Andruw Jones retires, takes job as Braves special assistant

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Andruw Jones, who officially retired last month at age 38 after finishing his career in Japan, has taken a job with the Braves as a special assistant to baseball operations.

According to Mark Bowman of the 10-time Gold Glove-winning center fielder will “work with outfielders throughout the organization and also aid with some international initiatives.” He’ll also be inducted to the team’s Hall of Fame this year.

Jones debuted for the Braves as a 19-year-old in 1996 and played 12 seasons in Atlanta before leaving as a free agent. His career quickly went downhill from there, although he had some productive stints as a part-time player before going to Japan in 2013 at age 36. He finished as a career .254 hitter with 434 homers and an .823 OPS in 2,196 games, making five All-Star teams along with being considered one of the elite defensive players of all time.

Jones’ longtime teammate Chipper Jones was previously hired for a similar role within the Braves organization.