Chipper Jones joins Atlanta Braves’ front office


Chipper Jones is now back in baseball as he has agreed to become a special assistant to baseball operations within the Atlanta Braves’ front office.

After three long years of retirement, the Atlanta Braves get a familiar face back in the organization, as former third baseman Chipper Jones will become a special assistant to baseball operations in Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves organization announced this via their Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

Jones last played for the big league club in 2012 and said via 680 the Fans’ Kevin McCalpin that “after a few years of decompressing, I came to the undeniable conclusion that I want to be around the game again. I am excited to be dipping my toe into the water that is Braves baseball.”

This a great move for the Atlanta Braves organization for so many reasons. There is not a more revered player from the Team of the 90’s era of the Atlanta Braves than their Hall of Fame bound third baseman Chipper Jones.

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He has the baseball savvy to serve as both an instructor as well as an evaluator of talent. Many have honestly thought that he could serve as a hitting coach or an assistant general manager, but it seems that he will take on a hybrid role for the club. The Atlanta Braves are in the middle of their biggest rebuilding project since Bobby Cox took over the front office in 1986. Atlanta will play its last season at Turner Field in 2016 before moving to Cobb County to play at SunTrust Park in 2017. Many in Braves Country have longed for a promising sign that this rebuild will turn out okay and hiring Chipper Jones seems to lift the spirits of the entire organization.

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Is this new job of Chipper Jones’ going to pertain more to instruction or more to scouting? Is it going to stand as a hybrid of both? Either way, it’s good to have Chipper Jones back working for the Atlanta Braves. Welcome back, Chipper!