It’s Andruw Jones’ second time on the ballot. He got 7.3% of the vote last year....so he has a long way to go to get to 75.
Jones came up, with the Braves, at the same time as Vladimir Guerrero did for the Expos. They were the top prospects in baseball. But, Jones wouldn’t become the offensive star that Guerrero was.
Jones would play 17 seasons, hit .254/.337/.486 with 434 home runs. Not bad numbers at all, but they pale next to Guerrero’s.
But Jones makes up for some of that difference in value in his ability to play center field. Jones won 10 Gold Glove awards. He was terrific in the outfield.
Jones made 5 All-Star teams. He received MVP votes 5 times, finishing as high as second (in 2005, when he hit .263/.347/.575 with 51 homers and had 128 RBI, his best season in the majors). And he finished 5th in Rookie of the Year voting, in 1996, Vlad was 6th).
He played in 76 playoff games, but was never on a World Series winner. It wasn’t his fault, he hit .273/.363/.433 with 10 home runs in those games.
He has a 62.8 bWAR.
It seemed, back at the time, you had to choose if you were a fan of Jones or Guerrero and I, of course, choose Guerrero, but Jones has a pretty good case for the Hall as well.
You can check out his numbers here.
Most Similar Careers: Duke Snider, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter and Barry Larkin (all elected by BBWAA); Keith Hernandez and Joe Torre (elected as manager). Jones gets caught up with a lot of catchers due to the shortness of his career, and given his value skewed to the defensive side, isn’t the worst analogy.
Would you vote Andruw Jones into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
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