Jan 22, 2017

Short Time Mets Infielder: Ross Jones (1984)

Ross A Jones was born January 14th in Miami Florida. The six foot two infielder attended Miami Dade College before going to the University of Miami, playing with the Hurricanes. Jones was the Los Angeles Dodgers first round pick (the 9th pick overall) in the 1980 draft.

In 1983 he came over to the New York Mets in the same deal that brought Sid Fernandez to New York, in exchange L.A. got Bob Bailor & Carlos Diaz. After spending time with AAA Tidewater he made the 1984 Mets Opening Day Roster.

On April 28th, he had his day in the sun with a walk off RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was his only Mets RBI in 13 at bats.

Unfortunately he didn't hit, batting just .111 by May 15th & was sent back down.

On May 13 Jones committed an error that
led to three unearned runs in the Mets 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He came up for two more games in July but lost his job to guys like Ron Gardenhire, Kelvin Chapman & Jose Oquendo. He was primarily used as a pinch runner & pinch hitter.

He spent 1985 at AA Jackson & 1986 at AAA Tidewater before getting released. He played 11 games with the Seattle Mariners in 1986 & then 39 games with the KC Royals in 1987 before finishing his career at AAA Tacoma in 1988.

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