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Bobby Cox thinks Chipper is retiring

Jun 15, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

Chipper Jones headshot.jpgChipper Jones is not available to the media in advance of tonight’s Braves-Rays game, but Dave O’Brien caught up with Bobby Cox a few minutes ago and asked him about today’s confusion over Jones’ retirement (or not). Cox:

The best I can say
is he’s planning on retiring after this year, but we won’t know until
he tells you guys.

My view of this is that, yeah, Jones is retiring. It’s not, as some of you clever wags have said in the comments, a Brett Favre situation where Jones can’t make up his mind. Rather, it’s a media situation in which Jones and/or the team can’t get comfortable with the best way to announce it so that it both (a) does Chipper and his legacy justice; and (b) doesn’t distract from preparation for a tough series like the one against the Rays.

  1. Christopher Bates - Jun 15, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    You’re wrong about the Brett Favre parallel.
    First of all, Chipper really is having trouble making up his mind. Two seasons ago he was leaning towards retiring, then he wasn’t. Last season, same thing (at least in spring training). Now, this. It’s difficult to argue–even for a fanboy–that Chipper has made a clear decision and stuck with it.
    Second, if Chipper’s wavering is really a product of “the media” then so is Brett Favre’s. It’s not like he called a press conference every time he changed his mind, or thought about changing it. It was the media that insisted on beating that story into the ground, running with every little morsel of information, regardless of how insignificant or poorly sourced it was.

  2. Don - Jun 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    And then again you could read into what Cox said that he may be retiring immediately and not wait until the season is over.

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    His agent said this evening that he will not retire mid-season. If he retires it will be at the end of the year.

  4. dowda - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    If he is not retiring mid-season, then what is all the hype over? He certainly wouldn’t be the first guy to scuff through his final season. Maybe the limelight is off him and he doesn’t like it.

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