6:54 pm March 12, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 12th, 201210:36 pm
IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY
I don’t believe it’s about the money with Chipper. He loves the game and his desire to compete is still present. That’s primarily why he wants to hang around.
I’d love to see the Braves fire Fredi and let Chipper be a player manager — much like Pete Rose in his later years as a player.
Chipper still has a passion for the game; I hope he plays this year.
Even half a Chipper is still better than the majority of players in this game — even at 40.
March 12th, 201210:37 pm
Tebow for 3rd base….
March 12th, 201210:38 pm
baseball, been very,very good to me.
March 12th, 201210:40 pm
If I worked for the Braves…I would replace “crazy train” with ” FORGET YOU” by Cee-Lo. What a punk you are Chipper!!!! People say Atlanta is the worst sports team in the nation…..Well…we’re not. We want a winner and players that want to play for the love of the game. Love it or leave it dude.
Garcia, How do you know chipper is drug free. Because he was not caught.? Be careful what you put out there.
March 12th, 201210:41 pm
Two weeks ago I guessed that CJ would play less than 100 games and steal a whole lotta money from the Braves, Looks like I may be right. I enjoyed CJ in his heyday but there is a point when a player needs to give it up and move on. It sucks that the Braves may end up scrambling to get a backup plan in place this late in the season just because CJ wants to keep going, healthy or not. And if Jones does make it through the year (and only reaching the minimum requirements to kick in the contract) , I can see this whole scenario playing out again next year. Not seeing the Braves being feared this year or next.
March 12th, 201210:42 pm
He must be seriously hurting. On the SportsSouth thing the other night, he was saying that he wouldn’t even say that this would be his last year, and that if he felt good, he’d be back in ‘13. Like I said earlier, I haven’t always liked the way he has handled his personal life, but Chipper has been a great asset to this team. I don’t believe he would have urged the “no moves” this off-season if he didn’t think he was going to be able to play this season. Something had to have happened this last week or two to bring him to this point. If you don’t like him, get the hell off this blog, ’cause this is one for the Chipper.
March 12th, 201210:44 pm
chipper’s last cup check and chaw spit should be framed in the hall for all eternity.
March 12th, 201210:46 pm
Chipper’s a diva. Shut up, playball, or get out. Save the drama for your momma.
I hope you people realize that Prado is not our long term solution at 3rd base. Yes,Chipper sounds like he is all but ready to throw in the towel at any time now, and yes Prado will most likely move there for the time being, but he simply wont be our long term solutionat 3rd base. Even the games he played at 3rd last year, he looked uncomfortable and just plain bad. Hes a solid back up to have there, but he’s a 2nd baseman, and everyone in the world knows it, except for our front office.
March 12th, 201210:49 pm
I’ll also add that this shows the lack of leadership at our front office. Peyton Manning wasn’t bigger than the Colts. They cut him for the good of the team. Maybe a Mark Cuban…Ted Turner could turn this team into what it once was. Our only off season acquisition was our new jerseys??? they are awful by the way. Just like this 1-10 spring training team.
Can this Spring get any worse?!?!? - Jesus
Wow, Jesus, if you don’t know the answer to that then who does? WWBOD (What would Buster Olney do?)
March 12th, 201210:54 pm
I just bought my Chipper Jersey, you can’t give up yet Chip! Stick it out for the season!
And Freddie G’s answer “you know what, we hit the ball well, we just couldn’t find holes and you know what the cards found holes. You know what I’m not worried, you know what.”
Braves Fan Since 1966
March 12th, 201210:55 pm
Chipper – Please do us a favor and cut the complaining or quit. Who wants to listen to you talk about getting old. You are not old but you are taking up a lot of room on the Braves payroll that they could spend on someone who can lead the Braves out of a deep ditch. Either play or quit…please.
March 12th, 201210:57 pm
Bob Horner, I mean Chipper Jones is only going to hurt the team at this rate.
March 12th, 201210:59 pm
Georgia Sports…………….owners suck!
March 12th, 201211:01 pm
There comes a time when your body over rides your mind. We all go thru it thinking we can still do it and our bodies says no you can’t. I quit playing ball on my bad knees when the Doc said one more knee injury could put you on crutches for the rest of your life. Time to Coach.
