Top 10 Greatest Braves of All Time: Number 4

Posted on Jun 5 2015 - 4:36pm by Chase Irle

We have come down to the final 4 players on our list of the 10 Greatest Braves of all time. Coming in at number 4 is Chipper Jones. Jones was the first overall pick in the 1990 MLB draft by the Braves. He made his MLB debut in 1993, but his first full season did not come until 1995. Jones hit .265 with 26 home runs in his rookie season and was a key part to their championship run. He broke out rather quickly after that and emerged as a star in the league. His most spectacular season came in 1999, in which he racked up a career high 45 home runs to go along with his .319 average. Jones received the MVP award that year, the first and only one of his career. Jones was the consistent face of the Braves for 20 years. He was an 8-time All-Star and a 2-time Silver Slugger Award winner. In 2008, when Chipper was 36 years old, he put together one of the greatest hitting seasons in baseball history. Jones won the league batting title with an unbelievable .364 average. His play regressed some as he aged, but he quit while still able to compete at a high level. He never let his ego get in the way of what was best for the Braves organization. Chipper retired after the 2012 season, and the very next season had his famous number 10 retired at Turner Field. He finished his career as one of the best switch hitters to ever play the game. He was the only switch hitter to hit for a career average of over .300 and hit 400 homers. He was absolutely spectacular to watch on a daily basis and is no doubt a first ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible. He will go down as one of the best 3rd baseman in MLB history (he did play outfield a couple seasons as well) and is certainly one of the best players to ever put on the Braves uniform. No Braves fan can hear “Crazy Train” without smiling and reminiscing about Chipper.

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