Chipper Jones is a first ballot Hall-of-Famer and probably one of the best switch hitters of all time. He owns a career slash line of .304/.403/.533 in nearly 10000 career plate appearances and has a career WAR value of 86 Wins despite being hurt for the better part of a decade.
What he isn’t, however, is a successful General Manager. That doesn’t mean Ole Chip will hesitate from popping off and saying his team’s offense is just fine, thank you very much!
When asked about all the trade speculation swirling around his team, Chipper Jones doesn’t hesitate noting the bullpen could use a bit an upgrade but when it comes to position players, welp, Chipper thinks they’re just fine, thanks.
“I don’t have a problem standing pat,” Jones said. “I think we have a really good ballclub. Obviously any team would love an injection of new blood, especially top-notch quality. To be honest, I don’t see where we are going to go out and better the ballclub every-day lineup-wise. You say what you want about the [Carlos] Beltrans and the [Hunter] Pences and the [Ryan] Ludwicks, people like that, but everybody in our lineup contributes to our success each and every day.”
If find it very interesting when the obvious divide between catchers and pitchers bubbles to the surface like this. Jones says they could use help in the bullpen (baseball’s best, overworked as they might be) but the offense is just peachy keen (11th in the National League, worse than THE ASTROS.)
One can’t help but wonder if General Manager Jones hadn’t engineered the trade of, say, one of baseball’s best offensive shortstops the team wouldn’t be better off. I realize standing ovations for veteran players when they arrive helps win ballgames but so do guys who don’t make outs.
Chipper is a good soldier and isn’t about to throw his teammates down the stairs in the press. A good clubhouse leader like Ole Chip isn’t about to say “yeah, Beltran would be nice. He’s a possible Hall of Famer while Jordan Schafer struggles to reach replacement level. I’d say that’s an upgrade I could get behind” out loud, no matter how true it is.