Andruw Jones Should Be Inducted Into the Baseball Hall of Fame

March 11, 2024

Andruw Jones is a former All-Star and Gold Glove winner who spent 12 seasons with the Atlanta Braves. He was a dominant center fielder who was always a threat to homer. In 2005, he led the majors with 51 home runs and 128 RBIs. The following year, he finished second in the NL MVP voting to St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols.

Terry Pendleton played with Jones early in his career and was the Braves' hitting coach during Jones' final seven seasons with the team through 2007. He believes Jones should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

When Jones began his professional career with the Braves at age 16 in 1994, he was a highly touted prospect. He was named the minor league player of the year twice and made his major league debut at 19 in 1996. Jones struggled with the bat at times in the majors, but he became an elite defender. He won 10 Gold Gloves and had 235 defensive runs saved – which would put him in the top five of Statcast's all-time list.

Jones is now on his eighth ballot and has gained mention on more than half of the ballots he's appeared on to date. He's trending up in support, making it difficult to imagine he won't reach the 75% needed for election in 2023. If he doesn't make it on the writer's ballot, he should have a good shot at getting inducted through one of the committees down the road.


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