Chipper Jones on his non-announcement: ‘In good time’

Chipper Jones cheeses it up with Matt Ryan before the game. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Chipper cheeses it up with Matt Ryan before the game. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Chipper Jones met the media after the Braves beat Tampa Bay on Wednesday, and the man who prides himself on making statements of substance was apologetic about his inability to provide more clarity about the state of his retirement. “The only thing that’s frustrating,” he said, “is that y’all are asking questions I’m not ready to answer.”

Then this: “Everybody knows I’ve been contemplating this for a long time, but I’m not ready to commit. And, pardon my French, but I’ll wait until I’m damn good and ready to answer questions.”

Negotiations with the Braves remain ongoing, though it’s unclear about exactly what. Said Jones: “I hold the cards. That’s what any player wants — to go out on his own terms. I’d like to be given the courtesy to talk out things with the organization, and when I get those answers I’ll be able to answer your questions.”

Why the holdup? “We’re on this,” Jones said. “We’re trying to do this as expeditiously as possible. The last thing I want is to be a distraction. [His teammates] have to understand I’m in a little bit of a pickle here. But, in good time.”

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[...] has announced his retirement. Chipper stands to announce his any day now. (After Wednesday’s game he said: “In good time.”) Yes, there’s symmetry there. As general manager, Cox drafted Jones No. 1 overall in June [...]

Mike Jay

June 16th, 2010
10:49 pm

Matt could be his younger brother in that picture.

Mark Bradley

June 16th, 2010
10:49 pm

There is a resemblance, is there not?

tr

June 16th, 2010
11:13 pm

What if… Chipper’s negotiating to retire as a player and become Bobby’s successor???

Gary Heckman

June 16th, 2010
11:16 pm

For crying out loud, give the guy some time. For years and years he has been gracious enough to speak with the media, day in and day out. Don’t you think we at LEAST owe him some space?

Red Brooks

June 16th, 2010
11:17 pm

Chipper’s game has gone down since the, let’s call it “Barry Bonds” era.

Red Brooks

June 16th, 2010
11:18 pm

Gary,

For the money he makes he gave up his space!

labo2000

June 16th, 2010
11:25 pm

I’m telling you tr, I’ve been thinking the exact same thing.

Watching him on the bench, I could definitely see him being a coach or manager of some kind. Might he be angling for a player-coach role to finish out the season, with a promotion to follow??

JRW7

June 16th, 2010
11:26 pm

Does Chipper realize he is not the player he use to be And sitting on a $28 contract is not good for the TEAM?

Gary Heckman

June 16th, 2010
11:27 pm

Red – Wow!

“let’s call it “Barry Bonds” era.”?

That is a pretty stong insinuation. Care to say what is really on your mind?

JRW7

June 16th, 2010
11:28 pm

Excuse me , I mean $28 million.

Gary Heckman

June 16th, 2010
11:34 pm

JRW7 – I think he does realize both that he is not the player he once was, AND the amount of money left on his contract is not good for the team. I think that is why he is doing what he is doing.

nola braves fan

June 16th, 2010
11:35 pm

you always make sense of this crazy world bradley. what are the negotiating? buyout? re-structure of this year’s $ so they can go get a trade piece? It just am missing something here, why does he “hold all the cards”?

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Red Brooks

June 16th, 2010
11:40 pm

Gary,

Chipper’s body doesn’t repair quite so easily any more, does it? It is a fair discussion.

ACE OF HEARTS

June 16th, 2010
11:42 pm

I don’t think Chipper wants to play for another manager. Someone else may not keep putting his name on the lineup card with the stats he has now. I just hope he can go out on his own terms and he doesn’t have the Glavine and Smoltz thing happen.

Gary Heckman

June 16th, 2010
11:48 pm

No he doesn’t heal as good as he once did and that is a fair discussion. I know when I reached my late thirties my body slowed in healing too. But casually comparing Chipper’s decline to the “Barry Bonds era” certainly seemed as if you were pointing fingers at something else. If I misunderstood, I apologize. If I didn’t misunderstand, then you should.

Rob

June 16th, 2010
11:54 pm

Now there is somethign that hasn’t crossed my mind nola, but restructuring his deal, that is a real possibility. Good work there. It might just be that. I mean if he retires, he pretty much forfeits his last pay. Team won’t be responsible for that, so what is there really to discuss? That would be sweet, and it isn;t unprecedented. Split the years, take a few mill of what he would have been paid next year and put it towards one of those “he’s moving to the front office” BS things, and maybe, just maybe, he and Cox go out a winner. That would sure shut all the haters up. I think forfeiting money would be worth that alone.

bob

June 16th, 2010
11:58 pm

Despite Chipper, I am starting to drink the Braves Kool-Aid this year

Rob

June 17th, 2010
12:02 am

And again, as for the steroids crap, I don’t know for sure of course, but I seriously doubt it. I see no evidence whatsoever, and never really have. You know, it is possible for dudes to be really good baseball players. HE was a #1 pick. His numbers are pretty reflective of what a great player was in the 70’s and 80’s. I have no idea why people post the insinuation on here. It’s really pretty pathetic. And BTW, McGriff? He got robbed. Basically, he was clean (I am pretty positive of this) but he gets no love becasue he didn;t juice and had real stats. Basically, he was Eddie Murray. Check the stats. But he gets screwed because of the obvious steroid freaks from that time.

