BACK ON STAFF: Bobby Jones enters his second straight season on the Rangers' coaching staff after being named assistant hitting coach on Nov. 12, 2013...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 28th 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 Class 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 four among active Minor League managers at the end of 2013.
MANAGERIAL HISTORY: Spent three seasons from 2011-13 as manager at Triple-A Round Rock, and was the Rangers' Class AAA manager for seven straight and 11 of 12 seasons from 2002-13...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 Apr. 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 Class 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 over parts of nine seasons from 1974-86, playing with Texas and California as an outfielder...finished with a career average of .221 with 20 homers...originally selected by Washington in the 36th round of the 1967 June draft and later made his Major League debut with Texas on Oct. 1, 1974 at Minnesota...also played for the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese League in 1979 and 1980...during his prep career, played baseball, basketball and football at Elkton (MD) High School (graduated in 1967)...was an all-county selection in baseball and basketball and hit .569 his senior year...played Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball.
PERSONAL: Robert Oliver Jones...he and wife Debbie have one child, Jill...served 14 months in Vietnam from Dec. 1969 to Feb. 1971 and received a Bronze Star Medal...while he received the medal upon his return from Vietnam, he never had the medal officially presented to him by a senior military officer until a pregame Patriot Day ceremony on Sept. 11, 2014 at Globe Life Park...is deaf in his right ear as a result of being section chief in a 105-millimeter howitzer group.