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Chipper Jones celebrates with rare five-hit game

Jul 3, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

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A few hours after being named to his eighth and final All-Star team, Chipper Jones did something he hasn’t done in 10 years: collect five hits in a game.

Jones went 5-for-5 for the first time since 2002 and drove in four runs as the Braves beat the Cubs 10-3 on Tuesday night.

It was just the third career five-hit game for the future Hall of Famer. He went 5-for-5 on April 27, 2001 against the Diamondbacks and again on Aug. 11, 2002 against the Astros.

Jones’ big night came at the expense of Chris Volstad, who returned after six weeks in Triple-A to fall to 0-7 on the season. He’s now gone 20 straight starts without a win, which is the longest such streak since Jo-Jo Reyes made 28 starts in a row.

With the big game, Chipper raised his average from .291 to .313. He’s hit in 10 straight games.

  1. thenoblefacehumper - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Sadly, due to the pack of mindless sheep that is the BBWAA, I’m not sure we can call Chipper a future Hall of Famer with any kind of certainty. He’d have my vote without thinking twice (.304/.402/.531, 142 wRC+, this is over a very long time, wow), but he doesn’t have the stuff (500 HR, 3,000 hits) they usually love. He also might face the ridiculous steroid stuff a la Bagwell.

    Hopefully by the time he’s up for induction things will be a bit different.

    • chill1184 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      Correct me if I’m wrong but I’ve never heard of any of the steroid stuff linked to Jones. I’ve always thought that he was one of the few actual power guys who actually possesses the ability and wasn’t a cheating douche.

      • thenoblefacehumper - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        It was never linked to Bagwell either. They have remarkably similar career numbers. Pedro Gomez and Co. don’t vote for guys based off pure speculation. Don’t kill the messenger.

  2. riverace19 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Athletes like Chipper Jones are a dying breed. He is a first ballot HOF’er don’t you worry.

  3. funktron2x - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    What a great, great career Chipper has had, and imagine how well he might be playing today if he’d been healthier the last 5 years. incredible stuff he’s doing now at 40. This Braves fan is awful damn proud to have a guy like him. (And i say this after spending years learning to forgive him for cheating on his wife. I have very little tolerance for that.)

  4. Ducky Medwick - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    More preposterous than 5 hits, the kid stole 2nd base without his knees exploding and his head falling off.

    First ballot. It’ll be one of those “Wait, 3 guys didn’t vote for him? What the Hell?” situations ala Ricky.

  5. gdiii20 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    One of the best switch hitters of all time. Injuries caught up to him but hey Hall of Famer no doubt he will go down as the best Brave ever!!

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