Chipper: “I would never walk out on my team”

JUPITER, Fla. – Chipper Jones said there was no chance he would retire before or during the 2012 season and that his comments to reporters Monday were misinterpreted.

The veteran Braves third baseman said Monday that because of pain in his right knee, “tomorrow might be my last day” and “I don’t know if I can make it through this year.”

On Tuesday, he said those comments were not meant to be taken literally, that he said them “somewhat tongue in cheek” after being asked about his future and whether he’d continue playing behind 2012.

Jones said he was only trying to emphasize that due to his chronic knee pain, his career beyond 2012 was uncertain. But not his status for the upcoming season.

“I will make it through tomorrow as well as this year,” Jones said Tuesday, upset that published reports with his quotes set off concern among family and friends.

“I would never walk out on my team during the season, much less in spring training,” said Jones, a career-long Brave who will be 40 on April 24.

He is considered one of the greatest switch-hitters and third basemen in major league history, and perhaps a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Jones missed five consecutive games with soreness after playing in the Braves’ Grapefruit League opener, then played the past four days in a row before getting a rest Tuesday. He is 0-for-8 with three walks and one strikeout.

He said he felt better at the plate Monday against the Cardinals.

“I hit a couple of balls on the barrel, so I’m starting to catch up,” he said. “If I can start consistently barreling 95 [mph] then I’ll know… I’m not having trouble laying off change-ups and sliders and stuff like that. I’m having trouble centering them. And once you get ‘on’ 95, the rest kind of follows.”

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Hackjobs

March 13th, 2012
5:02 pm

I wonder if this will get the play across ESPN/AOL/Yahoo! like the other story did…

Vinny

March 13th, 2012
5:02 pm

Vinny

March 13th, 2012
5:03 pm

1st loser that is…

FJR

March 13th, 2012
5:05 pm

Published reports? As in your blog from yesterday? Also, if you were just using Morosi’s quotes, you should have at least indicated that that’s where you got the quotes and that you weren’t there.

Cecil Upshaw

March 13th, 2012
5:07 pm

The Braves seem to have the character of toe jam. One does not triffle with toes.

Brave Hokie

March 13th, 2012
5:09 pm

It’s March 13th, and the Braves suck!

RaleighDawg

March 13th, 2012
5:09 pm

Sure, Chipper won’t walk out on his teammates…but he’ll sure sit his fat butt on the bench for 40 games while they are fiighting to make the playoffs and for good measure he’ll throw his teammates under the bus for “not learning to play hurt”. Yep, HOF’er for sure…

Tattooed White Trash

March 13th, 2012
5:10 pm

Chipper is one of us.

splendid splinter

March 13th, 2012
5:11 pm

Friday the 13th comes on Tuesday this month!

Stank Wren

March 13th, 2012
5:12 pm

He won’t walk out but he’ll limp to the bench and and sit out 4 weeks at a time once his “tweaks” and “nagging injuries” start showing up in May. Thanks for all that you have done Chipper but maybe it is time to walk away (while you still can walk)

Capt. Call Out

March 13th, 2012
5:14 pm

@RaleighDawg –

That is perhaps the most accurate prediction of all time. OF. ALL. TIME.

Well done, sir.

woodrow

March 13th, 2012
5:14 pm

I hope he can bat 500 this season. Ya gotta love this guy.

Herman

March 13th, 2012
5:15 pm

FJR – published reports refers to not only Ajc but to bleacher report, mlb.com, espn, fox sports, etc, etc, etc…they all reported the story. Believe it or not, the day Chipper retires will make news headlines outside of just the local paper.

Weaseal

March 13th, 2012
5:15 pm

Hope he goes out when he is ready- Let’s get this Braves Team on track …

Harry from da Burn

March 13th, 2012
5:16 pm

RaleighDawg- typical Dawg fan from Raleigh

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

March 13th, 2012
5:18 pm

16th. I feel for you. My knees hurt too.

