Former Cleveland All-Star closer Doug Jones passes away

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Doug Jones, baseball, 1957-2021
Doug Jones, baseball, 1957-2021

Former major league All-Star closer Doug Jones passed away at the age of 64, the Cleveland Guardians announced on social media on Monday.

The club, which officially transitioned to Cleveland Guardians last week, said Monday it was “saddened by the loss of one of our organization’s all-time greats.”

The team said Jones died in Arizona. A cause was not immediately known.

Jones pitched for Cleveland across seven seasons between 1986-1991 and then again in 1998. All told, Jones saved 129 games for Cleveland, the third most in franchise history behind only Cody Allen (149) and Bob Wickman (139).

Jones was a five-time All-Star, with three of those seasons coming with Cleveland in 1988, 1989 and 1990. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. He finished his career with 303 saves and a 3.30 ERA across 16 seasons.

Jones went 69-79 with a 3.30 ERA in 846 big league games. He retired following the 2000 season with the Athletics.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Doug Jones, a former MLB All-Star closer, passes away