Chipper Jones Statistics –

Finally, finally, led the league in something — in fact, two things, batting average and on-base percentage — in 2008. It was about time. You don’t hit .364 without a little luck, but luck is the residue of design. Chipper is a smart hitter, he strikes out less often than he walks, he isn’t afraid to take a walk if the pitcher is working around him, and he really doesn’t have any holes in his swing. Hence, he’s become a legitimate .320-.330 hitter, and once in a while a .330 hitter will get some extra singles.

Chipper was a monster in the first half, hitting .376/.472/.614. But he got hurt, and playing through injuries his power basically disappeared, with only four homers after the break, though he still hit for average and his walks actually went up. Injuries have become the central fact of Chipper’s career in the last few seasons. As his defense at third base has improved, arguments for moving him to first base have come down to trying to keep him in the lineup, but most of his injuries have come at the plate or on the bases… On those bases, he is surprisingly effective, perfect in four steal attempts last season. Over the last five years he is 22 of 25.

Chipper’s on-base percentage was the second-best by any qualifying third baseman since 1901. (John McGraw had a .505 OBP in 1900!)

1 Wade Boggs 1988 .476
2 Chipper Jones 2008 .470
3 Wade Boggs 1987 .461
4 George Brett 1980 .454
5 Wade Boggs 1986 .453
6 Wade Boggs 1985 .450
7 Jim Thome 1996 .450
8 Wade Boggs 1983 .444
9 Mel Ott 1938 .442
10 Chipper Jones 1999 .441