Chipper reiterates commitment to play in 2012

After the Braves’ season ended with a five-game skid and no postseason berth, Chipper Jones reiterated his intention of returning for the 2012 season.

Jones said the team’s September collapse would have no bearing on his decision.

“I’ve committed to playing next year,” he said. “I won’t commit past that; let’s put it that way. [But] I’m looking forward to it. As tough a pill as it is to swallow, for a lot of these young guys it’s a learning experience.

“We got our butts kicked for the last couple of weeks of the season, and they’re going to learn a lot from it and be better ballplayers for it.”

Jones, 39, came back from season-ending knee surgery in August 2010 to hit .275 with 33 doubles, 18 homers and 70 RBIs in 126 games in 2011, despite being slowed much of the season by knee and leg injuries.

He spent three weeks on the disabled list after arthroscopic knee surgery in July.

His .344 on-base percentage was a career low, 61 points off his career OBP before the season. However, his 33 doubles were his second-most since 2003, and he hit .305 with nine homers and a .905 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) in his last 42 games.

Jones has one season left on a three-year, $42 million contract extension, and will turn 40 on April 24.

His contract also includes a $9 million option for 2013 that vests automatically if he plays in 123 games next season or averages 127 games over 2011-2012, but Jones has not indicated a desire to play beyond 2012.

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 29th, 2011
5:29 pm

Braves new theme song: Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

richie

September 29th, 2011
5:31 pm

49YRBraves Fan

September 29th, 2011
5:39 pm

Chipper did more to coach than Fredi and his crappy bunch. Glad you are there Chip! On and off the field!!!

Get rid of Gonzalaz

September 29th, 2011
5:40 pm

I can at least say it wasn’t Chippers fault. But he has 14 million reasons to come back to this stink hole

bruce

September 29th, 2011
5:41 pm

very good news!!!!

Jerry Willard

September 29th, 2011
5:41 pm

Dave ,
Why was Bradley on Outside The Lines this afternoon instead of you?

Summer of George

September 29th, 2011
5:41 pm

Nice speech last night Chipper, but a bit too little, too late.
M. Bourn had a very classy interview after game. Made no excuses! That kids allright.
Kimbrell, live and learn…you tried to get too fancy with your pitches and cost you the walks and the run.
All pitchers needed to cut down the walks….that bit your butts in the end.
Give Jurjjeins and Hanson time off till next September so they can finish the year healthy next season. Seems like they’re only good for 2 months a season before they tank with an injury.
Wanted: Consistent hitters to fill the lineup.
And until next year, Go Milwaukee…I’m mentally drained……………..

richie

September 29th, 2011
5:43 pm

all i know is. Bourn is the answer in center. keep him here

Summer of George

September 29th, 2011
5:44 pm

M. Bourn quote last night after game….”win as a team, lose as a team”…Cliche, yet very classy of Mr. Bourn, who did his damndest last night.

rally

September 29th, 2011
5:46 pm

Really Delusional Comments on this page by the commenters….

Okay so we lost Hanson and Jurjjens and you make an excuse for injuries why we didn’t make the playoffs seems to me Phillies lost one pitcher for 5 months and another for 2 months. Not buying it and not buying another Braves ticket.

Go_Bravos

September 29th, 2011
5:48 pm

Hey Chip, are the Braves still the only team that can hang with the Phillies in the postseason??

JoeMac

September 29th, 2011
5:48 pm

Chipper has had a nice career, but it is past time for him to go. He needs to retire before his body retires him. It was sad watching him try to compete. Stick a fork in him; he is done. Prado should be playing 3d next season.

BewdifulDogs

September 29th, 2011
5:49 pm

Thank god for the no name Rays… most exciting finish in baseball apart from Sid Bream’s world record sprint that I can recall !

garynpOH

September 29th, 2011
5:49 pm

I don’t think our coaching staff is not very good
keep Bourn and add a bat and we will be fine
nothing less than frustrating to see how the team has been handled
did i mention that the coaching staff is not very good

JoeMac

September 29th, 2011
5:52 pm

The Braves have not hung with the Phillies all season, while the Cardinals are one of only two teams that won the season series from the Phils. Win or lose, St. Louis is the better team and should be where they are, and the Braves deserve to be where they are.

Blondie

September 29th, 2011
5:58 pm

Chip, sweetie… it’s time to hang up your cleats and call it a day. It’s been fun, but it’s time to end this with grace and dignity… before they have to send you to the glue factory.

