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Bobby Jones

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Bobby Jones

Back On Staff: Bobby Jones enters his first season as the extra member of the Rangers' coaching staff after being named to the position on November 12…it is his third stint on the major league staff…he served on Johnny Oates' staff in 2000 and 2001…he was promoted from Tulsa to be the Rangers interim first base coach on May 9, 2000 on the retirement of Ed Napolean, and was named a full-time member of the staff on May 15 that year…began the 2001 season as first base coach, and was moved to third base coach for remainder of that campaign when Jerry Narron took over as manager for the retiring Oates on May 4, 2001…joined staff again under Buck Showalter for the 2006 campaign (first base coach, outfield instructor)…this will be his 27th season as a coach or manager in the Texas organization.

Rangers Royalty: Jones is the longest-tenured active member of the Rangers' baseball operations department, having started his coaching career as the manager at Charlotte in the High-A Florida State League in 1988…in 24 years as a minor league manager, he has compiled a career record of 1656-1621 and led his teams to 12 postseason berths… Jones has amassed the most games and victories of any manager in the history of the Texas organization, as his 1656 wins also ranked in the top 4 among active minor league managers at the end of 2013.

Managerial History: Has spent the past three seasons as manager at Triple-A Round Rock, and has been the Rangers' Triple-A manager for seven straight and 11 of the last 12 seasons beginning 2002…with the Express, he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2011 and was also the inaugural recipient of the Bobby Jones Player Development Man of the Year Award at the Dr Pepper Awards Show in January 2012…prior to the Express, Jones spent eight of nine seasons from 2002-2010 managing at Oklahoma City, where he won five division titles on the way to becoming that franchise's winningest skipper (710 wins)…following a 2008 campaign in which he guided the RedHawks to the PCL finals, Jones was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Mike Coolbaugh Award, an annual distinction reserved for the individual who shows an outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players on the field in Minor League Baseball…on April 17, 2005 against Memphis, Jones recorded his 347th win as an Oklahoma City Triple-A manager, the most by a single manager in the club's history…he also recorded the 1,000th win of his managerial career in 2004, accomplishing the milestone on May 22 as the RedHawks topped Salt Lake…his first managerial job came in 1988 after the end of a 21-year playing career…in 1989, Jones guided High-A Charlotte to the Florida State League Championship in just his second season as a manager and also won a Texas League title with Tulsa in 1998…he finished his Tulsa career with a 486-511 record in seven-plus seasons, the most wins of any skipper in Drillers franchise history at the time.

Playing Career: Appeared in 314 major league games in parts of nine seasons from 1974-86, playing with Texas and California as an outfielder...owns a career major league average of .221 with 20 homers and also holds the Rangers career record with 42 pinch-hits...originally selected by Washington in the 36th round of the June, 1967 draft...made major league debut with the Rangers on Oct. 1, 1974 at Minnesota...spent 2 stints with Texas in 1975...spent most of 1976 with California as a reserve outfielder... on the Angels opening day roster in 1977 before being outrighted to Salt Lake City...played for the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese League in 1979 and 1980...re-signed by Texas prior to 1981 season and appeared in 10 games...recalled from Oklahoma City on June 25, 1983 and appeared in 41 games the remainder of the season...career-high five hits July 3 at Oakland with two doubles and three RBI in Rangers 12-run 15th inning...made the Rangers opening day roster in 1984 after being a non-roster invitee to spring training...established major league highs in games (83) and RBI (23) in 1985...ranked among the A.L. pinchhit leaders in homers (T1, 2), at bats (2nd, 42), RBI (2nd, 10) and hits (T2nd, 10)...set team record for pinch at bats...appeared in 13 games in 1986, his final major league season...finished his career with three years and 33 days of Major League service.

Personal: Robert Oliver Jones…he and wife Debbie have one child, Jill…served 14 months in Vietnam from December 1969 to February 1971 and received a Bronze Medal for Bravery…is deaf in his right ear as a result of being section chief in a 105-millimeter howitzer group.

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