790/The Zone nabbed just retired Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones to do a weekly one-hour Braves show at 1 p.m. Fridays with Chris Dimino.
"He's very much interested in doing radio. We are fortunate and thrilled to have him to choose to do with it us," said program director Bob Richards.
The weekly show will start in mid-April.
Dimino, in an interview today, said he was able to build a relationship with Jones over the past 20 years, in the dugout, in the dressing room, in spring training, on the radio.
"He knows the game. I think he's ready to give his opinion on it," Dimino said. "You'll hear the manager side in him and the general manager side of him. He knows how to assess talent. It will be an extension of hundreds of conversations we've had on baseball."
He thinks he could eventually get back into the game more directly, perhaps as a manager or general manager. For now, talking about baseball on air "keeps his toe in it."
Dimino expects him to be honest, to not pull punches, even when the Braves have problems this season.
Dimino posted the news on his Facebook page:
Hey Braves and bigger picture Baseball fans. Just announced this morning that Chipper Jones will Host from 1:00-2:00 every Friday afternoon this baseball season a show with me on 790 THE ZONE (790thezone.com online or download the app for those not in Atlanta) Known him for about 20 years and not only does he obviously have HOF credentials that he brings into the studio every week...he's going to be at time (brutally) honest about what he sees and feels.
Really looking forward to fan interaction thru calls and other things we will be doing as well as bringing in some great guests all season long. I've talked to THOUSANDS of people over those 20 years and i can tell you...his ability to evaluate guys/teams/front offices and their moves is uncanny. We'll take those conversations from the locker room and dugout to the radio
Been fortunate beyond belief to do a lot of cool things. Add following the Braves this season THIS way to that list.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and hope you tune in Chris