Jones with the Yomiuri Giants
|Yomiuri Giants – No. 5|
|First baseman / Designated hitter|
June 21, 1981 |
|MLB: May 15, 2007, for the Minnesota Twins|
|NPB: March 25, 2016, for the Yomiuri Giants|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||400|
(through August 27, 2016)
|Runs batted in||55|
Garrett Thomas Jones (born June 21, 1981) is an American professional baseball first baseman and right fielder for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins and New York Yankees.
Jones was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 14th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. Jones started his pro career with the GCL Braves in 1999. Jones played for the Danville Braves in 2000 and 2001. In May 2002, Jones was released after three seasons in the Braves' minor league system.
Jones signed with the Minnesota Twins on May 24, 2002. In 2002, Jones played for the Quad Cities River Bandits. In 2003, Jones played for the Fort Myers Miracle. Jones split the 2004 season with Fort Myers and the New Britain Rock Cats. From 2005–2008, he played for the Rochester Red Wings, the Twins' AAA affiliate. On May 15, 2007, Jones made his major league debut, recording his first hit in the seventh inning, a single off Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd.
Jones appeared in 31 games with the Twins in 2007. Jones became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season.
Jones signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 16, 2008. On June 30, 2009, Jones' contract was purchased by the Pirates, and he was called up to take the roster spot that was vacated when Eric Hinske was traded. On July 17, 2009, in a game against the San Francisco Giants, Jones hit a home run in the first inning off Tim Lincecum, then ended the game in the 14th inning with his second home run of the game, off Bob Howry, to give the Pirates a 2–1 walk-off win. After being called up to the Pirates MLB roster, Jones hit ten home runs in his first month with the club and was named the National League's Rookie of the Month for July 2009. Jones became the first to hit seven home runs in his first twelve games with the Pirates since Dino Restelli in the 1949 season. Jones's 10 home runs in July 2009 made him the first Pirate to hit 10 home runs in a month since Jason Bay in May 2006 and the first Pirate to hit 10 home runs in a July since Donn Clendenon in 1966.
On April 5, 2010, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jones hit two home runs in his first two at bats, becoming the sixth Pirate to hit two home runs on Opening Day. While the first was long into right field, landing in the Allegheny River, the second cleared the left field wall. On May 14 of that same year, Jones and Andrew McCutchen each collected five hits in the Pirates' 10–6 victory over the Chicago Cubs. It was the first time since 1970 that Pirate teammates had collected five hits in the same game; that year, Willie Stargell and Bob Robertson had accomplished this feat. He finished the 2010 season with 145 hits, 64 runs, 34 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs, 86 RBIs, 53 walks, 123 strikeouts, 7 stolen bases, .247 batting average, .306 OBP, and .414 slugging percentage in 592 at bats.
In 2014, Jones hit .246 in 146 games with 15 home runs and 53 RBIs.
New York Yankees
On December 19, 2014, the Marlins traded Jones to the New York Yankees, along with Nathan Eovaldi and Domingo Germán, for Martin Prado and David Phelps. After he hit .215 with 5 home runs and 17 RBI, the Yankees designated Jones for assignment on July 31, after acquiring Dustin Ackley. However, Ackley injured his back days later, and Jones re-signed with the Yankees on August 5 after he cleared waivers. The Yankees designated Jones for assignment again on August 12, with Jones not appearing in any games since his return to the Yankees. He was released on August 20.
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