Baseball’s Hall of Fame class of 2018 has no shortage of star power. Headlining the group is Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones. In just over two decades in professional baseball, Jones grew from fresh-faced youngster to face of a franchise with Atlanta. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 amateur draft and became one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history, won the World Series as a rookie in 1995, was named National League Most Valuable Player in 1999 and made eight All-Star appearances. Let’s take a look at Chipper Jones by the numbers.
His place among the all-time greats…
Hot Corner: Chipper Jones becomes the 17th third baseman elected to Cooperstown.
Circling the bases: Jones is currently 33rd on the all-time home run list with 468.
Take a walk: Chipper’s 1,512 bases on balls rank 16th on the all-time list, just ahead of Lou Gehrig (1,508).
Getting aboard: He ranks 54th all-time with a .4011 on-base percentage, just behind Rickey Henderson’s .4012.
Elite company: Chipper is one of only 13 players with 400 HR and a .400 OBP. He is the lone primary third baseman to do so. That list includes: Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Jimmy Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Mel Ott, Manny Ramirez, Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome and Ted Williams.
Even more elite company: Jones is one of just 10 players with a .300 average, 2,500 hits, 500 doubles and 400 home runs. The others: Hank Aaron, Miguel Cabrera, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. Jones is one of just four to do all of that for just one club (Williams, Gehrig and Musial are the others).
Number one: Chipper Jones and Ken Griffey Jr. are the only two No. 1 overall draft picks elected to Cooperstown.
Facing the aces: As of 2017, Chipper Jones faced just five Hall of Fame pitchers during his career.
- Randy Johnson: .349 AVG with 6 homers (17K) in 47PA.
- Pedro Martinez: .204 AVG with 3 HR and 10 RBI in 59 PA (10K)
- Tom Glavine: .188 AVG with 1 HR in 37 PA (2K)
- Greg Maddux: .375 AVG with 1BB/1K in 8 AB
- Trevor Hoffman: .227 AVG with 1 HR in 25 PA.
His place among switch-hitters…
Anything but average: Chipper Jones’ .3034 batting average is third best among switch-hitters, behind Hall of Famers Roger Connor (.3164) and Frankie Frisch (.3161) and ahead of Pete Rose (.3029) and Roberto Alomar (.3029) among the Top 5 in that category. Those five men are the only switch-hitters with a career batting average of .300 or better.
Slashing his way to greatness: Chipper is the only switch-hitter in baseball history to post a career slash line of .300/.400/.500, turning in a .303/401/.529 mark. Only 22 players in baseball have ever produced that line.
Model of consistency: Chipper Jones batted .303 as a LHH (7686 PA) and .304 as a RHH (2928 PA). He is the only switch-hitter in modern baseball history (post-1900) who is documented to have batted .300 from both sides of the plate – not Mickey Mantle, not Pete Rose, but Chipper Jones. Historical batting splits are incomplete for Frankie Frisch, who batted .316 from 1919-1937.
Long gone: Jones’ 468 homers place him third place behind Mickey Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504).
Home run history: He is one of just five switch-hitters with 400 home runs. Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira joined that club after Jones retired.
On-base percentage: Jones’ .401 OBP is the 5th best all-time among switch-hitters, trailing Mickey Mantle (.421), Roy Cullenbine (.408), Lance Berkman (.406) and Lu Blue (.402). His OBP is third best by a switch-hitter since 1950, behind Mantle and Berkman.
Chipper and Mickey: Jones and Mantle are the only two switch-hitters in baseball history with 400 homers and a .400 on-base percentage.
Bring ‘em home: Jones’ 1,623 RBI are second most all-time for a switch-hitter, behind only Murray’s 1,917.
Power and speed: Chipper is one of just 14 switch-hitters to post a 20 HR/20 SB campaign. He is one of just six switch-hitters to do so more than once.
Free passes: Chipper’s 1,512 walks are third all-time among switch-hitters, trailing Mantle (1,733) and Pete Rose (1,566).
His place in Braves history…
Only Hank Aaron (3,076) has played more games in Braves history. Chipper’s 2,499 games played rank just ahead of Eddie Mathews (2,223) and Dale Murphy (1,926).
Jones is second in franchise history with a .401 OBP (Billy Hamilton posted a .456 mark from 1896-1901), but Chipper was head and shoulders above the rest for well over the last century of Braves baseball.
Chipper (.529) is third on the slugging percentage leaderboard, behind Hank Aaron and Wally Berger. His .930 on-base plus slugging is second best, behind Aaron (.944). Pretty good company there.
Chasing Hank: Jones is second only to Aaron in hits, extra-base hits, doubles, RBI, runs scored, runs created, total bases, plate appearances, at-bats, times on base, sacrifice flies and intentional walks.
Trotting and walking: Chipper ranks third on the franchise list in home runs with 468, behind Aaron (733) and Mathews (493) and is the franchise’s all-time leader in bases on balls with 1,512.
Home and away: He hit .314 at home (5,304 PA) and .293 (5,310 PA) away, just a six PA difference.
First major league hit: September 14, 1993 vs. Reds, infield single against Kevin Wickander
First major league home run: May 9, 1995 vs. Mets, solo-shot against Josias Manzanillo
Last major league hit: October 3, 2012 vs. Pirates, single against A.J. Burnett
Last major league home run: September 2, 2012 vs. Phillies, walk-off against Jonathan Papelbon
His home run exploits…
Who gave them up: Chipper Jones hit 468 home runs against 323 different pitchers in 37 different ballparks.
Most Home runs vs. any pitcher: 7 vs. Steve Trachsel (87 PA)
One and done: There are 15 pitchers that Chipper Jones faced just once and hit a home run against: Edwin Almonte, Carlos Castillo, Steve Colyer, Horacio Estrada, Kevin Gryboski, Mike Judd, Brandon Knight, Daniel McCutchen, Jeff Nelson, Henry Owens, Troy Percival, Steve Rain, Matt Reynolds, Pete Walker and Joel Zumaya.
Home and Away: 259 of his home runs came at home, with 226 at Turner Field and 33 at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. The other 209 came at 35 different road parks, with 19 at New York’s Shea Stadium.
Switch hitting: 361 of his home runs came while batting left-handed, 107 while batting right-handed.
Clutch hitting: He hit nine walk-off home runs, 40 game-tying home runs and 161 go-ahead home runs.
Multi-homer games: Chipper had 39 two-home run games and one three-homer game.
By defensive position: Chipper hit 389 of his home runs while playing third base, 63 while playing left field, seven as a designated hitter, six as a shortstop and three as a pinch-hitter.
By batting order position: Chipper hit 353 of his home runs while batting third, 98 hitting fourth, seven batting sixth, four batting fifth and three from the ninth spot (all of his pinch-hit home runs).
Runners on: Chipper hit 267 solo-homers, 143 two-run homers, 52 three-run homers and 6 grand slams.
His other noteworthy numbers…
Favorite opponent: New York Mets, against whom he hit .309 with 49 HR and 159 RBI in 245 games.
Most Hits vs. pitcher: 26 vs. Livan Hernandez (92 PA)
Total pitchers faced: Chipper Jones faced 1,308 different pitchers in his career (257 of those just once).
Pitcher perfect: Chipper Jones is batting 1.000 against 115 of the 1,308 pitchers he faced.
Free pass: Chipper Jones drew a walk in his only plate appearance against 37 different pitchers.
Take your base: Over the course of his 18 full seasons, Chipper Jones was only hit by pitch 18 times. Only one pitcher hit him twice – Carlos Zambrano.
All statistics are courtesy of Baseball Reference.