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Atlanta Braves to Induct Chipper Jones into Hall of Fame, Retire Number

February 19th, 2013 at 9:10 AM
By Cody Fields

That didn't take long. The Atlanta Braves are already planning on inducting Chipper Jones into the Braves Hall of Fame and retiring his no. 10 jersey in a pre-game ceremony June 28, according to a braves.com press release.

Atlanta will roll out the red carpet for Jones just like they did for Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz – all members of the Braves' enormous run in the 1990s and members of the 1995 World Series championship team.

"Chipper was a Brave from the beginning to the end of his career and his legacy will forever live in our record books," Braves president John Schuerholz said. "There is no greater honor that we can bestow upon him than to induct him into our Hall of Fame and retire his iconic number 10."

Chipper was the first overall pick in the 1990 draft and ended up spending 19 seasons in the big leagues, all with the Braves. His number will be the 10th to be retired by the Braves, putting him alongside Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35), Warren Spahn (21), Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), Bobby Cox (6) and John Smoltz (29), as well as the Jackie Robinson's no. 42 that all of Major League Baseball has retired.

Jones also joins Hank Aaron, Bill Bartholomay, Lew Burdette, Skip Caray, Bobby Cox, Del Crandall, Ralph Garr, Tom Glavine, Tommy Holmes, Ernie Johnson, David Justice, Herman Long, Bill Lucas, Greg Maddux, Eddie Mathews, Dale Murphy, Kid Nichols, Phil Niekro, John Sain, John Smoltz, Paul Snyder, Warren Spahn, Ted Turner, and Pete Van Wieren in the Braves Hall of Fame.

Chipper has a .303 lifetime average and 468 home runs, making him the only switch hitter in history with a .300 average and 300 or more homers. He never struck out 100 times in a season and walked 103 times more than he whiffed.

The Braves legend was the National League MVP in 1999, an eight-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger award winner and won the 2008 NL batting title with a .364 average. He owns 11 Braves offensive records since they moved to Atlanta in 1966.

To make matters more interesting, Jones kept up his consistent production in 2002 and 2003, when he exclusively played left field instead of his familiar third base, combining for 53 homers and a .316 average over that span.

The Braves will play the Arizona Diamondbacks after the pre-game ceremony.

 

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