Friday, March 7, 2014
#171 Doug Jones
1. Jones did not become a big league regular until age 30, but the following season he made the All-Star team for the first time as the Indians' closer. He was an All-Star four times in a five-year stretch.
2. Doug spent an ugly 1995 campaign as the closer in Baltimore, finishing with 22 saves and a 5.01 ERA. After allowing six runs to the Blue Jays without recording a single out on August 1 of that year, he responded to the loud boos of the home fans by sarcastically tipping his hat, arguing with one rooter, and disappearing into the dugout.
3. After retiring, he coached in the Diamondbacks organization, at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, and at San Diego Christian College.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Back then I had no idea that Jones was notorious for keeping hitters off-balance with low-speed offerings. There was something about his walrus mustache that seemed wild and intimidating.
Bill James Said: "Whatever the gremlin was (in 1991), it returned last year, and the league hit .298 against him, not really what you're looking for in a closer."
On This Date in 1993: March 7. Former Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges is arrested for stabbing a tenant at his home.