Chipper Jones refuses retirement
It is always a sad day for the MLB baseball leagues when one of the sporting greats decides to retire. For some time now there has been a consensus that Chipper Jones was likely to retire in the near future. However on Thursday he was less certain of this projection. He will wait to see what happens in the season before taking a firm view of his future. Perhaps this is the wisest decision given the ludicrous appetite for sports journalists to encourage the older players to retire from the game.
On the other hand the player has to take some responsibility for not clarifying the situation earlier instead of leaving it to the very end before making this sort of backtrack on the original impression. Once players realize that there is speculation about their retirement then they should make it very clear to the sports journalists and the public that this is not the case. It saves the MLB baseball fans from worrying about the future of the squad and the fate of their chosen star.
There were two days when it seemed that Jones was ready to call it a day. In fact he had called the AP team on the basis that he needs to sort out some administrative obstacles before making a firm commitment. Apparently the twenty eight million dollar remainder on the contract was also an issue. This would lead a normal journalist to the conclusion that the player was intent on retiring. In fact it was clear at this point that he would be making an announcement at the end of Sunday. It seems that things have now changed for the thirty eight year old and he thinks that there might be other chances to continue with his career.
Meanwhile the MLB baseball crowd is left in some turmoil. The attitude to take is that at thirty eight there are not too many years that are left in the career anyway so it is safe to assume that Jones will retire within the next five years. That is a good compromise.