David O'Brien

March 13th, 2012
5:19 pm

Published reports? As in your blog from yesterday? Also, if you were just using Morosi’s quotes, you should have at least indicated that that’s where you got the quotes and that you weren’t there.

The story was published in AJC and by Fox Sports.com. I was interviewing Chipper when Jon Morosi of Fox and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch came over and joined the interview. When they began asking Chipper questions about the Cardinals and general questions about ground we’ve covered with Chipper many times, I walked about 10 feet away to talk to a couple of other players who had just come out of the game including Jason Heyward. They talked to Chipper for another few minutes.

When we got back to the pressbox, Goold informed me that Chipper had said some things about how bad his knee was hurting and how he might not even make it through the season. Morosi was busy writing his story already. Goold said he would transcribe the quotes and send them to me, and when he did I asked both he and Jon (Morosi) if Chipper had given any indication that he was joking, if he’d said anything about it being off the record, anything whatsoever that made them think he wasn’t being entirely serious.

Both of them said no, that he said it when they had only asked about how his health.

Whether I had written the story or not, Morosi certainly was going to write it for his national column. And did.

My story was on our website soon after the game. I didn’t hear a word about it from Chipper or anyone else until this morning.

Bama Mike

March 13th, 2012
5:20 pm

What do you expect him to say after banking 42 million over the past 3 seasons. Thanks for the effort Zipper. Another Frank Wren dynamite move.

A brain cell

March 13th, 2012
5:23 pm

I’m 95% certain DOB changed the title of yesterday’s article on Chipper, I believe it was a quote saying “I’m not sure if I can make it through the season” or a similar quote. I thought at the time it was in poor taste and didn’t summarize what Chipper was trying to say, and the hellstorm that followed was at the very least partially DOBs fault. I’m very disappointed he added fuel to the retirement fire, which Chipper is not doing any time soon, and I hope Chipper stops giving interviews to DOB. But he probably won’t, because Chipper is a nice guy and DOB will worm his way out of any wrongdoing. Nonetheless, I’m very disappointed with the journalistic integrity displayed here

Spring of George

March 13th, 2012
5:23 pm

DOB, Heard you’re taking a little heat today for reporting potential Chipper demise out of context.
C. Dimino said Chipper not so happy with you at moment. Hope you guys hug and make up before season starts. Wouldn’t want news being held back by players over hurt feelings.

Dusty

March 13th, 2012
5:24 pm

What’s the matter with you gentlemen? Envious or something. Chipper has been a great player and a very loyal one for the Braves. If he says he’ll play, he’ll play.

Just stop running Chipper down before he even gets to the plate. It only makes you look like a reject from a whiffleball team.

TheOnlyBravesFan

March 13th, 2012
5:25 pm

Thanks Chipper for all these years, but it’s time to hang them up after this year. It was nice having you.

A brain cell

March 13th, 2012
5:27 pm

DOB, I’m glad to read your version of events you posted in the comments just now. Knowing you weren’t there changes things significantly. I’m still wary of the title change, but I at least now understand why there wasn’t a paragraph in your story yesterday explaining Chipper was being light-hearted (which I will absolutely give you credit for doing in the past)

Spring of George

March 13th, 2012
5:29 pm

Since we’re having an early Spring weather wise, I’m moving up early from “Winter” to “Spring of George”! Next stop Summer of George and that infamous episode of Georgie!

MikeY

March 13th, 2012
5:30 pm

Cecil: As the great Skip Caray once said: The Big Toe is the Captain of the Foot.

AussieBrave

March 13th, 2012
5:30 pm

I’m sorry I said “retire Chipper” yesterday on another blog. I was just fever-mad with disappointment in how Spring Training is going. I love Chipper and know full well what he has meant to this organisation. I want him to retire when he wants to go, and not a day before.

CC

March 13th, 2012
5:31 pm

AGGRANDIZEMENT: raising something, or being raised: the act of raising somebody or something in height or status, or the process of being raised in height or status

In Chipper’s case, self-aggrandizement. He thinks too much of himself to the point of handicapping the team.

