Chipper says 2012 might not be his last season

He’ll turn 40 in April, had surgery on each knee in the past two years, and has tired of speculation about when he’ll retire. But Chipper Jones is not tired of playing baseball.

Atlanta’s iconic third baseman is preparing for his 19th season with the Braves, and Tuesday he made it clear the 2012 season might not be his last.

“As long as I stay healthy and I’m having fun, I’m going to keep going,” he said before an informal hitting session at Turner Field. “I sit here with three weeks to go before spring training and I’m not ready to say this is it.”

Jones is entering the final guaranteed year of a contract that will pay $14 million in 2012. The deal includes a $7 million team option for 2013, which vests automatically at $9 million if he plays at least 123 games in 2012.

He played 126 games in 2011 despite a stint on the disabled list for arthroscopic knee surgery, which kept him out of the All-Star game.

The 2013 option has escalators that could add $1 million each for 128, 133, 138 and 140 games played in 2012. (Jones last played as many as 140 in 2009.)

He hit .275 with a .344 on-base percentage and .470 slugging percentage in 2011, well off the .304/.402/.533 career line. He had 18 homers and 70 RBIs; the only time he’s had fewer of either was 2010, when he had 18 homers and 46 RBIs in 95 games before season-ending surgery for a torn anterior cructiate ligament in his left knee.

However his 33 doubles in 2011 were his second-most since 2003 and his .814 on-base-plus-slugging percentage was third among National League third basemen.

Also, Jones’ .976 fielding percentage was second among major league third basemen.

“I still feel that I can go out and play a solid third base, which I did last year,” said the seven-time All-Star and former league MVP. “And I still feel like I can be productive in the middle of the lineup. If it’s the 3-hole or the 5-hole or the 6-hole — it doesn’t bother me where I hit.

“I think if I struggle with the knee injuries again and I’m not having any fun, and if the team’s struggling, obviously, I’ll make that [retirement] decision when it hits me. As of right now, I’m signed through the end of this year and we’ve got an option for next year. I’m certainly going to take everything into account, but my body will tell me when that day comes. It’ll be cut-and-dried.”

Jones thought his body might be telling him that in November, when he felt pain in his right knee playing in teammate Brian McCann’s charity softball tournament.

“I came out that thinking, I can’t play with my knee feeling like this,” he said. “And this was after a month [of rest]. I said I was going to give it till Jan. 1.”

He got another scare in November when he stepped in a hole in the dark while hunting on property he owns in Kansas, the second such incident in as many winters for the avid outdoorsman. Jones said he felt a pop in his knee and was so concerned that he flew back to Atlanta for an MRI.

He decided to wait and tell Braves officials after he got the MRI, figuring there was no need to worry them unless he had to. The MRI showed no damage and Jones said scar tissue was determined to be the likely cause of the pop and discomfort.

After resting his knee until Jan. 1, Jones said it felt good when he started hitting.

“As I was working out early in the offseason I was having a lot of trouble right-handed, just like I was at the end of the season,” he said. “Really getting down into the swing and using my legs, I couldn’t do that. It was still bothering me at Mac’s softball game. But I guess the six weeks staying off of it, getting back into the groove in January — I had all my faculties, all my abilities since Jan. 1.

“It feels good to be able to walk into the cage and be able to work on stuff, get myself into shape not having to worry about how my knee’s going to feel.”

274 comments Add your comment

charles

January 31st, 2012
6:53 pm

Good Luck Chipper, You hang in there.Hope you have a great year And if you want to retire then I wish you well. You deserve it.

Mike (p)

January 31st, 2012
6:56 pm

Do us all a favor and retire. Let the young guys have a chance. You can go out in style and later the HOF.

dap01

January 31st, 2012
6:59 pm

You are still one of the most durable 3rd basemen in baseball and one of the most productive. Bloggers love to harp on it but you should stay as long as possible. You are one of the only true stars on the entire roster.

Go Chipper.

