10:23 am March 23, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 23rd, 20128:09 pm
Great article DOB. What makes Chipper’s career even more impressive is that he did all of this without the help of performance enhancing drugs like the losers Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, and Hosey Conseco did. Chipper is the poster child for what a team player looks like.
While I am sad to see him go, I am excited to see what the Braves can get with the money that is currently being used on Chipper who is at the end of his career. It is nice to know that he will be a Brave for life, and that he will still be with the Braves in some kind of capacity going forward. Good luck with your retirement Chipper, and go out on top Hoss.
March 23rd, 20128:24 pm
Repost because this was at bottom of last page and no one reads last post on page.
March 23rd, 2012
Outta here for now. Please post more comments on a Captainship for CHIPPER, just in case anyone in BRAVES management reads the blog. Have a good one or two tonight y’all.
March 23rd, 20128:29 pm
The heck with them, Kat. Have fun in Pittsburg.
March 23rd, 20128:30 pm
Thanks for copying the ESPN piece.
March 23rd, 20128:31 pm
That’s the plan Bat… it’s just 7 months away haha. Thankfully I’ll have a handful of games I’m going to throughout the summer.
March 23rd, 20128:36 pm
Excellent blog, DOB. I really hope that some of the people here who have been whining about Chipper’s contract and being in such a hurry for him to retire will finally enjoy him while he’s still here knowing that this is his last season.
March 23rd, 20128:42 pm
de nada bat. Glad you liked it, pretty informative and again stresses the probable devastation of the “Inverted W”. Interesting that most teams, if they hire them at all, will station the biometric coaches at the lowest levels of the minors and refuse to fool with potential troubles after a pitcher gets established. kinda shows the unusual effort with changing Big Red at this point in his career
March 23rd, 20128:53 pm
We’ll certainly miss you when your gone ole Hoss.
March 23rd, 20128:54 pm
Well Kat, may they all be wins.
Perhaps as I meander through another summer I’ll find myself in Atlanta for a fews games. It’s been awhile………..
March 23rd, 20129:00 pm
I assume Soph is watching the Tar Heels. Happy with Stillman White so far. No Kendall Marshall but then again there is no one else in the country that is.
Harrison Barnes is MIA
I was kind of surprised by them making adjustments to Hanson’s delivery, too.
It’s like one of the Ten Commandments of MLB.
Thou shalt not mess with the mechanics of a successful Major League pitcher
March 23rd, 20129:01 pm
Bat thanks! It’s fun to travel across the country to see them play. I think for me this season it’ll be Atlanta, San Diego, DC, Pittsburgh and one or two games when they’re at Citi Field. I hope you catch them too this season, if not just to enjoy a summertime baseball game.
March 23rd, 20129:06 pm
We need one more team in the blog fantasy baseball league
League ID: 64530
March 23rd, 20129:08 pm
“@MLBNetwork John Smoltz interviews former @Braves teammate Chipper Jones about retiring and his future plans on #MLBTonight LIVE at 9pE”
However at least for me…. the Mets 30 in 30 is airing instead of MLB Tonight. :/
March 23rd, 20129:11 pm
MLB Tonight crew takes a look at the illustrious career of Chipper Jones, agreeing that he’s headed to Cooperstown http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20252173&topic_id=7417714
March 23rd, 20129:24 pm
Just got through reading Bradley’s article where Sports Illustrated thinks the Braves will end up in 4th place this season with only 82 wins. I feel vindicated sorta when a big time sports magazine basically mirrors what I’ve been saying all along this offseason. Fredi is a loser of a manager and offensively speaking, I think I’d rather have any Braves team of the 80’s than to have this motley band of misfits. The only reason why we’ll even have a chance to break even this year will be the pitching, and even that looks doubtful the way most of the starters are looking right now. Of course, I’ll give them a break and say they’ll come around, but with our hitters it will be a year long struggle.
March 23rd, 20129:25 pm
March 23rd, 20129:29 pm
so glad the Braves will be bad lust so you can be vindicated.
bit early though, last I heard they are actually gonna play out all the games to see what happens
March 23rd, 20129:34 pm
Accentuate the positive,eliminate the negative ,react in the affirmative ,and don’t you mess with M.R. in between
Come on, Heels – get it together.
March 23rd, 20129:35 pm
Since when did Baylor change their nickname to the Highlighters?
Soph – are you breathing?
If the 2011 Braves with Lowe and McLouth and Proctor, with injuries to Hanson, Jurrjens, Prado, and McLouth, and with a worn out bullpen can win 89, how will the 2012 Braves only “have a chance to break even”?
