Chipper to be honored at final home series

Chipper to be honored at final home series

Chipper to be honored at final home series
ATLANTA -- The Braves will honor Chipper Jones at the start of the final regular-season series he will play at Turner Field. A special pregame ceremony will be held before the Sept. 28 game against the New York Mets. Other details will be announced at a later date.

The celebration will likely be similar to the one reserved for Bobby Cox before he retired at the end of the 2010 season. Jones announced before the start of this season that this will be his last in a professional career which dates back to when the Braves took him with the first overall selection in the 1990 First-Year Player Draft.

"In this day and age, it is extremely rare that a player of Chipper's stature remains with one team for his entire career," Braves president John Schuerholz said. "We are most fortunate and especially honored to have had him in a Braves uniform for his remarkable 20-year career, and we will show him how much he has meant to us."

During this upcoming weekend series, the Braves will begin selling a commemorative Chipper Jones souvenir program. It includes first-person articles from his parents, his childhood friend and current agent, BB Abbott, Cox, Tony DeMacio, who scouted and signed Chipper to his first contract, and his high school coach, Don Suriano.

Pete Rose and legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully are among those who provide their thoughts about Jones in this publication.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.