So Let Me Get This Straight About Andruw Jones

The Yankees signed him instead of re-signing Marcus Thames because, unlike Thames, Jones can play every position in the outfield?
Okay, I get that he’s lost weight since his unfortunate stint with the Dodgers, but how confident will any of us be to see him out there? I wish him the best and hope he gets a hit every time he’s called upon. I just hope kids like Colin Curtis are ready to fill in if necessary.
Speaking of kids, Friend of the Blog Wendy alerted me to this story on the MLB web site about a terrific kid, an avid Brewers/Prince Fielder fan, who lost his life to a drunk driver. His family is trying to raise money to build a state-of-the-art field in Wisconsin in his honor, and you can help. Take a look – and grab a box of Kleenex while you’re at it.

19 Comments

Jane…
You’re right to worry. I think you may be being too kind. Here’s my take…

http://baseball4girls2.blogspot.com/2011/01/yankees-considering-andruw-jones-and.html

At least we got Soriano. I’m hoping Damon or Manny go to the Rays. At least Carl Pavano is safely signed in the Twin Cities. Whew!

Renee

One Christmas, my grandmother, a notorious bad gift giver, looked at my father who had just opened a truly hideous vest and said “I know it’s not what you wanted, but it’s what I wanted you to have.” I doubt this is what Grandma meant to say, but it was so perfectly, if accidentally, true, that it has remained a saying in my family for years. At this point in the offseason, when many of the GMs start making truly bizarre choices, I swear this is what they are saying to the fans. “I know this player isn’t the one you wanted, but he’s the one I wanted you to have.” Wow, GMs. Thanks. You shouldn’t have. Really.
– Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

Andruw Jones. Er. Okay. Yah. I wonder if Cashman was against this decision.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

You just never know about veteran players on my side of 30 (and 40…) — sometimes a total dud, sometimes amazing, it can depend on so many variables…but just to get a few flashes of what Andruw was…and he WAS something…well, maybe…just maybe…
The other part of your posting. I read the article. It is very touching, and moving. My two “lunch-break features” on most days are YOU, and many days, a phone call from an old college pal who’s a lifelong Braves/Brewers fan. I’ll definitely be talking about this kid, and what he may know (he goes back to Milwaukee every summer)…and let’s all hope that they’re able to build a glorious ballpark for that boy and for all the victims, like his mom said…

You just never know about veteran players on my side of 30 (and 40…) — sometimes a total dud, sometimes amazing, it can depend on so many variables…but just to get a few flashes of what Andruw was…and he WAS something…well, maybe…just maybe…
The other part of your posting. I read the article. It is very touching, and moving. My two “lunch-break features” on most days are YOU, and many days, a phone call from an old college pal who’s a lifelong Braves/Brewers fan. I’ll definitely be talking about this kid, and what he may know (he goes back to Milwaukee every summer)…and let’s all hope that they’re able to build a glorious ballpark for that boy and for all the victims, like his mom said…

Renee, first of all, I love your blog. Anybody reading here should check it out if they want a good, candid, no-holds-barred take from “Baseball for Girls.” But why do you want Damon or Manny (or both) to go to the Rays? I think either can still hurt us at the plate. I’d prefer them in another division. Another league would be even better. Oh, wait. You’re a Rays fan too?

Very interesting analogy, Kristen. The truth is, I didn’t especially have a 4th outfielder in mind in the sense that I wasn’t pining for Damon or Manny or Vlad or Dye. I just thought Marcus Thames did a more than decent job in the role last year and wondered why the Yankees didn’t re-sign him. His defense was poor but I honestly don’t see Jones as an upgrade in that department, so this signing doesn’t make sense to me.

I don’t think so, Jeff. The Yankees have been looking at Jones for awhile and we would have heard if there was some dissent among the ranks. I guess it’s one of those “I hope we catch lightning in a bottle” type signings.

Thanks for being the first one to comment on the MLB article, Dave. I hope your college pal/Brewers fan can shed some light on the situation and maybe even send some dollars/votes in the family’s direction on behalf of the ball field.

