Braves third baseman Chipper Jones says he has no intention of retiring after this season, even though he is on pace for a subpar season.
"I’m good (mentally)," Jones tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s David O’Brien. "I feel like I’m doing my job. There hasn’t been a point where I got in bed and couldn’t sleep because I’m worried about what’s going on. Those days come when you go 0-for-20 without barreling a ball."
Jones, 38, said last season that he’d walk away from his three-year, $42 million contract if he felt he was no longer productive. He entered Tuesday’s play batting .230/.402/.368, with two home runs and seven RBIs in 112 plate appearances. He is tied for the National League lead with with 25 walks.
"When I’m drawing walks you know I’m seeing the ball good," Jones tells O’Brien. "Everybody points to the RBI, but when there’s not a lot of opportunities you can’t help that."
Jones has made 27 plate appearances with runners in scoring position, going 5-for-18 (.278) with nine walks, the AJC reports.
The 38-year-old Jones has been slowed recently by a groin injury. He left Monday night’s game in Milwaukee after aggravating it, was in the original starting lineup tonight, then was a late scratch.