Part 4 of our Hall of Fame ballot series: a very small ballot
Being an Atlanta native I grew up supporting the Braves and Chipper Jones was the third baseman of my childhood. It’s nostalgic to me to recall all the things that Jones has done for the Braves. You have to love the fact that during his 19 year career he stayed with the team. It’s amazing. With Chipper, you have an MVP (1999), 8-time All Star, and a two-time recipient of the Silver Slugger award. And that’s only the accolades.
Chipper Jones had monster numbers his entire career: 468 home runs, 1,623 RBIs, and a lifetime batting average of .303, a career on-base percentage of .401, and a career slugging percentage of .529. He also played very well in the postseason as in 93 games, he had 13 homers, 47 RBI, and a .287/.409/.456 slash line. Just stellar numbers from the former face of the Braves.
With his great hitting also came his great defensive work. The man was a good third baseman putting up a lifetime fielding percentage of .957 with over 20,000 innings. The stat, Defensive Runs Saved, only started being tracked in 2003 but his 2008 featured 10 DRS (zero is league average) as well as 7 DRS in 2004 and 4 in 2007. When you hear the name Chipper Jones, you automatically think the number 10 Braves legend. This year, when you hear the name Chipper Jones, you should think Hall of Famer.