Chipper Jones, perennial 3rd Baseman for the Atlanta Braves announced 2012 will be his last season in the Majors. Where does Chipper stand against history? The six-time all-star played in three World Series. His 454 career HR’s, .304 BA, and 2,615 hits so far, should put him in the Hall of Fame.
Currently 14 players are enshrined in Cooperstown as 3rd basemen. Some rather famous names comprise this list: Wade Boggs, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, George Brett, and Eddie Mathews to name a few. Compared with current members, Chipper belongs in the Hall. Some questionable Hall selections occurred over the years. Since this is the case, there is an argument that not all current members are deserving of enshrinement. For this case study regarding Chipper, let’s compare him to those who are rightfully members of the Hall of Fame in my opinion. The list below is in no particular order:
- Wade Boggs: .328 BA; 118 HRs; 3,010 hits
- George Brett: .305 BA; 317 HRs; 3,154 hits
- Mike Schmidt: .267; 548 HRs; 2,234 hits
- Paul Molitor: .306; 234 HRs; 3,319 hits
- Eddie Mathews: .271; 512HRs; 2,315 hits
- Pie Traynor: .320; 58 HRs; 2,416 hits
Others such as Jimmy Collins .294/65/1,999; George Kell .306/78/2,054; and Brooks Robinson .267/268/2,848 are questionable based on this limited statistical analysis. Chipper’s current career numbers should place him in Cooperstown, not as a first ballot selection, but eventually. Aside from his numbers, Jones was a cornerstone of the Atlanta Braves powerhouse during the 1990s and 2000s under Bobby Cox.
Whether or not Jones ends up in the Baseball Hall of Fame remains to be seen. Regardless of how 2012 ends up for Jones, a hard-nosed, “old-school” ballplayer will be leaving the diamond. Thanks Chipper.
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