Chipper Jones

3rd Baseman

Class of 2018

Chipper Jones

3rd Baseman

Class of 2018
Chipper Jones was the premier position player on the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s and 2000s.

Games

Birth year

About Chipper Jones

He was the premier position player on the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s and 2000s, a club defined by its pitching.

But Chipper Jones made sure those Braves teams had a potent offense as well – one that resulted in 11 straight trips to the Postseason for Jones’ Braves.

Larry Wayne Jones was born April 24, 1972 in DeLand, Fla., and was raised in nearby Pierson. A two-sport athlete in high school who chose baseball over college football opportunities at Southern California and the University of Florida, Jones was the first overall choice in the 1990 MLB Draft by the Braves, who were then at the early stages of a rebuilding process headed by future Hall of Famers Bobby Cox and John Schuerholz.

By 1995, Jones was the Braves' starting third baseman and hit out of the No. 3 hole for a club that won the World Series title. Four years later, Jones won the National League Most Valuable Player Award after hitting a career-high 45 home runs.

During the regular season, Jones seemed to improve with age – winning his first batting title at the age of 36 in 2008 when he hit .364 while also leading the NL in on-base percentage with a mark of .470. At the end of his 19 years in the big leagues – all with the Braves – Jones had totaled 2,726 hits, 468 home runs and more walks (1,512) than strikeouts (1,409). He was named to eight All-Star Games and finished in the Top 10 of the NL MVP voting five times.

His 468 home runs are the most ever by a National League switch hitter.

“All you ever want as a baseball player is the respect of your peers, whether it’s the people you play against or the people you play with,” Jones said. “I can honestly say I have that, that it’s probably what I’m most proud of.”

When he retired, Jones' 1,623 RBI were the most of any player whose primary position was third base.

Jones was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2018.

The Basics

Year inducted
2018
Birth Place
DeLand, Florida
Birth Year
1972

Career at a Glance

Primary Team
Atlanta Braves
Primary Position
3rd Baseman
Bats
Both
Throws
Right
Played For
Atlanta Braves, 1993
Atlanta Braves, 1995-2012

Career MLB Stats

Games
2,499
At bats
8,984
Runs
1,619
Hits
2,726
Doubles
549
Triples
38
Home Runs
468
RBI
1,623
Stolen Bases
150
Walks
1,512
Batting Average
.303
Ops
.930
On Base %
.401
Slugging %
.529

Chipper Jones Stories

Explore the archives and go deep into the lives, careers, and stories of the Hall of Fame's honorees.

Jones announces he will retire after the 2012 season

Jones continues farewell tour with 5-for-5, four-RBI day

Jones joins elite company in 400-homer club

Jones picked No. 1 in 1990 Draft; Mussina quickly follows