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Posted: Friday September 28, 2012 8:28PM ; Updated: Friday September 28, 2012 8:28PM

Braves honor Chipper in pregame ceremony

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron participated as the Braves paid tribute to Chipper Jones before Friday night's game against the Mets.

Catcher Brian McCann thanked Jones "for being our leader, our mentor." The players bought the 40-year-old Jones, who is retiring after the season, a pool table.

Rare photos of Chipper Jones

The team also gave the third baseman and his family a trip to Hawaii and a plaque made from Turner Field bricks. Team president John Schuerholz announced Jones' clubhouse locker will be moved to Jones' home.

Jones' parents and two of his sons joined him on stage.

New York's Ruben Tejada then hit the game's first pitch to Jones, who had a wide grin after making the pickup -- with a slight bobble -- and then throwing out the shortstop.

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