10:41 am March 22, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 22nd, 201212:53 pm
They Should Just Go Ahead and retire his number 10 this year…during the Last home series…
March 22nd, 201212:54 pm
And have a Huge Pre-Game Party Celebrating the career of the legendary #10
K Conway, so you are an extremely small Hall kind of guy, huh?
And yet another moron heard from. More prolific than cockroaches and rats.
great player- hope he did not stay one year too long – I feel sure he wants to go out with a career 300 average- good luck Chipper this year and in the years ahead
March 22nd, 201212:55 pm
The greatest player in ATLANTA BRAVES history will be gone after this seaon. I hope and Pray he has not pushed his career one year to many. Praying he goes out with a very good season.
Cool 30/30 video with future hitting coach Chipper Jones
March 22nd, 201212:56 pm
I Totally agree that someone mention that Chipper was one of the more underrated hitters in the roid era because he was always consistant in the Shadow, of Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, etc…
K Conway- what a moron. What qualifies in your world as a Hall Of Famer?
Like many I’ve been following Chipper since his signing with the Braves and his days in Macon. As great as his numbers are think how much greater those would be if he had not missed all of 1994 and parts of several other seasons due to injuries along with the move to left field. I am glad that he is stepping down before he runs the risk of his careeer B.A. falling below .300 as happened with the other great switch hitter, Mantle. His contributions to the Braves’s success and baseball may be measured by the stats but the efforts of heart and spirit are immeasurable. Thanks Chipper and best wishes for a healthy and winning farewell season.
Ease (Win for Ten®)
March 22nd, 201212:58 pm
George, your sentiments are truly warming and heart-felt.
Come on Frank Wren: Make the necessary moves to help the Braves go out on top. Millions are coming off the books, so make it happen.
March 22nd, 201212:59 pm
“Good player but not great. Not HOF material!”
Post of the day, SMH…Even Mets fans would say he is HOF Material…
Lee in S GA
March 22nd, 20121:00 pm
Sad thing about a player of Chipper’s statue retiring is after so many years of seeing him play it makes me think of how old I’m getting and another generation of players are slowly fading away. He is the last remaining link still playing that was part of the great Braves’ teams of the 90’s.
I think I’m Gonna go Play on Schult’z blog for awhile…That one might get ruthless….
Its a SS (Split-Squad) Day of Blogging, I’m making the rounds….
March 22nd, 20121:01 pm
lew I forgot about Lowe
its probably for the best.
Lee in S GA
“Sad thing about a player of Chipper’s statue retiring is after so many years of seeing him play it makes me think of how old I’m getting and another generation of players are slowly fading away. He is the last remaining link still playing that was part of the great Braves’ teams of the 90’s.”
Good Point, I basically said the same thing when I saw McGriff and Justice Back in Camp…It was like a 90’s reunion…
March 22nd, 20121:02 pm
I hope he takes Snitgers place as 3rd base coach
I always knew there were a few out there claiming that Chipper wasn’t a “first-ballot” Hall of Famer. I think there is a chance that he doesn’t get in on the first ballot because there are too many people who think this way, combined with too many Hall of Fame voters who don’t know what they’re doing (haven’t covered baseball in a while, consistently vote for the likes of Jim Rice and Jack Morris but not Tim Raines, etc.). But someone arguing that Chipper is not a Hall of Famer? That has to someone just trying to stir things up, right?
March 22nd, 20121:03 pm
I see the Tim Tebow Telethon is still going strong on ESPN. They were able to give Chipper 30 seconds on his retirement news.
DAP – My sentiments, exactly.
cabravesfan@12:29-amen! People need to find some new material.
March 22nd, 20121:04 pm
What’s wrong with Sutton’s voice?
March 22nd, 20121:05 pm
radio link to the game?
Pink Cadillac playing in the stadium as Jose Reyes prepares to step in against Brandon Beachy…
Chipper is getting Killed on Schultz’s Blog OUCH!
Where do these fans come from…? And what do they want?
This dude like Glavine is a HOF’er and is getting torn apart, Some of these fans are native New Yorkers and other parts of New England or AKA the fairweather fans in the city….
I have been listening to ESPN radio on tv [ the herd they call the show] NOT one word about CHIPPER. Think ESPN has a hate thing going with ATLANTA.
March 22nd, 20121:06 pm
ESPN is considering switching ESPN Wide World of Sports at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista to Tim Tebow Wide World of Sports at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista
Chipper took the lineup card out to a rousing standing ovation…
March 22nd, 20121:07 pm
Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick
Chipper gets a standing ovation as he takes out lineup card before #Braves #Marlins game. Very cool
There’s your standing O scoots…
“I see the Tim Tebow Telethon is still going strong on ESPN. They were able to give Chipper 30 seconds on his retirement news.”
Why would anyone watch BSPN when its a well known fact that they hate to talk about Atlanta Sports players/teams???
