Andruw Jones (Baseball Superstars) by Danny Abramson

By Danny Abramson

As an Atlanta courageous, Andruw Jones has confirmed himself as a in charge and tenacious participant, showing in at the very least a hundred and fifty video games in keeping with season. Born within the Caribbean, Jones used to be inspired through his baseball-playing father and confirmed prodigious expertise at an early age, signing with the Braves while he used to be merely sixteen. This e-book offers Andruw Jones biography.

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When players became too old or left for other teams, the team’s management, led by general manager John Schuerholz, was able to inject the Braves with new talent on a consistent basis. Schuerholz’s regime was not only able to develop young players like third baseman Chipper Jones, shortstop Rafael Furcal and, of course, Andruw Jones, but it was also able to swing big trades for sluggers like Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield and make smart free-agent signings. Schuerholz also was able to keep Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine together for nearly a decade, a lot longer than some people thought he could in the era of free agency.

In fact, he stole 27 bases in 1998, even accomplishing the rare feat of stealing Ups and Downs home, against the Astros on August 31. And, on August 26 in Houston, Jones, at age 21, broke César Cedeño’s record by becoming the youngest player in major-league history to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a single season. Jones’s play also greatly improved in center field during the latter part of the season, to the point that he won his first Gold Glove. The award, whose official name is the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, is given annually to the major-league player judged to have the most “superior individual fielding performance” at each position (in each league) as voted by the managers and coaches in each league.

Still, before the year was over, Andruw would put together a season that would stand out among other players. When Andruw arrived at the Braves’ Class A club in Macon, Georgia, he was still settling into a new life as a professional baseball player. Rookie ball had been a whirlwind experience for him that was interrupted by his midseason promotion to Danville. At Macon, Andruw would spend the entire season with one team. The Macon Braves, of the South Atlantic League, had a mishmash of players, featuring not only sure stars like future All-Star pitcher Kevin Millwood but also countless other players who probably would never make it out of Class A baseball.

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