10:41 am March 22, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 22nd, 201211:53 am
Hire scoots to do your yard work.
scoots you have to at least kick the tires on a trade for a 3B who can slug.
i guess youre right, there are alot of ways this team can go, especially since prado can play either INF or OF. mark reynolds would probably be available, as well as guys like quentin, wright, swisher, ect.
March 22nd, 201211:55 am
Juan, man I’m with you on that. ESPN is a disgrace. All they’re obsessed with is Tebow. That network really is a joke. I NEVER watch those ESPN channels unless there’s a Braves game on. Even then I’ll hope we’re on FSS or something.
mark reynolds would probably be available
Oh… no. I sure hope we aren’t in for 12+ months of Mark Reynolds speculation.
March 22nd, 201211:56 am
Chiiper Thanks for all the Good memory in Atlanta…I’m your number 1 Fan.
Your are the last of the Mohican for the 1995 WS Champ.Again thanks and good luck in your future. Retirement is Good…i been retired since July last yr and i love it.
March 22nd, 201211:57 am
I was really hoping to get Chipper’s autograph next year at ST… was planning on sending the mini-Murphs down towards the field with a jersey and a pen and those puppy-dog eyes they make… maybe he’ll still come to camp and help out or something.
Murph – How much they have Depends on whether or not Jurrjens is still a Brave, if Hudson’s option is exercised (bet it will), etc.
I’m thinking Chipper’s $9 mil, Bourn’s $7 mil, Wilson’s mil and a bit more – maybe in the $20-23 million range?
He should have retired last year. he stay hurt more than he plays. He an greedy over paid bench warmer
March 22nd, 201211:58 am
And a good bit more if JJ is no longer here.
Thanks to Lew i have a Chipper Art work sign by Him….
I’m not sure you should trust around your wife though.
Terdoslavich get ready! Prado in left and only CF to clear up. Life is good in Atlanta!
March 22nd, 201211:59 am
Yet another idiot heard from. They’ll be coming out of the woodwork like roaches with Chipper’s announcement.
March 22nd, 201212:00 pm
missed the press conf, if anyone finds any audio later on, will you post it? thanks.
Jersey Gil – You’re welcome. Glad you like the artwork. How are you and the family?
dave should be getting yelled at by his 6th grade math teacher right now, not typing childish garbage on the Braves blog.
Just a one word name everyone will remember as an Atlanta Brave for years to come..
CHIPPER…….we miss u already!!!!!
It will be a sad day IF it happens. He has talked about this several times and never followed through. I will miss him if he goes. He is a complete player.
There are celebrating in Queen now…Anders & Co.
Lew, you were expecting something different?
March 22nd, 201212:01 pm
Loved watching since your beginning as a rookie. even when i was mad at ya, I still loved watchin’ you. My grandson was introduced to the Braves games 2 years ago. At 4 yrs old and Saturday being his 1st game he’s playing in, he’ll be wearing YOUR number Chipper. THAT IS the impact you’ve had on my family and our city and being a single parent, I’m grateful. Now enjoy your family and who knows… you could be coaching my grandson or granddaughter some day…
March 22nd, 201212:02 pm
ALELUYA…WHO’S NEXT????…HUDSON????…AND WHAT ABOUR…”CUBANITO” GONZALEZ…YES,OUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!
LEW we’re fine…my daughter has another baby , second Grandson….i’m going to Woodstock in May to visit.
March 22nd, 201212:03 pm
Chipper on with Buck and Kincade on 680 right now…
March 22nd, 201212:06 pm
Well all Braves fans knew this day was coming and now that it’s here I just want to say it is harder than anticipated. Chipper has been a Brave for so many years it’s almost like you expect to see him forever out there. He is one of my all time favorite Braves, and one of the reasons I am a Braves fan today. He has played the game the right way and deserves to be a first ballot Hall of Famer, he is one of the best baseball players of all time. He should be proud of the great career he has had and I’m happy he announced this before the season so he is given a proper send off by the fans, his team, and MLB because he truely deserves it. This also gives the 2012 Braves some added fire to give Chipper another ring and go out on top like he deserves.
March 22nd, 201212:07 pm
and a bit more – maybe in the $20-23 million range?
And that $10M tied up in Lowe for this year… so probably in the $30+ range.
Well that’s good news. He can play his final year flat out, because he has the rest of his life to recover. Saw the Braves on 30 clubs in 30 days on MLB network… It was a great in depth look at the team this year. And they did not shy away from the weak offensive issues that plague this team.