He probably WON’T walk out on the team — But DO Look for him to be carried off the field on a stretcher when the bod won’t work anymore.

cruzman

March 13th, 2012
5:31 pm

What is really means, ” I won’t give up for my teammates sake and the fact I am going to make 14 million this year.”

DOB Sr

March 13th, 2012
5:33 pm

DOB in soup for jumping the gun.

Chop Over

March 13th, 2012
5:34 pm

Time to call it a day Chipper.. It’s time to let it go…Take your bow at the first home game and walk away.. If the Colts can dump Peyton it’s just business to the owners..No matter the game..

Spring of George

March 13th, 2012
5:35 pm

DOB, a simple phone call to Chipper for any confirmations before reporting may have prevented all this mess…..but hey, we like ya and you do a heck of a job…..hope it’s all water under the bridge….much ado about nothing.
Play Ball!

Largo

March 13th, 2012
5:39 pm

What does that mean, “awaiting moderation?” We can’t say what we know to be true? Is this more of the “not politically correct” crap?

Mitchell

March 13th, 2012
5:41 pm

That’s what I couldn’t figure out.

It sounded like he meant he couldn’t make it through another year after this year but then it started to sound like he meant this year.

So that’s what I couldn’t figure out.

Not that anyone would be shocked if he couldn’t play past the month of April.

Doesn’t sound too good any way you slice it.

Might be nice to hear a little different tune out of Chipper Jones anyway. If you don’t have anything positive to say, just BS it. Tell us you guys are going to win 95 games this year and that the Phillies are going down.

As long as we keep hearing “if this guy gets better” and so on, there’s no reason to expect anything extraordinary from this bunch.

That’s my .02. You’ve been great.

Goodnight!

FJR

March 13th, 2012
5:41 pm

@Herman

My point was mostly that this seems like a lot of not owning up on the AJC/DOB’s part. “Published reports” makes it sound like DOB wasn’t part of the fiasco.

Isn’t it normal journalistic practice to say where you got quotes from if you didn’t get them directly yourself? Heck, even a “I can’t confirm the tone of these statements because I was not there, though Morosi and Goold both indicated that they seemed genuine to them” or something along those lines would have went a long way. It would have been nice to have known for the original article that some of the quotes were second hand, and thus devoid of any ability of DOB to read Chipper’s face, which I wouldn’t expect a national writer to be able to do. The fact that the original article DOB wrote at least made it seem like he, someone familiar with Chipper, was there leant more credibility to what otherwise seemed a questionable story. It wasn’t until well after the fact that we learned that the quotes were entirely made to people who don’t know Chipper or his deadpan style of humor.

Issues like this are one of the primary reasons why it’s generally a good idea to only give direct quotes when you were the one they were made to. Otherwise you should probably indicate your source for the quotes.

bob

March 13th, 2012
5:43 pm

I agree with the comments re a retirement this year.

CJ has been a great player and given us some terrific memories.

The reality, however, is that he has some bad knees and during the course of this season he will miss time due to the knees. It will be very difficult for FG to build a lineup around a guy who will miss at least a third of the season.

He should retire with his 300 + batting average and move to the next chapter in his life.

BehindEnemyLines

March 13th, 2012
5:44 pm

And here I was hoping the Braves might be able to rid themselves of the ever-enlarging albatross that Brittle Jones represents. So much for that I guess, but then again, he was never going to walk away from that check (but in fairness, very few of us would).

RoyU

March 13th, 2012
5:45 pm

I believe Chipper when he says he would not walk out on his team. However, mature human beings that are ML ball players should try to understand when their presence is helping or hindering the team and Chipper has not been doing a good job with this. How many fans, if qualified as a ML ball player would appreciate being in Prado’s shoes for at least going on three years now, basically not knowing whetheryou are playing LF, 2nd base, or 3rd base until you get to the park every day? Prado deserves more respect and has earned better consideration!!!

jim

March 13th, 2012
5:45 pm

enough of this Chipper garbage…what about the TEAM!

