Chipper Jones To Retire Following 2012 Season

Chipper Jones' 19th season in the Major Leagues will also be the final one of his career. The Braves announced that their 39-year-old third baseman will retire following the 2012 campaign.

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Larry Wayne 'Chipper' Jones has been a fixture in the Braves' organization ever since then-GM Bobby Cox selected him first overall in the 1990 draft. He leads all active players in service with one club, and it sounds as though he'll remain involved with the Braves after he stops playing. The Braves and Jones have expressed mutual interest in continuing to work together in future years. 

Jones' credentials are worthy of the Hall of Fame. The seven-time All-Star won the 1999 National League MVP Award and the 2008 NL batting title. He also has 454 home runs, 1561 RBI, more walks (1455) than strikeouts (1358), and a .304/.402/.533 career batting line. Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504) are the only switch hitters with more career home runs.

Jones' contract included a 2013 club option for $7MM that would have become guaranteed at $9MM if Jones had played 123 games in 2012. The BB Abbott client earned upwards of $155MM as a Major Leaguer, according to Baseball-Reference.

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62 Comments on "Chipper Jones To Retire Following 2012 Season"


3 years 4 months ago

Congrats Chipper on a great career.  Hall of Famer and definitely wish you nothing but success this season.  Just make sure you don’t negatively impact my Yankees ;).

twenty1thirteen
3 years 4 months ago

No surprise here. Great career Larry had. Good luck.

gmenfan
3 years 4 months ago

 Laaaaaarrrrryyyyyy. Laaaaaaaaarrrrrrrryyyyy.

3 years 4 months ago

Chipper, I have followed you from day 1 of your career and I have to say it’s been a great ride for me. You, sir, have a lot to be proud of and certainly a lot to be thankful for. Looking forward to your HOF induction ceremony! Thanks for all those years CJ!!!

Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 4 months ago

Played for only the Braves, and had a hall of fame career. Hopefully his farewell tour can generate a little more traffic at the stadium because our attendance in Atlanta is awful. Much to be celebrated, and best of luck to him following baseball.

coreybishop
3 years 4 months ago

Here’s to an MVP season! Party like it’s 1999 Chipper!

3 years 4 months ago

What a career, first ballot all the way!

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

It’s a good thing i live an hour away from cooperstown because i will be there for his HOF induction. Thanks for all the memories Chipper, you’re my favorite athlete, you have always have been and you always will be. Let’s make this last year a good one!!!

KJ4realz
3 years 4 months ago

Even though he was a Brave, I respect the career Chipper had. A quiet great.

j6takish
3 years 4 months ago

Laaaaaarrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy

3 years 4 months ago

*Chipper hits a home run off nameless mets pitcher, trots around bases with smirk on his face, names kid after former mets stadium, rides off into HOF sunset*

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

lol

$3866193
3 years 4 months ago

First-ballot HOF.  Thanks for all the memories, Chip.

jwick18
3 years 4 months ago

glad he gave everybody a heads up. now he can have a farewell tour… wonder if the mets sill pony up after all the years he tormented them

Colin Christopher
3 years 4 months ago

I’m a Braves fan, and could never root for the Mets, but the Mets have knowledgable fans who appreciate great competitors…even ones who killed them over the years. Other than his final home game, I’d bet on Chipper’s greatest send-off happening in NY. After all, no NL fans should be happier to see him go.

Lastings
3 years 4 months ago

He will always be “Larry” in NY…

michael hughes
3 years 4 months ago

Without a doubt my favorite taunt of all time.

3 years 4 months ago

End of an era – appreciate the fact that as Brave’s fans, we got to watch one of the best third basemen ever to play the game on a daily basis.

Eduardo Medina
3 years 4 months ago

Come on Chipper, let´s make 20 years of service instead of 19…sound better eh?

3 years 4 months ago

Met fans everywhere rejoice! 

mateodh
3 years 4 months ago

Chipper’s great, wish him all the best.

So who takes over at 3rd? Uggla? Prado? I don’t remember them having a legit 3B prospect since Andy Marte. I’m guessing there are no Ryan Zimmermans in the draft, either. Might be a decent time to inquire on Mike Olt or Zack Cox.

3 years 4 months ago

People seem to love Terdoslavich, though I don’t think he’ll be ready in a year.

NickinIthaca
3 years 4 months ago

You’re a Terdoslavich…

Sorry I couldn’t resist

MB923
3 years 4 months ago

Great career Chip. Easily in the top 3 switch hitters of all time with Rose and Mantle.

Maverick60
3 years 4 months ago

Booking my trip to the ted for late this season, and putting money aside for the trip to cooperstown in a few years. I’ve been to a Braves game every year of Chippers career when they come to the west coast, and it’s usually seats down the third base line. I’ve enjoyed growing up rooting for Chipper Jones and the Braves, and it’s going to be different without himon the roster.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 4 months ago

same here. Going down for a week or so in August and someone is giving me a ride to cooperstown because I would assume that the parking there for HOF weekend is horrendous

Lucas Carr
3 years 4 months ago

Its been a good one Chipper “Hooters” Jones but I will be glad to see whos next.  Hopefully that 15 mill. will go to get us some power and consistency in the lineup.

coreybishop
3 years 4 months ago

This off season is going to be pretty interesting, with even more money coming off the books for the Braves now!