9:32 pm July 9, 2012, by David O'Brien
July 9th, 20129:36 pm
July 9th, 20129:42 pm
I hope Chipper wins the MVP tomorrow.
July 9th, 20129:50 pm
July 9th, 20129:51 pm
Awesome article, DOB. Thanks. We’ve been priviledged to have a player of Chipper’s caliber playing for the Braves his entire MLB career.
July 9th, 20129:53 pm
Don’t forget the Warren Spahn statue. Also Chipper and Eddie Mathews were both better than Brett.
July 9th, 201210:02 pm
One record Chipper has never threatened….Cal Ripkin.
He’s never been one to play hurt. Great front runner, though
July 9th, 201210:05 pm
How in the world did you forget Wade Boggs????
July 9th, 201210:12 pm
Chipper… the best…. simply the best!!
We just won’t realize his greatness until he is gone.
We will be telling our grandchildren we watched Chipper play,
and if you’re lucky you have his rookie cards and draft card (I am one of the lucky ones!)
July 9th, 201210:17 pm
2nd best in my book too. If I had to start a team today and I could draft either Jones or Schmidt – I’d take Chipper every time.
July 9th, 201210:19 pm
Didn’t Ty Cobb play 3B also? If you’re going to mention A-Rod’s steroids, you’ve got to mention Brett’s pine-tar bats which obviously helped him get most of his RBI’s. (LOL). Seriously, all of those guys were superb ballplayers. Thanks for the article DOB
Robinson, Santo, and Rolen are next in line.
A-Rod qualifies as a shortstop.
July 9th, 201210:21 pm
I’ve read a lot of “fans?” bash Chipper but we’re really going to miss #10. Proud to have had on our team.
July 9th, 201210:26 pm
Chipper Jones is a better third baseman than Mike Schmidt. Except for home runs, Chipper is as good or better in almost every category. I don’t care how many all-star games or gold gloves a they have, because those are voted on buy idiots who never played the game. You can’t seriously believe Schmidt was a better defensive 3B either, if you ever saw him play. Also, Schmidt’s career BA was .267 not .305. He only batted .300 one time in his career. Compare that to Chipper’s 11 times.
July 9th, 201210:29 pm
My error. Ty Cobb was an OF according Wikipedia. He was just a few yrs before my time. (not that many). BTW, Cobb had the highest lifetime BA at .366 and committed more errors than any OF with 271. Just goes to show that if you can hit well, you can get away with a bad glove sometimes.
July 9th, 201210:30 pm
Sorry Casey, it is clear you are too inexperienced to properly adjust for era and defense. Schimdt is clearly better by any measure.
July 9th, 201210:33 pm
@MLB Expert you obviously never saw Schimdt play, which I did. If you actually think he was better than Chipper defensive, you are showing your own ignorance.
July 9th, 201210:39 pm
Milt, Ty Cobb was an outfielder.
July 9th, 201210:40 pm
July 9th, 201210:42 pm
“I saw them play” holds no water. Most experts consider Schimdt to be the best defender outside of Robinson.
Even so, Schimdt has a superior bat to Chipper or anyone else for that matter.
13 seasons of 30 or more home runs, 8 seasons of leading the league. He lead the league in OPS+ 6 times and finished his career with a 147 mark. No, his average does not look great, but that is because of his era.
July 9th, 201210:46 pm
What does era have to do with BA? That’s nonsense. IF most “experts” consider Schmidt to be better defensively, then they are wrong. But, I don’t agree that they do.
July 9th, 201210:53 pm
Era as in time played, not ERA(Earned Run Average).
Schmidt was no average hitter, but it is not as bad as it looks because it was a pitchers era. He was great at getting on base which is more important, as well as one of the all time great sluggers.
Chipper is considered an average defensive player with a great bat. Schimdt was great with the glove and the bat. I have never heard an expert say otherwise. Besides, the statistics and metrics bear out my position. So do the awards voting, but I don’t give it much credence.
Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)
July 9th, 201210:54 pm
Rank’em how you want, all I know is there is only ONE OF THESE GUYS on both of my lists.
