Retirement decision still a ways off for Chipper Jones

Miami – Chipper Jones raised some concern among Braves fans when he discussed the idea of retiring at the end of the season again in an interview with a Miami radio station Wednesday.

“I am seriously considering it no matter how this year ends up for the Atlanta Braves,” Jones told 790 The Ticket. “It’s something that’s still in the works but hasn’t been ruled out for the end of the year. I’m not going to stick around and hamstring this organization if I’m not playing well and not enjoying myself.”

Jones first brought up the idea of retiring at the end of the 2010 season last summer in an interview with the Journal-Constitution. He said he would consider retirement if he had another discouraging year at the plate, despite having two years left on his three-year $42 million extension (through 2012).

Earlier this month, Jones said he wasn’t thinking much about retiring anymore, at least for now. On Thursday he made it clear he won’t be making any decisions either way until later in the season.

“We’ve still got a long way to go this year and hopefully a lot of good things will happen between now and the end,” said Jones, 38, a career .307 hitter who has hit only .219 with two home runs this year. “Nothing is out of play at this point. I think the closer and closer we get to the end of the year, the more clear it’ll be to me. I can tell you that the money part of it is not a factor.”

What are the major factors, Jones said, are the tug of home, his wife and four sons, and not feeling like he is producing at a level he expects. But he’s going to take his time to make that determination.

“I’m not making any snap decisions,” Jones said. “It’s a pretty important decision for both parties involved. It’s got to play itself out.”

65 comments Add your comment

Gary O

May 27th, 2010
7:22 pm

Carroll,

I don’t think chipper Jones raised “concerns”. I think he raised more “speculation. ”

He he’s been a great player for many years, and has done a lot for the braves. But based on his performance last season and this season (although he says he is hitting the ball well), I hope he seriously considers it this offseason.

Because he looks nothing like a $14 mil player.

JohnSmith

May 27th, 2010
7:25 pm

As long as Chipper retires a Brave, I’ll be happy.

Poorbrave

May 27th, 2010
7:29 pm

Love Chipper and understand all his concerns. He could play 3 are 4 more years in AL as DH. He will know when to quit, its not like he’s broke?

ArtyDodger

May 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

It’s time for Slipper to accept the inevitable….he’s done. He’s never been more than average with the glove…and his bat speed is way down. To all the Slipper worshippers….just watch how many fastballs he either fouls over the opposite dugout or just flat out wiffs…then tell me he’s still got it. Heck, he just drove in Heyward with a double (pitcher hung him a curve, folks, not a fastball).

Justafan

May 27th, 2010
7:38 pm

Where’s all the Milky Cabrera Haters? This road trip he’s 7 for 13 with 2 assist couple great plays in OF. Hell Trade him. HAHAHA

Justafan

May 27th, 2010
7:40 pm

We can put a man on the moon but we can’t stop a oil leak in the ocean. Give’em hell Chipper!

Deborah

May 27th, 2010
7:42 pm

When we heard this new comment by Chipper, we were happy. He has been a great player for a long time, but with each sad month he lowers his career batting avg and lowers his chances of getting in the HOF. I know he also has his buck commander show that makes him happy so I hope he seriously considers leaving before he isnt remembered for excellence. Also, if I am honest, he is taking a roster spot that could be filled with someone who is hitting. Right now now glaus could play third, Hinske first and we make a much stronger batting lineup.For him personally and for the team. Hope he goes on out w/grace.

Carroll Rogers

May 27th, 2010
7:52 pm

Gary O…i guess i could have said sparing concern!

Hooter Girl

May 27th, 2010
7:55 pm

2 for 2, oh baby I love you!

shawn

May 27th, 2010
7:59 pm

You have to give Chipper a lot of credit for the man he is. I am sure that he will make the right decision at the end of the season, but remember that many Braves player such as Tom Glavine and John Smoltz did not walk away from the game when their skill sets deminished.

Castrologist

May 27th, 2010
8:04 pm

Yunel with two hits last night….Chipper with two already tonight…Let’s go guys break out of the slumps and then play well tonight and this weekend. Then hopefully we can take it to the Phillies on Memorial Day.

http://castrologist.tumblr.com

Steve

May 27th, 2010
8:13 pm

Chipper’s one of may all-time favorites, and hopefully a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame – but I’m not concerned, just glad he’s thinking that way if he doesn’t break out soon.

