Jones got to know Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen quite a bit better. The two played together in Atlanta in 1998 and '99, and Guillen thinks Jones is leaving his playing days as "a true leader."
"He's not a fake leader. He's a true leader," Guillen said. "When you get the respect from your teammates, that means you've got a great [career]."
Guillen's Marlins haven't done much against Jones' Braves. Atlanta has won nine of their 12 meetings this season, including five of six in Miami -- and Jones has a lifetime .299 average and 40 home runs against the Marlins.
"A lot of people are lucky to grow up around him," Guillen said. "Chipper carried the ballclub for a long time. You can say about Chipper everything that is great about baseball. There are a few people with those numbers and that potential who play the game right. Obviously, that has a lot to do with [former Braves manager] Bobby Cox and his teammates growing up."
The Marlins couldn't finish up a three-game sweep of the Reds on Sunday, falling 5-4 in 11 innings. Still, it was a strong start to this two-series homestand after they were swept out of Philadelphia.
For Atlanta, this series is the start of a two-series road trip, as it maintains a comfortable hold on one of the two National League Wild Card spots.
Right-hander Tim Hudson is scheduled to start for the Braves, countered by Marlins lefty Wade LeBlanc. Hudson has lost two of his three September starts, including a 5-0 Milwaukee win on Tuesday. He let up four runs in 6 2/3 innings.
LeBlanc hasn't won since Aug. 17. He allowed three runs in five innings his last time out, a 3-1 loss to the Phillies on Sept. 10. Bounced between the rotation and the bullpen, he's made two starts and given up six runs in 11 innings in this recent go around in the rotation.
Braves: McCann day to day
Brian McCann did not start on Sunday against the Nationals, a day after he exited in the second-inning of a 5-4 win against Washington because of tendinitis in his right hamstring.
McCann said the pain is behind his right knee, and started on the road last week.
"It's hard to squat and move side to side," McCann said on Saturday. "It was hard to block balls."
David Ross started in McCann's place.
In the Braves' 84 victories this season, center fielder Michael Bourn owns a .318 (111-for-349) batting average and has scored 72 runs.
Marlins: Lee playing well with bothersome neck
Carlos Lee went 1-for-4 with a walk in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Cincinnati. He left Friday's game because of a sore neck, but came back on Saturday with a two-run home run.
"I'm fine," Lee said. "I saw the doctor [on Friday night]. The doctor said that [this type of neck injury] is very common in football. All I experienced was the numbness in my fingers, that's why I came out."
Since returning from knee surgery on Aug. 7, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has hit 15 home runs and driven in 31 runs. His 15 homers since that date lead the Majors.
Atlanta leads the all-time series with the Marlins, 181-133.
Since the beginning of August, Marlins catcher John Buck has posted a .282 average (22-for-78) with eight doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs in 22 games.