Jun 21, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates designated hitter Garrett Jones (46) hits a double against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 12/2


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Braves spring training tickets on sale Monday

The Braves are doing their part for “Cyber Monday” by putting spring training tickets on sale on their website starting at 10 a.m. Monday morning. The Braves are hosting 17 games at Champion Stadium at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The first game is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 1:05 p.m. against the Detroit Tigers. Fans can purchase tickets at braves.com or by clicking here.

 

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Garrett Jones A Solid Option For Atlanta Braves

Jun 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Rick Sofield (left) greets first baseman Garrett Jones (46) as Jones rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This past summer, Jones put up a .233/.289/.419 slash line with just 15 home runs in 440 plate appearances. Even worse, he recorded a career-high 23 percent strikeout rate and managed to scratch out just two hits in 21 at-bats versus southpaws. The poor performance led the Pirates’ front office to make a tough decision last Monday as the franchise designated him for assignment rather than pay the $5-6 million likely headed his way in arbitration.

The power potential that Jones brings to the table should be highly sought after on the free agent market. Though he no longer seems best suited as an everyday option for a contending team, the first baseman still has the ability to be a huge asset as one half of a platoon or a big bat off the bench.

The Atlanta Braves are a team in dire need of a long-ball threat for their bench this offseason. The 2013 NL East Champions have a daunting lineup intact for next year, but greatly lack punch from the reserves that are currently on the roster. Jones would remedy that ailment.

The Braves originally drafted the Illinois native out of high school in the 14th round of the 1999 amateur draft. A reunion could definitely be beneficial for both parties.

 

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{Editorial Note: Remember the post below when Chipper had to throw the first pitch to the Braves mascot?  Well Chipper went on twitter last night to wish his old buddy some payback}

Chipper Jones Talks About Playoff Comments” href=”http://tomahawktake.com/2013/10/14/atlanta-braves-legend-chipper-jones-talks-playoff-comments/”>Tomahawk Take

Recent retired Braves legend, Chipper Jones, was set to throw out the first pitch of Game 1 at Turner Field last week to kick off the NL playoffs but instead of a great moment, the pitch turned to awkwardness.  According to the New York Post, Jones appeared on the Braves’ flagship station, 680 The Fan, earlier in the day last Thursday and predicted that the Dodgers, not the Braves, would advance to the NLCS in four games.

As a sign of protest, the Post reports, no Braves player volunteered to be the catcher for Jones’ traditional first pitch toss.  So rather than throw it to a current player standing in as a catcher behind home plate, Jones had to throw it to the Braves’ mascot.

 

Wanna thank the Braves organization for having me throw out the first pitch to the mascot tonite. Quite sure that’s never been done before!

— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 4, 2013

 

Nor will it EVER happen again!

— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 4, 2013

 

Was this a sign of protest from the current Braves players?  I don’t think we will ever know but ball players have more superstitions than any other athletes.  In any case, Chipper was never afraid to speak his mind and rarely strayed away from his opinion.  Instead of the Braves “protesting” Chipper’s pick to advance, the team had the chance to prove him wrong.

 

 

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  • fireboss

    The only thing that the Mascot catching Chipper’s first pitch was a sign of is an increasing lack of class by Braves leadership. Had Chipper still been playing and Murphy had made the comment Chipper would have made sure someone caught that pitch and might even have caught it himself. He’d have told Murphy exactly what he thought privately but respects the game and tradition enough to do the right – diplomatic – thing.

    By the way Braves, I still haven’t seen or heard an acknowledgment of Johnny Logan’s passing aside from a hastily thrown together half-ass few words from Chip Caray who seemed down right upset that I Tweeted him asking if they were going to do one when nothing had been said for six innings. Someday I;d like to know what jerk decided to ignore Logan

    • holoh

      Irrelevant. Murph wouldn’t say something that stupid. Two can play the counterfactual argument: Had Terry Pendleton run onto the field nude during the third inning of the last game of the regular season, Charlie Liebrandt would have given an interview stating that Mark Lemke’s pre-game ritual consisted of felching a blend of jello and creamed corn, Ron Gant would have come out of the closet, and Sid Bream would have revealed that it was an android and not actually him that slid into home plate. Of course, Otis Nixon would have immediately OD’d on coke, causing Jeff Blauser to have a sex change, becoming Jennifer Blauser. Jennifer would then have then been glad to catch Chipper’s first pitch. See, everything would have worked out in a perfect world!

      • fireboss

        As the simile seems to have passed you by I’ll simplify. If any forrmer Brave of stature had said something like that Chipper would not have let the organization embarrass that play publicly even if privately he gave the guy an earful.

        • holoh

          You did not use a simile to support your point, you used an analogy. Not knowing how those work is probably why it didn’t work. Also, how was the “play” embarrassed? I don’t even know what that means. How do you embarrass a play and what “play” are you talking about anyway? The first pitch? That’s not really a play.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Nah, he’s not bitter.

    Well…. maybe a little.