Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones, Jr.
(born April 24, 1972) is a Major League baseball
player for the National League
's Atlanta Braves
. Although initially a shortstop
, he has spent most of his career as the starting third baseman
for the Braves. In and , Jones primarily played left field
, before returning to third base in 2004.
Jones debuted in , and has played his entire career with the Atlanta Braves
. Chipper won the National League Most Valuable Player Award
, as well as the 1999 and National League Silver Slugger Award
for third basemen. He currently holds the Braves team record for career on base percentage
(.406), and on July 5, 2007, he passed Dale Murphy
for third place on the Braves all-time career home run
In his career, through the 2010 season, Jones is a .306 hitter with 437 home runs
, 1,404 walk
, and 1,500 RBI
in 2,261 games. He is behind only Eddie Murray
on the all-time switch hitters
career RBI list. He is considered one of the game's best all-around hitters, and one of the best switch hitters in the history of the game. He is the only switch hitter in Major League Baseball history to have a .300+ career (.306 at the end of the 2010 season) batting average
and 400 or more home runs.
High school and minor leagues
Attended Taylor High School in Pierson, Florida until the ninth grade when he moved to Jacksonville. After he completed his high school
career at the Bolles School