Steve

May 27th, 2010
8:18 pm

I bet he retires. He will never play for another manager. Just would not work. I am guessing he just does not want to take any of the spotlight away from Bobby.

GT Fan

May 27th, 2010
8:24 pm

Wow, just flipped over to MLB Network to check on the Mutts v Philthies game, which is in a rain delay, and Costas was talking about how it could help the Mets’ rotation to postpone the game, and they might be inclined to do it because the crowd isn’t close to a sellout. He went on to say that the Mets have had trouble selling tickets and even gave away tickets to last weekend’s subway series. I didn’t know interest in the Mutts in NY had waned so much. Bet the people running the Mets didn’t expect these kind of ticket sales when they opened Citi Field.

Michael Procton

May 27th, 2010
8:26 pm

AD, you’re totally wrong. Chipper hasn’t been great defensively for a few years, but his play in ‘04, ‘05, and ‘08 was well above average. He was robbed of the GG in the latter.

GT Fan

May 27th, 2010
8:34 pm

OK, since Huddy’s having to pitch an inning in the pouring rain, I think the Marlins pitcher should have to do the same. The umpires are giving the Marlins a competitive advantage if they don’t have to pitch and play defense in this.

Norm from Cheers

May 27th, 2010
8:35 pm

Could there be a bigger pair of whiners than Chip and Joe? The umps, the rain…shut up, already.

GT Fan

May 27th, 2010
8:39 pm

Norm, you try throwing a baseball accurately in the pouring rain. You saw Huddy not looking very happy when he was talking to the umpire after the inning. He was complaining about the same things Chip and Joe were complaining about.

Steve

May 27th, 2010
9:07 pm

GT Fan – 30 – 24. Ha ha.

GT Fan

May 27th, 2010
9:19 pm

Wow, can u UGA losers talk about anything else? You post on GT blogs, Braves blogs, wherever. For a rivalry that isn’t that many of you say isn’t all that important, you guys sure love talking trash about Tech.

aaa

May 27th, 2010
9:19 pm

He’s been a great player for a long time but he’s obviously declining and honestly, I would rather see that $10-14 million spent on someone who doesn’t sit every other game for old age injuries.

SteveO

May 27th, 2010
9:26 pm

Has anyone checked out the prices at CitiField? HiWay robbery. I was looking at catching a game or two of the Braves/Mets series in July up at Citifield. Not any more unless I can get some of those free tickets someone mentioned….LOL!

Pi$$onaDAWG

May 27th, 2010
9:48 pm

Why would I retire? I can pull a groin, Hit a hooters chick, and pick-up a paycheck per day for than you stupid fans get in a year. HAHAHAH Love ME I am a PRO Athlete.

GT Fan

May 27th, 2010
10:02 pm

Why does Bobby have Moylan up? Is he trying to kill his arm?

Cliff Grant

May 27th, 2010
10:14 pm

Come on, Chipper; show some class and retire.

why???

May 27th, 2010
10:19 pm

Moylan is going to have a four year career if the next manager uses his bullpen like Bobby. He’s being used like a borrowed mule.

GetwhatUpayfor

May 27th, 2010
10:27 pm

GT Fan when (IS GT AD) gone put Paul Stupid Hewitt on the road.

TPM

May 27th, 2010
10:27 pm

Chipper has had problems being healthy and productive in this post steroids era.

.

May 27th, 2010
10:30 pm

Cut the crap TPW. Trying to start some BS?

joedub

May 27th, 2010
10:38 pm

douche or no douche
1 – rogers = no douche
2 – dob = no douche
3 – majority of the braves bloggers on the ajc = HUGE douche

Bill

May 27th, 2010
10:38 pm

Chipper 2nd in NL in walks 34 and 2 for 3

Boy this game is slow . Maybe it will end around midnight.

Biff Pocoroba was underrated

May 27th, 2010
11:06 pm

Is there anyone who truly thinks we would not be better offensively and defensively with Infante in the starting lineup? He could replace Chipper and we’d be better off on both sides of the ball. If he replaced Yunel, we’d be better off offensively. Yunel will probably come around. Chipper is done, it pains me to say.

JEB

May 27th, 2010
11:07 pm

Whenever Chipper decides to step aside and retire
he will leave us with plenty of memories – good ones!

I have several of his rookie cards – he should have received
rookie of the year award over Nomo that year.
Once in the HOF these rookie cards will be worth more!

HELLO!!

