Randy Jones (baseball)

Randall Leo Jones (born January 12, 1950), nicknamed "Junkman", is an American former professional baseball left-handed pitcher. He pitched in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres and New York Mets. Jones won the Cy Young Award in 1976.

He attended Brea-Olinda High School in Brea, California. He attended Chapman University in Orange, California.[1] He was known for his sinker and the large number of ground-ball outs he induced.

Randy Jones
Randy Jones in 2009.
Born: January 12, 1950 (age 69)
Fullerton, California
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 16, 1973, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
September 7, 1982, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record100–123
Earned run average3.42
Career highlights and awards

Professional baseball career

Jones was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the fifth round of the 1972 Major League Baseball draft. He made his major league debut on June 16, 1973.

In 1974, Jones went 8-22 with a 4.45 ERA. He was able to turn it around in 1975 when he won 20 games and led the National League with a 2.24 ERA earning The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award honors. His best season was in 1976, when he went 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA, winning the National League Cy Young Award and being named The Sporting News NL Pitcher of the Year. He was selected as the left-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Teams after the 1975 and 1976 seasons.

Randy Jones - San Diego Padres - 1978
Jones in 1978

Jones established the Major League season record for most chances accepted by a pitcher without an error (112 in 1976), tied ML pitchers records for highest season fielding percentage (1.000, 1976) and most assists in an inning (3, 9/28/75 – 3rd inning), and tied the NL pitchers season record for the most double plays with 12 in 1976.[2]

Jones owns the distinction of recording a save for the NL in the 1975 All Star game and being the starting and winning pitcher the next year. He entered the 1976 All-Star Game with a record of 16-3, an All Star break win total that no one has equaled since.[3] During his last start of the 1976 season, he injured a nerve in his pitching arm that required exploratory surgery, and he was never quite able to regain his Cy Young form.

Jones pitched effectively for San Diego through the 1980 season. On December 15, 1980, he was traded to the New York Mets for José Moreno and John Pacella. After the 1982 season, Jones was released by the Mets[4] and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was released by the Pirates before the 1983 season started, thus ending his playing career.

His career win-loss record was just 100-123; he remains the only starting pitcher to win a Cy Young Award but retire with a losing record. He was named an All-Star in 1975 and 1976. After his retirement, Jones' uniform No. 35 was retired by the Padres on May 9, 1997.[5]

Post-playing career: coaching and catering

Padres retired numbers
Padres retired numbers, including Jones' No. 35, at Petco Park

After retiring from Major League Baseball, Jones has coached young pitchers. His most prominent pupil was Barry Zito,[6] a former Major League pitcher and the 2002 Cy Young Award winner while with the Oakland Athletics. He also is the owner of Randy Jones All American Grill, Randy Jones Big Stone Lodge, the home of his catering business Randy Jones Buckboard Catering. The Big Stone Lodge sells a barbecue sauce that bears Jones' name.[7] Jones also is involved in the San Diego Padres local radio broadcast pregame and postgame show.

In 1996, Jones was inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface.[1] He was inducted as part of the inaugural class of the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame in 1999.[8]

Jones can be heard live, every Tuesday at 1:00-2:00 (PST) on wsRadio.com. "Randy Jones on Baseball" covers everything baseball from his Hall of Fame/Legendary guests, to the latest news and an inside look at the Major League Season.

See also


  1. ^ "Baseball Fever stats". baseball-fever.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ Walton, Ed. "The Ballplayers – Randy Jones". BaseballLibrary.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  3. ^ "Randy Jones from the Chronology". BaseballLibrary.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  4. ^ "Mets Release Randy Jones". nytimes.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ Lin, Dennis. "Randy Jones put Padres on the map". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ Kepner, Tyler (November 8, 2002). "BASEBALL; Zito Beats Martínez to Win First Cy Young Award". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  7. ^ "Randy Jones BBQ Sauce". randyjonesbbq.com. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Padres Hall of Fame". padres.mlb.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2014.

External links

List of people from Fullerton, California

Here follows a list of people from Fullerton, California; that is, of persons born in or who have spent a significant portion of their life in Fullerton, California.

