Chipper Jones to sign copies of his book ‘Ballplayer’ in Gwinnett

Chipper Jones, a special assistant to baseball operations, spent his entire baseball career with the Braves.

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Chipper Jones, a special assistant to baseball operations, spent his entire baseball career with the Braves.

Longtime Braves slugger Chipper Jones will be signing copies of his book “Ballplayer” at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 8 at the Gwinnett Braves’ Coolray Field.

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.

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Or as put by the publisher:

"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 brothersMaddux, 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 alland 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.

Attendees at the Lawrenceville event (2500 Buford Dr N.E.) are asked to purchase the book from Eagle Eye Book Shop. 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 has two other signings planned in Metro Atlanta, April 14 in Cobb County and another April 8 in Decatur.

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Chipper Jones takes batting practice before Braves' alumni softball game Saturday.