Many of us remember the first time the young third baseman was inserted into our starting lineup at the start of the historic 1995 season. Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones has since been a fixture in Atlanta. He’s taken less money than he’d get elsewhere to stay with Atlanta and has been the backbone of our offense for 15 years. Chipper is the face of the Atlanta Braves.
Update: 12:16 PM – Chipper is reportedly leaning towards retirement if his performance doesn’t increase drastically to come up to his standards. He has mentioned to a couple of sources that he doesn’t want Bobby to feel like CJ should be starting when he’s performing like this. This is what all players should be like – selfless and able to recognize when they can’t contribute.
Chipper Jones, it is reported from two sources (and relayed by David O’Brien), is set to announce that he’ll be retiring from baseball at the end of the 2010 season. Chipper’s always wanted to retire when he feels that he can’t play up to his standards anymore, and now is the time. This year Chipper is hitting .228 with 3 HR and 22 RBI and has seen the bench for oblique issues and most recently a tweaked finger. He’s not playing up to his standards – a career .406 OBP and .306 BA. He also commented last week that the Braves could win without him and his replacements were filling in nicely.
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