Chipper Jones Won’t Reconsider Retirement

Chipper Jones told reporters, including David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he is not having any second thoughts about his plan to retire at the end of the season, despite posting good numbers this year.

I thought I was fully capable of doing what I’m doing,” Jones said. “In fact, I told my agent [B.B. Abbott] in spring training. He told me, ‘You can’t back-track on this [retirement decision]. If you’ve got 20 homers and you’re hitting .300 and you’ve got 80 or 90 RBIs, you can’t second-guess yourself.’ And I said, well, I’m going to have those numbers, and I’m ready to leave. I’m ready to move on.

Jones is ready to move on from his age-40 season where he leads the Braves with a slash line of .320/.394/.513 plus a team-leading .907 OPS (only two points lower than Prince Fielder and just nine points lower than Josh Hamilton).

O'Brien writes that some around baseball have suggested Jones could play at least another season or two in the NL and possibly more in the AL, as being a designated hitter would save wear and tear on his surgically repaired knees. But, Jones isn't having any of it.

"It’s nice to have people saying that,” Jones said. “It’s nice that people aren’t saying, ‘You should have done it two or three years ago.’ The fact that people are saying I should stay, that I could still be effective, that’s kind of what I was shooting for. No matter what you do you’re not going to make everybody happy. I’ve got two wives that will attest to that.

Jones reiterated his intention to retire prior to the Braves' 6-1 win over the Astros, a game in which he scored the 1,600th run of his career while going 2-for-4 including a run-scoring double.

34 Responses to Chipper Jones Won’t Reconsider Retirement Leave a Reply

  1. davengmusic 3 years ago

    mad props to chip for keeping to his word. surefire HOF. good luck in the baseball afterlife from an astros fan.

  2. Going out on top. Ive hated Chipper ever since I became a Met fan but have always respected him. Others should follow his lead

  3. EdinsonPickle 3 years ago

    Way to go, Chipper!

  4. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    LAAAAAAAARRY!!!!! ='(
    He will be missed. Phenomenal career.
    Great professional. Hall of Famer.
    Class Act, far as Im concerned.

  5. Stimz 3 years ago

    I really hope he can retire with a ring.

  6. Colin Christopher 3 years ago

    Whether the Braves win it all or not, it’s so good to see Chipper going out while still playing at a high level. Anybody know how many guys have managed to put up a .900+ OPS in their age-40 (or older) season?

  7. diehardmets 3 years ago

    Hate him, won’t miss him, but I certainly respect him. Great career and classy finish not pulling a Favre with it.

  8. Karkat 3 years ago

    Chipper Jones is a boss. And I respect him for going out on his terms and ultimately doing it after a good year. I felt the same way about Mike Mussina. Can’t wait for Chipper’s HOF induction!

  9. Here’s a guy we take for granted. One of the best baseball players ever.

  10. Good. We didn’t need another Favre

    • CowboyJames 3 years ago

      Had to figure that name would come up in this thread. It’s a crying shame that every single time an athlete retires this has to be brought up.

  11. thekidfromyesterday 3 years ago

    I admit it’s a classy move but PLEASE even for one-day contracts or weekly contracts…

  12. sourbob 3 years ago

    This is what first ballot looks like.

  13. Always good to never overstay your welcome. I’ve seen too many stars overstay their welcome by a season or two. Chipper gets to walk away from the game instead of having the game walk away from him.

    He might be seen as a villain in New York, but unlike John Rocker, he got himself the villain tag much the way Reggie Miller did in basketball…putting a hurt on the Mets through his clutch play.

  14. Ryan 3 years ago

    As a Phillies fan, I am more than happy to see this guy go.

    But first and foremost as a baseball fan, I am going to miss the pleasure of watching Chipper play as often as I have. He is unquestionably one of the all-time greats, a great professional who played the game the right way, and a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer.

  15. start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

    Gotta admire a player who wants to leave on his own terms.

    It’s kinda funny, I think I still have baseball card of Chipper labelled “future star”.

  16. sox2727 3 years ago

    favorite non-White Sox player, I used to love watching the Braves on TBS back in the day. Top 5 3b of all-time, just wish he the Braves could’ve played the Sox in interleague so I could see him in person one final time

    • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      I don’t know about that, you have a few heavyweights there: Mike Schmidt, Brooks Robinson, Wade Boggs, Eddie Mathews, George Brett, and a few others I’m forgetting.

      • Andy Repinski 3 years ago

        Paul Moliter

      • sox2727 3 years ago

        He will retire as one of only 7 players with a .300/.400/.500 slash line

      • Michael Gardiner 3 years ago

        While I am a Braves fan based on all-around play I would say Chipper is anywhere #2 to 4. Robinson was great but did lack the offensive output to match his glove. Mike Schmidt is obviously #1 after that though Chipper and Brett are very comparable and Matthews is up there as well.

    • Andy Repinski 3 years ago

      Favorite Non-Brewer player as well. sad to see him go.

  17. Classy guy from day one…. gonna miss Chipper

  18. David Mata 3 years ago

    I don’t blame Chipper for retiring because his body has taken a beating from all of those injuries. It’s understandable even though he can still hit at such a high level. But going on to play for an AL team exclusively as a DH is sort of like semi-retirement.

  19. It’s nice as a Braves fan and as a baseball fan to see players retire with only one team to their name, he and Biggio both should be what modern players strive to be.

  20. Douglas Bath 3 years ago

    second greatest Braves third baseman of all-time. gotta love the 2 wives comment.

  21. JD Cotton II 3 years ago

    Chipper Jones is one of very few power hitters from the steroid era that we as fans haven’t had to worry about at any time. He played the game with heart and passion and the win, nothing else.
    I believe with time his career numbers from this time period along with his class acts as person and for being a roll model for children and adults will someday have him mentioned as one of the all time greats.
    Its been an absolute pleasure Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones. You will be missed the second you retire but in my books remembered forever.

    With much regards,
    A Fan

  22. We shall certainly miss you and I just hope the Braves can find a place for your experience, talent and class. whatever you do, you leave with the fan’s respect.

  23. Hard to argue these numbers

    Batting average     .304
    Hits     2,693
    Runs     1,600
    Doubles     544
    Home runs     464
    Runs batted in     1,609

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