Puma

September 29th, 2011
5:59 pm

It sucks, but this is still a playoff-caliber team. We just plain stuck it up this last month. I think we need another potent bat in this lineup, and we’ll be OK – it was supposed to be Heyward, but I don’t know what the heck he was doing this year.

Other big problem is what to do with Lowe – I assume we are stuck with another year of that crap since no team in their right mind would take him off our hands. Still don’t understand Fredi G running him out there when he had much better arms sitting in the bullpen – Minor and Tehran. You can play someone just because they make a lot of money.

jim

September 29th, 2011
5:59 pm

At 39 Chipper might have a distorted view of youth. The kid pitchers were not the problem. The main cogs in the offense — Prado, Chipper, Uggla, Mac sputtered or disappeared during the stretch drive. Freeman was slowed by a leg injury, and slumped the last week and a half, but he still gave the most competetive ABs and there was nobody I’d rather have up there last night as the last hope for the season.

John

September 29th, 2011
6:03 pm

The bad news just continues for you Braves Fans. Chipper is coming back for the 2012 season. As JoeMac has stated, he is done and his big salary is killing your ability to try and upgrade the team. He gave a “Pep” talk to the team prior to the game and then promptly went out and went 0-5 with 3 K’s. Braves, you are a better club with him gone and not a distraction.

NickGranite

September 29th, 2011
6:18 pm

“Stick a fork in him; he is done. Prado should be playing 3d next season.”

The only problem with your analysis JoeMac is Chipper is still better than Prado.

Bob

September 29th, 2011
6:24 pm

A poor leader of his team, a disruption in the locker room, and a has-been who plays a partial season, but makes a $15M…who is Chippah Jones?

farmer

September 29th, 2011
6:24 pm

Chipper you are done.. I have great respect for what you have accomplished all these years but please just hang it up and save that 14 million for upgrading the team, and maybe we cna dump Lowe on someone and have another 15 million. but if n ot, Chipper please retire

01HAWK

September 29th, 2011
6:29 pm

PRADO is a UTILITY MAN and not a bonafide starter. We need 2 outfielders.

SLIPPER JONES is counting his BENJAMINS. He has already said he does not care what the fans think earlier this year.

SLIPPER played in only 126 games……………….That means he missed 36 games. That is not worthy of 14 MILLION .

18 HR’S and 70 RBI’S for a 3rd basemen is a 5 million dollar contract at best. Also a .275 AVG.

63 year Braves fan

September 29th, 2011
6:31 pm

Chipper should do the right thing for the Braves and their fans. Retire, you have made all The money
you will ever need. You look old and slow and rookie pitchers make you look bad. The Braves could use your 14 million to sign a young, fast contact hitting free agent or two. Chipper is not the future.

cht65

September 29th, 2011
6:31 pm

here are the chipper haters again…. chipper was an all star this year and was the most clutch player this year. Has the 3rd highest batting average on the team and is still a solid 3rd baseman…. The problem with this years team was simple: Prado’s game fell way off, two of our best pitchers got hurt, Lowe blows, and McCann wasn’t the same after his injury…

Ishmail

September 29th, 2011
6:32 pm

Jeez, “chipper” why don’t you settle for the millions of $ you already have and go shoot some critters and bang some Hooter’s waitresses. You had one decent stretch this year, but stunk it up the first half and then again during the final stretch. You sure as hell ain’t worth your salary

Bob

September 29th, 2011
6:33 pm

And cht65…what does that say about the rest of our team? Our GM?

01HAWK

September 29th, 2011
6:35 pm

FREDI is another BOOBY COX.

All the talent the BRAVES had over the years and only one CHAMPIONSHIP.

alex

September 29th, 2011
6:37 pm

Midlife crisis in action.Larry, we thank you for the past, but that’s what it is “the past”, we want a future, sorry but your NOT invited to the party (unless of course the parties at hooters and your buying!)

