Saturday, October 6, 2012

Farewell Chipper Jones

This past Friday the Atlanta Braves hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in a one game Wild Card showdown. The Braves lost which means that Chipper Jones played in his final game.

Chipper Jones was drafted #1 overall in the 1990 MLB Draft. Other players drafted that year include, Tony Clark, Mike Mussina, Jason Varitek and Jorge Posada. Chipper started his career as a shortstop but was quickly moved to third base. He played 3B from 1993-20001, in 2002 he moved to left-field to make room at 3B for Vinny Castilla. Although he would eventually move back to 3B he showed that he would do anything to help the team win.

Chipper is a career .303 hitter and is very consistent as he has hit over .300 from both sides of the plate. In 2008 he was the batting champion with a batting average of .364 which is one point lower than the all-time best batting average by a switch hitter which was accomplished by Mickey Mantle. Chipper Jones was an 8-time All Star, World Series winner in 1995 and NL MVP in 1999. He's hit 468 homeruns and 549 doubles.

For 19 years Chipper Jones played hard and played at a high level. He bid him adieu and look forward to when he gets elected into the Hall of Fame.

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