No sense in hiding our heads in the sand about it. No sense in pretending it’s not a problem. It’s something we are going to be dealing with.
We have the potential, but potential doesn’t mean much if you lose. Expect a lot of close games. We will be first or second in 2 run or less games this year.
If the kids can hang with the grind, then we’ll be ok. Make no mistake, it will be a grind.
March 22nd, 201212:08 pm
CB – Of course I was. I’m a Blind Homer.
Gimpah & McError
If ever there was a moron you are it
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March 22nd, 201212:10 pm
Jersey Gil – Congratulations on the new Grandchild. Is Hendrix playing at Woodstock?
maybe in the $20-23 million range?
What about D Lowes 10 mill?
March 22nd, 201212:11 pm
agreed – the world would stop (at least at ESPN) if/when Jeter announces his retirement
There’s no doubt that Chipper is a first-ballot HOF’er. His legacy with the Braves is cemented. His greatness as one of the elite switch-hitters the game has ever seen is also established. He will leave the game as one the best to ever play. There’s no question about any of that. The numbers speak for themselves.
All of that said, it’s time for him to retire. His body can’t handle the strain. His knees are gone. His obliques are fragile. And as hard as it is to hear, he’s no longer the force he once was. Chipper is where Dale Murphy found himself in 1992, a one-time great reduced to a part-timer due to a body that said “enough is enough.”
And yes, folks, I know that Chipper’s numbers are far better than Murph’s, so please don’t go there.
Chipper Jones, Forever a Brave. . . .the only player who doesn’t care about accolades, titles, trophies, or records. He has been selfless by taking a cut in pay for the betterment of the team. He has played another position to strengthen the team. He has consistently supported every decision made by the management with the hopes of winning a team title. He has always put the team first because of his love for the game. He is the best all around player in my lifetime. I consider myself fortunate to have watched Chipper through his entire career. God Bless you, Chipper Jones!
March 22nd, 201212:12 pm
TenPasul – Forgot about that. Guess Lowe is out of sight and out of mind.
Lew…Yeah with Janis Joplin to
All Star Dead Band?
March 22nd, 201212:13 pm
Chpper’s retirement announcement should be a rallying cry for this season’s Braves Team to take it all the way to a Series WIN! I know their’s no “I” in Team but if there ever were with the Braves it would be teCHIPPERam for his leadership qualities as much as his stellar play. That’s why I say, the rally cry for the Braves this year should be “Do it for the fans first, because he’d want it that way; but, do it for Chipper because he’s laid it all out there for the team and for the fans and he deserves the team to rally around him for a Series WIN!!” Chipper Jones, we love your play, your leadership, your heart and your mutual love for the Braves fans. See you at Cooperstown, cause I, for one, will certainly be there and I KNOW you will!!!
Brave New World
Great career – hope it ends on a high note in 2012. Chipper would be an awesome hitting coach.
March 22nd, 201212:14 pm
Yep…jajajaja…we’re get in old my friend
But here’s the difference between Jeter retiring and Chipper- Jeter would have made a big production out of it, making sure everyone knew well before the press conference, give them a day or two to assemble. Chipper did it without fanfare, made the announcement early this morning and held the press conference just a couple of hours later. Just like the way he has played his career- little fuss, less attention than he deserves. That’s Chipper.
Eddie Matthews' Ghost
EXPENSIVE OFF SEASON??? What you been drinking/smoking? The owners see this as a $14 million savings for themselves and they are not going to pay Jason Bornee what he wants. So, forget that expensive stuff. They will drop $1.5 to $2 million for each position and save themselves a cool $25 million next year! The Braves will use some untested AA rookie or a broken down vet to fill both positions. Count on it. It is a TRADITION with the Braves to continue to follow this road.
March 22nd, 201212:15 pm
My all-time favorite player growing up. I’m 25 years old and thank God my sports athlete I looked up too didn’t have a blemish on his name. Larry “Chipper” Jones, is the class act that any of us would love to be the Man that he is. I just want to say thank you Chipper for being the ballplayer and Man that you are today! Being an Atlanta Braves fan my whole life, watching you on TBS with all the good ole boys has been an amazing experience. I couldn’t imagine being a fan of any other team but the Atlanta Braves and I thank you for that Chip! Go Braves lets win this dang thing this year for Chipper!
