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Todd Jones (baseball)

 

Todd Jones (baseball)

This article is about the baseball pitcher. For the British puppet designer and film performer, see William Todd-Jones. For the American lawyer and ATF director, see B. Todd Jones.
Todd Jones
Pitcher
Born: (1968-04-24) April 24, 1968 (age 46)
Marietta, Georgia
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 7, 1993 for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
August 15, 2008 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Games pitched 982
Win–loss record 58–63
Earned run average 3.97
Strikeouts 868
Saves 319
Teams

Career highlights and awards

Todd Barton Jones (born April 24, 1968 in Marietta, Georgia) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was an effective middle reliever for a variety of teams, and he had an up-and-down career as a closer. On September 16, 2007, Jones became the 21st member of the 300-save club and later ended his career as the Detroit Tigers' all-time leader in saves.

Baseball career

Jones graduated from Osborne High School in Marietta, Georgia and attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round of 1989 Major League Baseball Draft and made his major league debut during the 1993 season.

Initially used mainly as a setup man, Jones soon became a closer for the Astros. His best years came with the Detroit Tigers from 19972001, when he logged 142 saves. On April 22, 1999, Jones earned career save number 100.[1] On September 27, 1999, Jones threw the last official pitch at Tiger Stadium, striking out Carlos Beltrán as the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 8–2.[2][3]

While playing for the Colorado Rockies in April 2003, Jones made remarks criticized as anti-gay comments during a discussion of the play Take Me Out. Jones publicly apologized, but did not retract his comments.[4]

Jones signed a one-year contract with the Florida Marlins during the 2004 offseason. After an injury to incumbent closer Guillermo Mota, Jones took on the role for the first time since being traded to the Minnesota Twins in 2001. He finished the 2005 season with a 2.10 ERA and 40 saves. On December 8, 2005, Jones signed a two-year contract to return to the Tigers. In 2006, he also participated in the inaugural World Baseball Classic.

Jones was a finesse pitcher and showed good durability. He threw a low-90s fastball as his main pitch, usually aiming for contact. In every year from the strike-shortened 1994 season to 2007, he pitched in at least 51 games. On May 21, 2006, he became the Detroit Tigers' all-time leader in saves, passing Mike Henneman.[5] On July 27, 2008, Jones lost the closer role to Fernando Rodney. On September 25, 2008, Jones announced his retirement from Major League Baseball.[6]

Personal

Jones is a devout Christian, and is known for using Contemporary Christian music when entering from the bullpen. During the 2006 playoffs, he entered to "Last One Standing" by MercyMe.[7]

Since 2002, Jones has been writing a weekly column, "The Closer", for The Sporting News and Jones was on the cover of the baseball preview issue with the caption "Don't Tell columnist Todd Jones but (Beware of The Tigers)".

Jones currently resides in Pell City, Alabama with his wife Michelle and his son Alex (born 10-7-94) and daughter Abby (born 5-22-97). He currently works as an adviser for the local high school and middle school boys baseball teams. He is active in the community as a fundraiser for several charities.

Awards and accomplishments

  • All-Star (2000)
  • AL Relief Man of the Year (2000)
  • Led American League in saves (42 in 2000), which also established a Detroit Tigers' single-season record. The record stood until 2011, when it was broken by José Valverde.
  • Along with Juan Rincón, led MLB with 11 relief wins (2004)
  • Leads Florida Marlins in consecutive saves (27, 2005)
  • Ranks 14th in all-time saves (318)
  • Made first World Series appearance in second stint with Tigers (2006)
  • Appeared on the cover of The Sporting News (March/April 2007)

See also

Baseball portal

References

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Column at SportingNews.com

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