The 2006 season marks Jones 19th season as a coach or manager in the Texas organization...second stint with major league club as a coach after serving in the same capacity for the 2000 and 2001 seasons under Johnny Oates...spent the last four seasons as the manager of the Rangers Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma...RedHawks captured a division title for the third time in four years under Jones in 2005...2005 marked the 9th time in 16 seasons as a minor league skipper he has guided a team into the postseason...on April 17, 2005 against Memphis, Jones recorded his 347th win as an Oklahoma City Triple- A manager, the most wins by a single manager in the city's history...recorded the 1,000th win of his managerial career in 2004, accomplishing the milestone on May 21 as the RedHawks topped Salt Lake...overall, in 16+ seasons as a Rangers minor league manager, Jones has compiled a 1139-1134 record, the most games and victories in organization history...began his managerial career in 1988 after a 21-year playing career...in 1989, guided Charlotte to the Florida State League Championship in just his second season as a manager...advanced teams to the playoffs in five of his last six full seasons as a manager, including winning the Texas League title with Tulsa in 1998...with a 486-511 record in 7+ seasons with Tulsa, Jones has the most wins of any skipper in Drillers franchise history.
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 5 hits July 3 at Oakland with 2 doubles and 3 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 3 years and 33 days of major league service.
Amateur Background: Played baseball, basketball and football at Elkton, MD High School (graduated in 1967)...all-county in baseball and basketball and hit .569 his senior year...played Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball.
Personal: Hobbies include golf and fishing...served 14 months in Vietnam from December of 1969 to February of 1971 and is deaf in his right ear as a result of being section chief in a 105 millimeter howitzer group...married to the former Deborah Hogue on Nov. 11, 1994, and has one daughter, Jill (24).