Mike (p)

January 31st, 2012
7:00 pm

Youre starting to remind me of an old punch drunk boxer (Holifield) who does not know when to pack it in. It’s a young mans game. Lets go hunting?

Mike (p)

January 31st, 2012
7:04 pm

The chicks will love you more if you can walk up to them, instead of pulling up next to them in your power chair with bad knees. I love you dude but know when to quit.

ncgary

January 31st, 2012
7:06 pm

batter up
go braves
go chipper

Scottbravesfan

January 31st, 2012
7:08 pm

Good luck mike p getting another third baseman to put up the numbers chipper still puts up.

Lonnie Smith

January 31st, 2012
7:10 pm

Good luck Chip!

I hope you don’t have any knee, quad, hammy, oblique, elbow, shoulder, or wrist problems this year!!!!

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

January 31st, 2012
7:16 pm

Good luck in 2012…. and I’ll leave it at that.

Todd A.

January 31st, 2012
7:16 pm

Oh, no. Don’t want to hear this talk started up before the season. Thanks, Chipper. It’s been a great ride, but it’s time for the Braves to move on with new leadership on the team in 2013.

tardawg

January 31st, 2012
7:17 pm

Play on Chipper,was there wthen the Braves won in 95 when he was a rookie. We Braves fans are lucky to have a future Hall of Famer to have played his whole career in one uniform. Far as this Braves fan is concerned you’ve earned the right. Good Luck !

NickGranite

January 31st, 2012
7:19 pm

The folks who gripe about Chipper coming back haven’t had a good look at 3rd base production throughout the majors. It is decidedly NOT the premium hitting position in the league. Welcome back Chipper.

Stinger2

January 31st, 2012
7:26 pm

Chipper is taking the right approach. See how it goes this year. Unless something bad happens he can wait as long as he wants to make a decision on 2013.

Matt

January 31st, 2012
7:30 pm

These people who are bashing Chipper have no brains at all. Chipper is one of the greatest athletes in Atlanta sports history, and should be treated with enough respect to let HIM decide when his career should end. We likely will never see another franchise player like him around here again.

Herschel Talker

January 31st, 2012
7:40 pm

Ridiculous. This egotistical, inbred, redneck is a disgrace, holding this team hostage. Jerk.

childrojc

January 31st, 2012
7:48 pm

fact of the matter: chipper is the best we have over at 3rd base this year

Train Wreck Bystander

January 31st, 2012
7:49 pm

Just move the Braves to the AL instead of the Astros. Then CJ can bounce between DH & 3B as appropriate.

Jimmy Dugan

January 31st, 2012
7:59 pm

This would be a nice year to go out on for both sides. I don’t think Chipper has two years left, and David Wright will be a free agent in the offseason. We will have money to spend and should fill that void with Wright.

raymond

January 31st, 2012
8:06 pm

Please Chipper retire and allow this franchise to recover from the damage you have caused it. You have done nothing but milk the Braves for millions the last few seasons and you are not close to being worth what you make anymore, please retire.

Dawg'em out

January 31st, 2012
8:07 pm

can he stay healthy this season.

Brave New World

January 31st, 2012
8:14 pm

Jimmy Dugan January 31st, 2012 7:59 pm This would be a nice year to go out on for both sides. I don’t think Chipper has two years left, and David Wright will be a free agent in the offseason. We will have money to spend and should fill that void with Wright.

Jimmy: I like your idea!

Dawgdad (The Original)

January 31st, 2012
8:15 pm

We need Chipper, don’t have much offense as it is, however, if you can’t even hit in the off season because of knee pain, what the heck do you expect after you try to go first to home on a double and slide into the catcher a couple of times.

George

January 31st, 2012
8:16 pm

You are my FAV player of all time, but please don’t hang on to long, go out with a good year.

