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Chipper Jones Goes Back to Atlanta

June 30, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Braves third baseman Chipper Jones missed Friday night’s game against the New York Mets after returning to Atlanta, where doctors were to induce labor in his wife, Sharon.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said he hoped Jones would be back sometime this weekend, but wasn’t sure. Jones’ four home runs against the Mets during a three-game series last September helped earn him the National League’s Most Valuable Player award.

``There won’t be any flights back,″ Mets general manager Steve Phillips joked. ``We’ve purchased every ticket on all the Atlanta-to-New York flights for the next two days.″

Jones leads the Braves with a .324 average, and he has 19 homers and 60 RBIs.

To replace him, former Met Bobby Bonilla made his first start of the season at third base.

Jones and Sharon Logonov were married March 26 in his hometown of Kissimmee, Fla. It is the second marriage for Jones, whose divorce from his first wife, Karin, was finalized earlier this year.

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