(NEW YORK) — Chipper Jones has been a staple of the Atlanta Braves Franchise for 18 seasons. Since he made his Major League debut for the team in 1993, Jones has been the face of the franchise through three different decades. That may be coming to an end though.
Jones, who will turn 40 next month, has struggled so far in spring training and the wear and tear on his body has taken a toll on him. He has played in over 140 games just once in the past eight seasons. While Jones has talked retirement before, it may become a reality as soon as this season.
“I don’t know if I can make it through this year,” Jones told the Atlanta Constitution.
“Tomorrow might be my last day. I don’t know,” Jones said on Monday. “I don’t really focus on it that much. The body is starting to tell me every morning when I wake up that it’s getting close.”
If Jones does decide to retire from baseball this season he is widely considered a Hall of Fame caliber player. In his 18 seasons with the Braves, he has a career batting average of .304 with 454 home runs, 1,562 runs batted in, and 1,562 runs scored.
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Jill Martin, CNN