Jones joins Texas after successful OKC season

Jones joins Texas after successful OKC season

SEATTLE -- Triple-A manager Bobby Jones joined the Rangers on Friday. He will be with them on the road trip. Jones guided the Oklahoma City RedHawks into the Pacific Coast League playoffs, but they were swept in the first round.

"At the end, we just didn't have enough," Jones said. "We got in the playoffs, but we were struggling offensively. The pitching wasn't bad, but we weren't hitting."

Part of the problem was the Rangers took several key players, including catcher Taylor Teagarden, first baseman Mitch Moreland and infielder Esteban German. Injuries to outfielders Craig Gentry (broken wrist) and Chad Tracy (pulled rib cage muscle) also cost the RedHawks.

This was Jones' seventh straight season as Oklahoma City's manager, and his last. He will be back with the Rangers next season, but they are moving their Triple-A affiliate to Round Rock. Jones admitted to being a little sad about leaving Oklahoma City.

"I am," Jones said. "I made some great friends in the stands and we had a lot of support. It's tough. It was pretty emotional during the last playoff game, but it's time to move on."

Jones, of course, has been the visiting manager at Round Rock and described the facility there as gorgeous.

"Beautiful ballpark," Jones said. "The best thing is there are always 7,000 to 10,000 people in the stands. Oklahoma City drew OK, but not like Round Rock. That's the big thing."