Chipper Jones

American baseball player Chipper Jones

Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones, Jr. is an American baseball third baseman who has played for 19 seasons with the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. Although initially a shortstop, he has spent most of his career as the starting third baseman for the Braves. In 2002 and 2003, Jones primarily played left field, before returning to third base in 2004. Jones debuted in 1993, and has played his entire career with the Atlanta Braves.
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Why Are There So Few Third Basemen in the Hall of Fame?
NYTimes - 27 days
Chipper Jones became just the 17th player from the position to be voted into the hall this week, and no one can quite explain the underrepresentation.
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Chipper Jones follows his idol Mantle into the Hall of Fame
ABC News - 28 days
Jones got in on his first try with one of the highest voting percentages ever.
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Chipper Jones, Jim Thome head new Baseball Hall of Fame class
Fox News - 28 days
Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero were overwhelmingly voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday, while Trevor Hoffman narrowly made the cut on his third try.
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Hoffman, Guerrero, Jones and Thome elected to baseball Hall
Fox News - 28 days
Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.
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On Baseball: Chipper Jones Will Get Into the Hall of Fame. So Why Not Gary Sheffield?
NYTimes - 30 days
A breakdown of the players who are showing up 10th on Hall of Fame voters’ ballots. (Kent, McGriff, Sosa, Vizquel ….)
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Jim Thome, Chipper Jones join Hall of Fame ballot; Dodgers make roster moves
LATimes - 3 months
Third baseman Chipper Jones and first baseman-designated hitter Jim Thome are among 19 newcomers on the Hall of Fame ballot announced Monday. Former San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short of election last year, and former Angels and Montreal Expos outfielder Vladimir...
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Baseball's Chipper Jones Lists Ranch for $20.77 Million
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
The retired third baseman said he is returning to the Atlanta area after being hired as a special assistant for his longtime team, the Atlanta Braves.
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Sports Briefing: Chipper Jones Returning to Braves
NYTimes - about 2 years
Jones, an eight-time All-Star, has been hired as a special assistant to baseball operations.
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Was There a Bat 'Autographed' by 'Ken Griffey III' in the 2015 Scene in <i>Back to the Future Part II</i>?
Huffington Post - over 2 years
With "Back to the Future Day" approaching, I thought it would be nice to spotlight some legends from the films, which is easy, as few films seem to spawn as many rumors, myths and legends as the Back to the Future franchise, particularly the scenes in the second film set in the future. Whether it be the famed "hoverboards are for real" joke by director Robert Zemeckis (that way too many people took seriously) or the requests sent to Nike for self-tying sneakers like the ones Marty McFly wears in the film, people really took the scenes set in 2015 quite seriously. The world of sports also has a great many legends spinning out of those 2015 scenes in Back to the Future II, which makes sense, seeing as how the plot of the second film involved a Sports Almanac being used to travel back to the past to amass a fortune through gambling. The most prolific sports legend about the film involves the (falsely) assumed notion that the film predicted that the Florida Marlins would win the...
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Freddie Freeman, the Next Chipper Jones, Is (Shudder) Headed to Citi Field
NYTimes - almost 3 years
Through 2014, Freeman had 13 home runs and 59 runs batted in against the Mets in 71 games, but this year, the Mets are on the rise.
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Chipper Jones rescues ex-Braves teammate from Atlanta storm
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
Have no fear, Atlanta. Chipper Jones is here!
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Chipper Jones "rescues" Freddie Freeman during winter storm
Buckhead 11 Alive - about 4 years
During Tuesday's winter storm, Jones helped former teammate and current Braves first basemen, Freddie Freeman out of the cold weather with the help of his 4 wheeler. 
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Report: Braves boycott Chipper's first pitch
Chicago Times - over 4 years
The New York Post reports: When Chipper Jones threw out the first pitch before the Atlanta Braves' NLDS opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Thursday, the former Braves star had to throw to the team mascot because no player volunteered to catch him.     
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 43
    On June 21, 2016 Jones and Higgins announced via Twitter that they are expecting a baby in January 2017.
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    He returned to the Braves as an adviser for the 2016 season.
  • 2015
    Age 42
    Jones and Higgins were married on June 14, 2015.