Top five 3rd baseman
1. Mike Schmidt
2. Eddie Matthews
3. Chipper Jones
4. George Brett
5. Brooks Robinson
Top Five Switch hitters
1. Mickey Mantle
2. Pete Rose
3. Eddie Murray
4. Chipper Jones
5. Roberto Alomar
July 9th, 201210:58 pm
How in the world can you rate Robinson over Boggs? Makes no sense. Boggs, Brett, and Jones are right next to each other.
Also, I would rate Jones over Rose and Murray as pure switch hitters. Both only have edges in longevity. I’d add Lance Berkman to that list, and maybe Beltran as well.
July 9th, 201211:01 pm
First, I did NOT say ERA. I said era. Can you read? I don’t know who these “experts” are you keep mentioning, but if they say Chipper is an average defensive player, they are idiots. And if you think that the pitching was better so much better during Schmidt’s “era” then why is that the era of Wade Boggs, George Brett, Tony Gwynn, etc, etc, etc? You should actually watch the games and stop listening to these so-called experts of yours.
July 9th, 201211:03 pm
Because pitching and defense are the two most important factors in the game of baseball, and that’s the way I roll…..
Boggs bat was incredible, but Robinson’s glove was more of a factor.
July 9th, 201211:06 pm
The only top 5 Chipper is in, is the top 5 3rd basemen that knocked up a Hooter’s waitress.
July 9th, 201211:16 pm
@Burgess Go back to your cartoons. The grownups are talking.
July 9th, 201211:25 pm
Top 5 players average more than 120 games played……which is all Chipper has averaged the last 7 years.
Have ya’ll forgotten how Smoltz called him out a few years ago for not playing hurt ?
I wonder why his current wife has filed for divorce ? Sounds like he’s up to his old tricks.
If he’s the leader of our team, we’re hurting. Somebody with his morals and refusal to play hurt.
July 9th, 201211:26 pm
DOB……thank you for the blog…..I asked on a blog which was not the main….what are your three favorite places to eat in San Francisco?
July 9th, 201211:28 pm
great read mr dob. insightful and fun. nice chipper quotage to top it off.
July 9th, 201211:29 pm
Brett is better
July 9th, 201211:32 pm
I would take Brett over Jones any day of the week Dave. Your hometown bias is showing. Brett was a better all around hitter
3 batting titles in 3 different decades
Only player in ML history with .300 ba 3000 hits 300 hrs 1500 RBI 600 doubles and 200 3b
Much better in the clutch than Chipper
Played harder and with more abandonment than Chipper EVER would consider playing
He carried those KC teams on his back for a decade with 7 division titles in 10 years
Chipper had Maddux Glavine and Smoltzie
You have one game – and can have one in their prime. You take Brett.
July 9th, 201211:45 pm
Brett…who would you rather have? Batting ave is a wash. Obp and slug? Really? Step off
July 9th, 201211:57 pm
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gotta disagree, D O'B
July 10th, 201212:00 am
Theres more to playing than hitting. mDefense counts at third perhaps more than other positions…
Brooks Robinson is the starting point of any discussion about great third baggers.
July 10th, 201212:02 am
Okay Brett was great! I agree. But people try to compare Chip to Brett and jeter? Maybe. I’ll take Chip over most every player ever!! I’d put all your boys on my team. They’d be bench players behind Chipper
Who cares who the pitchers were? Brett and Chip hit” close”
July 10th, 201212:06 am
yeah, I’d go with Brooks, Schmidt, Brett, Chipper and nowhere would Ken Oberkfell or Bob Horner be mentioned!!!
July 10th, 201212:17 am
Great post, DOB. I haven’t looked at the stats in a while, but I think Mike Schmidt hit something like .262. As good as he was defensively and notwithstanding his power numbers (still, less than 100 more career homers than Chipper), it’s hard for me to say that a guy who hit 40 points better was inferior to the Phillies great. Especially when the guy who hit 40 points better ends up with more RBI. Brett has a better argument. Just saying.
