Chipper ends speculation: “I’m playing next year”

Chipper Jones said he will return to play for the Braves in 2012, ending speculation that the 39-year-old third baseman might retire after this season and walk away with a year left on his contract.

“I’m playing next year,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. “I still feel like I can go out there and play a good third base and be a threat, at least, at the plate. I’m having a good defensive year, and the [batting] average is on the rise.”

Two hours later, he hit a home run for the second night in a row to give him 12 this season.

Jones is owed $14 million in 2012 in the final year of a three-year, $42 million contract extension, which also includes a $9 million option for 2013 that becomes automatic if he plays in 123 games next season or averages 127 games this season and next.

He has hit .275 with 26 doubles, 12 homers, 56 RBIs and a .349 on-base percentage in 93 games, including a home run off San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum on Thursday in a 1-0 win and another homer Friday off Arizona’s Daniel Hudson in a 4-2 win.

Jones hasn’t ruled out playing in 2013, but will probably wait until next season to decide.

“That’s going to be a big decision because you’ve got to weigh whether it’s worth it to be away from home for eight months,” he said. “You’ve got to weigh whether you can tolerate the amount of pain that you deal with on a daily basis, and then how much you’re helping the team and how much possibly the money that’s paid to you can be used to better the ballclub in other areas.

“I’m not really ready to make that [2013] decision yet. We sit here right now and I feel good, I’m being productive, I’m having fun, we’re winning. I like to think that if I can keep my knees and my leg muscles intact for any period of time, that I can still put together a pretty good season. But even if I do that [in 2012], I may just say I’m ready to do something else.”

For next season, he’s all in. It’ll be the 19th season for Jones, who will be 40 on April 24. Braves general manager Frank Wren said he had expected Jones would return in 2012.

“He’s signed, and he’s a key part of our team,” Wren said. “We also recognize that he’s 39, and we can’t push him too hard. We’ve made a concentrated effort not to do that.”

Teammate David Ross was not surprised Jones would be back.

“It’s 100 percent, no doubt in my mind I would come back” if he were in Jones’ position, Ross said. “He’s got nothing left to prove. He’s a Hall of Famer whether he hits .200 next year. I think he has fun when he’s playing well, like we all do.

“As soon as he’s sitting at home while we’re still playing, he’s thinking, ‘I’ve still got it, I can still do it.’ Which we know he can.”

Injuries limited Jones to 95 games in 2010, when he had season-ending surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee in August. He defied skeptics by making it back for the start of spring training.

He tore cartilage in his right knee early this season and played through the injury for two months before arthroscopic surgery July 9. He injured his right quadriceps in his first game back and was limited to two pinch-hit appearances in the next 10 days.

Through it all, he has been productive recently, batting .356 with six doubles, five homers and 13 RBI in 23 games since July 1, including .419 with three homers and seven RBIs in his past nine games. Jones’ .387 average with runners in scoring position was the National League’s second-highest before Friday.

“Now that the legs are starting to get healthy, you’re starting to see some more extra-base hits,” said Jones, who also doubled off Lincecum on Thursday. “If I end the season with 50-plus extra-base hits, that’s pretty good. But the bottom line is, be productive and go out there and produce runs.”

His home run Friday was the 448th of his career, 35th on the all-time list. He’s one homer behind Jeff Bagwell and four behind Carl Yastrzemski.

“I dare say I don’t think I’m going to scare 3,000 [hits] or 500 [homers],” said Jones, who has 2,582 hits. “But whatever my legacy is, it’s probably already been written. So nothing I do through the end of this year and next year is going to really change that, I hope. I guess you could probably do some damage to it, but I don’t see that happening. Especially the way I feel right now

“It’s coming. I feel like I was in the .240s a few weeks ago, and I’m up in the .270s now and certainly feel like I can get up in the .280s, .290s, which is pretty good.”

