Chipper Jones Talks Retirement Then Sets Milestone

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Source: Yardbarker.com

Atlanta Braves Third Baseman Chipper Jones set the franchise record for career bases on balls during Thursday nights game against the Florida Marlins. Chipper walked twice on the night and passed Eddie Matthews for the all time lead. Jones now has 1378 walks in 9441 plate appearances.

Earlier in the day Chipper was interviewed by a Miami radio station and again speculated that he could retire at the end of this season.

“I am seriously considering it no matter how this year ends up for the Atlanta Braves,” Jones told 790 The Ticket. “It’s something that’s still in the works but hasn’t been ruled out for the end of the year. I’m not going to stick around and hamstring this organization if I’m not playing well and not enjoying myself.”

“We’ve still got a long way to go this year and hopefully a lot of good things will happen between now and the end,”

“Nothing is out of play at this point. I think the closer and closer we get to the end of the year, the more clear it’ll be to me. I can tell you that the money part of it is not a factor.”

Chipper is definitely leaving the door open that if he continues to struggle then he could in fact walk away at the end of the season. He has repeatedly said that he doesn’t want to hang on too long and that he will step out graciously when it is time. If he does in fact hang it up he will close the book on one of the best careers of Braves player ever. Not to mention one of the greatest all time as a switch hitter.

Chipper Jones Career Stats

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1993 21 ATL 8 4 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .667 .750 1.000 1.750
1995 23 ATL 140 602 524 87 139 22 3 23 86 8 4 73 99 .265 .353 .450 .803
1996 24 ATL 157 693 598 114 185 32 5 30 110 14 1 87 88 .309 .393 .530 .923
1997 25 ATL 157 679 597 100 176 41 3 21 111 20 5 76 88 .295 .371 .479 .850
1998 26 ATL 160 707 601 123 188 29 5 34 107 16 6 96 93 .313 .404 .547 .951
1999 27 ATL 157 701 567 116 181 41 1 45 110 25 3 126 94 .319 .441 .633 1.074
2000 28 ATL 156 686 579 118 180 38 1 36 111 14 7 95 64 .311 .404 .566 .970
2001 29 ATL 159 677 572 113 189 33 5 38 102 9 10 98 82 .330 .427 .605 1.032
2002 30 ATL 158 662 548 90 179 35 1 26 100 8 2 107 89 .327 .435 .536 .972
2003 31 ATL 153 656 555 103 169 33 2 27 106 2 2 94 83 .305 .402 .517 .920
2004 32 ATL 137 567 472 69 117 20 1 30 96 2 0 84 96 .248 .362 .485 .847
2005 33 ATL 109 432 358 66 106 30 0 21 72 5 1 72 56 .296 .412 .556 .968
2006 34 ATL 110 477 411 87 133 28 3 26 86 6 1 61 73 .324 .409 .596 1.005
2007 35 ATL 134 600 513 108 173 42 4 29 102 5 1 82 75 .337 .425 .604 1.029
2008 36 ATL 128 534 439 82 160 24 1 22 75 4 0 90 61 .364 .470 .574 1.044
2009 37 ATL 143 596 488 80 129 23 2 18 71 4 1 101 89 .264 .388 .430 .818
2010 38 ATL 41 168 132 17 30 10 0 2 15 2 0 35 21 .227 .387 .348 .735
17 Seasons 2207 9441 7957 1475 2436 482 37 428 1460 144 44 1378 1252 .306 .406 .537 .943
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/28/2010.
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