Chipper Jones announced today that he plans on retiring following the 2012 season.
When I think of Chipper Jones, I think of consistency. Growing up, I kind of took it for granted that Chipper would hit .300 25 HR 100 RBI every season. I never thought I’d see the day that the Braves wouldn’t have one of the “Jones Boys” in the lineup (Chipper and Andruw). Andruw moved on after the 2007, and now Chipper is retiring following the 2012 season. I’m going to miss Chipper Jones, but I’m glad that he’s leaving the game on his own terms and not because he was “forced out”. Hopefully, Chipper stays healthy and helps the Braves make yet another playoff run this upcoming season (Chipper and the Braves have made the postseason 14 times during Chipper’s 18 year career). Either way, I plan on sitting back and enjoying the last season of the future Hall of Famer, Chipper Jones.
Chipper Jones symbolizes what the Braves were as a Franchise: Consistent, professional, and he made no excuses.
Congratulations on a great career Chipper, I look forward to seeing you in Cooperstown soon.
Chipper Jones was my favorite baseball player growing up.