Found March 22, 2012 on
Babes Love Baseball:
It's been a long and wonderful road Larry Wayne, and we'll be sorry to see you go.
The news announced via the Atlanta Braves Twitter account
Thursday morning made us a little sad even though we've seen it coming since at least 2010: Chipper Jones is retiring following this season. He held an emotional press conference later on in the day, which every single one of his teammates attended.
The future Hall of Fame third baseman, who has spent his entire career with the Braves, has nothing to be ashamed of. Besides maybe that fling with the Hooters waitress. We all make mistakes. Otherwise, he owns a career .304 batting average with 454 home runs, the 1999 National League MVP Award, two Silver Sluggers, seven All-Star selections, and a World Series ring from 1995. He earned the NL batting title in 2008
, a year in which he also owned the highest on-base percentage in baseball at .470. Not bad.
However, injuries have piled up over the past eight years, as the soon-to-be 40-year-old hasn't missed fewer than 25 games in a season since 2004. In fact, he was contemplating retirement in 2009
when he said, "If I back up this year with the same kind of year next year, I don’t want to play the game. The game is not fun to me when I’m not playing up to my standards."
Also, he expressed interest in wanting to experience being a full-time dad before it's too late. The man has priorities.
Anyway, don't be too upset Braves fans. I'm sure as one of the best switch-hitting third baseman of all time, he will be offered a position with the team after he hangs it up so you'll see his adorable face at the ballpark likely until he kicks the bucket. He'll be like the Tommy Lasorda of Atlanta... or the Don Zimmer of New York. You get the drift.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
HANGIN' IT UP
According to the team's Twitter account, the longtime Atlanta Braves third baseman plans to retire at season's end.
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones says this will be his final season.
Jones, who turns 40 next month, issued a statement through the team Thursday saying he will retire after the season. He has spent his entire 18-year career with the Braves, winning the NL MVP award in 1999. He has a .304 career average with 454 homers and 1,561 RBIs, but has toyed with the idea of retirement...
Atlanta Braves veteran third baseman Chipper Jones will retire following the upcoming season, the team announced on Thursday.
A news conference is scheduled for later in the day.
Jones, who will turn 40 next month, has been nursing several injuries over the last few seasons. A 1999 MVP and seven-time All-Star, Jones batted .275 with 18 homers and 70 RBIs in 126 games in 2011.
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones announced this week that this season will be his last. His last season has not gotten off to the start that he might have been hoping for as he is now scheduled to undergo knee surgery. On Monday, the future Hall of Famer will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
The injury Jones sustained was while the veteran was stretching...
With his 40th birthday approaching, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones announced Thursday he will retire after the season.
Jones, who has spent his entire 18-year career with the Braves, battled a rash of injuries the past several seasons and actually decided to retire in 2010, only to change his mind.
This time, he means it.
The team issued a statement before its spring...
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