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By Danny Abramson

As an Atlanta courageous, Andruw Jones has confirmed himself as a accountable and tenacious participant, showing in at the very least one hundred fifty video games in step with season. Born within the Caribbean, Jones was once inspired by means of his baseball-playing father and confirmed prodigious expertise at an early age, signing with the Braves while he used to be basically sixteen. This ebook provides Andruw Jones biography.

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The Braves won the game, 8-3, but lost the series to the Padres, four games to two. As a young, handsome 19-year-old professional athlete in 1996, he had the world at his feet. Making a prorated share of the major-league minimum of $109,000, an exciting new world of women, parties, and temptation opened up to him. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in February 2002, one evening in the 1996–1997 off-season, Jones climbed into a limousine parked outside the Gold Club to attend a private party—“a nice bonus for a young, single pro baseball player who was becoming a regular customer at Ups and Downs Atlanta’s highest-profile strip club,” wrote reporter Carroll Rogers.

Pitchers in the big leagues routinely throw 90 miles per hour (145 kilometers per hour)— and with incredible movement and accuracy. It usually takes years for young hitters to adjust and catch up to the faster, better-controlled major-league hurlers. But 17-year-old Andruw would have a few tricks in store for the Braves that would cause them to throw their careful plans out the window. In little time at all, the Kid from Curaçao would blow through the Atlanta farm system like a hurricane. MACON PROGRESS After finishing strong with Danville in Rookie League ball in 1994, Andruw was looking forward to rocketing through the minor leagues on his way to a starting job in the Atlanta Braves outfield.

And, on August 26 in Houston, Jones, at age 21, broke César Cedeño’s record by becoming the youngest player in major-league history to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a single season. Jones’s play also greatly improved in center field during the latter part of the season, to the point that he won his first Gold Glove. The award, whose official name is the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, is given annually to the major-league player judged to have the most “superior individual fielding performance” at each position (in each league) as voted by the managers and coaches in each league.

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