Jones reports early, setting good example for younger players

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Chipper Jones doesn't have to be in training camp.

No one would have complained if the former NL MVP didn't show until Wednesday, when the Atlanta Braves hold their first full-squad workout of spring training in Florida.

But Jones reported for camp along with the pitchers and catchers, just as he does every season.

The 31-year-old third baseman said the main reason for reporting early is to keep up his workout routine, which he usually does at Turner Field over the winter. When all the trainers head south, he follows right along.

Also, Jones owns a home in nearby Celebration, so he likes coming down early to get it ready for the rest of his family.

Jones stood up and jiggled his stomach. He admitted spending a little too much time at McDonald's during the offseason, putting on about five pounds he could do without. Then again, it gave him a chance to take a good-natured shot at a former teammate who struggled to keep his weight down.

Jones quipped, looking down at his stomach, "This is bordering on Andruw Jones."

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