With Chipper recently hitting his 500th double and driving in his 1,512th run, he moved into 50th place All-Time in both categories (Doubles and RBI). So in addition to these two new "Top 50" categories, we are also talking about a guy who ranks:
36th All-Time in Home Runs -- 31st All-Time in OPS -- 24th All-Time in Walks -- 48th All-Time in Total Bases.
This means that our beloved Chipper is in the Top 50 All-Time for SIX of the most important categories used to rank hitters from every era. SIX!!
And he shows NO SIGNS of slowing down this season. Shoot, the guy is an RBI machine thus far in 2011!
And some people still try to argue that he isn't a "first ballot" guy? PHOOEY!
If asked to make a list of guys who I would want at the plate in a crucial situation where we need either to get a rally started OR to drive someone in... and I could choose from EVERY player that ever played the game... Chipper would have to be in the Top 25.
That's the beauty of Chipper. He can get ON BASE to START a rally... or he can DRIVE IN THE RUNS to sustain it. He is the best combination of Pete Rose (switch hitter who got on base) and Mickey Mantle (switch hitter who drove in the runs).
What other guys had this type of COMBO package at the plate?