Over the past several years, the Braves have been a popular landing spot for players whose careers are in need of resurrection. Attribute that to the welcoming clubhouse atmosphere, the abilities of the players to absorb coaching from Kevin Seitzer, or pure coincidence, but Atlanta has developed a reputation for summoning the best from their new arrivals.
The Braves added Chipper Jones to their vaunted coaching staff on Monday, announcing that the Hall of Fame third baseman will begin working in a part-time role as major league hitting consultant. This is notable as Jones has long been praised for his knowledge and teaching ability, which was on full display with Dansby Swanson in 2019. Could the same coaching be beneficial to young bats like Cristian Pache, Drew Waters, and William Contreras? You would certainly hope that these prospects could absorb some insight from Jones during Spring Training and even beyond. Waters especially makes sense given that he is a toolsy switch-hitter who could push for big league time in 2021.
Along with helping prospects in camp, Jones could also serve as a mentor to young players who have already established themselves in the major leagues such as Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies, and potentially Swanson again. Either way, the beneficiaries could be endless and simply having Chipper around feels like a good thing for the Braves. If it makes you feel a little nostalgic, you are certainly not alone.
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I’ll just say it: this list is garbage. Albies being ranked 10th is absolutely horrendous.
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