Ralph

March 13th, 2012
5:47 pm

Chipper is not going to walk out on his team mates, bull crap, Chipper is not going to walk out on $14 million bucks, i’ll bet you most of his team mates wish he would walk out so they could get some players to help them get a ring. Praying he doesn’t make 123 games this season.

Fred ™

March 13th, 2012
5:47 pm

RaleighDawg

March 13th, 2012
5:09 pm

Sure, Chipper won’t walk out on his teammates…but he’ll sure sit his fat butt on the bench for 40 games while they are fiighting to make the playoffs and for good measure he’ll throw his teammates under the bus for “not learning to play hurt”. Yep, HOF’er for sure…
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You are a complete and utter ass hole. Chipper Jones is statistically one one the best third basemen in the HISTORY of baseball. I think he ranks third. Yep he IS a hall of famer you ignorant asshat.

What is with you internet idiots without a brain in your head that just feel the need to be so stupid? Pull your head out of your ass, do some investigating and THEN speak.

George Stein

March 13th, 2012
5:48 pm

Chris Dimino is a complete idiot, Spring of George. I’d take anything he says with a friggin’ can of salt.

TedT_thePotSmoker

March 13th, 2012
5:50 pm

Jones is washed up. He can’t field, he can’t hit, but he’s going to suck 14 million while providing nothing of value. He is a thief. College kids today can play better. IF, a big if, he had character, he would retire immediately and forfeit the final year of his contract. He cannot provide 14 million in worth.

FJR

March 13th, 2012
5:51 pm

@RoyU

um, I think most fans would appreciate being a well payed MLB player. Prado has a job, it’s to be versatile and cover multiple positions if need be.

Chipper Jones was a 2 win player last year, even considering his defense. He still has one of the best approaches at the plate in MLB. He was third in the team in homers last year, had the most doubles on the entire team, had the third highest OBP and had the highest slugging percentage on the whole team. He was in no way, shape or form a hindrance to the team last year.

Fred ™

March 13th, 2012
5:52 pm

How many fans, if qualified as a ML ball player would appreciate being in Prado’s shoes for at least going on three years now, basically not knowing whetheryou are playing LF, 2nd base, or 3rd base until you get to the park every day? Prado deserves more respect and has earned better consideration!!!

If Prado were as good as a broke down 20 year veteran Chipper there wouldn’t be a question here Sport. He’s not. Case closed.

Think about it, if Prado were as good as Chipper was when Chipper was Prado’s age, he WOULD be playing. Chipper knocked TP right out of the saddle with no problem. Shouldn’t Prado be able to do the same if he’s that good?

Come On

March 13th, 2012
5:52 pm

….”Chipper is not going to walk out on his team mates, bull crap, Chipper is not going to walk out on $14 million bucks, i’ll bet you most of his team mates wish he would walk out so they could get some players to help them get a ring. Praying he doesn’t make 123 games this season.” – Ralph
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Ralph, not trying to sound confrontational but you seem like you could use the reminder: You know neither Chipper Jones nor a single one of his teammates. Perhaps you can’t speak to what they think.

Mister Frisky

March 13th, 2012
5:54 pm

Meanwhile,Back at the ranch.Another fine offensive display.2 runs 5 hits in 10 innings.At least they got a tie today.I guess Diva Chipper isn’t getting enough attention this spring,except for every picture of him he looks like Octomom ready to give birth.Dude a bit of advice,a goatee doesn’t hide a double chin.This is just another hole to go with LF,SS, and RF.Last place.

Samantha

March 13th, 2012
5:55 pm

Hallelua Fred, Great job. Completely agree.

George Stein

March 13th, 2012
5:56 pm

I doubt Chipper needs the money, Ralph. But even if he did, the team agreed – of their own volition – to pay him that money. I fail to see Chipper’s culpability here.

Dave

March 13th, 2012
5:57 pm

Way back when before he grew up, I wasn’t a Chipper fan. I’ve become one. That said, he’s earned the right to play, however well or poorly this year he can. But, if he thinks he can’t play well enough, I don’t think it’s quitting to admit it and move on with great applause for a great career and an honest end to the career that frees up a bunch of money to fill other big holes (Prado moving into his).

