The Atlanta Braves are set to retire the No. 10 jersey of club legend Chipper Jones Friday at Turner Field.
Jones, who called it quits at the end of last season following 20 years with the Braves, will become the 10th number retired by the organization.
He joins Warren Spahn (No. 21), Eddie Mathews (No. 41), Hank Aaron (No. 44), Phil Niekro (No. 35), Dale Murphy (No. 3), Greg Maddux (No. 31), Tom Glavine (No. 47), Bobby Cox (No. 6) and John Smoltz (No. 29).
The Braves selected Jones first overall in the 1990 MLB draft before making his first big league appearance in 1993.
The switch hitter finished his career with a .303 batting average with 468 home runs and 1,623 RBIs.
To go along with his World Series ring in 1995, Jones was named National League MVP in 1999 after hitting a season-high 45 home runs.
PHILLIES GREAT ILL
Philadelphia Phillies great Darren Daulton will have surgery next week to remove a pair of brain tumours.
The Philly catcher, a member of the club’s 1993 National League championship team, retired in 1997 after playing all but one of his 15 major league season with the Phillies.
Since then, the 51-year-old’s hosted a sports talk radio show in the city that made him famous.
"Darren Daulton has not been feeling well over the past two weeks," 97.5 The Fanatic said in a statement. "He went to the doctor who discovered two brain tumors and is scheduled for surgery early next week. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this difficult time.”
Daulton played his final major league season in 1997 with the Florida Marlins, where he won a World Series.
For his career, Daulton hit .245 with 137 home runs and 588 RBIs, appearing in three all-star games along the way.
The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be on the prowl for Miami Marlines hurler Ricky Nolasco.
The odds of a deal happening, according to one ESPN source, appear to be pretty good, with a report putting negotiations at as high as 70% complete.
Nalasco, a 30-year-old right hander who’s set to become a free agent this off-season, is 4-7 this year with a 3.68 ERA.
It’s been reported that the Marlins are aggressively shopping Nolasco in order to get something in return ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
While the Marlins claim there are clubs waiting to pick up Nolasco’s $11.5 million salary this season, reports have stated the opposite, indicating it’s one of the major dividing lines in trade talks.
KROOK FAILS TEST
Lefty Matt Krook, drafted 35th overall by the Miami Marlins in this month’s MLB draft, thought he was about to get paid.
Then, he failed his major league physical, leading to an agreed upon $1.6 million being taken away, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.
Instead of pitching for the Marlins, Krook is set to honour his commitment to play for the University of Oregon, according to ESPN.
BRIEFLY: An MRI on Boston Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz revealed no structural damage on Thursday. Buchholz will be shutdown from throwing for 2-3 days … The Los Angeles Angels have placed right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm injury … Despite their pitcher’s legal problems, the Cleveland Indians activated closer Chris Perez from the DL on Thursday. Perez, 27, is scheduled to appear in court on misdemeanor drug possession charges after marijuana was allegedly sent to his home earlier this month … The Indians also announced they dealt John McDonald to the Philadelphia Phillies … Colorado Rockies centre fielder Dexter Fowler will have an MRI on his right hand to determine if any ligament damage needs to be addressed, according to the Denver Post … Baltimore Orioles infielder Brian Roberts is expected to be activated for this weekend’s series against the New York Yankees after missing more than two months with a ruptured hamstring tendon, the Baltimore Sun reported.