[...] Chipper Jones says the team’s September failure hasn’t affected his decision to return in 2012, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

CJ

September 29th, 2011
7:00 pm

Everyone needs to lay off Chipper. It seems like his NL batting title he won a few years ago has been forgotten already. The management offered him this contract and while I agree its way too high it can be seen as a reward for all the quality years he has given to the organization. Even pushing 40 he is still a quality player and I give him kudos for playing down the stretch with 2 bad legs. If any of you actually knew something about hitting you would realize that his numbers were pretty good considering how bad his body is breaking down. I do hope that this next year will be his last however, it is time to go before he really gets injured and his age catches up to him, presently he still goes off on a high note in my opinion. Ps prado? really? the braves really need to think about shopping for a 3rd bagger next year or there will be a huge hole over there when chipper hangs them up

mike sauerhouse

September 29th, 2011
7:06 pm

Great! Another year with “Ground Out Jones”…guess I’ll have to wait to cheer for them again :-(

Greg

September 29th, 2011
7:16 pm

Here’s the sad thing: Chipper ended up being one of the best hitters on the team. Just ponder that for a moment. We are in a world of hurt for next year. The list of hopefuls who didn’t pan out this year is astonishingly long. Frankly I’m depressed. How far are we, for example, from the Phillies? Measure it in miles.

Stevo

September 29th, 2011
7:22 pm

Nothing sadder than one a professional athlete doesn’t know when to hang them up. Chipper, last year should have been your last. Not this one and certainly not the next one.

RedandBlack

September 29th, 2011
7:31 pm

Chipper Jones is a Hall of Fame Baseball Player, folks. Do you all not watch how differently pitchers pitch to him? They are so careful, and they rarely give him anything over the middle of the plate. Chipper is heads and tails in ability and talent above any other player on the team. Jones is a catalyst and a keystone for the Braves.

It is great to see young players like Freddie Freeman and McCann stepping up more and more. Freeman’s play reminds me of how Chipper played when he started out in spring training 1994. And, Jones has been carrying this team since 1996.

The Braves have always accomplished as a team. Without Chipper Jones, the Braves would have accomplished nothing. Glad to have him on the Braves. Go Dogs!!

Big Wally

September 29th, 2011
7:50 pm

There’s another twenty inning ending rally killing double plays you can count on.

RaleighDawg

September 29th, 2011
7:51 pm

Chipper’s averages for the last three years are: .268 BA, 15 HR, and 62 RBIs….all of this for $15 million a year ? What happened to his promise of “hanging it up” when he couldn’t get it done any more ? This is a clear example of what’s wrong with MLB and their guaranteed contracts. I’m willing to bet if MLB players contracts were like the NFL players you would see more heart and desire on the field. But as it stands now the playoffs just get in the way of Chipper sitting in a tree.

Big Wally

September 29th, 2011
7:53 pm

and we know that Fredi-cat Gonzalez is afraid to say anything to his veterans, so count on Chipper limping around, grounding into double plays along with that worthless D. Lowe getting the ball to pitch every 5 days. The coach/Mgr./GM won’t learn a thing from this debacle.

fire fredi

September 29th, 2011
7:54 pm

Chipper, Bourn, Freeman, Kimbrel are a-ok in my book..the rest are marginal players. Mccann had a flat the last month and Champion don’t do that.
Fredi and his staff is coming back per DOB report. So I’m out of here..no more Brave fan after 40 years. They don’t care so why should I.
Constanza was a joy to watch and we were winning till he got hurt and Fredi stop playing him. He was not the answer but we were winning.
J-Hey is overrated frenchy, Schafer.

JJ

September 29th, 2011
7:58 pm

I just don’t know how Chipper thinks his knee will get any better.When you have BONE oin BONE it ain’t gonna allow you to play enough to earn 14million dollars.It is not right to hold a TEAM hostage because you can.Do the right thing and allow your TEAMMATES a chance to get players that they can count on to be there everyday and allow Prado to know where he will be playing on regular basis.Please Chipper,do the right thing and take D-Lowe with you into retirement.GO BRAVES

Worm

September 29th, 2011
7:59 pm

Yeah, We can take the Phillies next year..Sadly, Chipper needs to DH in the AL..

BRAVESFAN

September 29th, 2011
7:59 pm

All he has to say is I’m Chipper Jones, who the hell you.

Big Wally

September 29th, 2011
8:02 pm

I agree with all the previous bloggers about Bourn being a player. The problem is, his agent is Scott Boros, which means when his contract expires next year, there is zero chance that he signs with the tidewad Braves. When the Braves are out of it in July next year, look for Worthless Wren to trade him for some washed up outfielder (probably Diaz again).

MikeY

September 29th, 2011
8:22 pm

Note Chipper’s 2013 option:

2013 option guaranteed at $9M with:
123 games in 2012, or
average of 127 games in 2011-12
2013 option price increases by $1M each for:
128, 133, 138, 140 games in 2012, or
averages of 132, 137, 138, 140 games in 2011-12

So if he has another year next year like 2011, it is very possible he will be back in 2013.

phillip

September 29th, 2011
8:24 pm

chipper you’re presents on the field or on the bench is awesome…..manager?????