Busby

March 13th, 2012
5:58 pm

Chipper was joking? I guess I can step away from this ledge then.

Todd

March 13th, 2012
5:59 pm

Listen – I have questioned everything about Chippers work ethic and hypochondria throughout he last few years and got very unprofessional comments from DOB because I was attacking poor little Chipper. It was pathetic how DOB was covering for him. No true reporter would take one side or the other. That said Chipper must have no idea how much water DOB has been carrying for him the last few years of he would be thanking him instead of crying about what he wrote.

chuck

March 13th, 2012
6:02 pm

or 14 millions dollars.

RoyU

March 13th, 2012
6:04 pm

Respectfully, the “TEAM” is 25 guys on the same page! And that does not include one or more of them disrupting that “Team Effort” by not being honest about what their potential really is. Chipper has been holding the Braves back for at least two years now and is working on a third (even with the extra wild card)! The sooner he leaves, the sooner the Braves will start improving!!!

FJR

March 13th, 2012
6:11 pm

@RoyU

do you have objective facts to back you up that Chipper has been holding the team back? Because the guy who had the SECOND HIGHEST OPS ON THE ENTIRE TEAM last year doesn’t seem like someone who is holding the team back.

This is especially hilarious considering earlier you were saying he was holding Martin Prado back, AKA the guy who had the second worst OPS on the team, only above Alex Gonzalez.

Samantha

March 13th, 2012
6:15 pm

Why dont you screaming egotistical jerks get a life. Chipper deserves everyones respect and admiration. Anyway going to eat, and off to work I go. Have a good nite. Go Chipper, go Braves. Bye see you tomorrow

Waldo 313

March 13th, 2012
6:28 pm

Of course he’s not walking out. Would you walk on on millions of dollars. His mother didn’t raise no fool!

cowdogit

March 13th, 2012
6:28 pm

The braves only need to make a few moves to be competitive. They need to replace the General Manager, the Manager, Pitching Coach, and the Hitting Coach.

prattvillenolzfan

March 13th, 2012
6:39 pm

FJR……….

saying Chipper had the 2nd highest OBP on LAST year’s anecmic offense is like saying you were the 2nd cutest girl on the Brain Bowl team!!!!!!!

Mister Frisky

March 13th, 2012
6:41 pm

Samantha,You sound like a sweet southern young lady.This might not be the place for you.Most the heavy hitters are waiting for the regular season to start.It will be getting very ugly in here come April.Just wanted to give you a heads up.

realistic

March 13th, 2012
6:43 pm

Chipper is not worth the money now, nor has he been the past few years. If you aren’t in the lineup you aren’t worth the money. Chipper, if you love the organiation, retire.

Tremaine

March 13th, 2012
6:45 pm

Way to backtrack Chipper.

David the Shepherd

March 13th, 2012
6:56 pm

I have always liked Chipper, but neither he nor his teammates need to be joking about too much of anything at this point. Fans who spend $ to watch you play should expect to see serious efforts and attitudes when a team is in a significant funk. Lightheartedness and tongue-in-cheek comments are much better received when the team is winning. On another note…Dave, you seem like a competent writer, but you seem to be very defensive about readers’ comments sometimes and lose your cool and it makes you appear to be petty and derisive.

Troy

March 13th, 2012
6:57 pm

Fred ™

March 13th, 2012
7:00 pm

realistic

March 13th, 2012
6:43 pm

Chipper is not worth the money now, nor has he been the past few years. If you aren’t in the lineup you aren’t worth the money. Chipper, if you love the organiation, retire.
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And who takes that spot? Do you REALLY believe that if someone on the team were better they wouldn’t already be playing? Really? You think these guys that own the team have Chipper Jones bobbleheads that they worship every night before they go to bed? Really? Are you that insipid?

Is Chipper getting old? Hell yeah. Is anyone on the team better than he? Hell no or they would be playing…….

