70 Facts About Andruw Jones


Andruw Rudolf Jones is a Curacaoan former baseball outfielder and designated hitter who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball, most notably for the Atlanta Braves.

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Andruw Jones was a noted defensive specialist for most of his career and won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for outfielders every year from 1998 through 2007.

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Andruw Jones had a strong throwing arm in addition to his elite fielding.

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Andruw Jones was an MLB All-Star five times, and he won both the Hank Aaron Award and a Silver Slugger Award for outfielders in 2005.

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Andruw Jones made his MLB debut during the 1996 season with the Atlanta Braves.

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Andruw Jones proved to be a top defensive player, leading all center fielders in putouts and total zone runs five years in a row from 1998 to 2002.

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Andruw Jones improved with All-Star seasons in 2002 and 2003, but in 2004, he failed to hit at least 30 home runs for the first time since 1999 and exceeded 100 strikeouts, which became a regular occurrence thereafter.

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Andruw Jones concluded his MLB career with brief stints for the Rangers, White Sox, and Yankees, transitioning from a center fielder to designated hitter and a fourth outfielder role.

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Andruw Jones was born on April 23,1977, in the capital city of Willemstad on the Caribbean island nation of Curacao.

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Andruw Jones could handle any position on the field, but because of his powerful arm, Jones often found himself at catcher or third base.

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Andruw Jones signed with the Atlanta Braves organization as a free agent in 1993 at the age of 16.

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Andruw Jones was promoted to Danville of the Appalachian League after only 27 games with the Braves farm team in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Andruw Jones finished the season with 25 home runs and 100 runs batted in.

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Andruw Jones spent his early time in the majors playing in right field because established center fielder Marquis Grissom was already entrenched in the position.

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Andruw Jones was selected to the Braves' postseason roster in 1996.

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In Game 1 of the 1996 World Series on October 20,1996, Andruw Jones was able to demonstrate his talents on the national stage.

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Andruw Jones became the youngest player ever to homer in the World Series at the age of 19 years, 180 days, breaking Mickey Mantle's record of 20 years, 362 days — on what would have been Mantle's 65th birthday.

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Andruw Jones joined Gene Tenace as the only other player to hit home runs in his first two World Series at bats.

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Andruw Jones hit his first home run of the season against Jeff McCurry of the Rockies.

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Andruw Jones led the National League in Plate Appearances and At Bats.

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Andruw Jones struggled in the National League Division Series against the Cardinals.

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Andruw Jones finished with 34 home runs and 104 RBIs but his average dropped to only.

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Andruw Jones maintained a similar batting performance in 2002, but was still playing superb defense.

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Andruw Jones became the 11th player in MLB history to homer in four straight at-bats.

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Andruw Jones became the first Braves player to hit three home runs in a game since Jeff Blauser did it in 1992.

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In 2003, with the power-hitting Gary Sheffield in the line-up, Andruw Jones achieved a new career high-water mark in RBIs, with 116.

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Andruw Jones made his third All Star team and homered in the game.

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Andruw Jones was named to the All Star team, the fourth of his career.

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Andruw Jones became the first Braves hitter to hit 40 home runs in a season since Javy Lopez did it in 2003.

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Andruw Jones became the first hitter since Alex Rodriguez and Jim Thome to hit at least 50 home runs in a season.

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Andruw Jones became the 12th player in history to hit 300 home runs before his 30th birthday.

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Andruw Jones hit a major league-leading 51 home runs, surpassing Hank Aaron's and Eddie Mathews' single-season club record, and winning the Babe Ruth Home Run Award.

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Andruw Jones' torrid hitting in the summer, especially while teammate Chipper Andruw Jones was out with an injury, helped carry the Braves to their 14th consecutive division championship.

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Andruw Jones finished just behind St Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols in the 2005 NL MVP vote.

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Andruw Jones started the season by hitting a home run off a pitch from Derek Lowe.

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Andruw Jones finished the game by going 2 for 4 with a home run, 4 runs batted in, a strikeout, and a base on balls.

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Andruw Jones became the first hitter in Atlanta's history to have consecutive seasons of at least 40 homers.

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Andruw Jones finished the 2006 season with 41 home runs and 129 RBIs.

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Andruw Jones became more selective at the plate, which helped him score 107 runs during 2006, an increase of 12 over the prior year and his most in a single season since 2000.

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Andruw Jones had an unexpectedly poor start to the season, striking out 51 times in 41 games and carrying a batting average in the low.

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Andruw Jones was honored with a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding center fielder in MLB.

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Andruw Jones finished the 2007 season with 26 home runs and 94 RBIs.

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On December 5,2007, Andruw Jones agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, worth $36.

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Andruw Jones was put on the disabled list for the first time in his entire career on May 25,2008.

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Andruw Jones had knee surgery after injuring his knee during batting practice earlier that day.

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On July 27,2008, the Dodgers manager Joe Torre benched Andruw Jones and said that he would only be used as a spot starter in the future.

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On September 13,2008, Andruw Jones was put on the 60-day disabled list, and removed from the playoff roster, putting an end to his season with the Dodgers.

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Andruw Jones stated that he did not wish to return to the Dodgers in 2009, saying that the Los Angeles fans did not give him a fair chance.

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Andruw Jones reportedly turned down a similar offer from the New York Yankees to compete for their center field job and expressed an interest in staying with the Rangers even though he would likely not be a starter.

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Andruw Jones was originally intended to be a pinch-hitter for the Rangers, but found a starting outfield role due to an injury to Josh Hamilton.

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Andruw Jones would go 3-for-5 in his Rangers debut with an RBI and two runs scored.

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Andruw Jones was faced with an opportunity to play against his old club, the Dodgers.

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Andruw Jones had a chance to hit his fourth home run of the game in his final two at-bats, but he popped out and struck out.

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Unlike what he had done with the Braves and Dodgers in previous seasons, Andruw Jones showed up to camp in shape, a full 30 pounds under his previous weight.

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Andruw Jones finished the year with nineteen home runs in 278 at-bats.

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Andruw Jones scored 41 runs, had 48 RBI and 64 base hits in 107 games, the most games he has appeared in since 2007.

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Andruw Jones re-signed with the Yankees for the 2012 season on December 30,2011.

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Andruw Jones finished the regular season with 26 home runs in 478 at-bats.

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Andruw Jones scored 81 runs, had 94 RBI, 116 base hits and 105 walks in 143 games, helping Eagles to clinch their first Pacific League Championship.

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Since playing in Japan, Andruw Jones attempted comebacks in both the 2015 and 2016 MLB seasons.

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Andruw Jones officially retired from baseball in February 2016 and was hired by the Braves as a special assistant later that month.

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However, Andruw Jones' weakness has been hitting against the breaking ball and hitting for good average.

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Andruw Jones has not stolen at least 10 bases since he stole 11 in 2001.

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Andruw Jones owned the lowest batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and runs scored in a season for a hitter that belted 50+ home runs in a season.

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Andruw Jones is one of five center fielders to record at least 400 putouts in a season six times.

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Two years later, in 2015, Andruw Jones was selected to play with the National Dutch team as a first baseman for the 2015 Premier 12.

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Andruw Jones later announced that those were his final games as a player.

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Early on the morning of Christmas Day, 2012, Andruw Jones was arrested for battery after police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call between him and his wife Nicole in suburban Atlanta.

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Andruw Jones has appeared on balloting for the National Baseball Hall of Fame since 2018, when he received 7.

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Andruw Jones's support grew even stronger on the 2022 ballot, reaching up to 41.

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