The Braves have hired former third baseman Chipper Jones as a special assistant in the team’s baseball operations department.
Jones, 43, played 19 seasons in the majors, all with the Braves. He retired in 2012 as the only switch hitter to bat .300 for his career and also hit 400 home runs.
Jones will be an instructor at spring training, do some in-season hitting instruction and may also be a part-time scout, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jones was selected to the All-Star team eight times, led the majors in batting average in 2008 and was the 1999 National League MVP. He will be eligible for Hall of Fame induction in 2018.
One year after he retired, the Braves retired Jones’s No. 10 and inducted him into the franchise Hall of Fame.
- Dan Gartland