End of an era: Chipper says he’ll retire after 2012 season

Vivlamore reporting from Florida.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Chipper Jones is going out on his own terms.

The future Hall of Fame third baseman announced Thursday that the 2012 season will be the last of his playing career.

It’s the end of an era.

“There were times when I could have went out on the free-agent market and see if the grass was greener but I really didn’t think that it was,” Jones said in front of family, team executives and nearly 20 current teammates assembled before a Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. “I never wanted to play [anywhere else]. I’m a Southern kid. I wanted to play in a Southern town where I felt comfortable, and I felt comfortable from day one in the Braves organization. … I bleed red, white and blue.”

In an emotional announcement, Jones said he didn’t want a season of constant speculation about his future to be a distraction. He also didn’t want to put the Braves in an awkward position from a public relations standpoint as it had to with saying goodbye to icons Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.

“This gives me the opportunity to appease myself and the Braves organization,” Jones said. “I can walk away on my own terms. Hopefully I can come out and have another productive year and ride off into the sunset.”

Jones, who turns 40 next month, will have played all 19 major league seasons with the Braves, who made him the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1990. He won a World Series and a National League MVP award and was a seven-time all-star.

“I just think the realization that I’ve fulfilled everything,” Jones said of his decision. “There is nothing left for me to do. I’m content with my decision.”

Jones ranks as the Atlanta Braves franchise leader in nearly every offensive category with a .304 career batting average, 454 home runs, 526 doubles and 1,561 RBIs in 2,387 games. His home-run total ranks 33rd in major league history. His 2,615 career hits ranks 75th.

“He was the guy who we could rely on with the Braves to get the big hit, come through at the tough time, to do what needed to be done to help us string together those championship banners out on the wall in left field [of Turner Field],” Braves president John Schuerholz said.

Jones’ 18 years of service with the same team leads all active major league players, bettering Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera (17 years with the Yankees).

The Braves and Jones are discussing a yet-to-be-determined role with the team following the season. Jones said he wants to spend time with his family, giving back to a wife and four sons who have sacrificed so much. He made it clear it won’t be as a manager when he decides to return to the game in some capacity.

He made it sound as if a hitting instructing position is where he might eventually land.

“I love the art of hitting,” Jones said. “It’s one of my passions. Managing is not one of my passions. I want to go off in the batting cage with my guys and work at the game of baseball.”

Jones was near tears twice during his announcement. He thanked a long list of people but was particularly moved when discussing his family and current teammates.

Jones said he is looking forward to watching his sons grow and playing and teaching them the game as his father did with him.

“Kids are something you enjoy during the prime of your life,” Jones’ father, Larry Sr., said. “He is coming to the back side of his prime. He hasn’t been able to do that. I’m looking forward to watching him do it himself.”

Jones was also moved when speaking to his teammates, noting that had it not been for them he would have already retired.

“I’ve been thinking about retiring for quite some time and I probably have to say that the number one that I didn’t was you guys,” Jones said. “It’s been a pleasure to come to work and play with you guys and day in and day out you kept me young, as young as a 40 year old can be.

“I will sit in a foxhole, a clubhouse or a dugout with any of you guys. I love each and every one of you and I hope we go out with a bang here in 2012.”

Jones finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1995, the season the Braves won the World Series. He was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1999 when he hit .319 with a career-best 45 home runs and 110 RBIs

He won his first career batting title in 2008 with a .364 average (league-best .470 on-base percentage). It marked the second-highest single-season average ever for a switch hitter. Mickey Mantle hit .365 for the Yankees in 1957.

Jones is the only switch hitter in Major League history to post a .300 career average with more than 300 homers, and his career batting average ranks second all-time among switch hitters. He also ranks third in career home runs for switch-hitters, behind Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504).

“Chipper Jones is in great company,” former Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “He is in with two guys, to me, two of the greatest players in the history of baseball – Eddie Murray and Mickey Mantle. … He is a first ballot Hall of Famer.”

Jones said he could continue to play and be a productive major leaguer – even with career milestone numbers within reach. It’s just time to move on.

“People may ask me about being close to 500 homers and 3,000 hits and if I stuck around a couple more years I could get those numbers,” Jones said. “… I always said I’m not going to stick around for the numbers.”

Jones is in the last guaranteed year of a contract that will pay $14 million in 2012. The deal included a $7 million team option for 2013, which vests automatically at $9 million if he plays 123 games in 2012. But with his retirement announcement, that option appears moot.

