Showing posts with label Chipper Jones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chipper Jones. Show all posts

Monday, October 01, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright's Uncertainty, Thole, Alderson, Mejia, Familia and Ramirez, Murphy, Chipper Jones vs Mets

Mets News and Notes:

In an exclusive interview with, David Wright expressed uncertainty about his future with the ballclub. He indicated he wants his next contract to take him to retirement. He also noted he would not be inclined to discuss an extension during next season -- so it's an agreement this offseason or he's headed to free agency.
“The optimism is I’m hopeful,” he said. “It’s well-documented: I’ve really enjoyed my time here. We’ve obviously gone through some tough seasons. I’m not lying. I’ve really enjoyed it. I have a lot of really close friends -- not just players or coaches or anything. Front office. Ownership. Stadium security. Clubhouse attendants. I have really a lot, a lot of close friends that I made in this organization. I enjoy it here. I enjoy New York. I feel like the fans and followers of the team really welcomed me with open arms. They’ve seen the ups and downs, obviously. And they’ve stuck right by me. And I’m appreciative.”  

Then again,  Wright said he never has been assured by Fred or Jeff Wilpon that he will remain a Met for life.

Wright recorded his 175th hit of the season on Saturday, the fifth time in his career that he’s reached that total. He’s tied for the most such seasons in Mets history with Jose Reyes, who had five from 2005 to 2011.

Josh Thole was struck in the head with a fourth-inning foul ball off Medlen's bat. Despite initial concerns, Thole appears relatively unscathed. He may have escaped with no more than a cut on the back of his right ear.

Sandy Alderson joined the Mets on Sunday for the final four games of the season. He planned to meet with Terry Collins today or tomorrow in part to discuss the fate of the coaching staff. A team source told Post beat writer Mike Puma it would be surprising for pitching coach Dan Warthen to be dismissed.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Chipper Goodbye, Collins, 2013 Season, Harvey, Cyclones

Mets News and Notes:

The Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Chipper Jones, in his farewell to Flushing, walked on four pitches as a pinch hitter in the ninth and was replaced by a pinch runner. He received a standing ovation as he returned to the dugout, capping warm treatment by Mets fans for the most part all weekend.

Chipper ultimately went 0-for-7 with two walks in his final series in Flushing.

Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post:

Showing their class, the 23,161 fans gave Jones a warm send-off, a standing ovation, mixed with some diehard boos, as he came to the plate, and then another standing ovation as he left the field. Three steps from the dugout, Jones took off his helmet to acknowledge the cheers. It was a wonderful baseball moment. “It was cool,’’ Jones said. “I heard a bunch of boos in there, spattered, but for once the cheers outnumbered the boos.’’ Jones also brought out the lineup card, snapped a picture with the umpires, and was cheered.

“You can’t say enough about the fans in New York this year, they’ve been awfully supportive, both in person, out on the field, on Twitter,’’ Chipper explained. “The Mets organization rolled out the red carpet all weekend and has been extremely nice. I’m very appreciative.’’

Said David Wright, who ended up making the game's final out: "As much as the fans like to get on him over the years, I think they respect his body of work and respect his career and the way he's carried himself. And what he's been able to do on the field is obviously a nice cap to a Hall of Fame career.

"You think of Chipper Jones, you think of the Braves. Growing up, I had TBS just like everybody else. Braves games were always on. I think that it goes hand in hand. You think of Chipper Jones, you think of the Atlanta Braves. I think he's represented the organization tremendously. I think the next stop will hopefully be the Hall of Fame."

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Braves Streak, Mets Honorees, Mejia, Torres, Tejada, Carson, Chipper

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets send Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.52 ERA) to the mound at 4:05 p.m. today. He opposes reigning NL Pitcher of the Month Kris Medlen (7-1, 1.56). The Braves have won Medlen's past 18 starts, the longest streak in the majors since the Yankees won 20 straight starts by Roger Clemens in 2000.

