ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves waves to fans as he comes up to bat in the second inning against the New York Mets at Turner Field on September 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones takes the field for his final regular-season home game on Sept. 30 against the New York Mets. Jones, who turned 41 in April, is retiring after this season. Take a look back at his career highlights in a Braves uniform.
Welcome to The Show
Fresh-faced rookie 3B Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones Jr. was called up by the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 11, 1993.
The Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians in six games in 1995. Javier Lopez jumps into the arms of pitcher Mark Wohlers as Jones joins in the celebration on Oct. 28, 1995, in Atlanta. This is the only World Series championship Jones has been a part of.
In this photo taken in February 1996, Jones smiles during spring training in West Palm Beach, Fla. That was the first season he made the All-Star team. He has been an All-Star seven other times.
Hitting the showers
On Sept. 14, 1998, the Braves clinched a fourth consecutive division title after a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Andruw Jones sprays Chipper Jones with champagne during the celebration. Atlanta would win seven more division crowns in a row for an amazing streak of 11.
Atlanta Braves shortstop Ozzie Guillen congratulates Chipper Jones on his game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the 1998 National League Division Series at Turner Field in Atlanta. Guillen is now manager of the Miami Marlins. Jones has said he'd like to be a hitting coach.
Chipper Jones celebrates the Braves clinching the NL East title in Montreal on Sept. 26, 1999. Jones was the NL MVP that season, when he became the first player in MLB history to hit .300 (.319), score 100 runs (116), hit 40 doubles (41), hit 40 homers (45), knock in 100 runs (110), walk 100 times (126) and steal 20 bases (25).
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox gets a hug from Chipper after defeating the New York Mets 6-3 for his 2,000th career win as a manager. Cox, who retired after the 2010 season, says Jones should go into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.
Chipper Jones visits with the greatest Atlanta Brave of all time, Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, during spring training in 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Chipper is cheered by the crowd as he rounds first after hitting a home run. Jones has been the face of the Braves franchise for over a decade.
On April 8, 2011, Chipper Jones recorded his 2,500th career hit in a game against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. Through Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, Jones has 2,724 hits.
Chipper Jones walks by teammates to announce that he will retire following the 2012 season. The Braves drafted him first overall in 1990.
Chipper Jones listens to former manager Bobby Cox speak during the news conference announcing Jones' retirement.
Chipper Jones said he will not change his mind about stepping away from the game after the 2012 season.
Riding off into the sunset
The Astros gave Jones a cowboy hat before the Braves-Astros game at Minute Maid Park in Houston on April 9, 2012.
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Ryan Dempster of the Cubs presents Chipper Jones with an Atlanta flag that has flown at Wrigley Field prior to the Braves-Cubs game on May 9, in Chicago.
St. Louis thank you
The Cardinals honored Jones during a ceremony on May 13, before the series finale against the Braves. General manager John Mozeliak, former Braves minor leaguer and Georgia native Adam Wainwright and former Braves teammate Rafael Furcal presented Jones with a framed photo of himself swinging at Busch Stadium, autographed by Furcal, Wainwright, former manager Tony La Russa and others. The Cardinals also presented Jones with an autographed Stan Musial jersey. The future Hall of Famer received a lengthy standing ovation before his first at-bat in the series opener. He stepped out of the batter's box Friday and tipped his helmet to the crowd, appearing to be overtaken by the moment.
Touch 'em all
Jones was presented with a base by Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and third baseman Scott Rolen prior to the Braves-Reds game at Great American Ball Park on May 24, 2012.
In the bag
Yankees Derek Jeter (left) and Andruw Jones present Chipper Jones a third base from Yankee Stadium on his final visit to the Bronx on June 20, 2012. The two Joneses were teammates in Atlanta.
Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner presented Jones with a No. 10 off the Green Monster scoreboard before the game on June 23, 2012, Jones last series in Boston.
Classic once more
Chipper Jones acknowledges the crowd before he comes up to bat during the sixth inning of the 2012 All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on July 10. All the great ones should go out this way, taking one last victory lap at the Midsummer Classic, giving a pregame speech to their teammates, receiving a standing ovation from fans and players alike.
Jones hit two home runs on his bobblehead night against the San Diego Padres at Turner Field on Aug. 16.
Passing the torch
Jones was presented with an award for passing George Brett on the all-time RBI list for third baseman before a game vs. the Houston Astros in Atlanta on Aug. 3.
Covering the bases
Chipper Jones is honored by the Washington Nationals before their game on Aug. 22. Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (right) and former teammates Mark DeRosa and Adam LaRoche (not pictured) presented Chipper with a number of items, including a base signed by the Nats, Jones' bat that hit the first home run at Nationals Park and a photo of himself with DeRosa and LaRoche.
Chipper Jones is given a surf board by former San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman before the start of his final series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Aug. 27.
