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Atlanta Brave Profile: Chipper Jones

"The way he carried them all year, a team wrecked by injuries, Chipper was the one constant. You could call him the Atlanta Brave rock."

Atlanta Brave Profile:
Chipper Jones

by Patrick Austin

Mr. Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports for a number of web sites including,, and He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer magazine.

Chipper Jones has been a key contributor to an Atlanta Brave franchise that has had a prolific number of postseason appearances that is rarely seen in baseball (thirteen consecutive division titles). The team has had many players come and go, but one constant has been Chipper Jones. How did Chipper wind up a Brave? Let’s take a look back and see…

In 1990, Chipper was named the Florida High School Player of the Year, and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves with the first pick in the MLB draft. He played in the minors with the Gulf Coast Braves where he played forty-four games. In 1991, Chipper played for the Macon Braves.

In 1993, Chipper found himself in Richmond playing triple A baseball with the Richmond Braves. He was their AAA Player of the Year and was named the #2 Prospect in the International League by Baseball America. Chipper's pro debut was also in 1993. He didn’t play very much but showed flashes of being an Atlanta Brave cornerstone. But, in 1994 he spent the year on the disabled list with a major knee injury.

His first full major league season was 1995. He was a strong contender for the Rookie of the Year award, but Hideo Nomo beat him out. He did, however, win The Sporting News Rookie of the Year honor.

1996 brought an even better Chipper, who was moved to third base. He was named to the All Star Team and wound up starting . His 1996 season numbers proved to everyone that Chipper was here to stay and he was going to make some headlines. He soon became a leader in the clubhouse and a model Atlanta Brave.

In 1997 Chipper had a year that would have been a great year for a lot of people, but was a disappointment for him. He worked out in the team's facilities during the winter and all that work paid off because he had a career year in 1998.

But 1999 was probably his best year. He didn’t have great statistics (although the stats where there) , but he was the MVP to that Atlanta Brave team. The way he carried them all year, a team wrecked by injuries, Chipper was the one constant. You could call him the Atlanta Brave rock. His great season was rewarded by the Baseball Writers with the NL MVP throphy. His first one, but many believe, not his last.

Chipper has been struggling as of late, but don’t count him out yet. He still has many great years of baseball ahead of him. Let’s just hope he remains an Atlanta Brave and takes this team back to the glory land.

If you’d like to find out more about Atlanta Brave, Chipper Jones, here are some good links…

Chipper Jones--atlanta Brave-- MLB Profile

Atlanta Brave fan profile of Chipper Jones

ESPN profile of Atlanta Brave, Chipper Jones

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