JoeFan

September 29th, 2011
8:24 pm

Chipper is not going to walk away from the money. Can’t blame him either. He still needs to come off the bench with the Braves finding a full time third baseman. That’s just one of the holes. Don’t believe they have enough time or money in the offseason to fill them all.

Maxwell Smart

September 29th, 2011
8:24 pm

“As tough a pill as it is to swallow, for a lot of these young guys it’s a learning experience. We got our butts kicked for the last couple of weeks of the season, and they’re going to learn a lot from it and be better ballplayers for it.”

Are you kidding me? Like it’s the young guys’ fault — the guys who played the full schedule, who didn’t sit out the game against Cliff Lee with “flu-like symptoms,” who don’t come up with a hangnail or the vapors every other week? The guys who busted their but while Chipper was nursing his ego? They’re the problem?

That is rich. There may be someone on the club who knows how to win, but it damn sure isn’t Chipper Jones. Stats he’s good at. But a winner he’s not. He’s the dark cloud hanging over the franchise. Whatever it takes, the Braves are better off without him.

ray

September 29th, 2011
8:25 pm

Chipper wasn’t that good, but he played better than other vets : Mc Cann, Lowe, Gonzalez. with or without him, the team needs a new owner, new manager, new GM, new hitting coach and maybe new pitching coach. other than that, the team is fine.
when you waste about $29 mill on total duds (Lowe, KK, Mc Louth) you have to cut corners elsewhere.
things have gone downhill since JS made that Teixeira disaster. Wren can’t undo that and actually defended that fiasco. he can’t manage a limited budget properly.
maybe it;’s no coincidence that first Roy Clark left and now Kurt Kemp followed.
who needs Andrus, Feliz or Harrison anyway ?
when you start avoiding high school palyers in the draft mainly to save money, you know there’s a problem..
don’t expect much improvement with the current ownership and management. in fact, the Nats and Mets will soon pass us. the Phils won’t be our only worry.
sorry, but I have the same problem as Kimbrel- I let emotions get out of control.

floridaBRAVESnut

September 29th, 2011
8:28 pm

Ahhhhh….the great game of baseball. I have without a doubt enjoyed this season. All of it……. Right up to the last out of the game last night. I have enjoyed Chippers play and leadership. McCann’s home runs and great plays. Freemans stretches and power to all fields. Bournes hustle. I went to DC last year and got tickets right behind the Braves dugout and watched D. Lowe as he was rooted on each player and every play. When you think about the games you watched, the games you went to, or even listened to on the radio you will find a memory. Like it or not they are our boys of summer and I will cry for a few more days then count down the minutes to opening day. Thank you Braves….from the people that say Hi at the gate to the guys on the field….you all have made memorys for me…….See ya next year……..

MR

September 29th, 2011
8:34 pm

Part of the problem with this team is the building a club around an aging Chipper and a good hitting catcher. Neither will be strong for 162 games and it showed badly this year. How about Liberty Media leaving town for good and taking Frank “No Thanks I’ll Pass” Wren with them. I’ll go through a rebuilding process for a few years with those two gone with a big smile on my face.

The Iladelph

September 29th, 2011
8:38 pm

The Phillies came through Atlanta like Sherman…Like Sherman!!!

Fatass McCann

September 29th, 2011
8:38 pm

14 million …. cough cough

Braves Believer

September 29th, 2011
8:39 pm

Does anyone on this post know if we have a 3rd base prospect in the minors ready to take Chippers place? I’ve read about pitchers, shortstop and outfield but nothing about 3rd base. All the writers say we are rich in the minors but if so we already should have a outfield and 3rd base ready for replacement(another Chipper Jones ready)..

GoBraves!

September 29th, 2011
8:48 pm

Great news! They’re set at most positions for next year. If they can get a power hitting outfielder and a good hitting shortstop they should contend.

