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MLB: Braves to retire Chipper's jersey

Published February 19, 2013 5:57 pm

MLB notes • Jones' No. 10 jersey to be retired on June 28.
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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.

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