*Larry Wayne Jones, Jr.’ nicknamed Chipper, was born on April 24, 1972 in DeLand, Florida.*Major Leagues’Chipper has played for the Atlanta Braves for his entire career to date. He is considered one of the game’s best all-around hitters, and one of the best switch hitters in history. He is the only switch hitter in MLB history to have a .300+ career batting average and 400 home runs.
Chipper made his debut in 1993 for the Atlanta Braves, and has been with them his entire career.
He won the 1999 National League Most Valuable Player Award, as well as the 1999 and 2000 National League Silver Slugger Award for third basemen.
Chipper currently holds the Braves team record for career on-base percentage (.404), and on May 31, 2006, he passed Hank Aaron for second place on the Atlanta Braves all-time career home run list.
On July 5, 2007, he passed Dale Murphy for the Atlanta club record of 372 home runs.
In his career, through the 2008 season, Jones is a .309/.404/.549 hitter with 401 home runs, 1,164 walks and 1,328 RBI in 1,923 games. He is behind only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray on the all-time switch hitters career home run list.
Although he is a third baseman, he spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons in left field, before returning to third base in 2004.
High SchoolChipper went to high school career at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida.
Minor LeaguesChipper was selected by the Atlanta Braves with the 1st pick overall in the 1990 amateur draft, and so got into the system without attending college.
Chipper played three years in the Braves Minor League system before making his major league debut.
Major LeaguesChipper made his MLB debut on September 11, 1993, as the second youngest player in the league.
In 1994, he suffered an ACL tear in his left knee, and missed the entire season.
He was still considered a rookie in 1995, therefore, and led all rookies in RBI (86), games played (145), games started (123), plate appearances (602), at bats (524), and runs scored (87). That year, he finished second in the Baseball Writers’ Rookie of the Year balloting behind Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo.
The Braves went to the World Series in this year, and won the series in six games over the Cleveland Indians.
PersonalChipper has been married twice. His first wife was named Erin, with whom he had one son, Matthew. She divorced him, and he then married Sharon, with whom he has three children: Larry Wayne III (Trey), Tristen, and Shea.