Chipper 2 HRs on his bobblehead night, Medlen fires shutout




Give Chipper Jones a proper stage, the brighter the lights the better, and the 40-year-old third baseman still rises to the occasion more often than not.

He did again Thursday, adding another stirring performance to his farewell-season highlight reel with two home runs in a 6-0 win against the San Diego Padres on Chipper Jones Bobblehead Night at Turner Field, the Braves’ 17th victory in 22 games.

“That old man over there [Jones] is really good,” said Kris Medlen (4-1), who pitched a five-hit shutout in the first complete game of his career, and didn’t mind one bit being overshadowed.  “To watch that guy do his thing for however long he’s done it, and be able to be here for his last season, it’s one of the coolest seasons I’ve experienced so far. And we’ve got a lot to go.”

The Braves won for the 15th consecutive time in games started by Medlen, equaling a team record set by John Smoltz in 1996. Jason Heyward added three hits including his career-high 20th homer, part of back-to-back jacks with Jones in the fifth inning.

But this night belonged to old No. 10, dubbed “Battleaxe” by his teammates.

“I know he’s real because I’ve touched him,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose Braves (69-49)  moved to a season-high 20 games over .500. “But some of the stuff he’s done is incredible. Bobblehead night, two home runs, 2,700 hits on a home run … and doing that at age 40. And he’s having fun doing it.”

Jones hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and a fifth-inning homer for his 2,700th career hit. A crowd of 33,157 roared until he until came out for his second curtain call of the night — the first multi-curtain call game of his career.

“You always want to make a splash and bring people to their feet and tonight was just another one of the handful of games this year that have been awfully special for me,” said Jones, who is retiring after the season, and seems determined to stuff as many memories as he possibly can into his final months playing in a Braves uniform.

It was his 40th multi-homer game of his career and first since June 7, 2009, and Jones moved past Dave Winfield into 32nd place on the career list with 466 homers.

It took a night like Jones had to take the attention from Medlen, who had six strikeouts and no walks, threw 76 strikes in 104 pitches, and improved to 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA in four starts since moving from the bullpen.

Medlen retired the Padres in order in the ninth on a strikeout and two groundouts, including a terrific play by shortstop Paul Janish for the second out. It was a new feeling for Medlen to hear applause when he went out to bat in the eighth inning.

“You walk out there and fans start cheering because they know you’re going back in [to pitch the ninth],” he said. “It’s a really cool feeling, being able to close out the game. If that ball snuck through on the play that Pauly [Janish] made, I think I was probably out of the game. I was real excited he made that.

“You can’t win unless the offense scores, and they did a good job.”

Medlen was 5-0 as a starter in 2010, when the Braves went 13-1 in his starts before he had season-ending elbow surgery that forced him to miss all but the final week of the 2011 season.

“It started with Medlen — complete-game shutout,” Jones said. “I think he’s more than stated his case to be in the rotation from here on out. Guy just wins ballgames. We know he’s going to keep us in the ballgame. It’s awfully comforting as an offensive player to know that your guy is going to hold them to a minimal amount of runs.

“Three balls flew out of the ballpark and Braves win and we win the series after dumping the first one, so it’s a good night all around. Everybody goes home feeling good.”

The first 20,000 fans through the turnstiles Thursday received Chipper Jones bobblehead dolls, and everyone who made it to their seats by the bottom of the first inning got another treat when Jones homered with two out off ex-Brave Jason Marquis (6-7) for a 2-0 lead.

That’s how the score stayed until two outs in the fifth inning, when the Braves got back-to-back homers by their famous young star, Heyward, and their iconic elder statesman, Jones.

Heyward pulled the ball about 15 rows up into the right-field bleachers for his 20th homer of the season, two more than he hit a rookie in 2010, his career high before this season. He also singled and doubled and has hit .301 with 11 doubles, 12 homers and 30 RBIs in his past 41 games.

“Action-packed game,” Heyward said. “Storybook career [for Jones]. He keeps adding to it. I’m just fortunate enough, blessed to be a part of it at this point.”

Five pitches after Heyward took Marquis deep, Jones followed with another homer, this one to center. It was another jolt for a buzzed crowd, and Jones trotted around the bases to a standing ovation that grew ever louder until he came out of the dugout and saluted his fans.

The crowd Thursday was larger than the combined attendance of games Tuesday and Wednesday against San Diego.

“I knew there were going to be a bunch of people here for the bobblehead promotion,” Jones said. “This place gets electric when the stands get full, and the first three games of the series, everybody was kind of laid back. So it was good tonight that they came out in full force, and if they have to make some silly bobblehead thing to promote, get people in the stands, then so be it. Keep doing it. You’ll keep filling up the stands and you’ll keep seeing good performances by us.

“We get motivated to play every night. Every night we motivate ourselves in some way, shape or form. But there are certain nights where it’s special, whether you’ve got certain family members in the seats or it’s your birthday or it’s bobblehead night – whatever.”

The two homers made him 8-for-17 with five homers in his career against Marquis, and made Jones the 65th player in major league history with 2,700 hits. He has 12 homers and 53 RBIs in 76 games this season, and 466 homers and 1,614 RBIs in a career that likely will secure him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jones reiterated two weeks ago that he’s had no second thoughts about retirement and that he has no intentions to reconsider. He said he’s ready to move on, as much as it might appear otherwise from the way he’s playing on those surgically scarred knees. The man is raking, to use a term from the baseball vernacular.

In his past 37 games, Jones has hit .356 with 14 doubles, seven homers, 27 RBIs and a slugging percentage above .600.

91 comments Add your comment

Brandon

August 16th, 2012
9:45 pm

AWESOME game!!! Medlen is a keeper!!! and chipper did what was expected, went yicketty and mammo. Good game for heyward too…a triple away from the cycle

Ken Stallings

August 16th, 2012
9:49 pm

Even though the Padres are a sub .500 team, they headed to Atlanta on a hot streak, six games above .500 over their last two dozen games (something like that). Then, the Braves took three out of four games and sent them back into a tailspin.

The Braves are playing excellent ball and now they have the Dodgers and Nats and we are going to see how the team fares against two of the best teams in the NL.

So very impressed with Medlen tonight! His control was a bit off his normal mark the first few innings, but he settled down and pitched very strong, earning the complete game and giving up just five hits, zero walks, and six strikeouts! The only extra base hit was a double by Jason Marquis when a Medlen fastball broke back over the plate and down. Medlen likely did not appreciate how good a career hitting pitcher Marquis has been.

Then, what can you say about Chipper Jones! Can we have a bobblehead night for him every night! Two homers and three RBI’s — just another exceptional night for the man’s final season!

PaulG

August 16th, 2012
9:51 pm

Great stuff…..remember the despair earlier in the season…….anyone want to admit they were wrong?

Teddy B

August 16th, 2012
9:51 pm

Great game for Chipper, Medlen, and Heyward. I like our chances going forward.

Elvis

August 16th, 2012
9:53 pm

Thank you very much, Chipper!

1eyedJack

August 16th, 2012
9:59 pm

He can hit. People criticize his salary numbers but he’s more worth it than a lot who make more…even on his own team.

JC Boscan III

August 16th, 2012
10:00 pm

A great night! Now, maybe Medlen’s name won’t be spelled Medlin from now on….. Yes, that’s a good idea — every night should be bobblehead night……..!!!

Oscar Madison

August 16th, 2012
10:00 pm

What a great game to see Chipper go yikkity twice with 2nd one hit #2700. Wonder how much my Chipper bobblehead is worth on eBay?

Ron H

August 16th, 2012
10:03 pm

Kind of emotional reading this…Go Chipper! W’re going to miss you!

Alaska Braves Fan

August 16th, 2012
10:05 pm

Wow. Chipper is going to be missed so very much. And Medlen – what a pitcher he has become.

ABF

mike on lake hartwell

August 16th, 2012
10:05 pm

how bout 2 weeks straight worth of bobble-heads nites in october?

Speechless

August 16th, 2012
10:06 pm

Wow…just wow.

Greg

August 16th, 2012
10:10 pm

These next 10 games vs Dodgers, at Nats and at Giants will be very interesting. Finish .500 or better in those 10 and then the Braves play only two more series(Nats at home and Pirates on the road) against teams with winning records. Unlike last season, the Braves are positioned to make a nice run in September. Not sure they’ll have enough to catch the Nats the way they are playing, but it’s possible.

spartygw

August 16th, 2012
10:10 pm

Holy poop! A Braves starter went more than 6 innings?! Great game, Med!

Ken Stallings

August 16th, 2012
10:16 pm

Just watched the Fox Sports TV interview with Medlen in the locker room. The kid is funny — great sense of humor and excellent with the funny one-liners! But at the same time his enthusiasm is just infectious and a delight to see. I’m thinking the media folks must enjoy interviewing him.

BrianSC

August 16th, 2012
10:17 pm

Medlen. Make him a starter! He should be a starter. 18-4 and 15 wins in a row, the Braves are when he starts. He competes. He throws strikes. Keeps it low and on the corners. Hanson and JJ need to watch Medlen and learn from him

Chipper. The man is a legend. First ballot HOFer. Offense and defense are shining at 40.

Heyward. J-Hey. Do it big fella. So good to see him swinging it and playing well.

The Braves now have three studs in the lineup. Hudson, Sheets, and Medlen.

skeet-san

August 16th, 2012
10:31 pm

I would say 4 with Melhom’s

CSP

August 16th, 2012
10:31 pm

Look Frank & Fredi, Medlen is a STARTER. Quit screwing around with him. Just because he’s a good soldier and goes to the pen with no complaints, don’t make him a reliever…

Medlen Rules

August 16th, 2012
10:37 pm

Hopefully this performance by Medlen will convince Schultz, Bradley and the bloggers who continue to suggest that Medlen should be the odd man out and go back to the bullpen. The team wins every time he starts. The guy is a bulldog who knows how to pitch. Enough said. End of story.

Delbert D.

August 16th, 2012
10:38 pm

I read a series of baseball novels by Duane Decker when I was a kid, and one I especially remember is “Good Field, No Hit.” Paul Janish fits that role to a tee during his call-up with amazing defensive play, and he’s coming on at the plate, just like the kid in the book with the World Champion Blue Sox. That 9th inning play was outstanding.

Medlen Rules

August 16th, 2012
10:41 pm

Hate to say it, but Sheets is going to end up being the weak link in the rotation. Going to wear down and teams will figure him out. Top 3 starters are Hudson, Medlen, and Maholm. Tommy and Minor will be 4 and 5.

Chris Sanchez

August 16th, 2012
10:49 pm

Sure have enjoyed Chipper’s career!

ATLcracker

August 16th, 2012
10:50 pm

Just watched ESPN baseball tonight. None of the three guys believe Chipper is going to retire. Barry Larkin did a video analysis of his swings on several inside fastballs and contended that Chipper had not lost significant bat speed and didn’t have to cheat to get to inside fastballs. He ended by saying “Go for 3000″. Didn’t mention DH in AL but its there if he wants it.

Largo

August 16th, 2012
10:54 pm

Janish and Simmons, two of the best defensive SS in the league.

Tampa Gator

August 16th, 2012
11:02 pm

I think the Braves should use Medlen strickly as a mop up man in blow outs by the other team. It is totally obvious to anyone with any sense that he cannot pitch at all as a regular rotation starter. Rick Mahler could come out of retirement and pitch better than this bum.

Falcon30291

August 16th, 2012
11:04 pm

Good 4 Chiper. I hope he gives one more yr. I told all the Heywood haters he was hurt last year, way to bounce back. If I was him I would ask for a trade. The fans turned their back on him last year. Also why dosent anyone ever say send Ugla down when he goes through this 2 month slumps?

TP

August 16th, 2012
11:15 pm

Falcon30291, I’m with you on the Heyward haters…..but we know, it was way deeper than just baseball.

dawg man

August 16th, 2012
11:24 pm

tampa gator you is dumb you isstupid you is lacking brains but what do you rxpect from a gator

older1

August 16th, 2012
11:40 pm

If Hanson comes back strong. This pitching staff may,
TAKE US ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!

One question...

August 16th, 2012
11:45 pm

The question now ism’Does Medlen belong in the rotation?’. He DEFINITELY does. Question now is,
‘Who is the other one along with Sheets, Huddy and Maholm when the six man rotation is done?
Until Hanson shows he can give up less than 5 runs, I’ll go Minor.
Next?

One question...

