(Editor’s note: This article first appeared on March 22, 2012, following Braves third baseman Chipper Jones’ announcement that the 2012 season would be his last.) 1. Smashing playoffs debut. As a rookie, hit two home runs in his first postseason game, Game 1 of the 1995 National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies, including the game-winner in the ninth inning of a 5-4 Braves victory. The decisive hit came with two outs off Curtis Leskanic. “I don’t even think I realized what I had done,” Jones said after the game. “It was like I was running with my feet two feet off the ground.” He also made a diving stop of an Andres Galarraga smash in the eighth inning. 2. Breakthrough against Wagner. Hit a three-run homer for a 7-4 victory in Game 1 of 2001 NLDS against the Houston Astros. The homer came off Billy Wagner, who had held Jones hitless (including six strikeouts) in eight previous plate appearances. “I … [Read more...] about Chipper Jones’ top 10 career moments
Chipper Jones adresses the 2012 NL All Stars before his final All Star Game. @RealCJ10) pic.twitter.com/aLeb4eKViK— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) January 23, 2018 On the day of the announcement of the 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame class, Chipper Jones shared a throwback video addressing the NL All-Stars in Jones’ last All-Star game in 2012. Proud moment right here, addressing the NL All stars in 2012. Thank you to Tony LaRussa for giving me the honor! https://t.co/8BGTyH9oT6— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) January 24, 2018 The 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame announcement will be broadcasted on the MLB Network beginning at 6 p.m. August 19, 2016 Atlanta - Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is introduced during Braves Hall of Fame luncheon at Hyatt Regency on Friday, August 19, 2016. Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz and former outfielder Andruw Jones were inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame. The duo were inducted during a … [Read more...] about WATCH: Chipper Jones shares throwback video addressing NL All-Stars
The Baseball Writers Association of America on Jan. 24 announce the 2018 Hall of Fame class, which is shaping up to be one of the largest ever according to Twitter user Ryan Thibodaux’s unofficial tracker. This daily countdown will take a look at the case of the top-10 candidates for Cooperstown enshrinement. CHIPPER JONES Ballot, last year: First ballot Trending in 2018: 98.5 (47.9 percent of ballot public) Years active: 1993-2012 (19 seasons) Position(s): Third baseman, left fielder Team(s): Braves Career WAR: 85.0 WAR (baseball-reference.com) Notable stats: .303 avg., .401 OBP, .529 SLG, 468 HRs, 1623 RBIs, 1619 runs, 150 steals Honors: NL MVP (1999), All-Star Games (8), Silver Slugger awards (2) THE CASE FOR Among the switch-hitters with at least 5,000 at-bats, only Jones and Frankie Frisch (1919-1937) hit better than .300 from both sides of the plate. The only switch-hitter with more RBIs is Hall-of-Famer Eddie Murphy (1,917). Additionally, Jones and Mickey Mantle are the … [Read more...] about Case study: Chipper Jones’ Hall credentials
In the past 12 months, Vladimir Guerrero didn’t hit any more home runs, Trevor Hoffman didn’t earn any more saves and Edgar Martinez didn’t win any more batting titles. But when election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., all three holdover candidates are hoping to have gained enough support in the last year to make it to the stage in Cooperstown, New York, in July, when the Class of 2018 is inducted. The annual Hall of Fame vote, conducted by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, is a complex, ever-shifting organism — subject to a byzantine election process, changing attitudes toward performance-enhancing drugs and the growing influence of analytics in measuring value. While two new candidates — Chipper Jones and Jim Thome — appear poised to sail into Cooperstown on their first ballots, some additional drama will occur further down the ballot, where a slew of holdover … [Read more...] about Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and who else should make up Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018?
