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MLB Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves Third Baseman, Chipper Jones, Set To Retire After 2012 Season

The Atlanta Braves starting third baseman, Chipper Jones, is set to retire following the 2012 season.

It was first announced when The Atlanta Braves official twitter tweeted:

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Throughout the conference we were all kept up to date with such tweets as:

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They later tweeted the quote we all expected, yet we still tear up hearing:

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It was also reported that Chipper was very emotional while thanking fans, teammates, agent BB Abbott and of course his family.

Surrounded by Braves President, John Schuerholz and Chipper's long-time manager, Bobby Cox at his retirement press conference via Braves official Twitter

This is a sad day for Braves fan throughout the world. It’s a sad day for baseball fans.

I will miss seeing Chipper starting at the hot corner and in my opinion he is one of the greatest. He should be a no doubt, first ballot Hall-of-Famer. He played throughout the steroid age and has never been questioned as to whether or not he took something. He is natural and amazing.

Braves fan and MLB fans will miss his smiling face, as he always seemed to be having fun. He never forgot, he is playing a game for a living. That is the dream for so many but the reality for just a few.

The only happy news that we received today, regarding Chipper and the Braves is, they have both shown interest and are in talks about Chipper staying with the team in some capacity.

Let’s take a look at the past of Chipper now though. Take a look and remember the good days.

Jones’ debuted at the hot corner in 1995, the same year the Braves won the World Series. The Braves would go on to advance to two of the next four World Series and won 11 of its 14 consecutive division titles.

His long and incredible career has seen him selected as the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1999 and has currently been selected to seven All-Star selections.

Jones proved the Braves were right for taking him with the first overall selection in the 1990 First-Year Player Draft.

For his career Jones has hit .304 with 454 homers, 526 doubles, 1,455 walks, a .402 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging percentage.

Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Lou Gehrig are the only other players in Major League history to record a career .300 batting average and at least 450 homers, 500 doubles, 1,400 walks, a .400 OBP and a .500 slugging percentage.

Jones and his own idol growing up, Eddie Murray, are the only switch hitters in Major League history to compile 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBIs.

His .364 batting average when Jones received his only batting title in 2008 currently stands as the second-best average ever produced by a switch-hitter. The best is .365 by legendary, Mickey Mantle in 1957.

Also, Jones currently stands as the only switch-hitter in Major League history to post a .300 career average and hit more than 300 homers.

With records like these, expect to see Chipper entering the hall in 5 years. See you in Cooperstown Chipper!