Ah – you showed up as I typed that…
March 23rd, 20129:36 pm
I’m trying to, VJ.
I miss Kendall.
March 23rd, 20129:37 pm
nolee you didn’t get the memo?
since jerry decreed it, they are just gonna play the season in magazine articles this year
other division teams are better?
March 23rd, 20129:39 pm
I’m not sure they are all that good a team, but I’d prefer they win than that they play to my expectations
March 23rd, 20129:40 pm
It seems like it would be fun to travel around to different parks to watch the Braves. Always wanted to go to the old Yankee Stadium, never made. Just too busy and maybe next year, oh well.
I like Turner Field. A buddy and I went to some track and field events there during the Olympics, that was a good time. It was easy to pop up for games when I lived in south Georgia no matter how busy I was. Just sacrifice a few hours sleep, no big deal, in those days,anyway.
The same guy I went to the Olympics with used to get seats in the fifth row right, behind home plate, free for several games a year and we would go. Great view and a lot of fun to sit among the fat cats, not to mention the lovely ladies.
One of my cousins sons was up for a visit one summer, when he was still big into playing organized ball, (15 years old) so I took him and my 13 year old nephew, he was a player too, a good one, up to see Atlanta play the Redsox. I didn’t have tickets and they wanted to know how we would get in, I told them not to worry about, watch and see. We drove up found a private parking lot I had used before and told them come on let’s scalp some tickets. So people started to hit us up right away and I kept saying no, the kids were freaking out saying we better get these tickets, we’re not going to get in! I just laughed and said, nope, then when we got close to the stadium I scored us some field level seats for a couple of bucks over face value and there you go. They were amazed, thought old uncle Bat was one worldly dude……….. Good memory
March 23rd, 20129:44 pm
My bracket awaiting the death nail…
March 23rd, 20129:46 pm
soph just jumped 19 feet in the air
I don’t mean to brag, but check out the C-a-C champion defending his crown
I am so glad Ibanez is with the yanks not the phills this year we play em a few times but that dude killed us with the phills
March 23rd, 20129:47 pm
Why not nolie?
Yeah what the hell, let’s play out the season anyway. Might get lucky
March 23rd, 20129:51 pm
Tyler Kepner @TylerKepner
Chris Carpenter out for at least 2 months, per @dgoold. Fascinating career for Carpenter: he’s either awesome or he misses the whole year.
March 23rd, 20129:52 pm
Holy fudgesicles. I’m going to pass out.
March 23rd, 20129:55 pm
March 23rd, 201210:03 pm
Helps to hold the other guys to 2 points in overtime – congrats, Soph!
Edward Salcedo played 3rd base for a couple of innings on TV a few days ago, made a couple of plays. Dude had got the look of a power forward, looks like he can play, we’ll see.
March 23rd, 201210:05 pm
Wow, major props to Ohio – they played well.
Get well soon, Kendall.
March 23rd, 201210:06 pm
he needs to start hitting ken. he will have some pop but so far at least he has shown no real hitting skills
March 23rd, 201210:18 pm
brian – did you make it? Harrison Barnes is going to have to step it up. 3 for 16 ain’t gonna cut it against Kansas or NC State in the Elite 8.
March 23rd, 201210:20 pm
DOB, considering your rampant zealousness, very nice work on YouKnowWho’s retiring. Great to have a real professional on board.
Mets R Best
March 23rd, 201210:31 pm
How do you know I’m a he?
March 23rd, 201210:33 pm
Talk about your basic non sequitur…
March 23rd, 201210:34 pm
i guess the state of Kentucky never got the memo that the mullet is extinct. then come to think about they call it the Kentucky waterfall.
March 23rd, 201210:58 pm
March 23rd, 201211:05 pm
vj, good job with the play by play. if the math thing does not work out you have a future as blog broadcaster.
i like your style, very scully like.
March 23rd, 201211:07 pm
best played half of the tourney.
March 23rd, 201211:10 pm
The last few days I’ve been doing it while trying to grade essays – definitely costing myself money by not getting through the essays as quickly as I would otherwise…
March 23rd, 201211:11 pm
either way the blog world sure appreciates your efforts.
March 23rd, 201211:14 pm
Bat thanks for sharing, nice story!
March 23rd, 201211:15 pm
cant blame venters sore shoulder on fredo. if there is any blame to be laid it is on the offense.
the braves played (i think) more extra inning games then anyone in MLB.
pretty hard to be 3rd in the league in dingers and 10th in runs scored. really hard.
