Jones falters in quest for NL batting title Print
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Sunday, 30 September 2007 14:29
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 HOUSTON (AP) -Chipper Jones went 0-for-3 in Atlanta's season-ending loss to Houston on Sunday and virtually conceded the NL batting title to Colorado's Matt Holliday.
``I have submitted my body of work for the season,'' said Jones, who finished with a career-best .337 average. ``If it happens, it happens. I'm going to go home and get ready for a nice offseason.''
Holliday started the day at .3397 to Jones' .3392. Jones walked, grounded out and flied out twice to Astros center fielder Hunter Pence in the Braves' 3-0 loss.
``I can't complain,'' Jones said. ``I barreled two balls, just right at guys. That's baseball. Sometimes they fall in for you and sometimes they don't. But I'm very pleased with how I was swinging the bat.''
Holliday went 1-for-3 to boost his average to .340 as the Rockies beat Arizona 4-3 to force a one-game tiebreaker with San Diego for the NL wild-card spot. Holliday would have to go 0-for-5 or worse on Monday to lose the NL batting title.
The 35-year-old Jones didn't seem too concerned.
He finished with 29 home runs and 102 RBIs, even after missing 19 games with bruised hands and another three with a strained oblique muscle. He hit safely in 108 of the 134 games he played and batted .375 in September to make a run at the batting crown.
Jones ranked it as his best season at the plate, even better than 1999, when he was named the NL's MVP. He set a career high with 42 doubles, but fell short of career bests in homers (45) and RBIs (111).
``I can't be disappointed,'' he said. ``I accomplished everything that I set out to accomplish every year.''
Manager Bobby Cox said Jones would've garnered votes for another MVP award if the Braves had made the playoffs.
``If we'd have done something, he would've had to have been considered,'' Cox said.
 

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