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Miami Marlins Top 50 of All-Time: 50. Todd Jones

To keep us entertained this offseason, let's take a look at the Top 50 players in Miami Marlins history. To start us off, here's #50 Todd Jones.

Todd Jones
Todd Jones

Todd Jones started his Major league career with the Houston Astros after being selected in the first round of the 1989 amateur draft.  He would later play for the Detroit Tigers, the Minnesota Twins, the Colorado Rockies, the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies before signing a free agent contract with the Florida Marlins for one season, in 2005.

Jones joined the Marlins with the intent that he would be used as a middle reliever or maybe a setup man.  An injury to incumbent closer Guillermo Mota forced him into his more familiar role as a closer.  In 68 games that season, Jones posted 40 saves in 45 opportunities for the Marlins, good for fourth in the National League.  Although he posted a substandard 1-5 record, his ERA was 2.10 and he only allowed 7.5 hits per nine innings, finishing with a 1.027 WHIP.  In his limited time with Florida, he managed to set the Marlins record for consecutive saves converted, with 27.  Opposing batters only managed an OPS of .559 for the season.

Jones went back to the Detroit Tigers for three seasons to close out his career, retiring at the age of 40 after the 2008 season.  He is also a member of the 300 save club, with 319 on his career, and is eligible for the Hall of Fame beginning in 2013.

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