The Baseball Writers Association of America and the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday will announce results of 2018 voting, and former Richmond Brave Chipper Jones is expected to be part of the incoming class. Jones starred in Atlanta, but before that, he played shortstop for the Triple-A R-Braves in 1993, when he was named International League Rookie of the Year. In his lone season in Richmond, Jones played 139 games and batted .325, leading the IL in hits, triples and runs. He also made 43 errors. Assuming Jones does gain entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he will join these players or managers from Richmond’s professional teams. Luke Appling – managed the Richmond Virginians 1954-55, inducted in 1964. Bobby Cox – played for the R-Braves in 1967, inducted 2014. Tony La Russa – played for the R-Braves in 1972, inducted in 2014. Phil Niekro – pitched for the R-Braves in 1966, managed them in 1991, inducted 1997. Tom Glavine – pitched … [Read more...] about Chipper Jones expected to add to list of Richmond links to Baseball Hall of Fame
ATLANTA — When Chipper Jones took stock of all of the familiar names he's on the cusp of rejoining, he wondered if it might be time to expand the Baseball Hall of Fame. "We need to see if we can erect our own room in Cooperstown," Jones quipped, flashing that dry sense of humor he was known for during his playing days. All signs point to Jones becoming the latest member of those great Atlanta Braves teams of the 1990s and early 2000s to enter the Hall when the inductees are revealed on Wednesday. The Braves' Big Three — pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz — already have taken their place in Cooperstown, along with Atlanta's longtime manager, Bobby Cox , and the architect of 14 straight division titles, general manager John Schuerholz. A third baseman who played his entire 19-year career in Atlanta, Jones appears certain of election based on a tracking of ballots that show his support running at more than 98 percent , well above the 75 percent threshold. … [Read more...] about Chipper Jones set to join familiar names in Hall of Fame
USA TODAY Sports is counting down the top 24 candidates on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, based on voting by our power rankings panel, which includes five Hall voters.No. 2 Chipper JonesThe nasal voice of the late Atlanta Braves broadcaster Skip Caray still resonates in the mind of baseball fans when Chipper Jones’ name comes up. Caray’s frequent references to the star third baseman typically involved something good happening for the Braves.Jones, the first overall pick in the 1990 draft, was the embodiment of the ballyhooed prospect who lives up to every one of the high expectations placed upon him. Jones earned an MVP award, helped the Braves win a World Series and became a franchise cornerstone for the better part of their run of 14 consecutive division crowns.Hall countdown No. 3: Roger Clemens No. 4: Vladimir Guerrero No. 5: Jim Thome Complete list The next logical step for Jones is election to the Hall of Fame, and that should happen … [Read more...] about Hall of Fame countdown: Chipper Jones a worthy addition to third base fraternity
USA TODAY Sports is counting down the top 24 candidates on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, based on voting by our power rankings panel, which includes five Hall voters.No. 2 Chipper JonesThe nasal voice of the late Atlanta Braves broadcaster Skip Caray still resonates in the mind of baseball fans when Chipper Jones’ name comes up. Caray’s frequent references to the star third baseman typically involved something good happening for the Braves.Jones, the first overall pick in the 1990 draft, was the embodiment of the ballyhooed prospect who lives up to every one of the high expectations placed upon him. Jones earned an MVP award, helped the Braves win a World Series and became a franchise cornerstone for the better part of their run of 14 consecutive division crowns.Hall countdown No. 3: Roger Clemens No. 4: Vladimir Guerrero No. 5: Jim Thome Complete list The next logical step for Jones is election to the Hall of Fame, and that should happen … [Read more...] about Hall of Fame countdown: Chipper Jones will add deserving member to third base fraternity
Chipper Jones. Chipper Jones? Yep. Chipper Jones. He represents the new standard.With Baseball Hall of Fame voting set to be announced Wednesday, the Braves third baseman is getting extraordinary support from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.Almost half of the more than 400 expected ballots are in, according to Hall of Fame election tracker Ryan Thibodaux, and Jones is at about 98.5 percent.“He’s doing pretty well,” Thibodaux said. “First of all, people think of him as clean, so he doesn’t get that initial 20 to 30 percent knock off from the voters who don’t vote for PED-suspected players.“Switch hitter. Power from both sides. Played a long time. Racked up numbers. Played a tough defensive position, and played it well,” he said. “So, I think there’s not a whole lot to argue against. Even if maybe he might not be (Willie) Mays or (Henry) Aaron, he was pretty damn good.”Except there’s plenty to … [Read more...] about Moore: Does Chipper Jones deserve to be in rare Hall of Fame company?
Braves great Chipper Jones will be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday. It will be a slam dunk. Well, a home run at least. It’s just a matter of how many votes the switch-hitting third baseman receives. Jones could finish with one of the highest voting percentages of all time. Chipper played 19 seasons for the Braves in Atlanta, compiling astounding statistics like a .303 career batting average and 468 home runs. We’ve scoured our archives for the best images of Jones. Watch the video above to see a tribute to the Braves’ next Hall of Famer. Also spend some time with David O’Brien’s extensive conversation with Chipper on myAJC.com: … [Read more...] about Watch: A tribute to Braves great Chipper Jones