Skip to content

Andruw Jones says he can play for five more years

Apr 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

Andruw Jones walkoff 2.jpgAndruw Jones celebrated his 33rd birthday in style on Friday night, slugging two solo home runs, including a walk-off shot in a 7-6 win over the Mariners.

Jones, who reportedly lost 15 to 20 pounds over the winter, is off to a fantastic start in Chicago, batting .293/.408/.756 with six home runs and nine RBI over his first 41 at-bats this season. He’s been a lone early bright spot for an offense that has combined to hit just .219/.302/.386 thus far.

Still on cloud nine following Friday’s win, the resurgent Jones told Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune the following:

“I’m way far from done. I think I can play five more years.”

It’s a nice comeback story and he certainly deserves regular at-bats in the short-term, but don’t look for this success to continue. Recognize that he’s hitting .412/.500/1.118 with four home runs against lefties, as compared to a meager .208/.345/.500 with two home runs and 10 strikeouts in 24 at-bats against right-handers, consistent with his declining profile since his 41-homer season in 2006. U.S. Cellular Field should prove to be a pretty nice launching pad for him, but chances are he’ll be more useful as a strict platoon player before it’s all said and done.

  1. Dauthan - Apr 24, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    .208/.345/.500 isn’t exactly “meager”. It’s not quite as awesome as his splits vs. lefties, but it’s good.
    The avg is meager, but the overall production isn’t.

  2. D.J. Short - Apr 24, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    That’s fair. Originally I only had batting average posted, but that didn’t present the whole picture. Then again, neither does a walk here and there in April. Point is, he hasn’t been productive against right-handers for a long-time and it isn’t likely that he’ll recapture that.

  3. WWandSong - Apr 24, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    I’m sure he can’t stay on his diet or keep in shape long enough for that to happen. Where there’s no will there’s no way.

  4. Pistol - Apr 26, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Who would want him ?

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. C. Gomez (5655)
  2. Y. Cespedes (4957)
  3. C. Hamels (4363)
  4. D. Price (3927)
  5. B. Revere (3599)
  1. G. Parra (3478)
  2. H. Olivera (3400)
  3. T. Tulowitzki (3327)
  4. M. Latos (3252)
  5. J. Soria (3238)