DiamondbackMac

June 17th, 2010
12:04 am

Red Brooks

My body doesn’t repail itself as fast as it once did either. It’s called ageing.

Gary Heckman

June 17th, 2010
12:05 am

I agree Bob – the koolaid is tasting pretty good this year. I hope to be drinking it late into October.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 17th, 2010
12:05 am

Why was it leaked he would retire if he didn’t.

DiamondbackMac

June 17th, 2010
12:11 am

CG

June 17th, 2010
12:11 am

Gary Heckman @ 11:48 pm

Well said.

Reid Adair

June 17th, 2010
12:14 am

I have to agree with Chipper on this one. He’ll say he’s retiring when he’s ready to retire. I don’t think he’s too concerned about when the media wants him to do it.

It’s really a shame that some “anonymous source” ran their mouth the other day.

Ross

June 17th, 2010
12:14 am

Oh do be still my fluttering heart..

Nahz-T

June 17th, 2010
2:02 am

Say what? Shame on an “anonymous source” for revealing insight into the potential retirement of Atlanta’s most prolific hitter of the past two decades? Are you serious? I love all the back woods “old school” types that make pathetic moral overtures for the civil rights of the modern day athlete on sports blogs. If only you all who devote as much dedication for justice in the sporting world would just treat it like what it is: entertainment. This has been a Nahz-T reality check.

turkeycaller

June 17th, 2010
4:07 am

Jones likes attention, always has. Braves team had another winning effort despite the play of Larry Jones .The majority of this team cares about playing pro ball and winning. They are and have been having to carry Larry Jones the entire season and are playing well enough to win despite that. If he wants to retire,and he should,then do it and let this team play ball.

Dr. Warren

June 17th, 2010
4:39 am

If Matt Ryan has an equivalent career to Chipper Jones, then you gotta think the Falcons will win at least one Super Bowl in the next 10 to 12 years.

MitchC

June 17th, 2010
5:54 am

As a career Brave, and a future Hall of Famer, Chipper deserves the right to go out on his own terms. I think everyone should just go about the business of reporting on hopefully as many Braves wins as possible, and let the Chipper thing sort itself out.

As amazing as it may seem, does anyone even realize that if Chipper retires this year, he will be the first Braves superstar and Hall of Famer, in a long time, to have played only for the Braves his entire career, and to retire a Brave? We know about all the rest. Hank Aaron retired after being with the Brewers. Phil Niekro went to the AL, before pitching that “Farewell game” with the Braves. Tom Glavine was with the Mutts for four years, and Greg Maddux finished up on the West Coast. Even Dale Murphy, the Braves icon of the 80s, finished his career with the Phils, and Rockies.

I’ll be sad to see Chipper retire, but I’m also proud that he;s stayed with the Braves for his whole career. Its not something you see much of anymore. It would seem that Jeter and Rivera will likely both retire as Yankees, and both are future Hall of Famers. Except for those three guys, very, very few Hall of Famers stay with one team their entire careers.

My bet is Chipper will retire this year. Just maybe, if the writers stop making such a big deal about it, he’ll surprise us with the timing, and announce it.

turkeycaller

June 17th, 2010
6:22 am

Jones begone.

T-MAN

June 17th, 2010
7:40 am

Hey Turkey,Chipper has given more to this team and organization than any modern player,he has restructured his contract to free up money,to improve the team…listen people.we are seeing the end of an era here,that may never happen again,with the passing of Glavine,Maddox,Smoltz,Chipper…these guys have brought such happiness to vast majority of Braves fans…you naysayers make me sick,you never appreciate anything good.Oh yea left out HOF manager Bobby Cox…thanks to all of you…Go Braves

Jeff

June 17th, 2010
8:07 am

Gary,

He is the one asking for all this publicity by meeting with the front office and making it public. Once again even when he sucks he still wants some type of headline. He has the biggest ego ever! Make the announcement today walk away today. Move Troy to third and bring up Freddie!

Jeff

June 17th, 2010
8:12 am

And one more thing, how arrogant and selfish is this moron to pull this sh*t while the rest of his TEAM is playing well and he just feeling sorry for himself because he SUCKS. Way to go team playier.

