss him.

Realist

February 22nd, 2011
8:22 am

“……be ready when Chipper gets a day off or something”
************************************
My bet is Prado will play more games at 3rd than LF.

It is Chipper, after all . . .

Dave

February 22nd, 2011
8:22 am

Chipper had two back to back bad years before this ACL injury at a very old age for a baseball player. He makes too much money to keep him on the payroll. It was the right decision to get rid of Gallvine and Smoltz and many of you wined about it. No doubt there will be just as many winers if we get rid of Chipper which will be the right decision in the end. The question you have to ask yourself is Chipper worth what he will cost Atlanta in payroll or could that payroll bring somebody much better?

ramblingman

February 22nd, 2011
8:33 am

Children will be children. Most of those calling for Chipper to be released or retire have no concept of being 30 years old. I doubt most of them can drink legally. Their posts sound like the typical teenager who knows everything about everything syndrome.

Dr. Jesse

February 22nd, 2011
8:41 am

IMHO. If Chipper and Wags had not gone down last year…we would have been a true force of nature in the playoffs. Bobby may have been the most important piece of the Braves. I have listened to and then watched every game since 1966 [when in area of country to get game] and I can tell you…pre Bobby we had stars but no team. Since Bobby we have had stars made on a team. Chipper is one of those home grown boys that for me can do NO wrong. I saw his first game in Macon and he is the MAN. You WILL miss Bobby and when he is gone…you will miss Chipper. Love the game and be proud to have a winner in Atlanta. For a fan of a regular 100 game loser…1991 was much better than 1995. Every car on the highway had a driver doing the chop. You Johnny come latelys have no idea how much Bobby and Chipper means to us old guys. Dale Murphy is my wifes dogs name and our next one will be Chipper.

reckingball

February 22nd, 2011
8:48 am

On the business side, Chipper puts butts in the seats.
A lot of people go to games to see Chipper play.

Fan since 1977

February 22nd, 2011
8:52 am

Can we all just accept the fact that 4 out of every 5 games Chipper is going to bat 3rd and play 3B? It’s all he knows, and like Smoltzie and Glavine he’s a competitor who is not going to hang ‘em up until he knows he’s done – and right before he hurt his knee he was not done. If he hits .220 Fredi is going to sit him, I have faith in that. If Jordan Schaffer is back to pre-wrist injury form, is hitting screaming line drives and makes the club, that makes the decision to sit Chipper that much easier (I don’t want big ol’ Hinske getting worn out playing too much LF).

It’s

steve brown

February 22nd, 2011
9:02 am

Chipper this Chipper that. This is just plain boring. Please leave the old man alone until he deserves this type of coverage and cover the other players that we know less about but may in fact be more important to our upcoming season. We did make the playoffs without him doing squat last year in case you don’t remember.

Big Yank

February 22nd, 2011
9:04 am

I haven’t seen very much talk about the Braves winning the WS. I guess that’s pretty much of a useless conversation. hahahahahahahaha

Braves fan in Missouri

February 22nd, 2011
9:15 am

How many teams in sports have lost a seven game series after being up 3-0?

Glover Jackson

February 22nd, 2011
9:15 am

Hey Big Yank. I got something you can yank. D****d Yankies. Braves rule. N.Y. = has been’s.

Dr. Jesse

February 22nd, 2011
9:21 am

St. Louis and Yankees did. Pretty good teams too. That is why you have to play 173 to be Champs.

Tim

February 22nd, 2011
9:32 am

Dave, do you not understand that major league salaries are guaranteed? You can’t release Chipper and use his salary on someone else. He gets paid no matter what. Get your facts straight before throwing out ridiculous suggestions. Give the guy a chance to show if he can still play or not.

Braves fan in Missouri

February 22nd, 2011
9:36 am

It is difficult to say but, I did not know about St. Louis.

I guess it takes $200 million to be in the conversation.

