Jeff Jones (pitcher)

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For the former Cincinnati Reds player, see Jeff Jones (outfielder).
Jeff Jones
Jeff Jones 2014.jpg
Jones with the Detroit Tigers
Relief pitcher
Born: (1956-07-29) July 29, 1956 (age 59)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 10, 1980, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 14, 1984, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 9–9
Earned run average 3.95
Strikeouts 128

As player

As coach

Jeffrey Allen Jones (born July 29, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and coach. He played for the Oakland Athletics from 1980 until 1984. He served as the pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers from 2011 to 2015.


Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jeff graduated from nearby Southgate High School, (now Southgate Anderson High School) in Southgate, Michigan.

He has two grown daughters, Audrey and Whitney, and now lives in Carleton, Michigan with his wife.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Jones pitched for five seasons in Oakland (1980–84), almost entirely out of the bullpen (three starts in 112 appearances). He compiled a 9–9 record and eight saves with a 3.95 ERA, striking out 128 batters in 205 innings.

Coaching career[edit]

Jones was the pitching coach for the Double-A London Tigers in 1989, 1991 and 1992. He then went to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in 1990 and 1994 to be their pitching coach.

After numerous stints as the Tigers bullpen coach, most recently 2007–2011, Jones was moved to the position of pitching coach on July 3, 2011. This followed the firing of pitching coach Rick Knapp, after a six-game stretch where Tiger pitchers gave up a combined 54 runs against the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. Jones' contract expired at the end of the 2011 season, but the Tigers chose to tender a new contract to bring him back for 2012 and beyond.[2]

On October 19, 2015, Jones announced his retirement, following 38 years in baseball. During his tenure as pitching coach, Jones coached two Tigers pitchers to Cy Young Awards, Justin Verlander in 2011, and Max Scherzer in 2013.[3]


  1. ^ "Tigers Announce Pitching Coach Jeff Jones’ Retirement". October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Mowery, Matthew B. (November 10, 2013). "Jeff Jones back as pitching coach, Dave Clark added to staff". Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Beck, Jason (October 19, 2015). "After distinguished career, pitching coach Jones retires". Retrieved October 19, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Dan Whitmer
Fred Kendall
Ed Ott
Lloyd McClendon
Detroit Tigers bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Fred Kendall
Ed Ott
Lance Parrish
Mike Rojas
Preceded by
Rick Knapp
Detroit Tigers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Rich Dubee