August 16th, 2012
11:53 pm

I meant the question ISN’T ‘Does Medlen…’
And congrats to TP for taking the usual fan ‘he’s no good, etc..’ blather and making it race based.
JHey had an awful season last year. That’s why fans were down on him, just as they down on
Chipper for being hurt so much last year. You gonna make Chippers’ detractors racist, too?

Bow Down to CPJ

August 16th, 2012
11:59 pm

@dwag man – Sarcasm. Heard of it?

wayn-o

August 17th, 2012
12:40 am

No reason they can’t combine Hanson & Sheets in one day. 3-4 innings each would save the bullpen, save their arms and you technically have a 6-man rotation squeezed into a 5 spot.

Jaded

August 17th, 2012
12:41 am

I would feel comfortable giving the ball to Medlen in a one-game playoff. Very comfortable.

This kid may be our ace. Another genius find by the Braves’ organization.

BravesFanInNashville

August 17th, 2012
12:56 am

Jaded……. totally agree about Medlen in a 1 game playoff. I also remember how he pitched coming back at the end of last season they got him into a game right before the Braves were eliminated and he extended our season by pitching at least 2 innings without giving up a run. He had just come back from surgery and a minor league stint and he pitched like he never left. This guy’s make-up is as good as we’ve ever had on the mound. He might be more Maddux like than people give him credit for in terms of his intelligence and approach to pitching. Not many people will ever have Maddux’s gifts in terms of being able to make a baseball do exactly what they want it to but Medlen is sure impressive right now. 18-0 when in the last 18 games he’s started for the Braves. How do they possibly put him back in the bullpen? Big mistake if they do..

Tami

August 17th, 2012
1:10 am

What a night. I hope I remember every detail down the road when I want to recall it. We’re watching OUR Brooks Robinson, or OUR Cal Ripken, Jr. play his last season. It just brings chills up and down my spine. I want this season to last forever, whether or not the boys make it into the postseason. Tonight’s one of those nights that amplifies louder and louder just HOW MUCH we’re going to miss Chipper when he’s done.

Who Me?

August 17th, 2012
1:11 am

Larry Wayne, have yourself a night Brother! You Medlen and JHey are making a compelling case for postseason play around here. Chop Chip Chop!

Olde Fan

August 17th, 2012
1:42 am

Chipper is in a Zone. So exciting to see. We are going to miss him a lot. And Everytime I see Kris Medlin pitch, I wonder why he isn’t our Ace pitcher. He throws strikes; he fields his position; he doesn’t walk anyone; he isn’t bad batting, for a pitcher. Send someone else to the bullpen; let Medlin stay in the rotation. Love his attitude. A good night all around.

MB3G

August 17th, 2012
1:51 am

Great game for the braves, and great night for Chipper.

marty

August 17th, 2012
4:56 am

marquis ex brave groves chipper see what happens against dodgers!!!!!!!!

Obama

August 17th, 2012
6:08 am

The stimulus is working !!!!!

tim

August 17th, 2012
6:53 am

This has been a terrific season for Hoss, I have enjoyed following his career beginning with his playing at the Bolles School here is Jacksonville. Safe to say that Chipper too may one day have a statue outside the stadium. He has meant so much to the Braves fans and organization it’s refreshing to watch a player start and end his career with one team. Hopefully his retirement can be extended awhile with a little thing called the World Series,to win that would be the perfect ending to great career.

Carl Farvman

August 17th, 2012
7:18 am

Perhaps we should package Medlin, Huddy, and Horner in a trade to acquire some hitting?

JanDru

August 17th, 2012
7:27 am

They should put up that statue of Chipper outside the stadium next week. I’ll probably never get my picture taken giving Chipper a big ol kiss, but I can still pose with his statue.

bad brad

August 17th, 2012
7:36 am

Number one reason for not going with 6 man rotation is the need to get Medlen the ball more often. Remember in spring training when he was given no chance to be a starter; i think it said he was too old compared to Delgado and Beachy. All he does is win.

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August 17th, 2012
7:36 am

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SylvanHi

August 17th, 2012
7:49 am

Thanks Chipper! All the best to you sir!

MONK ATL

August 17th, 2012
8:01 am

Had to WORK Thur PM, Chipper was at WORK too!!

