"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.
Chipper will not sign memorabilia at this event. Copies of “Ballplayer” will be available for purchase and signing at the Cobb County event (2952 Cobb Parkway) while supplies last.
Chipper has two other signings in Metro Atlanta planned for Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in Decatur and at 5 p.m. in Gwinnett.