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Chipper Jones quit Twitter because of “too much hate and too many trolls”

Aug 7, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Chipper Jones announced this morning that he’s quitting Twitter:

I can’t even imagine the type of vitriol and negativity someone like Jones experiences on Twitter, but it’s worth noting that he started multiple Twitter feuds himself by acting considerably less than civil and regularly put forth strong opinions on subjects guaranteed to draw “hate” and “trolls.” For instance, just last night he tweeted this after a Braves pitcher plunked Bryce Harper and the benches cleared:

I’m gonna take a wild guess that the reaction from Nationals fans played a part in Jones quitting Twitter today.

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    The internet is a fad.

    • chacochicken - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      I just got satellite radio for my segway.

      • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Bullseye.

      • chacochicken - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        I weep as I ride over a path of crushed laser discs.

      • yahmule - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        I can hardly remember what life was life before more Segway. All those years spent using my legs like a sucker.

      • chacochicken - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        I still use my legs. I can’t figure out how that damn machine works so I drag it behind me like a plow. So glad it has a radio now.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      As the great Dennis Duffy once said, technology is cyclical. We’ll all be back on beepers before you know it.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Yeah, tell me again when the horse-n-buggy is coming back around?

        I can’t wait to get my new buggy whip into stores. I’m calling it the iWhip, and it will have a touch screen, and it’s own app store. You can iWhip your horses, then log onto Twitter and iWhip your friends, celebrities, and strangers.

        Nothing more fun than iWhipping total strangers.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Hey is cheaper than gas.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        You can laugh, but recently the world has rediscovered the standing desk. It turns out that a great alternative to sitting at your desk all day while your butt spreads is 18th century technology.

      • chacochicken - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        We’ve begun to use obsidian as an effective cutting tool for delicate procedures to the eye. It has a practically molecular edge so it creates less trauma for incisions. Classic hunter-gatherer tech.

      • cohnjusack - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Hey is cheaper than gas.

        I am almost certain that caring for, feeding and providing space for a horse is in no way cheaper than gas.

        Here’s an obviously relevant study from New York times study in 1910 to backup my claims.
        http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FB061EF6395D11738DDDA00894D8415B808DF1D3

        “…the cost of shoeing, bedding, and wagon grease will more than offset the omission of grease charges from the automobile operating cost. In fact, the cost of shoeing a horse only once would buy enough of the best grease to run a Maxwell automobile for a whole year. This costs…[are] well within the two-cent-a-mile guarantee established by the Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company.”

        Got that? It costs more to shoe your horse than it does to purchase an entire year’s worth of fuel. Thus, getting a horse all shoed up costs at least $2000.

    • gmagic9044 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      It’s a series of tubes!

    • moogro - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Must. Defeat. Larry. In Twitter.

  2. stoutfiles - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    “Too much hate and too many trolls.”

    I don’t get why celebrities think that everything they say, especially strong opinions of things, will be universally loved. He said Harper deserved to be hit, what did he expect? The whole nation to agree?

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      I don’t get why celebrities think that everything they say, especially strong opinions of things, matter. I have always said I give zero credence any of them say (while on their soap boxes). Unless of course they are talking about their respective careers.
      Otherwise, don’t flatter yourself. I don’t care to hear about your politics, your ride, your home, your designer canine, your thoughts on world hunger, your thoughts on teenage pregnancies, your thoughts on fashion, your thoughts on ANYTHING. Again…unless it pertains to your career…I put zero stock in it. In fact, I would rather hear Aces, 18th, Gator, etc… talk about politics and we disagree on nearly everything political related.
      For that matter…I would rather hear them talk about anything.
      “Celebrities” hahaha!

      • bravojawja - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        So celebrities are only allowed to talk about themselves? While I’m sure that’s hardly a burden for many of them, let’s see you do the same.

        Isn’t Twitter for talking about whatever you want to talk about? Your politics, your ride, your home, your designer canine, your thoughts on world hunger, your thoughts on teenage pregnancies, your thoughts on fashion, your thoughts on ANYTHING.

        Celebrities aren’t any different than anybody else. They just have more people listening to them, for better or worse. Jealous?

      • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        I agree 100%. But I guess you could — I don’t know — not follow them on Twitter? Then you wouldn’t have to hear about their politics, houses, designer dogs, etc?

        The whole point of Twitter is “Hey, look what I think!” and “Hey, look what I’m doing!” and “Hey, here’s my dog.”

        The best part are the dog updates IMHO.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Jealous? Of what? Lol!
        When I said I would rather hear Aces, 18th, Gator, You, etc… I mean that sincerely.

        In a word Bravo…pretentious.
        That pretty much sums it up for me.

        Sophie: I hear you. It’s why I don’t tweet (or is it twitter?)
        Either way…my names Bennett and I ain’t in it.

    • jarathen - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      The swirling pot of faceless vitriol on the internet is staggering. Just the responses from a community angered about minor balance changes to Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was abominable. There is a Tumblr made up entirely of said responses. It will harm your faith in humanity.

