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Chipper Jones: "OK with it" if career ended today

Jan 3, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is
running the second part of an interview with Chipper Jones. It’s not
quite as lengthy as the previous interview,
but here’s a couple quick highlights:

  • Despite his comments in the past
    (“I’ll believe it when I see it.”), Jones believes Bobby Cox is “for
    real” about stepping down as manager after 2010. Cox will still have an
    imprint on the team as he will move into a consulting role, but Jones acknowledges that “it’s going to be culture shock” if
    he decides to play in 2011, especially if the Braves hire someone he
    has “played with or against.”
  • Jones is proud of the fact that he
    is the “last one standing” among the great 90s teams, and like Cal
    Ripken and Tony Gwynn, has played his entire career in one city.
  • Jones would be “OK with it” if his
    career ended today, but the only thing that keeps him going is trying
    to reclaim the National League East and go back to the World Series.
    He’s encouraged with the direction of the team, especially
    pitching-wise but notes that “we just need to get a little offense and
    defense to go along with it.”

As David O’Brien notes at the end of
the piece, this interview was conducted two days before the Braves
traded Javier Vazquez for Melky Cabrera and a pair of prospects. Frank
Wren has taken some heat for the move, but in doing so, the Braves
added around $9 million in payroll flexibility. Wren has already Troy
Glaus to the lineup, and
there are plenty of indications that he isn’t done.

  1. chew4fsu - Jan 3, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    I second the motion!!!

  2. XTrust_No1X - Jan 3, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    The fans of the Greatest Professional Sports franchise in History, the Legendary 27 Time World Series Champions New York Yankees are going to miss Melky very much. The Braves and their fans are in for a treat with having Melky playing centerfield for them. The Braves definitely made a great trade, but, the Yankees fans are going to welcome back an old friend in Javier, and maybe this time, will erase the second half of the 2004 season,and bring Javier and the Yankees back to the playoffs and a possiblilty of another World Series Championship, something that eluded Javier on his last stint with the Yankees. Best of luck to Chipper and our friend Melkyy, who, will always be a memeber of the New York Yankees for life!

  3. TigerS Boy ToY - Jan 4, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Leche, keep your head up kid, Braves suck.

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