It’s Adam Jones Day!

DMZ · August 3, 2007 at 1:20 am · Filed Under Mariners 


I saw one of Adam Jones’ three games in Everett back in 2003 (which is a fine reason to go check out Aquasox games). I’d heard that his eventual position was on the mound, so I was more interested in seeing his arm than anything (also on that 2003 team, Felix Hernandez). And he had a cannon for an arm that fired rockets with lasers on them.

I left interested, wondering how things would turn out, and followed his progress as his hitting skills seemed to improve at every level. Last year I got to see him again, as he made the transition to the outfield, saw how quickly he was coming around to being a good defender, especially considering he’d only just converted, and it made me happy.

We saw him struggle in his call-up, when he didn’t hit and Hargrove decided he didn’t like the rough defense he saw, so he was going to get squeezed for playing time. Jones’ 2006 line was a poor .216/.237/.311, and I think that did a lot to dim his star in the eyes of general M’s fandom. I heard that his hot start in Tacoma might have been a fluke, and whatever else.

But here’s the thing: Jones was 21 last year. He hit .287/.345/.484 in Tacoma. This year, he went on to show that it wasn’t a fluke, either:

2006: .287/.345/.484
2007: .314/.382/.586

The only thing that didn’t take a big step up was his plate discipline: Jones attacks the ball. He doesn’t walk that often (though his rate’s not horrible) and he strikes out a lot. But when he makes contact, the ball goes places in a hurry. 44% of his hits so far this year have been extra-base hits. 44%!

Look at his ISO (isolated power, SLG-AVG) which will serve us decently here: it’s .272. If he put up a .272 ISO in the majors, he would be one of the ten best, behind Miguel Cabrera (.279), Barry Bonds (.277) and Justin Morneau (.276).

And, unlike somebody like, say, Prince Fielder, or Adam Dunn, other guys who hit for that kind of power, he’s a good outfield glove.

Yeah, so… Have I mentioned I’m a huge fan? I love watching the way Jones plays.

We’ll see if he can translate his steady impressive hitting progress into success at the major league level this time and seize a starting job. And we don’t know how they’re going to get him into the lineup, though all signs are the organization’s committed to seeing him play regularly, which is good.

But Jones is another one of the players I’ve followed for years. I’ve enjoyed seeing him move up the farm system, finding greater and greater success, and I hope everyone else will get to see the Jones I, and the other fans who’ve seen him cut a swath through the minor leagues, have been lucky enough to see.


438 Responses to “It’s Adam Jones Day!”

  1. gadamcm on August 3rd, 2007 10:31 pm

    come on jj – don’t be intimidated by youkilis’s better facial hair

  2. DizzleChizzle on August 3rd, 2007 10:33 pm

    399 Really I don’t see it. He seems a little hesistant and he doesn’t seem to be locating his pitches that well.

  3. colleen on August 3rd, 2007 10:33 pm

    not only 0 for 5 but with 5K?

  4. fishiam on August 3rd, 2007 10:33 pm

    Putz has to get this guy. Two strikes – don’t let him get away, you don’t want to face Manny.

  5. DizzleChizzle on August 3rd, 2007 10:34 pm

    Except for the last two pitches against Ortiz. Awesome!

  6. David* on August 3rd, 2007 10:34 pm

    Game woooooooooooo!

  7. apunetid on August 3rd, 2007 10:35 pm

    M’s win!

  8. JeffS on August 3rd, 2007 10:35 pm


  9. kenshabby on August 3rd, 2007 10:35 pm

    Good job, fellas – especially Yuni and AJ. Oh, and Kenji-kun.

  10. HamNasty on August 3rd, 2007 10:35 pm

    We get Sexson out of this lineup and we will be damn good! Nice win!

  11. DizzleChizzle on August 3rd, 2007 10:38 pm

    Seemed like there was a discussion between Johjima and Putz about the last pitch to Ortiz for the final out?

  12. Sidi on August 3rd, 2007 10:38 pm

    Amazing how fast that losing streak becomes meaningless. This has been the most exciting season in a long time.

  13. thefin190 on August 3rd, 2007 10:39 pm

    Good Game! Adam Jones definately has shown some of his talent today.

  14. kenshabby on August 3rd, 2007 10:39 pm

    Why is it always shaving cream pies? Why can’t they throw a banana cream pie in there on occasion, or at least something edible? Blech.

  15. David* on August 3rd, 2007 10:40 pm


    Sean Green says hello.

  16. davepaisley on August 3rd, 2007 10:42 pm

    And check out Fangraphs:

    HoRam, Richie and Jose G say “sorry we suck, fellas!”

  17. Notor on August 3rd, 2007 10:42 pm

    Way to go Mariners!

    If we can take this series, it’s gonna be huge. We’re playing a whole bunch of worse teams until the end of August, and the Angels are playing Boston 7 times and the Yankees too.

  18. kenshabby on August 3rd, 2007 10:44 pm

    415 – You’re absolutely right, I forgot to give Green some love. Four guys deserving of praise = very good night.

  19. Teej on August 3rd, 2007 10:46 pm

    Sean Green was impeccable tonight. What a performance. Obviously Yuni and others deserve credit, but man, what a stud.

  20. rrose on August 3rd, 2007 10:47 pm


    Shouldn’t there be a spike in the Mariner’s chances reflecting when HoRam was pulled?

