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Tim Kurkjian discusses Chipper Jones: "Jones has made it look easy on his way to the Hall of Fame. Cooperstown is short on third basemen (there are 10, fewest of any position) and switch-hitters; Jones excels at both. Jones' .303 lifetime average is the second highest in history among switch-hitters, trailing only Frankie Frisch (.316). Jones is the only switch-hitter with a .300 average and 300 homers. The only Hall of Fame third baseman with a .300 average and 300 homers is George Brett. Jones' eight straight 100-RBI seasons ties Willie Mays and Mel Ott for the second longest in NL history behind the nine by Sammy Sosa. He is one of 21 players of all time (minimum of 5,000 plate appearances) with a .300 average, .400 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage -- 13 of those are in the Hall (Joe Jackson is No. 14) and seven are active." Being the best hitter over the course of one of the best baseball dynasties of all-time won't hurt either. What do you think about Chipper's Hall-of-Fame chances?

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