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One and done for Chipper Jones

Longtime Atlanta Braves third baseman announces 2012 will be his final season

Updated: March 22, 2012, 9:49 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chipper Jones has seen enough baseball history to recognize it when it hits him right between the eye-black. His decision to retire is less about achy knees and diminished skills than an acknowledgement that even fairy tales must eventually end. Jones still remembers how messy things got when Tom Glavine and John Smoltz left Atlanta, and he vowed not to subject the Braves to what he calls the same "PR nightmare" all over again.

But Jones did swap one inconvenient ...

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