OAKLAND -- Bobby Jones, manager of the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, earned his 1,500th Minor League victory when the Round Rock Express defeated Sacramento, 6-3, on Saturday night. All those victories have come as a manager in the Rangers' farm system. He was hired as the Class A Port Charlotte manager in 1988 when Tom Grieve was the general manager and has remained with the organization through three other GMs: Doug Melvin, John Hart and Jon Daniels. "Bobby is as 'Ranger' as it gets -- there's no one more universally loved and respected in the organization," Daniels said.
"I have so much respect for Bobby," catcher Taylor Teagarden said. "He is so easy to play for. He just asks a couple of things: Be on time and play hard. Anything else takes care of itself naturally. He is a lot of fun to be around, but he always has that line where he commands respect and demands the players respect the game and play hard." Round Rock is 71-50 with the best record in the Pacific Coast League. The team has a 4 1/2-game lead in its division, and if the Express finishes first, it will be the 12th title for Jones at three levels.