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Reds honor Chipper before series finale

CINCINNATI -- The Reds honored Braves third baseman Chipper Jones before Thursday's series finale with a commemorative base and a video tribute to the Braves' future Hall of Famer.

The teams have played every game this four-game series with the commemorative bases, which feature Jones' name, his uniform No. 10 and logos of the Reds and Braves on the side.

Jones announced at the start of this season that it would be his last. He's collected 2,646 hits, including 459 home runs and 1,585 RBIs in his 19 seasons.

"A lot of guys have less home runs than that," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "This is in the steroid era. That counts for something in itself. He fits all of the criteria -- winning teams, MVP, batting champion. It's all the areas that the other guys in the Hall have basically, and some have less.

"He's a switch-hitter and a third baseman, that's probably the position that has the least amount of Hall of Famers in it."

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CIN Full Game Coverage CINNATI -- The Reds honored Braves third baseman Chipper Jones before Thursday's series finale with a commemorative base and a video tribute to the Braves' future Hall of Famer.

The teams have played every game this four-game series with the commemorative bases, which feature Jones' name, his uniform No. 10 and logos of the Reds and Braves on the side.

Jones announced at the start of this season that it would be his last. He's collected 2,646 hits, including 459 home runs and 1,585 RBIs in his 19 seasons.

"A lot of guys have less home runs than that," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "This is in the steroid era. That counts for something in itself. He fits all of the criteria -- winning teams, MVP, batting champion. It's all the areas that the other guys in the Hall have basically, and some have less.

"He's a switch-hitter and a third baseman, that's probably the position that has the least amount of Hall of Famers in it."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.