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For the fifth time in as many years, Andruw Jones is on MLB’s Hall of Fame ballot. Last year, he received 19.4% of the overall vote.
Jones’ MLB career spanned 16 seasons, 11 of which were with the Atlanta Braves. Andruw was a five time All-Star (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), all with the Braves. Jones is also widely considered the best defensive center fielder in Braves franchise history, earning 10 Gold Glove Awards (1998-2007). 2005 was the highlight of his career, a season in he earned: a Silver Slugger Award, NL Hank Aaron Award, MLB Home Run leader, NL RBI leader, Gold Glove Award, & an All-Star selection. He’s also an inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame.
Andruw made his MLB debut during the 1996 season with the Atlanta Braves. In the 1996 World Series, he became the youngest player ever to hit a home run in the postseason, and just the second player ever to homer in his first two World Series at bats. During his time with Atlanta, Jones became one of the youngest players in MLB history to reach 300 career home runs.
Andruw Jones is also credited for starting the influx of players from the small Caribbean island of Curaçao. Current Braves 2nd baseman Ozzie Albies is also from Curaçao. In his native Willemstad, Curaçao; Andruw created a youth baseball tournament for kids from all over the island to showcase their talents. Current MLB players who participated in the tournament are: Ozzie Albies, Jurickson Profar, Kenley Jansen, Didi Gregorius, among others.
If Andruw doesn’t receive 75% of the votes to be inducted, he won’t be admitted into the Hall of Fame. In that case, he has five more years on the ballot before he will no longer be eligible for Cooperstown.