Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Ballot Number 5
By Luke Mullins
In his best season in 2005, Jones led the National League in home runs (51) and RBI’s (128) for the Atlanta Braves. He placed second in MVP voting that year. Over his career he slugged 434 home runs and drove in 1,289 RBI’s. He also had nine seasons of 90+ RBI and seven seasons of 30+ home runs. Jones wasn’t just a threat at the plate, however. He won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-2007.
Despite that fact that he never led the league in home runs, RBI’s, hits, walks, or doubles and only lead the league in batting average once (.364 in 2008 when he also led the league with a .470 OBP) and OPS once (1.029 in 2007), Larry “Chipper” Jones is a first ballot Hall-of-Famer in my book.
He was the face of a franchise that won 11 consecutive division titles in the NL East from 1995-2005. In 1995, he won a World Series.
Jones won the NL MVP in 1999, belting 45 home runs, driving in 110 runs, collecting 41 doubles and putting together a .319 batting average (and don’t forget he stole a surprising 25 bases!). Additionally, Jones accomplished one of the rarest feats for a superstar player–he spent his entire career with one team.