Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 2/10/12

27 Feb 1998: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves signs autographs for the fans during a Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals at the Disney Wide World of Sports Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Royals defeated the Braves 3-2. Mandatory
In some ways, Chipper Jones is acting his age, which is exactly what the Atlanta Braves need. In other ways, Jones is a kid again, which also is exactly what they need. Listen to what the old Jones says about working with Jason Heyward. Hes full of wisdom and advice, sounding like a hitting coach as he describes swings and mechanics. Watch him hold court in the clubhouse, the wise king on his throne. See the calming influence he has on the rookies he calls kids. And listen to what the young Jones says about being healthy for the first time in a while. Hes full of swagger and youthful enthusiasm, still quick with that devilish grin, and geared up to take on the Phillies and Marlins. Hes excited about the promise of spring, seemingly mentally and physically prepared for grind of another long season. Jones has been the soul, face and voice of the Atlanta Braves since the last of the Big Three Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz left, but his role is more important than t...
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