11:25 am June 15, 2010, by Carroll Rogers
June 15th, 201011:29 am
he will be missed
June 15th, 201011:30 am
no reason to annoucnce to media if u leave a craxk
people have been talking about it, but it seems really strange to actually see it in print
June 15th, 201011:36 am
It’s time. He was great but now he is sub par. Might as well go out with Bobby, officially ending the great Braves era. Sure would be nice if we could get one more world championship first. Come on boys, let’s go out and win for the Chipper.
CJ you are my boy for life. Especially since this means Crawford to ATL next year!!!!
I think He will retire, but why leave that crack in the door disclaimer. not to take away from the Bobby Cox fanfare tour?I say If you have not made up your mind do’nt say anything.
June 15th, 201011:37 am
Please not another Brett Favre.
I consider this to be good news for the Braves. I’ve always been a fan of Chipper as a player and as a person, but, with his productivity dropping off significantly, and this team’s payroll limits, it would be wise to use his $10-15 mil salary slot to do something like re sign Troy Glaus, or persue a more productive player than Chipper.
Chipper Jones belongs in the Hall of Fame, even if he never hits another homer. He will finish his career with an over 300 batting average, and over 400 homers. He’s had a great career, but, with his performance the last two years, his best days are behind him, and it’s best for himself and the team that he retire.
I guess he needs the fanfare to tell us what we already know. I press conference to tell us “he’s leaning”. duh
Junior did it the right way.
June 15th, 201011:38 am
I feel the same way as ernesto. I knew it was coming but….still so …surreal. Next season will be weird. No Bobby, and probably no Chipper. Wow. I’m only 20 so I dont have a Braves memory without those two.
Would like to see Chipper retire from playing and take over for Pendleton as hitting coach. Move Pendleton to bench coach.
June 15th, 201011:39 am
I think he will retire. He sees better what we see. His body is breaking down and it is highly unlikely he will regain the production we have seen from him. The brutal truth is that due to age, he has become the highest paid singles hitter in baseball. He know that and due to his professionalism he realizes that contract isn’t helping the organization.
So, he’s going to convince the GM and manager that it is time he retires. He’s been a class player his whole career and he’ll go out a class player.
“CJ you are my boy for life. Especially since this means Crawford to ATL next year!!!!” -Marcus
Ditto. That would be awesome!!!
Actually it would not shock me if he announces that he is retiring immediately to be honest.
I think the hand issue may be a permanent thing (arthritis) that he will be dealing with all season long.
He may also stay on for the rest of the season, but do so as a pinch hitter and spot starter.
In that case I wonder if Brooks would get a full time gig or if they might consider moving Glaus to 3B and put Hinske at 1B. HMMMMM
Thanks for the memories Chipper. You have been a great player but sadly just as Jr your time is done. Maybe we have some money to re-sign Glaus to play 3rd if his shoulder is good enough for the throws across the diamond and extra money for Crawford to play LF.
Wow-Bobby and Chipper in the same year. Maybe they will ride off into the sunset on a World Series victory high. It sure would be a fitting end.
June 15th, 201011:40 am
This is more to do with a guy at his low point due to injuries than an announcement I would hang my hat on.
Take whatever he says with a grain of salt. He needs to go in the 15 day DL and not travel with the team. Heal up and clear his head IMHO.
Right now he is living in a very frustrating and ego bruising place – on the bench and or ineffective at the plate.
Jones, Griffey and Bobby all going in the same year. That would be something.
Godspeed and God bless. We’ll miss you. I think I’ll make that drive to Cooperstown. I said everything else I wanted to say in the other blog, but a grateful city will never forget you. Warren Spahn. Hank Aaron. Phil Neikro. Dale Murphy. Tom Glavine. Chipper Jones.
hayley – I’m 40 and I don’t have many memories that don’t include them. Sad day for true Braves fans.
Tale of Woe
June 15th, 201011:41 am
Sad to see the era ending, but it is time. All good things must come to an end. Now I really hope that the Braves can make a magical run at the NL East title for Chipper and Bobby.
I can see us trading for Alex Gordon. We have a history with the Royals and I can see Gordon being the heir apparent for Chipper.
Or: Chipper-Player/Manager next year?
This is the correct and dignified thing to do. It’s best for the team next year; it’s best for Chipper. Makes sense to go out with the only manager he’s ever had. And this will prevent him from being Dale Murphy – who stayed too long and torpedoed his career stats to the point of being left out of the HOF (which is still a travesty).
Let TP take over for Bobby and hire Chipper as hitting instructor. I think TP would a better manager and Chipper’s knowledge would be invaluable.
Hitting coach next year?
