Chipper will retire at end of season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — This will be it for Chipper Jones.

The Braves’ future Hall of Fame third baseball announced today that the 2012 season will be his last. The Jones played all 18 years with the Braves, who made him the No. 1 pick of the 1990 draft, where he won a World Series and a National League MVP award.

Jones, 40, 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.

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, a seven-time All-Star, are discussing a yet-to-be-determined role with team following the season.

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 Award 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 behind Mantle’s 536 and Eddie Murray’s 504 career home runs by a switch-hitter.

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Steve

March 22nd, 2012
10:05 am

JM

March 22nd, 2012
10:06 am

Jim Bitner

March 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

Thanks for the years Chipper!

ssiscribe

March 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

Thank you Chipper.

Spyro

March 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

Adrian

March 22nd, 2012
10:08 am

Hopefully the team can send him on in style with a playoff appearance.

Quilvio Veras

March 22nd, 2012
10:08 am

Thank you, Chipper.

Spyro

March 22nd, 2012
10:08 am

I guess his time had to come at some point. Thanks Chip.

wordy

March 22nd, 2012
10:08 am

thanks for the baseball Chipper. You da man.

kerfeld

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

Better late than never, Chipper!

George Stein

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

What a helluva career he has had. Look forward to seeing number 10 up there next to 44, 3, 47, etc.

Get your flights for Cooperstown for July 2018.

Homer the Brave

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

At the rate Chipper is declining he might be done by the end of March 2012.

urban redneck

March 22nd, 2012
10:10 am

we’ll miss you, larry.

watch out for those holes walking to your deer stand in the dark.

GaDawg

March 22nd, 2012
10:10 am

1st ballot HOF. Let’s send him out with a World Series Championship, I can dream!

JS

March 22nd, 2012
10:10 am

Now he can start his career as Manager for Hooters.

ljlj

March 22nd, 2012
10:10 am

fnally some good news

Fish Bisch

March 22nd, 2012
10:10 am

I love you chipper.

Boat

March 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

Let’s hope he has one more good season and that the Braves can send him out in style!

Dave

March 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

1st Ballot Hall of Fame. Thanks Chipper!

Replace Chipper

March 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

Well…I guess its good that we didn’t trade Prado. Braves are cheap and they probably think they already have their 3B of the future in LF.

Dave

March 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

A class act … he will be missed by the game

Bill

March 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

My favorite player..but damn glad to see Braves will keep him in organization. Wish he would be new manager!
Hope he has a great year to go out on ..Thanks Chipper for all the excitement and fun. Go Braves!

BCS Tiger

March 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

Chipper will be missed. Another legend gone from the Braves.

Peadawg

March 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

Even though you’re a Gator fan (I will never forget College Gameday)…thanks Chipper!

FL Jacket

March 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

Thanks Larry!

Closely behind Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray as the best switch-hitter ever to play the game…

SSIgator

March 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

“the Braves and Jones have expressed interest in rejoining the organization in a yet-to-be-determined capacity after 2012″

Rumor has it that he will be the team marriage counselor and also double as the Hooters special events co-ordinator for Braves Night Out.

DB

March 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

Thanks for being a Brave your whole career! Thanks for autographing for everyone in line (including my son) 2 weeks ago at Disney! Class act, first ballot no doubt!

NorthGaDawg

March 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

Thanks for the memories Chipper. I’ve followed you all the way. Hope that future position is as hitting coach!

Jose

March 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

I look forward to the Braves retiring his number. And I really appreciate he’s one of those rare guys to play his entire career with one team.

Sad Sack

March 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

Hope he makes it through this season first!

Brian from SC

March 22nd, 2012
10:12 am

The second longest-tenured uniformed Brave is currently Tim Hudson, who made his debut with the Braves in 2005.

Chipper is the last remaining link to the Braves of my childhood.

oldschooldog

March 22nd, 2012
10:13 am

Work, Chipper!

Kaley Fornia

March 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

Trade him to the Mets!!!

Lise P.

March 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

Buh-bye Larry!!!

therut

March 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

Smart-Smart move. thanks for everything Chipper!

Heisenberg

March 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

2012 mission statement…….Win one for the Chipper.

