Andruw Jones Cranks Career Blast #400 Amongst White Sox Homer Fest
Written by Jim Rednour
Saturday, 31 July 2010
The only thing hotter than Andruw Jones, who hit career long ball No. 400 on July 11, is his White Sox team that triumphed for the 25th time in 30 games to complete the season’s most meteoric first-half turnaround. After trailing the Twins by 9 games on June 8th, Chicago’s south side team ignited into baseball’s hottest commodity…and thanks to a legion of long ball hitters (led by DH Jones) blasted past Detroit and Minnesota to take over first place in the AL Central Division.
Jones’ line drive homer (watch on MLB.com) helped him
surge by all-time greats Al Kaline and Andrés Galarraga for 46th all
time on the career home run list. Only 6 active plays have more homers
than him: (Alex Rodriguez (597), Jim Thome (574), Manny Ramirez (554),
Chipper Jones (432), Vladimir Guerrero (427), and Jason Giambi (412).
Jones hit his 400th career homer during a seven-run, franchise tying
four homer inning for Chicago that also featured blasts by Carlos
Quentin, Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo.
"Four hundred is great.
It's a good milestone to get," said an elated Jones. "A lot of people
don't get there. I'm just happy to get it over with, and look forward to
just going out there and having success and helping this team get to
Jones became just the second player in a White
Sox uniform to hit his 400th home run, joining Frank Thomas who finished
his career with 521 homers.
Jones already has 13 home runs
this season, after hitting 17 a year ago with the Texas Rangers. He hit
just three in 2008 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers after spending
the previous 12 seasons with the Atlanta Braves.