Doug Jones (baseball)

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Doug Jones
Pitcher
Born: (1957-06-24) June 24, 1957 (age 62)
Covina, California
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 (born June 24, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. During a 16-year career, he played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1982, 1996–1998), Cleveland Indians (1986–1991, 1998), Baltimore Orioles (1995), and Oakland Athletics (1999–2000), all of the American League, and the Houston Astros (1992–1993), Philadelphia Phillies (1994), and Chicago Cubs (1996) of the National League.

Jones was selected by the Brewers in the third round of the 1978 MLB draft, and spent seven years in their minor league system. His only major league experience was 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.[1] He held the Indians' all-time record for saves with 129 until Bob Wickman broke it on May 7, 2006.[2]

Jones threw an immaculate inning during a saves on September 23, 1997 by striking out Johnny Damon, Scott Cooper and Rod Myers of the Kansas City Royals.[3]

Jones announced his retirement on December 7, 2000.[1] His 303 career save 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.[4]

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). He was the oldest player in the majors in 2000 at the age of 43.

On January 22, 2015, he was named pitching coach for the Boise Hawks, a minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Green, Adam. Charnin-Aker, Jane. "The Ballplayers - Doug Jones". BaseballLibrary.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2009-08-13.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ B. Hill, Justice (2006-05-07). "Consistent Wickman claims saves mark". MLB.com. Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  3. ^ Radcliffe, JR (March 30, 2019). "After Josh Hader turned the rare feat Saturday, here are the Brewers' five 'immaculate innings'". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Closer Jones eligible for Hall of Fame". Major League Baseball.
  5. ^ Saunders, Patrick (2015-01-22). "Rockies add Doug Jones to minor-league pitching staff". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2015-01-22.

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