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Atlanta Braves 3rd Baseman Chipper Jones Down and Out . . . . .

In one of the most athletic plays I have seen Chipper Jones make in the last couple years might also be my very last memory of him on the Baseball Field. Tuesday night in Houston, TX Jones fielded a routine ground ball down the 3rd baseline, jumped in the air off one leg, and fired a strike across the field to 1st baseman Troy Glaus. Unfortunately he ended the play by landing on that same leg, snapping his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which will bring an end to his 2010 season, and very possibly his career. Jones who started the season in a runt, hinted at retirement following this season, but has since turned things around hitting .265 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs for a team that had a 2½-game lead in the NL East on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Coming back has not been ruled out by Jones, but being 38 years old and trying to make a comeback from a serious knee injury is not as easy as when your 22 years old, which is when Jones tore the same tendon in the same knee. If Jones does decide to retire he won’t be the only long time Brave to be hanging it up. Manager Bobby Cox has already decided that 2010 will be his final year managing for the Atlanta Braves after 20 consecutive seasons at the helm. Jones will consult with several other doctors before making a final decision in regards to his future.

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August 12, 2010 - Posted by | Atlanta Braves, Injuries, Managers, MLB

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