July 10th, 201212:24 am
Schmidt hit .267. Sorry, Chipper will hit like .35 or .37 better–.302 to maybe .305. I think any reasonable person would rather have Chipper at the plate in a key situation. Do you want a guy who strikes out a lot or someone who doesn’t?
July 10th, 201212:25 am
Schmidt hit a few points better than Dale Murphy. And had 150 more HR. Murph would be in the Hall with maybe 2 more years in his prime.
July 10th, 201212:26 am
Good years, I mean Of course.
July 10th, 201212:33 am
MLB expert, why is Schmidt’s average so poor because of his era? Have you looked at the average of his same era counterpart in KC?
July 10th, 201212:36 am
How the hell are you supposed to play baseball with torn ACL’s? It’s not like Chipper had hangnails the guy shredded his knees. Those are pretty important to play baseball. If Cal Ripken tore his ACL in both knees he wouldn’t have the record. Cal was lucky to never have a major injury.
July 10th, 201212:37 am
No MLBexpert, I’ll give you defense and HR. If that’s all you care about, fine. Otherwise, give me one more stat.
July 10th, 201212:39 am
Thanks for the blog DOB. #10 is a first ballot lock. This team will direly miss his offense and leadership next year.
July 10th, 201212:40 am
Thank You Scottbravesfan.
No offense but Chipper was a much better hitter than Eddie Murray and Pete Rose. How do you have Pete Rose over Chipper? Because of hit total? That’s a compiling stat. To me Mickey is the only guy in the same class as Chipper as a switch hitter.
July 10th, 20121:59 am
Robards: Sorry, man, but we’ll agree to disagree. Not even open for debate about Schmidt being best 3B, in my opinion. Batting average? Difference in batting average is what you point to for Chipper over him? Doesn’t stack up against all the superior stats and award totals for Schmidt, including 12 All-Star selections, 10 Gold Gloves in 11 years, eight years where he led the NL in home runs, three MVP awards including back-to-back years, six Silver Slugger awards, five years where he was 1st in WAR among NL position players, four years where he led the NL in walks, five where he led the league in slugging, and four where he led the league in RBIs.
Check out how many times Chipper or Brett led their repsective league in any of those categories.
July 10th, 20122:06 am
It won’t surprise me if La Russa brings in Chipper to DH midway through ASG and leaves him in rest of way. Had conversation with someone today, indicated Tony might be planning on that.
July 10th, 20122:15 am
Chipper’s post-season numbers blow in comparison to Brett’s.
George Brett also didn’t choke when it came to facing the Yankees in the playoffs.
No offense Chipper.
Go get ‘em.
July 10th, 20123:44 am
I have a couple points that I don’t believe were brought up, in defense of Chipper. A couple have mentioned that Schmidt played in an era where pitchers were more dominant. Well, Chipper played in the steroid era, where it was believed that possibly more pitchers were juicing than hitters. As far as we know, Chipper was clean. That’s worth mentioning.
Also, to DOB’s #’s comparison of Schmidt to Chipper: I believe Chip was robbed of a few all star selections, and should probably have 11 or 12 now. Does anyone even know that he wasn’t even named an all-star in his ‘99 MVP season? I know he went on a tear in the second half, but he was still deserving that year. And going back to the steroid issue, he lost out on all star selections and silver sluggers to cheaters who had an edge. I also believe Chip deserved 1 or possibly 2 gold gloves at 3rd. But those, like all star selections, are often inaccurate due to a popularity contest.
All this being said, I still think Schmidt is the best ever. I just don’t think the gap is as wide as some suggest.
July 10th, 20123:56 am
Chipper’s a pretty honest dude with a grasp of his place in history. He certainly belongs in the discussion. But my guess is that Chipper would tell you Schmidt gets the nod over him.
I’ve always felt that GG are a bit overrated. But hard to argue with Schmidt winning 10 of them. It’s not like we’re talking about Schmidt having 3 of them and Chipper 2 of them.
