Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported back in November that five-time All-Star Andruw Jones was hoping to make one last run in the majors. It felt like a real long shot, as Jones is turning 39 in April and hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2012 as a member of the Yankees. After playing in Japan from 2013-2014, Jones didn’t play professionally last season.
It’s unclear whether Jones put out any feelers with teams, but it sounds like the comeback talk didn’t draw much interest:
If this is officially the end for Jones, he’ll wrap things up with .254/.337/.486 career batting line to go along with 434 home runs and 1,289 RBI. An all-time great defender in center field during his peak, he won 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards. It was a long and successful career which should get some consideration on Hall of Fame ballots.
As someone who grew up in the 90s, it feels like just yesterday that Jones hit two home runs in the 1996 World Series as a 19-year-old: