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Chipper Jones says Mets should build around David Wright

Jun 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has some very important decisions to make about the future of the franchise in the coming weeks and months. Various scenarios have been discussed and speculated in the media, including the possibility of parting with both David Wright and Jose Reyes.

Chipper Jones has been torturing the Mets on a regular basis since the mid-90s, so he has a unique perspective on the well-being of his division rivals. When asked by the New York Daily News yesterday whether the Mets should keep either Wright or Reyes for the long-term, Jones put his support behind his fellow third baseman.

“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.”

“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.”

Not a particularly surprising answer, though if Alderson starts taking advice from Jones, the Mets are in worse shape than I thought. The man clearly can’t be trusted.

  1. spudchukar - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    The Braves decided to build around an aging third-baseman, and look how well that worked out.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      Do I have to expand my policy to say: “Leave ALL third-basemen Alone”.

    • rebarratige - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:51 PM

      If by “build around an aging third-baseman” you mean “keep an aging third-baseman on the team until he’s ready to retire,” then yes. You are correct.

      I’m really struggling here to find any way in which the Braves could be said to have “built around” Chipper in the past few years.

  2. halladaysbicepts - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    “…though if Alderson starts taking advice from Jones, the Mets are in worse shape than I thought. The man clearly can’t be trusted.”

    I agree with the above statement. First of all, why did the NY Daily News solicit the opinion of one Larry Jones. Who cares what Larry thinks about David Wright. Larry should worry more about the Braves than what’s going on with the Mutts. His response should have been “I’ve got my own club to be concerned with. I don’t contemplate what other organizations do.”

    Alderson is clearly going to break up the Mutts and clean house. You do that by trading the drek that has tainted the clubhouse and contaminated it with losing. Wright and Reyes is where it has to start, along with Beltran. If I was a Mutts fan, I would be demanding it. Start young. Then you’ve got something.

    Being a Phillies fan, I want to see the Mutts good again so we can have compelling baseball to watch between the two natural rivals.

  3. mississippimusicman - Jun 4, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    I don’t understand why people want to disrespect Chipper. Yes, he’s old, and yes, he spends a couple of weeks on the DL every year, but if he had come up in the AL, he would have spent the last several years as a fearsome DH, and stayed in the lineup a lot more, since a lot of his injuries have been fielding-related.

    • spudchukar - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      Disrespecting Chipper, and criticizing his GM advise are mutually exclusive. The Braves have been to the play-offs once in 6 years since the youth movement began, after playing in October the previous 14 of 15.

      It just seems odd to me that he would recommend the current Braves’ path when they have, to date, enjoyed so little success.

      • nps6724 - Jun 4, 2011 at 7:10 PM

        You might need to explain that since, well, it makes zero sense.

  4. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    I like Jones. He is a first ballot HOFer, but of course he would say something like that. I am curious as well why a New York paper would ask his opinion about anything outside of when he will retire.

    • rebarratige - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      Mostly because Chipper is always good for a quote. About anything.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 4, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Cause in reality, Chipper Jones pwns the Mutts.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:25 AM

      Didn’t Jones have a bastard child with a Hooter waitress? Then, didn’t he proceed to get in trouble for beating the wife he cheated on?

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

        I guess we’re re-living the Presidential election of 1884 here.

  5. jeffbbf - Jun 5, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    what makes a player, any player answer this type of question. Why not just say… ” I”m in no position to comment on personnel decisions other teams may or may not make. I think XXX is a great player and wherever he plays, opposing pitchers better be prepared.”

  6. louderthanwords1 - Jun 5, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    I don’t understand how anyone can complained that he answered the question. Baseball is a long monotonous season where players are asked the same questions over and over again so when a writer asks a different type of question and the player answers it why complain?

    Yes Chipper could have given a stock answer like jeffbbf wants but why? He said nothing disparaging about either player or the Mets. If all athletes gave stock answers how often would anyone read the interviews? Most interviews are mundane anyway and you can almost interchange names or teams.

  7. louderthanwords1 - Jun 5, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    I don’t understand how anyone can complain that he answered the question. Baseball is a long monotonous season where players are asked the same questions over and over again so when a writer asks a different type of question and the player answers it why complain?

    Yes Chipper could have given a stock answer like jeffbbf wants but why? He said nothing disparaging about either player or the Mets. If all athletes gave stock answers how often would anyone read the interviews? Most interviews are mundane anyway and you can almost interchange names or teams.

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