Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14

27 Feb 1998: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves signs autographs for the fans during a Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals at the Disney Wide World of Sports Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Royals defeated the Braves 3-2. Mandatory
NEW YORK -- With nine 100-RBI seasons to his credit, including eight in a row from 1996 through 2003, Chipper Jones knows a budding middle-of-the-order hitter when he sees one. And in teammate Freddie Freeman, Jones sees a player with the talent to take the baton from him as the Atlanta Braves' premier power hitter. Freeman finished with five RBI and hit a mammoth three-run homer during a seven-run second inning and Kris Medlen threw 6 1/3 solid innings as the Atlanta Braves routed the New York Mets 9-3 in front of 30,388 Saturday at Citi Field. The Braves' 14th win in their last 17 games kept them atop the National League wild-card race. The Mets lost for the sixth time in their last eight games to fall a season-high six games below .500. Freeman has a team-high 74 RBI in just 377 at-bats, two fewer RBI than he had as a rookie in 571 at-bats last season. The 22-year-old first baseman -- born less than a year before the Braves drafted Jones with the top pick in the 1990 draft ...
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