March 12th, 201211:03 pm
Sad to hear it, but expected it sometime. At least he’s being honest now, instead of wasting away the year trying to fool everyone. He is still a valuable switch-hitter off the bench, and can still pick it at 3rd as a defensive replacement in late innings. Then it’s time to hang ‘em up at the end of the season. . .
March 12th, 201211:04 pm
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Are you serious? Truth hurts
One of my favorite Braves ever! You can not only make it. You can make the team better as a leader without playing everyday. A lot of the young players may not come close to playing to the age of 40!!! GOOD LUCK
Waffle House or Bust
March 12th, 201211:11 pm
Walk away Chipper and punch that ticket to Cooperstown. It’s time.
My 2012 wish list is happening.
1. Chipper retire.
2. Braves stink.
3. Fredi and whole staff fired.
4. Braves sign Francona as new manager finally killing off Bobby Ball in Atlanta.
Fingers crossed. CHOP!
March 12th, 201211:13 pm
I have some white cream that might help. Worked for Sheffield! Ha!
March 12th, 201211:15 pm
Waffle House or Bust you are going to get voted off the Island of AJC Baseball watch out. Reality is not in their DNA.
March 12th, 201211:31 pm
I wonder if Terdo wasn’t doing so well if Chipper would have taken this interview in the direction it went. If HGH were legal, Chipper would be putting up monster numbers at third. (If he chose to take it that is). We may end up seeing a left side of the infield of Terdo and Simmons before too long. Pastornicky looks like he’s getting overwhelmed. He needs more time in Gwinnett. I would rather see Simmons at SS due to his upside. This will be an interesting season.
March 12th, 201211:37 pm
@mr_enigma if the braves release him and no one picks him up, braves are still on the hook for the money for this season.
Chipper had a very good career, and it was his time to go last year!
March 12th, 201211:41 pm
The hardest thing in the world is when it is time for an athlete to walk away from the game. Chipper, it’s been great but it’s time to go. Go gracefully. You have nothing to prove to anyone at this point and it is obvious you don’t need the money. Save your knees and avoid knee replacement one day. Your knees are best left now for hunting, fishing and playing with the kids. Good luck, my friend.
March 12th, 201211:51 pm
I just had a thought…I wonder if he’s having problems with scar tissue build-up in the knees. It’s fixable, but it’s almost like having surgery (if not just like it) all over again. Chipper probably needs to start thinking about just being able to walk, move and function before he can even think about continuing as a MLB player. As I said earlier in this blog thread, I’m just hoping he just had a bad day today. He’s done this before when he’s had a bad day. I’ve also mentioned time and again in Braves’ blogs in the last year or so that it’s time to begin thinking about life after Chipper because the time is fast approaching. Still love ole’ #10, though.
March 12th, 201211:53 pm
He looked great coming out of last spring. Looks like that was the farewell tour and this year is the fade away. Sad day. I don’t get the dogging of Chipper, best 3b you’ve ever seen play in person and these are the things you say about him? And they say Atlanta is a mediocre sports town. I wonder why they think that?
March 12th, 201211:54 pm
Why is the Braves still trying to rely on Chipper? For the last 6 years, his injury have hampered him and the Braves. Let Chipper know that its been a great run, but Give him his walking papers and let him know that next year he can become Braves hitting coach.
March 13th, 201212:06 am
Form those of you complaining about Chipper and his $14 million this year, keep in mind he restructured his contract years ago and backloaded it so the Braves could put pieces in place earlier. He’s earned every dollar he is getting. If you want to b*tch, complain that Liberty Media owns them and sees them as a line on their balance sheet that is usually profitable (before Derek Lowe).
It’s amazing they are still competitive with a $90 million payroll or so over the last five years. I only wish they sell the team to someone who cares.
March 13th, 201212:07 am
Get out now!
