Proof positive

Slimmed-down Jones says he can play every day and rebound from two woeful seasons

Updated: March 17, 2010, 7:35 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It only seems like Andruw Jones is 40. But that's what happens when, as a 19-year-old, you knock baseball on its backside and everyone remembers.

It was 1996, Braves-Yankees World Series at Yankee Stadium, and the kid with the oddly spelled first name stepped to the plate against Andy Pettitte. If Jones was a phenom -- and indeed, he qualified, having been scouted by Atlanta at 15 and signed at 16 -- then few outside the Braves knew about him before that ...

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