JoshTown

January 31st, 2012
8:20 pm

.275/.344/.470 might be off his career numbers, but if he gives us the exact same season, coupled with 18+homers, 70+ RBIs, and 33+ doubles, I’d say thank you every time. And a .976 fielding, good for 2nd best in the majors? I’m sorry, Chipper Jones can play baseball. And until he proves otherwise, he can play as long as he pleases. What if his option vests for 7 million, and he gives us that same line in 2013? It’d be a damn steal. I get people complaining about the drain Chipper’s contract has on the team budget, but he deferred those big contract #’s for several years for the betterment of the team. A guy of Chipper’s caliber deserves to get paid, he’s just getting paid now as opposed to then. Give em’ hell, #10.

Cali

January 31st, 2012
8:53 pm

Seriously, he needs to think about retiring. He’s already ruined the Braves payroll this year and he wants to do it again next year? I understand he might love playing, and who wouldn’t love that if you’re hauling in millions but he needs to understand that he’s limiting the team with his ego. And yes, I know he took less earlier in his career but he’s more than made up for that taking superstar money as a part time player.

Foghorn J. Leghorn

January 31st, 2012
8:53 pm

I say boy, I say boy….please, please RETIRE!!! We need you and your bum legs, I say bum legs like we need Lowe back! Retire now or forever be CHUMPER JONES>

Dennis Reynolds

January 31st, 2012
8:59 pm

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

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tim

January 31st, 2012
9:01 pm

Chipper is not holding anyone hostage this gentleman can still play. Has he lost a step sure he has is he still a great influence in the dugout and locker room yes again. Does he deserve to go out on his own terms, damn right. I love the Braves and watching Chipper Jones play so keep on keeping on #10.

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Lobosolo

January 31st, 2012
9:02 pm

How has Chipper ruined the payroll, Einstein? They are called contracts… he has re-structured his several times to give the Braves room… Cali, you and the rest of the ignoramuses need to FIND ANOTHER GAME! You have neither the brains nor the fortitude to enjoy baseball, and that is saying a lot… another in a long line of crying responders, DOB…

Lobosolo

January 31st, 2012
9:06 pm

Hershel Walker… ignorant disgrace of a baseball “fan”… what a chump… don’t know nothin’, can’t learn nothin’, and cries like a baby, pre-season, all season, and post season… get your Momma to make you a PBJ and cut the rinds off, and go back to play with the girls… WHAT A CRYSTER!!!

Julio Franco

January 31st, 2012
9:12 pm

Don’t listen to these idiots Chipper. Play as long as you want to. You’ve earned that right.

Brownie

January 31st, 2012
9:23 pm

While CJ isn’t the player he once was, he’s still in the top 10 3B in the majors – and NO he isn’t ruining their payroll….it’s called a contract. But I also don’t necessarily want to see him hitting in the 3 hole anymore.

I don’t recall this type of conversation from him in January before – I have a feeling his knees aren’t gonna hold up for him thru this year, and the team option will not be offered in ‘13. The timing is right – we’ve got Terdoslavich coming up. And once Andrelton Simmons is ready (likely next year), then Pasternicky may just move to 3rd (if his bat is there).

CJ is certain HOF – one of the 3 best switch hitters EVER. But you gotta know he wants to have a career BA over .300. I believe he’s around .303 or so now – so he’s really risking that threshold. I hope he makes it.

In reality, I don’t think CJ will be a major factor in ‘12 anyway – there’s a number of guys who have to stay healthy and just play better (Prado, Mac, Heyward, JJ, Hanson, Huddy, Uggs) and the Braves will be in the thick of things.

David O'Brien

January 31st, 2012
9:29 pm

Lobosolo, they are something, aren’t they? The crying responders to whom you referred.

Mark (another one)

January 31st, 2012
9:30 pm

Only four 3rd basemen in the national league had enough at bats to even qualify as far as statistics. Chipper was one and his OPS of .814 placed 2nd. Add even the non-qualified players and he’s third. That’s an off year though as his career numbers would have led the league.If he feels he can play and contribute, those betting against him are showing their ignorance.

MitchC

January 31st, 2012
9:34 pm

Chipper has an interesting decision to make. How much longer he plays could really affect his HOF chances.

As we speak, Chipper has a 304 lifetime BA, with 454 homers, and 2615 hits.

