This is easily the coolest thing I've read all day.
Jones was taking batting practice at Turner Field on Tuesday morning when he caught one just right and literally knocked the cover off the ball. Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a picture of the ruined baseball while Jones did a little a bit of crowing after his big connection.
"That's what you've got to look forward to this year," he said.As cool as it is that Chipper pulled off a Roy Hobbs, I seriously doubt that's what we "have to look forward to this year." Historically, a player's age-39 season has not been particularly kind. Of the ten qualifying players (at least 502 plate appearances), only seven have finished seven have finished the season above the replacement level. Here's the list (as measured using Rally WAR):
- Gary Gaetti (1998) - 2.7
- Graig Nettles (1984) - 2.6
- Lave Cross (1905) - 2.2
- Wade Boggs (1999) - 1.9
- Cal Ripken Jr. (2000) - 1.3
- Jimmy Dykes (1936) - 1.1
- Jimmy Austin (1919) - 0.3
- Bert Campaneris (1981) - <0.1>
- Mike Schmidt (1989) - <0.5>
- Brooks Robinson (1976) - <1976>