MONK ATL

August 17th, 2012
8:02 am

Or should I say TWO (HRS)

MONK ATL

August 17th, 2012
8:04 am

All the WAY Baby, CHIPPER s bobblehead should of had two Heads, Go Bravos

ChillyMutt

August 17th, 2012
8:08 am

Kris looks great and comes as no surprise. He was doing this before his tommy john surgery several years back.

clt brave

August 17th, 2012
8:14 am

Fabulous game last night… Chipper is seeing the ball SO WELL….you can tell the opposing pitchers are extremely careful when he’s in the box…..Does anyone happen to remember the graphic SportsSouth showed i think during Chipper’s 3rd ab? It listed the 5 players who in their 40th year hit .300 or more, had 15(?)+ hrs, and some minimum number of RBIs….i remember Ted Williams (1960) and Stan Musial (1962) but cant remember the last three….. UGGLA update: last night 1 for 4; .211 since the All Star break and .215 for season. I hope he has changed the direction of this slump and is on his way back UP!!

bill

August 17th, 2012
8:15 am

who in the hell worked the Braves Schedule next week. Wednesday they play a night game in DC. Fly the red eye to SFget in about 5AM our time. They then play a night game at 10PM our time. What a mess. If they lose in Washington the emtional wear and tear this time of the season could be really bad. I think we need to win in DC as much to set up for SF as anything else.

Delbert D.

August 17th, 2012
8:19 am

Hanson more than anyone needs this 6 man rotation.

longtimefan

August 17th, 2012
8:19 am

Chipper and Heyward are two of the players that have fueled the excellent run by the Braves. Chipper’s season means more than just the .300 plus, 50 plus RBIs; it’s the thrill of watching the swan song of a Braves legend possibly pushing the team to another WS. For a true Braves Fan it really doesn’t get any better than the excitement he is providing. He is on track to hit .300, about 15 HR and 75 RBI playing in two thirds of games. I suspect he will be a force in the playoffs. I would like to hear some crow munching from all those early season naysayers such as Clusters. You guys man enough to admit you were just flat out wrong. Won’t even get into Heyward right now. More crow for dessert.

Fredi Gonzalez

August 17th, 2012
8:22 am

I need an excuse to put Medlen back in the bullpen to free up room for Jurrjans and Hanson.

Duh.

Kris Maddux

August 17th, 2012
8:37 am

When Kris Medlen made several great defensive plays last night, I was thinking Maddux! He is so similar to Greg Maddux. Works quickly, throws strikes, fields his position, decent hitter. We have the next Greg Maddux right under our nose.

ParanoidAndroid

August 17th, 2012
8:51 am

Chipper is the man. I hope all the Chipper haters throughout the years are realizing what he means to this team

Why?

August 17th, 2012
8:52 am

I know this is sounds bad, but is anyone else hoping for Hanson to pitch horrible tonight? That would make the decision easy for everyone.

Lobosolo

August 17th, 2012
9:23 am

Why, Why… another “fan”… yes, sadly, there are probably a lot of these armchairs that are wishing the same thing… should “your” team make it to and win the series, you and your lot have NO reason to cheer… what an asswipe!

DoninAcworth

August 17th, 2012
9:26 am

Here’s my confession… Early this year I said while blogging that Chipper should give it up for a younger player and also save the braves some money that they could use to buy players. After the start I said he should be lifted for a younger bat. I WAS WRONG! Don’t know where we would be without the “heart” of the team playing as much as he can. IF we win enough to mape Wild Card or beyond Larry will be the reason. God Uggla, please learn as much as you can about meeting the ball with the bat as Chipper is showing you because with that attitude you might be able to stay around for awhile. Hat’s off to the heart of the team…. Chipper Jones! P.S. Never hated Chipper!

Mr. C

August 17th, 2012
9:32 am

Make every night Chipper Jones Bobblehead night. The Brave would win the World Series!!

Sam I Am

August 17th, 2012
9:43 am

After tonight’s game, anyone who thinks removing Medlen from the starting lineup should have his head examined. A complete game shutout? C’mon, people. He’s our #1 right now. If we win the Wild Card, Medlen’s the one I want pitching in the “play in” game.

ragnar danneskjold

August 17th, 2012
9:59 am

Dear DOB, idle curiosity, who among 40+ year olds had a better last season than Chipper? I know Ted Williams had 29 HRs, 75 RBIs, .316 Avg, .451 OB, .645 Slug, and his numbers are the only ones I can find in a class with Chipper’s. Clemente was not 40 when he died. Aaron and Mays were just shells of their former greatness. Who else?