March 23rd, 201211:17 pm
then again they were last in doubles.
March 23rd, 201211:20 pm
Greatest Atlanta Brave. Hope he has a great season!
I blame Venters’ shoulder on Don – psychosomatic…
March 23rd, 201211:21 pm
Why not go ahead and retire his number in September as a fitting tribute.
March 23rd, 201211:25 pm
.308 OBP makes it tuff to score a lotta runs
March 23rd, 201211:27 pm
nc state 33
kansas 32 halftime
March 23rd, 201211:28 pm
So you can wait a year and build up the gate one night…
hard to believe they were in the .335 .obp range the season before.
March 23rd, 201211:35 pm
Dimwit Fredi needs to send Simmons to AAA camp so that Pastornicky can get more playing time at the major league camp. It isn’t helping either of these kids to sit them every other day. After Pastornicky’s big game yesterday he should have been in the starting lineup again today to continue to build that confidence. Simmons has never played above the A+ league, he needs more time in the minors. http://bit.ly/GDYGvu
March 23rd, 201211:39 pm
Nice game for Tyler, but one hit barely reached third base, another hit off the pitcher…I don’t care which way it goes, but calling him a dimwit based on one game makes one question your wittedness…
March 23rd, 201211:42 pm
I too don’t think it is helping either one making them sit every other day at this point
March 23rd, 201211:44 pm
So, make a random decision and send the other one off?
March 23rd, 201211:46 pm
Sorry – not meaning to be snippy – getting tired of reading essays…
March 23rd, 201211:51 pm
random? not really. I already know what i would do and why.
March 23rd, 201211:52 pm
March 23rd, 201211:53 pm
I’ll be really surprised if they don’t go with Pastornicky
March 23rd, 201211:56 pm
Would there be any value in A Simmons and Joey T going down to play side by side in AA then move em up to AAA together then possible sept call up?
March 23rd, 201211:57 pm
But what if the supposed difference between the front office and coaching staff exists? Do they just go with you…
March 23rd, 201211:58 pm
Play Mac at short – have Uggla catch – Parraz at 2nd – dilemma solved…
March 24th, 201212:01 am
According to Bowman, it Venters elbow not shoulder.
March 24th, 201212:02 am
I hate Kentucky more than FG….
Come on, Hoosiers!!
March 24th, 201212:03 am
You don’t like Field Goals? Just Free Throws?
March 24th, 201212:04 am
If that’s correct on Venters, he’s done.
James Andrews’ time.
no doubt in my mind it will be pastor.
Let Chipper catch.
March 24th, 201212:06 am
Oh the endless…drivel
March 24th, 201212:07 am
Oh the endless….
Morons who don’t know a stupid joke when they see one….
And thus call it drivel.
I hope it’s a no big deal problem with Venters.
If he’s hurt it’s Ward’s damn fault for being so gleeful over the Phillies injuries.
neither are going to hit. so unless pastornicky has a milk carton for a glove there is no reason to start the clock early on simmons.
March 24th, 201212:09 am
bat, i concur. i loathe others coming on here and expressing joy over other teams injuries.
bad ju ju.
March 24th, 201212:10 am
Good fight on Showtime
Well Bat, we can hope.
But normally anymore, when we hear elbow, forget it.
March 24th, 201212:11 am
Anyone who celebrates injuries is a fool.
March 24th, 201212:13 am
Yay! My upstairs neighbor just broke his big toe…
Oops, never mind…
The round girl is pretty hot, too
Amen, uga ………
March 24th, 201212:14 am
Bring back Bobby Knight!!
This is what happens when I’m alone and trying to work on scoring essays…
March 24th, 201212:15 am
A fool or a Saint
Maybe just a little tendinitis or something. Venters has had Tommy John surgery, hasn’t he?
March 24th, 201212:16 am
Those essays are getting to you, Vej…
March 24th, 201212:18 am
Has he? I missed it if so. Probably still sore from last year’s debacle…
March 24th, 201212:19 am
Not exactly a defensive struggle, this UK, IU game….sigh.
March 24th, 201212:23 am
ky 33-35 free throws. impressive.
March 24th, 201212:25 am
Beltran’s corner throws in the towel……….. Magdaleno Kicked his butt. Man those little guys are fast
March 24th, 201212:32 am
Yep, Venters had Tommy John surgery in ‘06. I thought so.
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