The Atlanta Braves announced that Chipper Jones will go into retirement after 19 seasons with them. The third baseman will be retiring from Major League Baseball following the 2012 season.
Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones, Jr. fought back his tears as he announced that this would be his last season with the Braves.
“My dad told me one day I’d wake up and realize it’s just time,” Jones stated prior to his spring training game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday.
“I’m 100 percent behind this decision. There’s no hedging whatsoever,” he added.
Jones has been with Atlanta his entire career after they drafted him in 1990; he has 454 home runs, 1,561 RBI and a .304 career batting average. In addition, he won a World Series in 1995, and he is a seven-time All-Star who won in 1999.
“I think we’ve had a pretty good marriage over the years, don’t you think?” Jones laughed. “I never wanted to play anywhere else.”
In attendance for this announcement was former Braves manager Bobby Cox, current manager Fredi Gonzalez, general manager Frank Wren, team President John Schuerholz, Jones’s wife, their three children, and several Braves players.
“I want to get this out of the way. This has been weighing heavy on me for a long time and I want to put some finality to it.”