At 40, Chipper excels as hitter and (unofficial) coach

MIAMI – He’s on pace to play 99 of the Braves’ 162 games, or about 25 fewer than Chipper Jones had in mind when he reported to spring training. But other than being out more than he planned for chronic knee problems and surgical procedures that twice put him on the disabled list, the third baseman has flourished in his final season, surpassing the expectations of most observers.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I thought he was going to have a productive year, if we could keep him on the field and keep him kind of fresh. And so far we’ve been able to do that, because he’s been pretty honest with us about how his body feels.”

Oh, come on. Having a productive year is one thing. Being the team leader in batting average (.313), on-base percentage (.386) and slugging percentage (.495)  is quite another.

Did we mention Jones is 40?

And while he’s  delivered key hits on creaky knees, Jones has also fully embraced the elder statesman role that shifted ever increasingly to him when others from Atlanta’s division-title run either retired or went away. Now he’s the man. Teammates call him “Battle Axe” and wear T-shirts with that nickname on the front and Jones’ career achievements on the back.

He’s an unofficial third hitting coach with Greg Walker and his assistant Scott Fletcher, in their first year with the Braves.

“He’s part of me and Fletch’s team,” said Walker, who was hired as Braves hitting coach after 8-1/2 seasons in that role with the Chicago White Sox. “We bounce ideas off him. We encourage him to get involved if he sees something. But he also has to take care of himself because he’s still a big part of this offense.”

• Fact: When leading off innings Jones is 22-for-50 (.440) with two homers and a .500 OBP that’s tied with Matt Kemp for third-best in the majors.

The tone for Jones’ relationship with Walker and Fletcher was set in January, when they worked with Jason Heyward in hitting sessions at Turner Field. Where some first-year coaches might have felt threatened by Jones’ presence and clout in the clubhouse, Walker and Fletcher sought his advice and tapped his knowledge.

“I have a rapport with the guys who were here already, and I think we’d be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t relay to Fletch and Walk what we’ve worked on,” Jones said. “Because the last thing I want to do is contradict something they’re saying, and I’m sure vice-versa. Just as long as we’re on the same page and communication is open and we’re all kind of throwing our two cents in, it’s worked out great.

“I’ve always thought that the more eyes you can have a on a guy who’s struggling, the more apt you are to figure it out, talking amongst yourselves, throwing things around, seeing if it sticks. It’s been great so far….

“The good thing is that they’re open to it. They’re not closed-minded guys that say everybody has to hit their way. It started with bringing Jason in and showing him the mechanics that he was doing correctly when he first got to the big leagues, and how he got away from it. Now he’s gotten back to those mechanics and he’s having himself a good year….

“We’ve had some [previous coaches] who’ve been a little insecure and feel like you might be stepping on their toes somewhat. But as one of the leaders on this club, it’s my job to talk the game. It’s my job to offer advice when I see the need. And that’s not going to change.”

• Fact: Jones has 25 walks and 25 strikeouts in 214 at-bats, the only Brave with as many walks as strikeouts this season. If he keeps it up, it would be his 12th season with at least as many walks as strikeouts.

Walker said he doesn’t do much coaching when it comes to Jones. If the switch-hitter seeks feedback, they’re there.

“We just ask him what he needs,” Walker said. “He asks some questions, very seldom though. He and Fletch talk when he’s not playing and he’s getting ready for a pinch-hit [appearance]…. He’s a really, really intelligent hitter, and that’s an understatement. I think everybody in baseball knows that. He knows his swing. There’s just nothing to do. It’s like when I went to [Chicago], Frank Thomas was a veteran that already knew his game, and there was nothing to do.”

If Jones is talking to Walker and Fletcher about a hitter, it’s almost always about someone other than himself.

“I’ve always used veteran players, guys that know their game and just go about their business,” he said. “I’ve always encouraged them for their input, to help younger players. Chipper’s done a really good job of it. He’s had some helpful things to say during games, before games, he’s been very helpful with me and Fletch getting comfortable.”

