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What Chipper Jones is doing this season is absolutely impressive for a 40-year-old man. That said, he falls just short of the requirements for this piece.
First, he has only played one season as a card carrying member of the "over the hill" gang. Second, he has only played in 91 games to date.
Through his first 90 games this season, Jones managed to drive in 49 runs from 98 hits adding 21 doubles and 14 home runs.
In addition, he has 58 RBI and a stolen base.
More impressively, his batting line looks like vintage Chipper: .301/.383/.500/.883.
During his 23-season career, Julio Franco played for eight different franchises right up to the ripe old age of 48.
Ancient in terms of baseball players. Young at heart.
In some 637 games played after 40, Franco scored 181 runs while adding 409 hits. Of those, 72 were doubles, seven triples and 32 were home runs. Franco added 213 RBI and 21 stolen bases to his .245/.310/.354/.664 post-40 batting line.
Omar Vizquel is this generation's Julio Franco. That seems somewhat odd to say, considering Vizquel started his career in 1989 and ran parallel to Franco for many, many years.
At 45, Vizquel has played in 52 games this season for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Since the season that saw him turn 40, he has played in 517 games, adding 160 runs with 398 hits, 55 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs, 129 RBI and 38 stolen bases.
His twilight batting line results in a .247 BA, .299 OBP, .303 SLG and .602 OPS.
Jim Thome, a six-time All-Star and lock for Cooperstown someday, turned 42 years old this season and is playing in his second season as a member of the "over the hill" club. Though 141 games, he has scored 47 runs, adding 104 hits, 21 doubles and 22 home runs since
In addition, Thome has added 71 RBI with a .254/.354/.464/.818 batting line.
Suffice to say, as great as Thome has been throughout his career, he still has a long way to go to catch up with the next 20 players.