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Chipper willing to pay after blasting ump's calls

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08:13 AM ET 07.04 | With an end of a five-game winning streak also came the end of civility with the Braves, who weren't able to mount a rally late Sunday. Chipper Jones tried to take first base twice on what he thought was a two-out walk in the ninth inning and was called out on strikes in a 5-4 loss to the Orioles. He never looked back at rookie home plate umpire Mark Ripperger, but Jones made his feelings clear afterward. ... Jones has called out umpires before and taken his fines, something he said he was prepared to do again. Manager Fredi Gonzalez might be writing a check as well. "I came back in here and looked at them on video; I thought they were awful," Gonzalez said. "I thought the balls were away, not even close. It???s hard to lose a game on those two balls like that."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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July 4, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Hey Chipper, how about hitting the freakin ball instead of whining about a borderline pitch in the 9th inning

July 4, 2011  09:16 AM ET

Gimpy Larry should retire.

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July 4, 2011  09:49 AM ET

Yes, with two strikes you should be swinging but you can't do much with a ball that is 6 inches off the plate. The rookie ump should have got it right on the second chance but rather chose to try and show up a HOF'er because he started walking to first on the previous bad call. Regardless, on a separate note, Chipper needs to retire if he can't accept that he belongs in the bottom half of the batting order at this point.

July 4, 2011  10:06 AM ET

The guy is a .260 hitter over his last 162 games with very average power numbers in a hitters park. I think it goes deeper than umpires and the strike zone.

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July 4, 2011  11:07 AM ET

Sad when you have to pay for being right but get that check hand ready Chipper. Thanks for speaking up dude.

July 4, 2011  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is chipper a lock HOF'er?

1st ballot.

July 4, 2011  11:29 AM ET

Well, I will say this...the umpire was very consistent on those last two pitches.

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July 4, 2011  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Larry Larry quite contrary

Nice. At 39 do you still call someone Chipper?

July 4, 2011  11:56 AM ET

He struck out swing in the 7th inning, not like the first time that game he struck out. Jeesh! Pitchers get short changed all the time on calls.

July 4, 2011  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The guy is a .260 hitter over his last 162 games with very average power numbers in a hitters park. I think it goes deeper than umpires and the strike zone.

Turner Field is a hitters park? Try again Pokey.

July 4, 2011  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is chipper a lock HOF'er?

Yes, from both the standpoint of where he stacks up as a 3rd baseman and how he stacks up as a switch hitter. Maybe not first ballot (whatever that means), but he's in.

July 4, 2011  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

He struck out swing in the 7th inning, not like the first time that game he struck out. Jeesh! Pitchers get short changed all the time on calls.

Bitching about a call with two outs in the ninth inning is bush league stuff. Complaining later that it cost the Braves the game is just stupid. Everyone is told, starting in little league, that with two strikes if it's close, be swinging

July 4, 2011  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Nice. At 39 do you still call someone Chipper?

When the alternative is Larry, the answer is yes

July 4, 2011  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Turner Field is a hitters park? Try again Pokey.

He's only been a fan for 50 years. He can't know everything. Maybe he was recalling Fulton County Stadium, the "launching pad". Now that was a hitter's park.

July 4, 2011  01:28 PM ET

All the Braves do is cry.................

So, does Tampon Bay...........

July 4, 2011  02:03 PM ET

It is time to start evaluating umpires. This year, the officiating has been less than desired. Umpires have to much controll of the outcome of a games!!!!!!

 
July 4, 2011  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Pitchers get short changed all the time on calls.

Yep. All you can really ask for is consistency. The bad umps start calling it differently near the end of the game. Others won't give some strike calls to rookies that they would to an established veteran. That's an insult to the game.

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