Without giving too much away, once Chipper officially retires, in my opinion, he would be the second greatest Third Basemen in MLB history behind Mike Schmidt. Chipper’s key stats: .306 batting average, .405 OBP, .536 Slugging %, .941 OPS, 142 OPS+, 436 HRs and 1491 RBIs. He actually gave Schmidt a great fight for number one, but once the article comes out this Sunday for Greatest Third Basemen, you’ll see why Schmidt just barely edged Jones.
Chipper was one of the best players in baseball during his career. His approach to the game, his attitude and his talent are exactly what epitomizes Hall of Famer. It’s only a shame he couldn’t finish out one last season. Hopefully, it turns out he doesn’t need surgery, but if he does, here’s hoping his recovery is quick and I look forward to seeing him inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in five years from now.
Thank you Chipper for playing baseball the way it was meant to be played. Tip of my hat to the fantastic career of one of baseball’s good guys.
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