Why Is Chipper Jones Retiring Again?

by Jason Epstein

Position players posting a .315/.391/.519 slash line halfway through August typically have not announced their intention to quit the game after the season ends, right?

On, yes, “Chipper Jones Bobblehead Night, presented by Coca-Cola,” the 40-year old third baseman and future Hall of Famer slugged two home runs in a 6–0 win over the visiting Padres. It was the 40th multi-homer game, and they were the 465th and 466th home runs of his big-league career.

Just. Wow.

Meanwhile, Baseball Prospectus this morning gives the Braves (69–49) a 91.6 percent chance of making the postseason, although, with the Nationals holding a four-game lead in the division, the Braves are far more likely to be a wild-card entry.


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