ATLANTA — 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.
Jones spent his entire two-decade career with the Braves before retiring after last season. He won the National League MVP in 1999, claimed the league batting title in 2008, and was an eight-time All Star.
No. 10 will be 10th number retired by the Braves, joining Hank Aaron’s 44, Eddie Mathews’ 41, Dale Murphy’s 3, Phil Niekro’s 35, Warren Spahn’s 21, Greg Maddux’s 31, Tom Glavine’s 47, Bobby Cox’s 6, and John Smoltz’s 29. All major league teams retired No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.
Kimbrel gets an ace
At Kissimmee, Fla., Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was almost unhittable in 2012. He has bigger plans this season.
He got off to a great start on Monday with a hole-in-one at the tough ChampionsGate Golf Club. Kimbrel lost sight of the ball on the 180-yard second hole, and figured it fell into a greenside bunker. He looked everywhere except the hole.
Kimbrel says he “couldn’t believe it,” adding, “I think it went in on the fly. It was my first one.”
‘Big Train’ keepsakes on auction block
Walter “Big Train” Johnson’s family is putting some keepsakes up for auction.
A ticket from Game 7 of the 1924 World Series is one of the items up for bids Saturday at Heritage Auctions in New York. It’s thought to be the only surviving ticket from the game that still has its perforations intact, having never been torn by a ticket-taker.
Johnson’s daughter, Carolyn Thomas, just turned 90. She and her son said it was simply time to start parting with some of the memorabilia and pass it on to the next generation of collectors.
Other items for sale include the personalized framed copy of Johnson’s plaque from his Hall of Fame induction and a handwritten congratulatory letter from Ty Cobb.
Posey gets big pay raise
San Francisco catcher Buster Posey received the steepest increase among players in salary arbitration this year.
According to a study by The Associated Press, the 133 players who filed last month gained an average increase of 119 percent. No cases went to a hearing for the first time since arbitration began in 1974.
Posey, the NL batting champion and MVP, led the way with a 13-fold hike to $8 million.