Wednesday, September 12, 2018

2018 National Free Signer - Randy Jones

I sent TTM to him over two years ago, and the cards are still out there somewhere, so I was glad to be able to meet Randy Jones at the National and get a card signed.

I had this 1975 Topps in my box, still, so it was the one I decided to get signed.  I believe this one came from my good friend, Max.

Jones (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1973 to 1982 for the Padres and Mets.  He had a career record of 100-123 with 735 strike outs and a 3.42 ERA.  He was the 1976 NL Cy Young Award winner when he went 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA.  That season, he started 40 games, and threw 25 complete games.  Needless to say, he never reached those heights again.  He was an All Star in 1975 and 1976.  He won 20 or more games one other time in his career in 1975 and finished second in the ML Cy Young Award voting that season.  In both 1975 and 1976, he finished 10th in the NL MVP voting.

Jones appeared on the 1988 Hall of Fame ballot, but received no votes.

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