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Chipper Jones to enter Braves Hall of Fame

02/19/2013 11:32 AM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Chipper Jones played all his 19 Major League seasons with the Atlanta Braves.(AP)
Chipper Jones may have to wait the five-year grace period to get to Cooperstown, N.Y., and receive baseball's most prestigious honor of getting into the Hall of Fame, but he won't have to wait too long to join the ranks of the Atlanta Braves' all-time greats.

The Braves have announced that on June 28 they will induct Jones into the Braves Hall of Fame and retire his No. 10 making it the 10th number that the Braves organization has placed in team annals. Jones will be joining Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35), Warren Spahn (21), Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), Bobby Cox (6), John Smoltz (29) and the league-wide No. 42 retired by all teams for Jackie Robinson in their Ring of Honor.

Jones retired after the 2012 season at the age of 40 and he spent his entire 19-year career with the Braves. Jones was the National League M.V.P. during a memorable 1999 season in which he batted .319 with 45 home runs and 110 RBIs. He finished his career with a .303 average, 468 home runs, 1,623 RBIs and many more accolades. Jones was an eight-time All-Star, the 2008 Major League batting champion with a .364 average at the age of 36 and was part of the 1995 World Championship Braves team that defeated the Cleveland Indians in six games.

Larry Wayne Jones, the Braves No. 1 overall pick of the 1990 MLB amateur draft, will not just go down as one of the greatest Braves ever, but he will go down as one of the greatest third basemen in the history of the game. Next stop: Cooperstown.

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