2.23.2010

Doug Jones, 1991 Score

Name: Doug Jones
Team: Cleveland Indians
Position: Closer
Value of card: Six-pack of Bic lighters
Key 1990 stat: 74 third-degree burns
How about a little fire, scarecrow? Doug Jones was a fireballer, by which I mean he would actually light baseballs on fire before throwing them. He singed his mustache constantly and once turned his mullet into a smoldering, greasy mess. Catcher Sandy Alomar was terrified whenever the Tribe would head to the ninth with a slim lead. He would wrap his mitt in asbestos just to make sure it didn't catch aflame. Jones was fined a then-record $800,000 in June 1990 when he threw a flaming fastball at George "Jorge" Bell's head. The beanball missed, but got close enough to turn Bell's Jheri curl into a head torch. In other words, nobody liked Doug Jones.

Card submitted by Greg Schindler
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2 comments:

  1. Doug Jones looks like he is looking for the meaning of life in that flame ... it's he's getting high from the burning rawhide.

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  2. He's the pitching coach at San Diego Christian College now and it seems the tide has turned... everybody loves Doug Jones

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