The Atlanta Braves’ season ended on a sour note. In the midst of a 6-3 lost in the Wild Card Game against the St. Louis Cardinals, they left 12 men on base and were a part of a controversial infield fly call.
However, the bigger storyline was the retirement of long-time Braves third baseman, Chipper Jones.
On March 22, the Braves announced Jones would retire at the end of the season after 19 seasons with the team.
Despite starting the season on the disabled list, Jones had an amazing year at the age of 40. He hit .287 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI.
Even with Jones’ retirement, the Braves still have a shot to win the NL East. The Nationals were a surprise to win the division, but the Phillies, Marlins and Braves will all be competing for the division.
The Braves just need to find out how to replace Jones’ bat and defense at third base for the upcoming years.