Chipper Jones Leaning Toward Retirement

Chipper Jones confirmed in a press conference this afternoon that he is leaning toward retiring at season's end, tweets Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The switch-hitting veteran says he won't address the subject again until after the season, in part because he doesn't want to overshadow Bobby Cox's retirement (Twitter link). In a blog entry for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, David O'Brien provides an entire transcript of Chipper's comments.

Chipper's performance so far this year (.234/.378/.366) represents his worst statistical season since becoming a full-time player in 1995. However, his career numbers remain Hall of Fame-worthy: .306/.406/.537 and 430 home runs in nearly 9500 plate appearances.

After 2010, the 38-year-old will have earned over $141MM throughout his major league career, according to Baseball-Reference. He'd be leaving plenty of money on the table if he decides to retire after this season though, as his current contract would pay him at least another $28MM through 2012, along with potential performance bonuses and a 2013 club option.


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11 Comments on "Chipper Jones Leaning Toward Retirement"


ReverendBlack
5 years 2 months ago

“The switch-hitting veteran says he won’t address the subject again until after the season”

Doubt. It.

EdinsonPickle
5 years 2 months ago

Man it will be sad watching him go. I don’t know how others feel but I think it’s always sad watching players you’ve grown up watching hang em up once and for all.

philpbarnes
5 years 2 months ago

Yep, feel the same. Junior and Chipper in the same year? :-(

Ferrariman
5 years 2 months ago

one of the classiest players. ever. in this day and age, its nice to see some superstar players sticking with just one team.

jdub220
5 years 2 months ago

Fitting that Chipper and Bobby will retire together.

bbq1959
5 years 2 months ago

Chipper so just retire and let the Braves use his spot for someone that can produce. He is just taking up bench space. He is washed up.

5 years 2 months ago

1st off Chipper is great and a 1st ballet HOF’er in my book, but he can’t over shadow one of the greatest coaches in the history of baseball (Regular season anyways).

That will be a tremendous HOF class if Jr., Chipper, and Cox’s all go in the same year.

I realize I’m getting old when all my favorite players are retiring or being forced out for steroid use. I have a great memory of always trading for Chipper on Sega’s Triple Play ’97 Gold edition.

What if Manny were to retire this year too. Would he be a HOF’er even though he got popped for roids? Talk about 3 guys that could rake!!!

5 years 2 months ago

Pettitte might go out too

johnsilver
5 years 2 months ago

Wouldn’t it be something if Moyer decided to retire after this year also? What a year for outstanding guys to be on the ballot at the same time. Granted, Moyer probably has -0- chance to make it (except for old timers elect), but still, a ballot that would have for 1st time, Griffey Jr, Jones, Pettite and Moyer may be one of the best ever.

5 years 2 months ago

I’m gonna modify a quote from a very famous cross-dresser. “LEAVE CHIPPER ALONE!!!”… ahem. Wish the media could actually just let this simmer until after the season.

inkstainedscribe
5 years 2 months ago

O’Brien made a smart comment about this. Chipper will continue to be asked about his retirement throughout the season, but by saying he won’t talk about it now, it’s possible that his teammates (and Cox) will not be asked. It remains a distraction for him, not so much for everyone else.