Chipper Jones to replace David Ross on ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball

Jack Baer

ESPN has its replacement for David Ross, now the manager of the Chicago Cubs, and it’s a player you have probably heard of.

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Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is joining ESPN as an on-air analyst, the network announced on Monday. As initially reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will be replacing Ross as a color commentator on “Wednesday Night Baseball.”

Chipper Jones has a new day job with ESPN

Jones will make his ESPN debut as part of the network’s Opening Day coverage, calling a game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers on March 26. He will also call two more games in the following week.

ESPN is making this move after two guest analyst appearances with ESPN last season.

“We had the opportunity to work with Chipper in a guest analyst capacity last season and we were instantly impressed,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Phil Orlins said in a statement. “In addition to his well-known hall-of-fame credentials, it was clear that he is a charismatic storyteller with an authentic and fun-loving personality.

“He has tremendous passion for the sport and he’s still very connected to the current game. He’s one of baseball’s all-time greats and he will strengthen our overall MLB coverage.”

Chipper Jones is definitely a personality. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Jones has been retired since the 2012 season, calling it a career after 19 seasons in the majors, all with the Braves. The 47-year-old was one of the best switch-hitters ever, hitting .303/.401/.529 in his career and earning eight All-Star selections.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2018.

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