10:41 am March 22, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 22nd, 201210:42 am
Great player. So please he stayed here with ATLANTA
March 22nd, 201210:46 am
Well-done, Chipper. Can’t tell you how much pleasure I’ve gotten watching you play.
Greatest 3B ever. My childhood will officially end at the end of the WS when the Braves win one for the old man!!!
Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow
Wren made moves at the trade deaadline to give Bobby Cox a shot at one last run. You have to think he would do the same for Chipper if they aren’t hitting on all cylinders by summer.
March 22nd, 201210:47 am
Well past due. But we’ll miss you nonetheless, Chipper. Hope you come back to coach.
Chris from the Rock
March 22nd, 201210:49 am
I’m predicting Chipper will have his Kirk Gibson moment in game 7 of the WS this year, and ride off into the sunset.
He’s one of the first guys you think of when you say “Braves.” He gave a lot to this team and I hope he caps off his career with a great season.
March 22nd, 201210:50 am
Love you, Chipper! I know I will cry watching the presser so it’s best to wait until I get home to watch it. Thank you for staying a Brave for all these years when you certainly could’ve gotten more money elsewhere. There will neve be another. You will be missed.
March 22nd, 201210:51 am
Chipper should have been traded 5-8 years when he had value. The Braves could of brought in some good young talent, and maybe Chipper would of had a chance at another ring with a different team.
March 22nd, 201210:52 am
RHR, I had tears in my eyes reading the article this morning.
March 22nd, 201210:54 am
Completely unselfish player, either changing positions or contract to help the team…. leaving money on the table to be loyal….. never do you see that anymore….. will be there opening day to last homestand to see him off
March 22nd, 201210:58 am
braves baseball will never be quite the same
thanks for the ride chipper
hope the negative naysayers the haters and the classless stay away as we say goodbye to an icon of Braves baseball. Thank you Chip for great years of service to one team, a rarity in this day. Loyalty & quiet leadership as opposed to the loud mouth me first players of the modern era. thanks for the memories hope we can send you out in style.
and for those who want to expose his flaws …… look in the mirror before you open your trap.
March 22nd, 201210:59 am
Words escape me as I think about this great baseball player! My favorite to ever wear the Braves uniform!
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March 22nd, 201211:02 am
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March 22nd, 201211:03 am
He’s still alive…
Train Wreck Bystander
March 22nd, 201211:05 am
I can wait until the end of the season to wish the man well. The entire 2012 season stretches before us.
Let’s add one more good year to a great career Chipper and go out on top. One or two stray internet tough guys aside, we appreciate all you’ve done for this city and this team, and it’s going to weird seeing a new permanent starting 3B
March 22nd, 201211:06 am
Guess Chipper missed the article on AJC today about boomers continuing to work in old age and not retire.
Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ
wow, I admire him. Goes out on his own terms. Hope that he can play effective and pain free for the duration of this season and that the team does well. End of era. Very exciting.
Very well written summary of his career DOB, maybe you can introduce him at CoopersTown in a few years.
Gimpah & McError
Good RIDDANCE, Gimper!
Now you can open up your very own Hooters establishment. Just think, you can cook the wings and your wife can serve them. Imagine all the Gimper-Maniacs that will love to taste your home cooking and maybe get a couple tips on picking up a waitress or two.
And finally, the Braves might be able to win a World Series again without your large contract, gimpy knees and $5 million dollar stats hogging up the payroll.
Great career, Chipper. HOF’er… now let’s go out on top. It ain’t over just yet!
March 22nd, 201211:07 am
Wow, gonna miss Chipper. Im only 23, never known a Braves team without him, next year will surely be strange. Wish him well, and hope we send him out right with a great season!
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March 22nd, 2012
“……braves baseball will never be quite the same
thanks for the ride chipper…..”
Best of luck gary on that call-back second interview.
Its not often you get to watch HOFers play their whole career on your favorite team. We were lucky with Chipper, we will get 18 years of him. We were also lucky with a few pitchers in the 1990’s.
I think we may be lucky to have McCann to watch now, and hopefully he can hold up for an entire career. Who else on this roster could be a HOFer? Heyward, Freeman, one of he young pitchers? Makes you realize how lucky we were with Chipper.
March 22nd, 201211:08 am
It’s hard to determine the amount but in my opinion, Chipper has left a lot of $$ on the table to remain a brave. It’s been a privilege to watch him for the last 15+ years.
