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Braves president calls Hank Aaron the real MLB home run champ during Chipper Jones' retirement ceremony

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones waves to

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones waves to the crowd during a ceremony honoring him before a game against the Mets in Atlanta. (Sept. 28, 2012) (Credit: AP)

ATLANTA -- The record book shows that Barry Bonds hit 762 career home runs, the most all time, just ahead of the great Hank Aaaron's 755. But that's not how John Schuerholz reads it.

While introducing Aaron tonight, the Braves president called him "the true Major League Baseball home run champion," drawing a loud ovation from the fans at Turner Field. The remark, aimed at Bonds and his alleged ties to performance enhancing drugs, came during a pregame ceremony in honor of retiring Braves star Chipper Jones.

The Braves have already clinched a playoff berth, but this weekend's series against the Mets will mark Jones' final regular season appearances at Turner Field. Aaron presented Jones with third base, among the many gifts he received from the Braves organization.

The Mets lined up on the top step of their dugout to watch the ceremony, offering applause throughout for the team's longtime nemesis.
 

Tags: Hank Aaron , John Schuerholz , Braves , Chipper Jones , Mets

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