The Atlanta Braves are retiring the number of another legendary player.
On Sep. 9, the team will retire the No. 25 jersey to honor former outfielder Andruw Jones who spent 12 years with the team from 1996 to 2007.
“It’s a great honor getting your number retired,” Jones said in a news release. “You don’t think about things like that while you’re playing. You just play the game you love.”
Jones added, “I’m thankful to the Braves for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love.
“Being the first kid from Curaçao to have his jersey retired is also an honor. So many kids who grew up there watching me play and this will give them hope on what they can do in their careers.”
Jones signed with the Braves in 1993 as an amateur free agent and made his Major League debut in August of 1996.
Two months later, a 19-year-old Jones became the youngest player to hit a home run in the World Series, when he hit two home runs in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series against the New York Yankees. The Braves would go on to lose that series, but Jones showed he was going to be an MLB star.
During his 12 seasons in Atlanta, the Curaçao native won ten straight Gold Glove Awards and made the All-Star Team five times. Additionally, in 2005 he won the Silver Slugger Award, the NL Hank Aaron Award, and the Major League Player of the Year.
Jones finished his Major League career with 1,933 hits, 1,289 RBIs, and 434 home runs.
He was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in 2016.
Jones joins his former teammates, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Chipper Jones in having their jerseys retired by the team.
“Andruw Jones is one of the most dynamic, beloved players to ever wear a Braves uniform,” Atlanta Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk said. “His impact on this organization far outlives his playing days, and this number retirement is a well-deserved honor.”
Jones will be honored with a ceremony at Truist Park on Sep. 9, before the Braves take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:20 p.m.
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