  21. davepaisley on August 3rd, 2007 10:48 pm

    Sean Green, ground ball machine. The difference from HoRam to Green was like day to night. Or flipping off a light switch.

  22. davepaisley on August 3rd, 2007 10:49 pm


    You’d think. But that’s not how FG works. Maybe if they add some AI algorithms 😉

  23. Sidi on August 3rd, 2007 10:50 pm

    420: The winning percentages aren’t based upon who’s pitching or batting, but rather score and chances of scoring runs in each situation (at least, that’s how I understood it). So until the pitcher and batters start doing anything they don’t alter the odds.

  24. davepaisley on August 3rd, 2007 10:51 pm

    Although, to be fair, many of the hits against HoRam were little bloops and bleeders. Sure, Ortiz hit one out, but it seemed to be one of those nickel and dimed, death of a thousand cuts kind of nights.

  25. Teej on August 3rd, 2007 10:53 pm

    Adam Jones, second in WPA for this game (for hitters). Welcome to the bigs, kid. Please stick around for another few years. You will be needed.

  26. Notor on August 3rd, 2007 10:59 pm

    JJ was looking better tonight than he was yesterday, but not the best he’s been. He did have a few perfect splitters in there, but missed badly on a couple pitches too.

    Personally, I just think his confidence was a little shaken from the Angels game. Hopefully having another save under his belt will alleviate that and he’ll be more confident on the mound again.

    Still, uncomfortable Putz is still better than pretty much any other closer out there.

  27. South Pacific on August 3rd, 2007 11:03 pm

    I hope Jose Guillen enjoyed winning this game.

  28. earinc on August 3rd, 2007 11:06 pm

    Awesome game. Ho Ram sucks, but Jones acquitted himself fine to those suspicious vets. And Yuni, oh Yuni… What a week.

  29. quickkick87 on August 3rd, 2007 11:24 pm

    Yes yes, Go M’s, AJ is amazing, all that good stuff. More importantly. Reportedly, I was on TV the first time AJ got up to bat. Me (in light blue hoodie with dark blue map of the world on it), my girlfriend and a whole bunch of dudes screaming like crazy. Anyone see us?

  30. msb on August 3rd, 2007 11:34 pm

    Schick-Shadel. Aversion therapy, which means they make you puke. You know, ‘enjoyable’– just as the ads claim.

    does anyone else think the CEO who narrates the commerical

    ah, you young pup. Northwest Legend Pat O’Day does the ads.

  31. Teej on August 3rd, 2007 11:38 pm

    I don’t think we’re at the point where we need to speculate as to whether or not JJ’s OK. The guy is absolutely kick-ass. He’s blown two saves this year. TWO. And they happened to come kinda close together, so we naturally want to draw conclusions that we simply can’t substantiate.

    He wasn’t going to be perfect all year. What Gagne did with the streak was unbelievable. You can’t expect that to happen again. JJ is still the best reliever in baseball, and a blown save or two isn’t going to change that. Until he gives us a real streak of mediocre to bad performances, we’re doing nothing but spinning our wheels trying to gauge something we simply don’t know. We can’t peek into his mind, and no amount of speculation is going to get us anywhere closer to understanding what he’s thinking, so we just have to look at his performances.

    JJ rocks, and his first half spoiled us and gave us unreal expectations. Here’s a spoiler: He’ll probably blow another save this year. Maybe even another three-run lead, who knows? Let’s be realistic and enjoy the stellar pitcher that we so enjoy.

    GO M’s! And congrats to the bullpen. Who needs Dotel or Gagne? Not us. 🙂

  32. msb on August 3rd, 2007 11:40 pm

    btw, pre-game Drayer mentioned that during spring training when she talked to Adam about how things were going, & what veterans had helped him most, he said Guillen & Ichiro. Guillen said before the game that now Adam was here, and so was family, and it was handshakes all around during BP.

  33. Notor on August 3rd, 2007 11:44 pm

    Yeah this whole Guillen thing has been blown out of proportion. Guillen wasn’t hating on Jones, he was sticking up for Ellison and Ibanez. No big deal.

  34. shortbus on August 4th, 2007 12:11 am

    So Ibanez’ OPS vs. RHP is .756. Guillen’s is .680. IS the 76 points of OPS you gain with Raul worth the loss of range and arm strength if you put Raul in right field? It seems like a good way to keep Raul in the lineup so he doesn’t get rusty. Assuming you don’t want to totally give up on the guy.

  35. John D. on August 4th, 2007 12:22 am

    PH – “Why not PH Ben right there?” (See 233.)

    Then Francona brings in a LH pitcher, and the only RH bat you have to PH is Willie B. – Say!

  36. HamNasty on August 4th, 2007 6:16 am

    435- Ben would do better against a lefty then Sexson would at this point. And if he gets another AB he prolly faces a righty in Papelbon or Gagne. I know I wrote that just below my first comments which were not 233.

  37. David* on August 4th, 2007 8:40 am


    Ben is better than Richie right now, period.
    Willie is better than Richie right now.
    Jamie Burke is better than Richie right now.

  38. Huffines on August 4th, 2007 11:15 am

    I started a “Let’s go Ad-am” in response to the “Let’s go Red-Sox” chant. And you know what? 5 or 6 people joined in.

    It was good times, I tell ya. Good times.

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