Bobby J. Jones
In '93, Jones made his major league debut with a win as the Mets defeated the Phillies, 9-5, at Philadelphia on August 14. He also got credit for a win in the Mets’ 8-3 victory over the Cubs at Chicago on September 2.
In 1994, Jones had a 12-7 won-lost record in 24 games pitched. He had a 3.15 earned run average for the year. At Chicago on April 6, Bobby hurled seven innings and got the win in the Mets’ 4-1 victory over the Cubs. He pitched eight innings of two-hit scoreless ball for the win in a 3-1 Mets victory over the Giants at San Francisco on April 22. Jones had a complete game shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over the Cardinals at St. Louis on May 7. He had eight innings pitched and came away with the win in a 4-2 Mets triumph over the Pirates at Pittsburgh on May 24. Bobby hurled eight innings, doubled and scored a run in an 8-5 Mets win over the Reds at Shea on May 29. He pitched eight scoreless innings for the win in the Mets’ 1-0 victory over the Phillies at Shea Stadium on June 15. Jones hurled six innings of three-hit ball for the win in a 10-7 Mets victory over the Padres at San Diego on July 1. He had seven and one-third scoreless innings and chalked up the win in a 4-1 Mets triumph over the Giants at San Francisco on July 6. Bobby also was the winning pitcher in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over the Phillies at Philadelphia on August 8.
Jones had 10 wins and 127 strikeouts in 1995. He compiled a total of 195 and two-thirds innings pitched during the season. At Cincinnati on May 5, Bobby held the Reds scoreless on three hits for eight innings in a 3-0 Mets win. He hurled eight innings for the win in a 5-3 Mets triumph over the Braves at Shea on May 11. Jones pitched seven innings of three-hit scoreless ball and chalked up the win in the Mets’ 1-0 win over the Astros at Houston on May 16. He had a complete game in a 7-2 Mets victory over the Giants at San Francisco on June 5. Bobby hurled all nine innings in a 12-3 Mets triumph over the Cubs at Chicago on July 18. He pitched a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 Mets win over the Expos at Montreal on September 8. Jones also hurled eight innings for the win in the Mets’ 6-3 victory over the Braves at Shea on September 29.
In 1996, Bobby had 12 wins for the season. From April 28 to May 26, he recorded five wins without a defeat and posted a 2.31 earned run average. At Cincinnati on July 28, Bobby pitched a three-hit complete game in the Mets’ 7-1 win over the Reds. On August 20, he struck out ten batters as the Mets defeated the Giants, 7-3, at San Francisco. Jones also pitched a four-hit shutout for a 4-0 Mets victory over the Astros at Houston on September 24.
Jones pitched 30 games and had a team-leading 15 wins in 1997. He pitched eight innings for the win in a 5-3 Mets victory over the Dodgers at Los Angeles on April 8. Bobby hurled a complete game five-hitter in an 8-2 Mets win over the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea on April 20. He had eight wins without a loss from April 30 to June 9, including a 6-1 victory over the Rockies at Colorado on May 5, pitching two-hit ball over eight innings in a 2-0 Mets win over the Cardinals at St. Louis on May 10 and a four-hit shutout for a 7-0 Mets triumph over the Expos at Montreal on May 28. Jones pitched eight innings and got the win in the Mets' 2-1 triumph over the Expos on June 3 at Shea. On June 20, he hurled eight and two-thirds innings to record the win in the Mets’ 1-0 victory over the Pirates at Shea. Also in ’97, Bobby was a member of the National League All-Star team and pitched one shutout inning in the Game in Cleveland.
In 1998, Jones recorded nine wins and 115 strikeouts. He compiled 195 and one-third innings pitched for the season. On April 24, Bobby hurled eight innings for the win in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over the Reds at Shea. He had seven strikeouts in eight innings and got the win in a 4-3 Mets triumph over the Padres at San Diego on May 13. In a doubleheader opener at Shea on May 19, Jones pitched eight innings for the win in the Mets’ 7-3 victory over the Reds. He was the winning pitcher and hit two singles in an 8-3 Mets win over the Brewers on May 24 at Shea. Bobby pitched eight innings of three-hit scoreless ball and chalked up the win in a 1-0 Mets victory over the Red Sox at Boston on June 6. He had two singles, an RBI and recorded the win in a 5-3 Mets victory over the Marlins at Florida on June 11. Jones hurled eight innings for the win in the Mets’ 9-1 victory over the Blue Jays at Toronto on July 2. He had seven innings pitched and doubled to drive home the Mets’ first two runs in an 8-3 win over the Cardinals at St. Louis on August 11. Bobby also pitched seven innings and got the win in a 9-4 Mets triumph over the Diamondbacks on August 22 at Shea.
Due to injuries, Jones was limited to twelve games in 1999. He had three wins during the year. At Florida on April 7, Bobby hurled seven scoreless innings for the win in the Mets’ 6-0 victory over the Marlins. He hurled seven innings and hit a home run in an 8-1 Mets win over the Marlins in the team’s home opener on April 12. Jones also had seven innings pitched for the win in a 3-2 Mets triumph over the Expos at Shea on April 17.
Bobby had a won-lost record of 11-6 in 2000. He won seven of his last eight decisions on the season in leading the Mets to their second consecutive Wild Card title. In the National League Division Series, Jones pitched a series-clinching one-hit shutout in Game 4 as the Mets defeated the Giants, 4-0, at Shea on October 8. Bobby also pitched in the National League Championship Series and World Series in 2000.
Following the 2000 season, Jones signed with the San Diego Padres as a free agent. He pitched two years in San Diego to conclude his career.