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In the Spotlight: Atlanta Braves Future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones @realCJ10

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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!

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In the Spotlight- Jeff Bagwell HOF???

 

jeffbagwellhofJeff 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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