Chipper Fan

February 22nd, 2011
9:37 am

The same people calling for Chipper to retire will be praising him when he is producing like we ALL know he will. Then he will take some days off and people will bash him again. Seen it a lot in the past few seasons and personally find it funny. I doubt any of the haters, in their prime, could play half a season’s worth of Church league softball games, much less Major League Baseball games. If you are a real fan, sit down, stop whining and enjoy the upcoming season. If ya gotta whine, whine to your momma, she’s the only one who could possibly care to hear it.

steve brown

February 22nd, 2011
9:42 am

Hey Chipper Fan-are you one of his wanna be huntin’ buddies? Are you going to cry when he retires? “Like we ALL know he will”-you must be on something strong-will you share it with the rest of us?

Gene

February 22nd, 2011
9:43 am

Chipper has never been my favorite player, but in his prime, he was the best hitter in baseball. I think that he is critical for the Braves to be successful this season. I would like to see him have a good year, i.e. 20+ homeruns and .280+ average. I think it will take that for the Braves to be in the hunt in October.

jim

February 22nd, 2011
9:51 am

If you are Freddi G, and you have the following situation — McLouth or Schafer are holding down CF with reasonable production, Freeman is on a pace for 260, 18, 70 or better, and Mather has a great spring and produces when called upon at a pace that would translate into 280, 20, 80, Prado is Prado, and Chipper is peaking at about a 270, 15, 70 pace,
What do you do?

G.Rhone

February 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

I mean seriously….Chipper? Okay, whatever…LOL!

Chipper Fan

February 22nd, 2011
10:17 am

steve brown–I have no desire to hunt, never have. I have been a Braves fan since I was old enough to swing a bat. Chipper has been one of my favorite players since taking over 3B. Yes he will retire, and when he does he will have played an entire career for my favorite sports team, that means a lot in any sport. Especially when you produce every season, I wouldn’t expect someone like yourself to appreciate it though. I have to presume that you are a liberal, with all the whining and trying to pick fights by talking trash about someone you don’t even know. Guess you could just be a Mets or Phillies fan, in either case I am sorry for you. Enjoy the season and GO BRAVES!

steve brown

February 22nd, 2011
10:29 am

Chipper fan-did you miss last season-did you miss Chipper missing big parts (40 games on the average) of the past 6 season’s? A liberal-none of your business but anarchist would be closer!

reckingball

February 22nd, 2011
10:38 am

Chipper Fan @10:17………What kind of label would you put on Jesus?
Would you call him a liberal?

reckingball

February 22nd, 2011
10:46 am

jim @9:51……”What do you do?”……Smile and enjoy.

Coach13

February 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

WHEW!! Glad to hear that Chipper at age 39 is ready to come in and get ready to contribute a .260/15/50 line for the year at a 14 million dollar price tag!! WHEW!!

Billy

February 22nd, 2011
10:51 am

At least we know who the people are that know very little about Chipper, Braves and Baseball by their ignorant posts. When we see their name next to the post we can move on by and read the post below. Chipper is the Braves. Opposing pitchers will pitch him with respect and with fear. if Chipper is hurt and on the bench his value to the team is still sky high. There will still be a productive player inserted named Prado to cover any down time from any injury that may occur.

GIVE ME A BREAK

February 22nd, 2011
10:53 am

What is it with players that think baseball will die when they leave?

Billy

February 22nd, 2011
11:09 am

Chipper restructured his contract and took less money. Chipper is under contract for 2 more years. Some here don’t understand what a contract is. The players association will not let any player just walk away. Chipper has earned the right to keep playing and retire when and how he wants on his terms. He is the one playing the game. Why do people who just watch the game feel so self righteous and critical about something they know so little about. So continue to flame on because you are a source of amusement for the rest of us.

Tomahawk'n

February 22nd, 2011
11:20 am

Wren should have been placed in a psych ward for giving Chipper the contract extention in the first place.

Braves fan in Missouri

February 22nd, 2011
11:24 am

I have never been a Chipper fan but he has done anything the Braves have asked of him….kind of like Prado is doing now. IMO Chipper has already earned any money he will get.