• Fact: Jones has hit .318 with an .874 OPS against left-handers this season, and .310 with an .886 OPS against right-handers. He’s hit in seven spots in the order and had more than 10 at-bats in each spot from second through sixth. Batting sixth, he’s 30-for-93 (.323) with four homers. Batting cleanup, he’s 24-for-68 (.353) with 10 RBIs and an .890 OPS.

Jones recently broke the career RBI record for players whose primary position was third base. The record belonged to George Brett, who played his final season at age 40 and hit .266 with a .746 OPS. Brett finished with one more RBI than legendary third baseman Mike Schmidt, who played his final season at age 39 and hit .203 with a .668 OPS.

Ironman Cal Ripken Jr., who switched from shortstop to third late in his career, played his final season at age 40 and hit .239 with a .637 OPS.

To repeat, Jones is hitting .313 with a .881 OPS.

If he maintains anything close to that pace he will finish with an average over .275 for the first time since winning the National League batting title with a career-best .364 in 2006. He has a team-best .881 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He will likely finish with his first OPS above .818 since posting three consecutive plus-1.000 marks from 2006 through 2008.

• Fact: Creaky legs and knees have contributed to his .216 average and .758 OPS in 13 day games. In night games he’s hit .333 — 22 points better than any other Brave — with seven homers, 34 RBIs (tied for second on the team) and a .907 OPS in 47 games. His .508 slugging percentage in night games is 42 points above the team’s next-best, Heyward’s .466.

Jones says he could see himself becoming a hitting coach someday. Walker said he would make a good one.

“No doubt,” Walker said. “I think he’d be a good manager or coach, whichever one he decided to do. No doubt.”

He paused and smiled before adding, “I don’t know that I like him so much that I’d encourage him to be a hitting coach.”

Jones reiterated Wednesday that hitting coach could be in his future.

“I don’t want to manage,” he said. “Hitting is my craft, and I take it very seriously. I enjoy it. It’s just one part of the game that I think about constantly. Even when guys are struggling, I’m looking to see what nugget of information I can give them that might help them out. I wouldn’t necessarily teach my philosophy, but I know what makes people successful at the plate, because I’ve watched and I’ve learned. I know what makes their swing tick, and that’s something that hitting coaches are really good at. I think I’d be a lot better hitting coach than I would a manager.”

199 comments Add your comment

Dreading the trade deadline

July 26th, 2012
3:26 pm

From 4th to 1st — go Braves!

urban redneck

July 26th, 2012
3:33 pm

i would love to have larry as a hitting coach. plus the braves are always out of the playoffs by the beginning of deer season, so everybody wins.

Ryan Dempster

July 26th, 2012
3:33 pm

I’m not coming unless you start working with Dan Uggla

Wlizardo

July 26th, 2012
3:40 pm

And thats chipper…i hope he decides to become Hitting coach in the near future… FOR the rbaves ofc…

Chris_H

July 26th, 2012
3:40 pm

Chipper as hitting coach – it’s a no-brainer when he wants the job

Yogi Berra

July 26th, 2012
3:42 pm

Very good report DOB..Would love to see Chipper as Mgr one day. Love Walkers remarks and respect he has for Battle Axe.
Both need to talk with Uggla.. Thanks again DOB good inside report.

sidslidkid

July 26th, 2012
3:42 pm

There’s just something about the way DOB writes about Chipper that just works. Their styles just gel… gonna miss these reads.

Burman Fisher

July 26th, 2012
3:42 pm

Uggla seems beyond help!

PMC

July 26th, 2012
3:43 pm

While I’m not suprised, afterall he’s a hall of famer in waiting and one of the best switch hitters of all time, It’s a little if not very disapointing that the Braves have not done a good enough job in acquisitions that a 40 year old would be in those lofty positions on the stat sheet.