On a day when MLB's youngest player, Jurickson Profar of the Rangers, homered in his first at-bat, 40-year-old Chipper Jones proved that it's not always a young man's game. The moment Jones said he'll savor in retirement came after a dramatic homer that may help his chances of one more postseason. Jones hit a three-run walk-off homer off the Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a five-run rally with an 8-7 win on Sept. 2.
New York minute
Jones made his last trip to play the Mets on Sept. 7, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon presented him with a 3-D painting of Citi Field by renowned pop artist Charles Fazzino. Jones named one of his sons Shea after the former Mets ballpark. Also that weekend, Foley’s Pub and Restaurant, a popular Manhattan watering hole for sports types, renamed itself “Chipper’s” and served “chips” (french fries) in 10 different ways in honor of Jones' No. 10.
Meat and greet
On Jones' last visit to Miller Park, the Brewers’ racing sausages drove a cart over to the Braves dugout before the start of the game and parked near Jones with a large silver gas grill — the first half of his gift. The organization also presented the Braves 3B with a year’s supply of Klement’s sausages, to his delight. Jones received the gift from Brewers OF Ryan Braun and front office assistant Craig Counsell.
Longtime Braves fans Misty and Lamar Duren have been turning seven acres of their farm near Walnut Grove, Ga., just east of Atlanta, into a maize maze for the past few years. So why not honor their favorite third baseman? The Durens cut the cornfield in the shape of Jones’ head, complete with his cap, his name and his number? “We love Chipper and thought this was the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to him and honor his 19 seasons with the Braves,” Misty said. “We’d love to have Chipper come and get lost in the maze.”
The Marlins are ready for Chipper Jones to go fishing. The team gave Jones a fancy fly-fishing rod and reel along with other fishing gear including: a fly-fishing vest, a fly-tying kit, books on fly fishing, a hat with LCD lights so he can fish at dawn or dusk, a tackle box and a waterproof tote bag. The pregame ceremony on Sept. 19, featured a video tribute and greetings from Jeff Conine (left) and Jose Reyes (right). "I don't know why he wants to quit playing," said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, a teammate of Jones in Atlanta from 1998-99. "To me, good. Yeah, get out of here. He plays against the Marlins very well." Jones played in his 244th and final game against the Marlins that night, 45 more than anyone else. No Miami opponent has hit more home runs (40), RBI (165), hits (258), doubles (47), runs (152), at-bats (864) or walks (140) than Jones.
@PeterMoylan tweeted this pic of the Atlanta Braves rookies dressed up in dumb Halloween costumes in September 2012. And, yes, that's retiring veteran Chipper Jones in the back row rocking the gold chains.
Work of art
Before the game on Sept. 21 at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (left) and second baseman Chase Utley present Chipper Jones with a painting of the Braves 3B at bat vs. the Phils. It was Jones' final trip to Philly in a Braves uniform.
Spray the bubbly
Chipper Jones gets one last taste of the postseason. He is doused with champagne in the locker room after the Braves clinched a wild-card spot on Sept. 25.
View from the top
Braves fans Chris Barney and his daughter Megan Barney await the start of the ceremony for Chipper Jones, who began his last regular-season series at Turner Field on Sept. 28.
The number 10 was mowed into the outfield at Turner Field to recognize Chipper Jones prior to the Braves' game against the New York Mets on Sept. 28.
Circle of life
Atlanta Braves assistant groundskeeper Andrew Worrill carries a special Chipper Jones on-deck circle to the field as he helps prepare Turner Field for a tribute to Chipper Jones before a game against New York Mets on Sept. 28.
Jones waves to the crowd during his last Friday regular-season home game on Sept. 28.
Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron honors Jones during a pregame ceremony on Sept. 28 to commemorate the 3B's retirement.
Cracks me up
Chipper Jones shares a laugh with former Braves manager Bobby Cox during a ceremony honoring the 3B on Sept. 28.
Having a ball
Chipper Jones addresses the crowd during a ceremony to commemorate his retirement prior to the game against the New York Mets at Turner Field on Sept. 28.
Chipper Jones is overcome with emotion as he makes a speech during a ceremony to commemorate his retirement on Sept. 28.
Dad's coming home
Chipper Jones celebrates in the dugout with two of his sons, Tristen (left) and Shea, prior to his last Friday home game at Turner Field on Sept. 28. One of the reasons Jones gave for his retirement was that he wanted to spend more time being a dad.
Sea of love
Fans hold up No. 10 signs for Jones during the Braves 3B's final Friday regular-season home game at Turner Field.
Feel the love
Chipper waves to fans as he comes up to bat in the second inning Sunday, Sept. 30, against the New York Mets at Turner Field in his final regular-season home game.
Still havin' fun
Chipper Jones (center) and Freddie Freeman celebrate a home run by David Ross (8) in the second inning against the Mets on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Atlanta.
Chipper Jones hugs his father after playing his final regular-season home game in Atlanta.
That's a fan
A player of Chipper's status earns a lot of loyal fans, but probably none as dedicated as this one.