March 22nd, 201211:11 am
Time for Chipper to play like there’s no tomorrow… because there won’t be… well, after October… you know what I mean.
Leave it all on the field and go out a World Series champ, Larry.
March 22nd, 201211:13 am
Today has proven to me that some of the most ignorant people on Earth post on this blog.
March 22nd, 201211:14 am
And just to keep the comments fair and balanced, the malignant idiot has checked in.
Haters gonna hate.
March 22nd, 201211:15 am
Chipper will be riding the bench the majority of the season with in growing toe nails etc, etc thus leaving us one man short on the active roster, Prado will be the 3rd baseman.
March 22nd, 201211:16 am
kerryb and others,
Don’t get me wrong, first ballot Hof’er no doubt. I agree, my memory was bad, Chipper did play in 95 World Series, but Justice, McGriff and Glavine were the top performers. I remember his big HR vs Colorado in the playoffs in 1995. Atlanta is rated as one of the worst sports town because we tolerate mediocrity from certain athletes. We have to be a championship or bust town. We are not right now. Congrats to Chipper. I don’t want people to think I dislike the guy, I just think we tolerate too much in this town. I hope he goes out with a World Series and has the Series winning hit. Only time will tell.
March 22nd, 201211:18 am
For you pathetic simpletons that can’t fathom the accomplishments of this man, you don’t have a clue of the game. Can anyone name a player, in the last 30 yrs, that has remained with the same team, much less from their rookie year, and turned away opportunities to cash in on their market worth? Chipper will obviously be first ballot HOF, and damn well deserves it.
I just hope he ends the year on the field, where he belongs. It will be a sad day for us Braves lifers.
what of it?
Perhaps the most impressive of his accomplishments is his integrity through all of those years of service. He put up his numbers without PED’s during the heart of the Steroid Era. He’s an old-school athlete who cares more about his team than the numbers in his contract, and wearing the uniform actually means something to him.
CONGRATS IN ADVANCE CHIPPER! YOU REP THE BRAVES WELL MY FRIEND! SEE YOU IN COOPERSTOWN!!!
March 22nd, 201211:19 am
dammit, which one of the 4 blogs posted today is the “official” blog? I’m not posting in some side blog with all the short-bus kids.
They tolerate too much mediocrity? Wyhen will you freaking morons realize that fans don’t “tolerate” anything? They have no say in who is singed, who owns the team, what prices are charged and a single damned thing other than if they go to the games or not. And if they don’t go, then what they will receive in return is kore of what they don’t want.
Will miss Chipper a lot. For all the flak he takes for missing games, I just imagine how many games he actually played when he was grinding it out to help the team. Ultimate team player and will be missed. I guess it’s time to win one for the Chipper…
March 22nd, 201211:20 am
Y’all figure out the typos.
McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:
And I just happened to wear my Chipper shirt today…
3 years too late…
March 22nd, 201211:21 am
Saw and met Chipper in 1991 in Memphis, I was 6 years old. he was playing 3B for the Greenville Braves. Immediately became my favorite player. Have attended Spring Training in West Palm Beach and now Disney for probably 10 years. Also make at least 1 trip to Atlanta each year. The thing that I appreciated about him was how personable he was each time I met him. Signing jerseys, bats, baseballs, helmets, anything anyone wanted. I am also proud of the fact that my favorite player playe his whole career with 1 team. I wasn’t around for Hank Aaron or Eddie Matthews or Warren Spahn. But Chipper Jones will always to me be Mr.Brave! Look forward to being at his last regular season game, and hopefully Cooperstown in a few years.
March 22nd, 201211:22 am
No kidding Murph!!
I guessing this is it, nothing going on the “Hudson, Wilson” blog right now.
March 22nd, 201211:23 am
We all knew this day was coming. Going to be very different watching the Braves without him. The ultimate team player. He will be one hell of a hitting coach one day!
With the number of surgeries and medical issues, wouldn’t he more likely have a Sid Bream moment instead?
I have to say that I will miss the sight of Chip on the bag a third. I can still remember watching him hit balls onto the retirement home roof across the street beyond left field of our old little league field. Good grief time flies.
March 22nd, 201211:24 am
what of it? -
“Perhaps the most impressive of his accomplishments is his integrity through all of those years of service”
The Hooters staff can attest to “all of those years of service” but as for his first wife about that “integrity” thing – not so much.
