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John Smoltz and Chipper Jones Lead NL, Near Milestones

Chop Chick points out that two longtime Atlanta Braves stars are coming up on major career milestones. John Smoltz is just four strikeouts away from the 3000 K mark. And Chipper Jones is just 10 home runs shy of the 400 milestone.

Smoltz is 5th on the active list, two slots ahead of once-and-again teammate Tom Glavine and three behind former teammate Greg Maddux. And he’s already up to 16th on the all-time list; it’s not inconceivable he could finish past some of those ahead of him.

John Smoltz Career Strikeouts

Jones’ achievement is less spectacular these days. He’s 8th among active players in homers, 9th if someone signs Barry Bonds. And five of them will likely be in the 500 club (six, counting Bonds) by the time he gets to 400.

The season’s still young but they’re also leading the National League in key categories. Smoltzie is 3-0 with an astounding 0.56 ERA while Jones has 27 hits and is batting .443!

John Smoltz and Chipper Jones Lead NL

Not bad for a couple of old timers!

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