RedHawks to honor longtime skipper

RedHawks to honor longtime skipper

BALTIMORE -- Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Bobby Jones was to be honored before the RedHawks' home game against Reno on Friday for being the winningest manager in the city's Triple-A history since 1962. In two separate stints at the helm of the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate -- 1993-94 and 2002-10 -- Jones has compiled 702 victories.

"Bobby's probably touched more people in the organization than anyone else," general manager Jon Daniels said. "That doesn't happen by accident -- it's because we all respect the guy so much. And because of those relationships, he gets through to the players, he's earned that equity. We constantly challenge our staff to be the best at what they do, and while Bobby wouldn't say it, I think he's the best at what he does."

The 62-year-old Jones has spent 23 seasons as a Minor League manager in the Rangers' system after playing parts of nine seasons in the Majors with California and Texas and hitting .221 with 42 career pinch-hits.

One of his first teammates in pro ball with Geneva of the New York-Penn League in 1967 was Tom Grieve, who was a player for the Senators, Rangers, Mets and Cardinals from 1970-79 and the Rangers' general manager from 1984-94.

"I've known Bobby for as long as I've been in baseball. ... You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who didn't like him. He's got a great disposition -- he's a player's manager, but he's not a pushover, either. I think the players know that and respect that," Grieve said.

The RedHawks are selling commemorative T-shirts at Bricktown Ballpark to mark Jones' achievement.