Greg Maddux salutes Chipper Jones

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Future Hall of Famer and current Texas Rangers consultant Greg Maddux said Thursday that he was proud to be teammates with Chipper Jones, who announced today that the 2012 season will be his last. He's played his entire 18-year career in Atlanta.

The 40-year-old Jones won a World Series in 1995 with Maddux leading the rotation.

"I remember my first World Series and he caught the last out in Game 1, a popup in foul territory," Maddux said.

Maddux joked that Jones could always change his mind, but noted how difficult it is for one player to spend an entire career with the same organization.

"I think it's awesome," Maddux said. "He's had a great career. He's a winner. He played to win every day. He was a great hitter and was very well prepared. He meant a lot to that franchise and still means a lot to that franchise."

Maddux, who won three of his four Cy Young Awards in Atlanta, remembers playing all kinds of card games with Jones.

"I won most of them because he was a rookie," Maddux said, smiling. "But he's pretty good at them now. We played in the clubhouse before games, during rain delays, on the plane. He was fun to be around and a great teammate."