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08:23 AM ET 02.01 | Nearing 40 and walking on knees that have each been operated on over the past two years, Chipper Jones may be tired of hearing about retirement, but he's not tired of playing. Atlanta's iconic third baseman is preparing for his 19th season with the Braves, and Tuesday he made it clear the 2012 season might not be his last. "As long as I stay healthy and I'm having fun, I'm going to keep going," he said before an informal hitting session at Turner Field. "I sit here with three weeks to go before spring training and I'm not ready to say this is it." Jones is entering the final guaranteed year of a contract that will pay $14 million in 2012.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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February 1, 2012  09:07 AM ET

<"As long as I stay healthy"...>


That's a big IF.

February 1, 2012  09:11 AM ET

I agree with the above. The hardest thing for an athlete is to make the on-going commitment to turn natural physical gifts into the on-going commitment to excellence needed to make it into professional sports. The second hardest thing for an athlete is to know when to gracefully walk away. Unless Chipper is Allen Iverson, that last pay-check alone will take care of him nicely for the rest of his days ...

February 1, 2012  09:27 AM ET

The last sentance is the key:

final guaranteed year of a contract that will pay $14 million in 2012

He's not walking away from that money no matter what. Let's see how badly he wants to play in 2013 when they offer him a third of that.

February 1, 2012  10:13 AM ET

Not a Braves fan, but I'd like to see him get 3,000 hits or 50 homers (or both). He's always been a class act.

February 1, 2012  11:06 AM ET

as long he its able to contribute towards the team, the braves should keeping him at the thirtd base for another two seasons, who knows he may be able to play with one healthy limb!!

February 1, 2012  11:08 AM ET

the lack of third basemans its just too anemic!!!

February 1, 2012  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

third

about half of that third????

February 1, 2012  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

IF.

we have to throw that if, in jail, to avoid the DL spot!!!

February 1, 2012  12:50 PM ET

"As long as I stay healthy and I'm having fun, I'm going to keep going,"

How much fun can it be to play for a team that perenially underacheived during its heyday and then last year, pulled off one of the all-time worst collapses in history?

February 1, 2012  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

How much fun can it be to play for a team that perenially underacheived during its heyday and then last year, pulled off one of the all-time worst collapses in history?

ouch....a lil harsh but true! was there collapse worst than the bosox....i don't think so

February 1, 2012  01:17 PM ET

I aint saying nothing this year about Chipper.

February 1, 2012  02:45 PM ET

hate to say it ... but he's looking old ... but then again ... he can probably run circles around me ...

February 1, 2012  03:30 PM ET

Chipper probably gets more action on the road than he does at home.

February 1, 2012  04:39 PM ET

"Nearing 40" at 3rd base? His range is now a liability.Provided he even makes it through, this season will be his "Farewell Tour".

February 1, 2012  05:53 PM ET

chipper has being the braves core player,he becomes a motivator in every game for all the bunch of rookie players that the braves carry in their roster!!!!

February 1, 2012  05:56 PM ET

the problems that are in the braves, aren't the players at all rather their manager gonzalez its a shaky bomb waiting to happen at any time, it could take another 2 seasons before gonzalez could figureout the riddle in atlanta!!

February 1, 2012  05:58 PM ET

the nationals have the same type of problem, their manager its too slow in the way he manage the team, did riggleman was better than johnson? maybe not but at least he was playing the team with more intensity than the current manager!!!

February 1, 2012  06:02 PM ET

managers and coaches do play a great role in every team, and if every coach works with great proffesionalism in their coaching spot, and put alot effort in every game towards the players, the rest it would be showing with the highly expected results,as +99 games win!!!

 
February 1, 2012  06:06 PM ET

if gonzalez haven't hesitated in the last week of the season, by losing as many games to a weak nationals, pirates and astros, then how could anybody expected to win against the pesky phillies? the braves need to learn the walk before start running in full speed, gonzalez as a manager would need to play with cold blood like a rattle sneak!!

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