We’re going to miss Adam Jones
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Jones appeared in his 1,500th game as an Oriole on Friday night, making a lot of people feel very old in the process.
The center fielder has been one of the best players in the history of Baltimore baseball, a claim backed up by his numbers with the team: 253 home runs, 1,652 hits and 30.7 Wins Above Replacement. He’s also tremendously durable and has become the face of the franchise, earning five trips to the All-Star Game.
But while Jones has earned a reputation as a no-nonsense ballplayer, he’s also shown a flair for the dramatic at times. On the night of his milestone game, the California native made a statement by homering in his first at bat. He followed it up with a single in the third and an opportunistic bunt in the sixth, making him 3-for-4 on his big night.
Take a look at the home run for yourself:
It was a fun way to celebrate a great career, but also a sad reminder that Jones’ time in Baltimore is coming to an end. He will be a free agent this offseason, and with a rebuild around the corner, the Orioles aren’t likely to bring back a player of his stature, especially since his production has declined in recent years. His absence from the last game of the series — he was hit by a pitch on Saturday — was a further reminder to enjoy his presence while we still can.
Jones isn’t the player he used to be, but that’s okay. Amid a run of poor play for the Orioles, we can still appreciate one of the most iconic players in their history.
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