What should Chipper do?

Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones could only watch from the dugout on Wednesday. (AP)

Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones could only watch on Wednesday. (AP)

It was widely reported earlier in the season that Braves’ veteran Chipper Jones was contemplating retirement.

The 38-year-old third baseman suffered what could be a season-ending knee injury in Tuesday’s win over the Astros on a spectacular grab behind the bag and leaping throw.

Jones told the AJC’s David O’Brien that Tuesday’s injury was not like the ACL tear he suffered as a rookie in 1994.

Jones is batting .265 with 84 hits, 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 317 at-bats. He is hitting .400 with four homers in nine games in August. He is signed through the 2012 season.

An MRI on Thursday confirmed the six-time All-Star suffered a torn ACL on the play.

With a long-term rehab ahead, what do you think he will do? Play through the pain? Sit out the rest of season? Retire?

63 comments Add your comment

E.lo

August 12th, 2010
9:46 am

Wayne

August 12th, 2010
9:47 am

Last? I heard he is considering blogging for a former news publication in Atlanta.

E.lo

August 12th, 2010
9:49 am

If it is the acl, he is done. I really hope it’s not. He dosen’t deserve to go out like that. Hopefully he will spend about a month on the DL and be ready for the pennant stretch.

pat

August 12th, 2010
10:11 am

I hope he will be able to finish out this year. He has been the stalwart of the team and deserves to go out in style just like Bobby.

KnightInATL

August 12th, 2010
10:30 am

If it is a season ending injury, Chipper cannot go out like this. The guy can still hit.

Tate

August 12th, 2010
10:34 am

Hope he is not done for season and can at least be ready for the playoffs but as soon as prado gets back think we will be as good if not better with Omar playing everyday at 3rd i do like him alot

leland

August 12th, 2010
10:34 am

He could just stay in the dugout for a few days. Rest. Blow bubbles..

Tami

August 12th, 2010
10:39 am

It’s preliminarily believed to not be the ACL. I sure hope the MRI concurs. However, if it were a serious injury, he has already told DOB that he would go through rehab. An interesting quote considering where he was mentally just a couple of months ago. I think Chipper is struggling to figure out what to do. Ideally, I think if the Braves could get to the postseason here in Bobby’s final season and actually win it all (and they’d have to get through either the Rangers or the Yankees to do that), then he’d probably call it a career. He’s been playing well, and this injury could have happened to any infielder in this situation when the leg inadvertently turns in midair before landing on it awkwardly as it did this time. So, he’s probably weighing that as a variable, versus if this were an “aging player kind-of-injury”. But, I think we all know that Chipper doesn’t want to stay too long either.

Heyna?

August 12th, 2010
10:41 am

Oh, he can hit. It’s just a shame he can’t be the DH.

Chris "Chandelier" Chandler

August 12th, 2010
10:46 am

I see Chipper has taken over my place in Atlanta as the guy everyone holds their breath for every time they fall. I woke up this morning and pulled my hammy sliding out of bed…but I can still throw the deep ball

chc4

August 12th, 2010
10:49 am

The longer we wait for official word the more worrisome it becomes.

Jborodawg

August 12th, 2010
10:51 am

46 ribbies for the season…and .400 BA for AUG; not to mention pretty good D all year…all career. All you Chipper-haters can just shut your pie holes.

Asking this public (bloggers) what Chipper should do is asinine.

Joshua

August 12th, 2010
10:52 am

We are not better with Omar playing 3B. Period.

Joshua

August 12th, 2010
10:53 am

Chipper is far superior to Infante defensively at 3B. Man people who do not know anything about baseball should just not talk about baseball.

chc4

August 12th, 2010
10:59 am

Chipper has struggled til recently but to say we are better with Omar at 3B is insane. There’s a guy on DOB’s other blog that says we are better with Ross as the everyday C over McCann because of his defense. McCann is horrendous defensively but he’s our only reliable power bat right now. Makes you wonder what some people are thinking.

The Grinch

August 12th, 2010
11:00 am

It doesn’t matter what we think; he’s earned the right to do what he wants.

Daniel

August 12th, 2010
11:02 am

790 says Chipper has a torn ACL and is done for the year.

love those Braves

August 12th, 2010
11:04 am

Chipper should do what Chipper wants to do. If he really wants to continue playing then play. Either he will do well or not. If not, eventually the manager will let him know. He enjoys his job so why does everyone think they have a right to decide for him, with the exception of the Braves? If he feels he can go through an operation, if necessary, then it will only serve him physically to be the best he can be whether he plays ball or not. Chipper has a lot to offer a ball team whether or not he is hitting 350 or 250. Chipper has proven his “love of the game” with his willingness to renegoiate his contracts to help his team acquire better players. Let’s not make his choices for him because we only see him through our eyes and not his.

