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Chipper Jones
October 03, 2005
ATLANTA BRAVES THIRD BASEMAN
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October 03, 2005

Chipper Jones

ATLANTA BRAVES THIRD BASEMAN

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On how he'd advise this year's top draft pick, Arizona SS Justin Upton

Don't read your press clippings. Stay tunnel-visioned on the things that are going to get you [to the big leagues]. Go about your business and do it right.

On switching from third base to leftfield in 2002 and back to third in the middle of last season

We had the chance to sign third baseman Vinny Castilla. I thought he would help us, so I volunteered to move. Do I regret that decision? Yeah. Playing in the outfield got me out of my comfort zone. Angles were the hardest part. You react one way when you should react another way. I had trouble trying to cut balls off in the outfield. Third base is more of a reaction position--one or two steps and dive. Out there it's full bore for 30, 40 yards.

On his injuries this year

Fluky things. I was rounding third base, and I tore a ligament in my second toe--how does that happen? Then when I was diving for a ball at third base, I hurt my shoulder. I don't think it's getting older; it's just playing hard and playing every day, stuff will happen. I feel fine now.

On teammate Andruw Jones

The guy has been the most valuable player in the league. I went on the DL for six weeks and [we played even better] while I was out. I give 80, 90 percent of the credit to him. He was hitting home runs, playing a Gold Glove centerfield. Everybody jumped on his back and rode his momentum. --As told to Ben Reiter

JONES (.295, 20 HRS) BATS THIRD FOR ATLANTA, WHICH HOLDS A FIVE-GAME LEAD IN THE NL EAST

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