Jacque Dewayne Jones Bio Info
Jacque Dewayne Jones...wife Krista (Hamilton)...son Jacque, Jr. (8/4/98), daughter Jourdyn (9/21/06)...1993 graduate of San Diego (Calif.) High School where he played baseball, basketball and football...attended University of Southern California where he was Third-Team All-American in 1996 and Pac-10 All-Conference selection in 1995 and 1996...tied for third in NCAA in hits (106) in 1995...was second in conference
in hits (93) in 1996...was second in RBI (49), tied for second in home runs (15) and was third in batting (.404) for USA Olympic Team...2005 Twins representative for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Signed a Minor League contract with Cincinnati...played 23 Spring Training games with the Reds before being released, April 2...played in 28 games for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League
of Professional Baseball, batting .311 with five home runs and 25 RBI.
Started his first season with the Tigers after being acquired in the offseason from the Chicago
Cubs in exchange for infielder Omar Infante, November 12, 2007...played in 24 games, batting .165 (13-for-79) with one home run and five RBI for the Tigers...was designated for release or assignment, May 5 and was officially released, May 15...signed a minor league contract with Florida, May 19 then had his contract selected, May 23...played 18 games with the Marlins, batting .108 (4-for-37)...designated for release or assignment, June 12 and became a free agent...played in the Mexican Pacific League in October and November with Yaquis de Obregon, batting .314 (37-for-118) in 29 games.
Spent his second season with Chicago (NL)...hit safely in 14 of his first 15 games, April 6-23...first four-hit game, July 19 vs. San Francisco...season-high four RBI, April 28 at St. Louis...tied season-high with four RBI, August 9 at Colorado (four hits)...season-high nine-game hit-streak August 8-17...third four-hit game, August 16 vs. Cincinnati...fourth four-hit game, August 24 at Arizona...fourth in the NL with 11 doubles and tied for eighth with 38 hits, batting .349 (38-for-109) in August...did not commit an error over his final 51 games, July 31-September 30...batted .342 (27-for-79) with 11 runs, five doubles and 16 RBI in 24 September games...batted .358 (44-for-123) with runners in scoring position.
Jones found his hitting stroke again after a dropoff in 2005. He matched his career high in home runs (27), and finished strong, hitting .310 over his final 12 games. He had 43 multi-hit games, including nine three-hit games and two four-hit games. He was a triple shy of the cycle on Sept. 26 against Milwaukee, going 3-for-5 with his 27th homer, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. He's totaled at least 22 doubles every season of his career.
Jacque batted .249 with 22 doubles, 23 homers and 73 RBI in 142 games for Minnesota ... the outfielder led the Twins in homers, runs scored (74) and total bases (229) ... tied a career high, collecting 13 stolen bases ... batted .353 (24-68) and had a .471 on-base percentage and a .603 slugging percentage in 21 games in the month of April ... had a 13-game hitting streak May 31-June 14, batting .345 (19-55) over the stretch ... recorded his second career double-digit assists season, collecting 10 ... was tied for fourth among American League outfielders ... had 31 multi-hit games and 18 multi-RBI affairs ... doubled and homered in the same game five times, including a 3-hit affair on August 5 in a 12-0 defeat of Boston ... hit a game-winning pinch-homer May 10 off Baltimore's Steve Kline ... the 10th-inning blast put the Twins up 5-4 in their 6-4 win ... it was his second career pinch-homer ... hit a one-out, solo walkoff homer off Baltimore's Jason Grimsley on July 20 ... made his sixth career Opening Day start ... found a groove when facing National League pitching June 8-10, homering in three straight games for the first
time in his career ... hit a 2-run homer off Arizona's Claudio Vargas on June 8, followed up with another 2-run blast off
Arizona's Javier Vazquez on June 9 and hit a solo shot off Los Angeles Dodger Brad Penny on June 10.
Jacque saw his average dip to .254, but still ranked second on the club in homers (24) and RBI (80) ... ranked sixth among American League outfielders in fielding percentage (.994), committing just 2 errors in 325 total chances ... tied a career high with 13 stolen bases ... saw action in 151 games, 3 shy of his career high ... had a 12-game hitting streak August 9-21, batting
.354 (17-48) over the stretch ... also had an eight-game streak April 12-21, going 15-for-32 (.469) with 4 doubles, 10
RBI and 4 stolen bases ... had 38 multi-hit games and 22 multi-RBI games ... had six 3-hit games ... homered in back-to-back games August 27-28 ... hit a game-winning walkoff homer April 27 off Toronto's Justin Speier ... the 3-run homer gave
the Twins a 7-4 victory ... also had a game-winning home run on July 31 off Boston's Alan Embree ... the one-out, solo shot
came in the eighth inning ... drove in a season-high 4 runs on April 18 against Kansas City, as he hit a 2-run double and a 2-run triple.
