Staring at 40, Chipper not ready for retirement

PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer Published:

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Chipper Jones isn't ready for retirement. But he's already plotting his exit from the game.

Less than two months shy of his 40th birthday, the Atlanta third baseman makes it clear he wants to go out on his own terms. Jones doesn't want an ugly departure from the Braves like former teammates such as Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.

For now, Jones is intending to play out the final two years of his contract before calling it a career. Then again, he's not taking anything for granted. He knows this could be his last spring training, so he's cherishing every little moment. The Braves are his second family. The clubhouse is his second home. But his aching body is a constant reminder that nothing lasts forever.