Chipper's knees

March 13th, 2012
7:00 pm

wow…does he really think nobody else can play 3rd base? does he think we are going without a 3B for the 90 games that he is going to be on the DL? $14M……….CHA-CHING!

C. Tampa Ironworse

March 13th, 2012
7:01 pm

Who cares about Chipper? Don’t we ALL really care about the new Velvet Underground track. What a joke…

Paddy

March 13th, 2012
7:03 pm

Ralph……saying Chipper’s teammates wish he was off the team is the most stupid comment on any blog at any time on any subject. You must have never strapped one on to make a comment like that!

Art F. Dodger

March 13th, 2012
7:06 pm

Chumper the prima donna……DOB looks like Chipper must have gotten his butt busted by the Braves for his comments and now he’s trying to blame someone esle for not knowing he was supposedly joking…wel,l the jokes on him.

Bob the Blogger

March 13th, 2012
7:08 pm

I have no doubt that Chipper wants to play this year very badly for reasons beyond the $14 million. I think he wants a final shot at a second World Series ring. If he stays reasonably healthy, he can be an asset to the team. (Last year, Chipper’s OPS of .814 was second only to McCann’s .817.)

The problem is that the 40 year old body may not be able to fulfill the goal to play productively all year. No matter how much he is committed to not quitting on his teammates, if his performance deteriorates to the level that he performs like Hank Aaron in his last year (.229 average) or Willie Mays (.211), then the decision becomes one of “is the team better off with or without me”. I’m pulling for Chipper 100%, but at some point even the greatest players run out of gas.

Moylan Prado

March 13th, 2012
7:08 pm

Intelligent people understood what you meant, Chipper. Unfortunately, this country is filled with idiots.

Old, worn out

March 13th, 2012
7:14 pm

The best thing he could do for the Braves is “walk out.” He was great, but he’s been phoning it in for years now. Playing 120 games and banking $14 million while claiming he’s doing it for the team. Please.

Harsh Marsh

March 13th, 2012
7:15 pm

Read the words again, peeps. There is no tone in which these words can be uttered and not cause alarm. My God. DOB isn’t at fault this time. Chipper is just tripping backwards over himself like HE ALWAYS DOES, and he doesn’t mind who (DOB this time, Heyward last time, Smoltz before that) takes the collateral damage.

“As I alluded to earlier, this game is going to wear you down, whether you have major injuries such as two torn ACLs, meniscus tears – I’ve got no meniscus in the right knee,” Jones said. “That takes its toll. I’ve got to go when I can go and tell Fredi [Gonzalez] when I can’t.”

“The body is starting to tell me every morning when I wake up that [retirement] is getting close,” Jones said. “I’m signed through the end of this year. If I play in a certain amount of games, I got an option for next year. I don’t know what next year entails….I don’t know if I can make it through this year.

Harsh Marsh

March 13th, 2012
7:20 pm

Chipper, don’t walk out ON your team, walk out FOR your team.

Harsh Marsh

March 13th, 2012
7:23 pm

So few of these guys take the Wagner Road and exit with class. This with Chipper is going to be ugly. Guess you gotta take the good with the bad.

Hey, it ain’t like we’re playoff bound with or without Jones. Maybe this way at least a few more kiddies can see the HOF’er play ball. And there’s the added benefit that I get to watch his gigantic ego make a fool of him in a year that doesn’t matter. Gotta get my entertainment SOMEWHERE from this awful ballteam. I’m always down for a hubris-driven tragedy. And nobody even has to die.

Harsh Marsh

March 13th, 2012
7:24 pm

Damn. I talk a lot.

Just Pateeeee

March 13th, 2012
7:29 pm

Can’t BEAR to read any more of these asinine comments concerning Chipper and DOB!!! Get a LIFE you guys! Outta here!

jojo

March 13th, 2012
7:31 pm

hey u buttheads, there’s nobody better at third than Chipper. and he wouldn’t be getting hurt if he wasn’t busting his rump and giving 110 percent everyday. instead of loafing around like some people do. Hope he has the best year ever and then RETIRES ON TOP!!

