Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones confronted internet rumors yesterday that he had gained weight over the offseason.
“I’m also fat now, from what I hear,” Jones told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. ““I’m a little worried, this is the first time I’ve ever been called fat.”
Thing is, I’m seven pounds lighter than I’ve ever been in camp, and now I’m fat,” Jones said. “I weigh 226, 227. Usually I’m 235.”
Rumors had circulated that the 39-year-old All-Star had gotten “fat” after an Associated Press photographer published an unflattering image of Jones wearing a baggy shirt. According to Jones’ defenders, the photo looked like he had gained mass around his midsection because it was a windy day and he was wearing a loose fitting shirt.
You can see the photo here. The 39-year-old hit .275/.344/.470 last season with 18 home runs and 70 RBI. Over the course of his career, he has hit .304/.402/.533 with 454 home runs and 2387 hits.