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Ballplayer Audiobook

Ballplayer

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Publisher's Summary

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 19-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 14-straight division-title run.

Ballplayer takes listeners 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.

©2017 Chipper Jones (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Growing up in Philadelphia, a die hard Philadelphia sports fan, it's absolutely asinine that my favorite baseball player of all time played every last game of his MLB career for the Atlanta Braves. Sacrilege really. I wore my pants high like Chipper. I wore number 10 like Chipper. I modeled my approach at the plate after Chip's right handed approach and swing. He's an absolute legend. And I thank you for giving fans like myself a glimpse into the struggles, successes, heart aches and milestones that came along with becoming one of the greatest ball players to ever toe the diamond. Can't recommend this enough.

    Thank you, 10.

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    Amazon Customer 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best book ever, grew up watching Chipper and the B"

    grew up with the braves, the end of this book was just like the end of Chippers career i didnt want either to end!

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    "Loved It"

    As one of the reasons I started playing baseball I loved it! Although I am biased

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    "Good insight to ballplayer life"

    Nice insight into career but I kept wanting more. It is nice he didn't name names on steroids, unless he knew for certain. It is also good to know that Canseco was full of it worn his bloated numbers about players using steroids. Some stories sound like bull crap but hey, I want there.

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    "Must read for Chipper and Braves fans"

    I would actually say more like 4.5 for 3 reasons 1) I still wanted more, 2) some of the phrases were very over used and became annoying, and 3) sometimes the "good ol' boy" took away from what otherwise felt like true genuineness. It's a must read for CJ fans and Braves fans. It was a nice walk through his career and surprisingly about a fair enough amount of his personal life. There was a lot of baseball and some of his opinions on the game, the players, and the "stuff" that seems to have gone with it.

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    "If you are a Chipper fan...MUST READ"

    talk about nostalgic!!!! I was a third baseman growing uo and Chipper was always my favorite player. The Braves my favorite team. And to hear about all these stories and moments in my idols life will about bring you to tears on occasions!

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