  • 2014
    Age 41
    During a 2014 winter storm, Jones rescued, former teammate and current Atlanta Brave, Freddie Freeman.
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  • 2013
    Age 40
    In February 2013, the Atlanta Braves announced that they would induct Jones into the Braves Hall of Fame and retire his number, 10.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 39
    The final game of his career was the 2012 National League Wild Card Playoff (dubbed the "infield fly rule game" following a controversial call by umpire Sam Holbrook), in which the Braves lost 6–3.
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    On September 12, 2012, Jones recorded his 1500th walk in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the first switch hitter in Major League Baseball history to obtain at least 2500 hits, 1500 RBIs, 1500 runs and 1500 walks.
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    On August 16, 2012, Jones hit two home runs and collected his 2,700th hit.
    On July 3, 2012, Jones was named to the NL All-Star team as a replacement for the injured Matt Kemp.
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    Jones is also in 33rd position on the list of Major League Baseball career doubles leaders, passing Lou Gehrig's record for doubles during the same series with Arizona on June 29, 2012.
    Jones hit his 460th home run off Trevor Cahill of the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 27, 2012, putting Jones in 33rd position on the list of top 300 Major League Baseball home run hitters.
    Jones opened the 2012 season on the disabled list, following surgery on March 26, 2012 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
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    On March 22, 2012, the Braves announced that Jones would retire following the 2012 season, after 19 Major League seasons with the team.
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  • 2011
    Age 38
    On August 31, 2011, Jones hit his 450th career home run off John Lannan of the Washington Nationals.
    On August 19, 2011, Jones confirmed that he would return for the 2012 season, the final year on his contract, thus ending ongoing speculation about his possible retirement.
    On August 12, 2011, Jones hit a three-run homer against the Chicago Cubs for his 1000th extra base hit.
    When this became ineffective, he elected to undergo arthroscopic surgery and was placed on the disabled list on July 9, 2011.
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    Jones suffered from a torn meniscus in his right knee for much of the first half of the 2011 season, and received Cortisone shots in an attempt to manage the pain.
    He also tied Mickey Mantle for second most RBIs all time by a switch hitter; Jones passed Mantle for sole possession of second place all-time on April 27, 2011 (with 1,512 RBI) after a 3-run stand up triple, helping the Braves beat the San Diego Padres 7–0.
    On April 26, 2011, Chipper recorded his 500th double against the San Diego Padres.
    On April 13, 2011, he recorded his 1500th RBI against the Florida Marlins, with a solo home run off Randy Choate.
    On April 8, 2011, Jones hit his 2,500th base hit in the Braves' home opener versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
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    Jones made great progress with his rehab and took part in spring training. He was in the Braves' opening day lineup against the Nationals, getting the first hit and scoring the first run of the 2011 Major League Baseball season.
  • 2010
    Age 37
    Jones's season came to an end after he was injured in a game against the Houston Astros on August 10, 2010; injury reports indicated that he had torn the ACL in his left knee, which would require surgery.
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    Jones got off to a poor start in 2010 and met with Atlanta Braves management in June to discuss possible retirement at the end of the season, but his performance improved as the season progressed.
  • 2009
    Age 36
    In 2009, Jones led all major league third basemen in errors, with 22, and had the lowest fielding percentage of any starting major league third baseman (.930).
    In 2009, he was ranked #10 on the Sporting News list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball.
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    On March 31, 2009, Jones agreed to a three-year $42 million contract extension with the Braves; the deal includes an option that could become worth up to $61 million over four seasons.
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    As reported by CBC News on March 13, 2009, Jones criticized Toronto and the play schedule of the World Baseball Classic.
    Jones was scratched from an elimination game in the 2009 World Baseball Classic after straining his right oblique muscle, while playing for team USA.
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  • 2008
    Age 35
    In December 2008, Jones accepted an invitation to play for the USA team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
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    In 2008, Jones tied a MLB record for most consecutive 20+ home run seasons to start a career (14).
    Jones hit .364 during 2008, one point off the all-time switch-hitter high for a season of .365, set by Mickey Mantle.
    He was picked to start in the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, receiving the most votes by fans, managers, and other players of any NL third basemen.
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    Jones began the 2008 season where he left off in 2007, hitting over .400 in April while slugging 7 home runs.
