Chipper Jones Uses Socratic Teaching Methods, Asks Jordan Schafer To Go Hunting

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Braves rookie center fielder Jordan Schafer is a strikeout machine! I guess his batting eye is suffering from HGH withdrawal or something because he's leading the NL with 34 strikeouts in just 103 plate appearances. At this rate, he'll break the all-time single season record with over 230 strikeouts and completely shame his ancestors.

But don't worry about that happening, because Ol' Chip is on the case and playing the role of mentor:

Strikeout-plagued rookie Jordan Schafer spent nearly two hours Tuesday working with third baseman Chipper Jones, who had noticed several flaws in Schafer's swing in recent weeks.

Schafer has been playing with a sore left wrist since hearing a pop on a swing in an April 10 game against Washington. He said the wrist has improved some in the past week, since he stopped taking extra batting practice. He also insisted it wasn't the reason for his recent struggles.

Jones and hitting coach Terry Pendleton said that compensating for hand or wrist injuries can cause a player to compensate and get in bad habits with his swing. Both of them believed that's probably happened with Schafer, at least to some degree.

Jones' coaching and influence totally worked last night. Schafer only struck out once against Mets starter Livan Hernandez, instead of his usual rate of 2.5 whiffs per game. After the game, Chipper and Jordan went down to the shooting range where the kid missed every single target.


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It was only one strikeout, but it was against Livan Hernandez, so I wouldn't be planning that Hooters outing with CHIPPER just yet.

WHATS UP DILLWORMS I WAS GETTING SOME AM BP IN WITH MY PAL CHAFIN' SCHAFEN' AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE CLUBHOUSE KID RUNS IN AND TELLS ME THAT THE GAGGLE ALERT THAT HE SET UP WAS GOING OFF OR SOMETHING AND LO AND BEHOLD I COME ACROSS THIS BALONEY

OFF THE TOP YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT I REACH OUT TO ALL THE ROOKS TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR SWING ITS IN MY CONTRACT AND I WOULDNT HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY I MEAN IMAGINE A TEAM FULL OF CHIPPER JONES HITTING MACHINES WHAT A FORCE TO MESS WITH THAT WOULD BE

ALSO SECOND IS THE FACT THAT THE BRAVES HAVE A TEAM OF FORMER HOT CORNER POTATOES ASSEMBLED THAT TAKES CARE OF ALL OF THE INTERNAL TEAM AFFAIRS ME AND PENDLETON HELP AT THE PLATE AND KEN OBERKFELL HELPS WITH THE LEATHER AND JEFF BLAUSER AND RONNIE GANT HELP WITH THE LAUNDRY AND VINNY CASTILLA IS THE CHEF HE MAKES A DELICIOUS COQ AU VIN

ALSO PSHAW TO RICK ANKIEL I MEAN THE BASS I WAS HOLDING IN THAT PICTURE WAS ONE THAT I USED FOR BAIT THE ONE TIME THAT I CAUGHT A MAKO SHARK IN THE KEYS I HAD IT MOUNTED AND BROUGHT IT TO THE CLUBHOUSE BUT YUNEL SAID IT WAS A DEVILFISH SO I HAD TO TAKE IT HOME

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