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Chipper Jones' Retirement Press Conference Scheduled For Thursday Morning

Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones will announce his retirement from Major League Baseball, effective at the end of the 2012 season, at a Thursday morning press conference. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.

Jones, who'll go down as one of the best Braves ever, perhaps the best switch-hitter in baseball history, and a likely Hall of Famer, could re-join the organization after his retirement in some other capacity. Jones has expressed interest in doing just that, and the Braves would certainly like to hang onto such a beloved local figure.

Speaking of being beloved, it's so fitting that Jones' last home series will be against the New York Mets. It really couldn't happen any other way. Poor fella probably wanted to retire like five years ago, but just couldn't get the schedule to line up like this.

For more on the Chipper Jones retirement and the Atlanta Braves, go to Talking Chop and Baseball Nation.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.