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    He was the MLB batting champion in 2008 after hitting .364.
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  • 2007
    Age 34
    He opened the Chipper Jones's 10th Inning Baseball Academy in Suwanee, Georgia, in late 2007.
    Jones performed well both offensively and defensively during the 2007 season.
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  • 2006
    Age 33
    On July 15, 2006, Jones recorded his 1,902nd career hit, to become the Atlanta Braves' all-time hits leader, passing Hank Aaron.
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    The 2006 season was one of numerous milestones for Jones.
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    He hit a home run in his first at bat of the Classic against Mexico off of Atlanta Braves teammate Óscar Villarreal, who was with the team from 2006 to 2007.
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    Jones was selected to play in the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic (along with Braves teammates Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann).
  • 2005
    Age 32
    Following the 2005 season, Jones reworked his contract with the Braves—freeing up money for the Braves to pursue elite free agents, while virtually assuring he would end his career in Atlanta.
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  • 2004
    Age 31
    On August 16, 2004, he hit the 300th home run of his career in a 5–4 victory over the San Diego Padres.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 29
    In 2002, he batted .327, again 5th best in the NL.
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    Jones proved adequate in left field, but following two more early playoff exits in 2002 and 2003, a hamstring pull in the early 2004 season and then 3rd baseman Mark DeRosa's struggles, he moved back to his regular position of third base.
    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.
  • 2001
    Age 28
    In 2001, a season of flux for the Braves who had won consecutive division titles since their 1995 World Series victory without winning again, Jones was involved in a public "lingering feud" with former teammate John Rocker.
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    Jones batted .330 in 2001, 5th best in the league, and led the league with a .349 road batting average.
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  • 2000
    Age 27
    He married Sharon Logonov in March 2000 in Pierson, Florida.
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    Jones signed a six-year, $90 million deal in 2000.
  • 1999
    Age 26
    During the 1999 NLCS, Jones drew the ire of Mets fans by saying, "Now, all the Mets fans can go home and put their Yankees' stuff on."
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    In 1999, Jones won the National League MVP award after becoming the first player ever to hit over .300 (.319) while slugging 40 or more home runs (45; 3rd in the NL) and doubles (41), drawing 100 or more walks (126; 3rd in the league), notching 100 or more RBI (110) and Runs scored (116), and stealing 20 or more bases (25).
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  • 1998
    Age 25
    In 1998, Jones came in ninth in the voting for NL MVP, as he scored 123 runs and had 96 walks (both 4th best in the league).
  • 1997
    Age 24
    Jones recorded the last official hit at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium before its demolition in 1997, as well as the first hit in Turner Field history.
  • 1996
    Age 23
    He also participated in the 1996 World Series, in which the Braves lost to the New York Yankees in six games.
  • 1995
    Age 22
    In addition to achieving a level of personal success, Jones participated in the 1995 World Series, in which the Braves won in six games over the Cleveland Indians.
    In 1995, Jones led all major league rookies in RBIs (86), games played (145), games started (123), plate appearances (602), at bats (524), and runs scored (87).
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  • 1994
    Age 21
    As a result, he spent the entire strike shortened 1994 season on the disabled list.
    In 1994, he was expected to compete for the starting left field job after veteran Ron Gant broke his leg during an offseason dirt bike accident.
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  • 1993
    Age 20
    Chipper Jones debuted on September 11, 1993, as the youngest player in the league.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1992
    Age 19
    Jones met his first wife, Karin Fulford, while he was playing with the Braves class A affiliate in Macon, Georgia. The couple married in 1992 and later divorced after it was revealed that Jones had an 18-month extramarital affair with a Hooters waitress that produced a son, Matthew, born in 1997.
    Jones moved up to the Durham Bulls, the Braves' class A-advanced minor league team, in 1992.
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  • 1991
    Age 18
    In 1991, Jones played with the Macon Braves, Atlanta's class-A minor league affiliate.
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  • 1990
    Age 17
    The Atlanta Braves selected Jones as the first pick overall in the 1990 Major League Baseball draft and signed him to a contract with a $400,000 signing bonus.
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    The number one overall pick in the 1990 MLB draft by Atlanta, Jones made his MLB debut late in 1993.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born
    Jones was born in DeLand, Florida on April 24, 1972.
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