When you think about the Atlanta Braves improbable run of NL East titles from the 1990s and 2000s few players were as impactful as Andruw Jones.
Joining the Braves as a kid from Curaçao, Jones immediately made an impact on the biggest stage by hitting two home runs in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series. During his 12 year run with the Braves, Jones amassed 10 straight Gold Glove Awards, was selected to five All-Star teams, claimed a Silver Slugger Award, and won an NL Hank Aaron Award.
With all of that success the Braves have made a decision to retire the No. 25 worn by Jones on September 9.
“Andruw Jones is one of the most dynamic, beloved players to ever wear a Braves uniform,” said Atlanta Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk. “His impact on this organization far outlives his playing days, and this number retirement is a well-deserved honor.”
After leaving the Braves, Jones signed a large contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers but never had the same success in stops with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and New York Yankees.
Jones ended 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.
Earlier this year Jones found his name on 58.1% of the ballots cast for the Hall of Fame.
Since Jones left the Braves after the 2007 season the following players have appeared in a game wearing the No. 25; Barbaro Canizares, Ryan Church, Troy Glaus, Juan Francisco, Joey Terdoslavich, Christian Bethancourt, Cameron Maybin, Tyler Flowers, Cristian Pache, and Alex Dickerson.