Chipper Jones named his son Shea after breaking the hearts of many a Mets fan through the years. He hasn’t been quite so successful in Citi Field since the Mets switched parks — he entered today with a .200 average and two homers in 18 games there — but he’s homered and doubled in the first game of the doubleheader.
The homer was his 48th versus the Mets, putting him into a tie for third place all-time against the club. Here’s the list:
1. Willie Stargell – 60 HR in 825 AB
2. Mike Schmidt – 49 HR in 910 AB
3. Chipper Jones – 48 HR in 795 AB
3. Willie McCovey – 48 HR in 623 AB
5. Hank Aaron – 45 HR in 689 AB
6. Pat Burrell – 42 HR in 551 AB
7. Willie Mays – 39 HR in 553 AB
8. Barry Bonds – 38 HR in 815 AB
9. Andre Dawson – 36 HR in 1,037 AB
10. Billy Williams – 34 HR in 855 AB
After Chipper and Burrell, the active leaders are Ryan Howard (31), Andruw Jones (26) and Chase Utley (26).
It was announced earlier this month that 53-year-old Rafael Palmeiro signed a contract with the Cleburne Railroaders of the independent American Association, joining his son, former minor leaguer Patrick Palmeiro. The four-time All-Star went 0-for-8 to begin his stint with the club before launching a solo homer in the fifth inning last night. Check it out below.
If we’re being technical here, that was his first home run since July 30, 2005. He hit the homer off 28-year-old Trey McNutt, former prospect with the Cubs and Padres. Palmeiro made his major league debut in 1986, three years before McNutt was born.
Palmeiro told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic last December that he was thinking about a comeback, but he understandably didn’t garner any serious consideration from MLB teams. This comeback attempt might not lead anywhere, but hey, he gets to show that he can still mash while hitting in the same lineup with his son. Palmeiro did that once before with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters in 2015, though it was just a one-game thing. As for the Railroaders, the national media attention can only help them.
Palmeiro is one of just six players in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, but he’s been a disgraced figure in the game since a failed drug test for performance-enhancing drugs in 2005. He dropped off the Hall of Fame ballot in 2014.