Worm

September 29th, 2011
8:49 pm

@the illadelph, Hope you signed up for food stamps while you were here.

chris

September 29th, 2011
8:54 pm

Chipper was one of the few consistent hitters as inconsistent as he was…glad to have him back and as some of the comments stated, I think he did more to coach this team than Fredi did this year..glad to have him back one more year..id hate to see him playing in any other uniform before he retires..he’s meant a lot to this organization and deserves some respect for that

Voice of Reason

September 29th, 2011
8:55 pm

Great news from the anchor of the team–and I mean that in terms of persistent, dead weight, not as something to build around. Likely to miss at least 25% of the games, carry a surly, sour look on his face for the other 75% and offer “leadership” in the form of trite platitudes that would make Crash Davis blush. Certainly an outstanding big-leaguer in his prime and a true-blue Brave, Chipper’s bat speed is toast and his fielding mistakes always occur at the worst times. Freeing up $14M with McLouth and Kawakami is nice, but a full $28M to play with would be better. Please let us remember you as the kid who came up in the early 90’s and owned the Mets–not as the old man unwilling to let go of the game when his time has passed. Let the young guys have their time.

Jordan

September 29th, 2011
8:59 pm

Legend of Len Barker

September 29th, 2011
9:11 pm

Shall I post my Chipper Jones Tweak Counter for the entire 2011 season?

Big Wally

September 29th, 2011
9:16 pm

overheard from Chippa’s rally speach before the game yesterday “uh, oh, guys, uh, oh, we kinda need to win this one, uh, oh, you know what I mean, uh, oh”.

Chipper's Back!

September 29th, 2011
9:21 pm

With a healthy chipper j, the braves will rule the division next year. He was hurt most of the season and didn’t have his bat. Next year, his game will explode! Braves to the playoffs in 2012!!!!

phil

September 29th, 2011
9:25 pm

Ishmail
September 29th, 2011
6:32 pm

Jeez, “chipper” why don’t you settle for the millions of $ you already have and go shoot some critters and bang some Hooter’s waitresses. You had one decent stretch this year, but stunk it up the first half and then again during the final stretch. You sure as hell ain’t worth your salary

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Where do idiots like you come from? Gainesville, Fl?

bulldogbubba

September 29th, 2011
9:31 pm

Please retire to the woods.You have achieved great things for ‘our” team.Please go and be with your Wife and sons for the sake of “our” team.Let them retire your number so that the rest of the team can move to the next level with the money that is rightfully yours but would help ‘our” team move the next level.Thank you for your consideration. THE FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phil

September 29th, 2011
9:32 pm

You chipper bashers are pathetic….an embarassment to us all….worse than FG is bad as a manager.

phil

September 29th, 2011
9:34 pm

bulldogbubba
September 29th, 2011
9:31 pm

Please retire to the woods.You have achieved great things for ‘our” team.Please go and be with your Wife and sons for the sake of “our” team.Let them retire your number so that the rest of the team can move to the next level with the money that is rightfully yours but would help ‘our” team move the next level.Thank you for your consideration. THE FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another genius poster….go sweep some floors.

Jeff R

September 29th, 2011
9:40 pm

Chipper has 14 million reasons to return… along with his bum knees. Seriously, Chipper showed grit this season… just don’t think a 40-year-old injury prone Chipper is best for the 2012 Braves.

Bobby Dews

September 29th, 2011
9:40 pm

We don’y have anything to worry about now…thank god!

Henry Aaron's Ghost

September 29th, 2011
9:40 pm

UNDERSTAND one thing folks, Jones is NOT walking away from $14 million. Would you? He will come back and hang in for the year. Whether he hits .350 or .195, he gets his $14 million. He will stay. Even if he decided to go someway, the Braves would have to arrange some big buck buy out. That ain’t happening with this mob.

I have been watching the Atlanta Braves since the VERY FIRST game they came into Fulton County Stadium. I went to my first big league game there and saw Hank, Eddie Matthews, Gaylord Perry, Willie McCovery and Willie Mays. In all these years, I have watched the good ones come and go. I have seen the good, bad, and very ugly teams here. This was about the most disappointing Braves team I can remember. So much talk of promise before the season and they failed badly. There is at least a dozen players on this team, the manager, several coaches, the GM and even ownership, that needs to take a hike. Sadly, as long as the Braves have their current ownership group, this is what Atlanta has. A couple of good players, a bunch of broken down and over the hill players who will not hit, field or pitch. Freddie failed terribly. He simply was a deer in the headlights when it came to big game decisions. It is what it is. THIS is the best it will be. No playoffs. No world series. No MPVs. No Cy’s. Just record losses, blown saves, and huge strike out numbers by overpaid secondbasement. 160 plus K’s. Man.

Furman Bitcher

September 29th, 2011
9:41 pm

Top 3rd Basemen in NL. I wouls say his stats are 2nd best to Ramirz so you bashers need to shut the hell up.

