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Chipper Jones

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones-one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history-shares his remarkable story, while capturing the magic nostalgia that sets baseball apart from every other sport. Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame-worthy statistics during a nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves, he was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida. A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad dreaming that one day he'd be a major league ballplayer. With his trademark candor and astonishing recall, Chipper Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career in an era of booming free agency. His journey begins with learning the art of switch-hitting and takes off after the Braves made him the number one overall pick in the 1990 draft, setting him on course to become the linchpin of their lineup at the height of their fourteen-straight division-title run. Ballplayer takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves' extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 "Baby Braves"; all the while sharing pitch-by-pitch dissections of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters, such as Clemens and Johnson, as well as closers such as Wagner and Papelbon. He delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothers-Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, among them-and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds. The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame; his spirited rivalry with the New York Mets; his reflections on baseball in the modern era-outrageous money, steroids, and all-and his special last season in 2012. Ballplayer immerses us in the best of baseball, as if we're sitting next to Chipper in the dugout on an endless spring day. Read by Mark Deakins, with the prologue and epilog

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones-one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history-shares his remarkable story, while capturing the magic nostalgia that sets baseball apart from every other sport. Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame-worthy statistics during a nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves, he was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida. A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad dreaming that one day he'd be a major league ballplayer. With his trademark candor and astonishing recall, Chipper Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career in an era of booming free agency. His journey begins with learning the art of switch-hitting and takes off after the Braves made him the number one overall pick in the 1990 draft, setting him on course to become the linchpin of their lineup at the height of their fourteen-straight division-title run. Ballplayer takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves' extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 "Baby Braves"; all the while sharing pitch-by-pitch dissections of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters, such as Clemens and Johnson, as well as closers such as Wagner and Papelbon. He delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothers-Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, among them-and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds. The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame; his spirited rivalry with the New York Mets; his reflections on baseball in the modern era-outrageous money, steroids, and all-and his special last season in 2012. Ballplayer immerses us in the best of baseball, as if we're sitting next to Chipper in the dugout on an endless spring day. Read by Mark Deakins, with the prologue and epilog
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Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones-one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history-shares his remarkable story, while capturing the magic nostalgia that sets baseball apart from every other sport. Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame-worthy statistics during a nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves, he was just a country kid from small town Pierson, Florida. A kid who grew up playing baseball in the backyard with his dad dreaming that one day he'd be a major league ballplayer. With his trademark candor and astonishing recall, Chipper Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career in an era of booming free agency. His journey begins with learning the art of switch-hitting and takes off after the Braves made him the number one overall pick in the 1990 draft, setting him on course to become the linchpin of their lineup at the height of their fourteen-straight division-title run. Ballplayer takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves' extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 "Baby Braves"; all the while sharing pitch-by-pitch dissections of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters, such as Clemens and Johnson, as well as closers such as Wagner and Papelbon. He delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothers-Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, among them-and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds. The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame; his spirited rivalry with the New York Mets; his reflections on baseball in the modern era-outrageous money, steroids, and all-and his special last season in 2012. Ballplayer immerses us in the best of baseball, as if we're sitting next to Chipper in the dugout on an endless spring day. Read by Mark Deakins, with the prologue and epilog

Language:

English

Narrators:

Carroll Rogers Walton, Bobby Cox, Mark Deakins

Length:

10h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:29


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:10


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:40


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:29


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:30


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:58


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:32


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:43


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:35


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:04


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:26


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:53


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:54


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:04


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:41


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:43


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:37


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:42


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:40


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:47


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

01:54


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:39


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

00:31