10:41 am March 22, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 23rd, 20121:39 pm
Chipper is making the same mistake that Fred McGriff made. So many people keep saying, “yeah, Chipper is a first-ballot HOFer, however, THE NUMBERS DONT SAY IT. chipper has somewhere in the neighborhood of 450 home runs. He is at least 50 home runs or more short of immortality. If chipper doesnt continue playing until he hits the 500 hr milestone, chippers career will be a waste and chipper wont get inducted into the HOF. Ask Fred McGriff what chipper should do. Mcgriff (Crime Dog) finished his career with 493 hrs, only 7 away from 500. Finishing short of 500 is costing McGriff a berth in the HOF. Had mcgriff re-evaluated and said, OK, let me join an american club and be a designated hitter (DH) for another 3 years, McGriff probably would have finished with somewhere around 523 home runs and a certain induction into baseballs immortal HOF. McGriff looked at his numebrs and said, HEY, 493 IS CLOSE ENOUGH AND THE BASEBALL GODS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO PUT ME IN. WRONG! What happened to McGriff is the writers said, McGriff got his numbers during the STEROID YEARS and thus must have been juicing and denied mcGriff entry into the HOF, ALTHOUGH MCGRIFFS NUMBERS ARE BETTER THAN 97% OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ENSHRINED IN COOPERSTOWN. I hope Chipper doesnt make the same mistake that mcgriff made and will at least play five more years in the american league as a DH. This will give chipper a chance to get himself to 500 and take away all the speculation and the guesswork. CHIPPER DONT MAKE THE MISTAKE THAT FRED MADE AND BLOW YOUR CHANCE FOR BASEBALL IMMORTALITY!
March 23rd, 20123:18 pm
Thanks Chipper for the loyalty to the club and the line drives you hit for so many years. Hope you bag some long-bearded turkey and have a peaceful and prosperous retirement. The real Braves fans love you. When I was 12 and 13 years old collecting baseball cards back in 1991 and 1992 I never thought this moment would happen. Congratulations on an incredible career. You deserve the Hall.
March 23rd, 20124:16 pm
WAY OVER DUE. He should just go ahead & retire now. The man should have been traded years ago. Might have been a decent DH in the AL & the Braves could have gotten something for him. They traded everybody else so why not an over-the-hill infielder who hasn’t played an entire season in forever. He’s already a hanger-on which will be his legacy as a Brave.
March 23rd, 20124:34 pm
Sideline- You and all of the “over due” comments just plain suck ass. Take that businessman bullsh*# out of this. Chipper is a hero to the city and the organization, not just another commodity. If you ever played the game you would know that. Oh, and screw your fantasy team. Grow-up little boy.
Roscoe P. Coltrain
March 23rd, 20126:59 pm
Finally! No More Ground Out Jones and his Lame JUNK STATS!
Now I can finally focus all my energy to catch them two Duke Boys! Keew Keew…
P.S. Please don’t come back and coach in Atlanta. Cox has this city brainwashed enough as it is.
He played way beyond his effective out of selfishness.
March 24th, 20121:16 pm
Way to rip society off, Chipper.
March 24th, 201211:06 pm
Thank you for everything, Chipper. We’ll miss you.
March 25th, 20121:44 am
According to the AJC, Chipper injured his knee when he slipped while running during stretching, not via the stretching itself.
… for what it’s worth.
March 25th, 20121:59 am
Horace: McGriff should indeed be in the Hall, but unlike Chipper, he doesn’t possess the MVP Award, the .300-plus lifetime average, and the leverage as a third baseman and a switch-hitter.
Chipper will make the Hall, don’t worry.
And the people dumping on Chipper here are atrocious. The guy has played through all manner of pain and injury and he has still proved to be an important, effective player, even when past his prime. And when he signed his last contract in 2009, he was still thirty-six and coming off a season where he led the majors in batting average (.364) and on-base percentage (.470) and finished third in the NL in slugging average (.574). He arguably amounted to the best hitter in the game at the time and thus he hardly hijacked the Braves. As for the notion that his statistics are empty, Chipper’s ability to reach base and create better opportunities for the players around him is invaluable and don’t forget that he drove in at least 100 runs for eight straight seasons from 1996-2003.
March 25th, 20122:01 am
Also, Horace, McGriff did sign with an American League club (Tampa) to serve as a DH at the end of his career in 2004 and attempt to reach 500 homers, but he had nothing left; in his final two seasons, he totaled 15 homers.
March 26th, 20121:18 pm
Chippers numbers are great, but because chipper is BORDERLINE HOF, plus the fact that chippers career did cover the steriod era, chipper may have the same problem of getting into the hof that our friendly freddie mcgriff (crime dog) is having. McGriffs case is puzzling because McGriff has better overall numbers than 97% of the hitters who are enshrined in cooperstown. I say if mcgriff doesnt get in the hall, they should close it down, and shut if off completely. McGriff is worthy of hall of fame induction but no-one outside of myself is lobbying for his entrance into coopersown. Chipper should sign on with as many american league clubs as he can and try to play for at least 7 more years until he eclipses 500 home runs. You have one chance to do it right and secure your legacy and I think chipper is foolish to announce this will be his last year. If chipper hits only 1 hr this year and finishes 49 hrs away from baseball immortality, he should walk away from the game and ruin his legacy. Dale Murphy couldnt make the hall because his numbers were too weak. Chipper has great numbers, but with only one world title the baseball writers will not be kind to him. Thats why chipper should continue signing as DH’s with american league teams until he has played for almost all the american league clubs–simply to protect his legacy and GUARANTEE ENSHRINEMENT INTO COOPERSTOWN.–A FEAT HE SO RICHLY DESERVES!!!
March 28th, 201211:56 pm
From the previous blog which had 108 comments, Venice Jim led the way with 15 posts. There were 35 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:
Rank Poster Frequency
1 Venice Jim 15
2 Ease 12
3 Jimmy 12
4 Lew 12
5 Brava 6
6 Soph 6
7 Bat Masterson 3
8 Bill 3
9 Tomahawkin 3
10 brian 3
11 DAP 2
12 Ease (Win for Ten®) 2
13 McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô: 2
14 Murph 2
15 Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack’s BBQ 2
16 flange1 2
17 ncscoots 2
18 smalltownbravesfan 2
19 64 year Braves fan 1
20 Braveone 1
21 Braves 1
22 BravesQueen 1
23 Bravesfaninmetsland 1
24 DE Braves Fan 1
25 David O’Brien 1
April 4th, 201210:06 pm
Its wonderful as your other posts : D, thankyou for posting . “Reason is the substance of the universe. The design of the world is absolutely rational.” by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.
April 20th, 20125:15 am
You made a number of nice points there
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It is scandal!
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