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Doug Jones (baseball)

Doug Jones
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Pitcher
Born: (1957-06-24)June 24, 1957
Covina, California, U.S.
Died: November 22, 2021(2021-11-22) (aged 64)
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1982, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2000, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record69–79
Earned run average3.30
Strikeouts909
Saves303
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Douglas Reid Jones (June 24, 1957 – November 22, 2021) was an American professional baseball relief pitcher. During a 16-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB), he played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1982, 1996–1998), Cleveland Indians (1986–1991, 1998), Baltimore Orioles (1995), Oakland Athletics (1999–2000), Houston Astros (1992–1993), Philadelphia Phillies (1994), and Chicago Cubs (1996). Jones was a five-time MLB All-Star and a member of the 300 save club.

Early life

Douglas Reid Jones was born on June 24, 1957, in the town of Covina, California. He attended Central Arizona College, and the Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the third round of the January phase of the 1978 MLB draft.

Playing career

Jones spent seven years in the Brewers' minor league system. His only major league experience with the Brewers took place in just four games in 1982. He was released after the 1984 season, and he signed with the Indians. He became the Indians' full-time closer by 1988, breaking the Indians' record for saves in a season with 37. He held the Indians' all-time record for saves with 129 until Bob Wickman broke it on May 7, 2006.

Before the 1992 season, Jones signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros. After the 1993 season, the Astros traded Jones and Jeff Juden to the Philadelphia Phillies for Mitch Williams. A free agent after the 1994 season, he signed a one year, $1 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Jones threw an immaculate inning during a save on September 23, 1997, by striking out Johnny Damon, Scott Cooper and Rod Myers of the Kansas City Royals.

Jones announced his retirement on December 7, 2000. His 303 career saves ranked 12th in major league history upon his retirement, and his 846 career appearances ranked 21st. A changeup specialist, he was known for keeping hitters off balance by throwing extremely slow pitches. He threw a two-seam fastball that topped out in the low-to-mid 80s and a knuckle curve on occasion.

Jones was elected to the American League All-Star team three times (1988, 1989 and 1990) and to the National League All-Star team twice (1992 and 1994). He was the oldest player in the majors in 2000 at the age of 43.

Coaching career

In 2009, Jones coached Pusch Ridge Christian Academy to the Arizona 2A High School Championship. In the early 2010s, he was the pitching coach for San Diego Christian College.

On January 22, 2015, he was named pitching coach for the Boise Hawks, a minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

Death

Jones died from COVID-19-related complications on November 22, 2021, at the age of 64.

See also

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