Braves legend tallies 10th-highest percentage in balloting history
ATLANTA — Though he was certain he was going to receive the hallowed call, Chipper Jones tossed and turned as he experienced a restless night and attempted to calm the excitement he felt when he received confirmation he now has the distinction of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
“I knew today was going to be a day that could possibly change my life forever,” Jones said. “You have a handful of instances where something happens that will change your life, with marriages and kids. But professionally, being drafted No. 1 overall in 1990 changed my life forever. Today was another instance where my life will never be the same.”
Dec 17, 2015 – 5:45pm EST- Phil W. Hudson – Staff Writer – Atlanta Business Chronicle
A familiar face is returning to the Atlanta Braves. The team hired former All-Star Chipper Jones, who retired as a player following the 2012 season, as a special assistant to baseball operations. Jones will report to John Hart, president of baseball operations, and to General Manager John Coppolella.
“We are excited to bring Chipper on board as a special assistant,” Coppolella said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience – from being a number one overall draft pick, to having a highly-successful career as a World Series champion, a league MVP and a batting champion, to coming back from major injuries. Chipper spent his entire Hall-of-Fame caliber career in a Braves uniform and we look forward to his input with our staff and with our hitters.”
By Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports | 4:26 a.m. CDT, July 11, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The last Superstation superstar walked toward the batter’s box, and “Crazy Train” seared through the speakers at Kauffman Stadium. Everyone here wanted to make sure Chipper Jones’ night was faultless down to the finest detail, including the walkup music he uses with the Atlanta Braves. Perfection wasn’t too much to ask for his final All-Star game.
Chipper Jones is 40. This remains difficult to believe for his peers, the majority of whom grew up watching him on TBS before televisions and computers could beam in every baseball game being played. The Superstation was one of baseball’s greatest inventions, late and lamented, because it turned ballplayers like Jones into generational icons. His game was so pure, his name so perfect – Chipper Jones, he of the gorgeous left-handed swing and almost mirror image from the right, of the yo-yoing between third base and the outfield, of one World Series won and too many more lost, of a career now in its twilight and a pair of eyes suddenly welling up at that thought.
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com | 05/10/12 5:00 PM ET
ATLANTA — As Chipper Jones was announcing this will be his final season, he channeled fictional character Rod Tidwell and evoked memories from one of the final scenes of the hit film “Jerry Maguire.”
Well, unlike the Tidwell character, he did not necessarily refer to his agent as his “Ambassador of Kwan.” But genuine sincerity was displayed when Jones attempted to hold back tears as he thanks his agent, B.B. Abbott, for being with him through a journey that dates back to their childhood days.
“Probably my best friend in the world, B.B.; I can’t tell you how many times B.B. and I would sit out in the backyard and rehearse everything that has happened in the past 20-something years out here on this field,” Jones said as he announced his retirement last month. “We’ve come a long way. We’ve both lived out our dreams, and little did we know we’d be hand and hand in doing so.”
By Robert Knapel – Bleacher Report – April 12, 2012
Throughout his career, Chipper Jones has absolutely owned the New York Mets. He has been a pain in the Mets’ side for a number of years, and his production against the team has been outstanding. It is hard to think of a player more respected and hated by Mets fans.
So, it was certainly a bit curious that the Mets announced that they will be honoring Jones this year. Andy Martino of the Daily News has noted that the celebration will not be an on-the-field ceremony. However, it is not the Mets that should be doing something to celebrate Jones.
Jones has had a career that deserves to be celebrated, but the team that should have a ceremony for him is the Atlanta Braves and not the New York Mets. It is fine if Mets fans want to do something, but the team should not be the one to set this up.
By CBSSports.com – April 10, 2012
HOUSTON — Chipper Jones was worried his timing would be off after missing time with a knee injury. The Atlanta Braves’ star third baseman quickly realized there was no need for concern.
Jones came off the disabled list and began his final season in the majors with a single and a two-run homer to help the Braves get their first win of the season, 6-4 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. “I think today he won our game singlehandedly, really,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
He nearly 40-year-old Jones didn’t look a bit rusty in his return after missing Atlanta’s first four games following surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The switch-hitter, who plans to retire at the end of this season, singled in his first at-bat and hit a left-handed homer — the 455th of his career — in the third inning to put the Braves up 3-1.
August 09, 2000|From Associated Press
Third baseman Chipper Jones has agreed to a $90-million, six-year deal to remain with the Atlanta Braves, Newsday and ESPN.com reported Tuesday.
The Braves also would hold club options on a seventh and eighth year that would make the contract worth $120 million, ESPN reported.