It was a foregone conclusion ever since the day he finally hung up his cleats, but now it’s official. Chipper Jones will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the first time of asking after receiving 97.2 percent of votes from the voters.
Chipper was drafted number one overall by the Braves in 1990 and managed to not only live up to the lofty expectations of that draft selection but exceed them as well. Chipper eventually finished his career with a slash line of .303/.401/.529 with 468 home runs (third among switch hitters, only behind Eddie Murray and Mickey Mantle), a wRC+ number of 141, a batting title in his age-36 season in 2008 (including a 7.1 fWAR in that same season), an MVP season in 1999 and he was named Rookie of the Year in 1995 — the same season in which he helped the Braves win the 1995 World Series.
Chipper spent his entire career with the Braves and he’ll be joining Bobby Cox, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux as yet another member of that divisional dynasty who will be honored with a plaque in Cooperstown.
Jones will be joined in the 2018 class by Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome (another first-ballot inductee) and Trevor Hoffman. In other news, Andruw Jones managed to stay on the ballot with 7.2 percent of the vote so he’ll still have a shot. But for now, the day belongs to Chipper Jones, who will receive his due as one of the greatest players of all time with his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this Summer.