March 13th, 201212:09 am
Chipper has to play 123 games this year in order to qualify for the extra money, which means that he will try to play even when he’s not able to play ! That can’t be good for the team ! I have admired Chipper all these years, and hate to see him go out on a sour note. Please Chipper, if you already know it’s gonna be too much for you, go ahead and fess up and hold on to your dignity….I’m a big fan, but I’m only being honest in saying what I really feel from the heart…..
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March 13th, 201212:35 am
1. He is hurting
2. He sees a team that won’t make the play offs
3. Why suffer when you know what September will look like.
If the team was 8-3 and hitting a ton, pitching well and looking primed to make a run pain would be secondary. At 40 the work he needs to put in is significant and the ROI with this team doesn’t appear to be there.
Wren backed himself into a corner over the past 3-4 years. Lowe, KK, Chipper’s deal, extending Uggla at the top end of the market (pre face plant when he could have passed or booked a better deal) and putting all his eggs into Heyward (less so with FF).
He held onto Prado watching his trade value tank out in LF. Same with JJ.
He never sells high or at least rarely does.
Hired the wrong gut to run this club…
March 13th, 201212:39 am
I can still remember watching you as a kid, and remembering my dad saying, “this guy is gonna be a hall a gamer!” Now at 25 and watching you battle so many injuries while still forcing through them and still providing skill, leadership, and mentorship… I know with out a doubt you will go down as one of the greatest switch hitters of all of time, be inducted to the hall of fame, and be one of the best players of all time.
Regardless of this years outcome, and even if you retire soon, you will be the focus of all stories relating to my children and my grandchildren! Thank you for being a brave for life, and halopefully we see one last amazing season from you to remember for the ages!
March 13th, 201212:43 am
He ain’t stepping down, you sillies.
He’s just talking. You all act like you haven’t seen this same song & dance before.
Maybe it’s some sick fancy of his to have to get the press in a stir that he’s about to call it quits. Sadly, it’s the only way he gets much ink anymore. Or maybe he just doesn’t think before he speaks. Either way, he’s not about to act on any of this. He’ll smooth over his comments and limp back to the third sack.
March 13th, 201212:55 am
No surprise to me. I’ve written on this blog since last season that you could expect 2012 to look a lot more like 2010 than 2011. He had to actually train for last season after the knee injury in 2010. This offseason was a lot of deer hunting and swinging in the cages. I’m sure Brian Jordan was telling the truth about Chipper’s lack of conditioning in the offseason when he said something about it a couple of years ago. But you can’t criticize Chipper in this town. Jordan is probably still bringing Chipper his slippers after he showers in the locker room after making those comments. All you “real braves fans” can blast me if you like. I’m a braves fan and a baseball fan. No hero worship from me. They convinced me 18 years ago that baseball is a business, period.
March 13th, 201212:59 am
Are we really surprised by his fragility? This guy entered the majors broken and busted up, jumping on the DL almost immediately. I can’t help but wonder how much talent the Braves have passed on (or traded away) to keep this “snow bird” on the roster.
March 13th, 20121:13 am
I read earlier in the off season that Chipper had to come out of McCann’s celebrity softball game back in November. Just spare us the pity party like you tried to throw when you were stinking it up in April, May, and part of June 2010. The braves have made one playoff appearance since 2005 and if it hadn’t been for Troy Glaus carrying the entire team on his shoulders the first two and half months of 2010 they still wouldn’t have made a playoff appearance since 2005. Then they threw Troy under the bus when he got hurt finally letting him play in SF during the playoffs. He made the defensive play of the year going for the inning ending double play that night with bases loaded to send the game into extra innings. One thing I’ll say for Glaus……he never whined about his injury or the way he was treated, a real pro.
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[...] Grapefruit League action, Jones told David O’Brien of a Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he’s not certain how most longer his physique will reason up. “Tomorrow competence be my final day,” he pronounced “I don’t know. we don’t [...]
March 13th, 20121:18 am
I used to HATE Chipper, until I started covering the Braves for a local TV station. Seeing him in the locker room, especially with the gesture last year of trying to take the blame for Kimbrel’s collapse in that terrible last game of 2011, you can’t help but admire the guy.
