With the forthcoming inductions of former Atlanta Braves players Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine into the Baseball Hall Of Fame, Braves fans start to think to themselves, “who’s next?” That answer should be an easy one: Chipper Jones. Chipper will be a first-ballot Hall-Of-Famer — no question about it!
His amazing career was full of impressive plays, amazing feats and unimaginable class. Not too many players have achieved so much both hitting and on the field. The man played arguably one of the hardest fielding positions in the sport and did so to near perfection. He was untouchable with the glove and was even better with his bat, but you need more than that to get voted into the Hall Of Fame. Well, at least to get voted in on your first ballot.
What Chipper has that very few other players have in the history of baseball is his overall success. The man was a part of a team that did nothing but win for many seasons in a row. From 1991-2005, the Braves won 14 consecutive divisional titles. Chipper made his MLB debut in 1993 and was there for the bulk of them. He helped them win the majority of those championships. He also won himself a World Series ring in 1995. In his 19 seasons as a member of the Braves, he proved one thing, if nothing else — Chipper is a winner.
With all due respect to John Smoltz, who will one day make the Hall Of Fame, Jones will beat him there and will absolutely be voted in when his allotted wait period ends. He didn’t use steroids and was dominant in the field; Jones was one of the game’s good guys and was an excellent baseball player.
David Galleher is an Atlanta Braves writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @theDaveGalleher.