Marlins give retiring Chipper Jones a fishing rod

9:06 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
Jones' induction ceremony will take place Friday, June 28 at Atlanta's Marriott Marquis before the Braves' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins paid homage to the career of Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones on Wednesday night, presenting him with gifts before his final game in South Florida.

Jones, who plans to retire after the season, received a fishing rod among other items from the Marlins. Jones has picked up many presents this year, including a surfboard from the San Diego Padres and a year's supply of bratwurst from the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Marlins created a stir in 2010 when they - unlike other clubs - did not publicly recognize the career of retiring manager Bobby Cox during his last appearance in Miami. The longtime Atlanta skipper had made comments critical of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria earlier that year after the team fired Fredi Gonzalez, now the Braves' manager.

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