Chipper "HOF"er

August 17th, 2012
10:00 am

Like Chipper said recently”I am better at Baseball than relationships”!……….judging on his baseball prowess……he is a First Ballot Hall of Famer……no doubt……..just imagine if he juiced up like Bonds,McGwire,Sosa and A-Rod…………he would have hit 50-70 homers a year and not missed much time………..But………his INTEGRITY IS INTACT!……………..a True HoF’er in any fan or Sportwriters view!

Tim

August 17th, 2012
10:04 am

I want Medlen pitching the WC game. Right now, he is our money pitcher. If we keep him in the rotation, he will be the ace of this staff for years to come. How’s this for a rotation next year:

1. Medlen
2. Maholm
3. Hudson
4. Minor
5. Sheets

I would start the season with this rotation if possible. I don’t see Hanson continuing as a starter if he can’t go more than 5 innings per outing. Take the offseason and spring training to change him into a middle reliever. Delgado and Teheren have shown they have talent but they still need more seasoning. Let them both work in AAA ball next year and bring them up if someone gets hurt. Turn JJ into a reliever or release him. His starting days are just a blur in the rear view mirror.

Our bullpen next year should be:

Kimbrel
O’Flaherty
Venters
Durbin
Hanson
Martinez
Avilan

I am a fan but even I can see that this pitching staff would allow us to save the money we would spend on an “Ace” starter. We can then take that money and keep Bourn in centerfield. Then we can go after another big bat to take Chipper’s place in the line-up.

Rotation

August 17th, 2012
10:08 am

If Hanson pitches like he used to which he won’t then I would say the Brave’s have a Good Problem…..But he will pitch like he always has after a half a season………Velocity down and ball up over the plate……which as we know results in walks and lots of hits and runs!

Keith

August 17th, 2012
10:10 am

Let’s see, how big is our roster right now? Is it 25?

Well, we have like 18 or 19 home games left. Every player on the current roster gets a bobblehead night, including the new guys Malholm and Johnson. Let’s bring the people out!!!! :)

Go BRAVES.

Medlen was amazing. Wow, look!!!! 2 CG SHOs in the last several days. When’s the last time that happened? Bet it hasn’t happened in several years but I could be wrong.

Stiffneck

August 17th, 2012
10:12 am

Going to be difficult to watch the Bravos next year without Chipper. 40 years old and still playing at such a high level. Might as well retire his number now.

Keith

August 17th, 2012
10:12 am

Re: ChillyMutt

His surgery was just 2 years ago, not several.

Go BRAVES :)

Keith

August 17th, 2012
10:13 am

Less than 2 yrs actually.

Vesaversa

August 17th, 2012
10:29 am

Excellent game Chipper was Chipper 1993 the Mets killer.But what matter most is the Braves have started getting hot at the right time.

AGTFan

August 17th, 2012
10:31 am

Kudos to DoninAcworth. It’s good to admit you were wrong. We aren’t seeing the Chipper haters chiming in yet. Not everyone who thought like DoninAcworth was a hater. I could understand the logic of their positions, even if I completely disagreed. Chipper’s worth as an extra hitting coach can’t be overstated. Even if he’s only in the dugout, the Braves are a better team with him.

After all the talk about rating pitchers yesterday, I have to say that most might rate Medlen as a #1. He’s never going to be dominating, unless you consider winning all the effing time to be domination.

crabbyjacket

August 17th, 2012
10:43 am

BonnyLu1389

August 17th, 2012
10:47 am

And there’s a pic of Medlen with this story because??? This was Chipper’s night. There won’t be many Chipper nights left. Use his pic next time! We can never have too many Battleaxe pix!

bfred

August 17th, 2012
10:48 am

And Medlen probably doesn’t even get this shot unless Beachy goes down. I am beyond impressed at how when opportunity presented itself, Medlen seized it with no hesitation and never looked back. What a fighter.

Having him step up like this addresses a nagging concern that has been in the background for a while about what happens if Hanson doesn’t make it back, Teheran and Delado don’t live up to expectations, etc. Once Beachy returns we have a solid young home-grown rotation and Medlen’s right up front.