March 22nd, 201212:18 pm
Jersey Gil – Getting old? Dude, we’ve been there for a while now.
March 22nd, 201212:20 pm
In related news, Fredi Gonzalez will be holding a press conference after today’s game to announce that he thinks Chipper will sign a 5 year extension, during which Frank Wren will just stand off to the side, trying not to laugh.
And The Morons keep coming out of the woodwork. Maybe they’ll disappear like vampires in the light of day. Doubt it though.
March 22nd, 201212:21 pm
Who is “Jason Bornee”?
March 22nd, 201212:22 pm
Who is “Jason Bornee” ??
larvell blanks?s that you sugarbear?
March 22nd, 201212:23 pm
Should I be worried that Bat and I apparently share a brain???
Is there a link for TV replay of Chipper’s news conference?
March 22nd, 201212:24 pm
Wasn’t on TV apparently
“thank God my sports athlete I looked up too didn’t have a blemish on his name”
You might want to talk to Larry’s first wife about that, but the Hooters girls will certainly vouch for him.
Good question, cab.
Jason Bournee plays CF on the same team as Bryan McCain and Kraig Cimbril.
cab, no, but Bat should be?
mike in VA
March 22nd, 201212:25 pm
I have only one word for Chipper…………………………………………………THANKS!!!!!!!!!
Ease (Win for Ten®)
March 22nd, 201212:27 pm
Is Hendrix playing at Woodstock?
Actually Lew, this year we have Mother’s Finest and Lovin’ Spoonful headlining our concert series…
March 22nd, 201212:28 pm
Bookend world titles would be a nice way to finish a stellar career! Save a trophy deer or two for me, Chipper.
Bat should feel honored!
March 22nd, 201212:29 pm
One thing I will NOT miss are the lame, tired, stupid hooters jokes that sere never funny and stopped being relevant 10 years ago…
One more season of wincing every time it is hit to Chipper………I hope you are standing tall at the end of your career! Congratulations to both Chipper and the Braves for staying together 23 years. Not many marriages last that long!
March 22nd, 201212:31 pm
Ease – I remember Mother’s Finest – big in Atlanta when I was at UGA. Lovin Spoonful? Wasn’t John Sebastian’s last hit Welcome Back Kotter?
March 22nd, 201212:32 pm
Well guess a bunch of the jugheads on the blog are happy today, me not so much.
Now hold on just a minute ……… That feeling honored stuff is a two way street.
On another note if anyone starts hacking into my online accounts with my passwords I’ll know where to look first.
March 22nd, 201212:34 pm
The One Player who stayed with his team for his entire career:
Smoltz didn’t….Glavine didn’t….Maddux didn’t….He gave Braves fans everything he could. He was loyal in a time when pro athletes seek “respect” paydays. $$$ is their driving force. As Chipper said one time, “I’ve made my money” thats not my motivation. If it were, he would hang around next year after vesting his option.
And make no mistake….the option will vest. It ludicrous for some here to say its “past due”. Past due what? Look over at 3rd next year and wonder…Why did I say that? Heck, look how weak the team is when he is out of the lineup now.
Facts get in the way for you guys. Get over it…The day he hangs it up will be a day TOO SOON! Any other sentiment just doesn’t get it…you will next year!
Chipper….Good Luck in 2012 and Beyond!
You changed positions and took hometown discounts to help this team and franchise. You are what a professional player should be. Thanks!
Now go win the WS to make it a storybook finish!
2017 Hall of Famer!
Good decision. I have appreciated his dedication to the Braves, and the influence he has had on the young players. However, if he continues playing, and he keeps not being able to actually show up and play, he is going to tarnish a great career.
Now, the Braves need to do what the Yankees have done so many times. Use Chipper as their motivation to do their best, and send him into his retirement, with another World Series Ring.
Go Braves, this One is for Chipper!
March 22nd, 201212:35 pm
Taking the kids to NYC/Citifield for opening weekend games. #10 Jerseys on all.
March 22nd, 201212:36 pm
Well, for all the negative things said about Chipper…the season he hit .364 was a joy to watch. The guy was just magical with the bat that year. Hopefully Chipper can go out on a high note this year and play in most of the games and lead this team to the playoffs.
