Chipper Jones: Andruw Jones is a Hall of Famer

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By , Audacy Sports

Four years after being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Chipper Jones is vouching for the Cooperstown credentials of one of his most notable teammates.

In a chat with MLB Trade Rumors readers, Chipper was asked about whether Andruw Jones is worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame or not. He didn't mince words with his answer:

"Absolutely I will advocate for his chances. For a 10 year period, he was as good as it gets. Ten consecutive GGs just is only done by a rare player. I got to see it first hand for all those years. He is a Hall of Famer."

While Andruw hit a wall once he turned 30, few center fielders have had better peaks than he did.

Jones burst onto the scene in the 1996 MLB playoffs as a 19-year-old homering five times and driving in 13 runs, including going yard in his first two World Series at-bats:

Over the course of the next 10 seasons, Jones made five All-Star teams and won a Gold Glove Award in every season. While Scott Rolen, Pudge Rodriguez, Nolan Arenado and Andrelton Simmons have cases of their own, you could certainly make an argument that Jones is the best fielder at any position over the last 30 years.

Additionally, Jones hit 30 or more home runs on seven different occasions, peaking at 51 in 2005, when he finished runner-up to Albert Pujols in National League MVP voting. In total, Jones hit 434 career home runs, sixth in MLB history among primary center fielders.

The average WAR 7 -- the top seven single-season bWAR totals in a player's career added up -- of a Hall of Fame center fielder is 44.7. Jones finished his career with a 46.4 WAR 7, which tops the likes of Carlos Beltrán, Richie Ashburn, Kenny Lofton, Kirby Puckett and Jim Edmonds.

Certainly, a few more peak years may have made Jones a first-ballot Hall of Famer. But as he awaits the results of his fifth year on the Hall of Fame ballot, there's enough of a body to make Jones worthy of election.

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