Everyone got a good laugh over the weekend when New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman suggested that retired third baseman Chipper Jones would look great in pinstripes.
The Yankees are desperately looking for veteran bats to fill their lineup, which has been decimated with injuries this spring. Although Jones might well be a good fit in New York, the future Hall of Famer has no plans to come out of retirement.
But that minor detail hasn’t stopped Yankees fans from dreaming. Immediately following Cashman’s comments, Jones received a boost of more than 10,000 followers for his Twitter account. This prompted Jones to joke about tapping into another huge fan base—the Boston Red Sox.
Jones lightheartedly proposed via Twitter that Red Sox catcher David Ross, his former teammate with the Atlanta Braves, should start a rumor that the 40-year-old was considering playing for Boston in 2013. Initially, Ross thought about joining in the fun, but quickly had a change of heart.
“I came in thinking I’d help him out, but then I realized it probably wasn’t a good idea,” Ross said. “It’s funny to Chipper, but all of a sudden if my name’s attached to it, I might have to answer to our front office.”
Jones retired following the 2012 season. The 19-year veteran finished his career with 2,726 hits, 468 home runs, and 1,623 RBI. He was the 1999 NL MVP and was a member of the 1995 World Series champion Braves.
(JM Catellier is the author of the book Fixing Baseball, a guide to restructuring the Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter: @FixingBaseball and Facebook, and check out his site: www.fixingbaseball.com)