It's official. Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones is a first-ballot Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.
The third-baseman played his entire professional career with the Braves from 1993 to 2012.
A candidate needs votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Jones' name was on 97.2 percent of the ballots. Only six Hall of Famers have been included on at least 98 percent of the ballots, according to MLB.com writer Mark Bowman. The all-time record is Ken Griffey Jr., who was named on 99.3 percent of the ballots back in 2016.
Jones said the tears flowed after he learned of his impending induction.
"It was waterworks," he said. "This just mindblowing to me."
Jones said that even though all signs indicated beforehand that would be a first-time inductee, he was nervous until he got the call.
"I didn't sleep," he said. "I was tossing and turning."
Jones, the first overall pick in the 1990 draft, was a lifetime .303 hitter who got on base at a .401 clip and finished with a .930 OPS. His 468 home runs rank third all-time among players who primarily played third base, trailing only Mike Schmidt and Eddie Mathews, and he’s also third in homers by a switch-hitter, behind Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray. He was named MVP of the 1999 season.
Jones won a batting title at 36 and remained a force even as he battled injuries throughout his late 30s, delivering an OPS of at least .800 in each of his final four years. His lifetime OPS-plus of 141 would rank 34th among Hall of Famers, just above Duke Snider and Reggie Jackson.
Other candidates making the Hall of Fame include Jim Thome, Vlad Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman. Edgar Martinez just missed the cut with 70.4 percent of the votes.
His former teammates, pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, have all been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens once again missed the mark needed to make the Hall of Fame, but did see their names on more ballots. Bonds was on 56.4 percent of the votes while Clemens' name was on 57.3 percent.
The 2018 class induction ceremony will happen on July 29 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
PHOTOS: Chipper Jones
Chipper Jones through the years
6 Mar 1997: Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves during the Braves 5-2 loss to the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
27 Feb 1998: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves signs autographs for the fans during a Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals at the Disney Wide World of Sports Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Royals defeated the Braves 3-2. Mandatory
28 Oct 1995: Third baseman Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves speaks with newsperson after winning game six of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves won the game 1 - 0. Mandatory Credit:
16 Jul 1995: Third baseman Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves in action during a game against the San Diego Padres. The Padres won the game 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
ATLANTA, UNITED STATES: As Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (R) shows him the ball, third base umpire John Hirshbeck (L) calls Kenny Lofton of the Cleveland Indians safe as Lofton steals third base in the first inning of game one of the World Series in Atlanta, Georgia 21 October. Lofton was initially called out on the play but was then called safe. He then scored Cleveland's first run. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 17: Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones(R) sprays champange on a teammate after winning the National League Championship series 17 October at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves won the game 15-0 to win the series. The Braves will take on the New York Yankees in the World Series starting 19 October. (Photo credit should read BRIAN BAHR/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 5: Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones leaps for a hit by Chicago Cub Rey Sanchez during their game 05 June in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves led the game 7-5 in the seventh enning. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 24: Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones misses shot hit by Montreaal Expo Sean Berry in the eigth inning of the game 24 September in Atlanta, Ga. The Braves won in the tenth inning 5-4. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 7: Members of the National and American League All-Star teams, from left, Chipper Jones, Ken Griffey Jr., Kevin Brown and Ivan Rodriguez talk during practice for the Major League Baseball All-Star game 07 July at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OH. The All-Star game will be played 08 July. (Photo credit should read KIMBERLY BARTH/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 23: Cincinnati Reds' Pokey Reese (R)s tagged out while trying to steal in the third inning by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones during their game at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA 23 August. The Braves won the game 10 to 3. (Photo credit should read STEVEN R. SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 26: Houston Astros Russ Johnson (L) is tagged out by Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones after Johnson tried to make it to third base on a Brad Ausmus second inning single during their game at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA, 26 August. (Photo credit should read STEVEN R. SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 18: Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones just misses catching a fourth inning line drive off the bat of Florida Marlins player Todd Zeile during their game at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA 18 June. The Marlins beat the Braves 3-2. (Photo credit should read STEVEN SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - AUGUST 30: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves fields a throw during their game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 30, 1996 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Braves 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)