Chip Caray's Eyebrows
June 15th, 201011:42 am
I am not really down with having a press conference to say which way you are leaning, but if he indeed does retire at season’s end, there should be no ill words about Chipper. The guy was the best ATLANTA Brave, won an MVP, a batting title, selflessly moved to left field, took pay cuts, and walked a way from millions of dollars because his skills were on the decline. It’s sad to me because I was happy to see him rejuvinated the past few years and thought he would play much longer. The end comes quickly I guess. Hopefully and he and Bobby go out with a bang.
June 15th, 201011:43 am
This day comes for every man, whether he is an athlete or not. It just comes earlier for the athlete. Chipper Jones has had a Hall of Fame career with the Braves, he will be missed, and he will be remembered fondly by knowledgeable baseball fans fortunate enough to have seen him play here in Atlanta.
He has been a huge part of the Braves. However if he does indeed leave that gives us some good money…
Thanks for the greatness, Chipper. Hall of Fame next.
Just please don’t reconsider, just gonna water down your stellar career numbers.
Not my favorite Brave!!!!!!!!! I think he has a few more years pinch hitting. Not to completely retire just like that! I know he couldn’t take not being the star of the team though.
trade him to the american league for 2 or 3 players. he’d be ok as a dh if he doesn’t have to play everyday in the field.
June 15th, 201011:44 am
I would appreciate it more if he retired now. It takes courage to do that.
We’ll sure miss ya big guy… Sad to see two baseball greats go in the same year
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June 15th, 201011:45 am
While it would be nice for Chipper to get some extra attention from Braves fans in other cities, I really don’t think Chipper is completely done just yet (unless he is hiding some worse injury). The lack of hitting is a concern but part of it is just bad luck (with the exception of the decrease in power). The subpar defense at 3B, on the other hand, is really what prevents Chipper from truly living up to his contract to me (and to defensive metrics if subscribe to those).
Bottomline, I’m still refusing to believe that we might lose Chipper next year but this is a better way to go then what happened with Griffey and quitting in the middle of the season.
He needs to retires his whimpy no good over paid a.. now , of course who doesn’t want to get paid and not work like he does
June 15th, 201011:46 am
The best chance the Braves have of winning a World Series is to combine a retirement of Bobby with the retirement of Chipper in the same season. There should be some kind of wonderful karma to be had from that.
Otherwise, it’ll just be another year.
Keith J, what are you smoking? Let TP take over for Bobby?!?!? That would be going from bad to worse… much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much worse.
Fire TP, hire Chipper as batting coach, and bring in someone with a little fire to be the new manager.
I will miss Chipper, he’s been one of the best this organization has ever seen. I do think it’s time for him to hang up his spikes, but my main worry is that there aren’t any players in the system to take over for him.
Sign Glaus to a 2-year deal, move him to 3B, bring up Freeman next season, and trade a surplus pitcher for a 3B prospect. Done, done, and done.
Chipper next season’s hitting coach, and Smoltzie next season’s pitching coach? Chipper is absolutely a first-ballot, near-unanimous Hall of Famer – one of the best if not the best switch hitters of all time. And also absolutely this is the right time to hang it up, before he tarnishes an amazing legacy.
Dave in Buford
June 15th, 201011:47 am
If true, it has been truly fun to watch you play the game, Larry.
What a sad sad day in Braves Country if he does. He has been and always will be my favorite player. Always did things the right way and you never ever heard his name in any steroid conversations. Thank you Mr. Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones!!!!!!!
Finally. Go out with style, not with a push. Classy.
sit him on the bench next to Bobby and next year let him coach the team.
I’m 100% down with Chipper for hitting coach, him or Don Baylor.
June 15th, 201011:48 am
Chipper not being able to take steriods or amphetamines has affected his game considerable.
Thanks for everything Chipper.
June 15th, 201011:49 am
Will have to see it to believe it – unless the Braves give him a postion in the organization with big bucks. It would be difficult for anyone to leace 28 million on the table (14 mil for each of the next two years after this year).
As far as him being given a significant postion in the organization — For the most part, former stars just do not turn out to be great baseball administrators. Look at AAron for example – At first, after his retirement, when he had a more significant role in the administration of the Braves – they were very unsuccessful. This is not to day that AAron should not have an honoray position with the Braves with a decent salary – since salaries where not that high when he was playing.
@runnin: Maybe Junior thought he held a press conference, but it was really just a dream.
You the man Chipper! We’ll send you and Bobby out with another Championship this year! Go Braves!!!
Chipper For Player/MANAGER in 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 15th, 201011:50 am
I should also have said, one of my favorite seasons ever was 1999 … even though the Braves lost in the series, watching Jones almost single-handedly keep the Mets from the Series was a thrill.
Troy Glaus to 3B next year!!!!!
