Chipper factoid du jour

In honor of No. 10’s triumphant return, we launch what will be an occasional series of nuggets from the career of the greatest Braves hitter of the Atlanta era. Chipper is one of 10 players in Major League history to hit 400 home runs with a career batting average of .300 or better and a career on base percentage of at least .400.

The others: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Stan Musial, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Manny Ramirez, Frank Thomas and Albert Pujols.

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5 Comments on Chipper factoid du jour

  1. pepefreeus // April 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm //

    As you note, he’s got a career BA of .300+ and an OBP of .400+. He also has a career slugging percentage over .500, which those homers help.

    Going .300/.400/.500 as a slash line for a career is exceptionally rare and indicative of a fully rounded offensive game, which the old duffer has certainly had.

  2. charlesad // April 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm //

    Right you are, Pepe. I’m not sure what he needs to do this season to keep the BA and OBP numbers above .300 and .400, but I sure hope he does it. I think the .300 is pretty safe. Not sure about the OBP.

  3. Tokyokie // April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm //

    And he’s the only switch-hitter on that list.

  4. pepefreeus // April 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm //

    Al Yellon wrote about this at SB Nation a few weeks ago. The OBP is the only one that’s in any danger and it’s probably still okay.

  5. fonsie18 // April 12, 2012 at 8:40 am //

    Statistical numbers aside, I’m going to miss him for the presence he brings. The team was pressing and looked terrible the previous few days until he homered Tuesday night. The smile on the way back to the dugout was awesome–the team was altogether different after that.

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