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.”