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Chipper won’t talk retirement plans until the offseason

In unsurprising fashion Thursday, Braves veteran Chipper Jones told a group of Atlanta-based reporters, including’s Mark Bowman, that he is hoping to postpone retirement talks until after the 2010 season.

Chipper spoke many times last year about possibly cutting his career short and again sparked the discussion earlier this week. Through 175 at-bats this season, he is batting a not-so-hot .234 with a .366 slugging percentage and only four home runs. The 38-year-old third baseman is a .306/.406/.537 career hitter over 16-plus professional seasons.

The topic of retirement is sure to come up after every 0-for-3 or 0-for-4 night that Jones experiences for the rest of the year, and you can bet that there will be many of those. This is baseball, after all, where being successful in a third of your at-bats means greatness. For now, though, Jones wants to focus on getting his club back to the playoffs.

The Braves currently sit atop the NL East standings by a half-game with a record of 38-28. The Mets are 37-28, the Phillies are 33-30 (3.5 games back) and the Marlins are 31-34 (6.5 games back).