He;s 385 hits short of 3000, which would take him 3 seasons to reach.

46 homers short of 500. He’d need to average 23 a season to hit 500 by the end of 2013, or, if not, it wont happen until 2014 at earliest.

His lifetime BA is now 304. If he has a few more seasons hitting in the 250s or 260s, his lifetime BA might fall below 300.

I dont think Chipper will reach either 500 homers or 3000 hits, so.. if I were him, I’d only play long enough to make sure he retires with a 300 lifetime BA, and take a chance that he’;ll get into the Hall with 2700 or 2800 hits, and about 470 homers.

I hope he can have a good year, but, at age 40, with as many injuries as he’s had, his health is a major question, at best.

DawgDad

January 31st, 2012
9:39 pm

I like Chipper Jones. Chipper should and probably will be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer. But I also have unused playoff tickets from last year sitting on my shelf, and Chipper is a big reason why I still have those. Chipper is still a productive major leaguer, but he’s NOWHERE NEAR worth $14 million. Maybe 30-40% of that, and the balance would nicely plug a HUGE hole in the Braves roster – or two. As-is, Chipper is getting superstar pay for being 3/4 of an average everyday player.

Fielding statistics often lie, especially raw fielding percent. Anyone who believes Chipper is not a defensive liability is just deluded.

luvthosedawgs68

January 31st, 2012
9:41 pm

I believe Chipper will want to come back, after the wonderful season he is about to have. Playing as well as he did last year, to be as impressive as he was, I believe he’ll have an MVP type year.

bulldogbubba

January 31st, 2012
9:49 pm

Too bad Sonny Clusters doesn’t read this blog I can only imagine what he thinks. Oh Sonny are you around?

Runnin

January 31st, 2012
9:54 pm

I don’t think Chipper’s knees will make it through the year. Hope I’m wrong.

the truth...

January 31st, 2012
10:00 pm

@DawgDad…

$14 mil is not a “superstar pay” anymore….like it or not but the superstar pay these days is more like $18-$20 mil…..

That said Chipper is definitely waning and his career is winding down….however who do we have to play there 162 games per year? I love Prado but he is not close to being a “great” 3rd bagger….not 162 games worth.

Martin is more like a 60 games per year filling in for Chipper after his 100-120 games. All that said it is unlikely Chipper play thru the entire season without another major or semi-major injury….legs, groin, knees, oblique….you name it, he is at a physical place in his life where his injuries are not if, but when.

Lil' Barry Bailout

January 31st, 2012
10:01 pm

The 2012 Braves: Same players, one year older, and more fragile than last Spring.

Yawn.

Elmer's

January 31st, 2012
10:03 pm

If Chipper were a horse, preschool children would already be squeezing him out on paper.

Clete Boyer could pick it, also

January 31st, 2012
10:04 pm

I hope Chip (just can’t call a 40 year old Chipper) goes .290/25/85 with a .975 fielding percentage….
I also hope I win a 750 million dollar lottery so I can buy the team.
And I hope Santa brings me a supermodel of my very own.

Obee

January 31st, 2012
10:07 pm

Chipper could end up being the Jack Nicklaus of baseball. When Jack was in his mid-late 40s, he didn’t necessarily play every tournament, but when he was healthy he was as good or better than most of the golfers in their 20s.

sports genius 21

January 31st, 2012
10:11 pm

greatest baseball player ever my all time favorite number 10 the legend chipper jones i hope he plays for as long as he wants he has been such a great player and person for the braves franchise good luck chipper do what you love and have doing it the legend number 10!

RHR

January 31st, 2012
10:17 pm

Go get ‘em, Chipper! These fools can call you old and washed up all they want but the truth is, you were STILL the most consistent hitter on the team in 2011. Hope 2012 is a healthy and productive year for him, I’m not ready for him to hang it up either!

BOB

January 31st, 2012
10:27 pm

The Braves need to do the Bobby Cox on him and announce that 2012 will be his farewell tour. Betwwen the box office bonanza, the loot that Jones will pick up and the payroll certainty, its a win -win deal.