Sortable Batting
RK PLAYER TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
1 Aramis Ramirez CHC 565 80 173 35 1 26 93 1 1 43 69 .306 .361 .510 .871
2 Placido Polanco PHI 469 46 130 14 0 5 50 3 0 42 44 .277 .335 .339 .674
3 Chipper Jones ATL 455 56 125 33 1 18 70 2 2 51 80 .275 .344 .470 .814
4 Ryan Roberts ARI 482 86 120 25 2 19 65 18 9 66 98 .249 .341 .427 .768
5 Casey McGehee MIL 546 46 122 24 2 13 67 0 3 45 104 .223 .280 .346 .626

Furman Bitcher

September 29th, 2011
9:43 pm

Besides Chipper had better stats than Arod at half the price

Sam from the Swats

September 29th, 2011
9:55 pm

All these stats about Chipper mean nothing. The money stat is what do you do with runners in scoring position 8th inning and beyond. Chipper has not stepped up in these spots. He was 0 for 8 the last 2 games of the year. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched him come up to bat and all the fans yelling for him, and I’m like “what are they yelling for”? Then just I I guess, strikeout, or slow roller to second. I hope next year is his last year, cause we need a new beginning with some new young players.

Brother John

September 29th, 2011
10:05 pm

How ’bout Freddie Freeman for player/manager? The way he slammed his helmet on the ground and bounced it into the upper deck after hitting into the season ending double play showed me a man with some fire and emotion!! This man will be a Hall Of Famer. Dan Uggla. Great defense all year long (contrary to all media reports!) and the best “hustle” of anybody on the team. Great job, Dan. Chipper Jones. I can’t believe anyone on this blog can doubt the heart of this warrior. Leaves it all on the field. Probably won’t be able to walk when he’s 50 years old. Thanks, Chipper. Michael Bourne. Fantastic play this year! Complete professional on and off the field. Please make Atlanta your permanent home. McCann and Heyward, find your way out of the darkness. We need you. Fredi, please resign before you embarrass yourself and this city even more than you already have!!

Mark in ATL

September 29th, 2011
10:15 pm

Chipper is the best option this team has at 3B…..Prado isn’t close….glad he’s coming back.

Jeff R

September 29th, 2011
10:15 pm

Correct, Hank’s Ghost. Chipper will crawl onto the field before giving up 14 million clams. Can’t say I blame Chipper, though. How may of us would walk away from such a big payday?

Sam from the Swats

September 29th, 2011
10:16 pm

Heart of a warrior? Dude hasn’t played a full season in 12 years!! He’s one of the highest paid players on the team.

Jeff R

September 29th, 2011
10:19 pm

Prado would be a better defensive third baseman than Chipper. But Prado has shown a proclivity to injuries too. Yet Prado at third opens up left field to a power bat acquistion, I think.

Sam from the Swats

September 29th, 2011
10:20 pm

@Phil…0 for 8 last 2 games when needed most with $14 million/year..Pujols didn’t go 0 for 8.

Jeff R

September 29th, 2011
10:20 pm

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Cecil

September 29th, 2011
10:30 pm

I don’t think I can watch another year of slow, lofin, voice of the Braves. Quit and go hunting. I’m tired of watching infielders on opposing teams bobble and bonce a grounder and still throw chipper out before he loafs down the baseline. He wouldn’t know “Hustle” if it hit him in the ass. The few times he has tried to hustle, he pulls a muscle.

mace224

September 29th, 2011
10:37 pm

Bourne the answer? We got beat by the guy we should’ve gone after.

Stanco

September 29th, 2011
10:50 pm

Chipper I appreciate everything you have DONE for the Braves through the years……but your time has come…..you are DONE. How great would it be if there was close to $30 million to help restock the roster with KK, McClouth, Chipper and Lowe gone (unfortunately it will cost the Braves to rid themselves of Lowe). Just think of the 2012 roster with 2 $15 mill a year 40 y/o players…that sounds like a championship team now dosesn’t it?? The best thing that can happen for 2012 is for the team to be sold soon. As with any successful organization or business, the passion and desire starts at the top…and there is none of that at Liberty Mutual…

Noholdsbarred

September 29th, 2011
10:56 pm

Famous Gonzo Quotes:
Baseball–”that’s the way it goes sometimes”, gotta just “Tip your hat and come back tomorrow”–uh , next year that is!

