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08:19 AM ET 03.14 | Before things took on too much a life of their own, Chipper Jones wanted to clear something up. [Jones] said there was no chance he would retire before or during the 2012 season and that his comments to reporters Monday were misinterpreted. The veteran Braves third baseman said Monday that because of pain in his right knee, "tomorrow might be my last day" and "I don't know if I can make it through this year." On Tuesday, he said those comments were not meant to be taken literally, that he said them "somewhat tongue in cheek." ... "I would never walk out on my team during the season, much less in spring training," said Jones, a career-long Brave who will be 40 on April 24.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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March 14, 2012  09:03 AM ET

"I would never walk out on one last fat paycheck". Bet it took him all of about 15 minutes to snap out of that one

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March 14, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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"I would never walk out on one last fat paycheck". Bet it took him all of about 15 minutes to snap out of that one

THIS

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March 14, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"I would never walk out on one last fat paycheck". Bet it took him all of about 15 minutes to snap out of that one

Indeed!

March 14, 2012  10:04 AM ET

he better be careful....these are the type of years that kill career numbers...he's currently a life time .304 hitter.....he's not gonna get to 500 home runs so make a smart move Chipper and hang it up.....

March 14, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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Well - most players I would say YES - but Chipper has taken less money in the past to help the clubs salary position. So I am not totally sold on him doing it for the money.....

Less money is not no money. There is a major difference.

March 14, 2012  10:26 AM ET
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he better be careful....these are the type of years that kill career numbers...he's currently a life time .304 hitter.....he's not gonna get to 500 home runs so make a smart move Chipper and hang it up.....

Career numbers you say? HaHa. Yeah, I'm sure he wouldn't mind finishing up at a career.299 for an extra 13 million plus incentives. It gets better. His contract contains a 9 million dollar option plus incentives(up to 4 mil) for 2013 that becomes guaranteed if he plays in 123 games in 2012. I would say his knees are feeling better already

March 14, 2012  10:45 AM ET

Replace contract for the word team.

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I would never walk out on my team during the season, much less in spring training,"

March 14, 2012  01:22 PM ET

such unnecessary crap. Chipper, you've dealt with the media for too long to say stuff like that to a couple of reporters and think it wasn't going to spread like wildfire. then, you turn around and say 'i'm only kidding folks'. for gods sake man, focus....Focus!

you should be more concerned with the lack of offense this team has shown in ST. i believe i read the other day that this team is 9-28 (or something just as pitiful) since the end of last August.

 
March 15, 2012  11:56 AM ET
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he better be careful....these are the type of years that kill career numbers...he's currently a life time .304 hitter.....he's not gonna get to 500 home runs so make a smart move Chipper and hang it up.....

I think he would damn near need to go hit-less for the year to get under .300 for his career.

Hopefully he can contribute this year, make the playoffs and ride off into the sunset. Next stop: Cooperstown.

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