This White Sox Scout Was Just a Little Off In His Evaluation of HOFer Chipper Jones

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Braves legend Chipper Jones will be one of the six players (alongside Vlad Guerrero, Jim Thome, Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Trevor Hoffman) inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. He garnered 97.2 percent of votes and had no issues breaking into Cooperstown on the first ballot to the surprise of no one… except maybe former White Sox scout Alex Cosmidis.

As you can see below, Cosmidis was quite harsh in his evaluation of Chipper when he saw him playing in Instructional League in 1990. He stressed Chipper’s “nonchalant” attitude multiple times and dished out a number 50s in the tools section. “He was a disappointment to me,” Cosmidis wrote.

Chipper, of course, went first overall in the 1990 MLB Draft, while the White Sox had no chance to land him at No. 4 — they selected pitcher Alex Fernandez, who had a solid 10-year career in his own right.
Sidenote: While totally off on Chipper, Cosmidis did win East Coast Scout of the Year in 2009.

Chipper receives the HOF call:

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