89DawgBavesfan

February 22nd, 2011
11:30 am

Chipper crtics should consider this – when the ball comes his way, do you feel confident that he makes the play or do you hold your breath (think Conrad)…remember the play Chipper made on his injury – he goes all out for this team and deserves some respect. Even when he struggles at the plate he gets a lot of walks…and switch hitters (with Power) are a rarity these days.I’m predicting he hits 280-290 with a OBP of over 400…The early makeup of this team looks solid – just need more power in the OF.

jim

February 22nd, 2011
11:37 am

Chipper Fan,

I doubt if politics has anything to do with the opinions people are expressing about Chipper’s place on the 2011 team, or that your characterization of people holding a different political viewpoint is in anyway informed or accurate. Like someone posted earlier, if Chipper has a big season, everyone here will be jumping on the bandwagon, and if he struggles, there won’t be many on this blog who won’t be pointing the way to the door to retirement — politics aside!

Brynn

February 22nd, 2011
11:58 am

This link has nothing at all to do with the Braves but is awesome still. Great player you guys need to check him out!!! Dave you are the man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsqQvHavVSQ

Cool Dude

February 22nd, 2011
12:14 pm

DOB,

You have done so much blogging recently that I get mad when a new one isn’t up every few hours!

reckingball

February 22nd, 2011
12:15 pm

Billy@11:09……Restructuring his contract, doesn’t necessarily mean that Chipper took less money. It could mean, that he settled for a longer payout of his salary.

Tech Sucks

February 22nd, 2011
12:44 pm

DOB…

Where the heck can I find information about the Braves Practice schedule? We are in Orlando and can’t find the information anywhere. Are the practices open to the public? I’ve called Turner Field they gave me a wrong number for the stadium here. No one seems to have any information on it.

Chris White

February 22nd, 2011
12:59 pm

Everyone forgets that we are talking about a professional baseball player who has proven himself to be worthy of the Money. No-one knows how hard you have to work to be ready for the season after knee surgery better than Mr. Jones (Note the respect I have for Him?) He will be ready, he will hit for average if not better, he will knock 15 over the fences and drive in 75-95. Ladies and gentleman, with the payroll we have, we will be contenders, we will do better than last year, we have a fresh set of ideas running the ship.

bvillebaron

February 22nd, 2011
1:00 pm

Old Timer:

Didn’t you mean to say that David Justice is no Chipper Jones?

ramblingman

February 22nd, 2011
1:00 pm

Said it before and I’ll say it again. There are Braves fans who may prefer Chipper to step down, but they are few and far between, and they will still support him regardless.

Those who attack incessantly and call names are neither fans nor mature. It’s a losing proposition to engage the trolls, though even I can’t help it now and then.

You would think there would be less of them online with school in session.

Go Chipper. Go Braves.

Paul In Richmond

February 22nd, 2011
1:21 pm

Jones will be the reason this team fails this year. You cannot build a “team” around a part-time player who, when he misses days, causes the entire lineup and batting order to be changed. Then changed back when he limps back the next week.

He is an obstacle to this bunch becoming a cohesive unit. And he has been that way for the last five years.

Pete*

February 22nd, 2011
1:31 pm

Tech, DOB posted yesterday that daily routine is Braves start warming up on fields between 9:30-10am, and are usually done in 2.5-3 hours. Yes, its open to the public; dont know if they charge admission or not.

Billy

February 22nd, 2011
1:44 pm

Reckingball you are correct I should have said he took less money to stay and help the team get those banners rather than leave for more money through free agency.

Papadawg

February 22nd, 2011
1:45 pm

Paul in Richmond-finally someone who feels as I do. Chipper is over the hill and unless he regained some quickness we will be weak at third. Last year he moved like he had two concrete blocks on his feet

Billy

February 22nd, 2011
1:46 pm

Damn that selfish Chipper always putting himself above the team, never switching positions or helping other players. It’s always about Chipper

Skeezix

February 22nd, 2011
2:14 pm

Holy smokes! Come on guys, you can’t be surprised that after ACL surgery Chipper’s had some soreness; honestly, the world will keep on turning. What a bunch of hand wringing nervous nellies!

Dave, please no more comments about Chipper’s knee so maybe these worry warts will hopefully fixate on something else. Geezz…….

ava crowder's butt

February 22nd, 2011
2:20 pm

DOB, at the risk of beating a dead horse, I’m new here and wondering, do you take the hog to Florida and if so do you take it on the road trips?