George – Dan Patrick mentioned the retirement very shortly after the news came out (my tweet might have helped alert them)…
March 22nd, 20121:08 pm
As I’ve said a few times recently, stay off the side blogs. Full of booger-eaters and wife-beaters. You won’t get any quality Braves talk on those… I’d say they should not allow commenting on side blogs, but then all the retards would come here.
chris 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
yeah, youre probbaly right. thats in the category of “plenty” in my opinion. we’ll see what happens i guess.
Hinske played that one well.
March 22nd, 20121:09 pm
Called strike on Reyes – flies to left, bounces in front of Hinske, bounces off him, double for Reyes…
$20-25mil… that’ll get us Upton and a solid BP arm.
March 22nd, 20121:10 pm
Omar Infante with a 1-1 count…
March 22nd, 20121:11 pm
Of course DAN PATRICK no longer with ESPN.
Foul ball, followed by a very high wild pitch, rRyes to 3rd…
March 22nd, 20121:12 pm
Omar with a sac fly, 1-0 Marlins…
Sorry. Does your husband/boyfriend get jealous when you call out Chipper’s name in the heat of passion?
March 22nd, 20121:13 pm
I too have watched Chipper since day one. The end of an era. So sad but wish him nothing but the best in whatever he decides to do. Hope he stays with the Braves in some capacity.
Rob Neyer’s take on Chipper and the HOF:
You said recently that Terdoslavich is not a viable replacement for Chipper at 3B. Do you still feel that way and who would you have replace him? David Wright in the winter?
Klaw (1:11 PM)
He’s not. I don’t see Atlanta having the budget to add Wright.
March 22nd, 20121:14 pm
Ramirez with a single and a steal of 2nd…
Dave any ssigator, shut up! No one who is a Braves fan wants you here. Chipper is one of the best players this town has ever seen. You gentlemen (sic) are idiots.
There’s your standing O scoots…
Win For Ten, baby. That’s was the only thing missing from his HOF resume.
Great timing! This will allow the Braves to begin their search for a quality 3rd sacker, and it will allow all teams he visits to honor him. Good Luck Chipper and to the Braves.
March 22nd, 20121:15 pm
John Buck with 2-2 count…
March 22nd, 20121:16 pm
Count goes full – then swinging K…
Man, Sutton sounds horrible.
March 22nd, 20121:18 pm
*MURPH*: “As I’ve said a few times recently, stay off the side blogs. Full of booger-eaters and wife-beaters.” You mean it gets worse than some of the stuff on this blog?!?
I will certainly miss seeing Chipper in the lineup. I am lucky that I have been able to witness his entire career. He has been my favorite Braves player for a long time now. My dogs even named Chipper. Thanks for being the ballplayer and the person you were Chipper. You were a joy to watch. Your presence in the lineup will certainly be missed. I can’t wait to see you name in the Hall of Fame.
Bryan Petersen grounds out to end the inning…
At least MOST of the CHIPPER haters are staying off main blog.
March 22nd, 20121:19 pm
So Beachy is from Kokomo, how the hell did I miss that gem………….
MLB Public Relations @MLB_PR
Happy 60th birthday to @MLBNetwork’s Bob Costas, still at the top of his game:
March 22nd, 20121:20 pm
Bourn to bat against Ricky Nolasco…
March 22nd, 20121:21 pm
Trying to get my hubby to buy me a 9/30 ticket. I have the Saturday ticket already, but I want to go to that last game. My work computer won’t let me get to ticketmaster.com
2-2 count – ball 3…
March 22nd, 20121:22 pm
K Conway: For you, from ESPN a few minutes ago: “He enters his final season with 454 home runs, a career .304 batting average, 1,561 RBIs, a National League MVP Award and 11 years playing in the postseason. When he appears on the Hall of Fame ballot in five years, he’ll go straight to Cooperstown, one of the game’s greatest third basemen.”
..But never mind what those who actually cover baseball for a living think. I want to hear what YOU think. Because obviously you know more than all of us combined, right? Teach us, o sensei. Regale us with your wisdom.
BA’s going into the stretch run in ST 2012 [minimum 20 AB's]
C – McCANN – 34 AB, .294 BA.
1B – FREEMAN – 46 AB, .174 BA.
2B – UGGLA – 37 AB, .270 BA.
SS – PASTORNICKY – 44 AB, .159 BA.
3B – JONES – 25 AB, .200 BA.
LF – PRADO – 42 AB, .357 BA.
CF – BOURN – 48 AB, .250 BA.
RF – HEYWARD – 53 AB, .208 BA.
C – ROSS – 21 AB, .190 BA.
1B/LF – HINSKI – 34 AB, .176 BA.
SS/IF – SUTTON – 31 AB, .290 BA. [in place of Jack WILSON].
LF/RF – DIAZ – 37 AB, .216 BA.
SS – SIMMONS – 34 AB, .206 BA.
Neither PASTORNICKY nor SIMMONS look ready for prime-time at the plate, but SUTTON doesn’t excite me much either. I don’t know why in DREW’s case.
