Braves Name Chipper Jones as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations

The Atlanta Braves announced today that the club has hired former All-Star Chipper Jones as a special assistant to baseball operations. Jones will report to John Hart, president of baseball operations, and to General Manager John Coppolella.

A familiar face within the Braves organization, Jones makes his return to the club in a support role after retiring as a player following the 2012 season. In his new capacity, Jones will attend Major League spring training as an instructor, and during the regular season he will primarily focus on assisting Braves hitters. He will also assist with amateur scouting leading up to the June draft, as well as some minor-league player evaluation and instruction.

"We are excited to bring Chipper on board as a special assistant," Coppolella said. "He brings a wealth of experience - from being a number one overall draft pick, to having a highly-successful career as a World Series champion, a league MVP and a batting champion, to coming back from major injuries. Chipper spent his entire Hall-of-Fame caliber career in a Braves uniform and we look forward to his input with our staff and with our hitters."

An eight-time All-Star, Jones was voted the National League's starting third baseman four times. The Braves inducted him into the club's Hall of Fame and retired his uniform No. 10 in June 2013.

"After a few years of decompressing, I came to the undeniable conclusion that I want to be around the game again and, more particularly, around the Atlanta Braves," Jones said. "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. 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."

The first overall selection in the 1990 draft, Jones became one of greatest switch hitters in baseball history. He retired as the Atlanta career leader in nearly every offensive category, batting .303 with 2,726 hits, 1,619 runs, 468 home runs and 1,623 RBI in 2,499 games. He drew 1,512 walks while striking out just 1,409 times in 19 Major League seasons and is one of just 15 players in Major League history to hit at least 450 home runs and draw more walks than strikeouts. Jones is the only switch hitter in history to post a .300 career batting average and hit at least 300 home runs. He ranks second all-time in batting average among switch hitters to Frankie Frisch (.316), third in home runs to Mickey Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504) and second in RBI to Murray (1,917).

The runner-up for the 1995 NL Rookie of the Year award (to Hideo Nomo), Jones quickly established himself as one of the premier third basemen in the game. He finished in the top 10 in NL MVP voting six times and in 1999 he claimed the award, due in part to his clutch performance down the stretch, when he batted .323 with 20 homers and 46 RBI in 55 games from August 1 to the end of the season. Jones' overall numbers for the '99 campaign included a .319 average with 41 doubles, 45 homers, 110 RBI and 126 walks.

Jones claimed the NL batting title with a .364 average in 2008, the same season that he clubbed his 400th career home run. On May 27, 2010, Jones established the Braves franchise mark with his 1,377th walk, passing Eddie Mathews.