"The front office has given out extensions so I don't really see where that's coming from."
I would think the uninformed.
"Angelos has a history of letting good players get away."
Yeah, like Mussina too. We should have slapped chains on that guy and put him in the secret dungeon under the bullpen until he pledged his lifelong commitment to the O's. We let these ballplayers have too much freedom nowadays to make their own choices. If a ballplayer does not like playing for a losing team, he can go elsewhere. I blame the players union more than anything. It should be disbanded.
Told that he was on a 50-homer pace, Jones said, "That would be awesome. I'd be up with Brady (Anderson). I just try to square it up. My main mission every time I step into that box is hit this ball as hard as you can hit it. I don't care where it goes - right-field line, left-field line, right-field gap, right-field line, center. I don't care. Just square it up."
One thing I like about that response is that it demonstrates Adam Jones' self-awareness. He knows what his own job as a hitter is in this lineup.
But the thing I love about his response is his saying, "I'd be up with Brady." Nobody but an Oriole would make that comparison. Adam Jones thinks of himself as an Oriole.
It's not that we can expect his agent to offer the team a special deal to keep him in Baltimore.
But it is more evidence that he's not disgruntled about being an Oriole. Jones' ads for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, his work in the Baltimore community and his eagerness to participate in promoting the team are encouraging. Contrary to some peoples' opinions, I think the Orioles have the inside track on working out an extension with Jones. He was raised on the West Coast but emotionally, he's a Baltimore Oriole.
"He was raised on the West Coast but emotionally, he's a Baltimore Oriole."
Good morning Mike. I hope your right. I would hate to see him leave. The two draft picks we would get would seem like chump change, unless of course he's traded first, which is a good possibility if he doesn't sign an extension.
The development of Xavier Avery throws a wrench in the Jones deal IMO. If Avery is a better center fielder and our future lead off man that steals 40-50, and Manny Machado is our future 3rd bat, then the case can be made that Adam's money would be better spent on a RF/1b mega bat...maybe even Josh Hamilton.
I'm sentimental and would rather see us do it with Adam who took the responsibility of changing the O's personalty. But sentimnetality doesn't win WS and sometimes even creates debacles like Cal Ripken.