Still, I can’t wait for the Braves home opener – I have tickets for that whole weekend series so I can watch my beloved Milwaukee Brewers sweep the Braves. It’s going to be a long year at the Ted for Atlanta…
Lee in Montana
March 13th, 20121:20 am
One thing you have to admire about Chipper: he wants to go out on his own terms, and he sure doesn’t that last on-the-field image to be him being carried off the field. I hope he does make it through the air, and he leaves to a tip of his cap.
March 13th, 20121:23 am
All Chipper tried to do last year was blame the rookie starters for the September collapse. I think you better go back and read some of the stories that appeared on the mlb website. I don’t hate chipper. I don’t even know the guy. But he has been a part time player for years and except for last season, when he actually trained, his play has been mediocre.
March 13th, 20121:25 am
By what criteria is Chipper rated as a “sure fire” half of fame inductee? I came of age watching good ole boy, Opie Cunningham… Ahem, Dale Murphy win two MVP awards and a few silver sluggers. And that thus far has not been sufficient to punch his ticket. What gives?
Chipper Jones 2012 = Kirk Gibson 1988. Mark it down.
March 13th, 20121:26 am
I think today’s game and news cemented my choice not to buy the baseball ticket.
This year looks really bleak.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH HEYWARD?
March 13th, 20121:30 am
Way to take a big steamy dump on me after I’ve just showered. Ugh.. This year is gonna blow.
March 13th, 20121:31 am
Agree about Gloss. That guy looked like Babe Ruth for 2 months and did what no other Brave has done since–single-handedly carried the team.
And in the playoffs, if it wasn’t for his play at 3rd when he threw to 2nd for that crazy double play, the game would have been over right then and there.
Maybe they should bring him in for a speech to boost morale.
That’s Glaus–not Gloss.
March 13th, 20121:32 am
People who are questioning Chipper, shut up! He is one of the all-time greats–the greatest Atlanta Brave position player of all-time. A top-five 3rd baseman and top-five switch-hitter, ever. Maybe top three as to both. Almost certainly better at what he does than you are at what you do. So unless you’re in the top 3 in the world at whatever you do, you should be quiet.
March 13th, 20121:36 am
Agent 770, are you kidding?!?? How about a .305 lifetime average, 460ish HR, and 2600+ hits. Murphy hit .263 or so, with 398 HR and maybe 2100-2200 hits. Chipper has had a HOF career. Murp had a HOF 5-6 years.
March 13th, 20121:42 am
You guys are classless.
Chipper might retire in a month. Chipper was leading the team in RBI’s at the all-star break last year. He was an ALL-STAR in 2011! He is still one of the toughest outs in baseball. He also gets TONS of walks. He got more doubles instead of homers last year. His teammates DO want him back. They are right and so is he when they say he can contribute. He could easily hit 25 homers, 100 rbi’s and 100 walks if he played full time this year. But he wont. I would take 100 games from him if I were manager. But the knee is bothering him. The knee might not let him play. If so that ill be a huge loss for the team and a shame because he can still hit and play a great 3rd base and be a great leader that the team will not have without him. Not the wise veteran on the team. If Chipper cant play he WILL retire. He does NOT need the money. MANY players play over 40 years old because they love to play and still can. Chipper still can….if his knee will let him. He can still hit 300. You cant replace the intangibles, the strength and stability he brings the clubhouse. The wisdom. He has always said he will play as long as he can but not when he believes he cant perform at a high level. He performed at a high level LAST year compared to all other 3rd basemen even if it was down slightly from his usual numbers. he had some good numbers, leading the team in RBI’s the first half with McCann. Getting walks. Having great at bats. Helping the younguns have the rigth perspective and wotk ethic.
If his knees wont go, they wont go. But do not be classless. His teammates WANT him back and they know what Chipper MEANS to the team MUCH better than any of you. NOBODY is suggesting he should have retired onj the team or staff. Just you classless people who know the LEAST!
PLEASE do not cheer for him or have ANY pride when he is elected into the Hall of Fame. Only uniform he EVER wore has been a Braves’. I hope his knee gets fixed and he has a monster year and has the RBI that wins the world series! But if he cant go, so be it. At LEAST he is HONEST about it. We should be SAD at what mught be the passing of an all-time great.
