From SABR member Jayson Stark at ESPN.com on September 27, 2012:
All of a sudden, it’s here. The End. The finish line. Not just of an unforgettable season, but of a unique and historic baseball career.
And now that he’s arrived, at last, at the final week of his surreal journey — at least the regular-season portion — Chipper Jones finds himself looking backward, looking forward, looking everywhere at once. It’s a crazy time. And a beautiful time.
Maybe That Moment hasn’t set in for you quite yet. But that’s why we’re here. Somebody has to put this man’s incredible career in perspective. It might as well be us.
So that’s what we’ve set out to do — to sum up where the only “Chipper” in baseball history fits in the annals of the greatest third basemen, greatest switch-hitters, greatest No. 1 picks and greatest winners who ever played. That’s all.
To do that, we’ve enlisted the help of his teammates, his manager, his general manager, his overpowering numbers and, of course, Chipper himself. So ready? Here it comes — the true meaning of the very special life and times of Chipper Jones.
Read the full article here: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8427136/the-many-amazing-feats-chipper-jones
Originally published: September 27, 2012. Last Updated: September 27, 2012.