His Hall of Fame Monitor score of 109, which recognizes his big home run seasons and reaching the 400 plateau, his regular play at key defensive positions on playoff-bound teams, the Gold Gloves and so on, leaves him somewhere between “a good possibility” at 100 and “a virtual cinch” at 130. So, we’ve shown that Jones wasn’t a hitting savant, but he wasn’t a zero. There are some downs to his career, such as a .254 lifetime batting average, no MVP awards, and a .337 career on-base percentage to lower his OPS to .823. Less than two weeks later, on Christmas Day, he was arrested in connection with a domestic dispute. Kiner led the league in home runs seven straight years, RBIs once, on-base percentage once, and walks, slugging percentage, and OPS thrice. But whether or not I can find room, it’s clear that Jones is a long way from election. From 1998 to 2006, he was worth at least 4.9 WAR every year. So, the clock is ticking for Gary Sheffield, who now has four years of eligibility remaining. Including the entirety of his Braves’ run — which by the end had seen Maddux and Glavine both depart — Jones was 239 runs above average in the field, miles ahead of the second- and third-ranked Braves, outfielder Brian Jordan (56) and shortstop Rafael Furcal (52). He was incredible in center in his prime. Those respective totals dropped to eight and 12 last year, and to seven and 11 this year. One guy who continues to intrigue me is Mike Soroka, simply because of the consistent command he's shown during the early portion of his career.If Ender Inciarte is sidelined for a significant portion of time, who would play center field? Yes – saw him play several hundred games in person an on TV and saw Mays’s lot… If two players could get them, they’re cans of corn, long hang times. Jones’ detractors have plenty of merit. Should definitely be in the HOF though. That Jones had better offensive credentials, including a career .303 average and 85.2 WAR – but lacked Andruw’s reputation as an elite defensive figure. Do you think there is a strong case to be made for Andruw? He explored a return to the majors in early 2015, but reports of interest from multiple teams failed to produce a guaranteed contract. A player can remain on the ballot for 10 years. Jones fits neatly into a picture with Brooks Robinson, Ivan Rodriguez, Cal Ripken and Frankie Frisch — slightly above-average hitters and amazing defenders, and that is a Hall of Fame player. Before arriving in the majors, Jones hit a combined .339/.421/.652 with 34 homers in 66 games at Hi-A Durham, 38 at Double-A Greenville, and 12 at Triple-A Richmond. And you believe rangy OF Willie Mays didn’t have his numbers padded in exactly the same reason…why? For the year, he played in 153 games but started just 96 (55 in right, 41 in center), hitting a modest .231/.329/.416 with 18 homers. “I just didn’t play on a high level.”. Jones had never received more than 7.5 percent during his two previous years of eligibility. During this stretch, he hit .266 with 345 home runs and 1,034 RBIs, good for an average of 34 and 103 per season. The Braves owned a seven-game cushion when they recalled Jones from Richmond on August 14. While all five 12-time winners are in (Mays, Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Ivan Rodriguez, and Roberto Clemente), the two 11-time winners (Keith Hernandez and Omar Vizquel) aren’t; the former fell off the ballot without ever reaching 11.0%, the latter, eligible for the first time in 2018, is 18.8 points below the JAWS standard and already the subject of polarizing debate.