I was hoping he could go out with at least a NL Championship…. While I have felt the time had come last season Chipper has earned the right to go out on his terms and the braves now have the option of finding his replacement this season or doing what they did this winter, hope
Lew, I have no idea…just know that they are coming here in August. Atlanta Rhythm Section was also a frequent headliner in years past…
Bob the Blogger
March 22nd, 201212:38 pm
The word superstar is thrown around way too carelessly these days, but Chipper Jones is one without question. He was a true five tool player in his prime, and all those flags flying over Turner field would not be there without him.
Chipper and Hank Aaron are the only two players that gave me goose bumps when they walked up to the plate. You just expected something good to happen, and often it did.
I really do hope that other teams honor Chipper as he makes his way from city to city this season… and I can’t wait to see what kind of reception he gets in NY. I bet they give him a standing ovation, not because of the player he is/was, but because he won’t be the knife in their back beyond 2012.
Another interesting visit will be his last one to Florida. Will Loria do the right thing or give him a brown paper bag full of dog doodie?
Considering Maddox played for the Cubs…wait for it…BEFORE the Braves, not really possible to play his entire career with the Braves…
Ease – Yep, lots of Oldie Goldies out there still trying to make a buck.
March 22nd, 201212:39 pm
Ease, nice steal from scoots.
March 22nd, 201212:41 pm
Nice to see Jeff321 make an appearance. I always worry,when I have not seen him in awhile, that he has been run over by a bus steamroller.
March 22nd, 201212:43 pm
Class Act! Hate to see him go, but it is time. Glad to see he wants to come back to the team in another capacity.
lew, if your talking about money coming off the books, im counting over $30mil with just chipper, bourne, and lowe coming off. either way, should be plenty.
March 22nd, 201212:44 pm
Bat, I was thinking Jeff321 worked at the stables. He is pretty good at shoveling horse manure.
March 22nd, 201212:45 pm
its sad to see chipper retire. but, the 2013 team will save atleast $7 million on the payroll with other money coming off the books. this will be a changing time for the braves, and with all this young talent, it seems to be a very bright future which will begin in 2013
This is going to be one big mess. Chipper will never finish the season or he will finish it on the DL. If they are in contention he will suck it up and play but if they are out of the running he will use some injury to go on the DL and ride the season out. Should have left 2 years ago. when he goes down Prado will go to 3rd and someone like Henske will play Left Field. He was great for the Braves for many years but he stayed too long.
DAP – I forgot about Lowe. Easy to do.
Really going to miss seeing #10 out there!
March 22nd, 201212:46 pm
I just want to say thanks to Chipper for all he has done forthe Atlanta Braves and their fans. I rejoice in the fact that I got to watch Chipper play his entire career.
Chipper, you are one of the best of the best. You and Hank Aaron are Braves by definition
Thanks for everything 10!
Wow… I wasn’t expecting that. Makes me wonder what would happen if he has a great year…
Regardless, thanks for sticking with the Braves for so long, Chipper. You da man.
March 22nd, 201212:47 pm
And yet another in the continuing series of the chronically uninformed makes an appearance.
Gonna really miss seeing Chipper take the field. I love the Braves, but have always enjoyed seeing Chipper play the game. Looking forward to taking in some games in 2012 to a great one take a bow.
DAP- about $30 million will be coming off the books, but with arbitration, signing extensions, etc. the braves will have about $20-$25 million to spend next winter. and most of the money will go to the offense, since the braves have a full rotation set for years to come
March 22nd, 201212:48 pm
I don’t put Chipper down for being injured, I question what he Mantle and Griffey, Jr. might have done if healthy throughout their careers.
That he is,CB.
March 22nd, 201212:50 pm
Chipper ranks 14th in FanGraphs’s Wins Above Replacement among major league third basemen since 2009. That’s not great but Chipper has been a more than capable big league thirdbaseman (mostly because of his bat) over the last three seasons.
If he want to go DH, he could probably provide some value over fringe level for another 3-4 more years.
Let’s just say I’m glad those who think Chipper has been a drag on the Braves in recent years aren’t in the Braves’ front office.
Dave and ssigator, shut up! You’re not wanted here.
Chipper has been one the best players this town has ever seen! You,does, are idiots.
“im counting over $30mil”
From my calculations, we actually will be in debt even more. That 30 million, is actually only 3 million, and when you factor in other Atlanta Brave accounting practices…we actually are going to be in the hole. Gonna have to hope Simmons, Pastornicky, Delgado, Teheran, Vizcaino pan out, because we just aren’t going to have any money to spend this off-season.
March 22nd, 201212:51 pm
Good player but not great. Not HOF material!
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