You may have missed it last night. The news got buried behind Lakers Vs Celtics and the Red Sox/ Rays brawl. Chipper Jones hit his 400th career home run. It came during a 4-5 performance that raised his season average to a robust .418. At what point do we start including this guy in the conversation for best player of his generation?
He’s only the 3rd switch hitter in history to reach the 400 homer mark. He’s also third on the all time list for players who have played at least 75% of their games at 3rd base.
And that’s another thing. He came up as a shortstop, but moved to third in his rookie season. (He was also robbed of the Rookie of the Year award that season. Damn you, Nomo and your crazy delivery!). In 2002, the Braves signed Vinny Castilla, so Chipper moved to the outfield without complaint. Two years later, it was back to 3rd.
He’s been a key part of 11 playoff teams, and has never been in trouble off the field. I’m not saying he is the best, but he should be in the conversation.