After being elected to the Hall of Fame with 97.16 percent of the vote, the 11th highest of all-time, Chipper Jones shared his thoughts on becoming just the 17th third baseman in the Hall of Fame.
A fellow third baseman that came up was Mets captain David Wright, who Jones spoke of with effusive praise. Jones believes that Wright was going to be in the Hall of Fame if not for the neck and back injuries that have halted his career.
"It's unfortunate. Because David, I think, could be one of the guys standing up there on the podium one day," Jones said, via Peter Botte of NY Daily News. "He was certainly headed that way before injuries set in."
Wright, 35, has played just 75 games in the last three seasons. Recently, Wright admitted he doesn't know if he'll be able to return but is going to keep trying.
"It's been a lot more long-term than some of the stuff that I went through," Jones said. "David's a great guy, he's a great ambassador for the New York Mets and for the city of New York. It always pains me to see a guy with so much talent not be able to go out there and do it on an everyday basis."
Even if Wright were not to take another at-bat, he'd leave as the Mets leader in at-bats, hits, runs, doubles and runs batted in. The seven-time National League All-Star is a career .296/.376/.491 hitter with 242 home runs and 970 RBIs.
"I wish him the best and I hope he comes back," Jones said.