Chipper Jones Bio

NAME: Larry Wayne Jones, Jr.
NICKNAME: Chipper
POSITION: Infield
BATS: Switch
THROWS: Right
HEIGHT: 6-4
WEIGHT: 210
BIRTHDATE: 4/24/72
BIRTHPLACE: DeLand, FL
RESIDES: Alpharetta, GA
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE: 4 + 024
CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 1999
FAMILY: Married, wifes name is Karin
PETS: 2 Golden Retrievers, named Georgia and Savannah
SPORTS HERO AS A KID: Cal Ripken, Jr.
HOBBIES: Hunting and Fishing
PLACE HE WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT: Australia
SECRET AMBITION: To open a hunting lodge
SECRET TALENT: None. What you see is what you get.
PERSON HE WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: Michael Jordan
PEOPLE HE MOST ADMIRED WHEN HE WAS A KID: Mom and Dad
BEST ADVICE HE EVER RECIEVED: “Keep your eye on the ball.”-Dad
CAR: BMW
BIGGEST SPORTS THRILL: Winning the 1995 World Series
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Blowing out his knee

1997 Post-Season – Atlanta Braves
1997 Season – Atlanta Braves
1996 Post-Season – Atlanta Braves
1996 Season – Atlanta Braves
1995 Post-Season – Atlanta Braves
1995 Season – Atlanta Braves
1994 Season – Atlanta Braves
1993 Season – Richmond Braves
1992 Season – Durham Bulls/Greenville Braves
1991 – Macon Braves
1990 Season – Bradenton Braves

Chipper’s Awards
1988:
Florida High School Player of the Year
All-State Player for Florida
All-City Player for Jacksonville
MVP for Bolles High School

1989:
Florida High School Player of the Year
All-State Player for Florida
All-City Player for Jacksonville
MVP for Bolles High School

1990:
Florida High School Player of the Year
All-State Player for Florida
All-City Player for Jacksonville
MVP for Bolles High School
First Pick in the Draft, taken by the Atlanta Braves

1991:
MVP — South Atlanta League — Class A Macon Braves

1992:
Top Prospect — Class A — Carolina League — Durham Bulls
Top Prospect — Class AA — Southern League — Greenville Braves

1993:
Rookie of the Year — Class AAA — International League — Richmond Braves

1995:
National League Rookie of the Year — The Sporting News — Atlanta Braves

1996:
Runner Up — National League Most Valuable Player
Atlanta Braves’ Most Valuable Player
Named to the National League All-Star team
The only player on either team in the World Series to reach base safely in each game

1997:
Named to the National League All-Star team

Chipper’s Favorite Things
SPORT TO WATCH (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): College Football
SPORT TO PLAY (OTHER THAN BASEBALL): Basketball
ATHLETE: Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle
FOOD: Pizza
ANIMAL: Golden Retriever
ACTORS: Tom Cruise, Kevin Costner
ACTRESS: Michelle Pfeiffer
MOVIE: Top Gun
TELEVISION SHOW: Sportscenter
MUSIC: R&B
BALLPARK: Coors Field and Wrigley Field
SONG: Roxanne, by The Police
ALBUM: Eagles’ Greatest Hits
BOOK: The Firm, by John Grisham and The Warren Commission

Chipper Quotes
What others say about Chipper Jones

“I think Chipper Jones is not human. I think he’s been created by Ted Turner and some scientists.”

-Lenny Dykstra on Chipper
“It’s frustrating, but that’s baseball. It’s not played on paper. It’s not played inside TV sets.”

-Chipper on the frustration of losing to the Florida Marlins
“It means a lot, the population has the power to pick the starting lineup and the majority of the population feels I’m the best third baseman in the National League. That’s a great honor. I’m flattered.”

-Chipper on being a starter in the All-Star Game
“It’s like being up in front of 50,000 people, naked.”

-Chipper when asked if he was nervous during the home run derby
“He’ll be an all-star forever.”

-Bobby Cox on Chipper
“He’s got the potential to be one of those upper-echelon, top-five-or-10 players from a certain decade or era. If he continues to stay healthy and get better every year like he has, he’ll definitely be the class of his era of ballplayers. No question.”

-Tom Glavine on Chipper’s potential
“The sky’s the limit for a kid who’s a switch-hitter with power and a stroke like he has.”

-Dante Bichette on Chipper’s potential
“When I saw him from the other side [with Colorado], I thought he was a good power hitter — not 35-40 [homers], but 25-30. Now, I see this guy’s bigger. He doesn’t look as big from the other side. But when I saw him in the locker room in Orlando, I said, ‘Damn, Chipper, you’re bigger than I thought.’ He’s a tall guy, a big guy.”

-Andres Galarraga on Chipper’s size
“There’s a changing of the guard going on around here. There’s no question about that.”

-Tom Glavine on Jones’ new leadership role
“Do I go out and put a big ‘C’ on my shoulder and call myself captain of this club? No, I would never do that. But I think my going out there every day for 160 games and having the pressure of hitting third in the lineup and playing third base, driving in or scoring runs like I do on offense, some of that responsibility is going to fall on my shoulders.”

-Chipper on his new leadership role
“(A slump) can last anywhere for three or four games to 10 days to two weeks. I went through one at the beginning of last season when I couldn’t hit water if I fell out of a boat.”

-Chipper on last year’s slump
“Chipper probably worked harder than any of them in the offseason. He was down here real early. I think he thinks he had a bad year.”

-Bobby Cox on Chipper starting Spring Training early
“I don’t think people realize how many ice bags are used in here and how many Ace bandages are just holding body parts on.”

-Chipper on injuries
“It’s like he was born to play this game.”

-Mark Wohlers on Chipper
“I sometimes think that my first name is ‘Chipper’s’ and my last name’s ‘dad.'”

-Larry, Sr.
“Those things, I don’t do those things. Something as fundamental as base-running and getting thrown out like that twice, I mean, that might happen to me once in two years. And it happened twice in two nights. It was something weird. It was like an out-of-body experience. I was looking down on this guy and he’s messing up time and time again. I don’t know.”

-Chipper on his base-running mistakes in the NLCS against Florida
“We’re thrilled to death with Chipper Jones right now. It’s worked out. He’s something special.”

-Bobby Cox on Chipper as the #1 draft pick in 1990 instead of Todd Van Poppel
“I can honestly say, if I’d have gotten up, we’d have won that ballgame. I was so focused on that at-bat, and so ready for that at-bat. I wasn’t the least bit concerned that I was going to be the last out of the World Series. I could’ve re-wrote history with that one at-bat. And how many chances do you get?

“To be honest, I haven’t been up in a do-or-die situation that could’ve compared to that. That’s the moment that you dream of your whole life. I was one pitch away from being two outs, top of the ninth inning, Game 6 of the World Series, bases loaded, down a run. That’s what you go out in the backyard for your whole life and you’re thinking about, ‘How sweet would it be to get a base hit?’ And every time in that backyard, I got a base hit to win the game. Every single time.”

-Chipper on waiting on deck in Game 6 of the World Series against the New York Yankees

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