DawgDad

January 31st, 2012
10:37 pm

truth: Prado should be playing SECOND BASE every day, where he was an all-star and plus-defensive player and where his offense would be “above-average”. Uggla should be some other player who hits lefthanders and plays left field, since he cannot do either. Chipper’s backup should be a combination of somebody who can contribute offensively coming off the bench and a versatile back up infielder (Wilson?).

The Cardinals combination of Freese and Descalso was slightly more productive than what the Braves ran out there at third base, and a heck of a lot cheaper, which contributed to them having a Berkman in the lineup, which contributed to us watching the playoffs on TV instead of at the Ted.

When you have a fixed budget like the Braves do you have to avoid paying huge salaries which are not commensurate with the value realized on the field. The Braves are caught between the old non-cap conscious regime which signed Chipper and the new budget-cap mode of operation. Teddy T’s regime could afford to reward Chipper (and pay $10 million to get rid of Lowe); this regime cannot. If they want to win they have to let the Chipper-types go elsewhere instead of resigning them, and they cannot afford to miss on players like Lowe.

KBB

January 31st, 2012
10:41 pm

This decrepit Redneck is holding this franchise back. As long as he hits 270, has 20 homers, and says the right things, we (the worst sports city in America), will keep cheering him no matter how many games he misses, routine plays he botches, teammates he throws under the bus, and Hooters waitresses he impregnates. How many 40 year old everyday players are on good teams in the MLB?

Elmer's

January 31st, 2012
10:45 pm

The Designated Hitter Rule is THE WORST thing to ever happen to great game of baseball.

American League Baseball is an abomination.

R.I.P. Houston Astros 2013

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Cale

January 31st, 2012
10:47 pm

Unfortunately, it looks like this is going to end the same way as John Smoltz and Tom Glavine’s career in the long run. These guys hang on for so long that their skills start to diminish and then the Braves front office ends up looking like jerks when they decide that they don’t want to sign these guys for the ridiculous dollar amounts that they demand. Cutting Glavine and not re-signing Smoltz turned out to be the smartest moves we could have made. Don’t put the front office in this uncomfortable position again next year. Just retire and go join some Men’s Adult Baseball League if you just love the game that much.

Elmer's

January 31st, 2012
10:48 pm

Remember, Kids:

Steroids in Your 20s Turns You into Chipper Jones in Your 30s.

Elmer's

January 31st, 2012
10:54 pm

Where can I find a hot brunette girl who also loves baseball to put me in a “Camel Clutch” hold like The Iron Shiek while we watch Braves games together on Peachtree TV at her place?

Rt 10 North bound to Cooperstown

January 31st, 2012
10:58 pm

I’ve loved the Bravos for 30 years and through a lot of ups and downs. I’ve seen a lot of guys crumble at or before thisnpoint in their careers and CJ is not one of them. Chipper, you still change the way the entire line-up gets pitched with the respect you get and knowledge of the strike zone. I really thought you came back around in ‘10, swinging the bat better than in years, before the injury and carried that over last year. I truly believe there is more fuel left in the tank and you should go as long as your body will let you. In will welcome seeing you on the field any time you want to be there, as long as you stay in that Braves uni.

AJ

January 31st, 2012
10:59 pm

As a Braves fan, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a player like Chipper on my team his entire career. That doesn’t happen any more. Thanks Chipper and here’s to a healthy and productive 2012.

bravo bravos

January 31st, 2012
11:19 pm

In agreement with MitchC…would hate to see the second best switch-hitter of all time let his lifetime BA fall below 300 by hanging on too long as did his dad’s idol Mickey Mantle.Chipper has given the Braves and baseball some great years.If he had not lost all of 1994 thanks to a blown out knee and the later career injuries had not taken their detrimental toll, he’d already be looking back at 500 homers and 3000 hits. Thanks to the Braves moving him to left for two years a remarkable streak for hitting stats by a 3b was broken up and the injuries began to mount. Had it not been for that move the baseball pundits would be talking about Hoss as the best 3b of the modern era even over Schmidt.

lastmanstanding

January 31st, 2012
11:22 pm

do any of you guys know how to post videos to… facebook?

