KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chipper Jones can see his time running out. He knows that baseball no longer belongs to him and the other players of his generation, the “old fogeys like me,” he said. He sat in the corner of a room full of all-stars Monday afternoon, across from Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper, who occupied the same seat Mike Trout had earlier. The game, Jones said, is in good hands.
“You’re looking at Trout and Harper as being the faces of baseball in their respective leagues,” Jones said. “For a long, long time.”
Jones may well receive the heartiest ovation when the All-Star Game begins at Kaufmann Stadium on Tuesday night. But that will be a goodbye, a final salute, as he makes way for who’s next. Harper is 19, Trout is 20, and they are both all-stars, both rookies who have taken the league by the throat.