Ken Stallings

July 26th, 2012
3:45 pm

The work the current hitting coach staff (Chipper included) has done with Jason Heyward has alone earned every penny of their pay. Heyward is experiencing an epiphany that frankly I did not expect and would not dared have hoped for. Heyward and Freeman are both enjoying excellent seasons and is a prime reason for the overall offensive resurgence from last season.

Chipper is already an excellent hitting coach. He’s just a player-hitting coach!

jharber

July 26th, 2012
3:46 pm

Sure wish he would accept managers job for 2013. Thanks Chipper for all the memories.

Jack G

July 26th, 2012
3:50 pm

With all this hitting knowledge—-why cant they help Uggla???

nuh uh

July 26th, 2012
3:51 pm

Chipper should be hitting coach next year and then be added to the roster in September when the rosters expand so he can be a pinch hitter off the bench. I’m pretty sure he could still hit major league pitching even after a whole year off.

Yogi Berra

July 26th, 2012
3:51 pm

I’ve talked to a couple Braves coaches in last three months and they both said Chipper would make a great Manager. Just get Chipper to do it.

Yogi Berra

July 26th, 2012
3:52 pm

Greg Walker also would make a good manager.

jim

July 26th, 2012
3:53 pm

Can all the Braves Hosses and all the Braves men
put Dan Uggla together again?

King of Nothing.

July 26th, 2012
3:53 pm

Chuck Oliver is an idiot. Atlanta’s only active legend is making his final rounds. Kinda sad really. I love the nickname, BattleAx…. and I would love one of those shirts.

jharber

July 26th, 2012
3:54 pm

Before the beaning too head headed to listen, May be a little softer now

Chipper to Manager

July 26th, 2012
3:55 pm

Ahhhh, to be 40 again. I have always said Chipper would be a great manager. We don’t have one now.

ugafan13

July 26th, 2012
3:55 pm

Uggla is a space cadet and beyond help!

Skyler

July 26th, 2012
4:01 pm

Chipper won the batting title in 08, not 06.

Heisenberg

July 26th, 2012
4:05 pm

I would like Chipper to scream in Uggla’s ear “MOVE UP IN THE BOX CLOSER TO THE PITCHER, YOU ARE WAY AHEAD OF EVERYTHING!”

David O'Brien

July 26th, 2012
4:06 pm

sidslidkid, Yogi: Thank ya

Puma

July 26th, 2012
4:06 pm

Good read, thanks. Cheaper sounds like he would not want to deal with the stress of being a manager and just doing what he loves, which is hitting.

Heyward is looking pretty awesome, especially lately. I love having Heyward and Freeman in the 3 or 5 spots with Chipper in the middle. Now if only Uggs would get it together, that right handed bat would be tough.

Another Pretty Face

July 26th, 2012
4:06 pm

Ugg’s Must be Too UGLY for Larry’s Eyes.

Mark (another one)

July 26th, 2012
4:07 pm

If you listen to some of the reports, Chipper, Walker and Fletcher have all been working with Uggla and the results in batting practice have been good. The problem is translating it to the game. From the sound of it, the issue is getting his body tilted when he swings, which in turn tilts the swing plane.

Sometimes knowing the problem doesn’t lead to immediate improvement. Some players are simply better at making adjustments than others. Otherwise, Chipper could teach a no talent player to hit. It doesn’t work that way. The player has to put the adjustments into action during the game.

I also agree with sidslidkid above. The DOB articles about Chipper have a certain flow to them. They’re fun to read. I will miss them.

Peachtree John

July 26th, 2012
4:09 pm

The team psychologist needs to work with Chipper on his attitude towards managing. It’s impressive to just hear him talk the game. He knows the game and appears to have respect from the players. He should make a great manager beginning in 2013. Lack of experience, you say? Ha. He can learn on the fly and be better than most out of the box.

