Doug Jones, the back anchor of the Indian reliever pen from 1986 to 1991 and again in 1998, died on November 22, the The guards announced.
Jones was 64. His former teammate and Indian starter Greg Swindell said on twitter that Jones died from complications related to COVID-19.
âSad to tweet that a longtime teammate, husband, father, grandfather and one hell of a pitcher, Doug Jones, has passed away from complications from COVID,â Swindell tweeted. âRIP, Jonesy. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Jones is third on the Indians / Guardians all-time save list at 129. Cody Allen is the all-time leader at 149 followed by Bob Wickman at 139.
âWe are saddened by the loss of one of our organization’s all-time greats, Doug Jones,â @Cleguardians tweeted. âHis 129 saves are the third in franchise history. He was part of the club’s Top 100 list, celebrated in 2001. He had 16 seasons in the big leagues, 7 in Cleveland (1986-1991, 98) including 3X as an All-Star.
Jones was never overkill at hitters. Instead, he baffled them by locating his locations and frustrated them with his change. He was on the American League All-Star Team every year from 1988 to 1990.
Jones played 16 seasons in the major leagues. He pitched for the Astros, Phillies, Orioles, Cubs and Brewers after settling with the Indians in 1986 at the age of 29. Jones pitched in four games with the Brewers in 1982, totaling 2 2/3 innings, and didn’t pitch in the Majors until four years later with the Indians. He pitched 23 games for the Tribe in his second stint with the Indians in 1998, then pitched for Oakland in 1999 and 2000 before retiring.