Some people seem to have decided that Chipper is a problem. This is dumb; he’s one of the best players on the team. He’s not what he once was, but here you’ve got a third baseman putting up a .275/.344/.470 line. The team would not be better off if he retired. Yeah, you think they could get more by moving Prado to third and getting another left fielder. I doubt it.
Chipper walked less in 2011 (after I’d spent two years calling him “Zombie Chipper” because his primary offensive strength was drawing walks and staggering to first base) and actually had one of the lowest walk rates of his career. He made up for it with a little bump in batting average and rediscovering some of his power, hitting 18 homers and 33 doubles. I don’t know that it was worth it, in the Braves’ offensive environment last year (when they had trouble getting on base) but it would have been good in 2009-10.
He struggled a bit in May and June, and was hurt for much of July and August. When he returned in late August, he went on a big tear for awhile. He needs regular rest, and there’s going to be a good chance he goes on the DL for a time. But the Braves are better when he’s in the lineup.