RoyU

July 26th, 2012
4:09 pm

Nobody of sane mind can question Chipper’s abilities as a MLB ballplayer. However, setting aside the respect that his should and obviously do have and show for him, I would question his ability to “coach” and feel that his doing this may be a contributing factor to the Braves inconsistencies. The Braves have two hitting coaches (three with Chipper) and one field manager (two with Chipper) and it may very well be that this is a major part of the problem. Does this add to the direction each and every player knows is right or does it actually confuse them? I believe tha latter is very possible. Greatness in any field does not necessarily carry with it the ability to teach. If I am trying conscientiously to do a very comprehensive responsibility, I want to do it with as little supervision as possible and especially not have to deal wih four or more supervisory personalities. This could very easily be a major part of the Braves probles. Sorry, Chipper, but you may be doing more harm than good!

thomas smith

July 26th, 2012
4:09 pm

uggla needs to realize he is strong enough to hit the ball out to any field.he could hit homers to right field too.so go with the pitch and quit trying to pull everything.

reckingball

July 26th, 2012
4:09 pm

Slump? Uglla ain’t in no slump, he just ain’t hittin’ right now.

reckingball

July 26th, 2012
4:10 pm

make tha Uggla. thanks

reckingball

July 26th, 2012
4:11 pm

make tha, that, thanks

ernestwaller

July 26th, 2012
4:13 pm

i do agree with the one preson that saud let”s send him out a winner. i do see the braves retiring his numberin less two yrs. i want to be there when they do,the last three breves nymbers they retied they won.let”s go braves.chop the bestchop in town.go braves & lets go chipper

reckingball

July 26th, 2012
4:17 pm

A P F @ 4:06pm……”Ugg’s must be too UGLY for Larry’s eyes.”
Too ugly, you don’t hit with your face.

joe

July 26th, 2012
4:18 pm

u talking to a mirror reck??

RoyU

July 26th, 2012
4:21 pm

What specifics can support Chipper as “excelling” as a coach??? We have three hitting coaches and only have two hitters that are performing very well, Bourn and Prado. And I believe they are doing it naturally on their own. Other than that what our two hitting coaches have done for Heyward, where are any other accomplishments??? ,

BravesWin

July 26th, 2012
4:22 pm

Uggla is way heavy on his back foot every time he swings, trying to lift the ball, which puts him even more ahead of the pitch. And he seems too stubborn to recognize it, let alone change it.

Yogi Berra

July 26th, 2012
4:31 pm

RoyU, I see your point about to many voices. Like High school where parents tell kid what to do and coach telling him something else.
MaCann’s brother and dad telling him how to hit..how does that make the 3 braves coaches look. You get my drift.

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
4:33 pm

I love Mr Uggla Because he is a Brave.

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
4:34 pm

I get it Mr Yogi Berra. I just don’t know why? Sorry about the Mr. I forgot.

chas

July 26th, 2012
4:35 pm

uggla is beyond chippers help or any coaches help. he thinks he knows it all; therefore his only help is from wren who should eat his salary and release him. the only value he has is GET OFF THE TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!

ernisTbass

July 26th, 2012
4:36 pm

Chipper belongs in the broadcast booth, he and Smoltz would be a good team

bravesgrl4life

July 26th, 2012
4:37 pm

I must make sure to take lots of tissues to the September 28 game where Chipper’s to be honored. Being basically the same age (I’m six months to the day older), and having watched Chipper as he came in a cocky young kid, as he went through his youthful indiscretions of marrying too young and getting in trouble doing what young men do, and maturing to an intelligent, humble man. I’m going to miss #10 out there at 3rd next year. It just won’t be the same, no matter who takes that position. Nobody will ever replace Larry Wayne Jones. He is one of a kind.

DOB, thanks so much for this article this afternoon. It’s a nice break from all the trade speculation stuff. Your respect and admiration for Chipper shines through here, and rightly so. He’s given you a lot to write about over the years.