[...] third baseman Chipper Jones, 40 in April, said 2012 may not be his final season, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, but his deal includes a $7MM club option [...]

Should have retired 3 years ago

January 31st, 2012
11:32 pm

What is the over / under for how many games he plays this year? 40? 60?

He is always hurt before the end of April, and spotty for the rest of the year. Retire, Chipper. Become a batting coach somewhere. I don’t care if you have “great” numbers, if they are only effective in 60 games a year.

Cali

January 31st, 2012
11:46 pm

Elmer has the most brilliant and probably most spot on post on this subject.

Bill

January 31st, 2012
11:47 pm

Chipper’s the man!

Fats O Kelly

January 31st, 2012
11:56 pm

454 career homeruns and 33rd best among all time homerun hitters in MLB……With just 30 homeruns in 2012,Bones Jones could move up to 28th all time……….with 40 HR……..Jones moves up to
26th all time …………………….Feel like this will be a monster year for Bones Jones and the whole team
Step back and watch Bones Jones slam dunk his Rocking Chair into his critics’ baby cribs.

william in pasadena

February 1st, 2012
12:46 am

Hey, Foghorn! Where have you been? I sent you a message at the end of last season. You called the season and I agreed with you. We didn’t hear much from all the Chipper and BC lovers. Now they are touting Chipper again. It’s past time for him to hang it up. That $7 mil can go toward a good hitter who can play every day. The Braves are going nowhere with Chipper as a leader. And that includes hitting coach.

Fats O Kelly

February 1st, 2012
12:54 am

Stay healthy Chipper and get it done this year. Your true fans are sticking our neck out for ya

Fred

February 1st, 2012
1:12 am

Thanks for the mammary’s Chipper. Looking for another great year from you. Only you can tell when it’s been long enough. I’ve trusted you all these years so I’ll continue trusting you to know when you can’t play.

Go Braves.

banjovie

February 1st, 2012
2:18 am

Chipper Jones can play as long as he wants. When he is finished playing he can come back and coach as long as he wants. When he’s finished coaching he can go to the broadcast booth as long as he wants :) We have become spoiled on his talent. Find me a better 3rd baseman from ‘95-’11 that has been as productive, deferred money, and taken pay cuts to bring in other players. Oh yeah, all for one team. Let’s show #10 the same dedication he has shown us for years. He’s played through more pain and been more productive at 3rd base and in LF than anyone on this blog. Show the man the respect he deserves! Go Chipper, go Fredi, go Braves.

[...] long as I stay healthy and I’m having fun, I’m going to keep going,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I sit here with three weeks to go before spring training and I’m not ready to say this is [...]

N8

February 1st, 2012
5:07 am

Dude has earned the right to go out when he wants to go out. One can only assume that “having fun” means playing to a level he can be content with. I hope he retires if after 2012 he feels he can’t help the team and his 9 million (I’m going to assume he’ll find a way to play enough to kick in that option), can be used to help the team.

But until they find somebody better, he’s still the best option. Would be totally different if he was blocking somebody at 3B. But he’s not. I’m not sold that Prado can provide anything more than Chipper can. So Prado is not enough reason to push him to retire.

I’ve ragged on that 14 million dollars as much as anybody. But here’s the thing. He’s playing in 2012. So no need to gripe about it. If he feels good and healthy now, no reason for him to walk away.

But Chipper and his current level of production, which is likely to remain the same or drop off (not get better at age 40), is a steal at 9 million. Not so much at 14 million.

But as much as I’d like Wren to have that money to play with. Even if that means “settling” for Prado’s production at 3B and using that cash to buy a big bat in LF (or use to lock up Bourn)…. Chipper has earned the right to decide when he’s done. Can’t really fault the guy for wanting to give it a go with almost 25 million still on the table. I would.

