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Hottest of the Hot Corner: Ranking MLB's Top 16 Third Basemen—No. 12

Sports - December 09, 2007
Part 5 of 16

No. 12 Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves

Just a couple seasons ago, Chipper Jones would have been near the top of the rankings. Injuries have limited his production and range, though, as he advances in age.

The 38-year old player is still a feared and dangerous hitter, but it appears the days of seeing him on the batting and home run leader board are gone. In 2008, Jones hit a career high .364, but plummeted 100 points to .264 last year.

The Braves expect him to rebound from this year's slow start that has him near the Mendoza line at .206 with just 2 HR's and 6 RBI's. Manager Bobby Cox has not sounded the panic alarm, but he must be watching the fuel tank of his aging slugger very closely these days.

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