I am serious about this. No disrespect meant to Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson or Mike Schmidt, but Chipper Jones is a MONSTER!!!
At the age of 36, and if he can stay healthy and play 3-4 more seasons, Chipper Jones could go down as the best 3rd baseman in Major League history!!
Compare the numbers:
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OK, first the pro’s for this argument:
Jones has a lifetime average of .310 which is 40+ points higher than either Robinson or Schmidt. Chipper already has more career hits than Schmidt and is roughly 600 behind Brooks. Brooks will most likely remain at the top of the hits list with Jones being a close 2nd. Chipper has crushed more home runs than Robinson, and could get close to 500 if he can play for 4 more years, but Schmidt will undoubtedly keep that title. Jones has passed Brooks for the RBI lead and will likely overtake Schmidt within 2 years. Each player has earned MVP honors, with Schmidt being the only one to win it multiple times. Chipper Jones has played in the postseason 11 times in his career. Both Robinson and Schmidt have only played in the post season 6 times a piece. Each player has won the World Series, with Robinson being the only player to have won it twice.
OK, now the con’s for this argument:
Chipper Jones has been an All-Star just 6 times. Both Robinson and Schmidt have at least twice as many appearances in the All-Star game. Brooks Robinson has won an amazing 16 Gold Gloves for his unbelievable defensive play. Schmidt has won 10 Gold Gloves, and Chipper has won 0.
To me it is clear that of the 3 of these players, Chipper Jones is the most complete offensive player. With a few more seasons left to go in his career he will only add to an extremely impressive batting resume. Defensively, there is no comparison as Jones is not of the same talent level as Robinson or Schmidt. So if offense and defense even things out, what you are left with is individual awards and team success. All of these guys are former MVP’s, but Chipper’s Atlanta Braves team is by far the best team that these guys played on. Making the postseason in 11 of 15 years is extraordinary and while Robinson may have 1 more World Series ring than Chipper, one must also consider the parity around the league as these guys played in 3 different eras.
So, you tell me… Am I way off base saying that Chipper Jones not only belongs in the conversation about the best 3rd baseman in baseball’s history but that when his career is over he could also end up in the #1 spot too??