If he returned to play in 2013, Jones’ $9 million option has escalators that would increase his 2013 salary based on number of games played in 2012:  to $10 million if he played in 128 games, $11 million if he played in 133, $12 million if he played in 138, and $13 million if he played in 140.

His career average slipped to .304 from .306 since the beginning of the season, and his OBP from .405 to .403. It’s possible those could dip below .300 and .400 with a bad season in 2012.

“I take a lot of pride in those numbers,” he said. “Those are awfully big numbers over an 18-year career. But that’s not what drives me. I want to punctuate my career helping these guys win a championship.”

261 comments Add your comment

Shaggy

August 19th, 2011
9:17 pm

Players making $14 million per year are full time starters not part time starters…

Tiny Tim

August 19th, 2011
9:19 pm

I agree. He’s not worth $14 million unless he starts 150 games minimum. He’s handicapping the Braves from signing a star that can put up his old numbers…

MWC

August 19th, 2011
9:28 pm

Not surprised.

MWC

August 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

Should give up part of that dough to help the team in other areas. Probably never happen.

chipper zzang

August 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

15 yrs Korea-California fan here who never watched chipper in white uniform and my response to chipper is:
I AM VISITING TURNER FIELD NEXT YEAR!!!!!

[...] can put the speculation to rest, Chipper Jones has told Dave O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal Constitution that he will play in 2012. There had been some belief that Jones would walk away after another [...]

chipper zzang

August 19th, 2011
9:33 pm

for those who thinks chipper play for money

ASK TIM HUDSON HOW HE GOT HERE IN ATLANTA AND BECAME OUR NO.1 STARTER

MWC

August 19th, 2011
9:34 pm

Earn that cheese Chip…nice dinger dude.

Chipper Jones can PLAY

August 19th, 2011
9:34 pm

As I read this Chipper hits another home run. He IS worth the money!

Von Trapp

August 19th, 2011
9:35 pm

Das Bones Jones vill serve crow to the end of season and get 30 homers next year. Das Bones vill not be denied.

phil

August 19th, 2011
9:36 pm

You guys that keep knocking him are dumber than bricks….as he hits another homerun….

Shut up already, will you?

Chief76

August 19th, 2011
9:36 pm

When you complain about Chipper making 14 million next year as he hits his 448th career home run tonight, you might want to consider the bargain he was the first three years he played which included second place finish in ROY and a World Series win – 1993 $109,000; 1994 -$ 109,000, 1995 – $114,000; and just for fun 1996 – $825,000.

NorCal Brave

August 19th, 2011
9:36 pm

The way he’s going, I certainly wouldn’t begrudge Chipper another year.

Skeezix

August 19th, 2011
9:37 pm

Oh Chipper bashers………………where are you??

Wu Tang Man

August 19th, 2011
9:37 pm

Why didn’t you point out to Chipper his injuries and inability to play every day ?

TaylorVol

August 19th, 2011
9:39 pm

Great news! He is the unquestioned leader and heart & soul of the team. He still has another good year or two left. I can’t imagine the Braves without him.

brave braverson

August 19th, 2011
9:40 pm

talking trash about chipper? really? when he’s gone all of you will notice something missing. his presence at the plate when he’s in the lineup is not replaceable. he can stay as long as he wants. he’s earned it and i still doing work. does it really seem like he HINDERS the team? look at our record this year.

TaylorVol

August 19th, 2011
9:40 pm

Nice HR by Chipper in back to back nights! Chipper can still bring it!

T-Town Dawg

August 19th, 2011
9:40 pm

He’s earned the right to go out when he gets ready. He’s been the ultimate team player, taking less money to stay here so we could sign other players and playing through pain on many occasions. I hope he has a huge play off this year and even better season next.

brave braverson

August 19th, 2011
9:40 pm

*is still doing work

Train Wreck Bystander

August 19th, 2011
9:41 pm

If the man wants to play, let the man play!

BobDawg

August 19th, 2011
9:41 pm

I wondered about him getting 3000 hits and 500 HRs.. Man, that would be sweet… He is like Mike Schmidt for the Phils…We really won’t appreciate what Chipper has done and the #ers he has put up as a switch hitter until he is done playing…. Schmidt was my favorite player growing up 17 miles from Phila and the fans booed him every time up if he didn’t hit a HR or get a hit…

MWC

August 19th, 2011
9:43 pm

Love Chipper, always have. Just sayin if he wants to help the team , if he can’t stay healthy, and he won’t, he should give part of his 2012 $$$ towards scoring a championship. Jezz, is 150 mil not enough ?

DC Brave

August 19th, 2011
9:43 pm

Awesome…AND TONIGHT….AND OPPO BOMB!!!!!!!!!!

LONG LIVE CHIPPER….LONG LIVE THE GRIZZLY VETERAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's get real!

August 19th, 2011
9:43 pm

Chipper haters need to get a life! He has earned another year regardless of all your insults!

Peter

August 19th, 2011
9:44 pm

That’s true. He ain’t worth no $14 million playing every other game.

Greggy

August 19th, 2011
9:45 pm

$14 million could get you Jose Reyes. You rather have Reyes in his prime or Chipper at 40 playing every other day ?

JRW7

August 19th, 2011
9:47 pm

I like Chipper, but he’s not worth $14 million!

Enos

August 19th, 2011
9:47 pm

Yes. Chipper would make a great pinch hitter but not at $14 million…

BG

August 19th, 2011
9:48 pm

Jones should play for 500,000 in 2012.

brave braverson

August 19th, 2011
9:48 pm

reyes is hurt as much as chipper.

BravesFan

August 19th, 2011
9:49 pm

GLAD TO HAVE CHIPPER BACK! I would rather have Chipper for 125 games than some no name 3rd baseman that no one fears. One thinig for sure, Chipper will always be good for a .260-.275 average, 15 hr’s and atl least 65 rbi’s. Even at 40 that will be better than more than half the 3rd basemen in the league. I am glad he is coming back. BTW, he just hit his 12th HR, hitting .272 now with 56 RBI’s, not too shabby. HR #448, one behind Bagwell, 4 behind Yaz all time.

ChipperBestBraveEver

August 19th, 2011
9:52 pm

Some of you would have been telling Hank Aaron to retire in 74′. You people don’t appreciate watching a future Hall of Famer who is the best switch hitter ever behind Mantle. Appreciate the fact he is still contributing and people know he can still hit. Better than half the multi million dollar “young” players out there for sure. He is the BEST BRAVES Player Ever to wear an Atlanta Braves uniform, period.

Mark (another one)

August 19th, 2011
9:53 pm

The owners of the Braves are not crippled by Chipper’s salary. They pay their CEO more than the team payroll. Baseball backloads a players pay towards the end of his career, and if he retires early he never gets his due. Chipper is a HOF player for many reasons and he still puts fans in the seats. Ask Wren and he would tell you Chipper is worth his pay.

Bravesfan54

August 19th, 2011
9:53 pm

I am an honest man. I honestly thought that Chipper was “hanging on” to a career in decline (true) to the point where his productivity and contributions were fading too fast to count on (I was wrong, wrong!. My expectations were very low, and I wanted him to exit gracefully into the night, as injury upon injury, took its toll and drove his productivity ever lower. But CJ proved me wrong – he rehabbed like the HOF he is, and by every measure this has been a strong solid year, fully in the tradition of an older, mature Chipper Jones. I welcome his decision to play next year, and expect he will earn his option – and will decline it. Damn how wrong I was about him, I am embarrassed to say.

