Chipper Jones was having a sub-par season by his standards. In August, he finally started to heat up. However, his season is now over. The third baseman for the Atlanta Braves tore his ACL while fielding a grounder in a game against the Houston Astros. The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer may decide to retire rather than make a comeback.
Even before the injury, Jones was thinking about hanging up his cleats. He production the last couple seasons has dipped and he’s faced a number of injuries — but nothing as serious as this torn ACL.
For the season, Jones has a batting average of .265 to go with ten homers and 46 RBIs. In August, he was hitting .400 with three homers in only 30 at-bats.
The Braves have to be devastated by the loss of their leader. Atlanta is only two games up on the Philadelphia Phillies — and the Phillies are one of the hottest teams in baseball. Without Jones, it’s now unlikely that the Braves will be able to hold onto their lead in the NL East.