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Chipper Jones could retire before 2012

Aug 13, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

Chipper Jones, though happy to in a playoff race, raises the possibility that he won’t play out the entirety of his recent three-year contract extension:

“When the contract’s up, I’ll
probably be done,” he said Wednesday. “It could be earlier. You know
what? My body will tell me. My mind will tell me. It’s been a long
career, and my body tells the story. When I get to the point where I’m
so mentally and physically fatigued, I’ll gladly ride off into the
sunset and not look back.”

Chipper’s body tends to speak pretty loudly. Having followed him as a fan for as long as I have, my sense of him is that if he’s just suffering the normal aches and pains a near-40 year-old suffers, he’ll play out the deal with lots of days off and occasional DL visits.  He probably won’t, however, put himself through surgeries or any real kind of rehab, and would glady walk away from a couple of million bucks if that was the choice.

Unlike Doug Glanville, Jones strikes me as the kind of guy who is probably looking forward to and will enjoy the hell out of retirement.

  1. Grant - Aug 13, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Of course, Chipper’s made 117 million bucks in his career so far. Glanville made more like 11 million.
    More money than any of us will ever see at once either way, I suppose, but I’d say Chipper is way more set than Glanville seems to imply he was (of course neither is, or at least should be, poor). Chipper will be able to afford to disappear into a deer stand.

  2. chris - Aug 13, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    i tend to think it is easy for chipper to say that now and when the end comes it will become harder and harder for him to stay away

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