NOT because he dont have the skills anymore. Simply because his body wont let him. Thats SHOULD be a sad thing for all of us. For Chipper too. Where is your RESPECT and HONOR for all he has done and NEVER leaving us and going elsewhere? He might have some artho and be OK in 3-4 weeks. He might have to give it up. I, for one, am NOT ready to see OUR HERO not play. NOT HAVING ONE MORE YEAR WOULD BE SAD AND NOT IN THE PLANS AND JUST PLAIN WRONG! We have got to have ONE MORE YEAR!
AND WIN IT ALL CHIPPERS LAST YEAR!
Glavine, Smoltz, Maddox, ALL left before they retired. ONLY Chipper has been a player that has been a Brave and ONLY a Brave his entire career for, I dont remember how many, decades! Who was the last one? I do not know either! That is how RARE Chipper is….
Even if you freed up cap space, like some of you Einsteins said, rosters are set and contracts are signed. It would not be until 2013 before we SIGNED someone with the extra cash. Best we can hope for is a mid to late season trade and hope to resign somone but EVEN then we have to give players up to even do that. So unless someone wants to DUMP a high-priced player EARLY.
Freeing payroll up will not do a lot at this point. The season STARTS in a COUPLE weeks!
March 13th, 20121:46 am
Some of you guys are ridiculous..pushing a hall of third baseman who still hits better then about 2 guys on the team is just stupid..chip was what I grew up
On. The last of the real braves who won the series. I will cry when he does to decide to hang them up because I don’t know this team without chipper. But after reading these comments im convinced we have the worst fans in sports.
March 13th, 20121:47 am
Glavine, Smoltz, Maddox, ALL left before they retired. ONLY Chipper has been a player that has been a Brave and ONLY a Brave his entire career for, I dont remember how many, decades! Who was the last one? I do not know either! Who was the last Hall of Famer?
That is how RARE Chipper is….Watch your words of disrespect you classless, disrespectful ungrateful generation!
If his knee wont go, it wont go, but he led the team in RBI’s at all-star break AND was chosen for the all-star team in 2011. Still has skill but maybe not the knees. Revere him. If you dont then you are NOT a Braves fan with ANY class because players like Chipper come around ONCE in a lifetime…..maybe. Especially in THIS day and age!
March 13th, 20121:50 am
Good grief. Retire already!
We know you said it a “million times” because we’ve read about your pain, potential retirement, age, yadda, yadda… a million times.
Be a man and retire. We don’t want to hear your sob story any more dragging through another whole season. Chipper’s health, Chipper’s health…
March 13th, 20121:58 am
Larry needs to retire. The Hooters! are waiting to golddig the grave.
March 13th, 20122:45 am
Nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said. Chipper, you don’t owe us a thing. Do what is best for your health first and for your family. I have enjoyed watching you play and produce in a game that eventually wears the best athletes down over time. We saw Hank and Dale leave – it happens. Just know you are a competitor like the “Mick” and you are now and will always be appreciated for representing our great city- Atlanta!
March 13th, 20122:58 am
16% of our team salary is going to a player who is day to day, on his best day, and who will not put up better numbers than Martin Prado.
March 13th, 20123:16 am
For the idiots who keep trying to say he will hit the 123 minimum games, you should realize how stupid you sound. Its not about money for Chipper,its NEVER been about money for Chipper. He has enough, trust me. He re-structured contracts to get other players here, he back loaded, took home town discounts, etc. Chipper is a true team player, and if he feels he cant go then he will retire. So you people should really learn what the heck youre talking about before you open your trap. Chipper deservese way better, and you should be ashamed to dog such a great player, and one of the biggest icons in Braves history.
March 13th, 20124:52 am
Hey ol’ Chip! Have you ever tried barefoot running?? It will cure that nasty old knee problem you got! I had a torn meniscus and plantar fasciitis and it worked for me! Only took a couple of months. It strengthened my legs and feet and knees with proper form. Try it and you can keep on going through the season! We will miss you if you gotta bail!
March 13th, 20125:48 am
Good glad to see him go cause he only plays 40 out of the 80 or so games anyway!
March 13th, 20126:07 am
selfish egotistical…….do something selfless for once and let the team make some improvements with the millions you would get.
March 13th, 20126:18 am
IdahoBraves……….Pls tell everyone how if Chipper retires right now how that frees up payroll? Your ans should be interesting.
March 13th, 20126:26 am
Folks, Fredi is not the problem, Liberty Media and Frankie Wren are the problem.
Keep your fingers crossed Braves get a new owner with a huge ego, Mark Cuban for example.
March 13th, 20126:32 am
Other than that boring diary he did a few years back, no complaints against Chipper. He’s been a productive and positive influence on the Braves.
Sorry he never won the WS with the team. After TT sold the club to corporate interests, who could not care less if the team wins or looses, so long as they can sell $50 seats and $20 hot dogs, there was no hope anyway.
I had a pit bull/boxer mix dog by the name of Chipper in the 70s, which was the best dog in the world, so, like the animal, I like Larry. Hate to see him go, but he’s had a better and longer career in MLB than average.
Enjoy retirement, Chipper–if anyonen earned it, it was you…
March 13th, 20126:35 am
Chipper is like Brett Favre and soon to be Peyton Manning. They cannot accept they are aging and will embarrass themselves and the team because of their ego. Yes, a LOT of money would be freed up if he would retire. A 40 year old with bad everything at 3rd base. My God!!! how pathetic!!!!!!
March 13th, 20126:37 am
it’s been downright scary at how bad the Braves have been this spring. It’s just spring training though and we could still be all right. But the thought of this season, and all the seasons to come, without Chipper Jones is very sad. All you Chipper haters on this board, drop dead you whiney scumbags, he has been a fine player and will be very missed. Hopefully he’ll finish out the season and have a good one but if not, see ya, you have been a great player and are a future Hall of Famer for sure.
March 13th, 20126:41 am
He sees the writing on the wall in large red letters. The only moves made by management during the off season were to make the team worse and at 40 he can’t carry the load any more. Why hang around for one more season to battle the Mets for last place? The time has come for us to thank him for all he’s done and let him fade into retirement. He only came back to keep from diminishing Bobby’s retirement last year.
March 13th, 20126:42 am
trade some of our young pitching studs to Baltimore for Adam Jones (LF) AND Nick Markakis (RF); move Prado to 3rd. Send Heyward back to the minors
That would be give us a balanced lineup
March 13th, 20126:58 am
Chipper, There’s NO Crying in Basball!
GONNA MISS CHIP
March 13th, 20126:59 am
this season is not starting out good at all.
March 13th, 20127:09 am
Does anybody really believe Chipper’s going to walk away from $14,000,000?
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March 13th, 20127:22 am
FOLKS, HE IS MAKING 14MM A YR….DONT CRY FOR HIM..AND HE WON’T QUIT THIS SEASON…
March 13th, 2012
Does anybody really believe Chipper’s going to walk away from $14,000,000?
Of course not, if he was making 2 million the guy would have retired along time ago but let them continue to think that he is out there for his teammates and the love of the game.
March 13th, 20127:46 am
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Ghost of Seasons past
March 13th, 20127:54 am
Freddie If you had sit Mccann down the last month of the season while he was hurt and couldn’t pick up a bat let alone swing one, and started the second best back up catcher in the National League. We would have at least had one more series last year. Use your head.
For anybody doubting that Chipper has earned the right to determine when he’s done. Remember that this is the player that moved to left field for 2 years, which I believe is the reason he became an annual injury risk. And, voluntarily re-structured his contract a few years back so that the Braves had more money to spend on other players. I’m most worried that his concern about screwing the team by retiring now will cause him to play out a year when his body has already quit on him.
This situation cries out for the use of steroids. If he were allowed to juice it up just one more time, Chipper could give the Braves the season they deserve.
Why is Larry having troubles with his knees? He has never even ran out a grounder. Apparently his little league coach forgot to teach him to run to 1st base when he hits a grounder. Retire and do it soon.
