Chipper ties Brett for third baseman RBI mark

Chipper ties Brett for third baseman RBI mark

Chipper ties Brett for third baseman RBI mark
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones has long been considered one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball's history. Now, as he nears the end of his career, he has also legitimized his place among the game's legendary third basemen.

With an opposite-field home run in the 11th inning of Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the Giants, Jones tied George Brett for the most RBIs (1,596) by a player whose primary position was third base. Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Eddie Mathews rank third and fourth on this list.

Jones' total accounts for each of the runs he has driven in throughout his career. While he has primarily played third base, he also compiled 227 of his RBIs while playing 363 games as an outfielder.

Schmidt holds the record for most RBIs (1,419) compiled while playing third base. Jones ranks second on that list with 1,316.

As long as Alex Rodriguez remains healthy and continues to play third base, he could vault to the top of this list for players whose primary position has been third base. Rodriguez has already compiled 1,934 RBIs. He has played 1,272 games at shortstop and 1,142 games as a third baseman.