After the all-star game and the attention (deservedly so) that Jeter received, it rubbed me the wrong way that we did not see more of a representation for Chipper during his last ASG. I know he's a Yankee. I know he has more rings than the entire Braves franchise. Still--I was rubbed the wrong way just a bit. Not because of the attention for Jeter, but because of the lack of attention relative to Jeter.
My fiance's co-worker (Yankee fan) tried to lay out reasons as to why this was. Basically it amounted to "more rings and over 3000 hits".
So I decided to take a look at the two careers and was a bit surprised. I wanted to share a few of the comparisons I found and wanted to invite anyone to find even more comparisons in which Chipper bested Jeter in his career.
An obvious one to everyone is HR. That isn't Jeter's game. But for the record: Chipper (468) had 210 more HR than Jeter (258).
Yes Jeter has a little less than half a season to go but I do not expect these numbers to increase much, perhaps even decrease:
- Chipper Jones (84.8) had a Career WAR 10.6 wins higher than Derek Jeter (74.2).*
- Chipper Jones (141) had a Career wRC+ 21 runs higher than Derek Jeter (120).
- Chipper Jones had 16 seasons with a higher BB/K ratio than Derek Jeter's (.800) career best season in 2009.
- Chipper Jones BB'd 441 more times and K'd 397 less times than Derek Jeter who has had 1,725 more PA than Chipper.
- Chipper Jones (.930) had a Career OPS 108 points higher than Derek Jeter's (.822).
I also wanted to add as a small tidbit (though it doesn't really matter) that had Chipper had the same amount
of PA's as Jeter has currently, he would have over 3,100 hits. (w/ career averages that is)
Hope you guys can find some more instances so I can make a case to my girl's co-worker.
*This is fWAR data. rWAR is an even bigger difference of 12.9 (CJ 85;DJ 72.1)