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    hizzle fo shizzle Girasuck's Avatar
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    The greatest Brave of all will retire at seasons end...

    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/a...r_atl&c_id=atl

    Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones announced today that he has made the decision to retire at the end of the upcoming 2012 Major League Baseball season. The Braves and Jones have expressed interest in rejoining the organization in a yet-to-be-determined capacity after 2012.

    The No. 1 selection in the 1990 Major League Draft, Jones has played his entire career in the Braves organization. He currently leads all active players with 18 years of service with the same Club (Derek Jeter, 17-NYY; Mariano Rivera, 17-NYY; Todd Helton, 15-COL).

    Since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966, Jones ranks as the franchise leader in nearly every offensive category. He owns a .304 career batting average, with 454 home runs, 526 doubles and 1,561 RBIs in 2,387 games. Jones and Anaheim Angels first baseman Albert Pujols are the only two active players to hit at least 400 career homers and still have more walks than strikeouts (Jones has 1,455 walks and 1,358 strikeouts).

    Jones finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1995 and went on to earn the league’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1999. He has been named to seven N.L. All-Star teams and has been voted into the Game as a starter four times, most recently in 2008. He played for the United States team in the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.

    He won his first career batting title in 2008, with a .364 average. It marked the second-highest single-season average ever for a switch hitter. Mickey Mantle hit .365 for the New York Yankees in 1957.

    Jones is the only switch hitter in Major League history to post a .300 career average with more than 300 homers, and his career batting average ranks second all-time among switch hitters. Hall-of-Famer Frankie Frisch batted .316. Jones’ home run total ranks third among all switch hitters, behind Hall-of-Famers Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504).

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    Mark My Words Chris's Avatar
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    Pack your bags, Chipper. You're headed for Cooperstown.

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    The greatest Brave of all

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    Chipper (1999 MVP season) - .319 BA, .633 SLUG, .1074 OPS, 45 HR, 110 RBI, 25 SB, 181 Hits, 116 Runs

    Aaron (1957 MVP season) - .322 BA, .600 SLUG, .978 OPS, 44 HR, 132 RBI, 1 SB, 198 Hits, 118 Runs

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    I think when you talk about the legacy of a player with a franchise, it goes well beyond just one season. You talk about the entire career of that player, not just his one MVP season.

    Granted, Aaron played the equivalent of about 5 more seasons than Chipper as a Brave. But his total numbers speak for themselves as to why most would consider him the greatest Brave of all time.

    Hank: .310/.377/.567/.944, 733 HR, 2292 RBI, 3600 H, 2107 R, 240 SB
    Chipper: .304/.402/.533/.935, 454 HR, 1561 RBI, 2615 H, 1561 R, 149 SB

    Yes, Aaron played in more games and had more ABs. But let's look at the math involved to see how close Chipper is to Hank. To approach similar Braves career numbers in a similar number of ABs, Chipper would have to play in 6 and 2/3 more seasons averaging 450 ABs, and then put up 42 HR, 109 RBI, 147 H, and 81 R in each of those seasons to catch up to Hank's Braves career numbers. Hank also has 3 gold gloves and 2 batting titles. Chipper has 1 batting title and a couple silver slugger awards, an award which started in 1980 after Hank was retired.

    Hank is the greatest Brave of all.

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    Can't say anything bad about Chipper. When I was lil I was a huge Braves fan because of this guy.
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    hizzle fo shizzle Girasuck's Avatar
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    I think when you talk about the legacy of a player with a franchise, it goes well beyond just one season. You talk about the entire career of that player, not just his one MVP season.

    Granted, Aaron played the equivalent of about 5 more seasons than Chipper as a Brave. But his total numbers speak for themselves as to why most would consider him the greatest Brave of all time.

    Hank: .310/.377/.567/.944, 733 HR, 2292 RBI, 3600 H, 2107 R, 240 SB
    Chipper: .304/.402/.533/.935, 454 HR, 1561 RBI, 2615 H, 1561 R, 149 SB

    Yes, Aaron played in more games and had more ABs. But let's look at the math involved to see how close Chipper is to Hank. To approach similar Braves career numbers in a similar number of ABs, Chipper would have to play in 6 and 2/3 more seasons averaging 450 ABs, and then put up 42 HR, 109 RBI, 147 H, and 81 R in each of those seasons to catch up to Hank's Braves career numbers. Hank also has 3 gold gloves and 2 batting titles. Chipper has 1 batting title and a couple silver slugger awards, an award which started in 1980 after Hank was retired.

    Hank is the greatest Brave of all.
    I admit my opinion is biased. Chipper is my all-time favorite player in any sport, so you're probably right when you break it down like that. I'll still put Chipper #1 though.

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