Chief76

August 19th, 2011
9:53 pm

OK so all you haters out there – your philosophy is the team gets a bargain in a players early years but the second production falls off, kick them out the door? I didn’t see the Braves cutting Chipper a check in the mid nineties when he was underpaid for his value. Did they rip up his contract and sign him to 10 million a year deal after his rookie year? No they milked that deal as far as they could. Now it;s Chipper’s turn at the end of his career. Oh, and Chipper has restructured his contract to free up money to get Tim Hudson in here AND he never once thought of leaving the Braves to get a 20 Million dollar a year contract from the Yankees or Red Sox or whoever would have gladly paid him that amount in his prime

Bravesfan54

August 19th, 2011
9:54 pm

Enter your comments here

ChipperBestBraveEver

August 19th, 2011
9:55 pm

Look at this list, Chipper is better than half the players on here and they all make more than he does, and don’t contribute as much.

Alex Rodriguez 3B New York Yankees $32,000,000 [16]
Wells, VernonVernon Wells OF Los Angeles Angels $26,187,500 [17]
Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia SP New York Yankees $24,285,714 [18]
Teixeira, MarkMark Teixeira 1B New York Yankees $23,125,000 [19]
Mauer, JoeJoe Mauer C Minnesota Twins $23,000,000 [20]
Santana, JohanJohan Santana SP New York Mets $21,644,707 [21]
Helton, ToddTodd Helton 1B Colorado Rockies $20,275,000 [22]
Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera 1B Detroit Tigers $20,000,000 [23]
Halladay, RoyRoy Halladay SP Philadelphia Phillies $20,000,000 [24]
Howard, RyanRyan Howard 1B Philadelphia Phillies $20,000,000 [25]
Beltran, CarlosCarlos Beltran RF San Francisco Giants $19,325,436 [26]
Lee, CarlosCarlos Lee LF Houston Astros $19,000,000 [27]
Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso Soriano LF Chicago Cubs $19,000,000 [28]
Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano SP Chicago Cubs $18,875,000 [29]
Hunter, ToriiTorii Hunter CF Los Angeles Angels $18,500,000 [30]
Zito, BarryBarry Zito SP San Francisco Giants $18,500,000 [31]
Bay, JasonJason Bay OF New York Mets $18,125,000 [32]
Suzuki, IchiroIchiro Suzuki RF Seattle Mariners $18,000,000 [33]
Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett SP Boston Red Sox $17,000,000 [34]
Burnett, A.J.A.J. Burnett SP New York Yankees $16,500,000 [35

Braves20

August 19th, 2011
9:58 pm

Chipper worth 14 mill? Depends on how you look at it. He wasn’t worth the mid six figures he played for earlier in his career – he was worth much, much more. It’s the way baseball works – a stellar player is typically underpaid early in his career and usually overpaid late in the career. He’s earned every dime.

MWC

August 19th, 2011
9:59 pm

Hank Aaron, best Brave EVER !

Billy

August 19th, 2011
9:59 pm

Fans that knock Chipper are the equivalent in baseball to Rookie ball players. They have not been around baseball long enough to appreciate who Chipper is. AJC should have an age posting requirement and I bet you would find most negative posts are submitted by the 23 and under crowd

Frank's Big Adventure

August 19th, 2011
10:03 pm

My post got eaten. WTF

ChipperBestBraveEver

August 19th, 2011
10:04 pm

Aaron was a Great Braves, but NOT the GREATEST ATLANTA BRAVE ever. Chipper has him on ALL counts.

BobDawg

August 19th, 2011
10:05 pm

@ ChipperBest Brave… did you cut and paste?… very impressive!

lolwut

August 19th, 2011
10:06 pm

lol jason bay making 18 mil salary fail

Frank's Big Adventure

August 19th, 2011
10:07 pm

McLousy, Kamakazi, Lowest, Chipper… Wren is on a roll… That’s over 40M going to these 4 guys.

Frank's Big Adventure

August 19th, 2011
10:08 pm

40m a year I should have said.

mwh6767

August 19th, 2011
10:09 pm

Is chip with 14 mil. Prob not. But he is the face of the franchise and played the game the right way for so many years so in that respect he has more than earned it. Does anybody knowwhat the situation is with bourn? Is he a this year rental or is he signed for a year or two? Would love to keep him.

