Baltimore Orioles: Top 5 home run hitters in franchise history
By Sam Belden
5. Adam Jones — 252 home runs
The fifth man on this list is also the longest tenured player on the 2018 Orioles. Jones has been a model of consistency and durability over the course of his six-year, $85.5 million contract extension, and it’s shown up in the box scores.
Jones’ 255 career home runs rank sixth among active players under the age of 33. The center fielder has never hit 35 dingers in a season, but with seven consecutive campaigns of 25 or more, he has been one of the Birds’ offensive rocks.
Jones burst on to the national scene back in 2009, when he earned an All-Star selection and a Gold Glove as a free-swinging 23-year-old. He had his most productive season at the plate in 2012, slugging .505 and finishing sixth in the MVP balloting.
The one major damper on Jones’ career as an Oriole has been a lack of playoff success — the Birds have taken only one series since he joined the team. No one player can do it alone, but his listless postseason slash line of .155/.206/.207 over 63 plate appearances never helped matters.
With a .230/.238/.389 line through May 3, Jones’ run of strong seasons may come to an end this year, and he’s set to be a free agent during the offseason. The O’s may be bad this year, but if this is his last go-round in Baltimore, we need to enjoy it while it lasts.