Jones becomes the first ever Major League Baseball player from Curaçao and the eleventh Brave to have his number retired
ATLANTA (April 3, 2023) – The Atlanta Braves will retire number 25, worn by legendary Braves outfielder Andruw Jones. Jones will be honored in a special number retirement ceremony on Saturday, September 9, before the Braves take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:20 p.m.
“It’s a great honor getting your number retired. You don’t think about things like that while you’re playing. You just play the game you love,” said Jones. “I’m thankful to the Braves for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love. Being the first kid from Curaçao to have his jersey retired is also an honor. So many kids who grew up there watching me play and this will give them hope on what they can do in their careers.”
One of the most successful outfielders in Braves history, Andruw Jones signed with the Braves in 1993 as an amateur free agent and made his Major League debut in August of 1996. Two months later, at the age of 19, Jones became the youngest player to hit a home run in the World Series, when he posted a two-homer game in Game 1 of the 1996 Fall Classic against the New York Yankees. During his 12 seasons with the Braves, the Curaçao native won ten straight Gold Glove Awards and was voted to the All-Star Team five times. Additionally, in 2005 he won the Silver Slugger Award, the NL Hank Aaron Award and the Major League Player of the Year. Jones finished 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.
“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.”
The Braves have previously retired ten numbers to honor the legendary figures who enriched baseball while representing the organization. Nine of the numbers retired were worn by players and a manager who have been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The retired numbers are displayed on a left-field facade in Truist Park.
Atlanta Braves retired numbers include:
3 – Dale Murphy
6 – Bobby Cox
10 – Chipper Jones
21 – Warren Spahn
29 – John Smoltz
31 – Greg Maddux
35 – Phil Niekro
41 – Eddie Mathews
42 – Jackie Robinson*
44 – Hank Aaron
47 – Tom Glavine
*Number retired by all Major League Baseball clubs