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Chipper Jones, T.J. Watt join Florida High School Sports Awards

Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, three-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt, U.S. women’s gymnastics gold and silver medalist Laurie Hernandez and three-time MVP, World Champion and co-founder of the Premier Lacrosse League Paul Rabil are joining the growing list of top athletes that are a part of the Florida High School Sports Awards.

The Florida High School Sports Awards is part of the largest high school sports recognition program in the country. Top athletes in most state-sanctioned sports will be honored during an on-demand broadcast at 8 p.m. Eastern July 15 on the event website.   

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A 2018 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and current Special Hitting Advisor for the Atlanta Braves, Jones holds the Braves’ team record for on-base percentage and is third for the team in home runs. Jones began his professional career in 1990 as the No. 1 overall draft pick for the Braves. He was a member of the 1995 World Series championship team and an eight-time All-Star. Jones was the only switch hitter in MLB history with a career batting average of at least .300 and 400 or more home runs. He finished with at least a .300 batting average, .400 on base percentage and .500 slugging percentage, the only switch hitter in history to reach all three milestones. 

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