The Atlanta Braves have announced that they will retire Chipper Jones’ number 10 and induct him into the Braves Hall of Fame on June 28. That’s a Friday night game against the Dbacks.
Number 10 will be the 10th number retired by the Braves, following Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35), Warren Spahn (21), Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), Bobby Cox (6) and John Smoltz (29). That’s eleven if you count Jackie Robinson. Twelve for the inevitable Jeff Francoeur ceremony.
Chipper is probably the Braves second best position player of all time, so that he’s getting this honor is no surprise. Indeed, the only surprising thing about this is that they didn’t schedule it for a game against the Mets, without whom this honor would still be possible, but nowhere near as fun. But if they did it for a Mets game I guess Chipper’s man Marteeeeen couldn’t be there to see it in person.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.