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Chipper Jones has entered his last week of regular season baseball. In his honor, Jayson Stark took a look at Jones' career, causing a few readers to get teary-eyed. How will you remember Chipper Jones? Comment below!
Future baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones has announced he is calling it quits after this season. He will leave behind a legacy that includes multiple division titles, a World Series ring and a .300+ lifetime batting average. He will also be remembered for his hitting ability from both sides of the plate. He is just one of 13 players to switch-hit for 250 or more home runs. Can you name them all?More games from ESPN Arcade »
Chipper Jones looks like a pretty good No. 1 overall pick no matter which standard you use. When you consider Jeff George (NFL) and Derrick Coleman (NBA) were also No. 1 overall picks in 1990, well, Jones looks positively legendary. But on the day after Jones hit his 450th career home run, is he making a case as one of the best ever? Rank baseball's best third basemen.
Was this the last milestone?
Jones already said he's coming back for 2012, and his contract even includes a club option for 2013. So does he have time to hit 50 more homers?
A challenger in the wings?
Alex Rodriguez has played more games at shortstop than third base, but that may change in the next year or two. Will that change the debate?
It's been a pretty heavy week. Wimbledon got underway with its normal share of upsets, the United States stunned Spain in soccer and a bevy of NBA trades preceded a draft that saw Blake Griffin go No. 1 and Ricky Rubio slip. South Carolina lost, and then found, its wayward governor. And two entertainment legends passed away well before their time.In other words, we need a breather. And few things in sports are as ultimately meaningless, or as simultaneously entertaining, as Hall of Fame debates in baseball.
Do you think Chipper Jones will be a first ballot Hall of Famer?
Ryan, My sense is yes. If he doesn't make it on the first ballot, I don't think he'll last beyond 2-3 years. One of the greatest switch-hitters ever. Full transcript.