Salute to Chipper Jones

October, 5, 2012

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Chipper Jones is embraced by Hank Aaron during Sept. 28 pregame ceremony at Turner Field.
Chipper Jones' career ended with the Braves' wild-card-game elimination Friday night. Here's a summary of the Mets killer's Hall of Fame career, prepared by ESPN Stats & Information:

* Selected with 1st overall pick of 1990 MLB draft by Braves
* 1999 National League MVP
* 1995 World Series champion
* Eight-time All-Star (1996-98, 2000-01, 2008, 2011, 2012)
* Two-time Silver Slugger (1999-2000)

Among active players, only Derek Jeter and Jones have played at least 2,300 games while only playing for one team.

Most Career Games Played
One Team, Active Players

Jeter 2,585
Jones 2,499
Todd Helton 2,123

Chipper Jones
Career Ranks Among Switch-Hitters, MLB History

BA .303 2nd
HR 468 3rd
RBI 1,623 2nd
Runs 1,619 4th
Games played 2,499 6th
Total bases 4,755 3rd
>> Min. 1,000 games played

Most Career Home Runs
Switch Hitters, MLB History

Mickey Mantle 536
Eddie Murray 504
Chipper Jones 468
Lance Berkman 360
Chili Davis 350

Chipper Jones Career Ranks
Braves Franchise History

OBP .401 1st<<
Slug pct .529 3rd<<
OPS .930 2nd
Games played 2,499 2nd
Runs 1,619 2nd
Hits 2,726 2nd
Total bases 4,755 2nd
HR 468 3rd
RBI 1,623 2nd
>> Min. 1,000 games played

2nd to One
Chipper Jones Braves All-Time Ranks

Games 2,499 2nd
PA 10,614 2nd
At-bats 8,982 2nd
Hits 2,726 2nd
OBP .401 2nd
OPS .930 2nd
Runs 1,619 2nd
RBI 1,623 2nd
Singles 1,671 2nd
Doubles 549 2nd
Total bases 4,755 2nd
Runs created 1,965 2nd
>> 2nd in all categories to Hank Aaron

Chipper Jones Notable Career Moments:
* June, 1990: Selected as first overall pick in 1990 MLB Draft

* May 9, 1995: Hit first career HR, off Mets pitcher Josias Manzanillo, in top of the ninth to give Braves 3-2 lead.

* Oct. 1, 1998: Hit a walk-off single to left field off the Cubs’ Terry Mulholland, giving Braves 2-1 win in Game 2 of NLDS.

* Sept. 21-23, 1999: The Braves led the National League East by only one game as they entered a three-game September series against the Mets, the team that was right on their heels. Atlanta swept the series at Turner Field, though, largely thanks to Jones, who hit four homers and drove in seven of the 13 runs the Braves scored. For the season, he hit .400 with a .510 on-base percentage, a 1.000 slugging percentage and seven home runs against the Mets. Jones would win the 1999 NL MVP.

* Oct. 9, 2001: Hit three-run HR off Billy Wagner in bottom of the eighth in the 2001 NLDS, breaking a 3-3 tie in a game the Braves would go on to win 7-4 and a series they’d sweep 3-0.

* Oct. 4, 2003: Hit two two-run homers in Game 4 of 2003 NLDS vs Cubs.

* Sept. 2, 2012: Jones hit the final regular-season home run of his career, a three-run walk-off shot against Jonathan Papelbon to cap an 8-7 win over the Phillies. Jones finishes with 468 regular-season homers.

* Oct. 5, 2012: Plays in final game -- a 6-3 loss to the Cardinals in NL Wild Card Game. Jones singled with two outs in the ninth inning to keep the game alive.

** Jones made a living off of dominating his divisional opponents. Jones posted some of his best career marks against the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. And while he’s more well-known for his exploits against the Mets -- going so far as to name his child after the Mets’ stadium (Shea) -- he actually had more success against the Phillies.

Chipper Jones
Career vs Mets and Phillies

PA 1,019 1,026
BA .309 .331
OBP .406 .441
Slug pct .543 .596
HR 49 49
RBI 159 152

Chipper Jones Career Ranks
Among 1st Overall Picks, MLB History

BA .303 2nd
OPS .930 2nd
HR 468 3rd
>> Minimum 3,000 AB

Most Career Home Runs
Among 1st Overall Picks, MLB History

Year Drafted
Alex Rodriguez 647 1993
Ken Griffey, Jr 630 1987
Chipper Jones 468 1990
Harold Baines 384 1977
Darryl Strawberry 335 1980


** Where does Chipper Jones rank among the best players whose careers were spent mostly at third base?

Wins Above Replacement ranks him among the top five all time.

Highest Wins Above Replacement
Among Primary 3B, MLB History

Mike Schmidt 103.0
Eddie Mathews 91.9
Wade Boggs 88.3
George Brett 84.0
Chipper Jones 81.2
>> Source:
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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