A career .310 hitter, Chipper Jones is really hitting 'em where they ain't this season. It's a bit premature to start The Chipper Watch, but you can't ignore a .400 average in June.<br><br>For the record, it's been 67 years since Ted Williams became the last player to hit .400 (.406, actually), and few men have mounted a serious challenge into the summer.<br><br>Here's a look at the 14 other hitters since 1980 who cracked .400 in June or later ...
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Carney Lansford, Oakland A's
With plenty of protection in a loaded lineup, Lansford got off to a torrid start in 1988 and was hitting .402 for the A's on June 6. Unfortunately for Oakland, Lansford hit just .193 the rest of the way, finishing at .279.
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Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox
Coming off a career-best .368 season, Boggs owned a .401 average on June 7. Despite a cool July in which he hit .247, he finished at .357 to claim the third of five AL batting titles. By the way, Boggs hit .402 over a 162-game stretch from May 1985 to May 1986.
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Roberto Alomar, Baltimore Orioles
In his first season with the Orioles, Alomar hit .379 at Camden Yards and sported a .404 average on June 10. Five 0-fers in his next seven games dropped him to .380. After a chilly September (.221), Alomar finished at .328.
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Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies
The face of the Rockies momentarily touched .400 (178-for-445) after his third at-bat on Aug. 21. Officially, the latest Helton carried a .400 average was on June 10. He finished at .372 and won his only batting title.
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Paul O'Neill, New York Yankees
Playing for the last Yankees team that didn't reach the postseason, O'Neill hit .448 in April and .410 in May. On June 17, he went 0-for-4 and dropped to .397. O'Neill finished at .359 and edged Albert Belle to win his only batting title.
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Lenny Dykstra, Philadelphia Phillies
Buoyed by a 23-game hitting streak in which he hit .429, Dykstra was at .407 on June 10. The next day he fell to .401 after going 0-for-3. "Nails" went on to lead the NL with 192 hits and finished at .325.
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Tony Fernandez, Toronto Blue Jays
Known primarily for his glove, Fernandez hiked his average to .414 on June 21 before falling back to .393 by the end of the month. He came back to earth with a .217 July and finished at .328. Fernandez went unsigned the following season and fled to Japan.
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Andres Galarraga, Colorado Rockies
Coming off a .243 season with the Cardinals, Galaragga exploded in his first season with the Rockies. The Big Cat was hitting .434 on June 19 and didn't permanently dip below .400 until July 6 and finished at .370.
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Rod Carew, California Angels
A career .328 hitter, Carew made his final run at .400 at age 37. The seven-time batting champ carried a .402 average into the All-Star break before tailing off in the second half, finishing at .339. Of his 160 hits in 1983, 132 were singles.
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Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres
We'll never know if Gwynn could have improved on his .394 average when the strike hit in 1994. What we do know is the latest Gwynn ever climbed above .400 was on July 14, 1997. He finished at .372 and collected the last of his eight batting titles.
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Larry Walker, Colorado Rockies
A huge April (.456, 11 HR, 29 RBIs) set the tone for Walker's career season, his third at Coors Field. Walker climbed back into the .390s in August but cooled off in September (.289) and settled for these Ruthian totals: .366, 49, 130.
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Nomar Garciaparra, Boston Red Sox
Garciaparra went 3-for-5 in the first game of a doubleheader on July 20 to boost his average to .403. After an 0-for-5 performance in the nightcap, Nomar never sniffed .400 again and finished at .372, becoming the first right-handed batter to win consecutive batting titles since Joe DiMaggio.
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John Olerud, Toronto Blue Jays
The only hitter to carry a .400 average into August since Ted Williams, Olerud was hitting .402 on Aug. 2 but batted .290 (54-for-186) the rest of the way to finish at .363, good for the AL batting title. Those 54 doubles weren't too shabby, either.
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George Brett, Kansas City Royals
Hitting .337 at the All-Star break, Brett got hot in July (.495) and kept it up in August (.430) despite torn ligaments in his ankle. He spent 15 days above .400 in August and climbed back to the magic mark (.3995, to be precise) on Sept. 19. Brett went 14-for-46 over his final 13 games, finishing at .390.
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