After speaking with Andruw Jones, I have learned the secrets to ruining a great baseball career.
Andruw will turn 32 in April and he has already amassed some impresive career numbers, including 371 HR and 1131 RBI. If it wasnt for the last two seasons, one might think this was a player who was on his way to the Hall of Fame.
While Jones had some years when he has hit for a relatively high average, he has never been known as a great hitter for average. Still, Jones kept his average respectable hitting around the .260 to .270 range. It wasn't that long ago that Jones was still an amazing defender in center field and having productive seasons at the plate. In 2006 he hit .262 with 41 HR and 129 RBI—then everything went wrong.
In 2007 he hit .222 with 26 HR and 94 RBI, followed by hitting .158 with 3 HR and 14 RBI is 2008 in LA.
So how did he do it?