Chipper all set to go fishin’

MIAMI — Once Chipper Jones gets through playing baseball, he has plenty of reasons to go fishing.

Courtesy of the Marlins, Jones is now well stocked with fishing gear.

Marlins present Chipper Jones with fishing gear during pregame tribute. (Kelly Gavin/Miami Marlins)

The Braves slugger, who is retiring after the season, played his final game in Miami against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Before the game, the Marlins paid tribute to Jones. Team special assistant Jeff Conine and Jose Reyes greeted Jones at home plate. They presented him a fishing rod and fishing supplies.   The veteran still can do damage on the field. He entered the game batting .297.

“We’re not going to miss him,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen joked. “The Braves should miss him.”

Guillen, a former teammate of Jones, said the Braves veteran is a great ambassador for the game.   “I think Chipper was very underrated in his career,” Guillen said. “All his numbers and stuff, although people talk about it now, when I played with him, he was another player on the field. Not too many people talked about him.”

Marlins gift to Chipper

* Sage fly-fishing rod and Sage reel with travel kit

* Fly-fishing vest with fishing tools and lures

* Bass fly-tying kit

* Deceiver assortment flies

* Books on fly-fishing

* Special fly-fishing hat with LCD lights for dawn/ dusk fishing

* Tackle box kit

* Waterproof tote bag

Joe Frisaro

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