Jimmy Jones (baseball)
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April 20, 1964 |
|September 21, 1986, for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 5, 1993, for the Montreal Expos|
|Earned run average||4.46|
James Condia Jones (born April 20, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and is the pitching coach for the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A minor league baseball affiliate of the San Diego Padres. He played eight seasons in the major leagues with the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Montreal Expos, and two seasons in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants in 1994 and 1995.
Jones was known for being a first-round draft pick (3rd overall in 1982) by the Padres out of Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Texas. While in high school Jones had gained national attention for striking out 28 batters in a 16-inning play-off game while throwing 251 pitches. Jones claimed in a 2004 interview that his arm was so sore two days after the marathon effort that he could not throw a baseball from third base to first base.
Jones threw a one-hit shutout against the first-place Houston Astros in his big league debut on September 21, 1986. He was the first pitcher to throw a one-hitter in his debut game since Billy Rohr in 1967. He is currently the pitching coach for the Peoria Padres of the Arizona League.