March 13th, 20127:57 am
And furthermore quit telling Prado to bat three times in one game. News Flash—–HE CAN’T BUNT!! Bourne isn’t going to be effective if you number two hitter can’t bunt. Baseball 101. You learn that in Little League Freddie
Sweet Old Buck
March 13th, 20127:59 am
Isn’t this just dandy! He knew his condition months ago. He failed. Frank failed. Now the Braves are toast. When do the Falcons start?
March 13th, 20128:00 am
One player is not bigger than the team. If it wasn’t for pitching the last two season the Braves would be the Washington Nationals.
March 13th, 20128:02 am
Mike Minor starts today against the Marlins and right-hander Carlos Zambrano in the second game of the Braves’ two-day trip to Jupiter (the only overnighter of spring training; it’s a 2-1/2 hour drive to Jupiter so team — and those of us covering them — stays overnight rather than go back and forth).
Scheduled relievers for the Braves include Kris Medlen, Anthony Varvaro and Jairo Asencio (there will be others).
March 13th, 20128:03 am
Am I the only one hoping that Chipper wakes up this morning and announce his retirement?
March 13th, 20128:06 am
Hey Dave, if Chipper retires tomorrow will the Braves be able to use that money this season or will they have to wait until next year?
March 13th, 20128:09 am
I agree iliketacos. Freddie allow me to put it a different way and in a language you might understand. You know Chipper tries to ‘you know’ ballerina over there at third base ‘you know’ and ‘you know’ does his little pirouette and ‘you know’ blows out his knee ‘you know’ and ‘you know’ basic third base moves says you plant your foot ‘you know’ and ‘you know’ you cant just blame on bad luck ‘you know.’ its bad ‘you know’ fundamentals
March 13th, 20128:14 am
we all sid months ago that the Braves needed a power bat LF. That’s because we knew Chipper wouldn’t play many games at 3B and Prado would have to play 3B. Well now you’ve got a hole in LF and basically a hole in RF since Heyward can’t hit. Real smart moves Braves… And your 1-10 in spring training. Yeah the games don’t count but man on man you’ve got beaten.
Fed Up Fan
March 13th, 20128:16 am
Chipper, thanks for the memories but it’s time to go.
March 13th, 20128:18 am
I do love Chipper but last year he REALLY brought down the team with his sorry attitude and injuries! Half the time he didn’t even run to 1st, merely strolled. What a sad thing to watch. That attitude was contagious and really hurt the team last year. He WAS a great team leader but now is the time to decide. Too late for graceful exits, that would have been last year. If nothing works this year, please step down so someone else can have a go & the team is not strapped w/ your salary. You’ve been a great asset & leader, Chipper, thanks for all the years.
However, I predict that Chipper will begin feeling better around the time he deposits his first paycheck.
It's About Time
March 13th, 20128:22 am
Good Riddance! Now you can go spend your retirement down at Hooter’s trolling for women.
March 13th, 20128:23 am
Just quit now Chipper.
Then Wren can go get a slugging OF’er.
Prado to 3rd.
No more asking, “is Chipper playing tonight?”
March 13th, 20128:30 am
Everyone in Muddville is sad because our Mighty Casey “Chipper” may never bat again… Congrats to one of the besy Braves of all time if this is the end…. Sigh…
March 13th, 20128:32 am
Chipper Jones makes more money per game than I make per year. I don’t feel sorry for him and I don’t want to have to go through the whole year hearing him whine and moan and having the media over-cover his woes ala Tiger Woods.
Chipper, stop your whining and retire already!!! After this article, if you don’t retire, most folks will think you’re just hanging around for the money and they may be right. Have some dignity, do the right thing for the organization and hang up your spikes.
March 13th, 20128:42 am
Ya gotta have Prado at third if you are going to make a run. If we start out in the hole we will never recover. An old man that can’t move and a rookie on the left side is going to get eaten alive. Do the club a favor and ride the pine or hang em up.
Frank Wren Must Go
March 13th, 20128:44 am
How many of you were at the season ticketholder reception at Taco Mac when we had to listen to Frank Wren talk about how we didn’t need to make any off season moves. Is anyone surprised that Chipper won’t be able to play this season? Too bad Mr. Wren didn’t realize that Prado will have to play third base and now we don’t have a major league left fielder.
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