May 27th, 2010
11:15 pm

When did Chipper turn into Greg Norton?

bigboi

May 28th, 2010
12:08 am

I think the ol’ melk man is coming around. you have to play him everyday

ABravesFan

May 28th, 2010
12:20 am

Chipper is still a productive, above average player this year. I don’t think he will retire if he keeps this up. However, if he somehow falters down the stretch and may be a platoon player next year (remember that there may not be a Bobby Cox type in the dugout), I think Chipper knows that he will benefit the team more by giving the team some financial flexibility.

Anyhow, Chippers so far this year has been a tough out (despite the lack of hits or RBIs). Until he stops doing that, he is an asset to the team, not to mention still the face of the franchise (along with McCann and now Heyward).

Turlock Brave

May 28th, 2010
1:25 am

I’ve noticed that every time an article is written about somebody in a slump, they break out of it. Maybe you can do articles like this about all of the Braves. After that, you can write about how I’ve never won the lottery.

Woody Woodward

May 28th, 2010
2:54 am

Distracting talk again from Larry. He talked about hanging it up in the heat of a pennant race last year. Now we’re a game and a half out of first, starting to look respectable, and our third baseman is at it again. It’s not about you, Chipper. Focus on this year or retire already.

jj

May 28th, 2010
4:46 am

Good win again tonite and an atta-boy to Hoss,Prado,Escabar,and bull-pen.Way to go Bobby.

CAL

May 28th, 2010
8:06 am

Saw the talk about ticket prices at Citi field and thought I throw in my 2 cents (or $200 as the case may be). I caught a game up there last year and can honestly say that I liked the park and especially liked the access – train drops you off at the gate. However, I paid face value for a lower level seat 35 rows behind the dugout, which was $180! Throw in a couple of $9 hot dogs and it’s easily a $200 night out. My guess is that they’ve priced out the casual local fans who would otherwise attend 10-12 games a year.

Scott

May 28th, 2010
8:32 am

Chipper…stop talking about retirement for now, just play the game and enjoy it.
If that’s all that you think about all year then you will convince yourself that it’s time to go…just give ‘em hell for now and then see what happens in October.
You’ve had a great career to this point and nobody can thank you enough for what you have done for the Braves, but you gotta clear this retirement stuff out of your head for now and just PLAY BALL !

Algenis

May 28th, 2010
8:49 am

GT, u r right. I was thinking the same thing, Ricky should of went out there and pitched under the same conditions the Timmy did. Anyways. Someone mentioned the prices at Citi-field? Living in NY, yes the fan base has died out and with the ression and the lack of moves the Mets made in the offseason
Killed the enthusiasm for this season. I never saw a empty subway series in my life. They should maybe postpone it and have it every other year. I think its lost its mojo.
Great game last night. Seemd like Esco is hitting, CJ got a couple of hits, The Milk Man is dellievering. Sweep the Pirates

Tom B.

May 28th, 2010
9:03 am

Chipper……………get the hell out NOW………….TODAY!!

Mike

May 28th, 2010
9:04 am

Chipper should have been gone years ago. Make like horse hockey Chipper & hit the trail.

Don

May 28th, 2010
9:32 am

Mr. O’Brien – Don’t understand your opening statement – Why should Chipper’s early retirement cause “concern” for Braves fans. Unless he does himself decide to retire early, the Braves will have to pay 14 MILLION per year for THREE more years (counting this year) to a part time player, who is a significant defensive liability at 3rd base and is hitting in the .220s with little RBI production – instead of being able to use this money to secure a productive player or players – thus signficatnly limiting the Braves potential for improvement for two more years after this year – this being a significant part of the total salary budget. Of course, Chipper has been a great, great hitter in the past – His total stats do not really give him full credit for his greatness as a hitter – because he produced agaisnt the best of pitchers and in close games and in game determinng situations – unlike so many power hitters. Howwever, he has never been a really good defensive 3rd baseman – playing too shallow in unnecessary situations and thus cutting down his range. Now he has become even more limited.
Obviously, giving this long contract for huge bucks was a big mistake. Because this takes up so much of their total budget, the Braves have severely hampered their potential to be compteitive for two more years after this year – because this money is not available to secure productive players. And I am afraid we are kidding ourselves if we thing that Chipper is going to voluntarly walk away from 14 million per year for three years.

dobearsbare

May 28th, 2010
10:30 am

He’s not a liability at third base. He’s an average defensive third baseman, which is to say he’s adequate over there. At the plate, though, jeez. As someone said, he doesn’t look like a $14 million player. He’s not getting that $14 million for his on-base percentage. The Braves are hitting him third to drive in runs, and he’s not doing it. The other night, Heyward was up with a base open, and for the first time I can remember, I was thinking the Marlins should walk him and pitch to Chipper. I hate it, but as hitter he’s done.

