A reader writes:
Mr. Bowman is giving up fairly prematurely on a player with 14 full seasons in the majors and lifetime statistics that 98% of MLB players would gladly brag about. Since 1995, Garret's first full year in the majors (he had 13 abs in 1994) and as compared to all major league players and their stats (1995-2009) that have played since 1995, this is where Garret ranks:
- In hits, Garret is third with 2373 behind only Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Chipper is fifth with 2287 behind Manny Ramirez;
- In doubles, Garret is FIRST with 492 doubles. Since 1995, Garret has hit more doubles than any other major league baseball player. Chipper is eighth with 451;
- In RBI's, Garret is eighth with 1292. Chipper is sixth with 1378.
- In Total Bases, Garret is eighth with 3751. Chipper is third with 4037 behind only Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez.Garret is a notoriously slow starter. Last year he hit .222 in April but ended the year with a .293 batting average, with 163 hits and 84 RBI's. Not bad for an old man of 36 which is the same age as Chipper, but no one considers Chipper old. That's more hits than anyone playing for Atlanta last year and three less RBI's than Brian McCann. Obviously Chipper would have had more hits if he had been able to play a full season. The Atlanta fans don't appreciate what they have in Garret Anderson. Bobby Cox does. Thats why he is the manager.