Schmidt had 10 in 11 years. Chipper has none. Sorry folks, Chipper is the best player I have ever watched at coming in on a bunt or a dribbler and making the bare-handed play. But I’ve only been watching baseball for 30 years and clearly have watched more Braves games than anybody else.
But other than him being FANTASTIC at that play, he’s been steady, but pretty average at 3B defensively.
Doesn’t mean he’s not a HOF player. Clearly he is. And as stated before…. he’s clearly in the discussion. But as the story discusses….. he’s in the discussion for SECOND best 3B in history.
Overall Schmidt wins this discussion without little debate from anybody who actually wants to pay attention and not be a homer.
July 10th, 20124:00 am
Now, that all being said, Schmidt did get to play half of his games on turf at the old Vet.
Then again, with his knees if Chipper played half his game on turf, he might have had a shorter career than he’s had.
July 10th, 20125:46 am
Maybe some of us in our affection for Chipper are confusing who is the better 3B with who is the better player. Chipper played multiple positions so obviously that would make him a stronger defensive player but Schmidt showed more efficiency at the position. As far as hitting, I think we should look at how large of a percentage was Schmidt and Chipper to their offenses in each year they played. Ozzie Virgil and Rob Deer proved they could hit homers but we are trying to establish which player made the biggest impact at the plate. . . and saying who had the most in certain categorties is not enough. We could also look at the BA and runs scored of the player who batted in front of these two guys over the years.
July 10th, 20125:49 am
if look at the preponderance of the different offensive numbers (both sabremetric AND counting stats) Chipper Jones is the greatest offensive 3rd baseman of all time.
However, Mike Schmidt is the 2nd best hitting 3rd baseman of all time and probably the 2nd best fielding one of all time too (after Brooks of course) Chipper, was pretty muich always a league average defender.
I DO think Chipper edges Brett and Matthews, but just by a hair, his career OPS and his ability to maintain production throughout his career gives him the edge.
a far as switch hitting goes, Murray played for a 21 seasons and was worth 78.8 WAR (3 of his last 4 years were pretty mediocre as he chased the “milestone stats” that aren’t really worth as much as we like to think they do) his career OPS is only .837, his career slash line .287/.359/.476
left handed – .293/.369/.491 .860 OPS
right handed- .276/.340/.445 .775 OPS
Chipper’s splits are
left handed – .304/.406/.543 .949
right handed – .304/.391/.501 .892
he’s almost a 300/400/500 man from both sides of the plate
If he hadn’t had the injury problems, he would have given Mantle a run for his money (though if Mantle hadn’t had the injury problems, he might’ve been up the with Ruth and Teddy Ballgame)
July 10th, 20126:52 am
My above argument a bit more broken down from my blog:
July 10th, 20127:19 am
Great read, Dave….
July 10th, 20127:37 am
Absolutely no way pitching was better during Schmidt’s playing days. From top to bottom, pitching today is way better and much more specialized. No you don’t have every pitcher throwing complete games, but instead of having a gassed pitcher throwing at 90% of their velocity in the later innings, you have a fresh mid 90s arm or a nasty lefty coming in out of the pen. No question it is harder to hit over the last decade than in the 70s and 80s.
July 10th, 20127:45 am
Great stuff Dave. I have to give a shout-out to Clete Boyer, an amazing 3rd bagger. Go Braves!
July 10th, 20127:56 am
l never got to see Mantle, Ruth, Gehrig, Nap Lajoie, historical greats. Ty Cobb by his high rankings across the stats columns has to be considered the greatest of all time. Chipper is the best player of our generation. l have watched 99% of his games. Chipper you are my hero. Finish strong and climb the stats charts. Chipper you are my historical favorite player. l love you man.
July 10th, 20128:07 am
I did a survey of former players, scouts, etc. in 1995, and again in 2005– of the greatest players ever. Mike Schmidt was the third baseman both times. Brooks Robinson was second, and considered the best defensive third-baseman of all- time. Eddie Mathews was third. George Brett and Chipper Jones should now be in the mix. Also, the fact is: baseball was a lot better from the 1930’s to around 1970– than the product on the field now. too many athletes starting in other sports now versus 50-60 years ago.
