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Chipper Jones Will Hang ‘Em Up at the End of the 2012 Season

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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.

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