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Chipper Jones to Retire at the End of Season

March 22nd, 2012 at 11:48 AM
By Amanda Publiski

Chipper Jones, third baseman for the Atlanta Braves, announced today that he will retire once the 2012 season has ended. Jones, who is coming up on his 40th birthday, has played the 18 seasons of his professional career with the Braves.

Jones had hinted at retirement in 2010 after he sustained numerous injuries over several seasons. He changed his mind, however, and continued to be a valuable player for the Braves.

It's a given that Jones will be a candidate for Cooperstown, the question is when will he actually be inducted? Former Braves manager Bobby Cox believes it should be on his first ballot.

"No doubt," Cox told the Associated Press. "A switch-hitter who has played on winners and done everything he's done."

At this point, Jones has a .304 career batting average, 454 home runs and 1,561 RBIs. Those numbers will only increase as the season starts.

After retirement, Jones hopes to stay with the Braves, hinting at wanting to become a hitting instructor. He has said he does not want to go into managing.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Bobby Cox, Chipper Jones, Cooperstown, MLB

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