Adam Jones (baseball)
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Adam Jones in 2008
|Baltimore Orioles — No. 10|
|Born: August 1, 1985 |
San Diego, California
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 14, 2006 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||139|
|Career highlights and awards|
Adam LaMarque Jones (born August 1, 1985, in San Diego, California) is an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles. He was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners with the 37th pick of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft as a shortstop/right-handed pitcher. Most experts believed that Seattle wanted to use him as a pitcher, but Jones said he would prefer to play everyday and was made the shortstop of the Mariners' rookie league affiliate. A few years later when the Mariners acquired Yuniesky Betancourt, they asked Jones if he would move to the outfield. He agreed to give it a try and has continued to improve ever since.
On August 10, 2006, Jones hit his first major league home run against Adam Eaton of the Texas Rangers.
On August 3, 2007, Jones returned to the majors for the first time on the season, starting in right field for the Mariners against the Boston Red Sox, going 2–4 and scoring the go-ahead run in a 7–4 victory.
On February 8, 2008, Jones was traded to the Baltimore Orioles along with left-handed reliever George Sherrill and minor league pitchers Kameron Mickolio, Chris Tillman, and Tony Butler for the left-handed starting pitcher Érik Bédard.. Jones went on to become the Orioles' starting center fielder and Sherrill became the new closer, while Bédard tore his labrum in September 2008 after going 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA.
In 2009, Adam Jones started the year off strong and on July 5, 2009 Adam was selected to represent Baltimore in the 2009 All Star Game. In the game, Jones drove in Curtis Granderson off a sac fly for the winning run in the American League's 4-3 victory. Throughout the 2009 season, he played center field exclusively. In the lineup, he has batted in both the 2 and 3 spots, switching with fellow outfielder Nick Markakis. In August, Jones sprained his left ankle and missed the end of the 2009 season.
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