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08:11 AM ET 08.06 | Numbers certainly suggest Chipper Jones has turned back the clock. He leads the Braves in batting average (.317), on-base percentage (.394) and slugging percentage (.513), and in his past 30 games he's hit .368 with 13 doubles, five homers and 22 RBIs. So, Chipper Jones, are you having any second thoughts, any reservations whatsoever, about your plan to retire after the season? "No," the 40-year-old third baseman replied Sunday morning. So there you have it. ... how many would blame him if he started to think, hey, why not at least crack open the door on the possibility of returning for one more season with the Braves, make it an even 20? Not happening, Jones said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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August 6, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Jones is doing what a lot of other older players should have done is retire on top not trying to hold on and embarrass them self by keeping on playing.

August 6, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Smart man. Leave on your own terms. I always think of Willie Mays as the poster boy for greats who stayed too long. Who wants to be remembred for an embarassing final season?

August 6, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Walk away The Winner That You Are, a true Champion!

August 6, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Nothing wrong with a guy leaving the game while still having some skills. He's been great to watch. Time to get on with life.

August 6, 2012  10:50 AM ET

Come on Larry, give it a go.

August 6, 2012  10:56 AM ET

His body has held up pretty well so far this year, but he is 40, the wear and tear just keeps adding up, and the chances of getting in another un-injured season are pretty small now. Good time to hang it up.

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August 6, 2012  12:24 PM ET
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Apparently Steve Carlton wanted to be remembered for FIVE embarrassing final seasons...........TOTALLY diluted his pristine stats.

Very true--I remembering watching Carlton get shelled with the Twins. I don't think it diminished his amazing career, but it was sad seeing an all-time great pitching so poorly while seemingly unable or unwilling to admit that it was time to move on.

August 6, 2012  12:26 PM ET

* remembering = remember

August 6, 2012  12:39 PM ET
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His body has held up pretty well so far this year, but he is 40, the wear and tear just keeps adding up, and the chances of getting in another un-injured season are pretty small now. Good time to hang it up.

Yup--Jones has had his share of physical ailments in recent years and it's only a matter of time before either a major injury ends forces him into retirement or his skills begin to seriously deteriorate. He's had a great run and a HOF career; as you stated, it's a good time for him to hang them up.

August 6, 2012  12:48 PM ET
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Smart man. Leave on your own terms. I always think of Willie Mays as the poster boy for greats who stayed too long. Who wants to be remembred for an embarassing final season?

100% agree. Ted Williams was the best example. Great career, leave on top, memories of past, current and future fans are of the great career you had...........not the sadness of watching someone unable to play even in a mediocre fashion, much less up to his own standards. Great career Chipper, great season this year too. Congrats and see you at your induction to the Hall.

August 6, 2012  12:53 PM ET

Thanks for memories Chipper. Great to see him playing at a very high level in his final season. I would love to see the Braves make one more playoff run to send Chipper out in style.

Next stop: Cooperstown.

August 6, 2012  01:18 PM ET

It is called dignity. I am not a Braves fan, but Chipper has brought more class to that organization than anybody...

August 6, 2012  02:13 PM ET

I'm a Mets fan and I respect Chipper Jones and Bobby Cox more than most baseball players in history. Pure class. Chipper has always played the game the way it was meant to be played. I won't miss him, as he is a Met killer. But baseball is losing one of its all-time greats after this season. I hope he stays true to his word and goes out gracefully.

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August 6, 2012  04:12 PM ET
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I'm a Mets fan and I respect Chipper Jones and Bobby Cox more than most baseball players in history. Pure class. Chipper has always played the game the way it was meant to be played. I won't miss him, as he is a Met killer. But baseball is losing one of its all-time greats after this season. I hope he stays true to his word and goes out gracefully.

I am a Braves Homer, but I could not have said it better.

August 6, 2012  05:07 PM ET

Braves are going to miss they're best hitter next season.

August 6, 2012  05:13 PM ET

It's funny if he'd have hung em up after last year you'd have said he stayed too long. Now he's having a nice year and it's "lets give it another try". I agree better to go out on a high note, this should be his finale. I think he's HOF too since he hasn't been tainted. Few power hitters haven't really, Big Hurt, Thome, and Chipper come to mind.

 
August 6, 2012  08:07 PM ET

Maybe if he were in the AL he could catch on as a DH, but you have to respect him leaving on his own terms and possibly at a high point of his game ; ie Mike Mussina. Many will be sad to see him leave but hats off and we look forward to seeing you make the headlines again in five years; HOF.

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