Doug Jones (baseball player)


December 6, 2021

Douglas Reid Jones (Covina, June 24, 1957 - November 22, 2021) [1] was an American professional baseball player who served as a relief pitcher. During a 16-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career, he played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1982, 1996-1998), the Cleveland Indians (1986-1991, 1998), the Baltimore Orioles (1995), the Oakland Athletics (1999 -2000), the Houston Astros (1992-1993), the Philadelphia Phillies (1994) and the Chicago Cubs (1996). He was a five-time MLB All-Star and a member of the 300 saves club.

Career as a player

He attended Central Arizona University and was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round of the January phase of the 1978 MLB Draft. He spent seven years in their minor league system. His only major league experience with the Brewers was in just four games in 1982. He was released after the 1984 season and signed with the Indians. He became the Indians' full-time closer in 1988, breaking the Indians' record for saves in a season with 37. [2] He held the Indians' all-time record for saves with 129 until Bob Wickman he broke it on May 7, 2006. [3] Before the 1992 season, he signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros. [4] After the 1993 season, the Astros traded Jones and Jeff Juden to the Philadelphia Phillies for Mitch Williams. [5] A free agent after the 1994 season, he signed a $ 1 million one-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. [6] Jones pitched a flawless inning during a save on September 23, 1997, striking out Johnny Damon. , Scott Cooper and Rod Myers of the Kansas City Royals. [7] He announced his retirement on December 7, 2000. [2] His 303 career saves ranked 12th in Major League Baseball history upon retirement, and his 846 career appearances ranked 21st. changes, he was known to keep hitters off balance by throwing extremely slow pitches. He threw a two-seam fastball that peaked in the 1980s and a knuckle curve several times. [8] He 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). [9] He was the oldest player in the majors in 2000 at the age of 43. [10]

Coaching career

In 2009, Jones coached Pusch Ridge Christian Academy for the Arizona 2A High School Championship. [11] [12] In the early 2010s, he was a pitching coach for San Diego Christian College. [13] On January 22, 2015, he was appointed pitching coach of the Boise Hawks, a minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. [14]


He passed away from complications related to COVID-19 on November 22, 2021, at the age of 64. [15] [16]


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