Chipper not ready to discuss future

Chipper Jones will talk about his future – but not until he’s ready.

Jones met briefly with the media before Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays one day after he met with Braves officials to discuss retiring at the end of the season. Neither Jones nor manager Bobby Cox would give details of that meeting, saying only that there were issues to “take care of.”

“There is no change,” Jones said Wednesday. “After all of the courtesy that I’ve given y’all over the years, I would hope that I would be given the same courtesy to kind of do this in my own time, my own way.

“I will address the media when the time is right. As of right now, all my questions are not answered. When all that happens, I will come to you guys and answer as many questions as I can for you guys. Hopefully it’s very soon. I understand that this is a pressing story and it’s big around the Atlanta area but, again, I’m going to do this my way and hopefully everybody can understand that because there are some things that need to be addressed before I start answering questions about my future.”

A financial settlement of the two years and $28 million that remains on Jones’ contract appears to be one issue.

Last year Jones, 38, first brought up the idea of retiring at the end of the 2010 season amid his struggles at the plate. His problems have continued into this season.

The six-time All-Star was hitting only .233 entering Wednesday’s game after going 2-for-5 with a home run and a double in Tuesday’s series-opener.

Jones has been hampered of late by a sore right ring finger. He missed the last two games of the Braves’ recently completed 11-game road trip. After a day off Monday, the third baseman returned to the lineup Tuesday. He said his finger is feeling better, but occasional days off may be a necessity.

“I’m hoping that the days off are fewer and farther between because it’s hard for me to get on a roll if I’m playing three or four games and then missing a couple,” Jones said. “I was very encouraged by last night.”

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chip1960

June 16th, 2010
7:06 pm

Chris from the Rock

June 16th, 2010
7:17 pm

Chris Vivlamore=DJ Shockley.

polskidawg

June 16th, 2010
8:48 pm

Chris Vivlamore=Omar Infante

tjhook

June 16th, 2010
9:20 pm

I guess I’ll have to get my Chipper Jones autograph since I won’t see him again. It’s like watching Craig Biggio go away (I’m a Braves fan but it was cool seeing a player like Biggio be received and recognized by his fans. I was there for his final plays.) Also want to see the Braves if they come to Houston any more times.

[...] Jones isn’t ready to talk about his future yet, reports Dave O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A settlement of the $28MM left on his contract is one issue that has to be cleared up before Jones [...]

Tomahawk

June 16th, 2010
10:04 pm

why is the rest of his contract an issue if he retires? the braves said they’d pay him that money to play. if he doesnt play he isnt living up to his end of the agreement and the braves owe him nothing, right? im confused… and if im wrong, then everytime chipper said “it isnt about the money” he lied. if he really wanted to retire with dignity, then he wouldnt want his franchise to be hamstrung by giving him money to not play baseball. it’s literally one or the other. either the guy was concerned with money, or he wanted to retire with dignity. if the “red tape issues” really are whats holding this up, then chipper is just trying to get an extra buck and thats all there is to it.

every single atlanta fan loves chipper, me included. lets hope he doesnt make this about money. i’ve been rooting for him for too long to see him go out worrying about getting paid for not working.

…hope this post doesnt come across as too angry. i’m just upset that this might be the way we say goodbye to chipper.

Radio Cure

June 16th, 2010
10:32 pm

Tomahawk,
imagine if Chipper spoke publicly about breaking a contract that includes a pro-rated signing bonus and a club option. Then things would get really ugly. What he is doing is completely normal and what all responsible adults should do.

Rhino

June 16th, 2010
10:45 pm

Chipper is right though, he deserves to be able to go out on his own terms. He’s had an amazing career that was unfortunately riddled with injuries the latter half. And as I heard a million times when Griffey retired but haven’t heard about Jones, he’s never been linked to steroid talk. And if you look at their careers, Griffey and Jones’ bodies starting breaking down in their early to mid-thirties like you’d expect. McGwire, Bonds, Clemens, etc. were having some of the best years of their careers at 37 or later.

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Geezer

June 16th, 2010
11:03 pm

One could only hope that KK would have the same kind of dignity that Chipper does……he sure does have to back up to the pay window to collect his check at 0-9……he ought to be ashamed to even endorse it and put it in the bank….which I am sure he has no trouble doing…..

Sad Fan in South Georgia

June 16th, 2010
11:11 pm

Well Chipper is retiring and Bobby will be gone. I guess Walmart will go out of business next. The end of an era.

Chris from the Rock

June 16th, 2010
11:34 pm

Actually, Carrol Rogers=Omar Infante. Chris Vivlamore=Brandon Hicks.

MOP-MAN

June 17th, 2010
3:24 am

Chipper should stay,he would a force as dh,also he can still pick at 3rd.we can surely use his leadership in the club house.

tr

June 17th, 2010
7:21 am

After hitting a home run and almost back to the dugout, Chipper raises his right hand, seemingly toward the stands, extending his index finger, thumb, and pinky. Anybody know what that’s all about?

semiballcoach

June 17th, 2010
7:35 am

the money discussion is required because of the many times chipper re-negotiated his contract to help the braves out…..how many other all-stars have agreed to change positions to allow the team to sign another player….it’s not about the money, but it is a business on both sides

Steve

June 17th, 2010
8:50 am

Tomahawk-Baseball contracts are not like NFL contracts. They are guaranteed. Remember the whole Mike Hampton debacle a few years back? Chipper and the Braves are probably just trying to figure out how much of this money will be back ended or deferred? Let’s not forget that this man has more than given this orginization the HOME TOWN discount on more than one occasion. He deserves to go out on his terms and I for one will be sad when the day comes and #10 is not batting in the 3 spot! :(

Steve

June 17th, 2010
8:53 am

Well said SEMIBALLCOACH, you find another ALL STAR big name player in the MLB in the past decade that has done what Chipper has done. You won’t find too many. He could have made millions more testing the free agent market but he never did he remained loyal to his fans, his teamates, his city and orginization. I hope that Jason Heyward will be that same type of guy. My gut feeling tells me that he will be!

michaelprick

June 17th, 2010
9:55 am

tr – Chipper Jones was giving the crowd the sign for ” I love you” by extending his index finger, thumb, and pinky. It’s commonly used in sign language.

Falcon Josh

June 17th, 2010
11:29 am

Chipper is not asking for all the money. In baseball unlike football the money is guaranteed. If he wanted to be an ass he would just sit around and collect a check for the next two years (Mike Hampton). The Braves and Chipper will come to a mutual agreement,then he will announce that this is his last season. Next stop for Chipper… Cooperstown!!!

tr

June 17th, 2010
11:36 am

Thanks, michaelprick, it’s bugged me for a while.

michaelprick

June 17th, 2010
12:33 pm

You’re welcome tr.

Chipper really is a class act. A lot of people tend to get on him for his nagging injuries and missed games. However, that’s what happens when you play the game the right way and without steroids. As many games, and as hard as he has played, his body broke down.

Eddie

June 17th, 2010
2:22 pm

Braves: Don’t mess up Chipper’s departure like you did with Smoltz. The guy is an Atlanta landmark.

Dorothy Davis

June 18th, 2010
10:01 am

OK OK OK…Chipper will retire along with Bobby, but will not announce it till the season for the Braves is almost over, whether that is post season or not. Folks, it is not the end of the world, we will survive (as the song goes) Has anyone watched Brooks hit lately? For every player that retires, there is someone to replace them. The Braves have a great farm system and they will survive!!! The Jones jerseys will still sell, even if he is in head office.

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