Doug Jones, former interviewer and five-time All Star, dies at 64


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Doug Jones, former interviewer and five-time All Star, dies at 64

Doug jones, a five-time All-Star reliever who had his best success closing out for Cleveland, has died. He was 64 years old.

Jones spent seven seasons with the now-defunct Indians (they are now Guardians) and ranks third on the club’s career save list with 129.

The team, which officially passed to the Cleveland Guardians last week, said Monday it was “saddened by the loss of one of our organization’s all-time greats.”

The team maintained that Jones died in Arizona. The cause was not immediately known.

One of Jones’s former teammates on the Indians, pitcher Greg Swindell, posted on Twitter that his friend had died. Swindell called Jones “a great pitcher.”

Known as “Jonesy,” Jones pitched in the majors for 16 seasons with Cleveland, Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee and Oakland. He had two seasons with the Indians, first from 1986 to 1991 and again in 1998.

The right-hander had 43 career saves, his most, in 1990 for Cleveland, where he made the All-Star Game three times. In 2001, he was selected as one of the top 100 players on the team.

Jones was also an All-Star for the Astros in 1992 and the Phillies in 1994. He was 69-79 with a 3.30 ERA and 303 saves in 846 major league games. He retired after the 2000 season with the Oakland Athletics.

Born in Covina, California, Jones was selected by the Brewers in 1978.

Associated Press contributed to this story.


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