ChipperBestBraveEver

August 19th, 2011
10:10 pm

Sure did, cut and paste. Didn’t come out too well did it. lol
McLouth is off the books next year and a free agent, that will save 7 million there. Lowe will be gone next year too, either by being released or traded probably, even though the Braves may as well keep him since they will probably need to pick up most his salary. I would pay Chipper $14m just to try and coach the players on hitting.

ChipperBestBraveEver

August 19th, 2011
10:10 pm

Bourn has one more year on his contract after this one.

GoodGrief

August 19th, 2011
10:14 pm

I hope the Braves keep Canstanza. We sure are going to need him considering the absolute bust the Heyward is becoming. Bases loaded, popped up. I think he is hitting around .210 now.

mwh6767

August 19th, 2011
10:15 pm

Thanks for the info. Haven’t heard but I hope they sign him long term. With mcclouth, chipper (after nxt year) and lowe coming off the books. I think the money will be there.

Reality Bites

August 19th, 2011
10:15 pm

Great news….our leader is coming back….Now we deal Lowe and that fudgepack in right field Heyward (pop out with bases loaded) for a QUALITY Starter…Go Braves!

Frank's Big Adventure

August 19th, 2011
10:15 pm

ChipperBestBraveEver: Hank broke the greatest record in sports as an Atlanta Brave. He is arguably the greatest player to ever play the game. Hank only spent 9 years in Atlanta so Chipper has better totals from an Atlanta perspective. That’s all he’s got over Hank.

[...] away following this season. Well, he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier today that he has every intention of honoring the final guaranteed year on his contract. “I’m playing [...]

Frank's Big Adventure

August 19th, 2011
10:18 pm

ChipperBestBraveEver: Do you work at Hooters?

Dennis Reynolds

August 19th, 2011
10:18 pm

NOOOOO!!!!! Nobody questions his abilities when he’s healthy. Everyone knows what kind of player he is. But he is NEVER healthy. Love the guy, but this isn’t really helping the team at this point.

Joseph

August 19th, 2011
10:20 pm

That is wonderful news on Chipper. And to the one that said you could get Reyes for the 14mil that Chipper makes and have someone play more than every other day? Do you have a clue how many games Reyes has played? 2 times DLed this year alone. He is always on the DL at least 2 times each year for the past 4 years. Except for last year, Chipper has played over 120 games every year most of his career as was eloquently stated by DOB in the game blog for today. I am happy the man is coming back, although if they win it all, he might change his mind. I would love to see him, either way, out there playing 3B next year. You never know what you have until it is gone. Chipper will be the epitome of that when he decides it is HIS time to retire, and not bloggers time-frame for him.

Reality Bites

August 19th, 2011
10:23 pm

Kimbrel is DA MAN!!!!!!!!!!

Not worth it

August 19th, 2011
10:23 pm

Chips’ value is not only on the field, but in the clubhouse. Heyward is going to him to try to get out of his funk, as have others through the years. Having said that, he’s not worth 14 mil. When he’s out, we add Prado at third, an upgrade defensively, and this year we gain Constanza in left, with Heyward in right, a definite upgrade in team speed. Georgie might be a one year wonder, but the point to the story is Chipper. He is most definitely helping the team, he just as definitely is NOT helping it 14 mil worth.

Joseph

August 19th, 2011
10:28 pm

Not worth it…..as was stated earlier…..What was he paid when he was robbed of the ROY? When he led this team to the Title? Did the Braves decide to pay him what he was worth then? You are right there though, Chipper isn’t worth 14mil to this organization. HE IS WORTH MORE. How many jerseys does he sell a year? How many autograph signings does he do at organized team functions every year? Who gets that money? The Braves do. Forget about what they pay him, they are making 10x more off of him period. He is producing and playing dang good defense. Let a man decide when he knows his body cannot do it anymore.

Tampa Gator

August 19th, 2011
10:31 pm

Reality Bites…….

Fudgepack……????

Which hurts less? Being stupid or being a racist?

