Chipper sets RBI record for third basemen
Braves veteran passes Brett on all-time list with two-run single
WASHINGTON -- As Chipper Jones nears the end of his legendary career, he proudly knows that he has driven in more runs than George Brett, Mike Schmidt and all of the game's other great third basemen.
With a two-run single in the eighth inning of Friday's 11-10, 11-inning win over the Nationals, Jones passed Brett for the most RBIs (1,598) by a player whose primary position was third base. Hall of Famers Schmidt and Eddie Mathews rank third and fourth, respectively, on this list.
"Everybody wants to be No. 1 in some category," said Jones. "In most categories, I'm No. 2 or 3. It's nice to be No. 1 in one. Obviously, passing Schmidt and Brett is pretty elite company. I'm honored."
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 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 this 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.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.