Originally written on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 3/25/12

27 Feb 1998: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves signs autographs for the fans during a Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals at the Disney Wide World of Sports Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Royals defeated the Braves 3-2. Mandatory
Chipper Jones has already announced that this is his final year in the MLB. He even went so far as to say he wasn't sure he could make it through this season. Then, late this week, it was announced that he's going to need surgery before the season to shore up his knee and that he hopes to return before the start of play in April. I'm not sold. At some point this year, Chipper Jones is going to say, I'll make a spot appearance at Turner Field so the locals can pay their respect but for all intents and purposes I'm retiring now. He's not going to play this year. This picture that convinced me of that is below the fold.


He hardly looks like the same guy who came into the league in the early '90s. He's had a good run, he's been loyal to the Braves for a long time. He's won a World Series, played his position well and (for the most part) been a steady offensive threat in the Atlanta lineup. He's got nothing left to prove; I don't see him coming back.
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