Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Return of Mr. Jones
Many fond memories were brought back with the signing of free agent Jacque Jones yesterday. Jones was one of the core players that brought the Twins back from the brink of contraction to a team that has won 5 of the last 8 Central Division Titles in the American League. Since Jones left the Twins following the 2005 season he has made various stops with the Twins, Cubs, Tigers, and Marlins. His best season was the 2002 season in which he hit .300 with 27 home runs and 85 RBIs. During that season the Twins made a surprising run to the American League Championship Series. The previous off season the Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, had threatened that two teams were facing the chance of being contracted, the Twins and the Expos. Spurned by this threat from baseball's elite the Twins bonded together with their core of young talent to save baseball for the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This 2002 season may fully be the reason that baseball continues to thrive in the the Upper Midwest.
The role that Jacque Jones will play this season is yet to be determined. The Twins already have their outfield filled to the brim with Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young, and Jason Kubel. Looking at Jones' numbers over the past few seasons, it is most likely that he will end up playing a role in the Twins minor league system. Who knows what will happen if he can figure out some of the issues he has with his swing? Maybe he will play a role with the team as a September call-up but that is far in the future. For now it is fun to reminisce about the team that helped to keep baseball in Minnesota and that allowed for a beautiful new stadium to be built in down town Minneapolis.
Thank you Mr. Jones...