3:22 pm July 26, 2012, by David O'Brien
Dreading the trade deadline
July 26th, 20123:26 pm
From 4th to 1st — go Braves!
July 26th, 20123:33 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.
I’m not coming unless you start working with Dan Uggla
July 26th, 20123:40 pm
And thats chipper…i hope he decides to become Hitting coach in the near future… FOR the rbaves ofc…
Chipper as hitting coach – it’s a no-brainer when he wants the job
July 26th, 20123:42 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.
There’s just something about the way DOB writes about Chipper that just works. Their styles just gel… gonna miss these reads.
Uggla seems beyond help!
July 26th, 20123:43 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.
July 26th, 20123:45 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!
July 26th, 20123:46 pm
Sure wish he would accept managers job for 2013. Thanks Chipper for all the memories.
July 26th, 20123:50 pm
With all this hitting knowledge—-why cant they help Uggla???
July 26th, 20123:51 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.
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.
July 26th, 20123:52 pm
Greg Walker also would make a good manager.
July 26th, 20123:53 pm
Can all the Braves Hosses and all the Braves men
put Dan Uggla together again?
King of Nothing.
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.
July 26th, 20123:54 pm
Before the beaning too head headed to listen, May be a little softer now
Chipper to Manager
July 26th, 20123:55 pm
Ahhhh, to be 40 again. I have always said Chipper would be a great manager. We don’t have one now.
Uggla is a space cadet and beyond help!
July 26th, 20124:01 pm
Chipper won the batting title in 08, not 06.
July 26th, 20124:05 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!”
July 26th, 20124:06 pm
sidslidkid, Yogi: Thank ya
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
Ugg’s Must be Too UGLY for Larry’s Eyes.
Mark (another one)
July 26th, 20124:07 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.
July 26th, 20124:09 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.
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!
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.
Slump? Uglla ain’t in no slump, he just ain’t hittin’ right now.
July 26th, 20124:10 pm
make tha Uggla. thanks
July 26th, 20124:11 pm
make tha, that, thanks
July 26th, 20124:13 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
July 26th, 20124:17 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.
July 26th, 20124:18 pm
u talking to a mirror reck??
July 26th, 20124:21 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??? ,
July 26th, 20124:22 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.
July 26th, 20124:31 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.
July 26th, 20124:33 pm
I love Mr Uggla Because he is a Brave.
July 26th, 20124:34 pm
I get it Mr Yogi Berra. I just don’t know why? Sorry about the Mr. I forgot.
July 26th, 20124:35 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!!!!!!!!!!!
July 26th, 20124:36 pm
Chipper belongs in the broadcast booth, he and Smoltz would be a good team
July 26th, 20124:37 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.
July 26th, 20124:39 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.
July 26th, 20124:41 pm
so it is, bravesgirl4life
July 26th, 20124:42 pm
Uggla cannot be helped because he will not listen to anyone.He won’t change his swing.
July 26th, 20124:44 pm
Chipper would make a great hitting coach! I hope he will be the Braves hitting coach someday.
July 26th, 20124:46 pm
Chipper is my hero.
July 26th, 20124:48 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?
July 26th, 20124:49 pm
Cards 7 Dodgers 4 final
O'flarity's water bottle
Chipper could do a Pete Rose, play and mannage. Not the gamble part. For next year…
Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)
July 26th, 20124:51 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.
July 26th, 20124:52 pm
Manager would be fine.Any position to keep him around.
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.
July 26th, 20124:53 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.
July 26th, 20124:59 pm
You can put lipstick and a dress on a pig, but it’s still a pig.
Uggla is beyond coaching.
July 26th, 20125:07 pm
RoyU, the Braves are 3rd in the NL in hitting.
LOL Mr Cobbler
July 26th, 20125:08 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
July 26th, 20125:09 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.
July 26th, 20125:11 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.
July 26th, 20125:12 pm
DOB – Do the hitting coaches travel with the team all the time?
Train Wreck Bystander
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.
July 26th, 20125:18 pm
Chuck Oliver IS an idiot. Mostly about college football though.
July 26th, 20125:19 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.
July 26th, 20125:20 pm
JK…………..Roy U has not been around the game much, give him some slack. Don’t pile on if he is just learning.
10 go yicketty.
Drinking the water from a toilet.
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Chipper is going to be vewy vewy hard to replace.
July 26th, 20125:21 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, 20125:23 pm
July 26th, 20125:24 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.
July 26th, 20125:26 pm
It was 08 he hit 364
July 26th, 20125:28 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, 20125:34 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!
July 26th, 20125:38 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.
July 26th, 20125:39 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.”
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.
July 26th, 20125:40 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, 20125:45 pm
OK if Chipet is the leader of the team just how bad is this team 4 next year?
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.
July 26th, 20125:46 pm
What did I do?
July 26th, 20125:47 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.
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
July 26th, 20125:51 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.
July 26th, 20125:52 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?
You guys are teaching me a lot and making me laugh. Thank you.
July 26th, 20125:54 pm
Always happy to be good for a laugh, Amber Girl… some people here just upset me.. LOL
old brave, retired
July 26th, 20125:55 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.
July 26th, 20125:56 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
July 26th, 20126:00 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.
July 26th, 20126:01 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, 20126:02 pm
Great column, Dave. Thanks.
July 26th, 20126:06 pm
great story sir, thank you and ajc
July 26th, 20126:07 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….
July 26th, 20126:12 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
July 26th, 20126:14 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!!!
July 26th, 20126:17 pm
Hanson did get the win.
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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