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Yankees present Chipper Jones with third base

Jun 20, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter Getty Images

Because Alex Rodriguez isn’t doing much with it anyway.

In a pregame ceremony honoring the retiring future Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter and Andruw Jones presented Chipper Jones with the third base bag used at Yankee Stadium in last night’s game.

Of course, Chipper and Andruw were teammates in Atlanta for 12 years.

Not everyone wants to do the retirement tour, but Chipper has collected plenty of neat memorabilia by going out this way. The Reds also gave him a base. He collected a Stan Musial autographed jersey in St. Louis and a Braves banner that used to fly above Wrigley in his last game in Chicago.

Chipper, who had an RBI double in Tuesday night’s win, didn’t start today’s day game, but he will be available off the bench.

  1. sdelmonte - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I suspect that the Mets have some Shea memorabilia in storage for Chipper’s last visit to the former site of his home away from home.

    • jwbiii - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      An outfield seat would be appropriate.

      • sdelmonte - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        I think he bought two already.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Chipper is really going to be missed. Class act, stayed with one team for 20 years, and brilliantly talented all-around. He’s a rare breed, to say the least.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Cheat on your wife with a chick from Hooters.
      Super Classy
      Awesome talent, but Classy? LOL
      Nevermind the things he has said about entire cities for no other reason than be an ass. Nevermind that what he was a rookie his name was synonymous with Gary Shefield for his cocky and egotistical ways. Getting upset that he had to play in AAA for too long according to him.

      But ok sure if the bar is set that low then total class act.

      Funny how having a good memory brings reality into play huh?

      • gpatrick15 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        Nobody said he was perfect. He’s a human. I couldn’t care less about his exploits off the field. You may not like him, but you’d love to have him on your team when he was in his prime. I’m not going to judge the guy for what he did way back in the ’90s. People make mistakes. He may not have been the “classiest” guy around back then, but he sure as hell has been a class act since.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        Right, I said he was talented, and questioned how low the standards must be to call him classy. “He may not have been the classiest guy around back then, blah blah blah” Ya Thanks for confirming he isn’t classy. And he sure as hell been since? Ask the city of Toronto about the stupid and needless comments in 2009.

        Again, GREAT player
        And not even CLOSE to being classy
        At all

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        He’s classy on the field. I never expect athletes to be faithful. Few ever have been. I never accept that, but I try to keep an objective professional view of them.

        That said, I consider Chipper classy. 20 years with no bullshit on the field. That’s easier said than done.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        In other words you have that bar set way low for athletes. Fair enough

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Franchise: Even more funny is how time seems to erase people’s memories.
        There are still people who think Bill Clinton was a man of high moral character.
        Good President? Possibly. High Moral Character? Hardly.
        But Chipper can/could flat out play baseball. The dude is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        Sure is, 2nd best Switch hitter of all time. But bringing up Clinton is what? Making my point for me? Thanks

        Another person agreeing with me that he was an awesome player but that doesn’t mean he automatically has class.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        Franchise, if we knew every marital act of every ballplayer, you’d like…maybe, 2 of them. Professionally, I view ballplayers as characters on the field, and how they treat their business off the field. Community/charity work is also a big bonus.

  3. iclight79 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    So, is he going to have to give all this stuff back when, after finishing this season with 470 career home runs, he decides to come back for two more years?

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      I doubt he tries to hang on for two more years. I’ve been a fan of his for as long as I can remember, living in Atlanta and all. Once he said this would be his last year, I fully felt that he meant it. He’s already a first ballot HOF’er, possibly the best switch hitter of all time, and considered by many the most loved Brave of all time. He won’t hang on just to reach 500 home runs.

      • lardin - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Great player, first ballot hall of famer, Second greatest switch hitter of all time. Some guy named Mickey Mantle is still the best.

      • gpatrick15 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        I stand corrected. +1

      • flcounselor - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        Make Chipper # 3.

        I’d take Eddie Murray second behind Mantle.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        I wouldn’t. Chipper was vastly superior to Murray.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        Franchise, if we knew every marital act of every ballplayer, you’d like…maybe, 2 of them. Professionally, I view ballplayers as characters on the field, and how they treat their business off the field. Community/charity work is also a big bonus.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        Ugh, I meant the previous comment for my original post above. Sorry everyone. Stupid interwebs.

  4. mybrunoblog - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    The Yankees memorabilia company Steiner Sports usually sells game used bases for a couple hundred $. Looks like Jone got a freebie.
    Nice gesture by the Yanks for the likely future HOFer Jones.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Definately a nice gesture by the Yankees.
      I would like an Autographed Stan Musial Jersey and a game used 3rd base bag.
      How do I get my hands on them without having to purchase it, steal it OR play in the big leagues?

  5. paulhargis53 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Best switch hitter of all time? Hardly!

    Mantle, Rose and Murray prove otherwise.

    People have no sense of history.

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Can’t you just mention that he isn’t in a sensible way, rather than be a jerk about it? Iardin already mentioned that I may be wrong, and mentioned that Mantle is in fact the best switch hitter. He did it in a helpful manner.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Patrick: A lot of people only have the “opportunity” to be a jerk behind a keyboard. To do otherwise would quite likely result in bodily harm. Take it with a grain of salt.
        Very similar to the thumbs up and/or thumbs down. Don’t sweat it.

      • b7p19 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        Um, have you met the internet? It’s where typically reasonable people become complete assholes because there are no consequences.

