In addition to the bog 3 of the Atlanta Braves pitching staff the one that drew the dislike of New York Met fans for the Braves dominance of the National League East was Larry Jones other was known as Chipper Jones. Met fans would serenade Jones with chants of Larry, Larry, Larry whenever he came to the plate. It seemed as if Jones saved his best for when he played against the Mets. But for today, this Met fan will give him his due.
Initially a shortstop, he was the Braves’ primary starting third baseman for nearly all of the period from 1995–2012
The number one overall pick in the 1990 MLB Draft by Atlanta, Jones made his MLB debut late in 1993. Between 1996 and 2003, he batted at least .300 with 26 home runs in seven of eight seasons. An eight time All-Star, he won the 1999 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Award, and the 1999 and 2000 NL Silver Slugger Award for third basemen. He was the MLB batting champion in 2008 after hitting .364. He currently holds the Braves team record for career on-base percentage (.402), and on July 5, 2007, passed Dale Murphy for third place on the Braves all-time career home run list.
Jones ended his career in 2012 with a .304 career batting average, with 468 home runs, 1,512 walks, and 1,623 RBI in 2,499 games with 8,984 at bats. He has the most career RBI for a third baseman. Also one of the most accomplished switch hitters in the history of the game, he finished behind only Eddie Murray for career RBI by switch hitters. He is the only switch hitter in MLB history with both a career batting average of at least .300 and 400 or more home runs. He was the eighteenth hitter in MLB history to accumulate 5,000 at bats and finish with at least a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage, and .500 slugging percentage, and the only switch hitter to reach all these milestones.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …the Man Met fans love to hate Larry Chipper Jones.
|September 11, 1993 for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 2012 for the Atlanta Braves|
|Runs batted in||1,623|
|Career highlights and awards|