The main blog is wherever Murph is, in my opinion.
Win For Ten!
March 22nd, 201211:25 am
This recipe is for CHIPPER and pancake lovers only.
Cornmeal pancakes [Updated]
One cup YELLOW [not white] stone-ground cornmeal.
3/4 cup boiling water to blanch.
Let sit five minutes, stir twice.
Mixture will be thick.
Reverse measures will yield a thinner pancake mixture which is also excellent
Seperately mix one cup SIFTED all-purpose flour,
1 teaspoon salt,
1/4 teaspoon baking soda,
3 teaspoons baking powder.
After five minutes add one cup milk [I use skim] to the cornmeal.
Blend with hand mixer at low speed.
Add two large eggs,
Blend at low speed.
Add dry ingredients,
Blend at low speed, then stirring with large spoon to be certain mixed throughly.
Add 1/3 cup canola oil
Blend at low speed.
Preheat skillet on medium heat.
Reduce heat to low-medium range.
Add Canola oil to suit.
Drop in spoonfuls of batter.
Turn when bubbles form in the center of each cake.
Makes 16 more or less depending on size of the cakes.
Fresh fruit topping.
Slice a small apple in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water.
Add blueberries, and sliced strawberries.
[Optional] Add sugar to taste.
Flavor with all-spice, cinnemon, and nutmeg to taste.
[Optional] Add Bay leaf.
Cover and simmer on low heat, 10-15 minutes.
Do not allow steam to escape.
Spoon over cornmeal cakes.
March 22nd, 201211:26 am
Thanks Chipper … for being a Brave your entire career!
VJ said press conference at 11:30 EDT. I’ve got 680 streaming now waiting for it.
March 22nd, 201211:28 am
Class act all the way. Thanks for your loyalty, Chipper. Some guy named Albert could take a couple of lessons from No. 10.
March 22nd, 201211:30 am
great player but should have retires 2 years ago, he hurt the braves too much money for almost nothing the last couple of years, now we can go get a real bat
Thanks Chipper! Always been one of my favorites. Will miss him.
Does anyone have a link to the press conference?
March 22nd, 201211:32 am
I understand Chippers retirement announcement will be interrupted by Tebow updates
March 22nd, 201211:34 am
Bat – It isn’t on 680.. not at 11:30 anyway.
Glad to know he wants to stay on as a hitting coach. Give him one year as one and quickly make him manager.
So our shopping list for next year, so far, will be for both a fulltime 3B and CF… wow, gonna be an expensive offseason.
2013 3B Free Agents:
Brandon Inge *
Placido Polanco *
Mark Reynolds *
Ty Wigginton *
David Wright *
Kevin Youkilis *
* = option
March 22nd, 201211:35 am
March 22nd, 201211:36 am
It was a good idea to announce it early on.
He is a first ballot Hall of Famer.
I wish I could say he has a good shot at going out like Tony La Russa.
Chipper speaking now….
March 22nd, 201211:37 am
Surely there will be a replay somewhere.
March 22nd, 201211:38 am
Absolute legend. There’s nothing else to say.
March 22nd, 201211:39 am
coolestv white boy i’ve seen on the baseball diamond… Chip it has been with great joy to watch u play 3rd base and swing the wood with the best of them…. since I was 16 u have been one of my favorites and now at 34 bout to be 35 u still are one of my favorites… one last go round for the big fella and my family and I will be in the stands watchin… GO BRAVES!!
Murph, nobody on your list that I would prefer to Prado, I think.
March 22nd, 201211:41 am
Fun trip to Ctown in 2017.
I will hate that last game……such a long time cheering for this man. That will sure be one emotional game.
Kept expecting this one day, just hate reading this kind of news. He’ll surely be missed!
Maybe have Prado play third with Terdo backing him up and sign Nick Swisher to play LF?
March 22nd, 201211:42 am
murph So our shopping list for next year, so far, will be for both a fulltime 3B and CF…
no, murph. our full time 3rd baseman is already on the team. martin prado. shopping list will include a LF and a CF.
March 22nd, 201211:43 am
Thank you Chipper Jones! You are truly an amazing ball player. I’m proud to have watched your entire Hall of Fame Career from beginning to end. I hope you have an amazing final season.
