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On the same night that the Baseball Hall of Fame moved Manny Ramirez’s bust into permanent storage, Chipper Jones cemented his place as a Cooperstown resident. With former Braves manager Bobby Cox in the stands, Jones reached the 2,500 hit plateau all for the same organization, and all (hopefully) without the juice.

Let’s take a quick look at Larry’s resume (whoops! That’s the Mets fan in me). A career .306 hitter with almost 500 doubles, 1,500 RBIs, and 436 HRs. A six-time All-Star and 1999 NL MVP. The 1995 Rookie of the Year and 2008 NL Batting Champion. A 1995 World Series Champion and 11-time Division Champ.

Over the next few days, Manny Ramirez will get most of the publicity for his off-the-field antics, his steroid use, and now his forced retirement from the game. Chipper may get a 30-second hit on today’s AM SportsCenter and nothing else. While he’s never sold a grill on eBay, quit on his team, urinated in the Green Monster, or used a cell phone on the field, Chipper Jones has respected the game and played it like the Hall of Famer that he will be. Even fans of the New York Mets should realize that.

He’s just Larry being Larry.

Additional coverage:

MLB.com: A Milestone for Chipper: Hit No. 2,500

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Chipper reaches 2,500 hits (David O’Brien’s Atlanta Braves blog)

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