Doug Jones Oakland Athletics

Age: 64 (June 24, 1957) | 6' 2" | 195lbs. | Throws: Right
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
ML4 AL 1982 0 0 0 0 4 0 2.2 5 1 1 1 10.12 2.25 2.62 3.4 3.4 .380 n/a
CLE AL 1986 1 0 1 0 11 0 18.0 18 0 6 12 2.50 1.33 1.17 3.0 6.0 .317 n/a
CLE AL 1987 6 5 8 0 49 0 91.1 101 4 24 87 3.15 1.37 1.30 2.4 8.6 .363 n/a
CLE AL 1988 3 4 37 0 51 0 83.1 69 1 16 72 2.27 1.02 0.94 1.7 7.8 .294 n/a
CLE AL 1989 7 10 32 0 59 0 80.2 76 4 13 65 2.34 1.10 1.10 1.5 7.3 .307 n/a
CLE AL 1990 5 5 43 0 66 0 84.1 66 5 22 55 2.56 1.04 1.00 2.3 5.9 .250 n/a
CLE AL 1991 4 8 7 0 36 4 63.1 87 7 17 48 5.54 1.64 1.67 2.4 6.8 .380 n/a
HOU NL 1992 11 8 36 0 80 0 111.2 96 5 17 93 1.85 1.01 1.00 1.4 7.5 .291 n/a
HOU NL 1993 4 10 26 0 71 0 85.1 102 7 21 66 4.54 1.44 1.44 2.2 7.0 .352 n/a
PHI NL 1994 2 4 27 0 47 0 54.0 55 2 6 38 2.17 1.13 1.13 1.0 6.3 .317 n/a
BAL AL 1995 0 4 22 0 52 0 46.2 55 6 16 42 5.01 1.52 1.54 3.1 8.1 .354 n/a
CHN NL 1996 2 2 2 0 28 0 32.1 41 4 7 26 5.01 1.48 1.56 1.9 7.2 .362 n/a
ML4 AL 1996 5 0 1 0 24 0 31.2 31 3 13 34 3.41 1.39 1.33 3.7 9.7 .336 n/a
ML4 AL 1997 6 6 36 0 75 0 80.1 62 4 9 82 2.02 0.88 0.90 1.0 9.2 .286 n/a
MIL NL 1998 3 4 12 0 46 0 54.0 65 15 11 43 5.17 1.41 1.72 1.8 7.2 .314 n/a
CLE AL 1998 1 2 1 0 23 0 31.1 34 2 6 28 3.45 1.28 1.28 1.7 8.0 .346 n/a
OAK AL 1999 5 5 10 0 70 0 104.0 106 10 24 63 3.55 1.25 1.28 2.1 5.5 .294 n/a
OAK AL 2000 4 2 2 0 54 0 73.1 86 6 18 54 3.93 1.42 1.42 2.2 6.6 .344 n/a
Career 16yrs 69 79 303 0 846 4 1128.1 1155 86 247 909 3.30 1.24 1.25 2.0 7.3 .320 n/a
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From Steve Buckley's tribute in The Athletic:

I was covering the Guides that year for the Portland Press Herald. One morning, on one of the back fields at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, where the Indians were holding spring training, the Guides’ manager, Jim Napier, provided me with an education into the brutal coldness of minor-league roster building.

Three minor-league pitchers — Jones, Tommy Rowe, Robin Fuson — were being considered for the one remaining spot on the Maine pitching staff, Napier told me. Rowe had once been a top prospect with the Baltimore Oriolesbut had yet to pitch in the big leagues and was now 28. Fuson, 26, had shown some flashes of promise as recently as 1984, but now he was back with the Cleveland organization after being released by Boston. Jones had the four-game cup of coffee with the Brewers in ’82 but hadn’t done much over the next three years to make anyone think he should be back in the big leagues.

The plan, Napier said, was that one of the three pitchers would land on spot on the Guides’ Opening Day roster. One of them would be put on the “phantom DL,” an old-time bookkeeping device in which players are given a made-up injury and then stashed on the disabled list for a while. The third pitcher would be released.

... Robin Fuson was released. Tommy Rowe was placed on the phantom DL for a while and then returned to the roster. Doug Jones was put on the Opening Day roster.

And then magic happened. Jones, never a hard thrower, had been toying with a variety of changeups in 1985 while pitching at Double-A Waterbury, but now, in 1986, in his new role as a middle reliever for the Maine Guides, he was throwing stuff that International League hitters couldn’t touch.

... it could have been Doug Jones who was released during spring training in 1986. Instead it was Robin Fuson, who went on to pitch in Mexico and then closed out the ’86 season with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A Calgary club. Now 63, he is Judge Robin Fuson of the Thirteenth Judicial Court in Hillsborough County, Fla.

“I wonder if pitchers like Doug and me would even get a look today,” said Fuson. “Doug adapted. He came up with that changeup that was killer and he just got people out."

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