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Chipper Jones

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Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones

MLB

Vital Statistics:

Born: April 24, 1972

Hometown: DeLand, Florida

Height: 6-4

Weight: 210

Bats: Switch

Throws: Right

Family: Wife, Sharon; sons Matthew, Larry Wayne III (Trey), Shea and Tristan

Primary position: Third base

Given name: Larry Wayne Jones Jr. (nicknamed Chipper because he was a "chip off the old block" of his father)

Before The Bigs:

  • Was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 draft out of The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, where he led the team to a state championship.
  • Hit .326 and drove in 98 runs at Single-A Macon in 1991, then hit .346 with nine home runs and 42 RBI in 63 games at Double-A Greenville in 1992 at age 20.
  • Was the Triple-A All-Star shortstop in 1993, when he hit .325 with 89 RBI at Richmond. He made his big-league debut that September.

Career highlights:

  • Missed the entire 1994 season with a torn knee ligament.
  • Moved to third base in the majors and drove in a rookie-best 86 runs in 1995; he finished second in National League Rookie of the Year balloting (behind Japanese pitching sensation Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers).
  • Hit three home runs in the 1995 postseason as the Braves won the World Series.
  • Was named NL MVP in 1999, when he hit .319 with 45 home runs and 119 RBI and stole 25 bases.
  • Has hit 20 or more home runs in every season in the majors, and drove in 100 runs or more in eight consecutive seasons from 1996 to 2003
  • Third on the all-time list for home runs by a switch hitter behind Eddie Murray (504) and Mickey Mantle (536)
  • Played left field in 2002 and 2003; moved back to third base in 2004.
  • He's the Braves' all-time leader (since their move to Atlanta) in hits, home runs and RBI.
  • Played left field in 2002 and 2003; moved back to third base in 2004.
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