Former Atlanta Braves third baseman and special assistant to baseball operations, Chipper Jones, right, signs autographs for fans before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Photo: John Raoux/AP
Photo: John Raoux/AP

Chipper Jones ‘Ballplayer’ book tour coming to metro Atlanta

Longtime Braves slugger Chipper Jones will be signing copies of his book “Ballplayer” at three locations in metro Atlanta in April.

The book, written with AJC freelancer Carroll Rogers Walton, delves into Chipper’s 23-year history in the Braves organization and his rise as one of baseball’s best switch-hitters.

Or as put by the publisher:

Photo: Penguin Random House

“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.

The book will be released April 4, and includes a forward by Braves Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox.

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Books will be for sale at the event while supplies last. Chipper will not sign memorabilia at this event. Photos are allowed from the signing line only.

Chipper Jones “Ballplayer” book tour: Times, dates, locations

Decatur: 2 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur (308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030)

Info: Chipper will speak for 50 minutes at the Decatur church and then sign books for one hour, starting at 3 p.m. Click here for ticket information.

Lawrenceville: 5 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at the Gwinnett Braves’ Coolray Field (2500 Buford Dr. NE, Lawrenceville, GA 30043)

Info: Attendees at the Lawrenceville event are asked to purchase the books from Eagle Eye Book Shop

Atlanta: 1 p.m., Friday, April 14, at the Cobb County Barnes & Noble bookstore (2952 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339)

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