For the second year in a row, Curaçao native Andruw Jones managed to stay on the HOF ballot as he got more than five percent of the votes again. This year his numbers were even better than in 2018.
The Curaçao kid got 7.3% of the votes in 2018 (31 of all votes). This year that percentage improved to 8.4% so he will have another shot next year.
The outfielder who broke into the Majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1995 and also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Texas Rangers, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees and the Rakuten Golden Eagles (NPB), was arguably (one of) the best defensive outfielder(s) the game. But during his 17-year MLB career, Jones only topped the .300 mark once. Most of the time his batting average hovered between .251 and .277. Especially in his years after the Braves, his batting average dropped significantly. In his final year in the Majors, it even dropped below .200.
Despite the fact his batting average wasn’t something to write home about, his bat was feared for his power. Even in his last year, he still managed to hit fourteen dingers. Especially in a time where batting still seems much more important than defense, one will have a hard time to stay on a ballot.
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.
During those 10 Gold Glove seasons, Jones led all National League outfielders in putouts six times. And the gap between Jones and No. 2 was often substantial, peaking at 93 in 1999. During those six seasons (1998-2002 and 2007), Jones led the league in putouts by an average of 40 more than the second-best number.
During the same period, Jones led the league in defensive wins above replacement four times (1998, 2000-02) and finished second once (1999). He led all NL center fielders in assists three times, including in 1998 when he led all outfielders in assists with 20.