Former Orioles star Adam Jones is getting ready to start his international baseball career with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan after spending fourteen seasons in MLB.
Jones, a five-time All-Star, spent eleven seasons with the Orioles from 2008-18 before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2019 MLB season.
During his time with Baltimore, Jones won four Gold Gloves (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) and was named a Silver Slugger (2013).
Jones suited up for at least 119 contests in each of his eleven seasons in Charm City and was a fan favorite with his exceptional play in the outfield.
Jones announced that he would be joining the Orix Buffaloes in Japan back on Dec. 11.
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Well it’s that time in my career and life my family and I had to make a HUGE decision, and so that is what we have done!!! MLB has been amazing to myself and my family. We had an incredible run from the day I signed in 2003 to my final AB last year. It’s been the greatest 12 years and 139 days a person could ask for! The game has provided me an incredible living and has borne many fruits and hardware throughout the years . A lot to be proud of, that’s for sure . It’s now time to move on to my next chapter in life and say farewell to MLB and hello to NPB. That’s right, there is a team over in Japan (Orix Buffalos) that views me as a valuable piece to help bring their organization back on track and I’m up for the challenge!! They have expressed to my family and I that they value everything I bring to the game, and have proven that by offering me a 2 year guaranteed deal with a chance to play a 3rd year and beyond. My family and I are very, very excited about this new chapter in our lives, and rest assured we are going to embrace the shit out of it. I will miss all my peers, colleagues, and most importantly the Fans in the MLB but our paths will cross again I’m sure, in some type of capacity . You all be good and play nice over there especially with the CBA coming to an end. There is enough to go around, just work it out!! I’m out for now. AJ10......P.S. I can’t wait to eat that amazing Kobe beef!!
The Buffaloes kick off their season on March 31 against the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters at the Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido, Japan.
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