Chipper to join Braves Hall, gets number retired

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Atlanta Braves will retire Chipper Jones’ No. 10 jersey and induct him into their Hall of Fame on June 28.

Jones will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during an afternoon ceremony at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. His number will be retired during a pregame ceremony that will be staged before that evening’s game against the D-backs.

Jones’ number will be the 10th retired by the Braves after 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).

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Jones said. “There are a lot of great names and a lot of great numbers up there on that façade. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t one day dream of getting number 10 up there. Then this morning it comes to fruition.”

Jones added that he doesn’t have any visions of grandeur of making a comeback.

That would make him eligible for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018, and has the credentials to be a first-ballot inductee.

Jones joins 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.

Jones spent the past two decades establishing himself as one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history. Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray are the only switch-hitters who totaled more home runs than Jones (468). Mantle and Lance Berkman are the only switch-hitters who compiled a better OPS than Jones (.930).

Jones helped the Braves win the World Series during his rookie season in 1995.

Along with winning the NL MVP Award in 1999, Jones also collected a batting title in 2008, at the age of 36.

The eight-time All-Star won two Silver Slugger Awards. He ranks first in 11 different statistical categories in Atlanta history (since 1966), and second in seven categories in franchise history.

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