Showalter on Jones
Asked how he would feel about Adam Jones getting a contract extension –which has been the main topic in Baltimore today as the two sides are close — manager Buck Showalter said he would just be happy to write Jones’ name in the lineup for a long time.
“I’m proud of the way Adam has gone about his business as far as playing hard and it’s important to Adam that the Orioles do well,” Showalter said. “He’s pretty sincere.
I’ve heard [contract] length, but I haven’t heard dollars, I don’t really care to hear. That’s a heck of commitment by our ownership which is a commitment by our fans too. So we will see…I’m not going to break it down, I’m just going to be excited to write his name in the lineup.”
Showalter has consistently praised Jones since his arrival for his hard-nosed play and hustle, and the O’s manager endorsed keeping the 26-year-old in Baltimore for the foreseeable future.
“If you can grasp how the game is supposed to be approached from an effort standpoint, a lot of things open up to you,” he said. “There are different risks in everything in life; I think in this case the risk is not doing it. Especially with what he can potentially mean to this city, this fanbase and to his teammates. It’s important.
Adam and I have an open relationship to a fault. We can say about anything to each other and know that there’s a pure heart about it. It’s about the Orioles and what’s best for us. There’s a lot of give and take there, but at the end of the day I think he respects what we are trying to do here.”
Jones has made it no secret that he enjoys playing for Showalter and he prides himself on playing the game the way it was intended.
“Buck treats us like men,” Jones said. “As a man, I think it’s my obligation to the fans, to the city of Baltimore, to the owners, to my teammates, to go out there and give three hours and play my [butt] off. I think that’s the easy part. I think the hardest part is playing the game. [Yankees captain Derek] Jeter told me this numerous times, ‘Don’t ever stop hustling. Don’t ever stop hustling. You hit the ball you got four seconds to get down the line.’”