Chipper Jones named new Braves Special Assistant

| December 17, 2015

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ATLANTA — The Braves announced they’ve hired former third baseman Chipper Jones as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations. Jones will report to John Hart, president of baseball operations, and to General Manager John Coppolella.

Jones played 19 seasons for the Braves.

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 spring training as an instructor, and during the regular season he will primarily focus on assisting Braves hitters. He will also help 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.”

“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.”

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