Detroit Tigers: An ode to Jacoby Jones

DETROIT, MI - JULY 03: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers looks on during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 3, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 03: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers looks on during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 3, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 26: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers leaps at the wall in the fifth inning to make the catch and rob the Cincinnati Reds of a hit at Great American Ball Park on July 26, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Detroit defeated Cincinnati 3-2. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

The Good on JaCoby Jones in a Detroit Tigers uniform

JaCoby Jones never batted over .268 in a season and posted a .212 batting average with the Detroit Tigers, but he showed flashes of what could have been during various points of his career. One stretch that stands out, in particular, is Jones’s 12-game hitting streak in late May and early June of 2019. After doing some digging, I found a Detroit Free Press article by Anthony French referencing this particular stretch. In the span of 14 games, Jones batted .420 with 4 home runs and 20 RBIs. Until 2021, Jones always seemed to have one similar stretch in him each season, giving the fans hope that he would put it all together for a full season at some point.

In addition to his streaky outbursts from the batter’s box, JaCoby Jones made some stellar catches from his spot in centerfield. All one has to do is go on Twitter and search “Jacoby Jones Catch” to see an abundance of web gems from the outfielder.

Here Jones races back to the wall and takes a long-ball away from future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. Once again, plays like this gave the Detroit Tigers’ faithful fans hope that he would pan out into something special.

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