Since 1995, Chipper Jones has been the leader of the clubhouse. He's the one who mentored the rookies, and gave advice to teammates. Included in this list of mentored youth is current Braves LF Martin Prado.
In 2006, the Venezuelan born Prado debuted in the majors for the Braves, playing in 26 games, and accumulating a .262 batting average.
So Here's The Battle: Teacher vs. Pupil
There's no doubt that when Chipper retires, Prado will be the starting 3rd Basemen, and will continue the Braves good fortunes on the hot-corner. But for now, Chipper remains the starter. Let's take a look and see who the real leader is.
Chipper Jones has been her since 1995, the last time the Braves won the World Series. In his 16 year career, he's accumulated 2,549 hits, 442 home runs, and has a career batting average of .302. He's a 6-time All-Star, and has two silver slugger awards. Somehow though he hasn't been awarded a gold glove.
Prado debuted in 2006. In his 5 year career, he's accumulated a .302 batting average and has 37 total home runs. Obviously nothing close to Chippers Numbers, but it seems like something in the clubhouse has changed. Prado waited and worked for his chance in the majors. While only a utility fielder the first 3 years of his career, Prado continued to work until Bobby Cox had no choice but to put him in the lineup every day. And I think everyone in the clubhouse has noticed that.
The Atlanta Braves and their fans. Chipper Jones and Martin Prado are co-leaders. They both bring something extraordinary to the clubhouse and are both well respected by everyone in baseball. Nothing but good things come out of this.Back to the Atlanta Braves Newsfeed