Chipper’s parents mentally preparing for son’s potential retirement

Chipper Jones’ parents Larry and Lynne Jones acknowledged Tuesday night after the Braves game at Turner Field, that they are both mentally preparing for the end of their son’s storied career.

“He’s down in the dumps about things right now,” Larry Wayne Jones Sr. said. “He talked to me about (retirement) about three or four months ago and I said, ‘Don’t make a decision based on how you feel right now. Give it a chance.’ And I’ve run out of ‘give it a chance.’ He’s a grown man. He’s 38 years old now.”

Lynne Jones added: “He certainly earned the right to do whatever he wants with the rest of his life.”

Jones’ parents were in town from their family’s Double Dime ranch in southwest Texas for Chipper’s son Trey’s 10th birthday on Monday. It was just coincidence, they said, that that they were in Atlanta when news spread Tuesday that Jones was going to meet with the Braves about retiring at the end of the season.

But as always, they didn’t mind being at Turner Field to lend moral support. Jones is close with both his parents and his father, a former college hitting coach, has always been his personal hitting coach.

“I’m good with the fact that the end is near,” Larry Jones said. “I just hope the end comes with him playing well. I hate for him to walk away from it and feel like he was on the down slope. Too many good things have happened in his career to leave it with that kind of taste in your mouth.”

Said Lynne: “We’re going to shed a tear regardless.”

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June 16th, 2010
1:58 am

Carroll, you look an awful lot like DOB in that photo.

Just sayin….. (this is sarcasm btw)


June 16th, 2010
1:58 am

Dang. Almost forgot.


Carroll Rogers

June 16th, 2010
2:22 am

now that one I got, N8!


June 16th, 2010
3:17 am

Hate to see it come to an end~!
Hope Chipper dont” pull a Glavine or Smoltz”
The time has come~


June 16th, 2010
4:00 am

Anything new on the “settlement” talks? How much will the team give him to walk away?


June 16th, 2010
4:40 am

Bravo, anything. Chipper’s a team player, and will take less if it helps the team.


June 16th, 2010
7:06 am

Who cares what Larry Jones or his parents say? Too much attention being given to a whining overpaid hot dog.


June 16th, 2010
8:04 am

I never got anything, on any of the jobs that I ever quit.
I couldn’t even draw unemployment benefits, BECAUSE I QUIT.


June 16th, 2010
8:07 am

It kind of looked like Chipper quit, in the fielding department last night.
Looked like he didn’t even try to catch a foul ball in the late innings, and unless the ball is hit directly at him, he can’t make a play in fair territory.


June 16th, 2010
8:09 am

I have always admired Chipper’s mother and father. When he made his moral mistakes earlier in his life they both admonished him and did not make excuses but still showed loyalty and support. It is my hope that Chipper will make his decision, stand by it walk proudly into the HOF.


June 16th, 2010
8:11 am

Stop bashing Chipper and get a life, people.

I’d love for Jones to stick around as a pinch hitter for another year or so…but only if he could readjust his salary to reflect that. I think we all know that ain’t gonna happen, though, so maybe it’s best if he ride off into the sunset with Bobby and Wagner.

I’ll always remember him as the rookie with the cut on his lip who raked in the ‘95 postseason.


June 16th, 2010
8:14 am

Sounds like a couple of bloggers here are a little bitter. Buck up, guys. We are just talking baseball.

I think basically what the “delay” could be on Chipper’s expected & eventual announcement is working on details for what he’ll do with the Braves when his player days are over with. A lot of folks on several different blogs agreed with me yesterday that Chipper would sure make a great hitting coach, if he could come in fresh. Right now, he has a LOT of knowledge of pitchers and how to approach each one that he can offer to the young “kids” on the team. The team all seems to look up to him and respect him, and he seems to be unselfish and approachable to his teammates as a whole. So…maybe they’re working on those details. In terms of what would be owed Chipper over the remainder of the contract, I think the Braves owe the last two years to him whether he plays those seasons or not. Chipper allowed several renegotiations of his contract to enable the team to sign major free agents — some who stayed, some who moved on (i.e., Texeira). Through all his unselfishness, he deserves a reward “at the end”. I couldn’t bear to watch much of last night’s game (since things started out bad — when they actually got started — and just went from bad to worse), but it looks as if Chipper had a fairly decent night.


