Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chipper's Retirement

Chipper Jones is no doubt, one of the best baseball players to live. He has earned his rank as one of the top 50 hitters of all time which is incredible. Chipper has been with his one and only team the Braves since 1993 making his time in the major leagues, 19 years. It is incredible how far he has come since his rookie years. This year at spring training Chipper announced his retirement which we all knew had to happen sometime even though no one wanted to admit it. Even Chipper knew this day would come but his love for the game wouldn't let him think about it. Chipper has been the heart and soul of this team along with Bobby Cox who retired just last year. Though his leaving will make an impact the Braves will try to have the same spirit as they do year in and year out. Sending Chipper off with a world series appearance would be incredible and the Braves are trying to do that this year. Let's all rally behind the Braves as they make a run for the world series. The future hall of famer, Chipper Jones, deserves nothing less because of all he has given this town and this team.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Braves Season so far

The Atlanta Braves are off to a great start this season with an 18-11 record. They are only half of a game back behind Washington in the NL east division which has seen many surprising starts like the formidable pitching giant Philadelphia being last in the standings. The Braves hope to see things continue the way they are with Philly loosing and Atlanta continuing to tomahawk chop to victories. So far this season, the braves are ranked number one overall in runs scored, fourth in batting average, and seventh in both OBP and slugging percentage. Atlanta is a strong force in the league this year despite what many people thought including analyst. The pitching staff of the braves (not including Jair Jurrjens) has really stepped it up this year, especially Brandon Beachy who has a 1.62 ERA in his four starts. When the pitching falters, like this weekend at the Rockies, our hitting comes through with Freddie Freeman and Michael Bourn at the heart of the lineup. Chipper has been giving it all he has got in his last season, he showed the Phillies in the second game of the series that he can still hit by coming through with a walk off in extra innings. The Braves, although not led by Bobby this year, have a really special team. If the braves continue to play like they have been, the season will go smoothly with high hopes to go deep in the playoffs.