JoeFan

August 17th, 2012
11:07 am

Hope Chipper has no second thoughts about retiring. He will go out on top instead of limping off into the sunset.

Lt Col Razorback

August 17th, 2012
11:08 am

Medlen

Which pitcher goes to the pen when the 6-pitcher rotation reverts to 5? With his record, it shouldn’t be Medlen! Of course, being a “player”, he’ll go back, if asked. But he shouldn’t be asked. :)

Chipper

His bat, glove, and arm speak for themselves. But I understand his desire to go out while he’s playing on top, not in a couple of more yesrs after his already punished body can’t play any more.

Heyward

J-Hey is still so young. He hasn’t even begun to play up to his potential! Hang around for a year or two and watch this shooting star !!

Brandon

August 17th, 2012
11:16 am

@Tim – it is very hard to see hanson going into middle relief next season. He is still good enough and young enough to be traded for an outfielder in my opinion. Putting him in middle relief would be a waste.

as for JJ – unless things change dramatically, i see him being non-tendered.

Also, its hard for me to see delgado staying in AAA another full season. He and Minor had very similar ups and downs but he just happened to struggle whenever a decision had to be made. He had a very solid start in the DH that he was called up to pitch though

Long time fan

August 17th, 2012
11:24 am

bfred I think Beachy not getting hurt means no Ben Sheets. The Braves still make the deal for Maholm and Medlen still starts.
Those besides the Baseball Tonight crew who think Chipper will play in 2013 in the AL remember he is still under contract to the Braves. Also, he needs to retire due to those knees. Outside that fiasco in Tampa known as interleague play that cost him three weeks, he has been lucky.
Not lets TCB and get him a playoff bid.

daSarge

August 17th, 2012
12:27 pm

The Braves are a bunch of pretenders. Don’t get overly excited about taking 3 out of 4 against a horrible west division team. Braves will never catch the Nats and will not get either wild card spot. Another lost season and another long winter to think about next year.

ChipperisGod

August 17th, 2012
12:28 pm

The best game I’ve been to all year. Absolute brilliance from Medlen, and Chipper was just outstanding. What a night! LET’S KEEP IT UP!!!!! Loved seeing a lot of people at the game, too.

GO BRAVES!

reckingball

August 17th, 2012
12:33 pm

daSarge…….What are the winning MEGA-Millions numbers for tonight?

BrandonLee49

August 17th, 2012
12:35 pm

Awesome Performance by Kris Medlin…. Pitching a Complete Game Shutout… He is Quickly becoming the Anchor Starter that once given his Chance he is not taking lightly…. Super Performance !!!

Heisenberg

August 17th, 2012
12:57 pm

Barring an injury, the #5 spot in rotation now comes down to Minor vs Hanson. I know Minor has been better lately but he gave up 3 runs in his last outing to one of the worst offensive teams in NL. Compare that to the work the following 3 nights of Hudson, Maholm, & Medlen against the same offense. A healthy Hanson should be able to win that spot over Minor.

Sam

August 17th, 2012
1:03 pm

It’s amazing what the atmosphere is like when people actually cheer for the home team at the Ted.

Largo

August 17th, 2012
1:18 pm

What a great game to watch. Everything about it came off perfect.

REAGAN2012

August 17th, 2012
1:24 pm

I HERD FRENCHY MIGHT CLEAR WAVERS N GO REPLACE MILKY THE STERIOD CHEAT IN SF I M GLAD WITH WHO WE GOT NOW

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bravesgrl4life

August 17th, 2012
3:26 pm

I am so glad I got to go to that game last night! It was wild! Felt like Opening Day 2010 when Heyward hit that 3-run bomb to right. I’ve been to every Opening Day since then, and I don’t know that I can say any of them have been as cool as last night, even though they’ve all been a blast! When the crowd started chanting “CHIPPER, CHIPPER” after the 2nd blast, it was amazing.

Also, I was one of the people standing and cheering when Medlen went to bat in the 8th! He pitched an amazing game. I remember commenting to my niece in the early innings how awesome his strike to ball ration was at that point. That kid reminds me so much of Maddux, in his build and his sense of humor. I hope we have him for a long, long time.

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