The five-time All Star received 58.1 percent of the vote, falling short of the required 75 percent but gaining almost 17 points from last year, according to Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones has two years to continue his steady rise before his Hall-of-Fame status will rest in the hands of the veterans committees.
In his 17-year career, Jones hit 434 home runs (seven seasons with 30 or more) and won a whopping nine Gold Gloves. He spent most of his time with the Braves and was a key part of their late-90s success, including the 1996 World Series Championship season (rookie year). He was edged out by Albert Pujols in the 2005 National League MVP race, but surely left his mark among Braves sluggers with a franchise-record 51 dingers that season. That’s right, not even home run king Hank Aaron reached the 50 mark.
Of course, Jones had his limitations, only hitting for a career .254 batting average and recording less than 2,000 hits. His 62.7 WAR is also below the average for a Hall-of-Fame batter, according to Baseball Reference. Still, Braves fans, and many other baseball fans will remember Andruw Jones for being a stalwart power hitter and elite defensive outfielder who has countless highlight-reel catches that may have escaped the memories of some voters.
Jones’ case could be bolstered by his contemporary Scott Rolen (76.3 percent) finally getting in this year, and with only Adrian Beltre a likely lock for the 2024 Hall of Fame, it is possible the Curacao Kid eventually finds his way into Cooperstown