I guess I was hoping for better than “not a bad signing,” Paul. It just seems as if this off-season is all about making the best of a mediocre free agent pool so I just can’t get excited about any of it

He can still hit for some pop and get on base; he’s lost about ten steps in the outfield; but considering how awful the Yankees bench was and what Jones can do, it’s not a bad signing.
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Jane,

Some relatively useless but slightly interesting facts about the Yankees’ latest free agent signing: Andruw Jones will become the first “Andruw” ever to play for the Yankees but I can think of a fair share of “Andrews” who donned pinstripes over the years. The most famous one is the guy we are all waiting for right now to decide if he’s going to pitch again in 2011. But there was also Andy Fox, Andy Stankiewicz, and Andy Kosco. Older Yankee fans will remember that Andy Messersmith pitched a few games for New York. Then there was Andy Carey, a pretty good third baseman back in the fifties. Then there’s today’s Pinstripe Birthday celebrant, who threw a no-hitter for New York back in 1990 and lost the game. I can only think of two other “Jones” who were Yankees, outfielder Ruppert and the old pitcher Sad Sam.

http://pinstripebirthdays.mlblogs.com/

Jane: Andrew Jones used to be so cute when he was like 18. I don’t want to accuse him of anything, but I wonder if he was one of those guys who used some steroids…he’s quite fat. And now he’s kind of stinky…I’m going to miss Marcus Thames, and I wish him luck with the Dodgers
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

I can’t wait until in-season when Andruw hits a game winning home run and you rejoice the moment! ;) Maybe I am hoping that he’s had an epiphany this off-season and realizes that he has to dedicate himself to hard work and conditioning, but I really think that he is coming into the season with something to prove. We’re not expecting him to be the starting left or right fielder, and if one of those guys went down, I’d expect the Yanks to make a move to secure a replacement depending upon the duration of the injury. But in his limited role, I really believe that Andruw can excel. Perhaps at the end of the season, you can say ‘I told you so’, but I am confident that we both agree in hoping that I am right.

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

Sam, you are a veritable encyclopedia of Yankees info! I love all the Andys you came up with and remember 99% of them (Andy Carey escapes me). Thanks for always filling us in.

Jones has lost weight, it seems, Virginia, which could give him more mobility in the outfield. But I’m with you – I liked Thames and thought he served us well last year.

Scott, I certainly hope you’re right about Jones. As you say, his role will be limited. The fact that we’re even debating it is what’s really a shame; instead we should be celebrating the acquisition of another starting pitcher!

Jane,
If you do not want Andrew Jones…..I would love to have him instead of a Johnny Damon-Manny Ramirez possible clone.
When he was in the OF of ATL, he was a monster…plain and simple. But time has a bad habit of reminding us of our mortality…or at least Chavez Ravine has that effect (ask Manny).
I think Jones is due for a rebound, I am heading to New Orleans next week to put a voodoo hex on Jones for 18 dates in the 2011 schedule….I got to do that voodoo that I do so well……hehehe

Rays Renegade
http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Ah, so you’re not jumping up and down about your new players, Renegade? But both Damon and Manny can still do damage and I, for one, will take them very seriously when they come to the Bronx. As for Jones, please don’t put a hex on him. He doesn’t need your voodoo!

Jane…
Thank you very much for your kind comments about my blog. I’ve been simply writing into the ether for a while; it feels different when someone’s reading.
Your comment influenced me to write a bit of baseball biography: http://baseball4girls2.blogspot.com/2011/01/pedigreed.html

Last fall, the Rays & Yanks went 1 & 2 in the AL East and Boston was on the DL. This year, both teams need to seriously beat up on the Sox so we can repeat. That’s where the Damon/Manny comes in… there’s probably a psych factor there too. I can’t get over the irony that Rays took on two left-fielders; what a statement about the loss of Carl.
Renee

You’re very welcome, Renee. I really do enjoy your blog. You write well and you’re very funny and candid. Keep it up! And thanks for amplifying your double fanship in that post you linked to for us. I can certainly understand growing up a Yankee fan and then moving to FL and getting the Rays games on TV and growing to care about them too. That said, when I lived in FL (Stuart), we used to have a transistor radio that, if placed in just the right spot in the bedroom at night, would pick up John and Suzyn and we’d get to listen to Yankee games. It was such a thrill. Have you thought about subscribing to MLB.TV so you can watch the Yankees on your computer?

Ha, you used one of my videos in this post. Andruw Jones was the worst Dodger ever. I just started my own MLBlog:

http://dodgerfilms.mlblogs.com

That’s your video, Dodgerfilms? My sincere appreciation for it, because it illustrated perfectly what I was trying to say in this post! I can only hope Jones, who has lost weight and appears to be serious about making a comeback, can perform better as a Yankee than he did as a Dodger. If not, bye bye.

It is, yes, and no problem. I sincerely hope that Jones does not make a comeback, since that would make his time in Los Angeles even more painful, plus it would fuel more hateful comments from Andruw fans on my videos about him, people who think I’m a jerk for saying he sucked as a Dodger, as if it somehow makes me wrong about that if he does well for another team. I wish you good luck with your move to a new site, though!

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