In 1999 the Atlanta Braves had a budding superstar in Chipper Jones. That season he hit 45 home runs with 110 RBI’s, and a .319 batting average on his way to the National League most valuable player award and a National League pennant. Continue reading “2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Snubs, Oddities, And Thoughts”
Baseball’s toughest division got a whole lot more exciting as the top two teams (Nationals and Braves) made additions. While the Nationals have the better overall ball team, the Braves could be right there with them again in October. The Phillies are still in the mix, but their best shot will be for a Wild Card spot. The Mets have some work to do while the Marlins, well, need some form of a clue. Continue reading “The Locker Major League Baseball Preview 2013: National League East”
Chipper Jones. Thank you for 19-years, eight All-Star games, the 1999 MVP, the 2008 Batting Title, the 1995 World Series, .303 from the left side, .304 from the right side, and always and forever remaining an Atlanta Brave. Here’s to #10.
Narrated by Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci (Source: MLB.com)
It was the perfect backdrop for a day of college football.
Finally, that crisp autumn air was a little “nippier” and it was starting to feel like something special was going to happen. Continue reading “Nightmare In Dixie: Atlanta Braves, Georgia Bulldogs Give State Of Georgia Their Worst 48-Hours In Sports History (Part 2)”
Last weekend was full of promise as a sports fan in the State of Georgia.
On Friday the Braves, back in the postseason for the first time since 2010, were ready to go against the team that had unceremoniously knocked them out last season. Continue reading “Nightmare In Dixie: Atlanta Braves, Georgia Bulldogs Give State Of Georgia Their Worst 48-Hours In Sports History (Part 1)”
They weren’t going to let it happen again.
The Atlanta Braves, losers of eight-consecutive games to the rival Phillies seemed to reach a tipping point last night. Down six and staring at the possibility of losing their ninth straight by way of shutout it seemed improbable that the Braves would be able to overcome such a deficit. Especially considering their chances were even worse with Roy Halladay on the mound and doing what he normally does (i.e., dominate). Continue reading “Atlanta Braves Show Much More Than Offense In Wild Win Over Phillies”
I’m going to give you two current players statistics to look over. Can you guess who they belong to? Continue reading “Major League Baseball Notes 4/19/2012: Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones Are Hitting Like Old Times”
I think its safe to say that Chipper Jones was taken out of context.
Yesterday, comments were printed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and reported by David O’Brien that read something like this: Continue reading “MLB Spring Training 2012: Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones Causes Stir With Recent Comments”
There was a time when he considered it. Chipper Jones thought about taking a pill, sticking a needle in his arm, doing whatever it is cheaters do in hopes of gaining an edge and fooling us into believing the mutant statistics all came about from hard work and whey shakes.
“Yeah. I mean, definitely,” the Braves’ almost-40 third baseman said Monday when asked if he ever considered using performance-enhancing drugs. “You see peers doing it. You see contemporaries on other teams doing it and putting up [big] numbers. But at that point in my career, while I didn’t have kids yet, and I thought, I don’t want to jeopardize their lives [with the backlash] one day.”
Jones will go into the Hall of Fame one day. He will be in a special group of players who, as he said, “have done it right. The guys who get done with their career and make it through the so-called steroid era unscathed, that’s a huge feather in our cap.”
There have never been any allegations against Jones. No smoking syringe. No leaked grand jury testimony with his name on it. No chapter in a Jose Canseco book.
“I can just imagine what my dad would’ve said if he found out that four, five or six years out of my career he knew that I was cheating,” Jones said. “He told me as much. He said, ‘Please tell me you never did that.’ I said, ‘I never did.’ He said, ‘I can’t think of anything that would disappointment me more than finding out that you did something like that.’ I said, ‘Well, you don’t have to worry about that.’”
What if I told you there was a third basemen in 2011 that had more homers than Youkilis and Michael Young, a higher batting average than Evan Longoria, a higher on-base percentage than Beltre, and was second in all of baseball in fielding at his position; would you take him in 2012?
Apparently many fans are scoffing at the notion that Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones would consider playing past the 2012 season. He deserves more than that; especially considering he made his seventh All-Star game in 2011 and was undoubtedly the only Brave producing down the stretch last season. I’ll take those numbers out of a corner spot anytime.