Chipper Jones (File Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the upcoming 2012 season.
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Jones has played all 18 years of his major league career with the Braves, and was named the MLB's Most Valuable Player in 1999. He is the only MLB switch hitter to post a .300 career average with more than 300 home runs. His career batting average is second among all-time switch hitters.
However, recent health troubles, including a knee injury in November 2011, left some wondering how much longer Jones planned to continue playing professional baseball.