March 31, 1961 |
|April 7, 1986 for the Cincinnati Reds|
Last MLB appearance
|October 6, 1991 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||164|
Jones played at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 4th round of the 1982 amateur draft, but did not sign. In January, 1983 Jones was selected as the first overall pick of the secondary phase of the amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
Jones debuted with the Reds on April 7, 1986 with the Reds hosting the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first at-bat, he flied out facing Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton. In his next at-bat, he walked, and his next time up he singled off Carlton for his first hit. In 1987, he had his most productive season as he played in 116 games, batted .290, and stole 31 bases.
Jones would later be traded to the San Francisco Giants (for Mike Aldrete), the Detroit Tigers (for Pat Sheridan), and the Seattle Mariners (for Darnell Coles). He played his final game with the Tigers on October 6, 1991.
Jones is co-host (with Eddie Fingers) of a popular afternoon radio show on radio station WLW in Cincinnati and co-host with longtime Reds' announcer Marty Brennaman on "Brennaman & Jones on Baseball."
Jones is also owner of Tracy Jones Financial, a financial services planning firm. He lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife, Denae.
Jones' son, Hunter, was drafted in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB first year player draft by the Cleveland Indians. He played for two seasons on the Indians' Arizona League rookie league team and in 2012 he played for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Indians' Class A affiliate in the New York-Pennsylvania League. He was one of nine players released by the Indians on March 23, 2013.
- 493 Games
- 356 Hits
- 27 Home Runs
- 164 RBIs
- 62 Stolen Bases
- .273 Batting Average
Jones has often referred to himself as "tripod." This has been an ongoing occurrence for many years with his radio personality. He often makes many references to the "tripod" during his afternoon radio show, especially with female callers. Jones has given this nickname to himself, and attributes part of this to his "3 percent" African-American background. What Jones has failed to divulge is the fact that "tripod" was a nickname he has been using to try and hide his real former nickname of "tadpole". It is what it is, how dare you!
- "Tracy Jones History and Statistics". Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- "Baseball Historian". Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- Eddie Fingers returns to WLW-AM, Cincinnati.com, January 30, 2012, retrieved May 25, 2012
- "Hunter Jones Minor League Statistics and History". Retrieved May 25, 2012.