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Who is the best switch-hitter?

Players who shine from both sides are becoming more rare

Updated: September 3, 2010, 11:29 AM ET
By Eric Seidman | Baseball Prospectus
Getty ImagesIs Chipper Jones the greatest switch-hitter ever?

When Chipper Jones hit the disabled list following a spectacular play in the field, the biggest question was not when he would return, but if he would continue his career. If he decides to hang up his cleats when the Braves' season comes to a close, baseball would bid adieu to one of the best switch-hitters of all time.

In his career, Jones has faced righties while batting from the left side 7,078 times, hitting .306/.409/.547 (AVG/OBP/SLG). When southpaws toe the rubber he has shifted gears 2,576 times, producing a slash line of .306/.395/.508. Sure, he has handled righties slightly better, but he is markedly above average from both sides of the plate.


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