September 7, 2011

Dale Murphy Talks Chipper Jones

It's natural for a ballplayer, any ballplayer really, that, once they finish their career...they go on to talk about it on a daily basis.

Many get paid handsomely to do it (i.e. Nomar Garciaparra, Harold Reynolds, etc.).

Plenty don't.  And I guess that's what the internet it for.

One of the more recent entries into the whole social media fray is two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy and, suffice it to say, the former Atlanta Braves superstar has a few thoughts about his former team and, namely, Chipper Jones.

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Lately a few people have asked me about Chipper and whether he can get to 500 home runs. I definitely think he has a chance at 500, seeing as how he’s sitting at 450 right now. If he comes back next year (and I think he’s already announced that he will), he could be even healthier than he was this year (he was recuperating in spring training this year, if you remember). In fact, not only do I think he could he get to 500 home runs, but I think he could get to 3,000 hits and finish his career with some truly impressive numbers (either way, he’s still a Hall of Famer, no question about it).

I'm with Murphy on the Hall of Fame thing...Jones will, without a doubt, get in on the first ballot. Dude is, along with Eddie Murray and Mickey Mantle one of the best switch hitters of all-time.

But, I'm not buying the whole 3000 hits and 500 homers prediction.

Consider this.

Jones is currently 39-years-old (he'll turn 40 three weeks into next season) and, basically, 400 hits and 50 homer shy of the milestones. Or, essentially, the same amount of hits and homers as the 1999 National League MVP has hit since the 2008 All-Star break.

Yes, I know the guy has been injured. But it isn't like a 40-year-old thirdbaseman is going to get more durable as he gets older.

Plus...it isn't like you can put him at first a la George Brett and prolong his legacy given the Braves have a bonafide stud in Freddie Freeman already occupying the position.

So, let me hear it, gang. Do you agree with me or one Dale Bryan Murphy? And, no, no hearts will be broken if you side with Murph...the guy is an '80s baseball immortal.


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