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Episode 14: Todd Jones | Detroit Tigers All-Time Saves Leader & Former AL All-Star

Episode 14: Todd Jones | Detroit Tigers All-Time Saves Leader & American League All-Star

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Rich Take On Sports

Show Notes:

  • Rich Spotlight: Todd Jones
    • First memories of sports was playing little league baseball
    • Realized in College, Sophomore, and Junior year that he might be able to have a career playing baseball
    • Played basketball and baseball growing up
    • Involved in some AAU baseball teams nothing like it is today
    • Feels bad for athletes today because they don’t get to experience the seasons of other sports
    • Had dreams of being a pitcher like other kids but never thought it would be a reality and thankful to have a uniform
    • Chose Jacksonville St. University in Jacksonville, AL because his academics would be helped there more
    • Regrets not going back to get his college degree
    • Was a starting pitcher in college and in the Minors but couldn’t maintain level of pitching due to pitch limit
    • Sometimes playing is not about your ability but your availability
    • First game in Majors was July 7, 1993 with the Houston Astros
    • Was player rep for Astros in 1994 during MLB strike
    • Traded to Detroit Tigers after Billy Wagner became Astros top closer
    • Having best year in career in 2000 and was excited to make AL All-Star team but would have been upset if not selected
    • Remembers facing Barry Bonds for the first time and thinking it was cool that Barry had to focus on him for the next 30 seconds
    • Magical mystery tour starting in 2001 and had his toughest season in 2003 in Colorado
    • His Faith helped him during those tough times in his career and his wife was great support
    • Would have rather played in the World Series and lost rather than not have played in World Series
    • Sports revealed that he does have a lot of fight in him
    • Words of Wisdom: “God is the only thing that matters because he’s over and above everything”

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About the author, Richmond Weaver

Richmond, a graduate of Clemson University has been involved with sports for most of his life and developed a passion for basketball and sports at an early age. He currently lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Karen, founder of Upstate Esthetics and their three kids.

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