Chipper Jones. Personally the first thought that comes to mind is how much I despised Chipper throughout his long career. As a native Houstonian, Chipper Jones and Andrew Jones gave the Astros fits over the 90′s and in the playoffs year in and year out. I hated watching Astros games late in the season or in the playoffs when we knew we would be playing the best. Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones is one of the greatest power switch hitters that has ever played the game of baseball. As a natural right-handed hitter Chipper spent 4 years training himself with drills and extra swings to train himself to hit just as good left handed as he did right. As a result he would hit .300 from both sides of the plate throughout his career. Chipper not only hit for average but hit with power from both sides of the plate and in a stacked lineup that included Fred McGriff, and Andrew Jones. With the offense the Braves were bringing to their lineup every day its no wonder they reached the playoffs so often. On top of having one of the most dominant and consisting starting pitchers as well in Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz all potential future Hall of Famers. My opinion is that Chipper will end up in the Hall of Fame one day when his time is due. Chipper had a great glove as well playing third base and even throwing out Houston Astros great in Biggio’s final career at bat which happened to be a ground ball to third base. The 2012 season Chipper Jones spent each road trip as a farewell tour saying goodbye to all the stadiums that had he had been despised at by opposing teams for so many years. Do to the immense respect Chipper acccumlated over his career and despite him playing for the opposite team just about every city he visited he was presented with a unique gift by that team and given a standing ovations after standing ovation each at bat he had in that series.. His greatness and the standing ovations given by fans of opposing cities symbolize where he ranked in popularity and talent not only in the era he played in but how he ranks all time as a great player. I’m glad Chipper is finally hanging up his glove and cleats and it was a pleasure watching him for so many years. Chipper Jones…one of the greats…What is your favorite Chipper Jones memory?
Chipper Jones…thank you!
Maybe you’ve been hibernating or stuck under a rock for the last 20 years, but if you haven’t you know that Roger Clemens has been playing baseball in the Major Leagues striking out hoards of hitters. Clemens equally throughout his career has helped in any capacity possible to pass down the knowledge and share with youth and minor league players information to help them prolong their major league careers. Every team Roger Clemens has been with he has been able to leave his imprint on someone. Roger Clemens has been invited by Jeff Luhnow and the Houston Astros to help coach pitchers in Spring Training in Kissimmee this year and my only thought is, why hasn’t he been doing this every year. The smartest thing the Astros could do would be to have Roger join the Astros coaching staff as a roving pitching instructor and let him do what he does naturally: make others around him better. Houston has lost a record number of games the last 2 seasons and this no doubt has a lot to do with the youth pitching and abundance of rookie pitchers within the organization. My view is for the Astros to expedite the process of winning to sooner rather than later, why not get one of the best pitchers in baseball over the course of 2 decades and let your players pick his brain to the fullest. Growing up I was always told that the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked, or I would hear there is no stupid question as long as you get the information to your question so now I must ask…why hasn’t this been done sooner. Houston has embarrassed the city with the Astros being the laughing stalk of the Major leagues and greatly needs an upturn from being cellar dwellers. Roger Clemens has a personal services contract with the Astros and other than being “suspected” of performance enhancing drugs, he has done nothing but support the city that he grew up in. Roger Clemens is a great Houstonian and helped bring the Astros to the first and only World Series in the franchises history. I say leave him alone and let him do what he does best. Pitching.
Craig Biggio is set for the Hall of Fame. Growing up in Houston, Texas I had the privilege to witness a large part of his long tenured career in Houston. As one of the iconic players that spent his career with one team I salute him. Like Derek Jeter, Jeff Bagwell, Cal Ripken he grinded every day to be the best player he could be. When he was making the transition from second base to centerfield it was rumored he jogged 10 miles a day to get his legs ready for the long major league season. Biggio is a shoo in for the Hall of Fame and with 3,000 hits he almost concretes his name among the all-time greats. Aside from his baseball career he has set an astounding example as a great samaritan in not only Houston but in all of Major League Baseball. A friend of mine worked at the Wellsfargo bank inside the Randall’s grocery store and said Biggio would come in and do his banking and was the nicest guy. Some athletes fame and fortune often turns them into a hot head, not Biggio, every interaction I’ve heard of with the guy has been nothing but positive. Biggio deserves his bid for the Hall of Fame and as a Houston fan I hope he gets elected along with Jeff Bagwell whom he played most of his career alongside. Biggio, one of the games greatest lead off hitters of the 90′s era and a Houston sports icon. God Bless you Craig!!! Go Astros!!!
Jeff Bagwell is in the second year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame. This year Jeff could possibly be elected alongside fellow teammate Craig Biggio. If this happens it will be epic and to my knowledge the first time teammates who spent their entire career with the same team get elected on the same ballot. Jeff Bagwell came to the Astros in one of the worst trade deadlines in Major League history in exchange for Larry Anderson. The time Jeff Bagwell spent in Houston after that was pretty much busy making history. Jeff started his career in Houston by winning the Rookie of the Year and went on to accumulate 449 home runs and sustain a .297 batting average over the rest of his long tenured career in Houston. Even battling an arthritic shoulder where he could barely throw a ball from first base to home plate, Jeff got a hit in the World Series off of Chicago Whitesox closer Bobby Jenks. In an era where talent at first base around the league Jeff stood out for his grind and hustle at first base and his power at the plate. Despite playing a large number of games in the confines of the Astrodome where the outfield fence was very deep, Jeff stood out and was a leader for the Astros for a greater part of the decade of the 90′s. I’m hoping Jeff makes it into the Hall of Fame along side Craig Biggio as it would be epic to have two of the greatest Houston icons represented. He has my vote. Thanks for reading and please share.
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