Jones, Welke among awards show honorees

Jones, Welke among awards show honorees

Jones, Welke among awards show honorees
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will honor Triple-A manager Bobby Jones and longtime scout Don Welke at the Dr. Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Show on Jan. 12 at the Arlington Convention Center.

Both will be the recipients of annual awards that are named in their honor: The Bobby Jones Player Development Man of the Year Award and the Don Welke Scout of the Year Award.

Jones is entering his 25th season as a manager or coach in the Rangers organization. He was the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2011 while leading Round Rock to an 87-57 record and a first-place finish. It was the 12th time Jones has led a team to the playoffs, and he recorded his 1,500th win in the process. His Minor League managerial career began in 1988 at Class A Port Charlotte, but he was originally drafted as a player by the Washington Senators in 1967. He also served in Vietnam.

Welke has spent 47 years in baseball as a scout with the Reds, Royals, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Orioles, Phillies and Rangers. He worked for the Rangers in 2005 and again since '07 after spending a year with the Phillies. He has been one of general manager Jon Daniels' closest advisors in putting together consecutive American League pennant-winning teams.

Other honorees at the inaugural show include Michael Young (Player of the Year), C.J. Wilson (Pitcher of the Year), Craig Gentry (Rookie of the Year) and David Murphy, who will receive the Harold McKinney Good Guy Award.

Darren Oliver will receive the Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award, Frank Howard will receive the Mark Holtz Alumni Award and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will receive the Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year Award. Adrian Beltre will also officially receive his Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. CT and the show begins at 7:30 at the Convention Center. Tickets are $75 for reserved seating, $50 for general admission and can be purchased at texasrangers.com.