Not only was Jones supposed to waltz from Yankee Stadium in October 1996 to the Hall of Fame, he was supposed to do so as a lifetime member of the Braves.
The latter didn’t happen. Jones bolted the Braves as a free agent to sign a two-year contract worth $36 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he did so after 2007—another contradictory season (26 homers and 94 RBIs, but with a .222 batting average and 138 strikeouts).
There wasn’t anything contradictory about Jones’ game after that. He was consistent—just average to bad.
Jones was done with the Dodgers after one season. You could blame that on a nagging injury during what had been a durable career, a .158 batting average and a spot on the bench after then-Dodgers manager Joe Torre decided Jones wasn’t worthy of starting anymore.
In 2009, Jones signed a Minor League contract with the Texas Rangers, and even though he made the big club, he did little worth mentioning. The same was true the next season, when he became mostly an afterthought with the Chicago White Sox.
Then came the Yankees.
Now come the Rakuten Eagles.
Sad. Really sad.
Posted: December 22, 2012 at 06:42 AM | 73 comment(s)
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