Orioles center fielder Adam Jones’ solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays was his 124th career homer at Camden Yards, which tied him with Rafael Palmeiro atop the 26-year-old ballpark’s all-time home run list.
“He's got a shot at it,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter deadpanned about Jones’ taking sole control of the top spot. “It's impressive. Think about all the people who have played here in the last, what, 26 years? He's going to be hard to catch. He's such a post-up guy. He comes in here and very quietly has three hits.”
Jones took a 3-2 pitch from Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada into the left-field stands an estimated 389 feet for his seventh homer of the season.
He is one of three current Orioles on the Camden Yards top 10 list. Chris Davis ranks third with 114 homers, and Manny Machado is tied for 10th with 64 homers at Oriole Park.
"Like I've said many times before, as I'm playing it's kind of hard to grasp it,” Jones said. “I think when I'm done playing it would be a lot easier to sit back and go, 'OK, these are the things I accomplished.' It's pretty cool. You still think about it. It's a great ballpark that has a lot of history. The list of the guys that I've passed, or approached or just even being in the conversation are guys I looked up to and admired as a young fan. It's just humbling and I give all the credit to my teammates for constantly pushing me every day. That's how these things happen."
Jones’ homer gave him 232 in his career, with 229 of them with the Orioles, which places him fifth on the team’s all-time list. Brooks Robinson is fourth with 268.
Asked whether Jones, who turns 32 in August, could reach the 400-homer mark in his career, Showalter said, “I wouldn’t deny him anything.”