Chipper to Retire after 2012

The Met Killer, and the crowd Thriller. A first ballot Hall of Famer by all accounts. Career .304 BA, 454 HR, and 1561 RBI hitter, Larry "Chipper" Jones will always be remembered as a key component to the Braves' unmatched 14 straight division titles, and the 1995 World Series Champs.

Jones announced today that he will be retiring after this season. The press conference is slated for later today.

Chipper was known to be a Met killer (he boasted a .318 BA, 48 HR, 154 RBIs in 812 at-bats against the Mets).

Fans on twitter have made "Chipper Jones" a trending topic, showing that not just Braves fans were saddened by the announcement.

Chipper's final year will be his 18th in the Majors, and was managed by legendary manager Bobby Cox for all but these last two seasons, when Fredi Gonzalez took over.

I'm sure Chipper and the Braves will be looking for the best possible send out: A World Series Championship.

How fitting for a guy who gave this organization everything he had, A World Series win in his first full year, and a World Series win in his last full year.

Here's to you Chipper, creator of my fandom, and many others like me.

Let's end it with a bang!

Here's a Chipper Jones tribute video. Enjoy!

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