Saturday, October 5, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #69 DOUG JONES


GOT OUTS WITH GUILE, NOT VELOCITY.




WHAT HE LACKED IN MPH WAS MADE UP FOR IN MUSTACHE.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Doug Jones, who threw slow and slower, saved 303 games for five teams during a 16-year career after persevering for a decade in the minors. In his first year as closer in 1988, he set an Indians' record for saves in a season with 37 and held their all-time saves record with 129 for six years. 

DEFINING MOMENT

  • On his 31st birthday on June 24, 1988, Jones established a major-league record for consecutive saves with 14, going 2.1 innings for his 18th of the season. He broke the record of 13 set by Steve Bedrosian in '87 and extended it to 15.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '90, Jones saved a career-high 43 games, third in the AL, and won five games with a 2.58 ERA.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Other than getting in four games in '82 with the Brewers, Jones was in the bushes from '78-'87 and on a minor-league roster for 236 games. 
  2. The team record for career saves lasted until '06 when Bob Wickman surpassed it.
  3. His "fastball'' topped out in the low- to mid-'80s.
  4. An All-Star five times, thrice with the Indians, once with the Astros and once with the Phillies.
  5. Retired after the '00 season 12th all-time in saves.

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