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Braves' Jones could retire in 2010

Updated: September 18, 2009, 6:26 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- A drop of almost 100 points from his 2008 NL-leading batting average has Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones wondering if the end of his career is near.

Jones, 37, hit a career-best .364 last year, his third straight season over .320. But he has fallen to .269 this year and is hitting only .229 since June 9, when his average peaked at .335.

The three-month slump is a startling development for the career .308 hitter. He signed a three-year, $42 million contract ...

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