The Atlanta Braves wasted no time honoring Chipper Jones, and given his brilliant career, why would they?
Chipper’s No. 10 was retired Friday night at Turner Field in front of a sellout crowd prior to the Braves opening a weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Jones’ selfless speech recognized players and personnel in both dugouts, from Don Baylor to Kirk Gibson to Martin Prado.
Jones, who hung up his cleats after the 2012 season, batted .303, smacked 468 home runs, and drove in 1,623 runs over 19 seasons, all with Atlanta. He is the most prolific offensive third baseman of all-time with a career .930 OPS, better than anyone with more than 1,000 games logged at the hot corner.
Chipper joins Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Warren Spahn (21), Phil Niekro (35), Dale Murphy (3), Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), Bobby Cox (6) and John Smoltz (29) in Braves immortality.
Atlanta is also hosting its “Alumni Weekend,” so a bunch of Chipper’s former teammates were on hand to help celebrate his Hall of Fame-worthy career.