Wulfsgirl

August 12th, 2010
11:06 am

Seems to me that 790 isn’t always reliable….

RattlerMan

August 12th, 2010
11:11 am

Chris Dimino of 790 spoke directly to Chipper and heard it from the horse’s mouth…it’s his ACL.

A great career ends on a great play…maybe the guys in the clubhouse will rally around this and try to get it done for Bobby and Chipper. I’ve never been a Chipper fan, but this is a sad way for his days in MLB to end. He will be in Cooperstown in either 2016 or 2017 – I don’t think he’s a first ballot HOF’er, but it will depend on the other eligible candidates.

Daniel

August 12th, 2010
11:14 am

Agreed, Wulfsgirl. Dimino is a complete moron anyway.

We’ll see what DOB says…

Sneakers O'Toole

August 12th, 2010
11:16 am

I think I’ll wait until 680, ajc, or espn reports it.
Kirk Gibson anyone???

MJ

August 12th, 2010
11:21 am

Lets hope he is wrong. Dimino has not been the most trusting guy for reliable information.

chc4

August 12th, 2010
11:22 am

Stop the denial. Dimino talked to Chipper himself after the MRI. 790 is a crap station but Dimino is the one relialbe guy over there.

Kevin

August 12th, 2010
11:26 am

Chipper should get healthy enough to where he can make a difference in the playoffs, as long as his injury isn’t season ending. Then give him 5 yrs or so with his family and hunting buddies and then bring him back and have him be the head coach for the next 25 years. Chipper has been and always will be a Brave and I don’t know how great of a manager he’d be, but I can guarantee people would love playing for him just as much as they’ve loved playing for Bobby Cox.

Wulfsgirl

August 12th, 2010
11:30 am

I am not in denial but I’d prefer to hear it from a press conference or AJC or someone other than Dimino.

dap01

August 12th, 2010
11:33 am

If he is done for the year with a ACL, how long is the rehab?

Alrighty then

August 12th, 2010
11:33 am

I’m sure that Dimino was the only one around. No ajc, no ESPN, no anyone else. You know, since Chipper isn’t a good player and since the Braves aren’t in a pennant chase, and since no one cares. Dimino was the only reporter following the story. This could jump start his career.

Rhino

August 12th, 2010
11:37 am

If Chipper is done for the year I don’t see how he’d retire. He seems like he has way too much pride to go out like that. Chipper’s too much of a competitor.

http://www.rhinorant.com

Manny

August 12th, 2010
11:37 am

If you heard it from Chris Dimino, it’s real. Chris Dimino is probably one of the only guys that can get a national gig. He’s pretty solid for baseball.

Joe

August 12th, 2010
11:40 am

I think Chipper is going to retire in my mind because that left leg is where all of Chipper’s weight is headed toward to and it is a lot of stress to a guy at his days in age where his career is winding down just like the regular time for a football quarter.

Chipper should go back to his Double Dime Ranch in Texas to be with his family and not worry about getting injured every other game he plays.

kneecap

August 12th, 2010
11:40 am

Tough break for Hoss if true.
Why not PRADO @ 3rd and OMAR @ 2nd?

Alrighty then

August 12th, 2010
11:41 am

Also, did he say his ACL is torn, or is it sprained, or strained, or partially torn? What’s the severity?

BuckheadBrave

August 12th, 2010
11:43 am

Obviously we all hope he is ok, but the hard part is if he isn’t. I think the Braves have two options if he is done.
1.) Go with an infield of:
1b Glaus
2b Infante
SS Gonzalez
3b Prado

2.) Call up Freeman and go:
1b Freeman
2b Prado
SS Gonzalez
3b Glaus

chc4

August 12th, 2010
11:45 am

Glaus cannot play 3B. Can you imagine him charging a bunt or making an off balance throw. He legs have betrayed him. Unfortunately he is blocking Freeman and there’s nothing we can do about it.

BuckheadBrave

August 12th, 2010
11:50 am

Glaus has played 3b his entire career, i’d venture to say he is at the very least as able bodied as Chipper.

Manny

August 12th, 2010
11:51 am

Remember when Ron Gant got into that accident on his motorcycle? I just so happened to be in the emergency room as a result of a stomach issue that doubled me over really bad. I remember being able to look pass this door that led to some waiting area and every time that door opened, I saw Jeff Hullinger- out of all people… looking back at me.

I asked the doctor and they told me about the accident concerning Ron Gant. But all I saw in that room was Jeff Hullinger. All I can remember about it was wondering how Jeff Hullinger got into that room when other reporters had to be herded into another room? What was Jeff Hullinger’s relationship?

So I can totally believe one reporter getting some information while other reporter is in some other pool. I mean, I literally saw the doctor leave Ron Gant, walk through that door and talk to Jeff Hullinger- who was eagerly waiting for news.

