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Chipper Jones is very impressed with Stephen Strasburg

May 25, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg Reuters

Chipper Jones has been teammates with future Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz and he got to see plenty of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Kevin Brown during their heydays. Stephen Strasburg, though, might outclass them all:

“He has the best stuff, the best repertoire of pitches that I’ve seen on any one single pitcher,” Jones said Friday.

It’s a lofty statement, but it hardly seems completely out of line. The 23-year-old Strasburg has used his 94-98 mph fastball, curve and changeup to great effect this year, amassing a 4-1 record, a 2.21 ERA and a 64/13 K/BB ratio in 53 innings.

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Got is a verb

    And yes that’s a very lofty statement coming from a guy who has seen many greats up close

  2. NJgriffNC - May 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    I laughed out loud when I read this headline. Chipper is always dishing out flattering compliments to other teams/players. He deserves the farewell standing ovations he is getting at each ballpark this season. I’m not a Braves fan, but Chipper has been one of my baseball “idols” for as long as I can remember.

  3. dpeter11 - May 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Why lump Kevin Brown in with two hall of farmers like Johnson and Martinez? Brown stole money and retired in disgrace as I recall.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      You can put Lincecum or Kershaw in his place if you’d prefer. Brown, though, was just about as nasty as anyone when he was at his best, and while he won’t get in the Hall, he has better numbers than a few guys already there.

  4. dpeter11 - May 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Famers not farmers. Stupid auto correct.

    • jwbiii - May 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      The “Hall of Farm” is just a few minutes away.

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