Creative Loafing hits a home run with this "Oral History" of Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones. They talk to more than 20 people around the team and around the game who give their opinion of Chipper at various stages in his career. They follow him from being drafted to his final season.
There are quotes from scouts, General Managers, former and current players, writers and broadcasters, and even Todd Van Poppel. Here are a few comments among the many in the article:
: I remember spring training [in 1994], coming to camp, and seeing this pretty thin switch hitter with a lot of potential to try and make the club [full-time]. Of course, he had that bad knee injury that started everything off but he had this ability to just swing the bat that was pretty raw and pretty incredible.
: I think he showed a lot of what his makeup was to not only come back, but to come back and have the kind of year that he had. He should've been the rookie of the year — he had a heck of a year.
John Schuerholz: When you come as a young guy to the big leagues and you separate yourself like that through your consistent productivity, you're demonstrating at a very young age that when the times get tough and the situation gets competitive, you're the guy that the team wants to have up there, you're the guy that the team relies on to make a play in his very first year in the big leagues.
Ron Gant: Consistency was Chipper's best asset — that goes back to how smart he was, how smart he is.
Go here to check out the full article, definitely a fun read. Kudos to Max Blau at Creative Loafing for putting together a great collection of quotes.