Whatever sport you’re talking about, the Hall of Fame is reserved or should be reserved for the very best to play the game. The creme de la creme, so to speak; not the Hall of Very Good, but the Hall of Fame. Baseball’s most recent class was announced last week with one selection that I thought should have been a unanimous vote in Derek Jeter and one that I wasn’t completed sold on in Larry Walker.
There was a selection that was not made that I feel is a mistake every year he doesn’t receive the phone call announcing his induction and that’s former Atlanta Braves centerfielder Andruw Jones.
Jones was a mainstay in the outfield for the Braves from 1996-2007. I remember when Jones burst onto the scene in the 1996 World Series when the Braves lost to the New York Yankees in six games. He homered in his first two at-bats and established himself as a future star.
The numbers don’t lie, either. Jones finished his career with 434 homers, which is tied for 47th all time. Jones also drove in 1,289 runs. He had seven seasons of at least 30 homers, topped in 2005 when he…