The Chipper Jones farewell tour has essentially been the theme of the Atlanta Braves 2012 campaign.
And after a 19-year sure-fire first ballot Hall of Fame career in which he posted a rare slash line of .304/.402/.532 and accumulated 90.5 WAR (ahead of Ken Griffey Jr., Johnny Bench, and Al Simmons among others), he has definitely earned it.
Needless to say, losing such a legend to retirement and watching someone else trot out to third base every day will be a tough pill to swallow for Braves Country, and to fill the void, Braves fans will be searching for the next Larry Wayne Jones, Jr.
So what are we looking for in the next Chipper Jones? Hall of Fame numbers are a little unfair to expect, but certainly greatness would be one condition of filling Chipper's shoes. Another would be the requirement of being a position player, playing night in and night out for many years to come. I'll also consider youth, likelihood of meeting potential, extent of upside, and positional value.