Live Chat With Hall of Famer Chipper Jones
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Tim Dierkes
9:01
We are SO excited to host legendary Braves third baseman and Hall of Famer Chipper Jones for a live chat today at MLB Trade Rumors!
Dylan N.
9:33
Hey chipper! Huge fan. Was wondering who was the best teammate you had when it comes to making everyone better over the course of your career?
Chipper Jones
9:33
I'd say BMac.  He was light hearted off the field, but intense and focused on the field.  The consummate pro.
Chris
9:34
What a ride the 2021 Braves season was that got them a special World Series title. What emotions did you have watching them and did it bring back some amazing unforgettable memories from when you won in 95?
Chipper Jones
9:36
It really did.  It was improbable to say the least.  It was a .500 ball club into August.  Goes to show you that the best team through 162 doesn't always win.  It is about catching fire at the right time and riding that wave.  In '95, we were the best team throughout the year, winning the division.  Championships come in all shapes and sizes so it was fun watching the guys go through that.
Daniel Alvarez
9:36
Hi Chipper! Greetings from a Venezuelan fan. I’d like to know your thoughts on a couple teammates: Andrés Galarraga and Martín Prado. Thanks!
Chipper Jones
9:38
Two of my favorites teammates throughout my career.  Andres always had a smile on his face.  Joy to be around the Big Cat. sliding around 1B.  Martin was a jack of all trades, so valuable to us.  Off the field he was the best...like BMac.  On the field - look out.  He would give you everything he had.  Love both of those guys.
Jon Becker
9:38
You're told right now that you're going to be the Braves starting DH this year, and you've got until the season starts to prepare. What's your batting average for the season?
Chipper Jones
9:38
haha .220 at best.  My bat speed ain't what it used to be.  Everyone throws a million!!
Bill R.
9:39
What was the best advice you received as a minor leaguer that helped you take it to the next level?
Chipper Jones
9:40
Willie Stargell always told me that if you have slow feet, you will have quick hands.  If you have quick feet, you will have slow hands.  That always resonated with me offensively.
Dustin B
9:40
Hey Chipper, what do you think of Andruw Jones HOF chances and will you advocate to voters for him to get in?
Chipper Jones
9:42
Absolutely I will advocate for his chances.  For a 10 year period, he was as good as it gets.  Ten consecutive GGs just is only done by a rare player.  I got to see it first hand for all those years.  He is a Hall of Famer.
Guest
9:42
What was the visiting ballpark that gave you the most trouble, hitting-wise?
Chipper Jones
9:43
I struggled at Wrigley and Dodger Stadium.  Had trouble seeing the ball there and the wind at Wrigley seemed to always blow in.  Dodger stadium was tough for me at night, good during the day.  Some good pitchers might have had a little something to do with that, too!
Brent
9:44
Awesome to talk to you, Chipper.  How do you feel about the new rule changes in baseball?  Do you like the extra innings rule and the NL DH?
Chipper Jones
9:45
Big fan of the universal DH.  Good for baseball and we need to let pitchers concentrate on that.  On the fence about the extra innings things, but I get it to speed up the game and protect bullpen arms and health.
Hunter Giles
9:45
Hey Chipper! What was your favorite memory from your career?
Chipper Jones
9:46
Being the last team standing, hands down.  We play a team sport and we all knew that individual goals took a bad seat.  I think that was why we were so good for so long.
Y2kak
9:46
Hey chipper, which mlb player today reminds you of how you played the game?
Chipper Jones
9:46
I really like Corey Seager and how he plays the game.
Sad Mets Fan
9:47
Plain and simple, thoughts on the New York Mets?
Chipper Jones
9:48
In my playing days, I knew I had to be on point.  Fanatical, knowledgeable fans.  Always tried to make left turns at 1B because if I was heading back to the dugout, I was going to hear about it.  That said, doing something great, you could hear a pin drop and you knew you had gained some respect from some great baseball fans.
Brent
9:49
Did you ever seriously entertain signing with a team other than ATL?
Chipper Jones
9:50
Never, plain and simple.  Never made it to free agency, never wanted to.  The Braves and I had a relationship and we made it work.  I knew I was leaving money on the table by doing it this way, but Atlanta was my home.  It was in my blood.  I never wanted the temptation, honestly.  That was why I did things the way I did them.  I did them my way...we did them our way.  And it worked for us.
Dan P
9:51
OMG - thank you so much for doing this. As a switch hitter - how difficult was it to keep both swings going, especially when you would not be batting right handed near as much as left handed?
Chipper Jones
9:53
Very difficult to keep both swings on par.  You will always go through periods where you feel great on one side and not the other.  It is a constant grind because you rarely feel great from both sides and we simply worked to have to try to keep things somewhat even because huge ups and downs from one side really hurt me.  That said, I simply cannot tell you what it meant to see those breaking balls coming into as opposed to away from you.  It made the double work all that much worth it.
Frank
9:53
Hey Chipper, thanks for being a part of this. Who was the funniest teammate you’ve played with?
Chipper Jones
9:55
Probably Peter Moylan haha.  He is very witty and great sense of humor, but the Australian accent put it over the top.  Am I right?  He shaved a bald spot on the back of his head once to mimic Smoltize.  Always doing stuff like that.  Great dude.
Kmarsh
9:55
Who’s your favorite hitter to watch in today’s game?
Chipper Jones
9:56
Juan Soto is a tremendous talent.  If I am on an opposing team, I would not want to see him at the plate with the game on the line.  A truly complete hitter.
He also has that clutch gene
Hats for Bats
9:56
What do you miss most about the game since you retired?
Chipper Jones
9:57
Being around the guys in the clubhouse.  Being a part of that fraternity that so few get to experience.  Running out onto the field in front of all the fans.  The stuff after the game..handshakes and being with the boys celebrating the wins.  Don't miss the 162 grind though haha
David S
9:58
Hey Chipper- What were Bobby Cox's pre game speeches like? Did he get you pumped up?
Chipper Jones
9:59
Bobby never gave pre game speeches.  Just wasn't his style.  He made it known the first day of spring training what was expected of you.  If you got called into the office, you knew you had stepped out of line.  He knew we were pros and he treated us that way.  He lets us be our own men but expected certain things from us and we all knew what that was.
Pat
9:59
Hey Chipper, thanks for doing this.  You're my all time favorite player and the reason I switch hit, played 3rd, and wore 10 growing up.  Hows the golf game these days?
Chipper Jones
10:00
The golf game is decent lol.  About a 4 or 5 handicap.  Still trying to make it to Smoltzie level, but not sure I get there.  Golf has filled a real competitive void for me.  I love the game and competing with my buddies.
Hats for Bats
10:03
i know this will be a pretty generic question, but I always find it interesting hearing directly from the guys that played the game.  Who was the pitcher you least liked to face and why?
Chipper Jones
10:04
Whew, that list is lonnngggg.  One of the more uncomfortable at bats was Kevin Brown.  I had decent numbers but it was not comfortable being in the box.  Numbers wise, Hideo Nomo, Woody Williams and Danny Jackson had my number.  Yep, Danny Jackson!  Look him up...nasty.
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