The Mets will honor infielder Wilmer Flores and right-hander Rafael Montero as the Sterling organizational player and pitcher of the year in a ceremony before the game. Also due to be honored are each affiliate's player of the year: Matt Harvey (Buffalo), Zack Wheeler (Binghamton), outfielder/second baseman Alonzo Harris Jr. (St. Lucie), right-hander Michael Fulmer (Savannah), right-hander Hansel Robles (Brooklyn), right-hander Miller Diaz (Kingsport), right-hander Yoryi Nuez (Dominican Summer League 1) and outfielder Vincente Lupo (Dominican Summer League 2).

Jenrry Mejia surrendered a solo homer to Dan Uggla with two outs in the ninth, but otherwise recorded six outs in his first major league appearance since Sept. 15, 2010. Mejia mostly spent last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Collins said Mejia will be used as a starter later in the month, roughly coinciding with Harvey being shut down for the season.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Dickey, Davis, Expected Losses, Mets Road Trip, Gee, Tejada, Chipper, Cyclones, Prospects, Suspension

Mets News and Notes:

R.A. Dickey notched his 18th win, which is now tied with Washington's Gio Gonzalez for the major league lead, and Ike Davis belted a three-homer as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2, Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Dickey is now two wins shy of becoming the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990.

Ike Davis' 26 homers are tied for fifth most in franchise history by a first baseman, trailing only Carlos Delgado (38 in 2008 and 2006), Dave Kingman (37 in 1982) and Eddie Murray (27 in 1993). Mo Vaughn also had 26, in 2002.

Of Davis' 26 homers, a National League-high 19 have come on the road. San Diego's Chase Headley and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who both play in spacious home ballparks, are tied for second in the league in road homers with 17 apiece.

The Mets are expected to lose $23 million this season, Josh Kosman reports in the Post. Sandy Alderson has identified last year's loss as $60 million, but the Mets' payroll was slashed roughly $50 million during the past offseason, helping to close that deficit despite lower attendance in 2012.

The Mets completed their road trip to Philadelphia, Miami and St. Louis with a 6-3 record. They trail Philadelphia (66-71) by a game for third place in the division, but the Mets (65-72) have opened a five-game lead on the Marlins (60-77) for fourth place.

No surprise, but Terry Collins told reporters in St. Louis that Dillon Gee is assured a rotation spot next season assuming he is healthy, which is expected to be the case following surgery to repair a damaged artery.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Recap: Game 152: Mets at Braves - Chipper beats them again with a single

Turner Field (Atlanta, Ga.)

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W: T. Hudson (15-10) L: R. Dickey (8-13)
S: C. Kimbrel (45)
HR: NYM - None   ATL - None

Chipper Jones' RBI single in the bottom of the eighth gave the Braves a 1-0 victory over the Mets in the second test of a three-game set.

Tim Hudson (15-10) tossed eight scoreless innings for the win. He allowed four hits and walked two while striking out 10 batters.

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 45th save of the year as Atlanta remained alive in the race for the NL East crown. However, the Phillies can clinch the title with a win later Saturday over the Cardinals.

Martin Prado was the only batter besides Jones to record a hit for the Braves, winners in three of their last four games.

R.A. Dickey (8-13) allowed the game's lone run on three hits and six walks through 7 2/3 innings for the loss.

Ruben Tejada had two of the Mets' four hits as New York dropped its ninth game in its last 11 tries.\

Box Score: Click here

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Recap: Game 113 - Braves at Mets - Chipper does it again to Mets

Final Score: Atlanta 6, New York 5

Chipper Jones singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets in the rubber match of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Alex Gonzalez, Jose Constanza and Jason Heyward each homered for the Braves, who have won three of their last four.

Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla extended his career-high hitting streak to 28 games with a two-out single in the eighth, while Braves rookie first baseman Freddie Freeman went 0-for-4 to halt his personal-best hitting streak at 20 games.

Box Score: Click Here

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chipper Jones does not think Carlos Beltran Helps the Braves

With the looming deadline comes speculation that the Braves might deal for a right-handed bat or a reliever.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  Mets nemesis Chipper Jones said he sees the Braves acquiring bullpen help. But he is just fine with the everyday lineup as is.

