Orioles outfielder Adam Jones marked what could be his final homestand in Baltimore by receiving the Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award.
Jones, a pending free agent, entered Friday batting .281 with 15 home runs this season as one of the lone remaining veterans on a team that traded away many of its top stars midseason. He’s wrapping up his 11th season with the club, and has carried a much more significant role around the team as it got younger in the second half, and managed to perform through that.
“I have so much respect for people that do things from a team standpoint when they're expected to do them, delivering the expectations,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Adam's such a consistent effort guy. He always is firing. He told me the other day in the dugout, we were talking the other night during a game, he said, ‘What makes me good is also what makes me not good sometimes.’ And he's right. There's been a lot more good than the other. He's deserving for a lot more than just statistical stuff.”
Jones, 33, won the award previously in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he was part of the team’s return to the playoffs after 14 straight losing seasons, and he’s been part of three playoff teams since the Orioles acquired him ahead of the 2008 season as part of the Erik Bedard trade with the Seattle Mariners.
Only players currently in the organization are eligible, which is voted on by local media, and the following players also received votes: Richard Bleier, Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, Alex Cobb, Mychal Givens, Trey Mancini, Cedric Mullins, Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Villar.
Jones will receive the award Sunday at Camden Yards before the season finale against the Houston Astros.