He played in 126 games in 2011 despite a stint on the disabled list for arthroscopic right knee surgery, which kept him out of the All-Star game. He had reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee in 2010, the second time he’s had that procedure.

Jones hit .275 with a .344 on-base percentage and .470 slugging percentage last season, well off his .304/.402/.533 career line. He had 18 homers and 70 RBIs; the only time he’s had fewer of either was 2010, when he had 18 homers and 46 RBIs in 95 games.

Still, his 33 doubles in 2011 were his second-most since 2003, and his .814 on-base-plus-slugging percentage was third among National League third basemen.

On Thursday, Jones thanked Braves fans for their support, in Atlanta and all over the country.

“It blows my mind every time I drive to the stadium and I see a family of four walking down the street with a No. 10 on their backs,” Jones said. “That, to me, still blows my mind.”

1,018 comments Add your comment

richbrave

March 22nd, 2012
10:42 am

Great player. So please he stayed here with ATLANTA

Ellaguru

March 22nd, 2012
10:46 am

Well-done, Chipper. Can’t tell you how much pleasure I’ve gotten watching you play.

Crazy Train

March 22nd, 2012
10:46 am

Greatest 3B ever. My childhood will officially end at the end of the WS when the Braves win one for the old man!!!

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

March 22nd, 2012
10:46 am

Wren made moves at the trade deaadline to give Bobby Cox a shot at one last run. You have to think he would do the same for Chipper if they aren’t hitting on all cylinders by summer.

Jack Wilson

March 22nd, 2012
10:47 am

Well past due. But we’ll miss you nonetheless, Chipper. Hope you come back to coach.

Chris from the Rock

March 22nd, 2012
10:49 am

I’m predicting Chipper will have his Kirk Gibson moment in game 7 of the WS this year, and ride off into the sunset.

Thrillhouse44

March 22nd, 2012
10:49 am

He’s one of the first guys you think of when you say “Braves.” He gave a lot to this team and I hope he caps off his career with a great season.

RHR

March 22nd, 2012
10:50 am

Love you, Chipper! I know I will cry watching the presser so it’s best to wait until I get home to watch it. Thank you for staying a Brave for all these years when you certainly could’ve gotten more money elsewhere. There will neve be another. You will be missed.

David

March 22nd, 2012
10:51 am

Chipper should have been traded 5-8 years when he had value. The Braves could of brought in some good young talent, and maybe Chipper would of had a chance at another ring with a different team.

bravesgrl4life

March 22nd, 2012
10:52 am

RHR, I had tears in my eyes reading the article this morning.

ATLBrave

March 22nd, 2012
10:54 am

Completely unselfish player, either changing positions or contract to help the team…. leaving money on the table to be loyal….. never do you see that anymore….. will be there opening day to last homestand to see him off

ncgary

March 22nd, 2012
10:58 am

braves baseball will never be quite the same
thanks for the ride chipper

retired

March 22nd, 2012
10:58 am

hope the negative naysayers the haters and the classless stay away as we say goodbye to an icon of Braves baseball. Thank you Chip for great years of service to one team, a rarity in this day. Loyalty & quiet leadership as opposed to the loud mouth me first players of the modern era. thanks for the memories hope we can send you out in style.

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and for those who want to expose his flaws …… look in the mirror before you open your trap.

Steven

March 22nd, 2012
10:59 am

Words escape me as I think about this great baseball player! My favorite to ever wear the Braves uniform!

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jeffrey d

March 22nd, 2012
11:03 am

He’s still alive…

Train Wreck Bystander

March 22nd, 2012
11:05 am

I can wait until the end of the season to wish the man well. The entire 2012 season stretches before us.

Carpe Temporum

jeffrey d

March 22nd, 2012
11:05 am

Thanks, DOB.

Let’s add one more good year to a great career Chipper and go out on top. One or two stray internet tough guys aside, we appreciate all you’ve done for this city and this team, and it’s going to weird seeing a new permanent starting 3B

Heisenberg

March 22nd, 2012
11:06 am

Guess Chipper missed the article on AJC today about boomers continuing to work in old age and not retire.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

March 22nd, 2012
11:06 am

wow, I admire him. Goes out on his own terms. Hope that he can play effective and pain free for the duration of this season and that the team does well. End of era. Very exciting.