        Now go jump off a bridge for forgetting about Mickey Mantle.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      One can reasonably debate whether Rose or Jones is the better switch hitter:
      http://www.fangraphs.com/graphsw.aspx?players=97,1009386,1011217 (includes Eddie Murray)

      I don’t understand the need to segregate out lefties, righties, and switch hitters. I think it’s more relevant to see how a guy ranks among those who played his position. Here’s the best 3Bs of the last 50 years:
      http://www.fangraphs.com/graphswd.aspx?teamid=0&pos=3B&season=2012&season1=1961&grid=25

      • 18thstreet - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Note: Cutting off the list at 1961 sort of rips of (in no particular order) Brooks Robinson, Ken Boyer and Eddie Matthews.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        The WAR grid includes non-batting stuff, though. I think people are just debating quality as a hitter.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      I’ll take Chipper over both Rose and Murray any day of the week. Mantle is king when it comes to switch hitters, but I’ll take Chipper over anybody else. His combination of offense and career value (Berkman might have been a bit better, but had almost four fewer seasons of games played) beats all other switch hitters.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        Did you just say you would take Chipper over Pete Freaking Rose?
        Sooo…when did you become a Braves fan Kevin? Early childhood I suppose?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        That’s the second time this week I’ve been accused of being a fan of a player simply because I supported his quality in some way. Rose is vastly overrated by the hit record, which he got by writing himself into the lineup until he was approximately 86 years old.

        Chipper Jones: .304/.401/.535, .398 wOBA, 142 wRC+
        Pete Rose: .303/.375/.409, .353 wOBA, 120 wRC+

        It’s not even remotely close. Rose just wasn’t as good a hitter as Chipper Jones.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        “which he got by writing himself into the lineup until he was approximately 86 years old.”
        Simply outstanding Kevin!
        I am using this one on all my Pete Rose loving, Redlegs backing friends.
        It may result in fisticuffs…but I can promise you it will be funny.
        Please know I am NOT a Pete Rose guy. In fact, I was actually raised to NOT like the guy.
        My Father used to always say…”if you want to know how good Pete Rose is…just ask him.”
        But pound-for-pound…your batting statistics aside…I don’t know if there is another player in the game who has played as hard, who brings as much to the table, as #14.

      • nategearhart - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        “batting statistics aside”? WHY would you shelve batting statistics when deciding who you’d rather have batting on your team?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        Oh, I have nothing but admiration for Rose as a player. If you’re making an instructional video on the kind of intensity and dedication you want kids to bring to the diamond, you can’t do much better than his highlight reel. And I don’t mean to imply that Rose wasn’t an excellent hitter. He definitely was. I just think him being the Hit King affords him a higher standing the public’s hierarchy of hitters than he actually deserves, like, say, thinking he was a better hitter than Chipper Jones, whose numbers are good enough to make the Hall as a first baseman, much less at the more challenging hot corner.

  6. flcounselor - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Great player, sure-fire Hall of Famer.

    Do you suppose Chipper will also get a nice parting gift from Hooter’s, or did he already tap that years ago?

    • genericcommenter - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      He did, but that’s the kind of tap that never runs dry.

  7. paulhargis53 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Wow, what I said hardly constitutes being an asshole. The worst thing I said is you have no sense of history. Now I’m a “keyboard warrior” etc.?

    I’m sorry, I didn’t realize that constituted over the top behavior.
    A little bit sensitive?
    If it means anything, I’m sorry I came across as a jerk. I was only making a statement.

  8. braddavery - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Jones is the best switch hitter since Mickey Mantle. The Murray argument is laughable and the Rose argument can be made with ease. Just because Rose has the hit record and Murray is in the 500 HR/3000 Hit club doesn’t automatically mean they are better. Chipper outshines them in nearly every way. The ONLY reason Rose has Chipper bested in many statistical categories is because he played for 24 seasons. And Murray played a ton of games at DH which padded his stats. Chipper beats Rose in a large majority of per-162 games stats. Murray is not even an argument. Anyone who knows baseball knows that Chipper Jones is/was a better baseball player than Eddie Murray and can easily make the argument that he is/was better than Rose.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      I hear you Brad. But Chipper doesn’t bring the drive, flat out hustle (and any other intangible you can think of)…that Pete did. Not to mention you could put Pete at virtually any position and he would thrive at it.
      Disclaimer: I do NOT like Pete Rose.

      • gpatrick15 - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        In Chippers defense, he has been asked to play outfield (for a season), he came up as a SS, and has played the majority of his career at third. Pretty flexible, though probably not as much as Rose was. I’m only 23, I wasn’t around for much of anything rose related except for his betting scandal.

      • nategearhart - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        Rose had to try harder than Chipper because he wasn’t as good at baseball.

  9. kappy32 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I’m a Mets fan & I’m going to be at Chipper’s last game at Citi. When they present him with whatever they give him, I am going to clap & cheer for him. All Mets fans should show him the respect he deserves that day. The reason why Mets fans hate him so much is because of what he has done to us on the field. Off the field, he has been a stand up guy & a great representative of baseball. Baseball is a game, not a do or die situation, and that needs to be remembered here. We have watched one of the greatest Mets antagonists of all-time & it was a pleasure, despite the heartbreak, watching him perfect his craft over the years.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    I almost went to this game but nobody wanted to go with. I would have been able to see his sendoff at Yankee Stadium. Eff my friends who didn’t want to go. Ugh.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      Yeah, that’s the part where I say eff my friends who didn’t want to go and then by a single ticket.

  11. genericcommenter - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Chipper Jones, the best switch-hitting Larry of all-time.

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