The current Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is loaded with talent and debate. David Ortiz, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Roger Clemens lead the discussion but none of those guys played for the Chicago White Sox. It is going to be fun to see who actually gets in this year (if anyone).
White Sox legends Mark Buehrle and AJ Pierzynski are not going to make it as they are going to struggle to even reach the five percent needed to stay on the ballot. It is a shame as those guys were awesome but probably not Hall of Famers.
One player who does have a chance to make it eventually is Andruw Jones. He has a chance but it might now happen this year, his fifth on the ballot. He was a player on the White Sox for one year and it was a really nice season for him.
The 2010 season was okay for the Sox as a team as they finished in second place of the AL Central with a record of 88-74. Ozzie Guillen’s squad was decent and Andrew Jones was a big part of it for one season. It is unfortunate that they weren’t able to win just a few more games and get into the playoffs.
Andruw Jones was a great player for the Chicago White Sox in his one season.
In that one season, Jones slashed .230/.341/.486 for an OPS of .827. He hit 19 home runs, had 48 RBIs, and 64 runs scored. He wasn’t necessarily the superstar that he was earlier in his career but the White Sox were fortunate to have him. He played in 107 games out of the 162 and was a big help to the team as they had a good year.
Outside of his White Sox career, Jones was obviously brilliant. The early numbers for the Hall of Fame have him missing again but he is at a percent that suggests he could make it one day. He was an All-Star five times, a Silver Slugger Award winner, and won the Gold Glove a remarkable ten times.
As mentioned before, his 2010 season with the White Sox was his third to last year. He spent the last two years of his career with the New York Yankees in 2011 and 2012. Prior to his White Sox stint, he spent the first 12 years of his career with the Atlanta Braves before short times with the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a great career filled with great moments and it was nice to have him for just one season.