Keith J I agree. I think you are the first person I have seen blog to move TP to GM. Everyone complains about no small ball and waiting for the big one to bail us out for a win with Bobby, but with TP making the calls we will play baseball the way it should be played. Google an interview with TP about his days in St. Louis as a player and listen to his thoughts about what he learned from his manager and his thoughts about how the game should be played. Folks saying send TP packing are crazy, we need to send him packing to the GM spot.
June 15th, 201011:51 am
I wish Chipper nothing but the best in whatever decision he makes – It’s such a rarity for a long time everyday star to play his entire career with the same team – Jeter might do the same – Only remember Tony G and Cal in recent yrs and they are both HOFers. No one symbolizes the Braves over the last 20 yrs. more than Chipper and Bobby.
For the most part, former stars do not make the best managers, or coaches, or baseball administrators.
Good for Chipper. He has been an asset to the Braves organization year in and year out. Nice to see he will leave the sport with his legacy entact. He is a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame. The Braves will most definitely retire his number. Who knows, we may one day see a Chipper Jones statue outside Turner Field. He deserves all the accolades coming to him.
not knowing how english works has affected your ability to communicate effectively considerable.
June 15th, 201011:52 am
As much as I’ve liked Chipper and want to see him reach 3,000 hits and 500 homers, he’s a drag on the team at the plate, on the field, in the budget, and on the roster. He’s taking up a roster spot and getting paid $14 million, preventing the Braves from signing others.
He needs to have either a miraculous comeback or retire. If Chipper joins Wagner in leaving, that’ll be over $20 million the Braves will have saved to spend elsewhere.
June 15th, 201011:53 am
Young=Another Local Idiot
June 15th, 201011:54 am
Glaus to third next year with Hinske as back up. Freeman to first and if he falters we still have Hinske. Sad to see Chipper go though.
I guess I don’t see how this is new info from Chipper. He’s kind of indicated he could potentially retire this year if he does not perform to a certain level. In my opinion he needs to either say he is retiring or not. None of this “leaning” stuff – that is not new.
June 15th, 201011:55 am
i wrote of this sunday on the blog, he will announce today this is his last season.
Change Turner Field to Aaron Stadium
What’s the record for number of people retiring from a team in one year? Wagner, Cox and now Chipper!! They’re going to run out of space to put up numbers at Turner Field!!
Paul, you do realize that the GM isn’t the one in the dugout making the calls, right? That would be the manager… the GM is a front-office position. But you knew that. Right?
TP is NOT the answer to manage this team. End of conversation.
June 15th, 201011:56 am
Troy can NO longer play 3rd base so move on with that one. He is going to want a 2 year deal at least after this season if it continues to go well. He is gone after this one sadly.
Do we also try and work out an extension for Glaus–2 years maybe 7 million?? to bridge the gap or do we move Esobar to 3rd or trade for a 3rd baseman?
June 15th, 201011:57 am
Chipper and Smoltzy don’t want to be coaches, why would they want all that travel for a lot less money? Maybe when they are old men but not now, right out of retirement.
Regardless of how the last two years have gone for Chipper, I hope all the fans realize what a privileged to watch such a great player play his whole career as a Brave. We’ll probably never see that again. Chipper is one of the greatest Braves ever and hopefully he can at least finish his career with one more playoff appearance.
hey NNR Having a different opinion from yours doesn’t make someone an idiot, but not accepting a different opinion and think that only your opinion is correct makes you the idiot
June 15th, 201011:58 am
trade for alex gordon?
June 15th, 201011:59 am
my bad for the wrong title, but what are the reasons for not wanting TP as the Manager? Why do you think he could not pull the rght triggers to manage the team?
NNZ NOT NNR
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[...] Per Carroll Rogers AJC: Chipper Jones is meeting today with Braves manager Bobby Cox and general manager Frank Wren to discuss his future with the organization and plans to address the media afterward, likely to announce his retirement at the end of the 2010 season, a source close to Jones said Tuesday morning. [...]
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He has 13,000,000.00 reasons not to retire. I believe this is guaranteed money and hopefully something could be worked out. Seems like a no brainer that if he wants to stay involved he becomes Braves hitting coach!
June 15th, 201012:02 pm
so long Larry!
June 15th, 201012:04 pm
God speed Chipper Jones.
He can’t risk his HOF numbers by hanging on too much longer. It’s the right move for a good guy.
When i was a youngster I had Hank Aaron and when my boys came up they had Dale Murphy and then Chipper and I guess if we can hang on to him Heyward.. Chipper has been great for the braves and HE IS hall of fame material. The only fault I have seen with Chipper is the way he has interacted with the fans at the ballpark. I have never seen him give an auto to anyone even children.. As an avid fan in the dugout section I have seen others like him, Maddux,Bob Horner, Smoltz….. i guess its the way they play but for a child to get an autograph is sometimes a special thing. Thanks for the memories Chipper, as I think your time has come.. YESS resign Trot to play at third asap……..