Very well written summary of his career DOB, maybe you can introduce him at CoopersTown in a few years.

Gimpah & McError

March 22nd, 2012
11:06 am

Good RIDDANCE, Gimper!

Now you can open up your very own Hooters establishment. Just think, you can cook the wings and your wife can serve them. Imagine all the Gimper-Maniacs that will love to taste your home cooking and maybe get a couple tips on picking up a waitress or two.

And finally, the Braves might be able to win a World Series again without your large contract, gimpy knees and $5 million dollar stats hogging up the payroll.

Wyoming

March 22nd, 2012
11:06 am

Great career, Chipper. HOF’er… now let’s go out on top. It ain’t over just yet!

DE

March 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

Wow, gonna miss Chipper. Im only 23, never known a Braves team without him, next year will surely be strange. Wish him well, and hope we send him out right with a great season!

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

Commenting on this blog is closed? What does that mean?

richbrave

March 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

ncgary
March 22nd, 2012
10:58 am

“……braves baseball will never be quite the same
thanks for the ride chipper…..”

Best of luck gary on that call-back second interview.

Puma

March 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

Its not often you get to watch HOFers play their whole career on your favorite team. We were lucky with Chipper, we will get 18 years of him. We were also lucky with a few pitchers in the 1990’s.

I think we may be lucky to have McCann to watch now, and hopefully he can hold up for an entire career. Who else on this roster could be a HOFer? Heyward, Freeman, one of he young pitchers? Makes you realize how lucky we were with Chipper.

Techman

March 22nd, 2012
11:08 am

It’s hard to determine the amount but in my opinion, Chipper has left a lot of $$ on the table to remain a brave. It’s been a privilege to watch him for the last 15+ years.

Murph

March 22nd, 2012
11:11 am

Time for Chipper to play like there’s no tomorrow… because there won’t be… well, after October… you know what I mean.

Leave it all on the field and go out a World Series champ, Larry.

njbraves

March 22nd, 2012
11:13 am

Today has proven to me that some of the most ignorant people on Earth post on this blog.

Flash

March 22nd, 2012
11:13 am

Hitting coach

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
11:14 am

And just to keep the comments fair and balanced, the malignant idiot has checked in.

ncscoots

March 22nd, 2012
11:14 am

Today has proven to me that some of the most ignorant people on Earth post on this blog.

Haters gonna hate. :-)

Ralph

March 22nd, 2012
11:15 am

Chipper will be riding the bench the majority of the season with in growing toe nails etc, etc thus leaving us one man short on the active roster, Prado will be the 3rd baseman.

yoursporthouse.com

March 22nd, 2012
11:16 am

kerryb and others,

Don’t get me wrong, first ballot Hof’er no doubt. I agree, my memory was bad, Chipper did play in 95 World Series, but Justice, McGriff and Glavine were the top performers. I remember his big HR vs Colorado in the playoffs in 1995. Atlanta is rated as one of the worst sports town because we tolerate mediocrity from certain athletes. We have to be a championship or bust town. We are not right now. Congrats to Chipper. I don’t want people to think I dislike the guy, I just think we tolerate too much in this town. I hope he goes out with a World Series and has the Series winning hit. Only time will tell.

Ron

March 22nd, 2012
11:18 am

For you pathetic simpletons that can’t fathom the accomplishments of this man, you don’t have a clue of the game. Can anyone name a player, in the last 30 yrs, that has remained with the same team, much less from their rookie year, and turned away opportunities to cash in on their market worth? Chipper will obviously be first ballot HOF, and damn well deserves it.

I just hope he ends the year on the field, where he belongs. It will be a sad day for us Braves lifers.

what of it?

March 22nd, 2012
11:18 am

Perhaps the most impressive of his accomplishments is his integrity through all of those years of service. He put up his numbers without PED’s during the heart of the Steroid Era. He’s an old-school athlete who cares more about his team than the numbers in his contract, and wearing the uniform actually means something to him.

ZACK

March 22nd, 2012
11:18 am

CONGRATS IN ADVANCE CHIPPER! YOU REP THE BRAVES WELL MY FRIEND! SEE YOU IN COOPERSTOWN!!!

Murph

March 22nd, 2012
11:19 am

dammit, which one of the 4 blogs posted today is the “official” blog? I’m not posting in some side blog with all the short-bus kids.

