One of the iconic players of a generation in baseball is calling it quits — Chipper Jones will retire at the end of this season, the Atlanta Braves just announced.
Chipper Jones has announced he will retire following the 2012 season. Press conference later this morning.—
Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 22, 2012
Jones turns 40 in a month, but he’s still going strong — the longtime Atlanta third baseman was a National League All-Star for the seventh time last year. He hit .275 with 18 home runs, helping the Braves finish second in the NL East and nearly make the playoffs.
Jones has been a Brave for over two decades — he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 draft, and he’s been with the organization ever since. He helped them win a World Series in 1995, and 14 division titles between 1991 and 2005; he was the NL MVP in 1999. Jones’ career numbers so far include a .304 batting average, 454 home runs and 1,561 RBIs.