bravesfanbob

September 29th, 2011
10:57 pm

As I said MANY times before this season ever started, the man who needs to be running this team is Roberto Kelly. He took most every player who came up through the San Francisco Giant organization, and taught them how to WIN in baseball. When they were failing in the big leagues, the organization moved him up to be the 1st base coach, and work directly one on one with the players, and in his first year, they won the World Series. He averaged 89-51 records in his 3 years in Augusta GA for the Giants Class A team. There is no manager in baseball who is a better on field manager, and his players love him. Being a season ticket holder in Augusta, I got to know Roberto and his family very well, He went through the loss of an infant while he was here, and still managed to keep his head enough to manage the Greenjackets to the best record in the history of the Sally League. He says he learned how to treat players from Bobby Cox, but is a completely different type of manager. He creates runs. His team that year was last in home runs, 12th of 14th in batting average, but 1st in runs scored. The team had over 300 stolen bases. the only position player he had that is an everyday major leaguer is Pablo Sandoval, and he only batted .260 for him. With Bourn, Constanza, and Antone Richardson, who also played for Kelly, he would turn the Braves into a running machine. Bottom line… He would win!

Since57

September 29th, 2011
11:04 pm

Can’t really understand many of the negative Chipper comments. My bet is that Chipper does not need the $15m, he is a gamer and although he is overpaid given his current performance, he has been the face of the franchise since the Braves got him instead of goofy Todd Van Poppel. Glad to have him back for ‘12 and hope that the Braves can rebound from the disappointment with a healthy Chipper, productive Heyward, Prado and BMac, and those great young arms plus Huddy leading the staff.

I Hate Scrubs

September 29th, 2011
11:13 pm

Matt Diaz sounded all giddy to be a part of (his words) “one of the biggest nights in baseball history”. Of course, Matty, it wouldn’t have been a big night if we never traded for you and left Constanza in the lineup. The team fell apart the moment you arrived. I see Japan or Independent league in your near future. Maybe you and Kenshin can hang out.

angry mangy mutt

September 29th, 2011
11:22 pm

Hopefully he will change his mind. The guy is a future HOFer, and will be one of the few with only an average glove. Maybe I would feel different about him if I had not lived for a few years not too far from where he grew up or if he was willing to get dirty more often than he did. Heart was not something he had enough of. It was said about him in high school and he displayed it time and time again.Sorry if that offends some of you but it is what it is – guess it was the lights.
A bigger problem is Parrish followed by McDowell. The numbers do not lie. The offense was bad all year. The pitching coach is an unnecessary position. Nothing personal but these guys across the league get paid for their expertise and yet pitchers go down left and right. When they get healthy again and find their groove, injured again. The science is now in place to correct mechanics and yet most of these clowns ignore it. For a couple of years Hanson was being warned but…Jurrgens, bad decision to not use him as bait when he was hot despite most of us knowing he was eventually going to go down.
We need an owner who wants to build a champion not a contender. he talking heads can say what they want about us fans but we are wiser than most of the others, We spent several years spending $ and time going to the games and watching them just to watch the same ole thing. Now for the past decade we get knocked b/c we have realized that we want the Braves to win more than the brass.

angry mangy mutt

September 29th, 2011
11:28 pm

Forgive my incoherent ramblings there. Got off subject and wasted the time of whoever read it. I will feel differently in a month or two. Maybe.

Brick

September 29th, 2011
11:50 pm

Only 46 homeruns til Chipper reaches 500…………………..Stay on Mr.Jones. We want to see you reach 500

Lost Cause

September 29th, 2011
11:54 pm

I smell a new hitting coach.It is obvious TP wasn’t the problem after all. Same squad worse performance. I healthy Jones would be nice player/hitting coach.

bulldogbubba

September 29th, 2011
11:55 pm

Hey Phil, I wouldn’t want to take your job. Love on Chipper all you want that is your right. I bet this time next year we will have this same conversation because we will have the same results. Go now and sweep away.XOXO

We can beat those Cheese Steaks!

September 30th, 2011
12:01 am

Great Stats, but fails under pressure time and again…That Slippery Jones career. A leader not!

bravesfaninNashville

September 30th, 2011
12:13 am

Glad to see you back Chipper…. He makes our lineup better and the team plays better when he’s around. His influence is undeniable. His skills are in decline but he still commands respect and he’s always a threat. Prado is not close to the player Chipper is and we have no one on the horizon that we are blocking. Now please find a way to make even 1/3 of Lowe’s salary and all of his future losses go away and use that money we save somewhere smart.