June 16th, 2010
9:24 am

No, it doesn’t matter what Larry & Lynne think, say or do to us…but it always has to Chipper. He’s been fodder and king, but it ain’t over yet. He will still be associated w/ Braves…hopefully not as manager, yet! Keep sluggin Chipper..

go braves

June 16th, 2010
9:26 am

Ironic, Chipper’s father shows up, and he hits a double and a home run. Chipper’s father has always been his personal hitting coach, and maybe Larry Jones Sr. should be the Braves’ hitting coach.

go braves

June 16th, 2010
9:28 am

I’ll always remember Chipper single handedly carrying us through the ‘99 season. We are all fortunate we got to see Chipper’s career for our home town team.


June 16th, 2010
9:37 am

Had a feeling this was coming.Sad to realize it’s about over, but what a run he has had!!!!!!!!!!!!! Luv ya, Chipper!


June 16th, 2010
10:50 am



June 16th, 2010
11:15 am

It’s sad to see Chipper go, but the numbers seem to point to the time being now. Maybe Glaus can comeback and play third next year but if he keeps up his number, he will probably cost too much. I hope this gives the younger players even more motivation. Win one for Bobby and Chipper!

Tater the Bobby Hater

June 16th, 2010
11:24 am

What’s sad is that Chipper was one of the great players of all time, yet right now he’s remembered more for his “Hooter’s Hoochiemama.” I hope all of the young, up and coming players will learn from his mistake. They won’t, but I sure wish they would.

Ray Parker Sr.

June 16th, 2010
11:38 am

Chipper, in the words of NSYNC, bye bye.


June 16th, 2010
11:45 am

Did the Braves win the WS in 99?

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

June 16th, 2010
12:00 pm

Chipper Jones is the greatest ATLANTA Brave any of us will ever see. It has been a pleasure to watch him play this game. I hope last night was a sign of things to come and that he gets hot, finishes strong, and this team, Bobby Cox included, goes out with a bang. Chipper can then ride off into the sunset on his own terms, which is rare in this day and age.


June 16th, 2010
12:06 pm

Chipper goes yard using a 34 oz. wooden cane.


June 16th, 2010
12:53 pm

Chipper will be missed


June 16th, 2010
1:10 pm

turkeycaller,youre an ass!! and the rest of your chipper haters are not true fans,and certainley not good people,theres never been a more loyal player in mlb.


June 16th, 2010
1:34 pm

some of you bashing Chipper…do you realize how good he’s been? or I guess your just dumb like 80 percent of fans in Atlanta. It’s sad that us true fans have deal with all the idiots.

Ray Parker Sr.

June 16th, 2010
1:52 pm

“It’s sad that us true fans have deal with all the idiots.”

Defining true fandom for others is the business of idiots. You root your way. I’ll root mine.

“Us true fans”… what a maroon.

Mrs. Hooter Jones

June 16th, 2010
1:54 pm

“turkeycaller,youre an ass!! and the rest of your chipper haters are not true fans,and certainley not good people,theres never been a more loyal player in mlb.”

Loyalty, schmoyalty. Loves himself. Grandstands for others. It’s an ancient formula.


June 16th, 2010
3:59 pm

it says a lot he has remained a brave his entire career one of few stars this organization has had that can say that. It will be sad day to see him, bobby and even Wags go. Loyalty should mean something still and I think he’s been paid well for sure but he’s produced for this club every year he’s been here up until last year when his age I think has caught up with him a bit. Question is if he does retire what do we do at third next year? Conrad is a great scrappy player but he’s not the future face of the franchise at 3B..maybe having some free$ they Braves can go get a bopper and a top rate starter to replace KK who though his record don’t indicate how’s he pitched is till 0-9 this year


June 16th, 2010
4:08 pm

Ray Parker sr. your calling me a Maroon…thats one of my favorite colors thanks. Next time you type learn how to spell.

Ed Glennon

June 16th, 2010
4:41 pm

Is there any way Nate could retire instead of Chipper?

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