Andrew Jones’ number 25 will be permanently retired from the Atlanta Braves.
The Atlanta club announced on its official website on the 4th (Korean time) that it would permanently retire Andrew Jones’ number 25 and hold a related event at the home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at True East Park on September 10th.
Andrew Jones, born in 1977, debuted in Atlanta in 1996 when he was not even 20 years old and played for 12 seasons until 2007. He hit 18 or more home runs every year except in 1996, his debut season, including hitting his career-high 51 home runs in 2005. Andrew Jones, who led Atlanta’s killing line with Chipper Jones, hit 368 home runs in Atlanta alone.
With Andrew Jones playing in the center of the batting line, Atlanta reigned supreme in the Eastern Division of the National League (NL) in the late 1990s. Andrew Jones made 10 postseason appearances in 12 seasons with Atlanta.
In addition, Andrew Jones recorded 61.0 bWAR against replacement players provided by Baseball Reference, ranking fourth among Atlanta players after Hank Aaron (142.5), Eddie Matthews (94.0), and Chipper Jones (85.3).
However, it went downhill from 2008 when he left Atlanta. He played just 75 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008, hitting three home runs, and never hit more than 20 home runs with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, or New York Yankees. Except for two seasons with the New York Yankees, where he played until 2012, he played only one season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas, and Chicago White Sox.
Andrew Jones’ batting average remained at 0.254 until 2012, when he retired from the MLB, but he hit a whopping 434 home runs.
After leaving the New York Yankees, he played two seasons in 2013 and 2014 for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan Professional Baseball before retiring. Andrew Jones was not only selected as a 2013 Japan Professional Baseball All-Star, but also led the team to the Japan Series championship. 안전놀이터
Andrew Jones said on the club’s website, “It is a great honor to have my number permanently removed. During the game, I did not think about the permanent number. I just played the game I liked. Thank you to Atlanta.”
Meanwhile, Atlanta has 11 permanently retired players, including Andrew Jones. Dale Murphy (number 3), Bobby Cox (number 6), Chipper Jones (number 10), Warren Spahn (number 21), John Smoltz (number 29), Greg Maddox (number 31), Phil Niekro (number 35) , Matthews (No. 41), Aaron (No. 44), and Tom Glavine (No. 47) were permanently suspended before Andrew Jones.