Ode to Garrett Jones, Underdog

Posted: 28th September 2009 by Alex Danvers in MLB
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Garrett Jones hit his 21st home run and stole his 10th base today, prompting stunned box score readers to ask their roommates: ôHey, have you heard of this guy Jonesáfrom the Pirates?ö á Jones is a 28-year-old rookie, which is like being a 35-year-old virgin in baseball. Yes, it might still happen, but it better happen soon or youÆre going to have to give up the dream. á And yet, Jones leads rookies in home runs this season and isáeighth in stolen bases among first year players. His .305 batting average is second, as is his .380 on-base percentage (both trailing Chris Coghlan). His .596 slugging percentage is best by a mile; Casey McGeheeÆs .503 takes second. á In fact, if Jones had enough at-bats, he would rankáth ...

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