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Chipper Jones tears ACL, out for season

Posted on: August 12, 2010 11:49 am
Edited on: August 12, 2010 1:47 pm
Chipper Jones Could Chipper Jones' Hall of Fame career be over?

With the news that Jones is out for the year after tearing his ACL, it may very well be.

Jones' agent said that the injury, suffered Tuesday night, will require surgery.

Obviously, this is a blow to Atlanta's playoff hopes, already in doubt thanks to being just 2 1/2 games up over a surging Philadelphia Phillies team that will bring back Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley shortly.

Even though Chipper wasn't the Chipper of old, he was still a valuable part of the Braves' team. Someone who hits 265/.381/.426 in 381 plate appearances with average defense at the hot corner is a strong complementary piece of a Braves team trying to reclaim its old familiar perch atop the NL East Division standings.

No, that line is nowhere near the obscene .342/.435/.592 line over 1,611 plate appearances he checked in at from 2006-08 as a mid-30s player, but the 38-year-old still had plenty left in him even as he considered retirement, unable to stand his personal brand of production deteriorating, even if it was still better than most.

Now, Jones will have to take to the sidelines for an injury that will take months to heal, if not a full year. While the ACL is reportedly not torn, according to Mark Bowman of, it is stretched and will require surgery. He suffered the injury by ranging behind the third-base bag in the bottom sixth of Tuesday's game against the Astros, snaring a grounder at the foul-ball line and making an acrobatic, jumping throw to throw out Hunter Pence.

He landed with his full weight on his left leg -- the one that already had a torn ACL that caused him to miss all of the 1994 season -- and crumpled to the ground, later being helped off the field.

What a shame this might be the way Chipper Jones ends his career, not in a dogpile in October or to a standing ovation in his final regular-season game.

As Sheldon adds, however, agent B.B. Abbott believes that Jones won't retire without at least rehabbing the injury. It's certainly understandable how Jones wouldn't want to let this be his curtain call.

The 1999 MVP still has two years left on his deal plus a 2013 club option, so his security isn't an issue. He originally signed a three-year, $42 million contract in March of 2009, a year before his previous deal expired. In addition, since revealing in June that he was considering retirement, Jones' play has picked up, posting a .907 OPS after the announcement.

Given his production and the injury, it's difficult to imagine Jones walking away from the game.

The Braves slotted in bench player Brooks Conrad to replace Jones Tuesday and Wednesday, but despite his penchant for hitting clutch home runs, isn't quite a full-time player. In 101 appearances as a 30-year-old in his rookie season, Conrad has a .238/.313/.495 line with six dingers. You might see the Braves do a timeshare between Conrad and Omar Infante, or have Atlanta troll the waiver wire and pick up a middle infielder. The top name on the market remains Ty Wigginton, although it is unknown if he has been claimed on waivers.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2010 10:22 pm

Chipper Jones tears ACL, out for season

Really?!?  I love Omar, but his power is nowhere near that of Chipper.  Yes his average is higher and I think he will fill in admirably at
3rd base.  But to say anything positive about losing Chipper from the Braves lineup is at the least, misinformed.  Watch him walk in from 3rd base when one of the young pitchers is in a jam.  Watch him in the dugout give a word of encouragement to a guy struggling at the plate.  Watch him force a manager to make a pitching change when he's in the on deck circle.  The entangibles Chipper brings to the lineup will be missed most of all.  You don't replace a HOF 3rd baseman, period.  You hope you can....but you just don't.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2010 8:36 pm

Chipper Jones tears ACL, out for season

Truly the end of an era. My heart=sad. Best of luck Chipper- you're a living legend.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2010 8:02 pm

Chipper Jones tears ACL, out for season

Not only that, but he has FLAT FEET and terrible problems at his toes. All of his nagging injuries came after he volunteered to move from 3B to LF in order for the Braves to sign Vinny Castilla back in like 2001-2003 seasons because Atlanta was getting shallow in the pocket. Think of that, top 5 best 3B statistically all-time, moving from 3B to LF AND he had an ACL tear in his past/chronic foot pain.

It was only after this that he struggled with injury problems. I think it cut off a year or two from his career. He also had freak collisions, 2 against the Pirates I can recall off hand, that he really strained the bottom ligament in his foot on one play and another the next season colliding with the Pirates 3B while running the bases on a strange play.

Thanks for the respect from classy posters that are fans of rival teams. As well as for realists who aren't just accusing of drug use based on numbers changes. You know, that does happen with all players. In an era with doping, how can you just look at numbers and allege things? Its entirely irresponsible.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2010 7:55 pm

Chipper Jones tears ACL, out for season

Classy post Kazoo.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2010 5:35 pm

Chipper Jones tears ACL, out for season

Chipper Jones is first ballot worthy, in my opinion! He just seems to have gone about his business, and carved out an outstanding career. The Braves fans hopefully fully appreciate what they got to see over the last 15 seasons! One of baseball's good guys!

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2010 5:21 pm

Chipper Jones tears ACL, out for season

actually his feet/ankle areas have been quite a problem throughout his career!

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2010 2:54 pm

Chipper Jones tears ACL, out for season

shotarkt -- Pettitte first-ballot and Damon in? Really?

Pettitte and Damon will only be average contenders, and probably will fall short without a great number of support. There's no question Pettitte won't make it on the first ballot at the very least.

I'm also piqued by your apparent prediction that the posterboys for steroids -- Bonds and Clemens -- will be forgiven in 2018.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2010 1:53 pm

Chipper Jones tears ACL, out for season

If Chipper is willing, he could be a valuable DH in the AL if he wants to come back and still play.  He could probably play first base still in the NL but I doubt it.   This is a big if coming back from a torn ACL.  The twists the knees take batting (much like golf) will make it tough for a 38 year old to come back from.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2010 1:39 pm

Chipper Jones out for season

Slammin6-  You wrote "...He missed so much time the last couple years it almost makes ya think he may have taken roids at some point to break down that much..."

I have to respectfully disagree.  It's actually indicative that Chipper didn't take roids ... apparently we've lost sight of that because during the Steroid Era we all became accustomed to seeing roid-jacked 35-40 year olds playing as if in their primes.  Hello, sports fans ... a non-roid-jacked guy breaking down physically in his mid-30s is what's SUPPOSED to happen to the (normal) human body.  Perhaps you're not in your mid-30s yet, or you were never an athlete yourself, or maybe you're on 'roids yourself or you'd know that all too well.  I had to quit playing rec league sports a few years ago because invariably I'd hurt myself trying to play like I used when I quite simply just no longer had the physical capability.

It's guys like Chipper & Griffey Jr. etc who had normal bodies & whose careers actually began declining in their mid-30s that are the guys I can actually respect and admire from the Steroid Era.  They weren't "soft," they just weren't cheating and wisely chose to sit some when their health was in doubt in order to try to ultimately prolong their careers as much as (normal) humanly possible.  Chipper is a damn sure Hall of Famer & there aren't any "soft" HoFers! 

All I would say to Chipper, if this was in fact his swan song, "Sorry you had to go out like that, Champ.  Thanks for all the memories & all your tremendous efforts for the Bravos!"

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