"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 everyday 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."
Is he trying to say he does not want a Met on the team??  LOL

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Chipper Jones says, "Mets should Build around David Wright"

According to the NY Daily News,  the Mets' nemesis Chipper Jones who has tortured the franchise's fans for nearly two decades, fashioned a career that was the model for what the team wanted David Wright to become: a homegrown talent who will forever be linked to the club.

And with speculation swirling lately about whether the financially strapped Mets would trade their star third baseman, Jones says if he were running the team, he'd

"David is certainly the cornerstone that you would like to build your organization around," Jones said before hitting a monster homer in Friday night's 6-3 victory over the Mets. "Unfortunately they have two players that are very dynamic on the left side of the infield that you would like to build your team around. That's a very tough decision to make if you can only keep one as an organization."

It is likely that Carlos Beltran and Reyes, who are both set to become free agents after this season, will be shopped around before the trade deadline next month.

"I don't know Jose as well, but I do know that when he's at the top of his game, he's the most dynamic leadoff hitter in the game," Jones said of Reyes, who figures to command big money as a free agent. "And he is also a guy that you would want to build your team on top of.

"It's something that they are going to have to weigh their options. But, off the top of my head, if you are asking me my opinion, I would want to build my team around David Wright."

"I am a huge David Wright fan," Jones said. "I've loved his game from the first time I saw him. He's the kind of guy you want representing your team and your organization."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wright Leaves Lasting Impression in ATL

The Mets broke a 7 game losing streak on Sunday night in Atlanta despite Wright going 0-4. The highpoint of the game for a few lucky fans occurred a few hours before the game even started- when David Wright started playing catch with children in the first rows of the visitors dugout.

A lucky five-year-old named Mason, one of the participants, caught Wrights arm band as well after the game. Masons father wrote ESPN this letter about his son's experience:
What a great experience for Mason yesterday!!! As a 5-year-old, who just adores the Braves, he had no clue the All-Star that he was playing catch with at the time. My wife and I were just amazed at what was happening! We didn't think the day could get any better than that until David threw his arm band into the stands after the game, and Mason got it! He hasn't wanted to take it off since. He even tried to sleep in it last night, but we wouldn't let him! He did wear it to his T-ball game tonight, though! If you get a chance, please let David know how much that 15 minutes meant to the kids. His fan base grew a little larger in the South over the weekend. All Mason normally talks about is Chipper Jones, and now if you ask him who his favorite player is, he says David Wright. ... Maybe we'll be lucky enough to have him as a Brave one day :)

Sorry Mason's father, that's not happening, but thanks for trying ;-)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 14 - Mets at Braves (Game 1 DH)

Chipper Jones 2008 AlternateImage by BaseballBacks via Flickr
Final Score: Atlanta 4, New York 2 

Alex Gonzalez hit two of Atlanta's four solo home runs to help the Braves take a 4-2 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a twin-bill from Turner Field.

The two clubs were to start the three-game series on Friday, but rain made this a twinbill.

Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman each hit a solo home run for the Braves, who had dropped four of five coming into the game. Derek Lowe (2-2) went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts to pick up the win.

Jose Reyes and Willie Harris each drove in a run for the Mets, who have lost their past six games. D.J. Carrasco (0-1) got the loss as he gave up three runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in just 3 2/3 innings of work. 

Box Score: Click Here 
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Monday, February 28, 2011

Chipper Jones: "Don't Discount Mets"

Chipper Jones has the NL East pegged as baseball's toughest division. Along those lines, he says the Mets can't be discounted.

"Is Jose Reyes still one of the most dynamic players in the game? If he has a monster year, they are going to score a lot of runs," Jones said yesterday. "Is David Wright an MVP candidate year in and year out? Without a doubt. Is Ike Davis one of the best young players in the game?

"I mean, there are some pieces. There are players over there you can't take a deep breath against. Obviously, not having Johan [Santana] at the beginning is going to hurt. But if they can hang around until he gets back, you never know."
Jones also knows the Phillies are the team to beat.

Jones puts Philadelphia's Big Four of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt on the same footing as the Braves rotations of the 1990s that featured Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery/Denny Neagle.

"I've heard the comparison kind of thrown about loosely over the years, but this is really the first [rotation] I feel kind of warrants that comparison," Jones said. "Any one of those four guys for the Phillies can win 20."
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