ATLBrave

March 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

New Manager?

iliketacos

March 22nd, 2012
10:14 am

Beat the rush, Larry. Pack up your locker and get out now!!!!!!! But we know you won’t be in a hurry to leave, you can’t even hustle to first base on a grounder!!!!!! Good Ridance!!!!!!!

slugger

March 22nd, 2012
10:15 am

JS your an idiot.

I saw sid slide

March 22nd, 2012
10:15 am

Your the best chipper… Thanks

Smitty

March 22nd, 2012
10:15 am

To do list….
Paint sign to show retired #10
Make cast for statue outside of stadium
Make cast for bronze bust in Cooperstown
Change name of “Ted” to “The house that Chipper and Bobby built”

R

March 22nd, 2012
10:15 am

Cooperstown may soon be calling you, Larry.

CrαZy

March 22nd, 2012
10:15 am

Me too Brian!!

David Tulis

March 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

Thanks to Chipper for his skill, service and community involvement as a Brave-what an awesome run!
And hats off to the Braves for keeping Chipper in Atlanta as one of the team’s key faces through the 90’s, 2000’s and 2010’s!

mattie fagan

March 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

Promises, promises.

therut

March 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

Don’t ever forget, although he made tons of money, he could have gotten even more by going elsewhere.

Random Braves Commenter on DOB Blog

March 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

Wait….he’s still playing?

Hooters!

March 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

Taking up a roster space, he should have quit a year or two ago.

Bubba

March 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

This is the most idiotic thing. You media hounds push and push until you get an answer. The season hasn’t even started yet and you just want him to say he will retire. Let the season play out.. it’s a long way to October and what if the Braves go deep in the playoffs and Chipper wants one more run at it.. Do you really want this guy to be a Brett Farvre and continue to change his mind on an hourly basis. Chipper is a class act.. Do what you need to do Chipper.. You’ve earned the right to make your own CHOICE! I love you man!!

Rick

March 22nd, 2012
10:16 am

Tell them one thing for me coach. “Let’s win one for the Chipper.”

Fred

March 22nd, 2012
10:17 am

Good for you Chipper! Glad to see a class act till the end! I am glad you are announcing now so the league can give you the farewell tour you deserve. (I am sure the Met’s especially will be glad to see you go :-) )
Thanks for all the wonderful memories. I hope 2012 will give you one more World Series ring!

richbrave

March 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

CHIPPER……….what’s to be said. You were among the very best of an elite group of BRAVES players throughout the history of American professional baseball. I have been most fortunate to be witness to many of them, EDDIE MATHEWS, WARREN SPAHN, LEW BURDETTE, HANK AARON, DALE MURPHY, TOM GLAVINE, GREG MADDUX, JOHN SMOLTZ BRIAN MCCANN, and CHIPPER JONES.

Thanx for the memories. Thanx for giving up your body. Here’s to healing up, and continuing with the BRAVES as a batting coach. Sure wish you’d give private lessons. I’d love for my grandson’s to receive one.

bravesgrl4life

March 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

Has there been any other player that spent his entire career with the Braves? Chipper is the last link to the 1995 Championship Team. His retirement will mean the end of a Braves era, just like Bobby’s did a couple of years ago.

Thank you, Chipper, for giving us so many years of good baseball. I will be there the night #10 is retired, and will be in Cooperstown when you go in on your first ballot.

Random Braves Commenter on DOB Blog

March 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

Could have gotten more money? What is this Saint Chipper? The Braves paid him serious money, where winning at the time and he was playing for one of the best managers in the history of baseball who drafted in out of high school. Please stop with the semantics.

"G"

March 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

CHIPPER…I would tell my wife all the time that you are the “MAN” Now you can be the BRAVES hitting coach with you smooth swing. PEACE MY BROTHER!

tenaciousd

March 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

Over/under 100 losses this season? It will be very close.

Ray

March 22nd, 2012
10:19 am

Thanks Chipper. Stay by the phone. Cooperstown will be calling shortly.

beachcomber

March 22nd, 2012
10:19 am

Face of the Braves. Modified contract to allow us to keep other stars. Moved to LF to accommodate Vinny. Gutted it out through a lot of injuries. First ballot Hall of Famer. Every franchise should be so lucky to have a Chipper Jones for 19 years.

