ANAHEIM, Calif. – Left for done – bloated, limping, stealing-money, dead-bat done – several months ago and 30 miles from here, Andruw Jones(notes) hit three home runs Wednesday night for the Texas Rangers, or as the Los Angeles Dodgers might frame that, Exactly what we got out of him for $36.2 million.
A season after he ate himself into one of the great free-agent busts of all time and then asked for and was granted his release from the disgusted Dodgers, Jones continued to remake himself away from the large-market glare and under the watch of hitting guru Rudy Jaramillo.
In 75 games for the Dodgers, Jones batted .158, hit three home runs and was booed sooner, longer and louder at Dodger Stadium than any player ever. Now slimmer and recovered from knee surgery, now under contract for $500,000 (plus plate-appearance bonuses and all that the Dodgers still owe him), and still just 32, Jones hit home runs Nos. 12, 13 and 14 in his first three at-bats against the Angels.
As the designatedRead More »from Jones picks fitting stage to reclaim power stroke