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Atlanta Braves dedicate field to Chipper Jones

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Thirty inner-city kids got a chance of a lifetime on Thursday as Chipper Jones gave them a mini-clinic on hitting.

The clinic came after the Atlanta Braves held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the refurbished West Manor Park Field.

"We try to give kids a little better opportunity, and give one or two of these kids the focus to be the next Hank Aaron or Jason Heyward - that's what we want to do," Chipper Jones said. "Being able to give back to the community, you can't put a price tag on."

The former Braves third baseman will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon. Following the induction, Jones will then be honored before Friday's game against the Diamondbacks. Before the first pitch at 7:30 p.m. there will be a pre-game ceremony to retire his jersey, No. 10.

Jones spent his entire two-decade career with the Braves before retiring after last season. He won the National League MVP in 1999, claimed the league batting title in 2008, and was an eight-time All Star.

No. 10 will be 10th number retired by the Braves, joining Hank Aaron's 44, Eddie Mathews' 41, Dale Murphy's 3, Phil Niekro's 35, Warren Spahn's 21, Greg Maddux's 31, Tom Glavine's 47, Bobby Cox's 6, and John Smoltz's 29. All major league teams retired No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.

The West Manor Park field refurbishment is the first of many the Atlanta Braves will improve in honor of Chipper Jones.

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