Big Chief

March 22nd, 2012
10:19 am

Thank goodness -though at least a year or two later than he should’ve retired. What to do with all that money. $27MM will come off the books between Chipper and D Lowe. Bet Liberty just pockets it though.

Alan

March 22nd, 2012
10:19 am

I know Chipper gets bashed alot on here but in this time of free agency at least he stayed with the same team. The past few seasons have not been his best but he had a great career and it will not be the same with Chipper gone. Thanks for the years, the memories, and sticking it to the Mets when the fans would holler Larry. Chipper owned Shea stadium and even named his kid Shea. Good luck Chipper you will be missed

Ryan

March 22nd, 2012
10:19 am

We’ll miss you HOSS. What a ride.

Mert

March 22nd, 2012
10:19 am

A class act that will be missed. A great example of a team player!

BigTimeTECHFan

March 22nd, 2012
10:20 am

Wow, I remember him coming up out of the farm system as the next great SS in baseball. Then the injury to the knee was supposed to kill his career, then the move to outfield, 3rd, OF, 3rd The pennant run against the Mets when he carried the Braves (with good pitching).

For sure an All-Time great Brave, would be great to see him retire with 1 more great year, MVP…………………World Series……………………

bravesgrl4life

March 22nd, 2012
10:20 am

Smitty

March 22nd, 2012
10:15 am
To do list….
Paint sign to show retired #10
Make cast for statue outside of stadium
Make cast for bronze bust in Cooperstown
Change name of “Ted” to “The house that Chipper and Bobby built”

That’s a bittersweet to-do list there. I really like the last item. Without those two, who knows how many of us would be fans?

Coach (2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)

March 22nd, 2012
10:20 am

Wow, I’m stunned and yet not surprised. Most of us kind of expected that the end was near, but it’s still a shock to the system. Lord am I gonna miss seeing Chipper in uniform, and yes, it has been one hell of a privilege to have seen his entire career.

Artie

March 22nd, 2012
10:21 am

He’s several years past due!!!

SSIgator

March 22nd, 2012
10:22 am

And so the final act of the Cox & Friends era is about to play out. Maybe after this year they will change the motto of the team: The Atlanta Braves – Do Less With More

therut

March 22nd, 2012
10:22 am

Got to thinking about this. Didn’t M.Jordan, Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, (15-20 boxers) and tons of other football and basketball players retire and then renege? Chipper don’t be one of those.

Dawg '88

March 22nd, 2012
10:22 am

to the ones making light of this situation and making fun of Chipper or making other derogatory remarks…GET A LIFE and QUit bothering to be here. You must be one bored/ignorant/unintelligent lot!

IjIj or whoever you are and Larry’s 1st….well you know….go take a long walk on a short pier….stupid/ignorant knownothings!

Chipper Jones
Hall of Fame 2017!

Charlie

March 22nd, 2012
10:22 am

Chipper,

You have been my all-time favorite Brave. Congrats on a wonderful career. I wish you the best.

TDC

March 22nd, 2012
10:23 am

YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathy

March 22nd, 2012
10:23 am

My heart is heavy today. We all knew this day was coming, but it still hurts to read/hear that this is it for him. He’s been a part of my life every summer night since he came to the Braves and I’ll miss his beautiful swing, his leadership, his infectious smile, and the way he talks out of one side of his mouth. See you in Cooperstown in 5 years, Chipper! Thanks for the memories!

zgoldatl

March 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

Im 25 & an Atlanta native, so I grew up on Chipper Jones. As a current season ticket holder, and a lifelong fan, I want to say, thank you Chipper for all the memories. Let’s make a few more this year.

Eric

March 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

Haters gonna hate. Typical comments.

