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Overview

Atlanta Braves third baseman and National Hall of Famer Chipper Jones—one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history—shares his remarkable story, while capturing the magic nostalgia that sets baseball apart from every other sport.
 
Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame–worthy statistics during a nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves, he was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida. A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad dreaming that one day he’d be a major league ballplayer.  
 
With his trademark candor and astonishing recall, Chipper Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career in an era of booming free agency. His journey begins with learning the art of switch-hitting and takes off after the Braves make him the number one overall pick in the 1990 draft, setting him on course to become the linchpin of their lineup at the height of their fourteen-straight division-title run.
 
Ballplayer takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves’ extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 “Baby Braves”; all the while sharing pitch-by-pitch dissections of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters, such as Clemens and Johnson, as well as closers such as Wagner and Papelbon. He delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothersMaddux, Glavine, and Smoltz, among them—and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds. The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame; his spirited rivalry with the New York Mets; his reflections on baseball in the modern era—outrageous money, steroids, and alland his special last season in 2012.
 
Ballplayer immerses us in the best of baseball, as if we’re sitting next to Chipper in the dugout on an endless spring day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101984420
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 150,916
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones Jr. was a third baseman who spent his entire nineteen-year MLB career playing for the Atlanta Braves and all twenty-three years as a professional baseball player in the Braves organization. An eight-time All-Star and the 1999 National League MVP, he retired in 2012. Born and raised in Florida, he now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. 
 
Carroll Rogers Walton is a freelance sports journalist who covered the Braves for nearly twenty years as a beat writer for both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Macon, Georgia, Telegraph. She lives in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and son.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Bobby Cox ix

Prologue: The Last Big Play 1

Chapter 1 Chip off the Old Block 5

Chapter 2 "I Got This" 18

Chapter 3 The White Elephant 27

Chapter 4 Draft Day 43

Chapter 5 Carry a Big Stick 64

Chapter 6 Major Motivation 75

Chapter 7 On the Defensive 85

Chapter 8 Showtime 102

Chapter 9 Going Deep 125

Chapter 10 Our Time 138

Chapter 11 Raising the Stakes 150

Chapter 12 World Series Ghosts 156

Chapter 13 Inside the Clubhouse 169

Chapter 14 The Perks 185

Chapter 15 Leading a Double Life 195

Chapter 16 Coming Clean 205

Chapter 17 The Worm Has Turned 221

Chapter 18 Lar-ry 234

Chapter 19 Playing the Villain 240

Chapter 20 A One-Team Guy 254

Chapter 21 Tools and Tricks of the Trade 271

Chapter 22 Teaching Points 288

Chapter 23 The End of an Era 299

Chapter 24 Walking Off 315

Chapter 25 Fireworks 321

Chapter 26 Curtain Calls 328

Epilogue 340

Chipper Jones's Career Statistics 347

Acknowledgments 349

Index 355

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Robo71 More than 1 year ago
As sports books go, a very enjoyable read. Great insight to the Braves teams of the 90's. Really interesting to hear about his minor league days. A reminder that talent can only get you so far, hard work is necessary to achieve success. Carroll Rogers Walton does an excellent job putting Chipper's story on paper. Buy it.