"(A slump) can last anywhere for three or four games to 10 days to two weeks. I went through one at the beginning of last season when I couldn't hit water if I fell out of a boat."
-Chipper on last year's slump
"Those things, I don't do those things. Something as fundamental as base-running and getting thrown out like that twice, I mean, that might happen to me once in two years. And it happened twice in two nights. It was something weird. It was like an out-of-body experience. I was looking down on this guy and he's messing up time and time again. I don't know."
-Chipper on his base-running mistakes in the NLCS against Florida
"Chipper probably worked harder than any of them in the off season. He was down here real early. I think he thinks he had a bad year."
-Bobby Cox on Chipper starting Spring Training early
"I don't think people realize how many ice bags are used in here and how many Ace bandages are just holding body parts on."
-Chipper on injuries
"When I saw him from the other side [with Colorado], I thought he was a good power hitter -- not 35-40 [homers], but 25-30. Now, I see this guy is bigger. He does not look as big from the other side. But when I saw him in the locker room in Orlando, I said, 'Damn, Chipper, you're bigger than I thought' He's a tall guy, a big guy"
-Andres Galarraga on Chipper's size
Now here is some information about the one and only Chipper Jones:
"We're thrilled to death with Chipper Jones right now. It's worked out. He's something special."
-Bobby Cox on Chipper as the #1 draft pick in 1990 instead of Todd Van Poppel
"It's frustrating, but that's baseball. It's not played on paper. It's not played inside TV sets."
-Chipper on the frustration of losing to the Florida Marlins
"I sometimes think that my first name is 'Chipper's' and my last name's 'dad'"
"There's a changing of the guard going on around here. There's no question about that."
-Tom Glavine on Jones' new leadership role
"Do I go out and put a big 'C' on my shoulder and call myself captain of this club? No, I would never do that. But I think my going out there every day for 160 games and having the pressure of hitting third in the lineup and playing third base, driving in or scoring runs like I do on offense, some of that responsibility is going to fall on my shoulders."
-Chipper on his new leadership role
"It's like being up in front of 50,000 people, naked."
-Chipper when asked if he was nervous during the home run derby
1995 SEASON: Finished second to Hideo Nomo for National League Rookie of the Year... Led all rookies in RBI's (86), games played (140), games started (135), plate appearances (600), at bats (524), and runs scored (87)... Started 121 games at 3rd base, 13 in left-field, and 4 in right field... Hit .265 with 23 home runs and 86 RBI's for the year... Hit .389 with 2 home runs in the Division Series... Hit two bombs in Game 1 vs. Colorado Rockies, with a solo home run in the 9th inning giving The Braves a 5-4 victory... Diving play in the 8th inning of the game held The Rockies to a 4-4 tie and prevented a big inning... Was 3 for 5 in Game 2, including a 9th inning double that sparked a rally and turned a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 lead... Hit .438 with 1 home run in NLCS... Hit .286 in the World Series... Post season stats: hit .364, had 3 home runs, and 8 RBI's.
"That was ugly, just flat-out ugly. But we'll take it anyway."
- Chipper , after a six-error, three-hour 4-3 victory over the Brewers
1996 SEASON: Posted a .309 average with 30 home runs and 110 RBI's in his second full year... Legitimate MVP candidate... Most versatile player in baseball playing third base (117), shortstop (38), and right field (1)... Named to his first All-star team and started for the injured Matt Williams... Had four separate 11-game hitting streaks this year... Reached base safely in 34 straight games from 5/15 to 6/24... Slugged two home runs in the sweep of the Dodgers in the Division Series.
1997 SEASON: Became the first Atlanta third baseman to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season Led the team with a career- best 111 RBI's, runs (100), multi-hit games (54), and multi-RBI games (26). His 41 doubles were also a career-high and an Atlanta Braves record and the most since Hank Aaron hit 40 for Milwaukee in 1965. His five runs scored Aug. 30 against Boston were a career-high and tied an Atlanta team record. Became the first Braves third baseman since 1959-60 to drive in 100+ runs in back-to-back seasons. Authored hitting streaks of 10 and 13 games. Set a National League mark by hitting three grand slams in a 13-game stretch. Picked up the first hit ever at Turner Field, a single off Chicago's Kevin Foster, and was elected to his second consecutive All-star game. Stole a career-high three bases July 6 at Montreal.
"It means a lot, the population has the power to pick the starting lineup and the majority of the population feels I'm the best third baseman in the National League. That's a great honor. I'm flattered."
-Chipper on being a starter in the All-Star Game
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Larry Wayne Jones was the first selection (#1 overall) in the 1990 June free agent draft... 1990 Florida High School Player of the Year... Missed all of 1994 with a left knee injury... In 1993, he was named the Braves AAA player of the year... Named #2 prospect in the International League by Baseball America... Hit .325 with 13 home runs and 89 RBI's that year... In 1992 hit .277 in 70 games at Durham and .346 in 67 games at Greenville... Hit .326 with 15 home runs and 98 RBI's in full year at Macon in 1991... Made Major League debut in 1993, going 2 for 3
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