Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves Living Legend
|March 10, 2012||Posted by admin under Chipper Jones|
Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones, Jr. was born April 24, 1972. At the time of this writing, Chipper has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves.
Chipper came to the major leagues as a shortstop. Chipper spent most of his career as the starting third baseman for the Braves. In 2002 and 2003, Jones primarily played left field, before landing on third base in 2004.
Chipper Jones debuted in 1993, and has played his entire career with the Atlanta Braves. Chipper won the 1999 National League Most Valuable Player Award, as well as the 1999 and 2000 National League Silver Slugger Award for third basemen.
He currently holds the Braves team record for career on base percentage (.406), and on July 5, 2007, he passed Dale Murphy for third place on the Braves all-time career home run list.
In his career, through the 2011 season, Chipper Jones is a .304 hitter with 454 home runs, 1,455 walks, and 1,561 RBI in 2,387 games. He trails only former Baltimore Oriole great, Eddie Murray on the all-time switch hitters career RBI list.
He is considered one of the game's best all-around hitters, and one of the best switch hitters in the history of the game. He is the only switch hitter in Major League Baseball history to have a .300+ career (.304 at the end of the 2011 season) batting average and 400 or more home runs. Most experts feel Chipper Jones will be elect into the Baseball Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible after he retires. As a Braves fan, I hope that Chipper plays out his career in an Atlanta Braves uniform.