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Confident Adam Jones Expresses Uncertainty for Future

Consistency. Durability. Class.

Rob Long
August 17, 2018 - 5:29 pm

By Austin Medina  

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones sat down for a one-on-one interview with Rob Long and didn’t hold any confidence back.

Jones made it clear that he’s willing to play out the season, even during a massive rebuild in Baltimore. Jones has played 11 seasons in Baltimore, a majority of which in center field. With the Cedric Mullins era upon us, Jones made the move to right field. Jones stated in the interview that he’s watched “a lot of video” on Mullins. With the rebuild under way, it’s a good time for him to come up and “see what he got”.

The move to right field showed the class Jones has displayed over the past decade. Jones has been a mainstay in the center of the Orioles organization since he arrived. He talked about the move, taking advice from baseball legend Torii Hunter. Sure moving to right field is best for the team, though Jones also understands his value could rise in the process.

“With me, I talked to Torii Hunter and I knew it was going to happen. The record dictates a lot. It would be more beneficial to my own personal stock, to see that I could play right and left field. Strip pride aside.”

The confident Jones aims to challenge MVP candidate Mookie Betts of the Red Sox for the Gold Glove in right field. Although this is likely Jones’ last season in Baltimore, the fire still burns for the 33-year old in his quest to compete for a championship.

The O’s obviously traded a haul of talent at this year’s deadline, the likes of Manny Machado, Zach Britton, and Kevin Gausman to name a few. The fact that Jones remained in Charm City surprised many. He talked in depth of his decision not to be traded at the deadline, as he has veto power for any possible trade due to his 10-and-5 rights.

“The transparency was not in my favor. For a player of my caliber, (there) has to be transparency. I’ve been here (in the big leagues) since many of them (Machado, Britton, etc.) were in high school. Reality!”

A new development has Jones back on the trade block.

Baltimore has seen Jones grow, not only as a player but as a man. Jones spoke of the “positivity” he brought to the community over his years. He pointed out how he represented the O’s with class and respect, which isn’t debatable.

As consistent as Jones has been in his Orioles career, his durability is something to be praised. Jones made point of the fact that “no one cares about durability these days.” Since 2007, Jones has played in 90% of each season seven different years. As stated earlier, he has been a mainstay in the organization since he arrived.

All in all, Jones has played every game with the highest intensity. He has always showed up, played hard, and most importantly performed consistently.

 “I can’t control what they want me to do. I still want to play for 4-7 years. I’d want to play with the team who shows the most interest.”

There’s no telling on where Jones will play next season. As a matter of fact, there’s no telling if Jones is on the roster at season’s end. One thing’s for sure. There are many teams who are interested in him for the years to come.

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