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Chipper Jones approaches NL East Division hits record

First off, I respect Chipper Jones' ability to hit the ball, but I find it very disappointing that he's been hit by fewer pitches in his entire career than Carlos Quentin has been hit by this season.  But I'm not hear to talk about Chipper's historic refusal to take a plunk for the team.  I am here to point out something a little obscure, but in my opinion very important.  Chipper Jones is 3 hits away from having the all time record for hits while playing in the National League East division.  With all the other stats and records and achievements chronicled by the baseball community, I'm not sure why no one but me seems to be keeping track of records by division, but I think having the most hits in the history of a division is a pretty major accomplishment. 

Here are the all time hit leaders in the NL East as of this morning:

Andre Dawson - 2578
Chipper Jones - 2576 (his two hits from 1993 don't count because the Braves were in the NL West at the time)
Mike Schmidt - 2234
Larry Bowa - 2191
Keith Hernandez - 2156
Ryne Sandberg - 2080
Gary Carter - 1969
Al Oliver - 1906
Jimmy Rollins - 1839
Lou Brock - 1812

So, please congratulate Chipper Jones, when he gets those last 3 hits to take the division hits record from Andre Dawson.  He'll be joining Cal Ripken, George Brett, and Tony Gwynn among the record holders for MLB's first 4 divisions established in 1969, and that's a pretty good club.  Craig Biggio and Magglio Ordonez hold the records in the two more recently established divisions.

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