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Chipper Jones says this will be his final season

By Paul Newberry

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 22 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones pops out against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Paul Sancya, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Braves third baseman Chipper Jones says this will be his final season.

Jones, who turns 40 next month, issued a statement through the team Thursday saying he will retire after the season. He has spent his entire 18-year career with the Braves, winning the NL MVP award in 1999. He has a .304 career average with 454 homers and 1,561 RBIs, but has toyed with the idea of retirement for several years because of a rash of injuries.

The Braves say Jones hopes to remain with the organization in another capacity after his playing career ends.

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