Is Andruw Jones A Hall-Of-Famer?

I wrote a piece for ESPN Insider today that talks about defensive metrics and Hall Of Fame voting. The main example used in the story is Andruw Jones, who you might be shocked to learn has accumulated +70.5 WAR in his career, putting him in a dead-even tie with Derek Jeter. Of course, Jeter did most of his damage with the stick, while Jones has racked up a huge percentage of his career value on defense, and there is usually far more acceptance of offensive value than defense value.

I’m curious, though, what our readers think, given what you know about Jones’ career, and, even with his lofty WAR ratings, would you support his candidacy for the Hall Of Fame? Poll after the jump.

Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.

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13 years ago

Yes. There’s two people who deserve to be in the Hall for defense, and that’s Andruw Jones and Mark Belanger.

13 years ago
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Not to mention, unlike Belanger, Jones was a ridiculously good hitter for most of his career too. The HoF loves HR.

13 years ago
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13 years ago
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Honestly surprised that the voting isn’t more in Jones’ favor. Basically undisputed top 2 best fielding CF of all time, 400 HRs, 115 wRC+, 10 Gold Gloves, 5 All Star games. If he had a ring I feel like this poll would be another 20-30% in his favor… and that fact is why I hate HoF voting.

We, and the actual HoF voters, vote more on circumstance as opposed to the actual player and criteria.