Chipper Jones

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Chipper Jones
Position Third Base
Team Atlanta Braves
Years of Experience 11 years
Age 33
Height 6-4
Weight 220 lbs. (100 kg)
Bats Switch
Throws Right
College N/A
2005 Salary $16,008,539
Place of Birth DeLand, Florida
Selection 1st round (1st pick) amateur draft, 1990.
Drafted by Atlanta Braves
Major League Debut September 11, 1993

Larry Wayne Jones, Jr. (born April 24, 1972 in DeLand, Florida), better known as Chipper Jones, is a Major League Baseball third baseman.

Jones was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1990 amateur draft. He made a quick jump through the minors to make his major league debut on September 11, 1993.

After sitting out the entire 1994 season with an ACL tear in his left knee, Jones came back strong in 1995, leading all major league rookies in RBI (86), games played (145), games started (123), plate appearances (602), at-bats (524), and runs scored (87). He eventually went on to win The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award, and finished second in the BBWAA Rookie of the Year balloting behind Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo.

In 1999, Jones won the National League MVP award after hitting .319 with 45 home runs and 110 RBI. Jones led the Braves to the World Series against the New York Yankees that year, in which the Braves were swept. He did, however, hit their only home run in the series, against Yankees starter Orlando Hernández.

Following the failure of the Braves to win the pennant the past two years, before the start of the 2002 season, Jones announced his willingness to move from third base to left field to make room for the incoming Vinny Castilla. Jones proved adequate in left field, but following two more early playoff exits in 2002 and 2003 and a hamstring pull in the early 2004 season, he moved back to his traditional third base.

On August 16, 2004 Jones hit the 300th home run of his career in a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

In an 11-season career, Jones is a .303 hitter with 330 home runs and 1108 RBIs in 1646 games. Today, he is considered one of the game's best all-around hitters.

He is the only switch hitter in Major League Baseball history to have a .300+ career batting average and more than 300 home runs. Mickey Mantle, arguably the best switch hitter of all time, ended his career with a .298 batting average.

Jones has emerged as a team leader in recent years and is well-respected in the clubhouse.

Awards and Accomplishments

Along with his many awards he has finished four times in the top 10 votes for the National League MVP (1996-98,2000). He also set a streak of eight consecutive 100-RBI seasons from 1996-2003, but failed to reach it again in 2004 with only ninety-six.

Trivia

  • Jones began playing baseball at the elite North Florida prep school The Bolles School.
  • Jones is an avid hunter and owns the Double Dime Ranch near Carrizo Springs, Texas.
  • Jones' two wives have confusing first names. His first wife was Karin and his current wife is Sharon.
  • In 1998, Jones was a subject of scandal due to his fathering of a child -- with a Hooters waitress, not his wife at the time, Karin.
  • Jones and his second wife (Sharon) have three children, Larry Wayne III (Trey), Tristen, and Shea, named after after Shea Stadium, where Jones hit his first major league home run on May 9, 1995.

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