Baltimore Orioles News: Jones Goes Yard & MLB is Back (We Think)
We think we get to watch the actual Baltimore Orioles play real baseball games in the very near future.
But, at this moment, we also get to watch former Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones hit a real MLB-caliber home run.
The former Orioles outfielder still makes it look incredibly easy with that sweet right-handed swing. Take a look at this home run to right-center. The fence says 122m, which translates to a nice 400-foot fence. Jones’ home run easily clears the wall and goes about six rows into the section. So, it traveled about 420 feet. The video comes from Tom Mussa on Twitter:
There were only two things missing. First, the fans scrambling to get the Big Leaguer’s ball in the outfield. Second, no one smashed a pie in the his face – and the first home run of the season is perfect excuse for a pie!
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Jones hit 282 home runs in his 14 seasons in the MLB. Unfortunately, the bombs he hits in the NPB do not count towards an official run to 300 home runs. He also earned 945 RBI in the MLB. It’s a shame that he had to go to Japan to continue playing, as he was so close to reaching major milestones in his MLB career.
Even though he finished his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he’ll always be in the hearts and minds of Orioles fans.
Despite the solo home run, the ORIX Buffaloes lost the game and are in last place in the six-team Pacific League. The NPB has yet to publish the box score, but prior to the game Jones was batting .300/.400/.364 in 11 at-bats. No teams play on Monday.
The other news of the day is the decision to reopen the 2020 MLB season. The news continues to come in, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today, shared this Tweet a few minutes ago:
After several back-and-forth ideas that were shut down by both parties, Rob Manfred stepped in Monday night and told the players that they will play in a 60-game season. They are expected to report to “spring training” by July 1, and according to his Tweet, the players must tell their squads by Friday, June 26 if they plan to play.
If all goes well, we could be watching more Orioles than just Adam Jones hitting home runs in MLB parks.