MLB Playoff Predictions: Atlanta Braves Will Send Chipper off as a Champ

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MLB Playoff Predictions: Atlanta Braves Will Send Chipper off as a Champ
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Chipper Jones hopes to end his Hall of Fame career as a World Series champion.

When the 2012 Major League Baseball playoffs are over, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will end his Hall of Fame career exactly the way it began—as a World Series Champion. 

Jones ended his 1995 rookie campaign by bringing the city of Atlanta its first World Series title—the franchise’s third—in 1995. While he may not be the offensive force in this year’s postseason that he was 17 years ago—Chipper hit .364 in 14 postseason games that year including 10 runs scored, three home runs and 8 RBI—the outcome for the Braves will be the same.  

This year’s postseason will even have a familiar feel for Jones. The ‘95 playoffs introduced the first two wild card spots, while 2012 will add two more postseason entrants to the dance card—one in each league. 

It’s fitting that the Braves will host the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Game this year. They defeated the 1995 NL Wild Card representatives, the Colorado Rockies, en route to their last World Series championship.

Atlanta may also be forced to conquer the NL Central-winning Cincinnati Reds on their way to this year’s title. The Braves swept the Reds in the ’95 League Championship Series after Cincinnati reached the playoffs by winning their division that year as well. Go figure.

Nostalgia aside, here are five reasons why the Atlanta Braves will provide a storybook ending to Jones’ spectacular career.

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