Chipper Jones named to MLB Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- When Chipper Jones was drafted as the first overall pic in the 1990 Major League Baseball draft, there were some high expectations set for the lanky shortstop out of Bolles School in Jacksonville.
Almost 28 years later, it's safe to say those expectations were met.
Today, Jones was announced as one of the four members of the 2018 class of the MLB Hall of Fame, along with Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, and Trevor Hoffman.
The lifetime Brave began his career in Macon, playing for the single-A Macon Braves in their inaugural season in 1991. It's easy to see why he only spent one season in Macon. Jones hit .326 with 15 homeruns and 98 runs batted in that season. He also added 40 stolen bases to that stat line.
In 1992, he split time between the Braves affiliates in Greenville and Durham, in 1993 he spent the year with the Richmond Braves before getting called up the big league club. The rest is history.
Jones finished his career with a .303 average, and is only the second switch hitter in the history of baseball to hit above .300 from both sides of the plate (the other is Frankie Frisch).
He was a catalyst in the Braves only World Series since moving to Atlanta, and won several personal awards along the way as well.
Since his retirement after the 2012 season, Jones has been inducted into numerous halls of fame, such as the Braves Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Today, he got the news that he will be joining the greatest baseball players to ever play the game in Cooperstown as an official hall-of-fame inductee.