Bernie Miklasz has a nice piece up at the Post-Dispatch about the farewell tour of Chipper Jones, who rolled into the Atlanta Braves' already successful weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals with some of his best numbers since he hit .364 back in 2008. As of Sunday morning he's hitting .305/.363/.524 this season, and on his way past 460 home runs, 2700 hits, and 1600 RBI for his no-doubt Hall of Fame career.â†µ
Jones has been baseball's greatest third baseman since Wade Boggs retired back in 1999, and he leaves the game—should he find himself able to retire after what might be a great bounceback year—without such a clear successor in place. Scott Rolen might have been Jones's equal by now if it weren't for the intercession of all those injuries starting in 2004; now he's still got a solid case for the Hall of Fame, but he's been hobbling so long that it might prove hard for the voters to remember.
David Wright, hitting .387 now after several years of stagnating at Citifield, might be who we remember as the next in this line of great third basemen by the time his own career is done.â†µ