Chipper Jones, one of the greatest players in the history of the Atlanta Braves will be rejoining the team in a front office position.
The Braves announced on Thursday that the eight-time All-Star has been hired as a special assistant to baseball operations. Jones will report to John Hart, president of operations and John Coppolella, general manager, and assist the club throughout the year. His primary focus will be helping the hitters and perhaps some scouting.
“Because of what we are in the process of building for this city and our fan base, I am extremely excited to be dipping my toe back into the water that is Braves baseball,” Jones said in a statement released by the team. “I look forward to working with our players, as my passion for the art of hitting is something I hold near and dear to my heart.
“My hope is that I can be an ‘extra set of eyes’ on our players and help supplement an already strong baseball operations department and coaching staff. I am honored to be back working with the Braves.”
Chipper Jones retired after the 2012 season, his 19th year in the majors. He won the NL MVP award in 1999 and the NL batting title with .364 average in 2008. He has the third highest home runs for a switch-hitter (468) behind Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray. His No. 10 is one of eleven numbers retired by the Atlanta Braves.
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) December 18, 2015