Braves Ready To Honor Chipper Jones Friday

#10 Will Be Retired And Entry Into Braves' Hall Of Fame

Friday, June 28, 2013
Chipper Jones waves to crowd following his final regular season game last year.
Chipper Jones waves to crowd following his final regular season game last year.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Chipper Jones has played over 200 more games than any other player in the history of Turner Field, the place Jones called home during the final 16 seasons of his illustrious career with the Braves.

This stadium was where he essentially locked up his 1999 National League Most Valuable Player Award with home runs on three consecutive late-September days against the Mets.

It was where he also delighted the hometown faithful with a home run during the 2000 All-Star Game.

Over the course of two decades, he lived up to tremendous expectations and proved to be one of the greatest players to ever don a Braves uniform.

Twenty years after making his big league debut, Jones will return to Turner Field to officially be immortalized alongside other Braves legends. He will be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon, then have the unique honor of seeing his No. 10 jersey retired during a ceremony before Friday night's game against the D-backs. The pregame ceremony will be streamed live on braves.com.

Through the end of the 2008 season, the Braves had retired the jersey numbers of just five players -- Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Warren Spahn (21), Phil Niekro (35) and Dale Murphy (3). These were the players that served as inspiration to Jones dating back to when Atlanta selected him with the first overall pick in the 1990 First-Year Player Draft.

This marks the fifth straight year the Braves have retired the number worn by one of the key figures that fueled the unprecedented success enjoyed during the 1990s, when the club won the 1995 World Series championship, made five overall World Series appearances and began a run of 14 consecutive division titles that concluded in 2005.

Over the past four years, Jones has proudly watched the Braves retire the jersey numbers of Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), Bobby Cox (6) and John Smoltz (29). Now it is his turn to celebrate the honor bestowed upon his former teammates.

Jones has the unique honor of being the only member of this group to have played his entire career for the organization. The Braves won 12 division titles and participated in the postseason 13 times while he was at the big league level.

Jones participated in 93 of the 162 postseason games the Braves have played. He marked his introduction to October baseball by hitting two home runs in Game 1 of the 1995 NL Division Series against the Rockies.

As this week progressed, Jones' anticipation grew as Twitter provided him a sense of the excitement fans have displayed leading up to Friday. He will share this moment with his parents and each of his four sons, who will be on the stage with him during the pregame ceremony.

Five years from now, Jones will likely once again have a chance to assemble his family for the greatest celebration of his career. As one of the greatest switch-hitters and third basemen to ever play the game, he appears to be a cinch to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible for induction into Cooperstown in 2018.

Jones amassed many impressive credentials during a career that included eight All-Star selections, two Silver Slugger Awards, a batting title and an MVP Award. But the most significant stat is the one that puts him in the company of four of the most distinguished legends in baseball history.

Jones stands with Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig as the only players in Major League history to record at least 2,500 hits, 1,500 walks, 1,500 runs, 500 doubles, 450 home runs and 1,500 RBIs, while hitting .300 with a .400 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage.

--- Source: MLB.com

Jones received a long standing ovation each time he came to the plate to hit.
Jones received a long standing ovation each time he came to the plate to hit.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt


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