What’s with all the AJ hate lately? AJ has never been a guy who walked. Why does everyone expect him to now? AJ is what he is. A very good CF with a better arm than most CF. He gets a lot of hits , hits for power, drives in runs, and this season is stealing more bases. He is a leader in the clubhouse. In an interview on MLB network when Chris Davis was asked what he changed coming over from Texas. He said that he had a loopy swing and that AJ showed him a drill off the tee that helped him keep a more level swing and drive the ball to all fields better. That is leadership. If you look at his style of hitting and tools in the outfield he kind compares to Vladimir Guerrero who famously could get hits that bounced in the left handed batter’s box and didn't like to walk.
Appreciate what you have in Adam Jones O’s fans. A great ambassador for the game. He is a long way from the days of Lou Montanez, Matos, and Corey Patterson. Would I love Adam to walk more? Of course. However, I keep in mind that he is surrounded by good OBP guys, Davis, Nate, Nick, Manny, etc. AJ carried this team along with Davis for the first month. He also had so many clutch HRs last year to help the O’s get into the playoffs. I know pro sports are “what have you done for me lately” but, don’t forget that without AJ the O’s likely don’t make the playoffs last year and we can't even talk about his postseason struggles which are such a small sample size in the first place. Oh and don’t forget Adam is as durable “knock on wood” as any OF in the game today. Adam runs out so many infield singles because he runs out every ground ball.
I know some of you may not care but, MLB is trying to get more African Americans in baseball. Adam Jones is a big part of that with his work in the RBI program. Not to mention he is just a well spoken face that the MLB can and is using to attract more African American players.
Oh and he hit a go ahead two run HR off the best closer of all time today to keep the O's from being swept and stop the losing streak
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