Why don’t you walk up to Jason after an upcoming game…..looking him directly in his face….and call him a “fudgepack.” Dare you….stupid ass.

Stick in Conyers

August 19th, 2011
10:32 pm

Hank Aaron behind Chipper Jones?? Hank was always in the lineup……..755 Homeruns,etc Nobody in Atlanta is close to Aaron……………..Jones is going to have produce this year and next to even be considered next to Aaron…………..Jones hits 500 homeruns and I will give him his due

Tampa Gator

August 19th, 2011
10:33 pm

P.S……Reality Bites

Go become a Royals fan….please.

Skeezix

August 19th, 2011
10:34 pm

1. McLouth? Whose McLouth?

2. Those miserable Chipper bashers are either idiots, ignorant, blind, or jealous.

Tampa Gator

August 19th, 2011
10:35 pm

Stick in Conyers…..

Chipper doesn’t need your due…..that will come from those who vote him into the Hall of Fame five years after he retires for being one of the top 3 switch hitters to ever play the game.

Henry Aaron is in the top 10 players all time in baseball. Chipper isn’t…..but he is in the top 10 of all third basemen to ever play the game.

MWC

August 19th, 2011
10:37 pm

Joseph…are you on drugs? You don’t GET paid extra, even if you make ROY. Led team to title, are you kidding me ? Also players, even in 1995 did not get paid anywhere near what they do now. I love Chipper like I said before, but if you can;t stay on the field, he is NOT worth 14 mil, period. BTW, best Brave this year,last year,and year before…his name is Brian McCann.

TeheranTime

August 19th, 2011
10:37 pm

No doubt Chipper Jones is a great player. I’m a Chipper fan. I just don’t know if he can realistically stay healthy over a full season anymore and he may handicap the Braves in terms of being able to go out and add the power bat they need in LF when Martin Prado moves to third base. I do think Chipper would make a great batting coach and eventually a great manager. If he can hit and play well at third next season and Jason Heyward gets his act together, this team could be REAL fun next season.

Paddy

August 19th, 2011
10:38 pm

Of course he is worth 14 mil next year. The Braves made him that offer, he accepted. End of story. Plus the guy can still play.

Dennis Reynolds

August 19th, 2011
10:39 pm

2012:

1.Bourn
2.Prado
3.Freeman
4.Kemp
5.Mac
6.Chipper
7.Heyward
8.Pastornicky

Dennis Reynolds

August 19th, 2011
10:40 pm

wait….no….

I meant
1.Bourn
2.Prado
3.Freeman
4.Uggla
5.Mac
6.Chipper
7.Heyward
8.Pastornicky

my bizzle

Dennis Reynolds

August 19th, 2011
10:42 pm

But…if Chipper retired, and with Lowe and Nate coming off the books, we MIGHT be able to sign Kemp for LF. THEN we’d have

1.Bourn
2.Prado (3B)
3.Freeman
4.Kemp
5.Mac
6.Uggla
7.Heyward
8.Pastornicky

WOW.

GaryinBham

August 19th, 2011
10:43 pm

Doesn’t matter what I think. Chipper has a contract, and I am glad he’s coming back. He could hit .260 from a wheelchair

Joseph

August 19th, 2011
10:44 pm

MWC, apparantly you think a ROY is only worth 100K. Leading a team to a title is merely 114K. Did the team reward his production then? But that is fine, just to prove your point you assume those that disagree with you are “on drugs”. I can see your immaturity, so I wish a pleasant evening. Hope that you enjoy your tired Chipper bashing next year, because the man is coming back. You can say you love him all you want, it doesn’t change the fact that you are completely wrong. But again I am on drugs. LOL. I am merely high on life sir.

benchwarmer

August 19th, 2011
10:45 pm

I have to hand it to Chipper, he does care about whats good for the ballclub. He has sacrificed over the years so that the Braves could be better. He still brings something to each game he plays. I don’t think he will continue when that is no longer true.

