In Memory of Doug Jones

Former Astros closer Doug Jones dead from COVID-19, according to teammate
by Matt Young
Houston Chronicle
November 22, 2021


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Doug Jones, who had 62 saves in two seasons with the Astros, died from complications with COVID-19, according to former Astros and Indians teammate Greg Swindell. Jones was 64.

"Sad to tweet that a long time friend, teammate, husband, father, grandfather and one hell of a pitcher Doug Jones has passed from complications from COVID," Swindell tweeted on Monday afternoon. "RIP JONSEY. Please keep the family in your prayers."

Jones' 62 career saves still ranks as the seventh-best mark in Astros' history.

Jones was the Indians' all-time saves leader when he signed with the Astros as a free agent before the 1992 season. Jones' first season with the Astros was one of the best of his career. It was one of his five All-Star seasons, saving 36 games and putting together a 1.85 ERA. Jones struggled in 1993, saving 26 games, but allowing batters to hit .298 against him. That offseason, the Astros sent Jones and starting pitcher Jeff Juden to the Phillies in exchange for closer Mitch Williams.

Jones pitched for seven teams in his 16-year big league career, finishing with 303 saves.

Doug Jones, longtime MLB reliever, dead at 64
Associated Press
November 23, 2021

CLEVELAND — Doug Jones, a five-time All-Star reliever who had his best success closing for the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 64.

Jones spent seven seasons with the Indians and ranks third on the club’s career saves list with 129. The club, which officially transitioned to Cleveland Guardians last week, said Monday it was "saddened by the loss of one of our organization's all-time greats."

The team said Jones died in Arizona. A cause was not immediately known.

One of Jones' former Indians teammates, pitcher Greg Swindell, posted on Twitter that his friend had died. Swindell called Jones "one hell of a 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 stints with the Indians, first from 1986 to 1991 and again in 1998.

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

Jones went 69-79 with a 3.30 ERA in 846 big league games. He retired following the 2000 season with the Athletics.

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