JJ

September 30th, 2011
12:16 am

People tickle me to death by saying a healthy Chipper.There is no such animal!Chipper will only be healthy if he has knee replacement surgery.BONE on BONE don’t get better.Get a grip people,Chipper’s knee is in bad shape if the reports are true.He will be a parttime player and for what they are paying him,that ain’t right.GO BRAVES

Charlie Lau

September 30th, 2011
12:32 am

Chipper, I appreciate your contributions and your professionalism. Just what in the hell did these people expect as Schultz so aptly put. You are the team leader on and off the field.

As recently as Monday, I saw you make a barehanded play that very few third basemen can make. The same night you hit an absolute bomb to put your team ahead although they couldn’t hold that lead. You were frequently on base or driving in critical runs.

You played hurt and didn’t complain because you knew you meant more to your team hurt than a replacement at full speed. You only need to look at your numbers. Your average all season was even higher with RISP.

Most of these clowns on here have no idea what they are talking about but just want to bitch and you make a nice target since you make more than they do.

Very glad you are returning and if your average, RBIs, health are good, wish you would not close the door on 2013. Hope you will consider a future with the organization.

Rey

September 30th, 2011
1:27 am

For 14 million, who would you rather have? Chipper or Kemp? ……….I know me too.

bravesfaninNashville

September 30th, 2011
1:36 am

Rey …… that’s and easy call because Kemp is entering his prime and Chippers finishing his career. When Chipper was 27-32 there was no one in baseball I would have wanted to trade him for. The only better players were Bond’s and ARod and they’re both handfuls in different ways and both made more money then Chipper. The man has played hurt and led this team for 15+ years. My only wish is that he hadn’t made the comment about the Braves beating the Phillies public because he lit a fire under Philly to bury us and we never beat them again this year after that comment. Bad public move. It could have motivated us but instead it motivate the Phillies.

Murphy47

September 30th, 2011
1:47 am

Example 1- Cards with a couple games to go…they get the TYING run on first and that guy in the dugout is jumping and demanding the crowd get up…just thought it was sweet.

Example 2- Braves in the 7th thru the 13th inning- just sit there and pout in the dugout…Freeman and Hinsk I saw up cheering…I also saw Mac, Jhey, and CJ just sitting there staring at the ground, made me want to puke. Coached and played college, I know you can’t cheer like an idiot every pitch…But Hooooly S—– seems strange the team jumping up and down, (WHILE LOSING!!!!) finishes 40-2 and the team who stares at the ground (WHILE TIED AT HOME) ends 2-40. Really reminded me of that long Astro playoff game years ago when Chip just seemed to give up and again stare at the ground from like the 8th to the 17th or whatever the h–l it was. Their lack of (i wasnt there it just seemed like it) heart actually made it a lot easier to deal with. If they don’t care…wht the —- should I?? In Vegas I had 180.00 at 24-1 to win WS- just wanted the shot!!

That said……that $#((*@# Chipper is my fav player ever, him, Murph, Glav, Smol, and Mad. I’m glad he is coming back, MORE than glad…it will NEVER be the same when hes gone, NEVER. I’m 35 and followed them my whole life…those 30-80 know the feeling i’m writing about. 1st b hall of famer, 390 ob, call still lead and coach at the same time, one of the best to ever put on a baseball uniform, and that’s not a stretch….lots to say, but not the energy to think. Keep PLEASE keep Mic Bourn…We have a first baseman till the year 2030, man for playing a seemingly down year Uggla and his dirty uniform EVERY GAME i really started to love, and I think everybody got a reminder that K Medlen is a FORCE…i love that little gamer, and Kimb is a little psycho who will only get better…love that guy, I hope Prado is reading all his old great press, all his armour and crosses he looks like a knight…Jhey, who the h–l knows, standing 11 feet from home doesnt seem to be helping…we have more great pitchers coming back next year take forever to type, we clear N Mclouth, GET A BAT!!..i guess i did have more to say. Have a great year everybody

Murphy47

September 30th, 2011
1:51 am

i hope Prado ISNT reading all his old great press meant to say…i also noticed hes starting to catch balls in left like B Bonds, if you hit 340 with 55 bombs….then go ahead

We can beat those Cheese Steaks!

September 30th, 2011
2:07 am

“Gant, Justice, Grissom, McGriff ”

The Four Horseman!

Now we got Four Hamburgers!

G. Tampa Bedwetter

September 30th, 2011
3:06 am

Chipper ……….. please change your sorry assed mind and go hunting illegal aliens on your farm; you are much better at that.

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