Chipper Jones called a quick and unexpected spring training press conference to announce his retirement, ending any speculation regarding his future after the 2012 season.
Wanting to avoid the distraction of continuous questions that would have been asked of his teammates on the subject, his usual team-first approach kicked in like a parent trying to protect their child.
"I want to get all of the speculation out of the way right here in spring training, so that wherever me and my teammates go this season we're not answering questions about when I'm going to hang it up" – Sporting News.com
He has also mentioned, "I don't need any rocking chair tours or anything like that. If somewhere along the line somebody wants to thank me, that would be good enough. But I'm not doing this for a farewell tour. I want to get this out of the way, because it's been weighing heavy on me for a long time." – ESPN.com
We applaud his attempt at a low key approach to his impending retirement at season’s end, but the Atlanta Braves and their opponents throughout the season might take a different approach.