There’s really only one subject that is necessary to discuss after the
There’s also a legitimate chance that the Orioles will add another arm for the
But the real story within Wednesday’s story is
Twice in the past week Jones has tracked a ball in the outfield and then dropped it. It happened on Thursday in Oakland, costing the Orioles two runs. He said the next day – last Friday – that, "I just know I have to get better. And I will. It is a long season. But it starts today."
And on Friday he made a couple nice plays.
But Wednesday in Seattle it happened again in the second inning. He ran a long way to track down a fly at the wall, and as he got under it, the ball bounced off his glove moments before he slammed into the wall.
"I don't think much, twice, about it at all. It's a tough play," Showalter said. "Jonesy, sometimes you go through a period where guys are hitting balls just out of your reach and it's frustrating for him because he tries to catch everything that stays in the park. We're real happy with his play in center field."
Jones was anything but happy. He is hard on himself and that showed when he slammed his bat into the dirt on a fly out in the fourth. And it showed after the game.
"I missed the ball. Doesn't really matter if you misjudge it, you missed it. So, you make an excuse, no one wants to listen to it. I missed it and cost my team," he said. "That inning turned out to be a pretty big inning. I need to clean my [stuff] up defensively. It's … frustrating. It's part of the game. It's why we got tomorrow. And I'm going to come back tomorrow ready to go."
He also blamed himself for missing a sinking liner by
That one was different, though. It was a tough play; a lot of guys wouldn't have gotten a glove on it. It was a single, period. But Jones took responsibility for that one, too.
"I think I should have every ball," Jones said. "[Former Mariners minor league instructor] Mike Goff said a long time ago, 'It hits the grass that's your [butt].' And it hit the grass."
The bottom line is that Jones right now is not the same defender as we have seen in the past. Orioles outfield instructor Wayne Kirby thinks that the three weeks Jones spent away from
The Orioles need Jones to be a good – if not great – center fielder again. And he gets that.