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Position: P      Born: Jun 24, 1957      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

Doug Jones proves that you don't have to be young and possess overpowering stuff to be an effective closer. Jones spent a decade in the minor leagues before establishing himself with the Cleveland Indians as a consistent stopper. Less arm strain likely contributed to his remarkable longevity. During his 1999 season with Oakland, Jones turned 42 years old yet appeared more than 70 times, pitching over 100 innings.

Although Jones changed teams often (seven times in his 15 years), he was generally effective wherever he pitched. Jones spread out his 792 appearances, all but four in relief, in Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago (Cubs), Oakland, and two tours each with Cleveland and Milwaukee. He earned five invitations to the All-Star Game and saved 301 games, 10th on the all-time list.

In 1992, Jones led the Astros both in wins (11) and saves (36), representing 47 of their 81 wins that year. He was named the club's MVP by local sportswriters.