Adam Jones signs two-year, $8 million deal to play in Japan

Adam Jones signs two-year, $8 million deal to play in Japan - Bent Corner
Adam Jones signing a two-year contract with the Orix Buffaloes (right).

Adam Jones, my favorite Baltimore Orioles player of all time, is going to Japan. Adam signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball league.

From Adam Jones’ Instagram page:

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 have no doubt they will embrace the shit out of it. I’m happy for him and wish him and his family the absolute best.

If I were given an expansion team in Major League Baseball, one of the first players I would pursue and sign would be Adam Jones. He is a quality person and a born leader. I would want him on my team so that I could bring in younger players, point to Adam, and say: “Be like Adam Jones.” Teams need players who set the tone for the rest of the team. Adam Jones is that type of player.

The Baltimore Orioles finally became dead to me when they refused to re-sign Adam Jones. I began watching and following the Orioles after moving here in 1994. I put up with a lot of suck in that time frame. The final straw was how they treated fan-favorite Adam Jones. The team is in yet another rebuilding phase emphasizing the draft and they refused to bring Adam back? That was just all sorts of stupid. Adam went on to sign a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Adam Jones signs two-year, $8 million deal to play in Japan - Bent Corner
Adam Jones with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

I just wish there was a way I could watch Japanese baseball here in the states. I don’t know why it’s not on one of the many sports channels on DirecTv. From what I can tell, it’s not even available on streaming. That seems like a waste of available content. It’s almost 2020. I should be able to watch Japanese (and Korean) baseball. I need to do more research.

Adam Jones signs two-year, $8 million deal to play in Japan - Bent Corner
How can a Gaijin watch Orix Buffaloes games?

 

To be continued…

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