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Former Orioles reliever Doug Jones, a five-time All-Star who pitched for seven teams, dies at 64

CLEVELAND — Doug Jones, a five-time All-Star reliever who closed for the 1995 Orioles and had his best success during seven seasons with the Cleveland Indians, has died. He was 64.

Jones spent seven seasons with the Indians and ranks third on the club’s career saves list with 129. The club, which officially transitioned to Cleveland Guardians last week, said Monday that it was “saddened by the loss of one of our organization’s all-time greats.”

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The team said Jones died in Arizona. A cause was not immediately known.

Reliever Doug Jones, pictured in spring training in Kissimmee, Florida, pitched one season with the Orioles, going 0-4 with a 5.01 ERA and 22 saves in 1995.
Reliever Doug Jones, pictured in spring training in Kissimmee, Florida, pitched one season with the Orioles, going 0-4 with a 5.01 ERA and 22 saves in 1995. (Kenneth K. Lam / XX)

One of Jones’ former Indians teammates, pitcher Greg Swindell, posted on Twitter that his friend had died. Swindell called Jones “one hell of a pitcher.”

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Known as “Jonesy,” Jones pitched in the majors for 16 seasons with Cleveland, the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics. He had two stints with the Indians, first from 1986 to 1991 and again in 1998.

The Orioles signed Jones as a free agent in April 1995. He went 0-4 with a 5.01 ERA and 22 saves, and his option for 1996 was declined by the club.

The right-hander had a career-high 43 saves in 1990 for Cleveland, where he made the All-Star team three times. In 2001, he was selected as one of the team’s top 100 players.

Jones went 69-79 with a 3.30 ERA in 846 big league games. He retired following the 2000 season with the Athletics.

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Born in Covina, California, Jones was drafted by the Brewers in 1978.

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