What is baseball without Chipper Jones? Will the Braves still field a ballclub without number 10 at the hot corner? Will the city of Atlanta fall in on itself when he retires?
I shudder when pondering these questions. Chipper Jones is baseball. Just as the sun rises in the east, Chipper Jones plays third base for the Atlanta Braves. This is why I had to pay tribute to Chipper, though our time with him is short, with a WPW profile. After all, WhatProsWear.com is the Cooperstown of baseball equipment—style immortality.
No player has been more loyal to his gear than Chipper over the last two decades. You probably all know by now his long-standing relationship with Mizuno, but he has also been swinging a Rawlings Big Stick since he first donned the tomahawk (and even before).
From the left side, Jones swings a Rawlings Big Stick MS20, which, according to my research, is former Phillies-great and fellow third basemen, Mike Schmidt’s selected lumber. Though I can’t confirm that this is still the case, back in 2007, Chipper was using a 794A model from the right side. There is not much information online about either bat, and I couldn’t figure out the measurements but I would bet just by eyeing it that Chipper’s bats are 35+ inches long (though I don’t know of many bats over 35 inches). The thing just looks like a two-by-four. Unfortunately, neither the MS20 or the 794A are available online.
Chipper, a long-tenured Mizuno man, wears his version of the Mizuno Vintage Pro batting gloves, red at home and blue on the road.
Both the red and blue versions of the Mizuno Vintage Pro batting gloves are available online, along with a few other colorways.
On his feet, Chipper wears a variation of the Mizuno 9-Spike Swagger cleats, with his own logo and name. At home he wears the red/black/white version you see in the feature, with his logo on the tongue—most likely inspired by Jones’ affinity for buck hunting in the offseason. For away games, he wears a navy/black/white version of the Swagger cleats.
These cleats are available online, just not with Chipper’s logo, and not in his colorways, though there are several nice-looking choices.
An interesting little tidbit, which you can see two photos above this, is that Chipper wears an Evoshield leg guard on his left ankle when batting right-handed, but he wears no armor batting lefty. Evoshield’s leg guard’s are ubiquitous online.
Bon voyage, Chip.
Here are the links:
Rawlings Big Stick Ash Bats (as I mentioned, Chipper’s models are not available)
Mizuno Vintage Pro Batting Gloves (Chipper’s in blue and red)