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Encyclopedia > Todd Jones (baseball)
Todd Jones

Detroit Tigers — No. 59
Relief Pitcher
Born: April 24, 1968 (1968-04-24) (age 39)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Major League Baseball debut
July 7, 1993 for the Houston Astros
Selected MLB statistics
(through 5-17-07)
Win-Loss     54-59
Saves     276
Earned Run Average     3.88
Strikeouts     828
Teams

Todd Barton Jones (born April 24, 1968 in Marietta, Georgia) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays with the Detroit Tigers. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He has been an effective middle reliever for a variety of teams, and he has had an up-and-down career as a closer. Since 2002 Jones has been writing a weekly column, "The Closer," for The Sporting News. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (115th in leap years). ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... 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The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (0) None Wild card... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... 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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 MLB draft and made his major league debut during the 1993 season. Historic Downtown Marietta Marietta is a city located in central Cobb County, Georgia GR6, and is its county seat. ... Jacksonville State University is a public, modern regional university serving Northeast Alabama on a 459 acre campus with 58 buildings in Jacksonville, Alabama which is in the Appalachian foothills of northeast Alabama. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... See also: 1992 in sports, other events of 1993, 1994 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics February 11 - Irina Privalova sets a new womens 60m indoors world record August 13 - August 22 - World Championships held in Stuttgart Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won...


Initially used mainly as a setup man, Jones soon became a closer for the Houston Astros. His best years came with the Detroit Tigers from 1997-2001, when he logged 142 saves. On September 27, 1999, Jones threw the last official pitch at Tiger Stadium, striking out Carlos Beltran as the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-2.[1] Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Tiger Stadium is a stadium located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan, USA. It hosted the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team for nearly a century before that franchise moved into the new Comerica Park in 2000. ... Carlos Beltr n (born April 24, 1977) is a Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ...


While playing for the Colorado Rockies in April 2003, Jones made remarks critized as anti-gay comments during a discussion of the play "Take Me Out." Jones publicly apologized, but did not retract his comments.[2] Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Take Me Out is a Tony Award-winning play by Richard Greenberg which deals with homosexuality in baseball. ...


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 in March 2006. Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... Guillermo Mota (born July 25, 1973 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who is currently a member of the Cleveland Indians. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The World Baseball Classic, sometimes abbreviated WBC, is an international baseball tournament, first held in March 2006. ...


Jones is a power pitcher and shows good durability. In every year since the strike-shortened 1994 season, he has pitched in at least 51 games. On May 21, 2006, he became the Detroit Tigers' all-time leader in saves, passing Mike Henneman.[3] // February 20 — In Boston, Massachusetts, Irelands 41-year-old Eamonn Coghlan becomes the first man over the age of forty to run a sub-four minute mile when he clocked 3min. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Alan Henneman (born December 11, 1961 in St. ...


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.[4] Love Song Contemporary Christian music (CCM), or Christian pop music, is a sub-genre of Christian music. ... In baseball, some players choose to have their appearance in a game be punctuated by a musical selection. ... Mercy Me is also the title of a song by Alkaline Trio from the album Crimson. ...

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Awards and accomplishments

  • All-Star (2000)
  • AL Relief Man of the Year (2000)
  • Led American League in saves (42, 2000)
  • Along with Juan Rincón, led MLB with 11 relief wins (2004)
  • Ranks 23rd in all-time saves (281)
  • Made first World Series appearance in second stint with Tigers (2006)
  • Appeared on the cover of Sporting News (March/April 2007)

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... In Major League Baseball, the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award, first awarded in 1976, is a distinction given to the top relief pitcher in each league at the end of each season. ... Juan Rincón (born January 23, 1979 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Minnesota Twins (2001-present). ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper, currently affiliated with the Fox network. ...

Trivia

  • Hid the baseball prior to demolishment of Tiger Stadium to honor the legends that played at Tiger Stadium after the 1999 season into ground and put another baseball into Comerica Park to start a new tradition on This Week in Baseball before the 2000 season (1999) (As of June 17th, 2007, Tiger Stadium has yet to be demolished although reports state its fate with the wrecking ball will come sometime in 2008)
  • Appeared in the last game of Tiger Stadium vs. the Kansas City Royals (1999)
  • Played in the first ever game at Comerica Park vs. the Seattle Mariners (2000)
  • His occasional periods of inconsistency while closing has earned Jones the nickname "Roller Coaster", due to the ups and downs of his save appearances. Jones has even referred to himself jokingly as "Old Roller Coaster Jones" during media interviews.
  • Jones has joked that at the top of the ninth, fans watching at home should go get a sandwich and relax, come back 10 minutes later and he'll have the save. This is an apparent reference to his inability to close the game in a quick, concise manner without giving up any runs.
  • In the past, Jones would enter the game by slamming the bullpen door open to pump himself up. During a game at Comerica Park prior to the relocation of the bullpens, Jones broke the bullpen door and the game was delayed until maintenance crews could fix it.

Tiger Stadium is a stadium located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan, USA. It hosted the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team for nearly a century before that franchise moved into the new Comerica Park in 2000. ... Tiger Stadium is a stadium located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan, USA. It hosted the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team for nearly a century before that franchise moved into the new Comerica Park in 2000. ... Comerica Park is a baseball stadium located in downtown Detroit, Michigan. ... This Week in Baseball is a weekly television program, originally designed to show highlights of the previous weeks Major League Baseball action. ... Tiger Stadium is a stadium located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan, USA. It hosted the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team for nearly a century before that franchise moved into the new Comerica Park in 2000. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... Comerica Park is a baseball stadium located in downtown Detroit, Michigan. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) The Kingdome (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1997 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths...

References

  1. ^ "Moments in time during the Tigers' last game at Tiger Stadium", Associated Press, September 27, 1999. 
  2. ^ Reliever says mistake was to make views public. ESPN.com (April 30, 2003). Retrieved on 2007-04-30.
  3. ^ "Inside the Tigers", The Grand Rapids Press, May 22, 2006, p. C4. 
  4. ^ Eisenberg, Jeff. "BEAT IS ON FOR RELIEVERS; Baseball's Best Late-inning Pitchers Take The Field As Their Theme Songs Blare", The Press Enterprise, October 7, 2006. 

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • ESPN (profile and daily updates)
  • Baseball-Reference.com - Major league career statistics and analysis
  • Column at SportingNews.com

 
 

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