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
11:19 am

They tolerate too much mediocrity? Wyhen will you freaking morons realize that fans don’t “tolerate” anything? They have no say in who is singed, who owns the team, what prices are charged and a single damned thing other than if they go to the games or not. And if they don’t go, then what they will receive in return is kore of what they don’t want.

Trainwreck

March 22nd, 2012
11:19 am

Will miss Chipper a lot. For all the flak he takes for missing games, I just imagine how many games he actually played when he was grinding it out to help the team. Ultimate team player and will be missed. I guess it’s time to win one for the Chipper…

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
11:20 am

Y’all figure out the typos.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

March 22nd, 2012
11:20 am

And I just happened to wear my Chipper shirt today…

billy

March 22nd, 2012
11:20 am

3 years too late…

Memphis

March 22nd, 2012
11:21 am

Saw and met Chipper in 1991 in Memphis, I was 6 years old. he was playing 3B for the Greenville Braves. Immediately became my favorite player. Have attended Spring Training in West Palm Beach and now Disney for probably 10 years. Also make at least 1 trip to Atlanta each year. The thing that I appreciated about him was how personable he was each time I met him. Signing jerseys, bats, baseballs, helmets, anything anyone wanted. I am also proud of the fact that my favorite player playe his whole career with 1 team. I wasn’t around for Hank Aaron or Eddie Matthews or Warren Spahn. But Chipper Jones will always to me be Mr.Brave! Look forward to being at his last regular season game, and hopefully Cooperstown in a few years.

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
11:22 am

No kidding Murph!!
I guessing this is it, nothing going on the “Hudson, Wilson” blog right now.

P'cola Brave

March 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

We all knew this day was coming. Going to be very different watching the Braves without him. The ultimate team player. He will be one hell of a hitting coach one day!

Brosephus

March 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

I’m predicting Chipper will have his Kirk Gibson moment in game 7 of the WS this year, and ride off into the sunset.

With the number of surgeries and medical issues, wouldn’t he more likely have a Sid Bream moment instead?

Just sayin’…

PiersonBrave

March 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

I have to say that I will miss the sight of Chip on the bag a third. I can still remember watching him hit balls onto the retirement home roof across the street beyond left field of our old little league field. Good grief time flies.

SSIgator

March 22nd, 2012
11:24 am

what of it? -

“Perhaps the most impressive of his accomplishments is his integrity through all of those years of service”

The Hooters staff can attest to “all of those years of service” but as for his first wife about that “integrity” thing – not so much.

ncscoots

March 22nd, 2012
11:24 am

The main blog is wherever Murph is, in my opinion.

Win For Ten!

richbrave

March 22nd, 2012
11:25 am

This recipe is for CHIPPER and pancake lovers only.

Cornmeal pancakes [Updated]

One cup YELLOW [not white] stone-ground cornmeal.
3/4 cup boiling water to blanch.
Let sit five minutes, stir twice.
Mixture will be thick.
Reverse measures will yield a thinner pancake mixture which is also excellent

Seperately mix one cup SIFTED all-purpose flour,
1 teaspoon salt,
1/4 teaspoon baking soda,
3 teaspoons baking powder.
Mix well.

After five minutes add one cup milk [I use skim] to the cornmeal.
Blend with hand mixer at low speed.
Add two large eggs,
Blend at low speed.
Add dry ingredients,
Blend at low speed, then stirring with large spoon to be certain mixed throughly.
Add 1/3 cup canola oil
Blend at low speed.

Preheat skillet on medium heat.
Reduce heat to low-medium range.
Add Canola oil to suit.
Drop in spoonfuls of batter.
Turn when bubbles form in the center of each cake.

Makes 16 more or less depending on size of the cakes.

Fresh fruit topping.

Slice a small apple in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water.
Add blueberries, and sliced strawberries.
[Optional] Add sugar to taste.
Flavor with all-spice, cinnemon, and nutmeg to taste.
[Optional] Add Bay leaf.
Cover and simmer on low heat, 10-15 minutes.
Do not allow steam to escape.
Spoon over cornmeal cakes.

59bulldawg

March 22nd, 2012
11:26 am

Thanks Chipper … for being a Brave your entire career!

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
11:26 am

VJ said press conference at 11:30 EDT. I’ve got 680 streaming now waiting for it.

