March 18, 2012

Show #175: The Braves Spring Training Turnaround

The winning begins, Chipper’s comments, the SS battle, and Kris Medlen.

 

 

91 Responses to “Show #175: The Braves Spring Training Turnaround”

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  1. 51
    Leah Says:

    Is it true? Can it be? Dare we believe it?

  2. 52
    Mark in Memphis hates the DH rule Says:

    So, what do you think?

    Roving minor league hitting instructor (my bet A)?
    Hitting coach for one of the monor league teams (maybe, but unlikely)?
    Assistant hitting coach for the Braves (somewhat unlikely IMHO)?
    Hitting coach for the Braves (unlikely IMHO)?
    Yet un-named front office position (my bet B)?
    Advance scout (unlikely IMHO)?
    Scout (unlikely IMHO)?
    ???

  3. 53
    Nate Says:

    How badass would it be to have Chipper Jones as a hitting instructor? I hope he gets to work with the younger players in the organization. Regardless, this is a great move by Chipper and the Braves to go ahead and get this out of the way. I hope we see some magic like we did in 2010 with Bobby’s last year.

  4. 54
    Anne Says:

    I love the Chipper news. Totally like him (and I mean this in a good way) to get this out of the way before the season starts. He can rest up for a year, and I agree with Nate he’d make a tremendous hitting coach.

  5. 55
    Curt Says:

    This is a nice little piece

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/spring2012/story/_/id/7723234/chipper-jones-retire-2012-season

  6. 56
    BluesMan Says:

    I’m glad Chipper got this out of the way so the national press will just shut up (at least w/ that question). Hopefully he mended fences w/ DOB. I’m glad that shows that we have that much more payroll to throw around in the offseason. Forget Bourne, I vouch for Josh Hamilton. I can definitely see Chipper being the Braves Hitting Coach in the next 5 to 7 years. I think he would be a great hitting coach.

  7. 57
    Steve Says:

    I agree that this was the best possible retirement scenario for Chipper. No questions about ’13 throughout the year, Chipper gets a big ol’ farewall tour and the FO knows more about the ’13 budget.

    All of that said, I am extremely nostalgic for Chipper already. To me, it’s more unthinkable to be watching a team without Chipper than anyone else from the ’90′s.

  8. 58
    Shaun Says:

    For those who think Chipper Jones stuck around too long or think the Braves overpaid him the last few seasons:

    According to FanGraphs, Chipper was slightly more valuable in 2009-2011 than Ryan Howard, the man who won the 2006 NL MVP, who has finished in the top 10 in MVP voting every year since 2006 and was ages 29-31 during 2009-2011.

    According to Baseball-Reference Howard was less than one win better than Chipper over that span.

  9. 59
    Curt Says:

    More platitudes

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/cliff_corcoran/03/22/chipper.jones/index.html?xid=siextra_032312

  10. 60
    will Says:

    When is the ABT Chipper interview?

  11. 61
    Steve Says:

    Yeah, when is the ABT Chipper interview? Anyone out there have any connections we could use to get him?!?!

  12. 62
    Steve Says:

    DOB’s latest blog on Chipper is must reading. Posted this morning.

  13. 63
    Walker Says:

    Im sure you could get him if you were really determined to. I am so ready for real baseball.

  14. 64
    Bubdylan Says:

    You could get him for an interview unless he listens to the last broadcast to see what we’re all about. Broadcasting from your mom’s basements, the lot of you.

    Good news on Chipper, though. Along with Gwynn, the smartest hitter I ever watched closely (haven’t seen Pujols that much). And even though he’s the Brave I love to hate for waffling on his claims in the press, even I don’t think he’ll back out of this announcement.

  15. 65
    Bubdylan Says:

    ^What I mean is … because you all agreed Chipper was wrong to fling DOB under the bus.

  16. 66
    john j Says:

    Chipper was right and his opinion/comments are much more highly regarded nationally than any writer or commentator. Which writer can put themselves in Chipper’s shoes? Give any writer or blogger a soapbox and they know (think they know) more than a HOF player. Bottom line, outside of a few folks in Atlanta, who gives a **** about DOB?

  17. 67
    BluesMan Says:

    @ 66 Well, I live in TN…and even though I didn’t discover DOB until 2 or 3 years ago when I discovered this podcast. Although I wasn’t in the locker room when all that stuff was said/quoted/misquoted/whatever. Chipper had a moment, he’s human after all…any Hooter’s waitress will agree with that. But on a more serious note, although DOB is human too, I still have a hard time believing that DOB was in the wrong.

  18. 68
    Steve Says:

    The timing feels unfortunate that our last big Chipper conversation before the retirement announcement was criticizing his “may not make it through tomorrow” reversal and calling out DOB (which I still completely stand by). Chipper’s outspoken nature and the lifetime achievement award contract he signed a couple of years ago + the recent injury history make him a target, but I’m a HUGE Chipper fan. Sure, he has an ego, but all he’s really ever done is kick ass and do whatever was best for the team.

  19. 69
    Bubdylan Says:

    john j, I don’t see how being a HOF baseball player makes them “know more” than anyone else. I mean, unless the discussion is how to face a pitcher, etc, which it wasn’t.

    And while you may not give a **** about DOB, that has nothing to do with whether he was right or wrong in a circumstance. I can’t believe you seriously equate baseball fame with rightness on this level. Manny Ramirez pushed an old man down. Nobody knows the old man.

    The writers wrote a perfectly logical piece given the words that came out of Chipper’s mouth.

  20. 70
    Curt Says:

    DOB at his best:

    “And he’s about as smart a baseball mind, and as candid, honest and entertaining an interview as any athlete I’ve covered, even if he occasionally finds a reporter to be a bit overzealous.”

    And if anyone is a real Braves fan looking for insight on the team, I would challenge them to do better than reading David O’Brien. So they should give a crap about him.

  21. 71
    will Says:

    in hindsight, if Chipper was this close to making this decision he might have been a bit more jumpy or stressed than usual and just blasted a barrel at DOB. So maybe he gets a pass, no definitely he gets a pass, in the grand scheme.

    why do i always love beating the mets, even if it doesnt count.

  22. 72
    Nate Says:

    The SI prediction might be accurate if the Venters shoulder soreness turns out to be something bigger and crappier

  23. 73
    Leah Says:

    #Braves 3B Chipper Jones will have arthroscopic knee surgery, tore meniscus on Thursday.

  24. 74
    Kate Says:

    #Braves Chipper Jones has taken about 16-18 days to recover from similar knee procedures in past, so he’s hoping to be back for home opener.

  25. 75
    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, that really is DOB at his best. He can be pretty graceful for a guy with such a tempermental(sp?) streak. That was a perfect handling of it: brief, backing off without compromising, and staying out of the way of the actual story. Can’t see another AJC writer handling it that well.

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