At any rate, either will struggle to reach the mendoza-line right now in my opinion. SUTTON’s bat may be a bit ahead of all three at this point. The REV’s winning hit was off at best a AAA pitcher yesterday. SIMMONS is beginning to flail at the plate in desperation. Both need seasoning at the minor’s level. TYLER’s bat does look to be more mature than ANDY’s at this point however, despite his horrible start in ST.
I did not like FREEMAN’s look at the plate yesterday. His uppercut swing looks out of sync, and he was off balance in that last AB as he lunged slightly for the ball. He may have some problems offensively going forward this season.
HEYWARD looks to be measurably improved at the plate over last season, but still has a ways to go to be back to rookie form in my opinion.
March 22nd, 20121:23 pm
Great ball player, but I stopped having respect for him as a person when he criticized John Rocker for being a racist baffoon idiot (correct) and tried to take the moral highground, but at the same time was making a baby with a hooters girl behind his wifes back. I’ll always think of him as a hypocrite, but the man can play baseball.
Prado line drive hit past Reyes…
March 22nd, 20121:24 pm
Freddie hits the ball to the wall, Marteeen scores!!!
Double for Freeman…Uggla batting…
Sad to say but it is definitely time. Glad he sees it also.
March 22nd, 20121:26 pm
You will be missed terribly by those of us with an ounce of sense, which fortunately is most of us.
Let’s tear em up one more time…
March 22nd, 20121:27 pm
2-2 pitch to Uggla is swung on and missed…
“He was in retrospect, the ultimate No. 1 pick, the ultimate franchise player.
Among No. 1 overall picks, only Alex Rodriguez has compiled more career Wins Above Replacement, but no player has accumulated more value with his original team than Chipper:
Chipper Jones, Braves, 1990: 82.7
Ken Griffey Jr.. Mariners, 1989: 67.6
Joe Mauer, Twins, 2001: 40.3
Darryl Strawberry, Mets, 1980: 37.7
Alex Rodriguez, Mariners, 1993: 37.1 ”
DOB is to blame for the retirement after trying to retire Chipper last week…
March 22nd, 20121:28 pm
FREEMAN doesn’t appear to be having any problem at the plate today does he?
Love the ATL
March 22nd, 20121:29 pm
Hall of Fame in your future Chipper!!!!!!
March 22nd, 20121:30 pm
Hinske walks on 4 pitches – Jason to bat…
March 22nd, 20121:31 pm
It’s pretty hard to concentrate on hitting when you’re pain free, let alone when you’re in constant agony from artheritic knees.
March 22nd, 20121:32 pm
2-1 on Heyward…chopper foul…fouled again…
March 22nd, 20121:33 pm
And Jason pops to Hanley, 1-1 after the first inning…
Hey Blog/ DOB,
what are the odds, possibility of this:
Hitting Coach: Chipper
Pitching coach: Maddox or Glavine
Re-unite some of the best braves to lead our young stars
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March 22nd, 20121:34 pm
Yeah! What you said.
March 22nd, 20121:35 pm
Chipper Jones is a Hall of Famer, and it’s not even close.
START THE COUNTDOWN
Opening Day is just 14 days away. Until then, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi keep you up to date.
Jones, who announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the 2012 season, is one of the best switch-hitters in major-league history.
You don’t even need two hands to make the entire list.
Frankie Frisch, Mickey Mantle and Pete Rose. Eddie Murray, Roberto Alomar and maybe Tim Raines.
March 22nd, 20121:36 pm
Glad to see you go out on your terms. I’ve been a BravesFan since before the bad old days. Never got off the BandWagon. GodSpeedChipperJones!! To infinity and beyond!!
March 22nd, 20121:37 pm
Rowand with a bloop single in front of Bourn…
March 22nd, 20121:39 pm
It would be nice if the BRAVES appointed CHIPPER Captain of BRAVES year and have him take lineup card out every game. Not many teams have Captains anymore [ know the Yankees do] but it sure weould be a nice honor for CHIPPER, he deserves it.
I think I’ll go somewhere and cry. He is a great one. Definite, no doubt, first ballot hall of famer.
Will probably make a great hitting coach.
March 22nd, 20121:40 pm
Aaron Rowand thrown out stealing – full count on Cousins…
March 22nd, 20121:41 pm
K for Cousins…
Best 3rd baseman ever…..well Chipper is in the top 10!!!!
March 22nd, 20121:42 pm
Terry Tiffee pops to Bourn to end the inning…
Curious what Chipper’s position will be next year, we just hired a hitting coach. Fredi’s replacement?
March 22nd, 20121:44 pm
Win for 10!
What a great slogan.
I think we need t-shirts and hats!
March 22nd, 20121:45 pm
Ross out on sliding catch in left field…
March 22nd, 20121:46 pm
I think Chipper will work with the team in ST for a couple of years and stay home with the wife and kids for a bit.
Then in 3-4 years, he will get the itch to come back.
Maybe a position of DIrector of hitting and work with all the hitters in the org and all the hitting coaches?
That way they don’t have to fire the hitting coach if he is doing well.
Great column by Richie Justice on Chipper (warning – not designed for the clever people who don’t think he’s a HOFer):
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