Patrick

March 22nd, 2012
11:28 am

Class act all the way. Thanks for your loyalty, Chipper. Some guy named Albert could take a couple of lessons from No. 10.

rsl

March 22nd, 2012
11:30 am

great player but should have retires 2 years ago, he hurt the braves too much money for almost nothing the last couple of years, now we can go get a real bat

bravesgirlnc

March 22nd, 2012
11:30 am

Thanks Chipper! Always been one of my favorites. Will miss him.

Bat Masterson

March 22nd, 2012
11:30 am

Does anyone have a link to the press conference?

Video?

Billy

March 22nd, 2012
11:32 am

I understand Chippers retirement announcement will be interrupted by Tebow updates

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

Bat – It isn’t on 680.. not at 11:30 anyway.

parabrave

March 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

Glad to know he wants to stay on as a hitting coach. Give him one year as one and quickly make him manager.

Murph

March 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

So our shopping list for next year, so far, will be for both a fulltime 3B and CF… wow, gonna be an expensive offseason.

2013 3B Free Agents:

Geoff Blum
Miguel Cairo
Brandon Inge *
Maicer Izturis
Kevin Kouzmanoff
Placido Polanco *
Mark Reynolds *
Scott Rolen
Mark Teahen
Ty Wigginton *
David Wright *
Kevin Youkilis *

* = option

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
11:35 am

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
11:35 am

Ted M

March 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

It was a good idea to announce it early on.

He is a first ballot Hall of Famer.

I wish I could say he has a good shot at going out like Tony La Russa.

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

Chipper speaking now….

Bat Masterson

March 22nd, 2012
11:37 am

Thanks, Jimmy.

Surely there will be a replay somewhere.

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
11:37 am

https://twitter.com/#!/IngramRadio/status/182853099415801858/photo/1

ghostwriter

March 22nd, 2012
11:38 am

Absolute legend. There’s nothing else to say.

outkasted

March 22nd, 2012
11:39 am

coolestv white boy i’ve seen on the baseball diamond… Chip it has been with great joy to watch u play 3rd base and swing the wood with the best of them…. since I was 16 u have been one of my favorites and now at 34 bout to be 35 u still are one of my favorites… one last go round for the big fella and my family and I will be in the stands watchin… GO BRAVES!!

ncscoots

March 22nd, 2012
11:39 am

Murph, nobody on your list that I would prefer to Prado, I think.

JAFO

March 22nd, 2012
11:41 am

Fun trip to Ctown in 2017.

Fols

March 22nd, 2012
11:41 am

I will hate that last game……such a long time cheering for this man. That will sure be one emotional game.

Kept expecting this one day, just hate reading this kind of news. He’ll surely be missed!

Lew

March 22nd, 2012
11:41 am

Maybe have Prado play third with Terdo backing him up and sign Nick Swisher to play LF?

DAP

March 22nd, 2012
11:42 am

murph So our shopping list for next year, so far, will be for both a fulltime 3B and CF…

no, murph. our full time 3rd baseman is already on the team. martin prado. shopping list will include a LF and a CF.

TennesseePaul

March 22nd, 2012
11:43 am

Thank you Chipper Jones! You are truly an amazing ball player. I’m proud to have watched your entire Hall of Fame Career from beginning to end. I hope you have an amazing final season.

GO BRAVES!

Venice Jim

March 22nd, 2012
11:43 am

“Not many players can play this game for 19 years and fit all the executives and (managers) at one table”

Zombie Steve

March 22nd, 2012
11:43 am

2nd greatest Braves player ever (only Hank was better) – Chipper’s a 1st ballot hall of famer, easy.

We will miss you bud! Thanks for 20 amazing years

BFanAlways

March 22nd, 2012
11:43 am

1st Class Player! Perfect example of a player playing for love of the game!

Slick Bic

March 22nd, 2012
11:44 am

Does anyone know how to get a weed eater started that has been sitting in the basement all winter? Thanks

cabravesfan

March 22nd, 2012
11:45 am

Wow…never thought I’d hear Chipper get so choked up…

Anthony

March 22nd, 2012
11:46 am

Why not retired now?? You’re going to miss 35 to 45 games like you have for the last 8yrs!!!!!

ncscoots

March 22nd, 2012
11:46 am

no, murph. our full time 3rd baseman is already on the team. martin prado.

