Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones should be the NL MVP for 2012. Chipper isn’t in the top five in any statistical category but is hitting .302 so far this year. He is a career .304 hitter with 1619 career RBI and 2711 hits. I am of the opinion that the MVP of the league should be the player that affects his team the most regardless of statistics. Chipper this year has been a veteran leader for the Braves and continues to be one of the best players in Atlanta Braves history.
Why would I make this argument? Why not? Chipper has been the shining example of what a major league baseball player should be throughout his career. Never the target of steroid suspicion or PED references Chipper has played through injuries and has performed for almost twenty years with one organization. With this year being his swan song let the old man go out on top. The Braves currently in the NL Wild Card lead but would likely be out of the race without the leadership of Jones. He has had clutch hits and walk off home runs this year although he is not thought of as a key to the Braves success this season.
Chipper Jones should be a first ballot Hall of Famer, without question. Even if the Braves tumble out of playoff contention, voters should consider voting for Chipper for NL MVP to prove that playing the game right for your entire career should garnish reward.
Denver Sports Chat -Kris Loco