  3. cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Larry’s too sensitive a soul for twitter. He’s used to approval and adoration not scorn for being a jock with Jr. high-style opinions. Best if he just retreats to his circle of friends and family who say the things he’s used to hearing. All this “being treated like any old person on twitter” is a bit much for him.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Larry just exudes class. Not sure if it is third class or fourth class.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Steerage

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        That works for me.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Victory is ours, sayeth the Twitterati!

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Defeating Larry Jones in 140 Characters or < winning an argument on HBT. Imagine if Larry got on here. He would be in pieces with bits of him hanging from the HBT Commenter's chandelier. I wonder what his dessert of choice is? I bet he's a pie man. Those pie people have no grit.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Meh, there’s no honor in making mince of the likes of Larry. He’s probably not even pie-level. He probably eats beaver pockets smothered in maple syrup. That’s a backwoods treat! Or, jello. Maybe jello. With the carrot shavings in it. He seems like a shaver. Oh, or jello shots. That would explain his some-assembly-required skills.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Lime jello, prolly. The Opiate of the Masses.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        and moonshine

      • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Hey, pie rules (especially apple pie).

        You must be one of those Marie Antoinette wannabes with your cake fetish.

        And don’t even get me started on (gag!) bread pudding. That’s just an oxymoron.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        I think that is supposed to hurt my feelers, but when you all hate on bread pudding, I just think: More for me and OG.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        gak! A Canadian Pie Lover! UNCLEAN! UNCLEAN!

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        And, apple pie, no less. He’s a secret American.

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        I’m voting to dip him seal blubber, seagull feather him, strap him to his dog sled backwards and send him out of the ice village onto the tundra.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Forcible re-education, eh? Figures.

      • daveitsgood - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Where do we fall on the status of custard and custard like desserts such as flan?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        You may fall any way you like in the dessert debate. Don’t let those pie/cake fascists tell you what to eat. There are even a couple of NAMBLA ice cream homers on here. /shudders Feel free to pull up a chair here at the ADULT dessert table.

      • daveitsgood - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        So sorbet is ok because its adult-like and palate cleansing?

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Custard? No one eats custard. Well, maybe the French. They eat anything. Custard? bleh

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Wait, I have it! Larry is definitely a biscuits and milk dessert lover!

    • voteforno6 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      By the sounds of it, his circle of family is much larger than his circle of friends.

  4. nsauser - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Harper is the one who was butt-hurt. Sometimes these kids need to be taught a lesson.

    Chipper needs to go back to eating at Hooters.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      What lesson did Harper need to be taught? To not be so good at baseball?

      • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Sounds more like Teheran needs to learn to make better pitches.

      • nsauser - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        He was clearly crowding the plate. He’s lucky Ian Kennedy wasn’t pitching.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      What about the 10 year vets in the league that take longer to round around the bases?

      • nsauser - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Because they’ve earned the right.

  5. duvisited - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    The Nationals still have fans? I didn’t realize Jones’ tweets were going back in time to 2012.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Based on his tweets, Chipper is stuck in an age long before 2012, before you and I. He is stuck in a backwards mentality.

  6. tigersfandan - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Chipper Jones was a remarkable player, but it seems that I lost some respect for him just about every time he opened his mouth (slight exaggeration).

  7. Old Gator - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Twitter is for idiots. You would think he could have figured that out after he wasted his first couple of minutes on it.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Hey!

  8. emdash01 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    A man who “joked” about putting alligators in the Rio Grande to stop “illegals” from crossing complaining about Twitter hate is quite something.

  9. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I thought the only reason for Twitters existence was to tell athletes when they suck and how they ruined your fantasy team.

    • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Yep, that is why Al Gore invented it….after he drafted Brady Anderson first round in 1997.

  10. Uncle Charlie - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    @RealCJ10 iz whippy gold bird gay? wut u think Chip HMU

  11. 13arod - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    If u dont like chipper u are stuiped they best swith hitter in mlb history

    • yahmule - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      then me stuiped i guess me think Mickey Mantle good too swith hitting i mean

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        I gotta’ hand it to ya’ Mule. That shit is funny.
        Normally, I overlook (and sometimes defend) 13arod cause’ the kid isn’t much older than 13. But that post is ridiculous. So much so…it deserves ridicule.

        “then me stuiped i guess me think Mickey Mantle good too swith hitting i mean”

        Hahaha! My favorite? “swith hitting.”

        Well played.

      • yahmule - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        I’m lucky as hell the internet didn’t blow up when I was 13. I would have probably wound up on some list of shameful internet memes between Star Wars kid and that girl who almost killed herself trying to stomp grapes.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      No.

    • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      13arod! Nice to see you. I was worried when you didn’t show up for a few days after the A-Rod suspension came down. I was hoping you weren’t so upset that you went and did something stuiped.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Just for the record…pie is definitely where it’s at.
        I am talking…”two turntables and a microphone” where it’s at.

        Pie trumps cake…always.
        Bread pudding sucks ass.
        Custard isn’t bad.

  12. yahmule - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I don’t actually read Twitter. The wittiest and most perceptive observations are generally quoted on other websites. For example, Jose Canseco’s musings on his place in the universe as culled and presented here on Hardball Talk.

  13. rcali - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Anybody, except those adults living in their parents basement, wonder why Chipper has a twitter account? Are people really that interested about how is morning dump went?

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