Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones made an appearance at the team’s training camp this weekend, leading some to speculate that he might be returning to the field for yet one more season. Jones said that he was at the facility simply to help out in a “coaching” aspect and that he had no plans to return to the lineup. Surprisingly, Jones told reporters that he doesn’t miss playing baseball and that he is enjoying his retirement starting business ventures and doing a lot of hunting.
“Quite frankly, I have not had the itch whatsoever. I actually think it’s been nice to go through an offseason without having to schedule an hour-and-a-half workout into each and every day to get ready for Spring Training. That lets me know I made the right decision. I don’t have the urge to work at the game the way I used to,” Jones told reporters.
Although Jones won’t be on the field for the Braves this season, fans will have one last opportunity to bid him farewell. His number is going to be retired on June 28 this summer. He becomes the tenth player in Atlanta history to have his number retired.
“Chipper was a Brave from the beginning to the end of his career and his legacy will forever live in our record books. There is no greater honor that we can bestow upon him than to induct him into our Hall of Fame and retire his iconic number 10,” said Braves president John Schuerholz via a team press release.
Along with having his number retired, the Braves organization will also be adding Jones to the team’s Hall of Fame this summer as well.