COOPERSTOWN – A baseball legend was in the home of baseball as Chipper Jones made his obligatory trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for his induction orientation visit.
Jones, who will be inducted into the hall this summer, got in on his first year of eligibility with 97.2 percent of the vote.
Jones was the 1999 National League Player of the Year and his 468 lifetime homeruns are the second-most by a switch-hitter behind only Mickey Mantle. He’s very familiar to fans in the area as perhaps the most notorious Mets killer during his career with the Atlanta Braves.
In the plaque gallery, Jones spoke about the experience of visiting the hallowed halls.
“It's been mind-blowing. I've been to Cooperstown to play in the Hall of Fame game, a few years back, but to actually walk through and see the plaques and all the various artifacts from the history of baseball really has been mind-blowing. Just to be sitting here, whether it's first ballot, whether it’s second ballot, whether it’s 97 percent or 87 percent, I’m good with it.”
Jones will officially be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 29, along with the rest of the class of 2018, which includes Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.