Monday February 29th, 2016

The Atlanta Braves have hired former star outfielder Andruw Jones as a special assistant to the baseball operations department, the team announced on Monday.

“It's going to be fun,” Jones said. “We're just trying to be a part of the organization that we were with for a long time and where we started. We're trying to help and rebuild it back to where it used to be as a competitive organization for a long time.”

This spring, Jones has spent time mentoring young outfielders on the team as a guest instructor. He joins former teammate Chipper Jones on the special assistant staff.

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Andruw Jones, 38, played for the Braves from 1996 to 2007, setting the franchise's single-season home run record with 51 in 2015. He also led the National League with 128 RBIs that season as the Braves clinched their 14th consecutive National League East division title. Jones finished second to Albert Pujols in MVP Voting.

Jones went on to play for the Rangers, White Sox and Yankees before heading to Japan in 2013.

Jones and team president John Schuerholz will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame for the class of 2016.

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