You left off Cal Ripken, Jr./
July 10th, 20128:09 am
Defensively it starts and ends with Brooks Robinson. Offensively, I mean…how in the world can you go wrong picking any of these guys? But I would probably go with Brett and I think a LOT of Chipper’s ability.
July 10th, 20128:10 am
Regarding Schmidt’s Gold Gloves compared to Chipper, I believe their career fielding percentages are comparable. Schmidt had .961 fielding percentage for his career, and while I can’t find Chipper’s current career percentage, looks like it was .964 as of last year. Gold Gloves are determined by votes of managers and coaches, so to dis Chipper’s defense compared to Schmidt’s based upon Gold Gloves is a little suspect. Granted that your fielding percentage can be high if you never get to balls in the hole (for example) and thus have no chance to make an error… but I am not over-awed by Gold Glove awards as the single piece of evidence of defensive skill.
July 10th, 20128:13 am
Ahh.. found it
Brooks Robinson career: .971
Mike Schmidt career: .961
Chipper Jones (3rd base ONLY): .954
Chipper’s was inflated by a few years in the outfield.
July 10th, 20128:22 am
I agree completely with DOB Schmidt was he best. Not close really. You can’t just go on average. It was how he was compared to the peers of his day and he was the MAN! He was feared at the plate. George Brett was my favorite player and was a stud for several years but just not the defensive player nor the power hitter. I think Chipper is close to Brett but slightly behind because Brett had some huge playoff performances.
July 10th, 20128:45 am
Ty Cobb, if he ever played 3rd, did so on only a handful of occasions. He was straight-up an outfielder and, actually, not an incredibly well-regarded one at that. He was a hitter for a pure and simple fact.
Ripken was a shortstop. He also does not fit into this argument at all. Come on, dude.
I won’t bother trying to argue whom of the top third basemen is the best. Numbers count, but there are also intangible elements that stats can’t show. I’m just glad we got to watch one of them for his whole career. Thanks for everything, Chipper!
July 10th, 20128:52 am
DOB, never been to KC but headed there in a few months. What are your recommendations for BBQ?
July 10th, 20129:23 am
Schmidt and Brett were definitely better than Chipper. They won more MVP and were better fielders. Also they weren’t absent from the lineup because of nagging injuries.
July 10th, 20129:26 am
“Who is the 2nd best 3rd Baseman ever (referring to Chipper)?”
Mr. OBrien, – no offense – but how can a professional baseball writer pose this question?
This is absurd.
Don’t look now – but a 3rd baseman (or any position player) must play defense half of the time.
Half of the evalustion of – “The Best Third Baseman Ever” must DEAL WITH HOW WELL HE PLAYS DEFENSE.
Chipper has never been anything on defense but a “get by’ 3rd baseman – at best.
His range has never been good – limited further by playing too shallow in some unnecessary situations.
This takes nothing away from how great he has been as a hitter – even greater than he has been given credit for being – because of his performance against the best of pitchers – and in close grame situations – and in late innings of close games.
BUT when you talk about the “Best 3rd Basemen Ever”, significant consideration has to be given to defense.
Based on this, he does not belong in the group for consideration.
July 10th, 20129:28 am
When comparing defensive stats, Schmidt played on artificial turf in Philly, and many more fields were artificial turf back then. Much easier to field ground balls with truer bounces…….Just sayin’
Chipper has played on grass in Atl……
July 10th, 20129:44 am
SimpleDawg, I am not talking about defensive stats (fielding percentage). That does not measure a fielders range.
Mets R Best
July 10th, 20129:50 am
Hello there Braves fans! Are you starting to get nervous? Starting to shake with fear? You ought to be because the Mighty New York Metropolitans are coming to your town and they won’t be showing the Braves any mercy. Remember the first 4 games of the year? Expect the same result this weekend.
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July 10th, 201210:06 am
Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, Jack Stack and Oklahoma Joe’s, in no specific order. All are terrific.
