It's not often that we throw a sad face into the title of a post, but upon hearing the news on Chipper Jones, we're super bummed out. Almost inconsolable... we definitely need a hug.
After injuring his knee on a sweet play at third base Tuesday night in the sixth inning of the Atlanta Braves' 4-2 win over the Houston Astros, Jones is out for the season.
What's worse, the switch-hitting, All-Star hot corner has likely ended his illustrious career as well. At 38 years old and about as injury-prone as they come, Larry Wayne was already planning on forgoing the final year of his three-year, $46 million contract extension he was awarded in April of 2009.
He shredded his ACL on the play and will definitely need surgery at some point, an MRI revealed Thursday morning.
Batting .265 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI, Jones was beginning to rebound from a crappy beginning to the 2010 season and a disappointing 2009. Sadly, the NL East-leading Braves will just have to deal with Omar Infante and Brooks Conrad platooning third base.
Some highlights of Chipper's career:
- Becoming Sooze's first love in 1993
- 1995 Sporting News Rookie of the Year
- 1995 World Series Champion
- Six-time All-Star
- Two-time Silver Slugger
- 1999 National League MVP
- 2008 National League Batting Champion
- Being one of the best switch-hitters to ever play the game
We'll miss you, Larry Wayne Jones.
[Atlanta Journal-Constitution] | [Talking Chop] | [Tomahawk Take]