- CHIPPER JONES
The only other man in this article besides Lance Berkman on the shortlist as the best switch-hitter in MLB history, Jones spent his entire 23-year pro career in the Atlanta Braves organization.
Born Larry Wayne Jones Jr., but known as “Chipper” because he was a “chip off the old block” of his father, who also played and coached baseball, the DeLand, Florida native played his pre-MLB baseball at both Taylor High School and Bolles School. After his senior year, Jones was taken first overall by the Braves in 1990. After three minor-league seasons, Jones made his debut near the end of the 1993 season, but missed the 1994 campaign with a torn ACL, making 1995 his official rookie year. Other than two seasons at left field in 2002 and 2003, the switch-hitter was the starting third baseman for the Braves for seventeen outstanding seasons before announcing his retirement from the sport in 2012. He finished his HOF-worthy career with a World Series title, an NL MVP, and eight All-Star nods to his name.
Jones has stuck around baseball since his retirement. He was honoured by the Braves, having his #10 jersey retired and being inducted into the team’s hall of fame in 2013. He has since signed on as an advisor to the organization, a position he has fulfilled since 2015. An avid hunter, Jones also has two TV shows Major League Bowhunter, which he runs with friends, and Buck Commander, which he runs with three former teammates and Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson.
- DEREK JETER
Jeter is one of, if not THE best and most consistent shortstops to ever play the game. The former Yankee is a surefire MLB Hall of Famer once he becomes eligible for induction in 2020.
Jeter played his high school baseball at Kalamazoo Central, where he won three different High School Player of the Year awards following his senior season. The Houston Astros had the first overall pick in 1992 but passed on Jeter as they thought he would want to go to college rather than signing with them. The next four teams to pick shared that sentiment and the outstanding shortstop fell to the Yankees, 6th overall. Following three and a half minor league seasons, the man who came to be known as “Captain Clutch” made his MLB debut in 1995. He never looked back from there, becoming the team’s starting shortstop in 1996 and leading the Pinstripes for nineteen more incredibly consistent seasons until his retirement in 2014. Jeter finished his Hall of Fame-worthy career with five World Series rings, five Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, and 14 All-Star game selections. He is just as well known for his leadership as he is for his playing abilities, also serving as the Yankees’ captain from 2003-2014.
Jeter has remained active since hanging up his cleats, partaking in a number of business ventures such as a publishing company and The Players Tribune website. He also runs his own charity, the Turn 2 Foundation, helping teens avoid drug and alcohol addiction. Jeter and his wife, model Hannah Davis, recently announced that they will be having their first child in mid-2017.