Found March 02, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
Every spring we hear of players who’ve shown up to training camp in the best shape of their lives. I don’t think anyone is saying that about Chipper Jones or, more accurately this spring, Chomper Jones. Presumably, he’s been eating everything in sight. Seriously, Jones has really let himself go. He looks like he’s doing his best Fat Mac impression. Maybe if we ask him why he looks so big he’ll just tell us he’s cultivating mass. I mean, look at him in that picture. He’s literally walking with a glove, two baseball bats and some batting gloves, yet the look on his face is one of exhaustion. Chipper, did you just finish a marathon or an all-you-can-eat buffet? Note to Jones: Fat Chipper makes for good comedy but bad baseball. Anyone who’s planning on drafting Jones to be their starting third baseman this season had better look elsewhere. I’ll personally guarantee right now that the Braves won’t get more than the 128 games they got from Jones last season, and he won’t bat over .275. Ma...

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