Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones announced today that he has made the decision to retire at the end of the upcoming 2012 Major League Baseball season. The Braves and Jones have expressed interest in rejoining the organization in a yet-to-be-determined capacity after 2012.
With all the “will he or won’t he” talk surrounding Chipper Jones, it is no surprise that the soon to be 40 year old in his 19th season has chosen to put the talk to rest. Chipper has always been known as a team first guy- changing positions, taking less money, and now, allowing his team to plan for the future.
It has been clear over the last few seasons that expecting a full 162 from Chipper was just not reasonable. This with the uncertainty on the left side of the infield, made it clear that the Braves needed a plan, even if it was a back up plan. This way the veteran glue of this team goes out on his own terms and still puts what they need in the forefront.