BOSTON Chipper Jones is making his final appearance at Fenway Park this weekend. In Fridays game he is serving as the designated hitter, batting sixth.
In 22 previous career games, he has hit .259, with three home runs, nine RBI, and an OPS of .826.
You think hell play all three games? manager Bobby Valentine asked. Probably because of the DH. Damn. Chips been a thorn in my managerial side thats for sure. Terrific player.
After making his debut at the age of 21 in 1993, Jones is retiring after 19 seasons. He currently has a .304 career average, 459 home runs, 1,586 RBI, and an OPS of .933. He is the only switch-hitter in history with a career average above .300 and at least 300 home runs.
Jones play has earned the respect of many throughout baseball, including Valentine.
Totally, Valentine said. Ive seen him for the better part of a couple decades. I saw him always rise to the occasion. Hes a special player. Hes one of those guys that are up there who walked his talk and lived his dream and got everyones attention.