AllAboutTeamBraves

August 19th, 2011
10:46 pm

Chipper is a Braves Legend and a HOFer and I love the Braves more than Chipper. But, If Chipper is such a great guy take a pay cut for playing part time. When it was time for players to go like Crime Dog, Justice, Gant, Maddux, Glavine, and even Smoltz these guys were moved. No one is a Chipper hater for stating facts. Father time stops for no man and no man is above the team. A team guy would take a pay cut for playing part time. Treat Chipper like the rest of the HOFers listed above. Time to go!!!

Joseph

August 19th, 2011
10:46 pm

Gary, I think you might have something. An old-timers game for charity. Maybe disable vets. Wheelchair baseball game. Might have legs. I honestly laughed at your joke, but then …….it might not be a bad idea. Interesting thought Mr Gary.

Joseph

August 19th, 2011
10:49 pm

Chipper took paycuts twice in his career, allaboutteambraves. Maybe you forgot. Remember when he moved to LF and took less money, while giving up an all-star appearance incentive in his contract to help the TEAM sign Vinny Castilla. Or what about when he deferred money, so the TEAM could sign Hudson?

AllAboutTeamBraves

August 19th, 2011
10:54 pm

Correction Joseph,
Chipper did moved to left but he just re-worked his contract to get paid on the back end. That money is in Chipper’s bank account now. The next move for Chipper is retirement.

ijudgenot

August 19th, 2011
10:55 pm

Now that Fredi has had the balls to put him at 6th in the order, there really should be no anxiety about Chipper coming back next year. Cox would never have moved him so he would have clogged up the middle of the lineup. If Heyward returns to early 2010 form next year, think about a lifetime .300 hitter battng 7th in this lineup. Who would turn down $14 mill, when you had restructured your contract in earlier years to help the team. Its payback time now and the Braves will have to anti up.

MWC

August 19th, 2011
10:56 pm

AllAboutTeamBraves…That is what i’m trying to explain, great point. I still would like to see him in a Brave uni next year, but some are so sensitive there is no real way to get your point across. I any event, this shoud not be about Chipper and his greatness, but about winning a World Championship.

Joseph

August 19th, 2011
10:57 pm

AllAboutTeamBraves, is the incentives he was due for being an automatic 3B All-star in his bank account? At that point of his career he was automatic for all-star. Yes he deferred his “contract” but in his contract was incentives that he lost. You are right. Chipper’s next position move is retirement. And that is after he produces for this team NEXT YEAR!

Bravesfan54

August 19th, 2011
11:02 pm

Chipper’s numbers alone do not justify a $14m salary – and I doubt management was stupid enough to give him that kind of money thinking he would be 30 HR/100 rbi guy when they signed him to that contract – especially since he hasn’t achieved that since 2007- so why can’t we understand that his salary compensates him for his broader “value” to the club. (This should be obvious in a society which daily bombards us with every Kim Kardashian lost eyelash.) What do you folks want, a salary schedule based on hits, rbi, so, bb’s – let’s come into the modern era when some fans go to games wondering if they’ll see some of these marquis names. I hate the overuse of the term “iconic” – you see it overused every day – but, Chipper Jones IS iconic for the Braves -considering the classic use of the term. Let it go, please.

Remarkable

August 19th, 2011
11:05 pm

Chipper is great when he’s healthy. Where would we be without him right now? What other player is there, who we can sign, that can fill his shoes? I’ll take Chipper for another year. Give him his going away year like Bobby had. No one else is the clutch hitter on our team that he is. I’ll miss him when he’s gone and no one can say he hasn’t helped us get where we are right now. We would have lost that game last night without him. His homerun gave us the cushon we needed tonight.

Dave

August 19th, 2011
11:07 pm

One thing to pointmout to all you complaining about Chippers money…..keep in mind he renegotiated his contract in the past to help the Braves sign other players and that is why he has these options now. He’s also moved around positions to help the Braves fit needs from short to third to outfield back to third. How many other HOF players have done that?

