Tom Glavine Thinks Former Atlanta Braves Andruw Jones, Fred McGriff Should Be In Hall of Fame

Andruw Jones hit over 400 home runs and was perhaps the best defensive centerfielder in the history of baseball, Tom Glavine said

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 30, 2018 - 10:00 am

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Chipper Jones will be inducted into Cooperstown this weekend, but two of his former Braves teammates will not. Andruw Jones and Fred McGriff only captured 7.3 and 23.2 percent of the vote, respectively, on this year’s ballot.

Why are these two players not getting more Hall of Fame love?

“I think with Andruw, you look at the body of work, in particular his first 10 years in the league. Not only was he playing the best center field in the game – and maybe in the history of the game – he was also hitting home runs and driving runs in,” Hall of Famer Tom Glavine told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think a big part of Andruw’s demise, I guess for lack of a better word, is he was really good and the follow-up was really bad.”

Jones, a career .254 hitter, retired with 434 home runs and 1,289 RBIs. And did we mention the defense?

“Playing with the guy day in and day out – and with all due respect to Willie Mays, who I never saw play – I can’t imagine there was a better centerfielder in the history of the game,” Glavine said. “I know Griffey gets talked about a lot, and Griffey obviously was a great centerfielder. But I’m telling you: the plays Andruw made day in and day out were just remarkable. He was as good as it gets out there, and he had the offense to go with it. I certainly think he deserves stronger consideration than he’s gotten, and hopefully over time people will come to appreciate that a little bit more.”

McGriff, meanwhile, was a career .284 hitter and retired with 493 home runs and 1,550 RBIs. He was a five-time All-Star, twice led the league in home runs, and won a World Series.

“I don’t know why Freddie’s not in, to be perfectly honest with you,” Glavine said. “If you look at his numbers compared to a lot of the guys that are in the Hall of Fame, his numbers are right there and better in many instances. There’s a guy that, everywhere he went, he anchored the middle of the lineup wherever he played. The responsibility that comes along with being that guy in the middle of the lineup day in and day out is a big one. Freddie lived up to it. He was that kind of guy that opposing pitchers would look at and say, ‘I don’t want to let this guy to beat me.’ But most of the time, he did. To me, when you look at his overall numbers, not only am I surprised he’s not already in, I’m surprised he’s not getting more attention than he has been. I don’t understand that.”