Chipper Jones Plans His Triumphant Retirement

Chipper Jones Topps rookie baseball card

Chipper’s rookie baseball card

For a team that dates to 1876, Jones ranks second to Hank Aaron in almost every offensive category. He needs just 12 runs batted in to pass George Brett as the career R.B.I. leader among players whose primary position was third base. Among switch-hitters, only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray have more career homers than Jones’s 459, and only Murray has more hits than Jones’s 2,646.

“I just told him, ‘How stupid — you’re going to retire, and you could make another $20 million!’ ” Ozzie Guillen, the Miami Marlins’ manager and a former teammate, said Wednesday. “But Chipper’s very professional, goes about his business, fights through injuries the right way. You look at Chipper’s numbers, you go: ‘Wow, really? No way.’ He does it very quietly.” New York Times »

As all good ball players should. I will miss Chipper after the season. I grew up watching him, Smoltz, and the others, but the one constant is Chipper. Hopefully he will join the Braves as a manager, or something else like that.