Here's what our colleague
Kevin Kaduk David Brown had to say about Jones this morning:
I would not bet on anyone else for the batting title this season. I would not bet on him hitting .400, but if he can avoid a big drop in May -- it's happened a few times in his career this month -- he has as good of a shot as anyone since Tony Gwynn.
That seems entirely fair. Although if you wanted to give me Furcal, Pujols, Utley, Fukudome and Hanley in some sort of elaborate batting title wager, I might be inclined to accept.
Anyway, the fact that Jones' average is so absurdly high at the moment gives us an opportunity to mention an underappreciated statistical achievement: Tony Gwynn did, in fact, hit over .400 during a stretch of 162 consecutive games.
He just didn't happen do it in a single calendar year. It was more like Tiger Woods' grand slam. Gwynn hit .402 between July 27, 1993 and May 13, 1995. Wade Boggs accomplished a similar feat, hitting .401 between June 9, 1985 and June 6, 1986.
So those guys were pretty good.
Tony Gwynn, Raul Mondesi and Jeff Bagwell led some of us to fantasy titles in 1994, not that you asked.
- Chipper Jones
- Tony Gwynn