Batted a career-high .304 in 136 games and stole a career-high 13 bases ... had 33 doubles, 16 homers and 69 RBI ... went on the disabled list for the first time in his career ... was on the 15-day DL July 1-17 with a strained left groin .... notched 42 multi-hit games (including 13 3-hit games) and 16 multi-RBI games ... had a 10-game hitting streak April 4-16, batting
.381 (16-42) over the stretch ... drove in a season-high 4 runs in his second game of the season, going 2-for-4 with a home run in the 8-1 defeat of Detroit on April 2 ... went deep twice in the game on May 6 at Tampa Bay, hitting a leadoff homer off Steve Parris and adding a solo shot in the third frame off Parris ... it was Jones' sixth career 2-homer game and 16th career leadoff home run ... was 5-for-5 on the day ... the 5 hits tied a career high ... had four leadoff homers on the year, as he also
went deep to open the game on May 29, June 1 and June 7 ... recorded his seventh career 2-homer game June 7 in San Diego, tagging Carlton Loewer for a pair of solo shots ... the first roundtripper was Jones' 20th career leadoff home run ... hit a pair of homers in a 5-3 defeat of the Chicago White Sox on September 18 ... hit a pair of 2-out, 2-run roundtrippers off Bartolo Colon ... the 4 RBI tied a season high ... it was his eighth career 2-homer game ... hit a game-winning walkoff home run on June 25, tagging White Sox's Billy Koch for a solo homer in the 11th inning in Minnesota's 6-5 victory ... also had the game-winning hit on July 31, hitting a bases-loaded, one-out single off Baltimore's Travis Driskell in a 10-9 win.
Had one of the best seasons of his career, batting .300 with 37 doubles, 27 homers and 85 RBI ... also scored 96 runs and recorded a .341 on-base percentage and a .511 slugging percentage ... established career marks in hits (173), average, runs, doubles, homers, RBI, on-base percentage and slugging percentage ... had 54 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI games ... hit 11 leadoff homers on the season, including going deep in his first at-bat of the year on April 1 ... went 3-for-5 on April 1 in Kansas City ... the outfielder collected 4 RBI on the day, homering off both Jeff Suppan and Cory Bailey ... it was his second career 2-homer game ... had four 2-homer games on the season, also accomplishing the feat on May 15, July 26 and August 19 ... opened the year with an 11-game hitting streak, batting .409 (18-44) ... scored 11 runs and drove in 9 runs over the span ... closed out the 2001 season with a 6-game streak, giving the outfielder a career-high 17-game streak ... tied a career high on May 28 when he drove in 5 runs ... hit his second career grand slam in the contest, tagging Texas' Chan Ho Park in the second inning ... added an RBI-double in the fourth in the 11-4 win ... also collected 5 RBI on June 4, hitting a 3-run homer, an RBI-double and an RBI-groundout in a 23-2 defeat of Cleveland ... was 5-for-6 on July 22 at the White Sox ... had a pair of doubles and a 2-run home run in the contest ... the 5 hits were a career-high ... toured Japan with the Major League All-Star team following the season.
Batted .276 with 25 doubles, 14 homers and 49 RBI in 149 games ... also stole a career-high 12 bases ... had 34 multi-hit games.
© hit safely in a season-high 8 straight games May 17-26 ... went deep twice in the same game for the first time in his career, doing so in a 13-5 defeat of Milwaukee on July 12 ... hit his first career grand slam in the second inning (off Jimmy Haynes) and added a solo shot in the seventh off Chad Fox ... tied a career high, collecting 5 RBI in the game.
Hit .285 with 26 doubles, 19 homers and 76 RBI in his first full season in the majors ... ranked third among American League outfielders in fielding percentage (.994) ... had 39 multi-hit games and 19 multi-RBI affairs ... collected a season-high 4 hits May 18 at Oakland ... drove in a season-high (and career-high) 5 runs on September 19 against Texas ... homered in back-to-back games April 9-10 and May 4-5 ... hit three leadoff home runs on the season, including two in a nine-day span (May 19 and
Opened the year at Salt Lake (AAA), where he hit .298 with 13 doubles and 26 RBI in 52 games ... was promoted to Minnesota on June 9 and spent the remainder of the season with the big league club ... hit .289 with 24 doubles, 9 homers and 44 RBI in
his first 95 big league games ... made his Major League debut June 9 ... collected his first big league hit two days later, singling off Milwaukee's David Weathers ... batted leadoff for the first time on June 12 and hit an RBI-single as part of a 6-run fourth inning for his first career RBI ... homered for the first time in the big leagues on July 3 - hitting a leadoff homer off Detroit's Nelson Cruz ... drove in a season-high 4 runs August 31 in Toronto, as he went 3-for-4 with a 3-run homer and an RBIsingle.
Was an Eastern League all-star, as he batted .299 in 134 games for New Britain (AA) ... established career marks in average, games, doubles (39), homers (21) and RBI (85) ... led the league in extra-base hits (63), was second in total bases (263), tied for second in doubles, fourth in hits (155), fifth in slugging percentage (.508) and seventh in batting average ... had a 13-game hitting streak July 28-August 12, going 22-for-52 (.423) over the stretch ... recorded a season-high 4 hits May 2 vs. Portland and drove in a season-high 4 runs June 11 at Norwich ... hit a game-winning homer in the 14th inning on
August 2 vs. Norwich ... was named the Twins' seventh-best prospect and the third-best prospect in the Eastern League by
Was a midseason and postseason Florida State League all-star, batting .297 with 33 doubles, 6 triples, 15 homers and 82 RBI.
© led the league in hits, was fourth in total bases (250) and extra-base hits (54) and fifth in doubles (33) ... homered in three straight games to start the season (April 3-5) and was named the Florida State League player of the week for his efforts ... in addition, he hit safely in 11 straight games to open the year, going 22-for-51 (.431) April 3-13 ... also had a 12-game hitting streak, batting .429 (21-49) August 7-18 ... homered twice and collected a season-high 5 RBI April 13 vs. Daytona ... following the year, the outfielder was named the league's fourth-best prospect by Baseball America.
Was selected in the second round of the June
draft out of the University of Southern California ... suffered a season-ending knee injury in his first game for Fort Myers (A).