Long time Braves fan

May 28th, 2010
10:39 am

Hey Don and other Chipper haters please shut up. Chipper has always been a team player [ a HOF PLAYER] even going to the outfeild 4 a couple of years. To those of you saying he sits every other game HE DOES NOT he only has missed 6 or 7 games this year, GET OFF HIS BACK

Long time Braves fan

May 28th, 2010
10:46 am

Hey Don and other Chipper haters please shut up, Chipper has always been a team player and a [HOF PLAYER] even going to the outfield 4 a couple of years, about his sitting every other game HE HAS NOT, he has only missed 6 or 7 games this year. PLEASE GET6 OFF HIS BACK

Long time Braves fan

May 28th, 2010
10:48 am

sorry for double post

NJ Braves Fan

May 28th, 2010
11:07 am

What do you guys think about having Chipper, player-manage next year? No one is more respected (other than Bobby himself) in the clubhouse and his talk about retireing to not hamstring the organization shows more dedication than I thought anyone could show.

I know it will never happen, just a thought

Bill

May 28th, 2010
11:11 am

Love to see Chipper in the drives seat.

Bill

May 28th, 2010
11:13 am

[...] in the day Chipper was interviewed by a Miami radio station and again speculated that he could retire at the end of this season. “I am seriously considering it no matter how this year ends up for the Atlanta Braves,” Jones [...]

Don

May 28th, 2010
11:30 am

If Chipper stays with his current level of production, the Braves are significantly handicapped in their posibilities of being competitive for two more years after this year – with his 14 MILLION per year taking a significant part of the salary budget – instead of being able to use it to secure a productive player or players.
And “Talk” about retirement is just that – talk – until he actually does it – and the chances of him walking away from 14 million per year for the next two years – probably aint going to happen – regardless of how much he talks about it.

timthebrave

May 28th, 2010
11:33 am

When Chipper starts hitting you can find the next player to pick on…and he will start hitting

Long time Braves fan

May 28th, 2010
11:34 am

Thank you NJ BRAVES FAN and BILL.

Don

May 28th, 2010
11:52 am

timthebrave, WHEN – the season is almost 1/3 over – and every loss now counts just as much as a loss in September. I do think that he will start hitting better to some degree – the question is how much better – and if it will be against good pitching (in tight games, game determining situaitons).
And the huge question is – how could anything be so absolutely absurd as Bobby Cox keeping him in the 3rd spot in the batting order as long as he is not hitting???? Absolutely unbelievable.

SOK

May 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

I think resting Chipper in the same manner as a manager would rest his catcher might be beneficial. It would also allow Bobby to get a good look at Conrad.

ray k.

May 28th, 2010
1:30 pm

Mike, Chipper should have been gone years ago? You mean before ‘08, when he won the batting title with 18 HR’s? This Chipper bashing has gotten so absurd.

ChillyMutt

May 28th, 2010
1:34 pm

Money will not be the issue …. LOL … ROFLMAO … Sure it won’t.

ray k.

May 28th, 2010
1:35 pm

TPM Yeah Chipper, without the aid of steroids, really stumbled through the 2008 season. What a fiasco his production was that year.
Guys, he has slowed down, but he still commands respect at the plate and reaches base OFTEN. Do you see that he rarely gets pitches down the heart of the plate, which means that a healthy McCann and/or Glaus doesn’t scare other teams as much as a 38 year old Chipper does. I wouldn’t shuffle this line-up one bit until it proves fruitless.

Dorothy Davis

May 28th, 2010
1:42 pm

I think a platoon at 3rd with Conrad would really help the team and give the “old man” a rest that he obviously needs. BUT, if Chipper starts hitting,soon, then scratch that thought.

Mark Biles

May 28th, 2010
2:21 pm

I hope Chipper retires a Brave, but I also hope it’s this year. If he was supposed to be in great shape as he said going into this season and has produced no better than he has so far, imagine another year of wear and tear on his body as he goes into 2011. He may not bat over .150 next year!

Ed Glennon

May 28th, 2010
4:19 pm

Who will retire first? Brett Farve or Chipper

AMG

May 28th, 2010
5:13 pm

Chipper. Farve is too much in love with himself.

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