Friday, September 2, 2011

Jones Blasts Home Run #450

39 year old Chipper Jones hit the 450th home run of his career on Wednesday night helping the Braves to a 3-1 win over the Nationals. It was a night full of milestones for Atlanta who also saw starting pitcher Derek Lowe hit the first home run of his major league career, and rookie flamethrower Craig Kimbrel break Neftali Feliz's rookie save record by recording his 41st of the season (he's since extended the record to 42).
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Jones, who recently announced he would be coming back next year for a 19th season with the Braves, delivered his 14th home run of the season off of John Lannan - a 437 foot shot to centerfield - in the second inning. Chipper would add number 451 last night off of Chien-Ming Wang in another Braves win.

The first overall pick in the 1990 draft has had quite a career. Remarkably able to stay with Atlanta for over two decades now, he has the third most home runs all time by a switch hitter trailing only Eddie Murray (504) and the great Mickey Mantle (536). Not bad company to be in. He also ranks 34th all time in home runs, just one behind Carl Yastrzemski, and trails only two other active players: Alex Rodriguez (627) and Jim Thome (602).

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