July 10th, 201210:11 am
David O’Brien – I have to correct you when you write that Eddie Mathews had an 11 year window. He had a solid 14 year run before slacking off his last 3 years. Mike Schmidt had a similar 14 year run, no more. You’re short changing Mathews to make a case for Schmidt and Chipper. Let’s be fair and don’t mislead the readers. In fact, Mathews and Schmidt’s career records were amazingly close statistically. BA Schmidt .267, Mathews .271 – HR Schmidt 548, Mathews 512 – OBP Schmidt .380 – Mathews .376. Mathews had 185 more at bats than Schmidt so Schmidt was the more prolific home run hitter, but not by much. If you want to put Jones ahead of Mathews on your list, fine, but be fair and honest in your assessment.
July 10th, 201210:13 am
I believe Chipper is the second best third baseman in Braves franchise history, because I do believe that Eddie Mathews is the best ever. But, Eddie Mathews is also one of the best ever for MLB. In my view, Mike Schmidt is the best third baseman in the history of baseball. Alex Rodriquez played only half his career at third, so he cannot be in that upper echelon.
In terms of George Brett, I would have to agree that Chipper is a nose better, and so I slot him at the number three position. Regardless, just to have a seat at this kind of table is reward enough!
July 10th, 201210:15 am
P.S. Mathews was also an excellent defensive 3rd baseman, as was Schmidt. Schmidt had the gold gloves but Mathews was considered an above defensive player at his position. I believe Mathews was superior defensively to Chipper.
July 10th, 201210:16 am
WHAT THE HECK?!?!! Here I was thinking Wes Helms was one of the best third basemen of all time. This changes everything……..
On a serious note, I cant wait to watch #10 light up whoever he gets to face tonight at the Kauff (I guess Braves fans can even shorten other ball parks’ names too ), I hope he finishes up his last ASG with a huge bang. Being that I’m only 24, I never had the privilege of watching Brett or Schmidt,but I do know baseball, and I have seen (thanks ESPN Classic) and read about how great each of them were. And for Chipper to be mentioned interchangeably with them is a testament to what we have been witnessing in Atlanta over the past 20 years. Marital problems aside, Chipper seems like an all around good guy and one of the best teammates you could have.
Side note, they should honestly give him the Gold Glove this year no matter what, considering they literally robbed him back in 07, when they handed it to David Wright (23 errors) over Chipper (nine errors). But thats just my beef!
*21 errors by Wright, not 23
July 10th, 201210:18 am
Man it was going so good till the last few posts….then this Mets guy. Where is Harpe? I need to puke..
July 10th, 201210:25 am
I disagree. Chipper Jones is the BEST 3B of all time….because he was ours.
July 10th, 201210:28 am
Sure Mets, just like we rememeber we also won the last two against you, just like we also seem to remember we are ahead of you in the standings right now. You dont really expect Dickie to carry you all season do you? C’mon son. It’ll be fun, though, knowing that once the slide starts for your Mutts, and we all know its coming, that you’ll still be sitting there remembering the first four games
July 10th, 201210:32 am
“He’s never been one to play hurt. Great front runner, though”
Even for the AJC, that’s an incredibly dumb comment.
Re Schmidt. If you saw Schmidt play and think Chipper is better defensively, you need glasses. Chipper is an average at best third baseman with limited range. Schmidt was much better. As for hitting, I’m not sure there is much difference. Schmidt was a much streaker hitter than Chipper and, while he had a lot more home runs, he played in an easier park to hit homers in for most of his career than Chipper. I would say it’s basically a toss up. Brett had much less power than either one but obviously was a better hitter for average in his prime. .
July 10th, 201210:33 am
ARod is a shortstop. He’s only playing 3rd because he’s not named Jeter.
July 10th, 201210:36 am
Chipper is one of the best switch hitters ever. He’s one of the better hitters in the game, He’s been a decent defensive 3rd baseman but he’s definitely not Robinson or Schmidt in that category. Shimidt is probably the best all around 3rd baseman ever.
July 10th, 201210:37 am
If you’re being talked about in that list of 5 it really doesn’t matter where you fall.
