Chipper Jones has retired from the Braves, but he will still be on the field as the team takes on the Philadelphia Phillies in the season-opener in Atlanta. Jones is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for his old team Monday night at Turner Field.
The Atlanta Braves will retire Chipper Jones' number and induct him into the team's hall of fame on June 28. The Braves announced Tuesday they will hold a banquet and ceremony honoring Jones before their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Atlanta Braves get at least one more home game this year, entering the National League wildcard playoff Friday night behind a hot pitching rotation and a strong bullpen. The Braves face the St. Louis Cardinals in a win-or-go-home game at Turner Field.
The Atlanta Braves won for a major league record 23rd straight time in games started by Kris Medlen, beating the New York Mets 6-2 on Sunday in the regular-season home finale for Chipper Jones. Going back to 1921, only two other teams won 22 straight starts by a pitcher.
The Braves are retiring John Smoltz's number. Atlanta announced Monday that Smoltz's No. 29 will never be worn by another Braves player. Smoltz also will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame at Turner Field. The ceremonies will take place June 8.
Metro Atlanta's transit authority is announcing the return of its Braves shuttle as the team gears up for its home opener Friday. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority said the shuttle bus is a good way to avoid snarled traffic and expensive parking.
Chipper Jones will miss the start of his farewell season. Two days after Atlanta's third baseman announced this will be his final year, Braves general manager Frank Wren says the 39-year-old Jones will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday, to repair torn meniscus in his left knee.