Ryan

July 26th, 2012
4:39 pm

Chipper is one of a kind. Look at the Braves stats in general when he plays and doesn’t play. Then tell me if you’re worried about how this team does next year.

Yogi Berra

July 26th, 2012
4:41 pm

so it is, bravesgirl4life

arizona brave

July 26th, 2012
4:42 pm

Uggla cannot be helped because he will not listen to anyone.He won’t change his swing.

Skeezix

July 26th, 2012
4:44 pm

Chipper would make a great hitting coach! I hope he will be the Braves hitting coach someday.

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
4:46 pm

Chipper is my hero.

reckingball

July 26th, 2012
4:48 pm

I didn’t know that the Braves “only have two hitters that are performing very well”.
I wonder how they are 10 games over .500?

Yogi Berra

July 26th, 2012
4:49 pm

Cards 7 Dodgers 4 final

O'flarity's water bottle

July 26th, 2012
4:49 pm

Chipper could do a Pete Rose, play and mannage. Not the gamble part. For next year…

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

July 26th, 2012
4:51 pm

Chipper is arguably the most knowledgeable and experienced hitter in the game of baseball today, it’s just that his legs retired about five years ago. That said, I often wonder what Mickey Mantle would have accomplished had he not endured similar career taxing leg injuries. The same can be said for Chipper.

double

July 26th, 2012
4:52 pm

Manager would be fine.Any position to keep him around.

Skeezix

July 26th, 2012
4:52 pm

re: Uggla’s woes. My guess is he’s too amped up at the plate. Too much tension. He’s always trying too hard to deliver the monster home run. Hitting a softball probably illustrates Uggla’s problems the best. We all have played softball. Hitting a softball isn’t all that hard–unless you try to kill the ball. When you tense up, try to swing real fast and try to kill a softball… you usually pop it up, hit a dribbler or miss all together. Sound like Uggla? If he’s on caffeine/red bull/etc., get him off it.

Disbott3000

July 26th, 2012
4:53 pm

I think it’s great that he and the hitting coaches work so well together. Heyward’s doing ok now. Maybe you guys can shift your focus over to Uggla now, and try to get him to at least hit the ball once in a while. Sheesh! That guy has not been as-advertised! If he doesn’t roll off another 30 game hitting streak soon, there will be no reclamation there at all.

Blackberry Cobbler

July 26th, 2012
4:59 pm

You can put lipstick and a dress on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

Uggla is beyond coaching.

JK

July 26th, 2012
5:07 pm

RoyU, the Braves are 3rd in the NL in hitting.

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
5:07 pm

LOL Mr Cobbler

Bravesfan73

July 26th, 2012
5:08 pm

DO’B – in which batting positions has Chipper not hit? I assume one would be #9. Is the other #8 or what/where? JMcE’M

Quicherbichin

July 26th, 2012
5:09 pm

RoyU… please do the rest of us a favor and keep your opinions to yourself.. very few people on the blog have ever been as incorrect as you are.

Quack Quack

July 26th, 2012
5:11 pm

DOB…..Thanks for the great article. Chipper will be missed, and I hope he decides to continue to be a part of the Braves Team in some capacity.

With the success of the hitting coaches, do you thing that Dan Uggla thinks he is to good to listen?

Looking for back to back sweeps coming up.

GO BRAVES!!!

Ted M

July 26th, 2012
5:12 pm

DOB – Do the hitting coaches travel with the team all the time?

Train Wreck Bystander

July 26th, 2012
5:12 pm

Chipper being the team leader in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage speaks very well for our resident quadragenarian, but it is as equally damning for the rest of the lineup.

Ted M

July 26th, 2012
5:18 pm

Chuck Oliver IS an idiot. Mostly about college football though.

cowdogit

July 26th, 2012
5:19 pm

Chipper owns a business teaching sick-o-s and weird-o-s to kill defenseless animals. When killing animals no longer satisfies their lust for blood they often turn to killing humans, sometimes in large numbers. Braves fans could care less about his evil side. My pets wanted me to write in hope other animal lovers will stop kissing this creeps ass.