Here’s to one final year. Will be sure to make the drive to a game this season.

perk

March 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

helluva ball player!

braves hawk

March 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

Lets give a hip hip hurra for the Chip!!! Well done man!! Next the HOF and Cooperstown

Met Fan

March 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

Charles

March 22nd, 2012
10:24 am

Class and loyalty –traits not often seen in today’s players. But Chipper is a throw back to the players who played because they like to play. Glad he is going to be a Brave for life, going out on his terms and will be around to help other future Braves. Now he can go ahead and enjoy the season ahead. Go Braves

MJ

March 22nd, 2012
10:25 am

My childhood baseball days have just come to an end.

don

March 22nd, 2012
10:25 am

his announcement is a year or two late in coming.

therut

March 22nd, 2012
10:26 am

How could I have left out Brett Farve?

Dawg '88

March 22nd, 2012
10:27 am

Artie….”several years past due”.

You mean like the year he won the batting title?
Really…do you have any facts or knowledge of baseball to back up that comment? Of course not!

Who would have taken his place and produced numbers that would have made a difference? No answer right?
Find another place to bore someone

Buzz Capra Was The Best

March 22nd, 2012
10:27 am

Thanks for the memories Chipper. Too bad for the injuries or he would have had 500 homers, but I think he’s a lock for the Hall of Fame.

bravesgrl4life

March 22nd, 2012
10:28 am

I hope Chipper goes out there this year and tears it up to shut up all the haters. Give ‘em hell, Hoss!

WinOne4theChipper!!!!!

March 22nd, 2012
10:28 am

Win one for the Chipper!!!!!!

You are a class act and will be missed! Thank you for your many years of Atlanta Braves Excitement! I hope to see you back in ‘13 and many more years as a permanent Braves fixture. I would like to see you return as our hitting coach and later as manager of the Atlanta Braves!

I hope we can send you out with a 2012 World Series Champion!

God bless you Chipper!

Geo. from Augusta!

jch

March 22nd, 2012
10:28 am

Good for Chipper announcing it now and controlling how he finishes his career. This allows the team an entire season to prepare.

Not sure about the new hitting coach but sure would love to see Chipper involved in this in some way.

Finally

March 22nd, 2012
10:28 am

It’s about damn time! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. BUH BYE!

Jesus

March 22nd, 2012
10:28 am

Truly a sad day in the history of the Atlanta Braves. I can easily say he will forever be my favorite Brave of all time. Thank you Mr. Jones for all of the memories. I cannot wait to see you in the HOF in five years.

And to all of you haters I’ll say this: You wish you could have been as productive in your life at something for 20 years. All of you make your comments to feel better about your miserable little lives. It’s fans like you that don’t go to games and only critize but never praise. Go and cheer for a NY team because we don’t need you.

jch

March 22nd, 2012
10:29 am

Tickets for the last few home games just got REALLY scarce!

Notso Fast

March 22nd, 2012
10:29 am

Chipper has been a good one. I’m glad we know when he is leaving and the Braves can start getting his replacement ready. No worry about his at bats this year to qualify for another contract. Thank you Chipper.

TDC

March 22nd, 2012
10:29 am

Artie

March 22nd, 2012
10:21 am
He’s several years past due!!!

co-sign

WinOne4theChipper!!!!!

March 22nd, 2012
10:30 am

Correction, “I hope we can send you out as a 2012 World Champion”

Rusty

March 22nd, 2012
10:30 am

Hopefully the role he will be playing after this year is as hitting coach or at least a position where he will be around to help guys who are struggling.

Maybe he’ll be able to stay healthy and end his career with a .300 season w/ a bunch of big hits and homers….

SSIgator

March 22nd, 2012
10:30 am

bravesgrl4life and Kathy -

Do you two work at the same Hooters?

ncgary

March 22nd, 2012
10:31 am

in an ever changing world
here is one more cataclysmic event to have to deal with
go braves
go chipper

Josh

March 22nd, 2012
10:32 am

“iliketacos” – you sir (or ma’am) are a moron.

ncgary

March 22nd, 2012
10:32 am

ncscoots
word of the day
cataclysmic

joe

March 22nd, 2012
10:32 am

Gee, what are we going to do without a .270 hitter with almost no power left batting in the 3 hole next year. wonder if we can find something constructive to do with that $15 millon dollars ?

john1010

March 22nd, 2012
10:33 am

Thanks for the memories, Chipper! I hope this last year goes well for you!

Kathy

March 22nd, 2012
10:34 am

SSIgator, ignorant sexist comments become you ;)