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Mays, Mantle, Griffey, Snider, and … Andruw Jones?

Jul 12, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

Andruw Jones inexplicably stopped being a productive everyday player at age 29, but was in the majors so young and was so good throughout his twenties that yesterday’s homer was still the 400th of his career.
For most players reaching 400 homers midway through their age-33 season would start talk of whether they can get to 500 or perhaps even 600 by the time they’re done, but in Jones’ case he might be lucky to get to 450.
With that said, he’s now just one of five players in baseball history who’ve hit 400 or more homers while playing center field in at least two-thirds of their games:

Willie Mays       660
Ken Griffey Jr.   630
Mickey Mantle     536
Duke Snider       407
ANDRUW JONES      400

His epic collapse upon turning 30 really complicates the matter, but Jones was clearly on a Hall of Fame path through age 29. Even now he’s a 10-time Gold Glove winner with the fifth-most homers of all time by a center fielder, which certainly looks like the opening line of a Hall of Fame resume.

  1. Duck Fallas - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    No more juicy juice?

  2. Schlom - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    “Andruw Jones inexplicably stopped being a productive everyday player at age 29″
    Maybe that’s because he’s not really the age he is claiming. If he was really 22 or 23 (instead of 19) when he debuted in 1996, his career drop-off makes a lot more sense.

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