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Caulton Tudor

Chipper among the all-time best in many conversations

Posted August 22, 2013

— When the Durham Bulls saluted one of their former stars -- Larry Wayne Jones -- on Tuesday night, they may well have honored the best third baseman in baseball history.

“Chipper”, now 41, ended his 19 years with the Atlanta Braves following the 2012 season and should be a no-brainer lock for a first ballot Hall of Fame induction when he becomes eligible in 2018. Chipper on hand as Bulls retire No. 10 Slideshow: Chipper on hand as Bulls retire No. 10

But there are other categories in which Jones’ impact will be long lasting.

In my opinion, he rates among the top four best-ever switch hitters -- in the class with Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose and Eddie Murray.

And next to Hank Aaron, Jones gets my vote for the second-best Brave of all time.

Here are some rankings that involve Jones. All are just one man’s thinking. Feel free to comment on what you like or don’t like.


ALL-TIME SWITCH HITTERS

SS _ Maury Wills (.281, 586 SB)
LF _ Pete Rose (.303, 160 HR)
CF _ Mickey Mantle (.298, 536 HR,
3B _ Chipper Jones (.303, 468 HR)
1B _ Eddie Murray (.287, 504 HR)
2B _ Roberto Alomar (.300, 210 HR, 474 SB)
RF _ Lance Berkman (.294, 366 HR)
C – Ted Simmons (.285, 248 HR)
P _ Kid Nichols, RHP (361 wins, 2.96 ERA)
BENCH
OF _ Reggie Smith (.287, 314 HR,
OF _ Tim Raines (.294, 170 HR, 808 SB)
OF _ Bernie Williams (.297, 287 HR)
OF _ Carlos Beltran (.284, 356 HR)
INF _ Max Carey (.285, 738 SB)
INF _ Red Schoendienst (.289, 773 RBI)
INF _ Frankie Frisch (.316, 105 HR, 419 SB
INF _ George Davis (.295, 73 HR, 619 SB
C _ Jorge Pasada (.273, 275 HR)
P _ Mordecai Brown (239 wins, 56 shutouts)


ALL-TIME BRAVES

1.Hank Aaron, OF (.305, 755 HR)
2.Chipper Jones, 3B (.303, 468 HR)
3.Warren Spahn, LHP (363 wins, 3.09 ERA)
4.Greg Maddux, RHP (355 wins, 3.16 ERA)
5.Ed Mathews, 3B (.271, 512 HR)
6.Tom Glavine, LHP (305 wins, 3.54 ERA)
7.Kid Nichols, RHP (361 wins, 2.96 ERA)
8.Phil Niekro, RHP (318 wins, 3.35 ERA)
9.Dale Murphy, OF (.265, 398 HR)
10.John Smoltz, RHP (213 wins, 3.33 ERA)


ALL-TIME 3rd BASEMEN

1.Mike Schmidt (.267, 548 HR)
2.Chipper Jones (.303, 468 HR)
3.Brooks Robinson (.267, 268 HR)
4.Stan Hack (.301, 363 HR)
5.George Brett (.305, 317 HR)
6.Ron Santo (.277, 342 HR)
7.Wade Boggs (.328, 118 HR)
8.Harold Pie Traynor (.320, 1,273 RBI)
9.Scott Rolen (.281, 316 HR)
10.Graig Nettles (.248, 390 HR)
11.Ron Cey (.261, 316 HR)
12.Al Flip Rosen (.285, 192 HR)
 

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  • BattlingBishop 5 Aug 22, 10:18 p.m.

    One of the best ever!

    — Posted by mac240

    +1 mac

  • mac240 Aug 22, 10:12 p.m.

    One of the best ever!

  • BattlingBishop 5 Aug 22, 9:55 p.m.

    Really? I've always thought of Chipper Jones as a nice player who enjoyed a long career and... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    Just an fyi....Chipper is the only switch-hitter in the history of the game (over 140 years) to claim a career .300 average & over 400 jacks. He spent his entire career in ATL, won a batting title, NL MVP, has a WS ring, & drove in more runs than either Brett or Schmidt. He had a career OBP of .401 & tallied over 1000 extra base hits. I'd say that makes him very special.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Aug 22, 9:39 p.m.

    Really? I've always thought of Chipper Jones as a nice player who enjoyed a long career and... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    Seriously? lol

    Follow baseball much, Ken?

  • Ken D. Aug 22, 9:37 p.m.

    Really? I've always thought of Chipper Jones as a nice player who enjoyed a long career and didn't get into a lot of trouble. But among "all-time bests"? I just don't see it.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Aug 22, 9:00 p.m.

    can't edit...."week"

  • BattlingBishop 5 Aug 22, 8:59 p.m.

    Nice article but Brett should get the #1 nod. Brett was not only a career .300 hitter but he also collected over 3000 hits, to go with 665 doubles & 3 batting titles. Brett actually had more extra base hits than Mike Schmidt. Brett was also clutch in the playoffs....I can give you a thousand reasons why Schmidt is no Brett. Gimme #5 six days a wekk & twice on Sunday.

    #1 - Brett
    #2 - Chipper
    #3 - Boggs
    #4 - #20 (maybe)

    Schmidt was a .236 hitter in the playoffs, a no-show. Brett was a .337 hitter in the playoffs & a .373 hitter in the World Series. Lastly, Swing & Miss bailed on Philly his last season in the Bigs.

  • neilwoodlief Aug 22, 11:59 a.m.

    The lists look pretty good to me. I'd move Dale Murphy up several spots in all time greatest Braves, though.

  • Hammerhead Aug 22, 10:50 a.m.

    Bearing in mind that I haven't watched a lot of baseball in the past 20 or more years, I think Time Raines should be ahead of Lance Berkman. Raines and Andre Dawson were both way underrated IMO.

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