Nappy New Year to you and Happy 56th Birthday to former Tigers outfielder Lynn Jones.
The Tigers selected Jones from the Reds in the 1978 Rule 5 Draft. He played for the Tigers from 1979 through 1983 and was a part-timer’s part-timer. He appeared in an average of 61 games for the Tigers in those five seasons. His best season was 1979 when he hit .296 with four homers and 26 RBI in 95 games.
After the 1983 season the Tigers granted free agency to Jones and he signed with the Royals. He faced the Tigers in the ’84 ALCS and won a World Series with K.C. in 1985.
Final stats for his eight-year career: 527 games, 239 hits, seven homers (six with Detroit), and a .252 average.
Happy Birthday, old number 35.
P.S. Today also marks the birthday of Tigers Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.