Chipper Jones lamented the dearth of third basemen within the Corridor of Fame on Thursday, someday after turning into simply the 17th participant to primarily man the place chosen for enshrinement in Cooperstown.
The previous Flushing nemesis additionally expressed disappointment that injury-plagued Mets captain and longtime third-base counterpart David Wright is not more likely to ever be added to that listing.
“It is unlucky. As a result of David, I believe, might be one of many guys standing up there on the rostrum someday,” Jones stated at Thursday’s press convention to introduce him and three different new Corridor of Famers elected by the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America “He was actually headed that approach earlier than accidents set in.”
Wright, a seven-time All-Star in his first 9 seasons with the Mets, has appeared in simply 75 video games over the previous three years due largely to again and neck accidents. GM Sandy Alderson revealed earlier this week that Wright has but to renew any baseball exercise, with spring coaching slated to start out in lower than three weeks.
“It has been much more long-term than a few of the stuff that I went by means of,” Chipper stated. “David’s an important man, he is an important ambassador for the New York Mets and for the town of New York. It at all times pains me to see a man with a lot expertise not have the ability to go on the market and do it on an on a regular basis foundation.
“I want him the very best and I hope he comes again, however solely he is aware of how diligent he could be along with his exercises. For me, it was a knee…however he is coping with one thing that is so much more durable to come back again from – whether or not it is his again, his shoulder…Like I stated the longevity of third basemen is a query, since you get beat up so much down there and (Wright) can actually attest to that.”
With Scott Rolen receiving simply 10.2 p.c of the vote in his Corridor poll debut, Jones predicts that Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre – who surpassed three,000 hits final season – would be the subsequent third baseman to ascend to Cooperstown.
“I do not know, I believe possibly the lifespan of a 3rd baseman is not what it ought to be,” stated Jones. “We’re referred to as hockey goalies down there simply attempting to knock stuff down…However I am proud to be a part of that very small fraternity.”
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Trevor Hoffman trails solely Mariano Rivera in profession saves with 601, however he required three activates the poll earlier than gaining enshrinement this yr, alongside Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome.
The previous San Diego nearer is for certain that his Yankees counterpart will sail into the Corridor in his first yr of eligibility subsequent yr.
“He can be a first-ballot man,” Hoffman stated. “Simply sitting up there with the brilliant lights on me, I could not think about the brilliant lights at Yankee Stadium on an evening in, night time out foundation. I admired Mariano’s profession from afar, from 2,500 miles away (and) simply the person that he’s and the best way he dealt with himself. Nothing however class. He is gonna be a slam dunk subsequent yr.”