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Once a Brave, always a Brave

Chipper Jones was drafted No. 1 overall by Atlanta in 1990, and he's never left town

Originally Published: June 5, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Twenty years ago this month, the Braves were strongly considering taking Todd Van Poppel, a high school pitcher from Arlington, Texas, with the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft when Paul Snyder, the Braves scouting director, said: We are taking Chipper Jones. That decision changed the direction of a franchise, a division and a league, and it made history. Chipper Jones has remained a Brave for 20 years, and played his entire career for one manager, something that might never happen again in ...

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