For the third year in a row, Andruw Jones was on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. And once again he got more votes than in the previous year.
On a day on which Derek Jeter got one vote shy of becoming the second unanimous HOF inductee and Larry Walker was voted in on his last occasion, Andruw Jones was on the HOF ballot for the third year.
In 2018, his first year of eligibility, the Curaçao Kid barely made the five percent to stay on the ballot. Last year he already got more votes as the percentage rose to 7.3% of the votes. This year the percentage jumped to 19.4% which means that he got 78 votes.
Feared for his power, Jones’ career batting average wasn’t that great. In seventeen seasons, his batting average only topped .300 once. But he had some pop in his bat for sure. Even in his last MLB season, in which his average dropped below .200, he still managed to hit fourteen home runs.
In a time in which the focus is on batting, one may think that Jones may have a hard time staying on the ballot. He was one of the best defensive outfielders. As a matter of fact, Jones is ranked No. 1 all-time among outfielders and No. 2 all-time among all positions behind Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson as he was a five-time All-Star, won 10 straight Gold Gloves from 1998 to 2007.
In seventeen years in the Majors, Jones played for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees. After his MLB career, Jones played two more seasons in the NPB for the Rakuten Golden Eagles where he was a teammate with Kevin Youkilis. Jones helped the Golden Eagles to win their sole NPB championship in 2013.
In 1996, the year he broke into the Majors, he worked his way up through A Advanced, AA and AAA within just one season before he was called up and became the youngest player to hit a home run in the World Series.
Nowadays, Jones is one of the coaches of team Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Larry Walker showed the baseball world that even on the last occasion one may have a shot to be voted into the Hall of Fame. So with Jones’ numbers improving, perhaps he will be the second Dutchie to be voted into the Hall of Fame.