Lynn Morris Jones (born January 1, 1953 in Meadville, Pennsylvania) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers (1979–83) and Kansas City Royals (1984–86). He batted and threw right-handed.
Over eight major league seasons, Jones was a .252 hitter with seven home runs and 91 RBI in 527 games.
Jones attended Thiel College, in western Pennsylvania, where he played for the Tomcats, setting the school's single-season batting record, hitting .440 in 1974. In 1987, he was inducted into the college's athletic Hall of Fame.
Jones was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th round of the 1974 June draft before being chosen by the Detroit Tigers in the 1978 Rule 5 draft.
Named Detroit's Rookie of the Year in 1979, Jones also played in 14 career post-season games with the Kansas City Royals (1984–85), going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple in six games in the 1985 World Series against St. Louis.
Following his retirement as a player, Jones managed in the minor leagues for the Florida Marlins and Atlanta Braves organizations.
In nine seasons as a minor league manager, Jones compiled a 555-630 (.468) record and reached the postseason twice, in 1995 and 1997 with Kane County of the Midwest League. He also coached first base in the major leagues for the Royals in 1991-92 and for the Marlins in 2001, when he also instructed the club's outfielders and base runners.
In 2004–2005, Jones was the first base coach for the Boston Red Sox. After working as the minor-league baserunning coordinator for the Braves, Jones joined the coaching staff of his alma mater, Thiel College, in 2013.
- ^ Flanagan, Jeffrey (May 17, 2007). "Another Thiel Grad Trumps the Mayor". The Kansas City Star.
- ^ Thiel College official website
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