Feb. 23, 2014 KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Johnson remembers donning his Chipper Jones T-shirt and parking himself in front of the television to watch Atlanta's star third baseman play when he was growing up.
Now he's taken over Jones' old spot and says it's a "dream come true."
Jones retired after the 2012 season. Tasked with filling his huge cleats, Johnson came through with the best season of his career. He hit .321 and finished second in the National League batting race. The 29-year-old led the team with 34 doubles, was second with 165 hits and had 12 homers and 68 RBIs.
The Braves aren't putting pressure on him to repeat his big performance from last season -- the NL East champions just want him to continue to be a productive bat in the lineup.