July 10th, 201210:59 am
Brett vs. Chipper
Brett – Played in cavernous KC stadium at the time that cost him a good 100 HRs
Chipper – Played during the live ball era with juiced balls and short porches
Brett – 3 batting titles in 3 different decades – only player in history to do that
Chipper – 1 batting title
Brett – best all around hitter. Looks at the numbers
Brett – BA .305, HR 317, RBI 1596, H 3,154, 2B 665, 3B 137, SB 201
Chipper – BA .304, HR 460, RBI 1594, H 2,670, 2B 536, 3B 38, SB 150
Brett did it all. The best all around hitter of our generation. Average, Power, Doubles, Triples, Some Speed. In fact – he and Willie Mays are the only player in history to exceed the following milestones .300 Avg, 300 HRs, 1500RBI, 3000 hits, 600 doubles, 100 triples, 200 steals.
Brett also played a lot when he was hurt – probably cost him 10 points on the career average -especially toward the end of his career. Chipper takes every third day off.
Brett – Much better defensively than Chipper
All Star Selections
But the most important stat that tilts toward Brett’s favor – clutch hitting. Compare Brett vs. Chipper in post season.
Brett 43G, 166AB, .337 BA, 10 HR 23 RBI, 1.023 OPS
Chipper 92G, 333 AB, .288 BA, 13 HR 47 RBI, .871 OPS
As an earlier posted indicated, Chipper had plenty of help in the playoff run. More people associated Maddux, Glavine,and Smoltz with those great Braves teams than Chipper. Everyone associates Brett with the great KC team of the late 70s and early 80s. He was the guy. No one was even close – Willie Wilson? Hal McRae? Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni? Give me a break! Nice role guys, but Brett carried that team on his back for well over a decade of great baseball. Royals pitching of Splitorff, Leonard, Brett Saberhagen? Solid, but not Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz by any stretch. Brett hustled more, dove for more balls, and did it for the love of the game. He didn’t sit out with a hang nail like Chipper might.
And for all the love given for Mike Schmidt in here, the guy was a choker in the post season. He’d be third on my list for a starting 3B in a big game. Check out his post season stats.
36 G 158 AB, .236 BA, 4 HR, 16 RBI, OPS .690
Chipper is a hall of famer and has put together a magnificient career. If I had to put a team out there of players in their prime for one game for all the marbles, he’d be my backup third basemen – to George Brett.
July 10th, 201211:07 am
DBG: Stay out of Okla Joe’s. Too dangerous with all those Jayhawks
July 10th, 201211:12 am
Good morning all
Good AJC sent Dave to cover CHIPPERS last ALL-STAR experience.
July 10th, 201211:15 am
After this weekend the Braves will be back in third place. Mets fans not only cherish the memory of the 4 game sweep to start this season, but also the historic and epic Braves collapse of 2011. The big question Mets fans have is, will Larry come out and play or will he be sitting out this Series?
July 10th, 201211:17 am
Peter Moylan is headed to Class-A Rome to continue his rehab after pitching 1-2/3 hitless innings w/ 1 K in his last Gulf Coast League appearance.
July 10th, 201211:18 am
Who is KCs ALL-STAR rep, our Jeff?
July 10th, 201211:21 am
Hope DOB right and CHIPPER plays half the game, and hope HARPER gets a AB.
July 10th, 201211:26 am
Seems right to me!!
July 10th, 201211:36 am
I think if you compare all around stats Chipper’s is better than Schmidt both hitting and fielding. Schmidt had more HR’s and that’s it. Chipper had more hits, RBI’s, and a higher career average. If Chipper didn’t miss so many games due to injury the last 5 years he may have had more HR’s than Schmidt.
July 10th, 201211:37 am
I would say: 1. Chipper 2. Schmidt. 3 Brett 4. Mathews 5. Robinson
Matthews over Chipper and, certainly, Brett. Schmidt tops the list.
July 10th, 201211:40 am
No one mentions Pie Traynor. Come on, have to be some Pie fans in the mix.
July 10th, 201211:43 am
Avg .267 Avg .304
RBI 1595 RBI 1594
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