Paul Abbott, baseball pitcher

Dick Ackerman, politician

The Adolescents

Agent Orange (band)

Alfie Agnew, mathematician, songwriter and musician

Frank Agnew, songwriter and musician

Rikk Agnew, songwriter and musician

Ed Amelung, baseball player

David Boies, attorney

Jackson Browne, folk music singer-songwriter, graduated from Sunny Hills High School

Shaun Butler, BMX rider

James Cameron, Oscar-winning film director

Gary Carter, baseball player, member of MLB Hall of Fame, attended Sunny Hills High School

Kim Chambers

Sam L. Collins, politician

CJ Cron, a professional baseball player for the Minnesota Twins

Kevin Costner, actor and Oscar-winning director, graduate of California State University, Fullerton

Suzanne Crough, actress

Dennis Danell, musician

William E. Dannemeyer, politician

Philip K. Dick, author, science fiction

Viet D. Dinh, assistant U.S. Attorney General under George W. Bush

Hector Dyer

Jim Edmonds, baseball player

Leo Fender, inventor, guitar manufacturer

C.S. Forester, novelist

Jeremy Gable, playwright

James Harder, engineer, professor

Jenna Haze

Chris Hebert, actor

Lynn Hill, competitive rock climber

D. J. Houlton, baseball player who currently plays for Yomiuri Giants in Japan

Wesley Jansen, actor

Randy Jones, baseball pitcher

Dan Kennedy, soccer player

Chuck Knipp

Kourtney Kunichika, professional ice hockey player for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL

Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame baseball manager and Dodgers executive, lives in Fullerton

Leon Leyson, believed to be the youngest member of the Schindlerjuden who were saved from the Holocaust by Oskar Schindler

Lit (band)

Michael McDonald

Mike Ness, musician

Phil Nevin, baseball player

David Newhan, baseball player

Lon Nol, former president of Khmer Republic

Jory Prum, recording engineer

John Raitt, Broadway, television, and film actor and singer

Shawn Ray, bodybuilder

Brian St. Clair, drummer for Local H, was raised in Fullerton, California

Jack Salveson, baseball player

Steven Seagal, actor

Social Distortion

Jeff Soto, contemporary artist

Stacey Q, singer, songwriter & actress

Gwen Stefani, singer and television personality

Skip Stellrecht, actor

John Sullivan, football player

Jeff Tam, baseball player

Kelly Thomas, homeless man beaten to death by the Fullerton Police Department

Tui St. George Tucker


Keith Van Horn, basketball player

Arky Vaughan, Hall of Fame baseball player

John Witt (Ballhawk)

Mike Witt, baseball pitcher

Eric Wynalda, soccer player

Gary Zimmerman, football player

Randy Jones

Randy or Randall Jones may refer to:

Randy Jones (baseball) (born 1950), baseball pitcher

Randy Jones (singer) (born 1952), former member of the Village People

Randy Jones (bobsleigh) (born 1969), U.S. bobsledder

Randy Jones (ice hockey) (born 1981), hockey defenseman in the NHL

Randy Jones (drummer) (1944–2016), British-born American jazz musician

San Diego Hall of Champions

The San Diego Hall of Champions was an American multi-sport museum in San Diego, California. It was recognized as the largest multi-sport museum in the United States until its closure in June 2017. Located in the Federal Building in Balboa Park until 2017, the 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) facility recognized outstanding athletic accomplishments and traditions involving more than forty-two sports until June 2017. The Hall of Champions was founded in 1959 and includes the Breitbard Hall of Fame which is being relocated to be displayed at Petco Park.

Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award

Sporting News established the Pitcher of the Year Award in 1944. Until the award was replaced by two separate awards in 2013, it was given annually to the pitcher in each league having the most outstanding season. No awards were given in 1946 or 1947. This award was established before there was a Cy Young Award. The Cy Young Award is voted by baseball writers from each city, and critics claim the writers who follow a particular team or player throughout a season are naturally disposed to vote for him. Starting in 2013, the Starting Pitcher of the Year Award and Relief Pitcher of the Year Award are given annually to the starting and relief pitchers in each league judged by Sporting News baseball experts as having had the most outstanding season, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious pitching awards in Major League Baseball.


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