N8

February 1st, 2012
5:11 am

“He’s played through more pain and been more productive at 3rd base and in LF than anyone on this blog.”

Kind of a silly argument. Robert Fick was more productive at 1B than anybody on this blog. But yeah. Cut the guys some slack. If he gets hurt again. Wren will be glad he kept Prado and one of the pitchers will be traded for a LF.

We have a commodity people want. When Wren decides the time is right to part with some of that surplus in order to keep the lineup competitive. He will. Until then Chipper is the best option.

reagan

February 1st, 2012
5:18 am

See the mets contingent is here again. Of course, what else do they have to do this year?

Boston Braves

February 1st, 2012
6:40 am

If Chipper goes down for the count, Prado and prospect to Mets for D. Wright

ChillyMutt

February 1st, 2012
6:41 am

Unfortunately Cipper didn’t say he was comfortable i stating 2nd where he seems suited for at this point in his career.

bill

February 1st, 2012
7:25 am

Salaries are so inflated Chipper at 7 million is a steal. Who else is available or in the minors who can do better. I

bill

February 1st, 2012
7:28 am

If he can not play well this season bid him a fond fairwell to the American League. If he plays well cheer for him but sooner or later baseball becomes a business. Just ask Tom Glavine and Smoltz who stayed way too long and were bitter when they were released.

vermont 39

February 1st, 2012
7:28 am

Pretty simple as Chipper goes so go the BRAVES!!!
GO CHIPPER!!!!

J W

February 1st, 2012
7:40 am

Does not matter whether he is tired of playing or not,,,,,, bottom line is: he still needs the ‘free money’ in order to pay ex-wife for his infidelty(s).

Double Zero Eight

February 1st, 2012
8:08 am

Chipper may not be mentally tired of playing, but his
body says otherwise. He can still be an asset if he
does not mind coming off the bench.

CARRAMROD

February 1st, 2012
8:23 am

I think you this should be the order:

Bourne
Chipper
Mac
Uggs
Freeman
Prado
J-Hey
Pastronicky

Versiroth

February 1st, 2012
8:25 am

Chipper is still very productive and at this point, the only obvious heir is Martin Prado. Sorry, but Jones >>> Prado. It’s not like Prado is some Iron man either. The most games he’s ever played in is 140 and Chipper did that himself a couple years ago. Last year, they played in about the same number of games and Chipper was WAY better. Not to mention that Chipper can still be very productive even in a slump, thanks to his good walk rate, If Prado is not hitting, he’s hurting the team. If Chipper does retire after this year, I really hope we can land David Wright or that Joey Terdoslavich is ready because Prado’s skill set is way too limited to be our 3rd baseman of the future.

Versiroth

February 1st, 2012
8:27 am

Also, if Pastornicky has a hot spring, this would be my lineup…

Bourn
Pastornicky (more speed and contact hitting behind the speedy Bourn)
McCann
Uggla
Freeman
Jones
Heyward
Prado

corvette 11

February 1st, 2012
8:30 am

Enough is enough look back at Mantle, Mays and others who didn’t know when to quit. It cost Mantle a lifetime batting avg. of 300 by playing that last partial year and batting .213! Go out on top! You can’t be a kid forever Chipper! Thanks for the memories!

jay

February 1st, 2012
8:32 am

lol, this guy is getting scares from his knees in the offseason, playing charity softball and he still thinks he can play after this season? I love you Chip but you are handicapping our team with your salary. That’s not all your fault, but please do the Atlanta fans a favor and retire. Paying you 9 million next year just to play a 100 or so games is ridiculous.

jay

February 1st, 2012
8:35 am

Chipper you’re playing the hot corner. That position is not usually reserved for 40 year olds with bad knees. My over/under for games played this season is right at 110.

Braves20

February 1st, 2012
8:36 am

Hoping Chipper has a Chipper-like season and drives the Braves to another post season. David Wright dangling out there is tempting but there are some clauses in his contract that void next year’s club option if traded and you have another free agent on your hands in addition to your center fielder.

Michael G.

