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Salute to Chipper Jones

10/6/2012

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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


NYM PHI

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

NEXT LEVEL DISCUSSION

** 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: Baseball-Reference.com