Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How much does baseball love Chipper?

c/o NY Times

The farewell tour for Chipper Jones is ongoing and almost coming to a close, and baseball has been grateful to have this lifer represent the game with class and grace. How much does the game love him? Let them count the ways...

The remaining schedule of the Braves has them currently at Miami. They play two more games there, then travel to Philadelphia for their final three-game road trip. That is why you may be wondering why aren't the Marlins and the Phillies on that group of teams with send off packages for the future Hall-of-Fame third baseman.

They host the Marlins and the Mets to end the regular season, and considering how much he has been a terror to the Metropolitans throughout his career, it may be fitting that his final regular season games are with them (49 HRs, 159 RBIs, 20 SBs, .311 BA, .408 OBP, .548 SLG).

They still have a chase for the NL East, five games back of the Nationals. They do, however have a stranglehold on one of the two wildcard spots, with a 7.5 game edge over the other team (currently the St. Louis Cardinals).

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