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.”