Gary Jones (manager)

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Gary Jones
Gary Jones in 2017 (cropped).jpg
Jones with the Chicago Cubs in 2017.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – No. 11
Manager
Born: (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960 (age 57)
Henderson, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Teams

As Coach

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

Gary Wayne Jones (born November 11, 1960) is an American minor league baseball manager and a former coach in Major League Baseball. Jones was the third base coach of the Chicago Cubs from 2014 to 2017. In 2018, he returned to managing as the skipper of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A International League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.[1]

Prior to his appointment to the 2014 coaching staff of then-Cub manager Rick Renteria, Jones spent seven years as the roving minor league infield instructor for the San Diego Padres, where Renteria had been a Major League coach. He was retained when Joe Maddon replaced Renteria as the Cubs' manager in October 2014 for the 2015 season, and in 2017 entered his fourth season as the Cubs' third-base coach, including service on 2016's National League and World Series championship team.

Until he became the Cubs' third base coach, Jones had spent one season in a Major League uniform out of his 32 years in professional baseball—1998, as the first-base coach of the Oakland Athletics.

In joining the Cubs, Jones returned to his first MLB organization. Chicago originally signed him as a 21-year-old free agent infielder in 1982 out of the University of Arkansas. Jones played for seven years in the Cubs and Athletics farm systems, including two seasons with the Triple-A Tacoma Tigers, and batted .283 with nine home runs in 899 minor league games between 1982 and 1989. He batted left-handed, threw right-handed, stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 162 pounds (73 kg).

After retiring as a player, he was a manager in the Oakland, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego organizations. From 1990–97, 1999–2001 and 2003–06, Jones led teams in the International League, Pacific Coast League, Southern League, Midwest League, and Arizona Fall League. He managed the Madison Muskies, Huntsville Stars, Edmonton Trappers, Pawtucket Red Sox, Fort Wayne Wizards and Mobile BayBears. He served the Red Sox as coordinator of minor league instruction in 2002.

Jones led the Stars to the Southern League championship in 1994 and the Trappers to back-to-back Pacific Coast League championships in 1996 and 1997. He also won Manager-of-the-Year Awards in 1991 (Madison), 1994 (Huntsville), 1996 and 1997 (both with Edmonton). Through 2017, his career win-loss record as a minor league manager was 1,040–972 (.517).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Iron Pigs manager Gary Jones has championship background". The Morning Call. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Casey Parsons
Huntsville Stars manager
1994
Succeeded by
Dick Scott
Preceded by
Sal Rende
Edmonton Trappers manager
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Mike Quade
Preceded by
Brad Fischer
Oakland Athletics first base coach
1998
Succeeded by
Thad Bosley
Preceded by
Ken Macha
Pawtucket Red Sox manager
1999–2001
Succeeded by
Buddy Bailey
Preceded by
Craig Colbert
Mobile BayBears manager
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Brett Butler
Preceded by
David Bell
Chicago Cubs third base coach
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Brian Butterfield
Preceded by
Dusty Wathan
Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager
2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent