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Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Jones notches 2,500th career hit

Chipper Jones

By C. Trent Rosecrans

With two hits Friday against the Phillies, Atlanta's Chipper Jones reached 2,500 career hits, but tells Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he doesn't expect to play long enough to reach 3,000 hits.

"I think I walk too much," Jones said before Friday's game. "If I played four or five more years, yeah, but I don't see that being all that realistic either."

In the last three seasons, Jones has 373 hits. He turns 39 on April 24.

Jones said he values a career on-base percentage better than .400 more than he does 3,000 hits.

"There's no doubt that if I'd been a little more aggressive throughout the years, 3,000 might have been a possibility," Jones said. "But I'm more proud of the fact that I got a .400 on-base percentage throughout 18 years in the big leagues."

Jones entered Friday's game with a .405 career on-base percentage, 45th best in baseball history.

Of the 27 players in baseball history with 3,000 hits, only seven have a career on-base percentage better than .400. They are Ty Cobb (.433), Stan Musial (.417), Tris Speaker (.428), Eddie Collins (.424), Paul Waner (.404), Rickey Henderson (.401) and Wade Boggs (.415).

Jones doubled in three runs in the in the fourth inning off of Cliff Lee and singled to left in the sixth inning against Antonio Bastardo to reach 2,500. The Braves stopped the game to honor him, playing the theme from The Natural while the feat was acknowledged. Jones' manager for 2,440 

With three RBI in the game, Jones is three short for 1,500 in his career, another nice number.

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Posted on: June 19, 2010 1:04 pm
 

X-rays negative for more Rose bats

Pete Rose Prompted by a report on Deadspin.com last week, two Cincinnati baseball collectors had their Pete Rose bats X-rayed to see if they were corked. The results to Bob Crotty's Mizuno PR4192 and Mark Fugate's Mizuno ATHL showed nothing but wood in the bats.

Crotty, who owns Green Diamond Gallery in Cincinnati, said it was common knowledge in collecting circles that there were some corked Rose bats out there, especially in the model PR4192, which Rose used for hits No. 4,000-4,192. Crotty's particular bat shows significant use and is on display at his private gallery alongside a bat used by Ty Cobb. After Deadspin's story, Crotty decided to have his bat X-rayed.

"I simply wanted to," Crotty wrote in an e-mail with CBSSports.com, "to add to the story and offer more evidence or examples, regardless of X-ray results."

Rose himself visited Green Diamond Gallery within hours of the X-ray results, Crotty said and told him he never used corked bats, "wearing a Reds uniform, anyway."

Fugate's ATHL model was used following hit No. 4,192.

The X-rays were taken at Evendale Surgery Center in Cincinnati.

Crotty estimates Rose used 30 different model PR4192 bats and is in negotiations to buy another PR4192.

"In the end, add this evidence to previous evidence and it all adds up to the Pete brand as we have all come too familiar with -- drama and controversy along with 'did he or didn't he' continue to be a major part of the Pete Rose brand," Crotty wrote.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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