Chipper Jones hasn’t started six days in a row all season, but that’s what he aims to do this week as the future Hall of Fame third baseman plays out the last regular season homestand of his career.
He tweeted his intentions on Monday, then sat down with Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez Tuesday to talk about it.
Jones has started five consecutive games multiple times this season but has always taken the sixth day to rest his surgically-repaired knees.
“Our goal is to go ahead and try to clinch and try to get in, and then play it by ear,” Gonzalez said. “He wants to play all the games at home and you can’t blame him. And if we get a chance to clinch, maybe you give him a couple at-bats every day and take him out of the game, that kind of stuff.”
The Braves are honoring Jones in a pre-game ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday night before the start of the Braves-Mets game at 7:35 p.m.