Chipper Jones announced today that he plans on retiring after the 2012 season. He is a lock for the Hall of Fame. He may go down as the second greatest 3rd baseman in the history of the game. Now what is interesting is the potential club Chipper Jones is in and hopefully can stay in at the end of his career. He is currently a part of the .300/.400/.500 club. While these milestones are not the greatest way to judge the greatness of players, it would be difficult to see how a player without great quality would achieve this milestone. Looking at the list of players that are career .300/.400/.500 guys, this seems to hold true. Now hopefully Chipper Jones has a good enough season to stay in this club because he should remain in this list of elite players. He is not one of those players that makes you say, “What?” when you see his name in a list like this. Simply put, he belongs.
|Stan Musial||1941-1944, 1946-1963||.331||.417||.559|
|Hank Greenberg||1930, 1933-1941, 1945-1947||.313||.412||.605|
|Jimmie Foxx||1925-1942, 1944-1945||.325||.428||.609|
|Lefty O’Doul||1919-1920, 1922-1923, 1928-1934||.349||.413||.532|
|Harry Heilmann||1914, 1916-1930, 1932||.342||.410||.520|
|Dan Brouthers||1879-1896, 1904||.342||.423||.519|
HOF in bold