Felix Millan

February 22nd, 2011
2:25 pm

I love all the people who think Chipper kept himself in the 3-spot, kept himself in the lineup … and Bobby Cox and Frank Wren couldn’t do anything about it.
He’s a ball player – he does what the manager and team tell him to do.
Equally retarted are the people who think he can be cut and suddenly the braves have an extra $16 million. Have you ever heard of guaranteed contract?

David O'Brien

February 22nd, 2011
2:28 pm

ava crowder: I brought one of my motorcyles down for 4-5 years in a row when we rented a house, but haven’t the past two years because a. we’re in a condo now, without a private garage, and I don’t want to park my bike in a public parking garage seven floors below where I’m staying, and b. the condo is only two exits from the ballpark, so it takes about 5 minutes to get here. When we were in the various houses, we were 10-15 miles from the ballpark, so it was a good ride each way. Now, the ride to and from ballpark would be nothing but a two-exit trip on I-4, and I’m literally at the park from 7:45 a.m. to about 7-8 p.m. each day, so not a lot of time to ride.

But, man, I’ve sure missed not having it during this perfect-weather week, even if only to ride at night after work. I took it to a few road trips, like over to Lakeland in the past. Really going to miss that part. But just not worth the hassle for a couple of good rides all spring.

Just Pat

February 22nd, 2011
2:29 pm

Well, these inane Chipper bashing statements made my decision about what to do this afternoon very easy……go home and lay out in the sun instead of reading this drivel. This man has taken many hits for the team and deserves respect. For any of you that are too young or too stupid to know what I’m talking about, I only hope it comes back to bite you in the butt……either through his play this year or from someone treating you the same way in the future!

Felix Millan

February 22nd, 2011
2:34 pm

Amen, Just Pat.

Chop101

February 22nd, 2011
2:41 pm

Chipper is the Man! Has his numbers decreased with age? Yes, but the man is a true hitter comparable to great Ted Williams. His knowledge of the game, his patience at the plate, and his leadership all make him the best person to play and bat 3rd. His drive to come back from a serious injury so late in his career speaks to his character. And for all the kids that play the game, there will be no better role model who could teach them to never give up. Afterall, don’t really care who disagrees with this, but Baseball is for the kids.

Please, if you are insistant upon bashing Chipper and the Braves for giving a future hall of famer the opportunity to go out on top, then take your ignorance and foolish opinions and join the Yankees or Phillies band wagon where you will surely fit in great.

bvillebaron

February 22nd, 2011
5:38 pm

Paul in Richmond:

Who said the Braves are “building” the team around Chipper? They are merely hopeful he can be reasonably productive and healthy this year. The team also made the playoffs last year despite the fact that Chipper only played 95 games so your claim that they will fail because of him this year is nonsense.

RichieRich86

February 22nd, 2011
6:40 pm

Talked to Chipper today after practice when he was coming in from his Mizuno shoot. Got some autographs and got to talk to him a bit about last saturdays workout. He said of course he was going to be sore because he worked hard. Which he did I was there to witness. There is nothing to be worried about. Chipper is Back baby! He definitely has two more years in him!!

Paul in Richmond

February 22nd, 2011
10:30 pm

bvillebaron –

Whether you like him or not (and I concede he has/had excellent batting skills) he is in the key spot in the batting order and a key spot in the infield. When (not “if” but WHEN) he does his regular thing of being hurt then the all star left fielder moves to third, someone else to left, the third spot in the batting order gets plugged, other batters get switched and their assignments changed….it is a bad way to run a baseball team

If you have a aging bat that only plays part time then he needs to play somewhere like first base and he needs to bat in the lower part of the batting order. Not with the entire lineup built around him.

heelshokies

February 23rd, 2011
4:00 am

Chipper was my all-time favorite player the very 1st time I saw him. And he did not disappoint. If he”s healthy he”ll produce. That”s still his team. He”s a living legend. And he deserves the utmost respect. I”m thrilled that he”s coming back. Get another ring Chip. I love you !

urban redneck

February 23rd, 2011
12:14 pm

97th!!!

Go Bravos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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