Chipper Jones announces he will retire at conclusion of 2012 season

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones pops out against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones pops out against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – 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.

The No. 1 selection in the 1990 Major League Draft, Jones has played his entire career in the Braves organization.

He currently leads all active players with 18 years of service with the same Club (Derek Jeter, 17-NYY; Mariano Rivera, 17-NYY; Todd Helton, 15-COL).

Since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966, Jones ranks as the franchise leader in nearly every offensive category. He owns a .304 career batting average, with 454 home runs, 526 doubles and 1,561 RBIs in 2,387 games. Jones and Anaheim Angels first baseman Albert Pujols are the only two active players to hit at least 400 career homers and still have more walks than strikeouts (Jones has 1,455 walks and 1,358 strikeouts).

Jones finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1995 and went on to earn the league’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1999. He has been named to seven N.L. All-Star teams and has been voted into the Game as a starter four times, most recently in 2008. He played for the United States team in the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.

He won his first career batting title in 2008, with a .364 average. It marked the second-highest single-season average ever for a switch hitter. Mickey Mantle hit .365 for the New York Yankees in 1957.
Jones is the only switch hitter in Major League history to post a .300 career average with more than 300 homers, and his career batting average ranks second all-time among switch hitters. Hall-of-Famer Frankie Frisch batted .316. Jones’ home run total ranks third among all switch hitters, behind Hall-of-Famers Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504).

The Braves will hold a press conference today at Champion Stadium on third-base side of the fourth (press) level
of their spring training complex at ESPN’S Wide World of Sports at 11:30 a.m. ET.

CHIPPER JONES’ MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD
YR TEAM LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG

1993 Atlanta NL 8 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .667 .750 1.000
1995 Atlanta NL 140 524 87 139 22 3 23 86 73 99 .265 .353 .450
1996 Atlanta NL 157 598 114 185 32 5 30 110 87 88 .309 .393 .530
1997 Atlanta NL 157 597 100 176 41 3 21 111 76 88 .295 .371 .479
1998 Atlanta NL 160 601 123 188 29 5 34 107 96 93 .313 .404 .547
1999 Atlanta NL 157 567 116 181 41 1 45 110 126 94 .319 .441 .633
2000 Atlanta NL 156 579 118 180 38 1 36 111 95 64 .311 .404 .566
2001 Atlanta NL 159 572 113 189 33 5 38 102 98 82 .330 .427 .605
2002 Atlanta NL 158 548 90 179 35 1 26 100 107 89 .327 .435 .536
2003 Atlanta NL 153 555 103 169 33 2 27 106 94 83 .305 .402 .517
2004 Atlanta NL 137 472 69 117 20 1 30 96 84 96 .248 .362 .485
2005 Atlanta NL 109 358 66 106 30 0 21 72 72 56 .296 .412 .556
2006 Atlanta NL 110 411 87 133 28 3 26 86 61 73 .324 .409 .596
2007 Atlanta NL 134 513 108 173 42 4 29 102 82 75 .337 .425 .604
2008 Atlanta NL 128 439 82 160 24 1 22 75 90 61 .364 .470 .574
2009 Atlanta NL 143 488 80 129 23 2 18 71 101 89 .264 .388 .430
2010 Atlanta NL 95 317 47 84 21 0 10 46 61 47 .265 .381 .426
2011 Atlanta NL 126 455 56 125 33 1 18 70 51 80 .275 .344 .470

TOTALS 2387 8597 1561 2615 526 38 454 1561 1455 1358 .304 .402 .533

National League MVP Award: 1999
National League All-Star: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2011


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