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Atlanta Braves hire Andruw Jones as special assistant to baseball operations

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The former Atlanta centerfielder will serve as a special assistant to baseball operations, and will report to John Hart and John Coppolella.

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The Atlanta Braves announced on Monday morning the hiring of Andruw Jones as a special assistant to baseball operations.

Jones, who roamed center field for Atlanta for many years, officially retired last week, and has been seen in the early days of Spring Training as a guest instructor. He will also be inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame along with team president and longtime general manager John Schuerholz.

Jones will report to president of baseball operations John Hart and general manager John Coppolella.

"We are very excited to add Andruw to our staff as a special assistant," Coppolella said in a news release. "He is perhaps the most accomplished defensive outfielder in our organization's history and one of the best in baseball history. He signed at the age of 16 and was developed in this organization. He can offer a lot of experience and knowledge to our young players and we look forward to his contributions."

After Spring Training, Jones' role will primarily be assisting the Braves current outfielders, as well as assisting in the organization's international initiatives.

"I'm excited to be back with the Braves organization," Jones said. "This is where I began my career and I'm looking forward to working with the young players and watching them develop."

In 12 seasons with the Braves, Jones batted .263 with 368 home runs and 1,117 RBIs in 1,761 games.