Friday, June 06, 2008

Way to go, Chipper Jones

Last night, Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves, hit career home run number 400. He's only the third career switch hitter other than Eddie Murray and Mickey Mantle to breach that plateau. It just seems like yesterday that Chipper was a rookie and the Braves were winning a World Series. Hard to believe that was 13 years ago.

Even harder to believe is that Chipper Jones is hitting almost .418 for the season as of this writing on June 6th. I believe the last person to be hitting over .410 this late int he season was Paul O'Neill of the Yankess back in 1993 or 94.

Ted Williams was the last person to hit over .400 (.406 to be exact) for the season back in 1941 right before he went into the service for WWII. No one has done it since, though a few have gotten close in recent decades, namely George Brett in the late '70s and '80s and Tony Gwynn in the mid '90's.

It would be awesome if Chipper could do it. I would love to see someone break the .400 mark in my lifetime, but its still way too early in the season to get excited just yet.

Only time will tell.

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