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Chipper Jones is the seventh member of .300/.400/.500 club

Oct 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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As he nears retirement Chipper Jones‘ greatness is hopeful apparent enough that we don’t really need to cite any new stats to make the case, but here’s a pretty good one courtesy of Capitol Avenue Club blogger Ben Duronio:

Among all the hitters in baseball history with at least 10,000 career plate appearances Jones is the seventh player to top a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage, and .500 slugging percentage.

Here’s a list of everyone in the .300/.400/.500 club: Jones, Frank Thomas, Stan Musial, Mel Ott, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker.

And if you drop the plate appearance minimum down to 9,000 the club adds Ted Williams, Manny Ramirez, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Todd Helton, and Rogers Hornsby.

Jones, who’s not in the Braves’ lineup for today’s regular season finale, has hit .303 with a .401 OBP and .529 SLG in 10,613 plate appearances.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I picture Manny wearing a black sheep costume amongst his white-costumed sheep peers…

    • cur68 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      C’mon, he’s got Cobb for company.

      • gloccamorra - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM

        Manny and Ty rubbing shoulders? I. Don’t. Think. So.

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:56 PM

        Manny & Ty in matching black sheep costumes. Stick Frank Thomas next to Cobb. Whatever happened to Cobb after that would be sweet justice.

  2. albertmn - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    That’s pretty elite company. I always knew Chipper was good while he played, but I guess I didn’t always think of him as a superstar while he played. It always seemed like someone else had bigger seasons every year. He always kind of seemed like the 2nd tier of superstars in any given year. But, the ability to stay even in that tier for as long as he did is amazing. Seeing some of his totals now gives me a new respect for his abilities than what I had previously.

  3. braddavery - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    He’s also the only player in baseball HISTORY with 1,500+ walks, a .400+ on-base percentage, a .300+ batting average, 450+ homeruns and 150+ stolen bases.

    • dlf9 - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Mickey Mantle missed it by .002 in BA. Actually, Mantle and Jones’ career stats are eerily similar. Mantle was much more dominant in his era, but other than trading some of Chipper’s doubles for a few Mantle homers, they are very close.

    • jl9830 - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      You understand you could make any player look good by cherry picking stats right? Chipper Jones is a hall of famer, but I didn’t realize there was or should be a club for this grouping of stats.

      • braddavery - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        Have at it. Make a similar type of statement for any non-all-time great type of player. Prove what you said.

      • braddavery - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        P.S. It’s not a “club” when he’s the only one. ; )

  4. El Bravo - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Prettiest swing in baseball too.

    • biasedhomer - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      His swings got nothing on Griffey’s.

      • El Bravo - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        Griffey only did it from one side. That makes Chipper’s twice as pretty.

  5. thefalcon123 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    There’s still a change Chipper could come in as a pinch hitter and have to stay in for extra innings long enough to end up under .300 for his career. He has to go 0-117, which is possible if the game goes 293 innings or so.

  6. natsattack - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Teddy won! After that, Zim hit a home run and Morse doubled, and a little graphic popped up: “Nats have 6 total bases since Teddy won.”

    • greymares - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      teddy wins on the day the debates begin 1st omen teddy loses, nats win. teddy wins nats lose? i dont think i let him win until the last possible day lol.

  7. number42is1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    so assuming that he gets in on the first ballot would his induction be 2017 or 2018?

    • Paul Zummo - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM


    • natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Sounds like a pretty good assumption.

    • statslady - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      He will be on the ballot that’s distributed in late 2017 (five years after his retirement), the results of which will be announced in late January 2018.

  8. stex52 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    This surprised me quite a bit, too. But for a little different reason. I always thought of Chipper and Jeff Bagwell as very similar talents. So I thought of them both as HOF-possible talents but not absolutely elite in history. A cursory look at the stats bears out that they were very similar. Except for one difference: Chipper has 1200 more PA’s. There has been a feeling around Houston for a while that Bagwell’s retirement due to shoulder problems left him a little short of the cumulative stats needed for a sure trip to Cooperstown. The thought was that he needed two more years. Comparing ages, I’d say two to three.

    Now that I realize how elite their performances were, it really strengthens that thought. Congrats to Chipper. He truly deserves the HOF trip. But I hope Jeff gets it, too. (BTW, in interests of total disclosure, Jeff’s career BA was “only” .297)

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      if .300 BA were some mythical barrier allowing HOF entrance John Kruk would be in it, so Jeffy shouldn’t sweat about that.

  9. Nick C - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I look at Todd Helton as the odd one in this group of select, elite hitters. Without the Coors Field effect he would be right on the edge of this group. His career HOME slash line: .350/.447/.613. His career ROAD slash line: .289/.389/.475.

    While Manny had some personality issues and certainly deserves a downgrade for trying to get pregnant, he was a truly elite hitter. Helton, on the other hand, is a very good hitter benefitting from a truly elite ballpark effect.

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Why should he be downgraded for trying to get pregnant? He was just diversifying his talents.

    • schlom - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      Well, there are plenty of players in the HOF like that. One of the most extreme is Carl Yastrzemski, 306/402/503 at home, 264/357/422 on the road:

  10. raysfan1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Nick C–you still have to admit Helton has been pretty damn good for a long while.

  11. donnell1 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Reblogged this on Alexander / Swift Productions and commented:
    Extremely impressive!

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