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Chipper Jones

Welcome to the Chipper page. Winner of the National League MVP award in 1999.
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Chipper Jones is the Braves third baseman and a great home run hitter. Born on April 24, 1972, in Deland, FL, his real name is Larry Wayne Jones Jr. and he looks just like his father. People would say he was a "chip off the old block" and the name became Chipper. He was named Florida High School player of the year in 1990 and led Bolles High School in Jacksonville, FL to a state championship in 1990 with a .448 batting average. He was also drafted by the Atlanta Braves as the first pick in the entire draft in 1990.

His first assignment was with the Gulf Coast Braves where he played 44 games in 1990. In 1991, Chipper played for the Macon Braves. He led the league with 71 double plays while playing shortstop. The next year Chipper split time with the Durham Bulls and the Greenville Braves. In 1993, Chipper found himself in Richmond playing triple A ball with the Richmond Braves. He was the Braves AAA Player of the Year and was named the #2 Prospect in the International League by Baseball America.

1993 also brought Chipper's pro debut. He went 2 for 3. But 1994 was not a good year for Chipper because he spent the year on the disabled list with a knee injury. His first full major league season was 1995. He should have been a consensus Rookie of the Year but Hideo Nomo (Los Angeles) beat him out for the League award. He did however win The Sporting News Rookie of the Year. 1996 brought an even more improved Chipper, who was now playing third base. He was named to the All Star Team and started after Matt Williams was hurt. His 96 season numbers improved so much that Chipper Jones was named Atlanta's Most Vaulable Player. He soon became a leader in the clubhouse and a model to Braves fans everywhere.


Who are Chipper biggest influences?
When asked this question Chipper replied "I would have to say my father. He was always there when I was growing up and baseball wasn't forced upon me...He gave me the background to start my career."

Are there any players Chipper patterns his playing style after?
He patterned his switch hitting after Mickey Mantle as a child. As he grew up, he tried to play shortstop like Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken, and Barry Larkin.

What postion would Chipper prefer to play?
Centerfield because it is a less pressure filled position than in the infield.

Who is the toughest pitcher Chipper ever faced?
Chipper reply was "Greg Maddux. I haven't faced him in game type situations, but I have faced him in batting practice and early on in spring training the pitchers throw to the hitters live on the field and I think in 15 minutes of batting practice that he's thrown to me I've gotten about three balls out of the cage."

Does Chipper want to change teams?
Chipper said and I quote,"I'd love to play my entire career with the Braves."
The Family Man

Chipper's Career Stats

Bat Ave. Games At Bat Hits HR RBI Walks Strikeouts
1994DidNotPlay Injured
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1988 Florida High School Player Of The Year All State Player for Florida All-City Player for Jacksonville MVP for Bolles High School

1989 Florida High School Player Of The Year All State Player for Florida All-City Player for Jacksonville MVP for Bolles High School

1990 Florida High School Player Of The Year All State Player for Florida All-City Player for Jacksonville MVP for Bolles High School First Round Draft Pick in the Country for Atlanta

1995 National League Rookie of The Year- Sporting News

1996 Atlanta's Most Valuable Player

1999 National League Most Vaulable Player -Baseball Association

2000 Named to the NL All-Star team

page updated 8/11/01
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