Gary Jones (manager)

Gary Jones (manager)

Gary Jones
Chicago Cubs – No. 1
Third base coach
Born: (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960
Henderson, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Gary Wayne Jones (born November 11, 1960 in Henderson, Texas) is an American coach in Major League Baseball and a longtime minor league manager and instructor. On November 22, 2013 he was named the 2014 third base and infield coach for the Chicago Cubs. Until his appointment, Jones had spent one season in a Major League uniform out of his 32 years in professional baseball — 1998, as the first-base coach of the Oakland Athletics.

Prior to his appointment to the 2014 coaching staff of then-Cub manager Rick Renteria, Jones spent seven years as the roving minor league infield instructor for the San Diego Padres, where Renteria had been a Major League coach. He was retained when Joe Maddon replaced Renteria as the Cubs' manager in October 2014 for the 2015 season.

In joining the Cubs, Jones returned to his first MLB organization. Chicago signed him as a 21-year-old free agent infielder in 1982 out of the University of Arkansas. Jones played for seven years in the Cubs and Athletics farm systems, including two seasons with the Triple-A Tacoma Tigers, and batted .283 with nine home runs in 899 minor league games between 1982 and 1989. He batted left-handed, threw right-handed, stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 162 pounds (73 kg).

After retiring as a player, he was a manager in the Oakland, International League, Pacific Coast League, Southern League, Midwest League, and Arizona Fall League. He managed the Madison Muskies, Huntsville Stars, Edmonton Trappers, Pawtucket Red Sox, [[Fort Wayne