“Not many players can play this game for 19 years and fit all the executives and (managers) at one table”
2nd greatest Braves player ever (only Hank was better) – Chipper’s a 1st ballot hall of famer, easy.
We will miss you bud! Thanks for 20 amazing years
1st Class Player! Perfect example of a player playing for love of the game!
March 22nd, 201211:44 am
Does anyone know how to get a weed eater started that has been sitting in the basement all winter? Thanks
March 22nd, 201211:45 am
Wow…never thought I’d hear Chipper get so choked up…
March 22nd, 201211:46 am
Why not retired now?? You’re going to miss 35 to 45 games like you have for the last 8yrs!!!!!
no, murph. our full time 3rd baseman is already on the team. martin prado.
I mostly agree with that, but, still…depends on where availability meets need. If they look for a banger (and they probably should), then you have to at least kick the tires on a trade for a 3B who can slug. If no such thing, then an OF who can slug.
(But they spent plenty of years looking for an OF slugger, already. No guarantee they’ll find one just because the calendar turns.)
March 22nd, 201211:48 am
So then basically there’s only CFt. This team doesn’t sign Left Fielders.
March 22nd, 201211:49 am
It’ll really start to hit everybody hard come next spring when he’s not there. As a player anyway. I hope he comes in a special instructor of some kind or maybe even a coach. Chipper equals Braves.
Reid in EAV
If you aren’t rushing to buy tickets to the last home game RIGHT NOW, I sincerely doubt your fandom (unless you are in Japan or Antarctica or somesuch.) I remember watching Craig Biggio go out after an entire career with the Astros and telling myself, wow, I really hope we get to do that with Chipper when the time comes.
Thanks, Chip. Gonna miss watching you play.
I read this article with tears in my eyes. I have been a Braves fan since they came to Atlanta in 1966. We have seen so many great players come through this organization. And I am most proud of Larry “Chipper” Jones. He has always put his whole heart into the game and into the Braves. He has always lead by example. I am excited to see that he wants to continue with the Braves francise. That is something I have always wanted to see happen. I have always believed that Chipper was a great leader and his experience can continue to benefit America’s Braves if he stays.
No guarantee they’ll find one just because the calendar turns.
Please. This 2012 team got better from the 2011 team simply because the calendar turned. ( :
Does anyone know how to get a weed eater started that has been sitting in the basement all winter?
Did you leave gas in it all winter? Drain it and put in new gas. Clean the air filter. Put in a new spark plug.
March 22nd, 201211:50 am
Great player, great Brave. He will be missed. On more practical terms, his leaving in 2013 frees up a lot of $ to help sign both McCann and Bourn, especially if Terdo or Salcedo emerges in the minors this year…
March 22nd, 201211:51 am
Damn, I missed the press conference.
So, with Chipper’s option being a definite no, how much money will the Braves have to spend next offseason? I know it all depends on who they go out and get this season at the deadline, but there must be a ballpark figure to start off with based on a $90mil budget.
Chipper, you’re the best. Have a great season!
March 22nd, 201211:52 am
MLBN or ESPN didn’t show Chipper live Press conf….wow a Hall of Famer….if a Jeter or another Yankee or Boston announce his retirement i think they will do it. Shame of you MLBN/ESPN
Chipper, you didn’t owe anyone on this this blog or in the stands or watching on TV anything but effort. Yet you gave us so much, from the 1st day I saw you I became a fan. One of the sweetest swings baseball has ever known and one of the greatest 3rd baseman and switch hitters to ever play. I believe out of the great players who I have seen play I will miss you the most, I will most certainly miss the shoulder tuck as you ran the bases.
Chipper has to be mentioned in the “Greatest Brave Ever” conversation, along with Hank Aaron (#1), Warren Spahn, and maybe Eddie Matthews.
Anthony, it’s called respect for his team and most of the fans with a brain. You don’t call retirement this late in spring when one guy (Prado) is your only legit everyday backup. And he already has a position which would have to be left to one of Diaz or Hinske. Diaz or Hinske? No thanks. That’d leave Wren scrambling for another good hitter with very little budget this time in the spring. He wouldn’t find a imapct bat I don’t think.
March 22nd, 201211:53 am
Because of the steroid era when other guys were juiced, Chipper was one of the most underrated players in the game.
I have watch Chipper through his entire baseball career and i can say he have given my family a lot of joy watching him play .
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