Chipper Jones

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David Justice (23) and Chipper Jones get ready to hit during spring training. If you're a baseball, be very afraid.
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Wearing his Bolles High Bulldogs shirt and a new Braves hat is Chipper Jones, the nation's top baseball prospect.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bolles High School baseball star Chipper Jones smiles at family members at home after being chosen No. 1 by the Braves. The Associated Press identified him as a pitcher.
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DELAND, Fla. -- June 4, 1990 and Chipper Jones, wearing a new Atlanta Braves hat, is all smiles after he is chosen first in the nation in baseball's annual draft.
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This 1991 Topps baseball card shows the 1990 No. 1 draft pick, a shortstop from Jacksonville. According to baseball archives, he is the only major leaguer nicknamed "Chipper." But as any Mets fan can tell you, his real name is Larry.
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March 1993, spring training and a minor league shortstop named Chipper Jones (No. 64) makes a remarkable play, charging out and catching a ball that has bounced from outfielder Tony Torasco's glove. Darryl Strawberry of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out on the play and the Braves win the game 5-4.
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Back from 1994 knee surgery and ready for a season that will end with a World Series championship.
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Jones and fellow infielder Rafael Belliard during the 1995 World Series, which the Braves took in six games from the Cleveland Indians. Jones had six hits and batted .286.
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ALL SMILES: Chipper Jones, 23, at spring training after the World Series win.
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A slender Jones grabs a bat and watches the pitcher, two things he will do thousands of times in the next dozen years.
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Jones is sprayed with champagne after the Braves win the division ... again.
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In 1999, Chipper Jones was chosen the National League's Most Valuable Player. He hit 45 home runs, drove in 110 runs and hit .319. And he helped get his team into the World Series.
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The Jones Boys -- sluggers Andruw (25) and Chipper congratulate each other after a homer in a 2007 game in which both players hit one out.
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Jones congratulates catcher Brian McCann after a game in 2007
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Playing through pain has been a Chipper Jones trademark.
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Jones gets hug from former teammate David Justice during a special ceremony for the former Brave in 2007
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Still friends? Jones greets former teammate Adam LaRoche while visiting Pittsburgh in 2007.
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Jones in the middle of another team celebration, this one in 2007. Down 8-2, Atlanta scored four runs in the last of the eighth inning and three with two outs in the ninth for a stunning 9-8 victory at Turner Field. Matt Diaz - shown getting postgame love from Chipper Jones and Mark Teixeira (right), cracked a three-run, game-ending double.
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In this photo taken, April 19, 2008, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta.
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Jones had his batting stroke in 2008 when he won the National League hitting title. At one point he was hitting above .400, but finished at .364, one percentage point behind the switch-hitter batting title mark of Mickey Mantle.
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Jones slides home against San Diego in August 2009.
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A solid fielder, Jones makes a throw during spring training of 2009.
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Chipper and Skipper, Bobby Cox, watch intently from the dugout. The Braves are probably behind.
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Injury ends 2010 season. In August, he tore the ACL in his left knee, which would require surgery. In an Aug. 13 press conference, he vowed he would not retire, and that "I don't want the fans' final image of me to be one of me hurt on the field".
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Jones is congratulated by teammate Dan Uggla after Jones' solo home-run in the second inning against the Washington Nationals in September 2011.
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A perfect "throw-back" player to wear the Braves "throw-back" uniform
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Another hit against the Mets, one of Jones' favorite opponents.
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The Braves brightest star begins his final spring training.
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Jones dramatics -- His extra inning home run that beats the Phillies in May
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Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, right, talks with New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at the end of the third inning of a baseball game in which Jones hit a single, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Atlanta.
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National League's Bryce Harper, left, of the Washington Nationals, laughs with Chipper Jones (10), of the Atlanta Braves, before the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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Jones acknowledges fans at his final All Star game. He got a base hit -- a single.
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August 2012 -- Guess who got the big hits on Chipper Jones Bobblehead Night? The first 20,000 received his bobblehead. All 33,157 in the park got to see him hit two home runs.
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Jones is called out at home plate as he collides with Philadelphia Phillies catcher Erik Kratz, left,during the Aug. 31 game at Turner Field.
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Still pushing. Jones hustles to first on a single against the Phillies Sept. 1
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Jones hits a three-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Atlanta. The Braves won 8-7.
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The team greets Jones at home Sept. 2 after his two-out, three-run homer beats the Phillies in the 9th.
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Martin Prado helps celebrate Jones' game winning homer against the Phillies Sept. 2
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2012 -- Another locker room celebration
Jason Heyward, Chipper exult after clinching a spot in the playoffs.
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Waving to the fans after celebrating the clinching playoff game.
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A single in his last regular season at-bat in Pittsburgh
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2012 Houston send-off
Not only did Craig Biggio and Houston kick off the practice of showering Chipper with gifts in 2012, they also presented him with the one he's most likely to use when he retreats to his ranch.
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2012 -- Padres send-off
Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones acknowledges the San Diego Padres bench at a ceremony where Jones received a surf board from the Padres before a baseball game between the two teams, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in San Diego.
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2012 -- Cardinals send-off
The St. Louis Cardinals honored Chipper Jones before a game with a framed image of himself. He also got an autographed jersey from Cardinal great Stan Musial.
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2012 -- Yankees send-off
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, and Andruw Jones, right, pose with Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones (10) after presenting Jones with a third base from Tuesday's night game before the two teams faced each other in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
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2012 -- Cincinnati send-off
Chipper with Reds third baseman Scott Rolen. The Reds placed special commemorative plaques on the side of all three bases. They presented one to Jones and one each to the Halls of Fame of the Braves and Reds.
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2012 New York send-off
A fan holds a poster for Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones during the baseball game against the New York Mets on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Citi Field in New York.
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2012 -- New York send-off
New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon points out details on a 48 x 40 inch framed piece of artwork by Charles Fazzino that Wilpon presented to Chipper Jones during a news conference before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Citi Field in New York. The art work highlights Jones's career at Shea Stadium.
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2012 -- New York send-off
A Mets fan says good-bye with a reference to Chipper's real name -- Larry.
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2012 -- Milwaukee send-off
Chipper Jones at third with Milwaukee mascots in background.
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2012 -- Philadelphia send-off
Chipper waves good-bye to Philadelphia fans
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2012 -- Philadelphia send-off
Farewell greetings from Philladelphia famed mascot -- The Fanatic.
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2012 -- Miami send-off
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, left foreground, laughs as Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes, right rear, and Jeff Conine present him with a fly-fishing rod and other gifts during a ceremony before the start of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Miami.
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2012 -- Atlanta send-off
Hall of Famer Hank Aaron (center) presents Atlanta's Chipper Jones with third base during Jones' tribute at Turner Field. Jones' teammates gave him a pool table.
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2012 Pittsburgh send-off
Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, right, is presented a check for his charity by Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly during a ceremony honoring his career before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.


For almost two decades Chipper Jones has been one of the best and most popular Atlanta Braves. In this, his final season, we look back at his career.

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