One last point. You can whine about him being out ofmthe lineup and yes it does change the dynamics but when he is in he get the players around him better pitches and still has a good obp

Remarkable

August 19th, 2011
11:13 pm

MWC Why don’t you give up some of your salary to help your company in other areas. Probably never happen .

Joseph

August 19th, 2011
11:13 pm

Remarkable, Chipper was even producing with runners on base while PLAYING through a torn meniscus for over 2 months. He is, like you said, great when he is healthy. Those that are hung up on his salary, are misguided in thinking the organization isn’t making more money off of his name than they are paying him for his career.

I like the idea of a going away year for him. It would really be cool to see the other clubs honor him as they did Bobby. The man deserves it.

D-RUN DAWGS

August 19th, 2011
11:16 pm

Chipper is one of the greatest Braves to ever play. Not to metion his numbers, but he propably gave up three All Star games to move to allow Vinny Castilla to play 3rd base. He has been a professional his whole Braves career and will go down as one of the best 3rd baseman to ever play the game. NO DOUBT!

MWC

August 19th, 2011
11:16 pm

Remarkable, I’m 52 and Disabled due to a hit and run driver. Feel better?

urban redneck

August 19th, 2011
11:16 pm

i would have lost that bet. good news though. i too was looking forward to spending that money, but everyone else in the lineup gets better pitches when larry is in the lineup…..even the 6 hole. shenanigans, somebody just said that.

go bravos.

milo

August 19th, 2011
11:19 pm

Chipper will be the first person to know if he is hurting the team and right now he is not. 14 million to watch a HOF play his last and final season all with the Braves is worth it. I think he deserves the right to have a .200 season even though there is no chance that will happen. Some of those names on that list were funny, Vernon Wells WOW, Zito, and Zambrano. Two of those guys play every 5th day. If Chipper plays every 3 out of 4 games next year, im fine with that. Quit talking about Reyes and Kemp, never going to happen with this team.

Rick Summer Camp

August 19th, 2011
11:20 pm

It is like having another coach, but on the field…who can hit .300.. and drive in 75 runs… and play pretty good third base– Ok, for half the games, at most….

MWC

August 19th, 2011
11:21 pm

Plus, I never made 14 mil to play a game.

Busch leaguer

August 19th, 2011
11:21 pm

If Chipper was the selfish money grubber that some of the posts suggest ,he would be sitting on his butt drawing his full salary this year. Kind of like what A-roid is doing to the Yankees. Same surgery as Chipper and he still has’nt come back.I guess the Yankees can afford a 30 Million a year lay about,

ohhhhYEAH

August 19th, 2011
11:25 pm

@Billy
I resent that comment! i AM 23, and would gladly enjoy watching The Chip stick around for another year. Maybe 2 depending on how next season goes. I know his days are numbered, but i honestly cant think of a team not featuring Chipper Jones. Just like i didnt want to think of a Braves team without Bobby. I grew up with these guys, so to watch them go is just…..weird

Kimbrel rocks

August 19th, 2011
11:27 pm

THE BRAVES NEED CHIPPER……..i wish all the haters would pick a new team.

jim

August 19th, 2011
11:28 pm

I think all the Chipper complaints are from the kids under 30 who have no clue as to his true value for the team. Wonder who can help the kids more..Chipper or Jose Reyes?,,,Hmmmm

Steel Bells

August 19th, 2011
11:28 pm

I see a lot of people that gripe over Chipper’s salary. If he played with a different team, he could command a lot more than 14 million dollars. Chipper restructured a bunch of his salary twice for this team and a number of folks tend to forget

John

August 19th, 2011
11:30 pm

Sign him to an extension past 2013. Living legend deserves whatever he wants. Go for 500 homersChipper and 3000 hits–CAN BE DONE–eat right-cut out saturated fats -start swimming- Tired of these Chipper haters–go pull for the Mets

tpm

August 19th, 2011
11:30 pm

He has had a tough time staying healthy in the post-steroids era

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