Tag:Chipper Jones
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:57 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 1:29 pm

Report: Chipper Jones to retire

Chipper Jones As we discussed a couple of days ago , things have been absolutely miserable for Braves legend Chipper Jones, who led baseball in batting two years ago but currently has a .228 average.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Jones is meeting with team executives today and a meeting with reporters is scheduled to follow. Sources say Jones will announce that he's retiring at the end of the season.

The third baseman, a six-time All-Star and 1999 National League MVP, has 429 career home runs, 39th all-time. But he's hit just three this season and, at age 38, seems ready to acknowledge that time has caught up with him.

UPDATE: It looks like Jones has decided not to formally address the media and make an announcement.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 12, 2010 5:49 pm

What's wrong with Chipper Jones?

It's not exactly a surprise to see a hitter have a dropoff in his numbers at age 38 -- for most players, it comes considerably earlier than that. But what's happening to the Chipper Jones this season is tough for Braves fans to watch.

Just two years ago, Jones led the majors in batting at a staggering .364. This season, he simpy can't find his stroke. At all. He's batting .228 and his OPS (on-base plus slugging) of .716 is 87 points lower than his previous low and 102 points below last season.

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an eye-opening analysis of just how bad Jones' season has been:

  • Three homers on the season, on pace to finish with eight. Jones has 429 career home runs and has averaged 28 per season.
  • In 38 games since April 24, he has batted .203 with a .276 slugging percentage.
  • A .198 average and no homers on the road.

Jones has had trouble with a swollen ring finger, but says it's not a major problem.

“I’m just really struggling again with my mechanics,” the switch-hitter told O'Brien. “I just can’t get right (batting) left-handed, and now I’m struggling to find it right-handed.

“It’s snowballing. It’s crazy."

-- David Andriesen

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