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Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:07 pm
Chipper Jones

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Chipper Jones will be 40 in April, but it may not be the last birthday he celebrates as an active player.

"As long as I stay healthy and I'm having fun, I'm going to keep going," Jones told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I sit here with three weeks to go before spring training and I'm not ready to say this is it."

The Braves hold a $7 million club option on Jones for 2013 that becomes a guaranteed $9 million with 123 games played this season. Jones played in 126 games last season, hitting .275/.344/.470 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI, making his first All-Star team since 2008. He didn't play in the game because he was on the DL after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, his second knee surgery in as many years.

Jones' contract calls for escalators that could add $1 million each for 128, 133, 138 and 140 games played in 2012. He signed a three-year extension worth $42 million for the 2010-12 seasons in 2009.

Jones suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2010, limiting him to 95 games, marking the first time since his late-season call-up in 1993 that he'd played in fewer than 100 games.

Jones told O'Brien that he had a scare about his right knee when it didn't feel right after the season and then he underwent an MRI after stepping in a hole while hunting. The MRI showed no damage and after rest, he said he's felt fine.

"I think if I struggle with the knee injuries again and I'm not having any fun, and if the team's struggling, obviously, I'll make that [retirement] decision when it hits me," Jones told O'Brien. "As of right now, I'm signed through the end of this year and we've got an option for next year. I'm certainly going to take everything into account, but my body will tell me when that day comes. It'll be cut and dried."

The Braves do have Martin Prado available to take over third base if Jones does call it quits. Prado, though, could be a free agent after the 2013 season. With Jones healthy most of last season, he played left field and first base in addition to third base. He can also play second. He's slated to be the team's starting left fielder for 2012.

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Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:47 am

Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

Heck I'm 55 and I know I can outrun Chipper, please these guys make so much money, why would they quit! All they do now is bow out with millions, no one cares if they are hurtin the team. There's more than hitting homeruns if you can't field or do the little things, like breaking up a DP, you are hurting the team. The braves will stink this year, Uggla and chipper and the others will struggle to score. The pitching better be lights out, or their lights will be out QUICK!

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:34 pm

Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

Funny, im a big chipper fan but everything quoted from that article screamed "its all about me".  Chipper, be a class act and retire with your head up, you are no longer an asset to this team.  Its too bad they didn't replace you this off season, the Braves always wait until its too late to replace players.  Sorry I have no sentimentality when it comes to millionaire ballplayers.  You have more money than 99 percent of the people on this planet and im not too worried  about the emotional scars you'll have when your finally replaced.  I really miss John Sheurholtz being the GM I think he was far superior to the one we have now.  Time to step down Chipper and give this team a real chance at another world series. 

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:48 pm

Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

A stellar athlete that knows what the game is about. He plays TEAM ball, not ME ball. A first ballot HOFer that is admired across both leagues. I hope he continues to succeed, best of luck to him!

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:18 pm

Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

even as a cardsfan, i've always admired chipper.
hope he still has some gas left in the tank,
and makes it through the 2012 season without the annual DL trip(s).

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:06 pm

Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

Chipper Jones is a credit to the Braves. He is a professional on the field and a gentleman off the field. An good example of a hard working, dedicated athlete that is a good role model for young kids. He also has more "stuff" to contribute and I, as a Braves fan, will welcome him on the field as long as he is willing to play. I trust his judgement about his own abilities to perform.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:07 pm

Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

If Jones can play, than he will play, but at a much lower, incentive laden contract. He would be a better fit in the AL as a dh, but I do not know if that will happen. If reaching 3000 hits is a goal, he will nit reach it as a part time third baseman. He could possibly reach it in the American League as a DH, but they are a dime a dozen. Talking about no scandals in his career, there was the pregnancy of the girl from Hooters while still married, but I am not his judge,. I wish Chipper all the luck in the future, but if the Braves are to win, they need a 3rd baseman that can play more than 100 games in a season. I do not seem to be uncaring, but loyalty will win no world series.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:08 pm

Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

To me Jones is like the Jeter of his team.  He has always conducted himself on and off the field the way a professional athlete should.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:50 pm

Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

Gordie Howe didn't have to hit a curve ball. 

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:23 pm

cash in

chipper's almost washed up, but he's making $15-$20 million for playing a game---why retire!  Keep the money train rolling!!!

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:18 pm

Chipper Jones not ready to retire yet

In Fantasy, an undrafted Larry at 3B is a steller fall back option.

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