When Chipper Jones decided to retire following the 2012 season, it was one of those situations where everybody knew it was only a matter of time before he was elected into the Hall of Fame. While Cooperstown may still be a bit down the road, that won’t stop the Atlanta Braves from honoring their beloved star during the 2013 season.
The Braves announced this week their plans to retire No. 10 in honor of Chipper along with placing him in the team’s Hall of Fame–which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering the type of career he had with Atlanta. On top of playing in eight All-Star games, Jones took home MVP honors during the 1999 season along with the batting title in 2008.
The fact that Jones managed to play as long as he did while sticking with one team shows how special of a player he really was–especially since he was still able to make an impact towards the end of the year. It’s going to be interesting in 2013 for the Braves considering this will be the first time in two decades the team will be starting the season without Jones on the roster.
The official ceremony in honor of Jones will take place on June 28 when the team will be squaring off against the Arizona Diamondbacks and there’s no question this will be an exciting experience for Braves fans of all ages. All good things must come to an end and there’s no question Atlanta will miss the leadership Jones has brought to the bar club over the last two decades.