A Salute to 10 Years of Adam Jones

On this day 10 years ago Andy MacPhail made one of the most lopsided trades in baseball. Erik Bedard left for Seattle, and Adam Jones was one of five players to come back to Baltimore.

Adam Jones has been one of the most consistent performers for the Baltimore Orioles since day one. Jones is a five time All-Star, four time Gold Glove winner, and has one Silver Slugger to his name.

In his 10 seasons with the Orioles, Jones has played in 1468 for the birds. Over that time he has slashed .278/.318/.460 with 251 home runs and 815 RBI.

Jones holds the Orioles record for consecutive seasons with 25 home runs, and he also has the record for most home runs at Camden Yards with 137.

Adam’s contributions to Baltimore have have not just been on the field. Adam Jones has been a great advocate for the city, and has worked year after year to make the city a better place.

Jones is a perennial nominee for the Roberto Clemente award, the “annual recognition of a player from each MLB club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.”

Jones has also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, the  Governor’s Service Award, and the Heart and Hustle award multiple times.

At 33 and in the latter stages of his career, Jones is now in the last year of his six year/$85.5 million contract. Jones future with the Orioles likely depends on what happens this season.For Jones to stay, other free agents like Zach Briton and Brad Brach need to resign and the Orioles need to return to their winning ways.

Adam Jones said at FanFest that “It’s not about money, it’s about winning.” It is hard to see Jones staying after another last place finish.

Both Dan Duquette and Adam Jones have said that there have not been any talks of an extension.

Hopefully Jones will stay in Baltimore for the rest of his career, but if not he will still go down as one of the best to ever play in Baltimore.

Andrew Geckle

Graduate of the University of South Carolina, the REAL USC. Currently an account manager with the Aberdeen IronBirds. I cover the Orioles and minor league affiliates. Twitter- @ageckle35

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