Hall Of Fame
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.
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."
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1988 Florida High School Player Of The Year