Andruw Jones, who began his career as a feared hitter for the Atlanta Braves, is slated to announce his official retirement from baseball soon. This is per a report from MLBTradeRumors.com and Fox Sports South reporter Cory McCartney. Jones, 38, played for several teams during his 18-year career, last playing with the Tohou Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan. McCartney indicated that Jones had debated a comeback attempt to the MLB, but ultimately decided to walk away from the game.
First getting his start with the Braves in 1996, Jones became the youngest player in World Series history to hit a home run at the age of 19. In a losing effort to that year’s champions, the New York Yankees, Jones put up a slash line of .400/.500.750 with six RBIs over six games. As the years went on, Jones began to develop into more of a threat on both sides of the ball. In 1998, Jones had 413 putouts–the most by a Braves outfielder since 1952–and became the youngest 20-20 (20 home runs and 20 steals) player in the history of the sport, per Baseball-Reference.com.
The outfielder continued his improvement into the early-to-mid-2000s. By 2006, Jones was the fourth-youngest player to hit 300 home runs at the age of 28. However, after his 2006 season, Jones suffered a sharp decline in his play. Bouncing around several teams between 2007 and 2012, Jones became less of a dual-threat wunderkind and more of a simple designated hitter. In the DH role, he managed to land on several teams, including the New York Yankees between 2011 and 2012. After his time in the Big Apple, Jones signed a one-year deal with the Golden Eagles, where he managed to gain a roster spot on the Dutch National team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and put up solid numbers for an aging player.
Jones leaves the sport with a lifetime .254 batting average, over 1,900 hits, and 434 home runs in MLB. This is on top of a .232 batting average and 50 home runs over two years with the Golden Eagles.
Source: (H/T MLBTradeRumors.com)
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