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Braves Quote For The Day ... Chipper Jones And The Punch In The Face

Never question the toughness of Chipper Jones.
Never question the toughness of Chipper Jones.

In the long line of nostalgic articles on retiring Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, Baseball Prospectus culls a gem of a story from when Chipper was drafted:

There's a story about Bobby Cox's earliest opinion on Jones shared in Scouts Honor that sounds too good to be true. Cox, then the general manager, liked Jones as a ballplayer. He wondered, though, if Jones had the requisite toughness to succeed. One day, supposedly a week before the draft, Cox got a report from a scout. An opposing player had begun yakking at Jones' pitcher. Being the sophisticated ballplayer Jones was (and remains), he responded by punching the player in his face. This delighted Cox and led the Braves to select Jones with the first-overall pick in the draft. Jones even signed his first professional contract with a broken hand endured from the punch. (For the sake of Jones mythology, we'll ignore Todd Van Poppel's signability issues and pretend this was the tiebreaker.)

Good stuff. There's also a good GIF of Jones collision with the Philly catcher a few days ago in the article, which is well worth a full read at BP.

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