February 1st, 2012
8:43 am

Oh good hell NO! When Chipper talks, he just scares the crap out of me by saying those things. WHEN (not if) he gets hurt, he puts too much starin on an already weak lineup. It must be nice, though, for Chipper to have such a lapdog in DOB. Someone who falls for the BS he shells out.

Dozer

February 1st, 2012
8:55 am

Are you kidding me? Chipper Favre said his knee was killing him after a softball game – what’s it going to feel like in August? Sounds like a money grab to me. For all we know Wren will extend him before the season. Braves fever – catch it!!!!

PMC

February 1st, 2012
9:01 am

They have the technology, they can rebuild him.

Lemke's Knuckler

February 1st, 2012
9:04 am

jay…”Chipper you’re playing the hot corner. That position is not usually reserved for 40 year olds with bad knees. My over/under for games played this season is right at 110.”

Actually, that’s one of the few positions other than first base where a guy with bad knees can survive. And even with those bad knees, Chipper still comes in on the bunt as well as anyone in the game. To your second point, I would be very happy with 110 productive games from Chipper. With this team, it’ll be very easy for Fredi to plug in Prado at third and give Diaz the start in left field. That formula might actually help with the team’s recent struggles against lefty pitching. Maybe the Braves can actually beat the king of the lollipop lefties, John Lannan, this year.

bvillebaron

February 1st, 2012
9:12 am

Elmer’s:

What a totally classless post. Look, I understand why you think it’s time for Chipper to retire, but don’t slander him with claims that he took steroids with no evidence.

FJ10

February 1st, 2012
9:13 am

The greatest third baseman I’ve ever seen play (second of all MLB 3B ever in my book, maybe first.) can stay as long as he likes.

damon dingle barryhill

February 1st, 2012
9:27 am

Has anyone ever watched Prado throw to first? Chipper is a FAR superior defensive third baseman, and although he’s not gonna come out and hit 30 homers anymore, he’s still one of the more clutch hitters on the team. Lay off Chip!

Johnny T

February 1st, 2012
9:28 am

Thank God that Chipper and Braves management are alot smarter than the idiots who want Chipper to retire. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about baseball knows the Braves are ALOT better every time Chipper is in the lineup. WE should all be thankful he puts up with the pain and the silly critics out there who haven’t got a clue. Good luck Chipper–most of us appreciate your dedication to the Braves–and your unbelievable HOF career.

The Mick

February 1st, 2012
9:33 am

I m pulling for you Chip. But don’t stump your toe this year.

reckingball

February 1st, 2012
9:34 am

I don’t think that there are many oppossing pitchers in MLB, that enjoy seeing Chipper stepping into the batter’s box.

Brave Hokie

February 1st, 2012
9:36 am

Oh God make it stop…

I love Chipper and his career contributed to the Braves organization… but it is time to go away and hunt or whatever his passion is these days {cause it sure isn’t baseball any more}.

True or not the Braves over the past 10 years seem to have radiated Chipper’s {it’s okay we’ll win some other day} personality & frankly I am tired of all of it.

C-Dub

February 1st, 2012
9:37 am

Long shot over the next 2 years, but I would like to see him get to 500 homers. Would need to average 23 homers over the next 2 seasons. That is something he has not done since the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

3-12 Against Ranked Teams

February 1st, 2012
9:42 am

“Chipper says 2012 might not be his last season”

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bama Mike

February 1st, 2012
9:49 am

Sorry but cant buy into what he is trying to sell. Body breaks down way to much. We cant have a part time 3rd baseman.

David O'Brien

February 1st, 2012
9:53 am

Oh God make it stop…

I love Chipper and his career contributed to the Braves organization… but it is time to go away and hunt or whatever his passion is these days {cause it sure isn’t baseball any more}.

True or not the Braves over the past 10 years seem to have radiated Chipper’s {it’s okay we’ll win some other day} personality & frankly I am tired of all of it. — Brave Hokie

You love him, huh? Interesting way of showing it.
By the way, what leads you to believe that baseball isn’t his passion?

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