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Furman Baseball Dinner With Chipper Jones Postponed

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Furman’s Upstate Diamond Classic with guest speaker Chipper Jones, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Greenville’s Hyatt Regency, has been postponed due to forecasted inclement weather in the Upstate, Paladin head baseball coach Ron Smith has announced.
The event will be rescheduled according to Smith.
Jones spent his entire 17-year baseball career with the Atlanta Braves before retiring at the end of the 2012 season. He won the 1999 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Award, as well as the NL Silver Slugger Award for third basemen in 1999 and 2000. An eight-time NL All-Star, in 2012 he was named Major League Baseball’s Players Choice Man of the Year.
Jones was the Braves’ starting third baseman for the majority of his career, although he played left field for the team during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. Considered one of the best switch hitters of all time, he finished his career with a .303 lifetime batting average, 468 home runs, 1,512 walks and 1,623 RBI. He is the only switch hitter in Major League Baseball history to post a career batting average of at least .300 and hit 400 or more home runs.
Jones holds the Braves team record for career on base percentage (.402) and ranks third on the Braves all-time career home run list. He was part of teams that were involved in an unprecedented 12 straight playoff runs and won the World Series Championship in 1995. On June 28, 2013, Jones’ No. 10 was retired by the Braves and he was inducted into the team’s hall of fame.
The Upstate Diamond Classic is the premier annual individual sport fundraising event conducted within Furman’s 20-sport intercollegiate athletics program. Initiated by Smith in 1995, it has featured many noted guest speakers over the years, including Tommy Lasorda, John Smoltz, Phil Niekro, Tommy John, Brett Butler, Jeff Francouer, Bobby Thompson, Bobby Richardson, Marty Brennaman, John Grisham, and Dr. James Andrews, among others.
Furman opens its 2014 season on this Friday against Norfolk State at Latham Stadium. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.
The Paladins will play five games at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville, including annual clashes against baseball powers and long-time diamond rivals South Carolina (Apr. 8) and Clemson (May 13).
Smith, a 1979 graduate of Furman, where he starred in both baseball and basketball for the Paladins, is entering his 21st season at the helm of the Paladin baseball program. The winningest coach in school history (1891), he posted his 500th coaching victory last spring with Furman’s 10-1 triumph over Elon in SoCon Tournament first round action.

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