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Larry “Chipper” Jones Defines Consistency

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If you want consistency, then look no further than Larry “Chipper” Jones. The man is a beast on the field and beloved by all!

Larry “Chipper” Jones was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Chipper Jones was taken by the Atlanta Braves with the first overall pick in Baseball’s 1990 Amateur Draft. He spent his entire 19 year Major League career with the Braves and won the National League batting title by hitting .364 in 2008. Chipper Jones was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1999. He was an eight-time All-Star. His lifetime batting average was .303, and he belted 468 home runs.

Chipper Jones should be remembered as one of the best third baseman of all-time and one of the best switch hitters of all-time. His 1,623 RBI is the most ever for a third baseman. His 468 homers ranked third for switch hitters behind only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray. Jones is the only switch hitter whose lifetime batting average is over .300 with more than 400 home runs.

We all are after consistency. As William Shakespeare said, “Consistency, thou art a jewel.” Chipper Jones was mighty consistent with 20 or more home runs for 15 straight years. And on six occasions, he hit 30 or more homers. As a rookie in 1995, Jones hit 23 home runs and helped the Braves win the World Series. Jones’ quote about seeing the ball and making the most of every opportunity is critical. Quite often, the batter only will get one good pitch to hit per plate appearance. Consistency is a goal everywhere in life and at work. Jack Klemeyer tells us that, in order to be consistent, you must be able to put yourself first.

Understand that setting up goals and making plans is easy, executing them is the hard part. Excitement and motivation gets you going, but it’s the discipline that keeps you going which makes the Law of Consistency so important to your development. Look for inspiration all around you, every day there are plenty of examples you just have to be aware of it and to look for it. Choose something that pertains to your unique individual needs. A self-help video is an excellent way to get in tune with new ideas with minimal time commitment.

Chipper Jones

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Chipper Jones had great eye-hand coordination and could get the barrel of the bat on the ball even against very tough pitchers. Chipper Jones knew how to set-up pitchers. He had a great approach to hitting and was kind enough to advise young players, thereby making them better hitters. Chipper Jones also was a good base runner. It is not only understandable that Chipper Jones was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot, but it’s also easy to understand why he received 97.2% of the vote!

Jones also knows what it means to be unhappy, both in his career and at home. Though the man was great at baseball, his relationships seemed to suffer, if is his two failed marriages are any clue. But he fought through that with his eye on a bigger prize: Assistant GM. He’s found happiness in his career and life. As he recently said:

I’m not unhappy anymore. I can’t wait until the day’s over so I can go home. I was one of the few guys who prayed for extra innings so I didn’t have to go home. That’s a bad place to be personally, and it takes its toll on you. It took me three tries to find the right one, and we’re having a blast. I don’t want to mess that up by being gone eight months.

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Howard Kellman

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Howard Kellman is the longtime radio and television “voice” of the Indianapolis Indians and a professional speaker. When he’s not broadcasting, he travels around the country inspiring audiences.
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