Chipper Jones had imagined many times what it would be like to have his No. 10 hanging on the upper-deck facade at Turner Field, alongside the likes of Hank Aaron’s No. 44, Dale Murphy’s No. 3 and Greg Maddux’s No. 31. He won’t have to wait much longer.
The Braves announced Tuesday they will retire Jones’ jersey and induct him into their team Hall of Fame on June 28.
"It’s a tremendous honor," said Jones, an eight-time All-Star and 1999 National League MVP. "There’s a lot of great names, lot of great numbers up there on that façade, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dream about one day trying to get No. 10 up there. This morning it comes to fruition. So it’s a very proud day for myself and my family. "
Before retiring after the 2012 season, Jones became one of the most recognizable figures in Atlanta while playing his entire 19-year career for the Braves. He finished with a .303 batting average, .401 on-base percentage, 468 home runs and 1,623 RBIs.
The only switch-hitter in major league history to have at least a .300 batting average and 300 home runs, Jones won the 2008 NL batting title with a .364 average at age 36.
Around the horn
Yankees • Pitcher Phil Hughes has upper back stiffness and will be sidelined for a few days. Hughes was hurt Monday during a defensive drill covering first base.
Pirates • Manager Clint Hurdle and Pittsburgh have officially agreed to a contract extension that runs through at least the end of the 2014 season. Pittsburgh is 151-173 in two seasons under Hurdle.
Cubs • Pitcher Matt Garza has a mild side strain and is expected to miss a week of spring training. Garza strained his side while throwing live batting practice on Sunday.
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