Chipper Jones Will Hang ‘Em Up at the End of the 2012 Season
Chipper Jones is one of those rare guys in baseball.
Jones was the first pick taken in the 1990 draft by the Atlanta Braves. And, he’s been a member of the Braves ever since.
No team jumping. No testing the free agent market. No trades.
And, he’ll retire as a member of the Braves.
Jones today announced the 2012 season will be his last, bringing to an end one of the best careers ever for a switch hitter.
Jones’ 454 career home runs are third all-time for a switch hitter, with Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray the only ones who have hit more. Both are in the Hall of Fame.
And, Jones also has a career batting average over .300. Frankie Frisch and Pete Rose are the only switch hitters with a lifetime .300 average.
Jones, 40, has been a batting champion, an MVP and is a seven time all star.