June 15th, 201012:05 pm
I still remember this guy’s first hit…a squib single. It seems like yesterday when he broke into the lead. That cat is a class guy…perfect no…but he’s a class guy. He’s sacrificed salary so the team could re-up other guys. And until his body began to break down, you knew you could pencil him in everyday. One of the greatest switch hitters ever. If this year is his final curtain call (along with Bobby) this will truly be the end of an era. He tore Shea Stadium down. Maddux. Glavine. Smoltz. Lemke. Justice. Those guys defined the 90’s. But that list is simply incomplete with out Larry Wayne Jones.
just send him to Hooters for a couple of days and he will be fine
June 15th, 201012:06 pm
Thank goodness. Can’t wait to not hear about injuries to this over paid cry baby any more.
i kind of hope he retires right now… we would have immediate cap space for the deadline.
June 15th, 201012:07 pm
What a class act. Willingness to surrender his position, support for backups. A lot of other pro athletes could learn from his attitude.
I support whatever decision he makes. It has been a true joy to watch him play ball the way it is supposed to be played the past 15 professional years. He is a deserving First Ballot Hall of Famer and one of the best 3rd Basemen and Switch Hitters of All Time.
dc from conyers
June 15th, 201012:08 pm
First thanks Chipper for representing yourself and the Braves with Class. You should know when to retire,and it should be your decsion to make you have earned this. Now am I the only one who thinks that Chipper should have been moved to First Base and Glaus to third? Plus Chipper your retirement if this year will be special. You would be unique in the aspect that Bobby was the only manager you ever had in the Majors. Good Luck and God bless.
June 15th, 201012:09 pm
Been a Braves fan since 66 and have seen a lot of great ones have to move on. This will be another sad day to see Chipper hang em up. As they say all good things must come to an end.
You should have already retired Chipper. Hanging on is doing nothing but tarnishing a good career. Your time has come and gone and all I can say is good-bye. You are taking up a roster spot that could be being taken by a productive player; and please do not let the door hit you in the rear on the way out cause you might get hurt again. SEE YA.
Will he strain a muscle, hurt a toe or pull something else at the press conference?
June 15th, 201012:12 pm
Hey dc, ask the Hooters chick about Chipper’s class. And if you cannot find her, ask the countless youngsters he walks away from. Chipper has alot of things, but one of them IS NOT CLASS.
I know the injuries in recent years have been frustrating to fans (AND CHIPPER), but anybody who fails to remember how he carried this team in 99 (our last WS), won a batting title, struck fear into pitchers, and was a MVP is doing the man a disservice. Chipper is one of the best (and unselfish)Braves ever. Whether it’s passing the torch to Heyward or sacrificing his money to keep Smoltz (how many guys would do that?), Chipper is a Brave 4 Life.
June 15th, 201012:13 pm
Yeah right, he will be missed about as much as that yankee whiner Glavine!
June 15th, 201012:14 pm
June 15th, 2010
I consider this to be good news for the Braves.
MitchC?! Come on. You’re going to give a bad name to all the Mitch’s out there.
I would certainly never say anything to disgrace the good name. I don’t even know who you are anymore, MitchC. All I c is a C.
Chipper should continue playing until he goes over 500 home runs and guarantees his place in Cooperstown. Remember what happen to Fred McGriff “Crime Dog” when he retired. McGriff finished only 7 home runs short of 500 with 493. Most fans felt since McGriff was so close to 500 home runs he would easily make it into the HOF. Wrong! When the voting came up last year, McGriff wasnt even close and its a shame because he is so close to 500 and was so spectacular during his career it makes you think that the voters should all be pycho analyzed for their insideous votes of denying McGriff entry into the HOF. McGriff has done as much or more as anyone who is currently in the Hall of Fame. The voters are just plain ignorant and dont realize how great the Crime Dog really is. McGriff has done as much as Lou Gerig, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Ken Griffey, Alex Rodriguez and all the other players who are in there. If McGriff is denied entry into the HOF, then EVERYONE WHO IS CURRENTLY ENSHRINED needs to be removed from Cooperstown. Now Chipper will get his chance to take his rightful place alongside the all-time greats if he just hangs on for about 7 more years to compile the stats to get in. Good Luck Chipper; keep chipping away at 500 dingers.
HOF class….Ken Griffey Jr., Larry Wayne Jones Jr., Bobby Cox, Billy Wagner…
Why Chipper?? You’re walking a lot this season, lol.
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