Chipper Jones' D Is Slipping

matthias kosterContributor IJuly 22, 2009

ATLANTA - JUNE 27:  Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves sits dejected in the dugout after falling to the Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Turner Field on June 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

As I was looking up some random stats for the Toronto Blue Jays this morning I came across Chipper Jones' fielding percentage. Let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. I decided to check out some of his other metrics via fangraphs. Here's what I found;

 

Chipper’s fielding runs are a currently career low -11.3. 

He’s UZR/150 is -27.3

 

His fielding percentage is a terrible .911

 

His range factor is down to 1.9. His usually rate is around 2.5

 

Let’s face it, he’s not getting any younger. Currently Chipper is 37 years old

 

 

I've only seen two Braves games, which makes me ill-equipped to offer up some on the field reasoning behind these stats. Is it simply age catching up with Jones' defensive game? A nagging injury (yet his batting is still solid, if below that past few seasons). Does anyone have a reason for this sudden slide?