Paddy

July 26th, 2012
5:20 pm

JK…………..Roy U has not been around the game much, give him some slack. Don’t pile on if he is just learning.

J-bone

July 26th, 2012
5:20 pm

10 go yicketty.

Drinking the water from a toilet.

July 26th, 2012
5:20 pm

Enter your comments here

1eyedJack

July 26th, 2012
5:20 pm

Chipper is going to be vewy vewy hard to replace.

Ted M

July 26th, 2012
5:21 pm

train wreck – only 7 players in the NL are hitting higher then .318 so the fact that no one on our team is higher does not mean they stink.

Still being censored

July 26th, 2012
5:23 pm

Paddy

July 26th, 2012
5:24 pm

cowdogit @5:19 We kill defenseless animals to eat them. Fiind somewhere else to post, you are not going to do well here, girl.

Dtrainwreck

July 26th, 2012
5:26 pm

It was 08 he hit 364

David O'Brien

July 26th, 2012
5:26 pm

DOB – Do the hitting coaches travel with the team all the time?

Yes.

Fetus Breath

July 26th, 2012
5:28 pm

Just another fluff piece by O’Brien to get in good with the players and team. Is this all you do? Suck up to Fredi, Chipper and the rest of the organization? How can you be unbiased? We deserve better then a mouthpiece for the team. We have Chip Carey for that.

Braves in last palce by Sept fist

July 26th, 2012
5:34 pm

HAHAHAHA….Yea Mr O Brain meed a new riding freind and he wants it 2 be Chiper

News flash Chiper is rater shelfish so he mite now want U to be his riding ferind!

Chipper to Manager

July 26th, 2012
5:38 pm

Have to disagree about Chipper being an announcer. He has the tendancy to get mush mouth. Like when he talks out the side of his mouth. But I do hope he stays with what he loves, and that is the Braves. He has what it takes to be manager. Maybe that’s why is voted for fg to manage after Bobby left. He knew he would be very easy to replace.

Ostrich Racer

July 26th, 2012
5:39 pm

Back when Francoeur was having all his trouble, Chipper had a line worthy of a great coach: “He’s got about 500 people telling him how to fix it. And he’s listening to every one of ‘em.”

Quicherbichin

July 26th, 2012
5:39 pm

Fetus Breath… you are obviously from somewhere that encourages disparagement of the local teams. Feel free to read the Boston Globe, New York Times and other rags that only seem to harp on the negative side of things. Feel free to read them and please take your offensive name along with you.

Train Wreck Bystander

July 26th, 2012
5:40 pm

@ Ted M

I agree – “stink” is a bit strong. Let’s just say there is room for improvement.

I would also note that CJ is not qualified for the batting title. If you are going to arbitrarily include Chipper in at 7th in the NL, then you also have to include players like Matt Kemp & Justin Ruggiano.

I’d bet Prado & Bourn overtake him in average and Heyward & Freeman in slugging before years end.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

July 26th, 2012
5:45 pm

OK if Chipet is the leader of the team just how bad is this team 4 next year?

Quicherbichin

July 26th, 2012
5:45 pm

Braves in last place by Sept first…. do us all a favor and purchase a dictionary, Your lack of spelling in every single post reeks of the smell of the person you probably are… the banned Joe Tess Fish House… also known as “Loosing managar = Loosing record”… which also has 3 of 4 words misspelled.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

July 26th, 2012
5:46 pm

What did I do?

bostonbravo

July 26th, 2012
5:47 pm

Time & time again it’s been shown that HOF ‘ers make miserable managers…and it seems the less likely guys may have a better ability to teach because over years they’ve tried hardest to learn. Chipper has a natural gift that can’t really be taught.

kral

July 26th, 2012
5:47 pm

that was a ell of a word train..cannot spell it..will look it up later,but very impressed..and to cows do it..man his farm must be planning social revolution..wow..that may rate as the craziest blog ever..and YOU ..have problems with CHIPPER owning guns..thank goodness

Quicherbichin

July 26th, 2012
5:51 pm

LM=LR … you misspell words often enough to give people reason to not take you seriously and you insulted Chipper Jones, who is hitting over .300 this year. Yes, he is missing games, but that is to be expected at 40 years old in a young man’s game.

