Braves great Fred McGriff is cheered after a home run.
Photo: FRANK NIEMEIR
Photo: FRANK NIEMEIR

927 homers not enough to get Braves’ McGriff, Andruw Jones in Hall of Fame

It doesn’t appear Braves great Andruw Jones will be joining his former teammates in the Baseball Hall of Fame anytime soon.

The retired center fielder was picked on just 7.5 percent of the ballots in voting for Hall Tuesday.

Another beloved ex-Brave, first baseman Fred McGriff, was picked on 59.8 percent of the ballots. 75 percent is required to reach the Hall. 

Jones did receive enough votes to surpass the five percent minimum needed to remain on the ballot next year. 

Jones finished with 434 homers in his career but hit just .254. McGriff smashed 493 home runs and had a .284 batting average. 

Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous Hall selection, elected along with Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina. 

Rivera received all 425 votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The quartet will be enshrined in Cooperstown along with Today's Game Era Committee selections Harold Baines and Lee Smith on July 21.

Rivera is baseball's career saves leader with 652. Armed with his signature cut fastball, he won five World Series over 19 seasons with the New York Yankees.  

Ken Griffey Jr. held the mark for top percentage at 99.32 when he was on 437 of 440 ballots two years ago. 

Halladay, an ace with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, got 85.4 percent and will be the first posthumous inductee since Deacon White in 2013 and Ron Santo in 2012. Halladay died in November 2017 at 40 years old when an airplane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. 

Martinez was a .312 hitter over 18 seasons with Seattle. He got 85.4 percent in his 10th and final try on the writers' ballot. He and Baines will join 2014 inductee Frank Thomas as the only Hall of Famers to play the majority of their games at designated hitter.

Mussina was a steady left-hander for the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles who went 270-153 with 2,813 strikeouts over 18 seasons. He received 76.7 percent. 

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens made gains but again fell short in their seventh time on the ballot. Bonds got 59.1 percent and Clemens 59.5.

Curt Schilling got 60.9 percent in his seventh time on the ballot. An outspoken conservative, he also got a late endorsement from President Donald Trump via Twitter on Sunday, though voting had already concluded. 

Larry Walker came in at 54.6 percent.

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