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Chipper Jones thinks Troy Tulowitzki belongs at third base

May 7, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

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Chipper Jones, who knows a little bit about moving from shortstop to third base, thinks it’s time for Troy Tulowitzki to make the move. At least that’s what he tweeted last night in defense of his selecting former teammate Andrelton Simmons as the NL’s best shortstop.

The numbers, for what it’s worth, strongly disagree with Chipper’s assessment. He did grade out as a slightly below average shortstop during an injury-filled 2012 season in which he was limited to 47 games, but he always rated above average to exceptional before that. So far, this year, he’s back on the plus side, at least according to UZR.

Still, this isn’t the first time some have called for Tulo to move, and it’s possible playing a less demanding position would help him stay healthy. It’s not likely to happen anytime soon, though, as the Rockies are hoping rookie Nolan Arenado will prove to be their long-term third baseman.

  1. melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Why do ex players feel the need to tell current players what they need to do? Love Chipper but let the man or team make the decision.

    • byjiminy - May 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      I agree with all of this, except for loving Chipper.

      • historiophiliac - May 7, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        My only regret that he retired is that I can’t hate on him so easily now…I’m kinda lost because I’ve been doing it my entire adult life. 😦

    • duckthefodgers - May 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      The man is just sharing his opinion, just like you just did, only difference he is famous so people actually notice.

      • paperlions - May 7, 2013 at 9:16 PM

        Well, that….and an uber-lame appeal to authority to dismiss any opinions that are not in agreement.

      • scoocha - May 8, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Yeah but do you think he would have been happy if the roles were reversed.

  2. dondada10 - May 7, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Chipper, in his early retirement, is approaching the Curt Schilling level of duchebaggary.

    • asimonetti88 - May 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      I don’t necessarily disagree with his opinion on Tulo playing third (although with his ability to play defense at short it would be a hard move for the management to make), but he needs to stop getting butthurt about people responding to him. Just state your opinion and leave it at that Larry.

  3. knowlegeforyou - May 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    He feels the need because he knows what the hell he is talking about. I’m sure if the rockies had the chance last off season they would have hired him over Walt. Tulo has needed to move. Arod needed to move. Guys who are 6′-6″ don’t last long at SS. Trade Arenado for a SS prospect and move tulo. He would be close if not the GG 3B for the NL

    • Mark - May 7, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      “Tulo has needed to move. Arod needed to move. Guys who are 6′-6″ don’t last long at SS”

      First of all, A-Rod is 6″3 and Tulo is 6″3. Derek Jeter, the guy who ended up playing SS instead of A-Rod was…you guess it, 6″3. At least that’s their height according to baseball-reference. So let’s drop this bit about either Tulo or A-Rod being too tall to play SS, ok?

      For the record, A-Rod got forced out because Derek Jeter was playing SS. And Rodriguez was the better shortstop (both offensively and defensively) at the time. A-Rod was coming off a 298/396/600 season where he’d won MVP. And he was still an elite fielding SS who had played in 161 games. That’s not a guy who should have been moved off of SS, and if it wasn’t for the intangibles/aura of Derek Jeter in New York, A-Rod would have been playing SS for several more years.

      Let’s not pretend 3B is a position that isn’t physically demanding. Third baseman generally don’t have a long shelf life because it’s such a demanding position physically. Hell, if we’re going to stick with the Alex Rodriguez example, I’d say playing him at 3B is what shortened his career.

    • melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Just because he is Chipper doesnt make him any smarter than your average Joe. Mitch Williams used to play and he comes off as an idiot more often than not.

    • evanwins - May 7, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      “because he knows what the hell he is talking about”
      Why? Because he was a player? Player’s don’t make decisions, managers and coaches do. Managers and coaches even tell them where to play when they are at their position.

    • cktai - May 8, 2013 at 2:05 AM

      Yeah a player the size of Tulowitzki could never break the record for most consecutive games while playing shortstop.

      Oh wait.

  4. watchfullhose - May 7, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Haha…look at Chipper trying to remain relevant. He might as well tweet “PAY ATTENTION TO ME”.

  5. knowlegeforyou - May 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    He looks 6′-6″ sorry and arod couldn’t stay at SS just like Tulo won’t stay at SS and he isn’t bad with the glove but he sure isn’t elite. Chipper has a right to tweet stuff.

    • biasedhomer - May 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      You do realize ARod moved to 3B because Jeter was at SS, and there is no way the Yankees would ask Jeter to move.

  6. watchfullhose - May 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    – Chipper Jones, 2013

  7. evanwins - May 7, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    SO let me guess this straight:

    Andrelton Simmons, with a total of 78 games played, hits 2 HR’s in a game and Chipper tweets he’s the best SS in the game,

    Then, actual non-homer, true to life baseball fans mention that maybe Tulo is the best

    Then Chipper deems him not the best because he thinks Tulo should be at 3rd and that anyone who disagrees with him doesn’t know baseball?


    Simmons career – 7 HR’s, 34 RBI’s, .275/.323/.734
    Tulo career – 137 HR’s, 498 RBI’s, .294/.366/.875, 2 gold gloves, 2 silver sluggers, 2 time all star

    Twitter has and will continue to expose Chipper Jones as the asshole he appears to be/is.

  8. melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    I have a feeling Chipper will unretire for next year.

  9. natslady - May 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I love Tulo, but Simmons is d*** good, amazing range. Heard this story: Simmons came up as a pitcher and a SS. Atlanta wanted him to be a pitcher, because they thought he couldn’t hit, but they “indulged” him and let him play SS in the minors, where he promptly won a batting title in the Carolina league. He ambushed Gio with a first pitch HR, and hit 2 HRs yesterday in Cincy. And what a glove.

  10. mazblast - May 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    You have to admit that Chipper does know about two things besides how to shag Hooters waitresses–

    1. How to get hurt a lot playing the infield; and
    2. How to not be able to play a position (Larry the Left Fielder).

    Great player overall, but not an authority on who should play where.

  11. blockedshotnyr - May 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Funny part is that Castro is an inferior defender to Tulo at SS therefore rendering his statement uneducated and uninformed. Just because a guy has the ability to hit thirty bombs and hit .300 does not mean he should not play SS.

    • blockedshotnyr - May 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Oh and he said big leagues which also takes Reyes out of equation… Just a total homer POV…

  12. hisgirlgotburrelled - May 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    The biggest reason why this is a stupid idea would be that he’s the best hitting SS so he’s providing well above average hitting for his position. Move him to 3B and replace him with a lesser hitting SS? It’s much easier to find a good hitting 3B than SS.

    He’s having a good year fielding, with a RF/9 of 5.76 and 1 error. He has the 2nd highest dWAR in baseball. Don’t think I’ve ever heard or seen reason to move him. Maybe for health reasons, but is he at that much less risk of injury at 3B? So what even prompted him to say this??

    But, what do I know, I’m not an “ex big leaguer.”

  13. dannomac21 - May 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Not only is Simmons not the best SS in the league, but he’s not even the 3rd best in the NL. Tulo and Jean Segura are better than him, and Segura is going to be a lot better than him for a long time

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