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Dodgers release Andruw Jones

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by EsDee_in_RI, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. EsDee_in_RI

    EsDee_in_RI Well-Known Member

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    Dodgers release Andruw Jones

    Thu Jan 15, 7:58 PM EST

    Andruw Jones, a $36.2 million bust with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was released by the team Thursday.

    Heralded as the answer to the Dodgers' power-hitting void when he signed his rich two-year contract in December 2007, Jones was injured part of last season and was mostly ineffective otherwise, hitting only .158 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 75 games.

    ``Obviously, this is a disappointing day for both us and Andruw, as we all had high hopes for him when he signed last year given his track record and everything that we had seen from him in the past and heard about him,'' Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. ``I know that Andruw is also very disappointed in the way things turned out and the best thing to do at this point is to turn the page and we wish him well.''

    The 31-year-old center fielder reported to spring training overweight, then was booed roundly by fans as he struggled at the plate during the season. He had knee surgery in May and finished the season on the bench as the Dodgers won the NL West and beat the Chicago Cubs in the NL divisional series before losing to Philadelphia in the NL Championship Series.

    Jones asked to be traded after that and the Dodgers tried, but found no takers. The Dodgers owe Jones $22.1 million, which he'll receive over the next six years.

    When the Dodgers added Manny Ramirez in a trade deadline deal July 31, that left Jones with minimal opportunities. But with the staggering performance by Ramirez (.396 with 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 53 games) and the fine work of fellow outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, Jones was hardly missed.

    Jones came to Los Angeles as a five-time All-Star who had won 10 straight Gold Gloves with the Atlanta Braves and as one of 10 players in baseball history to hit 300 homers before the age of 30. He had 342, tying him with Mel Ott and Henry Aaron for the sixth-youngest player to reach that milestone.

    Jones, signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Braves in July 1993, made his big league debut on Aug. 14, 1996, as a 19-year-old rookie, and hit .400 with two homers and six RBIs in the World Series against the New York Yankees.

    He became a regular the following season, and took off in 2000, hitting a career-best .303 with 36 homers and 104 RBIs.

    Jones hit .263 with a career-high 51 homers and 128 RBIs in 2005 and .262 with 41 homers and a career-best 129 RBIs in 2006. He dipped to a career-low .222 with 26 homers and 94 RBIs in his final year with the Braves, perhaps a tipoff as to what was to come with the Dodgers.

    He came to Los Angeles having hit at least 25 homers in 10 straight seasons, only the 14th player to accomplish such a feat. He also played in 1,730 games between 1997 and 2007, never once going on the disabled list.

    Jones attended the Duke-Georgia Tech basketball game in Atlanta wearing a Braves cap on Wednesday night. There has been speculation the Braves might be interested in bringing Jones back because they need another outfielder. He will enter next season with 371 homers and 1,131 RBIs in 1,836 games.

    The Associated Press
     
  2. EsDee_in_RI

    EsDee_in_RI Well-Known Member

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    We need outfielders pretty bad....he will do. especially since he is cheap now. Guy still has some power.
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    I'd love to see him back as a Brave. But he's got to commit to getting in shape, much like Javy did his last year with the Braves. It made an amazing difference in his performance that year. Andruw could do the same if he'll just commit.
     
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    The Padres are in no position to refuse any help, but if last season and the Dominican summer league is any indication the old Andruw is gone.
     
  5. HollywoodLeo

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    I'd hate for the Padres to sign fatty washed up Andruw Jones after how much **** I've given Dodgers fans the past two years over his contract.
     
  6. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    Bud Black was on 1090 on Friday and Scott & BR asked him about Jones. Black said "he just didn't look good at all last season". He won't be a Padre. Bank on it.
     
  7. auctoritas

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    I think there would be something pretty sweet about them paying him to play for us.
     
  8. Ride The Lightning

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    Thank God he's gone.

    By all mean Padres, sign him immediately. Then you'll have one guy to focus ALL your boos on.

    My brother and I went to a Dodgers game last season, and I swear, I have NEVER heard a stadium booing a home player like we booed Andruw (who went 0-5, striking out all 5 times on the same offspeed pitch every single time). POS player is a POS.
     
  9. EsDee_in_RI

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    True...I guess he aged a little quicker than most thought.
     
  10. EsDee_in_RI

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    He took a good chunk on moola for almost no work. I dont blame them.
     

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