BoatDoc

July 26th, 2012
5:52 pm

DOB: For the after Chipper era are the Braves counting on Martin, Francisco or a player to be named later at 3B?

I imagine lots of fans might be interested in a “Battle Ax” T-shirt – any chance they might be available at the Chop Shop or other location?

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
5:52 pm

You guys are teaching me a lot and making me laugh. Thank you.

Quicherbichin

July 26th, 2012
5:54 pm

Always happy to be good for a laugh, Amber Girl… some people here just upset me.. LOL

old brave, retired

July 26th, 2012
5:55 pm

I don’t know what Teheran is up to this year, but it might be one of those tired arms type thing. I think Uggla needs a heavier bat, like Chipper’s. He swings so viciously and usually misses. A heavier bat would slow the swing down and make more contact.

Fansince66

July 26th, 2012
5:56 pm

well said bravesrl4life! I wonder how many people that write on this blog could begin to perform at Chipper’s level s as a person or an athlete if they were under this kind of scrutiny… not many if any at all!!! RoyU…get a clue.So many Braves in the past have givenChipper for making a difference in their career, most recently Brian McCann. Thanks Chipper for helping Atlanta shed the lable of Losersville

Beach Dawg

July 26th, 2012
6:00 pm

DOB, I think an interesting approach when comparing Chipper’s record, RBIs, etc. would be to base on games played. I am not sure but I believe that he has played far fewer games than Brett and Schmidt did.

Quicherbichin

July 26th, 2012
6:01 pm

Old Brave… Everything I’ve read seems to indicate Teheran isn’t making progress at all this year… and as far as Uggla goes… he’s always been streaky… but it seems to have gotten worse since he’s gotten here… he needs to go on a hot streak that lasts the rest of the season to have any hope of decent numbers at all.

John in Wichita

July 26th, 2012
6:02 pm

Great column, Dave. Thanks.

buttermaker

July 26th, 2012
6:06 pm

great story sir, thank you and ajc

Columbus

July 26th, 2012
6:07 pm

Would love Chipper to stay on a couple years as a pinch hitter/part time player like Diaz or Hinske or Francisco, for a lt less money of course. He can still hit and gets tons of walks. Being a switch hitter makes him that more awesome at the plate. Pitchers are ULTRA careful pitching to him and his OBP is always near the top. He would make a GREAT DH but dont want to see him in another uni….I dont want to see him quit….Hes got a lot left in his bat, just not his knees….

kral

July 26th, 2012
6:12 pm

thanks to the booger who blogged that Hanson did not get the win last night I had to watch the replay today..whew..thought I had one to many while grilling yesterday…good cannot blame it on that

Amber Girl

July 26th, 2012
6:14 pm

Got to go help Mom. Thank you for the education and the laughs. Love y’all and I LOVE THE BRAVES. Hope to chat with all of you tomorrow. Take care and Good nite to all. Go Braves!!!

jharber

July 26th, 2012
6:17 pm

Hanson did get the win.

Columbus

July 26th, 2012
6:17 pm

It would be nice also if this article shuts some of the morons up who are always hatin on Chipper. Best hitter on the team and while he slumped last year early, he had found the swing he had when he won the batting title 2 weeks before he got hurt and his season ended. It was mroe powerful than I seen him have an few years and then he goes down…I will take 100 games from Chipper any year. He scores, he hits, he has power and he gets on base and he is a switch hitter! I hope the haters see the facts posted in this article and zip it and show the man the love and support he deserves….GREAT COLUMN DAVE

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