Let's Go Bravos!

June 17th, 2010
8:13 am

If CHipper does retire, that would free up a lot of extra money to sign someone. Who is a good third baseman that we could go after?

Walker, Texas Ranger

June 17th, 2010
8:16 am

Freddie’s batting 258 in Gwinnett, not ready yet. If you make a move it would be Hinske or Infante. And about “the Barry Bonds era” Chipper injured way too much for that to be the case, roids are to help get over injuries.

Time

June 17th, 2010
8:21 am

These idiots making accusations that Chipper was on the juice because now he can’t stay healthy need to go away. Guess what, he’s 37 years old, that’s what happens when you get to this age (I know, I’m the same age). Making up junk on a blog that slanders someone with absolutely zero proof shows more about the poster than it does the player.

My guess is these meeting with management have been designed to take care of the remaining contract. He’s said he doesn’t want the money. He doesn’t need the money as he’s made a ton and been wise about it. I think the meeting went more like Chipper going in and telling Wren and Cox he was done after this year, and that they could start thinking like the 28 million he’s owed over the two years is freed up money. Which could, allow them to to make a big move now to help this team win. Which I think is all that Chipper really wants. No coincedence that the rumors are now the Braves are out there shopping for a impact power corner infielder.

I still say the guy can hit and will have a couple month run of the old Chipper sometime this year. He still draws walks at a high rate, gets on base. So he isn’t exactly a black hole in the lineup even now with his struggles.

CanHewitt

June 17th, 2010
8:23 am

It’s extremely rare to see someone like Chipper even contemplating a retirement. What a man! He could be just like most athletes these days, keep his mouth shut and collect $28 mil for subpar performance for next 2 years. But he’s a proud man. He knows his body is not what it used to be and he can’t perform at a high level. He’d rather walk away from that much money. It’s truly refreshing.

DarenW

June 17th, 2010
8:39 am

Chipper, who seems more interested in winning than getting a check at this point, is probably waiting to get a firm commitment from the front office to get someone worthwhile added to the roster for the year. “You can have my paycheck, but I have some input on how you spend it.”
In my dream scenario, Chipper does a coach/manager/player gig over the rest of the season, and takes the gig as hitting coach in 2011, while TP moves over to Bobby’s spot on the bench. Chipper’s move frees up enough money to get someone that is not Nate MclOut for a serious 2010 run.

Just me

June 17th, 2010
8:47 am

If Chipper “doesn’t want to be a distraction” why doesn’t he just shut up and play, and oh yeah, make some kind of contribution to this team. I think he brought this out because the team is going well without him (thus no attention on him), and Cox retiring and having his farewell tour. I think Chipper was just looking for a little time in the spotlight and he got it.

collegeballfan

June 17th, 2010
8:53 am

Chipper has a contract for 28 million after this year. I would think the discussion is about what the Braves will do to “buy out” the remaining 2 years and allow Chipper to retire after this year. And, what Chipper will do for the organization in exchange for the buy out.
Five years after he retires he will be in Cooperstown.

The Braves should be planning some ceremonies. In the next 5 years Maddox, Glavine, Smoltz and Jones will all be inducted into the Hall of Fame. For the Atlanta Braves, this is big. I believe it works out one a year for 4 straight years. This correct Bradley?

Dr. Phil

June 17th, 2010
8:57 am

Shut up and play ball!

Don

June 17th, 2010
9:20 am

If he has made a decision and wants to announce it now is one thing. But if he has not made his decision or is not ready to announce it, then why is he even talking about it now. How can that be anything but disruptive?

Joey

June 17th, 2010
9:22 am

Chipper for manager in ‘11!!!!

He’s got the sitting-on-the-bench-during-games part down already!

Just kiddin. I think it would be great!

Don

June 17th, 2010
9:23 am

Walking away from 42 million guaranteed dollars (including this year) would be difficult for any player when it actually comes down to doing it, Chipper included.
Is he trying to negoitate for a buy-out or a position in the organization with an inflated salary. If that is it and is done, then the Braves haven’t gained that much – would still have a big hole in their salary budget.

Pookadoprelanderschitzel

June 17th, 2010
9:24 am

So, is he negotiating some kind of personal services contract?

CPA

June 17th, 2010
9:28 am

At $80,000 per game, Chipper, the sooner the better. Please?

CPA

June 17th, 2010
9:31 am

T-MAN, he didn’t give up anything! Restructuring his contract didn’t cost him a dime. He got every penny, dummy.

And he has been paid very well for what “he has given to this team and this organization.”

Hooters Girl

June 17th, 2010
9:33 am

I love Chipper!!