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Chipper Jones returning to Braves as special assistant

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ATLANTA (AP) - Chipper Jones is returning to the Atlanta Braves in a front office position he describes as "dipping my toe back into the water."

The Braves say Jones, an eight-time All-Star, has been hired as a special assistant to baseball operations. Jones will report to John Hart, the president of baseball operations, and general manager John Coppola.

Jones retired as a player following the 2012 season. He says he spent the last few years "decompressing" and has reached the "undeniable conclusion" he wants to return to the game. He says he is excited to be part of the team's rebuilding process after spending his entire big league career with the Braves.

Jones won the BL MVP award in 1999 and won the BL batting title with a .364 average in 2008.

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