Even after 17 major league seasons, 434 career home runs and $106 million in career earnings, slugger Andruw Jones still finds the desire to represent his homeland. Jones is leading a group of promising Dutchman in his second World Baseball Classic tourney.
Jones and company are on the cusp of advancing to the second round of their bracket which features Chinese Taipei, Australia and Korea. Jones led the way for team Netherlands in the opener over Korea stroking a double and a single in a 5-0 victory.
After 2,196 career games in the major leagues Jones opted for a change of scenery in the off-season signing with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League. Jones and his former New York Yankees team-mate Casey McGehee will both suit up for the Golden Eagles at the conclusion of the tourney.
Jones suited up for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the 2006 World Baseball Classic tournament going hitless in the only two games he played. Jones is by far the most decorated and successful baseball product ever developed in the Netherlands, however number one prospect Jurickson Profar will undoubtedly do everything in his power to snatch the torch from Jones in the years to come.
Whether Jones is playing in the major leagues, Japan or for his country pride in the World Baseball Classic one thing is undisputed, the man can mash dialling long distance wherever he plays.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.