OldTimer

March 13th, 2012
7:49 pm

Chipper’s an old fart, he never really played the game like it was supposed to be played.
Our memories are of his failures. He never did anything that mattered.

Longtimefan

March 13th, 2012
7:55 pm

Before the Chipper haters post their irrational comments I wish they would back them up with facts. Although Chipper is not the player he once was, he ism still a force to be reckoned with. Among eligible NL third basemen last year he was in top 3 in almost all important offense categories, was second in fielding % and was third in AB- so much for the common assertion that he was always hurt. I have posted the exact #s before but the intellectually lazy out there can easily google any # of sites to see for yourself. As a career Brave who is a lock for HOF and one of the three best switch hitters to ever play the game, it continues to amaze me the negative and almost hateful comments that come from some bloggers. Jealousy for his position in life or just ignorance I suppose are to blame. He is just four years removed from a batting title. Guys, give some honest, thoughtful reasons you don’t like him.

fordcobra

March 13th, 2012
7:56 pm

You know there are other players out there besides those on the Braves. If the Braves had the $14 I am pretty sure they could get some one. As I have said before look at Mantle’s last year with bad knees and what it cost him, like a lifetime batting average of 300 he ended up 299 because he batted 213 when he should have been coaching. Baseball is not what you have done but what you are and will be doing for us. Get David Wright

Lonnie Smith

March 13th, 2012
8:01 pm

I don’t think people are over DOB costing us that great season from Ken Griffey Jr!!!! What could have been!!! GO BRAVES OUTFIELD since 2007!!!

cleavage boyer

March 13th, 2012
8:05 pm

perhaps a 1st ballot hall of famer? you gotta be kidding me, he’s the best 3rd sacker the bravos have had since i manned the hot corner!!! def a h.o.f.er in this h.o.f.er’s eyes…did i mention i had 20/20 vision when i played, now can’t see $H{t…go braves and here’s to chipper having a career year!!

Jack

March 13th, 2012
8:08 pm

I love this guy I really do, I have all Braves Jersey with big number 10 and the last name Jones, but he is starting to hurt the team instead of helping it, he has nothing to prove to anyone he is a legend in this team, even above Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, I think is a very selfish act not to retire and kill the cap with 14 million reasons. I know the guy made home discounts, but it isnt like he was underpaid or played for free. Is my favorite Brave player of all time but I dont understand what else he wants to prove.

kindergarten math

March 13th, 2012
8:11 pm

An individual who really puts the team ahead of his personal financial stake would never state, in absolute terms, that he would never retire during the season. If it became obvious that his presence actually hurt the team’s chances of succeeding, a “team first “player would be thankful for the many millions he has already banked and walk away with dignity, allowing the team to try to better it’s chances of winning. The fact is, refusing to walk away and continuing to draw the check, if circumstances warranted walking away, is the ultimate selfish thing to do. It is not ” being there for the team” – it is being there for the check, and the team be damned.. Die-hard Chipper fans, I am NOT advocating, at this point, that he hang it up, but if it becomes obvious that his body won’t let him do it anymore, then he should do the honorable thing and leave with grace.

Trig

March 13th, 2012
8:12 pm

wow..if I just got censored for that innocuous comment I just wrote…just wow….Chipper should run 4 gov cuz he would never lose

Longtimefan

March 13th, 2012
8:12 pm

Also, over last 15 years he ranks third in WAR behind Bonds and A Rod, two admitted juicers. Probably most naysayers don’t understand WAR- look it up. If you are a real Braves fan, why the hate for Chipper?

Somethin' Sloe and easy

March 13th, 2012
8:15 pm

I didn’t read most of the posts…

Ever had a bad knee? I’ve got one now, and I’m in constant, screaming pain. Can’t even walk, sometimes.

