Chipper Out For Season

Written by Colin on August 12, 2010 – 11:43 am

In 1995 a rookie third baseman with an infectious grin and a hot bat helped the Braves win the World Series. Since then, Chipper has slowed up a bit but still loves the game, still kills the Mets every time he can, and is the lifeblood of the Atlanta Braves. Tuesday night we saw a brilliant defensive play at third base – and sadly that might be the last play we see from Chipper.

Various sources are reporting that Chipper is out for the season with a torn ACL. He was already thinking about retiring after this season, and he could very well decide not to come back. Who knows? I know I don’t, but I find myself reflecting on his career and realizing how rare of a player Chipper was.

How many other sluggers of his caliber have stayed in one city their entire life? How many stars have restructured their contracts to provide more flexibility to their team? How many great third basemen have moved to left field so the team could add offense where it was most easily found? How many stars have thought about retiring when their career starts to decline instead of denying it and trying to eek it out for a few more years?

Yes, he was a bit of an arrogant ass when he was younger. But that’s tempered with age and experience now, and his love for the game remains.

Chipper is a rare player – not just because he’s perhaps the best switch hitter that’s ever played or hits homers against the Mets even when he’s slumping against everyone else, but because he bent over backwards for a team that he made his. Chipper’s poured his heart out for us Atlanta Braves fans, and that’s something I’ll never forget.

Now get the surgery out of the way and go rehab that knee, Chipper. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of Mr. Larry Wayne Jones, Jr.

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6 Responses to “Chipper Out For Season”

  1. By josh on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    Having ACL surgery on same knee at his age just sounds like to much to me. He would have to rehab at least to this point next year and was already talking about retirement. I just wish him the best and hope that we see him hanging around the ball park with the team. One bright note in all this is Infante with the way he has been hitting should be able to jump right in there or share time with Conrad.

  2. By Daphne (@midnit3mar3) on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I started watching the Braves (and baseball period) just 11 years ago and have always loved seeing Chipper on the field giving his whole self, body, heart, and soul, to the team. I’ve cheered him in good times and bad and I am saddened to my core that a magical season such as this one has to end for him this way. His dedication and passion for this team has always been inspiring to me.

  3. By gray booker on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    Chipper will be sadly missed if this is indeed it for him. I have watched and loved Chipper since he played in Richmond, with the then R-braves, and is by far my favorite player of all time….. With that said, the future is now, and we need to win for Chip and Bobby. We got 2 options, platoon Brooks and Omar at 3rd since Martin is back soon, and they are playing so well. Or pull Freddie Freeman up now, move Troy to 3rd, and have Omar and Brooks as very useful and beneficial utility players.

  4. By josh on Aug 13, 2010 | Reply

    Hope the Dodgers play that kind of crap baseball down here. Blow an 8 run lead with 2 innings left.

  5. By James Watts on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    We are in trouble. The Braves need someone that can help them make the playoff! Are there any good ideas because Chipper is out? Colorado just swept us and the last game, well, when you laed 10-1 after the first three innings and lose 12-10 that speaks for itself. Embarrasing yes, but they are still my favorite team win or lose.

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