Brian Jordan says that Chipper Jones doesn't work out enough

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Chipper Jones swing.jpgFormer Braves outfielder Brian Jordan was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern today, and the subject of Chipper Jones’ health came up.  Stern asked Jordan if Chipper’s recent oblique injury suggested that he is “done.”  Jordan’s answer was interesting:

Jordan: “Well, I mean, he leaves you scratching your head because, you know, it’s been a problem, especially his obliques the last couple years, and I think he just doesn’t think he’s aging.  (laughs)  As you get older, you’ve got to work out a little harder to prevent injury and I’m not sure if he’s really dedicating himself, his body, to doing that because I was really surprised to see that oblique injury pop up so early this season.  Because he said he worked out, he got himself in better shape but, you know, I know the fans, I know myself, you know, we’re all scratching our heads and we’re just crossing our fingers that he can stay healthy . . .

Bowden: “So, Brian, you think that he’s getting hurt because he’s not working out hard enough and staying in shape at his age?”

Jordan:  “Uh, you know what, I really believe so.  I think at some point when you start getting older, you really have to do the extra things.  You’ve got to get in that whirlpool, you’ve got to stretch, and really work hard to keep your flexibility before you get out there on the field.  And I’m not sure if he’s dedicating himself to doing that.

Look, I have no idea if Chipper Jones works out enough or not, but given that Brian Jordan’s last four seasons consisted of 66, 61, 76 and 48 games due to a metric crap-ton of nagging injuries, I’m not sure he is the guy to be calling Jones out here.  By all accounts Brian Jordan was a workout freak, and he was a walking M*A*S*H unit. Is it not possible that Jones, like Jordan, is just one of those guys who is susceptible to injuries?

And yes, I have personal feelings on this matter. If it wasn’t for Brian Jordan’s nagging injuries in 2005, Jeff Francoeur likely wouldn’t have been called up when he was, which would have either (a) given him more time to learn in AAA; or (b) kept him out of Atlanta long enough for the Braves to realize that he was not, in fact, the second coming.

Either way, I look forward to hearing Chipper Jones’ response to all of this. Because he’s not usually one to mince words.

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

2017 Preview: The National League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East

The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.

There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.

Here’s how each team breaks down:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves