May 8, 2013 - Canadian American League (Can-Am) - Rockland Boulders
(Ramapo, NY) - The Rockland Boulders of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (CanAm League) named former major league pitcher Bobby Jones as their pitching coach for the 2013 season. Jones, a native of Orange, New Jersey, threw for the Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, and Boston Red Sox during his six-year career.
The left-hander was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and made his MLB debut with Colorado in 1997. He was traded to the Mets in 2000, where he was utilized primarily in a reliever's role. He was dealt to the Padres in 2002, and ended his major league career with the Red Sox in 2004, though he did participate in the high minor leagues thereafter. In all, he appeared in 99 games in the majors, starting 47, and earning 14 career wins.
As part of the "New-Look Boulders," first-year manager Jamie Keefe has made significant changes to the team's roster and expects Jones to make an immediate impact. "He has made a difference right off the bat," Keefe noted. "He's got all our pitchers on a regimented schedule already and his experience and knowledge from the major league level is impressive. Having been with several different organizations he has observed a lot and gotten to learn from some of the best."
While he has done a great deal of work coaching kids and working at a baseball academy near his home in New Jersey, Jones welcomes the chance for his first pro coaching experience. "I love coaching my kids but (coaching in the pros) is something I want to do now and down the road," he observed. "It's going from 'baby baseball' to 'grown up baseball'. This is a great opportunity, I'm thankful to the Boulders and I'm looking forward to it."
The Boulders open the 2013 season with a pair of free-admission exhibition games - against Newark on Friday, May 10 and the NYPD on Saturday, May 11 - and play their regular-season opener at Provident Bank Park on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 against the Bears. Tickets are available at the box office or online at www.rocklandboulders.com, or for more information call 845-364-0009.