To the surprise of nobody, newly-retired third baseman Chipper Jones will be inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in his first season since he took off the jersey for good. On June 28, his No. 10 — donned during a Hall of Fame career that was spent entirely in Atlanta — will be retired, joining the ranks of nine other former Braves (and Jackie Robinson) along the Turner Field façade for the franchise’s greatest honor.
Looking a little closer at the names he will join on the list of the greatest Braves of all-time, Jones’ No. 10 will mean exactly 50 percent of the retired numbers were a part of the 14 consecutive division title run of the 1990s and 2000s. Over the last four seasons, one number has been retired, each season, from those glory years: Greg Maddux in 2009, Tom Glavine in 2010, manager Bobby Cox in 2011 and John Smoltz in 2012.
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Chipper will be the first position player from those teams to be honored, and he might be the only one. Playing 19 seasons in the majors, Jones amassed a lifetime batting average of .303 with 468 home runs, 1,623 RBI, 1,619 runs and 549 doubles. He also walked more than he struck out, finishing with 1,512 and 1,409, respectively.
It also officially puts the kibosh on any rumors of a return, though Chipper has done that multiple times in Spring Training already.
“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 told Braves.com. “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.”
The Braves will host the Arizona Diamondbacks on the night Jones’ jersey retirement ceremony will occur. It’s fitting because former Brave Martin Prado, who filled in for Jones on nights when he was getting a break or too injured to play, is likely to be with Arizona at the time of the weekend series. Prado was traded for outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson, who will replace Jones.
Tickets for the Friday night game have already sold out. I think I speak for all Braves fans when I say I’m glad the franchise didn’t wait to honor Chipper.
Retiring his number immediately is the right thing to do.
Chipper thanks everyone involved after the announcement of his HOF induction and #10 retirement. twitter.com/Braves/status/…
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 19, 2013