Trig

March 13th, 2012
8:16 pm

Longtime, I dont hate Chipper..many of us r just commenting on how he seems to love the drama//like Theodore Roosevelt said…Crap of get off the pot..Stop stringing us along with this “will he/wont he” retire stuff. Every time he hits a slump we have to go thru this it seems

dan fan

March 13th, 2012
8:16 pm

FJR is right about DOB. He (DOB) should have sourced the quotes–spelling out that he wasn’t there when Chipper said what he said. He wrote the post as if he had been there. If Chipper was backtracking then so was DOB, and it’s not the first time he’s done it.

Disgusted

March 13th, 2012
8:18 pm

We know that you will not walk out Chipper. He sounds discouraged but a quitter??? Never.

Can he play 120 or so games. Well, we do not know, hey the guy is 40 who has had 5 knee operations.

There are so many other aspects of the org we can criticize and be down on and Larry Wayne Jones is off limits as far as I am concerned.

Harsh Marsh

March 13th, 2012
8:20 pm

Jack, maybe he doesn’t want to prove anything, just doesn’t want to lose fourteen million friggin’ dollars. He got that money fair and square. It’s a contract.

I’ve never had an ounce of disdain for Chipper collecting his money. What makes me laugh, though, is when he pretends that’s not what he’s doing. And makes his “never seen my bank account” comments to support it. Okay, big boy bank baller, then why negotiate such a big contract to begin with? Why not just play it year-to-year and see how you feel?

It’s bull. Of course the money is a very big part of it. No shame in that, really, except the grandstanding he does to claim otherwise.

Old Timer

March 13th, 2012
8:28 pm

Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews & Brooks Robinson -

Chipper Jones is not in their class.

Little, Lean and Mean

March 13th, 2012
8:28 pm

Chipper is staying because his teammates asked him to. The same teammates I guess who said the El Foldo in September wasn’t Fredi’s fault and that Fredi should be back.

Seems like the Braves are a bunch of players who like having the old boys, country club atmosphere where we don’t get on anyone too hard for failure. Don’t like to ruffle too many feathers and surely don’t like to hold people accountable! It’s much better to draw those big paychecks and plan those tee times for October 1st than it is to actually get upset and demand acceptable performance from your teammates!

I can just hear it now…. “please Chipper come back! Who are we going to get to replace you in our foursome? Who will we get to take your place at the card table? You don’t have to worry about playing well or often because it’s about you being a swell guy and has nothing to do with you being able to perform like a 13 million dollar player. It doesn’t matter if you play 60 games or 120 games. Doesn’t matter if you hit .330 or .230. We just like having you around!”

Think this is over the top? Don’t really think so.

Tommy Boggs

March 13th, 2012
8:32 pm

Look it up WAR, wins after roids.
I love Chip and he had a hell of a career. At a minimum he needs to announce that this is his last season. If not it could get interesting because no way in hell will they let him get to that 123 games played for the 2013 contract to kick in.

Chipper Jones

March 13th, 2012
8:33 pm

I would never walk out on 14 million dollars !

(I was misquoted)

Harsh Marsh

March 13th, 2012
8:35 pm

Over or Under 15: number of extra base hits left in Chipper Jones’s career.

I might take the under.

Travis Cole Pfister

March 13th, 2012
8:40 pm

The Braves should never let him speak. He is an idiot and it shows when he talks.

AussieBrave

March 13th, 2012
8:42 pm

@Fred (TM) – 5:47: “You are a complete and utter ass hole. Chipper Jones is statistically one one the best third basemen in the HISTORY of baseball. I think he ranks third. Yep he IS a hall of famer you ignorant asshat.”

I love that word ‘asshat’ – I shall use it in the future, if you don’t mind. I literally chucked out loud when I read it! And, by the way, I agree – nothing gets under my skin more than some of the anti-Chipper comments. Yes, it may well be time for him to hang up the boots, but he’s earned a place in the HoF and he’s earned a bit of bloody respect as well. You don’t have his numbers or his longevity in a professional sport without being one of the best.

Brave Man

March 13th, 2012
8:42 pm

Chipper has earned the right to say whatever he wants to say. One of the greatest hitters ever.

AussieBrave

March 13th, 2012
8:43 pm

Oops … meant “…chuckled…”, obviously not ‘chucked’.

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