By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
2:39 PM EDT, April 9, 2014
NEW YORK -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made headlines for his frank comments about fans who storm onto the field during games, as happened in the eighth inning Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Jones' comments have become a national story, prompting discussion on player safety in the game.
Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is reviewing Jones' comments, an MLB spokesperson told The Baltimore Sun this afternoon.
That’s not the only place Jones has been seen over the past 24 hours.
On Tuesday at 11 p.m., Jones was featured in a new MTV2 baseball-themed show called “Off the Bat.” In a previously taped segment, he took co-host Chris Distefano to a pair of his favorite Baltimore restaurants.
He tried the chocolate macaroni and cheese at Jack’s Bistro in Canton and the Simply AJ10 burger at Abbey Burger Bistro in Federal Hill. Also in that episode, he competed in a donut eating contest at the MLB Fan Cave.
On Wednesday morning, Jones was interviewed on the Boomer and Carton Show on the CBS Sports Network, saying that while he understands the hype New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has received coming from Japan, he’s not going to place Tanaka on a pedestal quite yet heading into the Orioles’ first meeting with him.
Tanaka will make his Yankee Stadium debut tonight against the Orioles.
“You can’t say he’s not a big deal, because his numbers over that span are pretty [impressive]. I mean 24-0 with an ERA of under 1.00-something, I don’t care if you’re pitching in Little League, that’s pretty impressive,” Jones said. “But he’s going to face a different lineup with a different assortment of hitters. ... MLB ain't -- no offense to Japan baseball -- it’s not MLB baseball. Guys over there are good, I have good friends over there playing, but MLB is MLB.
Jones added that having faced Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, another Japanese pitcher, will help adapt to Tanaka.
“I know they don’t throw the exact same thing, but they have very similar repertoires in terms of the fastball, split, slider combination,” Jones said. “Tanaka has a bigger curveball but they have similar windups. ... The ball comes out of everybody’s hand differently. 92 [mph] doesn’t look the same coming out of a guy’s hand. We’re just going to have to gauge that and understand his arm and just see him.”
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