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Friday is Chipper Jones' 43rd birthday, and though the Braves legend hasn't played in the majors since his 2012 retirement, it's still easy to picture him mashing home runs in an Atlanta uniform. Jones was one of the best sluggers of his generation, and the fact that he was a switch-hitter made him all the more valuable.

In Chipper's honor, here are the best switch-hitters in MLB history:

10. Lance Berkman

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Berkman spent most of his career knocking around the National League, recording three seasons above 1.000 OPS in his first 10 years.

9. Frankie Frisch

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Among the players on this list, Frisch has the highest batting average, and he has the rare distinction of hitting more triples than home runs in his career.

8. Roberto Alomar

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One of the steadiest hitters in baseball for many years, Alomar smacked 504 doubles and stole 474 bases in his 17-year career.

7. Bernie Williams

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A major reason why the Yankees won so many titles in the late '90s, Williams just recently retired officially -- after not playing since 2006.

6. Carlos Beltran

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Beltran still hasn't won a World Series in his distinguished MLB career, but that hasn't been for lack of trying -- he has a postseason OPS of 1.128 and is ninth on the all-time postseason home run leaders list.

5. Tim Raines

Tim RainesRonald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty ImagesTim Raines is often cited as the second-greatest leadoff hitter in MLB history.

Raines continues to slowly creep up the Hall of Fame vote percentages list, although it's odd he's not in already -- he's likely the second-best leadoff hitter of all time, behind the incomparable Rickey Henderson.

4. Eddie Murray

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Weird stat: Eddie Murray is the all-time MLB leader in sacrifice flies, with 128 -- one ahead of fellow Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. We're sure Murray's 504 home runs made a slightly bigger impact, but still, every little bit counts.

3. Pete Rose

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The all-time leader in hits, Rose was a three-time batting champ and the 1973 MVP.

2. Chipper Jones

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Always an exceptional hitter, Jones enjoyed something of a late-career renaissance -- he had a three-year stretch from 2006 to '08 (ages 34 to 36) when his OPS eclipsed 1.000, and he won a batting title in '08 with a .364 average.

1. Mickey Mantle

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Mantle would rank pretty high on any list related to offensive prowess, and he's the obvious choice for best switch-hitter of all time. Among his accomplishments: his 1956 Triple Crown campaign, his 536 career home runs and his three MVP awards.

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South Florida weather, especially those late-afternoon storms, can be unpredictable -- even for meteorologists. For amateurs? Forget about it.

All of this brings us to Opening Day between the Atlanta Braves and host Miami Marlins, holding just their third season-opener game at Marlins Park. You know, the stadium with the retractable roof meant to stave off the rain delays that marred play at the Marlins' old home for so many years?

Well ...

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Yes, one of South Florida's signature downpours caught these residents off-guard, and the roof could not be closed in time to stop rain from soaking the field. And another thing:

Not great. Still, the roof on the $515 million (and quite controversial) stadium -- which takes 13 minutes to open and close -- eventually did its job, ending the ballpark's first-ever rain delay.

Even better, though, is the explanation as to why the Marlins weren't able to foresee this weather. Via Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, who was there as Marlins president David Samson talked to reporters (the "Loria" referenced is owner Jeffrey Loria; read more of Samson's explanation here):

Apps, man. Great for productivity. Not so great for self-taught Doppler radar reading.

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Bud Selig's 17-year run as Major League Baseball commissioner ends officially Jan. 25. Where does he rank among the league's nine all-time head men? Click below to set your list!

All-Time MLB Commissioners

Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Kenesaw Mountain Landis


Happy Chandler

Happy Chandler


Ford Frick

Ford Frick


Spike Eckert

Spike Eckert


Bowie Kuhn

Bowie Kuhn


Peter Ueberroth

Peter Ueberroth


Bart Giamatti

Bart Giamatti


Fay Vincent

Fay Vincent


Bud Selig

Bud Selig


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Royals or Giants in World Series?

The World Series starts Tuesday night in Kansas City. The Royals are aiming for their first title since 1985. The San Francisco Giants, meanwhile, are looking for their third championship in five years. Which team will win?

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