Jones will not talk retirement again until the end of the year
Chipper Jones has confirmed that he is leaning toward retiring at the conclusion of this season. But while delivering this information about an hour before Thursday night’s first pitch at Turner Field, the Braves third baseman said that he will not address this issue again until the season is over.
“I think that we should concentrate on what we need to concentrate on and that’s the fact that this team is in first place and that we’re trying to get into the playoffs” Jones said. “Any more retirement talk will be reserved until the end of the season. Let’s let Bobby (Cox) have his just do and let him get the attention he deserves.
“Honestly I haven’t made a decision either way. Let’s face it. We all know sort of which way I’m leaning. But I think it’s best that we put this all behind us. Somehow the cork got taken out and I’m putting it back in right now. I don’t want to hear any more talk about retirement until the end of the season.”
Before addressing the media, Jones met with Braves president John Schuerholz and other club officials. They obviously were concerned that the retirement talk surrounding him was an unnecessary distraction for the club.
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