I mostly agree with that, but, still…depends on where availability meets need. If they look for a banger (and they probably should), then you have to at least kick the tires on a trade for a 3B who can slug. If no such thing, then an OF who can slug.

(But they spent plenty of years looking for an OF slugger, already. No guarantee they’ll find one just because the calendar turns.)

TennesseePaul

March 22nd, 2012
11:48 am

no, murph. our full time 3rd baseman is already on the team. martin prado. shopping list will include a LF and a CF.

So then basically there’s only CFt. This team doesn’t sign Left Fielders.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

March 22nd, 2012
11:49 am

It’ll really start to hit everybody hard come next spring when he’s not there. As a player anyway. I hope he comes in a special instructor of some kind or maybe even a coach. Chipper equals Braves.

Reid in EAV

March 22nd, 2012
11:49 am

If you aren’t rushing to buy tickets to the last home game RIGHT NOW, I sincerely doubt your fandom (unless you are in Japan or Antarctica or somesuch.) I remember watching Craig Biggio go out after an entire career with the Astros and telling myself, wow, I really hope we get to do that with Chipper when the time comes.

Zach J

March 22nd, 2012
11:49 am

Thanks, Chip. Gonna miss watching you play.

Susan V

March 22nd, 2012
11:49 am

I read this article with tears in my eyes. I have been a Braves fan since they came to Atlanta in 1966. We have seen so many great players come through this organization. And I am most proud of Larry “Chipper” Jones. He has always put his whole heart into the game and into the Braves. He has always lead by example. I am excited to see that he wants to continue with the Braves francise. That is something I have always wanted to see happen. I have always believed that Chipper was a great leader and his experience can continue to benefit America’s Braves if he stays.

TennesseePaul

March 22nd, 2012
11:49 am

No guarantee they’ll find one just because the calendar turns.

Please. This 2012 team got better from the 2011 team simply because the calendar turned. ( :

ncscoots

March 22nd, 2012
11:49 am

Does anyone know how to get a weed eater started that has been sitting in the basement all winter?

Did you leave gas in it all winter? Drain it and put in new gas. Clean the air filter. Put in a new spark plug.

TDub

March 22nd, 2012
11:50 am

Great player, great Brave. He will be missed. On more practical terms, his leaving in 2013 frees up a lot of $ to help sign both McCann and Bourn, especially if Terdo or Salcedo emerges in the minors this year…

Soph

March 22nd, 2012
11:51 am

Damn, I missed the press conference.

Murph

March 22nd, 2012
11:51 am

So, with Chipper’s option being a definite no, how much money will the Braves have to spend next offseason? I know it all depends on who they go out and get this season at the deadline, but there must be a ballpark figure to start off with based on a $90mil budget.

Ilovethebraves

March 22nd, 2012
11:51 am

Chipper, you’re the best. Have a great season!
Go Braves!

Juan

March 22nd, 2012
11:52 am

MLBN or ESPN didn’t show Chipper live Press conf….wow a Hall of Famer….if a Jeter or another Yankee or Boston announce his retirement i think they will do it. Shame of you MLBN/ESPN

CB

March 22nd, 2012
11:52 am

Chipper, you didn’t owe anyone on this this blog or in the stands or watching on TV anything but effort. Yet you gave us so much, from the 1st day I saw you I became a fan. One of the sweetest swings baseball has ever known and one of the greatest 3rd baseman and switch hitters to ever play. I believe out of the great players who I have seen play I will miss you the most, I will most certainly miss the shoulder tuck as you ran the bases.

hank57

March 22nd, 2012
11:52 am

Chipper has to be mentioned in the “Greatest Brave Ever” conversation, along with Hank Aaron (#1), Warren Spahn, and maybe Eddie Matthews.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

March 22nd, 2012
11:52 am

Anthony, it’s called respect for his team and most of the fans with a brain. You don’t call retirement this late in spring when one guy (Prado) is your only legit everyday backup. And he already has a position which would have to be left to one of Diaz or Hinske. Diaz or Hinske? No thanks. That’d leave Wren scrambling for another good hitter with very little budget this time in the spring. He wouldn’t find a imapct bat I don’t think.

tu87

March 22nd, 2012
11:53 am

Because of the steroid era when other guys were juiced, Chipper was one of the most underrated players in the game.

vesaversa

March 22nd, 2012
11:53 am

I have watch Chipper through his entire baseball career and i can say he have given my family a lot of joy watching him play .

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