Andruw Jones and John Schuerholz will be the two newest members of the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame, as their celebrated enshrinement comes later this summer.
The Atlanta Braves will have two new members joining their organizations’ hall of fame later this summer. Both former star centerfielder Andruw Jones and former general manager/current team president John Schuerholz will have their glorious Atlanta Braves’ enshrinement later this summer.
This announcement coincides with Andruw Jones officially deciding to hang up the spikes for good, appropriately announcing his retirement from the game of baseball. Schuerholz is still a key executive within the organization that is trying to rebuild for contention as early as next season in 2017.
Both Andruw Jones and John Schuerholz were no-brainer decisions about being put into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame. It was more about the proper time for their inclusion than anything: whether Andruw Jones wanted to continue to mount his MLB comeback three years removed from playing in the States and when to include an executive in John Schuerholz that is still working at a high-level within the front office.
Andruw Jones’ induction into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame could potentially coincide with his No. 25 jersey being retired by the organization. Jones had his best years playing in centerfield for the Atlanta Braves as arguably the best defensive outfielder to play the game. He made several MLB All-Star games and finished his big league career with nearly 500 home runs.
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While his rapid decline after he left the Atlanta Braves for the Los Angeles Dodgers and his mediocre career batting average will probably keep him out of Cooperstown, Andruw Jones is a no-doubt Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer. Even though Cameron Maybin wore the No. 25 jersey best associated with Andruw Jones, there is a strong chance that Atlanta could retire that number in the not-so-distant future.
Schuerholz is one of the game of baseball’s greatest architects. He built World Series winners in both Kansas City and in Atlanta. He was the general manager for the Atlanta Braves during the entire run of the Braves’ historic 14 straight division titles.
Not only will John Schuerholz go down as the best general manager in Atlanta Braves’ history, but one has to like his odds of making it to Cooperstown as a future inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to both Andruw Jones and John Schuerholz on being honored by the Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame will gain two more iconic men to what has made this organization so unbelievably special over the last 50 seasons. Go Braves!