Chipper Jones remains near Hall of Fame lock as more ballots are revealed
Chipper Jones is on his way to becoming a first-ballot Hall of Famer. With 156 ballots in and roughly 37 percent of the votes casted, Jones sits at 99 percent.
Jones’ near 100-percent return is best among eligible players, above Jim Thome’s current 95 percent. A player needs 75 percent of the vote to gain induction, a number Jones should have no problem maintaining.
The numbers are provided by Ryan Thibodaux, who tracks every ballot.
We begin 2018 with 151 ballots/~35.6% of the vote known:
Chipper – 99%
Thome – 95%
Vlad – 93%
Hoffman – 78%
Mussina – 72%
BB/RC – 70%
Schilling – 67%
Walker – 40%
Manny – 29%
Vizquel – 27%
McGriff – 17%
Rolen – 9.9%
Andruw – 5.3%
— Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) January 1, 2018
Over his 19-year career with the Braves, Jones hit .303 with 468 homers and 1,623 RBIs. The RBIs total ranks best all-time for a third baseman.
Jones finished behind Eddie Murray for most RBIs by a switch-hitter. He was the only switch-hitter to accrue at least a .300 average and 400 home runs.
An eight-time All-Star, Jones also won two Silver Sluggers and won the batting title in 2008. He won his lone championship in 1995, then an MVP award four seasons later.
Jones retired after the 2012 season. His No. 10 jersey was retired a season later and he officially rejoined the franchise in an adviser role in 2015.
WARREN SPAHN Warren Spahn pitched for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves. Spahn had 13 seasons in which he won 20 games. EDDIE MATHEWS Mathews played for 15 seasons with the Braves — in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. The third baseman hit 512 home runs with the Braves. HANK AARON Aaron spent 23 seasons with the Braves. Aaron hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973. Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974. PHIL NIEKRO Niekro began pitching for the Milwaukee Braves in 1964. Niekro