Manny

August 12th, 2010
11:53 am

Told you. Dimino got the scoop.

POAD

August 12th, 2010
11:54 am

All ABOARD AHHAHAHAHAHA. It has been a Crazy Train for sure Larry Jones, but thanks for the memories. Don’t even try to come back. Don’t do it to your body again. Thanks and go have fun with your wife and kids.

Brownie

August 12th, 2010
11:55 am

All very premature until we get the MRI results. But, why not speculate.

All the retirement talk early on this season was directly caused by Chipper’s poor play. Once he stopped talking about it, he’s probably played almost as well as he did in ‘08 (batting title year). So, I think Chipper is NOT ready to hang up the cleats, and definitely won’t want to go out like this. Expect him to rehab and be back.

If it’s his ACL, you gotta figure his timeline would be out for a full year rehabbing, which means we might see him back around next year’s all-star game at best. Normally you wouldn’t expect much productivity or consistency from any player at that point, but Chipper has missed a lot of games over the years, and he always seems to come back swinging a hot bat, so you might just get some benefit from him in a pennant run late next season.

In fact, physically this might do Chipper some real good taking a full year off from the daily in-season grind of playing baseball. That conjecture however is likely over-optimistic.

This really won’t hurt the Braves payroll too much, because insurance should likely cover much/all until he has standard time to recover.

Now to those bloggers who state that we’ll actually be better off with Infante at 3rd vs. Chipper…..that type of thinking calls for random drug testing.

BUT, in reality the fall-off won’t be as great as most teams would suffer losing their veteran leader.

Fred McGriff

August 12th, 2010
11:56 am

Chipper reminds me of my 13 year old MaineCoon cat. He goes out and jumps out of a 20 foot tree, off a 10 foot fence running, fight with a wandering stray cat or even dog (He never loses) and comes home barely walking. We treat him with arthritis meds and rub downs and a week later he feels better and does all of the above over again. He can’t help what he does because he is a competitor and loves the fight. He is a championship.

Chipper is that way. It is obvious that Chipper is an intense competitor, loves the fight and the game of baseball is his heart and soul.

He can’t retire until he absolutely has too. Retirement is not Chipper Jones.

I hope Dominick or whomever the guy is is wrong.

POAD

August 12th, 2010
12:06 pm

It is all over ther Radio and ACL torn Chipper out of season. From 95 RotY to missing a hopeful pennent race in 10. I think he has to retire now. If you fans treated Glavine so bad for leaving what will you do if Chipper go to the AL for a few yrs as a DH. He may not be able to comeback and be an everyday player on the field.

PMC

August 12th, 2010
12:09 pm

Give it a couple of weeks on the DL. See how it does.

If he does decide to hang them up. THANKS man. Thanks for playing so hard for so long.

I’m holding out hope that he could pinch hit in the playoffs or DH in the World Series ;)

BRAVESNATION4EVER

August 12th, 2010
12:09 pm

Chipper may need to retire whether the Braves win the World Series or not in 2010 what because his time-up in Atlanta is becoming totally evident,especially with this injury he just suffered and he needs to call it a career if this is a long-term injury,instead of just a short-term DTD injury. GO BRAVOS! ! ! ! !.

PMC

August 12th, 2010
12:11 pm

Without question the best switch hitter of his era. One of the best third basemen of all time.

First Ballot Hall of Famer….. pretty decent hunter too.

ShaunC

August 12th, 2010
12:16 pm

Does this injury make Chipper re-think retirement and collect his check through 2012? Lord knows two knee surgeries probably entitle him to do so.

Pat H

August 12th, 2010
12:20 pm

He should talk to Glaus, knees are so overrated.

Lapper

August 12th, 2010
12:39 pm

We’ll need his clutch experienced bat in playoffs even as a pinch hitter. If he’s out it really hurts big time. Glaus looks terrible moving around the field or trying to run to first, he’s history.

Mark

August 12th, 2010
12:44 pm

I don’t know the person who posted that Chipper is not a first ballot HOFer, but they apparently don’t pay much attention. Chipper is absolutely a first ballot guy.
Only two other switch hitters in the history of the game have hit more home runs — Mantle and Murray.
Chipper is the only switch hitter, I think this is right, with 300 homeruns and a lifetime .300 avg.
He’s won a World Series.
He’s won an MVP.
No doubt, he is a first ballot guy. No doubt.

Braveatheart

August 12th, 2010
12:46 pm

Chipper Jones is the Braves. The very heart and soul of the team. Has been for years. When people think of the Braves they think, Aaron, Murphy, Neikro, Glavine, Smoltz, Maddux, Chipper and Cox.

He has played clean, (not like Bonds, Sosa and the gang) and has been a true talent. 1st ballot HOF’er.

If he does hang it up, then let him replace Cox at the end of the year as manager.